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Prosecutors expected to close case against Lev Parnas this week

Prosecutors expected to close case against Lev Parnas this week

Federal prosecutors in New York are expected to rest their campaign finance case against Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas this week. Over three days of testimony last week, prosecutors conveyed to jurors a pay-to-play scheme by Parnas and his co-conspirators to exchange campaign donations for political capital they’d hoped to cash in for cannabis industry…

Democrats push Biden to take forceful role in bridging party’s sparring factions over agenda
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Democrats push Biden to take forceful role in bridging party’s sparring factions over agenda

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden spoke by phone last Tuesday and zeroed in on a strategy for their party’s sweeping economic package, deciding that the time has come to wrap up negotiations, several senior officials in both places tell CNN — a sign of Democrats’ growing restiveness at a critical moment for…

Biden admin tells Supreme Court that Guantanamo detainee can provide limited testimony
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Biden admin tells Supreme Court that Guantanamo detainee can provide limited testimony

The Biden administration has informed the Supreme Court that Abu Zubaydah, a former associate of Osama bin Laden who was subject to enhanced interrogation techniques in a CIA detention center and is currently held in in Guantanamo Bay, could provide limited testimony for use in a Polish investigation into the use of CIA black sites…

Ex-intel official who created controversial Trump Russia dossier speaks out
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Ex-intel official who created controversial Trump Russia dossier speaks out

Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, the man behind the “Steele Dossier” that claimed Russian officials held compromising information on former President Donald Trump, defended the claims made in the dossier in his first on-camera interview since it was revealed in 2017. In a clip from an upcoming ABC News documentary released Sunday, Steele said…

Oil politics animate California congressional race
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Oil politics animate California congressional race

The damage from the recent California oil spill has so far been less disastrous than initially feared, but it has thrust the issue of offshore oil drilling on the West Coast into some of the most hotly contested US House races in the country. The spill created a plume that threatened beaches and wetlands all…

Jon Stewart: Americans ‘still have time’ to preserve democracy
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Jon Stewart: Americans ‘still have time’ to preserve democracy

Comedian Jon Stewart reflected on the state of American politics on Sunday, warning that although the country’s democratic system is under threat, Americans “still have time” to preserve it. “It’s bracing sometimes to hear the reality of people’s lives in other countries as — it’s not to say that warning signs don’t exist or bells…

Americans among more than 350 passengers who departed Kabul on evacuation flight Sunday
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Americans among more than 350 passengers who departed Kabul on evacuation flight Sunday

One of the largest evacuation flights departed Kabul on Sunday with an unknown number of Americans on board and is on its way to Doha, a senior Qatari government official tells CNN. The ninth evacuation flight from Afghanistan since August 31 is carrying 353 evacuees, including faculty, staff, and students from the American University of…

Kinzinger doesn’t rule out January 6 committee subpoena for Trump
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Kinzinger doesn’t rule out January 6 committee subpoena for Trump

A Republican on the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol on Sunday did not rule out issuing a subpoena for former President Donald Trump as it seeks to obtain information from his allies. “I don’t know. I think if I had that answer now, I’d probably go in, you know,…

Buttigieg says US supply chain issues will ‘certainly’ continue into 2022
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Buttigieg says US supply chain issues will ‘certainly’ continue into 2022

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg predicted on Sunday that supply chain issues facing the US will continue into 2022, but stressed that Congress potentially passing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal is the best way to help alleviate those problems. “Certainly a lot of the challenges that we’ve been experiencing this year will continue into next year.…

The secret Supreme Court: Late nights, courtesy votes and the unwritten 6-vote rule
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The secret Supreme Court: Late nights, courtesy votes and the unwritten 6-vote rule

Much of the US Supreme Court’s business occurs in private, as the nine justices meet alone around a rectangular table in a small oak-paneled room. The results of some of those internal deliberations become public when rulings in cases, fully briefed and openly argued, are handed down. But other decisions made in private are surrounded…

Democrats’ dilemma: How to keep health care expansion in their big spending bill
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Democrats’ dilemma: How to keep health care expansion in their big spending bill

For President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats, the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill was a chance to fulfill their longstanding dreams of expanding health care coverage. The proposed package includes broadening Medicare to provide dental, vision and hearing benefits, expanding Medicaid in the 12 states that refused to adopt the Affordable Care Act provision and…

President Clinton is expected to be discharged Sunday, spokesperson says
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President Clinton is expected to be discharged Sunday, spokesperson says

Former President Bill Clinton will remain at University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California, for at least one more night, and is expected to be discharged Sunday, his spokesperson Angel Ureña said in a statement Saturday on Twitter. Clinton “continued to make excellent progress,” Ureña added. “He will remain overnight at UC Irvine…

Assistant to House Sergeant-at-Arms charged with possession of child pornography
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Assistant to House Sergeant-at-Arms charged with possession of child pornography

An assistant to the US House of Representatives Sergeant-At-Arms has been arrested and charged with 10 felony counts related to the possession of child pornography, according to court records filed Wednesday. Stefan Bieret, 41, is allegedly the owner of a DropBox account that contained images of child sexual abuse material, according to a news release…

Fact-checking Kari Lake, serial promoter of election lies and early frontrunner in GOP primary for Arizona governor
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Fact-checking Kari Lake, serial promoter of election lies and early frontrunner in GOP primary for Arizona governor

In September, Mike Lindell, the pillow businessman and promoter of wildly inaccurate conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, said Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake was the first and only candidate he had endorsed. “And that says a lot,” Lindell said while introducing Lake for an appearance on his talk show. “It says a lot about…

Who is Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Virginia?
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Who is Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Virginia?

Terry McAuliffe, the former governor of Virginia, is vying for another shot at leading the commonwealth, a place that bars governors from serving successive terms. Earlier this year, the seasoned candidate — whose story in the Democratic Party is defined by millions of dollars raised, the Clintons and a tenure as chair of the Democratic…

Who is Glenn Youngkin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia?
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Who is Glenn Youngkin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia?

Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, has pitched himself as a businessman and a political outsider. The former co-chief executive of the private-equity firm Carlyle Group, a global investment firm, Youngkin defeated six other nominees in the state’s Republican primary earlier this year. Now, he’s vying to be Virginia’s first Republican governor…

McAuliffe fights to engage politically exhausted Democrats in close of Virginia campaign
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McAuliffe fights to engage politically exhausted Democrats in close of Virginia campaign

Terry McAuliffe did not mince words about what he needed from Virginia voters on Friday night. “We need Democrats to step up, get energized and bring this one home for us,” he implored the audience in Henrico County. “People are counting on you.” Although the Democratic gubernatorial nominee has been running against Republican Glenn Youngkin…

5 things we learned from the committee investigating January 6 last week
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5 things we learned from the committee investigating January 6 last week

The committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol had a big week. Key decisions were made that not only cemented the tone of how the committee has chosen to operate, but also brought future roadblocks further into focus. Here’s what last week tells us about the investigation: 1. They are making an…

Democrats’ cornerstone climate policy will likely be cut from sweeping economic package
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Democrats’ cornerstone climate policy will likely be cut from sweeping economic package

The Clean Electricity Performance Program, the cornerstone climate policy in Democrats’ massive social safety net package, will likely be dropped from the final budget deal after pushback from Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, three congressional sources told CNN. “He is not there on the CEPP period. We’ve been trying,” one Democratic aide with knowledge…