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How a group of senators in 1975 came up with a rule that changed the chamber forever
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How a group of senators in 1975 came up with a rule that changed the chamber forever

Democrats failed spectacularly this week to change filibuster rules in the Senate. The end results are twofold: The total collapse of Democrats’ effort to enact a national voting rights standard. The 60-vote threshold to overcome the filibuster and pass legislation in the Senate seems as immovable as ever. But the 60-vote threshold is relatively new.…

Sinema censured by Arizona Democrats over filibuster stance that blocked voting rights legislation
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Sinema censured by Arizona Democrats over filibuster stance that blocked voting rights legislation

The Arizona Democratic Party’s executive board announced Saturday it formally censured Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for voting to maintain the Senate’s filibuster rules, effectively blocking Democrats’ voting legislation, a key priority for the party. The symbolic gesture Saturday from Arizona Democrats adds to the mounting pressure Sinema is facing from those in her state…

Former Trump campaign adviser acknowledges being part of 2020 ‘alternate electors’ plot
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Former Trump campaign adviser acknowledges being part of 2020 ‘alternate electors’ plot

Boris Epshteyn, an adviser for former President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, acknowledged Friday that he was part of the effort to prop up so-called “alternate electors” to support Trump in key states. “Is that something you ever worked on or would support, for example, in Michigan?” MSNBC’s Ari Melber asked him Friday night. “Yes,…

Videos show ‘Stop the Steal’ rally organizer saying he would work with extremist groups
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Videos show ‘Stop the Steal’ rally organizer saying he would work with extremist groups

An organizer of the “Stop the Steal” rallies that preceded the attack on the US Capitol a year ago said he would work with two extremist groups, who later had members charged in the attack, about providing security and housing for the January 6, 2021, rally in Washington. In previously unreported videos from the social…

First US shipment of recently directed security assistance arrives in Ukraine
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First US shipment of recently directed security assistance arrives in Ukraine

The first US shipment of recently directed security assistance has arrived in Ukraine, the US Embassy in Kyiv tweeted Friday night. The shipment “includes close to 200,000 pounds of lethal aid, including ammunition for the front line defenders of Ukraine,” according to the tweet. The development comes as the US has sought to convince Moscow…

US Embassy in Kyiv asks State Dept. to authorize departure of nonessential personnel
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US Embassy in Kyiv asks State Dept. to authorize departure of nonessential personnel

The US Embassy in Kyiv has requested that the State Department authorize the departure of all nonessential staff and their families, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. A State Department spokesperson said they have “nothing to announce at this time,” adding, “We conduct rigorous contingency planning, as we always do, in the event…

Black lawmakers walk out as Mississippi Senate passes legislation described as a critical race theory bill
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Black lawmakers walk out as Mississippi Senate passes legislation described as a critical race theory bill

Black members of Mississippi’s Senate walked out of the chamber in protest Friday before a vote on a bill described as a prohibition on critical race theory on the state legislative calendar. Senate Bill 2113 would forbid public schools in the state from forcing students to agree “that any sex, race, ethnicity, religion or national…

Law enforcement and businesses prepare for vaccine mandate protest in nation’s capital
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Law enforcement and businesses prepare for vaccine mandate protest in nation’s capital

Law enforcement officials and businesses in the nation’s capital are preparing for an influx of anti-vaccine mandate activists and are also concerned that potentially large-scale demonstrations could attract extremist groups to the region this weekend. Ahead of the weekend, there has been extensive planning and information among the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland…

University of Rhode Island revokes honorary degrees for Flynn and Giuliani
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University of Rhode Island revokes honorary degrees for Flynn and Giuliani

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had their honorary degrees revoked by the University of Rhode Island on Friday, the university announced. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to revoke the degrees following a recommendation by the school’s honorary degree committee after a “comprehensive and objective review” in December.…

Right-wing lawyer Sidney Powell ‘is cooperating’ with federal criminal probe into fundraising
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Right-wing lawyer Sidney Powell ‘is cooperating’ with federal criminal probe into fundraising

A lawyer for Sidney Powell, a well-known, Trump-connected attorney, acknowledged that her organization’s fundraising connected to the 2020 election is subject to an ongoing federal criminal investigation. Powell’s lawyer, Howard Kleinhendler, told CNN that his client “is cooperating” with the investigation into her organization, Defending the Republic, by the US Attorney’s Office in the District…

