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FDNY commish slapped with discrimination lawsuit on claim she sought to 'destroy' careers

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New York City Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh was hit with an age discrimination lawsuit that alleges she targeted older top staffers with demotions, retaliation and forced retirements.

Several high-level FDNY staffers in their late 50s and early 60s sued Kavanagh, the city's first female fire commissioner, for unspecified damages, back pay and the return of job titles under the state’s human rights laws, according to a 53-page lawsuit filed in the Brooklyn state Supreme Court first published by the New York Post.

The lawsuit claimed staff members were forced to work in a hostile and retaliatory work environment. 

Kavanagh, according to the lawsuit, "sought not just to end, but literally to destroy, their long and distinguished careers" and attempted to "replace Plaintiffs and other senior employees with younger personnel."


"The victims were targeted because they were at or near the age of 60," the lawsuit states.

The suit was filed by 61-year-old ex-FDNY Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Joe Jardin, 62-year-old assistant Chief of Operations Michael Gala and 59-year-old Chief of Uniformed Personnel Michael Massucci.


The complaint follows a 36-page lawsuit filed in February, accusing Kavanagh of acting like a "political operative" by demoting and reassigning staff chiefs at the expense of public safety.

The filing cites a Feb. 6 New York Daily News article quoting anonymous sources claiming that Schaaf "resisted transferring and disciplining some firefighters" when "allegations of racism" were made in a Queens firehouse, Jardin was the subject of "a series of complaints with the city’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity" for his "tough-guy management style," and Gala was considered a "divisive element in the department."


The lawsuit states that before joining the FDNY in 2014, Kavanagh worked as a "political operative" on campaigns and never spent a "day as a firefighter."

"Respondent Kavanagh has no experience fighting fires and worked only on the civilian side of the FDNY before ascending to Commissioner."


Kavanagh was appointed commissioner of the FDNY by Mayor Eric Adams in October 2022. 

Before the lawsuit was filed, Kavanagh defended herself from criticism over demoting some of the department’s top brass in an interview with Spectrum News.

"I think sometimes people forget I am new because I was at the department for almost a decade, but I am just a few months into my tenure, and I want to have my own team," the commissioner said.

"Every commissioner has changed their team over, so it's been a while. Commissioner [Daniel] Nigro was there for almost eight years, so I think maybe that's why it seems new, but it's really not."

"We will review the case once served," a city law department spokesperson told Fox News Digital. Mayor Adams did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News' Danielle Wallace contributed to this report

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Package with suspicious powder delivered to Manhattan DA's office amid Trump investigation

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Emergency personnel have responded after a package with suspicious powder was delivered to the New York City building housing the Manhattan District Attorney's office, according to police. 

The New York Police Department said the package was delivered by USPS on Friday. No injuries were reported, and as of yet no one has been ordered to evacuate.

Police responded to the scene shortly after 12 p.m.

District Attorney Alvin Bragg is currently weighing whether to proceed with an indictment against former President Donald Trump for alleged hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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McCarthy rips 'extreme minority party' after no Dems support 'parents bill of rights'

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Democratic and Republican leaders took turns accusing the other party of being "extreme" on Friday after the House of Representatives passed the Parents Bill of Rights Act mostly along party lines.

In the lead-up to the vote, Democrats accused the bill of promoting "fascism" and said it was "extreme," claiming it will lead to banning books and outing LGBTQ+ students. No Democrats voted for the legislation, and after it passed, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., told reporters the GOP was attempting to "jam their right-wing ideology down the throats of students, teachers and parents throughout America."

"Extreme MAGA Republicans want to ban books on the Holocaust. Ban books on the Holocaust. Extreme MAGA Republicans want to ban books on Martin Luther King Jr. Extreme MAGA Republicans want to ban books on the LGBTQ journey in the United States of America. Extreme MAGA Republicans even want to ban a book on Roberto Clemente and baseball," Jeffries claimed at the weekly Democratic press conference Friday. "That's their educational agenda."

