New York congressional map deals blow to Democrats’ midterm hopes

– A court-appointed expert released a draft New York congressional district map on Monday that is far less favorable to Democrats than the original plan adopted by lawmakers, likely dealing a blow to the party’s prospects in November elections. Democratic majorities in the state legislature in February passed a map that would likely have won the party 22 of the state’s 26 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. This would have partially countered new…

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Meatpackers convinced Trump officials to keep plants running during COVID crisis -U.S. House report

– Top U.S. meatpacking companies drafted the executive order issued by President Donald Trump in 2020 to keep meat plants running and convinced his administration to encourage workers to stay on the job at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released on Thursday by a U.S. House panel. The report by the House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis details the meat industry’s influence on Trump’s White House as…

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Trump ally Devin Nunes loses Washington Post defamation appeal

– A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected former congressman Devin Nunes’ effort to revive a $250 million lawsuit accusing the Washington Post of defamation for implying that he lied to former President Donald Trump, a close ally. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., said Nunes “does not point to a single statement” that was false or defamatory on its face in the February 2020 article about Russia’s desire…

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White House unveils team for historic Supreme Court nomination

– The White House has tapped three outside advisers who are veterans of politics and communications to help guide U.S. President Joe Biden’s eventual Supreme Court pick through the confirmation process. The new team will be led by former Alabama Senator Doug Jones, whose selection as the “sherpa” was made public this week. Biden has said he will announce his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer by the end of February and…

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U.S. assesses Russian retaliation potential should it be cut from SWIFT -senator

WASHINGTON – The United States is analyzing what damage could be done by Russia to Western allies, such as halting oil and gas exports, if the Biden administration cuts Moscow out of the SWIFT financial system should it re-invade Ukraine, a U.S. senator said on Thursday. Russia has massed about 100,000 troops around its border with Ukraine in what Kyiv believes could be preparations for a military offensive. Russia invaded and annexed the Crimea peninsula…

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U.S. Republican Senator Thune announces 2022 re-election bid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Republican Senator John Thune announced on Saturday that he planned to seek re-election in 2022, boosting chances this his party would retain the South Dakota seat in the fall. Thune, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, had been reportedly considering retirement after serving in the chamber since 2005. “South Dakota deserves a strong and effective senator who can deliver the results they expect,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.…

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Biden nominates JFK’s daughter Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Australia

LOS ANGELES – U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated Caroline Kennedy to be U.S. ambassador to Australia and Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan as ambassador to Belize, the White House said. Kennedy, 64, is the daughter of John Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who was assassinated in 1963. She previously served as U.S. ambassador to Japan. Kwan is the winner of two silver Olympic medals in figure skating. She has served…

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Facing fierce opposition, U.S. bank regulator pick pledges to protect small lenders

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden’s pick to lead one of the country’s top banking regulators will focus on ensuring a fair and competitive market in which small and mid-size banks can thrive, according to her prepared congressional testimony released on Wednesday. Saule Omarova will appear before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday to explain why she should be confirmed to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) despite opposition from banks,…

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Trump backs primary challenger to Michigan Republican who voted to impeach

WASHINGTON – Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed a Republican challenger to Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan, who was one of the 10 House of Representatives Republicans to vote to impeach Trump earlier this year. Trump said in a statement he was backing John Gibbs, a software engineer who was a housing official in Trump’s administration, over Meijer. Trump has now endorsed six challengers to Republican incumbents who joined Democrats efforts to boot…

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White House condemns lawmaker Gosar’s violent images of colleague Ocasio-Cortez

WASHINGTON – There is no place in the U.S. political system for the sort of violent images Congressman Paul Gosar spread about his colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “This should not be happening, and we should be condemning it,” she said.

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