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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced plans to get young children vaccinated against COVID-19, a move health officials say will help curb the pandemic, save lives and stabilize the U.S. economy. “We’re completing the operational planning to ensure vaccinations for kids ages 5 through 11 are available, easy and convenient,” Jeff Zients, a White House COVID-19 coordinator, ...

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WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats’ hopes to expand voting rights died Wednesday afternoon when Senate Republicans blocked voting on a bill that would have established Election Day as a public holiday and created minimum standards for nationwide voting access. The failure is sure to intensify pressure from progressives on their party leaders to eliminate the filibuster. The Freedom to Vote ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The families of the victims, as a rule, do not speak the shooter’s name. And when he finally addressed them in person Wednesday, the shooter did not look them in the eye. Nikolas Cruz, the man who terrorized Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School just minutes before school let out on Valentine’s Day 2018, slouched before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, flanked by ...

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WASHINGTON — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is expected to vote Tuesday night to hold former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in contempt for not cooperating with its inquiry, a significant escalation in its efforts to get answers about the insurrection from the firebrand political operative. The vote comes as the House panel is running into stiff ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday asked the Supreme Court to intervene and suspend a Texas law that has banned most abortions there. The Justice Department filed an emergency appeal that asks the justices to put the Texas law on hold and to eventually declare it unconstitutional. The move, while expected, sets the stage for an another battle over abortion before a more ...