Is Ginni Thomas a Trumpworld power player or a gadfly? It depends on who you ask.

When news broke last week that Virginia Thomas, known as Ginni, had texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, imploring him to overturn the 2020 election results to keep Donald Trump in power, it sent shockwaves through Washington, D.C. But not quite as much so for veterans of the Trump administration. Thomas, a conservative…

The ‘Holy Grail’ of gambling could break American sports betting wide open

OAKLAND, Calif. — California beckons as the biggest prize yet for America’s exploding sports betting market. State after state has legalized sports wagering since the Supreme Court cleared the way in 2018, but California has not — despite a powerful in-state gambling market and ravenous interest from national industry players. That could soon change. Voters…

How a lawsuit over a teen spurred Florida Republicans to pass the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s fight over contentious LGBTQ legislation — dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents — had its genesis nearly two years ago, not in the halls of the state Legislature but in a September conversation between a Tallahassee mother and her 13-year-old teen. The teen, according to a federal lawsuit, said…

Mayor Adams unveils vocational training program for NYC foster care kids: ‘We just ignored this population’

Mayor Adams pledged to make vocational training for foster care children a “hallmark” of his administration as he rolled out a new program on Tuesday aimed at giving the vulnerable kids a better shot at entering the city’s workforce.

Biden’s budget goes bigger on defense, taxing the ultra-rich

President Joe Biden implored Congress in his budget request Monday to boost military funding by 4 percent and non-defense coffers by 5 percent, while forcing the wealthiest households to pay more taxes. Republicans are expected to offer a stiff counteroffer — demanding that Biden go even bigger than his proposed $813 billion for the national…

Biden’s trip to Europe: A triumph, a walk back, and no clearer end game

President Joe Biden’s trip to a war-rattled Europe rallied allies and delivered a threatening, if unscripted, message to Russia’s Vladimir Putin. But he returned home with few, if any, concrete answers as to how the brutal invasion of Ukraine actually would end. Biden closed the trip with an up-close look at the ravages of war,…

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