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Fauci on gun violence: ‘How can you say that’s not a public health issue?’

Fauci on gun violence: ‘How can you say that’s not a public health issue?’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, acknowledged Sunday that gun violence in the US is a public health emergency. “Myself, as public health person, I think you can’t run away from that. When you see people getting killed, in this last month it’s just been horrifying what’s happened. How can you say…

How the Trump era made redistricting more complicated

The political upheaval caused by the rise of former President Donald Trump has forced party operatives and elected officials tasked with laying out the nation’s congressional districts for the next decade to determine whether those shifts were aberrations or signs of more lasting changes. Trump’s tenure saw dramatic shifts for both parties. Appalled by the…

US and China agree to cooperate on climate change after talks in Shanghai

The US and China have agreed to cooperate on climate change after two days of high-profile meetings in Shanghai, despite rising tensions between the two countries. In a joint statement released on Sunday, Washington and Beijing said the climate crisis “must be addressed with seriousness and urgency” and agreed to work together to “strengthen” the…

Florida woman charged for allegedly threatening to kill Kamala Harris

Florida woman charged for allegedly threatening to kill Kamala Harris

A Miami woman has been charged for allegedly threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris, according to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. “Niviane Petit Phelps knowingly and willfully made threats to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the Vice President of the United States…

Comfort dogs find bipartisan support on Capitol Hill

Comfort dogs find bipartisan support on Capitol Hill

Lawmakers, staff, law enforcement and journalists on Capitol Hill found one thing they could all agree on this week: Clarence is a very good boy. “He’s a national icon and a *very* good boy,” Democrat Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa posted on Twitter, complete with a selfie. The Greenfield, Massachusetts, Police Department pup is the…

Justice Department files civil lawsuit against Roger Stone over unpaid taxes

Justice Department files civil lawsuit against Roger Stone over unpaid taxes

The Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump’s ally Roger Stone on Friday, accusing him and his wife of owing nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes. In a six-count civil complaint, investigators said Stone and his wife, Nydia Stone, owed about $1.5 million in unpaid taxes form 2007 and 2011, and…

Pompeo violated ethics rules by asking staff to carry out personal tasks, watchdog finds

Pompeo violated ethics rules by asking staff to carry out personal tasks, watchdog finds

The State Department’s independent watchdog found that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo violated federal ethics rules by making over 100 personal, non-work related requests to department employees — from ordering gifts to booking salon appointments and taking care of the family dog. The Department’s Office of Inspector General “found…

Marjorie Taylor Greene launching ‘America First’ caucus pushing for ‘Anglo-Saxon political tradition’

Marjorie Taylor Greene launching ‘America First’ caucus pushing for ‘Anglo-Saxon political tradition’

Conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is launching a new “America First” caucus, her office confirmed Friday, bringing together a group of far-right lawmakers known for their controversial rhetoric. Punchbowl News obtained a flier promoting the new caucus, which calls for a “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and pushes a series of conspiracy theories…

The week in 13 headlines

This week, the White House made inroads on foreign policy. President Biden announced US troops will leave Afghanistan by September 11 of this year. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers were hesitant to embrace Biden’s infrastructure plan and his renewed calls for bipartisanship. Monday Biden admin secures agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to secure borders, official says…

Gaetz does damage control, telling GOP colleagues he’s been treated unfairly

Gaetz does damage control, telling GOP colleagues he’s been treated unfairly

Rep. Matt Gaetz, facing a scandal that threatens to end his career, is privately telling his colleagues that he has been treated unfairly while at the same time saying he’s been cooperative with the Justice Department’s investigation as he remains on shaky ground. On Tuesday, Gaetz came to the Capitol for the first time since…

The Supreme Court’s key Second Amendment opinion and what might come next

The Supreme Court’s key Second Amendment opinion and what might come next

America’s latest barrage of mass shootings, including the murder of eight people in Indianapolis Thursday night, has renewed attention on the constitutional contours of firearms regulation and the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. In that 5-4 milestone authored by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the high court for the first…

Trump EPA appointee blocked public release of cancer danger, inspector general says

Trump EPA appointee blocked public release of cancer danger, inspector general says

Trump administration political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency repeatedly squashed efforts to warn the public about a cancer-causing gas in their neighborhood, according to a new review. The EPA inspector general said Bill Wehrum, a former attorney for the fossil fuel industry who led the air and radiation office, directed officials who investigated the…