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President Biden Signs Bill Expanding Health Care Services for Veterans Who Served at Bases With “Burn Pits”

President Joe Biden, whose elder son Beau died of cancer years after deploying to Iraq, signed legislation on Wednesday expanding federal health care services for millions of veterans who served at military bases where toxic smoke billowed from huge “burn pits.” “We owe you,” Biden said. “You’re the backbone. You’re the steel. You’re the sinew. […]

Donald Trump Says He Took Fifth Amendment in NY Civil Investigation

Donald Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he testified under oath Wednesday in the New York attorney general’s long-running civil investigation into his business dealings, the former president said in a statement. About an hour after arriving at Attorney General Letitia James’ Manhattan offices, Trump announced that he “declined to answer the […]

Donald Trump Says Mar-a-Lago Home “Under Siege” as FBI Agents Raid Property

Former President Donald Trump said FBI agents executed an unannounced raid Monday at Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence in Florida. “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said late Monday […]

Guest Column: What Putin’s War on Ukraine and LGBTQ Rights Means for Russian Culture

Russian filmmakers had been doing their best to build up new international cultural relations and embed our country into a global art world. Vladimir Putin has unearthed the hatchet and buried all these efforts by our national talents. On Feb. 24, President Putin declared war on Ukraine in all but name. But war has been […]

U.S. Offers Deal to Russia for Release of WNBA’s Brittney Griner

The U.S. has offered a deal to Russia aimed at bringing home WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday. In a sharp reversal of previous policy, Blinken also said he expects to speak with his Kremlin counterpart for the first time since before Russia invaded Ukraine to discuss the deal and […]

President Biden Continues to “Improve Significantly” After COVID Diagnosis, Says His Doctor

President Joe Biden continues to “improve significantly” despite a lingering sore throat from his coronavirus infection, according to an update Sunday from his doctor. “The president is responding to therapy as expected,” wrote Dr. Kevin O’Connor in his latest note. Biden has been taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug that helps reduce the chance of severe […]

Appeals Court Says Georgia Abortion Law Should Take Effect

A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling and said Georgia’s restrictive 2019 abortion law should be allowed to take effect. The Georgia law bans most abortions once a “detectable human heartbeat” is present. Cardiac activity can be detected by ultrasound in cells within an embryo that will eventually become the heart […]

Guest Column: I Had a Pre-Roe Illegal Abortion. We Can’t Go Back

It was 1972, and I was a student at Northwestern University when I found myself pregnant. I had lost both my parents very young, and I was not equipped to be a mother at all. I knew then that I couldn’t let this unwanted pregnancy affect the rest of my life; that I had to […]

Walkouts, Weekly Meetings, Script Notes: The Next Stage of Hollywood’s Abortion Activism

Today in Hollywood, an out-of-office email message might not be for a vacation — but instead a subtle form of protest. Some industry workplaces, including most of the major talent agencies, will participate in a nationwide virtual walkout organized by Planned Parenthood to show support for abortion rights Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. PT. Some […]

Guest Column: Having More Women in Power Could Have Raised Urgency of Protecting Roe

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s June 30 swearing-in as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court was historic and inspiring. While her ascendance just six days after the court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade struck many as ironic and dispiriting, it should also serve as a powerful reminder that in Washington, D.C., as well as in […]

N.Y. Teamsters Local, Which Reps Entertainment Union Staff, Passes Resolution to Organize for Abortion-Rights Causes

Teamsters Local 210, the New York-based Local that represents some New York City-based SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity staff in collective bargaining, has passed a resolution focused on women’s rights in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. The resolution, passed on Monday by the Local’s Executive Board, states that the Local “condemns […]

Prince Harry Article in The Mail on Sunday Was “Defamatory,” Judge Rules

Parts of an article in The Mail on Sunday about Prince Harry’s legal claim against the British government’s Home Office was defamatory, a High Court judge in London has ruled. The Duke of Sussex had filed a claim against the newspaper’s publisher, Associated Newspapers Limited, in February after an article that, his team claimed, caused […]