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Voting rights legislation fails to overcome filibuster despite rule change attempt

Legislation that would create new federal guidelines for mail-in and early voting and end partisan gerrymandering failed to overcome a filibuster from Republicans Wednesday night, despite a last-ditch attempt by Democrats to alter the Senate's rules to push through the legislation.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Give us the ballot

Mitch McConnell lives in an alternate reality where principles, hypocrisy, irony, and lying your ass off only apply to Democrats. If a Republican changes his mind and does the exact thing he railed on and on against previously, then you’re not supposed to remember that.... Read more»

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday to push for the swift passage of two voting rights bills, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are applying pressure for action as well. ... Read more»

Flags at half-staff Fri & Sat to honor Az officer dead from COVID & former Sen. Harry Reid

Flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday and Saturday to mark the death of a Casa Grande police officer from COVID-19, and for the funeral of former U.S. Senator Harry Reid.... Read more»

Here’s what’s happening in D.C. on the Jan. 6 anniversary

President Joe Biden will deliver a speech Thursday in the heart of the U.S. Capitol to mark the first anniversary of the insurrection there, joining a host of lawmakers interested in preserving the narrative of events that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021. ... Read more»

Voting rights tops Senate agenda as Jan. 6 anniversary nears

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday stressed that Democrats are prepared to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation — and linked the move to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. ... Read more»

Schumer says Senate to consider changing the filibuster if voting rights stalls

With the midterm elections approaching, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned on Monday that the Senate is prepared to debate changes in the filibuster if Republicans continue to block the advancement of voting rights legislation. ... Read more»

Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid dies at 82

Harry Reid, the former majority leader in the U.S. Senate and longtime fixture in Nevada and national politics, died Tuesday at the age of 82 after battling pancreatic cancer in the years since his retirement from the Senate in 2017. ... Read more»

FactCheck: The whoppers of 2021

Fact checkers spent much of 2021 addressing vaccine misinformation, baseless election claims - and of course, numerous claims made by, and about, the new Biden administration - so here are the top stories at the forefront of the discussion.... Read more»

For future of voting rights, and the Senate, fate of filibuster looms large

With less than a year before voters return to the ballot box for the 2022 midterms, Democrats are scrambling to revive legislation aimed at expanding voting rights that has stalled out in the Senate and unable to overcome filibusters imposed by Republicans.... Read more»

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. ... Read more»

Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill on Thursday night appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. ... Read more»

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. ... Read more»

U.S. House Democrats to introduce censure of Az Rep. Paul Gosar over violent video

Nearly 30 Democratic U.S. House members plan to introduce a resolution censuring their Arizona Republican colleague Rep. Paul Gosar for social media posts that depicted him killing New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.... Read more»

Critics demand Az Rep. Gosar be investigated for violent tweet about AOC

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, refused to back down Tuesday from his weekend tweet of a violent cartoon that appeared to show him and other House conservatives attacking President Joe Biden and a liberal House Democrat.... Read more»

U.S. House sends $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to Biden for his signature

The U.S. House cleared a $1.2 trillion physical infrastructure bill and took a major step toward passage of a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill late Friday, following months of wrangling between Democrats’ progressive and moderate wings. ... Read more»

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