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McConnell Blasts Pelosi's Proposed Jan. 6 Commission As 'Partisan'

McConnell Blasts Pelosi's Proposed Jan. 6 Commission As 'Partisan'

McConnell Blasts Pelosi's Jan. 6 Riot Commission Plan As 'Partisan' Republican lawmakers want equal party representation on the panel to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's draft proposal for a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, calling it "partisan by design." The Kentucky Republican said he agrees the siege on the Capitol warrants a "serious and thorough review," but said he thinks Pelosi's proposal falls short of the standard set by the commission established after the...

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White House: China And WHO Need To 'Step Up' On Investigation Into Origin Of Pandemic

White House: China And WHO Need To 'Step Up' On Investigation Into Origin Of Pandemic

White House: China And WHO Need To 'Step Up' On Investigation Into Origin Of Pandemic : Coronavirus Updates National security adviser Jake Sullivan says he has concerns over the data China has provided to the World Health Organization regarding the origins of the coronavirus.President Biden's national security adviser said Sunday that the administration has concerns over the data China has provided to the World Health Organization regarding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. "We need a credible, open, transparent international investigation led by the World Health Organization," Jake...

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Democrats Unveil Sweeping Immigration Bill

Democrats Unveil Sweeping Immigration Bill

Democrats Unveil Sweeping Immigration Bill The legislation includes setting up a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but its fate in Congress, which has rejected such measures for the past two decades, is uncertain.Updated 4:25p.m. ET Congressional Democrats unveiled a sweeping the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, an immigration bill that includes setting up a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The measure is backed by President Biden and closely aligns with the plan he proposed on his . His administration and...

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After Voting To Acquit, McConnell Torches Trump As Responsible For Riot

After Voting To Acquit, McConnell Torches Trump As Responsible For Riot

Mitch McConnell Excoriates Trump, Saying He Is Responsible For Insurrection : Trump Impeachment Trial: Live Updates The Senate minority leader condemned the actions taken by Trump on the day of the Capitol insurrection but said he didn't believe the trial was constitutional.Following Saturday's , Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell excoriated Trump for his actions on the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, calling them a "disgraceful dereliction of duty." But, he said, ultimately, he did not vote to convict the former president because of constitutional concerns. "There's no question,...

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House Impeachment Managers Wrap Their Case

House Impeachment Managers Wrap Their Case

Impeachment Trial Day 3 Highlights: Managers Wrap Their Case : Trump Impeachment Trial: Live Updates Impeachment managers argued that not taking action against former President Donald Trump jeopardizes the country's standing in the eyes of the global community.Democratic House managers wrapped up their arguments Thursday night in the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump for his actions leading up to and on the day of the Capitol insurrection. The trial, which began Tuesday, comes just over a month after a mob of Trump supporters violently breached the Capitol, leading...

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House Removes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene From Her Committee Assignments

House Removes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene From Her Committee Assignments

Marjorie Taylor Greene Loses House Committee Assignments Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not take the robust action Democrats and some Republicans were calling for, so the whole chamber took up a resolution on her racist and inflammatory comments.Updated at 7:10 p.m. ET The House of Representatives has voted to strip Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments, following uproar over her past incendiary comments and apparent support of violence against Democrats. Thursday's vote was 230-199, with 11 Republicans joining with all Democrats to back the resolution. The...

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House Republicans To Keep Rep. Liz Cheney In Leadership Position

House Republicans To Keep Rep. Liz Cheney In Leadership Position

House Republicans To Keep Rep. Liz Cheney In Leadership Position In leadership, Cheney was responsible for the messaging of the House GOP. Her detractors argued her vote to impeach the former president indicates she's lost sight over the majority of the party.House Republicans have decided to keep Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney in her leadership role during a secret ballot vote Wednesday night, NPR's Kelsey Snell has confirmed. 145 members voted to keep her in the role, with 61 members voting to strip her of the position. Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, had come under fire from many in...

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Sen. Portman Warns Biden Against Going It Alone On COVID-19 Relief

Sen. Portman Warns Biden Against Going It Alone On COVID-19 Relief

Ohio's Rob Portman Predicts Donald Trump Won't Run Again The Ohio Republican said acting without GOP support would be "really problematic for the country" and could set a bad tone for Biden's term. He also predicted Donald Trump would not run in 2024.Heard onAudio will be available later today.Updated 5 p.m. ET Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a Republican who announced he won't seek reelection in 2022, warned the Biden administration and congressional Democrats not to move forward on a large new round of coronavirus relief legislation without GOP support, saying such a move "poisons the well."...

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Early Procedural Test Shows Where Senate GOP May Stand On Convicting Trump

Early Procedural Test Shows Where Senate GOP May Stand On Convicting Trump

Early Procedural Test Shows Where Senate GOP May Stand On Convicting Trump Sen. Rand Paul forced a vote on whether the Constitution allows the Senate to try a former president. Ahead of the trial it could indicate how many Republicans are open to voting to convict Trump.Updated 5:40 p.m. ET After senators were sworn in Tuesday afternoon as jurors in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Sen. Rand Paul quickly pressed for a vote to force lawmakers on the record over the issue of the trial's constitutionality. The Senate voted 55-45 to reject the Kentucky Republican's...