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., also led a news conference with members of his party, returning fire at the Democrats for opposing the bill.


"We have such an extreme minority party that they couldn't even denounce socialism," McCarthy said, referring to a House resolution condemning socialism that Democrats opposed. "Such an extreme minority party that thinks you should decriminalize carjacking and even some forms of murder. Such an extreme minority party, in the Democrats, that they think parents shouldn't have a say in their kids' education." 

Republicans say their legislation channels growing anger from parents across the country about access to information on everything from school curricula to safety and mask policies to the prevalence of gender ideology and critical race theory in the classroom

The Parents Bill of Rights Act would require school districts to give parents access to curriculum and reading lists and would require schools to inform parents if school staff begin encouraging or promoting their child’s gender transition.


Democrats view it as an attack on LGBTQ+ people. They argued that informing parents if their child uses different pronouns or expresses as a different gender at school would "out" them before they are ready, inflicting harm.

The bill says parents have "the right to know if a school employee or contractor acts to… change a minor child’s gender markers, pronouns, or preferred name; or… allow a child to change the child’s sex-based accommodations, including locker rooms or bathrooms."


As for book bans, the bill text states that parents would have a right to "a list of the books and other reading materials available in the library of their child's school" and may "inspect such books or other reading materials." There is no legislative language that instructs schools to remove books from the library or create a list of banned books. 

House Republicans argue the books under attack in some states and communities are those that include explicit sexual content that they say is not appropriate for certain ages and isn’t a core educational requirement. Democrats insist those arguments are a pretext to target LGBTQ+ content in schools, motivated by bigotry and hate. 

The Parents Bill of Rights Act now heads to the Senate, where Democrats hold a majority. In the unlikely event the bill gets a vote and passes there, President Biden would almost surely side with his fellow Democrats and veto it. 

Fox News' Peter Kasperowicz contributed to this report.

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Senate makes bipartisan push to cap insulin prices at $35 for all Americans

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A bipartisan pair of senators have revived the bid to cap insulin prices at $35 for all Americans who need it, a similar measure to one that narrowly failed as an amendment to President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act last year.

The new legislation, if passed, would guarantee that even those who are uninsured would not pay more than $35 per month for the vital diabetes medication.

The bill was introduced on Thursday by Sens. John Kennedy, R-La., and Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.

"By making preventative care accessible, this bill would reduce long-term health care costs for individual patients, avoid devastating complications from diabetes and take pressure off the entire health care system," Kennedy said in a statement.


Warnock said he was "thrilled to work with" his "colleague and friend, Senator Kennedy, to finally make insulin affordable for everyone who needs it."

"Insulin was a 100-year-old drug that was sold for $1. No one should feel forced to put their health or life in danger because they can’t afford their insulin. We have the momentum – let's get this done," the Georgia Democrat said.


In the last Congress, Kennedy introduced an amendment to Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act that would have capped the cost of insulin at $35 for low and middle-income Americans, which did not pass.

However, the Senate did approve an amendment spearheaded by Warnock that maxed out the medication’s price at the same level for all Medicare recipients.


It is not immediately clear how much support the new bipartisan bill will have in the Senate and the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, but it is an initiative that the White House has gotten behind as well. Biden’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes a proposal to make insulin $35 per month for everyone.

This month, pharma giant Eli Lily announced it would put in place its own insulin price cap, making the drug available to all patients at just $35 out of pocket.

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KY Gov. Andy Beshear vetos GOP bill aimed at regulating transgender youth

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Kentucky's Democratic governor issued an election-year veto Friday of a Republican bill aimed at regulating the lives of transgender youths that includes banning access to gender-affirming health care and restricting the bathrooms they can use.

The bill also bans discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools and allows teachers to refuse to refer to transgender students by the pronouns they use. It easily passed the GOP-led legislature with veto-proof margins, and lawmakers will reconvene next week for the final two days of this year's session, when they could vote to override the veto.

