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Liberals get ready to grab wheel of Dem agenda

Progressives have waited months for their turn to exert control over the Democratic agenda. Now it's here, and liberal leaders are weighing just how far to go. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's left flank is quietly mulling whether to mobilize its roughly 100-member bloc to tank the centrist-crafted Senate infrastructure bill when it reaches the House floor within...

Opinion | Amy Coney Barrett Is Right About Problems With the Media. She Has a Chance to Fix It.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett put on her media critic hat this week, complaining that coverage of the Supreme Court fails to capture the justices’ deliberative process. She’s right. But how could it? We know about Barrett’s comments, including her lament about “hot takes on Twitter” and the notion that the justices are seen as “a bunch of partisan hacks,”...

Why Republicans Are Scared of Texas’ New Abortion Ban

When the Supreme Court allowed Texas’ 6-week abortion law to stand earlier this month, it was presented as a major victory for anti-abortion conservatives. After all, Republican state legislators in deep red states have long been passing increasingly restrictive abortion laws, only to see many later get struck down in the courts. Finally, one law got...

France recalls ambassadors to U.S., Australia over sub deal

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday evening that France is immediately recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in a backlash over a submarine deal. Le Drian said in a statement that the decision, on request from President Emmanuel Macron, “is justified by the exceptional seriousness of the announcements” made by Australia...

'Tragic mistake': U.S. determines Kabul drone strike killed innocent aid worker, nine family members

An investigation by U.S. Central Command has determined that an Aug. 29 drone strike in Kabul killed an innocent aid worker and nine members of his family, not a member of the ISIS-K terrorist group, a top general announced Friday. The command now assesses that “it is unlikely” the man and vehicle targeted was affiliated with ISIS-K, the Afghanistan...

CDC study finds Moderna vaccine is best at preventing Covid-19 hospitalization

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine is the most effective at protecting against Covid-19 hospitalizations, according to a study published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An analysis of more than 3,600 adults hospitalized at 21 U.S. facilities from March to August found that vaccine efficacy against hospitalization was 93 percent for...

FDA panel votes against broad rollout of Pfizer booster shot, but may endorse narrower use

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 16-2 Friday to advise the agency against approving a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. The vote is non-binding, but it is an unexpected roadblock for the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters widely as early as next week. Pfizer is seeking approval from FDA...

Opinion | The Folly of Premature Political Obituaries

In a time-honored practice, obituary writers pre-write the death notices of famous people before they are actually ushered to their eternal reward. For instance, at one point in 2014, New York Times obituarist Robert McFadden had 235 “advances” in the can awaiting the demise of his subjects. Similarly, most political reporters and columnists keep stored...

Durham prosecution faces hurdles in D.C. court

For Special Counsel John Durham, obtaining an indictment of D.C. lawyer Michael Sussmann for allegedly lying to the FBI during its investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia may turn out to be the easy part. Getting a Washington jury to convict Sussmann could be far harder, judging by a case with significant parallels: the 2019 prosecution of...

Dem senators warned of long nights and weekend work as fiscal cliff looms

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office on Friday warned Democrats to be ready to work late nights and weekends this month, a sign of the strenuous weeks ahead, according to two Democratic aides. Leadership's notice comes as Senate Democrats face an intense fall schedule, with multiple fiscal deadlines hitting as the chamber also works to confirm...

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