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Biden pushed to seal the deal on paid sick leave for rail workers
-  on Thursday passed legislation brokered by President Joe Biden denying freight rail employees any compensated sick leave, labor advocates implored the president—who called himself the "most pro-labor" president ever—to sign an executive order guaranteeing at least seven days of paid days off for illness to railroad and other workers. The upper chamber  voted  52-43 Thursday—eight ...

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Fed's preferred inflation gauge slowed in October
- Inflation showed signs of slowing in October, but it still remained uncomfortably rapid even as a spate of economic data underscored that a return to normal price increases could take time. Prices as measured by the Personal Consumption Expenditures index, the measure the Federal Reserve watches most closely, climbed by 6 percent in the year through October, the report showed, in line with what economists in a ...

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US appeals courts ends special master review of seized Trump documents
- ) US appeals courts ends special master review of seized Trump documents The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Thursday unanimously ruled that the Department of Justice (DOJ) may access documents it seized from former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in August without a special master review. The DOJ asked the court to consider whether Judge Aileen Cannon was correct to establish the special master ...

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Arizona County Certifies Election After Judge's Order
- PHOENIX (AP) — A rural Arizona county certified its midterm election results on Thursday, following the orders of a judge who ruled that Republican supervisors broke the law when they refused to sign off on the vote count by this week's deadline. Two Republicans on Cochise County's three-member board of supervisors balked for weeks about certifying the election, even as the deadline passed on Monday. They did ...

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Biden reportedly asks Democrats to make South Carolina 1st voting state in 2024 primaries, demoting Iowa
- President Biden has asked the Democratic National Committee to put South Carolina first on the 2024 primary calendar, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada, Georgia, and Michigan, DNC members learned at a private dinner on Thursday, according multiple news organizations . The Democrats have been discussing shaking up the primary schedule for months, but elevating South Carolina to pole position and putting ...

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What to know about the West's new efforts to slash Russia's oil revenue
- The United States and its allies are about to deliver a double blow to Russia aimed at starving its oil revenues. First, the European Union will ban all seaborne imports Russian oil, a move that takes effect Monday. Also, the U.S. and other members of the Group of Seven leading economies will attempt to impose a price cap on the oil Russia continues to sell to other parts of the world. The two moves are intended to ...

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Trump Organization's Last Play in Tax Fraud Case: Pin It on the Fall Guy
- O.J. Simpson had: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." The Trump Organization has: "Weisselberg did it for Weisselberg." As the criminal tax fraud trial against former President Donald Trump's private business comes to an end, one moment in court on Thursday summed up the absurdity of the Trump Organization's defense strategy of blaming their problems on a chief financial officer gone rogue. It came when ...

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What Congress's same-sex marriage bill actually does
- It doesn't go as far as Obergefell, but it still offers important protections. Congress could soon pass historic protections for same-sex marriage, offering a critical safeguard if the Supreme Court were to overturn its 2015 decision that established the right. The Senate has already passed this legislation, known as the Respect for Marriage Act, and it now heads to the House, which is likely to approve it next ...

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Ramaphosa political fate hangs in balance in South Africa
- The political future of President Cyril Ramaphosa hung in the balance on Friday, as South Africans wondered whether he would cling to power or resign over accusations that he sought to cover up a burglary at his farm. On Thursday, the 70-year-old head of state was rumoured to be close to stepping down in the face of calls to quit — but by Friday morning, the pendulum seemed to have swung the other way as ...

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GOP tension builds over House speaker race as McCarthy and critics prep for floor fight
- CNN — House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his critics are gearing up for a potential floor fight over the speakership in January, raising the possibility of a messy intraparty showdown that could bring uncertainty and chaos just as Republicans prepare to enter their new majority. McCarthy still insists he will have the 218 votes needed to secure the speakership. Conservative hardliners seeking to plot ...

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Ukraine has lost between 10,000 and 13,000 soldiers so far, according to presidential adviser; US president offers to speak with Russian counterpart
- US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron presented a united front on Ukraine with Biden saying he would talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin if he is willing to end the war and only in consultation with Nato allies. I'm prepared to speak with Mr Putin if in fact there is an interest in him deciding he's looking for a way to end the war. He hasn't done that yet," Biden told a news conference ...

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House Democrats set to discuss how to handle Trump's tax returns
- CNN — The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee will meet Thursday to discuss how to handle six years of former President Donald Trump's federal tax returns, one day after the panel received access to the records following a protracted legal fight . The committee is planning to be briefed by House general counsel Doug Letter on the legal ramifications of the section of the tax law that chairman ...

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Macron Voices Europe's Ire With 2 Biden Laws
- Macron Uses White House Visit to Voice Frustration With Two US Laws A s he left his home of France for a high-profile meeting with his U.S. counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron carried with him a barrel of frustrations from European allies over some of Joe Biden's signature policy accomplishments. Those frustrations quickly bubbled up into public view once Macron reached Washington on Wednesday, as he stopped at ...

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Rep. Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg sentenced to 11 years for sex trafficking a minor
- Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Former Florida tax collector and associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz Joel Greenberg was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to six charges, including sex trafficking a minor. Greenberg originally faced 33 federal charges and decades in prison, but cooperated with prosecutors to reduce his sentence. The cooperation included providing information in the Justice Department's ...

