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Biden calls ‘surge’ in antisemitism ‘sickening’ during White House Hanukkah reception

President Biden hosted a Hanukkah reception at the White House on Monday night, vowing to continue to stand with Israel in its war with Hamas while saying that a “surge of antisemitism” around the globe “is sickening.”

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Norman Lear, producer of top TV sitcoms, dies at 101

Norman Lear, the writer, director and producer who revolutionized primetime television with “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude,” propelling political and social turmoil into the once-insulated world of TV sitcoms, has died. He was 101.

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Kevin McCarthy, booted as House speaker 2 months ago, leaving Congress by year’s end

Two months after his historic ouster as U.S. House speaker, Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that he is resigning and will leave Congress by the end of the year.

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Henry Kissinger’s complicated legacy draws admiration, scorn

The death of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger drew both admiration and scorn last Thursday from political leaders around the world, highlighting the complicated legacy of Mr. Kissinger’s views about what it meant to serve America’s interests during the Cold War — and how the country should exert its influence.

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Dec. 18

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Dec. 18, with a funeral service at the National Cathedral the following day, the court said Monday.

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Santos’ shenanigans

Expelled congressman selling personalized videos for $200

George Santos already has a new gig.

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Vice President Harris breaks nearly 200-year-old record for Senate tiebreaker votes, casts her 32nd

Vice President Kamala Harris broke a nearly 200-year-old record for casting the most tie-breaking votes in the Senate when she voted Tuesday to confirm a new federal judge in Washington, D.C.

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Giving thanks not just a holiday tradition; it’s part of how humans evolved

It’s the season of giving thanks — and it turns out humans have been doing it for a long, long time.

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Federal appeals court deals a blow to Voting Rights Act, ruling that private plaintiffs can’t sue

A divided federal appeals court on Monday ruled that private individuals and groups such as the NAACP do not have the ability to sue under a key section of the federal Voting Rights Act, a decision that contradicts decades of precedent and could further erode protections under the landmark 1965 law.

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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, the closest adviser to Jimmy Carter during his one term as U.S. president and their four decades thereafter as global humanitarians, has died at the age of 96. The Carter Center said she died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, after living with dementia and suffering many months

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Newly empowered Virginia Democrats nominate the state’s first Black House speaker, Don Scott

Virginia’s state House will soon have its first Black speaker in its more than 400-year history after the chamber’s incoming Democratic majority on Saturday chose Del. Don Scott to serve in the post.

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The Supreme Court says it is adopting a code of ethics, but it has no means of enforcement

The Supreme Court on Monday adopted its first code of ethics, in the face of sustained criticism over undisclosed trips and gifts from wealthy benefactors to some justices, but the code lacks a means of enforcement.

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Exonerated ‘Central Park Five’ member Yusef Salaam wins New York City Council seat

Voters elect Democrat Cherelle Parker as Philadelphia’s 100th mayor — and the 1st woman

Exonerated “Central Park Five” member Yusef Salaam won a seat Tuesday on the New York City Council, completing a stunning reversal of fortune decades after he was wrongly imprisoned in an infamous rape case.

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Ohio votes to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, becoming 24th state to do so

Ohio voters approved a measure legalizing recreational marijuana on Tuesday, defying Republican legislative leaders who failed to pass the proposed law.

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Wind farm planned off Va. coast blows away federal agency, gains OK

A power company’s plans for an enormous offshore wind farm off Virginia’s coast gained key federal approval Tuesday after the Biden administration evaluated the project’s potential impact on the environment.

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Finally, a show of support

Mike Johnson, a staunch conservative from Louisiana, is elected House speaker

Republicans eagerly elected Rep. Mike Johnson as House speaker on Wednesday, elevating a deeply conservative but lesser-known leader to the seat of U.S. power and ending for now the political chaos in their majority.

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More students gain eligibility for free school meals under expanded U.S. program

Millions of additional students in schools serving low-income communities will be eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost under a rule change announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree dies

Richard Roundtree, the trailblazing actor who starred as the ultra- smooth private detective in several “Shaft” films beginning in the early 1970s, has died. He was 81.

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Virginia statehouse candidates face questions about residency requirements

Virginia state lawmakers are required to live in the district they represent, as well as in any district they might be seeking to represent. If they move out of their district, the state constitution states they are out of office. Those requirements, combined with political maps that took effect this year, have created a headache for some candidates.

