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President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the National Interagency Fire Center, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Boise, Idaho.

Biden targets wildfires in swing through West

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the National Interagency Fire Center, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Boise, Idaho.

September 13, 2021, 8:21pm Latest News

MATHER, Calif. — President Joe Biden on Monday used his first Western swing in office to hold out the wildfires burning across the region as an argument for his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plans, calling year-round fires and other extreme weather a climate change reality the nation can no longer ignore. Read story

A video surveillance apparatus is seen on the East Front of the Capitol in Washington on Friday as security officials prepare for a Sept. 18 demonstration by supporters of the people arrested in the Jan. 6 riot. (J.

Washington, D.C., Prepares for Saturday Rally

A video surveillance apparatus is seen on the East Front of the Capitol in Washington on Friday as security officials prepare for a Sept. 18 demonstration by supporters of the people arrested in the Jan. 6 riot. (J.

September 13, 2021, 4:57pm Politics

WASHINGTON — Congressional security officials have approved the reinstallation of a temporary fence around the Capitol as they prepare for a Saturday rally in defense of the rioters who stormed the building Jan. 6. Read story

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2010, file photo a private security contractor watches a NATO supply truck drive past in the province of Ghazni, south-west of Kabul, Afghanistan. Military contractors got up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11, a study by Brown University's Costs of War project and the Center for International Policy said Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

Study: Pentagon reliance on contractors hurt U.S. in 9/11 wars

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2010, file photo a private security contractor watches a NATO supply truck drive past in the province of Ghazni, south-west of Kabul, Afghanistan. Military contractors got up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11, a study by Brown University's Costs of War project and the Center for International Policy said Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

September 13, 2021, 12:43pm Politics

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found. While much of this money went to weapons suppliers, the research is the latest to point to the dependence on contractors for war-zone duties as contributing to… Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2021, file photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. The campaign organization aiming to maintain Democratic control of the House in the 2022 midterm races raised $10 million last month, its best August haul ever during a year without a national election. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says that nearly 250,000 grassroots donors provided $6.6 million, accounting for two-thirds of its monthly total, according to numbers shared with The Associated Press before a public filing deadline. That total included transfers worth more than $1 million from other Democratic campaign accounts. The largest, from Pelosi, was worth nearly $800,000. (AP Photo/J.

House Democrats post record August fundraising ahead of 2022

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2021, file photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. The campaign organization aiming to maintain Democratic control of the House in the 2022 midterm races raised $10 million last month, its best August haul ever during a year without a national election. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says that nearly 250,000 grassroots donors provided $6.6 million, accounting for two-thirds of its monthly total, according to numbers shared with The Associated Press before a public filing deadline. That total included transfers worth more than $1 million from other Democratic campaign accounts. The largest, from Pelosi, was worth nearly $800,000. (AP Photo/J.

September 13, 2021, 12:41pm Politics

WASHINGTON — The campaign organization aiming to maintain Democratic control of the House in the 2022 midterm races raised $10 million last month, its best August haul ever during a year without a national election. Read story

Third round of child tax credit payments go out this week. Here’s what to know

September 13, 2021, 11:48am Latest News

Eligible families are set to receive a third round of monthly child tax credit direct payments this week. Read story

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a 9/11 commemoration event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Blinken readies for contentious Afghan hearings in Congress

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a 9/11 commemoration event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

September 13, 2021, 11:48am Politics

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is preparing to face tough congressional questioning this week over the Biden administration’s handling of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Read story

In this Sept. 9, 2021 photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., presides over a markup hearing to craft the Democrats' Build Back Better Act, massive legislation that is a cornerstone of President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J.

Democrats seek corporate, wealthy tax hikes for $3.5T plan

In this Sept. 9, 2021 photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., presides over a markup hearing to craft the Democrats' Build Back Better Act, massive legislation that is a cornerstone of President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J.

September 13, 2021, 10:32am Latest News

WASHINGTON — House Democrats unveiled a sweeping proposal Monday for tax hikes on big corporations and the wealthy to fund President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, as Congress speeds ahead to shape the far-reaching package that touches almost all aspects of domestic life. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, rioters climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. First, some blamed the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on left-wing Antifa antagonists, a theory quickly debunked. Then came comparisons of the rioters as peaceful protesters, or even "tourists." Now, Trump allies rallying in support of those people charged in the Capitol riot are calling them "political prisoners," a stunning effort to revise the narrative of that deadly day.

Capitol rally seeks to rewrite Jan. 6 by exalting rioters

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, rioters climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. First, some blamed the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on left-wing Antifa antagonists, a theory quickly debunked. Then came comparisons of the rioters as peaceful protesters, or even "tourists." Now, Trump allies rallying in support of those people charged in the Capitol riot are calling them "political prisoners," a stunning effort to revise the narrative of that deadly day.

September 13, 2021, 10:09am Politics

WASHINGTON — First, some blamed the deadly Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol on left-wing antifa antagonists, a theory quickly debunked. Then came comparisons of the rioters to peaceful protesters or even tourists. Read story

President Joe Biden speaks during an event to celebrate labor unions, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Washington.

‘We’re out of time’: Biden, Democrats under pressure to deliver on liberal priorities

President Joe Biden speaks during an event to celebrate labor unions, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Washington.

September 13, 2021, 6:02am Politics

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are expected to spend much of September negotiating the size and scope of a proposed $3.5 trillion budget bill that would fund a battery of new government programs. Read story

FILE -- In this Aug. 30, 2021 file photo, Francisco Torres casts his ballot at the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office in Sacramento, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing the second recall of a California governor since Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger unseated Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. Today's California electorate is less Republican and more Asian and Latino than it was 18 years ago, trends that favor Newsom.

California voters: Less Republican and white than in 2003

FILE -- In this Aug. 30, 2021 file photo, Francisco Torres casts his ballot at the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office in Sacramento, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing the second recall of a California governor since Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger unseated Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. Today's California electorate is less Republican and more Asian and Latino than it was 18 years ago, trends that favor Newsom.

September 12, 2021, 5:46pm Nation & World

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It's a familiar refrain among California's recall watchers: 2021 is not 2003. Read story