Judge orders U.S. to respond to CDC eviction ban challenge by Friday

WASHINGTON – A U.S judge early Thursday ordered the Biden administration to quickly respond to a legal challenge to a new eviction moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ordered the Justice Department to respond by 9 a.m. Friday. The Alabama Association of Realtors and others said in an emergency filing late Wednesday that the CDC issued the new order “for nakedly political reasons…

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Biden to nominate ex-Senate banking panel lawyer to senior Treasury post

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will nominate former U.S. Senate Banking Committee lawyer Graham Steele as the U.S. Treasury’s top bank regulatory official, along with nominees for senior posts at the Export-Import Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the administration said on Monday. The White House said Steele, who currently directs a Stanford Graduate School of Business research initiative to promote more accountable capitalism and governance, will be nominated to serve as the…

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U.S. moves to dismiss charges against a Capitol riots defendant

WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors on Tuesday took the unusual step of asking a judge to dismiss the criminal charges against Christopher M. Kelly, a defendant who was facing charges stemming from the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In a court filing, prosecutors said they had “discussed the merits of the case” with Kelly’s defense counsel. “Upon reflection of the facts currently known to the government, the government believes that dismissal without prejudice…

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White House: Biden spent nearly two hours seeking collaboration in lawmaker meeting

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden held a “productive” meeting for nearly two hours with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday to identify areas where they could collaborate, especially with regard to infrastructure, the White House said. “He expressed appreciation for the important priorities on which the parties had been able to work together so far, and that he wants to work diligently to build on those,” the White House said in a statement after…

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Biden to host Republican leaders McConnell, McCarthy in bid for common ground

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will hold his first White House meeting with top Republican leaders from Congress on Wednesday in an effort to find common ground on his proposals to spend trillions of dollars on U.S. infrastructure, education and childcare. Biden, a Democrat and former longtime U.S. senator from Delaware, has sought to reduce partisan tension in Washington and pledged to work with both parties to advance his policy goals, which face stiff opposition…

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Liz Cheney vote: U.S. House Republicans reach watershed over Trump

WASHINGTON – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday whether to eject Liz Cheney, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, from her leadership post, a move likely to cement their dependence on the former president in the 2022 elections. Claiming that Cheney’s criticism of Trump is distracting from party messaging about Democrats and President Joe Biden’s agenda, Republicans will hold a secret ballot on whether to oust her as chair of…

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Biden police reform pledge faces limits of presidential power

WASHINGTON – Nearly a year after President Joe Biden called for “real action” on police brutality as part of a pledge to fix U.S. racial inequality, he is coming up against the limits of presidential power. The White House shelved a proposed police oversight commission this week to focus on a police reform bill that has narrow hopes in Congress. The move comes as anger grows over the killing of another Black man, Daunte Wright,…

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Facebook removes video of Trump interview with daughter-in-law Lara, citing ban

– Facebook Inc has removed a video of an interview with former U.S. President Donald Trump, who remains banned from the platform, from his daughter-in-law Lara Trump’s Facebook page, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Lara Trump, who is married to the former president’s son Eric and recently joined Fox News as a contributor, had promoted an interview with Trump for her own online show “The Right View” in Instagram posts on Tuesday. She later…

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Analysis: Corporations, wealthy pay in Biden infrastructure plan, not drivers and riders

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s plans to spend billions of dollars on the United States’ crumbling roads and mass transit include a novel twist – making companies and wealthy households, rather than drivers and riders, pay the cost. Biden will unveil more details about the first stage of his infrastructure plan, which could be worth as much as $4 trillion, in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Business groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have…

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Biden vows to stop ‘sick’ Republican voting rights restrictions

WASHINGTON -President Joe Biden said on Thursday he is convinced he will be able to stop voting rights restrictions, which he called “un-American,” as Republicans across the country seek to impose such limits following the 2020 election. Biden said he would spend time advocating for legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on voting rights and also educate the American public. Earlier this month, he signed an executive order making it easier for…

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