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Biden and Obama urge Americans to get vaccinated in star-studded television special

Biden and Obama urge Americans to get vaccinated in star-studded television special

Washington (CNN)President and former President Barack Obama joined a slate of celebrities Sunday evening in urging Americans to get vaccinated during an aimed at boosting confidence in the shots and raising awareness about eligibility. The event, titled "Roll Up Your Sleeves" and hosted by singer Ciara and her NFL quarterback husband, Russell Wilson, saw Biden pitch vaccinations as "the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from Covid-19, including the new variants we're seeing.""If you've been fully vaccinated, thank you," the President said. "If you're planning to get...

Apr 19
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Marjorie Taylor Greene launching 'America First' caucus pushing for 'anglo-Saxon political tradition'

Marjorie Taylor Greene launching 'America First' caucus pushing for 'anglo-Saxon political tradition'

Washington (CNN)Conservative Rep. is launching a new "America First" caucus, her office confirmed Friday, bringing together a group of far-right lawmakers known for their controversial rhetoric. promoting the new caucus, which calls for a "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions" and pushes a series of conspiracy theories about election integrity. The flier also outlined a nativist argument warning that "mass immigration" poses a threat to "the long-term existential future of America as a unique country with a unique culture and a unique identity."A spokesperson for...

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Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more policing'

Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more policing'

Washington (CNN)Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday evening that he disagreed with, a fellow progressive, after she called for "no more policing, incarceration, and militarization" in the wake of Daunte Wright's fatal encounter with police in Minnesota."No I don't," Sanders told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" when asked if he agreed with Tlaib's message. "I think that what we need to do is to understand that there needs to be major, major police reform all across this country. We are tired of seeing the same thing, week after week and year after year. We do not want...

Apr 15
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New York Times: Matt Gaetz associate has been cooperating with Justice Department since last year

New York Times: Matt Gaetz associate has been cooperating with Justice Department since last year

Washington (CNN)Joel Greenberg, a in the ongoing investigation into Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, has been providing information to investigators since last year about Gaetz's activities, among other topics,. Greenberg started speaking with investigators when he realized it was his only path to leniency in the face of considerable evidence against him, the people told the Times. A source familiar with the case confirmed to CNN later Tuesday that Greenberg has been providing investigators with information since that time, including information about encounters he had with women who...

Apr 8
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Virginia lawmakers OK marijuana possession starting July 1

Virginia lawmakers OK marijuana possession starting July 1

(CNN)The Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill legalizing simple possession of marijuana, to modify its laws around cannabis use and possession that disproportionately jailed Black people for nonviolent offenses.The new law, which goes into effect July 1, allows anyone in the state 21 or older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. The law also "modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and imposes limits on dissemination of criminal history record information related to certain marijuana offenses," according to ."Virginia led and made history once again...

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New York Times: Matt Gaetz sought preemptive pardon in final weeks of Trump's presidency

New York Times: Matt Gaetz sought preemptive pardon in final weeks of Trump's presidency

(CNN)privately sought blanket preemptive pardons for himself and his congressional allies during the final weeks of Donald Trump's presidency, two people familiar with the discussions told . The Florida Republican's request was viewed by White House officials as a nonstarter, the people told the Times, and was ultimately never granted.But the effort fuels fresh scrutiny of Gaetz after it became public that the Justice Department is investigating him over allegations, including involving a minor, according to a person familiar with the investigation.The Times reported Tuesday that it's...

Apr 7
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Parliamentarian gives Democrats potential new tool for reconciliation in early ruling

Parliamentarian gives Democrats potential new tool for reconciliation in early ruling

(CNN)The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that Democrats may amend they used for their Covid-19 relief bill and attach another set of reconciliation instructions to it, according to two sources familiar with the matter.The ruling is a key step for Democrats as they weigh their options, potentially giving them a route to pass new legislation without Republican votes. It's important to note, however, that some details are still going to have to be worked out with the parliamentarian, and it was not immediately clear to pass President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan.The infrastructure plan --...

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Highest number of migrant children in border facilities since government started releasing data

Highest number of migrant children in border facilities since government started releasing data

(CNN)The number of unaccompanied migrant children in border facilities reached its highest point on Sunday since the federal government began releasing data last week. There were 5,767 children in Customs and Border Protection custody on Sunday, up from 5,495 children on Thursday. The numbers have gone up each day the data has been released, and Sunday marks the most recent data available.The overall number of unaccompanied migrant children in US government custody, however, ticked down slightly from last Thursday to around 17,650 on Sunday, the data shows.More on ImmigrationThe latest...

Mar 23
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Nearly twice as many unaccompanied migrant children apprehended daily at US-Mexico border as at 2019 peak

Nearly twice as many unaccompanied migrant children apprehended daily at US-Mexico border as at 2019 peak

(CNN)US border officials are detaining on average more than 600 unaccompanied migrant children who cross the each day, a Department of Homeland Security official familiar with the data told CNN. The daily average as of Tuesday is up from around 500 earlier this month, and far surpasses the height of the 2019 surge of migrant families, when Border Patrol apprehended around 370 unaccompanied children a day on average, according to agency data. The current apprehension numbers underscore the pressing challenge facing President Joe Biden's administration as officials scramble to find suitable...

Mar 24
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New York to lose House seat -- and an Electoral College vote -- after falling 89 residents short in census count

New York to lose House seat -- and an Electoral College vote -- after falling 89 residents short in census count

Washington (CNN)New York state came just 89 residents short of maintaining all of its congressional districts, , and will now lose one of its House seats ahead of the 2022 midterm elections and an Electoral College vote as a result of the agency's count. A Democratic stronghold in Congress, New York joins California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in losing a congressional seat -- though the Empire State had by far the slimmest margin. The states, as result, also lose the electoral votes that come with the seats.Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon...

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