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Rahm Emanuel, Biden’s nominee to be envoy to Japan, indicates China would be a central focus of the job

Rahm Emanuel, Biden’s nominee to be envoy to Japan, indicates China would be a central focus of the job

Rahm Emanuel, the Biden administration’s nominee to be ambassador to Japan, made clear Wednesday that he believes a core part of the envoy job is about countering China. Emanuel appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday along with two other nominees for ambassadorships in Asia — Nicholas Burns to become the US envoy to…MORE

Bannon January 6 probe referral puts Attorney General Merrick Garland in center of legal and political storm

Bannon January 6 probe referral puts Attorney General Merrick Garland in center of legal and political storm

Attorney General Merrick Garland — whose nomination was premised on insulating the Justice Department from politics — faces a decision that puts him at the center of a partisan firestorm, with the House’s coming request that the department pursue criminal contempt against Steve Bannon for his refusal to cooperate in lawmakers’ insurrection probe. It’s a…MORE

A 4-year-old boy survived a 70-foot cliff fall with nothing but some bruises

A 4-year-old boy survived a 70-foot cliff fall with nothing but some bruises

A 4-year-old boy who slipped off a cliff and fell about 70 feet suffered just some scrapes and bruises, the Wolfe County, Kentucky, Search & Rescue Team said in a Facebook post. The boy was hiking with his parents in the Daniel Boone National Forest on Friday afternoon when he slipped away and took “a…MORE

Westchester County district attorney’s office investigating Trump Organization golf course property taxes
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Westchester County district attorney’s office investigating Trump Organization golf course property taxes

The Westchester County, New York, district attorney’s office has opened an investigation into the Trump Organization, looking into whether the company misled a local town over the property value of its golf course for tax purposes, multiple people familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. Investigators are looking at the value Trump placed on the…MORE

Sinema’s opposition to raising the corporate tax rate leaves White House scrambling to pay for Biden’s agenda
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Sinema’s opposition to raising the corporate tax rate leaves White House scrambling to pay for Biden’s agenda

Top Biden administration officials are now weighing a range of different ideas to finance a sweeping economic and climate package as opposition from Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has thrown initial plans to raise the corporate tax rate into doubt, according to two people familiar with the matter. The ideas were raised on a Wednesday call…MORE

Prosecutors say they can’t access encrypted emails or find restricted data from couple accused of stealing naval secrets

Prosecutors say they can’t access encrypted emails or find restricted data from couple accused of stealing naval secrets

Federal prosecutors disclosed Wednesday that the government still cannot find most of the classified data they say was stolen by a Maryland couple trying to sell naval secrets to a foreign country. The revelation came during a detention hearing for Diana Toebbe, who is charged, along with her husband Jonathan, in an elaborate scheme to…MORE

Maine health care workers appeal to Supreme Court after federal court upholds state’s vaccine mandate
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Maine health care workers appeal to Supreme Court after federal court upholds state’s vaccine mandate

A group of unvaccinated Maine health care workers asked the Supreme Court Wednesday to step in and block enforcement of the state’s coronavirus vaccine mandate. The mandate is set to go into force on October 29 and the workers argue that because of the vaccines’ connection to aborted fetal cell lines “and for other religious…MORE

Cristiano Ronaldo completes stunning Manchester United comeback against Atalanta
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Cristiano Ronaldo completes stunning Manchester United comeback against Atalanta

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late winning goal to complete a stunning Manchester United comeback against Atalanta in the Champions League. United got off to the worst start imaginable as goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral gave the visiting Italian side a 2-0 lead inside the opening half an hour. However, United emerged from the…MORE

Black borrowers liken student loan debt to ‘Jim Crow’ saying it deepens racial inequality, new study finds
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Black borrowers liken student loan debt to ‘Jim Crow’ saying it deepens racial inequality, new study finds

Black borrowers say policymakers have ignored the racial and economic evidence of inequality in student loan debt with the majority insisting that canceling all student debt is the best solution to the crisis, according to a new report released Wednesday by The Education Trust. The report, which focuses on the perspectives and life experiences of…MORE

Drone attack targets US troops at US base in Syria, initial assessment suggests no US injuries
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Drone attack targets US troops at US base in Syria, initial assessment suggests no US injuries

A drone attack targeted US troops at the US base at At-Tanf in Syria, close to the border with Jordan, on Wednesday, according to a US defense official. The initial assessment is that there were no injuries as a result of the attack, but the battle damage assessment is ongoing. The US maintains approximately 900…MORE

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