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Wednesday March 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 673
Biden forges ahead with his pro-union agenda on several fronts
Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Tuesday continued his string of pro-union actions since entering the White House by calling for the House to pass a bill to make it easier for employees to unionize. Biden strongly encouraged the House of Representatives to pass the so-called "PRO Act," a bill that he said would encourage unions and "dramatically enhance the power of workers to organize and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, ...
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Tuesday March 9, 2021 - Times viewed: 691
The slew of Senate Republican retirements prove who's in charge of the GOP now
2022 Senate elections In 2022, 34 states will hold Senate elections. Light red states are open races that are now represented by Republicans who are not running for re-election. Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt is the fifth Republican senator to announce his retirement. (CNN)Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt's surprise retirement announcement Monday adds his name to a growing list of GOP establishment politicians who no longer recognize the party they represent ...
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Tuesday March 9, 2021 - Times viewed: 690
$1,400 checks could start arriving within weeks under latest COVID-19 relief package
WASHINGTON – Millions of Americans should see checks of up to $1,400 land in their bank accounts in a few weeks. The one-time payments are part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that’s likely to get final approval in the House on Tuesday. The Internal Revenue Service hasn’t indicated how soon it will start to distribute the money. Analysts said the checks should appear in bank accounts via direct deposit in a co ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 824
British-Iranian woman ends 5-year sentence, but not free yet
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British-Iranian woman held in an Iranian prison for five years on widely refuted spying charges ended her sentence on Sunday, her lawyer said, although she faces a new trial and cannot yet return home to London. The twists and turns of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s years-long case have sparked international outrage and strained already fraught diplomatic ties between Britain and Iran. Although Zaghari-Ratcliffe completed ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 701
Sunshine State dims for Dems amid election losses, cash woes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrats may delight in their brightening prospects in Arizona and Georgia, and may even harbor glimmers of hope in Texas, but their angst is growing in Florida, which has a reputation as a swing state but now favors Republicans and could be shifting further out of reach for Democrats. As the jockeying begins to take on Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022, Democrats’ disadvantage against Republicans is ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 671
Report: Blinken offers plan to bolster Afghan peace process
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is proposing a series of steps to help jumpstart Afghanistan’s stalled peace process between the government and Taliban, according to a letter from Blinken to Afghanistan’s president Ashra Ghani published Sunday by Afghanistan’s TOLONews. The letter calls for bringing the two sides together for a U.N.-facilitated conference with foreign ministers and envoys from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 715
Board to begin search for permanent Capitol Police chief
WASHINGTON (AP) — The board that oversees the U.S. Capitol Police is beginning a search for a permanent police chief, a person familiar with the matter said, as the fallout from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol continues. Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has faced scrutiny from Capitol Hill leaders and congressional committees over law enforcement failures that allowed thousands of rioters to overtake police officers during the insurrection. Th ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 695
From vote to virus, misinformation campaign targets Latinos
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Perez was a guest on a Spanish-language talk radio show in Las Vegas last year when a caller launched into baseless complaints about both parties, urging Latino listeners to not cast votes at all. Perez, then chairman of the Democratic Party, recognized many of the claims as talking points for #WalkAway, a group promoted by a conservative activist, Brandon Straka, who was later arrested for participating in the deadly Jan ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 697
Biden marks 'Bloody Sunday' by signing voting rights order
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new executive order from President Joe Biden directs federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote voting access, a move that comes as congressional Democrats press for a sweeping voting and elections bill to counter efforts to restrict voting access. His plan was announced during a recorded address on the 56th commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” the 1965 incident in which some 600 civil rights activists were viciousl ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 684
US and South Korea agree on new cost-sharing deal for troops
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea have reached agreement in principle on a new arrangement for sharing the cost of the American troop presence, which is intended as a bulwark against the threat of North Korean aggression, both countries announced. The State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs said Sunday the deal includes a “negotiated increase” in Seoul’s share of the cost, but it provided no details. The Burea ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 672
