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Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan defended President Biden's pledge to withdraw troops from Afghanistan on April 18.
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Harris is pushing proposals for the administration that she championed as a California senator, such as clean water and electrifying school buses.
Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) described the document as “a staff level draft proposal from an outside group” and said she had not read it. However, she did not deny plans to start an “America First Caucus.”
Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), right, and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) have become accomplished authors — with the help of bulk book purchases. (AP)
The practice has raised ethical concerns. Now, a complaint about Sen. Ted Cruz’s own campaign buying his books has triggered questions about self-enrichment.
How the president is pursuing his agenda.
President Biden’s transition has been slower than previous ones. 
Under former president Donald Trump, the federal government cut itself adrift from the broad international consensus. President Biden immediately shifted course.
It is one of the world’s first experiments in reopening long-shuttered borders to quarantine-free travel.
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Strong winds have pushed the fire toward densely-populated areas above Cape Town city, and well-known tourist sites, such as the Table Mountain aerial cableway, have been temporarily closed.
The violence comes after the arrest last week of a radical leader who called to expel the French ambassador.
Few Europeans thought it was a good idea for Montenegro to take the mammoth loan to build a highway. The tiny, mountainous country is asking the E.U. for help to repay the debt — and the answer, so far, has been no.
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A letter feeds conspiracy theories, but historians don’t believe it.
Bob Sonderman drives a Veterans Affairs mobile medical unit from Libby, Mont., to Sandpoint, Idaho. (Tony Bynum for The Post)
The Department of Veterans Affairs has set out on a labor-intensive effort to offer the vaccine to former servicemembers. What VA is learning suggests challenges ahead in getting the nation to herd immunity.
The plaintiffs, a mix of U.S. and Chinese citizens living in California, filed the suit anonymously because they fear Beijing will punish them or their family members.
Emily Kathleen Cahill said, “I thought, it’s Texas, they have to be prepared for something like this.” (Julia Robinson for The Post)
More than 200 Texans have joined what is expected to be a flood of liability suits. And state political leaders in Austin are feeling intense pressure to recast the electricity market to try to avoid another debacle.  
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Stephen Strasburg, shown in his first start of the season this month, went on the 10-day injured list on Sunday. (John McDonnell/The Post)
With Stephen Strasburg back on the injured list, it’s not time for the Nationals to panic. But it may soon be time to worry.
Paolo Espino allowed two runs in place of Stephen Strasburg, but the Nationals fell to the Diamondbacks in the finale of a four-game series.
Not that the former Clemson quarterback needed to offer a clarification. He's still expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
“I told y’all I’m a real fighter,” Jake Paul insisted after his third knockout. “I don’t know how many times I’ve got to prove myself this is for real.”
A ton of college basketball players are looking to change schools. So what?
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