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Jul 23, 2021

Biden attacks Trump at Virginia rally, tying McAuliffe's opponent to ex-president
After mostly avoiding direct attacks on Trump, Biden says Friday he "whipped Donald Trump in Virginia" and so will McAuliffe, highlighting a key strategy for Democratic candidates: linking opponents to Trump.

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Jul 23, 2021

‘Patience has worn thin': Frustration mounts over vaccine holdouts
Millions continue to refuse coronavirus shots as the delta variant drives new outbreaks

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Jul 23, 2021

Tracking the political appointees Biden is nominating to fill the top roles in his administration
Follow the president-elect's progress filling nearly 800 positions, among the 1,200 that require Senate confirmation, in this tracker from The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service.

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Jul 23, 2021

When does Florida's coronavirus surge become a problem for Ron DeSantis?
If ever?

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Jul 23, 2021

Biden expected to name Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Australia
The move places a boldface name and member of one of the best-known Democratic political families in charge of relations with a key Pacific ally.

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Jul 23, 2021

How the world has warmed over the past half-century
An interactive look at the warming United States.

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Jul 23, 2021

Indicted trump ally Thomas Barrack to be released on $250 million bond, must appear in New York next week
Barrack, who chaired Trump's inaugural committee, is charged with lying and violating foreign lobbying laws.

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Jul 23, 2021

In one quote, the core of the effort to undermine the 2020 election is revealed
The Republican belief in rampant Democratic voter fraud predates Trump by decades.

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Jul 23, 2021

Alabama's GOP governor says ‘it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks' for covid-19 spike
"It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down," said Gov. Kay Ivey, whose state has the lowest vaccination rate in the country.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 23, 2021

Going to space for fun? You should be taxed, lawmaker says.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants passengers and businesses to be taxed for commercial flights to space that aren't for scientific purposes.

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Jul 23, 2021

A scandal-scarred Senate candidate wants Donald Trump's endorsement. Other Republicans worry he'll give it.
Former Missouri governor Eric Greitens, forced from office in 2018, has hired several Trump associates for his campaign and has falsely suggested Trump could replace Biden before the next presidential election.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 23, 2021

Fact-checking Biden's town hall on CNN
We looked into five claims the president made on topics such as covid-19, the economy and a new child tax credit.

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Jul 23, 2021

Going to space for fun? You should be taxed, lawmaker says
Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants passengers and businesses to be taxed for commercial flights to space that aren't for scientific purposes.

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Jul 22, 2021

Rep. Hank Johnson arrested at ‘Black Voters Matter' protest for voting rights
Johnson is the second House Democrat in a week to be arrested at a voting rights demonstration.

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Jul 22, 2021

Ron Rosenblith, Democratic political strategist and Hotline co-founder, dies at 75
He was a campaign official and Senate chief of staff for John F. Kerry, then helped launch a political newsletter.

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Jul 22, 2021

Texas GOP lawmakers want 2020 election audit — but only in big counties that mostly went for Biden
Dozens of Texas Republicans have signed onto a bill mandating a forensic audit of the 2020 election results, but only in the state's biggest counties, which mostly went for President Biden.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 22, 2021

Texas GOP lawmakers want 2020 audit -- but only in big counties that mostly went for Biden
Dozens of Texas Republicans have signed onto a bill mandating a forensic audit of the 2020 election results, but only in the state's biggest counties, which mostly went for President Biden.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 22, 2021

The Trailer: Whatever happened to Medicare-for-all?
Whatever happened to Medicare-for-all, what's going on as Trump heads back to Arizona, and what's missing from summer congressional town halls.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 22, 2021

Democrats continue to admonish FBI over handling of Kavanaugh complaints
Their demand followed a letter last month from from an FBI official defending its process and providing new details about the volume of tips it received about Kavanaugh through a tip line it set up for the investigation.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 22, 2021

Biden signs bill supporting service programs for crime victims
"When someone commits a crime, it's not enough to bring the predator to justice. We also need to support the victims," Biden said in remarks at the White House Thursday.

