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Wednesday April 21, 2021 - Times viewed: 375
Minneapolis police operations under investigation after Chauvin guilty verdicts
WASHINGTON DC - The Justice Department is launching a federal civil rights inquiry into Minneapolis police operations and its use of lethal force, a day after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the murder of George Floyd. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the review Wednesday, reviving a Justice strategy used to hold local police agencies to account for engaging in a pattern of unlawful conduct. "Yesterday's verdict doe ...
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Wednesday April 21, 2021 - Times viewed: 373
U.S.-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed as Taliban balk
KABUL, Afghanistan - An upcoming international peace conference that was meant to move Afghanistan's warring sides to a power-sharing deal and ensure an orderly U.S. exit from the country has been postponed, its sponsors announced Wednesday. They cited a lack of prospects for meaningful progress. As peace efforts stalled, Germany's Defense Ministry suggested NATO military planners were contemplating a possible withdrawal of international troop ...
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Wednesday April 21, 2021 - Times viewed: 373
Biden's long, twisting road toward managing the George Floyd verdict
WASHINGTON DC - President Joe Biden renewed his calls Tuesday for action to address racial discrimination in policing and the criminal justice system, in response to the guilty verdict of the former police officer who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. “Nothing can ever bring their brother, their father back,” Biden said after speaking with Floyd’s family. “But this can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America.” ...
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Monday April 19, 2021 - Times viewed: 378
Climate change is a major factor behind increased migration at U.S. southern border, experts say
Hurricanes Eta and Iota struck Central America last November, bringing torrential rain, flash floods, landslides and crop damage across Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. An estimated 7.3 million people in the region were affected by the twin hurricanes as of December, according to the United Nations. The impact of the hurricanes is one of many reasons migrants from Central America are making the dangerous journey to the U.S. s ...
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Saturday April 17, 2021 - Times viewed: 375
Biden says Iran enriching uranium at 60% is not helpful, but is pleased country engaging in indirect talks
WASHINGTON DC - President Joe Biden on Friday said Iran's decision to enrich uranium at 60% is not helpful and counter to the agreement the countries made under the Iran nuclear deal, but said he is pleased the country continues to engage in indirect talks with the United States. "We do not support and do not think it's at all helpful, that Iran is saying it's going to move to enrich to 60%. It is contrary to the agreement," Biden said during ...
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Saturday April 17, 2021 - Times viewed: 377
These are the 6 Republicans who voted against a bipartisan bill on anti-Asian hate crimes
WASHINGTON DC - The Senate overwhelmingly voted on Wednesday to advance a bill addressing the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Democrats Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Rep. Grace Meng of New York, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act will require federal officers to "facilitate the expedited review" of hate crimes. "It defines COVID-19 hate crime as a violent crime that is motivated by two things: (1) the actual ...
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Thursday April 15, 2021 - Times viewed: 375
Mitch McConnell wants his conference to say nice things about these 2 Democrats
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mitch McConnell had an unusual request for Senate Republicans this week: Say nice things about two Democrats. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are under lots of pressure from liberal activists and their Democratic colleagues to buckle on the filibuster, McConnell told Senate Republicans on Tuesday, according to two sources familiar with the party meeting. That’s why the GOP should keep the moderate pa ...
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Thursday April 15, 2021 - Times viewed: 372
Blinken makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan after Biden moves to pull out all troops
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to sell Afghan leaders and a wary public on President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all American troops from the country and end America’s longest war. Blinken sought to assure senior Afghan politicians that the United States remains committed to the country despite Biden’s announcement a day earlier that the 2,500 U.S. soldiers ...
