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Straight From DC


How to remove a representative, like George Santos, from the House

George Santos appears to be enjoying the nightlife in Washington D.C. He was recently spotted at a local bar dancing and taking selfies. But in the halls of Congress, and in some prosecutors’ offices, his life is under the microscope as investigators try to determine if any of his lies are criminal. House Speaker Kevin […]

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Romney: Debt ceiling is a chance to rein in spending but must be raised to pay troops

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney told reporters Thursday that the debt ceiling is an appropriate opportunity to restrain spending, but reiterated that the debt ceiling must be raised. He emphasized that not being able to borrow money would preclude the government from making Social Security payments and funding U.S. troops. The U.S. government hit its […]

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Swalwell: McCarthy will regret removing me from House Intel panel

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will regret removing him and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., from the House Intelligence Committee and possibly removing Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from the Foreign Affairs Committee. “But we will not be quiet. We’re not going away. I think he’ll regret giving all three of us more […]

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‘Makes no sense’: Sen. Graham calls out Republicans who question Ukraine aid

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is calling out Republicans who question whether the U.S. should continue providing financial and military aid to Ukraine. Graham’s statement came as President Biden announced the U.S. will send the country 31 Abrams tanks to help defeat Russia. “So this idea that we can’t help Ukraine because we got a broken […]

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Can Congress fix the White House’s classified materials problem? Senators respond

Authorities have found classified materials in the private homes of three current and former elected members of the executive branch from their time in the White House. The feds revealed Tuesday that former Vice President Mike Pence, like President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, had classified material in his private residence. As the […]

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‘Crimea is within reach’: Senators return from Ukraine as US preps to send tanks

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., believes it is possible for Ukraine to retake Crimea. Blumenthal just returned from his third trip to the country, a bipartisan delegation that included Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. “Everything I have come to learn about the will and determination of the Ukrainians leads me to conclude, retaking […]

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Live Nation president tells Senate that Taylor Swift fiasco was caused by bots

It was a debacle that Taylor Swift fans will remember forever and always. It all goes back to November, when Swift announced her Eras tour. A presale began Nov. 15, but Ticketmaster’s system wasn’t ready for it and crashed. The company then canceled the sale for the general public. Now the Senate Judiciary Committee wants […]

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Debt ceiling negotiations have yet to begin in Congress

The United States government has hit the nearly $31.4 trillion debt ceiling and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen informed congressional leaders she’s taking extraordinary measures to pay the government’s bills. But according to Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., negotiations on Capitol Hill to increase the ceiling and avoid a default have still not started. “Not yet, unfortunately. […]

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US government hits debt ceiling, prompting action to avoid default

The United States has hit the debt ceiling, or the maximum amount of money it’s allowed to borrow to pay its bills. The debt ceiling is currently set at nearly $31.4 trillion. In a letter to congressional leaders, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she is now taking extraordinary measures to keep the United States from […]

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Crypto ringleader that helped launder $700 million arrested in Miami

A Russian national who runs a crypto exchange in Hong Kong was arrested Tuesday night in Miami. Prosecutors at the Justice Department said the crypto exchange, Bitzlato, processed over $700 million in illicit funds that were made from crimes including ransomware and drug trafficking. Now the firm’s majority shareholder, Anatoly Legkodymov, is charged with conducting an […]

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McCarthy vows to look at both Biden and Trump classified documents

“Yes, Yes, Yes.” That’s how House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responded when asked if Republican-controlled congressional committees will look into the classified documents cases of both President Biden and former President Trump. McCarthy said the House has an obligation to oversee the Justice Department and he has expressed concern that President Biden and Trump are […]

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As debt ceiling looms, Yellen warns of ‘irreparable harm’ to US economy

The United States government is about to hit the debt ceiling, or the maximum amount of money it’s allowed to borrow in order to pay its bills. The ceiling is currently set at $31.3 trillion. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., that the government could reach the limit by Thursday, and when […]

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Supreme Court justices grill lawyers of Turkey’s Halkbank

Can a Turkish government-owned bank be prosecuted by the U.S. government for money laundering and fraud? That’s a question the Supreme Court will have to answer. Halkbank was first indicted in 2019. U.S. prosecutors accused the bank of laundering billions of dollars of revenue made by the sale of Iranian oil and natural gas. The […]

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White House, Secret Service don’t keep visitor logs for Biden home

Neither the White House nor the Secret Service maintain visitor logs for President Biden’s personal residence in Wilmington, Delaware. They’re making the disclosure because the House Oversight Committee put in an official request with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain for all logs going back to Jan. 20, 2021, the day President Biden took […]

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Google warns Supreme Court case could upend the internet

Google told the Supreme Court that if it guts Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, it would upend the internet, encourage suppression of legitimate speech and proliferate offensive speech. The tech giant is being sued by the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, who was killed in 2015 during an Islamic State group (ISIS) terrorist attack […]

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Who is Robert Hur, appointed special counsel to Biden’s documents case?

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur as special counsel to investigate whether any laws were broken in the handling of classified information at President Biden’s home and personal office. “As I’ve said before, I strongly believe that the normal processes of this department can handle all investigations with integrity. But under the regulations, the […]

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22 attorneys general file Supreme Court brief supporting student loan relief

21 states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, expressing their support for President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. The attorneys general argued the Department of Education is properly exercising its authority under the Heroes Act to provide financial relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “This one-time […]

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Garland appoints special counsel to investigate Biden classified documents

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate how classified documents ended up at President Biden’s personal office in Washington D.C., and at his home in Wilmington, Delaware. Garland appointed Robert Hur, who has previously served as the top prosecutor for the state of Maryland. According to the Justice Department, Hur will now […]

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C-SPAN asks Kevin McCarthy to keep cameras in House full time

C-SPAN’s Co-CEO Susan Swain is asking House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to allow her organization’s cameras in the House chamber full time. Swain is renewing the perennial request after experiencing success covering the 15 ballot House Speaker vote. “C-SPAN, a private not-for-profit public affairs network, commits to covering House debates in the same manner we […]

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California Rep. Katie Porter announces run for Feinstein’s Senate seat

California Rep. Katie Porter, D, is running for Senate. Porter said she’s announcing her candidacy because California needs a warrior in Washington. “The threat from so-called leaders like Mitch McConnell has too often made the United States Senate the place where rights get revoked, special interests get rewarded, and our democracy gets rigged,” Porter said […]

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House Republicans to investigate how FBI collects data on Americans

House Republicans are forming two committees to investigate two of their big priorities: government overreach and China. The select committees were approved Tuesday afternoon. The Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government This panel will investigate how executive branch agencies, like the FBI, collect information on American citizens and how they take action […]

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What’s in the House rules package?