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Bernie Sanders And His Mittens Win The Inauguration Day Meme Game

Bernie Sanders And His Mittens Win The Inauguration Day Meme Game

Bernie Sanders And His Mittens Win The Inauguration Day Meme Game : Inauguration Day: Live Updates The solemn day representing the peaceful transfer of power was peppered with moments of levity, including various memes celebrating the winterwear donned by the Vermont senator.Inauguration Day wouldn't be complete without a meme or two to mark the occasion. The creation of memes on the day when past presidents and lawmakers watch as a new president takes the oath of office has become somewhat of a hallmark in recent years. Who can forget, for example, former President George W. Bush's trials...

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What Did Biden Do On His 1st Day As President?

What Did Biden Do On His 1st Day As President?

What Did Biden Do On His 1st Day As President? : Inauguration Day: Live Updates Biden signed 15 executive actions on priorities including COVID-19, climate change, racial justice — and a rollback of some Trump rules.Updated at 8:35 p.m. ET White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that President Biden has signed 15 executive actions, part of a flurry of steps he plans to take in the coming days to address his top policy priorities — and to roll back some of former President Donald Trump's initiatives. White House officials had originally told reporters there would be 17 actions...

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Urging Lawmakers To Act, Rep. Torres Recalls 'Running For My Life' During Riot

Urging Lawmakers To Act, Rep. Torres Recalls 'Running For My Life' During Riot

Norma Torres Recalls 'Running For My Life' During Capitol Riots : Congress Weighs Action Against Trump: Live Updates Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., gave an impassioned account of the events that took place on Jan. 6, when a mob of pro-Trump extremists breached the Capitol and forced lawmakers into hiding.Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., shared a harrowing account of her experience at the U.S. Capitol last week, as she fled a violent mob of pro-Trump extremists who breached the building. "I was 1 of 12 trapped in the House gallery. I heard the shot being fired. I saw the smoke from the tear gas...

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In Wake Of Capitol Attack, House Begins Moves To Impeach Trump — Again

In Wake Of Capitol Attack, House Begins Moves To Impeach Trump — Again

House To Take Up Impeachment Over Trump's Role In Capitol Mob : Congress Weighs Action Against Trump: Live Updates With nine days left in the Trump presidency, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are forging ahead with plans to remove Trump from office.Updated 5:45 p.m. ET With nine days left before President Trump's term comes to an end, the House of Representatives is forging ahead with plans to try to remove the president from office over his role in his supporters' violent attack last week on the U.S. Capitol. On Monday, House Democrats filed an charging Trump with inciting an...

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D.C. Mayor Issues 6 P.M. Curfew As Trump Supporters Breach Capitol

D.C. Mayor Issues 6 P.M. Curfew As Trump Supporters Breach Capitol

D.C. Mayor Issues 6 P.M. Curfew As Trump Supporters Breach Capitol : Protests Halt Congress' Electoral Count: Live Updates The curfew comes after thousands of President Trump's supporters headed to the U.S. Capitol, prompting the House and Senate to swiftly go into recess as Capitol Police locked down the complex.As pro-Trump extremists clash with police and breach the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered a citywide curfew starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. "During the hours of the curfew, no person, other than persons designated by the Mayor, shall walk, bike, run,...

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'Welcome To The New Georgia': Raphael Warnock On His Win In Senate Runoff

'Welcome To The New Georgia': Raphael Warnock On His Win In Senate Runoff

Raphael Warnock On Senate Win: 'Welcome To The New Georgia' He becomes the first Black person to be elected to the Senate from the state and the first Black Democratic senator from the South.Democrat Raphael Warnock made history in one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs on Tuesday when he became the first Black person to be elected to the Senate from the state and the first Black Democratic senator from the South. "Georgia certainly made me proud last night," Warnock told . "They decided to send a kid who grew up in public housing to the United States Senate to represent the concerns of...

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Here's A Look At Congress' Incoming Freshman Class

Here's A Look At Congress' Incoming Freshman Class

Congress Swearing-In: A Look At The Incoming Freshman Class The 117th Congress will be the most diverse group of federal lawmakers yet.With 2020 in the rearview mirror, the 117th Congress is now getting under way as members take their oaths of office on Capitol Hill Sunday. For many, the process will be familiar territory. But for most of the incoming lawmakers, it's the beginning of a brand new chapter. Here's a look at that group of lawmakers and what their first few days will look like: Pandemic looms large The first day brings with it considerably less pomp and celebration than typical...

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Congressional Leaders Reach Deal On $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Package

Congressional Leaders Reach Deal On $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Package

Congress Forges Agreement On Coronavirus Relief Measure "At long last, we have the bipartisan breakthrough the country has needed," says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Updated at 7:05 p.m. ET After months of partisan squabbling, congressional leaders have reached agreement on a nearly $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. "At long last, we have the bipartisan breakthrough the country has needed," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Sunday evening. "As our citizens continue battling the coronavirus this holiday season, they will not be fighting...

