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Kansas Republican Susan Wagle Drops Out of Senate Race After Conversations with GOP Leaders
2020-05-29 12:08:39
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WASHINGTON — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle has dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate four days ahead of the filing deadline. The Wichita Republican’s decision to forgo the race to replace retiring Sen. Pat Roberts comes hours after... Read More

Foreign Affairs

Lawmakers Ejected in Hong Kong Debate on Chinese Anthem Bill
Foreign Affairs
Lawmakers Ejected in Hong Kong Debate on Chinese Anthem Bill
2020-05-28 12:41:44
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HONG KONG (AP) — Three pro-democracy lawmakers were ejected from Hong Kong's legislative chamber Thursday morning, disrupting the second day of debate on a contentious bill that would criminalize insulting or abusing the Chinese national anthem. The legislature’s president, Andrew... Read More

White House

Trump Continues to Claim Broad Powers He Doesn't Have
White House
Trump Continues to Claim Broad Powers He Doesn't Have
2020-05-28 12:38:58
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can “override" governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. Asserting the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it's... Read More

Congress

Bipartisan Opposition Leaves Surveillance Bill in Doubt
Congress
Bipartisan Opposition Leaves Surveillance Bill in Doubt
2020-05-28 12:35:54
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation extending surveillance authorities the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown into doubt as President Donald Trump threatened a veto and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats said they would oppose it. House Democratic... Read More

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NASA and SpaceX Postpone Historic Astronaut Launch to Saturday
Space
NASA and SpaceX Postpone Historic Astronaut Launch to Saturday
2020-05-28 12:31:36
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ORLANDO, Fla. — With bad weather hovering over the Space Coast Wednesday, SpaceX and NASA had to postpone their return to space until the weekend. The mission plans to take astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space... Read More

Longtime Texas Congressman Sam Johnson, POW in Vietnam, Dies at Age 89
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Longtime Texas Congressman Sam Johnson, POW in Vietnam, Dies at Age 89
2020-05-28 12:29:17
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Retired Texas congressman Sam Johnson, a conservative stalwart whose service to country spanned seven years as a prisoner of war and a long stint in the U.S. House, died Wednesday in Plano of natural causes. He was 89. The Plano... Read More

Iowa Rep. Steve King Facing Toughest Primary Yet
2020 Elections
Iowa Rep. Steve King Facing Toughest Primary Yet
2020-05-28 12:26:58
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WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve King reminded those watching a virtual candidate forum on Facebook on Saturday that he has never lost a race. But that could change next week. While it’s rare for incumbents to lose primaries, the Iowa Republican... Read More

As House Holds First Proxy Vote, Republicans Attack on Campaign Trail and in Court
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As House Holds First Proxy Vote, Republicans Attack on Campaign Trail and in Court
2020-05-28 12:21:48
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WASHINGTON — For the first time in U.S. history, House members on Wednesday voted without being physically present in the Capitol, a change in congressional rules brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that Republicans are already turning into a campaign... Read More

Bring Your Own Sanitizer, Pen: Texas Sets Safety Standards for In-Person Voting
State News
Bring Your Own Sanitizer, Pen: Texas Sets Safety Standards for In-Person Voting
2020-05-28 12:18:39
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AUSTIN, Texas — With Texas Republican leaders fighting efforts to expand mail-in voting during the pandemic, the state’s top election official has issued guidelines designed to improve the safety of polling places, voters and election workers. Voters were advised to... Read More

Parties Target Control of State Legislatures, Redistricting
Political News
Parties Target Control of State Legislatures, Redistricting
2020-05-27 13:21:17
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Drowned out by the coronavirus and national politics, Republican and Democratic operatives are quietly preparing for a battle of state legislative supremacy later this year that could have a profound effect on political power for... Read More

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