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Friday March 12, 2021 - Times viewed: 451
Merrick Garland finally got his Senate vote. Now comes the hard part
Washington (CNN)Merrick Garland faces multiple crises to address and politically tough decisions to make as he belatedly takes the reins at the Justice Department as attorney general. He'll try to heal a workforce that was battered during the Trump era, deliver on President Joe Biden's liberal priorities and campaign promises and oversee some of the most complex investigations in a generation. In an address to the department's 115,000-person ...
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Friday March 12, 2021 - Times viewed: 456
Faced with Biden's popular Covid law, Republicans stick to the culture war
Washington (CNN)Despite a busy start to Joe Biden's administration, Republicans are struggling to find effective lines of attack against the new Democratic president. No Republicans on Capitol Hill supported the Biden-backed Covid stimulus package, but the GOP also did relatively little to marshal public opposition to the bill beyond calling it a "liberal wish list." That's not surprising given how popular the bill is, with 61% of adults sayin ...
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Friday March 12, 2021 - Times viewed: 454
Biden directs states to open vaccinations to all adults by May 1
(CNN)Addressing a pandemic-worn nation a year after coronavirus brought life to a halt, President Joe Biden on Thursday offered a plan to lift the country from crisis using a pair of upcoming dates: May 1, by which he will order states to allow all adults to receive vaccines; and July 4, when he said Americans can again celebrate Independence Day in person. The deadlines offered distinct time frames for frazzled citizens looking for a sign tha ...
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Friday March 12, 2021 - Times viewed: 452
Alleged Oath Keeper charged in Capitol riot chauffeured Roger Stone, FBI agent says
Birmingham, Alabama (CNN)An alleged Oath Keeper charged in the Capitol riot was a driver for Roger Stone as part of his security detail at an event one day before the attack, an FBI agent testified Thursday. The FBI agent said at a federal court hearing that he reviewed video of Joshua James and other members of the right-wing extremist group providing security to Stone, a close ally of former President Donald Trump. James' ties to Stone were ...
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Friday March 12, 2021 - Times viewed: 449
Alleged Oath Keeper charged in Capitol attack insults Capitol police over failure to plan for January 6 riot
(CNN)An alleged member of an extremist group charged in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol insulted the US Capitol Police in a court filing Thursday, arguing that the breach of the congressional complex would not have happened if the police had "engaged in the level of strategic planning" that the rioters did. Thomas Caldwell, a Virginia veteran, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with other members of the extremist Oath Keepers to attac ...
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Friday March 12, 2021 - Times viewed: 447
Postmaster General DeJoy gives himself an 'A' grade despite widespread criticism
(CNN)Embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he would give himself an "A" for his stewardship of the US Postal Service, despite what he has acknowledged were "unacceptable" mail and package delays during the peak holiday season. Faced with growing criticism of his handling of USPS operations, DeJoy was grilled during a congressional hearing Thursday about what grade he should receive for his efforts. At first, DeJoy resisted grading him ...
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Friday March 12, 2021 - Times viewed: 448
Trump's acting Defense Secretary says his January 6 speech incited Capitol rioters
(CNN)Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller believes former President Donald Trump's speech on the morning of January 6 incited the rioters who stormed the US Capitol. "The question is would anybody have marched on the Capitol and overrun the Capitol without the President's speech, I think it's pretty much definitive that wouldn't have happened, so yes," Miller told VICE on Showtime. "The question is did he know that he was enra ...
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Wednesday March 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 461
Jimmy Carter 'saddened and angry' over Georgia voting restriction efforts
Washington (CNN)Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday denounced recent Republican-led efforts to restrict voter access in his home state of Georgia, saying he is "disheartened, saddened, and angry." "American democracy means every eligible person has the right to vote in an election that is fair, open, and secure. It should be flexible enough to meet the electorate's changing needs. As Georgians, we must protect these values," the former De ...
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Wednesday March 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 465
Trump requests mail-in ballot ahead of local Florida election despite baseless fraud claims
Washington (CNN)Former President Donald Trump requested a mail-in ballot ahead of a local municipal election in Florida, according to Palm Beach County records, despite his frequent attacks on voting by mail. The records from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections website show the ballot was mailed on Friday to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, which he made his permanent residence in 2019. Pictures available through Getty Images show Trump w ...
