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Texas GOP puts final touches on sweeping voting restrictions
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans dug in Saturday for a final weekend vote on some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the U.S., putting the last touches on a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-thru voting, empower partisan poll watchers and limit voting on Sundays, when many Black churchgoers head to the polls.

Defense for some Capitol rioters: election misinformation - AP

WH legislative team pursues ‘politics is personal’ strategy - AP

Biden calls Texas voting bill ‘wrong and un-American’ - FOX

Untapped US intelligence to be probed for clues to COVID-19 origin: Sources - ABC

Marjorie Taylor Greene may be politically safe, but ... CNN

The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power - The Hill

Juror in Mollie Tibbetts murder trial describes guilty verdict as 'emotional' moment - ABC

Biden's authority to cancel student debt remains to be seen... NBC

Pompeo calls Biden budget proposal ‘smorgasbord of left-wing activities’ - FOX

Fox News Intensifies Its Pro-Trump Politics as Dissenters Depart - NY Times

Republican feud: Donald Trump goes after Paul Ryan for going after him - USA Today

U.S. monitoring Iranian warships that may be headed to Venezuela - Politico

Fact check: Georgia military, overseas ballots not evidence of election fraud - USA Today

9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 - The Hill

Advocates in US push new efforts to bring back deportees - AP

Facebook's popularity plummets as users suspect censorship during Israel-Hamas conflict - NBC

London teen charged in shooting of BLM activist - ABC

Rep. Connolly calls for Biden to create Jan. 6 commission - The Hill

Texas GOP unveils final elections bill with more rules, restrictions - USA Today

POLITICO Playbook: Your guide to the Biden budget - Politico

In second gentleman Doug Emhoff, Jewish Americans see 'an ally in the White House' - NBC

Court rules Gretchen Whitmer recall petitions can proceed - Wash. Examiner

What Greene's voters think about her incendiary remarks - CNN

Led by faction of young Republicans, a conservative climate movement is on the horizon - NBC

Vice President Kamala Harris under fire for 'disrespectful' tweet - FOX

Pennsylvania county DA investigating primary election problems involving Dominion machines - Wash. Examiner

Cindy McCain says watching Meghan McCain's 'View' arguments makes her 'cringe a little bit' - Yahoo

Democrats plot Medicaid expansion backdoor in red states refusing program - Politico

Biden administration sides with Florida and New Mexico in drug import lawsuit - Axios

Ambassador Rufus Gifford is the reality star who will try to fix America's image abroad - Wash. Post

Analysis: Biden is getting a big bounce with Hispanics - CNN

‘Assault on democracy’: Biden torches Texas voting bill - Politico

State GOP lawmakers try to limit teaching about race, racism - AP

McConnell returns as Senate 'grim reaper' - The Hill

Biden got funds from lobbyist before conceding on Russian pipeline: Report - Wash. Examiner

Much Of Ohio Is Trump Country. And That Complicates Things For The GOP - NPR

Everyone is now serious about UFOs. But they reveal more about earthling politics - The Guardian

US weapon system test fails to intercept target - ABC

Colleges beg Biden to save international student enrollment - Politico

Since the nose doesn’t know pot is now legal, K-9s retire - AP

Retired Southwest pilot sentenced for exposing himself on flight - The Hill

China sanctions former Trump adviser over religious freedom advocacy - Wash. Examiner

Vice President Kamala Harris under fire for 'disrespectful' tweet - FOX

California governor orders investigation into death row inmate's innocence claim - NBC

'Craziest thing I've ever heard': New York police union boss criticizes NYC Pride law enforcement ban - Wash. Examiner

Rising crime in New York has gripped the mayoral race. Eric Adams says he alone can fix it. - CNN

Belarus: Hundreds join global solidarity protests - BBC

More than 200 bodies found at Indigenous school in Canada - AP

Why the LGBTQ community sidelined police for Pride - ABC

11 senators were totally absent from Jan. 6 commission vote - FOX

Border arrests show no sign of slowing in May, preliminary data indicate - CNN

Oklahoma community college cancels class in reaction to 'critical race theory' law - Wash. Examiner

American Airlines extends alcohol service suspension after Southwest Airlines assault - NBC

What you need to know about the international tax talks - The Hill

Black fear of Tulsa police lingers 100 years after massacre - AP

Amid Growing Anti-Asian Racism, A Call For More Research Into Its Health Effects - NPR

‘Hooked on a Feeling’ singer B.J. Thomas dies at 78 - AP

Biden's first budget headed down dead end on Capitol Hill - Wash. Examiner

Hollywood stars back candidates in NYC mayor's race - The Hill

Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 years later: Why it happened and why it's still relevant today - NBC

Home caretakers and personal aides are among the worst-paid workers in the U.S. - Axios

Gavin MacLeod, ‘Love Boat’ captain, dies at 90 - AP

Rep. Crenshaw, Sen. Cotton launch whistleblower effort against military 'woke ideology' - FOX

Suspect in Times Square shooting charged with attempted murder - The Hill

The incredible rise of Samoa's first female Prime Minister-elect, and the man still standing in her way - CNN

At least 1 dead after plane carrying 7 crashes - ABC

A 9-year-old girl has died after being shot while jumping on trampoline in Minneapolis - CNN

Chunk of mystery ice falls from sky, crashes through Wisconsin man's roof, and lands next to him in bed - Wash. Examiner

Coronavirus News and Updates:

More states ease lingering virus rules as vaccine rates rise - AP

Travel surge expected this Memorial Day weekend as COVID-19 vaccination rate climbs - CBS

We need to know how Covid-19 emerged so we can stop it happening again - CNN

Vietnam finds new virus variant, hybrid of India, UK strains - AP

117 employees sue hospital for requiring COVID-19 vaccine - ABC

TSA reports highest travel numbers since pandemic hit - Politico

Memorial Day weekend is first maskless holiday in over a year for many Americans as mandates lift - CNN

Many Scientists Still Think The Coronavirus Came From Nature - NPR

Hat makers distance from Nashville store amid uproar over 'not vaccinated' badges - The Hill

New Covid-19 origination intelligence push aimed at elevating scientific analysis - CNN

Brazil: Protesters blame Bolsonaro for Covid crisis - BBC

Man arrested for stealing 192 ventilators - ABC

Demonstrators gather at shop that offered 'not vaccinated' Star of David badges - CNN

Chinese city locks down neighborhood after virus upsurge - ABC

Graphic: Track Biden's latest vaccination goals - NBC

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Andrus Whitewing


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