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Democrats made midterm gains in rural areas. Can they keep them?

Some Democratic candidates in key toss-up and open races in the midterms may have fared better among the rural population than previously believed.
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Biden to pardon simple federal marijuana possession convictions

President Biden on Thursday announced that he is taking executive action to pardon people convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law and D.C. statute.
Students eat lunch of homemade pizza and caesar salad at the Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School, in Essex Junction, Vt., Thursday, June 9, 2022. The pandemic-era federal aid that made school meals available for free to all public school students — regardless of family income levels — is ending, raising fears about the effects in the upcoming school year for families already struggling with rising food and fuel costs. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

As students go back to school, many face a lunch bill for the first time in 2 years

Parents and schools prepare to lose free meals provided as federal assistance during the pandemic at a time when families are feeling the strain of high food, gas, housing and utility costs.

The Jan. 6 committee holds its fourth hearing today. Here’s what we know

The members of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will focus on former President Donald Trump's attempts to pressure state officials to overturn the 2020 presidential election at their fourth hearing on Tuesday afternoon.
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President Biden calls for assault weapons ban and other measures to curb gun violence

The address follows recent mass shootings in New York, Texas, and Oklahoma. Biden said the measures aren't about taking away rights, but about protecting Americans.