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Thursday April 15, 2021 - Times viewed: 371
Harris to visit Mexico, Guatemala 'soon' amid GOP criticism
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vice President Kamala Harris, the Biden administration's point person on stemming the flow of Central American migrants coming to the U.S., said Wednesday she will travel to Mexico and Guatemala “soon” amid mounting GOP criticism. “Our focus is to deal with the root causes, and I'm looking forward to travelling, hopefully, as my first trip, to the Northern Triangle — stopping in Mexico and then going to Guatemala sometime so ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 371
Biden rolls back Trump's anti-abortion curbs on family planning funds
The Biden administration on Wednesday moved to unwind former President Donald Trump’s anti-abortion restrictions on federal family planning funds. New rules proposed Wednesday would largely return the Title X program to its pre-Trump formation, allowing more abortion clinics to participate in a program that provides free or subsidized contraception and other health services to about 4 million low-income Americans each year. The move stems f ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 371
Biden's decision: How hard to punch back at Putin's hackers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Joe Biden promised in December that he would “not stand idly by” after Russia’s latest massive cyberattack on the U.S. Well over 100 days later, his administration has yet to make it clear how hard it plans to punch back. The U.S. has employed a range of punishments for Moscow’s digital intrusions in the past, including levelling sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services, shuttering consulates, ind ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 371
Biden moves to leverage corporate America's falling out with GOP
The business community doesn’t dislike President Joe Biden’s proposal to hike corporate taxes to pay for a massive $2 trillion-plus infrastructure plan. They detest it. But there are some reasons to think corporate leaders are warming to Biden: They backed his Covid-19 recovery plan, which pumped billions of dollars into hard-hit industries and small businesses. They know he comes from a business-friendly state that boasts more corporations th ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 370
New details shed light on Gaetz's Bahamas trip
MIAMI - The group took off for their Bahamas weekend getaway on three separate flights. Most of the passengers, which included at least five young women, flew out of Orlando on two separate private planes. Matt Gaetz flew commercial. The details of that September 2018 trip are sparse, but they are critical to the allegations against Gaetz, the Florida congressman currently the subject of a federal sex crimes investigation that is threatening h ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 372
The end of the imperial governorship
One of the first things on the agenda this year for Kentucky Republicans was figuring out how to kneecap Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear. They dropped legislation in January that placed new limits on the governor’s emergency executive powers, quickly passed the bill, overrode his veto and then fought him in court. In the months that have followed, lawmakers across the country — from Maine to California, Oregon to Florida — have proposed and, in m ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 369
Dems wrestle with whether to nudge a justice off the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats are grappling with judicial déja vu: an ageing liberal Supreme Court justice, a paper-thin Senate majority and activist pressure to swing the bench leftward. Justice Stephen Breyer is 82 and Democrats are a single Senate seat away from ceding control back to Republicans. It’s a familiar and uncomfortable bind for a party that barely nudged former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire the last time they controlled b ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 371
Minnesota cop will be charged in shooting of Black motorist
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota — A Minnesota prosecutor said Wednesday that he will charge a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, igniting days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police. Kim Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in priso ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 370
'Long Covid' mystery sparks a research revolution
THE RACE TO SOLVE 'LONG COVID': Researchers racing to understand the lingering coronavirus symptoms collectively known as “Long Covid” face a crucial data problem: They don’t know exactly what they should be looking for. Is it the lingering cough and shortness of breath? Persistent dizziness? Prolonged loss of smell and taste? Or maybe the long-term neurological or psychiatric effects? Entirely new symptoms could manifest months, maybe even ye ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 370
Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison
NEW YORK - Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme, died in a federal prison early Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. He was 82. Madoff died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, apparently from natural causes, the person said. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity. Last year, Ma ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 372
Gensler confirmed as top Wall Street cop, bringing new era of tough scrutiny
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Gary Gensler to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, putting in place a battle-tested Wall Street watchdog at a moment when Democrats are looking to rein in financial market risk. The Senate confirmed Gensler in a 53-45 vote. The MIT professor and former Goldman Sachs partner are returning to government after serving as a top regulator in the Obama administration when he cracked down ...
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Wednesday April 14, 2021 - Times viewed: 370
Rep. Kevin Brady announces retirement
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Kevin Brady, the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, is retiring at the end of his term. He announced Wednesday that he’s leaving partly because Republicans’ internal term limit rules will force him to step down as the top Republican on the panel. Brady has been his party’s point man on the committee for six years, where he was a chief architect of Republicans’ seminal 2017 tax cuts, the biggest ...
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