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Wednesday March 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 468
House GOP struggles over conservative hardliners' tactics: 'It's a pain in the a**'
(CNN)House Republicans are engaged in an internal struggle over how to assert their power with their robust minority, with a small contingent of conservative hardliners taking extreme measures to disrupt routine business of the chamber, irritating many of their GOP colleagues who are eager to wage a more focused battle over President Joe Biden's agenda. The House Freedom Caucus -- a bloc of conservative lawmakers, many of whom are among former ...
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Wednesday March 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 461
House gears up for vote on Biden's Covid relief plan
(CNN)The US House of Representatives is gearing up for a final vote on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan in an effort to send it to the White House to be signed into law later this week. After the Senate passed its version of the bill over the weekend, the House is now on track for a final vote Wednesday morning. By a vote of 219-210, the House passed on Tuesday evening a procedural motion that sets up the final vote Wedne ...
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Wednesday March 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 461
Covid relief package marks a shift in US battle against poverty
(CNN)President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid rescue plan that is expected to win final passage in the House on Wednesday is not just aimed at ending the pandemic -- it represents the most sweeping direct attempt to tackle endemic poverty in America in years. While there has been plenty of attention on the failure of congressional Democrats to include a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, much of the bill aims hundreds of billions of dol ...
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Wednesday March 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 462
Biden plans media and travel blitz to sell relief plan -- and make the benefits permanent
Washington (CNN)After signing a massive but temporary expansion of the social safety net into law this week, President Joe Biden will set about convincing Americans that its benefits -- which amount to a dramatic reshaping of the country's economy -- must be made permanent. His first venue will be a primetime address Thursday night, a direct-to-camera reckoning on a year of pandemic that aides say will still lean heavily into positive signs th ...
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Wednesday March 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 462
Biden forges ahead with his pro-union agenda on several fronts
Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Tuesday continued his string of pro-union actions since entering the White House by calling for the House to pass a bill to make it easier for employees to unionize. Biden strongly encouraged the House of Representatives to pass the so-called "PRO Act," a bill that he said would encourage unions and "dramatically enhance the power of workers to organize and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, ...
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Tuesday March 9, 2021 - Times viewed: 470
The slew of Senate Republican retirements prove who's in charge of the GOP now
2022 Senate elections In 2022, 34 states will hold Senate elections. Light red states are open races that are now represented by Republicans who are not running for re-election. Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt is the fifth Republican senator to announce his retirement. (CNN)Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt's surprise retirement announcement Monday adds his name to a growing list of GOP establishment politicians who no longer recognize the party they represent ...
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Tuesday March 9, 2021 - Times viewed: 480
$1,400 checks could start arriving within weeks under latest COVID-19 relief package
WASHINGTON – Millions of Americans should see checks of up to $1,400 land in their bank accounts in a few weeks. The one-time payments are part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that’s likely to get final approval in the House on Tuesday. The Internal Revenue Service hasn’t indicated how soon it will start to distribute the money. Analysts said the checks should appear in bank accounts via direct deposit in a co ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 477
British-Iranian woman ends 5-year sentence, but not free yet
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British-Iranian woman held in an Iranian prison for five years on widely refuted spying charges ended her sentence on Sunday, her lawyer said, although she faces a new trial and cannot yet return home to London. The twists and turns of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s years-long case have sparked international outrage and strained already fraught diplomatic ties between Britain and Iran. Although Zaghari-Ratcliffe completed ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 483
Sunshine State dims for Dems amid election losses, cash woes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrats may delight in their brightening prospects in Arizona and Georgia, and may even harbor glimmers of hope in Texas, but their angst is growing in Florida, which has a reputation as a swing state but now favors Republicans and could be shifting further out of reach for Democrats. As the jockeying begins to take on Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022, Democrats’ disadvantage against Republicans is ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 479
Report: Blinken offers plan to bolster Afghan peace process
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is proposing a series of steps to help jumpstart Afghanistan’s stalled peace process between the government and Taliban, according to a letter from Blinken to Afghanistan’s president Ashra Ghani published Sunday by Afghanistan’s TOLONews. The letter calls for bringing the two sides together for a U.N.-facilitated conference with foreign ministers and envoys from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, ...
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Monday March 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 472
Board to begin search for permanent Capitol Police chief
WASHINGTON (AP) — The board that oversees the U.S. Capitol Police is beginning a search for a permanent police chief, a person familiar with the matter said, as the fallout from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol continues. Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has faced scrutiny from Capitol Hill leaders and congressional committees over law enforcement failures that allowed thousands of rioters to overtake police officers during the insurrection. Th ...
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