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Biden focuses on K-8 in recasting benchmark on opening schools

Biden focuses on K-8 in recasting benchmark on opening schools

In a Wisconsin town hall, the president differed with his press secretary by painting a more optimistic picture for resuming in-person learning.President Joe Biden talks with audience members as he waits for a commercial break to end during a televised town hall event at Pabst Theater on Tuesday in Milwaukee. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoPresident Joe Biden on Tuesday evening recast his own press secretary’s benchmarks on the pace of school openings in America, saying he imagined that K-8 schools would have in-person learning on a nearly full-week basis by the end of his first 100 days in office.“I...

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Feb 17
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Trump attacks McConnell in fiery statement

Trump attacks McConnell in fiery statement

The Senate minority leader publicly soured on the former president after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, breaking four years of loyal support.Then-President Donald Trump looks on as Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 6, 2019. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFormer President Donald Trump issued a caustic and highly personal statement against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, effectively declaring war on the Kentucky Republican for failing to back his attempts to undermine the 2020 election.“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political...

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Senators and impeachment managers: The trial is over but the work isn't done

Senators and impeachment managers: The trial is over but the work isn't done

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want more facts about the Jan. 6 insurrection.Rep. Jamie Raskin speaks to reporters alongside other House impeachment managers after the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on Saturday. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP PhotoSenators may disagree on the validity of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment, but they seem on the same page about one thing: This chapter hasn’t closed quite yet.Speaking on a host of Sunday shows, senators from both parties agreed that there should be a 9/11-style investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and that...

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Feb 14
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Biden administration finalizes purchase of 200M additional vaccine doses

Biden administration finalizes purchase of 200M additional vaccine doses

The 200 million doses just purchased will be available by May, rather than June as originally predicted.The Biden administration has finalized deals for an additional 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, fulfilling , President Joe Biden said Thursday afternoon.The deals for 100 million additional doses each from vaccine makers Moderna and Pfizer will boost the country's supply to 600 million doses — enough to inoculate 300 million people.The 200 million doses just purchased will be available by May, rather than June as originally predicted. That puts the country on track to vaccinate 300...

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Feb 11
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‘I thought I was going to die’: AOC personalizes insurrection, bringing up past sexual assault

‘I thought I was going to die’: AOC personalizes insurrection, bringing up past sexual assault

“These folks that tell us to move on … these are the same tactics as abusers,” the New York Democrat said on Instagram Live.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez re-upped her calls for senators and House members who supported Donald Trump’s challenges against the election results to resign. | Tom Williams/AP PhotoRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday offered a deeply personal account of the Capitol insurrection, denouncing Republican calls to move on from the event as akin to tactics used by abusers and opening up about her own history with sexual assault.Via Instagram Live, the New York Democrat...

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Feb 2
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Ignoring calls to pull back, Gaetz slams Cheney in her home state

Ignoring calls to pull back, Gaetz slams Cheney in her home state

Rep. Matt Gaetz's rally flouted Republican leadership's appeal to temper the intraparty conflict.Rep. Matt Gaetz's rally flouted Republican leadership's appeal to temper the intraparty conflict. | Stefani Reynolds/Getty ImagesRep. Matt Gaetz fired off a barrage of insults against his colleague Liz Cheney during a rally in her home state of Wyoming on Thursday — a raw embodiment of the cleavage across the Republican Party following President Donald Trump's exit from office.Gaetz's rally flouted Republican leadership's House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urged members of his caucus Wednesday...

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Jan 28
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Rep. Jimmy Gomez drafts resolution to oust Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress

Rep. Jimmy Gomez drafts resolution to oust Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress

The move by the California Democrat follows reports that the Georgia Republican had called for violence against political opponents and law enforcement officers.Rep. Jimmy Gomez wants Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene booted from Congress. | Erin Scott-Pool/Getty ImagesRep. Jimmy Gomez wants Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene booted from Congress.The California Democrat announced on Wednesday that he planned to introduce a resolution to oust the conspiracy-theory-peddling Republican from Georgia after recent news reports revealed that Greene had previously called for violence against Democrats on social...

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Birx says she thought of quitting the Trump administration 'always'

Birx says she thought of quitting the Trump administration 'always'

"I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that every day?" Birx says in the interview.Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, watches as former President Donald Trump speaks to reporters April 20 in the White House briefing room. | Alex Brandon/AP PhotoDeborah Birx frequently contemplated quitting her post as White House coronavirus response coordinator due to the hyperpartisan environment within the Trump administration, she said in an interview set to air Sunday.Asked by Margaret Brennan on CBS' "Face the Nation" if she ever thought of leaving the...

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Jan 23
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Psaki: Biden White House will make visitor logs public

Psaki: Biden White House will make visitor logs public

The move is a shift from President Donald Trump's White House, which kept visitor logs to core offices of the White House, including the West Wing, private.An American flag flies above the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. | Patrick Semansky/APThe White House will restart the release of its visitor logs once President-elect Joe Biden takes office, Biden transition spokesperson Jen Psaki announced Friday.The move is a shift from President Donald Trump's White House, which kept visitor logs to core offices of the White House, including the West Wing, private. The Trump...

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Jan 16
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Senate moves to grant Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal

Senate moves to grant Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal

New videos revealed during the Senate impeachment trial showed Goodman luring rioters away from senators at his own personal risk.Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman participates in a the dress rehearsal for the inauguration. | Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty ImagesSenate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced legislation Friday to grant U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal for his service during the Jan. 6 riots.Both Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute from the Senate floor to Goodman and Capitol Police officers for defending...

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Feb 13
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