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Annabelle Gordon/Bloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — With Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announcing Wednesday his plans to relinquish his leadership role in November, speculation is swirling about what will happen next and who might fill his shoes. McConnell will be leaving a post he’s held for about 17 years. And while his announcement Wednesday […]

Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Donald Trump’s appeal of a unanimous lower court decision rejecting his claims of sweeping presidential immunity in the face of a special counsel case against him for alleged election interference in 2020. The justices said they will take up this question in oral […]

Kent Nishimura/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — House and Senate leaders on Wednesday reached a bipartisan deal to avert a partial government shutdown ahead of Friday’s looming deadline. Under the terms of the deal, the House is expected to vote Thursday on a temporary funding bill. The Senate will vote soon after. With Democratic support, the legislation […]

ABC News (WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared open to upholding a Trump-era ban on bump stocks as devices that turn weapons into rapid-fire illegal “machine guns,” however it was not clear that a majority of justices would ultimately back such a ruling or agree on the rationale. During oral arguments in the […]

Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images (MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Alabama lawmakers held a hearing Tuesday to begin debate over two bills that would add protections for in vitro fertilization treatment, allowing physicians to continue providing care a week after a state Supreme Court decision that said embryos should be considered children halted […]

Win McNamee/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A sewing machine manufacturer in Ohio froze employee wages, a New York City-based wheelchair producer forced layoffs at a U.S. supplier and a drone seller in Florida struggled to offer pay increases and hire workers. The companies were among hundreds who filed comments with the federal government over the […]

Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows has lost his latest bid to have the election interference case against him in Georgia removed to federal court. When a federal judge denied his effort last year, Meadows appealed to a three-judge panel for the U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th […]

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, the longest serving Republican Senate leader in history, will step down from that position in November. McConnell, who turned 82 last week, announced the decision in a speech on the Senate floor. “To serve Kentucky in the Senate has been the honor of my life,” he said. […]

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Senate Democrats on Wednesday aim to force Republicans to take a public stand in the controversy over in vitro fertilization by requiring them to either support or oppose legislation led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth — a measure that would establish a statutory right to access assistive reproductive technologies, including IVF, […]

Rudy Sulgan via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Congress is scrambling to lock in a plan to keep several key government agencies funded before a Friday deadline — or risk a partial government shutdown that, among having other impacts, could eventually affect food assistance for millions. Funding for the agencies — about 20% of the government […]


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