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Navalny’s doctor: Putin critic ‘could die at any moment’

A doctor for imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike, says his health is deteriorating rapidly and the 44-year-old could be on the verge of death.

After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

  Raul Castro confirms he’s resigning, ending long era in Cuba

Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

  Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

AG Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing use of consent decrees

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  US says Russia was given Trump campaign polling data in 2016

Family asks feds to reopen case on Tamir Rice police killing

  Senators to Biden: Waive vaccine intellectual property rules

  US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

  White House: Intel on Russian ‘bounties’ on US troops shaky

Former VP Pence undergoes surgery to implant pacemaker

Equal pay bill passed by House but faces long odds in Senate

House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate.

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

The practice by the Permanent Fund Dividend Division continued until several people questioned or appealed being denied checks in 2019.

  Capitol Police watchdog says force needs a ‘culture change’

The top watchdog for the U.S. Capitol Police will testify for the first time on Thursday about the department’s broad failures before and during the Jan. 6 insurrection, including missed intelligence predicting a “war” and weapons that were so old that officers didn’t feel comfortable using them.

  Democratic bill proposes Supreme Court expansion

Democratic lawmakers announed a measure Thursday to expand the number of justices on the nation's highest court, but it doesn't have the support of the Speaker of the House.

Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference

  Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

House panel votes to advance bill on slavery reparations

  Senate breaks filibuster on Asian-American hate crime bill

  J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

Conservatives propose revised sex ed rules in LGBTQ pushback

  Harris planning first trip abroad to Mexico, Guatemala

She said she would go as soon as possible, depending on restrictions put in place for the pandemic.

  Corporate pushback against restrictive voting measures gains momentum

Signatories to the letter include Amazon, American Airlines, Bank of America, Google and Best Buy, as well as hundreds of business and civic leaders

  Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security

The watchdog report released internally last month, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of a congressional hearing Thursday, adds to what is already known about broader security and intelligence failures that Congress has been investigating.

  Biden to pull troops from Afghanistan, end longest US war

“It is time to end America’s longest war,” Biden said, but he added that the U.S. will “not conduct a hasty rush to the exit.”

Biden begins to undo Trump’s ban on abortion referrals

Known as Title X, the federal family planning program has been in place for decades. It makes available about $286 million annually in grants that support clinics serving mainly low-income women.

  No. 2 House Republican says GOP would act against Gaetz

The remarks by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana made him the latest congressional Republicans to opt against springing to the defense of the three-term lawmaker from Florida’s panhandle.

Senate OKs former regulator as Securities and Exchange Commission chief

The vote Wednesday was 53-45, mostly along party lines in the narrowly Democratic-controlled Senate, to confirm Gary Gensler, an expert with experience as a strong markets regulator during the 2008-09 financial crisis.

  Biden to address Congress under security, COVID restrictions

The traditional speech for the new president, set for April 28, will unfold against the backdrop of heightened security in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot and ongoing coronavirus protocols.

White House: Jill Biden ‘tolerated’ medical procedure ‘well’

President Joe Biden accompanied his wife, 69, to an outpatient center to undergo what the White House said was a “common medical procedure.”

Biden to address joint session of Congress on April 28

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi extended the invite to Biden on Tuesday, “to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”

White House: First lady Jill Biden to undergo ‘procedure’

The White House says President Joe Biden will accompany his wife, Jill Biden, early Wednesday morning to an appointment where she will undergo a “common medical procedure.”

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

Biden’s choice of the 9/11 date underscores the reason that American troops were in Afghanistan to begin with — to prevent extremist groups like al-Qaida from establishing a foothold again that could be used to launch attacks against the U.S.

  New child payments expected to start this summer, IRS chief says

Democrats view the tax change as an opportunity to address income inequality worsened by the pandemic. According to some estimates, it would reduce the number of children living in poverty in the U.S. by more than half.

  Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

Ukraine has said Russia has accumulated 41,000 troops at its border with eastern Ukraine and 42,000 more in Crimea. Russia’s defense minister said Tuesday the buildup was part of readiness drills in response to what he described as threats from NATO.

  Leaders of GM, Ford among objectors to voting restrictions

In a separate statement, GM urged state lawmakers across the U.S. to protect and enhance “the right for all eligible voters to have their voices included in a fair, free and equitable manner.”

Austin: US adds 500 troops in Germany, despite Trump pledge

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Tuesday that he is expanding the U.S. military presence in Germany by 500 troops and has stopped planning for large-scale troop cuts ordered by the Trump administration.

Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

An ambitious 2030 target would guide the federal government’s approach to sustainable and resilient infrastructure, as well as zero-emissions vehicles and buildings, and “would inspire other industrialized nations to set bold targets of their own,’' the group wrote.

  Biden, lawmakers pay tribute to slain Capitol Police officer

Evans’ casket was placed in the Capitol Rotunda for the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

  Biden wants infrastructure deal, but GOP doubts persist

The administration is banking that the data will confirm the everyday experiences of Americans as they bump over potholes, get trapped in traffic jams and wait for buses that almost never correspond to published schedules.

Will Smith film departs Georgia over voting restrictions

Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have pulled production of their runaway slave drama “Emancipation” from Georgia over the state’s recently enacted law restricting voting access.

Major training: Biden dog gets help adjusting to White House

Last month, the White House confirmed that Major had nipped someone during a walk. Shortly before that incident, Major caused what the White House said was a minor injury to a Secret Service employee on March 8.

  COVID-19 surge in Michigan prompts plea to White House for more vaccines

So far, the White House is staying the course and sticking with its vaccine distribution plan.

  Nevada GOP censures elections official who defended 2020 results

Barbara Cegavske, the only Republican statewide office holder in Nevada, said members of her party are disappointed with the election results and believe fraud occurred “despite a complete lack of evidence to support that belief.”

  Biden Republicans? Some in GOP open to president’s agenda

As Biden meets Monday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss his massive infrastructure plan, he’s betting that the GOP’s elected leaders are making a political miscalculation.

  Trump goes after Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors

The new tension between Trump and establishment-minded Republican leaders comes as GOP officials are trying to play down an internal feud over his role in the party, his commitment to Republican fundraising and his plans for 2024.

2 South Korean firms reach US electric vehicle battery deal

Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers said Sunday they have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one company to move ahead with plans to manufacture batteries in Georgia.

Ramsey Clark, attorney general under Johnson, dies at 93

In courtrooms around the country Clark defended antiwar activists. In the court of public opinion, he charged the United States with militarism and arrogance, starting with the Vietnam War and continuing with Grenada, Libya, Panama and the Gulf War.

Trump: The key to Republican success is more Trumpism

Former President Donald Trump staked his claim to the Republican Party in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night, casting his populist policies and attack-dog politics as the key to future Republican success.

  ‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows

The timeline adds another layer of understanding about the state of fear and panic while the insurrection played out.

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

President Joe Biden has ordered a study of adding seats to the Supreme Court, creating a commission that will spend the next 180 days examining the incendiary political issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for its justices.

  Gaetz faces House ethics probe; federal investigation widens

Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner will lead the Florida Republican’s legal team, a spokesperson for Rep. Matt Gaetz said in a statement Friday.

  Biden returns prisoner-of-war flag to perch atop White House

The black-and-white POW/MIA flag returned atop the chief executive’s residence, just below the American flag, on Friday.

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

In launching the review, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise that came amid pressure from activists and Democrats to reshape the Supreme Court after its composition moved sharply to the right during President Donald Trump's term.

  Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

The request issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget spells out Biden’s top priorities as Congress weighs its spending plans for next year.

