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Blinken ends Trump rights plan promoting conservative agenda
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp rebuke to Trump-era policies, Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday formally scrapped a blueprint championed by his predecessor to limit U.S. promotion of human rights abroad to causes favored by conservatives like religious freedom and property matters while dismissing reproductive and LGBTQ rights.

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Biden rolls out diverse first slate of judicial nominees
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Georgia sued for third time over voting restrictions as Delta, Coke face boycott calls
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1st news media allowed inside overcrowded migrant facility under Biden
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Russia suspected of stealing thousands of State Department emails
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Derek Chauvin trial live: 9-year-old, teen who recorded video of George Floyd's death among witnesses
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McConnell after Kentucky passes vacancy law: 'I'm not going anywhere'
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Biden to lay out infrastructure plans as part of massive economic proposal
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Secret Service report says school shootings are preventable, with similar warning signs
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Ron DeSantis signs bill protecting Florida businesses, health care centers from 'frivolous COVID-19' lawsuits
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Matt Gaetz under investigation for alleged sexual relations with 17-year-old: report
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Over 4,000 migrants, many kids, crowded into Texas facility
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White House announces new measures to counter anti-Asian violence
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Attorney General Merrick Garland urges hate crime enforcement strategy, calls for 30-day review
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Some Social Security recipients say they're desperate for latest stimulus checks
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Trump must face 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation lawsuit: NY court
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Biden WH claims Trump ‘eschewed’ science, amid criticism for health protocols at border
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New Jersey's Democratic governor signs early voting expansion, calls out Georgia
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Lawmakers anxious over lack of Pentagon picks
Lawyer: FBI enlisted Proud Boys leader to inform on antifa
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Kentucky legislature passes bipartisan election bill expanding early and absentee voting
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Blinken blasts the Trump administration's 'unbalanced' emphasis on religious liberty over other human rights
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Matt Gaetz may bow out of Congress early: report
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Witnesses: Onlooker anger increased as Floyd stopped moving
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Elizabeth Warren unloads on Archegos: ‘All the makings of a dangerous situation’
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H.R. 1 and voting measures recently passed in states - on "The Debrief"
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Marjorie Taylor Greene blasts COVID-19 vaccine passports: 'Bidens mark of the beast'
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Blue-state Democrats demand SALT relief in Biden's next big bill
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‘Major’ pain: Biden’s dog involved in 2nd biting incident
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Group backed by Murdoch daughter-in-law targets primary elections as a 'threat to democracy'
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No ruling in case deciding fate of DACA immigration program
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Infrastructure timeline emerges as Biden aims to pass sweeping package this summer
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Georgia faces growing number of legal challenges over new voting law
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Gaetz calls allegations against him false
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A gas tax? A mileage tax? Biden wary of user fees to pay for roads, bridges and highways
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Biden signs PPP extension into law, moving application deadline to May 31
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Justice Department to review how best to fight hate crimes
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21 Senate Dems urge Biden to put recurring stimulus checks in recovery plan
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Rep. Matt Gaetz eyes early retirement from Congress to take job at Newsmax - Axios
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Matt Gaetz under DOJ investigation related to possible relationship with 17-year-old girl: report
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Blinken rejects Pompeo’s human rights rankings in rollout of global report
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AZ GOP Chairwoman Ward claims fraud among signatures seeking redo of party elections
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Biden to elevate potential Supreme Court nominee to high-profile appeals court
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Voters who saved Biden campaign rate early presidency: 'Make America become greater'
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Next slide, please: Inside wonky White House virus briefings
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DNC to review presidential nomination process
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George Floyd: Teenage witness 'stays up apologising for not doing more'
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Biden creates Supreme Court buzz with judicial nominees
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Many Capitol rioters unlikely to serve jail time
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MyPillow's Mike Lindell claims Trump will 'be back in office in August' in Steve Bannon podcast rant - BI
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Off-duty firefighter testifies she was "desperate" to help George Floyd
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Michigan Democrat Elissa Slotkin claims Antifa are 'boogeymen who aren't there'
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Corporations, wealthy pay in Biden infrastructure plan, not drivers and riders
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John Durham is looking at FBI's launch of Trump campaign probe, sources say
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Biden, Treasury Secretary Yellen: Latinos will help drive Covid recovery
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Gohmert loses appeal of fine for bypassing House chamber metal detector
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Advocates praise new White House actions to counter rising anti-Asian violence
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Bloomberg, former RNC chair Steele back Biden pick for civil rights division
Beyond bridges: Biden redefines infrastructure to add people
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'He had a cold look': Teen who took viral video says of Derek Chauvin
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GOP lawmakers press social media giants for data on impacts on children's mental health
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White House: Biden committed to nominating 1st Black woman to Supreme Court
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Judge allows Summer Zervos' defamation lawsuit against Trump to proceed now that he's out of office
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Teen girls charged with carjacking and murder in death of UberEats driver in Washington, D.C.
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Psaki grilled on teachers giving in-person instruction to migrant kids before own students
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U.S. open to discussing wider nuclear deal road map if Iran wishes
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POLITICO Playbook PM: Gaetz reckons with his new reality
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SpaceX launches test rocket, breaks apart before landing
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Australian school makes boys apologize for gender and sexual assaults they didn't commit
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Trump doubles down on endorsement of South Carolina GOP chair
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Progressive caucus chair says Senate must eliminate the filibuster or override parliamentarian
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Women dominate Biden's first slate of judicial nominees
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'Smugglers just drop them off': Inside an overcrowded migrant facility in Texas
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Dems call for firings of Trump-era holdovers in SSA over stimulus check delays
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Hundreds of migrants set out from Honduras, dreaming of US
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Attack On Asian Woman In Manhattan, As Bystanders Watched, To Be Probed As Hate Crime
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McEnany named co-host of Fox News' 'Outnumbered'
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Suez crisis creates winners and losers in the global supply chain
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Biden signals he won't be thrown off course
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Border agent: Biden opens ‘clandestine’ migrant processing operation
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Michigan fines barber over Capitol protest, other violations
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U.S. lawmakers press Big Tech for internal research on kids' mental health
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It's a 'perversion of truth.' Children of MLK, John Lewis and CT Vivian condemn Georgia voting law
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Olympic gold medalist charged with child sex abuse in Utah
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Cardona suspends collection of 1 million federal student loans in default
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Brazil military chiefs quit as Bolsonaro seeks their support
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40 years ago today, Ronald Reagan was shot outside a Washington hotel
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Reality TV star charged with telemarketing fraud
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Why Transgender Girls Are Suddenly the GOP's New Target - NY Times
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Lachlan Murdoch and family temporarily moving back to Australia
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As ethnic armies unite against coup, war returns to Myanmar's borderlands
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Nursing home residents have a little more time to spend stimulus checks before losing Medicaid
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Fed's Barkin sees excess savings driving economy for years
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DeSantis hires top GOP operative for 2022 campaign
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US stocks slip in mixed trading as rate pressure ratchets up
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Care-free Chris Cuomo steps out for COVID-19 vaccine amid testing scandal
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Supreme Court case could change the nature of college sports
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Volkswagen Will Not Change Its Name To 'Voltswagen' After All, Says It Was All A Joke

