National

  GOP’s McCarthy opposes Jan. 6 panel; McConnell hits ‘pause’

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday he opposes a proposal to form an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, almost certainly eroding GOP support ahead of a vote.

Politicians attack critical race theory without understanding it, experts say

  Amid threats to members, House to vote on new security

Mystery illnesses strike near White House

Attorney: US makes concessions to ease asylum restrictions

Biden moving to improve legal services for poor, minorities

Supreme Court to take up major abortion rights challenge

Continued Coverage

  Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

  Biden raises cease-fire, civilian toll in call to Netanyahu

  Bidens paid 25.9% rate and earned $607,336, tax returns show

  Biden boosting world vaccine sharing commitment to 80M doses

Kansas lawmaker faces 3 battery charges over school incident

  88% of children covered by monthly payments starting in July

Suit: Georgia election law threatens voting, speech rights

The lawsuit against the secretary of state and the members of the State Election Board was filed in federal court in Atlanta by county election board members, individual voters, election volunteers, nonprofit organizations and a journalist.

New S.C. law makes inmates choose electric chair or firing squad

South Carolina had been one of the most prolific states of its size in putting inmates to death. But a lack of lethal injection drugs brought executions to a halt.

  Trump critic Cheney cautions Jan. 6 riot could happen again

Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney is criticizing GOP colleagues for downplaying the Jan. 6 riot and condoning former President Donald Trump’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen.

  CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is defending the decision to ease mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, stressing that increasing political pressure had nothing to do with the abrupt shift in guidelines.

  Republican Arizona election official says Trump claim ‘unhinged’

IRS to the rescue? Tax audits eyed for infrastructure cash

Biden cancels Trump’s planned ‘Garden of American Heroes’

  In devotion to Trump, House GOP taps Stefanik for a top post

  House to vote soon on bills to protect Capitol after Jan. 6

Gaetz associate agrees to cooperate in federal investigation

US warns extremists may strike as virus restrictions ease

The National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security is an extension of one issued earlier this year in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. That alert was due to expire Saturday.

  Biden to meet DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push

The immigrants invited to Friday’s Oval Office meeting have used the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program instituted in 2012 to legalize their residency.

Colorado man suspected in wife’s death cast presidential ballot in her name

Barry Morphew told investigators he mailed the ballot on behalf of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, to help Trump win, saying “all these other guys are cheating,” and that he thought his wife would have voted for Trump anyway, according to an arrest warrant affidavit signed Thursday.

Ex-Army Green Beret gets 15 years for Russian espionage

The sentence of 15 years and 8 months imposed on Peter Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, Virginia, by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton was largely in line with the 17-year term sought by prosecutors. Defense lawyers sought a 5-year term.

Vandenberg Air Force Base to be renamed Space Force Base

The name will be changed to Vandenberg Space Force Base during an afternoon ceremony on the parade field at the sprawling base on the state’s Central Coast, which tests ballistic missiles and conducts orbital launches for defense, science and commercial purposes.

‘Foot soldiers’ of Birmingham to BLM: ‘Keep on keeping on’

Veterans of the campaign that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead to eradicate racial segregation in Birmingham nearly 60 years ago remain firmly in the corner of racial justice now.

  Arizona Senate Republicans sign lease to continue vote audit

Republicans have hired Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based cybersecurity firm, to oversee an unprecedented, partisan review of the 2020 election in Arizona’s largest county.

  What insurrection? Growing number in GOP downplay Jan. 6

One Republican at a hearing Wednesday called the rioters a “mob of misfits.” Another compared them to tourists. And a third suggested the sweeping federal investigation into the riot — which has yielded more than 400 arrests and counting — amounts to a national campaign of harassment.

  Biden, GOP senators upbeat, plan more infrastructure talks

President Joe Biden is welcoming a group of Republican senators to the White House to talk infrastructure.

Street racing surges across US amid coronavirus pandemic

Across America, illegal drag racing has exploded in popularity since the coronavirus pandemic began, with dangerous upticks reported from Georgia and New York to New Mexico and Oregon.

  Pipeline hack fuels gas crunch; US suspects Russian origins

In a Thursday update, Georgia based-Colonial Pipeline said gasoline delivery is now underway in most of its markets.

Company: Ex-Trump lawyer raiding nonprofit for personal use

Former Trump attorney and self-proclaimed “Kraken releaser” Sidney Powell has told prospective donors that her group, Defending the Republic, is a legal defense fund to protect the integrity of U.S. elections.

