In a 219-206 vote, the House adopted a rule lifting the debt ceiling to nearly $28.9 trillion, sending the measure to President Joe Biden, who’s expected to sign it this week. The investment advisory firm Wrightson ICAP believes the measure allows the Treasury Department to spend money through late December or early January, though the Biden administration has touted an early December date to keep pressure on lawmakers to keep away from the brink of default. (Roll Call)
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the United States will reopen land borders with Canada and Mexico to all vaccinated travelers next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the pandemic. (The Associated Press) And as the country faces a critical labor shortage, Mayorkas also said the federal government would cease mass arrests of undocumented workers during enforcement operations at U.S. businesses and focus the onus instead on employers. (The New York Times)
House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said he will not run for a ninth term, becoming the 10th House Democrat to say they won’t seek re-election next year. Democratic state Rep. Attica Scott is already running for the Democratic-leaning seat representing Louisville, and Morgan McGarvey, the Democratic leader of the state Senate, announced his own bid following Yarmuth’s announcement. (The Washington Post)
After meeting today with industry leaders, Biden is set to announce that the congested Port of Los Angeles will begin round-the-clock operations to address the supply chain bottleneck, which is threatening to disrupt the holiday shopping season. (Politico)
The Labor Department took the next step Tuesday to implement President Biden’s plan to require private-sector workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or be regularly tested, a move that has drawn a mixed reaction from larger and smaller companies.
The White House told governors to start preparing to vaccinate children as young as 5 by early next month in anticipation of clearance of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for the age group in the coming weeks, a White House official said.
The Justice Department on Wednesday will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, even as the agency has suspended all federal executions and President Biden has vowed to eliminate capital punishment.
Anxiety is rising among Democrats as President Joe Biden marks nearly nine months in office without naming anyone to serve on the Federal Communications Commission — a lapse that could soon put Republicans in the majority at the agency. It also puts Biden’s broadband goals at risk, his party says.
The Fed’s banking regulation committee won’t have a designated chairman after the four-year term of Randal Quarles, the Fed’s vice chairman for bank supervision, expires on Wednesday, the beginning of a potential leadership reshuffle atop the central bank.
The State Department on Tuesday tapped a veteran diplomat as the new coordinator for Afghan relocation efforts, days after a U.S. delegation met face-to-face with representatives from the Taliban in Doha for the first time since the militants seized power in August.
The Pentagon official who led a new cybersecurity initiative for defense contractors sued the department Tuesday for failing to tell her about allegations that led security officials to place her on administrative leave five months ago.
The U.S. Embassy in Colombia is investigating several cases of the mysterious neurological affliction known as Havana Syndrome, U.S. officials said, days before Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to visit.
There’s a wide spectrum of Democratic-allied groups trying to cajole the party’s moderates into backing President Joe Biden’s major domestic spending proposal. Their approaches, though, have followed two vastly different tracks: There’s the honey and there’s the vinegar.
The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol will move criminal contempt charges against those who do not comply with its subpoenas, Representative Liz Cheney, the panel’s vice chair, said on Tuesday.
Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry is under renewed scrutiny after a Senate report released last week provided fresh details about Perry’s role in helping former President Donald Trump try to overturn the 2020 election.
Amid Democrats’ contentious negotiations over the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was able to distract Capitol Hill reporters for a few minutes with her use of a certain C-word.
Despite a pandemic, a recession and a slew of tax cuts, federal tax receipts are booming. Revenues jumped 18 percent in the fiscal year that just ended, analysts say — the biggest one-year increase since 1977.
The Food and Drug Administration set the stage Tuesday for a new round of decisions on which Americans should get coronavirus booster shots, releasing a review of data suggesting that an additional half-dose of Moderna’s vaccine at least six months after the second dose increased antibody levels. But the agency did not take a position on whether an additional shot was necessary.
World leaders met virtually on Tuesday to discuss ways of preventing an economic and humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, but the Biden administration maintained a cautious stance toward providing more support to the Taliban-ruled country.
A Marine officer whose viral videos criticizing senior officials for how they withdrew from Afghanistan created a political uproar will plead guilty to several charges and seek a discharge that allows him to keep some military benefits, one of his lawyers said on Tuesday.
Former President Donald Trump’s family company is in advanced discussions to sell the rights to its opulent Washington, D.C., hotel in a deal worth more than $370 million, say people familiar with the matter.
A Republican group with close ties to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will launch a new front Wednesday in the ad wars over the Democratic domestic policy bill, opening a $10 million ad campaign targeting three vulnerable senators.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that former President Obama will join him next week on the campaign trail amid rising fears among Democrats that they may be in danger of losing Virginia’s gubernatorial contest.
Every four years, a divided nation turns its lonely eyes to … the Virginia governor’s race. And by “the nation,” I really just mean bored political reporters, exhausted by the tedium of Washington policy-making and hungry for their next fix of real-world campaign action.
After months of very public exploration, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has taken his most meaningful step to date toward running for Oregon governor. On Tuesday, Kristof officially formed a political action committee, a move that will allow him to raise money and hire staff ahead of a likely official announcement of his candidacy.
In their second and final debate before voters choose the next New Jersey governor in three weeks, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli on Tuesday night traded another set of bitter exchanges over COVID-19 vaccines and mask restrictions, school funding, abortion, and white privilege.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s primary challenger landed former President Donald Trump’s endorsement before she even officially launched her campaign. Now, she’s cashing big checks from Trump’s biggest donors — including tech billionaire Peter Thiel.
With the governor of Texas leading the charge, conservative Republicans in several states are moving to block or undercut President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private employers before the regulations are even issued.
A federal judge extended an order requiring New York state to allow religious exemptions from its Covid-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers, in a ruling that could help shape the legal landscape around government-required shots.
The brakes have officially been slammed on the plan to build a $2.1 billion AirTrain to La Guardia Airport.
A Message From the Bipartisan Policy Center:
It is in America’s profound self-interest – both economically and socially – to ensure all our families are stably and affordably housed. Of course, the shelter a home provides is a basic necessity. But access to stable, affordable housing can lead to other positives: better health and lower health care costs; greater community engagement and sense of belonging; and a lifetime of benefits for children seeing improved academic performance from simply having a home.
American Airlines Group Inc., the biggest U.S. airline, and No. 4 Southwest Airlines Co. will follow President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring that employees be vaccinated against Covid-19, defying an order from the Texas governor blocking such actions.
Democrats are sweating the Virginia governor’s race, which is turning out to be tighter than expected. But while President Biden’s sagging poll numbers have become a drag on the Democratic nominee, former governor Terry McAuliffe, in his bid against Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin, there is another danger sign that could have serious implications for the party on Nov. 2 and into the 2022 election cycle.
Over the 20-year period from 1970 to 1990, whites, especially those without college degrees, defected en masse from the Democratic Party. In those years, the percentage of white working class voters who identified with the Democratic Party fell to 40 percent from 60, Lane Kenworthy, a sociologist at the University of California-San Diego, wrote in “The Democrats and Working-Class Whites.”
Ever since Donald Trump came disturbingly close to defeating Joe Biden, an online and offline debate continues to rage among Democratic operatives about what happened and what happens next. This debate has recently centered around David Shor, a Democratic strategist and data analyst, who is highly critical of the strategic direction of the Democratic Party.
The Virginia governor’s race is but one state contest, an entire year before the midterms. So why are the nation’s political eyes all watching it so intensely? Because, as our poll finds, it’ll turn on the very issues voters across the country are facing: vaccines and mandates, the economy and jobs, feelings about Joe Biden and, for some, about Donald Trump, too.