House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition

The bill would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes.

  Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol

  General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot

  Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office

State Senate condemns treatment of Michigan National Guard troops

  Democrats tighten stimulus check eligibility, firm up support for virus bill

ABC’s Rick Klein speaks on military strikes, Dems’ political maneuvering

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What free college might actually look like

  Solid sign-ups for Biden’s new ‘Obamacare’ coverage offer

  Biden’s Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations

  US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate

Pentagon review says U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson made sexual comments, violated alcohol policy while White House physician, CNN reports

  Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.

Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition

President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, has withdrawn her nomination after she faced opposition from key Democratic and Republican senators for her controversial tweets.

  FBI chief warns violent ‘domestic terrorism’ growing in US

Wray’s comments in his first public appearance before Congress since the deadly Capitol attack two months ago amounted to the FBI’s most vigorous defense against the suggestion that it had not adequately communicated to police agencies that there was a distinct possibility of violence.

  Biden urges Senate Dems to rally behind $1.9T virus relief, stimulus checks bill

With Democrats having no margin for error in the evenly split 50-50 Senate, Biden was expected to urge them on by conference call.

  Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, has died

Senate confirms Raimondo as Biden commerce secretary

Supreme Court likely to uphold Arizona voting restrictions

Biden’s pick for SEC flags trading app gimmicks for scrutiny

Bergdahl appeals court-martial over Trump, McCain comments

  Calls for Cuomo’s resignation mount as 3rd accuser emerges

Romney knocked unconscious in fall, but ‘doing better’

The Utah Republican says the accident happened when he was spending time with his grandchildren in Boston.

  Minimum wage hike all but dead in Senate virus relief, stimulus checks bill

Chances are dwindling that the Democrats will find a way to retain a minimum wage boost in the $1.9 trillion relief package.

  Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

It will start using a “strike system” to remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rule.

  Amid Amazon union vote, Biden endorses workers’ freedom to choose

Biden didn’t mention Amazon by name in the video posted to Twitter. However, he made a reference to employees in Alabama, where a milestone union election is underway at an Amazon facility in Bessemer.

  Biden tries to reset relationship with Mexican president

Pressures are building at the U.S. southern border with an increase in children crossing into the country without visas and the preservation of a COVID-related policy of quickly expelling people captured along the border.

Senate confirms Cardona as Biden’s education secretary

The Senate has voted to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s schools amid the coronavirus pandemic

  Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades

Democrats say national rules are needed to make voting more uniform, accessible and fair. The bill would mandate early voting, same-day registration and other long-sought changes.

US announces $125 million defense aid package for Ukraine

The Pentagon says it is providing a new $125 million aid package to Ukraine, including two armed patrol boats to help the country defend its territorial waters.

  Senate panel votes to advance Garland’s nomination to be AG

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to advance the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general.

  Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

Many Republican lawmakers have criticized governors’ emergency restrictions since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Now that most legislatures are back in session, a new type of pushback is taking root: misinformation.

Report: US wasted billions on cars, buildings in Afghanistan

The agency said it reviewed $7.8 billion spent since 2008 on buildings and vehicles. Only $343.2 million worth of buildings and vehicles “were maintained in good condition.”

  Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the state’s attorney general and chief appeals court judge to jointly appoint an independent lawyer to investigate claims that he sexually harassed at least two women who worked for him.

  Trump calls for GOP unity, says he won’t start another party

Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party.

US still open to Iran nuclear talks after Iran’s rejection

The Biden administration says it remains open to talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s rejection of an EU invitation to join a meeting with the U.S. and the other original participants in the agreement.

  Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs.

  Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative priority — a long-sought boost to the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could run into Republican resistance to a hefty price tag.

  Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

The overall relief bill would provide $1,400 payments to individuals, extend emergency unemployment benefits through August and increase tax credits for children and federal subsidies for health insurance.

  Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress

The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Republicans say the spending is vastly more than what is needed for the pandemic.

  House passes $1.9T pandemic relief bill, sends it to Senate

The bill passed early Saturday flushes cash to individuals, businesses and states battered by COVID-19.

  Biden surveys Texas weather damage, thanks emergency workers

Biden planned to meet with local leaders to discuss the storm, relief efforts and progress toward recovery and to visit a food bank and meet volunteers.

  US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist Khashoggi’s killing

U.S. officials believe the Saudi crown prince approved an operation to “capture or kill” journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says a newly released document.

  Biden says US airstrikes in Syria told Iran: ‘Be careful’

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

  US consumers rebound to boost spending 2.4% as income jumps

Friday’s report from the Commerce Department also showed that personal incomes, which provide the fuel for spending, jumped 10% last month, boosted by cash payments most Americans received from the government.

