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Biden administration looks to triple amount of protected land in the US

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Faced with the possible extinction of tens of thousands of species and the growing threat of climate change, the Biden administration on Thursday announced plans to protect 30% of the nation’s land and ocean territory by the end of the decade.

US sends warning to Russia, assuring Ukraine of support against Moscow’s aggression

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Sending a tough diplomatic warning to Russia — backed by a show of military force — the Biden administration on Thursday vowed to stand by Ukraine and its beleaguered government in its struggle with “destabilizing actions” from Moscow.

DeSantis signs controversial elections overhaul law in made-for-Fox-only ceremony

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Six months after a record-breaking 11.1 million Floridians voted in well-run, widely praised election, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Thursday that will make it harder for some people to vote in future elections.

In a blow to Trump, his social media exile continues, with Facebook ban upheld...

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The decision by Facebook’s oversight board to block former President Donald Trump’s return to the world’s biggest social media platform for now is a major political blow, denying him access to a huge audience he needs to help him amplify his message, maintain his fundraising base, and retain his dominance over the Republican Party.

Vaccinating kids for COVID-19 poses additional challenges for officials

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Public health advocates who expect COVID-19 vaccines to become available for younger teens soon are concerned that a government-led distribution effort that may rely in large part on pediatricians could create glaring inequalities among children.

Following backlash, Biden lifts refugee cap to 62,500

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President Joe Biden said Monday he would raise the refugee admissions cap for the current fiscal year to 62,500, revising an earlier announcement that would have maintained historically low Trump-era levels.

Biden administration to reunite first group of migrant families

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The Biden administration this week will reunite its first group of migrant families who were separated at the border under the Trump administration, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday.

DC should be part of Maryland, not a state, GOP senator says

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The District of Columbia should become part of Maryland rather than a new state if it wants to ensure congressional representation for its residents, Sen. Susan Collins said.

When elected officials endorse the wrong cause

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It should not come as a surprise that an overwhelming number of elected officials in the United States are bought and sold in a shared market called U.S. politics.

US travel ban strategy doesn’t make sense, ex-FDA chief says

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The travel bans imposed by the U.S. on countries including India, China and the U.K. lack a clear sense of purpose and don’t make sense, said former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

US denies deal with Iran in talks to return to nuclear accord

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Talks on a U.S. return to the nuclear deal with Iran have a “fair distance” to go, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said, after Iran said this weekend that there’s agreement on lifting some U.S. sanctions.

Treasury secretary doesn’t see Biden plan creating inflation ‘issue’

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President Joe Biden’s economic plan is unlikely to create inflation pressure in the U.S. because the boost to demand will be spread over a decade, said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

GOP risks purging eligible voters in drive to cull states’ rolls

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Republican lawmakers across the country are proposing an aggressive culling of voter rolls by checking names against other government databases that may be flawed, meaning eligible voters could be swept out and blocked from voting.

Biden bans travel from India as coronavirus cases surge

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President Joe Biden banned most travel to the U.S. from India as the country struggles to combat the worst surge of coronavirus cases in the world.

Commentary: Why Biden’s broadband plan would be a big win for bettering democracy

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The Missouri congressional district that I represented for 16 years was a microcosm of the nation. It contained the biggest urban center in the state, Kansas City, as well as many of its suburbs. But the vast majority of the remaining 14,000 square miles was made up of small towns and rural communities.

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