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Watchdog says Capitol Police deficient at monitoring threats

The Capitol Police force was hurt by inadequate intelligence gathering ahead of the January 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol.

  New White House panel aims to separate science, politics

  Romanian leader tells Biden more NATO troops needed in east

  Inside Arizona’s election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on

  House GOP leader says he backs ousting Cheney from No. 3 job

Former Delaware governor, GOP presidential candidate Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV dies

Prospects dim for passage of LGBTQ rights bill in Senate

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  US job growth slows sharply in sign of struggles

Norwegian Cruise Line threatens to skip Florida ports

  White House allocates $21.6 billion in rental assistance

Talks ‘intensify’ on bringing US back to Iran nuclear deal

Elections agency declines to punish Trump for campaign payment to Stormy Daniels

  Some Republicans worry voting limits will hurt the GOP, too

With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test

More than 100 days into his administration, President Biden has put forward just 11 ambassador nominations and has more than 80 such slots still to fill around the globe.

  Cheney challenger Stefanik says GOP must work with Trump

No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney was clinging to her post Wednesday as party leaders lined up behind an heir apparent, signaling that the fallout over her repeated clashes with former President Donald Trump was becoming too much for her to overcome.

  Biden pushes for his big infrastructure plan in GOP stronghold

Biden is leaning into the stagecraft of the presidency on Thursday by choosing to speak in the city of Lake Charles in front of a 70-year-old bridge that is 20 years past its designed lifespan.

Biden’s plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters

The multiagency effort will create thousands of jobs and strengthen the economy, the report says, while also tackling climate change and environmental justice, including expanded access by disadvantaged communities to the outdoors.

  US sends more warplanes to protect pullout from Afghanistan

  Remote learning still widespread even after Biden hits goal

NY: Broadband companies paid for 8.5 million fake net neutrality comments

Florida gov. signs GOP voting law critics call ‘un-American’

  Veterans address extremism in the military debate

US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections

  Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against

Every Republican in Congress voted against the sweeping pandemic relief bill that President Joe Biden signed into law three months ago. But since the early spring votes, Republicans from New York and Indiana to Texas and Washington state have promoted elements of the legislation.

Caitlyn Jenner to critics: ‘I move on’ she says in interview

Caitlyn Jenner is continuing the slow rollout of her campaign for California governor with a one-on-one interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

  US backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government’s position in a Wednesday statement, amid World Trade Organization talks over easing global trade rules to enable more countries to produce more of the life-saving vaccines.

Democrats revise voting bill, but Senate obstacles remain

Democrats are revising key sections of their sweeping legislation to overhaul U.S. elections, hoping to address concerns raised by state and local election officials even as they face daunting odds of passing the bill through Congress.

  Biden touts $28.6B restaurant relief program, orders tacos

America lost nearly 2,700 dining establishments through last summer, according to the Labor Department. About 1.8 million food service jobs also have been lost, though the sector has been gradually returning jobs since last May.

  Federal judge strikes down CDC eviction moratorium

The moratorium was first enacted under former President Donald Trump and later extended through June.

Child tax credit checks set to roll out in July

Starting in July, families will get monthly payments of $250 to $300. The payouts will continue through December.

  Facebook board upholds Trump ban, just not an indefinite one

Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — at least not yet.

Small business COVID-19 relief program runs out of money

The government’s key COVID-19 relief program for small businesses has run out of money.

Biden administration repeals Trump-era rule on gig workers

The Biden administration nullified a Trump-era rule Wednesday that would have made it easier to classify workers as independent contractors, blocking a change supported by delivery and ride-hailing services.

  Amid drop in demand, Biden aims for 70% of US adults vaccinated by July 4

Biden’s goal equates to delivering at least the first shot to 181 million adults and fully vaccinating 160 million. It’s a tacit acknowledgment of the declining interest in shots.

  Prosecutors seek ‘special master’ to review Giuliani material

FBI agents recovered multiple electronic devices during an early-morning search of Giuliani’s home and office last Wednesday.

