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Defeat in Texas shows how the conservative judiciary can thwart Biden’s agenda

Defeat in Texas shows how the conservative judiciary can thwart Biden’s agenda

A federal judge’s action Tuesday preventing President Joe Biden’s 100-day pause in deportations demonstrated the land mines that await the new administration in the nation’s courts. The short-term order by the Texas-based judge could also force a confrontation up to the US Supreme Court, where the Biden legal team already faces hard choices over how…

The reckoning over the nation’s schools and Covid is coming

The reckoning over the nation’s schools and Covid is coming

The national reckoning over where and how schoolchildren should be educated as the pandemic drags on is finally here — or at least it should be. So far this week, major districts in Chicago and New Jersey have shelved plans to physically return to the classroom at the last minute in the face of opposition…

Retirements shake up 2022 map as Republican senators eye exits

Retirements shake up 2022 map as Republican senators eye exits

Senate GOP leaders are bracing for more retirements within their ranks, as a handful of senior Republicans decline to commit to running again — following four tumultuous years in the Trump era and facing a polarized political climate ahead. Three Republican senators have already decided to retire in 2022, including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, whose…

Several hundred White House officials have been vaccinated for Covid-19

Several hundred White House officials have been vaccinated for Covid-19

Several hundred White House employees had been vaccinated for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, two Biden administration officials told CNN, with more expected in the coming weeks. Most officials who have received vaccinations work for the Executive Office of the President, meaning they operate inside the White House complex, either in the West Wing or Eisenhower…

Justice Department officially rescinds policy that led to family separations

Justice Department officially rescinds policy that led to family separations

The Justice Department formally rescinded the Trump administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy that called for the criminal prosecution of adults crossing the border and led to the separation of thousands of families, according to a memo obtained by CNN. The policy was ended by former President Donald Trump in June 2018 after mounting criticism, but…

Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before running for Congress

Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before running for Congress

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress, a CNN KFile review of hundreds of posts and comments from Greene’s Facebook page shows. Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, frequently posted far-right extremist and debunked conspiracy theories on her page,…

Fact checking McCarthy’s blame-game on removal of National Guard from Capitol

Fact checking McCarthy’s blame-game on removal of National Guard from Capitol

The day after President Joe Biden‘s inauguration, a large number of National Guard troops protecting the US Capitol moved to a nearby parking garage to rest. Outrage quickly grew among lawmakers over the situation. As CNN reported Friday, miscommunication and confusion surrounded the incident and it remains unclear how, exactly, the decision to move the…

Democrats introduce bill to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2025

Democrats introduce bill to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2025

Seeking to fulfill a long-standing Democratic ambition, a coalition of lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday that would raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. The measure, which is also included in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package, calls for gradually increasing the hourly wage in increments until it hits $15 in…

Judge temporarily blocks Biden’s plan to halt deportations

Judge temporarily blocks Biden’s plan to halt deportations

A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s pause on deportations Tuesday, delivering a blow to one of the administration’s first immigration actions. The court order stems from a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenging the 100-day pause on deportations, which took effect Friday. The complaint cited in part an…

Blinken becomes Biden’s top diplomat after a friendship forged over decades

Blinken becomes Biden’s top diplomat after a friendship forged over decades

It was February 2008 when a snowstorm suddenly overwhelmed the flight path of two American helicopters, forcing them to make an unexpected landing on a mountaintop in Afghanistan. On board the aircrafts overlooking Taliban territory were Joe Biden and Antony Blinken, his then-top adviser on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with a few other…

Biden confronts Putin over several issues in first call, White House says

Biden confronts Putin over several issues in first call, White House says

President Joe Biden held his first call Tuesday with his Russian counterpart, according to the White House, confronting President Vladimir Putin over a range of issues from a recent massive cyberattack to the suspected poisoning of the country’s leading opposition figure. The call, which occurred midday, amounted to Biden’s opening bid at diplomacy with one…

At least 150 people have been charged by Justice Department in Capitol riot

At least 150 people have been charged by Justice Department in Capitol riot

At least 150 people have now been charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, according to a CNN review of court records and Justice Department announcements. The milestone of 150 charged in the riot comes less than a day after the US House transmitted to the Senate an…