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First on CNN: Government watchdog launches review into troubled Fort Bliss facility for migrant children

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Over the spring, the Biden administration established more than a dozen emergency intake sites overseen by HHS to alleviate overcrowding at border facilities and accommodate a record number of unaccompanied migrant children. As of late July, only five emergency......

Biden administration expands access to refugee program for Afghans who worked with US

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The new designation creates a pathway to the US for Afghans who do not qualify for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which Congress created to allow Afghans and Iraqis targeted because of their work for the United States......

Here’s what’s in the bipartisan infrastructure bill

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here In total, the deal includes $550 billion in new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over five years. Still, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer touted the bill Sunday night. “It’s been decades, decades since Congress passed such a significant standalone......

Schumer announces bipartisan group has finalized legislative text on infrastructure bill

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “The bipartisan group of senators has finished writing the text of the infrastructure bill,” the New York Democrat said, “And in a moment I’ll take the procedural steps to make their legislative language the base of the bill here......

Biden officials say US is still better off than earlier in pandemic despite new steps to fight Delta variant

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “The health and economic crises have been inextricably linked, and that will continue to be the case, but I think the important part is this is not 2020 or early 2021. We are in a very different position,” Brian......

Democratic heavyweights converge on Cleveland as 11th District primary stokes intra-party heat

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Sen. Bernie Sanders was back on the campaign trail here, trying to push back against a coordinated effort from Democratic establishment groups working to defeat Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator and progressive leader who was one of......

McCarthy jokes ‘it will be hard not to hit’ Pelosi with gavel if he becomes House speaker

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that gavel. It will be hard not to hit her with it,” McCarthy said in audio posted to Twitter by a Main Street Nashville reporter. The Republican leader made the......

Senators confident trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure deal will be introduced Sunday

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “That certainly is my expectation and my hope,” Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday. “We’re going into the session today at 12 (noon), and I think we will......

House Democrat slams lawmakers ‘on vacations’ as eviction moratorium set to end

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “The House is at recess. People are on vacations. How are we on vacation when we have millions of people who could start to be evicted tonight?” Bush, a Missouri Democrat, told CNN’s Jessica Dean on “Newsroom” Saturday afternoon.......

Donald Trump’s political organization raised $82 million in first half of 2021

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The fundraising haul speaks to Trump’s continued ability to raise money from small-dollar donors online — as he trumpets baseless claims that election fraud led to his loss last year. Trump’s team is slated to file details of his......

Tensions in the House of Representatives boil over after 1/6 hearing and mask rule | CNN Politics

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here CNN —   Democratic Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut did not want to lose his cool, but he said this week he couldn’t help it. Himes was at the residence of an ambassador with two Republican lawmakers on Tuesday......

Analysis: Trump commands historic attention for an ex-president. That may hurt the GOP.

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here But even as we stand more than six months into Joe Biden’s administration, the President is fighting for attention with his predecessor, Donald Trump, to a degree not seen in recent history. The impact of this dynamic could upend......

Trump to DOJ: ‘Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me’

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here During the December 27, 2020, call, Trump pressured Rosen and Donoghue to falsely declare the election “illegal” and “corrupt” even after the Justice Department had not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud. “Just say that the election was corrupt......

Senate passes bill to award Congress’ highest honor to first Black NHL player | CNN Politics

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here CNN —   The US Senate passed legislation this week to grant Congress’ highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the first Black player to compete in the National Hockey League. The bipartisan measure to honor Willie O’Ree unanimously......

DeSantis and other GOP 2024 prospects target public health officials with political attacks | CNN Politics

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here CNN —   Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ warning this week of a “Faucian distopia” offered the latest glimpse at how ambitious Republicans eyeing 2024 presidential bids are increasingly targeting public health officials as they attempt to grow their national......

Biden says Western wildfires demand ‘urgent action’ in meeting with governors

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “We can’t ignore how the overlapping and intertwined factors — extreme heat, prolonged drought and supercharged wildfire conditions — are affecting the country. And so this is a challenge that demands our urgent, urgent action,” Biden said during the......

Sinema strikes big bipartisan infrastructure deal and suffers a Democratic backlash

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “I would say, ‘it is unacceptable for us to give up here,'” she told CNN. “Have a glass of wine.” The agreement is the crest of Sinema’s eight-year career in Congress. As the lead Senate Democratic negotiator, she has......

Eviction moratorium to expire Saturday as House leaves town without passing extension

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Democratic leaders scrambled throughout the day Friday to try and find enough votes to extend the moratorium beyond the July 31 deadline to no avail. Just after 6 p.m. ET on Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer attempted to......

Biden administration announces new sanctions on Cuba while eyeing further actions

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “Earlier this month Cubans took to the street in a show of the will of the people of Cuba. The regime responded with violence and repression, mass detentions, sham trials and people disappearing who have spoken out,” Biden said......

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