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Russia issues arrest warrant for Lindsey Graham

An arrest warrant for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was issued by Russia Monday following comments made during his trip to Ukraine, CBS News reported.

In a spliced video that caused outrage in Russia over the weekend, Graham was seen saying that “Russians are dying” and that the U.S. financial assistance to Ukraine is the “best money we’ve ever spent.” The comments were taken out of context, several U.S. reports said.

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GOP candidates tie themselves to Trump – even though he's a 'net negative' in 2024: GOP strategist

Donald Trump’s former foes are papering over past hostility because they can’t see a way through the primaries without him, a GOP activist told the Daily Beast.

“Trump remains the political center of gravity for the Republican Party,” Ken Spain, a GOP strategist, said in the Beast report Monday. “Candidates facing potential primaries are clearly looking to re-ingratiate themselves with the base.”

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Trump's all-caps Memorial Day message: 'We must stop the communists, Marxists and fascist pigs!'

Former President Donald Trump paid tribute to America's fallen military servicemembers on Monday by posting an all-caps rant attacking his political foes.

Writing on his Truth Social platform, the former president linked the struggles faced in the past by soldiers in assorted American wars with the battles he's engaged with his own domestic enemies.

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How Ron DeSantis is 'trying to out-Trump Trump' on climate: report

Scientists have been warning that as climate change accelerates, Florida will be hit especially hard — from hurricanes and floods to rising sea levels. Increasing insurance rates are a symptom of Florida's climate woes; WUSF-FM (a National Public Radio affiliate in Tampa) reported that Florida homeowners can expect their property insurance rates to increase by 40 percent in 2023 even though they are already paying almost three times the national average.

But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is seeking the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, is as much of a climate change denier as his main competitor in the primary: former President Donald Trump.

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The U.S. Could Soon Have Its First Trillionaire. That's No Cause for Celebration

It’s been a full decade now since I first predicted — warned, to be a bit more precise — that America would have its first trillionaire before 2040.

I stand by that warning today. Unfortunately, everything I said ten years ago has aged well. Too well. I explained back then how tax policy was supercharging the accumulation of obscene fortunes in America. Policymakers, I noted, had lifted the lid on wealth accumulation by decreasing taxes on inheritances and income from capital. That policy failure would go on to become substantially worse in 2017 with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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God, money and Dairy Queen: How Texas House investigators secured the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton

May 28, 2023

"God, money and Dairy Queen: How Texas House investigators secured the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

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Progressives condemn Biden-GOP debt ceiling deal as 'cruel and shortsighted'


The text of the legislation, titled the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, is now available here.

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Russian state TV host calls for assassinating Lindsey Graham

The head of Russia’s premium news channel has called for the assassination of Lindsey Graham after the Republican met with Ukraine’s president in Kiev Friday.

A spliced video of Graham speaking to Volodymyr Zelensky showed the senator saying that the fact “Russians are dying” is “the best money we’ve ever spent,” according to a report by the Daily Beast.

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US state exonerates 12 'witches'

The US state of Connecticut has exonerated 12 people convicted of witchcraft in colonial America almost 400 years ago following a campaign to clear their names.

Eleven of the accused witches were hanged after trials in the northeastern state of Connecticut in the mid-1600s, with one receiving a reprieve.

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US debt ceiling deal: the key takeaways

President Joe Biden and House Republicans have reached a deal to raise the government's debt ceiling and avert a devastating default.

Here, AFP details the key takeaways from the agreement, which still needs to be approved by a divided Congress in a vote on Wednesday.

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Data analyst explains why Ron DeSantis is in trouble with voters already

CNN's data analyst dived into some polling for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to closely examine why the GOP presidential candidate isn't connecting well with voters.

DeSantis spent over a month traveling the early primary states claiming to promote his new book. At the beginning of March, DeSantis was just 15 points down from Trump, according to FiveThirtyEight. After the tour, DeSantis is 30 points down.

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Read it: McCarthy uploads 99-page deal over the debt ceiling

According to the details in the 99-page debt ceiling agreement, the Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden agreed on the idea of the debt ceiling not being an issue again until after the 2024 election.

Another is to increase defense spending and veteran funding. The Republican-led House passed a bill that would have cut veterans' spending, and Biden refused to increase defense spending if the House was forcing him to kill food stamps. The two parties came off of both.

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Eyes turn to Sen. Angela Paxton as Texas Senate takes up her husband’s removal

For Angela Paxton, June 1 will always be “I love you day,” the anniversary of the first time a baby-faced Baylor undergrad named Ken told her he loved her.

This year, “I love you day” will have a dark cloud looming over it, as that young man, now the attorney general of Texas, faces removal from office by the state Senate — of which Angela Paxton is a member.

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