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Biden administration to tout vaccine milestone amid rising cases

Biden administration to tout vaccine milestone amid rising cases

The White House will tout a series of positive milestones for the administration’s pandemic response Tuesday as the nation experiences rising Covid-19 cases and concerns about the new Omicron variant. It comes as the US is experiencing rising cases — the highest case count since September — with nearly 60,000 people currently hospitalized in the…

Mark Meadows to halt cooperation with January 6 committee

Mark Meadows to halt cooperation with January 6 committee

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating January 6 insurrection, according to a letter from his attorney to the panel, which was obtained by CNN on Tuesday. “We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr. Meadows was willing to appear…

Biden administration considering options for possibly evacuating US citizens from Ukraine if Russia invades

Biden administration considering options for possibly evacuating US citizens from Ukraine if Russia invades

The Biden administration is exploring options for a potential evacuation of US citizens from Ukraine if Russia were to invade the country and create a dire security situation, half a dozen sources tell CNN. The contingency planning is being led by the Pentagon, the sources said, and comes as the administration briefs Congress on how…

Bannon seeks to delay contempt of Congress trial until October

Bannon seeks to delay contempt of Congress trial until October

The Justice Department and Steve Bannon, ex-adviser to former President Donald Trump, are heading into court Tuesday to discuss Bannon’s desires to make evidence public and not to schedule a trial until October. In court filings and his legal team’s previous appearances before Judge Carl Nichols, Bannon has signaled a desire to drag the proceedings…

Trump’s blood oxygen levels were at a ‘dangerously low level’ during 2020 Covid-19 diagnosis, ex-chief of staff says

Trump’s blood oxygen levels were at a ‘dangerously low level’ during 2020 Covid-19 diagnosis, ex-chief of staff says

Then-President Donald Trump’s blood oxygen level dipped down to a “dangerously low level” hours after he announced back in October 2020 that he tested positive for Covid-19, according to his former chief of staff Mark Meadows. In a new book about his time working in the White House, Meadows says that on the morning of…

Bidens visit WWII memorial on 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
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Bidens visit WWII memorial on 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, early Tuesday morning to pay their respects on the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Bidens observed a moment of silence standing in front of a wreath at the center of the memorial. The President…

How a Bannon lawyer with civil rights creds became a Trump world go-to
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How a Bannon lawyer with civil rights creds became a Trump world go-to

David Schoen has stepped forward to represent conservative firebrand Steve Bannon in his contempt of Congress case after two previous stints defending self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” Roger Stone, and even former President Donald Trump. But Schoen insists politics is not playing into his decision. Instead, Schoen says his three-decade-long career as a civil rights attorney made…

Harris marks Maternal Health Day of Action at White House summit
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Harris marks Maternal Health Day of Action at White House summit

Vice President Kamala Harris officially marked the White House’s first ever Maternal Health Day of Action on Tuesday when she hosts a summit with lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries and celebrities, a White House official said Harris issued a nationwide call to action to the private and public sectors and announce a series of federal reports and…

Biden and Putin speak at a critical moment for Ukraine
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Biden and Putin speak at a critical moment for Ukraine

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are speaking over a secure video call on Tuesday in what is expected to be a highly consequential meeting for the two leaders amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine. During the last several months, Russia has erected supply lines, including medical units and fuel, that could…

Mitch McConnell moves to cut deal on debt ceiling but faces GOP resistance
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Mitch McConnell moves to cut deal on debt ceiling but faces GOP resistance

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is quietly moving to concoct a plan that would allow the nation’s borrowing limit to be raised and force Democrats to ultimately cast the decisive and politically toxic vote — but he’ll first have to sell it to Republicans. To accomplish his plan, Republicans will first need to cooperate under…

Biden Supreme Court commission’s draft report details ‘profound’ disagreement over adding seats to bench
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Biden Supreme Court commission’s draft report details ‘profound’ disagreement over adding seats to bench

A controversial commission set up by President Joe Biden to explore changes to the US Supreme Court concluded in a draft final report Monday that there was “profound” disagreement over whether to add more seats to the bench but suggested more consensus for term limits for the justices without taking a final position on the…

CNN Exclusive: Top Pence aide cooperating with January 6 committee
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CNN Exclusive: Top Pence aide cooperating with January 6 committee