Jill Biden sees teachable moment in the depths of a pandemic
WATERFORD, Pa. (AP) — Jill Biden sees a teachable moment in the depths of the coronavirus pandemic. The first lady sat in a socially distanced circle in the library at Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Pennsylvania, listening and taking notes as parents expressed relief that the school had reopened and their kids were back in the classroom. One mother talked about the “bumpy patches” of online learning and said reopening “has been so to the T” ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 677
With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes
WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden on the verge of his first big legislative victory, a key moderate Democrat says he’s open to changing Senate rules that could allow for more party-line votes to push through other parts of the White House’s agenda such as voting rights. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin stressed Sunday that he wants to keep the procedural hurdle known as the filibuster, saying major legislation should always have signifi ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 692
Swalwell sues Trump, Donald Jr and Giuliani over their role in Capitol insurrection
Former president’s spokesperson calls Eric Swalwell ‘a low-life with no credibility’ A Democratic congressman has sued Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection on the US Capitol on 6 January. In the second such case against the former president for inciting the insurrection, former House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell filed a case against the former president on Friday, CNN first reported. The Democrat’s lawsuit, which was filed i ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 681
Senate Dems strike jobless aid deal, relief bill OK in sight
Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin have struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide late Friday, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes and, eventually, approval of the sweeping legislation. The overal ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 666
Manchin, key Senate swing vote, boosts West Virginia's hopes
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has the best shot in years to steer federal dollars back home to West Virginia West Virginia has long proclaimed itself “Almost Heaven,” a nod to a song and soaring mountaintop vistas. Now some joke the state name-checked in “Take Me Home, Country Roads” could take things up a notch as Democratic U.S. Sen Joe Manchin bargains his way through Congress. “Maybe we’ll get to heaven status,” said longtime Democratic Party o ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 652
Republicans want to make it harder to pass ballot initiatives. That should alarm us
State legislators are trying to make it more difficult for citizens to take action when their own representatives won’t They walked through Michigan college football games dressed as gerrymandered districts. They crisscrossed Idaho in a decades-old RV dubbed the Medicaid Express. In Florida, they united black and white, left and right, Trump-loving “deplorables” and radical criminal justice reformers into a mighty moral movement to end an ugly ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 671
The only Republican to vote in favor of George Floyd bill said it was an accident
When the US House of Representatives tallied up lawmakers’ votes on Wednesday for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, all but a single Republican had opposed the bill. No, that Republican representative was not taking a stand against the tide of his party. Instead, he says now, his fingers slipped. “I accidentally pressed the wrong voting button and realized it too late,” wrote Lance Gooden, a Republican representative from Texas who ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 702
Schumer announces all-female Senate sergeant-at-arms team following US Capitol riot
CNN)Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday announced an all-female Senate sergeant-at-arms leadership team, after the previous sergeant-at-arms resigned as part of the fallout from the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Karen Gibson will serve as the new Senate sergeant-at-arms, Schumer announced. A retired lieutenant general, Gibson most recently took part in a six-week effort examining security at the US Capitol after January ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 681
Texas Gov. Abbott stalled federal offer to test migrants then blamed them for spreading Covid
(CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is stalling efforts by the Biden administration to provide federal funds for Covid-19 tests for migrants released from custody, a senior Homeland Security official tells CNN. After relaxing state Covid restrictions this week, Abbott alleged, without evidence, that migrants coming into Texas are exposing the state's residents to the coronavirus. "The Biden administration has been releasing immigrants in south Texas ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 694
House passes bill named in honor of George Floyd aimed at preventing police misconduct
(CNN)The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at preventing police misconduct that Democrats named in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody sparked nationwide calls to overhaul policing and address racial injustice. House Democrats originally introduced and passed the bill -- titled the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act -- last year in the wake of Floyd's death, but it never passed in the Senate, w ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 702
Senate bill will narrow income eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks
Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden has agreed to a compromise with moderate Democrats to narrow the income eligibility for the next round of $1,400 stimulus checks that are included in a bill the Senate is expected to take up this week, a Democratic source told CNN Wednesday. Democrats' final effort to pass the $1.9 trillion relief hasn't been easy. Here's what happens next. Democrats' final effort to pass the $1.9 trillion relie ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 682
Desperate Americans wait as Washington duels over Covid-19 relief bill
(CNN)President Joe Biden says the massive Covid-19 relief bill now on the Senate floor is crucial to finally getting a jump on a murderous pandemic. It's also a perfect metaphor for American politics in 2021. The measure contains many billions of dollars in extended unemployment benefits, help for shuttered small businesses, cash for getting schools open and it stands up a nationwide effort to speed up vaccines that could finally reduce the vi ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 698
GOP lawmakers facing backlash after misleading House about skipping votes to attend CPAC
(CNN)As he darted down to Florida last week and skipped crucial House votes, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona neglected to tell GOP Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri the full story behind why he needed her to vote in his place. In a letter to the House designating Wagner to vote on his behalf, Gosar cited the "ongoing public health emergency" as the reason why he couldn't attend votes as the chamber considered President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillio ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 701
Progressives grapple with path forward as hopes of passing minimum wage fade
(CNN)The Senate dealt progressives a blow they have been trying to prevent but knew was coming by voting down an amendment to include a $15 minimum wage in President Joe Biden's Covid relief package. After the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the provision could not be a part of the reconciliation process, a procedural shortcut that Democrats are using to pass Covid relief without needing any Republican support, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 691
White House warns of 'active threat' from Microsoft email hackers
Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is increasingly sounding the alarm over a series of newly discovered cyber intrusions that Microsoft said this week were linked to China. "This is an active threat," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. "Everyone running these servers -- government, private sector, academia -- needs to act now to patch them." Psaki's warnings followed a tweet by national security adviser Jake Sullivan Thu ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 688
House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell sues Trump and close allies over Capitol riot in second major insurrection lawsuit
Washington (CNN)Former House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell has sued former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks in a second major lawsuit seeking to hold Trump and his allies accountable for inciting the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6. The new lawsuit filed on Friday by Swalwell, a California Democrat who helped to lead impeachment arguments against Trump for inciting in ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 699
Biden administration considers opening additional tent facilities in Arizona amid influx of migrants
(CNN)The Biden administration is considering opening additional temporary border facilities in Arizona to manage the influx of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border, marking the latest move to address capacity issues that have been exacerbated because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The administration is considering a facility in Yuma, according to two officials and the mayor of Yuma. One official said Yuma and Tuscon are under consideration for ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 689
Trump Faces New Lawsuit Over Capitol Insurrection
The lawsuit, which claims that former President Donald Trump and his allies incited the mob that attacked the Capitol, is the second major legal action against Trump in connection to the riot. HOUSE IMPEACHMENT manager and Intelligence Committee Chairman Eric Swalwell is suing former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks for inciting the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, aiming ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 666
Live stimulus updates: Senate considering changes to Joe Biden's stimulus bill after long delay
McConnell fails to adjourn Senate after vote-a-rama delay The Senate will continue to consider changes to President Joe Biden's COVID-19 stimulus bill after Republicans failed to force the chamber to end Friday's proceedings and pick up Saturday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell put forth a motion to adjourn the Senate to until 10 a.m. Saturday morning. But the effort failed shortly before midnight, meaning the Senate will continue voti ...
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Saturday March 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 704
Senate leaders win over key Democratic holdout as party struggles to push through Biden's Covid relief plan
(CNN)West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin brought the Senate to a standstill on Friday over a policy dispute that threatened to upend President Joe Biden's top agenda item -- a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill -- and prompted a furious lobbying effort behind the scenes after Democrats thought they had party unity. After hours of gridlock, Democrats reached a deal they believe clears the way to pass the plan, securing Manchin's support afte ...
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