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President Biden unveiled a $6 trillion budget for next year that's filled with new safety net programs for the poor and middle class. The plan depends on taxing corporations and the wealthy to keep the nation's debt from spiking further. apne.ws/J9ByYuT
BREAKING: Senate Republicans have blocked the creation of a bipartisan panel to study the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The Senate fell sort of the 60 votes needed to consider a House-passed bill that would have formed a 10-member commission. apne.ws/IKodKaM
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Former House Speaker Paul Ryan urges fellow conservatives to reject ex-President Donald Trump’s divisive politics and the Republican leaders emulating him. He says the Capitol insurrection marked a “dishonorable and disgraceful end” to Trump’s presidency. apne.ws/EKNfutN
The Biden administration has informed Russia that the U.S. will not rejoin a key arms control pact even as the two sides prepare for a summit. The Open Skies Treaty had allowed surveillance flights over military facilities in both countries. apne.ws/sbRMP47
Senate Republicans are ready to use the filibuster to block a bill creating a commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. It’d be this year’s first successful use of a filibuster, which blocks legislation unless 60 of the 100 members vote to advance it. apne.ws/ZxqFOeq
U.S. pipelines are being ordered to boost defenses after the Colonial Pipeline hack. A Transportation Security Administration directive says they must do a cybersecurity assessment, report issues to the government and have a 24/7 cybersecurity coordinator. apne.ws/d45dA5c
With more in Congress insisting on change, and President Joe Biden on board, it looks as though the time is finally coming for a new approach to combating sexual assault in the military. apne.ws/Fcukdde
Before John Warner rose to power in the U.S. Senate, he became famous as the sixth husband of Elizabeth Taylor. Warner, who died Tuesday at 94, met the movie star at dinner - with Queen Elizabeth. apne.ws/xEDlzOw
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Karine Jean-Pierre has become the first openly gay woman to deliver the White House press briefing and only the second Black woman in history to take on the role. apne.ws/2ZVElyn
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Republicans are poised to block legislation that would create a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, despite a last-minute push by the mother of a Capitol Police officer who died after the siege. apne.ws/oJoQESm
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Georgia Democrats attribute their presidential race and Senate runoff wins to time, money and plenty of staff and volunteers. They say “tailored outreach” made the state’s electorate younger, less white and more focused on absentee and early voting. apne.ws/QRRh8Ee
Among Asian Americans, roughly two-thirds said they are “very” or “extremely” concerned the pandemic led to an increase in incidents of violence. A majority of Asian Americans, 57%, say they feel unsafe in public because of their race at least sometimes. apne.ws/IDFKVlI
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As documented Asian-targeted hate crimes rose substantially in 2020, the poll finds close to half of Americans “very” or “extremely” concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in violent acts against Asian Americans. apne.ws/9g9OdYY
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The AP-NORC poll finds 60% of Americans say discrimination against Asian Americans has swelled in the U.S. in the last year. That includes 71% of Asian Americans as well as majorities of Black, white and Hispanic Americans. apne.ws/cm5mneT
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New AP-NORC poll: A majority of Americans across racial and ethnic groups believe discrimination has worsened in the last year against Asian Americans, who became the target of attacks after being unfairly blamed for the coronavirus pandemic. apne.ws/xB9MrAE
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Warner, a Republican, was elected to the Senate in 1978 and served five terms. He announced in 2007 that he would not run again in 2008. A former secretary of the Navy, Warner was for a time was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. apne.ws/Av48V5c
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BREAKING: Former GOP Sen. John Warner of Virginia, military expert once married to Elizabeth Taylor, dies at 94, former aide says. apne.ws/w7bfHrW
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House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his party are blaming President Biden for higher gasoline and lumber costs. An #APFactCheck finds the blame is misplaced. apne.ws/goqV3Ek
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House Republican leaders condemned GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green for comparing mask requirements to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy called the comments "appalling," but did not say Greene should be disciplined. apne.ws/ZxAhV2W
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Zimbabwe’s president has unveiled a towering bronze statue in the center of Harare, the capital, honoring a 19th-century Black anti-colonialist heroine who was hanged for leading a rebellion against white occupation. apne.ws/bkAbuFB
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President Joe Biden will hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders that comes amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia in the first months of the Biden administration. apne.ws/wGE4FdH
Often relying on debunked theories, people are seeking more examinations of the 2020 election beyond the audit engineered by the GOP-led state Senate in Arizona. The efforts, supported by conspiracy theorists and Trump backers, worry some election experts. apne.ws/nVv7XET
President Biden set an ambitious agenda for his first months in the White House. But from infrastructure to an overhaul of policing, key Memorial Day deadlines won't be met on a number of the administration's priorities. apne.ws/Wt4hPHL
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The White House and the Kremlin are working to arrange a summit between President Biden and Russian President Putin in Switzerland in June. The summit would come at the end of Biden’s first foreign trip as president, a weeklong swing through Europe. apne.ws/DJlwBLx
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President Joe Biden is doubling U.S. emergency spending to help communities prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather events. The $1 billion in funding is a small fraction of what the U.S. spends on weather-related disasters each year. apne.ws/ed7SsEC
