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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»

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Claytoonz: One scoop, two scoops, three scoops, Vlad scoops

The White House may not admit it, but you know you kinda messed up when you have to clarify the president’s statements the day after. President Biden messed up. First, he shouldn’t have given a two-hour press conference. Anyone who speaks for two hours is gonna screw something up.... Read more»

Judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal workers

A Trump-appointed federal judge issued a nationwide injunction Friday blocking the requirement for federal employees to get inoculated against COVID-19, matching the federal contractor mandate already blocked by a nationwide injunction.... Read more»

FactChecking Biden’s Jan. 19 press conference

In a nearly two-hour press conference on Jan. 19, President Joe Biden stretched the facts and left out important context on vaccinations, funding for lead pipe removal, child poverty and more.... Read more»

Ducey: I’m still not running for Senate

Again, national media are floating Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey as a possible U.S. Senate candidate, and again, he’s shooting the rumors down, rebutting a recent Politico article that claimed he might join the Republican primary field for this year’s Senate race. ... Read more»

Biden says 'big chunks' of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit.... Read more»

Arizona mayors say immigration reform needed, but politics likely to prevent it

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Mesa Mayor John Giles took part in an immigration forum Wednesday and agreed that immigration reform is badly needed to address the current border situation, but they are not confident it can get done in the current fractured political climate. ... Read more»

Supreme Court shoots down Trump request to keep Jan. 6 records secret

The Supreme Court on Wednesday night denied a last-ditch attempt from former President Donald Trump as he sought to keep his White House records out of the hands of the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. ... Read more»

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»

Biden to provide 400 million N95 masks to Americans

As the Omicron variant surges and hospitals are pushed to capacity, the Biden administration announced a new program Wednesday to give 400 million nonsurgical N95 masks to Americans free of charge to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. ... 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»

'Calm before the storm': Remain in Mexico 2.0 on track to repeat failings of first

The second iteration of the Migrant Protection Protocols promises to return just as many or more asylum seekers as its antecedent when the program expands in the coming months, and some suggest bleak fates for the migrants who slipped through the cracks in MPP 1.0. ... Read more»

For at-home COVID tests, free order day is coming

The Biden administration will make half a billion free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests available for online order at COVIDTests.gov on Jan. 19 - there will also be a phone line for anyone unable to order tests online - and is in the process of purchasing another half billion tests.... Read more»

Probe of Texas National Guard border mission demanded over suicide attempts, abysmal conditions and delayed pay

Thirteen Democratic Texas congressional delegation members called for an investigation into Operation Lone Star, Gov. Greg Abbott’s highly touted border mission, following news reports of poor working and living conditions for troops, habitual pay problems, and suspected suicides.... Read more»

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