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  How struggling households can get federal rental assistance

The federal government has approved two rounds of rental assistance, worth more than $46 billion total, that is slowly making its way to renters.

Jill Biden hears from Navajo women on needs, priorities

Panel: End commanders’ power to block military sex cases

  Oklahoma passes bill that can protect drivers who hit protesters

High court moves away from leniency for minors who murder

  Countering Biden, GOP pitches $568B for infrastructure

Restoring service central to Biden’s postal board nominees

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  DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms

  Biden to join NATO leaders at June 14 summit in Brussels

  Sheriff: Deputy fatally shot Black man while serving warrant

Missile from Syria lands in Israel, triggers Israel strike

Biden aims for momentum as US returns to climate fight

  White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations

Pelosi floats new proposal for bipartisan Jan. 6 commission

A person familiar with the new proposal said it would create a commission evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, similar to the panel that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks more than 15 years ago.

Democrats push $25B to electrify school buses, a Biden priority

The legislation led by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., seeks to build on the administration’s effort this week to promote the electrification of school buses, which Biden sees as an important step in addressing climate change and economic inequities.

  Biden to America after Floyd verdict: ‘We can’t stop here’

Press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the White House has had a “range of conversations” about preparations for the upcoming verdict.

AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030

Scientists, environmental groups and even business leaders have called on President Biden to set a target that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.

US takes steps to protect electric system from cyberattacks

  Also roaring back from pandemic: Earth-warming emissions

  Biden OKs more foreign seasonal workers as economy improves

  Bush criticizes GOP isolationism, anti-immigration rhetoric

  Walter Mondale, Carter’s vice president, dies at 93

Apple signals return of right-wing ‘free speech’ app Parler

Medical examiner: Capitol officer Sicknick died of natural causes after riot

Sicknick died after defending the Capitol against the mob that stormed the building as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s electoral win over Donald Trump.

  US under Biden will no longer call migrants ‘illegal aliens’

Instead of “illegal aliens,” which was still being used by some government officials in press releases and elsewhere, the employees should instead use “undocumented noncitizen” or “undocumented individual."

  Leaders of Proud Boys ordered jailed on Capitol riot charges

Joseph Biggs and Ethan Nordean had been free since their March 10 indictment, but U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly concluded that the two men are dangerous and no conditions for their release could be adequate.

Biden feels heat on emissions goal as climate summit nears

The climate crisis poses a complex political challenge for Biden, since the problem is harder to see and far more difficult to produce measurable results on than either the coronavirus pandemic relief package or the infrastructure bill.

  Cuba’s Communist Party chooses Miguel Díaz-Canel as leader

Cuba’s Communist Party congress — as expected — chose Miguel Díaz-Canel to be its leader, adding that crucial post to the title of president he assumed in 2018.

Supreme Court rejects lingering 2020 election challenge case

The Democratic National Committee was among those that argued the case should be rejected as moot because the 2020 election is over.

  GOP targets ballot drop boxes in Georgia, Florida, elsewhere

Democrats say the boxes are more secure than regular mailboxes, and their use was largely trouble-free last fall.

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Biden has pledged the U.S. will switch to an emissions-free power sector within 14 years, and have an entirely emissions-free economy by 2050.

  Navalny’s doctor: Putin critic ‘could die at any moment’

A doctor for imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike, says his health is deteriorating rapidly and the 44-year-old could be on the verge of death.

  Japan, US showcase alliance, resolve in dealing with China

The talks featured unusually frank warnings from a Japanese leader against any effort by China to dominate the Indo-Pacific region by “force or coercion.”

Iran starts enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever

A top official said only a few grams an hour of uranium gas would be enriched up to 60% purity — triple the level it once did but at a quantity far lower than what the Islamic Republic could produce.

After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

The new allocations provide more slots for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central America and lift Trump’s restrictions on resettlements from Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

The moves are part of a government-wide effort by the Biden administration to address climate change ahead of a virtual global summit on climate change that President Joe Biden is hosting next week.

