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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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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Newly deemed ‘variant of concern’ delta accounts for 10 percent of U.S. cases, CDC says

The so-called delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for nearly 10 percent of new cases in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.The agency on Monday declared the variant, which was first detected in India, a “variant of concern,” a designation given when there is increased evidence of factors…

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‘Sigh of relief.’ Biden team embraces new Israeli government after Netanyahu drama

The Biden administration wasted no time in embracing the new government of Israel.The politics of Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, are no more agreeable to President Biden than those of the unseated Benjamin Netanyahu — including the rejection of both a Palestinian state and any agreement with Iran.But style and temperament suddenly make a…

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White House unveils new strategy to counter domestic terrorism ‘laser-focused on violence’

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday rolled out what it said is a new strategy to counter domestic terrorism — a series of changes to elevate the federal government’s response to an urgent problem, with renewed efforts to deter, detect and prosecute those who would use violence in pursuit of political aims.”What we are…

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Omar, Greene face dueling censure resolutions in House for recent remarks

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar will be the target of dueling resolutions expected to be filed this week admonishing them for remarks that critics said were antisemitic or inappropriate.Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., is expected to unveil a resolution Wednesday that would censure Greene, of Georgia, for remarks last…

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U.S. apprehensions of migrants crossing the border are 5 times higher than last year

In the predawn hours one rainy day last week, dozens of Mexicans and Central Americans made their way across the Rio Grande and up the riverbanks into Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were changing shifts — prime time for people smugglers attempting to evade authorities.But agents were waiting. Some families and…

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5 states pose a barrier to Biden’s vaccine goals because they’ve so far vaccinated less than half of their population

Five states have not given at least one COVID-19 vaccine to half their population, according to CDC data. This poses a challenge to President Joe Biden, who wants 70% of Americans partially vaccinated by July 4. Currently, more than 64% of Americans have received at least one dose and about 43% are fully vaccinated. See…

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YouTube suspends GOP senator’s account over Covid-19 post

YouTube suspended Sen. Ron Johnson’s account on Friday after the Wisconsin Republican posted his recent remarks about alternative therapies to treat Covid-19.“We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,” a YouTube spokesperson said…

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Capitol Police Union calls for acting chief to step aside after Senate report on Jan. 6 riot

The chairman of the Capitol Police union on Wednesday called on acting chief Yogananda Pittman to step aside after the Joint Senate Committee report on the Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection.Gus Papathanasiou said the report showed that Pittman and other senior leadership failed to adequately prepare their officers with equipment and intelligence to respond to the…

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Many of the U.S. uber-rich pay next to no income tax, ProPublica reports

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid no income tax in 2007 and 2011. Tesla co-founder Elon Musk’s income tax bill was zero in 2018. And financier George Soros went three straight years without paying federal income tax, according to a report from the nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica.The richest 25 Americans, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos,…

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