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Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right, allowing each state to set its own abortion laws and leading to a patchwork of access throughout the country.... Read more»0

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Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill

The U.S. House’s annual funding bill for the Defense Department would require the Pentagon to provide leave to troops and civilian employees seeking abortions, though service members will continue to face challenges even if it’s included in the final package. ... Read more»0

FDA outside advisers recommend Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines for kids under 5

Parents of children under 5 are one step closer to vaccinating their young kids against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine panel recommended emergency use authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday. ... Read more»0

Feds warn Colorado River water could be cut as drought worsens

The federal agency in charge of managing much of the West's water warned Tuesday that it will act unilaterally to reduce water usage in the Colorado River Basin if state and tribal leaders can't reach an agreement this summer.... Read more»0

Will it be 'every state for themselves' as the federal COVID cash dries up?

State and local health departments remain in limbo over whether they’ll need to single-handedly fund their own COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as a stalemate in Congress drags into its fourth month. ... Read more»0

Bipartisan U.S. Senate bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits edges toward passage

The U.S. Senate is set to approve a sweeping bill in the coming days steered by the bipartisan duo of Montana's Jon Tester and Kansas' Jerry Moran that would expand health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits overseas — though a few final details linger.... Read more»0

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21

The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for parents and caregivers. ... Read more»0

Passenger & freight rail projects in 32 states get millions from U.S. Transportation Dep't

The U.S. government is doling out $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements that will go to more than 46 projects in hopes of improving supply chains and passenger rail service.... Read more»0

FDA chief cites 'egregiously unsanitary' conditions at Michigan baby formula plant

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he's found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called "egregiously unsanitary" conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan.... Read more»0

Commission recommends new names for 9 Army bases to end ties to Confederacy

The group in charge of renaming military installations that have continued to honor Confederates - made up of eight individuals including retired military officers - proposed recommendations that show where changes are likely to occur in the final report. ... Read more»0

Congress, White House scramble to ease baby formula shortage

Both the Biden administration and Congress moved Wednesday to try to relieve a national infant formula shortage, as the White House invoked the Defense Production Act and the U.S. House approved $28 million for the Food and Drug Administration. ... Read more»0

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. ... Read more»0

U.S. Senate to try again on abortion rights after bombshell disclosure of draft opinion

U.S. Senate Democrats pledged a new vote codifying the right to an abortion after publication of a draft court ruling that showed the Supreme Court on track to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision.... Read more»0

Jan. 6 panel asks Biggs, 2 other GOP House members to cooperate in probe

The U.S. House committee looking into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sent letters to Rep. Andy Biggs and two other lawmakers asking them to share information.... Read more»0

U.S. to lend and lease military supplies to Ukraine under bill cleared by Congress

The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to use the framework of a World War II-era program to allow the federal government to lend and lease military equipment to Ukraine as it resists Russia’s invasion.... Read more»0

Biden asks Congress for $33 billion for Ukraine aid, pleads again for COVID funds

President Joe Biden on Thursday asked Congress to approve $33 billion more in funding to help Ukraine fight off a Russian invasion that has lasted more than two months and renewed calls for additional funding to fight COVID-19.... Read more»0

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