  EXPLAINER: What were the warnings before the Capitol riot?

Capitol Police leadership had plenty of intelligence warning that armed extremists were planning to target the Capitol over President Donald Trump’s election loss, according to new testimony Thursday. But their rank-and-file officers were still left exposed against armed rioters.

Ties with Saudis at stake as US releases findings on killing

President Joe Biden was expected to speak to Saudi King Salman as soon as Thursday for the first time since taking office more than a month ago.

  COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

The hardening opposition suggested that Biden’s first major legislative initiative could encounter unanimous GOP opposition.

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

The airstrikes were announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who said the action was authorized by President Joe Biden.

  Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

The federal program, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, made the self-employed and gig workers eligible for jobless aid for the first time.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Group asks Supreme Court justices to ban use of race in college admissions

The high court could decide in the spring whether to take up the issue.

House votes to expand legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

Republicans broadly oppose the legislation, echoing concerns from those who worry the bill would force people to take actions that contradict their religious beliefs.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

  Conservative gathering to feature Trump’s false fraud claims

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference and a Trump ally, said discussion panels on election integrity would highlight “huge” evidence of illegal voting in Georgia, Nevada and elsewhere that ultimately swung the election for Democrat Joe Biden.

Black Lives Matter launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait

The foundation, which grew out of the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement nearly eight years ago, said Thursday that it plans to make up to 3,000 microgrants of $1,000 each to people who it believes need it most.

  Energy executive: Texas power plants turned off in crisis

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wants to force power plants to winterize after nearly half of the state’s generation capacity was knocked offline by subfreezing temperatures.

Senate confirms former Michigan Gov. Granholm as energy secretary

Granholm, who served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry, will be a key player in Biden’s vision for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change.

Republican wants to require national anthem in Wisconsin

The sweeping proposal from state Sen. Patrick Testin, of Stevens Point, comes after the Dallas Mavericks did not play “The Star-Spangled Banner” before home games earlier this season.

  Rep. Greene posts gender sign in response to Newman’s trans pride flag

Rep. Marie Newman, who works in a neighboring office, installed a transgender pride flag outside her door.

Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight

It comes after the Supreme Court denied Trump’s last ditch-effort to keep the records private.

  US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level.

Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Australia's laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to take effect, though the laws' architect says it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.

  Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has come under heavy criticism for a series of operational changes that slowed mail before the 2020 elections.

Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

President Joe Biden has lifted a Trump-era ban issued during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration.

  Chief: Capitol police were unsure about using force Jan. 6

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman provided new details about the law enforcement response to the Capitol riot, including extra preparations that were made for the day.

Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker

Lindsey Boylan, a former member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, offered new details about her claims against him.

  Biden orders a review of US supply chains for vital goods

The order being signed Wednesday will include sectoral reviews to be completed within one year for defense, public health and biological preparedness, information communications technology, energy, transportation and food production.

  CIA nominee pledges to provide ‘unvarnished’ intelligence

President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the CIA told lawmakers Wednesday that he would keep politics out of the job and deliver “unvarnished” intelligence to politicians and policymakers.

  Tanden facing new hurdles after Senate panels delay meetings

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Tanden and the White House had been in touch with senators and advocacy groups to answer any questions they may have on her nomination.

  Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Biden’s plan will distribute masks not through the mail, but instead through Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and the nation’s food bank and food pantry systems, the White House announced Wednesday.

  US to seek seat on UN human rights body after Trump pullout

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.’s human rights body, which would cement a U.S. return to a Geneva-based body that was shunned by the Trump administration.

Judge bans enforcement of Biden’s 100-day deportation pause

A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.

USPS reveals new, greener mail truck for use starting in 2023

The new vehicles will have more room for packages, and will be updated with modern safety and driveability standards like cameras, airbags and collision avoidance systems.

  More policy, less pomp as Biden and Trudeau meet virtually

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing President Joe Biden to alter another first for his administration: the typically formal White House meeting with a foreign counterpart.

No charges against officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death

A grand jury will not seek charges against officers shown on body camera video holding Daniel Prude down naked and handcuffed on a city street last winter until he stopped breathing.

South Dakota House moves to impeach AG after fatal crash

Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution in the House to impeach the state’s top law enforcement officer, Jason Ravnsborg, after he indicated Monday he would not heed calls for his resignation.

HHS pick says pandemic is top job, but agenda is broader

Becerra, now attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, will be grilled by two panels.

  Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund described a scene that was “like nothing” he had seen in his 30 years of policing.

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

Senators voted 78-20 to confirm Thomas-Greenfield to the post, which will be a Cabinet-level position.