US Senate passes stopgap measure to avert government shutdown – live

3.40pm GMT 15:40 In a fascinating new interview, Politico’s Ryan Lizza sits down with J Michael Luttig, a former appeals court judge and conservative legal thinker who played a central role in the behind-the-scenes wrangling between Trump and then vice president Mike Pence over whether a vice president could overturn the results of the election. … Read more

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: ‘I’ve never seen anything like the unrelenting assault on the right to vote’ – live

In December 1961, James E. Clyburn was a 21-year-old at South Carolina State University who had completed all his credits and was set to graduate. However, because the school at the time allowed only one commencement ceremony a year — usually in the spring — Clyburn received his diploma in the mail instead of marching … Read more

Biden warns of a ‘winter of severe illness and death’ for those not vaccinated against Covid- live

The US postmaster appointed under Trump is still raising alarm – but can he be stopped? Jake Bittle reports: Joe Biden this month took another step toward the removal of the controversial postmaster general Louis DeJoy, even as the Trump-era appointee continues to make his mark on the embattled postal service, rolling out new plans … Read more

Biden’s Pick for FDA Gets Bipartisan Support During Hearing

Dec. 14, 2021 — Robert M. Califf, MD, plans to take a close look at federal policies on opioid prescriptions in his expected second turn at the top U.S. regulator of medical products, as well as keep closer tabs on the performance of drugs cleared with accelerated approvals. Califf on Tuesday fielded questions at a … Read more

Congress braces for another battle over US debt ceiling – live

3.30pm GMT15:30 David Perdue’s announcement that he will challenge sitting Governor Brian Kemp for the Republican nomination comes less than a week after Democrat Stacey Abrams launched her own gubernatorial campaign. Abrams’ campaign sets up a potential rematch against Kemp, depending on whether he can best Perdue. Kemp narrowly defeated Abrams in the 2018 gubernatorial … Read more

Democrats rush to make deal with Republicans and prevent looming shutdown – live

3.39pm GMT15:39 Biden administration to restart controversial ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy for asylum seekers Oliver Milman The Biden administration has reportedly struck an agreement with the Mexican government to resurrect the controversial “Remain in Mexico’” arrangement that requires asylum seekers to stay outside the US while their claims are considered. The US and Mexican governments … Read more

Trump chief of staff Meadows to cooperate with Capitol attack panel – live

Meadows’ lawyer George Terwilliger said in a statement to CNN that there is now an understanding between the two parties on how information can be exchanged moving forward, stating that his client and the committee are open to engaging on a certain set of topics as they work out how to deal with information that … Read more

Biden’s Build Back Better plan faces uphill battle as bill advances to Senate – live

2.47pm GMT14:47 Biden announces he will renominate Powell as Fed chairman Joe Biden has just announced he will renominate Jerome Powell to serve another term as chair of the Federal Reserve board of governors. In a new statement, the White House noted Biden will also nominate Dr Lael Brainard to serve as vice-chair of the … Read more

Kamala Harris pushes back on criticism that she’s underused as vice-president – live

2.53pm GMT14:53 Joe Biden tasked vice president Kamala Harris earlier this year with addressing the root causes of migration, but Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos pointed out that the past year had the highest number of illegal border crossings since they began being recorded since 1960. “What are you doing to turn that around? … Read more