Collins and Menendez: We Need a Covid-19 Commission

We need a commission to study America’s Covid-19 response.

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U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

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Biden Picks Anne Milgram, Former NJ Attorney General, to Lead DEA

Anne Milgram built her reputation fighting crime in the city of Camden.

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Judges Juggle Over 2,700 Cases Each as Families Wait for Day in Court

Short-handed and deluged by complex cases, New Jersey’s federal court is in a crisis. The backlog of cases has only gotten worse in the pandemic.

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A Single Senator Dashes Hopes for Latino and Women’s Museums — For Now

Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, blocked the creation of Smithsonian museums honoring women and Latinos, warning they would worsen societal divides.

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Sudan-Israel Peace Accord Is Already at Risk of Unraveling, Officials Say

Representatives for Sudan say the East African country will exit the accords brokered by the Trump administration if Congress refuses to give it immunity from future terrorism claims in court.

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YouTube, under pressure over election falsehoods, suspends OAN for Covid-19 misinformation.

The company, which has largely escaped the scrutiny faced by other social media outfits, is being pushed to restrict misleading videos.

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Senate Bill Would Outlaw Bank Discrimination for the First Time

Democrats unveiled a proposal to close a loophole in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 after a New York Times report on obstacles faced by customers.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #beatty-joyce, #booker-cory-a, #brown-sherrod, #discrimination, #johnson-henry-c, #menendez-robert, #racial-profiling, #senate-committee-on-banking, #van-hollen-christopher-jr, #warren-elizabeth, #wells-fargocompany

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Senate Democrats Present $350 Billion Strategy to Counter China

Democrats rolled out sprawling legislation that proposes substantial new funding over a decade in a bid to reinvest in the nation’s economy and challenge Beijing.

#china, #democratic-party, #menendez-robert, #schumer-charles-e, #science-and-technology, #senate, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Administration May End Congressional Review of Foreign Arms Sales

Mike Pompeo and other aides to President Trump are discussing ending a bipartisan review process because lawmakers have held up sales to Saudi Arabia over civilian casualties in Yemen.

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Congress Calls State Dept. Officials for Interviews in Expanded Pompeo Inquiry

Lawmakers are investigating whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged President Trump to fire Steve A. Linick, the department’s inspector general, to shield himself from Mr. Linick’s inquiries.

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Pompeo Releases Letter Clearing Him of Violating Law With Kansas Trips

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also criticized Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, who has opened an investigation into the firing of the State Department inspector general.

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5 Takeaways on U.S. Involvement in the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Thousands of civilians have died in Yemen, and American-made bombs sold to the Saudis have played a key role as the White House has sought to boost the arms industry.

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Why Bombs Made in America Have Been Killing Civilians in Yemen

President Trump sees arms deals as jobs generators for firms like Raytheon, which has made billions in sales to the Saudi coalition. The Obama administration initially backed the Saudis too, but later regretted it as thousands died.

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