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Biden caught on hot mic calling Fox reporter ‘a stupid son of a bitch’
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Biden caught on hot mic calling Fox reporter ‘a stupid son of a bitch’

President Joe Biden was heard calling a reporter from the Fox channel a “stupid son of a bitch” on a hot microphone following a White House event Monday afternoon. The President’s profane remark came as reporters were shouting questions while exiting the East Room following a White House Competition Council meeting on efforts to lower…

Florida state GOP lawmakers advance bill prohibiting schools from ‘encouraging’ talk of sexual orientation and gender identity in some classrooms
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Florida state GOP lawmakers advance bill prohibiting schools from ‘encouraging’ talk of sexual orientation and gender identity in some classrooms

Florida state lawmakers advanced a bill last week that would prohibit some schools from “encouraging” conversations about sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms with young students. HB 1557, titled the Parental Rights in Education bill, was passed by the state House’s GOP-controlled Education and Employment Committee on Thursday by a vote of 15-5. Though…

DA for Atlanta area granted special grand jury to probe Trump’s election interference
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DA for Atlanta area granted special grand jury to probe Trump’s election interference

An Atlanta-area district attorney investigating former President Donald Trump‘s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia will be allowed to seat a special grand jury this spring. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis requested last week to seat a special grand jury starting May 2. Fulton County Superior Court judges approved the request…

Pro-Trump influencer sentenced to three years of probation for his participation in the Capitol riot
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Pro-Trump influencer sentenced to three years of probation for his participation in the Capitol riot

A pro-Trump organizer and social media influencer who spoke at a Washington, DC, rally the day before the US Capitol attack was sentenced to three years of probation on Monday. Brandon Straka, a self-described “former liberal” who founded the #WalkAway campaign to encourage people to leave the Democratic Party, admitted to recording himself telling the…

DHS warns of potential Russia cyberattacks amid tensions
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DHS warns of potential Russia cyberattacks amid tensions

Russia would consider conducting a cyberattack on the US homeland if Moscow perceived that a US or NATO response to a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine “threatened [Russia’s] long-term national security,” according to a Department of Homeland Security intelligence bulletin obtained by CNN. “Russia maintains a range of offensive cyber tools that it could employ…

Supreme Court takes up case that could limit federal government’s jurisdiction over wetlands
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Supreme Court takes up case that could limit federal government’s jurisdiction over wetlands

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take up a case that could limit the federal government’s jurisdiction over wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act. The case comes as the Biden administration is actively redefining the boundaries of the waters of the US in an effort to undo Trump-era rollbacks to federal protections. The…

US places up to 8,500 troops on alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe amid Russia tensions
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US places up to 8,500 troops on alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe amid Russia tensions

As many as 8,500 US troops have been put on heightened alert for a possible deployment to Eastern Europe as Russian troops mass on Ukraine’s border, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued the prepare to deploy orders at the direction of President Joe Biden, the latest step the…

Supreme Court declines to hear McCarthy’s challenge to Pelosi’s proxy voting rules
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Supreme Court declines to hear McCarthy’s challenge to Pelosi’s proxy voting rules

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s challenge to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proxy voting protocols that were put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic. McCarthy, a California Republican, had asked the justices last year to overturn a resolution passed by the House in May 2020 that enables…

Supreme Court to consider landmark challenge to Harvard and UNC affirmative action policies
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Supreme Court to consider landmark challenge to Harvard and UNC affirmative action policies

The Supreme Court announced Monday it will reconsider race-based affirmative action in college admissions, a move that could eliminate campus practices that have widely benefitted Black and Hispanic students. The justices said they will hear challenges to policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina that use students’ race among many criteria to decide…

Trump’s team is directing allies to a January 6 legal defense fund
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Trump’s team is directing allies to a January 6 legal defense fund

Former President Donald Trump‘s team has been involved in discussions about a legal defense fund created to support aides targeted by the House panel investigating January 6, sources tell CNN. While declining to use his own war chest to cover the sky-high legal bills that some of his current and former aides are facing, Trump’s…

Biden highlights efforts to fight inflation: ‘Competition results in lower prices’
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Biden highlights efforts to fight inflation: ‘Competition results in lower prices’

