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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»

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Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests.... Read more»

Biden’s border: 'an incredibly disappointing year' for immigrant advocates

As a candidate, Joe Biden emphasized how different his immigration policy would be from that of former President Donald Trump, promising to “take urgent action to undo Trump’s damage,” but after nearly a year of the Biden presidency, immigrant advocates are disheartened.... 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»

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Claytoonz: The poverty of Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin voted against Trump’s tax cuts for the rich but he’s now defending them. I bet West Virginia has more poverty babies than trust-fund babies.... Read more»

Commission punts to Biden on Supreme Court reform plans

A commission set up by President Joe Biden to study how the U.S. Supreme Court can be improved voted unanimously Tuesday to submit the extensive research it has conducted, but the few recommendations contained in the report leave little indication on next steps. ... Read more»

Judge blocks federal vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states

Enforcement of the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for millions of health care workers was blocked in 10 states on Monday, after a ruling by a federal judge in Missouri.... Read more»

FactCheck: CBO says Build Back Better not quite 'fully paid for'

For weeks, President Joe Biden has been saying the Build Back Better plan would be “fully paid for” and would not increase the deficit - but the official congressional scorekeeper in its long-awaited final analysis contradicted the president’s claims.... Read more»

Can you hear me now? Centrist positioning makes Arizona's Sinema a player, pariah

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to back the Biden administration’s spending package has made her a target for Democrats – but it has also landed her numerous meetings with the president this week and led to surprisingly high support for her among Arizona Republicans.... Read more»

FactCheck: Generals contradict Biden on Afghanistan advice

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, contradicted President Joe Biden’s claim last month that top military advisers didn’t recommend keeping a residual force in Afghanistan. ... Read more»

CBP agents criticized for treatment of Haitian migrants in Del Rio as U.S. tries to dissuade more from coming

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on Monday sent a message to migrants, particularly Haitians, attempting to enter the country through the southwest border: “People coming to the United States illegally will be returned, your journey will not succeed.” ... Read more»

Arizona border communities face another month of 'nonessential' travel limits

The ban on nonessential travel on land crossings between the U.S. and Mexico will be extended another month, a “disheartening” development for border towns and businesses that have already had to cope with the travel limitation for 18 months. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Charlie Kirk misleads on White House vaccine policy

Federal employees — including at the White House — must attest to being vaccinated against COVID-19, or else comply with routine testing and mitigation measures, but conservative commentator Charlie Kirk claims that the “White House staff is not required to be vaccinated.” ... Read more»

FactCheck: Tweets misrepresent border data

As of July, there had been more than 1.3 million “encounters” at the southwest border in fiscal year 2021 - but that does not mean that 1.3 million people crossed the border, nor does it mean that 1.3 million people tried to illegally enter the country.... Read more»

Federal judge wary of 'gamesmanship' in new CDC evictions pause

A federal judge in Washington expressed skepticism over the extension of a federal moratorium on evictions meant to help prevent people from losing their homes as COVID-19 infection surge, but appellate rulings from earlier this year may leave her hands tied.... Read more»

CDC: Even vaccinated should wear masks inside in public, schools as Delta COVID threat grows

With millions of students and teachers returning to school, the CDC said that everyone — even those who are vaccinated — should wear masks inside in public buildings in places like Arizona with still spreading COVID-19 infections, as the number of Delta cases increases.... Read more»

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