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Friday March 5, 2021 - Times viewed: 806
Senate takes up COVID-19 relief package as GOP aims to block passage
The Senate began its consideration of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill Thursday, but before voting on President Joe Biden's signature legislation, Republicans who claim the bill is massive and won't address issues related to the pandemic have set the stage for a lengthy series of procedural measures designed to slow down momentum. Democrats are projecting that they will hold together and vote unanimously in favor of the aid after Bide ...
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Friday March 5, 2021 - Times viewed: 771
Ron Johnson at the center of the storm: 'People are out to destroy me'
(CNN)Sen. Ron Johnson seems to be relishing his place at the center of the controversies dominating Washington. For two months, the Wisconsin Republican has taken on everyone who blamed former President Donald Trump for inciting the deadly riot at the Capitol: Democrats, the mainstream media, even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He's raised questions about whether Trump supporters were in fact culpable for the violence, earning him the ...
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Friday March 5, 2021 - Times viewed: 753
By slimmest of margins, Senate takes up $1.9T relief bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is beginning debate on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, after Democrats made eleventh-hour changes aimed at ensuring they could pull President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority through the precariously divided chamber. Democrats were hoping for Senate approval of the package before next week, in time for the House to sign off and get the measure to Biden quickly. After the Senate voted by the slimmest of ma ...
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Friday March 5, 2021 - Times viewed: 828
Officers maced, trampled: Docs expose depth of Jan. 6 chaos
Two firefighters loaned to Washington for the day were the only medics on the Capitol steps Jan. 6, trying to triage injured officers as they watched the angry mob swell and attack police working to protect Congress. Law enforcement agents were “being pulled into the crowd and trampled, assaulted with scaffolding materials, and/or bear maced by protesters,” wrote Arlington County firefighter Taylor Blunt in an after-action memo. Some couldn’t ...
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Wednesday March 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 816
George Floyd's killing started a movement. 9 months later, what's changed?
George Floyd didn’t live to see Kamala Harris become vice president. Nor was he alive to see an investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death find that her killer’s gunfire was justified. But his legacy will determine which America his daughter, Gianna — and the next generation of young Americans — will grow up in: the nation in which a record number of voters can elect a Black woman into the White House. Or the country in which Taylor's killer is ...
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Wednesday March 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 836
Trump is facing probes from 5 independently elected investigators
(CNN)Five independently elected investigators have turned their attention to former President Donald Trump, a sign his legal woes are mounting as he no longer enjoys the protections once afforded to him by the Oval Office. Trump is now facing inquiries run by elected officials from Georgia to New York to Washington with only their constituents to answer to. Most are Democrats, but one key investigation was launched by a Georgia Republican who ...
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Wednesday March 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 872
FBI director says Capitol assault 'domestic terrorism,' no evidence of antifa
Testifying in front of Congress for the first time since the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers Tuesday he was "appalled" about the violent attack while defending the bureau's handling of the rising domestic terror threat in recent years. "I was appalled that you, our country's elected leaders were victimized right here in these very halls," Wray said in his opening statement. "That attack, that si ...
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Wednesday March 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 777
Biden hits Russia with sanctions for opposition leader Navalny's poisoning, detention
The White House announced President Joe Biden's first sanctions against Russia on Tuesday over the Russian government's poisoning and detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a State Department official confirmed to ABC News Monday. The Biden administration sanctioned seven "senior" Russian officials and added one government research institute and 13 businesses to its export restrictions, senior administration officials announced Tuesday ...
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Wednesday March 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 858
Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, dies at 85
ATLANTA -- Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, has died at the age of 85. His niece, Ann Walker Marchant, confirmed Tuesday that he died peacefully Monday night. Former President Bill Clinton remembered Jordan as someone who “never gave up on his friends or his country.” Jordan “brought his ...
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Wednesday March 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 823
Biden's Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with just over a dozen nominees for top posts confirmed more than a month into his tenure. Among Biden’s 23 nominees with Cabinet rank, just 13 have been confirmed by the Senate, or a little over half. And among the 15 core nominees to lead federal agencies, 10 have been confirmed, or about two thirds. According to the Center for Presi ...
