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Pence underwent successful surgery to have a pacemaker implanted

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “Over the past two weeks, former Vice President Pence experienced symptoms associated with a slow heart rate and, upon consultation with his doctors, underwent a procedure yesterday at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia, to implant a......

Private spat between McConnell and Pelosi regarding RBG’s memorial at Capitol highlighted in new book

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Saying goodbye to Ruth Bader Ginsburg Congresswomen file through Statuary Hall at the US Capitol to pay their respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as her casket lies in state on Friday, September 25. Saying goodbye to......

Biden resists raising refugee cap over political optics, sources say

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The President’s hesitation comes as the administration faces heat from Republicans and Democrats for its handling of an influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border. But the situation at the US southern border is separate from the refugee program,......

Secretary of State Blinken visits Afghanistan day after US announces plans for withdrawal

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Blinken met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as well as US service members and embassy personnel. President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he would withdraw US troops from Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks......

Analysis: Donald Trump is building a shadow Republican Party

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Trump quickly endorsed the effort, saying that the founders, which include his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, “have my full support as they work not only to preserve the historic accomplishments of my administration, but also......

US is expected to sanction Russia and expel Russian officials in response to hacks and election interference

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The sanctions will target intelligence and government officials and entities involved in the SolarWinds cyber intrusion, the officials said. One reason the rollout of these actions has taken longer than anticipated is because the White House was not satisfied......

Afghanistan: Why the US is there, why it’s leaving, what will happen when it’s gone

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The deadline for Biden’s withdrawal is significant — September 11, 2021, is 20 years after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania that led the US to target Afghanistan in the first place. Those two......

Women detail drug use, sex and payments after late-night parties with Gaetz and others

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The partygoers, at times dressed in formal wear from a political event they’d just left, mingled and shared drugs like cocaine and ecstasy. Some had sex. Gaetz, the brash Republican, liked to discuss politics, said one of the women.......

Biden administration moves to reverse Trump-era abortion referral rule

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled the proposed regulation to reverse the Trump administration’s rule blocking providers in the Title X family planning program from referring patients for the procedure. “Those rules have undermined the public health......

Wisconsin Treasurer jumps into crowded Democratic Senate primary as Ron Johnson freezes GOP field

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here As Johnson faces pressure from party leaders and former President Donald Trump to run again, his new Democratic foe is seizing on the Wisconsin Republican’s remarks surrounding the January 6 attack on the US Capitol as a centerpiece of......

Judges are split on how seriously to take John Roberts’ abortion opinion

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Last June, Roberts, who had never voted against an abortion restriction, spelled out his thinking in a concurring opinion, perhaps to bring clarity to lower courts dealing with the explosive issue. Instead, that opinion has added to the tangle......

Biden’s risky decision to end America’s longest war gives him a chance to refocus US foreign policy

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Biden administration officials said Tuesday that the President has ordered the remaining 2,500 or so troops in the country to begin a drawdown before May 1 and that all should be gone by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11......

Pelosi invites Biden to address a joint session of Congress on April 28

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Pelosi wrote in a letter to Biden that she was inviting him to speak to Congress on April 28 “to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.” CNN has reached out to the......

Biden dispatches unofficial delegation to Taiwan

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here That unofficial delegation is comprised of former Sen. Chris Dodd and former senior State Department officials Richard Armitage and James Steinberg. Their travel comes as China has carried out a number of aggressive shows of force toward the island.......

READ: US intelligence community’s threat assessment amid pandemic

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here (CNN)The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is poised to fracture societies worldwide, increase instability across the globe and reshape political and economic realities for years to come, the US intelligence community warned in a stark report laying out the......

Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The withdrawal extends the US troop presence past a May 1 deadline set by the Trump administration in an agreement with the Taliban, but only by a matter of months. Biden has been weighing the decision for months with......

Defense secretary announces increase to US military presence in Germany

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The US will permanently station “approximately 500 additional US personnel in the Wiesbaden area” of Germany and will be on the ground “as early as fall,” Austin said during a news conference in Berlin. “This planned increase in US......

Standoff emerges between White House and Michigan governor as state’s Covid situation deteriorates

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Whitmer has made several appeals to the White House for more vaccine doses to combat the surge, including a direct one to Biden during a call that lasted between 20 and 30 minutes last week. But Whitmer, a strong......

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