During his acceptance speech Saturday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said, “now the hard work begins.” But before the House of Representatives can get to work, it needs to approve a rules package. This resolution will govern how the chamber operates for the next two years. Negotiations over what’s in it are a big reason why it […]

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Border Patrol to resume wall construction in Arizona 

The Border Patrol is scheduled to begin construction on new sections of the border wall in Southern Arizona this week. The project will fill in four gaps along the Colorado River where Arizona, California and Mexico meet. Former Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, installed shipping containers in this area. In December, he agreed to stop […]

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Should Congress read bills it votes on? The people say yes

As Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tries to become the next House speaker, he is negotiating with his opponents on a series of demands that include plum committee positions, campaign spending and making it easier to vote the speaker out if they aren’t happy with the their performance. But there’s another demand that’s not getting as […]

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South Carolina, Idaho Supreme Courts issue differing abortion rulings

The Idaho and South Carolina State Supreme Courts made opposing rulings on two similar abortion bills, a scenario that is only possible because of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision. In Idaho, justices upheld a nearly total ban, while justices in South Carolina struck down a heartbeat bill. The Idaho Supreme Court upheld a near total […]

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Biden announces immigration program, will deport those who don’t use it

President Biden announced his administration is expanding an immigrant parole program for immigrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti. Effective immediately, citizens from those countries who cross the border illegally or arrive at a port of entry unannounced will be deported to Mexico, which has agreed to accept returns of 30,000 people per month. Under […]

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Former Rep. Reid Ribble: House speaker vote ‘has gotten personal’

The House of Representatives entered its third day of voting to select its next speaker on Thursday. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made fresh concessions overnight to the group of House Republicans who have kept him from securing the position in hopes of hitting the 218-vote threshold. McCarthy agreed to reduce the number of House members needed […]

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Republicans want to prioritize China, taxes, abortion in new Congress

When a new party takes a majority in Congress, like Republicans are doing today, the first bills they introduce are meant to set their priorities for the next two years. In this case, it is also meant to send a message to the Biden administration as to where it can expect push back. Here’s a […]

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McCarthy: Some demanded House committee positions for Speaker vote

The House of Representatives failed to elect a Speaker during its initial vote Tuesday. This is the first time since 1923 that the House did not select a leader on the first ballot.  The final count was 203 for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., 212 for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., 10 for Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. […]

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Trump holding company reported $313 million in losses from 2015-2020

Former President Donald Trump’s holding company, DJT Holdings LLC, reported a combined $313 million in losses from 2015 to 2020. DJT Holdings LLC losses by year are broken out below. $34,146,723 (2015) $64,497,128 (2016) $57,865,495 (2017) $53,474,978 (2018) $43,637,968 (2019) $59,945,432 (2020) The returns also show the company had well over $600 million dollars in […]

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Donald Trump paid as little as $0 in federal taxes while president

The House Ways and Means Committee released thousands of pages of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns spanning six years. That includes 1040 forms which reveal how much money he made and where he made it. According to the returns, Trump paid $0 in federal taxes in 2020 and $750 in both 2016 and 2017. The […]

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Battle for RNC chair intensifies ahead of January election

The Republican Party is about to elect its leader in January, and the race has intensified. Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is running for her fourth term. She’s being challenged by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, and Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer from California who worked as a Trump campaign legal adviser. McDaniel was handpicked by the newly elected […]

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President Biden’s judicial appointments outpace Trump’s

The Senate has confirmed 97 judges to lifetime appointments on the federal bench during President Biden’s first two years in office. That includes Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, 68 judges to District Courts and 28 judges to circuit courts where appeals are heard. U.S Courts of Appeals nominations are crucial because those […]

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Rep.-elect George Santos admits to lying on resume, aspects of identity

Rep.-elect George Santos, R-N.Y., is admitting he lied about key aspects of his life and resume. Last week, a New York Times investigation found the Long Island politician’s statements about his career, education and life, were not true. “Did I embellish my resume? Yes I did and I’m sorry and it shouldn’t be done. Words […]

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Remote, proxy voting in Congress is coming to an end

Remote voting and remote committee hearings in the House of Representatives appear to be coming to an end when the 117th Congress closes on Jan. 3. The practice has never been allowed before, but an exception was made through a House resolution to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., enacted […]

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TikTok parent company ByteDance fires employees who tracked journalists

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance fired one executive and another resigned after it was revealed the Chinese tech giant tracked journalists. An internal investigation by ByteDance found employees wrongfully obtained the data of certain U.S. users, including their IP addresses.  The company claimed internal auditors were trying to find the source of suspected leaks, according to […]

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US will be able to sell seized Russian yachts, give money to Ukraine

In the early months of Russia’s war on Ukraine, the United States and other countries seized yachts, mansions, private jets and other valuable assets belonging to Russian oligarchs. But many wondered, including D.C. lawmakers, what can be done with all those billionaire toys? Well, included in Congress’s $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package is an amendment […]

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Senate passes $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill

The United States Senate on Thursday approved a $1.7 trillion omnibus package to fund the federal government through September of next year. The legislation is now heading to the House, and if passed, must be signed by President Joe Biden before funding runs out on Friday. The spending package, which passed the Senate 68-29, has […]

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Jan. 6 reports from GOP, investigative committee draw different conclusions

Two reports on the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol have two very different focuses. The official Jan. 6 investigative committee compiled a report that stated the attack on the Capitol could not have happened without Donald Trump. A separate investigation from a group of five House Republicans found that intelligence failures, internal politics […]

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Arizona to remove shipping containers from Mexico border

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, has agreed to stop installing shipping containers along his state’s border with Mexico. According to a court filing, Arizona also agreed to remove those that have already been put in place to avoid a restraining order or preliminary injunction. The containers were added to fill gaps in the border wall. […]

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Biden to give Zelenskyy $2 billion for war and Patriot missiles

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is in Washington to meet with President Biden and address a joint session of Congress. According to a senior administration official, President Biden will announce a $2 billion security package to Ukraine, which will include a Patriot missile battery. According to the State Department, Patriots are capable of defending against cruise […]

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Congress giving $1.1 billion to fix 46,000 broken bridges

Congress is on track to provide an additional $1.14 billion in 2023 to reduce the backlog of structurally deficient bridges. But that’s not even close to what’s needed to fix the problem.  A 2021 report from the American Society of Civil Engineers said 46,154 structurally deficient bridges in the United States are in “poor condition”. […]

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Grand jury indicts 2 in hacked Ring doorbell swatting scheme

A grand jury indicted two people in a swatting scheme in which the defendants are accused of hacking into Ring video doorbells, calling the cops by placing bogus emergency calls, and then live streaming the police response on social media. The pair are accused of doing this about a dozen times in a single week. […]

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Congress negotiating $1.7 trillion funding bill ahead of Friday deadline

The federal government is preparing to spend $1.7 trillion next year. According to the newly released 2023 omnibus spending package, taxpayer dollars are being split, with $772.5 billion for non-defense spending and $858 billion in defense funding for the military.  Congress is currently negotiating the final details and the numbers may change slightly. But lawmakers […]

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Jan. 6 committee makes criminal referrals against Trump

The committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol made multiple criminal referrals to the Justice Department against former President Donald Trump. The committee said Trump is criminally liable for his role in the riot and the attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power to President Joe Biden.  The committee said Trump […]

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Border Patrol closes highway checkpoint as immigration surges

The Border Patrol shut down a highway checkpoint in the El Paso sector as the number of illegal crossings in the area skyrockets. Photos sent to Straight Arrow News by a source in El Paso show a checkpoint in New Mexico blocked off and unstaffed. The Border Patrol El Paso sector denied the shutdown was […]

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House intelligence GOP and Democrats release dueling COVID reports

In another example of partisanship, Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released separate reports on COVID-19. The committee’s work is supposed to be nonpartisan, but the dueling reports highlight what each party has expressed concern about. For Democrats, their concerns are intelligence collection and how the Trump administration handled it. For Republicans, it’s […]

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House votes to let Puerto Rico decide statehood

The House of Representatives passed the Puerto Rico Status Act, a bill to give the island territory the chance to decide its own future. If fully approved and signed into law, it would set up a binding referendum on Nov. 5, 2023, in which Puerto Ricans would choose from among three options: statehood, independence, or […]

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Biden administration prepares for end of Title 42 while being urged to keep it

There’s just one week left until the court-ordered end to Title 42 on Dec. 21. The pandemic-era policy allows the U.S. to deport immigrants who cross illegally almost immediately on public health grounds. When it ends, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has predicted there could be as many as 18,000 illegal crossings per day. But […]

