‘Vandalism With a Purpose’ and the Future of the G.O.P.

Ross Douthat returns with Michael Brendan Dougherty to tell Jane she’s wrong about Trump’s populist rhetoric.

#coaston-jane, #conservatism-us-politics, #debates-political, #douthat-ross-g, #national-review, #new-york-times, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

A looming hit to tax revenues puts pressure on Congress to deliver relief.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #recession-and-depression, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #republican-party, #senate, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Georgia Takes Center Stage in Battle Over Voting Rights

Two bills moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature would place new restrictions on voting access, in ways Democrats say would have an outsize impact on Black voters.

#abrams-stacey-y, #absentee-voting, #black-people, #democratic-party, #elections, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Trump Should Be a Celebrity Vaccine Ambassador

White Republicans are among the most skeptical about “the jab.” There’s one man who can change that.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #polls-and-public-opinion, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Can Republicans Make Populism Work Without Trump?

Ross Douthat returns with Michael Brendan Dougherty to tell Jane she’s wrong about Trump’s populist rhetoric.

#coaston-jane, #conservatism-us-politics, #debates-political, #douthat-ross-g, #national-review, #new-york-times, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Vows Enough Vaccine ‘for Every Adult American’ by End of May

The pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. agreed to help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, in a deal partly brokered by the White House.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #food-and-drug-administration, #johnsonjohnson, #merckcompany-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Drops Tanden Nomination Amid Bipartisan Opposition

The White House had insisted that it would stand by Neera Tanden as President Biden’s top budget official, but it became clear that she did not have the Senate votes to be confirmed.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #senate, #social-media, #tanden-neera, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mississippi Congressman Faces Allegations of Misusing Campaign Funds

The House Ethics Committee is investigating Representative Steven M. Palazzo after a preliminary inquiry found he engaged in a “concerning pattern” of spending campaign funds on his waterfront house.

#campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-committee-on-ethics, #house-of-representatives, #mississippi, #office-of-congressional-ethics, #palazzo-steven, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Domestic Terrorism Threat Is ‘Metastasizing’ in U.S., F.B.I. Director Says

Christopher A. Wray condemned the Capitol riot and told the Senate Judiciary Committee that agents had opened 2,000 domestic terrorism inquiries in recent years.

#antifa-movement-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #justice-department, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites, #wray-christopher-a

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With Demise of Wage Increase, Biden and Democrats Face Progressive Ire

President Biden and top Democrats are working to ensure that frustration over the exclusion of the minimum wage increase in the stimulus plan does not overshadow the success of the package.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #harris-kamala-d, #house-of-representatives, #khanna-ro, #macdonough-elizabeth, #minimum-wage, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Announces First Sanctions on Russia in Navalny Case

The action came as the administration declassified an intelligence finding that the F.S.B., one of Russia’s leading intelligence agencies, was responsible for the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #european-union, #federal-security-service, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s Picks for Financial Regulator Jobs Emphasize Transparency and Fairness

Nominees to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faced questions about the limits of their power but said they wouldn’t shy from flexing it.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #chopra-rohit, #consumer-financial-protection-bureau, #consumer-protection, #gensler-gary-s, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #senate-committee-on-banking, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Ambitious Republicans’ Dance: Embrace Trump, but Don’t Try to Be Him

As jockeying begins for 2024, rank-and-file Republicans say they are most drawn to leaders who both pledge fealty to the former president and appear to showcase a distinct political identity.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #cotton-tom, #desantis-ron, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #noem-kristi, #pompeo-mike, #republican-party, #scott-richard-l, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits

The case was the court’s first on the key remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act in the context of voting restrictions.

#arizona, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brnovich-mark, #carvin-michael-a, #democratic-party, #kagan-elena, #minorities, #oscannlain-diarmuid-fionntain, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader and D.C. Power Broker, Dies at 85

Mr. Jordan, who was selected to head the National Urban League while still in his 30s, counseled presidents and business leaders.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #clinton-bill, #deaths-obituaries, #jordan-vernon-e-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-league, #washington-dc

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‘It Should Not Be This Hard’: When Family Members Provide the Care

Readers respond to an Op-Ed essay urging increased support for the millions of Americans providing such assistance.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Activist and D.C. Power Broker, Dies at 85

Mr. Jordan, who was selected to head the Urban League while still in his 30s, counseled presidents and business leaders.

