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Six key takeaways from Biden's Russia sanctions announcement

Six key takeaways from Biden's Russia sanctions announcement

Washington (CNN)The Biden administration slapped on Russia Thursday over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2020 election, the massive SolarWinds hack and the ongoing occupation of Crimea, signaling it is adopting a tougher posture toward the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin.The sanctions announcement also showed that the Biden administration is more willing to directly call out Russia's meddling in US affairs after Trump administration officials had to dance around former President Donald Trump's frequent unwillingness to criticize Moscow.Here are the key takeaways from...

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Apr 15
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'He's not a team player': Republicans steer clear of Gaetz amid DOJ investigation

'He's not a team player': Republicans steer clear of Gaetz amid DOJ investigation

(CNN)House Republicans are doing their best to steer clear of embattled Rep. amid an FBI investigation into whether he and had sex with a 17-year-old girl.The Republican efforts to keep their distance from Gaetz also offer him a lifeline within the GOP conference, as he appears safe at the moment from facing retribution within the party unless formal charges are filed.House GOP leaders say they're waiting to see what comes of before deciding on any action to take against Gaetz. And rank-and-file Republicans are trying to avoid answering questions or to change the subject when asked about...

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House Ethics Committee to investigate Matt Gaetz

House Ethics Committee to investigate Matt Gaetz

(CNN)The House Ethics Committee said Friday it was opening an investigation into the allegations surrounding embattled Rep. , the Florida Republican into whether he violated sex trafficking laws.The top Democrat and Republican on the Ethics Committee said they were examining Gaetz for a host of potential offenses, including both potential illegal activity and ."The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification...

Apr 9
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Republicans keep their distance from Matt Gaetz

Republicans keep their distance from Matt Gaetz

(CNN)It's been one week since the federal investigation into Rep. burst into the public sphere, and almost all of Gaetz's colleagues in the House Republican conference are keeping quiet.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he'd speak to Gaetz about the matter, though it's not clear that's happened. The Republicans are keeping their powder dry amid the ongoing investigation. And even former President Donald Trump hasn't defended one of his staunchest allies in the House.Trump brought up the Gaetz situation in a recent conversation with an ally, talking as if he was gently fishing about...

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Apr 6
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Gaetz showed nude photos of women he said he'd slept with to lawmakers, sources tell CNN

Gaetz showed nude photos of women he said he'd slept with to lawmakers, sources tell CNN

(CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican being , made a name for himself when he arrived on Capitol Hill as a conservative firebrand on TV and staunch defender of then-President Donald Trump. Behind the scenes, Gaetz gained a reputation in Congress over his relationships with women and bragging about his sexual escapades to his colleagues, multiple sources told CNN.Gaetz allegedly showed off to other lawmakers photos and videos of nude women he said he had slept with, the sources told CNN, including while on the House floor. The sources, including two people directly shown the material,...

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Bipartisan panel on Capitol riot in danger as Democrats proceed with own investigation

Bipartisan panel on Capitol riot in danger as Democrats proceed with own investigation

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's push to create a bipartisan commission that would investigate the is in danger as House Democrats turn to their committees to conduct their own sweeping probe as a fallback option, with a bipartisan path to an independent panel appearing elusive.Nine to more than a dozen federal and local agencies on Thursday, kicking off a major investigation into what happened before, during and after the insurrection at the Capitol. House Democrats say they are still pursuing the creation of an independent commission, too -- but privately Democratic lawmakers and aides...

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Mar 26
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Congressional leaders discussing a $2 billion package for new Capitol fencing and security personnel

Congressional leaders discussing a $2 billion package for new Capitol fencing and security personnel

(CNN)Congressional leaders are discussing a new $2 billion funding package that would bolster security around the US Capitol and shore up vulnerabilities exposed by the January 6 attack, according to sources familiar with the talks.There are many details to sort through amid a in Congress over how to respond to the attack on the Capitol.Among them: A permanent fence around the Capitol, hundreds of new security personnel -- either the National Guard or a military police presence -- and new authorities for the District of Columbia's National Guard to be dispatched in emergency situations, one...

Mar 19
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Intelligence report contradicts claims by Trump and his team on China election interference

Intelligence report contradicts claims by Trump and his team on China election interference

Washington (CNN)The US detailing foreign election interference in the 2020 election contradicts repeated statements from former President Donald Trump and senior members of his administration that China -- and not Russia -- was the top foreign threat to the integrity of the election. The report also raises questions about the effort from Senate Republicans to investigate the Bidens and Ukraine, a probe that examined many of the same allegations about the Bidens and Ukraine that the Russian-linked officials were pushing, according to the intelligence community report.The report, compiled by...

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Pelosi's plan for commission to probe Capitol riot faces GOP resistance

Pelosi's plan for commission to probe Capitol riot faces GOP resistance

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's to investigate is facing skepticism and opposition from congressional Republicans warning that the outside probe should not become a vehicle to attack former President Donald Trump.The initial resistance from Republicans to Pelosi's plan underscores the tricky balancing act the speaker and House Democrats face as they craft legislation for a commission to probe what remains a politically charged event last month that led to . While leading House Republicans haven't expressed outright opposition as they await more details, they are warning the commission...

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Cotton threatens to stall US attorney nominees from Democratic states

Cotton threatens to stall US attorney nominees from Democratic states

(CNN)Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is threatening to stall the nominations of US attorneys from states represented by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in retribution for the committee's Democrats moving forward on over GOP objections.Cotton said on the Senate floor Thursday during debate on the to be associate attorney general that he would "refuse consent or time agreements for the nomination of any US attorney from any state represented by a Democrat on the Judiciary Committee."Such a move would slow down the Senate and make it harder to confirm nominees to US attorney posts,...

Apr 16
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