Schumer insists Senate will vote on voting rights bill ‘win, lose or draw’ – live

William Barr, Donald Trump’s second attorney general and perceived hatchet man until he split from the former president over his lies about election fraud, has a book deal. William Barr’s book. Photograph: AP The publisher of One Damn Thing After Another, due out on 8 March, Harper Collins, promised a “vivid and forthright” read on … Read more

Biden to tout successful passing of infrastructure law after voting rights defeat – live

Even as Democrats filed into their caucus meeting with Biden about changing Senate rules to reform federal elections, a response to GOP-backed state laws designed to restrict ballot access, a good portion of them were unaware they had already lost. Just minutes before the group’s meeting with Biden, [Kyrsten Sinema] slammed the door on weakening … Read more

Joe Biden to double free COVID tests, add N95s, to fight omicron

Biden also announced that starting next week 1,000 military medical personnel will begin deploying across the country to help overwhelmed medical facilities ease staff shortages due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free … Read more

Joe Biden to deliver first State of the Union address on March 1

President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address on March 1, the White House confirmed Friday, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the president a formal invitation to speak to Congress and the American public one year into his term. It will mark the latest any president has delivered a State … Read more

Biden blames Trump’s ‘web of lies’ for US Capitol attack in first anniversary speech – live

The Associated Press has collected a sampling of what some of the insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol in the 6 January attack are saying as they face prison time or are pleading guilty. Some, like Robert Palmer of Florida, directly blame Donald Trump for misleading them, while others remain defiant. “I have realized that … Read more

Kamala Harris aide leaves vice president’s office for Capitol Hill on heels of other departures

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris descends from Air Force Two at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, in Newport News, Virginia, U.S., September 10, 2021. Tom Brenner | Reuters Another key aide is leaving Vice President Kamala Harris’ office following the departure of two other advisors. Vincent Evans, who was Harris’ deputy director of public engagement and … Read more

Biden reaffirms U.S. support for Ukraine in call with Zelenskyy amid Russia fears

President Joe Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by phone on Sunday, reaffirming U.S. support for Ukraine as it faces growing Russian aggression, the White House said. The U.S. and Western allies have watched Russia build up 100,000 or so troops along the border with Ukraine, prompting fears of an invasion as early as this month. … Read more

FDIC chair intends to resign in February, giving Biden more say over bank regulation

Jelena McWilliams, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images Jelena McWilliams, the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp and a holdover Trump appointee, said Friday she intends … Read more

Philippine President Duterte’s China pivot hasn’t reduced tensions in the South China Sea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, 2019 in Beijing, China. Kenzaburo Fukuhara | Kyodo News | Getty Images More than five years on, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing-friendly postures have not tamed China’s aggression in the disputed South China Sea — and the next Philippine leader should be bolder … Read more

Trump asks Supreme Court to block House Jan. 6 riot panel from getting White House records

Former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to block a demand for White House records from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of Trump supporters. The request came two weeks after two lower courts rejected Trump’s argument that the records are protected by executive privilege, … Read more