President Joe Biden has not signed off on increasing the number of refugees allowed into the United States because of optical concerns amid pressure from lawmakers on his administration’s handling of the surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to sources. Biden’s administration has presented a plan to allow up to 62,500 refugees to be resettled in the United States in the current fiscal year – up from a historic low of 15,000 set by former President Donald Trump – but he has yet to sign a new order. (CNN)
The Biden administration said the Central Intelligence Agency has only “low to moderate confidence” in information that Russia paid the Taliban to kill Americans in Afghanistan, suggesting the idea Biden raised against Trump during the 2020 campaign is far from conclusive. (NBC News) That revelation came as the Biden administration outlined sanctions against Moscow, and the Treasury Department also revealed findings that an associate of the Trump campaign in 2016 provided internal polling data to Russian intelligence services in the strongest evidence yet that Russian spies penetrated his campaign that year. (The New York Times)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) shot down a proposal led by Democrats such as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, saying she had “no plans” to bring the legislation to the floor. Pelosi said she instead supports a presidential commission that is reviewing changes to the court, including expansion and term limits. (The Washington Post)
Albert Bourla, the chief executive officer of Pfizer Inc., said people who receive COVID-19 vaccines will likely need booster shots and then annual vaccinations to remain safe from evolving variants of the coronavirus. Bourla said more research is required to reach a conclusion on the necessity of booster shots, but Moderna – another vaccine maker – has said countries with high vaccination rates will likely be shifting to boosters by as soon as the end of this year. (The Wall Street Journal)
President Biden is making a point as he welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to the White House on Friday, using the first in-person visit by a foreign leader to emphasize that his administration sees Asia as its highest priority.
Nearly three months into office, Joe Biden’s administration is seizing land near the southern border, fueling fears that the government will continue building one the most enduring symbols of Donald Trump’s presidency: a border wall.
President Biden levied an array of sanctions against Russia on Thursday over Moscow’s interference in the 2020 presidential election and its occupation of parts of Ukraine, an important table-setter ahead of his proposed summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin this summer.
The Biden administration is considering singling out methane for significant reductions as part of a pledge to cut greenhouse gases in advance of a climate summit next week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
For decades, Senator Lindsey Graham traveled the world with his friend John McCain, visiting war zones and meeting with foreign allies and adversaries, before returning home to promote the Republican gospel of an internationalist, hawkish foreign policy.
The Jan. 6 insurrection was 100 days ago. In the wake of that awful day, members of Congress are spending tens of thousands of their campaign dollars on security to protect themselves and their families.
Conscious of how it could affect Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stance in negotiations, California Democrats aren’t drawing the same red line as their East Coast colleagues who are demanding that President Biden’s infrastructure package include a full repeal of the $10,000 cap set during the Trump administration on state and local tax deductions.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, under federal investigation for sex trafficking allegations, is “innocent until proven guilty” and Republicans don’t plan to punish him unless charges are filed, the House GOP leader said Thursday.
The U.S. economic recovery is accelerating as stimulus money, Covid-19 vaccinations and business re-openings spur a spring surge in consumer spending, a sharp pullback in layoffs and a bounceback in factory output.
Former Officer Derek Chauvin ’s trial in George Floyd’s death will be in a jury’s hands by early next week, after his brief defense wrapped up with Chauvin passing on a chance to take the stand and tell the public for the first time what he was thinking when he pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck.
A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before killing himself in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said, in the latest in a spate of mass shootings after a relative lull during the pandemic.
The D.C. National Guard’s deployment of helicopters to quell racial justice demonstrations in Washington last summer, a chilling scene in which two aircraft hovered extremely low over clusters of protesters, was a misuse of military medical aircraft and resulted in the disciplining of multiple soldiers, the Army said Wednesday.
Johnson & Johnson privately reached out to Covid-19 vaccine rivals to ask them to join an effort to study the risks of blood clots and speak with one voice about safety, but Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. declined.
Ebony Carter faced an uphill climb when she decided to run for the Georgia State Senate last year. Her deeply Republican district south of Atlanta had not elected a Democrat since 2001, and a Democrat hadn’t even bothered campaigning for the seat since 2014.
J.D. Vance, venture capitalist and author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” has told friends and colleagues that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Axios has learned from multiple sources.
Kellyanne Conway, who served as campaign manager and counselor to former President Donald Trump, has been named a senior adviser to Ohio Senate hopeful Bernie Moreno, taking sides in a race that has become a fight over which GOP candidate is closest to the former president.
Gov. Brian Kemp, the Georgia Republican who ranks high on former President Donald J. Trump’s list of enemies, will face a high-profile pro-Trump challenger in next year’s Republican primary: Vernon Jones, a former Democrat who, echoing the false claims of Mr. Trump, has called Georgia’s November presidential election “fixed” and “tainted.”
A Republican woman with deep pockets and three years of service in the Trump administration on her resume is poised to jump into the 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race. Businesswoman Carla Sands was appointed as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark by former President Donald Trump.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said on Thursday that he hoped the nation would soon be able to resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as a “pause” that now looks indefinite threatened to upend vaccination efforts overseas and in some of the most marginalized communities in the United States.
Many U.S. states and cities have a growing surplus of Covid-19 vaccines, a sign that in some places demand is slowing before a large percentage of the population has been inoculated, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News.
Lawmakers in Alabama and North Dakota on Thursday approved bans on transgender girls and women competing on sports teams that match their gender identity, joining a series of Republican-led states that have focused on a rapidly growing culture clash over restricting transgender athletes and prohibiting gender-affirming medical treatments this legislative session.
Two months after blackouts paralyzed Texas, most of the people who participate in the state’s 19-year-old electricity market, including producers, sellers and traders, share a similar view. The freeze wasn’t a one-off event. The state’s power market needs to change.
For nearly a decade, Jake Siewert led Goldman Sachs’s post-crisis efforts to shed its image as one of Wall Street’s most mysterious, and maligned, money machines. We’re the first to report that he plans to announce his departure later today.
The Cook Political Report is pleased to introduce the post-2020 edition of the Partisan Voter Index (PVI) for all 50 states and 435 congressional districts. Although these district boundaries won’t be in place for 2022’s midterm elections due to upcoming redistricting, this dataset will serve as a useful baseline to compare old and new districts’ partisan leanings once new lines are finalized next year.
Almost exactly 47 years ago — April 16, 1974 — Republicans suffered what would be the fourth of five U.S. House special election losses in the first half of that year. Bob Traxler (D), who would go on to serve two decades in the U.S. House, defeated James Sparling Jr. (R) in MI-8.