Marathon bomber risks renewed death sentence in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration this week will try to convince the Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by arguing that a jury was not required to examine evidence that the government itself had in a earlier phase of the case. Tsarnaev’s guilt in the deaths … Read more

The AP Interview: Jayapal Pushes Biden For $3T Spending Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, says she has pushed President Joe Biden to hold the line and keep his ambitious social spending plan closer to $3 trillion instead of the $2 trillion he has is the pushed to the Democrats in recent days. Jayapal told The … Read more

Biden Eager To Leave DC, Push Spending Plan Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is changing strategy to sell his ambitious social spending plans by traveling outside of Washington and courting Democrats who have complained of feeling left out. With his agenda in jeopardy on Capitol Hill, Biden will visit the Michigan district of a moderate Democratic legislator on Tuesday who has urged … Read more

US unveils guidelines for federal vaccine mandate, waivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just weeks to go before federal employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the federal government on Monday set out procedures for employees to request medical or religious exemptions from President Joe Biden’s mandate. The Office of Management and Budget released the new guideline Monday afternoon before the November 22 … Read more

Most people in the US support refugees with an Afghan ally: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the US want Afghans who worked with Americans to offer resettlement to the United States, a new poll shows, confirming support across political divides for former military translators and others struggling to escape to the Taliban rule. ‘s survey The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research 72% of … Read more

US tries to be nice to France after Australia substub

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit France next week as the Biden administration tries to resolve hurt feelings and potentially more lasting damage caused by the exclusion of America’s oldest ally from a new Indo-Pacific security initiative, the State Department. . said Friday. The department said Blinken will visit Paris for … Read more

Democrats Divided: Progressives, Centrists Say Confidence Is Gone

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their battle for trillions of dollars, their top policy goals, and perhaps their political fate, this doesn’t help: Democratic progressives and centrists say they don’t trust each other. They throw words like ‘stupid’ and ‘insanity’ and draw lines in the sand. Both parties’ congressional majorities have a rich history of infighting … Read more

Joint Chiefs chairman calls Afghan war a ‘strategic failure’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top US military officer called the 20-year war in Afghanistan a “strategic failure” and admitted to Congress that he would have preferred to keep several thousand troops in the country to prevent a collapse of the US-backed government of Kabul and a swift takeover by the Taliban. Republicans on the Senate … Read more

US expels Russian man jailed for cybercrime

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising development, a Russian man imprisoned in the US for cybercrime has been deported to Russia, officials said Tuesday. Aleksei Burkov, 31, facilitated $20 million in credit card fraud and ran a sophisticated clearinghouse for international criminals. He was sentenced to nine years in prison last year after pleading guilty … Read more

GOP Blocks Account to Keep Government Running; new try ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked a bill to keep the government operational and allow federal loans, but Democrats who wanted to avoid a shutdown promised to try again — all while pushing through President Joe Biden’s grand plans to reshape the government. The efforts aren’t necessarily linked, but the fiscal year-end deadline to fund … Read more

Pentagon leaders face Congress over Afghan withdrawal decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their first public testimony since the US completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pentagon top leaders in Congress will face sharp questions about the chaotic withdrawal and swift takeover of the country by the Taliban. Republicans, in particular, have intensified their attacks on President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all troops from … Read more

Panel OKs Dems’ $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill to bolster social safety net and climate programs through the House Budget Committee, but one Democrat voted “no,” illustrating the challenges party leaders face when win the near unanimity they will need to push the expanded package through Congress. The Democrat-dominated panel, which met almost … Read more

Panel debates Dems’ $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill to bolster social safety net and climate programs toward House Budget Committee approval Saturday, as party leaders chased behind the scenes compromises over internal divisions and, they hoped, the expansive final approval of the package by Congress. Approval by the Democrat-dominated panel, meeting virtually, was … Read more

US, Pakistan face each other again over threats in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban’s takeover of Kabul has heightened mutual mistrust between the US and Pakistan, two alleged allies embroiled in Afghanistan. But both sides still need each other. As the Biden administration looks for new ways to stop terrorist threats in Afghanistan, it is likely to look again at Pakistan, which remains critical … Read more

House Jan 6. panel subpoena Trump advisers, associates

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising has issued its first subpoenas, demanding data and testimony from four close advisers and associates of former President Donald Trump who contacted before and during the attack. had with him. . In a major escalation before the panel, committee chair Bennie Thompson, … Read more

Senators: Two-party talks on police review end without deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two-party congress talks to review police practices have ended without an agreement, top negotiators from both sides said, marking the collapse of an effort that began after the killings of unarmed black people by officers sparked protests in the US “It was clear we weren’t making the progress we needed to make,” … Read more

Mayor Mayor says images of border ‘horrified’ him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas said on Tuesday that images of what appeared to be border police officers on horseback trying to cross migrants horrified him, but he stopped calling the new influx of migrants there a crisis. Mayorkas told CNN that “any mistreatment or abuse of a migrant is unacceptable” and … Read more

EXPLANATION: Biden Uses Trump-Era Tool Against Haitian Migrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is relying on a controversial Trump-era policy as it scatters thousands of Haitian migrants along the US-Mexico border near the small South Texas town of Del Rio. Much to the dismay of migrant lawyers, the Department of Homeland Security is invoking the public health law known as Title 42 … Read more

Biden pitches partnership after tough trajectory with allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will stand before the United Nations this week to call for the world to act quickly against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights violations. His pitch for more global partnership comes at a time when allies are becoming increasingly skeptical about how much US foreign policy has really … Read more

Pentagon returns, calls deadly strike in Kabul a mistake

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has withdrawn from defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing that an assessment found that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an extremist of the Islamic State, as was first thought. “The strike was a tragic mistake,” Major General Frank McKenzie, … Read more

Saturday rally organizer wants to rewrite the history of January 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — The architect of a protest planned for Saturday in Washington that aims to rewrite history over the violent attack on the Capitol in January is hardly a household name. Matt Braynard worked as an analyst for the Republican Party, processed data for a small election agency, and later started a consulting firm … Read more

Justice Department demands order against Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has asked a federal court in Texas to stop enforcement of a new state law banning most abortions in the state while it decides the case. Texas law, known as SB8, prohibits abortion as soon as medical professionals can detect heart activity — usually about six weeks, before some … Read more

Biden’s vaccine rules to spark a barrage of legal challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine requirements are threatening Republican governors with lawsuits. His impudent response: “Just do it.” The government is gearing up for another major clash between federal and state rule. But while many details about the rules remain unknown, Biden appears to have a firm legal basis for enacting … Read more

Biden’s vaccine rules to spark a barrage of legal challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine requirements are threatening Republican governors with lawsuits. His impudent response: “Just do it.” The government is gearing up for another major clash between federal and state rule. But while many details about the rules remain unknown, Biden appears to have a firm legal basis for enacting … Read more

As flights resume, Afghan allies’ fate tests Biden’s vow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evacuation flights for Westerners have resumed, but thousands of high-risk Afghans who the United States has aided are still stranded in their home countries with the US embassy closed, all US diplomats and troops gone and the Taliban now in charge. With the United States and the Taliban both pushing for travel … Read more

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