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Wednesday March 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 916
Biden brings no relief to tensions between US and China
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden took office promising to move quickly to restore and repair America’s relations with the rest of the world, but one major nation has yet to see any U.S. effort to improve ties: China. From Iran to Russia, Europe to Latin America, Biden has sought to cool tensions that rose during President Donald Trump’s four years in office. Yet, there have been no overtures to China. Although the Biden administration ...
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Tuesday March 2, 2021 - Times viewed: 764
FBI chief warns violent 'domestic terrorism' growing in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray bluntly labeled the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism” Tuesday and warned of a rapidly growing threat of homegrown violent extremism that law enforcement is scrambling to confront through thousands of investigations. Wray also defended to lawmakers his own agency’s handling of an intelligence report that warned of the prospect for violence on Jan. 6. And he firmly rejected f ...
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Tuesday March 2, 2021 - Times viewed: 877
Biden administration will let migrant families separated under Trump reunite inside U.S.
Attorneys for the families had asked the Biden administration to let parents deported without their children come back to the U.S. to reunify the families. WASHINGTON — The Biden administration's task force for reuniting migrant families separated by the Trump administration will give separated families the option to be reunified in the U.S. or their countries of origin, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday. Mayorkas sai ...
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Tuesday March 2, 2021 - Times viewed: 781
Senate Panel Advances Garland's Nomination as U.S. Attorney General
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's pick for attorney general, moved a step closer on Monday to securing Senate confirmation as the top U.S. law enforcement official, with the Judiciary Committee throwing its weight behind his nomination. The federal appellate judge won bipartisan support in a 15-7 tally in the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance his nomination to the Senate floor for a vote that Democrats hope will b ...
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Tuesday March 2, 2021 - Times viewed: 770
U.S. faces 'unprecedented assault on democracy,' White House says, backing election reform bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration backed Democrats’ efforts to overhaul voting rules and turn over the process of drawing congressional districts to independent commissions on Monday, weighing in on a political fight that is likely to dominate Washington in coming years. The United States is facing an “an unprecedented assault on our democracy, a never before seen effort to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the people, and a ...
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Tuesday March 2, 2021 - Times viewed: 759
Third Cuomo accuser steps forward, deepening governor's scandal
NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo remained in hiding Monday as the state attorney general formally announced an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment — and some of the state’s top Democrats began to wonder just how long the three-term governor can hold on. The allegations of sexual misconduct by two former aides, which followed a mushrooming scandal around the deaths of nursing home residents, seemed to override every other p ...
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Monday March 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 879
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday said President Joe Biden supports an “independent review” of the sexual harassment accusations leveled against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week by a pair of former aides — adding that it was personally difficult for her to read the latest account of alleged misconduct by the governor. The remarks from the president’s top spokesperson came after Lindsey Boylan, a candidate for Manhattan boroug ...

Monday March 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 850
Donald Trump at CPAC: Ex-president tears into Biden and his Republican critics
David Jackson USA TODAY ORLANDO, Fla. – Donald Trump reentered political life Sunday by attacking President Joe Biden, condemning Republican opponents and proclaiming himself the leader of a GOP riven by election defeats and the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January. "Do you miss me yet?" Trump asked the Conservative Political Action Conference after taking the stage more than an hour after his scheduled start time. "A lo ...
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Monday March 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 780
Trump teases 2024 run in CPAC remarks, as he looks to keep his grip on GOP
Donald Trump still has grievances to air — and a Republican Party eager to bask in his indignation. In his first major address since leaving office, Trump on Sunday laced into his Democratic successor, Joe Biden, chided “establishment political hacks” from his own party and pressed his false claim that he won the November election, which he lost decisively. And to an explosion of applause, he suggested he may run again in 2024. “Who kn ...
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Sunday February 28, 2021 - Times viewed: 723
Russia's coronavirus vaccine makes inroads in conflict territories
VILNIUS — In recent months, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have seen authorities of breakaway territories ask Russia to send its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to those contested regions. In some cases, those requests have already been granted. In the rebel-held territories in Ukraine’s Donbass — which have been occupied by Russian-backed separatist forces since 2014 — residents have been receiving the Sputnik vaccine since early February. The ...
