Kamala Harris hires two communication aides
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Kamala Harris hires two communication aides

Vice President Kamala Harris has hired Lorraine Voles and Adam Frankel to aid in her office’s communication capacity, according to a White House official. “Their experience has been and will continue to be a valuable resource for our whole team as we map out long-term planning and fulfill the administration’s ambitious policy agenda,” the White…

The week in 14 headlines

The week in 14 headlines

This week, President Joe Biden’s agenda hangs in the balance. Amid a worsening migrant crisis at the southern US border and a jumbled booster shot rollout, Biden is urgently trying to mend fractures between moderate and progressive Democrats that threaten to topple his $3.5 trillion spending bill and $1 trillion infrastructure package. Monday Democrats set…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explains why voting ‘present’ on bill to fund Israel’s Iron Dome moved her to tears
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explains why voting ‘present’ on bill to fund Israel’s Iron Dome moved her to tears

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez penned a letter to her constituents Friday explaining her emotional reaction to voting “present” on a bill funding Israel’s Iron Dome Aerial Defense System this week. “Yes, I wept. I wept at the complete lack of care for the human beings that are impacted by these decisions, I wept at an institution…

Fact-checking partisan claims on government spending under Trump

Fact-checking partisan claims on government spending under Trump

Once again, lawmakers are in a fight over the debt limit. Democratic leaders have called for suspending the debt ceiling through 2022 in order to keep the government open but Republicans staunchly oppose the legislation. In a joint statement on Monday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said it was necessary to…

Judge to US Capitol rioter: ‘You’ve disgraced this country in the eyes of the world’
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Judge to US Capitol rioter: ‘You’ve disgraced this country in the eyes of the world’

A federal judge erupted at a Capitol riot defendant as he pleaded guilty on Friday, chastising him for participating in an “attack on our government” and warning him to stay on the “straight and narrow,” in the latest strong reaction from the judiciary to the insurrection. “You’ve disgraced this country in the eyes of the…

Even Biden caught off guard by his administration’s foreign policy crises
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Even Biden caught off guard by his administration’s foreign policy crises

When French officials erupted in anger last week after being left out of a US-led security pact with Australia and the UK, much of Washington was caught off guard — including President Joe Biden, according to people familiar with his reaction. Biden had met with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G7…

Situation becoming ‘dire’ at US airbase in Germany housing approximately 2,000 pregnant Afghan refugees
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Situation becoming ‘dire’ at US airbase in Germany housing approximately 2,000 pregnant Afghan refugees

The task of accommodating 10,000 Afghan refugees, including approximately 2,000 pregnant women, is putting facilities at Ramstein airbase in Germany under tremendous strain as nighttime temperatures drop toward freezing and what was meant to be a 10-day temporary stay is stretching into weeks, with one US source familiar with the situation describing it as becoming…

Biden decides it would be inappropriate to assert executive privilege in January 6 investigation
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Biden decides it would be inappropriate to assert executive privilege in January 6 investigation

President Joe Biden has determined he will not assert executive privilege to shield Trump-era records from being seen by a congressional committee investigating the January 6 insurrection attempt, the White House said on Friday. “We take this matter incredibly seriously,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a Friday press briefing. “The President has…

Six United employees ask court to block vaccination requirement
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Six United employees ask court to block vaccination requirement

Six United Airlines employees are asking a federal judge to block the airline’s vaccine requirement set to take effect on Monday. The employees, including two pilots and a flight attendant, are accusing the airline of a “pattern of discrimination against employees who requested religious or medical accommodations. “They say the airline’s approach of putting exempt…