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New census numbers shift political power south to Republican strongholds

New census numbers shift political power south to Republican strongholds

Political power in the United States will continue to shift south this decade, as historically Democratic states that border the Great Lakes give up congressional seats and electoral votes to regions where Republicans currently enjoy a political advantage, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.Texas, Florida and North Carolina, three states that voted twice for President Donald Trump, are set to gain a combined four additional seats in Congress in 2023 because of population growth, granting them collectively as many new votes in the electoral college for the next presidential...

April 26, 2021
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How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz

How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz

The missive arrived at an Orlando-area preparatory school in October 2019, outlining a damaging allegation against a music teacher there.The teacher, in the letter’s telling, had had an inappropriate sexual relationship with the purported student who had written it. And the writer claimed to offer proof: private Facebook messages in which the teacher, Brian Beute, told his alleged victim: “Please remember to keep this a secret. I could go to jail.”Beute, who had recently announced his candidacy in the local tax collector’s race, knew the allegation was a lie, as investigators quickly...

April 15, 2021
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Gaetz is said to have boasted of his ‘access to women’ provided by friend charged in sex-trafficking case

Gaetz is said to have boasted of his ‘access to women’ provided by friend charged in sex-trafficking case

ADRep. Matt Gaetz repeatedly boasted to people involved in Florida politics about women he met through a county tax collector who has since been charged by federal authorities with sex trafficking of a minor, according to two people who heard his comments directly.They said the Republican congressman, first elected in 2016, also showed them videos on his phone of naked or topless women on multiple occasions, including at parties with Joel Greenberg, the former tax collector for Seminole County. The women appeared to be adults, and could be seen dancing, hanging out by a pool and, in one...

April 2, 2021
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Donors gave a House candidate more than $8 million. A single firm took nearly half of it.

Donors gave a House candidate more than $8 million. A single firm took nearly half of it.

ADU.S. House candidate Kim Klacik walked onto Mike Huckabee’s cable talk show last August as the latest conservative celebrity, riding high on that had attracted 10 million views and was shared on social media by President Donald Trump and his eldest son.“We raised close to $2 million,” of the three-minute spot, which showed her marching in a red dress and high heels past abandoned buildings in Baltimore, asserting that Democrats do not care about Black lives.But later that night, Klacik’s staff told her it would be best to stop disclosing how much for her campaign against Rep. Kweisi Mfume...

March 2, 2021
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North Carolina tests how Republicans see themselves after Trump

North Carolina tests how Republicans see themselves after Trump

ADFormer congressman Mark Walker learned early as a Southern Baptist pastor that you can’t make everyone happy when preaching before thousands.“If you say anything that has any conviction to it, you are at risk of losing people,” he said.It’s a lesson that has come in handy as he campaigns as a Republican for a U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina, trying to win over a party that has been losing people on both edges because of the defining divide that emerged after President Donald Trump encouraged a Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol that turned violent.“There are many people who have turned...

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February 22, 2021
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Trump jumps into a divisive battle over the Republican Party — with a threat to start a ‘MAGA Party’

Trump jumps into a divisive battle over the Republican Party — with a threat to start a ‘MAGA Party’

ADPALM BEACH, Fla. — Former president Donald Trump threw himself back into politics this weekend by publicly endorsing a devoted and divisive acolyte in Arizona who has embraced his false election conspiracy theories and entertained the creation of a new “MAGA Party.”In a recorded phone call, he offered his “complete and total endorsement” for another term for Arizona state party chairwoman Kelli Ward, a lightning rod who has sparred with the state’s Republican governor, been condemned by the business community and overseen a recent flight in party registrations. She narrowly won...

January 23, 2021
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Biden to ban special bonuses for appointees, expand lobbying prohibitions in new ethics rules

Biden to ban special bonuses for appointees, expand lobbying prohibitions in new ethics rules

ADPresident-elect Joe Biden will ban his senior presidential appointees from accepting special bonuses akin to “golden parachutes” from former employers for joining the government, while putting in place other expanded revolving-door restrictions in his first days in office.The new ethics rules, which were described by transition officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the draft executive order is not public, will in some ways go beyond the guidelines for senior appointees that were put in place by the Trump and Obama administrations.The biggest shift is the new rule that...

January 19, 2021
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Undeterred, Biden will push unity in a capital locked down after an insurrection

Undeterred, Biden will push unity in a capital locked down after an insurrection

ADJoe Biden will assume the presidency at the peak of a deadly pandemic in a city on lockdown, its streets cleared and many subway stations closed, with patrolling against domestic terrorism and in front of a U.S. Capitol still under repair after a.But rather than pivot his plans after the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol, advisers say he has scripted inaugural events built around the same unifying themes of post-partisanship and governmental competence that undergirded his campaign. Biden’s answer to the and a departing president who refuses to formally hand off power will be a program of...

January 17, 2021
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Democrats see grim prospects in final election results despite Biden’s win

Democrats see grim prospects in final election results despite Biden’s win

ADVoters in the once Democratic Ohio county that surrounds the shuttered delivered a decisive victory last month to the sitting president who had promised and failed to save their jobs.In the heavily Hispanic South Bronx, the liberal sanctum of San Francisco and the immigrant-rich neighborhoods of Miami, President Trump also shrank Democratic margins by drawing thousands more to his side. He even swept the 31 Iowa counties that voted twice for Barack Obama before choosing Trump in 2016.Ultimately, President-elect Joe Biden that mattered most, besting Trump by 7.1 million votes nationally...

December 21, 2020
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Pence, Harris teams at odds over plexiglass at debate

Pence, Harris teams at odds over plexiglass at debate

WASHINGTON - The Trump and Biden campaigns remained at odds on the eve of the vice-presidential debate Wednesday, with no clear resolution to a standoff over where barriers should be placed onstage to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Vice President Mike Pence is requesting that no plexiglass dividers be placed on his side of the stage at Wednesday night's vice-presidential debate, after an announcement Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates that dividers had been agreed to as a safety measure.Marc Short, the vice president's chief of staff, said the vice president's team does...

October 7, 2020
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