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Rep. Cori Bush spent the night on the Capitol steps to protest the end of an eviction moratorium that was ordered because of the pandemic. nbcnews.to/3jajnVz
As ballot counting in Arizona ends, turmoil and revelation of funding by Trump backers cast doubt on conclusions of "forensic audit" of the 2020 election. nbcnews.to/3j7oAh4
Women seeking abortions through medication face increasing state restrictions as the FDA weighs action. nbcnews.to/3ygBwaK
LATEST: House Democrats fail to push through a last-minute extension of the federal eviction moratorium that expires Saturday, leaving town for a seven-week recess without holding a vote. nbcnews.to/3jas7eF
NEW: U.S. Justice Dept. sues Texas and Republican Gov. Abbott in federal court over the state's effort to restrict travel of undocumented immigrants. nbcnews.to/3zTGCtX
After issuing sanctions against a Cuban police unit and its leader today, @JoeBiden meets with Cuban- American leaders. When a reporter asks if there’ll be more sanctions coming, Biden says: There will be more unless there is some drastic change in Cuba, which I don't anticipate
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Biden administration imposes new sanctions against two top Cuban officials and the Cuban National Revolutionary Police for their role in the crackdown against anti-government protesters. nbcnews.to/2VkbUeD
Congress scrambles to extend the pandemic eviction moratorium, making a last-ditch effort to avert its expiration Saturday that could allow thousands of people to be kicked out of their homes. nbcnews.to/3BYrwVT
BREAKING: Justice Dept. says the IRS must turn over former President Trump's income tax returns to Congress. nbcnews.to/3zSTAbn
US Amb. to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield will represent the United States at the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony. nbcnews.to/3ygi1z8
$550B infrastructure agreement clears another Senate hurdle, moving the sweeping package closer to becoming the first bipartisan win under President Biden. nbcnews.to/377Hm2a
JUST IN: Then-President Trump asked top Justice Dept. officials in a late December phone call to declare the election he lost “corrupt,” and “leave the rest” to him and Republican allies in Congress, according to notes taken by officials on the call. nbcnews.to/3798aPx
Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer will visit the White House on Friday afternoon to discuss narrower voting-rights legislation. nbcnews.to/2WDYN8H
WH: "Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Singapore and Vietnam next month to strengthen relationships and expand economic cooperation with two critical Indo-Pacific partners of the United States."
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NEW: What’s in it for Mitch? Despite his reputation as the “grim reaper” of Democratic bills, infrastructure is close to passing. @sahilkapur and I talked to McConnell allies and antagonists who say there a number of ways he benefits from a deal. nbcnews.com/politics/congr…
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Philippine President Duterte restores crucial pact governing the presence of U.S. troops in the Southeast Asian nation, the two countries' defense ministers say, reversing a decision that had caused increasing concern in Washington and Manila. nbcnews.to/3lqSbVF
As Latino vote accelerates, Texas Republicans seek more restrictions. nbcnews.to/3xk39P2
Sen. Wicker says Sam Kendricks should compete in the Tokyo Olympics despite a positive Covid test, suggesting without evidence that the pole vaulter's test result was a "false positive." nbcnews.to/2WDAcAP
House primary in Ohio takes nasty turn as national Democrats descend. nbcnews.to/3zOlwx2
NEW: Carl Levin, Michigan's longest-serving senator, has died at age 87, his family says. nbcnews.to/3zPfQmj
Why the White House seems to be playing catch-up on coronavirus messaging. nbcnews.to/3iatDhh
President Biden was well within his legal rights when he announced that federal workers will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or abide by stringent testing protocols, experts say. nbcnews.to/3BU6hoa
A number of Republicans, including House Minority Leader McCarthy, are wrestling with Speaker Pelosi over the return of a mask mandate in the House, protesting the requirement and even calling for her removal from office. nbcnews.to/3iaE4kY
A group of House Democrats are launching a new internal push on voting legislation — urging their leadership to bring up new votes, even if the bills won't be able to get enough support to pass into law, according to a letter obtained by @NBCNews. nbcnews.to/3ii6l9D
Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor could be honored with statues at the Capitol if an effort spearheaded by a bipartisan group of senators is successful. nbcnews.to/3zO3XwV
Pres. Biden said he asked his admin. to take steps to apply vaccination standards to all federal contractors and asked the Dept. of Defense to look into adding the Covid-19 vaccine to the list of those required for members of the military.