President Joe Biden joined the White House Competition Council for its second meeting Monday, providing a progress report on its efforts to promote economic competition and drive prices down as Biden seeks to show his administration is working to get record inflation under control. On Monday at the White House, Biden highlighted efforts to lower…

Opening statements begin Monday in criminal trial of Michael Avenatti over Stormy Daniels’ book deal
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Opening statements begin Monday in criminal trial of Michael Avenatti over Stormy Daniels’ book deal

Opening statements are set to start Monday in Manhattan in a third criminal case against Michael Avenatti, the once high-flying celebrity lawyer who rose to fame by representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her bid to terminate a hush-money deal that silenced her allegations of an affair with former President Donald Trump. The former lawyer,…

Biden presented with options to bolster troop levels in Europe as Russian troops mass on Ukraine’s borders
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Biden presented with options to bolster troop levels in Europe as Russian troops mass on Ukraine’s borders

President Joe Biden discussed options for bolstering US troop levels in the Baltics and Eastern Europe with his top military officials during a briefing at Camp David on Saturday, according to a senior official. The briefing, which Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley attended virtually, included…

State Department reduces staff at US embassy in Ukraine, orders some family members to leave
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State Department reduces staff at US embassy in Ukraine, orders some family members to leave

The State Department announced on Sunday night that it will be reducing staff levels at the US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, beginning with the departure of nonessential staff and family members. “On January 23, 2022, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. direct hire employees and ordered the departure of eligible family…

Ukraine receives second weapons shipment from US
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Ukraine receives second weapons shipment from US

Ukraine has received a second weapons supply shipment from the United States amid the looming threat of a potential Russian invasion. “The second bird in Kyiv! More than 80 tons of weapons to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities from our friends in the USA! And this is not the end,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said…

New Mexico’s governor signs up to be volunteer substitute teacher amid staffing shortage
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New Mexico’s governor signs up to be volunteer substitute teacher amid staffing shortage

Faced with a dire staffing shortage in schools, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has taken drastic measures. The Democratic governor launched an initiative Wednesday asking state workers and National Guard members to become licensed volunteer substitute K-12 teachers and child care workers. Lujan Grisham has completed the registration to become licensed as a substitute…

US putting together ‘global’ strategy to increase gas production if Russia invades Ukraine, officials say
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US putting together ‘global’ strategy to increase gas production if Russia invades Ukraine, officials say

The Biden administration has been in regular discussions with a number of countries and companies in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia about stepping up production of liquified natural gas to Europe in the event that a Russian invasion of Ukraine leads to gas shortages, multiple US officials familiar with the discussions told…

January 6 committee has been talking with ex-attorney general William Barr, chairman says
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January 6 committee has been talking with ex-attorney general William Barr, chairman says

The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has been having conversations with former Attorney General William Barr, the committee’s chairman said Sunday. “To be honest with you, we’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already,” Rep. Bennie Thompson told CBS’ Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” when asked if the committee would…

Sanders says it was ‘absolutely’ appropriate for Sinema to be censured
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Sanders says it was ‘absolutely’ appropriate for Sinema to be censured

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday it was appropriate for the Arizona Democratic Party to censure moderate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for her vote against a filibuster carve-out for voting rights, a key priority for Democrats. “Absolutely it was. On that particular vote that she and (West Virginia Sen. Joe) Manchin cast, we were trying to…

Blinken says ‘a single additional Russian force’ entering Ukraine would trigger US response
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Blinken says ‘a single additional Russian force’ entering Ukraine would trigger US response

Secretary of State Antony Blinken amplified his warning against a Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying “a single additional Russian force” entering Ukraine “in an aggressive way” would result in a severe response by the US and its allies. “If a single additional Russian force goes into Ukraine in an aggressive way, as I said, that…

Could Florida turn off the sun? Advocates say a utility-backed bill imperils rooftop solar in the Sunshine State
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Could Florida turn off the sun? Advocates say a utility-backed bill imperils rooftop solar in the Sunshine State

Steve Rutherford had a unique mission as a Navy SEAL: Help the military harness the power of the sun. Traces of his work could be seen around Afghanistan starting in 2010. The solar panels he installed turned the desert’s relentless rays into energy that kept bases operating even when cut off from diesel lines. When…