#black-people, #clinton-bill, #deaths-obituaries, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vernon-jordan, #washington-dc

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The $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

As the Senate prepares to vote on President Biden’s first major piece of legislation, we look at the partisan debate that has erupted around it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #law-and-legislation, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What a More Responsible Republican Party Would Look Like

The conservative wonk Ramesh Ponnuru and Ezra Klein discuss child allowances, Trump’s legacy and the future of the G.O.P.

#bittman-mark, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Prosecutors Investigating Trump Focus on His Finance Chief

Manhattan district attorney investigators who are examining possible financial fraud have asked witnesses about Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer at the Trump Organization.

#frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr, #weisselberg-allen

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Trumpism Grips a Post-Policy G.O.P. as Traditional Conservatism Fades

Despite falling from power in Washington, the Republican Party has done little soul-searching or reflection on a new agenda, instead focusing on attacking Democrats and the news media.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #desantis-ron, #noem-kristi, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Virus Did Not Bring Financial Rout That Many States Feared

Grim forecasts held up for a few states, but many took in about as much tax revenue as before the pandemic — sometimes a lot more.

#brookings-institution, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #income-tax, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #republican-party, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #tax-policy-center, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Trump Holds a Grip on the G.O.P.

Republicans still embrace the power of the ex-president’s agenda to galvanize voters and drive turnout.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruz-ted, #desantis-ron, #haley-nikki-r, #immigration-and-emigration, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump 2.0 Looks an Awful Lot Like Trump 2020

Are we really going to do this again?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-reopenings, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #third-party-politics-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Biden to Discuss Border and Other Issues With Mexican President

As President Biden looks to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, he is seeking to work with a Mexican counterpart who was a surprise contributor to them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Warren Revives Wealth Tax, Citing Pandemic Inequalities

A tax on the net worth of America’s wealthiest individuals remains popular with voters, but has yet to be embraced by President Biden.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #senate, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth

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How Pro-Trump Forces Pushed a Lie About Antifa at the Capitol Riot

On social media, cable networks and even in the halls of Congress, supporters of Donald J. Trump tried to rewrite history in real time, pushing the fiction that left-wing agitators were to blame for the violence on Jan. 6.

#antifa-movement-us, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fox-news-channel, #house-of-representatives, #ingraham-laura-a, #limbaugh-rush, #news-and-news-media, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Voter Suppression Is Grand Larceny

We are watching another theft of power.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #elections, #law-and-legislation, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Trump, Addressing Conservatives, Plans to Claim Leadership of G.O.P.

In his first public appearance since leaving office, Donald J. Trump also planned to assert that there were no divisions in his party, according to excerpts of his speech, even as he plotted vindication against his enemies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-liz, #conservative-political-action-conference, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Supreme Court Test for What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act

While state legislatures consider new voting restrictions to address claims of election fraud, the justices will hear arguments on what kind of legal scrutiny such laws should face.

#arizona, #brnovich-mark, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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The Era of Vaccine Diplomacy Is Here

The coronavirus threat is global. So is the remedy.

#astrazeneca-plc, #china-national-pharmaceutical-group-corp-sinopharm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Covid Stimulus Bill Heads to the Senate

The $1.9 trillion pandemic aid bill narrowly passed the House, but now must maneuver through a procedural and political thicket in the Senate.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Will Return to Spotlight With Appearance at CPAC

Most presidents leave the White House and adopt low profiles. Donald Trump is returning to the national stage with a prominent appearance at a conservative conference on Sunday.

