House passes bill to protect abortion rights in response to restrictive Texas law

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference about the House vote on H.R. 3755, the “Women’s Health Protection Act” legislation to “establish a federally protected right to abortion access” at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2021. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters House Democrats on Friday approved wide-ranging legislation to protect abortion … Read more

Nine former DOJ antitrust chiefs urge Senate to confirm Jonathan Kanter as antitrust head

Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C., August 29, 2020. Andrew Kelly | Reuters Nine former chiefs of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division wrote to leaders of the Senate and its Judiciary Committee Thursday, urging them to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee to the position, Jonathan Kanter. The … Read more

Facebook exec will testify at Senate hearing after report finds Instagram harms teen mental health

Facebook Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis speaks during a roundtable discussion on cyber safety and technology at the White House March 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images Facebook agreed to send Antigone Davis, global head of safety, to testify before the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection on Sept. 30, … Read more

House passes bill to avoid government shutdown, suspend debt limit — but it faces Senate roadblocks with deadlines near

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) leaves after holding her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol on August 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images The House passed a bill Tuesday that would both prevent a government shutdown and suspend the debt limit in a step toward preventing possible economic … Read more

Washington gridlock and a debt-ceiling showdown are weighing on the market

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Drew Angerer | Getty Images The U.S. stock market is on track to post its worst day in months. And U.S. politics are in part to blame. With the Dow Jones Industrial … Read more

Senate will grill tech execs after report that Instagram can harm teens’ mental health

A Senate panel plans to bring tech executives back to Capitol Hill following a revealing report from The Wall Street Journal about the impact of Facebook’s Instagram platform on teens’ mental health. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, announced the hearing in an interview on CNBC’s “Closing … Read more

Pentagon admits killing 10 civilians, including up to 7 children, in Kabul drone strike last month

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon admitted Friday that a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan last month killed as many as 10 civilians including up to seven children. “As the combatant commander, I am fully responsible for this strike and its tragic outcome,” U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters. … Read more

Powell orders ethics review after Fed presidents disclosed multimillion-dollar investments

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on “The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress” on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 15, 2021. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell last week directed staff to review the central bank’s ethics rules around appropriate … Read more

U.S., Australia and UK unveil new security partnership as China expands its military and influence

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on workers rights and labor unions in the East Room at the White House on September 08, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced the formation of a new security partnership between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom that seeks … Read more

FTC signals a focus on non-competes and reporting loopholes after study of tech mergers

FTC Commissioner nominee Lina M. Khan testifies during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 21, 2021. Graeme Jennings | AFP | Getty Images The Federal Trade Commission signaled greater scrutiny of merger reporting requirement loopholes and non-competes at its open meeting Wednesday. The agency … Read more