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House Republicans slam Capitol riot committee ahead of first hearing

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy laid out his complaints about the select committee on the capitol riot in a press conference ahead of the first hearing of its first hearing. Mr McCarthy said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was to blame for the structural failures during the riot, which was started by supporters of former president […]

Capitol riot hearing – live: Calls for Ivanka Trump to be subpoenaed as McCarthy calls committee ‘a sham’

Trump supporters descend on the Capitol, 6 January 2021 (AP) After months of buildup, today sees the first public hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol. The bipartisan panel will be hearing from four law enforcement officers – two from the US Capitol Police and two from […]

Jesse Jackson among 39 arrested for sit-in at Sinema office

Civil rights leaders including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and William Barber were among 39 people arrested Monday for refusing to leave the Phoenix office of Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who has faced unrelenting pressure from liberal activists over her opposition to ending the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation. Jackson, one of the nation’s most […]

“Why would you do this to a grandma?”: Former US senator mugged in California

Former Senator Barbara Boxer was mugged and assaulted in Oakland, California, on Monday. According to a tweet from her official account, the former California lawmaker, 80, was pushed in the back in Jack London Square, before her mobile phone was taken by an assailant – who then jumped in a car that was “waiting”. “She […]

Ex-US Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming dies after bicycle accident

Retired Sen. Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican known as a consensus-builder in an increasingly polarized Washington, has died. He was 77. Enzi died peacefully Monday surrounded by family and friends, former spokesman Max D’Onofrio said. Enzi had been hospitalized with a broken neck and ribs three days after a bicycle accident near Gillette on Friday. […]

Billy Graham’s grandson is in ‘critical condition’ with Covid

Billy Graham’s grandson, Jonathan Lotz, is in “critical condition” in hospital, after contracting Covid-19. Daughter of the late evangelist Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, posed about her son’s condition on Sunday. She explained on Facebook that he was not on a ventilator but in the intensive care unit. “Jonathan is in ICU,” she wrote. “Pray he […]

Capitol riot hearing: What to expect and where to watch it

Democrats are set to launch their contentious investigation into the 6 January riots this week, with four police officers who endured violence during the insurrection scheduled to testify. The investigation comes after former president Donald Trump’s supporters overwhelmed the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election. On Tuesday, the House Select Committee will […]

‘We have to get it right,’ Dem vows as Jan. 6 probe begins

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson, didn’t realize the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection until his wife called him. He was inside the Capitol, sitting in the upper gallery of the House, hoping for what he called a “birds-eye view of the process” and to be able to tell his […]

Senators race to seal infrastructure deal as pressure mounts

Senators are racing to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal as soon as Monday, as pressure is mounting on all sides to show progress on President Joe Biden s top priority. Heading into a make-or-break week, key senators and staff spent the weekend trying to reach a final agreement. One major roadblock is how much money […]

Noem’s border visit comes with political opportunities

Photo ops with the troops. Political points on an issue sure to loom large in 2024 presidential debates. Another chance to tout a tough-on-illegal immigration stance that comes rarely for a governor whose state is closer to Canada than Mexico. There’s plenty of reasons for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem s Monday visit to National […]

Senior US diplomat in China for talks on fraught ties

America’s No. 2 diplomat has arrived in China to discuss the fraught relationship between the countries on Monday with two top Foreign Ministry officials. Wendy Sherman, the deputy secretary of state, will hold separate meetings with Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, who is in charge of U.S.-China relations, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a […]

Jill Biden calls on unvaccinated in Hawaii to get shots

First Lady Jill Biden visited a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Waipahu, Hawaii on Sunday to encourage unvaccinated Hawaiians to get their shots as the delta variant continues to surge through much of the U.S. Biden in remarks at the clinic at Waipahu High School said the virus has become “more contagious than ever” and […]

Ex-president formally charged in El Salvador corruption case

Prosecutors in El Salvador said Sunday they have formally charged former President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and nine other former officials with illicit enrichment and money laundering. The charges are related to crimes allegedly committed when Sánchez Cerén served as vice president in the administration of President Mauricio Funes from 2009 to 2014. Sánchez Cerén left […]

Former Trump press secretary writes vaccine op-ed as she runs for governor of Covid-wracked Arkansas

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is blaming President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for vaccine hesitancy in the US as she urges members of her home state to get vaccinated against Covid-19. In an op-ed published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Sunday, the former top aide in the Trump White […]

Police respond to viral video showing officer appearing to toss a baggie into man’s car