#carville-james, #conservative-political-action-conference, #nunberg-sam, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Democrats Move to Salvage Minimum Wage Hike

As the House prepared to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package as early as Friday night, Democrats were searching for a Plan B to raise the minimum wage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #minimum-wage, #pelosi-nancy, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, the Murderous Monarch

President Biden hasn’t pushed for real justice, but at least he’s not as obsequious as his predecessor.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #khashoggi-jamal, #kushner-jared, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Federal Scientists Plead for Pandemic Controls as Infection Declines Stall

“Now is not the time to relax restrictions,” the C.D.C. director, Rochelle Walensky, said, pointing to a leveling of coronavirus infections as governors move to lift pandemic restrictions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #fauci-anthony-s, #masks, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

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Trump Loyalists Spurn ‘Failed Republican Establishment of Yesteryear’

At an annual gathering of conservatives, devotees of Donald J. Trump pledged their fealty to him and issued grave warnings about the political left.

#cheney-liz, #conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #speeches-and-statements, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Visits Storm-Battered Texas and Vows Federal Help ‘For the Long Haul’

The overwhelming nature of grief has been the unofficial theme this week for a White House confronted with a disaster in the nation’s second largest state amid a pandemic.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #houston-tex, #texas, #turner-sylvester, #united-states-politics-and-government

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F.B.I. Said to Have Singled Out Suspect in Brian Sicknick’s Death

The death of the officer, Brian Sicknick, after the Capitol riot has been a major focus for investigators scrutinizing the attack by a pro-Trump mob.

#attacks-on-police, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #proud-boys, #sicknick-brian-d-1978-2021, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach

The decision will disappoint the human rights community and members of his own party who complained during the Trump administration that the U.S. was failing to hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Saudi Prince Approved Khashoggi’s Death, U.S. Report Says

The release of the report by the Biden administration was a sign that the new president will try to isolate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Revokes a Trump Order Seeking ‘Classical’ Civic Architecture

Prominent architects had criticized the order for seeking to impose a national style from above.

#american-institute-of-architects, #architecture, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #commission-of-fine-arts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #national-civic-art-society, #national-trust-for-historic-preservation, #shubow-justin, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What Would a $15 Minimum Wage Do to Small Businesses?

In Georgia, low-wage service sector workers and their employers are wrestling with the details, and the morality, of a $15 minimum wage.

#minimum-wage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Top Senate Official Disqualifies Minimum Wage From Stimulus Plan

The parliamentarian ruled that the provision, which would gradually increase the wage to $15 an hour, violated the strict budgetary rules that limit what can be included in the package.

#democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #macdonough-elizabeth, #manchin-joe-iii, #minimum-wage, #republican-party, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Confirmation in Doubt for Neera Tanden, Biden’s Budget Director Pick

The struggle to gain support for the longtime Democratic aide whose combative Twitter posts have drawn criticism reflects miscalculations by the White House and its chief of staff, Ron Klain.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #center-for-american-progress, #federal-budget-us, #klain-ronald-a, #murkowski-lisa, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #republican-party, #senate, #tanden-neera, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lawmakers Clash Over Call for Special Panel to Investigate Capitol Assault

The disputes are reminiscent of the fight surrounding the creation of the independent commission that conducted an inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

#antifa-movement-us, #bush-george-w, #cornyn-john, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #johnson-ron-1955, #pelosi-nancy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #shelby-richard-c, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

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Neera Tanden: First Cabinet-Level Casualty of the Twitter Age?

Republicans have criticized her tweets, but Democrats say former President Donald J. Trump’s were much worse as they assail what they call a double standard.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #republican-party, #social-media, #tanden-neera, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Militia Groups Want to ‘Blow Up the Capitol,’ a Police Chief Testifies

The acting chief of the force that protects the Capitol said security measures, including fencing and the presence of the National Guard, should continue amid persisting threats.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #irving-paul-d-1957, #pittman-yogananda-d, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Militia Groups Want to ‘Blow Up the Capitol,’ a Police Chief Testifies

The acting chief of the force that protects the Capitol said security measures, including fencing and the presence of the National Guard, should continue amid persisting threats.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #irving-paul-d-1957, #pittman-yogananda-d, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s Pick for Trade Representative Promises Break With Past Policy

Katherine Tai, the nominee to be America’s chief trade negotiator, declined to give policy specifics on tariffs and trade agreements, but laid out a broad vision of a more equitable trade policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #tai-katherine, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-mexico-canada-agreement, #world-trade-organization

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