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Filling Supreme Court Vacancy To Replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at 87 on Sep 18, 2020
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abcnews.go.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
Donald Trump To Put Forth Nominee To Replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In Coming Days: Sources - ABC News
The shortlist includes at least one woman, sources said.
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Joe Biden 2020 Presidential Campaign
Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead.
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factcheck.org Sep 18, 2020, Friday
FactChecking Biden's Town Hall - FactCheck.org
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden answered questions from the public in a CNN town hall, but he got some facts wrong and misled on others.
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Trump Signs New Executive Order On Prescription Drug Prices
The order, which would include Medicare Part D and Part B, replaces a previous order the president signed in July, but the move is unlikely to have any immediate practical impact.
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nytimes.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
A Deal On Drug Prices Undone By White House Insistence On ‘Trump Cards’ - The New York Times
The White House and the pharmaceutical industry were nearing a major deal to lower drug prices. Then the administration demanded that $100 cash cards be sent to millions of seniors before the election — and the industry balked.
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The 2020 United States Presidential Election
The 2020 United States presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. It will be the 59th and *maybe the last* quadrennial presidential election in USA.
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washingtonpost.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
In Trump-Biden Era, Virginia Is Not A Swing State - The Washington Post
A state that was a critical battleground for the past three cycles gets less love in 2020.
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Trump Administration to Ban TikTok and WeChat From U.S. App Stores
Both companies have Chinese owners. One of them has support from Trump-backers.
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commerce.gov Sep 18, 2020, Friday
Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat And TikTok Transactions To Protect The National Security Of The United States | U.S. Department Of Commerce
In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States.
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Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14.
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theintercept.com Sep 18, 2020, Friday
Portland’s Progressive Prosecutor Takes On The Cops
Portland’s new district attorney said he wouldn’t prosecute most protesters. Police kept arresting them anyway.
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Voting By Mail In 2020 Election
The coronavirus pandemic is set to change the way millions of Americans can vote in November, and Trump Administration to Kill the U.S. Postal Service
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npr.org Sep 17, 2020, Thursday
Postmaster Reassures State Officials About Voting By Mail : NPR
The postmaster general spoke to dozens of the nation's top election officials Thursday, ahead of an election season that will see record numbers of mail ballots.
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Unusually sycophantic behavior from federal agencies
National Archives, FDA, CDC, HHS....
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nytimes.com Sep 17, 2020, Thursday
CDC Virus Testing Guidance Was Posted Against Scientists’ Objections - The New York Times
A controversial guideline saying people without Covid-19 symptoms didn’t need to get tested for the virus came from H.H.S. officials and skipped the C.D.C.’s scientific review process.
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Final Report On Russian Interference And Ties To Trump Is Released By G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel
A nearly 1,000-page report confirmed the special counsel’s findings at a moment when President Trump’s allies have sought to undermine that inquiry.
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esquire.com Aug 31, 2020, Monday
Rod Rosenstein Stopped Robert Mueller Investigating Trump's Financial Ties To Russia: Report
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Japan's PM Shinzo Abe Resigns, Yoshihide Suga succeeding
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later Wednesday. Abe, Japan’s...
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Senate Seats Play In 2020
The 2020 United States Senate elections will be held on November 3, 2020, with the 33 class 2 seats of the Senate being contested in regular elections.
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opensecrets.org Sep 16, 2020, Wednesday
Senate Candidates Spend Record Sums On Online Ads
Senate candidates have turned to digital ads to rack in donors. The top 5 spenders have raised record amounts of funds thanks to Facebook and Google.
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Lawmakers On New Coronavirus Relief Bill
Leaders from both parties maintain that they want to approve a deal and send it to the president to sign before they head out for an August recess, which marks the final campaign push before the November elections. Pelosi has said she will "absolutely" delay the start of ...
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speaker.gov Sep 16, 2020, Wednesday
Pelosi, Schumer Joint Statement On Trump Urging Republicans To ‘Go For The Much Higher Numbers’ In Coronavirus Negotiations | Speaker Nancy Pelosi
We are encouraged that after months of the Senate Republicans insisting on shortchanging the massive needs of the American people, President Trump is now calling on Republicans to ‘go for the much higher numbers’ in the next coronavirus relief package.