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Fact-checking Kevin McCarthy on what Donald Trump said about Nick Fuentes
- When California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican nominee for House speaker, faced reporters Nov. 29, he got some questions about his meetings that day with President Joe Biden and other congressional leaders. But he was also asked about former President Donald Trump and a controversial dinner he'd held days earlier. On Nov. 22, Trump had dined at his Mar-a-Lago estate with rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye ...

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Biden Issues Grant to Relocate Native Americans From Rising Oceans
- For centuries, Native Americans have been forcibly relocated from their rightful homes to more vulnerable locations. And after far too long, President Biden is finally attempting to reconcile. On Wednesday, Nov. 30 during the two-day White House Tribal Nationals Summit, the POTUS promised to allocate $75 million to relocate three tribes to higher grounds, away from rising sea levels. In addition to Biden's grant to ...

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Netflix releases Harry & Meghan documentary trailer amid royal race row
- Teaser shows images of Meghan apparently in tears and Harry talking of protecting his family An emotionally charged trailer of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's forthcoming Netflix documentary series has been released, as Buckingham Palace reels from a racism incident and during a key visit to the US by the Prince and Princess of Wales. In the 1 min 12 sec "teaser", Harry and Meghan share previously unseen intimate ...

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Obama heads to Georgia as Herschel Walker faces new violence claim
- Former president to rally for Raphael Warnock against Trump-backed Republican as early voting closes in Senate runoff Barack Obama will campaign for Raphael Warnock in Georgia on Thursday night, as early voting in the US Senate runoff closes and as Herschel Walker, the Republican challenger to the Democratic incumbent, faces yet more controversy. On Thursday, a former girlfriend told the Daily Beast that in 2005, ...

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Obama to campaign for Warnock in tight Georgia runoff race
- ATLANTA — Former president Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail Thursday night for a rally aimed at energizing Democratic voters in Georgia to head back to the polls to support Sen. Raphael G. Warnock in his runoff battle against Republican Herschel Walker. In his second trip to the Peach State this election cycle, Obama urged a crowd of about 5,000 supporters to do their part to ensure the senator is ...

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Florida to pull $2 billion of assets from BlackRock over ESG
- Florida will pull $2 billion worth of state assets managed by BlackRock, accelerating Republicans' fight with the world's largest money manager over its ESG investing practices. The state treasury will immediately have Florida's custody bank freeze about $1.43 billion worth of long-term securities and remove BlackRock as the manager of approximately $600 million worth of short-term overnight investments, Florida ...

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Islamic State leader blew himself up after being surrounded, Syrian fighter says
- The militant group, which once laid claim to swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq, still carries out sporadic attacks. The leader of the so-called Islamic State blew himself up after he and his aides were surrounded in Syria, a witness says. Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi was killed in an operation carried out by the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Jasem in the northwestern Deraa province in ...

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Kate Middleton Wears Burgundy Suit and Bow Blouse – Boston Outfits So Far
- Published: Dec 1, 2022 Amid a and the , Kate Middleton and Prince William kicked off the second day of their Boston tour by just keeping the focus on their work, and adhering to the family's "never complain, never explain" mantra. The Princess of Wales stepped out in a sleek burgundy suit and pale pink bow blouse for her visit to Greentown Labs, North America's largest clean-tech incubator. She and William are in ...

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Herschel Walker Ex Comes Forward: He Attacked Me in a Rage
- Cheryl Parsa says she endured cheating, lying, violence, and multiple personalities during her romance with the gridiron great. A former longtime girlfriend of Republican senatorial candidate Herschel Walker has come forward to detail a violent episode with the football star, who she believes is "unstable" and has "little to no control" over his mental state when he is not in treatment. The woman, Dallas resident ...

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Government watchdog finds no misconduct or 'malicious code' after IRS selected former FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe for tax audits
- TaxWatch Government watchdog finds no misconduct or 'malicious code' after IRS selected former FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe for tax audits The New York Times reported in July that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were both audited by the IRS A watchdog for the Internal Revenue Service scrutinized the selection of two top FBI officials for tax audits, and concluded that there was ...

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GOP argument on redistricting could backfire
- Sam Wang, a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University, directs the Electoral Innovation Lab. On Dec. 7, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Moore v. Harper , a case that could upend how states oversee federal elections and open the door to increased congressional gerrymandering. The central issue is a radical theory favored by a faction of legal thinkers on the right. But if they looked at the ...

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Bidens to serve Maine lobster to Macron despite Whole Foods ban
- Whole Foods announced a ban on the sale of Maine lobsters, citing a danger to North Atlantic right whales American Osetra caviar, butter-poached lobster from Maine , beef, and California wines will be presented to French President Emmanuel Macron for a state dinner hosted by US President Joe Biden . The Biden family and the Macrons will be part of a red, white, and blue-themed gathering at a pavilion set up on the ...

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Jeffries wins bid to lead House Dems, Rep. Katherine Clark named whip
- WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats ushered in a new generation of leaders on Wednesday with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries elected to be the first Black American to head a major political party in Congress at a pivotal time as long-serving Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team step aside next year. Showing rare party unity after their midterm election losses, the House Democrats moved seamlessly from one history-making ...

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