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Watchdog investigates seizure of Democrats' phone data by Trump DoJ
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JamesJalaPayneo
It was revealed late on Thursday that the US justice department under Trump had taken data from the accounts of at least two members of the House of Representatives intelligence committee in 2018 as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks related to the Russia investigation and other national security matters, according to a committee official and two people familiar with the investigation. 1
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Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress
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But William P. Barr revived languishing leak investigations after he became attorney general a year later. 1
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The zeal in the Trump administration's efforts to hunt leakers led to the extraordinary step of subpoenaing communications metadata from members of Congress - a nearly unheard-of move outside of corruption investigations. 1
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Policing Reform Negotiations Sputter in Congress Amid Partisan Bickering
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After a Minneapolis jury in April found the white police officer who killed George Floyd guilty of murder, lawmakers in both parties were cautiously optimistic that the verdict would provide fresh momentum to break the impasse that had bedeviled negotiators since Mr. Floyd's death. 1President Biden gave his support, too, calling on Congress to act by the first anniversary of the murder, in late May. 1
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Biden abandons infrastructure talks after Senate GOP refuses to back tax hikes
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Republicans balked at the sum, arguing that any infrastructure package should focus exclusively on repairing the nation's roads and bridges. 1
Both sides had since compromised to an extent. 1Republicans upped their initial price ceiling, offering to spend close to $1 trillion. 1The White House similarly conceded ground, trimming its proposed spending from $2.25 trillion to $1.7 trillion. 1
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Opinion | Imagine 2020 in Georgia with an election-denier in charge. That could happen in 2024.
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These what-ifs might become the nation's reality in 2024, with Republican election-deniers running for secretary of state in several swing states. 1
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Trump shuts down his blog, frustrated by its low readership.
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The site, which cost a few thousand dollars to make and was put together for Mr. Trump by a company run by his former campaign manager Brad Parscale, was intended to be an online hub for supporters to see statements issued by the former president and communicate with him. 1
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Live Updates: Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Leaves Democrats a Big Choice
Democratic lawmakers begin the week with a fundamental choice on infrastructure: They can go big, or they can go bipartisan.
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In Congress, Republicans Shrug at Warnings of Democracy in Peril
As G.O.P. legislatures move to curtail voting rules, congressional Democrats say authoritarianism looms, but Republicans dismiss the concerns as politics as usual.
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Are Dems Incapable of Defending Democracy? Or Just Unwilling?
In his first address to Congress on April 28, Joe Biden invoked the January 6 insurrection, saying, "The images of a violent mob assaulting this Capitol, desecrating our democracy, remain vivid in all our minds."
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Analysis: Washington Republicans have just one move
What's the question?
Just about anything important a Democratic president is asking.
Last week the issue was infrastructure.
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