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Biden’s summit on democracy includes nations that hardly seem to qualify
On Thursday, the president will convene the two-day “Summit for Democracy” as a rally against authoritarianism. Some invitees have undisputed democratic credentials, and some that were omitted are clearly authoritarian — but many fall into a murky area.
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Rep. Devin Nunes to leave Congress to become Trump media company CEO
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To uphold democracy, the U.S. must fight global corruption
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America needs unity to rediscover its greatness
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Washington is considering substantial sanctions as Moscow masses troops along the Ukraine border.
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China says it doesn’t care about Biden’s Olympic snub. Why is it warning of countermeasures?
Beijing says U.S. officials were never invited to the Winter Games, due to open in February in the Chinese capital.
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Report: Biden is approving more oil, gas drilling permits on public lands than Trump
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How to weigh coronavirus risks this holiday season
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Questions to ask your relatives before gathering indoors this holiday season
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Ed Hatz of Lakewood, Calif., poses as Santa at the 84th annual Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich.
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Senate revs up work on $2 trillion spending proposal, aiming to vote on Biden-backed bill before Christmas
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told lawmakers to expect “long days and nights, and potentially weekends” of work ahead.
By Tony Romm
Trump spurs on GOP fight for Georgia governor, thrusting his false election claims to center stage
By Amy Gardner and Josh Dawsey
Analysis: Perdue’s wink-and-nod campaign on voter fraud
Flags on the National Mall are lowered to half-staff in honor of former senator Robert J. Dole. (AP)
Former senator Robert J. Dole to lie in state in U.S. Capitol
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Jeffrey Clark and John Eastman join some rare company in pleading the Fifth to Jan. 6 committee
By Aaron Blake
Pro-Trump scam PAC operator, PPP fraudster sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison
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WORLD
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CDC issues ‘very high’ risk warning for travel to France and Portugal
The European countries received a Level 4 warning while concern grows over the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
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Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $150 billion, alleging it helped perpetuate genocide in Myanmar
The legal action comes after Gambia pushed the International Court of Justice to hold responsible those who perpetrated mass violence against the mostly Muslim minority in Myanmar.
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Justice Dept. closes Emmett Till investigation without filing charges
Officials say the FBI could not confirm assertions that a key witness recanted prior testimony.
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The troubling new void in local journalism — and the nonprofits trying to fill it
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Smollett testifies in his trial over disputed hate crime, says there ‘was no hoax’
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Hawaii governor declares state of emergency as heavy rains bring ‘danger of a disaster occurrence’
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The Lily
Homicide is a leading cause of death in pregnant people; Black women are at greatest risk, study finds
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Police question artist linked to building where parents of Michigan shooting suspect hid
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Minneapolis police chief who oversaw department through the turmoil of Floyd’s murder to retire
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As covid persists, health-care workers leave staff jobs, triple their salaries as traveling nurses
Hospitals are accusing the travel companies of price gouging. The companies say they are responding to the laws of supply and demand in an increasingly mobile work environment.
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Google and Uber delay office returns amid omicron uncertainty
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Your next smartphone might have a camera that’s always watching
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March of white supremacists in D.C. was pushed by fake Twitter account, experts say
Far-right extremists will continue to leverage Twitter to their advantage, experts said.
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D.C. Council to vote today on redistricting plan
The proposed map — which would move Navy Yard to Ward 8 and neighborhoods bordering the Anacostia to Ward 7 — will require two votes by the council this month to complete a process that has been contentious across the city.
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D.C. Housing Authority scrambles to extend terms of three board members
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Advocates push nationwide movement for land return to Blacks after victory in California
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SCIENCE
Total solar eclipse dazzles skies in Antarctica. The photos are spectacular.
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On windy night in Buffalo, Patriots run over Bills, 14-10, for top seed in AFC
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Don’t listen to MLB owners spin. Just watch their behavior
In baseball's labor conflict, there's no reason for fans to feel conflicted. The sport’s players deserve as much as they can get.
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Washington’s defense continues its transition from liability to strength
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Trio of quarterbacks and Michigan defensive end named Heisman finalists
Quarterbacks have dominated the award for the past two decades, and three of this year’s four finalists play the position.
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Another early deficit dooms the Wizards to their third straight defeat
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ADVICE
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Carolyn Hax: How to stop wishing the worst for the former love of your life?
The "love of my life" is now married to someone else and expecting, and it's hard to stop wishing the worst for them all.
Ask Amy: I made a comment about race that offended my family
Miss Manners: What does ‘cocktail attire’ mean?
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Elevating stories about women
Negative body talk could be hurting your friendships. Here’s how to have healthier conversations.
The holiday season can come with grief, burnout and more. Here are ways to cope.
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My early 20s were paused by the pandemic. Now I worry I won’t hit important milestones.
Do abortion bans ‘empower’ women? Here’s how women are weighing in.
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How 13 songwriters felt watching the new Beatles documentary
In Peter Jackson's Beatles documentary, Paul McCartney writes "Get Back" in a number of minutes. Many musicians felt validated.
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BTS will miss South Korea’s biggest K-pop awards because of quarantine mandate
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