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House Republicans pull out of another key select committee in a sign of 1/6 panel fallout
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House Republicans pull out of another key select committee in a sign of 1/6 panel fallout

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has pulled out all six Republicans designated to serve on a key select committee on the economy, three sources tell CNN, a sign of the fallout among House Republicans over being vetoed from the panel investigating the January 6 insurrection. None of McCarthy’s initial appointments to the select committee on…

Swastika is found carved into an elevator at the State Department
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Swastika is found carved into an elevator at the State Department

A swastika was found carved into an elevator at the State Department on Monday, leading Secretary of State Antony Blinken to condemn the hateful carving and describe it as a reminder that anti-Semitism is still alive. “As this painfully reminds us, anti-Semitism isn’t a relic of the past,” Blinken wrote in a memo to all…

Biden says mandating vaccinations for all federal employees is ‘under consideration’
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Biden says mandating vaccinations for all federal employees is ‘under consideration’

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that requiring Covid vaccinations for all federal employees is “under consideration,” a day after the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that health care workers at the agency must get their shots. “That’s under consideration right now, and if you’re not vaccinated you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you…

‘January 6 still isn’t over for me’: Officers testify about mental health and lingering wounds from US Capitol attack
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‘January 6 still isn’t over for me’: Officers testify about mental health and lingering wounds from US Capitol attack

Four police officers who defended the US Capitol on January 6 made clear Tuesday they are still dealing with physical and mental trauma from the attack, at times becoming visibly emotional while describing those lingering wounds during a hearing before the House select committee investigating the events of that day. The four officers testifying —…

New evidence shows Trump appointees’ political interference with CDC weekly Covid data reports, House subcommittee says
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New evidence shows Trump appointees’ political interference with CDC weekly Covid data reports, House subcommittee says

A Democratic-led House select committee says it has uncovered evidence of political interference by the Trump administration into the federal government’s coronavirus response last year, including attempts to alter or block data reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detailing the dire effects of the virus. A new document released Tuesday details…

FBI tells Congress ransomware payments shouldn’t be banned
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FBI tells Congress ransomware payments shouldn’t be banned

Congress should not attempt to address the threat of ransomware by making ransom payments to cybercriminals illegal, a top FBI official told US lawmakers Tuesday. Banning ransom payments could inadvertently create opportunities for further extortion by ransomware gangs, said Bryan Vorndran, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division. “If we ban ransom payments now, you’re…

Five takeaways from gripping officer testimony at the first January 6 hearing
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Five takeaways from gripping officer testimony at the first January 6 hearing

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack at the Capitol held its first hearing on Tuesday with harrowing testimony from four officers who shared their stories of being attacked by the rioters. The three-hour hearing was the opening act for the committee that’s preparing to investigate all of the circumstances surrounding the January…

Biden meets with key Democratic negotiator as White House presses to keep agenda on track
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Biden meets with key Democratic negotiator as White House presses to keep agenda on track

President Joe Biden met with Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Tuesday at the White House as his administration ramped up its push for a path forward for its sweeping dual track infrastructure agenda. Sinema is the lead Democratic negotiator in the bipartisan infrastructure talks — negotiations that for a time this week appeared to run…

2 Capitol rioters plead guilty while House hearing unfolds; judge calls their behavior ‘reprehensible’
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2 Capitol rioters plead guilty while House hearing unfolds; judge calls their behavior ‘reprehensible’

A married couple who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 and later downplayed the level of violence pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court, where a judge pledged to use the case to send a message that their behavior was “reprehensible.” The plea hearing for the two Donald Trump supporters, Lori and Thomas Vinson…

CNN to air ‘WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert’ celebrating city’s comeback from Covid-19
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CNN to air ‘WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert’ celebrating city’s comeback from Covid-19

A star-studded concert featuring a variety of artists spanning the musical and entertainment worlds will take place in New York’s Central Park next month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, promising the event will be a “historic, monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans.” “WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert,” being organized by…

Trump snubs Bush by endorsing Paxton in Texas AG race
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Trump snubs Bush by endorsing Paxton in Texas AG race