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Funding tops Congress’ to-do list before the end of the year

There are only 21 days until the 117th Congress ends and the 118th begins. The slate will be wiped clean, and they’ll start fresh with a new Republican majority in the House and a larger 51-49 Democratic majority in the Senate.  As the clock winds down, Congress has a big to-do list, with items lawmakers […]

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Biden criticized for releasing Viktor Bout, merchant of death

The Biden administration is coming under heavy fire for its prisoner exchange of WNBA star Brittney Griner for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. While critics are happy Griner is on her way home, they are not pleased a man called the merchant of death is free.  Bout was originally arrested in 2008, and extradited to […]

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Who is Paul Whelan? The ex-Marine who didn’t come home with Griner

WNBA star Brittney Griner is free from Russia after a prisoner exchange in which the U.S. released convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, known as the merchant of death. But in exchange for Bout, the U.S. originally wanted both Griner and ex-Marine Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Russia in 2018 and convicted on espionage […]

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Supreme Court to decide validity of state legislature theory in Moore v. Harper

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could forever shape redistricting and federal elections in America. In Moore v. Harper, the justices are considering the validity of the independent state legislature theory, which states only legislatures have the authority to regulate federal elections and state courts cannot interfere.  “The elections clause requires […]

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Justice Department indicts 12 for violence, extortion on southern border

The Justice Department unsealed 11 indictments against 12 people in what is described as a multi-faceted conspiracy to monopolize the transmigrante industry. The accused are facing price fixing and monopoly violations under the Sherman Act and some are facing money laundering charges. The transmigrante industry in southern Texas is made up of a group of […]

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Congress headed toward short-term resolution to avoid government shutdown

Senators Schumer and McConnell have agreed to work together to pass a year-long omnibus spending package, ensuring the government is fully funded for all of next year. But they only have 10 days until the Dec. 16 deadline. Members of Senate leadership said they have yet to agree on the overall price tag of the […]

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Supreme Court hears First Amendment case on gay rights

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a free speech case regarding gay marriage. In 303 Creative v. Elenis, website designer Lorie Smith is preemptively suing the state of Colorado over its Anti-Discrimination Act that bars businesses from discriminating against people for their sexual orientation. Smith wants to post a message on her website to explain […]

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Trump condemned for statement on terminating Constitution

Republicans, Democrats and Elon Musk are all speaking out against former President Donald Trump’s statement that sections of the Constitution should be terminated. Trump’s statement was a response to the release of part one of the so-called “Twitter files.” On Friday night, Journalist Matt Taibbi shared internal company emails that revealed both the Trump and […]

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Jan. 6 investigators used Google location data to identify suspects

Court documents reveal Jan. 6 riot investigators are using Google tracking data from suspect’s phones, as evidence to prove they breached the U.S. Capitol. Investigators got the location data for more than 5,700 phones that were in or around the Capitol that day, including phones in airplane mode. According to a report from Wired, the […]

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71% of Americans say schools are not giving children an honest view of history

A new, nationwide poll revealed 71% of Americans believe their children are not receiving an honest picture of their country’s history through education, while only 13% believe they are and nearly 16% aren’t sure. The discontent is shared by various political parties and ethnicities, but it was particularly high among Asians; more than 91% said […]

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Senate approves rail workers labor agreement, ending risk of strike

The Senate voted to approve a labor agreement between rail workers and the companies they work for, 80-15. The agreement has now been fully approved by Congress and can now go onto President Biden’s desk for a signature. This should avert a rail strike that was projected to cost the U.S. economy $2 billion dollars […]

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SEC climate reporting rules could impact local farmers and ranchers

Two Republican senators introduced a bill they said will protect small family farmers and ranchers from proposed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules regarding greenhouse gas emissions disclosures. The Protect our Farmers from the SEC Act would exempt family-owned businesses from value chain reporting. The SEC-proposed rule would require public companies to disclose their greenhouse […]

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Democrats elect historic leadership with ‘mandate to stamp out extremism’

House Democrats approved a historic leadership team for the 118th Congress starting in January. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., has been appointed party leader, becoming the first Black man to head a political party on Capitol Hill. Jeffries will have two members of the current leadership team at his side, but in elevated positions. Rep. Katherine […]

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House approves rail worker agreement, now it moves to Senate

The House of Representatives approved a labor agreement between rail workers and rail companies in a bipartisan 290-137 vote. Members on both sides of the aisle said it is a necessary but imperfect solution to avoiding a strike or shutdown that would cost the U.S. economy $2 billion a day.  “And if you think inflation […]

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Senate approves Respect for Marriage Act

The Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act, sending it back to the House for a final approval before it can be signed by the president. This bill has been on a long journey and required bipartisan compromise. It does not fully legalize gay marriage like the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision. Instead, it requires […]

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Supreme Court hears Texas immigration case on ICE apprehension policy

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for a case that is central to the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration policy, U.S. v. Texas. The two-pronged case focuses on both the validity of this type of challenge and the legality of the DHS’s enforcement policy. The case stems from a September 2021 memorandum by Homeland Security […]

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Congress working to fund government, avoid Dec. 16 shutdown

Congress is coming back to Washington after Thanksgiving break and it has until Dec. 16 to approve a funding bill or the government will shut down. The preference is to pass what’s called an omnibus package that covers every governmental department for all of next year. But it’s possible Congress may have to pass a […]

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Georgia Senate runoff with Walker, Warnock gets personal

Early voting is underway in Georgia’s Senate runoff ahead of Election Day on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, D, who is being challenged by Republican Herschel Walker, has already cast his ballot. “If you are in line voting, stay in line,” Warnock said in a Twitter video that showed him marching to the […]

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Chinese-made drones flying around DC restricted airspace

Hundreds of Chinese-made drones have been detected in restricted sections of Washington, D.C. over the last few months. According to a report from Politico, the drones have geofencing built in to prevent them from flying where they’re not allowed, but the pilots are modifying them to get around the no-fly zone restrictions. The drones are […]

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What do Democrats want with Trump’s tax returns?

The Supreme Court declined to block the IRS from handing over Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee. A committee member said the committee expects to receive the documents covering 2015 to 2021 within a week and immediately start reviewing them. “This rises above politics, and the Committee will now conduct […]

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Biden announces extension on student loan payment pause

President Biden announced that the student loan payment and interest freeze is being extended until June 30, 2023. The president said the extension will give the Supreme Court time to hear a case on the matter in its current term and finally settle on whether his forgiveness plan is legal. President Biden used executive action […]

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Mohave, Cochise counties wait to certify Arizona election results in protest

Two counties in Arizona, Mohave County and Cochise County, are refusing to certify their election results in what they said is a protest of Election Day voting issues in Maricopa County. Some Republicans in Arizona said Maricopa County’s voting machine glitches day cost them the election. In Mohave county, officials promised to come back to […]

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DOJ: Capitol Police officer’s suicide after Jan. 6 considered line of duty death

The Department of Justice has determined a Capitol Police officer who died by suicide days after the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol was a death in the line of duty. As a result, Officer Howard Liebengood’s family will be able to receive death and health benefits. “The determination is significant, healing, relieving, […]

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McCarthy wants to remove Omar, Schiff, Swalwell from House committees

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is campaigning to become the next Speaker of the House in the 118th Congress. If he takes the gavel, he will have the power to add and remove members from committee assignments; a power he said he plans to use. In an interview on Fox News, McCarthy said he will take […]

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Senate Dems call for investigation of Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision leak