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More states are teaching financial literacy

Inside a high school classroom, Bryan Martinez jots down several purchases that would require a short-term savings plan: shoes, phone, headphones, clothes, and food. His medium-term financial goals take a little more thought, but he settles on a car — he doesn’t have one yet — and vacations. Peering way into his future, the 18-year-old also imagines saving money to buy a house, start his own business, retire and perhaps provide any children with a college fund.

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Damian Lillard joins Bucks on defense, embraces championship expectations

Damian Lillard understands he has a reputation for being an elite offensive player but not a particularly strong defender. Now that he’s on a new team, the seven-time All-NBA selection looks forward to changing that perception.

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Butler sworn in as third Black female senator in U.S. history, replaces late California Sen. Feinstein

Former union leader and Democratic insider Laphonza Butler was sworn in as the newest member of the Senate on Tuesday, replacing California Sen. Dianne Feinstein after her death and becoming only the third Black female senator in history.

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Kevin McCarthy was an early architect of the Republican majority that became his downfall

The day before he was ousted, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was doing what he loved — stopping to greet tourists at the Capitol, gushing about the beauty of the place and its history at the center of American democracy.

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House Speaker McCarthy is back to square one as Senate pushes ahead to avert federal shutdown

As the Senate marches ahead with a bipartisan approach to prevent a government shutdown, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is back to square one — asking his hard-right Republicans to do what they have said they would never do: Approve their own temporary House measure to keep the government open.

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Quincy Jones receives State Department’s first Peace Through Music Award

Quincy Jones, who once embarked on an international diplomatic tour with jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, will receive the U.S. Department of State’s inaugural Peace Through Music Award. A ceremony honoring the 28-time Grammy winning producer, musician and arranger will be held Wednesday night and as part of the launch of the State Department’s new Global Music

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Family of Irvo Otieno agrees to $8.5M settlement

The family of a man who died while handcuffed and pinned to the floor for about 11 minutes as he was being admitted to a Virginia psychiatric hospital has reached an $8.5 million settlement with the state and the county and sheriff whose deputies were involved in restraining him. A judge approved the out-of-court wrongful death settlement Tuesday, according to an agreement filed in Henrico County Circuit Court.

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5 former officers charged with federal civil rights violations in Tyre Nichols beating death

Five former Memphis Police officers were charged Tuesday with federal civil rights violations in the beating death of Tyre Nichols as they continue to fight second degree murder charges in state courts arising from the killing.

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Here’s how Tim Scott, the top Black Republican in the GOP presidential primary, discusses race

Tim Scott seldom specifically brings up race in Iowa. Nor does the Republican presidential candidate have to.

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McConnell tries to reassure colleagues about his health, vows to serve out term as Senate GOP leader

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared again Wednesday that he plans to finish his term as leader despite freezing up at two news conferences over the summer, brushing off questions about his health as he sought to reassure colleagues he’s still up to the job.

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Jacksonville shootings refocus attention on city’s racist past and the struggle to move on

By some measures, Jacksonville was making strides to emerge from its racist past. But the killing of three Black people by a young, white shooter was a painful and startling reminder that the remnants of racism still fester in the Florida city.

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University of North Carolina graduate student left building right after killing adviser, police say

A University of North Carolina graduate student walked into a classroom building, shot his faculty adviser and quickly left, authorities said a day after the attack paralyzed the campus as police searched for the gunman.

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Judge holds Giuliani liable in Georgia election workers’ defamation case and orders him to pay fees

A federal judge on Wednesday held Rudy Giuliani liable in a defamation lawsuit brought by two Georgia election workers who say they were falsely accused of fraud, entering a default judgment against the former New York mayor and ordering him to pay tens of thousands of dollars in lawyers’ fees.

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10 drugs targeted for Medicare price negotiations as Biden pitches cost reductions

President Biden touted the potential cost savings of Medicare’s first-ever price negotiations for widely used prescription drugs on Tuesday as he struggles to convince Americans that he’s improved their lives as he runs for reelection.

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Noah Lyles, Sha’Carri Richardson and lots of unknowns as track gets ready for Paris Olympics

In some ways, track and field served up a tantalizing preview of what’s to come next year at the Paris Olympics. In others, the sport left the nine-day world championships with as many questions as answers.

