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A close adviser to President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was extradited to the U.S. on charges of money laundering and links to Hezbollah, reheating tensions just as the rocky relationship between the two nations seemed to be taking a turn for the better. nyti.ms/3vvxZoh
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R. Nicholas Burns, President Biden’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to China, told a Senate panel on Wednesday that if he was confirmed he would help Mr. Biden pursue a strategy of competition and cooperation with a rising Beijing. nyti.ms/3aZZn4g
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The Senate voted 50 to 50 along party lines to confirm Catherine E. Lhamon as the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights on Wednesday after she faced intense criticism from Republicans. nyti.ms/3pruTRv
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The FDA authorized Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for booster shots, and allowed the mixing and matching of different types of Covid vaccines. Regulators approved boosters for high-risk Pfizer recipients last month. nyti.ms/3vti3CY
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A Washington State sheriff has been charged with making a false claim that a Black newspaper carrier had threatened to kill him, prosecutors said. "I’m a Black man in a white neighborhood, and I am working!” the carrier told police during the incident. nyti.ms/3E1FLJA
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Deep canvassing is a messy, roundabout way to persuade voters — not with talking points or pamphlets, but by getting them to talk about their experiences and feelings. nyti.ms/3AYQH8X
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Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, President Biden’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Japan, faced a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday — seven years to the day after a white city police officer murdered a black teenager, Laquan McDonald in his city. nyti.ms/3vwSQrn
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Former President Donald Trump was deposed for four and a half hours in connection with a lawsuit filed by a group of protesters who said his bodyguards attacked them in 2015. nyti.ms/3C2XuQf
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NEWS: A federal judge has ruled that the United States has no legal basis for holding an Afghan man who has been at Guantánamo Bay since 2007. But getting him home may involving talks with the Taliban, setting up a dilemma for the Biden administration. nytimes.com/2021/10/20/us/po…
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As they raise the chances of a Republican House majority after 2022, three retiring Democrats warn the factions within their party against intransigence. “The prospect of serving in the minority is horrifying,” says @RepJohnYarmuth. nytimes.com/2021/10/20/us/po…
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A rift among Democrats is forming over a plan to provide only $2 billion out of the $20 billion President Biden proposed for historically Black colleges and universities as his $3.5 trillion social spending bill meets the realities of a divided Congress. nyti.ms/2Xy7QsA
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The future of the Clean Electricity Program, the heart of President Biden’s climate agenda, is in doubt after objections by Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Where does that leave U.S. climate policy? Listen to today’s episode of The Daily. nyti.ms/3pmkZ3y
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President Biden will travel to Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday to press the case for an economic, environmental and social policy agenda that congressional Democrats are whittling down in hopes of securing an agreement to pass it into law this fall. nyti.ms/3jiCnlI
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