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2020 United States Senate election in Kentucky
The 2020 United States Senate election in Kentucky will be held on November 3, 2020, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky
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courier-journal.com Sep 16, 2020, Wednesday
Mitch McConnell Winning TV Air War Over Amy McGrath, Thanks To PACs
McConnell's campaign and allied PACs have purchased or booked over $25 million in TV and radio ads for the general election, more than double those backing McGrath.
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Justice Dept. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into John Bolton’s Book
Investigators are examining whether the former national security adviser illegally disclosed classified information.
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washingtonpost.com Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
Grand Jury Issues Subpoenas In Bolton Book Investigation Related To Handling Of Classified Information - The Washington Post
The former Trump national security adviser rejects any claim of wrongdoing in the politically charged case.
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South Dakota AG Fatally Struck Man With Car, Initially Told Authorities He Hit A Deer
Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday evening, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said.
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apnews.com Sep 15, 2020, Tuesday
South Dakota AG Was Frequent Traveler Before Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — For South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg spending Saturday driving hundreds of miles on the state’s roads was not unusual. But by this past Sunday, it was clear...
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The Man Who Refused To Spy
The F.B.I. tried to recruit an Iranian scientist as an informant. When he balked, the payback was brutal.
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newyorker.com Sep 14, 2020, Monday
The Man Who Refused To Spy  | The New Yorker
The F.B.I. tried to recruit an Iranian scientist as an informant. When he balked, the payback was brutal.
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Steve Bannon was arrested on charges of defrauding through “We Build the Wall” fundraising scheme
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was arrested on charges of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors through his “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign.by The Times.
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washingtonpost.com Sep 13, 2020, Sunday
How Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Joined Forces With A Chinese Billionaire Who Has Divided The President’s Allies - The Washington Post
Bannon has emerged as one of the biggest champions of businessman Guo Wengui, who casts himself as an anti-communist dissident, even as other critics of the Chinese government have grown skeptical of his claims.
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Those Boats In Texas Paraded At The Wrong Speed | FT Alphaville
Trump skippers ran planing hulls at displacement speed. That was a problem.
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ftalphaville.ft.com Sep 08, 2020, Tuesday
Those Boats In Texas Paraded At The Wrong Speed | FT Alphaville
Trump skippers ran planing hulls at displacement speed. That was a problem.
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Trump's Deep Swamp
then More deep Swamp
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businessinsider.com Sep 07, 2020, Monday
Trump Took Art From Diplomat In Paris After Canceled WWI Event: Report - Business Insider
President Donald Trump had extra time to spend in the ambassador's home after canceling his cemetery visit and found art he liked, Bloomberg reported.
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Supreme Court Rules On Trump Financial Records In 2 Key Cases
The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Trump a big loss Thursday, ruling that he is not "categorically immune" from having his pre-presidential financial records released to a New York grand jury. But in a second decision, the court pushed back against the breadth of con...
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thehill.com Sep 01, 2020, Tuesday
Federal Court Blocks Release Of Trump Taxes While Case Appealed | TheHill
A federal appeals court in New York on Tuesday temporarily halted a lower court ruling that would have sped up the disclosure of President Trump's tax returns to prosecutors in Manhattan.
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Don McGahn not Comply With House Democrats' Subpoena
Former White House counsel Don McGahn is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, deferring to a last-minute instruction from the White House to disregard House Democrats' demands.
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nbcnews.com Aug 31, 2020, Monday
Appeals Court Tosses Subpoena For Former Trump White House Lawyer McGahn
The ruling is a win for President Trump, whose administration has fought subpoenas.
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The QAnon Conspiracy Theory: A Security Threat In The Making
The QAnon conspiracy theory, which emerged in 2017, has quickly risen to prominence in the United States.
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ctc.usma.edu Jul 31, 2020, Friday
The QAnon Conspiracy Theory: A Security Threat In The Making? – Combating Terrorism Center At West Point
Abstract: The QAnon conspiracy theory, which emerged in 2017, has quickly risen to prominence in the United States. A survey of cases of individuals who have allegedly or apparently been radicalized to criminal acts with a nexus to violence by QAnon, including one case that saw a guilty plea on a terrorism charge, makes clear that QAnon … Continued
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US Sued Over Expulsion Of Migrant Children Detained In Hotel
Legal groups sued the U.S. government Friday to try to stop the expulsion of children detained in hotel rooms by the Trump administration under an emergency declaration citing the...
