Ex-lawyer for Clinton campaign law firm pleads not guilty to charge in Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON – A former lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign law firm pleaded not guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI, a charge by a U.S. special counsel investigating the origins of a FBI probe of potential ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Sean Berkowitz, a lawyer for Michael Sussmann, 57, a cybersecurity specialist who worked for the Perkins, Coie law firm, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui that he was…

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Republican congressman who voted to impeach Trump won’t seek re-election

WASHINGTON – U.S. Republican Representative Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, said on Thursday he will not seek re-election next year. A two-term lawmaker from Ohio and former professional football player, Gonzalez would have faced a primary challenger backed by Trump had he decided to run. Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting a riot on Jan. 6 at the U.S.…

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Biden approval drops to lowest of presidency: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK – Public approval of U.S. President Joe Biden has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency, with Americans appearing to be increasingly critical of his response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest /Ipsos opinion poll. The national poll, conducted Sept. 15-16, found that 44% of U.S. adults approved of Biden’s performance in office, while 50% disapproved and the rest were not sure. Biden’s popularity has been declining since mid-August as…

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Biden says he expects Congress to deliver spending, infrastructure bills

– U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed confidence that Congress will deliver both an infrastructure and supplementary spending bills to his desk that would infuse trillions of dollars into the U.S. economy. Biden’s speech comes as Democrats write a $3.5 billion spending bill that funds child care, community college and other social programs with an increase in taxes on companies and the very wealthy, and debates a $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

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Pelosi predicts ‘what’s his name’ would fail in a 2024 White House run

– Former U.S. President Donald Trump might make another White House run in 2024, but if he does, he will take his place in American history as a two-time loser, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted on Thursday. Visiting England for a meeting of parliamentary leaders from G7 countries, the Democratic leader was asked during a forum to reflect upon the two impeachment proceedings she initiated against Trump late in 2019 and in January…

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U.S. miners decry mineral royalty plan floated in Congress

– U.S. mining companies are blasting proposals in Congress that would set royalties for copper, lithium and other minerals extracted from federal land, with executives saying the measures would hurt domestic production of the building blocks for solar panels, electric vehicles and other green technologies. The House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee added language to the proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation spending measure last week that would set an 8% gross royalty on existing mines and…

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After Australia arms deal flop, EU to launch Indo-Pacific plan

BRUSSELS – The European Union will set out a formal strategy on Thursday to boost its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China’s rising power, although Australia’s decision to cancel an arms contract with France may complicate cooperation. Led by France, Germany and the Netherlands, which first set out ways to deepen ties with countries such as India, Japan and Australia, the 27-member bloc wants to use the plan to show Beijing that it is…

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U.S. judge rules Trump cannot stop rape accuser’s lawsuit from proceeding

NEW YORK – A U.S. judge on Wednesday said former President Donald Trump cannot delay a lawsuit accusing him of defaming former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll after she claimed he raped her in the mid-1990s. In a one-sentence order, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan refused to put the case on hold while Trump appeals an earlier ruling he made. The order could let Carroll obtain documents and other materials from Trump…

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U.S. House panel advances Democrats’ plan to raise taxes on the wealthy, corporations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee voted on Wednesday to advance legislation to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations to help fund President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion in spending on childcare, education, housing and green energy. The Democratic-dominated panel voted 24-19 to approve the revenue-related portions of the “reconciliation” bill, reporting them out of committee for House negotiations, a floor vote and further negotiations with the U.S. Senate and White House.…

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