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Friday February 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 843
'Hard to see the path out': Cuomo besieged as crises grow
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo started the year as one of the nation’s most powerful governors, a household name who was racing toward a potential fourth term in office. Now, two months later, he’s embroiled in two major scandals and facing a daily onslaught of questions about deaths in nursing homes, accusations of sexual impropriety and growing speculation that his political career may be in jeopardy. "It appears he's earned hi ...
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Tuesday February 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 862
Trump's 'big lie' has become the GOP's newest voter suppression weapon
If there’s one thing the GOP hates, it’s “cancel culture.” Republicans have cited their opposition to cancel culture to justify their defense of just about everything, from refusing to rename military bases and monuments that bear the names of Confederate generals to defending former President Donald Trump during his recent impeachment trial, which they dubbed “constitutional cancel culture.” Their distaste for the phenomenon is the theme of this ...
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Tuesday February 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 749
Trump blasts Supreme Court, Dems on tax return ruling
Former President Donald Trump lashed out at the Supreme Court on Monday after it declined to stop the release of his tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney, saying ?the decision allows? the “greatest political Witch Hunt” in the country’s history? to continue. “Whether it was the never ending $32 million Mueller hoax, which already investigated everything that could possibly be investigated, ‘Russia Russia Russia,’ where there was a fi ...
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Sunday February 21, 2021 - Times viewed: 748
Texas and California built different power grids, but neither stood up to climate change
Texas and California may be worlds apart in their politics and climate policies, but they have something in common: Extreme weather crashed their power grids and left people stranded in the dark. The two sprawling, politically potent states have devoted massive sums to their power networks over the past two decades — California to produce huge amounts of wind and solar energy, Texas to create an efficient, go-it-alone electricity market built ...
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Wednesday February 17, 2021 - Times viewed: 947
Trump attacks McConnell in fiery statement
Former President Donald Trump issued a caustic and highly personal statement against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, effectively declaring war on the Kentucky Republican for failing to back his attempts to undermine the 2020 election. “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said in the statement released by his PAC. McCo ...
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Wednesday February 17, 2021 - Times viewed: 806
The Birthplace of the Republican Party Buckles After Trump Nearly Blew Up the GOP
For Rohn Bishop, chair of the Republican Party in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, a low point in the party’s post-election civil war came one snowy December morning in the small town of Waupun. Republicans were challenging ballots cast in two heavily Democratic Wisconsin counties, Milwaukee and Dane, based on a variety of technicalities. It was part of Trump’s broader effort to overturn the results of the election, perpetuating his false claim ...
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Sunday February 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 1073
McConnell Tears Into Trump Over Riots, While Pelosi Blames GOP Leader for Delay of Trial
SENATE MINORITY LEADER Mitch McConnell on Saturday eviscerated former President Donald Trump for "provoking" the mobs that descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6, giving a lengthy statement on the Senate floor at the conclusion of the impeachment trial about the former president's culpability despite voting to acquit him of "incitement of insurrection." The Kentucky Republican's floor speech came minutes after the Senate voted mostly along party l ...
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Saturday February 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 968
New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters
Washington (CNN)In an expletive-laced phone call with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy while the Capitol was under attack, then-President Donald Trump said the rioters cared more about the election results than McCarthy did. "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are," Trump said, according to lawmakers who were briefed on the call afterward by McCarthy. McCarthy insisted that the rioters were Tr ...
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Saturday February 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 749
Close watch on tight-lipped GOP leader McConnell's stand
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seldom has Mitch McConnell signaled so little about such a consequential vote. Many expect the Senate’s top Republican will back acquitting former President Donald Trump of a charge of inciting rioters who assaulted the Capitol last month, but no one is really sure how McConnell will vote. The Washington political universe and the world beyond will hold their collective breath when the Senate impeachment trial roll call reach ...
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Saturday February 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 844
Senate poised to vote on holding Trump accountable for riot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are poised to vote on whether Donald Trump will be held accountable for inciting the horrific attack at the Capitol after a speedy impeachment trial that laid bare the violence and danger to their own lives and the fragility of the nation’s tradition of a peaceful transfer of presidential power. Barely a month since the deadly riot on Jan. 6, closing arguments are set for the historic trial in a rare Saturday session ...
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