  Biden warns against gas price gouging after cyberattack

The president said he expects the pipeline to resume normal operations by next week and stressed the importance of improving the durability of U.S. infrastructure as part of his $2.3 trillion jobs plan.

Gaetz associate expected to plead guilty in federal case

A key figure in the federal investigation of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges next week.

  School nurses, health service corps part of $7.4B virus plan

Biden administration coronavirus testing coordinator Carole Johnson said it’s part of a strategy to respond to immediate needs in the COVID-19 pandemic while investing to break the cycle of ‘boom and bust’ financing that traditionally has hampered the U.S. response to health emergencies.

  GRAPHIC: Newly obtained Capitol riot video shows attack on officer

The footage shows the horrifying moment rioters attacked D.C. Metro Police Officer Michael Fanone on Jan. 6.

Biden signs order to beef up federal cyber defenses

The order will require all federal agencies to use basic cybersecurity defenses.

Firing squad bill headed to South Carolina governor’s desk

South Carolina can’t put anyone to death now because its supply of lethal-injection drugs expired, and it has not been able to buy any more.

  Hearing on Jan. 6 Capitol violence exposes stark partisan divisions

The colliding lines of questioning, and a failure to settle on a universally agreed-upon set of facts, underscored the challenges Congress faces as it investigates what law enforcement officials have described as a deadly act of domestic terrorism carried out by Trump loyalists.

  Biden courts Hill leaders, but GOP won’t budge on big deal

This first formal Oval Office meeting for the group — and for Biden and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — brought together those two deal-makers at a dramatically different political and economic time than in their past talks.

  Emergency program to give eligible people $50 off internet bill

The government is increasing spending on broadband as the pandemic made stark that millions of Americans did not have access to, and could not afford, broadband at a time when jobs, school and health care was moving online.

Number of children traveling alone at border eases in April

The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the U.S. border with Mexico in April eased from an all-time high a month earlier, while more adults were found coming without families, authorities said Tuesday.

  Liz Cheney says Trump and GOP backers threaten democracy

Rep. Liz Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former president Donald Trump in the weeks following the deadly insurrection.

  Pentagon chief during Jan. 6 riot defends military response

Christopher Miller’s testimony is aimed at defending the Pentagon’s response to the chaos of the day and rebutting broad criticism that military forces were too slow to arrive even as pro-Trump rioters violently breached the building and stormed inside.

  Democrats press for broader voter access as GOP resists

The action in Congress comes as states including Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Texas are pushing new voting rules, spurred by former President Donald Trump’s false claims about election fraud after his 2020 loss.

  Biden announces Uber, Lyft rides amid July 4 vaccine push

The nation’s vaccination rate has dramatically slowed in recent weeks.

Judge dismisses NRA bankruptcy case in blow to gun group

A judge dismissed the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case in a blow to the gun-rights group.

Offshore wind project seen as key to clean energy gets OK

An offshore wind project off Massachusetts that would create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes and is touted by backers as a key piece of America’s transition to renewable energy was approved Tuesday by the federal government.

  Biden: 1M sign up for health care during special enrollment

Biden said the U.S. had made “enormous progress” in expanding access to health insurance through this special enrollment period.

Help choose pioneering women to appear on US quarters

The National Women’s History Museum, the U.S. Mint and the Bipartisan Women’s Caucus wants to know your ideas for the new American Women Quarters Program.

Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight

Part of the government’s plan to manage thousands of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border involves about a dozen unlicensed emergency facilities inside military installations, stadiums and convention centers that skirt state regulations and don’t require traditional legal oversight.

Federal bill to address criminal jurisdiction within Oklahoma’s historic tribal reservation boundaries

The leaders of the Cherokee and Chickasaw nations said the bill expected to be introduced in Congress Tuesday by Rep. Tom Cole would authorize the two tribes to reach a compact with the state over criminal jurisdiction.

  McCarthy sets Wednesday vote on Liz Cheney leadership ouster

Cheney, R-Wyo., seems all but certain to be tossed from her No. 3 House GOP job after repeatedly challenging former President Donald Trump’s false assertions pinning his November reelection defeat on widespread voting fraud.

Watchdog says Capitol Police deficient at monitoring threats

The Capitol Police force was hurt by inadequate intelligence gathering ahead of the January 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol.

