McConnell sees Wednesday U.S. Senate vote on $40 billion Ukraine aid bill

– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he expected the Senate to vote on $40 billion in proposed aid to Ukraine on Wednesday after holding a related procedural vote on Monday. “We expect to invoke cloture – hopefully by a significant margin – on the motion to proceed on Monday, which would set us up to approve the supplemental on Wednesday,” McConnell told reporters on a conference call from Stockholm after visiting…

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U.S. groups urge social media companies to fight ‘Big Lie,” election disinformation

WASHINGTON – Social media companies including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok must act now to blunt the effect of false information – including Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that his 2020 defeat was the result of fraud – in this year’s U.S. midterm congressional elections, rights groups said on Thursday. Social media platforms backed away from policies designed to fight election disinformation after the 2020 presidential race won by Democratic President Joe Biden, more than 100…

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Bulgaria says will veto EU oil sanctions on Russia if it does not get derogation

SOFIA – Bulgaria will not support European Union’s new set of sanctions against Russia if the Balkan country does not get a derogation from the proposed ban on buying Russian oil, Deputy Prime Minister Assen Vassilev said late on Sunday. European Union governments moved closer on Sunday to agreeing to tough sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, but scheduled more talks for Monday to work out how to ensure countries most dependent on…

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Factbox-EU proposes toughest sanctions yet against Russia

BRUSSELS – The European Commission on Wednesday proposed its sixth and toughest round of sanctions against Russia yet that could be signed off by ambassadors of EU governments later in the week. Below are the main elements of the package: OIL The Commission proposed a complete import ban on all Russian oil, seaborne and pipeline, crude and refined. The ban will be phased in with purchases of crude oil coming into force within six months…

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Biden administration to fight racial bias in U.S. real estate appraisals

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration will announce on Wednesday new steps to crack down on real estate appraisers who assign lower home price estimates to Black and Latino homeowners, senior officials said. Mortgage finance agency Freddie Mac found in 2021 that Black and Latino people were more likely to have their homes valued under the agreed sales price than white homesellers. Such an appraisal can limit the size of a mortgage that can be written…

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Biden says Putin will pay ‘over the long run’ for Ukraine invasion

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday vowed that Russia’s Vladimir Putin will pay over the long run even if he makes gains on the battlefield in Ukraine. “While he may make gains on the battlefield – he will pay a continuing high price over the long run,” Biden said in his State of the Union address.

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No defamation in assault case involving former Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore

– An Alabama jury on Wednesday found that a woman did not defame former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore when saying he sexually abused her when she was 14. The same jury also found that Moore did not defame the woman, Leigh Corfman, when he defended himself against her accusations, according to the Montgomery County Clerk’s office. Moore, a Republican known for staunchly conservative views, was defeated in Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate…

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Biden nominates Democrat Lindenbaum for Federal Election Commission

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden intends to nominate election law attorney Dara Lindenbaum to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the regulatory agency tasked with enforcing U.S. campaign finance law, the White House said on Friday. Lindenbaum, a Democrat, is a lawyer in Washington, D.C., where she has counseled clients on complying with state and federal campaign finance laws and represented them before the FEC. Her nomination as one of the FEC’s six commissioners comes after…

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U.S. House panel eyes interim report by summer 2022 on Jan. 6 attack

– The congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is aiming to release an interim report in the summer of 2022 and a final report in the fall, a source familiar with the investigation said on Tuesday. The timetable, first reported by the Washington Post, would allow the committee to release findings before the November 2022 congressional elections. Republicans, who generally oppose the Select Committee’s work, are currently favored to…

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EU starts legal steps against Poland over constitutional court ruling

BRUSSELS – The European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland on Wednesday over rulings by the country’s constitutional tribunal in July and October that challenged the primacy of EU law over national law. “The Commission considers that these rulings of the Constitutional Tribunal are in breach of the general principles of autonomy, primacy, effectiveness and uniform application of Union law and the binding effect of rulings of the Court of Justice of the European…

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