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 2021-09-25 02:07 

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Chinese government releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO reaches deal with DOJ...

Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday . Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO...

 2021-09-24 15:26 

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Senate GOP pushes DOJ to roll back Trump oversight rule...

Senate Republicans want the Justice Department to roll back Trump-era restrictions on congressional oversight criticized at the time as an attempt to insulate the Trump administration from Democratic investigators, Axios has learned. Why it matters: While...

 2021-09-24 11:35 

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GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley announces run for re-election...

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the longest-serving Senate Republican, announced on Friday that he's running for re-election in 2022. Why it matters: The GOP is looking to regain control of both chambers of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections. Se...

 2021-09-24 00:36 

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Senate Republicans secretly lobbying for infrastructure spending...

The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House. Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging th...

 2021-09-23 18:27 

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Taliban: Executions and strict punishments will return...

Strict punishments such as hand amputations and executions will return in Afghanistan, one of the Taliban's founders said in an interview with the Associated Press . Why it matters: Despite attempting to project a new image, the Taliban remain committ...

 2021-09-23 09:00 

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Rising rates of violent crime anticipated in annual FBI report set for release...

If the FBI data released next week shows what's expected — that 2020 saw the highest single-year spike in U.S. murders in at least six decades — experts say the sudden job losses, fears and other jolts to society at the start of COVID-19 w...

 2021-09-22 00:24 

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Pelosi enters endgame on $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) began her infrastructure endgame Tuesday, pressuring centrists to ultimately support as much social spending as possible while pleading with progressives to pass the roads-and-bridges package preceding it. Why it matt...

 2021-09-22 00:11 

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The FBI reports that domestic terrorism cases have surged since 2020...

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before a Senate committee Tuesday that the agency's domestic terrorism caseload has "exploded" in size since spring of 2020. Why it matters: The Jan. 6 Capitol riot refocused attention on the issue of do...

 2021-09-21 23:55 

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Taliban nominates new envoy and asks to speak at General Assembly meeting, UN says...

The United Nations said Tuesday that the Taliban has asked to speak at the United Nations General Assembly's meeting this week, AP reports . Why it matters: The move marks a direct challenge to Afghanistan's currently accredited UN ambassador, Ghu...

 2021-09-21 21:50 

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A body found in Wyoming is identified as Gabby Petito...

A body found in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday was confirmed to be the remains of missing 22-year-old blogger Gabby Petito , the FBI announced Tuesday. Driving the news: The death was ruled a homicide by the Teton County coroner's office, the FBI sa...

 2021-09-21 09:30 

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Democrats' 2022 midterms map is rapidly dwindling...

Democrats are trying to unseat only about half as many Republican House members next year as they did in 2020, trimming their target list from 39 to 21. Why it matters: The narrowing map — which reflects where Democrats see their best chance of flip...

 2021-09-21 09:10 

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Russia to blame for Litvinenko's killing, European Court says...

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Russia "was responsible for assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko" in London, England. Why it matters: Former KGB officer Litvinenko, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, died in 2006 ...

 2021-09-21 09:10 

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Russia to blame for Litvinenko's poisoning death in London, European Court of Human Rights rules...

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Russia "was responsible for the assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko" in London. Why it matters: Former KGB officer Litvinenko, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, died in 2006 after...

 2021-09-21 07:13 

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DOJ urges Supreme Court not to overturn Roe v Wade...

The Department of Justice sought permission Monday to present oral arguments when the Supreme Court hears a case challenging Mississippi's strict abortion law, as it called on justices to uphold Roe v. Wade. Why it matters: The two briefs , filed by a...

 2021-09-21 00:40 

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Pelosi may have to rely on Republicans to pass bipartisan infrastructure bill...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists. Why it matters: With at l...

 2021-09-20 23:35 

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GOP operatives accused of funneling Russian cash to Trump...

A former senior aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul was indicted this month for allegedly funneling $25,000 from a wealthy, unnamed Russian to former President Trump's reelection efforts. The big picture: The Justice Depa...

 2021-09-20 10:00 

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Governments around the globe are limiting online services, content and access...

Governments around the world are finding it easier than ever to make the internet, and the companies that run it, knuckle under. Driving the news: Russia Friday forced Apple and Google to remove an app that supporters of dissident leader Alexei Navalny ha...

 2021-09-20 00:10 

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FBI says human remains found in Wyoming likely Gabby Petito...

Human remains found in Teton County, Wyoming, are "consistent with the description of" missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito , said FBI Denver official Charles Jones at a news conference Sunday. Details: The cause of death had yet to be determined, but...