Gov. Andy Beshear said in a written veto message that the bill allows "too much government interference in personal healthcare issues and rips away the freedom of parents to make medial decisions for their children."

In his message, he warned that the bill's repercussions would include an increase in youth suicides. The governor said, "My faith teaches me that all children are children of God and Senate Bill 150 will endanger the children of Kentucky."


Beshear's veto comes as he seeks reelection to a second term this year in Republican-trending Kentucky, and his veto could reverberate through the November election.

The legislation in Kentucky is part of a national movement, with state lawmakers approving extensive measures that restrict the rights of LGBTQ+ people this year, from bills targeting trans athletes and drag performers to measures limiting gender-affirming care.

In Kentucky, the expanded version that reached Beshear's desk was rushed through both legislative chambers in a matter of hours March 16 before lawmakers began an extended break. The fast-track work enabled lawmakers to retain their ability to override the governor's veto. The action triggered outrage and tears among opponents unable to stop the legislation.

The bill’s supporters say they are trying to protect children from undertaking gender-affirming treatments that they might regret as adults. Research shows such regret is rare.


The repackaged measure would ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors. It would outlaw gender reassignment surgery for anyone under 18, as well as the use of puberty blockers and hormones, and inpatient and outpatient gender-affirming hospital services.

Doctors would have to set a timeline to "detransition" children already taking puberty blockers or undergoing hormone therapy. They could continue offering care as they taper a youngster’s treatments, if removing them from the treatment immediately could harm the child.

Such treatments have long been available in the United States and are endorsed by major medical associations.

"The American Medical Association reports that receipt of care dramatically reduces the rates of suicide attempts, decreases feelings of depression and anxiety and reduces substance abuse," Beshear said in his veto message.

The bill would not allow schools to discuss sexual orientation or gender identity with students of any age.

Another key provision would require school districts to devise bathroom policies that, "at a minimum," would not allow transgender children to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identities.

It also would allow teachers to refuse to refer to transgender students by the pronouns they use and would require schools to notify parents when lessons related to human sexuality are going to be taught.

Beshear said in his veto message that the bill would turn educators and administrators into "investigators that must listen in on student conversations and then knock on doors to confront and question parents and families about how students behave and/or refer to themselves or others."

After the bill passed the legislature, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky warned that it "stands ready" to challenge the measure in court if it becomes law.

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'Squad' defender of alleged Chinese spy app tied to nonprofit that received $150K from its parent company

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman has recently positioned himself as one of the most ardent defenders of TikTok, which critics have alleged is a Chinese spyware app. The New York Democrat, meanwhile, is tied to a foundation that received a $150,000 donation from TikTok's parent company late last year.

Bowman, an avid TikTok user, held a Wednesday press conference on Capitol Hill defending the popular social media app alongside two other Democratic lawmakers and so-called TikTok influencers. 

During the presser, the "Squad" member claimed that politicians are hypocrites for singling out the app when its American-owned counterparts have allowed Russia, for example, "to interfere with our 2016 election" and have "allowed lies and misinformation to live on their platforms."

Bowman further suggested that TikTok's opposition stems from racism. "Let's not have a dishonest conversation," he said. "Let's not be racist towards China and express our xenophobia when it comes to TikTok, because American companies have done tremendous harm to American people."


Bowman is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, whose affiliated nonprofit, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, in December received a $150,000 donation from ByteDance, TikTok's parent company. The donation went towards honoring members of the caucus.

ByteDance also funneled a $150,000 donation that same month to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, a nonprofit affiliated with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The donation also honored members of its respective congressional caucus

A member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, California Democratic Rep. Robert Garcia, joined Bowman at the TikTok press conference to oppose a ban on the app. Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan was also in attendance. 


ByteDance moved the money while facing national security concerns and ban threats in the United States. Critics argue that the Chinese government could access user data, such as browsing history and location, and push communist propaganda through the app. The donations also occurred as the company and its subsidiaries spent $5.4 million on lobbying activities in the U.S., its highest yearly amount yet.

