A Federal Appeals Court Refuses To Reinstate North Carolina’s Abortion Ban

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s ban on most abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy must remain unenforceable, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting arguments that the law should be left intact because prosecutors aren’t going after doctors who violate it. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

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Texas governor says state will provide $250 million ‘downpayment’ for border wall

Top Texas officials penned a letter on Wednesday authorizing the transfer of $250 million as a “down payment” for the state’s border wall with Mexico.Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week announced plans to build a wall on the southern border to help stem the influx of migrants entering the U.S., declaring “While securing the border…

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More Than Half Of Republicans Believe Election Audits Could Change Outcome, Poll Suggests

Topline Three quarters of Republican voters support state efforts to reexamine votes from last fall’s presidential election and over half believe the audits will change the outcome of the election, a poll published Wednesday suggests, after a previous survey found 3 in 10 Republicans believe a conspiracy theory that Trump could be “reinstated” this year…

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Will straight-ticket voting upset the midterm dynamic in battle for Senate?

ANALYSIS — Political observers all know the party holding the White House tends to fare poorly during the midterm elections. That is why the combination of redistricting and the midterm dynamic clearly benefits House Republicans next year.But reapportionment and redistricting don’t affect the Senate, and more importantly, a recently developing electoral dynamic — the surge…

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Capitol Police teams were lacking in weapons certifications

Posted June 15, 2021 at 7:28pmThe U.S. Capitol Police had potentially deadly training deficiencies on one of the force’s most lethal weapons, yet another issue that has come to light since the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The Containment Emergency Response Team (CERT) failed to comply with weapons certifications and the department’s First Responders…

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U.S. fed funds futures raise odds of rate hike in early 2023 after Fed statement

FILE PHOTO: Federal Reserve Board building on Constitution Avenue is pictured in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisNEW YORK (Reuters) -Futures on the federal funds rate, which track short-term interest rate expectations, on Wednesday raised bets that the U.S. Federal Reserve will tighten monetary policy in early 2023 after Fed projections showed at least…

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Federal judge blocks Biden’s ban on leases for drilling on public lands

WASHINGTON — In a setback for President Joe Biden’s efforts on climate change, a federal judge in Louisiana on Tuesday blocked the administration’s temporary ban on new leases to drill for oil and gas on public lands and ordered that lease sales continue.The Interior Department said it would “comply with the decision,” signaling that lease…

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U.S. Senator Rubio plans legislation to address Russia cyberattacks -letter

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) looks on during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on the nomination of Former Senator Bill Nelson to be NASA administrator, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 21, 2021. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) – The top Republican on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee urged…

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