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House Minority Leader McCarthy defends Trump’s response to Jan. 6 insurrection

House Minority Leader McCarthy defends Trump’s response to Jan. 6 insurrection

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) continued to defend former president Donald Trump’s response to the Jan. 6 insurrection, claiming in an interview Sunday that Trump was unaware the U.S. Capitol was being stormed until McCarthy called and urged him to tell his supporters to stop.“I was the first person to contact him when the riot was going on,” McCarthy told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “He didn’t see it, but he ended the call . . . telling me he’ll put something out to make sure to stop this. And that’s what he did. He put a video out later.”The statement...

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On infrastructure, lofty ideas are colliding with congressional reality

On infrastructure, lofty ideas are colliding with congressional reality

Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.) says he will oppose President Biden’s infrastructure package if a cap on state and local tax deductions is not erased. “No SALT, no deal,” he said in an interview.Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) said she has pressed and other officials to add money for biofuel infrastructure, which would help her state. “I am hoping this was an oversight and that they will support it,” she said.Business lobbyists, meanwhile, are privately urging the White House to drop the $400 billion home- and elder-care provisions to cut the bill’s cost and the corporate tax hikes needed to fund it....

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Latest massacres test gun-control advocates’ resolve as White House faces growing pressure to act

Latest massacres test gun-control advocates’ resolve as White House faces growing pressure to act

The routine has become so predictable that some gun-control activists see the familiarity of tragedy as their biggest obstacle to achieving the change they’ve been seeking for the past decade.A gunman’s rampage that claimed eight lives Thursday in Indianapolis became the latest mass shooting to set off the well-known pattern of condolences, lowered flags and a somber presidential statement calling on .With the cycle typically ending in legislative gridlock before repeating itself, activists are seizing on the most recent spate of deadly shootings to try to disrupt the system.“God help us if...

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Democratic leaders throw cold water on proposal to expand Supreme Court

Democratic leaders throw cold water on proposal to expand Supreme Court

Democratic leaders on Thursday expressed opposition to a proposal from a group of liberal lawmakers that would expand the ­Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, underscoring tensions within the party over how to address concerns that the nation’s highest court will remain reliably conservative for years to come.The goal of the legislation, which was introduced in both chambers, is to allow Democrats to appoint more liberal justices by expanding the court’s size rather than waiting for vacancies on the bench, a move Republicans derided as .House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that...

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House panel approves bill to create commission on slavery reparations

House panel approves bill to create commission on slavery reparations

A House committee on Wednesday approved legislation to create a commission to make recommendations on paying reparations to the descendants of enslaved people, the furthest the bill has advanced since it was first introduced more than 30 years ago.As expected, the vote broke on party lines, 25 to 17.Advocates of reparations last year as racial justice protests were held across the country following more police killings of Black Americans, including in Minneapolis, and it became an issue during the contest.On Wednesday, the legislation’s supporters hailed the vote as a historic step...

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Rep. Greene’s fundraising haul alarms detractors, who warn she represents a dangerous side of American politics

Rep. Greene’s fundraising haul alarms detractors, who warn she represents a dangerous side of American politics

During her first three months in office, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has declared herself representative of the Republican Party’s base of voters and not a fringe member of the GOP as she faced a torrent of criticism over her extremist positions, which have been denounced as falsehoods and racist.Now the Georgia Republican has the fundraising numbers to help make her case.Greene announced earlier this week that she raised a staggering $3.2 million during the first quarter of the year with more than 100,000 individual donations. Her campaign team adds that 98 percent of the donations were...

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Republicans ramp up attacks on corporations over Georgia voting law, threaten ‘consequences’

Republicans ramp up attacks on corporations over Georgia voting law, threaten ‘consequences’

ADRepublicans are attacking corporations over their decision to condemn the controversial Georgia voting law, part of the party’s embrace of the populism espoused by President Donald Trump even as it creates tensions with traditional allies in the business community.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday accused with Democrats’ portrayal of as the new Jim Crow, which he called an attempt to “mislead and bully the American people.” He argued that it would expand, not restrict, voter access to the polls, and his statement included a threat of unspecified “serious...

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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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House votes to reauthorize landmark Violence Against Women Act

House votes to reauthorize landmark Violence Against Women Act

ADThe House voted on Wednesday to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, legislation originally authored by then-Sen. Joe Biden in 1994 that aims to strengthen protections for women from domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.The landmark law was reauthorized several times since, but lapsed in 2019 after the Democratic-controlled House voted to renew it, but it stalled in the Republican-led Senate. Democrats are hopeful it will find the support this time although the latest version still faces potential obstacles in the evenly-divided Senate.The vote was 244-to-172, with 29...

Mar 17
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Democrats link Atlanta massacre to anti-Asian rhetoric during pandemic

Democrats link Atlanta massacre to anti-Asian rhetoric during pandemic

ADAs word spread Tuesday night that a White man had gunned down six women of Asian descent at three spas in the Atlanta area, Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) tweeted out the names of every Republican House member who had voted “nay” on her resolution to curb anti-Asian hate crimes. “There is blood on their hands” she wrote on Twitter.“I put forth that resolution last year not for any partisan purpose of attacking anyone,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “I wanted to show the Asian community that Congress, your leaders on both sides of the aisle, condemn this sort of bigotry. I never expected...

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