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WASHINGTON — Justice Stephen G. Breyer, the Supreme Court’s 82-year-old liberal pragmatist, plans to retire this year, clearing the way for President Joe Biden to make his first appointment to the high court, two sources told The Associated Press Wednesday. Breyer, a 1994 appointee of President Bill Clinton, is the senior member of the three-justice liberal bloc, and his retirement is unlikely ...

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The World Health Organization warned this week that a sub-variant of omicron was on the rise. The global health organization does not consider the sub-variant, designated BA.2, as a “variant of concern” but is monitoring the situation as cases increase around the world. The sub-variant has been detected already in the U.S., but is believed to be rare. The sub-variant has, however, become more ...

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a major challenge to race-based affirmative action in the nation’s colleges and universities, setting the stage for another long-sought win for conservatives. The justices voted to hear a pair of appeals contending that Harvard University, the nation’s oldest private university, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the oldest ...

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WASHINGTON — With the crisis over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine intensifying on Monday, U.S. officials placed thousands of troops on “high alert” and NATO took steps to position personnel and war machinery in Eastern Europe, further signs that a diplomatic solution to the standoff was nowhere within reach. Biden administration officials said a final decision had not been made about ...

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WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday sought to clarify remarks by President Biden about the consequences of a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine that appeared to undermine weeks of intense U.S.-led diplomacy aimed at stopping an invasion of the former Soviet republic. Officials in Kyiv reacted angrily to Biden’s comments at a news conference Wednesday in which he appeared to wobble ...

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WASHINGTON — A day after President Joe Biden suggested GOP voter suppression tactics could delegitimize future elections, the White House worked to steer clear of a political trap, beating back criticism that the president was sowing doubt about elections and weakening American democracy. During a lengthy White House news conference marking the end of his first year in office, Biden said he ...

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WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s refusal to cooperate with the congressional committee investigating last year’s Capitol assault marks his most definitive rejection of the Jan. 6 probe — thrusting him and the committee into uncharted legal and political waters. His rebuke of the panel pushes its members closer to the difficult decision of whether to subpoena their House ...

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WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked President Joe Biden’s voting rights measure, handing Democrats their second high-profile setback in as many months. A procedural vote to advance a pair of voting rights bills failed 49-51, far short of the 60 votes required to prevent a GOP filibuster. Senate Democrats unanimously supported the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and ...

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump and his children have lied about seemingly everything in the Trump Organization empire — from the size of the patriarch’s luxury Manhattan penthouse to the value of properties around the globe — in order to score an array of financial benefits, New York Attorney General Letitia James charged in bombshell court papers. The lies to banks, government ...

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down former President Donald Trump’s plea to shield his White House records from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. With one dissent, the justices agreed with two lower courts that decided the former president’s claim of executive privilege could not outweigh the views of President Joe Biden, who supported the ...