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May 17, 2021

The GOP realignment matrix
Conservative voting records are only one dimension on which Republican legislators are evaluated.

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May 17, 2021

47 percent of GOP prefers changing election laws to improving Republican message
The poll, while imperfect, shows just why the GOP has chosen its current course.

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May 17, 2021

Buddy Roemer, former Louisiana governor, dies at 77
The Harvard-educated, reform-minded politician served in Congress before winning one term as governor in 1987.

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May 17, 2021

Live updates: Biden says coronavirus cases down in all states as he announces more U.S. sharing of vaccines
A Florida politician considered key to the investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) pleaded guilty Monday to charges including sex trafficking of a child.

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May 17, 2021

Live updates: Biden to announce U.S. will send at least 20 million doses of vaccines abroad by the end of June
A Florida politician considered key to the investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) pleaded guilty Monday to charges including sex trafficking of a child.

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May 17, 2021

A heated exchange with Dan Crenshaw epitomizes the GOP's have-it-both-ways approach to Trump
Dan Crenshaw is not Public Enemy No. 1 when it comes to pushing claims of voter fraud. But he epitomizes why the GOP's desire to move on from this doesn't work.

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May 17, 2021

Voters have seen past presidents as illegitimate. This time is different.
It comes down to cause and effect.

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May 17, 2021

The fight that encapsulates the GOP's struggle is happening in Arizona, not Washington
Even Republicans are balking at the bizarre "audit" underway in the state. But Donald Trump and his allies adore it.

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May 17, 2021

Supreme Court to review Mississippi abortion law that advocates see as a path to diminish Roe v. Wade
Mississippi is one among many Republican-led states that have passed restrictions that conflict with the court's precedents protecting a woman's right to choose before fetal viability.

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May 17, 2021

Live updates: Biden to address nation on coronavirus as states, businesses scramble to adjust to new guidance
A Florida politician considered key to the investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges including sex trafficking of a child.

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May 17, 2021

Live updates: Biden to address nation on coronavirus response following return to Washington
A Florida politician considered key to the investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges including sex trafficking of a child.

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May 17, 2021

‘You need people to work in the public good': Four impeachment witnesses on the lessons they learned about American democracy
Marie Yovanovitch, Fiona Hill, William B. Taylor Jr. and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman were largely unknown until they testified as part of former president Donald Trump's first impeachment.

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May 17, 2021

Democrats confront reality on voting rights: Congress probably isn't coming to the rescue
A push for sweeping federal elections legislation appears moribund, and key Democrats said they have little more than blind hope that a breakthrough will materialize.

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May 16, 2021

Cheney continues her lonely ‘battle for the soul of the Republican Party'
The Wyoming congresswoman, ousted from GOP leadership last week, said she regrets voting for Trump in 2020 and did not rule out a 2024 presidential run of her own.

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May 16, 2021

Trump's comments on Maricopa County election recount are ‘unhinged,' Arizona Republican official says
Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer on Saturday called on Republicans to stop supporting Trump's baseless claims of fraud and slammed the former president for falsely accusing Maricopa County of deleting an elections database.

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May 16, 2021

Biden's America: Democrats see competence, Republicans see chaos
As Biden faces a flurry of unexpected crises, Republicans depict a country in chaos, but the White House says Biden's response shows he's in control.

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May 16, 2021

The NRA just had a major legal setback. But its hold on the gun-control debate endures.
The gun rights lobby, which lost in bankruptcy court last week, built influence over decades that has reshaped the political environment.

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May 15, 2021

Republicans' conflicting message: Embracing Trump election lie is key to prominence, just stop asking us about it
Many in the GOP fear that crossing Trump would rile the party's base, costing them reelection.

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May 15, 2021

Biden orders flags flown at half-staff — then orders them back up, as two events collide
It's a quirk that comes up every half dozen years or so, when a day that honors two groups coincides — with two different protocols for the American flag.

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May 15, 2021

Ransomware is a national security threat and a big business — and it's wreaking havoc
Nearly 2,400 health care facilities, schools and governments in the United States were hit by ransomware attacks last year.

