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House progressives propose expanding Biden’s infrastructure plan

House progressives propose expanding Biden’s infrastructure plan

Congressional progressive lawmakers have unveiled a legislation that would put over $100 billion in the next 10 years to modernize the public housing system and start a transition to renewable energy. This is seen has their push to President Joe Biden to expand his infrastructure plan. If Biden goes ahead in including the proposal, it may face opposition from within the Democratic Party itself.

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’Very hard’ to meet Biden’s pledge to resettle 62,000 refugees: Blinken

’Very hard’ to meet Biden’s pledge to resettle 62,000 refugees: Blinken

Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State admitted that it would be ’very hard’ to meet the 62,000 refugee cap pledged by President Joe Biden. He blamed the earlier administration, and said that the refugee system that was in place when the administration came in lacked ’the means to effectively process as many people as we hoped.’ Mr. Biden said he would keep this fiscal year’s refugee cap of 15,000

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Biden defends refugee moves, describes border surge as a ’crisis’

Biden defends refugee moves, describes border surge as a ’crisis’

President Joe Biden described the situation at the border as a ’crisis’ for the first time, but defended his administration’s walkback on refugee policy a day earlier, which was vehemently criticized by some from his own party. The Biden administration had earlier insisted on referring to the border crisis as a ’challenge’, and blamed it on the Trump administration’s dismantling of asylum paths.

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Maxine Waters joins protest over killing of Daunte Wright

Maxine Waters joins protest over killing of Daunte Wright

California Rep. Maxine Waters joined protesters who thronged Brooklyn Center, Minnesota during the seventh night of protests against the police killing of Daunte Wright. The lawmaker, addressing the crowd, said ’We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice.’ A day earlier, nearly 100 people were arrested after the crowd tried to tear down a fence surrounding a police station.

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Bill to allow human composting being considered by Delaware state lawmakers

Bill to allow human composting being considered by Delaware state lawmakers

State lawmakers from Delaware are reportedly considering a bill that aims to allow human composting as an alternative to burial or cremation after a person dies. The bill was introduced by the Democrats, who say it is an environmentally friendly alternative for cremation. Washington is the first state to legalize human composting, with Governor Jay Inslee legalizing the same in 2019.

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Arizona Senate to conduct audit of Maricopa County ballots

Arizona Senate to conduct audit of Maricopa County ballots

The Arizona Senate will start the process of auditing 2.1M ballots cast at Maricopa County during the presidential election. Supporters of ex-President Trump at the Senate have cast doubt over the results that Biden won narrowly. There has been no evidence of fraud and judges have rejected lawsuits alleging irregularities in the count. The audit process will start Monday through May 14.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert vote against bone marrow donor bill

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert vote against bone marrow donor bill

GOP Reps. Greene and Boebert were the only two House members to vote against a bill that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program. The bill passed the House in a 415-2 vote. It aims to reauthorize a program that matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with patients who have leukemia. Greene claimed ’Nothing in this bill prevents the funding of aborted fetal tissue by taxpayers.’

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Alabama legislature votes for a bill to ban trans girls from female teams

Alabama legislature votes for a bill to ban trans girls from female teams

On Thursday, Alabama Legislature approved a bill that would ban K-12 schools from allowing a ’biological male’ to participate on a female team. The Senate approved the House-passed bill by voting 25-5, while the House accepted some minor changes by 76-13. The bill now heads to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, and she did not yet say whether she would sign it.

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Biden reverses stance on refugee cap after criticism

Biden reverses stance on refugee cap after criticism

Amid pressure, the White House said Friday that President Biden plans to lift his predecessor’s low cap on refugees by next month. An emergency determination signed by Biden earlier in the day stated the admission of up to 15,000 refugees set by former president Trump ’remains justified by humanitarian concerns and is otherwise in the national interest.’ The change is now expected by May 15.

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Ted Cruz says he would no longer wear mask in US Capitol

Ted Cruz says he would no longer wear mask in US Capitol

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) declared that he would no longer wear a face mask in the US Capitol or on the Senate floor. He said he decided this because ’everybody working in the Senate’ have received Covid-19 vaccinations. Talking to CNN, Cruz also referred to an earlier CDC guidance that said: ’Fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks.’

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Biden says Iranian uranium enrichment is unhelpful, but glad about talks

Biden says Iranian uranium enrichment is unhelpful, but glad about talks

President Biden on Friday called Iran’s enrichment of uranium to 60% purity unhelpful but said he is pleased the country is still in indirect talks with Washington. His comments came after Iran said earlier it had begun enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever. Biden said he looked forward to ’what is needed to allow us to move back into the (nuclear deal)...without us making concessions.’

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’This violence must end,’ says Kamala Harris on Indianapolis shooting

’This violence must end,’ says Kamala Harris on Indianapolis shooting

Following the mass shooting in Indianapolis which left eight people dead, Vice President Kamala Harris has called for an end to gun violence. She also said that President Joe Biden is expected to address the shooting later, on Friday. Authorities said they are trying to determine the motive behind the attack in Indianapolis, which also left many people injured.

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50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress, Pew poll claims

50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress, Pew poll claims

A Pew Research Poll has claimed that 50 percent of respondents said they approve of Democratic congressional leaders’ performance compared to only about a third who said the same of their GOP counterparts. 47 percent of the respondents, however, disapproved of their performance. 64 percent of respondents disapproved of Republican congressional leaders, and only 32 percent approved.