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Jul 22, 2021

Biden will launch into campaigning with visit to Virginia in support of McAuliffe
The president on Friday will travel to a state seen as a testing ground for his midterm message.

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Jul 22, 2021

Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in upcoming case
The state, in defending its restrictive law, says in a brief filed Thursday that nothing in the Constitution protects the right to abortion.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 22, 2021

The administration hoped its new mask guidance would stoke vaccinations. It doesn't seem to have worked.
As the delta variant surges, it's worth revisiting one of the government's efforts to encourage more vaccinations.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 22, 2021

Trump's PAC collected $75 million this year, but so far the group has not put money into pushing for the 2020 ballot reviews he touts
Even as he assiduously tracks attempts by his allies to cast doubt on the integrity of the 2020 election, the former president has been uninterested in personally bankrolling the effort in Arizona or similar attempts in other states.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 22, 2021

A child in Marjorie Taylor Greene's district died of covid. She's still attacking masks and the vaccine.
Her district is among the least vaccinated in the country.

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Jul 22, 2021

Former congresswoman Abby Finkenauer launches Senate bid against Grassley
The Democrat accused the Republican incumbent of being "obsessed with power."

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Jul 22, 2021

What Donald Trump has said about the Capitol rioters
For the last two weeks of his presidency, he offered prepared remarks of condemnation. Everything since has been sympathetic.

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Jul 22, 2021

In America's least air-conditioned cities, brutal heat changes some people's minds
Is life without AC — a point of pride in Seattle, Portland and the Northwest — coming to an end?

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Jul 22, 2021

Black officers say CBP forced them to profile. A study in one state backs them up.
An ACLU study found that over 95 percent of Customs and Border Protection arrests in Michigan were of people of color.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 22, 2021

Businesses condemned Georgia's voting law, then gave thousands to its backers
Comcast is among four corporations that raised alarm about voting restrictions but donated to Georgia politicians who supported the state's legislation.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 22, 2021

Coronavirus variant imperils federal government's back-to-the-office plans
Hundreds of thousands of workers were to return between Labor Day and the end of December, but the surging delta variant threatens to disrupt those plans amid disagreements involving unions, Republicans and the Biden administration.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Audio: Trump says he spoke to a ‘loving crowd' at Jan. 6 rally
In an exclusive interview for the new book "I Alone Can Fix It," the former president described the atmosphere on Jan. 6 before the storming of the Capitol as largely friendly and peaceful.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Biden picks Ted Kennedy's widow for ambassador to Austria
The president will also name Comcast executive David Cohen, a top fundraiser, as the ambassador to Canada.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Biden pleads with unvaccinated Americans to be inoculated as virus surges
In a town hall in Ohio, the president said there is now a pandemic only among the unvaccinated. He also made a pitch for the bipartisan infrastructure plan in Congress.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Biden says eliminating filibuster would ‘throw the entire Congress into chaos'
Amid pressure from Democrats, the president reiterated his support for restoring the ‘talking filibuster' but said he remains opposed to eliminating the Senate rule.

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Jul 21, 2021

White House officials debate masking push as covid infections spike
The high-level discussions reflect rising concerns across the administration about the threat of the delta variant and a renewed focus on what measures may need to be reintroduced to slow the spread of the virus.

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Jul 21, 2021

Bipartisan House probe of Jan. 6 insurrection falls apart after Pelosi blocks two GOP members
The House speaker accepted three other Republican lawmakers recommended by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, but she refused to appoint Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Pennsylvania decertifies county voting system following private company audit promoted by pro-Trump state senators
Acting secretary of state Veronica W. Degraffenreid said Wake TSI's examination of the Fulton County ballots earlier this year violated the state's election code.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Republicans block debate on infrastructure bill, but final deal could solidify within days
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer pressed ahead with a vote on the unfinished deal, but senators of both parties said they hope for a final agreement by next week.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Political spending at Trump properties is down (because Trump's campaigns aren't spending money at them)
Another reason for Trump to run in 2024.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Pelosi rejects GOP's Banks, Jordan for Jan. 6 select committee, saying they may jeopardize ‘integrity of the investigation'
The House speaker accepted three other Republican lawmakers recommended by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, but she refused to appoint Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Pelosi rejects two Republicans picked by McCarthy to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection
McCarthy announced Monday that he would recommend Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.).

