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Biden holds rare solo news conference ahead of 1-year mark in office

Biden holds rare solo news conference ahead of 1-year mark in office

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — On the eve of the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, President Joe Biden held a formal news conference at the White House Wednesday, answering reporter questions on his handling of the pandemic, the economy and legislative agenda, characterizing the country as unified — but not as much as it could be…Continue Reading

Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor, Gorsuch dispute having COVID mask flap

Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor, Gorsuch dispute having COVID mask flap

Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not ask her colleague and seatmate on the bench, Justice Neil Gorsuch, to wear a mask during the omicron surge, according to a rare joint statement issued Wednesday. The justices, addressing swirling media reports of discord, insist they remain “warm colleagues and friends” despite recent…Continue Reading

Florida doubles down on anti-critical race theory legislation

Florida doubles down on anti-critical race theory legislation

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A new bill in Florida would ban public schools and private businesses from making people feel “discomfort” when being taught about racial discrimination in U.S. history. It passed the state Senate Committee on Education on Jan. 18 with six yeas and three nays and will move on to debate among…Continue Reading

Prosecutors reveal new details of alleged Jan. 6 plotting by Oath Keepers

Prosecutors reveal new details of alleged Jan. 6 plotting by Oath Keepers

Michael Godek/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In an effort to keep a newly-arrested member of the Oath Keepers militia group charged in last week’s seditious conspiracy indictment behind bars — the Justice Department in a new court filing Wednesday revealed even more details behind the group’s alleged plotting in advance of the Jan. 6 insurrection. Prosecutors argue…Continue Reading

Senate braces for showdown over voting rights, filibuster rule

Senate braces for showdown over voting rights, filibuster rule

uschools/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In a rare event, the Senate convened on Wednesday morning with all Democrats instructed to be in their seats inside the chamber as they try to move forward on voting rights legislation and on a challenge to a long-standing Senate rule, efforts poised to fail without the support of a single Republican…Continue Reading

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Giuliani, other Trump allies who pushed election fraud claims

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Giuliani, other Trump allies who pushed election fraud claims

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack on Tuesday subpoenaed former Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, who pushed unfounded claims of widespread election fraud and pushed to overturn the 2020 election results on former President Donald Trump’s behalf. “The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed…Continue Reading

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Rudy Giuliani, obtains phone records for Eric Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Rudy Giuliani, obtains phone records for Eric Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack on Tuesday subpoenaed former Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, who pushed unfounded claims of widespread election fraud and pushed to overturn the 2020 election results on former President Donald Trump’s behalf. “The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed…Continue Reading

Senate begins debate on voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown

Senate begins debate on voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — For the first time this Congress, the Senate started debating voting rights legislation on Tuesday, a day after Democrats failed to meet their hopeful, symbolic, deadline to pass an election reform bill by Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer opened debate on the House-passed voting rights bill, a combination…Continue Reading

You can now order your government-supplied free at-home COVID tests

You can now order your government-supplied free at-home COVID tests

Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Biden administration launched COVIDTests.gov on Tuesday, the website Americans can use to request free at-home rapid COVID tests mailed to their doorsteps, one day ahead of its scheduled official launch. The early launch is to prepare for a smooth debut on the day most Americans are expecting…Continue Reading

Supreme Court takes up dispute over Boston flagpole and Christian flag

Supreme Court takes up dispute over Boston flagpole and Christian flag

Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A dispute over a Boston flagpole, the Christian flag and the First Amendment is testing the limits of free speech on government property. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments over whether the city of Boston engaged in unlawful discrimination and censorship when it denied…Continue Reading

Clyburn asks senators ‘which side are you on?’ for voting rights

Clyburn asks senators ‘which side are you on?’ for voting rights

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., on Sunday asked his colleagues in the Senate who are set to vote on voting rights legislation Tuesday: “Which side are you on?” referencing the iconic union organizing song often sung during the civil rights era. “You know, this is Martin Luther King Jr.’s weekend.…Continue Reading

