U.S. Issues More Than 115 'Do Not Travel' Advisories, Citing Risks From COVID-19 : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
The U.S. State Department has vastly expanded its Do Not Travel list, issuing new Level 4 advisories for more than 115 countries and territories this week. The agency cites "ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms
WASHINGTON (AP) — A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took a further step Thursday as the House of Representatives approved a bill to make the nation's capital the 51st state. Voting along party lines with minority Republicans in opposition, the House approved the bill 216-208. That's likely the easy part, though. The proposal faces a far tougher fight in the Senate, where simple Democratic control of the chamber won’t be enough. The legislation proposes creating a 51st state with one representative and two senators, while a tiny sliver of land including the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall would remain as a federal district. Instead of the District of Columbia, the new state would be known as Washington, Douglass Commonwealth — named after famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who lived in Washington from 1877 until his death in 1895.
Darnella Frazier: A teen with 'a cell phone and sheer guts' is credited for Derek Chauvin's murder conviction - CNN
If not for Darnella Frazier's quick thinking, Derek Chauvin might still be a Minneapolis police officer. Instead, Chauvin is behind bars, convicted of murder after kneeling on George Floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes.
Biden’s top scientist met twice with Jeffrey Epstein. It’s now complicating his confirmation.
President Joe Biden’s nomination of Eric Lander to be his top science adviser has been delayed in part because of a Democratic senator’s concerns about meetings Lander and his colleagues had with Jeffrey Epstein
Justices Side with State on Juvenile Life Without Parole
A man sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his grandfather at 15 lost his U.S. Supreme Court appeal in the justices’ latest decision on juvenile sentencing.
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.
Derek Chauvin found guilty on all counts in death of George Floyd - ABC News
Derek Chauvin faces decades in prison after being convicted on all charges, including second-degree murder.
Report: China, Russia fueling QAnon conspiracy theories
Foreign-based actors, principally in China and Russia, are helping fuel a movement that has become a mounting domestic terrorism threat, according to a report provided to Yahoo News.
House Republicans Who Voted to Impeach Trump See Fundraising Boost - WSJ
The 10 Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Trump after his supporters stormed the Capitol raised significantly more money during the first quarter of 2021 than they did two years earlier.
The Jan. 6 Capitol Riot: What We Know About The More Than 400 People Charged : NPR
More than 400 people have been charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. NPR is looking at the cases. Each provides clues to questions surrounding the attack: Who joined the mob? What did they do? And why?
Falun Gong, Steve Bannon And The Battle Over Internet Freedom Under Trump : NPR
The Trump administration and a liberal activist fought to win millions in federal funds for anti-censorship software tied to the Falun Gong. That saga is now at the center of a criminal investigation.
BREAKING: New Revelation on January 6 Golf Cart Use Points to White House Coordination of Insurrectionists' Transport - Proof
This story is long, complex, and almost too odd to believe, but every word of it is true.
What the Derek Chauvin Trial Tells Us About Police Use of Force – Mother Jones
It's all in the eye of the beholder.
Biden’s first budget proposal embraces bigger government - Vox
Biden’s new $1.5 trillion budget proposal includes: —Support for more jobs —An expanded social safety net —A bigger investment in public health —Efforts against climate change —Addressing racial inequality —A defense spending increase
Kati Kariko Helped Shield the World From the Coronavirus - The New York Times
Collaborating with devoted colleagues, Dr. Kariko laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines turning the tide of the pandemic.
Double-mutant Covid: Researchers identify five new cases of variant in California
The double-mutant strain contains two key mutations, E484Q and L452R, that have been found separately in other variants but not together in a single strain.
Guns: Biden announces limited restrictions as pressure rises following mass shootings - CNNPolitics
Facing pressure to act after a recent spate of high-profile mass shootings, President Joe Biden unveiled a package of moves Thursday that seek to address a scourge of gun violence he deemed a "blemish on the nation."
How mRNA Technology Could Change the World - The Atlantic
mRNA’s story likely will not end with COVID-19: Its potential stretches far beyond this pandemic.
Biden digs in for negotiations over infrastructure and jobs plan - Los Angeles Times
President Biden touted his $2.3-trillion infrastructure plan Wednesday, hoping to summon public support to push past the Republicans lining up against the massive effort.