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npr.org Aug 20, 2020, Thursday
Shadow Immigration System: Migrant Children Detained In Hotels By Private Contractors : NPR
The children are held at hotels, instead of shelters, until they can be put on planes to their home countries. This bypasses the normal process that gives children a chance to ask for asylum.
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Hong Kong Arrests democracy advocates Under National Security Law
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists been arrested under National Security Law: Agnes Chow, Jimmy Lai
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inkstonenews.com Aug 19, 2020, Wednesday
From Belarus To Thailand: Hong Kong’s Protest Playbook Is Spreading Everywhere - Inkstone
Protest tactics popularized in Hong Kong’s 2019 unrest have shaped a new wave of savvy anti-establishment demonstrations around the world – and a headache for governments.
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Businesses to Step Up And Make Election Day A Day Off Instead Of A Classist Farce
Sarah Silverman call for BIG BUSINESSES to Step Up And Make Election Day A Day Off Instead Of A Classist Farce
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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and 4 Others Arrested In $60M Bribery Case
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others were arrested Tuesday in a $60 million federal bribery probe, a person briefed on the investigation confirmed. U.S....
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daytondailynews.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Indicted Former Ohio House Speaker Will Remain On Ethics Panel
Although removed as speaker, state Rep. Larry Householder is still a member of the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee – the body that investigates and rules on ethics and lobbying matters for the Ohio General Assembly.
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John Lewis, Civil Rights Legend And Longtime Georgia Congressman, Dead At 80
John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer. He wa...
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politico.com Aug 06, 2020, Thursday
Opinion | Voter Suppression Is Back, 55 Years After The Voting Rights Act - POLITICO
As we mourn John Lewis, it’s time to pass the new voting rights law that bears his name.
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ICE Is Forcing Out International Students, Highlighting Trump’s Agenda To Threaten Student Visas
Since Trump took office, foreign students have only faced greater challenges in coming to the US.
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politico.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
The Man Who Made Stephen Miller - POLITICO
Almost 20 years ago, anti-immigration activist David Horowitz cultivated an angry high-school student. Now his ideas are coming to life in the Trump administration.
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Federal Agents Poised Near Seattle
Mayor Jenny Durkan said she feared what has happened in Portland — nightly, violent clashes between protesters and camouflaged federal agents — could happen here.
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npr.org Jul 30, 2020, Thursday
Seattle Mayor Says Federal Deployments Are Part Of A Darker Political Goal : Live Updates: Protests For Racial Justice : NPR
Jenny Durkan described the administration's sending of federal agents to U.S. cities to quell gun violence "a dry run for martial law" and warned the operation risked disenfranchising voters.
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House Passes Massive Spending Bill In Bid To Thwart Election Year Shutdown
The lower chamber cleared the package in a 224-189 vote.
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politico.com Jul 24, 2020, Friday
House Passes Massive Spending Bill In Bid To Thwart Election Year Shutdown - POLITICO
The lower chamber cleared the package in a 224-189 vote.
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"Fucking bitch" says Florida's Rep Ted Yoho while accosting AOC on the steps of the U.S. Capitol
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Tuesday that a House Republican aggressively confronted her outside of the U.S. Capitol on Monday in which he reportedly called her a “f---ing bitch.”
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theguardian.com Jul 26, 2020, Sunday
Ted Yoho: Christian Group Obtains Resignation Over Ocasio-Cortez Attack | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | The Guardian
Nonpartisan organisation Bread for the World says Yoho agreed to step down following incident with congresswoman
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Arizona Democratic Party HQ 'Completely Destroyed' In Arson Attack
"Our building has been completely ruined," the Maricopa County Democratic Party tweeted of the blaze that ripped through its Phoenix headquarters.
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huffpost.com Jul 25, 2020, Saturday
Arizona Democratic Party HQ 'Completely Destroyed' In Arson Attack | HuffPost
"Our building has been completely ruined," the Maricopa County Democratic Party tweeted of the blaze that ripped through its Phoenix headquarters.
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“Immigration Nation” documentary inside the immigration enforcement, Draws Legal Threats
A new documentary peers inside the secretive world of immigration enforcement. The filmmakers faced demands to delete scenes and delay broadcast until after the election.