Migrant’s arrest under ‘Operation Lone Star’ ruled unconstitutional

Migrant’s arrest under ‘Operation Lone Star’ ruled unconstitutional

Witthaya Prasongsin/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — The arrest of an Ecuadorian migrant under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s initiative “Operation Lone Star” was ruled unconstitutional by a Texas county judge Thursday. Some immigration advocates are hopeful the ruling by Travis County Judge Jan Soifer could potentially set a pathway for other migrants arrested under the controversial program.…Continue Reading

GOP candidates focus on school board controversies to bolster campaigns

GOP candidates focus on school board controversies to bolster campaigns

Carlos Bernate/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — With the midterm elections officially taking center stage in national politics, GOP candidates up and down the ballot are taking advantage of nationwide divides over education issues — homing in on controversies over how much power school boards should have to bolster their campaigns. Parental involvement, curriculum choices, COVID…Continue Reading

Nurses hold vigil at White House, demanding safer COVID working conditions

Nurses hold vigil at White House, demanding safer COVID working conditions

joe daniel price/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Health care workers held a vigil across from the White House Thursday night, lighting 481 candles, saying each represented the life of a nurse lost to COVID. Activists recited poems and told personal stories, claiming the nurses’ deaths were preventable and demanding workplace covid safety protections from both the government…Continue Reading

President Biden to announce new investment in nation’s bridges

President Biden to announce new investment in nation’s bridges

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden will announce a nearly $27 billion investment Friday to fund repairs and replace bridges in need. The Department of Transportation will launch the Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program, which will provide $26.5 billion to states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico over five years…Continue Reading

Sinema, Manchin reject Biden push to change filibuster for voting rights

Sinema, Manchin reject Biden push to change filibuster for voting rights

MELINA MARA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As President Joe Biden headed to Capitol Hill on Thursday in an attempt to persuade Democratic lawmakers to back a major change to the Senate’s rules that would allow voting rights legislation to move forward, two key Democratic senators again rejected the idea. Making the trip risked his political…Continue Reading

Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses

Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a stay of the OSHA vaccine-or-test requirement on private businesses of 100 or more workers, dealing a setback to the Biden administration’s effort to control the COVID pandemic. By a 6-3 vote, with the three liberal justices — Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan…Continue Reading

Biden heads to Capitol Hill to rally Democrats on voting rights

Biden heads to Capitol Hill to rally Democrats on voting rights

MELINA MARA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden headed to Capitol Hill Thursday in an attempt to persuade Democratic lawmakers to back a major change to the Senate’s rules that would allow a pair of voting rights bills to move forward. The trip amounts to him putting his money where his mouth is, after…Continue Reading

Biden heading to Capitol Hill to rally Democrats on voting rights

Biden heading to Capitol Hill to rally Democrats on voting rights

MELINA MARA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden is expected to head to Capitol Hill on Thursday in an attempt to persuade Democratic lawmakers to back a major change to the Senate’s rules that would allow a pair of voting rights bills to move forward. The trip amounts to him putting his money where…Continue Reading

Jan. 6 committee asks GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to cooperate with probe

Jan. 6 committee asks GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to cooperate with probe

Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In a major development, the House Jan. 6 select committee on Wednesday asked GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to voluntarily cooperate with its probe. In a letter, the committee asked him to voluntarily provide information. It is not compelling him to provide information or sit before the committee…Continue Reading

Biden administration announces record-breaking offshore wind lease sale

Biden administration announces record-breaking offshore wind lease sale

Abstract Aerial Art/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Biden administration continues to make progress on its climate agenda with several federal agencies announcing new clean energy projects that aim to provide union jobs and move America toward a greener economy. The largest project includes a record-breaking wind lease sale off the coast of New York and New…Continue Reading

West Virginia Gov. Justice, a vaccine advocate, feels ‘extremely unwell’ amid COVID-19 battle

