Backlash against DEI spreads to more states
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by Tribune News Service
2d ago
Erika Bolstad | Stateline.org (TNS) SALT LAKE CITY — Shortly after taking office in 2023, Republican state Rep. Katy Hall heard from constituents complaining about how their adult children were required to write diversity, equity and inclusion statements while applying for medical and dental schools and other graduate programs in Utah. “It doesn’t seem right,” Hall said. “It doesn’t seem like it belongs in an application.” It took two legislative sessions, but Hall successfully sponsored a new law that not only prohibits the use of such DEI statements but also bars state institutions from rely ..read more
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Trump is proposing to make tips tax-free. What would that mean for workers?
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by Associated Press
2d ago
By KEVIN FREKING and JOSH BOAK (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s new proposal to exclude tips from federal taxes is getting strong reviews from some Republican lawmakers, though major questions remain about the impact of the policy and how it would work. What’s certain is that a change in the taxation of tips would affect millions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are 2.24 million waiters and waitresses across the country, with tips making up a large percentage of their income. A look at what Trump’s proposing and the possible political and ..read more
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Battle of the experts: Trump legal backers facing off against government over special counsel’s ‘legitimacy’
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by David Lyons
2d ago
FORT PIERCE —  Proceedings before U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in the U.S. government’s classified documents case against former President Donald Trump Friday morning sounded more like a law school colloquium than a defense-prosecution hearing on a motion to dismiss. Emil Bove, a former prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, carried the arguments for the defense, emphasizing that there is no statue that allowed Special Counsel Jack Smith to be appointed to investigate the reports from the National Archives that Trump had potentially classified ..read more
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The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. Here’s the state of abortion rights now in the US
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by Associated Press
2d ago
By GEOFF MULVIHILL (Associated Press) Judges, state lawmakers and voters are deciding the future of abortion in the U.S. two years after the Supreme Court jolted the legal status quo with a ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. The June 24, 2022, ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization sparked legislative action, protest and numerous lawsuits — placing the issue at the center of politics across the country. Abortion is now banned at all stages of pregnancy, with limited exceptions, in 14 Republican-controlled states. In three other states, it’s barred after about the first six wee ..read more
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How Biden and Trump are taking very different approaches to preparing for next week’s debate
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by Associated Press
2d ago
By STEVE PEOPLES (AP National Political Writer) NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden begins an intense period of private preparations Friday at Camp David for what may be the most consequential presidential debate in decades. The 81-year-old Democrat’s team is aware he cannot afford an underwhelming performance when he faces Republican rival Donald Trump for 90 minutes on live television June 27. Biden’s team expects aggressive attacks on his physical and mental strength, his record on the economy and immigration and even his family. Trump, 78 and ever confident, will stay on the campaign trail ..read more
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Limerick councilman donates land to help solve traffic problem
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by Evan Brandt
2d ago
LIMERICK — A township supervisor running for state representative has donated a sliver of his land at an intersection in Linfield to help solve a long-standing traffic problem there. “This was an easy decision for me,” Mike McCloskey, who is running as the Republican candidate against incumbent Democrat Joe Ciresi for the 146th District House seat, said in a June 19 press release from his campaign announcing the donation. Specifically, McCloskey told MediaNews Group he has donated 832.28 square-feet at the intersection of Station Avenue and Main Street to Limerick Township. A truck gets stuck ..read more
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China has no favorite in Biden-Trump race, US intelligence finds
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by Tribune News Service
3d ago
Peter Martin | (TNS) Bloomberg News WASHINGTON — U.S. spies believe China’s leaders see little or no upside to the looming electoral showdown between President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump. Ahead of next week’s first debate of the presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence agencies assess that China has no clear preference between the two candidates, according to American officials, who asked not to be identified discussing nonpublic assessments. The conclusion suggests that officials in Beijing, like their counterparts in Washington, believe that ties between the world’s two large ..read more
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Threats of terrorism in the US are ‘more diverse and difficult to counter’
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by Tribune News Service
3d ago
Jeffrey Fleishman | (TNS) Los Angeles Times She wanted a rifle. He needed a soldier for his plan to overthrow the government. Sarah Beth Clendaniel was a radical looking for a target when, authorities say, she plotted with Brandon Russell — a white supremacist who belongs to an organization known as Atomwaffen Division — to destroy the power grid around Baltimore. Clendaniel dressed in camouflage fatigues. Russell went by the alias “Raccoon” and, according to federal agents, kept a framed picture of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on his dresse ..read more
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Swing-state legislatures diverge on election-year gun measures
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by Tribune News Service
3d ago
Amanda Hernández | (TNS) Stateline.org States continued to diverge on gun policy this year, with especially intense debate in the swing states that will decide November’s election. In Michigan, legislators are considering at least half a dozen gun bills that would create storage requirements and establish gun-free zones. In Pennsylvania, lawmakers are still debating measures that would ban sales of untraceable guns and gun parts, prohibit bump stocks and make some procedural changes related to gun purchases. Meanwhile, Republican legislators in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina have sought t ..read more
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. fails to qualify for CNN’s debate. It’ll be a showdown between Biden and Trump
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by Associated Press
3d ago
By MEG KINNARD (Associated Press) COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has failed to qualify for next week’s debate in Atlanta, according to host network CNN, falling shy of benchmarks both for state ballot qualification and necessary polling. The missed markers mean that the June 27 showdown will be solely between Democratic President Joe Biden and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. That denies Kennedy a singular opportunity to stand alongside the leading candidates in an attempt to lend legitimacy to his l ..read more
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