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Parents of 303 migrant children separated at border under Trump have still not been found, court filing says
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Parents of 303 migrant children separated at border under Trump have still not been found, court filing says

Attorneys are still trying to reach the parents of 303 migrant children who were separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration, down from 337 in August, according to a federal court filing Wednesday. The filing from the Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union is part of an effort to identify and…

Law professor tells Cruz Texas’ voter ID law is racist in fiery hearing exchange

Law professor tells Cruz Texas’ voter ID law is racist in fiery hearing exchange

A law professor told GOP Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday that Texas’ voter ID law is racist in a tense exchange during a Senate hearing on voting rights. Cruz had asked Franita Tolson, the vice dean for faculty and academic affairs and a law professor at the University of Southern California, if she found voter…

These government benefits would be at risk if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling
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These government benefits would be at risk if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling

The battle over raising the debt ceiling may seem like political gamesmanship on Capitol Hill, but it has real-life implications for tens of millions of Americans. Social Security payments could be delayed. The next monthly child tax credit installment might not be sent on time. Food stamp recipients could be left waiting for funds. That’s…

Lawmakers storm out of classified Afghanistan briefing after questions go unanswered
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Lawmakers storm out of classified Afghanistan briefing after questions go unanswered

Multiple lawmakers angrily stormed out of a classified briefing with members of the Biden administration on Afghanistan on Wednesday morning, according to three sources familiar with the briefing. The Republican and Democratic lawmakers grew frustrated after State Department, Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of the Director of National Security officials failed to answer…

Restrictive abortion bill introduced in Florida mirrors controversial Texas law
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Restrictive abortion bill introduced in Florida mirrors controversial Texas law

A Republican Florida state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a bill that is modeled after a strict Texas law prohibiting abortions after six weeks, drawing condemnation from supporters of abortion rights who fear such legislation might soon be introduced in other states. House Bill 167 was filed by Florida state Rep. Webster Barnaby. The bill, like…

Democrats quietly limit House GOP effort to press for probes into Biden administration
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Democrats quietly limit House GOP effort to press for probes into Biden administration

House Democrats have quietly moved to restrict the GOP’s ability to use its limited power in the minority to press for investigations, an effort that has Republicans crying foul as they seek to pressure their foes over the Biden administration’s handling of Afghanistan. According to publicly available documents reviewed by CNN, Democrats in March began…

Biden administration issuing new security guidance to companies aimed at blunting cyberattacks
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Biden administration issuing new security guidance to companies aimed at blunting cyberattacks

The Biden administration is issuing new security guidance to critical infrastructure firms in an attempt to blunt the impact of ransomware and other hacks, following a series of attacks on US companies. The recommendations, which are expected to be be released by the departments of Commerce and Homeland Security on Wednesday, are aimed at protecting…

Pentagon announces plan to implement sexual assault commission recommendations
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Pentagon announces plan to implement sexual assault commission recommendations

The Pentagon laid out its plan to address sexual assault and domestic violence in the military, three months after the White House and the defense secretary threw their support behind recommendations made by an independent review commission. “The administration has placed an unprecedentedly high priority on this challenge set,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks…

Kamala Harris raises ‘grave concerns’ over treatment of Haitian migrants in call with DHS chief
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Kamala Harris raises ‘grave concerns’ over treatment of Haitian migrants in call with DHS chief

Vice President Kamala Harris told Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday that she had serious worries about the treatment of Haitian migrants by Border Patrol agents. Videos taken by Al Jazeera and Reuters appear to show law enforcement officers on horseback using aggressive tactics when confronting migrants, who are largely Haitian, to prevent them…

Biden administration scrambles to contain fallout from another border crisis

Biden administration scrambles to contain fallout from another border crisis

The Biden administration is ramping up deportation flights of migrants to as many as seven a day and talking to Brazil and Chile to possibly repatriate Haitians who previously resided in those countries as they scramble to contain the fallout amid bipartisan criticism. But even as the Department of Homeland Security tries to draw a…