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

That's not how any of this works, Marjorie Taylor Greene
Marjorie Dunning Kruger (R-Ga.).

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Approval of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is more deeply embedded than you might think
Most Trump voters see the Jan. 6 riot as an act of patriotism. A quarter approve of the riot.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Allen Weisselberg resigned from the top of the Trump Organization. So who's running the company now?
When Allen Weisselberg resigned his position on the trust that controls the Trump Organization, Donald Trump Jr. officially became the company's most powerful officer.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 20, 2021

‘Sleepy Tom' Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs come to the White House for a very normal visit
Under Trump, White House visits by championship teams were often controversial, divisive and racially fraught. Biden is seeking to make such visits routine again.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 20, 2021

In latest clash over Wuhan lab, Fauci tells Sen. Rand Paul: ‘You do not know what you're talking about'
Anthony S. Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul, who have a history of heated exchanges, accused on another of lying about U.S. funding of the Wuhan lab in a hearing on Tuesday.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 20, 2021

Growing number of Republicans urge vaccinations amid delta surge
A shift in messaging among some GOP leaders comes after months of misinformation and anti-vaccine rhetoric among conservatives.

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Jul 20, 2021

Tampa man, 20, admits intending to block Congress with Oath Keepers in new Capitol riot guilty plea
Caleb Berry pleaded guilty to joining a "stack formation" of group members and associates who allegedly breached the building on Jan. 6.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 20, 2021

The Trailer: How a Democratic primary in Ohio became a Biden loyalty test
The 2020 primary gets re-fought in Cleveland, second-quarter fundraising numbers roll in, and high-profile candidates stay out of California's recall.

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Jul 20, 2021

Trump ally Thomas Barrack accused of trying to use influence to help United Arab Emirates
The billionaire businessman allegedly violated U.S. lobbying laws and lied to FBI agents.

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Jul 20, 2021

How many coronavirus deaths each day are acceptable?
This is the unstated, unpleasant question at the heart of the current political debate.

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Jul 20, 2021

Another central figure in Trump's political rise is put in handcuffs
Accusations of illegality are a common thread winding through Trump's early team.

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Jul 20, 2021

DEA agent trespassed at Capitol on Jan. 6 and lied about it, prosecutors say
Mark Ibrahim has protested his firing by the agency.

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Jul 20, 2021

There's no meaningful line between the conspiratorial and establishment wings of the GOP
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recommends three foxes for the Jan. 6 henhouse commission.

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Jul 20, 2021

Thomas Barrack, Trump ally who chaired inaugural committee, indicted in foreign lobbying case
Barrack, a billionaire businessman, is accused of violating U.S. laws in dealings related to the United Arab Emirates.

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Jul 20, 2021

White House, Pelosi staff members test positive for coronavirus
The Pelosi staffer had contact with Texas lawmakers who are in Washington to prevent passage of a voting bill. Six members of that delegation have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days.

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Jul 20, 2021

Sean Hannity's limited vaccine endorsement is a small drop in Fox News's ocean of doubt
Hannity has been praised for encouraging vaccination, but he and his network have worked hard to sow doubt about the vaccines — including on Monday.

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Jul 20, 2021

Black CBP officers sue, alleging they were forced to profile people of color
The case could empower other federal employees to sue over discrimination against non-employees.

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Jul 20, 2021

Black CBP officer sues, alleging he was forced to profile people of color
The case could empower other federal employees to sue over discrimination against non-employees.

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Jul 20, 2021

Twitter suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for spreading covid-19 misinformation
Greene (R-Ga.) had violated the Twitter's misinformation policy multiple times, the company said, including in a tweet in which she falsely claimed that the novel coronavirus was "not dangerous" for some people.

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Jul 20, 2021

The zombie claim that the 2017 tax cut gave ‘83 percent' to the top 1 percent
Over and over, Democrats keep making this misleading claim. We're tired of it.

