Official: Democrats OK tightened income limits for stimulus checks

A source said President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats have agreed to tighten the income limits for people who will be eligible to receive $1,400 stimulus checks.

  Biden’s Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations

  US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate

  Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition

  FBI chief warns violent ‘domestic terrorism’ growing in US

  Biden urges Senate Dems to rally behind $1.9T virus relief, stimulus checks bill

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  Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, has died

Senate confirms Raimondo as Biden commerce secretary

Supreme Court likely to uphold Arizona voting restrictions

Biden’s pick for SEC flags trading app gimmicks for scrutiny

Bergdahl appeals court-martial over Trump, McCain comments

  Calls for Cuomo’s resignation mount as 3rd accuser emerges

Romney knocked unconscious in fall, but ‘doing better’

The Utah Republican says the accident happened when he was spending time with his grandchildren in Boston.

  Minimum wage hike all but dead in Senate virus relief, stimulus checks bill

Chances are dwindling that the Democrats will find a way to retain a minimum wage boost in the $1.9 trillion relief package.

  Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

It will start using a “strike system” to remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rule.

  Amid Amazon union vote, Biden endorses workers’ freedom to choose

Biden didn’t mention Amazon by name in the video posted to Twitter. However, he made a reference to employees in Alabama, where a milestone union election is underway at an Amazon facility in Bessemer.

  Biden tries to reset relationship with Mexican president

Senate confirms Cardona as Biden’s education secretary

  Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades

US announces $125 million defense aid package for Ukraine

  Senate panel votes to advance Garland’s nomination to be AG

  Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

Report: US wasted billions on cars, buildings in Afghanistan

The agency said it reviewed $7.8 billion spent since 2008 on buildings and vehicles. Only $343.2 million worth of buildings and vehicles “were maintained in good condition.”

  Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the state’s attorney general and chief appeals court judge to jointly appoint an independent lawyer to investigate claims that he sexually harassed at least two women who worked for him.

  Trump calls for GOP unity, says he won’t start another party

Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party.

US still open to Iran nuclear talks after Iran’s rejection

The Biden administration says it remains open to talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s rejection of an EU invitation to join a meeting with the U.S. and the other original participants in the agreement.

  Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs.

  Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative priority — a long-sought boost to the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could run into Republican resistance to a hefty price tag.

  Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

The overall relief bill would provide $1,400 payments to individuals, extend emergency unemployment benefits through August and increase tax credits for children and federal subsidies for health insurance.

  Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress

The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Republicans say the spending is vastly more than what is needed for the pandemic.

  House passes $1.9T pandemic relief bill, sends it to Senate

The bill passed early Saturday flushes cash to individuals, businesses and states battered by COVID-19.

  Biden surveys Texas weather damage, thanks emergency workers

Biden planned to meet with local leaders to discuss the storm, relief efforts and progress toward recovery and to visit a food bank and meet volunteers.

  US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist Khashoggi’s killing

U.S. officials believe the Saudi crown prince approved an operation to “capture or kill” journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says a newly released document.

  Biden says US airstrikes in Syria told Iran: ‘Be careful’

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

  US consumers rebound to boost spending 2.4% as income jumps

Friday’s report from the Commerce Department also showed that personal incomes, which provide the fuel for spending, jumped 10% last month, boosted by cash payments most Americans received from the government.

  EXPLAINER: What were the warnings before the Capitol riot?

Capitol Police leadership had plenty of intelligence warning that armed extremists were planning to target the Capitol over President Donald Trump’s election loss, according to new testimony Thursday. But their rank-and-file officers were still left exposed against armed rioters.

Ties with Saudis at stake as US releases findings on killing

President Joe Biden was expected to speak to Saudi King Salman as soon as Thursday for the first time since taking office more than a month ago.

  COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

The hardening opposition suggested that Biden’s first major legislative initiative could encounter unanimous GOP opposition.

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

The airstrikes were announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who said the action was authorized by President Joe Biden.

  Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

The federal program, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, made the self-employed and gig workers eligible for jobless aid for the first time.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Group asks Supreme Court justices to ban use of race in college admissions

The high court could decide in the spring whether to take up the issue.

House votes to expand legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

Republicans broadly oppose the legislation, echoing concerns from those who worry the bill would force people to take actions that contradict their religious beliefs.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

  Conservative gathering to feature Trump’s false fraud claims

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference and a Trump ally, said discussion panels on election integrity would highlight “huge” evidence of illegal voting in Georgia, Nevada and elsewhere that ultimately swung the election for Democrat Joe Biden.

  Black Lives Matter launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait

The foundation, which grew out of the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement nearly eight years ago, said Thursday that it plans to make up to 3,000 microgrants of $1,000 each to people who it believes need it most.

