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 2022-01-14 06:54 

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North Korea fires projectile in 3rd launch this month, Seoul says...

North Korea's military fired an "unidentified projectile" eastward on Friday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, per Yonhap news agency . Why it matters: North Korea's third launch in just over a week came hours after state medi...

 2022-01-13 17:02 

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House passes voting rights bill, setting up Senate showdown...

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed voting rights legislation, approving a measure that combines the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Amendment Act. Driving the news: The package will be sent to the Senate, where it faces a...

 2022-01-13 10:30 

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Kevin McCarthy's plot to build the House of Trump if he becomes Speaker...

Kevin McCarthy is signaling he'll institutionalize key Trumpian priorities if he takes over as House speaker next year — aggressive tactics targeting undocumented immigrants, liberals and corporate America. Why it matters: He'd govern with a...

 2022-01-13 05:57 

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Amtrak pays $2.25M to passengers with disabilities over access problems at 78 train stations...

Amtrak paid $2.25 million to more than 1,500 people as part of a disability discrimination lawsuit settlement, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The big picture: The train operator and the DOJ reached the agreement in December 2020 over Ameri...

 2022-01-13 04:06 

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U.S. sanctions North Koreans and Russians over missile tests...

The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on North Korean and Russian individuals and entities for supporting North Korea's ballistic missile program. Driving the news: The announcement follows North Korea's two missile tests in the ...

 2022-01-13 02:15 

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Kevin McCarthy declines to interview with House Select Committee...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday he will not participate with the Jan. 6 select committee's request to interview him about his communications with former President Trump. Driving the news: McCarthy, the highest-ranking el...

 2022-01-12 21:15 

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Schumer finds loophole to advance elections reform package...

Democratic leaders have found a mechanism to enable them to bypass an initial Republican filibuster and debate the party's sweeping elections reform bills, according to a new leadership memo obtained by Axios. Why it matters: The strategy is the lates...

 2022-01-12 21:01 

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Jan. 6 committee seeks to interview Kevin McCarthy...

The Jan. 6 select committee is seeking an interview with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about his communications with former President Trump. Why it matters: McCarthy is the highest-ranking elected official the committee has asked for inf...

 2022-01-12 17:14 

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IRS "in crisis," government watchdog says...

The Internal Revenue Service began the last filing season with a backlog of 11.7 million returns from 2020, and the 2019 returns were not cleared until June 2021, according to a new report by the National Taxpayer Advocate. Why it matters: " During 20...

 2022-01-11 12:53 

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Putin's (natural) gaslighting of Europe...

European natural gas prices continue to go nuts, as the market has become a theater in the growing conflict between Russia and the West. Why it matters: Russia is increasingly seen as treating its energy assets as political tools, rather than mere sources...

 2022-01-11 07:14 

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North Korea fires second suspected missile in a week...

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea on Tuesday, officials in South Korea and Japan said. Why it matters: The detection comes less than a week after Pyongyang's launch of what it claimed to be a hypersonic missile — and S...

 2022-01-10 19:56 

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McCarthy plans to oust Schiff, Swalwell and Omar from committees if GOP takes House...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday he plans to remove Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from their respective committees if Republicans retake the House majority. Why it matters: McCarthy's c...

 2022-01-10 19:05 

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U.S. and Russia exchange warnings after first round of security talks...

Top U.S. and Russian officials stuck to their red lines during nearly eight hours of security talks in Geneva on Monday, with the U.S. ruling out limits to NATO expansion and Russia warning that it would respond to a diplomatic failure with a "militar...

 2022-01-08 21:31 

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In photos: Biden, Obama and senior Dems remember "sometimes irascible, deeply good" Harry Reid...

President Biden and former President Barack Obama, along with their past congressional colleagues, came together on Saturday to honor the life of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) . Driving the news: "Harry Reid will be considered one ...

 2022-01-08 17:52 

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GOP Sen. John Thune to run for reelection...