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Bipartisan immigration action urged by former president George W. Bush

Bipartisan immigration action urged by former president George W. Bush

Former Republican President George W. Bush has urged bipartisan action on several immigration measures. The former president has also called for a restoration of ’the people’s confidence in an immigration system that serves both our values and our interests.’ He has also advocated for embracing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Federal government to invest $1.7B into tracking, combating COVID-19 variants

Federal government to invest $1.7B into tracking, combating COVID-19 variants

The administration of President Joe Biden is planning on investing $1.7 billion into tracking and combating COVID-19 variants. The move comes amid new strains making up about half of all infections across the nation. The plan will earmark funds for improving genomic sequencing of COVID-19 samples, which helps scientists identify variants and ’potentially deadly mutations.’

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AG Garland revokes Trump-era memo curtailing consent decree

AG Garland revokes Trump-era memo curtailing consent decree

Merrick Garland, the Attorney General officially revoked a memo from the Trump era that limited the use of consent decrees by prosecutors in pushing for changes at police departments and other agencies in abuse and misconduct investigations. Consent decrees, court-approved legal agreements reached without litigation, have earlier been used following civil rights investigations.

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Biden urged by Democrats to act swiftly on raising refugee caps

Biden urged by Democrats to act swiftly on raising refugee caps

President Joe Biden has been urged by dozens of House Democrats to make good on a campaign promise to lift the cap on refugee admissions into the United States. The White House said that it will raise the limit imposed by former President Donald Trump, but the President has not signed the necessary papers to make it official. Top Democrats are unsure about the reason for the delay.

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Fauci, Jordan spar over pandemic restrictions; Maxine Waters snaps

Fauci, Jordan spar over pandemic restrictions; Maxine Waters snaps

Rep. Jordan and Dr. Fauci got into a heated exchange Thursday over the country’s Covid-19 mitigation measures. Jordan pressed Fauci on the idea of herd immunity, and when Americans can expect to go back to normal. Fauci defended his recommendations as being consistent and based on CDC guidance. Jordan persisted on questioning Fauci, when Rep. Waters interjected and told him ’shut your mouth.’

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Pelosi has ’no plans’ to bring bill expanding Supreme Court to House floor

Pelosi has ’no plans’ to bring bill expanding Supreme Court to House floor

House Speaker Pelosi said Thursday she will not support the effort by her fellow Democratic congressional leaders to expand the Supreme Court from nine justices to 13. ’I have no plans to bring it to the floor,’ Pelosi said. She however, added, ’I support the president’s commission to study a such a proposal,’ calling Biden’s move itself ’a big step.’

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Democrats plan bill to increase Supreme Court justices from 9 to 13

Democrats plan bill to increase Supreme Court justices from 9 to 13

Democrats are planning to introduce a bill to increase the number of US Supreme Court justices from the current nine to 13. This is an attempt by the party to swing the high court away from a conservative majority of 6:3 at this moment. However, if such a bill is tabled, it would face stiff opposition from the Republicans. Former President Donald Trump appointed three justices during his term.

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’I’m a street fighter’: Pelosi says she could have fought Capitol rioters

’I’m a street fighter’: Pelosi says she could have fought Capitol rioters

House Speaker Pelosi claimed the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrectionists would have ’had a battle on their hands’ if they encountered her. ’Well, I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter,’ Pelosi declared when asked if she was frightened during the January 6 incident. ’I was never personally afraid because I had so much security for myself,’ she said, adding that she ’was afraid for everybody else.’

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Pence undergoes surgery to receive pacemaker

Pence undergoes surgery to receive pacemaker

Former VP Pence underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to implant a pacemaker after experiencing symptoms associated with a slow heart rate. Pence was previously diagnosed with asymptomatic left bundle branch block. Pence had the surgery done at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church. ’He is expected to fully recover and return to normal activity in the coming days,’ Pence’s office said.

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Senate advances bill to combat surge of anti-Asian hate crimes

Senate advances bill to combat surge of anti-Asian hate crimes

The Senate voted 92-6 to advance a bill Wednesday that would address the surge of hate crimes against Asian Americans. The bill would assign a DOJ official to expedite reviews of potential Covid-19 related hate crimes and establish an online database. It also would task the department with coordinating with local law enforcement groups to raise awareness about hate-crime reporting.

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House panel votes to advance bill on slavery reparations

House panel votes to advance bill on slavery reparations

A House panel advanced approving legislation Wednesday that would create a commission to study the issue of paying reparations to the descendants of slaves. The vote to advance the measure to the full House passed 25-17. Prospects for final passage remain poor in a closely divided Congress. The bill, referred to as H.R. 40, was first introduced by Rep. John Conyers in 1989.

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Scalise trolls Kamala with ’missing at the border’ milk cartons

Scalise trolls Kamala with ’missing at the border’ milk cartons

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise trolled VP Kamala Harris over her failure to visit the US-Mexico border amid the ongoing migrant crisis. Scalise showcased a milk carton that had a picture of Harris plastered on it with block text saying, ’MISSING AT THE BORDER.’ ’Harris needs to go down to the border and see this for herself,’ Scalise said, highlighting overcrowded conditions at fed facilities.

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