  Energy executive: Texas power plants turned off in crisis

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wants to force power plants to winterize after nearly half of the state’s generation capacity was knocked offline by subfreezing temperatures.

Senate confirms former Michigan Gov. Granholm as energy secretary

Granholm, who served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry, will be a key player in Biden’s vision for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change.

Republican wants to require national anthem in Wisconsin

The sweeping proposal from state Sen. Patrick Testin, of Stevens Point, comes after the Dallas Mavericks did not play “The Star-Spangled Banner” before home games earlier this season.

  Rep. Greene posts gender sign in response to Newman’s trans pride flag

Rep. Marie Newman, who works in a neighboring office, installed a transgender pride flag outside her door.

Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight

It comes after the Supreme Court denied Trump’s last ditch-effort to keep the records private.

  US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level.

Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Australia's laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to take effect, though the laws' architect says it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.

  Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has come under heavy criticism for a series of operational changes that slowed mail before the 2020 elections.

Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

President Joe Biden has lifted a Trump-era ban issued during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration.

  Chief: Capitol police were unsure about using force Jan. 6

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman provided new details about the law enforcement response to the Capitol riot, including extra preparations that were made for the day.

Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker

Lindsey Boylan, a former member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, offered new details about her claims against him.

  Biden orders a review of US supply chains for vital goods

The order being signed Wednesday will include sectoral reviews to be completed within one year for defense, public health and biological preparedness, information communications technology, energy, transportation and food production.

  CIA nominee pledges to provide ‘unvarnished’ intelligence

President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the CIA told lawmakers Wednesday that he would keep politics out of the job and deliver “unvarnished” intelligence to politicians and policymakers.

  Tanden facing new hurdles after Senate panels delay meetings

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Tanden and the White House had been in touch with senators and advocacy groups to answer any questions they may have on her nomination.

  Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Biden’s plan will distribute masks not through the mail, but instead through Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and the nation’s food bank and food pantry systems, the White House announced Wednesday.

Judge bans enforcement of Biden’s 100-day deportation pause

A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.

USPS reveals new, greener mail truck for use starting in 2023

The new vehicles will have more room for packages, and will be updated with modern safety and driveability standards like cameras, airbags and collision avoidance systems.

  More policy, less pomp as Biden and Trudeau meet virtually

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing President Joe Biden to alter another first for his administration: the typically formal White House meeting with a foreign counterpart.

No charges against officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death

A grand jury will not seek charges against officers shown on body camera video holding Daniel Prude down naked and handcuffed on a city street last winter until he stopped breathing.

South Dakota House moves to impeach AG after fatal crash

Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution in the House to impeach the state’s top law enforcement officer, Jason Ravnsborg, after he indicated Monday he would not heed calls for his resignation.

  HHS pick says pandemic is top job, but agenda is broader

Becerra, now attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, will be grilled by two panels.

  Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund described a scene that was “like nothing” he had seen in his 30 years of policing.

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

Senators voted 78-20 to confirm Thomas-Greenfield to the post, which will be a Cabinet-level position.

Vilsack confirmed for 2nd stint as US agriculture secretary

The former Iowa governor spent eight years leading the same department for former President Barack Obama’s entire administration.

  Interior nominee Haaland questioned on drilling, pipelines

Deb Haaland, a New Mexico congresswoman named to lead the Interior Department, said she is committed to “strike the right balance” as the agency manages energy development and seeks to restore and protect the nation’s sprawling federal lands.

  Fed’s Powell: Recovery incomplete, high inflation unlikely

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell underscored the U.S. economy’s ongoing weakness Tuesday in remarks that suggested that the Fed sees no need to alter its ultra-low interest rate policies anytime soon.

  AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter raises $90 million in 2020

This marks the first time in the movement’s nearly eight-year history that BLM leaders have revealed a detailed look at their finances.

What NY prosecutors could learn from Trump’s tax records

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trump’s tax records.

In Rush Limbaugh’s home state, a flap over lowering flags

Gov. Ron DeSantis has called Limbaugh a “legend” and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as a show of respect after the longtime broadcaster died Wednesday of cancer.

Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty

The legislation repealing the death penalty now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign the measure into law, making Virginia the 23rd state to stop executions.

  Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot as attorney general

A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland appeared Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process with bipartisan support.

  Daughters of Malcolm X react to possible new evidence in his assassination

The civil rights activist was fatally shot in 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom in New York.

Supreme Court won’t halt turnover of Trump’s tax records

The cases the justices rejected involved election challenges filed by former President Donald Trump and his allies in five states President Joe Biden won: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Dominion Voting Systems sues ‘MyPillow Guy’ for $1.3 billion

Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit Monday against the founder and CEO of Minnesota-based MyPillow, saying that Mike Lindell falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election.