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May 15, 2021

‘The right decision wrongly handled': Inside the Biden administration's abrupt reversal on masks
The huge policy turnaround caught senior White House and administration officials, medical experts, elected officials and business leaders completely off guard.

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May 15, 2021

Bitter anger over Jan. 6 riots lingers in the House, prompting a week of tense standoff and legislative stalemate
Four and a half months after insurrectionists supporting Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, the House is still consumed by the fallout.

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May 15, 2021

The purging of Liz Cheney is about much more than the future of the GOP
Cheney's removal from leadership post highlights a broader assault on truth and democracy led by Donald Trump

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May 15, 2021

McCarthy leadership PAC made payments to Luntz firm
The House minority leader cited his longtime friendship with pollster Frank Luntz when defending his rental of an apartment, but there was also a business relationship, FEC records show.

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May 14, 2021

Janine Brookner, ousted CIA officer who challenged agency in court, dies at 80
After her career was stymied, she became a lawyer and led legal fights for whistleblowers and women alleging discrimination.

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May 14, 2021

White House rules out paying for infrastructure plan with higher gas tax or other user fees
Biden is seeking to put a spotlight on immigration by hosting ‘dreamers' in the Oval Office on Friday.

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May 14, 2021

Biden hires Neera Tanden into the White House
Tanden was the only Biden Cabinet pick whose nomination faced insurmountable opposition in the Senate. Now the president is hiring her as a senior adviser.

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May 14, 2021

House GOP tries to look forward with elevation of Stefanik, but Trump election falsehoods will remain issue
The New York Republican pitched herself as a candidate who will focus on pushing the House Republican message and focus on attacking the Biden administration's policies, while standing by former president Donald Trump's false election claims.

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May 14, 2021

Group that can't find systemic voter fraud eager to help combat systemic voter fraud
Leaked video shows the Heritage Foundation's political arm pushing new voter restrictions — even though the Heritage Foundation can't show rampant voter fraud.

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May 14, 2021

Republican chairman of Arizona county calls state-led election review ‘dangerous' as tensions rise over 2020 recount
Dueling public meetings next week could escalate the dispute over how a private contractor is auditing more than 2 million ballots cast last fall in Maricopa County.

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May 14, 2021

Rep. Louie Gohmert has set the new (low) bar for downplaying the Jan. 6 riot
"There have been things worse than people without any firearms coming into a building," the congressman from Texas said.

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May 14, 2021

This man says he's related to Robert E. Lee. There's no evidence.
Robert W. Lee IV says he's the great-great-great nephew of the Confederate general. But historical records dispute that.

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May 14, 2021

Live updates: White House rules out paying for infrastructure plan with higher gas tax or other user fees
Biden is seeking to put a spotlight on immigration by hosting ‘dreamers' in the Oval Office on Friday.

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May 14, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene's years-long campaign to disparage and attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
New video from 2019 reinforces how long Ocasio-Cortez has been a focus of Greene's anger.

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May 14, 2021

Greene searched Capitol office building for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, 2019 video shows
The now deleted video of Marjorie Taylor Greene surfaced just days after the GOP congresswoman verbally accosted Ocasio-Cortez outside the House chamber.

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May 14, 2021

Biden wants to focus on Asia. The Mideast has other ideas.
Biden took office determined to focus his foreign policy on the growing threat of China. This week, he is embroiled instead in trying to tamp down an escalating crisis in the Middle East.

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May 14, 2021

Live updates: House Democrats and Republicans reach deal on commission to investigate Jan. 6 attack on Capitol
President Biden is seeking to put a spotlight on immigration policy as he holds an Oval Office meeting with six beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to discuss their experiences working in health care, education and agriculture during the pandemic.

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May 14, 2021

Liz Cheney brings her anti-lion message to the lion's den
In a Fox News appearance, she challenged the network to work harder to combat misinformation. With reason.

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May 14, 2021

How many unvaccinated people will stop wearing masks now?
Polls show a strong majority of those who are refusing the vaccine already feel safe interacting without masks. And there's going to be little to stop them from doing so now.

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May 14, 2021

How Trump set back the Secret Service's recovery from scandal and strain
The agency had been undergoing overhauls since an embarrassing 2014 White House security breach, but the muted response to a similar lapse in 2017 foreshadowed challenges during the Trump administration.

