McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled package of energy and economic initiatives. The rejuvenation of the Democratic reconciliation package, central to President Joe Biden’s agenda is far from certain. But with some signs … Read more

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate changethe Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give … Read more

Rep. Judy Chu of California among more than 100 arrested at SCOTUS abortion rights protest

Washington CNN — Rep. Judy Chu of California was among the more than 100 people arrested at an abortion rights protest in Washington, DC, on Thursday, according to a statement from her office. “When I first heard Roe was overturned, I immediately thought of who would be most harmed by this decision: a young girl … Read more

Liz Cheney to Secret Service: ‘We welcome additional testimony under oath’

CNN — Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming said she is “absolutely confident” in blockbuster testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, and that the January 6 committee welcomes information from the Secret Service related to the incidents Hutchinson described. In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Thursday, Cheney was pressed … Read more

Cassidy Hutchinson stands by her testimony amid pushback

CNN — Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to form Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, released a new statement Wednesday provided exclusively to CNN standing by her blockbuster testimony delivered in a hearing with the House select committee investigating January 6, in light of some pushback on her testimony. “Ms. Hutchinson stands by all … Read more

Environmental groups sue Biden administration to halt its largest onshore drilling lease sale

CNN — As President Joe Biden’s administration prepares to hold its first onshore oil and gas drilling lease sales, environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit to attempt to stop the largest of these sales, in Wyoming. It’s the second lawsuit in a week to challenge the administration on its drilling plans. The suit comes … Read more

Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate

ROME (AP) — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, during which Francis bestowed the woolen … Read more

Live updates: Congress set to pass bipartisan gun bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House feels President Joe Biden the widest ranging gun violence bill Congress has passed in decades Friday, a measured compromise that at once illustrates progress on the long-intractable issue and the deep-seated partisan divide that persists. The Democratic-led chamber approved the election-year legislation on a mostly party-line 234-193 vote, capping a … Read more

Republicans in Congress sought Trump pardons after Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Up to a half-dozen Republican lawmakers who strongly supported then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of ballot fraud in the 2020 election sought pardons from him in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, according to testimony and evidence presented Thursday before the House select committee investigating the attack. Trump also talked about issuing … Read more

Gun safety bill: Senate will take critical vote to advance bipartisan legislation

CNN — The Senate is poised to take a critical vote on Thursday to advance a major bipartisan gun safety bill toward final passage. The vote is expected to succeed with Republican support, putting the legislation on a path to pass the Senate as soon as this week. The bipartisan gun deal represents the first … Read more