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At March on Washington’s 60th anniversary, leaders seek energy of original movement for civil rights

Sixty years ago, Andrew Young and his staff had just emerged from an exhausting campaign against racial segregation in Birmingham, Ala. But they didn’t feel no ways tired, as the Black spiritual says. The foot soldiers were on a “freedom high,” Mr. Young recalls.

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Ron Cephas Jones, ‘This Is Us’ actor who won 2 Emmys, dies at 66

Ron Cephas Jones, a veteran stage actor who won two Emmy Awards for his role as a long-lost father who finds redemption on the NBC television drama series “This Is Us,” has died at age 66, a representative said Saturday.

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Recovery and reflection

Hawaii works to identify wildfire’s 107 dead

Hawaii Hawaii officials worked painstakingly to identify the 107 people confirmed killed in wildfires that ravaged Maui and expected to release the first names Tuesday, even as teams intensified the search for more dead in neighborhoods reduced to ash.

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Millions struggle to pay AC bills in heat waves

Federal aid reaches only a fraction

Bobbie Boyd is in a losing battle against near triple-digit temperatures in Northwest Arkansas.

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Pregnant woman sues Detroit, police officer after arrest involving facial recognition

A Detroit woman is suing the city and a police officer, saying she was falsely arrested when she was eight months pregnant and accused of a carjacking based on facial recognition technology that is now the target of lawsuits filed by three Black Michigan residents.

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A 6-year-old said ‘I did it’ after shooting his teacher at Virginia school, warrants say

In the moments after a 6-year-old shot his teacher in a Virginia classroom last January, the boy made statements, including “I shot that (expletive) dead,” and “I did it. I got my mom’s gun last night,” according to recently unsealed police search warrants.

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Charles Ogletree, longtime legal and civil rights scholar at Harvard Law School, dies at 70

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Charles J. Ogletree Jr., a law professor and civil rights scholar with a distinguished career at Harvard Law School, and whose list of clients ranged from Anita Hill to Tupac Shakur, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 70.

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Simone Biles dazzles in her return from a 2-year layoff to dominate the U.S. Classic

Simone Biles spent two years trying to distance herself from those strange days in Tokyo and all the outside noise that came along with it.

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Jay-Z’s Made in America fest canceled

Fans spot rapper, producer during wife Beyoncé’s performance at Fedex Field

Jay-Z’s annual Made in America festival, scheduled for next month in Philadelphia, has been canceled.

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Trump indicted for efforts to overturn 2020 election and block transfer of power

Donald Trump was indicted on felony charges Tuesday for working to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the run-up to the violent Jan. 6, 2021, riot by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol, with the Justice Department acting to hold him accountable for an unprecedented effort to block the peaceful transfer of presidential power and threaten American democracy.

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For Emmett Till’s family, national monument proclamation cements his inclusion in the American story

When President Biden signed a proclamation Tuesday establishing a national monument honoring Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, it marked the fulfillment of a promise Till’s relatives made after his death 68 years ago. The Black teenager from Chicago, whose abduction, torture and killing in Mississippi in 1955 helped propel the Civil Rights Movement, is now an American story, not just a civil rights story, said Mr. Till’s cousin the Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr. “It has been quite a journey for me from the darkness to the light,” Mr. Parker said during a proclamation signing ceremony at the White House attended by dozens, including other

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Obamas’ personal chef drowns near family’s home

Former President Obama’s personal chef has drowned near the family’s home on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Bronny James, son of leBron, in stable condition after cardiac arrest at USC basketball practice

Bronny James, the oldest son of NBA superstar LeBron James, was hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest while participating in a practice at the University of Southern California, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

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Virginia NAACP demands to see governor’s criteria for restoring voting rights to felons

The Virginia NAACP on Tuesday called on Gov. Glenn Youngkin to establish clear and publicly available criteria for restoring the voting rights of convicted felons who have served their time, saying the system now is secretive and could discriminate against people of color.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

An Oklahoma judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, dashing an effort to obtain some measure of legal justice by survivors of the deadly racist rampage.

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Jury decides 2014 document found in Aretha Franklin’s couch is a valid will

A document handwritten by singer Aretha Franklin and found in her couch after her 2018 death is a valid Michigan will, a jury said Tuesday, a critical turn in a dispute that has turned her sons against each other.