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Funding for lawmakers’ local projects, banished from Congress more than a decade ago, is making a return. Lawmakers have revamped and renamed the earmarks process, but many Republicans refuse to join in, characterizing earmarks as a kind of graft. apne.ws/MPdAAYe
Former Texas congressman and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is weighing a run for governor. But O’Rourke, who teased an announcement of his White House bid on Vanity Fair’s cover, is being quiet about it, and Texas Democrats are anxious to know. apne.ws/EFRD4z7
BREAKING: President Joe Biden sends Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the Mideast to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders following the Gaza cease-fire. The administration hopes to lay the groundwork for a resumption of long-stalled peace talks. apne.ws/RJNy0u6
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There’s a new vibe at the White House — hugs are in. Masks are mostly out. The relaxation in guidance about wearing masks and distancing comes after more people have been vaccinated. The White House is taking on the look and feel of pre-pandemic days. apne.ws/q7iru9O
Some GOP-led states are enacting new ID requirements for voters to request or return mailed ballots. Critics say the rules could actually make it easier to commit fraud and lead to legitimate ballots being rejected. By @AP_Christina apne.ws/VNqzKX5
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President Biden is giving a bit of simple advice to businesses unable to find workers: Offer people more money. Biden is betting it leads to middle-class security. But Republicans say his policies have let loose high inflation that will hurt the economy. apne.ws/qIwP4hO
The top U.S. commander for the Middle East says finding better ways to counter attacks by small drones in the region is a top priority and that the U.S. is still behind the curve. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said the use of small drones will increase. apne.ws/PrB7gAH
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New AP-NORC poll: A majority of Americans say racism and police violence are serious problems facing the nation, but relatively few believe attention paid in the last year to the issues has led to positive change. apne.ws/yuKFPdo
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Senate Republicans have not substantially budged off their initial $568 billion infrastructure proposal. That's despite overtures from the White House to work toward a compromise on President Joe Biden's sweeping $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. apne.ws/hEb9pLP
President Joe Biden on Thursday signed legislation intended to curtail a dramatic rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Biden praised Congress for its bipartisan support for the bill. apne.ws/p1YsT02
President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing federal agencies to develop concrete steps to combat the financial risks posed by climate change. apne.ws/tEcFxdn
Republicans are rebelling against the requirement that they wear a mask on the floor of the U.S. House. That's stoking tensions with Democrats, who say the rule dovetails with guidance from federal health officials. apne.ws/TtHBOPr
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The New York attorney general's office says its ongoing civil inquiry into Donald Trump and his businesses is now a criminal matter. Here's a look at what the expanded probe might signal for the former president. apne.ws/JNCOORe
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BREAKING: The House has voted to create an independent commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The legislation now heads to the Senate, where top Republicans are working to stop it. apne.ws/8x9Q8Cv
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The expanded Child Tax Credit payments start flowing from the federal government to roughly 39 million households in July. Proponents say the monthly payments of up to $300 per child could cut child poverty nearly in half, but opponents worry about waste. apne.ws/OJTZTus
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will oppose legislation to create 9/11-style commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. That's a blow to Democrats who say an investigation is needed to prevent it from happening again. apne.ws/VTUi6k6
The U.S. Senate primary in Ohio is still a year away, but Republican contenders are working furiously to cast themselves as former President Trump’s favorite. It’s a measure of how badly the candidates covet a Trump endorsement in a state he carried twice. apne.ws/nRV21Vl
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner defeated a challenger in a primary seen as a referendum on whether a wave of prosecutors elected on promises of criminal justice reform would be blamed for increasing violence. apne.ws/LBJNrL5
Republicans trying to erode President Biden’s support are zeroing in on the violence in the Middle East. They’re laying blame on his administration and aiming to make his liberal critics the face of the Democratic Party before the 2022 midterm elections. apne.ws/OqZU9nK
The Democratic-led House is expected to vote for a 9/11-style commission on the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. But Senate Republicans signal they’ll try to slow down or block the effort. apne.ws/eQQPVlr
President Biden says no other president has created this many jobs this fast. Republicans say his economic record is dire. An #APFactCheck finds the truth lies somewhere in between. apne.ws/zOv51gj
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Senate Republicans are signaling that they will try to block - or at least slow down - a Democratic effort to create a 9/11-style commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. apne.ws/XoiUdkh
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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy says he opposes a plan for an independent, bipartisan commission to probe the deadly Capitol riot. His resistance all but ensures the vote on a House bill will have less GOP support and dims its chances in the Senate. apne.ws/aRcHkJY
Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are girding to make it a key issue in next year’s midterm elections. They’re energized by the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case on a Mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. apne.ws/xzZSfGH
A $1.9 billion spending bill the House votes on this week has money to boost security for the Capitol. Many members of Congress say they fear for their safety more than they did before Trump supporters’ deadly insurrection. Police say threats have doubled. apne.ws/6b68xeK
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