Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) announced her support for Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act negotiated by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) after securing tweaks to the legislation’s tax and climate provisions. Her sign-off leaves a review by the Senate parliamentarian as the last remaining hurdle as Democrats prepare to introduce a full version of the reconciliation package tomorrow ahead of weekend votes. (Politico)
China imposed sanctions on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family, ended military and climate cooperation with the United States and launched major defense drills in response to the California Democrat’s visit to Taiwan. (NBC News) The White House summoned China’s U.S. ambassador to condemn Beijing’s military aggression and work to tamp down renewed tensions in the region. (The Washington Post)
Republican Kari Lake, who put denial of President Joe Biden’s 2020 Arizona victory at the center of her campaign, has formally secured the GOP nomination for governor following Tuesday’s elections, setting up a contested fall campaign against Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. (The Associated Press) In Tennessee’s rare Thursday primaries, Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles won the GOP nod to face Democratic state Sen. Heidi Campbell, whom he is favored to beat in the race to replace Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper, who is retiring after his Nashville-based district was divided by Republicans. (Roll Call)
A lawyer for the Sandy Hook parents who won a $4 million civil suit for defamation against Alex Jones said he intends to hand over a trove of text messages from the right-wing conspiracy theorist to several state and federal investigators, including the House’s select Jan. 6 committee. Jones has testified to the House panel, but repeatedly invoked his 5th Amendment right to remain silent. (CNN)
The Department of Homeland Security will review its electronic retention policies, according to a memo obtained by ABC News Thursday, and will halt wiping political appointees’ phones until the review is complete.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday that allegations of an FBI agent’s partisan social media posts and efforts to suppress information in the investigation into Hunter Biden’s business activities were “deeply troubling.”
Under fire from progressive advocates and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation reining in Google, Apple, Meta and Amazon, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he plans to hold a vote on Sens. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) American Innovation and Choice Online Act.
Police have changed their description of the crash that killed Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, saying Thursday that it was the SUV in which she was a passenger that crossed a state highway’s centerline and caused the head-on collision.
South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol is facing domestic criticism after he declined to meet Nancy Pelosi during her visit to Seoul on Thursday, in what analysts said amounted to the only snub from a leader of a host nation during the US House Speaker’s Asian tour this week.
Senator Tammy Baldwin, the soft-spoken liberal Democrat of Wisconsin, was on a plane home from Washington last month when she got word that Senator Ron Johnson, her home-state colleague and a stridently hard-right Republican, had said publicly that he would not oppose a bill protecting same-sex marriage rights.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said if the Justice Department does not prosecute former President Donald Trump for his role in the insurrection at the US Capitol and “the facts and the evidence are there,” the decision could call into question whether the United States can “call ourselves a nation of laws.”
Russia said on Friday it was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with the United States in private, a day after a Russian court jailed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for nine years for a drugs offence.
The Taliban regime said Thursday it was not aware that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was staying in the Afghan capital, four days after President Biden announced that a U.S. drone strike killed Zawahiri early Sunday at a house he was occupying in central Kabul.
Former President Donald Trump’s legal team is in direct communication with Justice Department officials, the first sign of talks between the two sides as the criminal probe into January 6, 2021, accelerates, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
It was a reception from conservatives that would be expected for a party leader like former President Donald J. Trump, replete with standing ovations, glad-handing and roaring approval for a defiant message opposing immigration and gay marriage.
Saying “Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that four current and former Louisville Metro Police officers have been federally charged in Taylor’s March 2020 slaying that touched off a firestorm of protest in the city and across the nation.
A deeply divided Indiana House voted Thursday to keep exceptions in cases of rape or incest in a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. The Republican-dominated House voted 61-39 to defeat an amendment that would have removed those exceptions, with a majority of GOP members wanting their removal.
Federal law enforcement agents on Thursday arrested former Puerto Rico governor Wanda Vázquez Garced (R), charging her in a bribery scheme that was allegedly aimed at financing her failed 2020 gubernatorial campaign, the Justice Department said.
Steve Ubl, who leads the nation’s top industry group for drugmakers, is offering a final salvo to Congress as Democratic lawmakers inch closer to passing their sweeping reconciliation package that includes drug pricing measures — and threatening swift retaliation if they don’t listen, he told POLITICO.
Taiwan has been an inseparable part of China’s territory for 1,800 years. In 1943, the leaders of China, the United States and Britain issued the Cairo Declaration, which clearly states that all territories Japan stole from the Chinese, such as Taiwan, shall be restored to China.
This week, the United States proved it could handle China and Russia at the same time, without starting any new wars or losing any ongoing battles. This should put to rest two trendy but wrong ideas: the notion on the right that we must back off Russia to confront China, and the notion on the left that we must back off China to confront Russia. It’s a false choice — because it’s all one confrontation.
Donald Trump’s dominant position within the GOP may or may not be waning, but beyond Republican candidates still fighting for Trump’s favor, the party’s 2022 candidates reflect their former president in a striking way: Republican Senate candidates in many key races generally lack any officeholding experience, just like Trump before he was elected president in 2016.