South Dakota Sen. John Thune announced Saturday that he plans to run for reelection in the U.S. Senate. Why it matters: The second-ranking Senate Republican had been considering retirement , per the New York Times, setting off upheaval among members of th...

 2022-01-05 01:27 

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Omicron, snowstorm thwart Schumer's midterm year quick start...

The D.C. snowstorm and Omicron variant have crushed plans by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to begin the 2022 midterm year with a legislative flurry. Why it matters: Congress has a long list of priorities that carried over from last year. Making pro...

 2022-01-04 10:30 

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Free press crackdowns intensify in Hong Kong...

Independent media is struggling to survive in Hong Kong, as the Chinese Communist Party looks to tighten its grip on pro-democracy voices. Why it matters: Hong Kong's media environment, once among the freest in Asia, is growing gradually more similar ...

 2022-01-02 21:50 

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Manchin returns to Build Back Better negotiations with climate, child care demands...

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is open to reengaging on the climate and child care provisions in President Biden's Build Back Better agenda if the White House removes the enhanced child tax credit from the $1.75 trillion package — or dramatically lo...

 2021-12-29 07:41 

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Hong Kong police arrest 6 people in Stand News raid by over 200 national security officers...

Hong Kong police said Wednesday they arrested six people at Stand News for "conspiracy to publish seditious publications" after over 200 national security officers raided the online pro-democracy news outlet. Why it matters: It's the latest bl...

 2021-12-29 02:04 

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Harry Reid, former majority leader, dies at 82...

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) died at 82 Tuesday night "following a courageous, four-year battle with pancreatic cancer," his wife, Landra Reid announced in a statement released to media . Why it matters: The influential poli...

 2021-12-28 12:11 

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Biden may face a North Korea crisis within months...

It may not be long before President Biden has to grapple with a North Korea crisis. The big picture: Dictator Kim Jong-un has remained relatively quiet during Biden's presidency so far, keeping his threats and missile testing well below the "fire ...

 2021-12-27 12:48 

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Arizona Senate candidate offering NFTs to donors who give $5,800 to his campaign...

Blake Masters, co-author of tech pioneer Peter Thiel's blockbuster " Zero to One ," and now a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Arizona, is offering NFTs with a limit of 99 copies. Why it matters: Masters, 35, told Axios the plan is to attra...

 2021-12-25 12:00 

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What Afghans face four months after evacuation...

As the Taliban moved on Kabul in August, Tahera Ahmadi, 31, a married doctor, fled Afghanistan with just a backpack. Now, she's trying to rebuild a life in Alexandria, Virginia. The big picture: As people around the world celebrate Christmas and the s...

 2021-12-22 17:35 

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Jake Sullivan laid out three Iran deal scenarios in Israel meetings...

Four senior Israeli officials who attended meetings in Jerusalem with national security adviser Jake Sullivan tell Axios they came away reassured that the U.S. is ready to take a harder line on Iran if necessary and to take Israel's views into account...

 2021-12-21 22:04 

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DOJ to allow inmates to stay in home confinement after COVID emergency ends...

The Justice Department announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is no longer required to reimprison federal inmates who were released to home confinement during the pandemic. Why it matters: The ruling reverses an order issued by former Presid...

 2021-12-19 13:40 

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Exclusive: Republicans plan aggressive Biden probes if GOP wins House...

House Republicans have begun mapping aggressive probes of the Biden administration if they win back the majority — including inquiries into the origins of COVID, a leak of IRS data about billionaires, and accusations the NSA spied on Tucker Carlson....

 2021-12-18 15:50 

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Senate cuts deal on Nord Stream 2 to end Cruz blockade of Biden's ambassador picks...

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Ted Cruz (R) cut a deal overnight to hold a vote on Nord Stream 2 sanctions next month in exchange for the Texas senator lifting his hold on more than three dozen of President Biden's ambassador picks. Why...

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