The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing allegations made in a New York Times report that the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision was leaked to a minister, who then passed the information on to Hobby Lobby’s CEO Steve Green two days before it was publicly released. There are also calls for an investigation and strengthening SCOTUS ethics […]

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Attorney General Garland appoints special counsel to Trump investigations

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced he is appointing a special counsel to handle two important investigations involving former President Donald Trump. The appointment comes three days after Trump announced he’s running for reelection in 2024. Garland is appointing veteran career prosecutor Jack Smith who most recently led the team in The Hague prosecuting war crimes […]

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Hakeem Jeffries, Pete Aguilar headline new Democratic leadership

The House Democratic leadership that has been in power for decades is stepping down. It is also endorsing Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, N.Y., Katherine Clark, Mass., and Pete Aguilar, Calif., to fill its shoes in the hopes of having a smooth transition.  “In the 118th Congress, House Democrats will be led by a trio that reflects […]

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What Senate Democrats want to do in the lame duck session

Six weeks remain in the 117th Congress, which has now entered the lame duck session. Congress has at least one big “must” on its to-do list, and Senate Democrats have a few bills they still want to pass.  First, Congress has to pass an omnibus spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Funding for discretionary […]

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Nancy Pelosi stepping down from House Democratic leadership

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, is not seeking a leadership position in the next Congress, opening the door for the Democratic party’s next generation. She is not retiring and will retain her seat representing San Francisco. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, will also step down from House leadership and endorse Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, […]

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Analysis: Media coverage of Trump 2024 announcement runs gamut

Donald Trump announced he’s running for president in 2024, putting the controversial figure back in the spotlight. The media coverage of his announcement has ranged from glowing to sarcastic to blunt.  The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post put a small line on the bottom of the cover referring readers all the way back to page […]

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McConnell reelected GOP Senate leader as Trump makes 2024 announcement

The balance of power in the House has yet to be decided and there’s a Senate runoff Dec. 6 in Georgia. But Republicans in the House, Senate and Mar-a-Lago have their eyes fixed on a whole different set of elections. First, former President Donald Trump is starting his 2024 presidential run, bringing back his Make […]

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Cotton demands answers on TikTok’s H-1B visas

TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance is using H-1B guest worker visas to get some of its employees into the United States. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has expressed concerns about who those employees are and whether they could help the Chinese Communist Party access sensitive user information. “This threatens the safety and security of American citizens, […]

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Border Patrol Union not confident in future CBP commissioner

The National Border Patrol Council, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection union, is expressing little confidence that the replacement for former Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus will be an improvement. President Biden accepted Magnus’ resignation Saturday effective immediately. Deputy Commissioner Troy Miller will be acting commissioner until a permanent replacement is nominated and […]

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Why Arizona and Nevada election counts are taking so long

The election was Tuesday, but now days later, Americans are without results in key races including the Senate and governors contests in Nevada and Arizona. So what’s taking so long? Nevada:  In Nevada, mail-in ballots can be received as late as 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, as long as they were postmarked on or before […]

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Trump urged not to announce presidential run until after Georgia runoff

Republicans are not on track to flip as many House seats in the midterm elections as they had hoped. In fact if they win the majority, it could be very similar to the 220-212 balance of power that Democrats currently hold. Between that and the Georgia Senate race going to a runoff, former President Donald […]

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Healey wins Massachusetts governor’s race

Massachusetts voters chose Attorney General Maura Healey, D, to be their next governor. Healey defeated former state Rep. Geoff Diehl, R, to put the governor’s mansion back in the hands of Democrats. Republican Gov. Charles Baker held the seat since 2015 but decided not to run again. The Harvard-educated Healey became the Massachusetts attorney general […]

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Treasury sanctions oil smuggling network members for helping Iran evade sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned an international oil smuggling network for providing support to Hizballah and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). The network used front companies to blend Iranian oil with Indian products to help conceal its origin and evade sanctions. The Treasury Department said in a news release that this […]

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Trump, Obama hit campaign trail ahead of midterms

Former Presidents Trump and Obama are campaigning in key battleground states where the balance of power in the Senate could be decided. They are both appearing at events through the weekend, hoping to give their party’s candidates a push over the finish line in a multiple toss-up contest. Trump will be in Iowa Thursday night […]

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Georgia, Pennsylvania Senate races tighten 5 days from election

Senate races, the key to deciding the balance of power, are tightening five days out from the midterm elections. The contests in Georgia and Pennsylvania are both a toss-up with the candidates no more than a point apart. In Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehmet Oz, R, and Lt. Governor John Fetterman, D, are separated by less than […]

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Governors races tighten one week out from 2022 midterm election

One week out from election day, polling indicates three key Governors races are tightening. Republicans have gained momentum in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, races that range from toss-up to lean-Democrat.  Arizona Former TV news anchor Kari Lake, R, trailed as recently as September to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, D. But according to an average […]

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Supreme Court hears race-based college admissions case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on two cases regarding the role of race in college admissions. The organization Students for Fair Admissions is challenging the admissions policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina that consider race as a factor. The plaintiffs want the justices to overturn the 2003 Grutter decision, […]

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Obama to campaign for Democrats in battleground states before midterms

Former President Barack Obama is making a series of appearances in key battleground states ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. He’s trying to prevent what has been a historic trend – the president’s party losing seats during the midterms. “It’s critical to get out the vote for Democrats up and down the ballot. The power […]

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Poll: Economic concern is driving voters further toward Republicans

New polling revealed the economy has become more important to voters in the run-up to the midterm elections and Republicans are the party of choice to fix it. In a USA Today/Suffolk University generic party-preference poll, voters preferred Republicans 49%-45%.  That is a change from polling 100 days before the election in July when Democrats […]

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Immigration from Venezuela decreases as migrants wait in Mexico

The number of illegal border crossings by Venezuelan immigrants has fallen from 1,200 a day early in October to just 150 a day in the wake of new rules implemented by the Biden administration. Now according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, tens of thousands are stranded in Mexico sleeping on the streets, […]

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Hillary Clinton says Republicans are planning 2024 coup

Hillary Clinton is supporting a progressive political group that claims Republicans are planning a coup in 2024. The group is trying to make the case that the MAGA movement has a plan to steal the 2024 presidential election and that state legislators must be elected in six key states this midterm election to stop it. […]

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Poll shows Americans largely support Biden’s marijuana pardons

President Biden recently pardoned everyone convicted of simple marijuana possession, but new reporting from Reason says the pardons won’t free a single federal prisoner because none of them are incarcerated. The report also stated while the pardons may help give approximately 10,000 individuals a clean slate, it represents a tiny percentage of the total convictions […]

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DOJ charges 13 Chinese officials in malign influence cases

Two people have been arrested and 13 charged in three different cases which the Department of Justice said were part of malign schemes on behalf of the Chinese government. The defendants are accused of a range of crimes including trying to steal American technology and interfering in a prosecution.  “The Justice Department will not tolerate […]

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Early voting on pace to set midterm records nationwide, including Georgia

Early voting for the midterm elections appears to be on pace to break records set in 2018. According to statistics from Edison Research and Catalist obtained by CNN, 5.8 million people have cast ballots so far in 39 states. At this same point in 2018, 5 million people had voted. The data shows Democrats are […]

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Sen. Ben Sasse expected to leave Senate, become university president

Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is expected to resign and become the next President of the University of Florida. This may not become official until December, but the university already announced he has been recommended unanimously by a search committee.  “Ben brings intellectual curiosity, a belief in the power and potential of American universities, and an […]

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IRS employees charged in COVID-19 aid fraud scheme