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Jul 20, 2021

Twitter suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene for spreading covid-19 misinformation
Greene had violated the Twitter's misinformation policy multiple times, the company said, including in a tweet in which she falsely claimed that the novel coronavirus was "not dangerous" for some people.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 19, 2021

Jim Jordan, four other Republicans chosen by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on panel investigating Jan. 6 riot
The lawmakers include Jordan, Jim Banks (Ind.), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (N.D.) and Troy E. Nehls (Tex.).

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Jul 19, 2021

Jim Jordan, four other Republicans chosen by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on panel investigating Jan. 6 riots
The lawmakers include Jordan, Jim Banks (Ind.), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (N.D.) and Troy Nehls (Texas).

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Jul 19, 2021

Man sentenced to 18 months after threatening to assassinate federal judge overseeing Michael Flynn case
"A hot piece of lead will cut through your skull. Your staff will be killed," Frank J. Caporusso, 52, of Long Island said in a voice mail left with U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.

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Jul 19, 2021

Infrastructure deal in precarious state as endgame nears
As Republicans back away from a key funding element in the plan, Biden complains, "We shook hands on it."

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Jul 19, 2021

How can the U.S. reduce drug overdose deaths? A wide range of ideas awaits Biden.
From decriminalization to more anti-addiction medication, the administration has many options after fatalities rose to an estimated 93,000 in 2020. But few tactics have worked.

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Jul 19, 2021

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof considering bid for Oregon governor
"I have friends trying to convince me that here in Oregon, we need new leadership from outside the broken political system," the two-time Pulitzer winner said in a statement.

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Jul 19, 2021

Top Biden aide under consideration to run UNICEF
Cathy Russell has expressed interest in running the U.N. agency after the job unexpectedly became open this month.

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Jul 19, 2021

Democrats take their push for voting rights legislation to Georgia
A Senate panel heard testimony about the state's new voting law, including accusations of voter suppression and potential election subversion. Republicans declined to participate.

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Jul 19, 2021

Biden's ‘over his skis' moment on Facebook
Analyzing Biden's walk-back of his comment that platforms such as Facebook are "killing people."

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Jul 19, 2021

Conspiracy theories are common on the right — but few Republicans adhere to all of them
One in 10 Republicans believe both that rampant fraud occurred in 2020 and in an array of conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.

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Jul 19, 2021

First felony defendant sentenced in Capitol riot, gets eight months in prison
Tampa crane operator Paul Hodgkins pleaded guilty last month to one count of obstructing a joint session of Congress meeting to confirm the results of the 2020 election.

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Jul 19, 2021

Justice Department curtails seizure of reporters' phone, email records in leak investigations
Secret searches under the Obama and Trump administrations had drawn protests from First Amendment advocates.

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Jul 19, 2021

Vaccine doubters' strange fixation with Israel
Israel is a case study in the vaccine's efficacy. But a rise in cases has vaccine skeptics cherry-picking their data.

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Jul 19, 2021

You should not be surprised that climate predictions may have been too conservative
This has been a criticism of the United Nations' projections for decades.

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Jul 19, 2021

Vaccine skeptics zero in on Israel again, for some reason
Israel is a case study in the vaccine's efficacy. But a rise in cases has vaccine skeptics cherry-picking their data.

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Jul 19, 2021

Justice Department limits efforts to seize reporters' phone, email records
Secret searches under the Obama, Trump and Biden administrations had drawn protests from First Amendment advocates.

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Jul 19, 2021

Paul Hodgkins, first felony defendant sentenced in Capitol riot, gets eight months in prison
The Tampa crane operator pleaded guilty last month to one count of obstructing a joint session of Congress meeting to confirm the results of the 2020 election.

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Jul 19, 2021

Biden clarifies comments about Facebook ‘killing people' with vaccine misinformation
The president said he hopes that "instead of taking it personally," Facebook spends more energy focusing on "the outrageous misinformation" being spread about vaccines on the popular social network.

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Jul 19, 2021

Trump follows his base toward rationalized vaccine skepticism
The former president seems to have moved away from advocating vaccinations.