State Department closed investigation into allegations of racism and sexism against former US ambassador to UK shortly before Trump left office, document shows
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State Department closed investigation into allegations of racism and sexism against former US ambassador to UK shortly before Trump left office, document shows

The State Department bureau that oversees discrimination and harassment complaints quietly closed its investigation into allegations of racist and sexist behavior by former President Donald Trump’s then-ambassador to the United Kingdom, Robert “Woody” Johnson in January, CNN has learned. According to an internal memo sent on January 12, eight days before Trump left office, the…

Bipartisan policing talks officially end
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Bipartisan policing talks officially end

After months of negotiating, the bipartisan talks around overhauling policing laws have broken down without a deal. Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, made clear in a private conversation with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the chief Republican negotiator on the issue, that bipartisan policing talks are over. Booker, Scott and Democratic…

DeSantis names doctor skeptical of Covid-19 measures as Florida’s new state surgeon general
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DeSantis names doctor skeptical of Covid-19 measures as Florida’s new state surgeon general

A doctor skeptical of many Covid-19 health measures will be Florida’s new state surgeon general, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference, DeSantis, a Republican, said Dr. Joseph Ladapo will become Florida’s next surgeon general. “Joe has had a remarkable academic and medical career,” DeSantis said, adding that Ladapo graduated from Wake…

January 6 committee ramps up its work without a clear path to an outcome
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January 6 committee ramps up its work without a clear path to an outcome

Members of the select committee tasked with examining the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol met behind closed doors with their staff for more than five hours on Monday night — but as they seek thousands of documents and hours of potential interviews, the ultimate course of the ambitious investigation is still not clear.…

Top US general meets with his Russian counterpart in Finland
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Top US general meets with his Russian counterpart in Finland

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley met his Russian counterpart for about six hours Wednesday in a “productive” meeting in Helsinki at a time of heightened tensions between the US and Russia. “When military leaders of great powers communicate, the world is a safer place,” Milley said after his meeting with…

White House touts ‘productive’ meetings with Democratic leaders, moderates and progressives at critical moment for Biden’s agenda
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White House touts ‘productive’ meetings with Democratic leaders, moderates and progressives at critical moment for Biden’s agenda

President Joe Biden ramped up his outreach to a wide swath of key Democrats in the House and Senate on Wednesday, hosting multiple groups including leadership, progressives and moderates from both chambers in a series of what the White House deemed “productive and candid” meetings at a key moment for his economic agenda. “This was…

Biden holds first call with French President Macron since diplomatic crisis erupted
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Biden holds first call with French President Macron since diplomatic crisis erupted

President Joe Biden spoke for the first time Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron after a major diplomatic crisis exploded between the two longtime allies over a deal to equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. In the call, Biden appeared to acknowledge missteps in how the United States approached the talks. A joint statement between the…

Former President George W. Bush to hold fundraiser next month for Liz Cheney
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Former President George W. Bush to hold fundraiser next month for Liz Cheney

Former President George W. Bush will hold a fundraising event for Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, according to a source familiar with the event, putting him in direct opposition with the efforts of former President Donald Trump. The primary race between Cheney and her Trump-endorsed Republican challenger Harriet Hageman is shaping up as one of…

DHS releasing some Haitians into US despite claims they would be immediately expelled
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DHS releasing some Haitians into US despite claims they would be immediately expelled

The Department of Homeland Security is releasing some Haitians into the United States, despite repeated claims that they would be immediately expelled from the US, as the Biden administration scrambles to address the massive migrant encampment under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas. While it’s unclear how many are being allowed into the US,…

Biden goes all in to try to defuse Democrat-on-Democrat war with his agenda on the brink
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Biden goes all in to try to defuse Democrat-on-Democrat war with his agenda on the brink

President Joe Biden may have started this week with a foreign policy-heavy schedule, but his decision to launch intensive in-person engagement at the White House on Wednesday makes clear the reality: The stakes for his domestic agenda simply could not be higher at this moment, nor the impasses more complicated to reconcile. Biden will meet…