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Today’s Top News
Amid legal challenges to his student loan forgiveness plan, President Joe Biden extended a pandemic-related pause on debt repayments through June 30 and vowed to extend it again if the litigation is not resolved. Payments had been set to resume on Jan. 1. (Bloomberg)
South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman joined two other Republicans in saying he would not support Rep. Kevin McCarthy for speaker when the GOP takes the House in January, along with three others who have suggested they do not plan to vote for the California Republican. Facing a tenuous path toward ascension, McCarthy sought to rev up conservatives with a trip to El Paso, Texas, where he called on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to either resign or face the prospect of impeachment. (Punchbowl News)
Term-limited West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he is “seriously considering” a run for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in 2024, setting up a potential primary against Rep. Alex Mooney, who announced his own Senate bid last week. (WV MetroNews)
Developments in a number of Trump’s criminal and civil legal problems converged in various courtrooms yesterday, with the Supreme Court clearing the way for the House Ways and Means Committee to obtain his tax returns and a federal appeals panel telegraphing plans to side with the Justice Department in its investigation into sensitive government documents found at his Mar-a-Lago home. (Politico) Also in New York, a state judge put an October 2023 trial on the books for New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit accusing the Trump family’s Trump Organization of real estate fraud. (Reuters)
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday rejected criticisms that his World Cup appearance in Qatar contributed to indifference about human rights, as some activists denounced the Persian Gulf state’s treatment of migrant workers and LGBTQ people.
On the Tuesday evening before her wedding, under the watchful eye of a Secret Service agent, Naomi Biden, 28, and her soon-to-be husband, Peter Neal, 25, came downstairs from their living quarters on the third floor of the White House residence to practice their first dance.
As the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX balloons into arguably the worst financial scandal since Enron’s bankruptcy two decades ago, Capitol Hill is still grappling with a straightforward decision about the volatile industry: To regulate or not to regulate?
White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that he’s ready to face Republicans in Congress next year as they gain control of the US House and have pledged renewed COVID-19 oversight.
An outside accountant gave testimony on Tuesday on his dealings with a top executive of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s real estate company that could undermine its defense as the Trump Organization’s trial on tax fraud charges neared an end.
The planned merger between Trump Media & Technology Group and Digital World Acquisition Corp. has attracted regulatory scrutiny because of concerns that it potentially violated rules designed to keep investors informed.
Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter Inc. is fueling a partisan clash in Washington, as Democrats raise concerns about the platform’s security and Republicans counter that the criticism is a thinly veiled attempt to stamp out conservative voices on the site.
The U.S. and its allies are seeking to agree as soon as Wednesday on a level for a price cap on Russian oil, with officials discussing setting it at around $60 a barrel as the group rushes to complete the plan, according to people familiar with the talks.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged the election he lost last month to leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, arguing votes from some machines should be “invalidated” in a complaint that election authorities met with initial skepticism.
Republican Kevin Kiley, a state legislator who became a conservative favorite for his pointed and relentless criticism of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, captured a U.S. House seat Tuesday in northeastern California. With 83% of ballots counted, Kiley received nearly 53% of the votes to defeat Democrat Kermit Jones, a doctor and Navy veteran.
The GOP nominee for attorney general in Arizona and the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that mismanagement by elections officials may have influenced the results of the race.
A second woman who accused Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker of pressuring her to have an abortion on Tuesday criticized the former football player for dismissing her claims and called for him to publicly meet with her ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff election.
Mike Pompeo is moving toward a White House bid, test-driving lines of attack against the front-runner, his old boss, former President Donald Trump, as if to see whether he likes how the car handles and wants to drive it off the lot.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lobbed a bomb at America’s teacher’s unions this weekend, when he told Semafor that Randi Weingarten, the longtime American Federation of Teachers president, was the single most dangerous person in the world—more threatening to the country’s interests than the leaders of China or North Korea.
The study of intergroup attitudes is a central topic across the social sciences. While there is little doubt about the importance of intergroup attitudes in shaping behavior, both the psychological underpinnings of these attitudes and the tools used to measure them remain contentious.