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Defending Democracy: At Home and Abroad

December 10, 2021
President Biden has been defending democracy abroad and domestically, including holding a call with President Putin as Russian troops gather at the Ukrainian border.

A New COVID Variant and the Fight Over Abortion Rights

December 3, 2021
As anxiety over the omicron variant mounts, the battle over abortion rights heats up.
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If Roe is gutted, Democrats are unlikely to make it law. But they'll run on it.

December 2, 2021
Sahil Kapur | NBC News
If the Supreme Court overturns or guts abortion rights in a major case that was argued Wednesday, the Democratic-led Congress is unlikely to have the votes to counteract it legislatively.
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Supreme Court won't take up GOP lawsuit over mail voting in Pennsylvania

December 9, 2020
Pete Williams | NBC News
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to take up an appeal filed by a Republican congressman who asked the court to nullify the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania.
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Biden starts transition without GSA sign-off

November 11, 2020
Ed O'Keefe | CBS News
President-elect Joe Biden is moving forward with the transition to form a new administration despite President Trump's refusal to concede the election. Biden's team meanwhile announced hundreds of hires even as one government agency continues to block some resources from the president-elect.
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Supreme Court won't block mail ballots in North Carolina arriving up to six days after Election Day

October 29, 2020
Pete Williams | NBC News
The Supreme Court late Wednesday declined to block lower court rulings that allow six extra days for accepting ballots sent by mail in North Carolina. The justices left the later deadline in place, a victory for Democrats in a presidential battleground state.
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Senate confirms Barrett to Supreme Court, cementing its conservative majority

October 27, 2020
Seung Min Kim | The New York Times
A bitterly divided Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court on Monday, elevating just the fifth woman to the court in its 231-year history and one who further cements its conservative shift — a legacy that will last even if Republicans lose power in next week’s elections.
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