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Exclusive: Sinema won’t commit to voting for Biden’s sweeping social safety net expansion
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Exclusive: Sinema won’t commit to voting for Biden’s sweeping social safety net expansion

Kyrsten Sinema, the influential moderate Democratic senator from Arizona, did not commit to voting for President Joe Biden’s sweeping social safety net legislation in a sit-down interview with CNN on Thursday, the latest sign that Senate Democrats do not yet have the votes to pass one of the party’s top legislative priorities even as leadership…MORE

Suspect arrested in shooting death of Jacqueline Avant

Suspect arrested in shooting death of Jacqueline Avant

A man has been arrested in the shooting death of Jacqueline Avant, philanthropist and wife of music icon Clarence Avant. “We’re very pleased to announce today that we have arrested a suspect in the homicide of one of our beloved Beverly Hills residents,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook announced in a briefing Thursday. Multiple…MORE

Eddie Mekka, Carmine on ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ dead at 69
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Eddie Mekka, Carmine on ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ dead at 69

Eddie Mekka, who found fame playing Carmine “The Big Ragoo” Ragusa, on the hit series “Laverne & Shirley,” died Saturday at his home in Newhall, California, according to his official Facebook account. He was 69. No details on his cause of death were made immediately available. Mekka played Shirley’s love interest on the show. Cindy…MORE

Why John Roberts cited the private papers of the justice who wrote Roe v. Wade
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Why John Roberts cited the private papers of the justice who wrote Roe v. Wade

During Wednesday’s historic oral arguments on abortion rights, Chief Justice John Roberts pulled back the curtain on internal Supreme Court negotiations and referred to the papers of the late Justice Harry Blackmun, the author of Roe v. Wade. Roberts usually scorns any courtroom references to materials beyond the briefs and record of a case, let…MORE

Black parents say movement to ban critical race theory is ruining their children’s education
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Black parents say movement to ban critical race theory is ruining their children’s education

When Danielle Atkinson’s daughter brought home a second-grade assignment that highlighted Christopher Columbus’s explorations, Atkinson said she began to notice inequities in the curriculum being taught in the school district. There were plenty of lessons about Columbus and other historic White figures, but the contributions of Black Americans were largely missing in the coursework at…MORE

Biden tells Americans ‘we have so much ahead of us’ during National Christmas Tree lighting
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Biden tells Americans ‘we have so much ahead of us’ during National Christmas Tree lighting

President Joe Biden expressed optimism for the future of the country during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Thursday in Washington, telling the American people that “we have so much ahead of us.” “Over the course of the past 99 years, presidents have continued this great American tradition of lighting the national Christmas tree…MORE

US Army and FAA investigating military flyover of NFL game
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US Army and FAA investigating military flyover of NFL game

The US military and the Federal Aviation Administration are reviewing a flyover of an NFL game last month to determine if the military helicopters flew too low over civilians in violation of aviation regulations. A military inquiry is underway by the 101st Airborne Division to determine if members of its combat aviation brigade violated any…MORE

Prosecution rests after brothers testify Jussie Smollett directed them to carry out a fake racist and anti-gay attack

Prosecution rests after brothers testify Jussie Smollett directed them to carry out a fake racist and anti-gay attack

Two brothers testified in court over the past two days that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett directed them to carry out a fake hate crime while pretending to be Donald Trump supporters in an attempt to get media attention. Abimbola “Bola” Osundairo and his brother Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo provided critical testimony on Wednesday and Thursday in…MORE

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