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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Sunday, September 19, 2021

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New redistricting commissions splinter along partisan lines
When voters in some states created new commissions to handle the politically thorny process of redistricting, the hope was that the bipartisan panelists could work together to draw new voting districts free of partisan gerrymandering. Instead, cooperation has proved elusive.









































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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Saturday, September 18, 2021

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Meet the unlikely organizer of the Justice for J6 rally in DC
WASHINGTON – The organizer of Saturday’s rally, aimed at recasting Jan. 6 as something other than the violent insurrection it was, immediately appears as an unlikely messenger for the Republican far-right.










































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Clyburn, Yarmuth say Congress might miss Sept. 27 infrastructure deadline

  • News source: By Brianna Crummy
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Reps. Jim Clyburn and John Yarmuth both said Sunday that there is a chance Congress will not vote in time to meet the Sept. 27 deadline for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set a date of Sept. 27 for the infrastructure bill the Senate passed in August, which some progressives in the party only agreed to support if the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill was voted on as well. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Clyburn (D-S.C.) , the House majority whip, said that the passage of the infrastructure bill may not...
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Former Obama Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman calls for accountability for botched drone strike

  • News source: Cameron Cawthorne
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Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen on Sunday said there "absolutely" needs to be accountability for the botched Kabul drone strike that killed several civilians.

Mullen spoke to ABC's "This Week" a couple days after the head of the U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced that it is unlikely any ISIS-K members were killed in a Kabul drone strike on Aug. 29, where he was asked whether there needs to be accountability.

"Absolutely. I think there should. This was obviously an incredibly complex, fast-moving...
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Cruz slams Biden's 'unconstitutional' vaccine mandate: 'They want to change the topic from Afghanistan'

  • News source: Jessica Chasmar
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Sunday that President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private businesses is designed to fail and being used only as a distraction from his "catastrophe" in Afghanistan.

During an appearance on Fox News’ "Sunday Morning Futures," Cruz said Biden’s rule requiring companies with 100 or more employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing is "illegal" and only meant to get the Democratic president back in the media’s good graces after he was widely criticized for his chaotic military withdrawal in Afghanistan.

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NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite FDA advisers' recommendation

  • News source: Joseph Choi
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Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said on Sunday that it would "surprise" him if COVID-19 booster shot aren't expanded, despite a recommendation from a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel advising against widespread use.

"I think the big news is that they actually did approve the initiation of boosters and remember they're taking a snapshot of right now. We're going to see what happens in the coming weeks," Collins said while appearing on "Fox News Sunday." "It would surprise me if it does not become clear...
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Biden's candidness can get him in trouble

  • News source: Amie Parnes and Morgan Chalfant
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President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE is known to speak his mind candidly, so much so that he often catches himself mid-sentence.

“Anyway, I’m telling you too much,” he told reporters during a gaggle following the Sept. 11 events last weekend, when asked about the state of unity in the country.

Such remarks are typical for Biden.

He...
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GOP senator: Republicans will lose if they relitigate the past

  • News source: Monique Beals
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Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidySunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant GOP senator on Texas abortion law: Supreme Court will 'swat it away' when 'it comes to them in an appropriate manner' GOP hopes spending traps derail Biden agenda MORE (R-La.) argued during an interview on Sunday that Republicans will lose in 2024 if they relitigate 2020.

"If we relitigate 2020 over and over again, it won't change the result in 2020, but we are sure to lose in 2024," Cassidy said on NBC's "Meet the Press."



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2 homes 'heavily damaged' after military aircraft crashes, fire officials say

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Texas Doctor Says He Violated the State's New Law Banning Abortions After Six Weeks

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A Texas doctor revealed on Saturday that he recently performed an abortion in violation of the state’s new law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, arguing he “had a duty of care to this patient” and she had a “fundamental right” to an abortion.

Dr. Alan Braid, a physician who provides abortion care in San Antonio, wrote in an op-ed published in The Washington Post that he performed one on Sept. 6 for a woman who, although still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit.

“I fully understood that there could be legal...
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Are Biden's vaccine mandates 'unlawful'?

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden's new vaccine requirements could apply to as many as 100 million Americans, or almost two-thirds of the American workforce, and have spawned a predictable pushback from a handful of Republican states -- making them the latest frontier in the fight between the administration and state officials over how to address the ongoing pandemic.

Though the specific rules for the vaccine mandate have yet to be written, several Republican state officials have already said they intend to challenge them. Arizona's attorney...
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Breyer defends state of Supreme Court in interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)As the Supreme Court finds itself in an unwelcome political spotlight at the start of a new term, Justice Stephen Breyer defended the institution Sunday in an interview on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," insisting that the court is driven not by political considerations, but by judicial philosophy.

"There are many jurisprudential differences," Breyer said. "It isn't really right to say that it's political in the ordinary sense of politics."

The court is poised to tackle issues next term that dominate the political discourse, including disputes...
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Texas doctor says he violated the state's strict new abortion law

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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Washington (CNN)A Texas doctor is publicly revealing that he violated a state law that bans abortions after six weeks and says he is inviting legal challenges under the controversial law, which has so far withstood efforts by pro-abortion rights supporters to block it.

"On the morning of Sept. 6, I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state's new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care," Dr...
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US-UK-Australia pact delivers France some hard truths

  • News source: BBC News - World
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The BBC's Hugh Schofield assesses the harsh realities for France after Australia's US-UK deal.
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ICYMI: Surfing dogs and Spain's 'ugliest tomato' contest

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Dogs are making a splash in our round-up of the stories you may have missed this week.
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France's Macron to Talk to Biden Amid Crisis Over Submarines

  • News source: Elaine Ganley
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French President Emmanuel Macron will speak in the coming days with President Joe Biden in their first contact since a major diplomatic crisis erupted between France and the United States over a submarine deal with Australia, an official said Sunday.

The phone call is at the request of Biden, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said, adding that there was “shock” and “anger” at first in France over news of the deal. But now it's time to try to move forward, he said.

What the French now call a “grave crisis” erupted over the sudden, surprise end to a...
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Trump 2024 flirting doesn't stop other Republicans from visiting early voting states

  • News source: Paul Steinhauser
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There have been numerous articles written since the 2020 presidential election – including one from this reporter – on whether former President Trump’s repeated teasing of another White House bid is freezing the field in the race for the 2024 Republican nomination.

While Trump remains very popular with the base of the GOP, and polls at this extremely early point in the 2024 presidential cycle indicate that the former president is the overwhelming front runner in the nomination race, his immense clout is not preventing other potential Republican...
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