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rawstory.com Jul 23, 2020, Thursday
DHS threatens Netflix filmmakers to keep damning footage from airing before the election: report | Raw Story
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Homeland Security to deploy agents in Chicago
Homeland Security plans to deploy 150 agents to Chicago amid growing controversy nationally about federal force being used in U.S. cities.
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bloomberg.com Jul 24, 2020, Friday
Chicago Removes Columbus Statues; Agents Blocked: Protest Wrap - Bloomberg
Chicago took down two Christopher Columbus statues, after opponents of the monuments had clashed with supporters and police. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office said Friday the statues were temporarily removed because the demonstrations had become unsafe for protesters and officers. Chicago will assess other monuments, memorials and murals as well. And the city’s park district is considering renaming a park honoring Stephen Douglas, the Abraham Lincoln rival who owned slaves under his wife’s name.
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Seven Detainees Sued ICE. Then They Were Transferred To A Notorious Alabama Jail
The cross-country transfers are putting vulnerable people at increased risk of COVID-19.
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motherjones.com Jul 21, 2020, Tuesday
Seven Detainees Sued ICE. Then They Were Transferred To A Notorious Alabama Jail. – Mother Jones
The cross-country transfers are putting vulnerable people at increased risk of COVID-19.
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EU leaders aprpove $859-billion coronavirus recovery fund
Weary European Union leaders have finally clinched an unprecedented $2.1 trillion budget and coronavirus recovery fund
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latimes.com Jul 21, 2020, Tuesday
EU leaders aprpove $859-billion coronavirus recovery fund - Los Angeles Times
Weary European Union leaders have finally clinched an unprecedented $2.1 trillion budget and coronavirus recovery fund
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Supreme Court Upholds DACA, Ruling Against Trump Administration
President Trump attempts a redo after the Supreme Court shot down his initial effort to end DACA, exacerbating uncertainty for thousands of Dreamers.
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latimes.com Jul 16, 2020, Thursday
Trump defies Supreme Court by denying new DACA applications - Los Angeles Times
President Trump attempts a redo after the Supreme Court shot down his initial effort to end DACA, exacerbating uncertainty for thousands of Dreamers.
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New Jersey Puts $578 Million In Controversial Tax Breaks
A dozen companies that won tax breaks from New Jersey are under investigation, according to a task force created by Gov. Phil Murphy. Several companies are tied to George Norcross. WNYC and ProPublica investigated tax breaks in 2019.
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propublica.org Jul 13, 2020, Monday
New Jersey Puts $578 Million in Controversial Tax Breaks
A dozen companies that won tax breaks from New Jersey are under investigation, according to a task force created by Gov. Phil Murphy. Several companies are tied to George Norcross. WNYC and ProPublica investigated tax breaks in 2019.
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Companies Owned by West Virginia Billionaire Governor Jim Justice Received up to $24 Million in Bailout Loans
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family received between $11 million and $24 million from a federal coronavirus economic relief program. His luxury resort received up to $10 million, but did not promise to retain jobs because of the loan.
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propublica.org Jul 08, 2020, Wednesday
Companies Owned by This Billionaire Governor Received up to $24 Million in Bailout Loans
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The Supreme Court could force taxpayers to subsidize religious schools.
Once states provide public funds to private schools, are they obligated to fund parochial schools, too?
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nytimes.com Jun 30, 2020, Tuesday
Supreme Court Ruling Gives Religious Schools More Access to State Aid - The New York Times
Religious schools are not exempt from access to scholarships and funds intended for private schools, the justices ruled, in a victory for conservatives.
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Dc Statehood Bill To Be Voted
Despite the fact that the citizens of Washington, D.C. pay federal taxes, serve on juries and defend our Nation in times of war like most other Americans, the residents of the District of Columbia are barred from having voting representation on the floor of the U.S. House...
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cnn.com Jun 26, 2020, Friday
House Democrats pass DC statehood bill Friday - CNNPolitics
House Democrats approved a bill to admit Washington, DC, as a state on Friday, marking the first time either chamber of Congress has advanced a DC statehood measure.
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Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims accuses Republicans of secretly exposing Democrats to Covid-19
A Republican lawmaker got sick, and no one told Democratic representatives.
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nytimes.com May 28, 2020, Thursday
Andrew Lewis Had Coronavirus. Nobody Told Democrats Exposed to Him. - The New York Times
Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania said Republicans were trying to avoid political embarrassment. “How dare you put our lives at risk,” said one outraged Democrat.
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