  Raul Castro confirms he’s resigning, ending long era in Cuba

Castro didn’t say who he would endorse as his successor as first secretary-general of the Communist Party, but he previously has indicated that he favors yielding control to Miguel Diaz-Canel, who succeeded him as president in 2018.

Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band Iced Earth, has agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes of getting a lighter sentence, and the Justice Department will consider putting Schaffer in the federal witness security program.

  Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said Moscow will add eight U.S. officials to its sanctions list and move to restrict and stop the activities of U.S. nongovernment organizations from interfering in Russia’s politics.

AG Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing use of consent decrees

Garland issued a new memorandum to all U.S. attorneys and other Justice Department leaders spelling out the new policies on civil agreements and consent decrees with state and local governments.

  US says Russia was given Trump campaign polling data in 2016

Konstantin Kilimnik was one of 32 people and entities sanctioned by the U.S. government for interference in the 2020 election.

Family asks feds to reopen case on Tamir Rice police killing

In late 2020, federal prosecutors said they would not bring charges against the two police officers involved, saying video of the shooting was of too poor a quality for them to conclusively establish what had happened. There were no other prosecutions in the case.

  Senators to Biden: Waive vaccine intellectual property rules

The lawmakers, in a letter delivered to the White House on Thursday evening, wrote that Biden should “prioritize people over pharmaceutical company profits” and support the temporary waiver of the rules.

  US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

The actions, foreshadowed for weeks by the administration, represent the first retaliatory measures announced against the Kremlin for the hack, familiarly known as the SolarWinds breach.

  White House: Intel on Russian ‘bounties’ on US troops shaky

President Joe Biden raised the subject of the reported bounties on U.S. troops during his first call with Putin on Jan. 26, the White House said at the time. No mention of the topic was revealed by the White House after their latest call on Tuesday.

Former VP Pence undergoes surgery to implant pacemaker

Pence is expected to make a full recovery, according to the report.

Equal pay bill passed by House but faces long odds in Senate

House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate.

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

The practice by the Permanent Fund Dividend Division continued until several people questioned or appealed being denied checks in 2019.

  Capitol Police watchdog says force needs a ‘culture change’

The top watchdog for the U.S. Capitol Police will testify for the first time on Thursday about the department’s broad failures before and during the Jan. 6 insurrection, including missed intelligence predicting a “war” and weapons that were so old that officers didn’t feel comfortable using them.

  Democratic bill proposes Supreme Court expansion

Democratic lawmakers announed a measure Thursday to expand the number of justices on the nation's highest court, but it doesn't have the support of the Speaker of the House.

Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference

William Amos, who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens of his fellow lawmakers completely naked Wednesday.

  Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

Blinken was meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, and civic figures, a day after Biden announced that the remaining 2,500 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan would be coming home by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

House panel votes to advance bill on slavery reparations

The commission created by the bill would study possible remedies to slavery and discrimination in the United States such as compensation and a formal apology.

  Senate breaks filibuster on Asian-American hate crime bill

The bill is the most substantive congressional response to what has been an alarming rise in racist sentiment against Asian Americans, fueled in part by derogatory language about the virus’ origins in China.

  J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

At an emergency meeting, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrestled with the fact that the U.S. has enough vaccine alternatives to do without the J&J vaccine for a time, but other countries anxiously awaiting the one-and-done shot may not.

Conservatives propose revised sex ed rules in LGBTQ pushback

Arizona lawmakers approved revamping the state’s sex education laws to make them some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to teaching about LGBTQ issues.

  Harris planning first trip abroad to Mexico, Guatemala

She said she would go as soon as possible, depending on restrictions put in place for the pandemic.

  Corporate pushback against restrictive voting measures gains momentum

Signatories to the letter include Amazon, American Airlines, Bank of America, Google and Best Buy, as well as hundreds of business and civic leaders

  Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security

The watchdog report released internally last month, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of a congressional hearing Thursday, adds to what is already known about broader security and intelligence failures that Congress has been investigating.

  Biden to pull troops from Afghanistan, end longest US war

“It is time to end America’s longest war,” Biden said, but he added that the U.S. will “not conduct a hasty rush to the exit.”

