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Pentagon report cites threat of extremism in military


WASHINGTON (AP) — Domestic extremist groups pose a serious threat to the military by seeking to recruit service members into their ranks and, in some cases, joining the military to acquire combat experience, according to a Pentagon report released Tuesday. The report, prepared last year at the request of Congress, did not assess whether the [...]

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Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, has withdrawn her nomination after she faced opposition from key Democratic and Republican senators for her controversial tweets. Her withdrawal marks the first high-profile defeat of one of Biden’s nominees. Eleven of the 23 Cabinet nominees requiring Senate [...]

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Biden moves to get all teachers a vaccine shot by April


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he would use federal authority to offer coronavirus vaccinations to K-12 teachers and child-care workers, with the aim of getting at least the first shot administered to all educators by the end of March. The goal is to remove one of the major barriers to reopening schools [...]

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Biden’s Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with fewer than a dozen nominees for top posts confirmed more than a month into his tenure. Among Biden’s 23 nominees with Cabinet rank, just 12 have been confirmed by the Senate, or about half. And [...]

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Naval Academy seeking student vaccines for summer training


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy is developing plans to begin vaccinating midshipmen this month so students can deploy to ships and with Navy teams as part of their training this summer, Vice Adm. Sean Buck told Congress Tuesday. If the vaccines are available, the midshipmen would be the first military academy students to [...]

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The Biden administration has set out to dismantle Trump’s legacy except in one area: space


WASHINGTON — In his first two weeks in office, President Joe Biden wasted no time dismantling wide swaths of the Trump legacy, revoking more than 30 orders signed by his predecessor, while rejoining the Paris Climate Accords, ending the Muslim travel ban and halting construction on a Mexican border wall. But there is one area [...]

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Feds oppose release of Arizona man who wore horns in riot


Jacob Chansley, who calls himself the "QAnon Shaman," has apologized for his actions, which included leaving a threatening note for VP Mike Pence, at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Prosecutors say he's a danger to the community.

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Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo is confirmed as commerce secretary


WASHINGTON — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo won Senate confirmation Tuesday as the next U.S. commerce secretary, a post that will thrust her into some of the most contentious economic and security questions confronting the Biden administration. The Senate easily approved her nomination by a vote of 84-15. She is expected to be sworn in [...]

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Fulton DA’s investigation into Trump heads to grand jury


At issue is whether the recording of former President Donald Trump's Jan. 2 phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger leaning on him to "find" votes to reverse Joe Biden's win is grounds to move forward with an election fraud case.

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Biden plan to distribute virus aid irks some governors


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Biden administration’s plan to funnel more coronavirus aid into states with greater unemployment has irked governors with lower jobless rates, even though many have economies that weren’t hit as hard by the pandemic. The $1.9 trillion relief bill working its way through Congress allocates extra money to larger, mostly Democratic-run [...]

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Supreme Court appears to favor upholding voting laws lower court found unfair to minorities


WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to make it more difficult to challenge widely used voting laws that in practice might be more of a burden to minority voters. The justices spent two hours in a teleconference hearing reviewing the protections provided by the Voting Rights Act, first passed in 1965 to [...]

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A coronavirus variant by any other name … please


20H/501Y.V2. VOC 202012/02. B. 1.351. Those were the charming names that scientists proposed for a new variant of the coronavirus that was identified in South Africa. The convoluted strings of letters, numbers and dots are deeply meaningful for the scientists who devised them, but how was anyone else supposed to keep them straight? Even the [...]

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Pennsylvania Republicans stop just short of censuring Toomey


Sen. Pat Toomey’s vote to convict former President Donald Trump in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol set off a wave of pro-Trump county party condemnations of Toomey in Pennsylvania.

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FBI chief to face questions about extremism, Capitol riot


Questions about the FBI's preparations for the Jan. 6 riot, and investigations into it, are expected to dominate Christopher Wray's appearance Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The massive Russian data hack could come up, too.

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Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, has died


Vernon Jordan, who became involved in the civil rights movement as a young lawyer, and held posts with the NAACP and Urban League. He met Bill Clinton in the 1970s and their friendship evolved into a partnership. Jordan was known as the "first friend."

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FBI chief to face questions on extremism, Capitol riot


WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. Questions about the FBI’s preparations [...]

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Romney knocked unconscious in fall, but ‘doing better’


WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he was knocked unconscious in a fall over the weekend, but he was “doing better.” The Utah Republican said the accident happened when he was spending time with his grandchildren in Boston. He told reporters he was taken to a hospital and got stitches on his [...]

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Senate confirms Cardona as Biden’s education secretary


The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cardona, 45, a former public school teacher who went on to become Connecticut’s education chief, was approved on a 64-33 vote. He takes charge of the [...]

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Cuomo allegations leave Democrats grappling with response


NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats across the country celebrated New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the face of governing competence as President Donald Trump fumbled his administration’s response to the exploding pandemic last year. Now, the Democratic governor is struggling through a sexual harassment scandal that’s testing the limits of his party’s support as Democrats [...]

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump clings to his core election falsehoods


Speaking Sunday to the Conservative Political Action Conference, former President Donald Trump revived a variety of the baseless claims that saturated his time in office, on immigration, the economy and more. Here's a look.

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