West Virginia Gov. Justice, a vaccine advocate, feels ‘extremely unwell’ amid COVID-19 battle

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(CHARLESTON, W.V.) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican who’s strongly advocated for vaccines, has tested positive for COVID-19, enduring a high fever and extremely elevated blood pressure and heart rate. Justice, who is vaccinated and boosted, said he sought out tests Tuesday following a “sudden onset of symptoms.” The governor’s office…Continue Reading

Candidates for top election posts fundraising at record-setting pace: Report

Candidates for top election posts fundraising at record-setting pace: Report

erhui1979/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An analysis of preliminary data published Wednesday indicates that many candidates for top election administration roles are fundraising at a record-setting clip, with some of the biggest hauls going to those who have made 2020 election denial a central tenet of their message to voters. In Georgia, Michigan and Minnesota, the…Continue Reading

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Trump speechwriter, GOP operatives

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Trump speechwriter, GOP operatives

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/FILE(WASHINGTON) — The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack issued three new subpoenas on Tuesday to former Trump White House aides and associates, including a speechwriter who helped craft former President Donald Trump’s speech to supporters ahead of the Capitol riot. The panel has subpoenaed GOP operatives Arthur Schwartz and…Continue Reading

The toughest COVID-19 questions that Fauci and other health leaders faced at Senate hearing

The toughest COVID-19 questions that Fauci and other health leaders faced at Senate hearing

Greg Nash/Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senators from both sides of the aisle grilled top health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, on the latest COVID-19 guidance during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing Tuesday. Democrats and Republicans both demanded better communication on rules for testing, isolation and quarantine. “I’m not questioning the science… but I’m…Continue Reading

Republican senator says Trump’s fate should be left to the courts

Republican senator says Trump’s fate should be left to the courts

Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said former President Donald Trump’s fate should be left in the hands of the Department of Justice and the federal courts over his role in allegedly inciting the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection. In an interview with ABC This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, the…Continue Reading

Biden vaccine mandates face critical Supreme Court test

Biden vaccine mandates face critical Supreme Court test

JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As the omicron coronavirus variant sweeps the nation, the Biden administration on Friday will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to greenlight sweeping vaccination requirements for health workers and employees of large private businesses in an urgent push to slow the spread of the virus. The justices will hear oral…Continue Reading

Americans’ faith in election integrity drops: POLL

Americans’ faith in election integrity drops: POLL

Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — America’s faith in the integrity of the election system remains shaken by the events of Jan. 6, with only 20% of the public saying it’s very confident about the system, a new ABC/Ipsos poll finds. This is a significant drop from 37% in an…Continue Reading

On Jan. 6 anniversary, Homeland Security focused on domestic violent extremism

On Jan. 6 anniversary, Homeland Security focused on domestic violent extremism

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Just days before the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack at the United States Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said domestic violent extremism remains one of “the greatest terrorism related threats” the country faces. “Over the past year, we in the Department of Homeland Security have improved and strengthened our…Continue Reading

Garland, under pressure to hold Trump accountable, to speak on DOJ’s Jan. 6 investigation

Garland, under pressure to hold Trump accountable, to speak on DOJ’s Jan. 6 investigation

Demetrius Freeman-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday will deliver a rare address on the Justice Department’s sweeping investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection, in remarks one official said will outline DOJ’s “efforts to hold accountable those responsible” attack on the Capitol. One year after the assault, more than 700 people across nearly…Continue Reading

Senate Democrats look to Jan. 6 anniversary to push election reform

Senate Democrats look to Jan. 6 anniversary to push election reform

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Democrats are using the impending one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol to put a fine point on their efforts to shore up the nation’s election system. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, in floor remarks Tuesday, said the same misinformation and malice that led a mob seeking to…Continue Reading

GOP governors accuse Biden of controlling the supply of COVID treatments. The alternative could be a bidding war.

GOP governors accuse Biden of controlling the supply of COVID treatments. The alternative could be a bidding war.

Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — COVID treatments that work against the new omicron variant are in short supply, and Republican governors are accusing President Joe Biden of preventing their distribution by purchasing them in such bulk amounts that it prevents states from making their own purchases. The alternative, though, could be a serious bidding war among…Continue Reading

Groping charge against former New York Gov. Cuomo dropped by prosecutor

Groping charge against former New York Gov. Cuomo dropped by prosecutor

Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(ALBANY) — Albany District Attorney David Soares has decided against going forward with a forcible touching charge against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “While many have an opinion regarding the allegations against the former governor, the Albany County DA’s Office is the only one who has a burden to…Continue Reading

Biden administration reimposes ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Biden administration reimposes ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Biden administration officials further outlined a plan for the implementation of the “MPP” or “Remain in Mexico” policy on a conference call with reporters Monday while underscoring a commitment to ending the program and describing safeguards designed to improve conditions for asylum seeking enrollees. A central criticism of the…Continue Reading

Cuomo not charged with COVID nursing home deaths: Manhattan DA

Cuomo not charged with COVID nursing home deaths: Manhattan DA

iStock/nirat(NEW YORK) — The Manhattan District Attorney’s office will not file criminal charges in connection with the handling of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes during the tenure of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his representative said Monday. “I was contacted today by the head of the Elder Care Unit from the Manhattan District Attorney’s…Continue Reading

Republican Liz Cheney calls Trump ‘clearly unfit for future office’

Republican Liz Cheney calls Trump ‘clearly unfit for future office’

Samuel Corum/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wy., the top Republican on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, said former President Donald Trump is “clearly unfit for future office [and] clearly can never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again.” “He crossed lines no American president has…Continue Reading

Progressives warn inaction on student debt could hurt Democrats in midterms

Progressives warn inaction on student debt could hurt Democrats in midterms

GETTY/Anna Moneymaker (WASHINGTON, D.C.) — While the Biden administration has once again extended the pause on student loan repayments, some progressives said that unless more is done, it could cost Democrats in the midterms in 2022. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party is sounding the alarm over potentially losing voters and subsequent races due if…Continue Reading

Biden administration asks Supreme Court to hear ‘Remain in Mexico’ case

Biden administration asks Supreme Court to hear ‘Remain in Mexico’ case

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Biden administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to hear arguments on ending the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy. The program — formally called the Migrant Protection Protocol — bars asylum seekers from entering the U.S. while immigration courts review their claims. Biden campaigned against the policy, but his administration…Continue Reading

Westchester DA declines to pursue charges against former Westchester DA declines to pursue charges against former New York Gov. Andrew CuomoGov. Cuomo

Westchester DA declines to pursue charges against former Westchester DA declines to pursue charges against former New York Gov. Andrew CuomoGov. Cuomo

iStock/nirat(NEW YORK) — Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah has declined to pursue criminal charges against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allegations made by two women that he kissed them on the cheek. While her investigators found “credible evidence” that the alleged conduct had occurred, Rocah said the actions did not meet the requirement…Continue Reading

Westchester DA declines to pursue charges against former Gov. Cuomo

Westchester DA declines to pursue charges against former Gov. Cuomo

iStock/nirat(NEW YORK) — Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah has declined to pursue criminal charges against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. While her investigators found “credible evidence” the alleged conduct had occurred, Rocah said it fell outside the statute of limitations. Rocah’s investigation, which began after the release of the New York Attorney General’s report…Continue Reading

2021 was pivotal year for abortion laws in America

2021 was pivotal year for abortion laws in America

Joshua Roberts/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — For half a century, American women have had the right to choose to end a pregnancy at any point before a fetus is viable outside the womb. If 2021 saw that freedom start to crumble, 2022 could see it more widely wiped away. “I think this is the time,” said an…Continue Reading