Marc Short, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is cooperating with the January 6 committee, a significant development that will give investigators insight from one of the highest-ranking Trump officials, according to three sources with knowledge of the committee’s activities. CNN is also reporting for the first time that the committee…

Biden faces high-stakes test in call with Putin over Ukraine
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Biden faces high-stakes test in call with Putin over Ukraine

President Joe Biden is set for one of the most critical calls of his presidency on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he gets stark warnings from the US intelligence community that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine as soon as next month. Amid “deep concern” about Russia’s planning for “significant military action against…

‘Remain in Mexico’ program restarts, fueling frustration among immigration advocates

‘Remain in Mexico’ program restarts, fueling frustration among immigration advocates

The Biden administration relaunched the Trump-era border policy known as “Remain in Mexico” on Monday, kicking back into gear the program allowing officials to send non-Mexican migrants to Mexico to await their US immigration court hearings. The policy started in El Paso, Texas, according to two Customs and Border Protection officials. Immigrant advocates had braced…

Devin Nunes says he’s leaving Congress by the end of the year
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Devin Nunes says he’s leaving Congress by the end of the year

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California announced Monday he’ll leave the House in the coming weeks to become CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group. “I’m writing to let you know I’ve decided to pursue this opportunity, and therefore I will be leaving the House of Representatives at the end of 2021,” Nunes said…

Trump allies are angling for election jobs up and down the ballot. That could have consequences in 2024
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Trump allies are angling for election jobs up and down the ballot. That could have consequences in 2024

As former President Donald Trump prepares for a potential comeback bid in 2024, his allies are flocking to election jobs all the way down to the local level in key battleground states, raising new concerns that the election officials who blocked Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election won’t be there the next time around.…

Court order seizes websites used by China-based hacking group, Microsoft says
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Court order seizes websites used by China-based hacking group, Microsoft says

Microsoft used a court order to seize dozens of websites that a China-based hacking group was using for a cyber-espionage campaign against organizations in the US and 28 other countries, the tech giant said Monday. “We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations,”…

Bob Dole to lie in state Thursday at the US Capitol

Bob Dole to lie in state Thursday at the US Capitol

Former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole will lie in state in the US Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, congressional leaders said in an announcement. “Senator Dole was an extraordinary patriot, who devoted his entire life to serving our nation with dignity and integrity,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a joint…

Justice Department closes investigation into Emmett Till killing after failing to prove key witness lied
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Justice Department closes investigation into Emmett Till killing after failing to prove key witness lied

The Justice Department has officially closed its investigation into the infamous of killing Emmett Till for a second time, two sources familiar with the investigation said, leaving only more questions after a potentially significant claim from one of the last living witnesses led investigators on a fresh hunt for evidence. In 2017, Professor Timothy Tyson…

Biden administration unveils new strategy to counter corruption
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Biden administration unveils new strategy to counter corruption

The Biden administration on Monday announced a new strategy to counter corruption and illicit finance, as well as new steps from the Treasury Department to tackle how illegal actors abuse the real estate market in the United States to hide their wealth. This week, the Treasury Department will also announce new sanctions against corrupt individuals…

Malala Yousafzai meets with Blinken, calls on US to take action for Afghan women and girls
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Malala Yousafzai meets with Blinken, calls on US to take action for Afghan women and girls

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai met Monday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and called on the United States to take action to ensure that Afghan girls and women are able to return to the classroom and the workplace in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for…

DOJ sues Texas, saying GOP-approved redistricting maps discriminate against Latinos and Blacks
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DOJ sues Texas, saying GOP-approved redistricting maps discriminate against Latinos and Blacks

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Monday challenging legislative maps adopted by Texas Republicans in recent weeks that it says fail to recognize growth in the Latino population and discriminate against Black voters. The lawsuit alleges that the redistricting plan drawn by Texas lawmakers violates the Voting Rights Act. “The complaint we filed today alleges…

White House announces US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing
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White House announces US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic representatives to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against Chinese human rights abuses in Xinjiang, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday. Psaki said the administration was sending a “clear message” that the human rights abuses in China mean there cannot be “business…

Schumer details plan to pass Biden bill by Christmas amid growing skepticism about timeline
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Schumer details plan to pass Biden bill by Christmas amid growing skepticism about timeline

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is still insisting that President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill can pass his chamber by Christmas — even as doubts grow that such a timeline is achievable given the procedures of the Senate and the lingering differences among Democrats. In a letter to his caucus Monday, the Senate Democratic…