Five current and former IRS employees have been charged in a scheme to fraudulently collect COVID-19 aid including Paycheck Protection Program money and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. According to court documents, the defendants tried to obtain a total of $1 million in PPP and Injury Disaster Loans by submitting false applications. “These individuals – acting […]

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Voters prioritize economy and inflation heading into the midterms

The economy and inflation are the two most important issues to American voters in this year’s midterm elections. That’s according to polls conducted around the country. For instance, a new Monmouth University poll found that nationally, inflation and crime are American’s biggest priorities, followed by elections, jobs and immigration to round out the top five. […]

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Merrill v. Milligan: Supreme Court hears Alabama redistricting case

The Supreme Court heard a redistricting case, Merrill v. Milligan, regarding Alabama’s new congressional map. The state has seven congressional districts, one of them is majority Black. The plaintiffs argued Alabama should have two majority Black districts because 27% of the state’s residents are Black. “There is nothing race neutral about Alabama’s map,” Deuel Ross, […]

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Moore v. Harper tops list of Supreme Court cases to watch this term

The Supreme Court is beginning its new term and Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson is taking her seat for the first time. Justice Jackson, who replaced Justice Stephen Breyer, will not change the court’s 6-3 conservative ideology, but she will have a very important say in cases that could forever change voting, college admissions and immigration. […]

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California becomes a transgender refuge state

Governor Gavin Newsom, D, signed SB107 into law that sponsors contend makes California a transgender refuge state. The bill is a countermeasure to laws in Texas, Idaho, Louisiana and Arizona that penalize parents and physicians for allowing or performing sex change procedures on minors.  “As so many states work to erase trans kids and criminalize […]

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President Biden sued over student loan cancellation

A series of new lawsuits have been filed against President Biden’s planned student loan cancellation. The Attorneys General of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina and Arkansas filed suit in the United States District Court in Missouri.  The suit argues the president’s effort to unilaterally cancel $10,000 to $20,000 in debt for borrowers making less […]

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Ginni Thomas testifies in front of Jan. 6 investigative committee

Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas appeared for a voluntary interview with the House Jan. 6 Investigative Committee. It lasted more than four hours. Thomas did not answer reporters’ questions when she arrived, but her attorney previously said she was “eager to answer the committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions […]

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Congress on track to fund government, avoid shutdown

Members of Congress in both chambers believe they are on track to pass a government funding bill and avoid a shutdown Friday at midnight. The package just passed the Senate, 72-25, and is now headed to the House  “The last thing the American people [need] right now is a pointless government shutdown. I’m optimistic we […]

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Congressional office staff members vote on unionization

Staff members from the offices of Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., are voting on whether to unionize. It’s part of a growing movement on Capitol Hill led by the Congressional Workers Union. The organization has been working to help offices unionize ever since the House passed a resolution to allow unionizing and […]

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Senators seek to strengthen US laws regarding war crimes

It is “highly likely” Russians who committed war crimes in Ukraine will eventually make it into the United States, according to the Justice Department’s Counselor for War Crimes Accountability. That’s because of the sheer volume of crimes committed. During a recent visit to Washington, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said the country has documented 35,000 […]

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema stands by the Senate filibuster

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., is standing firm in her opposition to eliminating the filibuster. Sinema, who flipped the seat once held by former Sen. Jeff Flake, R, made the comments while speaking at an event hosted by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., another fierce supporter of keeping the Senate’s rules as they are. The former Congresswoman […]

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Arizona abortion law from 1864 reinstated

An Arizona Superior Court judge lifted a 50-year-old injunction on a state abortion law in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The court’s ruling reinstates an abortion ban passed in 1864 and will allow prosecutors to pursue charges against anyone who helps provide an abortion in the state. The law […]

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Republican National Committee pulls funding from close Ohio House race

The National Republican Congressional Committee is pulling out of an Ohio Congressional race that was considered a toss-up and possible flip for the GOP.  According to a report from Axios, the committee withdrew a $1 million ad reservation in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, after revelations that Republican candidate, JR Majewski, misrepresented his military service. Majewski […]

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House Republicans unveil midterm elections platform

House Republicans unveiled their platform for the 2022 midterms and their priorities should they take back a majority in Congress. They’re calling it the “Commitment to America.”  Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., previewed the plan during a speech in Pittsburgh. The House Minority Leader painted it as solutions to what he called problems that Democrats created, […]

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Biden responds to immigration numbers, COVID-19 pandemic fraudsters indicted

The biggest stories from Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 include reaction to the latest immigration numbers, indictments in a $250 million COVID-19 fraud scheme, and two bills being considered to change presidential elections. Watch the video above for more details on each story. Biden responds to new immigration record President Biden responded to newly […]

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Graham introduces bill to ban abortions after 15 weeks

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, is introducing a bill that if passed, would prohibit doctors around the country from performing an abortion after 15 weeks. There are exceptions for cases of rape, incest or risks to the life and physical health of the mother. The Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act is very similar to […]

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Whistleblower Zatko to Senate: Twitter misleads public, has security issues

A former Twitter executive turned whistleblower appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and said that the company is misleading the public, lawmakers, regulators and even its own board of directors. Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, Twitter’s former head of security, also said the social media company is more than a decade behind industry security standards putting users’ […]

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Twitter whistleblower set to testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday

Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. He is Twitter’s former head of security who alleged the company has extraordinary security flaws from the inside out and has tried to hide them.  Zatko gave Congress and federal regulators a whistleblower disclosure document that was shared with CNN […]

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Biden Executive Order aims to improve US biomanufacturing

President Biden signed an executive order Monday creating a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing initiative aimed at domestically producing new technology invented in the United States. The White House contends the U.S. is too reliant on foreign materials and production and that other nations are positioning themselves to be leaders in the BioTech sector. “Other countries, […]

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DHS changes immigration rules for green card seekers

The Department of Homeland Security is making a rule change that will make it easier for migrants who receive financial assistance from the government to obtain green cards. The department explained in a press release that the rule change better aligns with guidance that had been in place from 1999 until 2019 when it was […]

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Sanders and Progressives willing to shut down the government for climate

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, said he’s willing to shut down the government for the sake of the climate, and he’s not alone. He, along with 59 members of the House Progressive Caucus, are expressing deep concern about permitting provisions for oil and gas leases that are set to be included in an upcoming government spending […]

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DC Mayor Bowser declares public emergency due to migrant buses

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D, declared a public emergency due to the continued arrival of migrant buses from Texas and Arizona. The mayor is also creating a new Office of Migrant Services to help people with resettlement, provide meals, transportation and other assistance. The Mayor’s order will last for 15 days and she will […]

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Poll: MAGA Republicans a threat, Biden rhetoric too divisive

New polling reveals Americans are concerned about the Republican MAGA movement but also feel President Biden’s rhetoric on the subject is divisive and incites conflict. President Biden has been hitting the campaign trail over the last week and has focused his message on MAGA Republicans, with more trips planned in the near future. “Trump and […]

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Congress considering continuing resolution to avoid government shutdown

Less than a month remains in the federal government’s fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Now that Congress is back in session, members need to act quickly to pass a continuing resolution and avoid a government shutdown. “But with one month until the end of the fiscal year, it’s clear that Congress will first need […]

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Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin removed for Jan. 6 riot role

A judge ordered a county commissioner in New Mexico be removed from office immediately for participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The state court ruled Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin became constitutionally disqualified from serving in any federal or state office effective Jan. 6, 2021. The evidence against Griffin included […]

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Facebook, CDC coordinated to combat COVID-19 misinformation

COVID-19 misinformation warnings and the links provided for more information were ubiquitous on social media throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, new emails reveal how Facebook coordinated with government officials to combat COVID-19 misinformation online. The emails reveal a Facebook employee asked the CDC for information on claims that had been posted on the site regarding […]

