Top U.S. health official calls for follow-up investigation into pandemic’s origins - The Washington Post
The theory that the virus came from a lab in Wuhan, China, has gained traction amid criticism of an international probe and reports that several workers there were ill in November 2019 — weeks before the virus was officially identified.
Timeline: How the Wuhan lab-leak theory suddenly became credible - The Washington Post
The possibility that the coronavirus emerged from a lab was quickly dismissed by scientists in early 2020. This timeline shows which events and scientific publications had an impact on changing minds.
Merrick Garland: Justice Dept. will investigate Minneapolis police practices after George Floyd?s death - The Washington Post
The new investigation comes a day after officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd.
Michael Regan confirmed as Biden’s EPA chief - The Washington Post
Michael Regan will have to rebuild an agency that was demoralized and decimated under the Trump administration. He says he will focus on fighting pollution, climate change and envronmental injustice.
Opinion | Why the GOP’s new voter suppression effort in Georgia is so alarming - The Washington Post
A massive rollback of voting access in Georgia hints at a terrible truth.
Merrick Garland confirmation hearing: Biden's attorney general pick faces first big political test - The Washington Post
Biden’s pick to lead the Justice Department testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
U.S. investigating possible ties between Roger Stone, Alex Jones and Capitol rioters - The Washington Post
The FBI is looking into potential links to top Trump right-wing allies amid a wider probe of “radicalization” of members of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
Takeaways from day 1 of Trump’s second impeachment trial in the Senate - The Washington Post
Democrats leaned heavily on emotion and conservative legal scholars, while Trump's team offered a sometimes confusing case against the constitutionality of the proceedings.
Trump lawyers denounce ?political theater? of impeachment as Senate eyes quick trial - The Washington Post
The 78-page filing by Trump’s lawyers challenges the constitutionality of impeaching a former president and musters a First Amendment defense of Trump’s fiery rhetoric.
GameStop FAQ: What you need to know - The Washington Post
Here’s how ordinary investors, spurred on by a Reddit message board, took on the big Wall Street funds and sent share prices soaring for the video game retailer.
Texas federal judge blocks Biden's deportation 'pause' - The Washington Post
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, a Trump ally, declares “Victory” after judge issues temporary restraining order
Biden to reopen ACA insurance marketplaces as pandemic has cost millions of Americans their coverage - The Washington Post
Actions on exchanges, Medicaid and abortion will be the president’s first steps on access to health care.
Pentagon restricted commander of D.C. Guard ahead of Capitol riot - The Washington Post
Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, who commands the D.C. Guard, said he was prohibited from taking actions without higher-level sign-off on Jan. 6.
GameStop shares are on a wild, Reddit-driven run - The Washington Post
Short sellers and retail investors have sent the video game company’s stock up more than 2,400 percent since its April lows.
Biden order toughens Buy American rules for federal agencies - The Washington Post
The Trump administration also attempted to have the federal government buy more goods made in the U.S.
The anniversary of Kobe Bryant's death continues our year of misery - The Washington Post
For those who grieved Bryant, the tears transferred from tragedy to tragedy. For those who didn’t, life found a way to break them down.
Trump, defending ally Kelli Ward, jumps into divisive fight over the Republican party's future. - The Washington Post
The former president, in his first political activity since leaving office, endorses an ally for Arizona party chair who backed his false claims of election fraud.
Fox News is a hazard to our democracy. It’s time to take the fight to the Murdochs. Here’s how. - The Washington Post
The company has forfeited its responsibilities to society. It’s time to push back, speaking the only language the owners understand.
Jenna Ryan, who flew on a private jet to the Capitol, requests donations for legal fees - The Washington Post
The Texas real estate agent claimed she had raised $1,000 for legal fees before her PayPal account was closed.
Biden administration weighs turning over Trump tax returns to House Democrats - The Washington Post
A House lawsuit to enforce a subpoena, stalled since March, awaits a decision by new Treasury officials on whether to drop objections to a release.
Senate ends standoff, agrees to start Trump’s impeachment trial Feb. 9 - The Washington Post
The delay is in the mutual interest of the former and current presidents: Trump has struggled to assemble a legal team, and Biden has seen scant progress on confirming his Cabinet.