A Wisconsin police department has defended itself after a video went viral showing one of its officers throwing a plastic bag into a car after stopping it for speeding. The video was originally posted to Facebook by a user who went by the name “La Savoo”, who is believed to from the town of Racine […]

Fauci says he’s ‘very heartened’ by GOP politicians urging constituents to get vaccinated

Dr Anthony Fauci is calling for more efforts from GOP leaders in areas where vaccination rates are low, amid growing frustrations around the country regarding the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic. In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director applauded comments from Gov […]

Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal

Lawmakers racing to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal early this coming week are hitting a major roadblock over how much money should go to public transit, the group’s lead Republican negotiator said Sunday. As discussions continued through the weekend, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said both sides were “about 90% of the way there” on an […]

‘What did I do?’: 75-year-old suddenly tasered by police while in his underwear

A 75-year-old man suffered a stroke and a burst appendix after he was tasered by police in Idaho Springs, Colorado, while he was in his underwear. Michael Clark allegedly answered the door of his apartment on 30 May to Nicholas Hanning and another officer from the Idaho Springs Police Department, when they ordered him to […]

Man jailed for failing to disclose HIV status to partners

A man who failed to disclose his HIV status to multiple women with whom he had relationships has been jailed for two years. Gentry Burns, of Port Orange, Florida, was sentenced on Thursday to one count of uninformed HIV-infected sexual intercourse. Local media WESH said that two other counts of the same felony charge had […]

Rep. Luria’s pro-Navy, centrist identity may get Jan. 6 test

When members of Congress head home to connect with their constituents, some hit tractor pulls. Others might stop by mom-and-pop stores. For Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, whose Virginia district includes the world’s largest naval base, a recent swing included boarding an amphibious assault ship for a NATO ceremony and a speech by the chairman of […]

Biden stumps for McAuliffe in early test of political clout

President Joe Biden led the kind of campaign rally that was impossible last year because of the pandemic, speaking before nearly 3,000 people in support of a fellow moderate Democrat whose race for Virginia governor could serve as a test of Biden’s own strength and coattails. Biden motorcaded across the Potomac River Friday night to […]

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout. The request comes as lawmakers are struggling to finish up negotiations over the package amid stubborn disagreements […]

Unlikely partners Pelosi and Cheney team up for Jan. 6 probe

When Nancy Pelosi raised a glass to Liz Cheney it was the most unlikely of toasts. Democratic lawmakers and the Republican congresswoman were gathered in the House speaker’s office as the group prepared for the first session of the committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Pelosi spoke of the “solemn responsibility” before […]

Family of James Brown settles 15-year battle over his estate

The family of entertainer James Brown has reached a settlement ending a 15-year battle over the late singer’s estate, according to an attorney involved in the mediation. David Black, an attorney representing Brown’s estate, confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the agreement was reached July 9. Details of the settlement were not disclosed. […]

US women soccer players say judge ‘penalised’ them for their success in equal pay battle

Players for the US women’s national soccer team have appealed a judge’s decision to dismiss their equal pay claim and say it penalised them for their success. The appeal again puts them up against their employers and comes as the team competes for an Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The US Soccer Federation […]

Race track announcer ousted after going on racist rant over loudspeaker

An Iowa speedway announcer has been fired after going on a racist rant against Black athletes and fans who kneel during the national anthem. The Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, said comments made by the announcer before the races on July 15 “were not OK, and it will not be happening again”. The announcer, […]

To reach a peace deal, Taliban say Afghan president must go

The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, who is also a member of the group’s negotiating team, laid […]

Western wildfires: Crews make progress on huge Oregon blaze

The nation’s largest wildfire raged through southern Oregon on Friday but crews were scaling back some night operations as hard work and weaker winds helped reduce the spread of flames even as wildfires continued to threaten homes in neighboring California The Bootleg Fire, which has destroyed an area half the size of Rhode Island was […]

GOP’s vaccine push comes with strong words, few actions

Republican politicians are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious variant sends caseloads soaring. But after months of ignoring — and, in some cases, stoking — misinformation about the virus, experts warn it may be too late […]

Pelosi says ‘deadly serious’ Jan. 6 probe to go without GOP

Unfazed by Republican threats of a boycott, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Thursday that a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection will take on its “deadly serious” work whether Republicans participate or not. The Republicans’ House leader, Kevin McCarthy called the committee a “sham process” and suggested that GOP lawmakers who take part […]

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