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Biden, McCarthy cast opposing views on democracy, MAGA movement

President Biden made a primetime speech from what is referred to as the birthplace of America, Independence Hall. It’s the building where America’s Founding Fathers debated and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The President’s speech was almost entirely focused on what he said is a threat to the democracy created there […]

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State AGs want power to enforce consumer complaints against airlines

Labor Day weekend is going to be busy at U.S. airports, as 12.7 million people are expected to fly from Thursday to Monday. If the disruptions are anything like those documented in August, when 23% of flights were delayed and 3% were canceled, passengers could experience some big headaches. Those delays and cancellations often lead […]

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Biden, McCarthy to deliver dueling speeches from Pennsylvania

President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., have dueling speeches tonight in Pennsylvania. The speeches represent a preview of what voters will see leading up to the midterm elections. The President will speak in Philadelphia from Independence National Historical Park about what the White House calls “the continued battle for the Soul […]

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FEMA grants funding migrant buses from El Paso to New York City

The Biden Administration is reimbursing the city of El Paso, Texas for migrant buses it’s sending to New York City. As reported by El Paso Matters, one bus left last Tuesday with 35 migrants from Venezuela and another bus left later in the week. This practice is expected to continue and is being funded with FEMA […]

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DOJ tells court it doesn’t want a special master for Trump documents

The Justice Department told Florida’s Southern District Court it does not want a special master appointed in the Trump Mar-a-Lago case because it would impede the government’s ongoing criminal investigation. U.S. Attorney Juan Gonzalez also stated in a court filing that a special master could potentially impede the intelligence community’s assessment as to whether national […]

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President Biden hitting campaign trail for Democrats

President Joe Biden is using the momentum from recent legislative victories to carry him onto the campaign trail. He’s making three stops in Pennsylvania over the next week, including a primetime address from Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park Thursday night. The White House said the president will speak about what it is calling “the continued […]

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Legal battle continues over Trump’s Mar-a-Lago documents

The Director of National Intelligence stated her office will conduct a national security risk assessment on the documents taken from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. According to a letter sent to the chairs of the House Intelligence and Oversight Committees, DNI Avril Haines also stated her office is working with the Justice Department to […]

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Biden approval ratings improve, but he’s still underwater

President Joe Biden’s approval ratings shot up to 44% according to a new Gallup poll, his highest rating this year. But he’s still underwater because 53% of Americans disapprove of his job performance. The poll was conducted between Aug. 1-23, that includes the time when Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act.  This is an increase […]

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Some states could tax student loan forgiveness as income

President Joe Biden announced that he’s forgiving $10,000 to $20,000 in student loan debt for individuals who make less than $125,000 a year and couples making less than $250,000. Because of a provision in the American Rescue Plan, the debt relief will not be considered taxable income at the federal level. According to analysis from […]

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Three proposals to fix student loan crisis permanently

President Joe Biden announced a one-time student loan forgiveness of $10,000 to $20,000 depending on your income. But where do we go from here? Borrowers will still have loans to pay off, and every year, another class of students will graduate with a fresh balance. Here are three proposals for permanent changes to America’s college […]

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Why Republicans say they don’t trust the FBI

In the wake of the FBI’s execution of a search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s home, Republicans are expressing their distrust of the FBI. They are calling for the release of more information regarding why the search was conducted and the evidence used to get the warrant approved. “What we want is accountability, we […]

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Pentagon denies DC request for National Guard assistance with immigrants

The Department of Defense has once again denied Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for National Guard assistance with the thousands of migrants who are arriving on buses from Texas. This is the second denial since Bowser made her initial request in July. In a letter to Bowser, DOD executive secretary Kelly Bulliner Holly stated […]

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New York’s 12th Congressional district primary drawing outsized attention

Tuesday is primary day in New York for congressional and state Senate races. But the Democratic primary for New York’s 12th Congressional District is receiving outsized attention because it is pitting two of the most powerful Democrats in Congress up against each other.  Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney have both been in Congress for 30 […]

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Secret Service, FBI knew of overt calls for violence before Jan. 6

Newly released emails among federal law enforcement agencies, including the Secret Service and FBI, reveal police knew of explicit threats of violence against the Jan. 6, 2021, electoral certification. The emails show law enforcement held meetings to prepare for the violence and made plans to have an emergency operations center in the Eisenhower Executive Office […]

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Breaking down the tax implications of Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act

President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law Tuesday, finalizing his signature piece of legislation just before the midterms. The bill provides $369 billion for clean energy investments, $64 billion for Affordable Care Act premium subsidies, allows Medicare to negotiate drug prices and caps out of pocket costs at $2,000 per year. Democrats said all […]

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With student loan deadline approaching, what will Biden do before midterms?

The moratorium on student loan payments and interest is set to expire Aug. 31. That means President Joe Biden has a big announcement to make within the next two weeks as to whether he will end or extend the freeze. Political experts believe with the midterm elections right around the corner, he will almost certainly […]

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Congress wants answers about FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search warrant

Washington lawmakers still have questions about the FBI’s execution of a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s home. Congressional Republicans are calling on the Justice Department to release the affidavit used to get the Mar-a-Lago search warrant approved. Both parties are asking for a congressional briefing from the intelligence community. The warrant and receipt […]

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AG Garland personally approved decision to seek Trump search warrant

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday he personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home. The revelation came as Trump and his allies have taken aim at the Justice Department and FBI’s handling of the raid. Garland also revealed that the Justice Department asked a federal court […]

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House Chief Administrative Officer deems TikTok a high security risk

The chief administrative officer for the House of Representatives is officially recommending members not download or use TikTok due to security concerns. A CAO memo states the app made by a Chinese-owned company is a high-security risk. According to the CAO, TikTok can collect biometric identifiers like faceprints or voice prints. It also actively gathers […]

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Afghan refugees could attain permanent residency in US with new bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers of Congress introduced a bill to let Afghan evacuees who helped the U.S. military stay in the United States permanently. The sponsors include Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., indicating broad support for its passage. When the American military pulled […]

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Lawmakers demand answers following FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

Members of Congress want answers after the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. Everyone in Washington wants to know what FBI agents took and how they got the warrant approved.  Nothing has been released other than a statement from the former president himself that said they broke open his safe. He added, […]

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Michigan AG’s investigation could lead to indictment of November opponent

Michigan Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking for a special prosecutor to review a charging request and handle any subsequent prosecutions in an election-related case because of a potential conflict of interest. One of the nine people facing possible charges is Nessel’s November opponent Mathew DePerno, the presumptive Republican nominee for Michigan attorney general. […]

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FBI is investigating domestic violent extremism against pro-life organizations

FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed the Joint Terrorism Task Force is conducting a number of domestic violent extremism investigations focused on attacks or threats against churchs, pro-life organizations and pregnancy resource centers. The testimony came during the bi-annual Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing. Wray could not say exactly how many investigations are ongoing, but mentioned […]

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Senators introduce bill to stop China from buying US real estate

Two Republican Senators have introduced a bill to ban members of the Chinese Communist Party, or anyone working for the CCP, from buying real estate in the United States. The proposal comes in the wake of massive increases in investments by China and other foreign nations and a report that revealed China purchased 300 acres […]

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Justice Department sues Idaho over abortion law

President Joe Biden is signing an executive order directing the Health and Human Services secretary to help women access abortion services across state lines through Medicaid. The White House said the order is in line with what the Biden administration calls a “bedrock right” to travel across state lines to get an abortion.  It’s the […]

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Providing abortion care is mandatory in emergencies despite state laws

