Pennsylvania Republicans kick-start 2020 election review with hearing

– Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania will kick off an “election integrity” investigation with a public hearing on Thursday, joining partisan efforts in other battleground states to cast doubts on former President Donald Trump’s November election loss. The hearing at the State Capitol in Harrisburg is expected to lay the groundwork for an expansive review into the November presidential vote in the state, which Trump lost to Democratic President Joe Biden by nearly 81,000 votes. Pennsylvania’s…

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Explainer-What is ‘ranked-choice voting,’ the new system for New York’s mayoral election?

– When New York City voters go to the polls on June 22 to select their party’s mayoral nominee, they will fill out a new kind of ballot that allows them to pick up to five candidates in order of preference in a system known as ranked-choice voting. What is ranked-choice voting (RCV)? Most U.S. elections are “winner-take-all”: the candidate with the most votes wins even if he or she falls short of 50%. Under…

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Sweeping bill to counter China wins enough support to advance in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – A sweeping package of legislation intended to boost the country’s ability to compete with China won enough support in the U.S. Senate on Thursday to advance toward a vote on final passage after a delay due to Republican demands for votes on additional amendments. As voting continued, the tally was 65-34 on a procedural measure to end debate on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, more than the 60 votes needed…

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U.S. House Democrats offer resolution blocking $735 million Israel weapons sale

WASHINGTON – Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a resolution seeking to block a $735 million sale of precision-guided weapons to Israel, a symbolic response to conflict between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas group. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mark Pocan and Rashida Tlaib were lead sponsors of the measure, which has at least six other co-sponsors including some of the most left-leaning Democrats in the House. They have been among lawmakers calling for a more concerted…

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New York state mounts criminal probe of Trump Organization finances

NEW YORK – The New York attorney general’s office said on Tuesday it has now opened a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s company, increasing the legal risk for Trump and his family. Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating whether the Trump Organization falsely reported property values to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits. The latest announcement marked another escalation of the legal jeopardy Trump faces four months after leaving office,…

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U.S. lawmakers seeking records on 737 MAX, 787 production issues

WASHINGTON -Two key U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday they are seeking records from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on production issues involving the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner. House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio and Rick Larsen, who chairs a subcommittee, said they were seeking records after multiple issues recently emerged “regarding the 737 MAX as well as the 787, including electrical problems, the presence of foreign object debris in newly manufactured aircraft,…

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Trump would be key Jan. 6 witness, Murkowski says -CNN

WASHINGTON – Former Republican President Donald Trump would be a key witness for any panel probing the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Tuesday, after the top Republican in the House earlier rejected the idea of any investigative commission. Asked if Trump should talk to the bipartisan Jan. 6 panel if one is created, Murkowski told CNN in an interview: “If you put together a commission that is…

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Biden appoints Neera Tanden, former pick for budget director, as senior adviser

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden has appointed Neera Tanden, who withdrew from consideration to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget after strong opposition from Republicans, to be a senior adviser, the White House said on Friday. Tanden, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been serving as president of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a left-leaning think tank. Tanden will focus on healthcare…

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U.S. Rep. Roy announces bid for No. 3 House Republican leadership job

WASHINGTON – Republican U.S. Representative Chip Roy, a two-term conservative from Texas, on Thursday said he intends to run for the No. 3 House of Representatives Republican leadership job to replace Liz Cheney, who on Wednesday was fired from the post. “I’m running,” Roy told reporters. Former President Donald Trump issued a statement criticizing Roy and again declared he backed Representative Elise Stefanik.

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Quotes: Biden delivers speech to joint session of Congress

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress that he used to promote a $1.8 trillion plan he said is needed to compete with China. “Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again, turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity, setback into strength,” Biden said. Here are some comments on the President’s speech: RONNA MCDANIEL, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE…

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