Democrats must solve urgent fiscal matters to keep the government open and avoid a default.

Congressional Democrats will turn this week to urgent fiscal matters, setting aside their ambitious, $3.5 trillion social policy measure for now as they try to keep the government operating beyond Sept. 30, raise the federal borrowing limit and meet Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise of an infrastructure vote by Sept. 27. Ideological divisions within the party …

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Biden to Push Global Plan to Battle Covid as National Gaps Widen

WASHINGTON — Already grappling with divisions in his own country over vaccine mandates and questions about the ethics and efficacy of booster shots, President Biden is facing another front of discord: a split among world leaders over how to eradicate the coronavirus globally, as the highly infectious Delta variant leaves a trail of death in …

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Democrats Dealt a Blow on Immigration Plans

WASHINGTON — The Senate parliamentarian dealt a major setback Sunday to Democrats’ plan to use their $3.5 trillion social policy bill to create a path to citizenship for an estimated 8 million undocumented immigrants. Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate parliamentarian, who serves as the chamber’s arbiter of its own rules, wrote that the “policy changes of …

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Rep. Lee Zeldin Confirms Leukemia Diagnosis

Representative Lee Zeldin, a staunch conservative from Long Island and the leading Republican candidate in next year’s race for governor in New York, revealed that he was diagnosed with leukemia last year and has been receiving treatment. Mr. Zeldin, 41, told attendees at an Ontario County Republican Party dinner on Friday night that he had …

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Biden Administration to Deport Haitians in South Texas

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced on Saturday that it would begin swiftly deporting Haitians who have gathered in the thousands at the southern border in the past week after illegally entering the United States. The move is meant to relieve the overflow at the South Texas border town of Del Rio and deter more …

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Secret Talks and a Hidden Agenda: Behind the U.S. Defense Deal that France Called a ‘Betrayal’

By that time, the Australians knew the program was dead. The French ambassador to the United States, Philippe Étienne, said in several interviews that he first heard of the deal in leaked news reports appearing in the Australian media and in Politico. Other French officials said they had been suspicious that something was up a …

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