ByteDance's donations to the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute were its largest reported in lobbying filings last year. Reps. Bowman and Garcia's offices did not respond to a Fox News Digital inquiry by the time of publication. ByteDance did not respond to a previous request for comment on its contributions to the nonprofits.

Fears surrounding the popular social media site grew following a report last year that showed a TikTok team in China accessed data of U.S. TikTok users, including two journalists. ByteDance fired four employees over the matter.


"The evidence that China is using TikTok to spy on and influence American citizens is clear, and it only keeps mounting as time goes on," Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wrote in a Fox News Digital op-ed.

"Moreover, Beijing's influence on ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, is undeniable. Not only does Chinese law compel ByteDance to hand over data at a moment's notice, but the Chinese government also holds an ownership stake in the tech giant's key domestic subsidiary."

On Thursday, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. During the hearing, Republican Florida Rep. Neal Dunn asked whether ByteDance had ever spied on American citizens.

"I don't think that spying is the right way to describe it," Zi responded.

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WI Gov. Tony Evers' $3.8 million budget rejected by Republicans, budget committee will make final decision

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Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' $3.8 billion proposed spending on state building projects got the thumbs down from Republicans as expected on Thursday, sending the final decision on funding to the GOP-controlled Legislature's budget committee.

Republicans on the state building commission voted against Evers' proposal, just as they have for his prior two budgets. That means it will be up to the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee to make the final call.

That committee begins taking testimony from state agencies about the Evers budget on Tuesday. It will build the budget based off the current one, not what Evers proposed in February. The Legislature is expected to pass its plan sometime in June, sending it to Evers who can make changes with his line-item veto power.


Two years ago, Republicans approved spending $1.5 billion on building projects out of the $2.4 billion that Evers proposed. In 2019, Evers’ first budget, Republicans approved $1.9 billion out of $2.5 billion that Evers wanted.

Evers has called for tapping the state's projected $7 billion budget surplus to pay for building projects in cash, rather than more borrowing. But Republicans have criticized his plan as being too costly and have promised to cut it back.

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Musk clashes with WHO director over global pandemic treaty

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Elon Musk and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), battled on Twitter over the potential dangers of a sweeping, legally binding global agreement under discussion to combat future pandemics.

"Countries should not cede authority to WHO," Musk tweeted Thursday in response to a video of Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts criticizing the United Nations' health agency and what both supporters and opponents informally call a "pandemic treaty" that has been in the works.

Ghebreyesus quickly responded to Musk, the billionaire owner of Twitter, rejecting the notion that a pandemic treaty would undermine national sovereignty and centralize too much power in the hands of the WHO, as critics allege.

"Countries aren't ceding sovereignty to [the WHO]," tweeted Ghebreyesus. "The pandemic accord won't change that. The accord will help countries better guard against pandemics. It will help us to better protect people regardless of whether they live in countries that are rich or poor."

At the WHO's weekly news conference later on Thursday, Ghebreyesus dismissed claims that the pandemic treaty would have countries cede power to the WHO as "quite simply false" and "fake news," in an apparent reference to Musk's comments.

"If any politician or businessperson, or anyone at all is confused about what the pandemic accord is and isn't, we would be more than happy to discuss it and explain it," said Ghebreyesus.

The WHO director added that countries will decide what the global pandemic accord says and implement its measures "in line with their own national laws."

Supporters argue a pandemic treaty can address the holes exposed by the world's response to the COVID pandemic. Ghebreyesus has criticized countries for adopting "me-first" approaches that, he argues, stymie the global solidarity needed to deal with threats like COVID.


Georgetown University Professor of Global Health Law Lawrence Gostin, director of the WHO's Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law, has similarly condemned "nationalistic leaders" for "taking a stance of 'my country first.'"