Kentucky limits no-knock warrants after Breonna Taylor death

The law signed by the Democratic governor is not the total statewide ban many demonstrators and some Democratic lawmakers had sought, but it drew bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled legislature.

  Private sales emerge as obstacle to Senate action on guns

Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades.

  Biden orders gun control actions — but they show his limits

Greeting the families of gun violence victims and activists, he assured them: “We’re absolutely determined to make change.”

  Gaetz associate working toward plea deal with prosecutors

Joel Greenberg, the man whose close friendship with Gaetz has led to an investigation into the lawmaker, is heading to court this week.

Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan

Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready to let lapse a May 1 deadline for completing a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Orderly withdrawals take time, and Biden is running out of it.

  Boehner blames Trump for ‘that bloody insurrection’ in upcoming memoir

Former House Speaker John Boehner is unleashing on former President Donald Trump in his new memoir.

  Number of kids alone at border hits all-time high in March

The U.S. says nearly 19,000 kids were picked up traveling alone across the Mexican border in March, the largest monthly number ever tallied.

  US jobless claims up to 744,000 as coronavirus still forces layoffs

Jobless claims have declined sharply since the virus slammed into the economy in March of last year. But they remain high by historical standards: Before the pandemic erupted, weekly applications typically remained below 220,000 a week.

  Off-duty Pentagon Police officer shoots, kills 2 he thought were breaking into car

Police say the officer opened fire with his service weapon after the two suspects tried to take off in a vehicle.

  Texas investigating abuse allegations at migrant facility

It is the first time state officials announced they are investigating such allegations at one of the emergency facilities the U.S. government has quickly set up in Texas amid a sharp increase in crossings of unaccompanied youths.

  Biden open to compromise on infrastructure, but not inaction

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Wednesday it was “self-defeating” for then-President Donald Trump to assume that cutting the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% in 2017 would make the economy more competitive and unleash growth. Yellen said that competing on tax rates came at the expense of inve

  Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss

President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday.

  Twitter won’t preserve Trump’s tweets online

Twitter said it has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve the tweets.

Former Vice President Mike Pence memoir set for 2023 release

The Mike Pence autobiography is scheduled to come out in 2023.

Jill Biden shines fresh spotlight on military family program

Jill Biden is bringing a new focus to an old cause: supporting America’s military families.

  Georgia lawmaker won’t face charges for voting bill protest

“After reviewing all of the evidence, I have decided to close this matter,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in an emailed statement. “It will not be presented to a grand jury for consideration of indictment, and it is now closed.”

Pence launches group as Trump officials line up new roles

Mike Pence’s Advancing American Freedom organization could serve as a springboard for his own presidential campaign.

  Senate gives Biden a big tool to work around GOP filibuster

It unleashes multiple options for Democrats to advance parts of Biden’s agenda — including immigration and Medicare legislation — with 51 votes in the 100-member Senate rather than the 60 typically needed to move major legislation past filibuster threats.

  More than a half million Americans gain health coverage under Biden

The reason officials expect sign-ups to keep growing is that millions of people became eligible effective April 1 for pumped-up subsidies toward their premiums under President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief legislation.

  Survey says even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely

Even as national COVID-19 rates continued to ebb in February, key measures around reopening schools barely budged.

A chance to rise: St. Louis elects 1st Black female mayor

Jones, 49, is a former state representative who has been treasurer since 2013. She will replace incumbent Mayor Lyda Krewson, who announced in November that she would not seek a second term.

  US Treasury: 156 million coronavirus relief payments issued

Roughly $372 billion has been paid out since March 12, a sum that likely boosted hiring last month as Americans had more money to spend.

  Migrant boy in tears found by Border Patrol amid reports of families ‘self-separating’

The full circumstances of the boy's case aren’t known, including how and why he came to the U.S. or if this was a case of self-separation.

US weighs joint approach to Beijing Olympics with allies

The State Department says the Biden administration is considering a possible boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics to protest China's human rights record.