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Jul 19, 2021

2020 presidential polls suffered worst performance in decades, report says
A polling industry task force cited problems and possible reasons for the "unusual magnitude" of error, but it stopped short of definitive conclusions on how to fix what went wrong.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 18, 2021

Democrats, Republicans struggle to finish infrastructure proposal as key Senate deadline looms
Despite months of haggling, lawmakers are slated to return to the Capitol on Monday in the same political position in which they departed last week: They broadly support new spending to upgrade the nation's roads, bridges, pipes, ports and internet connections, yet remain plagued by schisms over how to finance the still-forming package.

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Jul 18, 2021

Biden's surgeon general backs localized mask mandates as delta variant drives rise in covid cases
Democratic and Republican officials also spoke out against coronavirus misinformation, urging people to get vaccinated.

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Jul 18, 2021

How can the U.S. reduce drug overdose deaths? A wide range of ideas awaits Biden
From decriminalization to more anti-addiction medication, the administration has many options after fatalities rose to an estimated 93,000 in 2020. But few tactics have worked.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 18, 2021

Texas Democrats don't plan to go home yet
They're holding a virtual voting rights conference from Washington, D.C., this week.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 17, 2021

Jerry Lewis, California Republican who led House Appropriations Committee, dies at 86
He was praised — and criticized — for funneling earmarked federal funds to his district.

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Jul 17, 2021

Current, former police officers charged in new Proud Boys indictment in Capitol riot
The case grew with three arrests, including the husband of a sheriff's deputy, as the charges spotlights law enforcement ties to the accused right-wing group.

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Jul 17, 2021

Three Texas Democrats who fled to Washington test positive for coronavirus
All three members were fully vaccinated, caucus leaders said.

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Jul 17, 2021

As immigration heats up, Biden struggles for a clear plan
The influx at the border continues, political dangers loom and a key decision approaches. But in the aftermath of Trump's scorched-earth tactics, Biden has few appealing options.

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Jul 17, 2021

Democrats are making headlines on voting rights, but little more to counter restrictive efforts by Republicans
Biden and Texas Democrats draw attention to the issue, warning of threats, but options to counter GOP legislators remain elusive, absent action on the filibuster.

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Jul 17, 2021

‘There's no playbook': Exiled Texas Democrats race to keep up momentum as Republicans in Austin ramp up pressure for their return
Days after nearly 60 Texas Democrats made their dramatic exodus to Washington to stop the passage of voting restrictions, many of them acknowledged they have a rapidly closing window to capitalize on the national spotlight.

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Jul 17, 2021

5 takeaways from the new House and Senate fundraising reports
Looking at how the pro-impeachment Republicans did, along with some of the other big numbers.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 17, 2021

The pro-impeachment Republicans' hauls, and 4 other key fundraising takeaways
All the big numbers from the second quarter of fundraising.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 16, 2021

Republican governor says anti-vaccine rhetoric is ‘killing people' and denounces ‘propaganda'
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox's sharp words came as some prominent Republicans fan doubts about coronavirus vaccines or frame immunization campaigns as a government menace.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 16, 2021

‘They're killing people': Biden aims blistering attack at tech companies over vaccine falsehoods
Biden's charge that social media firms are enabling the spread of deadly misinformation comes as the White House is increasingly alarmed about a resurgence of covid-19 and the refusal of many Americans to get vaccinated.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 16, 2021

Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent
Federal health officials sounded an alarm Friday about a surge in infections fueled by the twin threats posed by the highly transmissible delta variant and a stagnation in efforts to vaccinate as many Americans as possible.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 16, 2021

Two Fla. police officers charged in new Proud Boys indictment in Capitol riot
Co-defendant case grows with three arrests, including the husband of a sheriff's deputy. Indictment spotlights law enforcement ties to accused right-wing group.

Washington Post Politics
Jul 16, 2021

U.S. judge blocks new applicants to program that protects undocumented ‘Dreamers' who arrived as children
Ruling allows immigrants already protected through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to keep it.

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