Biden begins to undo Trump’s ban on abortion referrals

Known as Title X, the federal family planning program has been in place for decades. It makes available about $286 million annually in grants that support clinics serving mainly low-income women.

  No. 2 House Republican says GOP would act against Gaetz

The remarks by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana made him the latest congressional Republicans to opt against springing to the defense of the three-term lawmaker from Florida’s panhandle.

Senate OKs former regulator as Securities and Exchange Commission chief

The vote Wednesday was 53-45, mostly along party lines in the narrowly Democratic-controlled Senate, to confirm Gary Gensler, an expert with experience as a strong markets regulator during the 2008-09 financial crisis.

  Biden to address Congress under security, COVID restrictions

The traditional speech for the new president, set for April 28, will unfold against the backdrop of heightened security in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot and ongoing coronavirus protocols.

White House: Jill Biden ‘tolerated’ medical procedure ‘well’

President Joe Biden accompanied his wife, 69, to an outpatient center to undergo what the White House said was a “common medical procedure.”

Biden to address joint session of Congress on April 28

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi extended the invite to Biden on Tuesday, “to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”

White House: First lady Jill Biden to undergo ‘procedure’

The White House says President Joe Biden will accompany his wife, Jill Biden, early Wednesday morning to an appointment where she will undergo a “common medical procedure.”

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

Biden’s choice of the 9/11 date underscores the reason that American troops were in Afghanistan to begin with — to prevent extremist groups like al-Qaida from establishing a foothold again that could be used to launch attacks against the U.S.

  New child payments expected to start this summer, IRS chief says

Democrats view the tax change as an opportunity to address income inequality worsened by the pandemic. According to some estimates, it would reduce the number of children living in poverty in the U.S. by more than half.

  Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

Ukraine has said Russia has accumulated 41,000 troops at its border with eastern Ukraine and 42,000 more in Crimea. Russia’s defense minister said Tuesday the buildup was part of readiness drills in response to what he described as threats from NATO.

  Leaders of GM, Ford among objectors to voting restrictions

In a separate statement, GM urged state lawmakers across the U.S. to protect and enhance “the right for all eligible voters to have their voices included in a fair, free and equitable manner.”

Austin: US adds 500 troops in Germany, despite Trump pledge

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Tuesday that he is expanding the U.S. military presence in Germany by 500 troops and has stopped planning for large-scale troop cuts ordered by the Trump administration.

Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

An ambitious 2030 target would guide the federal government’s approach to sustainable and resilient infrastructure, as well as zero-emissions vehicles and buildings, and “would inspire other industrialized nations to set bold targets of their own,’' the group wrote.

  Biden, lawmakers pay tribute to slain Capitol Police officer

Evans’ casket was placed in the Capitol Rotunda for the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

  Biden wants infrastructure deal, but GOP doubts persist

The administration is banking that the data will confirm the everyday experiences of Americans as they bump over potholes, get trapped in traffic jams and wait for buses that almost never correspond to published schedules.

Will Smith film departs Georgia over voting restrictions

Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have pulled production of their runaway slave drama “Emancipation” from Georgia over the state’s recently enacted law restricting voting access.

La. receives ‘D+’ grade for infrastructure in report card from White House

Louisiana has received a D+ grade on its infrastructure in a new report card from the White House.

Major training: Biden dog gets help adjusting to White House

Last month, the White House confirmed that Major had nipped someone during a walk. Shortly before that incident, Major caused what the White House said was a minor injury to a Secret Service employee on March 8.

  COVID-19 surge in Michigan prompts plea to White House for more vaccines

So far, the White House is staying the course and sticking with its vaccine distribution plan.

  Nevada GOP censures elections official who defended 2020 results

Barbara Cegavske, the only Republican statewide office holder in Nevada, said members of her party are disappointed with the election results and believe fraud occurred “despite a complete lack of evidence to support that belief.”

  Biden Republicans? Some in GOP open to president’s agenda

As Biden meets Monday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss his massive infrastructure plan, he’s betting that the GOP’s elected leaders are making a political miscalculation.