US to lift Southern African travel restrictions

US to lift Southern African travel restrictions

David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The temporary travel ban placed on eight Southern African countries will be lifted by the New Year, the White House announced Friday. The restrictions were initially issued Nov. 29 in an effort to curb the spread of the new COVID-19 omicron variant. It limited travel for all non-U.S. citizens coming from South…Continue Reading

Five in custody after congresswoman robbed, carjacked at gunpoint

Five in custody after congresswoman robbed, carjacked at gunpoint

Michael Godek/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Democratic Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon in south Philadelphia’s largest park following a business meeting. The congresswoman was left unharmed, according to a statement provided to ABC News by her spokesperson, Lauren Cox. “Wednesday afternoon, at around 2:45 p.m., Congresswoman Scanlon was carjacked…Continue Reading

President Biden to ABC’s David Muir: Accountability needed for Jan. 6 insurrection ‘no matter where it goes’

President Biden to ABC’s David Muir: Accountability needed for Jan. 6 insurrection ‘no matter where it goes’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with ABC “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir that “accountability is necessary” for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, “no matter where it goes.” “I think accountability is necessary,” Biden told Muir during a sit-down interview at the White House. “And…Continue Reading

Congresswoman robbed, carjacked at gunpoint

Congresswoman robbed, carjacked at gunpoint

Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Democratic Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon in south Philadelphia’s largest park following a business meeting. The congresswoman was left unharmed, according to a statement provided to ABC News by her spokesperson, Lauren Cox. “Wednesday afternoon, at around 2:45 p.m.,…Continue Reading

Jan. 6 committee seeks interview with Trump ally Rep. Jim Jordan

Jan. 6 committee seeks interview with Trump ally Rep. Jim Jordan

Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack sent a letter on Wednesday to GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, requesting he appear for an interview with the panel about his communications with President Donald Trump on and before Jan. 6. The request from Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to…Continue Reading

Confederate time capsule opened in Virginia

Confederate time capsule opened in Virginia

Bob Brown – Pool/Getty Images(RICHMOND, Va.) — A time capsule estimated to be more than 130 years old, unearthed from the base of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, was being opened Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, and the artifacts showed a snapshot of life in the Confederate South. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam attended…Continue Reading

Model legislation targets banks that divest from fossil fuel companies

Model legislation targets banks that divest from fossil fuel companies

Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, otherwise known as ALEC, is pushing a new piece of anti-fossil fuel divestment legislation after a version of the bill was passed in Texas. Texas this year paved the way for the GOP on several fronts, from passing a new “fetal heartbeat” abortion law…Continue Reading

Biden extends student loan payment pause until May

Biden extends student loan payment pause until May

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he was extending the pause on student loan repayments an extra 90 days, taking the pause into May ahead of its expiration at the end of next month. Since March 2020, tens of millions of Americans have been able to hold off making regular…Continue Reading

Biden lays out new efforts against omicron in address to nation

Biden lays out new efforts against omicron in address to nation

INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden detailed further steps his administration will take to slow the spread of omicron in an address to the nation on Tuesday, including an effort to distribute 500 million free at-home rapid tests to Americans next month, dispatch military members to overburdened hospitals and continue the push…Continue Reading

Bidens welcome new first pup to White House

Bidens welcome new first pup to White House

Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The president has a new puppy at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — just in time for Christmas. The Biden family has welcomed a new German Shepherd, “Commander,” the president announced in a tweet on Monday. “Welcome to the White House, Commander,” Biden tweeted. Welcome to the White House, Commander. pic.twitter.com/SUudQnPv29…Continue Reading

Sen. Joe Manchin suggests Child Tax Credit payments would be used to buy drugs

Sen. Joe Manchin suggests Child Tax Credit payments would be used to buy drugs

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., privately questioned whether parents would misuse Child Tax Credit payments to buy drugs, according to three sources familiar with his comments. Sources tell ABC News Manchin detailed his concerns privately to colleagues and others on Capitol Hill in recent months. The private discussions further highlight the stark…Continue Reading

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