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White House to add AAPI liaison after ultimatum from Sens. Duckworth, Hirono

White House to add AAPI liaison after ultimatum from Sens. Duckworth, Hirono

ADThe White House agreed late Tuesday to add a senior-level Asian American Pacific Islander liaison after two senators threatened to vote no on nominees because of what they said was a lack of sufficient AAPI representation in President Biden’s Cabinet.“The President has made it clear that his Administration will reflect the diversity of the country. That has always been, and remains our goal,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. "The White House will add a senior level Asian American Pacific Islander liaison, who will ensure the community’s voice is further represented and...

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March 24, 2021
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House passes expansive policing overhaul bill named in honor of George Floyd

House passes expansive policing overhaul bill named in honor of George Floyd

ADThe House on Wednesday passed , an expansive policing overhaul measure named for the 46-year-old Black man who died last Memorial Day after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck for over nine minutes.The bill passed 220 to 212 along mostly party lines, with two Democrats, Reps. Jared Golden (Maine) and Ron Kind (Wis.), voting against it, and one Republican, Rep. Lance Gooden (Tex.), accidentally voting for it.Soon after the vote, Gooden tweeted that he had pressed the wrong button and had meant to vote “no.” He said he would submit a correction to his vote.Floyd’s...

March 3, 2021
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House votes to pass Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

House votes to pass Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

ADThe House voted Thursday to pass the Equality Act, a far-reaching measure that has been decades in the making and would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.The legislation was but blocked in the Republican-led Senate. This time, Democrats control the White House, House and Senate. President Biden has signaled his support for the measure, but it still faces an uphill fight in the Senate, where it would need 60 votes to break a legislative filibuster.“The Civil Rights Act is a sacred pillar of freedom in our country. It is not amended lightly,” House...

February 25, 2021
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Texas AG Ken Paxton left Austin for Utah during power outages. Democrats say he ‘couldn’t care less about the people.’

Texas AG Ken Paxton left Austin for Utah during power outages. Democrats say he ‘couldn’t care less about the people.’

ADLast Wednesday, Austin residents enteredof frigid temperatures, powerless homes and frozen pipes. Shelves in grocery stores were , schools had transformed into and local hospitals struggled after water pressure and heat. Winter storms were battering the state.But one city homeowner had escaped the misery: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), who was nearly 1,300 miles away in Salt Lake City, where water flowed freely and electricity pumped warm air indoors.Paxton traveled to Utah’s capital with his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton (R), and met with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes (R)...

February 23, 2021
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Sarah Sanders lied, according to the Mueller report. She’s calling it a ‘slip of the tongue.’

Sarah Sanders lied, according to the Mueller report. She’s calling it a ‘slip of the tongue.’

ADAfter two years of waiting, special counsel was released on Thursday. noted President Trump sought to influence the investigation, often by directing his aides to either lie or mislead.Although that the president’s efforts were “mostly unsuccessful” because “the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out his orders or accede to his requests,” one individual was singled out by Mueller for less-honorable conduct: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who perpetuated a false narrative.During an interview Friday morning, ABC television host George Stephanopoulos pressed...

April 19, 2019
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Justice Dept. will not pursue charges against Sen. Richard Burr over stock sales at outset of pandemic

Justice Dept. will not pursue charges against Sen. Richard Burr over stock sales at outset of pandemic

ADThe Justice Department has ended its investigation into Sen. Richard Burr and will not pursue charges against the North Carolina Republican, who was being probed for stock sales he made before the pandemic crashed global markets.In a statement Tuesday, Burr said, “Tonight, the Department of Justice informed me that it has concluded its review of my personal financial transactions conducted early last year. The case is now closed.”Burr’s lawyer, Alice Fisher, said the senator was pleased that the department had closed the case without further action.“As the country continues to concentrate...

January 20, 2021
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House votes to officially call on Pence to remove Trump by invoking 25th Amendment, rebuffing the vice president’s objections

House votes to officially call on Pence to remove Trump by invoking 25th Amendment, rebuffing the vice president’s objections

ADThe Democratic-led House voted late Tuesday to officially call on Vice President Pence to remove President Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment, rebuffing the vice president’s objections. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Pence had urged Congress “to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment.” The House proceeded with the vote and is on course to consider impeaching Trump on Wednesday on one charge, “incitement of insurrection,” days after a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol.Four Republicans have said they would vote to impeach...

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January 12, 2021
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Frustrated Trump redoubles his efforts to challenge the election result

Frustrated Trump redoubles his efforts to challenge the election result

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has intensified efforts to overturn the election, raising the idea of radical measures in recent days, including military intervention, seizing voting machines and a 13th-hour appeal to the Supreme Court. On Sunday, Trump said in a radio interview that he had spoken with Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., about challenging the electoral vote count when the House and Senate convene on Jan. 6 to formally affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Related stories "He's so excited," Trump said of Tuberville. "He said, 'You made me the most popular...

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December 21, 2020
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After Supreme Court dismisses Texas case, Trump says his efforts to challenge election results are ‘not over’

After Supreme Court dismisses Texas case, Trump says his efforts to challenge election results are ‘not over’

ADPresident Trump signaled over the weekend that he will continue to challenge the results of the 2020 election, even after the electoral college meets Monday in most state capitols to cast its votes.In that aired Sunday morning, Trump repeated his false claims of election fraud and said his legal team will keep pursuing challenges despite the Supreme Court’s led by the Texas attorney general to overturn the results in four states that President-elect Joe Biden won.“No, it’s not over,” Trump told host Brian Kilmeade in the interview, which was taped Saturday at the Army-Navy game at the...

December 13, 2020
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Georgia governor rebuffs Trump’s call for special session to overturn election results, top official says

Georgia governor rebuffs Trump’s call for special session to overturn election results, top official says

ADTop Georgia Republicans criticized President Trump on Sunday for spreading falsehoods and misinformation about the election, warning that his comments could make it harder for the GOP to win its upcoming Senate races and arguing that his continued attacks on the process put local officials in danger.The state’s lieutenant governor also publicly rebuffed Trump’s calls for a special session of the legislature to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state, saying, “We’re certainly not going to move the goal posts at this point in the election.”The criticism comes a day after...

December 6, 2020
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