An early draft of the treaty reportedly included a measure for governments to reserve 20% of any tests, vaccines, or treatments developed for the WHO to distribute in poorer countries. The draft also appeared to push for intellectual property rights to be waived during pandemics, which advocates say would allow for wider access to life-saving drugs and vaccines more quickly.

An initial "zero draft" from last year outlining ideas for how the WHO can strengthen its preparedness and response to health emergencies called on the global body to establish a "new global system for surveillance" and "to deploy proactive countermeasures against misinformation and social media attacks."


Critics say the treaty would vastly expand the authority and resources of the WHO, which would be given greater control to dictate how nations respond to future pandemics — power, they argue, that isn't deserved in light of the global body's handling of COVID.

Republicans in Congress have warned they will oppose any attempt by the Biden administration to adhere to a global pandemic treaty unless the agreement first wins Senate approval.

In December 2021, the 194 member countries of the World Health Assembly, the WHO's decision-making body, agreed to "kickstart a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement, or other international instrument under the Constitution of the World Health Organization to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response."

The decision established an intergovernmental negotiating body to draft an international pandemic treaty. Talks on the treaty are underway. The goal is to deliver a progress report to the World Health Assembly this year and to adopt the treaty next year.

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Maine Democrats in the state Legislature push forward with 2-part 'baseline budget'

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Majority Democrats in the Maine Legislature are pushing through a "baseline budget" to ensure government operations continue in the new fiscal year while leaving the door open to discussions on new spending initiatives in a supplemental budget to be addressed later.

The advancement of a pared-down budget to be adopted by the end of next week, the deadline for a simple majority-approved bill to go into effect on July 1, prevents Republicans from using a state government shutdown as an 11th-hour negotiating tactic but preserves their negotiating clout for proposals to be considered later.

The proposal emerged Thursday after closed-door negotiations between the parties and Democratic Gov. Janet Mills over her proposed $10.3 billion, two-year budget.


Sen. Peggy Rotundo, a committee co-chair, said that splitting up the budget into two parts provides stability for families, schools, municipalities and businesses while allowing both parties "to continue working in a collaborative and productive manner on any new initiatives and programs in the coming months."

"We pledge to continue this work with our colleagues and will do so with our ongoing commitment to improving the lives of all Mainers," added Rep. Melanie Sachs, a Democrat from Freeport, the other committee co-chair.


The process mirrors what happened in 2021, when Democrats passed a majority budget over the objection of Republicans. A bipartisan revision was later adopted.

If lawmakers were to wait until later in the session to approve the budget, then a two-thirds majority would be required for provisions to go into effect in time for the new fiscal year.

In 2017, House Republicans aligned with then-GOP Gov. Paul LePage torpedoed a compromise budget, forcing a partial shutdown of state government for several days. That forced frenzied negotiations on a new spending bill that could reach the two-thirds threshold.

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Republicans probe Biden admin's climate overreach into consumer insurance

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EXCLUSIVE: Republican lawmakers on a key House Financial Services Committee panel are probing the Biden administration's efforts to impose its climate agenda on insurance companies.

In a letter Friday to Federal Insurance Office (FIO) Director Steven Seitz, every Republican member of the House and Insurance Subcommittee, led by Chairman Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, expressed concern about the agency's recent actions to collect climate-related data from property and casualty insurers. 

The lawmakers argued such actions were limited to state insurance regulators, not the FIO which is a subagency of the Treasury Department. The letter to Seitz also noted that while the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 authorizes the agency to collect certain data, it limits such actions to traditional regulation and mandates consultation with state insurance regulators.

"Climate alarmists and activists are abusing the Federal Insurance Office by overstepping state regulators to collect climate data," Davidson told Fox News Digital in a statement. "The FIO’s lack of good faith to coordinate with state insurance regulators sets a dangerous precedent that could ultimately undermine Congress’s intent under the Dodd-Frank consumer protection law."


According to the Cornell Legal Information Institute, the Dodd-Frank Act established the FIO to monitor the U.S. insurance industry to identify issues or gaps that could result in crises. However, the statute specifically requires the office to "consult with the states regarding insurance matters of national or international importance."

