Cameron Peters
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Contributing writer @voxdotcom. Runner, cyclist. Previously @rollcall @ubnews @MedillSchoolSource
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After New York legalizes marijuana, Schumer eyes federal reform

After New York legalizes marijuana, Schumer eyes federal reform

Despite the Biden administration’s hesitancy, marijuana legalization is broadly popular among US voters. Majority Leader Schumer Holds Press Conference On Senate Business Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on March 25. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images In the wake of New York’s decision to legalize marijuana earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he’s ready to move on federal marijuana reform. In an interview with Politico, published Saturday, Schumer said he hopes President Joe Biden’s views on cannabis legislation will...

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Apr 3
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Trump tells GOP committees to stop using his name for fundraising

Trump tells GOP committees to stop using his name for fundraising

Trump sent cease and desist orders to the RNC, NRSC, and NRCC on Friday.Former President Donald Trump demanded that the Republican National Committee (RNC) and two GOP campaign organizations stop using his name and likeness for fundraising, on Friday, .Trump lawyers reportedly sent cease and desist orders not just to the RNC, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which are spearheading Republican efforts to retake the Senate and the House in the 2022 midterms, respectively.The cease and desist effort comes less...

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Mar 6
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When to expect your stimulus check, and other questions, answered

When to expect your stimulus check, and other questions, answered

Congress is about to pass a third stimulus package, including $1,400 direct payments.On Saturday, the Senate a $1.9 trillion by a vote of 50 to 49, clearing the way for its final passage through the House , after which President Joe Biden is expected to sign the package into law.That means a third round of direct cash payments will soon be on the way — but there are a few differences from the stimulus bill Congress .Specifically, this round of payments will be quite a bit larger for most of those who received checks previously. Instead of the that was sent out in December, individuals will...

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Mar 6
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Why some Texans are facing catastrophic electric bills after a winter storm

Why some Texans are facing catastrophic electric bills after a winter storm

Wholesale power plans left Texans on the hook for thousands of dollars after prices spiked.In Texas this week, freezing temperatures , triggering , — and, ., some Texans have been hit with power bills totaling as much as for only a few days of electricity, many times more than the usual cost of power in Texas.Specifically, it’s Texas residents who rely on a wholesale power plan, rather than a fixed-rate plan, who have seen their bills climb after the demand for power jumped dramatically across the state this week as Winter Storm Uri struck and temperatures plunged. Texas, which has a...

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Feb 20
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Florida Republicans want to impose new voting restrictions. They’re not the only ones.

Florida Republicans want to impose new voting restrictions. They’re not the only ones.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s plan to make it harder to vote by mail, briefly explained.In the 2020 presidential election, more Floridians than ever before . Now, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to .At a news conference in Palm Beach on Friday, DeSantis, a Republican, announced a proposed slate of new voting restrictions that would make it more difficult for voters to receive and return mail-in ballots in future Florida elections.In doing so, he joined a who have worked in the months since the 2020 general election to introduce new voting restrictions, arguing these policies will make voting more...

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Feb 21
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A Trump criminal probe in Georgia expands to include Sen. Lindsey Graham

A Trump criminal probe in Georgia expands to include Sen. Lindsey Graham

A Georgia district attorney is investigating whether Graham violated state law in a call with an elections official.In Georgia, a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s post-election conduct is expanding to include close Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, .The , which was opened by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis earlier this month, will probe whether Trump — and now Graham — violated state law in the course of Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results in Georgia following the 2020 presidential election.According to , Graham — a Republican from South...

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Feb 13
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Mitch McConnell’s speech shows he’s willing to condemn Trump — but not when it matters

Mitch McConnell’s speech shows he’s willing to condemn Trump — but not when it matters

Sen. McConnell relied on a technicality to excuse his vote to acquit Trump.On Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a strong case for convicting former President Donald Trump of inciting insurrection — less than half an hour after voting to acquit Trump of inciting insurrection.Before taking the floor to speak, McConnell in voting to find Trump not guilty on the single article of impeachment approved by the House, thus heading off the former president’s conviction and possible disqualification from holding future elected office.Then, he warned in no uncertain terms that...

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How statements by Republican lawmakers have made things harder for Trump’s legal team

How statements by Republican lawmakers have made things harder for Trump’s legal team

New details about January 6 show how flimsy Trump’s impeachment defense is.Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense is looking more threadbare: New statements by Republican lawmakers appear to undercut key claims from his defense team about how much Trump knew about the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, and when he knew it.New details Friday about a call between Trump and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy in the midst of the attack. First recounted by Washington state Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who was one of just 10 House Republicans to , the call gives insight into...

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The attack on the Capitol may have also been a superspreader event

The attack on the Capitol may have also been a superspreader event

Lawmakers may have been exposed to the coronavirus during Wednesday’s riot.Congress’s attending physician House members on Sunday that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus last week, after evacuating from the House chamber when pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol.In an email, attending physician Dr. Brian Monahan wrote that, after evacuating to “a large committee hearing space,” members “may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”NEW — the attending physician has sent out an email saying that people in the safe room during the riots may have...

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Jan 10
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Pro-Trump protesters rally for a coup: "We’re not going anywhere"

Pro-Trump protesters rally for a coup: "We’re not going anywhere"

Pro-Trump protests in Washington, DC, and Washington state turn violent as court defeats pile up.Supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrated against the results of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, in a series of rallies that underscored the hold the president retains on backers both within and outside the Republican Party.At least two of these protests ultimately became violent — in Washington, DC, and in the city of Olympia, in Washington state. No deaths were reported, though all four stabbing victims are said to be hospitalized in critical condition as of Sunday. As of...

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Dec 13
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