The Justice Department said federal law requires doctors in states where abortion is illegal to perform the procedure under emergency circumstances. If a doctor or hospital refuses, both could be fined nearly $120,000 per violation.  “We are closely following the new and uncertain landscape of state laws and enforcement actions, and will bring or participate […]

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DC Mayor Bowser requests National Guard help with immigration

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser sent a request to the secretary of the Army to activate the D.C. National Guard. She wants help with the growing number of migrants being shipped to the nation’s capital on buses from Texas and Arizona. She describes it as a humanitarian crisis that will only get worse. “We need […]

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Jon Stewart furious after Republicans block veterans’ healthcare bill

Democrats and veterans groups are furious with Republicans who blocked a bill to help veterans suffering from cancer. The PACT Act funds treatments for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits in Afghanistan, including those who did not enroll to receive VA care and those who can’t prove their cancer came from burn pits. “What the […]

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Law targeting forced labor in China could strain global supply chain

The United States is cracking down on forced labor in China. Customs is starting to deny entry to all products from the country’s Xinjiang region, which includes cotton, computer parts, tomatoes, shoes and more. It’s because of a new bipartisan law that took effect June 21: the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. The law is […]

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AR-15 manufacturers made $1 billion on assault-style weapons over last decade

Gun manufacturers brought in more than $1 billion in revenue over the last decade by selling so-called assault-style weapons. The revelation came during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the manufacturers’ marketing practices and profits where Democrats tried to make the case that the gun industry was using what they call deceptive marketing […]

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Whistleblowers: FBI falsely labeled Hunter Biden evidence as disinformation

The ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has informed the U.S. attorney general and the director of the FBI that he has whistleblower reports of political bias in the Hunter Biden investigation. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in a letter that multiple FBI whistleblowers told him the agency received derogatory information about the president’s […]

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HHS proposes new rules on gender affirmation, pregnancy healthcare

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a new rule that it said will strengthen non-discrimmination in health care. The rule prohibits an entity from denying or limiting health services sought for the purpose of gender-affirming care and “pregnancy termination”.  “Standing with communities in need is critical, particularly given increased attacks on women, […]

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Projected GDP contraction prompts recession concerns, messaging battle

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and members of the Biden administration are out in force, making the case that the economy is strong and not headed toward a recession. The Commerce Department will release initial GDP calculations Thursday, and some economists predict it will reveal a contraction for the second quarter in a row. “This is […]

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TikTok more than doubles DC lobbying presence

TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance spent more than $2.1 million on lobbying from April to June, according to Bloomberg. That’s 130% more than it spent during the first three months of the year — and there’s good reason. The relationship between TikTok and D.C. is rocky. In June, Buzzfeed reported TikTok employees in China accessed […]

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Bipartisan group of Senators introduce Electoral Count Reform Act

A bipartisan group of senators introduced two new election bills designed to ensure the peaceful transition of power between presidents and avoid another Jan. 6, 2021 riot. The bills combine multiple proposals that sponsors said would modernize election law they described as “archaic”. The Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022 makes key changes to election […]

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Biden administration’s LGBTQ guidance for schools halted by court order

A federal district court judge issued a preliminary injunction against official LGBTQ guidance from the Department of Education and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding Title IX and the Civil Rights Act. The injunction enjoins the department from implementing the rules until a final court decision has been made. “Because the challenged guidance documents affect the […]

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Mass shootings have measurable negative economic impact

Mass shootings have a measurable negative impact on the local economy, according to recent testimony before the House Financial Services Committee. After a city sees a mass shooting, it can experience up to a 2% increase in unemployment and 3% decrease in property values. School shootings cause up to an 8% decline in property values […]

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Bipartisan Senate bill aims to give Russian assets to Ukraine

The mega-yachts and luxury real estate seized from Russian oligarchs is worth billions of dollars, yet the Justice Department is limited in what it can do with those assets. Now, the Senate is working on a bipartisan bill to allow proceeds from sanctioned assets to fund Ukraine’s reconstruction. “This illegal amount of money is marked […]

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Jury selection begins in former Trump adviser Bannon’s contempt trial

Jury selection began in the trial of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon who is charged with two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the House Jan. 6 investigative committee. Once the jury is seated, prosecutors said they only need one day to present their evidence.  The prosecution plans to call […]

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G7 leaders hope global investment will spur economic competition with China

In front of the beautiful backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, G7 leaders announced a new investment plan called the Partnership for Global Infrastructure (PGII). The goal is to invest $600 billion over the next five years in lower and middle income countries around the world, with the U.S. pledging $200 billion. The ambitious plan includes […]

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988: The new 911 for mental health

Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis will have a new number to call starting July 16: 988. It’s short and easy to remember like 911. But instead of general emergencies, 988 is for suicide and crisis intervention. It will be available to everyone in the country to call or text. Trained professionals will provide help […]

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Russia, Ukraine, Turkey reach deal to export grain from war zone

Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey have come to a preliminary agreement described as a ray of hope to ease human suffering and hunger around the world. The countries’ deal would allow for the export of grain through the Black Sea. That important food source for the world, totaling millions of tons, has been stuck in limbo since […]

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Justice Department creates abortion rights task force

The Justice Department is creating a Reproductive Rights Task Force in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The group will be led by Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta and include members from the Civil Rights Division, Office of Legal Counsel and Legislative Affairs office. The task force’s objectives include […]

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Jan. 6 committee: Trump tried to appoint special counsel to seize voting machines

Former President Donald Trump had a draft executive order to appoint attorney Sidney Powell as a special counsel to investigate voter fraud, according to the Jan. 6 investigative committee. If Trump had his way, Powell would have had the power to seize voting machines and arrest people who did not cooperate. Then-Attorney General Bill Barr […]

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Biden visits Israel and Saudi Arabia on Middle East tour

President Joe Biden will be in the Middle East this week to visit Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia. It’s an important trip for the President, as he’ll be discussing regional stability, Russian aggression, oil production, and more with the heads of those countries. While on the trip, the President will meet with a […]

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Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon will testify before Jan. 6 committee

Steve Bannon, a close advisor to former President Trump, has agreed to testify before the Jan. 6 investigative committee. Bannon previously refused to appear because Trump had invoked executive privilege. But in a letter to the committee, his lawyer says Trump is now waiving that privilege. The former advisor’s legal team stated he prefers to […]

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Poll: 36% of Americans have faith in American system of government

The number of Americans who have faith in America’s system of government is just 36%, according to a new Monmouth University poll of U.S. adults. The findings reveal a precipitous drop from February 2020 when 55% said the system is basically sound and an even larger drop from 1980 when faith in government was at […]

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Biden signs executive order on abortion access

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday he said is meant to protect access to reproductive healthcare in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. The White House said the action will build on what it has already been done to defend reproductive rights.  “We cannot allow an […]

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FBI, MI5: China is biggest threat to economic, national security

The Chinese Communist Party poses the biggest long-term threat to economic and national security, according to the heads of Britain’s MI5 and the United States’ FBI. The leaders delivered the remarks at MI5 headquarters in London during a first-ever joint appearance between the leaders of the FBI and MI5.  FBI Director Christopher Wray said China represents […]

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Justice Department sues Arizona over voter registration law

The Justice Department is suing Arizona over a new voting law that requires residents to prove their citizenship to register to vote in federal elections. The department’s complaint states Arizona’s law violates both Section 6 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and Section 101 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under the […]

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Police: ‘High powered rifle’ used in Highland Park shooting

Police said the gunman in the Highland Park, Illinois shooting planned the attack for weeks and fired 70 rounds from the rooftop of a local business into a crowd of innocent people. According to police, Robert Crimo acted alone when he killed six people and injured thirty during the shooting on the Fourth of July. Crimo […]