Davidson and his fellow Republican subcommittee members wrote in their letter that the FIO's recent actions deviate from "the letter and spirit of Dodd-Frank."

"Requiring FIO to coordinate with state insurance regulators is critical to ensuring that FIO can conduct relevant activities to achieve its goals while also maintaining the proven state-based regulation of insurance," they wrote. "However, we believe that FIO has knowingly sidestepped this requirement to advance its own agenda."


In August 2021, the FIO released a request for information on a proposal to obtain climate-related financial risk data from the insurance sector. Then, in October, the FIO issued a proposed data collection, asking for public comments by the middle of December. The action would require 213 insurance companies to share data from every U.S. zip code.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said at the time that the action was "an important step in determining how Americans are being affected by the increasing costs of climate change." She noted the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian in Florida as an example of why the agency needed to move forward with the action.

However, while the action was lauded by left-wing groups like Center for American Progress and Public Citizen, it was blasted by both the insurance industry and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), a group representing state regulators. 

"As the primary regulators of this sector, state insurance regulators are on the frontlines of natural catastrophe preparedness and response, protecting policyholders and maintaining well-functioning insurance markets," NAIC officials wrote to the Treasury Department in November. "State insurance regulators, through the NAIC, have had a climate-specific working group for more than a decade."

"It is unclear how FIO will use the data they intend to collect, and it is likely that any analysis will be misinterpreted and produce fallacious results in trying to identify climate risk," they continued. "Treasury is requesting property insurance market data at a granular level, but it is unclear how that data will be married with other information to illustrate climate risk specifically."

In addition to Davidson, Reps. Bill Posey, R-Fla., Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Scott Fitzgerald, R-Wisc., Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y., Mike Flood, R-Neb., Michael Lawler, R-N.Y., Monica De La Cruz, R-Texas, and Erin Houchin, R-Ind., signed the letter to Seitz.

The FIO didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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2 hours, 51 minutes ago

The two leaders are meeting in Ottawa on Friday, where the president is also addressing the Canadian Parliament.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear vetoes Republican transgender measure

3 hours, 14 minutes ago

Beshear, a Democrat, has vetoed a sweeping Republican measure aimed at regulating the lives of transgender young people.

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With Congress closer to banning TikTok, app's future is murky

3 hours, 34 minutes ago

The future of the popular mobile app, used by 150 million Americans, has never been more uncertain. Here's what to know.

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Rep. Stacey Plaskett defends Manhattan D.A.'s investigation of Trump

8 hours, 49 minutes ago

The top Democrat on the "weaponization of government" select subcommittee is accusing Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of trying to intimidate Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg.

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Appeals court blocks COVID vaccine mandate for federal workers

10 hours, 2 minutes ago

The ruling maintains the status quo, upholding a preliminary injunction blocking the mandate issued by a federal judge. The issue has drawn many conflicting judicial opinions.

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Senate ethics panel admonishes Lindsey Graham over campaign solicitations

14 hours, 47 minutes ago

The ethics panel found that the South Carolina Republican improperly solicited contributions from inside a federal building.

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Post Politics Now: Biden meets with Trudeau, to address Canadian Parliament

58 minutes ago

Biden’s first trip to Canada as president aims to bolster a close alliance and tackle issues such as immigration and trade.


William Barr’s defense of Fox News, parsed

1 hour, 26 minutes ago

Barr's arguments often gloss over the particulars of the case and the ways in which experts say defamation can be proved.


William Barr’s defense of Fox News, parsed

1 hour, 26 minutes ago

Barr's arguments often gloss over the particulars of the case and the ways in which experts say defamation can be proved.


Here’s who doesn’t pay attention to political news (not you)

1 hour, 35 minutes ago

Groups that pay attention to political news are often those who benefit from politics.


Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran appears before Mar-a-Lago grand jury in D.C.

