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Biden’s political standing fuels Democratic worry about 2024

It was supposed to be a moment of triumph for Joe Biden. The Democratic president had just signed into law the most significant infrastructure package in generations. And he had done it by bringing Democrats and Republicans together, just as he promised during last year’s campaign. But when Biden arrived in New Hampshire last week

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House approves $1.9 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ social spending plan

The House on Friday approved the 10-year, roughly $1.9 trillion “Build Back Better” bill, a plan supporters say would extend tax credits, child care, health care and more to tens of thousands of Arizonans. The Arizona delegation split on party lines on the bill, which passed early Friday on a 220-213 vote. All Republicans opposed the bill,

Politics

Sinema’s shift: ‘Prada socialist’ to corporate donor magnet

Twenty years ago, a Green Party activist running for the Phoenix City Council named Kyrsten Sinema likened raising campaign cash to “bribery.” Now a first-term senator from Arizona, she no longer has such qualms. Once a self-styled “Prada socialist” labeled as “too extreme” by Arizona’s Democratic Party, Sinema has found new power as a centrist

Infrastructure

House Dems delay huge social bill, plan infrastructure vote

Photo: Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, talk on the subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.  Top Democrats abruptly postponed an expected House vote Friday on a 10-year, $1.85 trillion social and environment measure, as leaders’ long struggle to balance demands from progressives and moderates once again dogged

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Big changes in White House ideas to pay for $2 trillion plan

In an abrupt change, the White House on Wednesday floated new plans to pay for parts of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social services and climate change package, shelving a proposed big increase in corporate tax rates though also adding a new billionaires’ tax on the investment gains of the very richest Americans. The reversal

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