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Minnesota man charged with threatening to kill U.S. senator
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Minnesota man charged with threatening to kill U.S. senator

A federal grand jury has indicted a Minnesota man accused of threatening to kill a U.S. senator. Brendon Daugherty is being held in the Sherburne County Jail, in Elk River, Minn., on charges of threatening to murder a U.S. official and interstate transmission of a threat. He is to appear in court Tuesday. It is not clear if he has retained an attorney to speak on his behalf.Court records do not identify the senator other than to say it's not a Minnesota senator who was threatened. According to the indictment, Daugherty left two threatening voicemail messages at the senator's field office in June. Field office staff contacted U.S. Capitol Police. In his first message, according to a Justice Department press release, Daugherty said, "You and the...
Senate Democrats near passage of Inflation Reduction Act in marathon overnight session
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Senate Democrats near passage of Inflation Reduction Act in marathon overnight session

Washington — Democrats drove their election-year economic package toward Senate approval early Sunday, debating a measure with less ambition than President Biden's original domestic vision but that touches deep-rooted party dreams of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations.Debate began Saturday and by sunrise on Sunday, Democrats had swatted down a dozen Republican efforts to torpedo the legislation, with no clear end in sight. Despite unanimous GOP opposition, Democratic unity in the 50-50 chamber — buttressed by Vice President Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote — suggested the party was on track for a morale-boosting victory three months from elections when congressional control is at stake.The House planned to return briefly from s...
By 51-50 margin, Senate votes to begin debate on Inflation Reduction Act
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By 51-50 margin, Senate votes to begin debate on Inflation Reduction Act

Democrats started pushing their election-year economic bill through the Senate on Saturday, starting the sprawling collection of President Joe Biden's priorities on climate, energy, health and taxes on a pathway through Congress that the party hopes will end in victory by the end of this week.In a preview of the sharply partisan votes that are expected on a mountain of amendments, the evenly divided Senate voted to begin debate on the legislation 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie and overcoming unanimous Republican opposition. The package, a dwindled version of earlier multitrillion-dollar measures that Democrats failed to advance, has become a partisan battleground over inflation, gasoline prices and other issues that polls show are driving voters. ...
Parliamentarian weakens Democrats’ drug plan in Inflation Reduction Act, as Senate prepares to vote
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Parliamentarian weakens Democrats’ drug plan in Inflation Reduction Act, as Senate prepares to vote

The Senate parliamentarian on Saturday dealt a blow to Democrats' plan for curbing drug prices but left the rest of their sprawling economic bill largely intact as party leaders prepared for the first votes on a package containing many of President Joe Biden's top domestic goals.Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber's nonpartisan rules arbiter, said lawmakers must remove language imposing hefty penalties on drugmakers that boost their prices beyond inflation in the private insurance market. Those were the bill's chief pricing protections for the roughly 180 million people whose health coverage comes from private insurance, either through work or bought on their own. Other major provisions were left intact, including giving Medicare the power to negotiate what it pays for pharmaceuti...
Stocks fall Tuesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan
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Stocks fall Tuesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan

Stocks declined Tuesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan's capital of Taipei amid a high-pressure standoff with China. She and other members of Congress were greeted by a contingent of Taiwanese officials on the tarmac.  In a statement shortly after the plane landed, Pelosi said her visit was meant to honor "America's unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan's vibrant Democracy."The S&P 500 fell 27 points, or 0.7%, to close at 4,091. The Dow Jones industrials declined 1.2% and the Nasdaq lost 0.2%.  "Speaker Pelosi's visit to Taiwan opens a dangerous period for U.S.-China-Taiwan tensions that will add to and elevate market risk as events unfold," Raymond James Equity Research analysts and Alex Anderson said in a report. ...
Pelosi confirms trip to Asia, but makes no mention of Taiwan
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Pelosi confirms trip to Asia, but makes no mention of Taiwan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Sunday she will visit four Asian countries this week but made no mention of a possible stop in Taiwan that has fueled tension with Beijing, which claims the island democracy as its own territory.Pelosi said in a statement she is leading a congressional delegation to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan to discuss trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, security and "democratic governance."Pelosi has yet to confirm news reports that she might visit Taiwan. Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against meddling in Beijing's dealings with the island in a phone call Thursday with President Biden. Beijing sees official American contact with Taiwan as encouragement to make its decades-old de facto indep...