 2021-09-19 06:15 

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Hong Kong holds first elections under new "patriots only" law imposed by Beijing...

Hong Kong's elections to choose the city's Election Committee members opened to a select group of voters on Sunday, under a new "patriots only" system imposed by China's government. Why it matters: All candidates running to be members ...

 2021-09-17 19:47 

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In reversal, Pentagon now says drone strike killed 10 Afghan civilians...

A U.S. drone strike launched on Aug. 29 killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan, including seven children, rather than the Islamic State extremists the Biden administration claimed it targeted, the Pentagon said Friday . Why it matters: U.S. Central Command sa...

 2021-09-16 20:54 

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Clinton-linked lawyer indicted in special counsel's investigation of FBI's Russia probe...

A grand jury has returned an indictment against Michael Sussmann, a lawyer whose firm represented the 2016 Clinton campaign, for lying to the FBI about not representing "any client" when he presented them with allegations about a secret Trump Orga...

 2021-09-16 00:24 

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Biden administration aggressively defends $80 billion IRS plan...

The Biden administration is aggressively defending its plan to invest $80 billion in the IRS to bring in an estimated $700 billion in new revenue, a memo obtained by Axios shows. Why it matters: President Biden and his team view tax enforcement as one of ...

 2021-09-15 22:16 

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Judge grants hearing to consider temporarily blocking enforcement of Texas abortion ban...

A federal judge will hold a hearing on Oct. 1 to consider temporarily blocking enforcement of Texas' restrictive abortion ban after an emergency request from the Biden administration. Why it matters: The hearing comes after the DOJ filed a lawsuit las...

 2021-09-15 15:49 

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Gymnast McKayla Maroney: FBI stood by as girls "continued to be molested" by Larry Nassar...

U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the FBI "chose to lie about what" she said about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar and "protect a serious child molester rather than protect, not...

 2021-09-15 03:12 

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DOJ seeks emergency order to temporarily block Texas abortion law...

The Department of Justice submitted an emergency motion late Tuesday seeking a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction on Texas' ban on abortions after six weeks. Why it matters: The action marks an escalation by the Biden administration...

 2021-09-14 19:40 

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Democrats unveil voting rights compromise bill, but filibuster still stands in the way...

Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced a pared-down voting bill — with support from both progressive and centrist wings of the party — aimed at expanding voter access and countering nationwide Republican-led efforts to alter election laws. Why...

 2021-09-14 17:45 

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The Senate Republicans' campaign arm raises $8 million in August...

The Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised $8 million last month, a new record for the group during the August of an off-year, Axios has learned. Why it matters: The National Republican Senatorial Committee saw a spike in donations following criticis...

 2021-09-14 15:51 

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DOJ limits use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants...

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that would scale back federal law enforcement agencies' use of chokeholds and "no-knock" search warrants. Why it matters: The federal policy overhaul comes as the Justice Department pursues investiga...

 2021-09-14 13:02 

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Blinken faces Senate on Afghanistan after 5+ hour grilling before House panel...

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is testifying Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he'll face a second day of interrogation from Republican lawmakers highly critical of the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanist...

 2021-09-13 02:50 

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Taliban says female students can study in gender-segregated universities...

Female students in Afghanistan can continue with their university studies, but classes must now be segregated and head coverings mandatory, the Taliban announced Sunday. Why it matters: Afghan women and girls have expressed fears they could lose hard-won ...

 2021-09-12 21:49 

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"Severe limitations": Critics sound alarm over Biden's Afghanistan counterterrorism strategy...

The Biden administration's "over-the-horizon" strategy in Afghanistan is drawing serious questions from lawmakers and counterterrorism experts, as the U.S. withdrawal shifts calculations about threats and capabilities. Driving the news: Tensio...

 2021-09-12 21:11 

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Blinken braces for GOP buzzsaw in Afghanistan congressional hearings...

Secretary of State Antony Blinken can expect the most aggressive questioning of his career when he testifies Monday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and on Tuesday before Senate Foreign Relations. Why it matters: Republicans see the hearings as ...

 2021-09-10 00:33 

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Leading Dem moderate Rep. Gottheimer explains his infrastructure strategy...

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) outlined his thinking on infrastructure strategy in a Thursday phone interview with Axios. Why he matters: Gottheimer's role as a leader among centrists, with a razor-thin Democratic majority in the House, makes him cruci...