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May 14, 2021

Stefanik voted into House GOP leadership, replacing Cheney
The New York Republican pitched herself as a candidate who will focus on pushing the House Republican message and focus on attacking the Biden administration's policies, while standing by former president Donald Trump's false election claims.

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May 14, 2021

The Biden ‘crisis' crisis isn't yet a crisis
When everything is a crisis, maybe some of them aren't.

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May 14, 2021

Live updates: Biden to host ‘dreamers' in Oval Office; House GOP poised to replace Cheney with Stefanik
On Capitol Hill, House Republicans are expected to choose Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to fill the leadership post recently occupied by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

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May 14, 2021

Stefanik poised to be voted into House GOP leadership, replacing Cheney
The New York Republican pitched herself as a candidate who will focus on pushing the House Republican message and focus on attacking the Biden administration's policies, while standing by former president Donald Trump's false election claims.

Washington Post Politics
May 13, 2021

Biden touts new CDC mask guidelines, vaccine efforts: ‘Today is a great day for America'
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is seeking to shore up support to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in the No. 3 leadership position among House Republicans.

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May 13, 2021

Greene's ‘verbal assault' on Ocasio-Cortez underscores growing tensions over safety and security on Capitol Hill
The controversial Georgia Republican followed Ocasio-Cortez, shouting accusations that the Democrat supports terrorists and was a "radical socialist."

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May 13, 2021

‘Better days are ahead': Maskless Biden marks milestone in virus battle
Building an effective response to the coronavirus has been the central project of his presidency — the one issue advisers thought he would be judged on more than any other.

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May 13, 2021

Biden holds ‘good faith' infrastructure talks with Senate Republicans, but they're still far apart on the hardest questions
Even as both sides stressed their commitment to a bipartisan deal, they acknowledged they're still haggling over what it should include.

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May 13, 2021

Some police deaths are more worrisome to Fox News than others
The cable network barely mentioned President Biden's visit to the Capitol to honor an officer killed on Jan. 6.

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May 13, 2021

The Trailer: Click, donate, lose: Do Democrats have a candidate glut?
The rise of the Resistance Twitter candidate, Lin Wood's campaign to run the South Carolina GOP, and the beginning of our 44-part series on redistricting.

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May 13, 2021

White House discussing tweaks to D.C. statehood bill to ‘allay concerns' in Senate
White House spokeswoman says Biden administration is "working with Congress to make the bill as strong as possible."

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May 13, 2021

The vaccination slowdown has slowed down
Vax on vax on vax.

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May 13, 2021

A refresher for Kevin McCarthy on people doubting Biden's victory
The House GOP leader said Republicans no longer question the legitimacy of President Biden's victory in November.

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May 13, 2021

Live updates: Biden touts new CDC mask guidelines, coronavirus vaccine efforts: 'Today is a great day for America'
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is seeking to shore up support to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in the No. 3 leadership position among House Republicans.

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May 13, 2021

Marine Corps officer is first known active-duty service member charged in Capitol riot
Marine Corps Maj. Christopher Warnagiris was the first person to push through the Capitol's East Rotunda doors, prosecutors said.

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May 13, 2021

Pelosi says House Ethics Committee should investigate Greene's ‘verbal assault' on Ocasio-Cortez
The controversial Georgia Republican followed Ocasio-Cortez, shouting accusations that the Democrat supports terrorists and was a "radical socialist."

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May 13, 2021

It doesn't pay to be a congressional Republican opposing Trump
Republicans in Congress who oppose Donald Trump are usually consigned to the same fate: a quick end to their political careers.

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May 13, 2021

It's not just voting: Legislators have introduced 100 state bills targeting protesting
Several have been signed into law.

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May 13, 2021

Live updates: Biden says FBI thinks criminals in Russia, not Russian government, targeted Colonial Pipeline
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is seeking to shore up support to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in the No. 3 leadership position among House Republicans.

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May 13, 2021

The ominous signs for Matt Gaetz grow
A top ally is apparently set to plead guilty as part of a plea agreement. And the allegations against Gaetz have only built since that possibility arose.