Supreme Court sides with Google in Oracle’s API copyright case - The Verge
The ruling overturns a federal circuit decision favoring Oracle
Biden infrastructure plan: 4 charts show where the money would go
The plan includes everything from road repairs and electric vehicle stations, to public school upgrades and training for the clean-energy workforce.
Biden holds first Cabinet meeting amid infrastructure push
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden used his first Cabinet meeting to promote his new infrastructure plan, but the gathering had a very different look and tone from those held by his...
Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to 'win the future'
PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden outlined a huge $2.3 trillion plan Wednesday to reengineer the nation’s infrastructure in what he billed as “a once-in-a-generation investment in America”...
Biden Infrastructure Plan Aims to Boost Economy’s Productivity Over Time - WSJ
Critics said the proposed tax increases conflict with goal of lifting long-term economic growth, while spending would add to deficits for awhile.
Court voids Trump campaign's non-disclosure agreement
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a broad non-disclosure agreement that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign required employees to sign is unenforceable.
What’s in the $2 trillion jobs bill? Joe Biden’s American Jobs Act, explained. - Vox
President Joe Biden proposed his opening bid on Wednesday for a $2 trillion infrastructure package that pushes the US toward a clean energy economy.
Biden announces diverse first slate of judicial nominees | PBS NewsHour
Biden calls it a "trailblazing slate" of nominees. The White House says the nominees reflect Biden's belief that the federal courts should reflect the "full diversity of the American people."
Here's what to know about the Derek Chauvin trial
10 months after George Floyd's death, opening statements in the former Minneapolis police officer's trial are set to begin Monday before 12 jurors and two alternates.
Parler explains 'free speech' to angry users after sharing Capitol riot posts with the FBI
Parler is now trying to explain the First Amendment to its conservative users.
U.S. civil rights groups sue Georgia over sweeping new voting restrictions | Reuters
A coalition of civil rights groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia's sweeping new voting restrictions, arguing that the Republican-backed law is intended to make it harder for people – particularly Black voters – to cast ballots.
5 Takeaways From Big Tech's Misinformation Hearing : NPR
The leaders of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were not eager to admit fault when it comes to bad information on their platforms, but it's clear Congress is getting closer to regulation.
Georgia Gov. Kemp signs GOP election bill amid outcry
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and gives the...
Hundreds Of Far-Right Militias Are Still Organizing, Recruiting, And Promoting Violence On Facebook
A new report identified more than 200 militia pages and groups on Facebook as of March 18, more than two months after the insurrection at the Capitol.
Supreme Court: Police 'seizure' includes shots fired at fleeing suspect
The Supreme Court ruling expands Fourth Amendment protections as the nation wrestles with police use of force and split-second decisions by officers.
Biden’s News-Conference Debut Puts Border, Guns, Covid in Focus - Bloomberg
Joe Biden will host his first formal news conference at the White House on Thursday, a high-stakes test for a president facing questions about two recent mass shootings, a surge in migrant children at the U.S. southern border and the ongoing pandemic.
Facebook and Amazon Unleash Spending, Vault Atop U.S. Lobbying - Bloomberg
Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. became the largest corporate lobbying spenders in Washington the last two years, outstripping defense contractors and telecommunications providers, according to a new report from a progressive consumer advocacy group.
Big Tech, Big Cash: Washington’s New Power Players - Public Citizen
Facebook and Amazon are now the two biggest corporate lobbying spenders in the country.
Democrats look to Georgia model ahead of 2022 Senate races | TheHill
Democrats are seeking to replicate the aggressive voter registration and mobilization program that propelled their recent wins in Georgia, seeing such an effort as their best hope for competing in a handful of Republica
High-Income Tax Avoidance Far Larger Than Thought, New Paper Estimates - WSJ
The very top sliver of high-income Americans may underreport their income at levels far beyond what was suggested by prior IRS research, according to a new paper.
‘Dark money’ topped $1 billion in 2020, largely boosting Democrats • OpenSecrets
The 2020 election saw more than $1 billion in dark money driven by an explosion of secret donations boosting Democrats.
Facebook guidelines allow for users to call for death of public figures | Technology | The Guardian
Exclusive: public figures considered to be permissible targets for otherwise-banned abuse, leaked moderator guidelines show