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As Year-End Looms, Lawmakers Still Seek Deal On More Coronavirus Aid

As Year-End Looms, Lawmakers Still Seek Deal On More Coronavirus Aid

As Year-End Looms, Lawmakers Still Seek Deal On More Coronavirus Aid With lawmakers facing a mounting year-end to-do list, a deal on a new coronavirus relief package continues to be elusive for Congress.With lawmakers facing a mounting year-end to-do list, a deal on a new coronavirus relief package continues to be elusive for Congress. But a key House Democrat on Sunday seemed to indicate some flexibility on one of his party's priorities. "[Democrats] are not going to get everything we want," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said on CNN's Inside Politics. "We think state and local...

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Supreme Court Shuts Door On Trump Election Prospects

Supreme Court Shuts Door On Trump Election Prospects

Supreme Court Shuts Door On Trump Election Prospects Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued four states that Joe Biden won, claiming their changes to election procedures during the pandemic violated federal law.The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday night rejected an eleventh hour challenge to Joe Biden's election as president. The court's action came in a one-page order, which said the complaint was denied "for lack of standing." "Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections," the court wrote. Justice Samuel Alito, joined...

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Kamala Harris' Husband, Doug Emhoff, To Teach Law At Georgetown

Kamala Harris' Husband, Doug Emhoff, To Teach Law At Georgetown

Kamala Harris' Husband, Doug Emhoff, To Teach Law At Georgetown : Biden Transition Updates Emhoff, who resigned from DLA Piper, where he was a partner, will serve as a distinguished visitor from practice and teach a course in the spring semester on entertainment law disputes.The incoming second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, will join the faculty of Georgetown Law, the largest law school in the United States. "This role at Georgetown will be separate and apart from his official role as second gentleman," a transition spokesperson said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the representative...

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Trump And Biden Make 11th Hour Election Appeals Across Key States

Trump And Biden Make 11th Hour Election Appeals Across Key States

Where Trump And Biden Are Campaigning On Sunday The president makes five stops in five different swing states Sunday, while his Democratic rival focuses on Pennsylvania.Updated 4:43 p.m. ET President Trump makes five stops in five different swing states Sunday, while his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, focuses on Pennsylvania just days before Election Day. Trump's jam-packed schedule highlights the he faces for reelection and the categorically dissimilar style of campaigning he has taken in contrast to Biden. Trump began his Sunday speaking to supporters in Macomb County, Mich. — a state he...

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FACT CHECK: Trump Falsely Claims That Votes Shouldn't Be Counted After Election Day

FACT CHECK: Trump Falsely Claims That Votes Shouldn't Be Counted After Election Day

FACT CHECK: Trump Falsely Claims That Votes Shouldn't Be Counted After Election Day "I think it's terrible when we can't know the results of an election the night of the election in a modern-day age of computers," Trump said. But the vote totals are never fully counted the same day.President Trump is doubling down on claims that the results of the presidential election must be known on election night itself, falsely asserting "that's the way it's been and that's the way it should be." Speaking to reporters after arriving in North Carolina on Sunday evening during a , Trump repeatedly called...

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62 Million And Counting: Americans Are Breaking Early Voting Records

62 Million And Counting: Americans Are Breaking Early Voting Records

62 Million And Counting: Americans Are Breaking Early Voting Records With about a week left, Americans have already cast 62 million early ballots, putting the 2020 election on track for historic levels of voter turnout.With about a week still remaining until Election Day, Americans have already cast a record-breaking early ballots, putting the 2020 election on track for historic levels of voter turnout. That's some 15 million more pre-election votes than were cast in the 2016 election, according to the , a turnout-tracking database run by University of Florida professor Michael McDonald....

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Senate Republicans Advance Barrett's Supreme Court Nomination

Senate Republicans Advance Barrett's Supreme Court Nomination

Senate Advances Barrett; Final Confirmation Vote Is Monday The 51-48 cloture vote sets the stage for a final confirmation vote Monday evening — just over a week before the general election.The U.S. Senate voted Sunday afternoon to end debate on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote Monday evening — just over a week before the general election. In a floor vote mostly along party lines, 51 Republicans advanced Barrett, who's President Trump's nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Following...

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California Eases Off Legal Threats Over GOP Unauthorized Ballot Drop Boxes

California Eases Off Legal Threats Over GOP Unauthorized Ballot Drop Boxes

Calif. Backs Off Legal Threats Over GOP Ballot Drop Boxes The California Republican Party has made some concessions following a cease-and-desist letter from the state, but it will continue to use ballot drop boxes.Scott RoddFromThe state of California appears to be backing off legal threats against the California Republican Party over its use of unauthorized ballot drop boxes. On Monday, California's secretary of state and attorney general sent a to the California GOP and several county party offices, ordering they remove unauthorized boxes to collect ballots, some of which were labeled...

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