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May 13, 2021

Live updates: Biden addresses Colonial Pipeline episode, will meet with GOP senators on infrastructure
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is seeking to shore up support to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in the No. 3 leadership position among House Republicans.

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May 13, 2021

Hundreds of people stormed the Capitol. Most won't face hefty prison terms, legal experts say.
Though maximum sentences range as high as 20 or 30 years, nearly half the Jan. 6 defendants are only charged with misdemeanors, and only those facing the most serious felonies face years in prison.

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May 13, 2021

Biden says that fuel is ‘beginning to flow,' as administration struggles to limit political damage from gas shortage
Republicans have seized on the crisis to attack Biden's energy policies and portray him as an agent of chaos amid other challenges.

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May 13, 2021

A perfect example of how obviously unproven fraud claims are sanitized
A Fox News contributor alleged that fraud was made possible — but couldn't say that it actually occurred.

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May 13, 2021

GOP Sen. Inhofe tells female EPA nominee to ‘behave' or he'd tell her ‘daddy,' who was in the room
An aide to Sen. James M. Inhofe said the quip to Radhika Fox, nominee to lead EPA's Office of Water, was intended as a joke after Fox mentioned her father was in the room for her confirmation hearing.

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May 13, 2021

GOP Sen. Inhofe tells female EPA nominee to ‘behave' or he'd tell ‘her daddy,' who was in the room
An aide to Sen. James M. Inhofe said the quip to Radhika Fox, nominee to lead EPA's Office of Water, was intended as a joke after Fox mentioned her father was in the room for her confirmation hearing.

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May 13, 2021

The GOP quickly responds to Cheney's ouster by ... pushing more conspiracy theories
On Wednesday morning, the GOP ousted a leader whose efforts to inject honesty into the party were unwelcome. Then they followed it up by pushing baseless and false conspiracy theories.

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May 13, 2021

Trump isn't the only example of the risks posed by ignoring aggressive rhetoric
House Republicans seem to be more worried about those pushing for truth than those abusing it.

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May 13, 2021

Live updates: Biden to address Colonial Pipeline episode, meet with Republican senators on infrastructure
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is seeking to shore up support to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in the No. 3 leadership position among House Republicans.

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May 13, 2021

Biden administration struggles to limit political damage from gas shortage
Republicans have seized on the crisis to attack Biden's energy policies and portray him as an agent of chaos amid other challenges.

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May 13, 2021

Biden is set to meet with Senate Republicans, with no clear bipartisan path forward on infrastructure
The two sides may not even broach the thorniest issue: how to pay for any package that rebuilds roads, expands broadband access and improves water systems, among other priorities.

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May 13, 2021

What we know about the high, broad turnout in the 2020 election
Census survey data shows turnout was up across nearly every part of the electorate. Here's what we learned from it.

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May 13, 2021

Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn expected to answer House committee questions ‘as soon as possible'
McGahn will be asked whether Trump interfered with Mueller's Russia investigation. House Democrats have been fighting for years to enforce a subpoena for his testimony.

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May 13, 2021

Rep. Greene aggressively confronts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, causing New York congresswoman to raise security concerns
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) followed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) off the House floor and accused her of supporting "terrorists and antifa."

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May 12, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine seeks to incentivize coronavirus vaccines with chance to win $1 million
The Republican governor announced Wednesday night that vaccinated adults will be eligible to enter a lottery that will pay out $1 million to five lucky winners on May 26. Separately, DeWine is offering five vaccinated teenagers full-ride scholarships to the state's public universities, including all four years of tuition, room, board and textbooks paid.

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May 12, 2021

Biden expresses optimism about infrastructure deal after meeting with congressional leaders
For the first time during his presidency, Biden is sitting down with the top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

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May 12, 2021

Biden meets with congressional leaders on a day of turmoil
Republicans punished a top figure Wednesday for insisting that Biden's presidency is legitimate. Then GOP leaders went to the White House to discuss "common ground."

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May 12, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine seeks to incentivize covid vaccines with chance to win $1 million
The Republican governor announced Wednesday night that vaccinated adults will be eligible to enter a lottery that will pay out $1 million to five lucky winners on May 26. Separately, DeWine is offering five vaccinated teenagers full rides to the state's public universities, including all four years of tuition, room, board and textbooks paid.

