Sinema strikes big bipartisan infrastructure deal and suffers a Democratic backlash
When a group of 22 senators negotiates a $1 trillion bill, conversations can go off track. And when they did — "far too many (times) to recount," joked one senior staffer — Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema would urge them to finish the job, even if that required some liquid courage.
The week in 14 headlines
This week, the Senate voted to start debate on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after a bipartisan group of lawmakers finally struck a deal. Meanwhile, the White House moved to mitigate the rise of Covid-19 cases and the CDC rang the alarm over the apparent severity of the Delta variant.
Biden administration sues Texas over Gov. Abbott's migrant transport order
The Biden administration is taking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to court over an executive order he issued earlier this week targeting the transport of migrants recently released from US Customs and Border Protection custody.
Georgia Republicans inch closer to a takeover of elections in state's largest county
Republican lawmakers in Georgia are requesting that the state undertake a performance review of local election officials in Fulton County -- a move that could result in a GOP takeover of election operations in a heavily Democratic region of this battleground state.
Senate confirms Biden's pick to serve as US Citizenship and Immigration Services director
The Senate confirmed Ur Jaddou to serve as US Citizenship and Immigration Services director on Friday, delivering the agency a permanent head -- and the first woman to hold that position -- after years of acting leadership.
Justice Department advises Biden administration to hand over Trump tax returns to Congress
The Justice Department told the Treasury Department that it "must" turn over former President Donald Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which first requested them more than two years ago.
Fact-checking RNC false tweet about Surgeon General's masks comments
The recent change of mask guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created some confusion and also ample opportunity for political attacks against President Joe Biden's administration, some of which rely on misinterpretations from partisan sources.
Audit push by Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker hits roadblock as counties decline to hand over election materials
A Pennsylvania Republican's effort to launch a ballot audit of the 2020 results in the Keystone State has hit a roadblock after three counties declined to hand over their election materials and voting machines.
Biden says Western wildfires demand 'urgent action' in meeting with governors
President Joe Biden said Friday the wildfires intensifying in the West demand "urgent action" as he met with seven governors to discuss how states are responding to the wildfires and how the federal government can best assist.
Trump to DOJ last December: 'Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me'
Former President Donald Trump pressured his incoming acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to declare that the election was corrupt in an attempt to help Republican members of Congress try to overturn the election result, according to notes of a December 2020 call Trump held with Rosen and acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue.
Young people to Schumer: 'Eliminate the filibuster to protect our future'
Over two dozen youth-focused organizations and more than 100 other young people sent Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer a letter, shared first with CNN, urging the New York Democrat and his caucus to scrap the filibuster.
James Lankford's vote on January 6 sparks backlash in Trump country
Sen. James Lankford stood on the Senate floor in the afternoon of January 6, explaining why he opposed certifying Joe Biden's presidential victory. He said that there was a "constitutional crisis in our country" not because many Republicans rejected the election's verdict, but because "millions of Americans are being told to sit down and shut up."