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U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged Tuesday to work to preserve abortion access — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed.... Read more»0

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Senate Democrats urge 'bold action' by Biden on abortion rights

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. ... Read more»0

How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states

Part of Donald Trump’s plan to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election hinged on replacing legitimate electors in a handful of swing states with “fake electors” - and the the Jan. 6 House committee revealed some intriguing details of the fake elector plot.... Read more»0

'Just say the election was corrupt': Trump pressure on Justice Dep't detailed

President Donald Trump sought to use the U.S. Justice Department to create the illusion of a legitimate investigation into the validity of the 2020 election results, former Justice Department leaders said Thursday in the Jan. 6 committee’s fifth hearing this month.... Read more»0

Rusty Bowers detailed Trump-led pressure campaign in Arizona for Jan. 6 panel

Republican Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testified Tuesday that former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Andy Biggs and others were directly involved in efforts to pressure state officials to overturn the 2020 election results in their states.... Read more»0

Az House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia election officials to testify before Jan. 6 panel

State House Speaker Rusty Bowers will testify during the fourth Jan. 6 hearing about how Donald Trump pushed state officials to overturn Biden’s victory in Arizona and discuss pressure he received directly from Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others.... Read more»0

Interior Dep't to launch mental health program for wildland firefighters, boost wildfire spending

The U.S. Interior Department will create a health and wellbeing program for wildland firefighters and boost spending on firefighting efforts by $103 million in fiscal 2022, part of the infrastructure law signed by President Biden that’s meant to address wildfires.... Read more»0

Pence was within 40 feet of mob inflamed by Trump, Jan. 6 committee reveals

The private and public conflict between Donald Trump and Mike Pence over certifying the 2020 election results put the vice president within steps of the Jan. 6 attackers, the U.S. House committee investigating the insurrection said Thursday.... Read more»0

Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQ rights under attack in GOP-led states

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aiming to curtail conversion therapy, expand health care access and promote safe learning for LGBTQI+ people to counter laws in Republican-led states that restrict their rights.... Read more»0

Jan. 6 panel says Trump, far-right groups responsible for insurrection

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol alleged two groups supporting then-President Donald Trump planned the riot to stop the transfer of presidential power - while Trump tacitly endorsed the insurrection.... Read more»0

Remote voting in the U.S. House hits a 2nd anniversary, but it may be its last

Proxy voting was meant to keep crowds of House members smaller and limit the spread of COVID-19, but some members used it while running for office or attending political events, giving fuel to candidates who seek to end proxy voting.... Read more»0

Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

President Joe Biden commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood.... Read more»0

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

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

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