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Liz Cheney unapologetic at primary debate as polls show 30 point deficit

Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney is fighting to keep her congressional seat in a primary race that polls show she’s losing by a lot. But as seen in a debate Thursday night, Cheney is not budging from her actions that got her into trouble in her home state – voting to impeach former President Donald […]

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One million voters switched to Republican Party in the last year

More than 1 million voters in 43 states became Republicans in the last year. That’s according to data from the political firm L2 that was analyzed by the Associated Press. The biggest switches are happening in big suburban areas around Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. There are also voters flipping in the suburbs around smaller […]

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Gun reform approved in Congress, ready for president’s signature

America’s first major gun bill in 30 years could be on President Joe Biden’s desk by this weekend. The House of Representatives approved the Safer Communities Act, sending the gun reform bill to the White House. The 234-to-193 vote fell mostly along party lines: All Democrats voted in favor, along with 14 Republicans. The bill […]

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Protests outside Supreme Court after Dobbs decision overturns Roe

There was both celebration and protest at the Supreme Court in the hours after the justices released their Dobbs decision. Both pro-life and pro-choice activists gathered by the hundreds to make their voices heard. Pro-choice protestors chanted in unison, “Rise up for abortion rights, for abortion rights rise up.” The group blamed Republicans for appointing […]

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Congress races to approve gun reform legislation

The Senate will race to approve the newly released, bipartisan Safer Communities Act before it leaves for Independence Day vacation at the end of the week. Approving the biggest gun reform bill in 30 years will likely require a weekend congressional session so it can pass both houses and head to the president’s desk for a […]

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AZ House Speaker to Jan. 6 committee: Trump pressured me to overturn election

The Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. capitol held another public hearing focused on former President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure state officials in Georgia and Arizona to overturn their states’ 2020 presidential election results. Trump and his team wanted the officials to send a second slate of electors to Congress […]

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With fuel prices soaring, Biden considering federal gas tax holiday

President Biden said he is considering a federal gas tax holiday and hopes to make a decision by the end of the week. Pressure is building in Washington to do more to lower rising costs for Americans and a temporary break on the tax is gaining steam as one of the options. Talk of finding […]

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Congress targets food and gas inflation in new bill

The House of Representatives passed the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act in a mostly party line vote. All but five Democrats voted in favor, and all but seven Republicans voted against. Supporters hope the bill will control inflationary costs. To control food prices, the bill provides $500 million in USDA funds to help farmers […]

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January 6th Committee highlights pressure campaign against Pence

The January 6th Committee investigating attack on the Capitol held its third hearing Thursday, focused on former President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign to get former Vice President Mike Pence to reject the outcome of the election during the electoral certification. The hearing included testimony about attorney John Eastman’s plan to keep Donald Trump in office […]

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Bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act to smooth supply chain, fight inflation

A bill aimed at controlling the cost of international shipping for American businesses and improving the supply chain is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk. Sponsors of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act hope it will help tackle rampant inflation, as prices rose 8.6% in May compared to the previous year. The House of Representatives passed […]

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Biden will support bipartisan gun reform agreement

A bipartisan group of senators reached an agreement in principle on gun-safety legislation. Ten Republican senators announced they will support the package, which will allow it to overcome the hurdle of a 60-vote filibuster. The bill: creates stricter penalties for gun trafficking and straw purchases which are purchases for someone who can’t buy the gun themself; […]

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Trump calls out daughter Ivanka after Jan. 6 hearing appearance

Former President Donald Trump is calling out his own daughter on his Truth Social platform. The January 6th Committee showed video from Ivanka Trump’s deposition during its primetime hearing Thursday. The video revealed she believed then-Attorney General Bill Barr’s statements that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election.  “It affected my perspective. I […]

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Trump family depositions expected in Jan. 6 Capitol riot hearing

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol will hold a public hearing live on television and online Thursday night. The committee said it will provide an initial summary of its findings about what it described as a “coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election […]

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Fourth grade Uvalde shooting survivor appears before Congress

A fourth grade student who covered herself in blood to survive the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting appeared before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday during a hearing on gun violence. Eleven-year-old Miah Cerillo described the moment she watched the gunman murder her teacher. She said he told the teacher goodnight and shot her in the head.  […]

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SCOTUS expected to rule on college admissions, immigration and religion

June is always a busy time for the Supreme Court, issuing the majority of its rulings throughout the month. The high court issued three decisions on Monday, yet 30 opinions remain this session. Below are five of the 10 most important decisions we’re following that are expected in the coming weeks. For five more cases […]

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‘For God’s sake, do something’: President Biden urges gun reform

Washington lawmakers are hoping the public outcry after recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, Texas, and Tulsa will give them the momentum needed to pass gun reform legislation. President Joe Biden urged congressional action Thursday night during a speech from the White House, in which he said everyday places have become “killing fields.”  The president […]

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Canada moves to ban handguns as America negotiates gun laws

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation that, if passed, will make it illegal to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in Canada. It also bans toy guns that authorities say look authentic and can be dangerous.  “We recognize that the vast majority of gun owners use them safely and in accordance with the […]

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Entertainers, politicians cancel their NRA convention appearances

High-profile politicians and entertainers are canceling their speeches at the NRA’s annual convention in Houston. The event is taking place three days after the Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.  The cancellations include country stars Lee Greenwood, T. Graham Brown, and Larry Stewart, as well as folk-rock artist Don McLean. Texas Republican Gov. Greg […]

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AOC: Democratic leadership “utterly failed” in Congressional primary

Incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) holds a slim lead over his progressive challenger in a tightly contested primary race that has centered around abortion and gun rights. Democratic leadership put their weight behind Cuellar, while progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have backed immigration attorney Jessica Cisneros.  Outside groups injected […]

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Texas school shooting prompts calls for gun reform

In the wake of the Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the Senate’s top Democrat is calling on Americans to cast their ballots in November’s midterm elections for candidates who fit their values on gun reform. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he hopes to pass gun reform by that time but doubts Republicans will […]

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Georgia primaries for Kemp, Abrams produce record early turnout

It’s primary day in Georgia, and the Peach State has already seen record turnout in early voting, indicating there will be a massive increase in in-person turnout Tuesday. It comes in spite of Georgia’s controversial new voting law that critics said would suppress voting. The increase in early participation more than tripled compared to the […]

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Census Bureau made “statistically significant” miscounts in 2020

The Census Bureau announced Thursday that 14 states had population miscounts as part of its 2020 survey of the United States’ population. The discrepancy is big enough for the agency to label it “statistically significant.”  The bureau’s “Post-Enumeration Survey” is conducted to gauge the accuracy of the latest census data. The PES found significant undercounts […]

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Biden admin invokes Defense Production Act to boost baby formula supply

The Biden administration invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) Wednesday in an effort to combat the ongoing baby formula shortage. The White House will require suppliers to provide ingredients used to make formula to manufacturers ahead of other customers. “I know parents all across the country are worried about finding enough infant formula to feed […]

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Biden targets surging home prices with new plan

The Biden administration on Monday announced plans to tackle soaring home prices by increasing supply and providing financial assistance. President Joe Biden’s latest proposal would provide more rental and down-payment assistance, in addition to building and preserving hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units in the next three years.   Getting a hold of rising costs […]

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Biden: Local governments should use COVID funds for police budgets

President Joe Biden called on cities and states around the country on Friday to invest leftover Covid relief funds into public safety and police departments. The president also said local leaders should do it soon, because violent crime usually increases during the summer months.  “Spend this money now,” said President Biden. “Taking action today is […]

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