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in his bid for re-election, snubbing George P. Bush despite his firm support after Trump has belittled some members of the Bush family. “Ken is strong on Crime, Border Security, the Second Amendment, Election Integrity and, above all, our Constitution,” Trump said in a…

Austin: US doesn’t want conflict with China but won’t ‘flinch when our interests are threatened’
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Austin: US doesn’t want conflict with China but won’t ‘flinch when our interests are threatened’

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that China’s claims and actions in the Indo-Pacific threaten the sovereignty of nations around the region while Washington is committed to building partnerships that guarantee the vital interest of all nations. “Beijing’s claim to the vast majority of the South China Sea has no basis in international…

Trump officials can testify on former President’s actions leading up to insurrection, Justice Department decides
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Trump officials can testify on former President’s actions leading up to insurrection, Justice Department decides

The Justice Department formally declined to assert executive privilege for potential testimony of at least some witnesses related to the January 6 Capitol attack, a person briefed on the matter said. The decision paves the way for some former Justice Department officials to testify on what they witnessed in the chaotic days between former President…

Fact check: Some Republicans have tried to rewrite the history of January 6. Here’s how

Fact check: Some Republicans have tried to rewrite the history of January 6. Here’s how

When the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6 convenes for the first time, it will be against a backdrop of Republican objections and falsehoods. After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s picks to serve on the committee, leading McCarthy to pull his five GOP members from the…

CDC changes mask guidance in response to threat of Delta variant of Covid-19
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CDC changes mask guidance in response to threat of Delta variant of Covid-19

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday changed its masking recommendations as it grows more concerned over the Delta variant of Covid-19, urging vaccinated people in certain areas of the country to resume wearing masks indoors in publc areas. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced that the agency now recommends that people…

Trump’s sway faces test in Texas special election runoff
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Trump’s sway faces test in Texas special election runoff

Former President Donald Trump‘s influence with Texas Republicans faces a stern test on Tuesday as voters in the state’s 6th Congressional District choose between a pair of GOP candidates in a runoff to fill the late Rep. Ron Wright’s seat. Susan Wright, the widow of the congressman — who had cancer and died following a…

‘The physical violence we experienced was horrific and devastating’: Officers recount harrowing events of Capitol insurrection
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‘The physical violence we experienced was horrific and devastating’: Officers recount harrowing events of Capitol insurrection

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol kicked off its first high-profile hearing Tuesday with harrowing testimony from officers who experienced firsthand the violent events of that day at the hands of a pro-Trump mob. The committee heard gripping and emotional accounts from four officers — DC Metropolitan Police Officers…

Former US Sen. Mike Enzi dies at 77 after bicycle accident
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Former US Sen. Mike Enzi dies at 77 after bicycle accident

Former US Sen. Mike Enzi has died following a serious bicycle accident last week, according to a statement posted on his official Twitter account. He was 77. “His family expresses their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern. They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time,” the statement…

Biden administration to resume fast-track deportation procedure for migrant families
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Biden administration to resume fast-track deportation procedure for migrant families

The Biden administration is planning to speed up deportations for some migrant families who cross the US-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday. Certain families will now be subject to the fast-track deportation procedure known as “expedited removal,” which allows immigration authorities to remove an individual without a hearing before an immigration judge.…

‘We are now in crisis mode’: Mayor of Florida county home to Disney World sounds alarm on surging Covid cases
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‘We are now in crisis mode’: Mayor of Florida county home to Disney World sounds alarm on surging Covid cases

The mayor of the Florida county that’s home to Disney World and Universal Studios is sounding the alarm on a spike of Covid-19 cases in the area, saying the county is now in “crisis mode” as it grapples with its worsening infection rate. “These numbers are extraordinary. We are seeing nearly 1,000 new cases in…

Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger prepare for blockbuster hearing amid attacks from their own party
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Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger prepare for blockbuster hearing amid attacks from their own party

Republicans looking to undermine an investigation into January 6 are returning to a familiar playbook for the GOP: invoking Speaker Nancy Pelosi. After Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois joined Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming in becoming the lone Republicans to serve on the select committee, the GOP started to ramp up its attacks on the…