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US State Department issues first passport with X gender marker

US State Department issues first passport with X gender marker

The State Department has issued the first US passport with an “X” gender marker as it seeks to implement gender-inclusive polices, the department announced Wednesday. The department announced in June it would update its procedures to allow applicants to self-select their sex marker for passports and that it “will no longer require medical certification” if…MORE

McConnell endorses Herschel Walker’s Senate bid in sign of growing GOP establishment support

McConnell endorses Herschel Walker’s Senate bid in sign of growing GOP establishment support

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is backing former football star Herschel Walker’s Senate bid in Georgia, a sign that the Republican establishment is aligning behind Walker after initially holding concerns about the GOP candidate’s viability. McConnell over the summer had privately expressed concerns with Walker’s potential candidacy and suggested to allies that former Georgia Sens.…MORE

Merrick Garland will appear before Senate panel amid pressure on Nassar probe, Bannon and school boards memo
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Merrick Garland will appear before Senate panel amid pressure on Nassar probe, Bannon and school boards memo

Attorney General Merrick Garland is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, where he is likely to face fierce Republican blowback to a memo he issued addressing threats to school boards, as well as bipartisan heat for the FBI’s handling of the Larry Nassar probe. Garland’s appearance comes as the Justice Department weighs whether…MORE

Biden makes his closing pitch in Virginia by unloading on Youngkin and comparing him to Trump
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Biden makes his closing pitch in Virginia by unloading on Youngkin and comparing him to Trump

President Joe Biden on Tuesday excoriated Virginia Republican Glenn Youngkin during his final event with Democrat Terry McAuliffe ahead of next week’s election, repeatedly comparing the gubernatorial candidate to former President Donald Trump. Biden’s remarks were a point-by-point upbraiding of both Youngkin and Trump, building on a campaign-long strategy by McAuliffe to link his Republican…MORE

January 6 committee plans to subpoena John Eastman
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January 6 committee plans to subpoena John Eastman

The House select committee investigating the US Capitol insurrection plans to subpoena John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who had worked with then-President Donald Trump’s legal team and tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6, a committee aide told CNN on Tuesday. The aide noted that…MORE

Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ becomes latest flashpoint in Virginia gubernatorial race
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Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ becomes latest flashpoint in Virginia gubernatorial race

The latest back-and-forth in the race to be Virginia’s next governor is centered on the value of teaching a Toni Morrison novel in commonwealth schools, highlighting Republican Glenn Youngkin‘s attempt to make the culture wars around education the major issue of the race as Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe accuses him of using a “racist dog…MORE

Negotiators near agreement on key Biden priorities expanding child care and universal pre-K
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Negotiators near agreement on key Biden priorities expanding child care and universal pre-K

Democrats are within striking distance of securing agreement on two critical components of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda, according to a source familiar with the negotiations, as they work through final language on the universal preschool and child care components of the package. For Biden, the looming agreement ensures that a central plank of his…MORE

Senate confirms Cindy McCain as Biden’s ambassador to UN food agency
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Senate confirms Cindy McCain as Biden’s ambassador to UN food agency

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Cindy McCain as the US ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, securing a longtime Republican ally of President Joe Biden for a spot in his administration. McCain — the widow of GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, whose relationship with Biden has spanned decades — was…MORE

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