Judge orders Justice Dept. to release Trump obstruction memo

A federal judge has ordered the release of a legal memorandum the Trump-era Justice Department prepared for then-Attorney General William Barr before he announced his conclusion that President Donald Trump had not obstructed justice during the Russia investigation.

  House GOP leader amps up pressure on Cheney over Trump barbs

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy amplified the renewed pressure on No. 3 House Republican leader Liz Cheney on Tuesday, citing rank-and-file concerns about “her ability to carry out her job” after she traded insults with former President Donald Trump.

  Biden aims for vaccinating 70% of adult Americans by July 4

The change away from a strict by-population allocation comes as demand for the coronavirus vaccines have dropped nationwide, but especially precipitously in some areas

Trump PAC launches ‘communications platform’ amid social media ban

“From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” appears on the site run by his Save America leadership political action committee.

Despite business warnings, GOP moves ahead with voting bills

Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate.

How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it

These businesses often pay less than the minimum wage, make employees work off the clock, or refuse to pay overtime rates. In the most egregious cases, bosses don’t pay their employees at all.

  Man gets probation for using dead mom’s name to vote for Trump

Bruce Bartman, 70, pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of perjury and one count of unlawful voting.

  Whose ‘Big Lie’? Trump’s proclamation a new GOP litmus test

Donald Trump and his supporters are intensifying efforts to shame members of the party who are seen as disloyal to the former president and his false claims that last year’s election was stolen.

  FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age 12 and older by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

  Biden quadruples Trump refugee cap after delay backlash

Biden faced sharp pushback for not at least taking the symbolic step of authorizing more refugees to enter the U.S. this year and swiftly reversed course.

  EPA rule to phase out gases used in refrigerators, coolants

The proposed rule follows through on a law Congress passed in December authorizing a 15-year phaseout of hydrofluorocarbons.

Top general drops opposition to change in sex assault policy

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he is now open to considering changes because the problem of sexual assault in the military has persisted despite other efforts to solve it.

  Biden pushes education spending at stops in Virginia

He has proposed a combined $4.1 trillion to be spent on infrastructure, broadband, new school buildings, electric vehicle charging stations, the power grid, child tax credits and child care, among other programs.

Facebook oversight board to rule on suspended Trump account

Trump’s account was suspended for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

  Democrats seek narrow path to rein in cost of medicines

They still lack a clear path to enact legislation because a small number of Democrats remain uneasy over government price curbs on pharmaceutical companies.

NY Times, Washington Post, NBC correct articles on Giuliani

The corrections, to stories that ran last Thursday or Friday, take back reports that the former New York City mayor had been warned by the FBI that he was the subject of a Russian operation to influence the American election.

US begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border

Two of the four families include mothers who were separated from their children in late 2017, one Honduran and another Mexican.

  US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Two White House officials say the U.S. trade representative will begin talks in the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping poorer countries from making their own generic version of critically needed COVID-19 vaccines.

NKorea warns US of ‘very grave situation’ over Biden speech

Last week, Biden, in his first address to Congress, called North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs “a serious threat to America’s security and world security."

  Bid to censure Romney for Trump impeachment votes fails

Utah Republicans booed Sen. Mitt Romney but ultimately rejected a motion to censure him Saturday for his votes at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trials.

  More perilous phase ahead for Biden after his 1st 100 days

His next 100 days will feature his first foreign trip but will be dominated by his push to pass his expansive plans on infrastructure and children, families and education.

Formal start of final phase of Afghan pullout by US, NATO

It's official: America and NATO have begun their final withdrawal from Afghanistan ending America's ‘forever war" after nearly 20 years.

  Powell’s high-stakes bet: More jobs but only mild inflation

Getting the timing right on interest rate policy is a tricky task that has bedeviled Fed chairs for decades.

  Giuliani search warrant resolved Justice Department dispute

The fact that the warrant makes mention of Yovanovitch, and that it seeks communication between Giuliani and several Ukrainians, suggests authorities are attempting to determine whether Giuliani’s efforts to remove the ambassador were being done at the behest of Trump or of Ukrainians.

