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Oklahoma delegates to the summit included, from left, Cheyenne and Arapaho Gov. Reggie Wassana, Peoria Chief Craig Harper, Muscogee Chief David Hill and Muscogee Second Chief Del Beaver.

For the first time in six years, leaders of federally recognized tribes from across the country gathered in Washington last week to meet with Biden administration officials in a gathering one Oklahoma leader called “extremely powerful.” Read more»

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero listening during a City Council meeting in May 2022.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero has selected as a 2023 Rodel fellow, and will join other local and state-level elected officials of both parties from around the U.S. at a series of seminars to talk about ethics, leadership and democracy over the next two years. Read more»

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson answers questions on March 23, 2022, from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will take her seat on the bench for the first time Friday as the Supreme Court holds what is known as a formal investiture - the first Black woman to participate in this ceremony and to serve on the high court’s bench. Read more»

Migrants head back toward the bus that carried them from the border to Washington, D.C. In May, Arizona started busing migrants from the state to Washington, D.C., which has cost the state $3 million in its first three months.

What started in the spring as a publicity stunt to draw the attention of the White House has caught fire - with other Republican officials in Arizona and Florida following suit - with buses dropping people off outside of Vice President Kamala Harris’ D.C. residence and Martha’s Vineyard. Read more»

The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. Read more»

Vice President Kamala Harris, who sued Corinthian Colleges when she was California’s attorney general, praised the Education Department decision to erase $5.8 billion in federal loans held by 560,000 former Corinthian students.

More than 10,000 Arizonans could see $111.9 million in federal student loan debt erased as part of a $5.8 billion loan discharge announced this week for former students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. Read more»

Named for Emmitt Till, the 14-year-old Black boy whose brutal murder by a group of white men in 1955 catalyzed support for the civil rights movement, the Emmitt Till Antilynching Act was signed Tuesday by President Joe Biden, making lynching a federal hate crime. Read more»

Ketanji Brown Jackson is President Joe Biden’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Stephen Breyer. She would be the first Black woman to serve on the court if she is confirmed. Brown Jackson is pictured here testifying during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, on April 28, 2021.

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began her four-day confirmation process to become the nation's first Black female associate justice on Monday, listening to hours of opening statements from Senate Judiciary Committee members before giving her own. Read more»

Kyrsten Sinema, a senator from a state where residents don't change their clocks, said Thursday that "I don't care, just don't move the clocks all the time," after cheering as she presided over the passage of a so-called "permanent Daylight Saving Time" measure. Read more»

Vice President Kamala Harris announces the enrollment of 10 million households in the Affordable Connectivity Program, which reduces the cost of internet for low-income households, during a speech on Feb. 14, 2022.

More than 10 million low-income households have lower internet costs thanks to the Broadband Affordability Program - part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal - which gives qualifying households up to $30 off their monthly internet bill and up to $75 if they live on tribal lands. Read more»

Basically, the Republican National Committee believes attacking the Capitol building, trying to overturn a democratic election, trying to install a fascist wannabe who lost the election as an unelected dictator, trying to overthrow the government and destroy democracy while physically attacking cops is just exercising “legitimate political discourse.” Read more»

Sen. Tom Cotton speaks to Navy Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, on July 31, 2019.

Sen. Tom Cotton falsely equated the nearly 2 million apprehensions of immigrants during Joe Biden’s presidency to “adding the entire population of Nebraska to this country.” He’s wrong for several reasons, including that most of those apprehended were immediately turned around. Read more»

Republican and Democratic governors disagreed about whether Congress should pass Democrats’ $1.5 trillion climate and social spending package, known as Build Back Better.

Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government - but the waters were muddied by governors’ clearly divided political views about two major issues. Read more»

If confirmed, Biden’s nominee would be the sixth woman to join the court and the third Black American to be approved since the first justice took his oath of office in 1789.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer formally announced his retirement Thursday - and President Biden said he will make his decision by the end of February - recommitted to nominating the first Black female justice, fulfilling a promise he made repeatedly while campaigning. Read more»

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris implored Congress to pass voting rights legislation during a visit to Atlanta on Tuesday. The Democrats said they support changes to the Senate filibuster rules if Republicans continue to block the measures from debate.

President Joe Biden called for an end to the Senate filibuster during a visit to Atlanta’s Morehouse College campus, arguing Senate Democrats can push past GOP opposition now blocking major voting rights legislation. Read more»

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