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- Biden doesn't penalize crown prince despite promise to punish senior Saudi leaders
Despite promising to punish senior Saudi leaders while on the campaign trail, President Joe Biden declined to apply sanctions to the one the US intelligence community determined is responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
- Biden promises to help winter storm-battered Texas recover: 'We're in it for the long haul'
President Joe Biden will embrace a familiar role on his trip to Houston Friday as he seeks to offer both comfort and federal support after a severe winter storm-battered Texas and left millions without power, heat or water.
- Alleged leader of Oath Keepers disavows right-wing extremist group
Jessica Watkins, an alleged leader of the Oath Keepers that is accused of planning to attack the Capitol, disavowed the right-wing extremist group on Friday in her first public comments since her arrest.
- Biden's message to Iran with missile strikes: 'You can't act with impunity, be careful'
President Joe Biden looked to send a simple message to Iran by authorizing air strikes in Syria on Thursday: "You can't act with impunity, be careful."
- House to vote on Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief package
The House of Representatives will vote on Friday to approve President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, a major step toward enacting the first legislative priority of the new administration as the devastating fallout from the spread of Covid-19 has left Americans in dire need of further relief.
- Fact check: CPAC speakers make false claims about the election, the Capitol attack and The Muppets
The Conservative Political Action Conference began Friday with a series of false claims about the 2020 election.
- More than a dozen Republicans tell House they can't attend votes due to 'public health emergency.' They're slated to be at CPAC.
Several of former President Donald Trump's closest Republican allies in the House have skipped Friday's votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they can't attend "due to the ongoing public health emergency."
- House and Senate progressives split over next steps on minimum wage
House progressives are furious with the Senate parliamentarian's decision to remove the $15 minimum wage provision from the Senate's version of the Covid relief bill, a proposal that is foundational to the left wing's beliefs and one they have fiercely campaigned on, but it is unclear how they will channel that frustration into next steps.
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- Why state legislatures are still very white — and very male
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- Biden's first 100 days
- Democrats unveil earmarks revival plan
They're rebranding earmarks as “Community Project Funding,“ detailing a plan to tuck cash into annual spending bills that would benefit specific projects.
- Trump pardon unwinds some Manafort forfeitures
Justice Department drops efforts to seize 3 properties of former Trump campaign manager at center of Mueller probe.
- Trump endorses primary rival challenging Republican impeachment supporter
The former president backed Max Miller, a former White House and campaign aide running against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in Ohio.
- Progressives push to squash Senate filibuster after minimum wage defeat
The left is channeling its frustration after a setback in their push for a $15 hourly wage.
- Biden hikes cost of carbon, easing path for new climate rules
The social cost of carbon could have ripple effects throughout industry.