1 hour, 54 minutes ago

Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran goes before a federal grand jury in Washington Friday, after losing a fight to keep his notes and other papers away from prosecutors.


House approves parental rights bill in largely a party-line vote

2 hours, 39 minutes ago

The Parents Bill of Rights Act serves as a message for Republicans, who believe voters agree with their position that parents don’t have enough input in schools.


Trump warns of ‘potential death & destruction’ if he’s charged in hush-money case

3 hours, 19 minutes ago

The post-midnight posting on Truth Social, Trump’s social media platform, was his latest — and most explicit — allusion to violence that could follow an indictment.


The systemic bias of state-level anti-gay legislation

3 hours, 28 minutes ago

Elected officials in Florida and Texas are using control of schools to make the lives of gay Americans more difficult.


Lindsey Graham publicly admonished for fundraising on Capitol grounds

4 hours, 50 minutes ago

Graham (R-S.C.) solicited campaign contributions for former Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker during a Fox News interview.


Trump repeatedly evokes threat of violence over a potential indictment

6 hours, 6 minutes ago

In a series of social-media posts, Trump criticized calls for peace and cited potential for “catastrophic” "death & destruction” if he’s charged. His words are in keeping with a long history of allusions to violence by his supporters.


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TikTok Stars Visit D.C. as Creators Turn into Temporary Lobbyists

26 minutes ago

On the bus, off the bus and all over Capitol Hill with creators turned temporary lobbyists. Wait, does anybody need a bathroom break?

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Senators Urge Biden to Send Evidence of Russian War Crimes to the ICC

30 minutes ago

Despite Pentagon resistance, a bipartisan group stressed that Congress had voted to legalize support for the court’s Ukraine war investigations.

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In Proud Boys Jan. 6 Sedition Trial, FBI Informants Abound

36 minutes ago

The most recent informant to emerge from the trial is a Texas-based activist who became uncommonly close to some of the defendants, their lawyers and relatives.

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Rahul Gandhi Disqualified From Lok Sabha After Conviction

38 minutes ago

The expulsion of Rahul Gandhi is a devastating blow to the once-powerful Indian National Congress party. He and several other politicians are now in jeopardy through India’s legal system.

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Florida Bill Would Shield DeSantis’s Travel Records

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A bill advanced by state legislators would exempt the governor, as well as other officials, their families and staff members, from having records of their trips released to the public.

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U.S. Air Defenses ‘Not Fully Operational’ Before Strike Killed American in Syria, Officials Say

1 hour, 11 minutes ago

American officials are investigating why the system was not fully operational and what difference that made in defending the coalition military base in northeast Syria.

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Biden and Trudeau Meet for First Summit in Canada

1 hour, 47 minutes ago

A deal on migration and turmoil in Haiti are likely to be two key talking points between the leaders of the neighboring countries.

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Divided House Passes G.O.P. Bill on Hot-Button Schools Issues

2 hours, 19 minutes ago

The legislation would require schools to obtain parental consent to honor a student’s request to change gender-identifying pronouns. Democrats said it would bring the conflicts over social issues to the classroom.

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What’s ‘Woke’ and Why It Matters

2 hours, 28 minutes ago

A marker of just how much American politics has changed over the last eight years.

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LG Will Spend $5.5 Billion on a Battery Factory in Arizona

3 hours, 33 minutes ago

Investment plans for U.S. battery production have increased since President Biden signed a law that offers generous incentives for electric cars and green energy.

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House Republicans Visit Jan. 6 Rioters At D.C. Jail

1 hour, 20 minutes ago

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) led a delegation of House members to inspect the alleged mistreatment of Trump supporters connected to Jan. 6, 2021.

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Minnesota House Passes Bill To Help Transgender Minors Take Refuge In State

3 hours, 33 minutes ago

The bill would prevent state officials from having to comply with other states' anti-LGBTQ legal requests.

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Kentucky Governor Vetoes Sweeping GOP Anti-Trans Measure

3 hours, 45 minutes ago

Kentucky’s Democratic governor has vetoed a sweeping Republican measure aimed at regulating the lives of transgender youths.