Biden administration to seek five-year extension on key nuclear arms treaty in first foray with Russia - The Washington Post
While engaging in negotiations, the president is also preparing to impose new costs on Russia pending an intelligence assessment and is ruling out a “reset” in relations with Moscow, senior officials said.
Army falsely denied Flynn’s brother was involved in key part of military response to Capitol riot - The Washington Post
The outgoing Army secretary said it is “incredibly awkward” for Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the brother of retired general Michael Flynn, who has voiced support for the extreme ideology QAnon.
These companies have pulled funding for election-objecting Republican lawmakers - The Washington Post
Ten companies have taken no action to cut off donations to the campaign funds of lawmakers who objected to certifying the presidential election.
Self-styled militia members planned Capitol storming in advance of Jan. 6 - The Washington Post
Individuals communicated in real time as they breached the building, talking about hunting for lawmakers to make “citizens’ arrests,” according to new unsealed charges.
D.C. police detail their fight to defend the Capitol against pro-Trump mob - The Washington Post
D.C. officers describe being battered by flagpoles, beaten with their own clubs and choked by bear spray as they fought to defend the U.S. Capitol
Biden to unveil emergency coronavirus and stimulus plan, with major focus on vaccines - The Washington Post
Proposal is aimed at addressing the nation’s immediate needs; larger recovery package to follow
Secret Service paid $3,000 a month for a bathroom near Jared and Ivanka’s D.C. home - The Washington Post
Instructed not to use any of the half-dozen bathrooms inside the couple’s D.C. home, the Secret Service detail assigned to protect the lives of President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law spent months searching for a reliable restroom. The solution was costly.
Secret Service launches massive security operation to protect Biden inauguration - The Washington Post
The city will be fortified with thousands of troops, police and specialized law enforcement units in advance of planned protests and the swearing-in of the new president.
Can Trump pardon himself? - The Washington Post
Congress can affirm what "except in cases of impeachment" means.
At least 2 Capitol police officers suspended, more than a dozen under investigation over actions related to riot - The Washington Post
The moves come amid intensifying recriminations over why the Capitol complex was insufficiently protected last week.
Biden to nominate William J. Burns to run the CIA - The Washington Post
Burns is an inside player — brainy, reserved, collegial — and loyal to his superiors, sometimes to a fault, as he conceded in his 2019 memoir.
From Costa Rica to Zambia, coronavirus pandemic forces debt crisis - The Washington Post
A rising ‘debt tsunami’ threatens even stable, peaceful middle-income countries.
Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump's failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol - The Washington Post
As his allies pleaded for help, the president watched the crisis on TV.
Outgoing Capitol Police chief: House, Senate security officials hamstrung efforts to call in National Guard - The Washington Post
Even as rioters violently overran his forces, Steven Sund said in an exclusive interview, the sergeants at arms for the House and Senate took more than an hour to approve his request.
Republicans largely silent about consequences of deadly attack and Trump's role in inciting it - The Washington Post
Trump and some Republicans seek to head off Democratic impeachment efforts, but have proposed no other inquiry or punishments.
Inside the Capitol siege: How barricaded lawmakers and aides sounded urgent pleas for help as police lost control - The Washington Post
During the rampage, rioters came perilously close to penetrating the inner sanctums of the building while lawmakers were still there.
Ashli Babbitt’s journey to the Capitol, where the Trump and QAnon supporter was fatally shot by police - The Washington Post
The 35-year-old veteran once supported Barack Obama, she said on Twitter. But that was before she became a devoted follower of Donald Trump and QAnon.
Calls intensify to remove Trump from office even as he acknowledges ‘a new administration’ - The Washington Post
Pelosi and Schumer urged the Cabinet and vice president to pursue the 25th Amendment and said impeachment could follow if they don’t.
Police let most Capitol rioters walk away. But cellphone data and videos could now lead to more arrests. - The Washington Post
Phone records make determining the owners of these devices trivially easy.
Un-American? In fact, the riots fit squarely in the U.S. political tradition. - The Washington Post
Georgia and D.C. this week revealed two competing visions of American politics.