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Trump wants a line-item veto. One problem: it’s unconstitutional.

Trump wants a line-item veto. One problem: it’s unconstitutional.

BySharePresident Donald Trump before signing the massive $ on Thursday. He did so, reluctantly and with plenty of grievances against Congress and Democrats about what was in the bill and what wasn’t.Trump also proposed a few solutions to avoid this problem for future spending bills, one of which included Congress giving him the power of a line-item veto. That would let the head of the executive branch essentially take a red pen to legislators’ work, editing out the parts he doesn’t like.“To prevent the omnibus situation from ever happening again,” Trump said, “I’m calling on Congress to...

March 26, 2018
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Jessica Denson wants to break her silence about Trump campaign work

Jessica Denson wants to break her silence about Trump campaign work

ByShareA former Donald Trump campaign staffer is suing to void her nondisclosure agreement, the third woman in Trump’s orbit to attempt to get out of such a contract.NBC News that Jessica Denson, who worked on the 2016 Trump campaign, filed a federal lawsuit to release herself from the nondisclosure agreement. Denson claimed that Trump had “weaponized” the agreement to crush a $25 million discrimination lawsuit she filed against the Trump campaign last November. Denson says she was routinely harassed and discriminated against during her tenure.Denson isn’t the only person tied to Trump...

April 5, 2018
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UK Parliament has advanced the Brexit bill

UK Parliament has advanced the Brexit bill

The UK Parliament advanced Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit legislation on Tuesday, putting the United Kingdom one step closer to (finally) exiting the European Union. Members of Parliament (MPs) voted, 329 to 299, for the Brexit bill — the legislation that will implement the Brexit deal into UK domestic law — in its “second reading,” in which MPs express their support for the main principles of the bill. This is just one stage in the legislative process, but it’s a reassuring sign for the prime minister, whose Brexit agenda has been repeatedly sidelined by Parliament and who’s still...

October 23, 2019
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Here’s how to check if your ballot was received and accepted

Here’s how to check if your ballot was received and accepted

It’s too late to vote by mail, but here are some tips if you’ve already sent your ballot back.So far, more than have already been sent back to election officials. If you voted by mail, you might be wondering: Is my ballot one of those?The answer to that question likely depends on your state, but most record the receipt of a mail-in ballot and in many cases note whether election officials have accepted or rejected it. If your ballot hasn’t been received, or if it’s been rejected, there may be some steps you can take to remedy this — although, with one day until the polls close, those options...

Nov 2
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9 questions about 2020’s record-breaking early vote, answered

9 questions about 2020’s record-breaking early vote, answered

More than 92 million , an figure that by the time you read this might already be out of date.The has already far surpassed the total . The early vote surge indicates turnout in 2020 could be , at around 65 percent of the voting-eligible population, or about 150 million voters.And 2016 wasn’t exactly shabby in turnout: .“We’re seeing a very energized, interested electorate, and we’re seeing a public, I think, that is responding to a message that you need to cast that ballot early this year,” Paul Gronke, a professor of political science at Reed College who runs the , said.Enthusiasm among...

Oct 29
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Still haven’t voted? Don’t send your ballot by mail.

Still haven’t voted? Don’t send your ballot by mail.

Tuesday is the last day to safely mail your ballot. Here’s what to do if you missed the deadline.More than have already voted in the 2020 election, and if you’re not one of them: What are you waiting for?Whatever the reason, don’t wait any longer: .But just one week out from Election Day, your voting plan needs to be realistic. Specifically, you should now plan to vote in person or drop off your mail ballot, if you already have one.To put it another way: It’s now probably cutting it too close to send your ballot through the mail.The United States Postal Service that “as a common-sense...

Oct 27
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4 winners and 5 losers from the last Biden-Trump debate

4 winners and 5 losers from the last Biden-Trump debate

The final debate between President and former Vice President , held on Thursday evening, was the first one of the that actually felt like a debate.The was a chaotic disaster due to Trump’s constant interruptions; the second one didn’t happen because Trump refused to agree to debate virtually while he had (the candidates held instead). This time around, and the handy use of a mute button allowed both candidates to express their thoughts — leading to a mix of actual substantive policy exchanges and less-than-coherent mudslinging about families and personal finance.The format seems to have...

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Oregon already votes by mail. Here’s what it can teach us in 2020.

Oregon already votes by mail. Here’s what it can teach us in 2020.

Steve Druckenmiller loved voting, and he loved elections, but he really thought voting by mail was a crazy idea. So when the subject came up during his interview for the job of elections supervisor in Linn County, Oregon, in 1984, he thought, Oh, crap.“Sir, I think it stinks,” Druckenmiller recalls telling , then the Linn County Clerk, who interviewed him for the position. Mr. Riley looked at him, big eyes behind big glasses, and thanked Druckenmiller for coming in. Druckenmiller figured, Well, I almost had it.But a few days later, Riley offered Druckenmiller the job of supervising...

September 28, 2020
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The USMCA trade deal passes the House in a rare bipartisan vote

The USMCA trade deal passes the House in a rare bipartisan vote

The House voted in favor of the new version of NAFTA after Democrats secured changes to labor and pharmaceuticals provisions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard E. Neal (left), speak during a news conference on the USMCA trade agreement, on December 10, 2019, in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images A bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives has approved the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Thursday, moving President Donald Trump’s signature trade deal one step closer to implementation. The House voted 385 to 41 to approve...

December 31, 2019
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests negative for coronavirus, after much confusion

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests negative for coronavirus, after much confusion

He also slammed the “fake news media.”Brazilian President on Friday announced that for the , contradicting earlier reports — — that he’d tested positive.Posts on his and accounts said that “The Armed Forces Hospital and (diagnostic laboratory) Sabin have returned a negative test result for COVID-19,” the official name of the disease. Bolsonaro included a photo of himself flexing.The Brazilian leader, who is 64, was for the coronavirus earlier this week after his top aide, , tested positive for the virus. That result came after Bolsonaro, and Wajngarten, had visited with President Donald...

March 13, 2020
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