NEW: President Biden announces new steps to boost vaccination rates, including encouraging states to use federal Covid funds to offer $100 to anyone who will get vaccinated and requiring federal employees to be vaccinated. nbcnews.to/3rIKriT
First lady Jill Biden will be treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a foot injury she suffered while she was walking on a Hawaiian beach, a White house spokesman says. nbcnews.to/3xnhaeR
A former police officer in Virginia accused of entering the Capitol on Jan. 6 has been ordered to stay in jail after buying nearly three dozen guns online. nbcnews.to/3y8XZX8
UPDATE: House votes 416 to 11 to approve the $2.1B emergency supplemental funding bill; the bill now goes to President Biden who is expected to sign it. nbcnews.to/3iZMcnQ
The Biden admin. plans to slowly ramp up pollution and mileage requirements for cars and trucks over the next 5 years, people with knowledge of the plan say. nbcnews.to/3fasbty
Opinion | Dennis Aftergut and Eugene R. Fidell: These DOJ decisions may undermine former President Trump's Jan. 6 legal strategy. nbcnews.to/3le9OYq - @NBCNewsTHINK
The conservative House Freedom Caucus is calling for the removal of Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger from the Republican caucus, an effort to punish the pair for joining the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. nbcnews.to/3zQpCEM
NEW: Senate passes bill that would secure funding for the US Capitol and Capitol Police in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot, which was at risk of having to furlough officers without additional money. nbcnews.to/3lb5SHO
Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who suffered a heart attack and traumatic brain injury after being violently assaulted Jan. 6, received a threatening, expletive-laced voicemail as he testified Tuesday about the Capitol riot. nbcnews.to/2Vj5FaK
HAPPENING NOW: Day two of the 27-mile voting rights March from Georgetown to Austin gets underway:
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Texas Democrats to meet with the Clintons and Stacey Abrams. nbcnews.to/3zPLQae
INFRASTRUCTURE DETAILS (per White House) —$40b bridges —$11b safety —$39b transit —$66b Amtrak/rail —$7.5b e-vehicle chargers —$5b clean buses —$17b ports —$25b airports —$50b water resilience —$55b drinking water —$65b broadband —$21b enviro remediation —$73b power/clean energy
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Schumer commits to completing both tracks - the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Dem only bill - before they break for recess. “It might take some long nights, it might eat into our weekends, but we are going to get the job done and we are on track.”
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Final passage is not yet assured, but Senate Majority Leader Schumer has said senators may work into the weekend to finish it up.
LATEST: Senate quickly advances $550B infrastructure deal with a 67-32 vote; 17 Republicans joined all Democrats to begin debate. nbcnews.to/3iTfrIO
Sen. Sinema says she doesn't support a $3.5T price tag on a major spending bill that Democrats are trying to pass on a party-line basis, a position that will likely force the White House to scale back its ambitions. nbcnews.to/3BQ1eoE
Plan to honor fmr. President Trump with banquet becomes flashpoint at one of America's most elite golf clubs. nbcnews.to/2UQEwMH
Federal agencies told to return masks indoors despite vaccination status. nbcnews.to/3i9Xdnl
Opinion | Sen. Thom Tillis: I'm a GOP senator. Why I'm writing to praise a Democratic colleague. nbcnews.to/3j1zZ1K - @NBCNewsTHINK
The Republican serving as liaison between the Arizona state Senate and the private company conducting a partisan ballot review says he intends to resign, citing his inability to back the final product. nbcnews.to/3f7Azdk
New: Ken Bennett, the GOP liaison to the Arizona 'audit,' says he's resigning because he's been barred from the audit site. Az Senate President Karen Fann says a liaison is no longer needed but that Bennett still has a role to play. w/ @janestreet nbcnews.com/politics/polit…
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Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy trade barbs over the return of a mask mandate in the US House. nbcnews.to/3l66JJP
Justice Dept. tells states they must follow federal law when conducting post-election audits or changing election procedures. nbcnews.to/3zO203w
All systems appear to be go for a vote to start debate on the bipartisan infrastructure bill- possibly as soon as tonight. Republican Senators Graham & Cassidy among those telling our team they’re ready to vote yes and confident the votes will be there to get to 60.
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