US politics

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Biden faces pressure to end practice of rewarding donors with plum foreign posts
Former state department career staff urge president to dismantle pay-for-play operations and to prioritize gender parity

Edward Helmore

17, Apr, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Is capitalism really coming to the rescue of American democracy?
Activists welcome support in the battle against Republican voter suppression but wonder what such words are worth

Tom McCarthy

17, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Trumpism lives on in new thinktank – but critics say it’s ‘just a grift’
The America First Policy Institute calls itself ‘non-partisan’ and a ‘non-profit’ but critics regard it as a cash cow for Trump alumni with stained reputations

David Smith in Washington

17, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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White House to raise Trump-era refugee cap next month after backlash over broken pledge – as it happened
Democrats had denounced president’s plan to maintain historically low levels set by predecessor

Abené Clayton, Lauren Gambino and Joan E Greve (earlier)

17, Apr, 2021 @12:46 AM

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Mike Lindell’s new free speech network won’t let you use the Lord’s name in vain
The MyPillow CEO with a fierce allegiance to Trump thinks it will put Twitter and YouTube out of business – but will ban swearing and blasphemy

Luke O'Neil

16, Apr, 2021 @7:06 PM

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Trump ramped up attacks on me to distract my father, Hunter Biden says
President’s son tells podcast attacks designed to be a distraction, ‘whether it ended up in some horrible death or whatever’

Martin Pengelly in New York

16, Apr, 2021 @3:18 PM

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Millions of Americans think the election was stolen. How worried should we be about more violence?
A recent survey showed an estimated 50m Republicans believe the false claim, but experts say many Trump supporters appear to be cooling down

Lois Beckett in Los Angeles

16, Apr, 2021 @10:00 AM

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‘Alarm is growing’: Michigan governor faces shutdown dilemma as Covid cases rise
Gretchen Whitmer has so far resisted calls to re-enact strict restrictions – but experts are urging her to change her mind

Tom Perkins in Detroit

16, Apr, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Why so many lobbyists are courting Senate Democrat Joe Manchin
The most conservative Democrat can decide whether legislation is signed or left to meander in political purgatory in Congress

Daniel Strauss

16, Apr, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Florida passes ‘anti-riot’ bill as civil rights groups warn it will stifle dissent
The bill includes harsher punishments for protesters and would make it a second-degree felony to destroy historical memorials

Guardian staff and agencies

16, Apr, 2021 @1:23 AM

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Biden warns of further action ‘if Russia continues to interfere with our democracy’ – as it happened
President proposes summer summit with Putin after sanctions and says conversation with Russian leader ‘candid and respectful’ – follow all the latest

Maanvi Singh and Joan E Greve in Washington

16, Apr, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Biden has 59% approval rating as he approaches 100 days in office – study
Fast-paced vaccine rollout and $1.9tn Covid relief package helped give president strong rating

Richard Luscombe

15, Apr, 2021 @8:08 PM

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