  AP-NORC poll: Biden approval buoyed by his pandemic response

The AP-NORC poll also shows an uptick in Americans’ overall optimism about the state of the country.

  Reversing Trump, US restores transgender health protections

The action by the Department of Health and Human Services affirms that federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in health care also protect gay and transgender people.

  New White House panel aims to separate science, politics

The panel will look for areas where partisanship interfered with what were supposed to be decisions based on evidence and research and to come up with ways to keep politics out of government science in the future.

Romanian leader tells Biden more NATO troops needed in east

Monday's meeting came ahead of a full NATO summit on June 14 in Brussels, where the alliance has its headquarters.

  Inside Arizona’s election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on

The 2.1 million ballots were already counted by Maricopa County election officials in November, validated in a partial hand recount and certified by Gov. Doug Ducey. Two extra audits confirmed no issues.

  House GOP leader says he backs ousting Cheney from No. 3 job

Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy on Sunday publicly endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik for the post of No. 3 leader, cementing the party conference’s support of the Donald Trump loyalist over Rep. Liz Cheney.

Former Delaware governor, GOP presidential candidate Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV dies

Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV, a former Delaware governor and congressman who sought the 1988 Republican presidential nomination, has died. He was 86.

Prospects dim for passage of LGBTQ rights bill in Senate

Legislation that would create new protections for LGBTQ Americans is stalling out in the U.S. Senate.

  US job growth slows sharply in sign of struggles

With viral cases declining and states and localities easing restrictions, businesses have added jobs for four straight months, the Labor Department said Friday. Still, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.1% from 6% in March.

Norwegian Cruise Line threatens to skip Florida ports

The company says Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order conflicts with guidelines from federal health authorities that would let cruise ships sail in U.S. waters if passengers and crew members are vaccinated.

  White House allocates $21.6 billion in rental assistance

This latest round of aid for renters was included in the $1.9 trillion relief package President Joe Biden pushed through Congress in March. It followed $25 billion in emergency rental assistance in the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress in December.

Talks ‘intensify’ on bringing US back to Iran nuclear deal

The U.S. pulled out of the landmark 2015 deal in 2018 after then-President Donald Trump said the pact needed to be renegotiated.

Elections agency declines to punish Trump for campaign payment to Stormy Daniels

Two Democrats from the Federal Election Commission are criticizing Republican members after the commission decided not to punish former president Donald Trump over payments to Stormy Daniels.

  Some Republicans worry voting limits will hurt the GOP, too

The restrictions backed by Republicans in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Texas and Arizona often take aim at mail voting, a method embraced by voters from both parties but particularly popular with older voters.

With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test

More than 100 days into his administration, President Biden has put forward just 11 ambassador nominations and has more than 80 such slots still to fill around the globe.

  Cheney challenger Stefanik says GOP must work with Trump

No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney was clinging to her post Wednesday as party leaders lined up behind an heir apparent, signaling that the fallout over her repeated clashes with former President Donald Trump was becoming too much for her to overcome.

  Biden pushes for his big infrastructure plan in GOP stronghold

Biden is leaning into the stagecraft of the presidency on Thursday by choosing to speak in the city of Lake Charles in front of a 70-year-old bridge that is 20 years past its designed lifespan.

Biden’s plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters

The multiagency effort will create thousands of jobs and strengthen the economy, the report says, while also tackling climate change and environmental justice, including expanded access by disadvantaged communities to the outdoors.

  US sends more warplanes to protect pullout from Afghanistan

President Joe Biden announced last month that all American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.

  Remote learning still widespread even after Biden hits goal

Almost 4 in 10 students continued to take all their classes remotely, and another 2 in 10 were split between classroom and remote learning.

NY: Broadband companies paid for 8.5 million fake net neutrality comments

The proceeding generated a record-breaking number of comments — more than 22 million — and nearly 18 million were fake, the attorney general’s office found.

Florida gov. signs GOP voting law critics call ‘un-American’

Florida’s Republican legislators passed this law — without a single Democratic vote — even though they acknowledged there were no signs of fraud in the state, which Trump won handily in November.

  Veterans address extremism in the military debate

In the aftermath of the violence at the U.S. Capitol this past January, there’s a discussion taking place about rooting out extremism in the military.

US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said revoking the regulatory changes finalized during Trump’s last days in office represented part of the Biden administration’s efforts to ensure that agency decisions are guided by science.