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With voting rights stalled, some senators mull update to Electoral Count Act

A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. ... Read more»

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Arizona sues White House in battle over use of COVID-19 funding

Republican Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona sued the Biden administration Friday after the feds demanded changes to the state’s programs that send relief money to school districts without mask mandates. ... Read more»

Capital COVID: Arizona state, federal lawmakers face different pandemic rules

Even though U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Tucson Democrat was still able to cast votes in Congress by proxy Thursday while he was quarantined at home - an option many state lawmakers with they had.... Read more»

Lawmakers consider immigration court overhaul to crack backlog of 1.6 million cases

Members of the House Judiciary Committee met Thursday to hear testimony about making immigration courts independent of the Department of Justice as the system faces a historic backlog of nearly 1.6 million cases. ... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Rudy Tooty Colludy subpoodied

The January 6 Committee has issued subpoenas for Jenna Ellis, Boris Epshteyn (you can’t have a good Trump controversy without a Boris), Sidney Powell, and Rudy Giuliani. This should be fun.... Read more»

Cinco cosas que deberías saber sobre las pruebas caseras 'gratis' para COVID

Las pruebas, así como el uso de máscaras, son para vencer a COVID y restaurar las rutinas normales. Para obtener pruebas más baratas para los estadounidenses, el gobierno federal ahora planea que las compañías de seguros las paguen.... Read more»

5 things to know about ‘free’ at-home COVID tests

Testing, as well as mask-wearing, is an important measure if the country ever hopes to beat COVID, restore normal routines and get the economy running efficiently. To get Americans cheaper tests, the federal government now plans to have insurance companies pay for them.... Read more»

They promised quick and easy PPP loans, but often only delivered hassle and heartache

More than a million government-approved Paycheck Protection Program loans ended up being canceled by the Small Business Administration, including some that would have gone to people who needed the loans and applied just as they were told. ... Read more»

Social media giants subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee

The congressional committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed four large Silicon Valley social media companies Thursday, saying the companies had failed to furnish requested items vital to the investigation. ... Read more»

Federal prosecutors file seditious conspiracy charges against Oath Keepers in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

Members of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers were charged on Thursday by federal prosecutors with seditious conspiracy in organizing the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and disrupting the Electoral College certification of the president.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Dear Sens. Sinema & Kelly: 8 reasons the filibuster must end & 1 way to fix it

No single issue convinced me the filibuster must go. Thinking about the structural problems that legislative barrier has created did the trick. But I have a way out that will let democracy continue to function without a breakdown. ... Read more»

Supreme Court blocks federal mandate for private workers to vaccinate or test

The Supreme Court gutted the Biden administration's pandemic-response strategy Thursday in a split decision - granting a stay of the vaccine-or-test mandate from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration - that puts a vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses on ice. ... 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»

Immigrant detainees fighting for bond hearings face uphill high court battle

The government’s indefinite detention of immigrants waiting for deportation divided the Supreme Court during Tuesday’s argument session as the justices squabbled over how to apply their precedents to the case without creating chaos for the lower courts. ... Read more»

Biden gets low marks for 'missed opportunities' on justice reform

Justice reform advocates say they are “dissatisfied” with the Biden administration’s progress, arguing that even some of the easier pledges the president made on the campaign trail have gone unfulfilled.... Read more»

Supreme Court appears wary of Biden's COVID vaccine-or-test employer mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response.... Read more»

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