DOJ seeks to block subpoena for Trump deposition
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DOJ seeks to block subpoena for Trump deposition

The Justice Department is seeking to block, for now, a subpoena to depose former President Donald Trump in a lawsuit brought by former FBI agent Peter Strzok. The department argues in a court filling Friday that Strzok has not shown that Trump “possesses directly relevant information that cannot be obtained from other sources.” In summer…

Politico: Draft Trump executive order in December 2020 would’ve directed Pentagon to seize voting machines and hunt for fraud
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Politico: Draft Trump executive order in December 2020 would’ve directed Pentagon to seize voting machines and hunt for fraud

A draft executive order that then-President Donald Trump considered signing in December 2020 would’ve directed the Pentagon to seize voting machines in key states and hunt for evidence of fraud, according to a draft published by Politico. Trump never signed the executive order. But it would’ve directed the Secretary of Defense to “seize, collect, retain…

March for Life anti-abortion activists ready for the ‘tipping point’ of a Supreme Court ruling gutting Roe
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March for Life anti-abortion activists ready for the ‘tipping point’ of a Supreme Court ruling gutting Roe

Attendees of Friday’s March for Life, an annual anti-abortion march in Washington that marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, were optimistic that this year’s march would be the last with Roe on the books. They were marching toward a Supreme Court that has before it a case where the conservative…

McConnell defends civil rights record after ‘inadvertent’ comment sparks backlash
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McConnell defends civil rights record after ‘inadvertent’ comment sparks backlash

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell defended himself against what he called a “deeply offensive” and “outrageous mischaracterization” of his record on voting rights and race relations, after he had “inadvertently” omitted a word in a comment earlier this week, which sparked a massive backlash on social media. “This outrageous mischaracterization of my record as a…

House January 6 committee now has all the White House records Trump tried to block
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House January 6 committee now has all the White House records Trump tried to block

The House select committee investigating January 6 has received all 700-plus pages from the National Archives that former President Donald Trump had tried to block the panel from receiving. A spokesperson for the National Archives told CNN, “Yesterday evening NARA provided the Select Committee with all the records at issue in the litigation.” The Supreme…

Judge in Texas blocks enforcement of federal employee vaccine mandate nationwide
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Judge in Texas blocks enforcement of federal employee vaccine mandate nationwide

A Texas federal judge on Friday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a vaccine mandate for federal employees, dealing another blow to President Joe Biden’s campaign to increase the country’s lackluster vaccination rate. Judge Jeffrey Vincent Brown called the mandate an overstep of presidential authority and cited the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down…

Democratic failures to pass Biden agenda force party to rethink 2022 strategy
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Democratic failures to pass Biden agenda force party to rethink 2022 strategy

Democrats are substantially tamping down their ambitions after failing to pass their top priorities, turning their attention to keeping the lights on and passing narrowly targeted legislation while scrambling to salvage aspects of their sprawling economic agenda. In the past month, Democrats failed to pass a $1.75 trillion bill strengthening the social safety net and…

Republican Senate candidates echo lie that 2020 election was stolen in advertising
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Republican Senate candidates echo lie that 2020 election was stolen in advertising

Three recent ads from Republican Senate candidates explicitly echo the false claim that the 2020 election was rigged or stolen, illustrating how lies from former President Donald Trump and his allies continue to drive GOP messaging ahead of the 2022 midterms. In a new ad from Rep. Billy Long, running in Missouri, the Republican says…

Biden administration takes new steps to address job quality amid record-setting resignations
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Biden administration takes new steps to address job quality amid record-setting resignations

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is announcing a new federal roadmap to improve job quality and job access on Friday, as Americans continue to leave the workforce in record numbers amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The program, called the Good Jobs Initiative, will be unveiled by Walsh at the US Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington.…

USS Constitution has its first female commanding officer in its 224-year history
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USS Constitution has its first female commanding officer in its 224-year history

Cmdr. Billie Farrell on Friday became the first female to captain the USS Constitution in the historic warship’s 224-year history. Farrell assumed duties as the 77th commanding officer of Old Ironsides following a change-of-command ceremony held Friday at Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard. A native of Paducah, Kentucky, Farrell was a sixth grader when she happened…