Newsmax apologizes to Dominion worker for false allegations

The conservative news network said that while it aired the accusations against the Dominion Voting Systems security director it found no evidence that they were true.

  After review, White House sees limits to N. Korea diplomacy

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the completion of the review but did not offer details on the findings.

  All aboard! Biden celebrates Amtrak’s 50 years on the rails

As a U.S. senator, Biden was a fixture on Amtrak trains between his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington, D.C., when the Senate was in session. He continued riding Amtrak as vice president.

  What Biden’s free college plan could mean for you

The president's American Families Plan could reshape the American higher education system.

  Biden’s corporate tax plan takes aim at income inequality

As corporations have generated an ever-smaller share of federal tax revenue, the burden has fallen more heavily on individuals, through the income tax and the levies that pay for Social Security and Medicare.

  Arizona vote recount contractor releases privacy policies

The release of three documents by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas came a day after a Maricopa County judge refused to allow the company or the Republican-led Senate to keep the material secret and ordered it made public.

Census Bureau: 70% of voters cast ballots early or by mail

The change was in part a result of the pandemic, which prompted health officials to urge voters to stay away from crowded in-person polling places.

  Key piece of Biden’s $1.8T families plan expires after 2025

The credit would provide parents with $300 a month for each child under 6 and $250 a month for older children.

Pentagon preparing for Taliban attacks during US withdrawal

May 1 was the date all U.S. and other foreign forces were to have departed Afghanistan under a February 2020 deal between the Taliban and the Trump administration.

  Biden pitches tax plan in Georgia: Right that rich pay more

As the nation takes steps to move past the devastating pandemic, he argues that now is the time for the government to spend more on its citizens and raise taxes on the extremely wealthy to cover the cost.

  Rudy Giuliani defiant, a day after FBI raid of home, office

Rudy Giuliani, the 76-year-old former New York City mayor once celebrated for his leadership after 9/11, has been under federal scrutiny for several years over his ties to Ukraine.

Jobless claims drop 13,000 to 553,000 as economy heals

Nearly 3.7 million people were receiving traditional state unemployment benefits the week of April 17. Including federal program designed to ease economic pain from the health crisis, 16.6 million were receiving some type of jobless aid the week of April 10.

Federal authorities investigate possible energy attack near White House

Sources say the attack happened last year in November, near the large oval lawn on the south side of the White House.

Texas pushes closer to dropping handgun license requirement

In Texas, where gun laws are among the loosest in the U.S., there is one line the state has long resisted crossing: making it legal to carry a handgun in public without a permit, background check or training.

  US recovery from pandemic recession is showing momentum

Thursday’s report from the Commerce Department estimated that the nation’s gross domestic product — its total output of goods and services — accelerated in the January-March quarter from a 4.3% annual gain in the final quarter of 2020.

Unusual Supreme Court coalition rules for immigrant

The court was deciding whether immigration officials had to include all the relevant information in a single notice.

  US vows again to ban menthol flavor in cigarettes, cigars

The mint-flavored cigarettes are overwhelmingly used by young people and minorities, particularly Black smokers, 85% of whom smoke menthols. That compares to about a third of white smokers.

  Biden announces 2nd round of diverse federal judiciary picks

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday another diverse group of candidates for his second round of judicial nominations, a day after some in his first slate of picks went before a Senate committee.

California mulls letting adults add parents to health plans

Proponents say the bill would save families money by limiting their expenses, but business groups say it would increase health care costs for everyone.

  GOP’s Sen. Scott suggests Dems use race as political weapon

The South Carolina senator delivered his party's official response to President Joe Biden’s maiden speech to Congress on Wednesday.

  Biden’s declaration: America’s democracy ‘is rising anew’

Biden marked his first 100 days in office as the nation emerges from a confluence of crises, making his case before a pared-down gathering of mask-wearing legislators because of pandemic restrictions.

  Harris, Pelosi make history seated behind Biden at speech

Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday as the first women — one of them Black and Indian American — to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address.