 2021-09-09 10:54 

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Taliban to allow around 200 dual nationals to leave Afghanistan...

The Taliban have agreed to allow around 200 Afghans with dual citizenship, including about 30 Americans, to leave the country Thursday on a flight from Kabul, according to the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal . Why it matters: The flight, which...

 2021-09-08 06:17 

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Hong Kong police arrest organizers of Tiananmen Square massacre vigil...

Hong Kong police arrested four leaders of a group that organizes the Asian financial hub's annual Tiananmen Square massacre vigil on Wednesday. Why it matters: The arrest of barrister Chow Hang Tung and other activists from the Hong Kong Alliance in S...

 2021-09-08 01:07 

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NRCC reshuffles fundraiser schedule, Trump to get top billing...

The GOP's House campaign arm is shuffling its winter fundraising schedule, putting Donald Trump in front of its top financial backers for its annual dinner. Driving the news: The National Republican Congressional Committee told donors on Tuesday after...

 2021-09-07 02:51 

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El Salvador buys 400 bitcoin ahead of making it legal currency...

El Salvador bought its first 400 bitcoins on Monday, and President Nayib Bukele pledged to buy "a lot more" ahead of adopting the cryptocurrency as legal tender. Why it matters: El Salvador will become on Tuesday the first country to formally adop...

 2021-09-06 18:32 

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DOJ vows to "protect" abortion seekers, providers in Texas...

The Justice Department will "protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services" in Texas as it explores options to challenge the state's abortion ban, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement Monday. Driv...

 2021-09-06 06:32 

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Taliban claims victory in holdout Panjshir Valley as resistance fighters propose ceasefire...

The Taliban said Monday it had "conquered" Afghanistan's Panjshir province, Afghanistan's last holdout of resistance against the country's new rule — a claim opposition fighters dispute. Driving the news: There's been heavy f...

 2021-09-02 19:01 

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Manchin to Democrats: "Hit the pause" on $3.5T reconciliation talks...

Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) is urging his Democratic colleagues to "hit the pause button" on a $3.5 trillion spending bill, citing more urgent priorities like the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and a spike in COVID-19 cases. Why it matter...

 2021-09-01 09:30 

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Condoleezza Rice, H.R. McMaster push for Afghan orphan extractions...

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster are making a joint appeal to top U.S. and United Nations officials to extract orphans from Afghanistan before they're taken by the Taliban, calling it "n...

 2021-09-01 03:53 

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Ron Klain: I don't know if the U.S. "will ever recognize" Taliban government of Afghanistan...

White House chief of staff Ron Klain said on MSNBC Tuesday that he wasn't sure whether the U.S. would ever recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan's legitimate government. Driving the news: MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan asked Klain whether the U.S. would b...

 2021-08-31 22:55 

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Trump national security adviser briefs House GOP on Afghanistan...

Former Trump national security adviser Robert O'Brien spoke for over an hour with House Republicans on Tuesday, helping them develop their latest policy offensive on Afghanistan, Axios has learned. Why it matters: O'Brien has increasingly been wor...

 2021-08-31 22:06 

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House Republicans to pressure Democrats against Taliban recognition...

The largest block of House Republicans will try to use the annual markup of the federal defense spending bill starting Wednesday to message against any recognition of the Taliban's legitimacy, Axios has learned. Why it matters: All of their proposed a...

 2021-08-30 20:55 

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U.S. completes withdrawal from Afghanistan...

The last U.S. military planes have taken off from Kabul's airport, marking the end of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and of the efforts to airlift thousands of U.S. citizens and vulnerable Afghans as the country fell to the Taliban, CENTCOM...

 2021-08-29 21:21 

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"Egregiously mishandled": Vulnerable Dems distance from Biden over Afghanistan...

Vulnerable House and Senate Democrats are distancing themselves from President Biden over Afghanistan, with one calling the evacuation "egregiously mishandled." Why it matters: Biden's poll numbers have fallen as the Delta variant spread and t...

 2021-08-28 15:20 

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Pentagon: Two ISIS-K targets killed during Friday strike...

Army Maj. Gen. William "Hank" Taylor said Saturday that two ISIS-K targets were killed during Friday night's airstrike . What they're saying: "I can confirm, two high profile targets were killed and one was wounded ...We will continue ...

 2021-08-28 11:30 

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Afghanistan story generates surge of readership for conservative media...

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Will Chase/Axios Web traffic, social engagement and TV ratings for conservative outlets are booming in response to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan. Why it matters : "I haven't seen this much sustained coverage from the rig...

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