By unanimous consent, the Senate approved legislation designating June 19, or Juneteenth, as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.Passage all but assured in the House »
The No. 3 Senate Republican, John Barrasso of Wyoming, told a group of voters that he wants to make President Joe Biden a "one-half-term president." "Mitch McConnell's come under a lot of criticism for saying, at one point, he wanted to make sure that Barack Obama was a one-term president," Barrasso said last Thursday at an event hosted by the Ripon Society, a centrist Republican think tank, which posted the remarks Tuesday. McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader, has vowed to block Biden's agenda and sharply criticized the administration's policies.
A suspect in the February killing of a 22-year-old Arlington man in Euless was arrested Tuesday night after a massive search at a Dallas nature center that lasted more than three hours. Euless police identified the suspect as 18-year-old Jose Rodriguez. Rodriguez was arrested without incident at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cedar Ridge Preserve in Dallas, according to Dallas police.
The intrigue: By naming Khan FTC chair just hours after the Senate confirmed her appointment as one of five commissioners at the agency, the White House took both the industry and many D.C. insiders by surprise. Khan, 32, is a Columbia Law professor known for her argument that Amazon's retail business should be separated from its selling platform and for advocating broad updates of antitrust law to deal with digital-age problems. "The difference between being a mere commissioner and being chair is the difference between going to the moon and going to Mars," said William Kovacic, former FTC chairman.
The Trump administration launched several separate investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and former President Donald Trump and other senior officials pressed hard for evidence the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Politico and The Washington Post reported Tuesday. President Biden ordered a new 90-day review of the intelligence last month. On April 30, 2020, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence codified that view, saying in a statement the intelligence community "concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified," and would continue working "to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan."
I had the rare opportunity to watch Vladimir Putin in action during my four-year stint serving as a senior communications aide to former Secretary of State John Kerry. Why it matters: From his timing to his baiting techniques and his postgame spin, Russia's president commands an array of tactics aimed at putting U.S. leaders on the defensive and in response mode — and has decades of experience fine-tuning them. President Biden's arrival may be the last thing he fully controls when he and Putin meet Wednesday for their summit in Geneva.
A supermarket cashier in the U.S. state of Georgia was shot and killed by a customer on Monday in a dispute over the wearing of a face mask before the gunman was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with the store's security guard, the local sheriff said. The guard was also wounded in the incident which occurred at a little after 1 p.m. at the Big Bear Supermarket in DeKalb County, DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox told a news conference. "The wearing of the mask and not wearing of the mask, people have their own opinion about it and it is very sensitive at this time."
The House passed a bill Tuesday to award Congressional Gold Medals to honor the Capitol Police officers and others who protected the U.S. Capitol during a pro-Trump riot Jan. 6 by a vote of 406-21. "The desecration of the U.S. Capitol, which is the temple of our American Democracy, and the violence targeting Congress are horrors that will forever stain our Nation's history," the legislation says. The bill would provide for four gold medals in honor of the first responders — one for the Capitol Police, one for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police, one for the Smithsonian Institution and one for the Architect of the Capitol.
A rift between conservative American bishops and the Vatican could be laid bare on June 16 as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meets amid talk of a growing divide in the church over Pope Francis' leadership. During the virtual event, U.S. bishops are expected to approve a motion to begin drafting a document on “Eucharistic coherence” that would exclude Catholic political figures who support abortion rights from receiving Communion. If they do proceed, the bishops will have opened a breach with Pope Francis and the Vatican, which has all but instructed the bishops not to go ahead with the motion.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says it would be “highly unlikely” that he'd allow President Biden to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if Republicans were to take control of the chamber.
Many politicians, pundits and business owners have said pandemic-era enhanced unemployment benefits are keeping would-be workers at home. The big picture: Many hard-hit sectors are rebounding faster than anecdotal evidence would suggest. Yes, but: Those are some of the same areas where voluntary departure rates are also at record highs and where hiring isn't keeping pace with job creation.
Ethiopia is due to hold elections on 21 June despite a bloody conflict and looming famine in the north and escalating tensions among its biggest ethnic groups. Why is the election such a big deal? This is the first electoral test for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed since he took office on a pledge to end repression, although there are already concerns about the integrity of the poll.
GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) -Don't expect a major breakthrough at a summit on Wednesday between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, given relations between Washington and Moscow are their most strained in years. The two leaders are expected to talk for four of five hours, the U.S. official said. Both leaders say they hope the Geneva meeting, their first in-person encounter since Biden became president in January, can lead to stable and predictable relations, even though they remain at odds over everything from Syria to Ukraine.
A boat explosion on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks left six people, including three children, injured, authorities said Tuesday. The explosion occurred about 1:40 p.m. CT on a 26-foot boat that was docked in the Osage Arm of the lake, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Investigators said a mechanical problem on the 2007 Sea Ray Sun Deck boat caused a "fuel-related fire."
Italy has said that Americans can enter and bypass quarantine with a negative COVID test taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry; vaccinated travelers are not exempt from the testing requirements. Italy also noted visitors would be allowed to enter the country even if they've recently been in other EU countries. Austria travel Vaccine requirements: Vaccinated travelers need a certificate or vaccine passport.
Top Republicans are moving to block a Senate inquiry into the Trump justice department's secret seizure of data from Democrats to hunt down leaks of classified information, fearing a close investigation could damage the former president. Trump, who is facing a mounting crisis of legal problems and political criticism, still wields huge power among Republicans, and has hinted recently at a return run for the White House. In fiery remarks, the Republican Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, criticized the rapidly expanding congressional inquiries as unnecessary and accused Democrats of embarking on “politically motivated investigations”.
Trevor Reed got a long prison sentence over claims he drunkenly assaulted Moscow police officers. Joe Biden is expected to bring up Reed's case while meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. In an NBC News interview this week, Putin called Reed "just a drunk" who "got himself s---faced."
A dramatic scene unfolded in an Ohio courtroom on Tuesday after a judge dismissed murder charges against the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. Judge Joan Synenberg of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said the evidence for the charges was “insufficient” and would not support a conviction in the case against Tevin Biles-Thomas. Suddenly, a figure flashed across video of the court proceedings, and someone offscreen shouts “you've got to be f***ing kidding me”.
Tensions around Taiwan have escalated in recent months, with US officials warning of potential China action. Those warnings focus on a potential invasion attempt by China, which has increased its military activity in the area. But Taiwan and the US face a threat short of an invasion: a Chinese blockade that could cut Taipei off from the world.
Thousands of Southern Baptists elected Alabama pastor Ed Litton – the only candidate some say can prevent an exodus of minority members from the denomination – the next president of their network of conservative evangelical churches. Litton won the top Southern Baptist Convention role in a runoff vote on Tuesday in Nashville. The convention, which is divided over the future direction of the convention, needs a uniter, said Louisiana pastor Fred Luter Jr., who nominated the pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama.
Over the past few weeks, Florida's theme parks, from Disney to Universal and Busch Gardens, have quietly eased their limits on crowd capacity. Face masks and social distancing aren't required if you are vaccinated, though that is on the honor system. Theme parks were among the most strict businesses when it came to COVID-19 safety and reopening.
CNN correspondent Barbara Starr has branded the Trump-era Justice Department's past decision to seize her personal email and phone records, as well as those of other colleagues, a “sheer abuse of power”. In an op-ed penned for her outlet on Monday, Ms Starr accused the Trump administration of having manipulated both her and CNN when the DoJ secretly obtained her email records during a probe into news leaks. According to CNN, the DOJ informed Ms Starr on 13 May that prosecutors had procured her phone and email records dating from 1 June, 2017, to 31 July, 2017.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law requiring daily moments in silence in schools. It bans teachers from "making suggestions as to the nature of any reflection that a student may engage in during the moment of silence." Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law this week that requires schools to hold daily moments of silence for students.
Trump's White House pushed a bizarre election fraud conspiracy theory involving Italian satellites. Trump's chief of staff pressed officials to investigate baseless claims of election fraud. One Department of Justice official branded the conspiracy theory "pure insanity."
Audio transcripts were released in Seattle chapter leader Ethan Nordean's court filing. Proud Boys members squabbled in private conversations after the Capitol riot, according to newly-released audio transcripts in a group leader's court case. Ethan Nordean, a 30-year-old described as the "Sergeant of Arms" of the Proud Boys' Seattle chapter, was arrested in February and charged with obstructing or impeding an official proceeding, aiding and abetting, and knowingly entering a restricted building, according to the Associated Press.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”