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Biden preparing for 'tinderbox' with country on edge ahead of verdict in Chauvin trial

Biden preparing for 'tinderbox' with country on edge ahead of verdict in Chauvin trial

(CNN)President Joe Biden is keeping a watchful eye on this week's closing arguments in the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin, fearful that a new racial tensions and further escalate a deepening crisis in The President voiced his concern about potential fallout from the trial during a private meeting last week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, people familiar with the session said. For weeks, it has also been a point of worry in conversations with Vice President Kamala Harris, aides say, even as the White House grapples with a cascading wave of mass shootings in America.As he...

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Ohio bridge a reminder of hurdle Biden faces as infrastructure talks begin

Ohio bridge a reminder of hurdle Biden faces as infrastructure talks begin

Cincinnati (CNN)The Brent Spence Bridge, which spans the Ohio River, has long been a political football and a symbol of government dysfunction.On one of the busiest trucking routes in the United States, with more than $1 billion in freight passing across it every day, the gridlock serves as a constant reminder of unfulfilled promises in the nation's long-running infrastructure debate."It's been batted around by both parties for a long time, but the need is now," said Brad Slabaugh, general manager of Hilltop Companies, a construction firm that sits in the shadow of the bridge. "We had...

Apr 10
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Biden and Harris to visit Georgia, a battleground that paved way for agenda

Biden and Harris to visit Georgia, a battleground that paved way for agenda

Atlanta (CNN)Democratic voters in Georgia may have helped deliver 's long quest to win the White House, but they take even prouder ownership of their critical role in cementing an early chapter of his legacy through the passage of the American Rescue Plan."You still just feel the relief in the air," said Mariama Davis, who logged countless hours volunteering for the President and Vice President Kamala Harris. "We actually are about to head back to somewhat of a normal situation that we were used to before. So, honestly, I'm satisfied."Davis is among the voters who not only helped Biden...

Mar 19
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Kinzinger is on a mission to save the Republican Party. The question is whether the party wants saving

Kinzinger is on a mission to save the Republican Party. The question is whether the party wants saving

Channahon, Illinois (CNN)Rep. wants to save the Republican Party from Donald Trump. His first challenge: Convincing the party it needs to be saved."That, I think, is the question," said Kinzinger, who is beginning his sixth term as an Illinois congressman. "If it doesn't want to be changed, that's a decision Republicans get to make. If that's the case long-term, I think we will lose elections and will be a regional party that won't compete on the national stage." As he settles into his role as of the former president, Kinzinger is embracing the political risks he's facing by openly...

Mar 9
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Sasse blasts party for 'weird worship of one dude' after Nebraska GOP rebukes him for impeachment vote

Sasse blasts party for 'weird worship of one dude' after Nebraska GOP rebukes him for impeachment vote

(CNN)The Nebraska Republican Party rebuked Sen. Ben Sasse on Saturday for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, the latest Republican in Congress to from a state party. The Nebraska GOP's state central committee formally expressed its disappointment but stopped short of a formal censure, though the resolution said Sasse "stands rebuked" by the Nebraska GOP. The senator, who was with 63% of the vote, dismissed the decision in a statement on Saturday, saying, "Most Nebraskans don't think politics should be about the weird worship of one dude."A Nebraska GOP official confirmed the...

Feb 5
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Biden seeks to intensify public lobbying for Covid-19 relief bill amid the pandemic

Biden seeks to intensify public lobbying for Covid-19 relief bill amid the pandemic

(CNN)When intensifies his attention next week to selling Republicans and Democrats on his , he won't be relying on some of the presidency's most symbolic powers.Out, for now, are arm-twisting sessions in the Oval Office or rides into a lawmaker's district aboard Air Force One. Instead, administration aides are planning remote television hits from the White House, out-of-the-blue phone calls to skeptical Republicans and maybe a stop somewhere within driving distance, according to officials.Hamstrung by the very pandemic he is working to contain, Biden and his advisers have sharply limited...

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CFO of House GOP campaign committee resigned after lawmakers object to Electoral College results

CFO of House GOP campaign committee resigned after lawmakers object to Electoral College results

(CNN)A top official at the National Republican Congressional Committee abruptly decided to resign earlier this month after House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and nearly 150 GOP lawmakers voted against certifying the Electoral College results, CNN has learned, in the latest sign of brewing inside the Republican Party as it seeks to rebuild in the post-Trump era.Rob Jentgens, the chief financial officer at the NRCC, decided to leave his post after the vote and the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, an official familiar with the matter told CNN.He could not be immediately reached...

Jan 28
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Trump to meet with McCarthy in Florida on Thursday

Trump to meet with McCarthy in Florida on Thursday

(CNN)Former President Donald Trump is expected to meet with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in Florida on Thursday, a source connected to the former President confirms to CNN.The Trump-McCarthy meeting was initiated by the California Republican, another person familiar with the meeting says, and is part of an effort to get back into the good graces of the former president. The news of the meeting was first reported by News.The meeting comes after CNN reported that McCarthy privately made a blunt appeal to his colleagues in the aftermath of the divisive fight to impeach Trump: Stop...

Jan 21
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As expected, Biden intends to keep FBI director in his post, an official says

As expected, Biden intends to keep FBI director in his post, an official says

Stay Updated on Developing StoriesView in AppBy Jeff Zeleny, Kevin Liptak and Caroline Kelly, CNN(CNN) intends to keep in his post, a senior administration official tells CNN, a sign of confidence for the bureau's leader who has more than six years remaining in his term.This is not unexpected.During the transition, Biden signaled his plan to keep Wray on board -- if he wasn't fired first by . Like all FBI directors, Wray has a 10-year term. Wray was appointed by Trump in 2017 and faced criticism from the ex-president on a number of issues.See moreWray had no reason to think he wasn't on...

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Biden will seek to raise taxes on richest Americans to fund sweeping education and child care proposals

Biden will seek to raise taxes on richest Americans to fund sweeping education and child care proposals

(CNN)President Joe Biden is preparing to outline the next step of his economic agenda during a joint session to Congress next week and his proposal to pay for it is expected to include Multiple sources familiar with the discussions underway tell CNN that Biden's forthcoming American Family Plan could nearly double the capital gains tax for people who make more than $1 million a year by taxing it like wages and salaries, and raise the top marginal income tax rate from 37% to 39.6% for households making $400,000 or more in income.The idea of the proposed changes is to reward "work, not...

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