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May 12, 2021

Israel-Hamas fighting poses test for Biden and exposes rifts among Democrats
Younger, liberal lawmakers criticize Israel's tactics while U.S. officials urge calm.

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May 12, 2021

House Republicans oust Cheney for calling out Trump's false election claims, minimize Jan. 6 attack on Capitol
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is expected to be replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), a onetime moderate turned Trump loyalist.

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May 12, 2021

Biden hails coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds as ‘one more giant step' in fight against the pandemic
The shots were endorsed Wednesday by a CDC advisory panel, in a decision is expected to be adopted by CDC director

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May 12, 2021

‘Normal tourist visit': Republicans recast deadly Jan. 6 attack by pro-Trump mob
During a House hearing, one Republican accused the Justice Department of harassing "peaceful patriots" as the FBI seeks to identify and arrest rioters who breached the Capitol.

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May 12, 2021

CDC advisers recommend coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds
Pharmacies and large vaccination clinics that have the Pfizer vaccine are likely to be among the first places where adolescents can get the shots.

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May 12, 2021

Live updates: Biden expresses optimism about infrastructure deal after meeting with congressional leaders
For the first time during his presidency, Biden is sitting down with the top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

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May 12, 2021

The gas shortage is another recent example of Americans making things worse for one another
America has lost its chill.

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May 12, 2021

Trump's defense secretary suddenly backs off blaming him for Capitol riot
The comments are difficult to square with what Christopher Miller said before.

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May 12, 2021

Kevin McCarthy lives in an idyllic universe where his party no longer questions the 2020 election results
The rest of us live in reality.

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May 12, 2021

Live updates: Biden hosts congressional leaders; House GOP ousts Cheney from leadership post
For the first time during his presidency, Biden is sitting down with the top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

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May 12, 2021

CDC advisers meet to recommend coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds
Pharmacies and large vaccination clinics that have the Pfizer vaccine are likely to be among the first places where adolescents can get the shots.

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May 12, 2021

Deflect, minimize, deny: Unraveling the GOP Capitol riot spin
Rep. Liz Cheney's ouster from GOP leadership shows how far we've come in the whitewashing of Jan. 6. These three video tell the story.

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May 12, 2021

The GOP just canceled Liz Cheney
The term "cancel culture" has been distorted for months, rendering it effectively meaningless. But by the definitions of cancel culture warriors, they just canceled Cheney.

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May 12, 2021

The chain between Trump's misinformation and violent anger remains unbroken
As his former acting defense secretary links Trump to the Jan. 6 riot, it's worth remembering that little has changed since.

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May 12, 2021

The GOP cancels Liz Cheney
The term "cancel culture" has been distorted for months, rendering it effectively meaningless. But by the definitions of cancel culture warriors, they just canceled Cheney.

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May 12, 2021

Lester L. Wolff, Democrat who influenced U.S.-Taiwan policy, dies at 102
He was the oldest former congressman and a onetime lobbyist for Myanmar's military government.

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May 12, 2021

House Republicans oust Cheney from leadership for calling out Trump's false election claims
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is expected to be replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), a onetime moderate turned Trump loyalist.

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May 12, 2021

Liz Cheney offered a defense of democracy. Jim Jordan dismissed it as ‘Democrat talking points.'
"Today, we face a threat America has never seen before," Cheney said on the House floor.

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May 12, 2021

Live updates: Biden to host congressional leaders; House GOP ousts Cheney from leadership post
For the first time during his presidency, Biden is scheduled to sit down with the top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

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May 12, 2021

Live updates: Biden to host congressional leaders; House GOP poised to oust Cheney from leadership post
For the first time during his presidency, Biden is scheduled to sit down with the top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

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May 12, 2021

Biden works to seize a political edge as the GOP faces turmoil
As Republicans oust a top GOP leader for criticizing Trump, Biden seizes the moment to host a series of meetings at the White House for members of both parties on upcoming bills.

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May 12, 2021

Inside Liz Cheney's plan to take on former president Donald Trump
The Wyoming Republican plans increased travel and media appearances, as other opponents of the former president organize to back anti-Trump candidates.

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