Israel-Hamas war roils congressional race outside NYC, testing Democrats in pivotal clash
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by Anthony Izaguirre
4h ago
What to Know The Israel-Hamas war is roiling a primary election between two Democrats in New York, testing the party’s position on the conflict and the larger split between its progressive and centrist wings The race pits liberal Rep. Jamaal Bowman against centrist county official George Latimer. Bowman is known for his criticism of the Israeli government. Latimer entered the race with the backing of Jewish leaders in the suburban district north of New York City The candidates present a compelling case study for the political divides within the Democratic Party, which has struggled to unify o ..read more
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Biden goes straight from G7 to Hollywood fundraiser, balancing geopolitics with his reelection bid
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by Darlene Superville, Will Weissert | Associated Press
4h ago
After flying through the night across nine time zones, from southern Italy to Southern California, President Joe Biden is shifting his focus from Russia’s challenge of Western unity to raking in big money for his reelection campaign at a Hollywood fundraiser featuring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Biden went straight from the Group of Seven summit of wealthy democracies, where Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine took center stage, to Los Angeles and the glitzy gathering unfolding Saturday night at the Peacock Theater. The journey was only broken up by a layover to refuel ..read more
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Harris stepping in for Biden at Ukraine summit as she takes growing role in heat of 2024 campaign
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by Aamer Madhani | Associated Press
4h ago
It’s Vice President Kamala Harris, not President Joe Biden, who joined world leaders Saturday in Switzerland for a summit on Ukraine and planned to meet with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss his country’s vision for ending the war launched by Russia. As she arrived at a resort overlooking Lake Lucerne, Harris announced $1.5 billion more in U.S. assistance for Ukrainians through the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. That includes money for energy assistance, repairing damaged energy infrastructure, helping refugees and strengthening civilian security. B ..read more
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Justice Department won't prosecute Garland for contempt, says refusal to provide audio wasn't crime
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by Alanna Durkin Richer | Associated Press
20h ago
Attorney General Merrick Garland will not be prosecuted for contempt of Congress because his refusal to turn over audio of President Joe Biden’s interview in his classified documents case “did not constitute a crime,” the Justice Department said Friday. The department’s decision was revealed in a letter to Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson, citing the agency’s “longstanding position and uniform practice” to not prosecute officials who don’t comply with subpoenas because of a president’s claim of executive privilege. The Democratic president last month asserted executive privilege  ..read more
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AI candidate running for Parliament in the U.K. says AI can humanize politics
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by Angela Yang and Daniele Hamamdjian | NBC News
2d ago
An artificial intelligence candidate is on the ballot for the United Kingdom’s general election next month. “AI Steve,” represented by Sussex businessman Steve Endacott, will appear on the ballot alongside non-AI candidates running to represent constituents in the Brighton Pavilion area of Brighton and Hove, a city on England’s southern coast. “AI Steve is the AI co-pilot,” Endacott said in an interview. “I’m the real politician going into Parliament, but I’m controlled by my co-pilot.” Endacott is the chairman of Neural Voice, a company that creates personalized voice assistants for ..read more
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Clarence Thomas took more undisclosed trips paid for by GOP megadonor Harlan Crow, Senate committee chair says
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by Kevin Breuninger,CNBC
2d ago
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas omitted at least three trips gifted by Republican megadonor Harlan Crow from his financial disclosures, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said. Durbin’s office obtained the information through a subpoena for Crow that the Judiciary panel authorized as part of an ethics probe of the court. Thomas recently amended a prior financial disclosure to include trips to Indonesia, and California that he had accepted from Crow and without disclosing at the time. Crow’s office said it struck a deal to give the committee seven years of informati ..read more
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Senate Republicans block bill on women's right to IVF as Democrats make push on reproductive care
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by Stephen Groves | The Associated Press
2d ago
Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would make it a right nationwide for women to access in vitro fertilization and other fertility treatments after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer forced a vote on the matter Thursday in an effort to drive an election-year contrast on reproductive care. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a military veteran who has used the fertility treatment to have her two children, has championed the bill, called the Right to IVF Act. The bill would also expand access through insurance as well as for military members and veterans. “These are real solutions that would help t ..read more
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President Biden says he won't offer commutation to his son Hunter after gun sentence
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by Colleen Long | Associated Press
2d ago
President Joe Biden said Thursday that he will not use his presidential powers to lessen the eventual sentence that his son Hunter will receive for his federal felony conviction on gun crimes. Biden, following the conclusion of a news conference held at the Group of Seven summit of the world’s wealthiest democracies, responded he would not when asked whether he plans to commute the sentence for his son. Hunter Biden’s sentencing date has not been set, and the three counts carry up to 25 years in prison. Whether Hunter Biden actually serves any time behind bars will be up to U.S. District Judg ..read more
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Aspects of US restrictions on asylum-seekers may violate international protections, UN agency says
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by Jamey Keaten | Associated Press
2d ago
The head of the U.N. refugee agency says he understands that the Biden administration enacted new restrictions on asylum-seekers entering the United States, but cautioned that some aspects of the executive order may violate refugee protection required in international law. Filippo Grandi, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, spoke to The Associated Press as his agency issued its annual “Global Trends” report for 2023 on Thursday. It found that the cumulative number of people who have been subjected to forced displacement rose to 120 million in 2023 — 6 million more than in the year before ..read more
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Immigrant rights groups sue Biden Administration over new asylum crackdown at the border
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by Seung Min Kim and Rebecca Santana | Associated Press
2d ago
A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups sued the Biden administration on Wednesday over President Joe Biden’s recent directive that effectively halts asylum claims at the southern border, saying it differs little from a similar move during the Trump administration that was blocked by the courts. The lawsuit — filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others on behalf of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and RAICES — is the first test of the legality of Biden’s sweeping crackdown on the border, which came after months of internal White House deliberations and is designed in part to ..read more
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