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Tucker Carlson Accuses NPR Of Scaring Its Audience Into Buying Guns. Ahem.

4 hours, 25 minutes ago

The Fox News host's wacky self-own proved that irony has been "found dead in a ditch," a commenter said on Twitter.

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Trump Issues Warning Of 'Potential Death And Destruction' If He's Charged With A Crime

4 hours, 47 minutes ago

In a typo-laden post on his social media site, Trump claimed "it is known by all that NO Crime has been committed."

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The Moral Dilemma Over Working For Donald Trump

6 hours, 49 minutes ago

It’s a buyer’s market for political job seekers, but dozens of GOP operatives have chosen instead to try to put a 'despicable' ex-president back in the White House.

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Florida Republican Will Robinson Jr. Tricked Into Reading Fake Dirty Names At Committee Meeting

7 hours, 52 minutes ago

The GOP state representative fell for the sophomoric prank and recited a few made-up names at a civil justice hearing.

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A Nebraska Lawmaker Ground Legislating To A Halt To Stop An Anti-Trans Bill

9 hours, 4 minutes ago

State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh vowed to do whatever it took to stop an anti-trans bill from advancing — and she kept her word.

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TikTok Paid for an Astroturfed Mob of Influencers to Show Up as CEO Testified Before Congress

1 hour, 20 minutes ago

Chinese-owned TikTok reportedly paid for the transportation of popular influencers on its platform to appear in Washington as the company's CEO appeared before congress.

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Electric Vehicles Bleeding Red Ink: Ford Is Losing Billions on EVs

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Ford Motor Company says its electric vehicle (EV) unit, "Ford Model e," is losing billions of dollars, and should be viewed as a startup company.

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UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal Bashes Calls to 'Defund the Police'

2 hours, 3 minutes ago

UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal bashed left-wing calls to "Defund the Police," saying it will lead to a spike in crime.

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Jack Dorsey's Block Suffers Plummeting Share Price Amid Claims It Enabled Fraud, Inflated User Stats

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Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's payment processing firm Block suffered a stock price drop of 15 percent this week after claims by Hindenburg Research that the company has facilitated fraud and inflated its user numbers. Researchers were reportedly able to set up a Cash App account in the name of former President Donald Trump, and even secure a Cash App card with his name on it.

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Model Blac Chyna Says Baptism, Finding God Led to Reversing Plastic Surgery and Quitting 'Degrading' OnlyFans

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Popular model Blac Chyna has quit the "degrading" sex-site OnlyFans and reversed her surgical body enhancements after her baptism.

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Bordeaux City Hall Set on Fire Amid French Retirement Age Rise Protests

2 hours, 17 minutes ago

Five people have been arrested by French police after the doors to the city hall of Bordeaux were set on fire on Thursday evening amid ongoing country-wide protests against increasing the state pension age.

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Georgetown U. to Require 'Social Justice' Courses on School's History of Racism, Slavery

2 hours, 20 minutes ago

Georgetown University is set to require "social justice" courses on the school's history of racism and slavery for its undergraduate students, starting next semester.

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Exclusive - Indictment Backfire: Poll Shows Majority of Americans Think Charges Will Either Help Trump or Have No Effect

2 hours, 25 minutes ago

New polling suggests that a majority of Americans believe a looming indictment of former President Donald Trump from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will backfire and either not hurt him or actually help him in his quest to retake the White House.

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'You Haven't Seen a Story Like This': Streaming Platform Tubi Releases Acclaimed Religious Tech Thriller 'Exemplum'

2 hours, 34 minutes ago

The popular free streaming platform Tubi has officially released the award-winning religious tech thriller EXEMPLUM. 

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Nancy Pelosi Attacks San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone as Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Woman

2 hours, 37 minutes ago

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi attacked San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Thursday, calling him an “extreme” opponent of the LGBTQ community.

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