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Coronavirus News and Updates:

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COVID-19's fourth wave is hitting the US hard
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States struggle to get rent relief to tenants amid pandemic
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U.S., 13 countries concerned WHO COVID-19 origin study was delayed, lacked access -statement
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Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use in under-60s over clots
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Analysis: Under political attack, Brazil's Bolsonaro goes on the offensive
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Scientists warn new COVID mutations in a year as vaccines stall
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White House says Americans deserve 'better information' as allies criticize WHO coronavirus report
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Louisiana lifts most coronavirus capacity limits, keeps mask mandate
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Study: Teachers union power, not rate of COVID transmission, determines whether schools reopen
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Likely COVID-19 virus origin laid out by WHO, but concerns raised about report
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Florida Gov. DeSantis Rejects Vaccine Passports As 'Completely Unacceptable'
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'It Felt Like Deception': An Elite NYC Hospital Charges Huge COVID Test Fees - NY Times
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The Latest: Conn. lawmakers extend governor’s COVID powers
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Thousands of pharmacies prep for vaccines
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Mexico’s revised COVID death toll is much higher than before
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Coronavirus: More work needed to rule out lab leak theory says WHO
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Turkey reimposes restrictions after sharp rise in infections
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GOP House member tells Blinken 'China must pay' for COVID cover-up
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National Doctors Day celebrates mental health awareness for those on the frontlines
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Ireland considering adding U.S., France, Germany to hotel quarantine list
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French virus surge raises harrowing specter of ICU overloads
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Criticism of WHO Wuhan report exposes limits of agency's power and influence
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At least 144 countries have started vaccinating against COVID-19
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Hospitals in Ecuador's capital overwhelmed by COVID-19 infections, doctors say
 
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