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House Jan. 6 cmte subpoenas Az Rep. Andy Biggs, 4 other GOP reps who declined to testify

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol subpoenaed Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs and four other Republican House members who the panel believes have knowledge of the events leading up to the attack.... Read more»0

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Grijalva leads push to update 150-year-old federal mining law

Democrats in Congress are hoping to overhaul the nation’s 150-year-old system for mining the elements needed for battery manufacturing, as high gas prices and Russia’s war in Ukraine underline the need to transition from oil and gas to renewable energy sources.... Read more»0

U.S. Interior secretary to promote big spending jump for tribal, climate programs

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will ask a U.S. House spending panel to increase funding for the department's tribal programs and climate resilience efforts, according to written testimony released ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday.... Read more»0

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden administration from ending Title 42

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States.... Read more»0

3 big reasons why the Biden climate agenda is floundering

After noting climate as one of four crises facing the nation during his 2020 campaign, President Joe Biden’s climate agenda has had multiple setbacks for the plan that was once seen as historically ambitious. ... Read more»0

Biden administration will appeal ruling on travel mask mandate — if CDC says it’s needed

The Biden administration will appeal a federal judge’s order striking down a mask mandate for air travel and public transit, subject to a decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday night.... Read more»0

Federal judge in Florida throws out national mask mandate for travelers

A federal judge in Florida voided the nationwide mask mandate for airline and public transportation passengers Monday, saying the requirement was beyond the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's authority.... Read more»0

Jackson wins 3 GOP votes as U.S. Senate advances her Supreme Court nomination

The U.S. Senate advanced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic Supreme Court nomination in a 53-47 procedural vote Monday evening, hours after the Judiciary Committee deadlocked along party lines.... Read more»0

U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana in federal law

The U.S. House passed legislation Friday to legalize marijuana nationally - which would fix the split between federal law and 19 states where recreational marijuana is legal - but its future is much less clear in the Senate.... Read more»0

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas pressed to recuse himself from Jan. 6 cases

Two dozen congressional Democrats are calling for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, following revelations his wife communicated with the Trump White House about overturning the election. ... Read more»0

What senators asked Ketanji Brown Jackson on the third day of U.S. Supreme Court hearings

Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee picked up Wednesday morning where they left off Tuesday evening in questioning Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson about her judicial philosophy, sentencing practices and personal background. ... Read more»0

Ketanji Brown Jackson defends her record under grilling from U.S. Senate Republicans

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sharpened their criticisms of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, while Democrats on the evenly split panel said Jackson’s record as a federal trial judge and appeals judge showed she was an impartial jurist. ... Read more»0

Republicans in Congress file suit to end mask mandate for air travel

Seventeen Republican members of Congress, including Arizona’s Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, have sued the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seeking an end to the federal rule requiring passengers on commercial flights and in airports to wear masks.... Read more»0

Biden to tap Navajo health head to lead Native American health agency

President Joe Biden intends to nominate Roselyn Tso - a member of the Navajo Nation - to lead the Indian Health Service, responsible for overseeing federal health care for nearly 250,000 Native American people in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.... Read more»0

A year after Jan. 6, attack on the U.S. Capitol lives on in hundreds of court cases

Authorities have said that they have charged more than 725 attackers with federal crimes in connection with the January 2021 assault on the Capitol as the Department of Justice continues to press cases against insurrectionists from across the country.... Read more»0

Biden OKs release of 30M barrels of oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

President Joe Biden authorized on Tuesday the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, part of an international boost to the global oil supply that has been disrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.... Read more»0

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