White House grades states’ infrastructure as it pushes bill

The administration is banking that the data will confirm the everyday experiences of Americans as they bump over potholes, get trapped in traffic jams and wait for buses that almost never correspond to published schedules.

  COVID-19 surge in Michigan prompts plea to White House for more vaccines

  Nevada GOP censures elections official who defended 2020 results

  Biden Republicans? Some in GOP open to president’s agenda

  Trump goes after Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors

2 South Korean firms reach US electric vehicle battery deal

Ramsey Clark, attorney general under Johnson, dies at 93

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Trump: The key to Republican success is more Trumpism

  ‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

  Gaetz faces House ethics probe; federal investigation widens

  Biden returns prisoner-of-war flag to perch atop White House

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

  Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

The request issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget spells out Biden’s top priorities as Congress weighs its spending plans for next year.

Kentucky limits no-knock warrants after Breonna Taylor death

The law signed by the Democratic governor is not the total statewide ban many demonstrators and some Democratic lawmakers had sought, but it drew bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled legislature.

  Private sales emerge as obstacle to Senate action on guns

Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades.

  Biden orders gun control actions — but they show his limits

Greeting the families of gun violence victims and activists, he assured them: “We’re absolutely determined to make change.”

  Gaetz associate working toward plea deal with prosecutors

Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan

  Boehner blames Trump for ‘that bloody insurrection’ in upcoming memoir

  Number of kids alone at border hits all-time high in March

  US jobless claims up to 744,000 as coronavirus still forces layoffs

  Off-duty Pentagon Police officer shoots, kills 2 he thought were breaking into car

  Texas investigating abuse allegations at migrant facility

It is the first time state officials announced they are investigating such allegations at one of the emergency facilities the U.S. government has quickly set up in Texas amid a sharp increase in crossings of unaccompanied youths.

  Biden open to compromise on infrastructure, but not inaction

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Wednesday it was “self-defeating” for then-President Donald Trump to assume that cutting the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% in 2017 would make the economy more competitive and unleash growth. Yellen said that competing on tax rates came at the expense of inve

  Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss

President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday.

  Twitter won’t preserve Trump’s tweets online

Twitter said it has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve the tweets.

Former Vice President Mike Pence memoir set for 2023 release

The Mike Pence autobiography is scheduled to come out in 2023.

Jill Biden shines fresh spotlight on military family program

Jill Biden is bringing a new focus to an old cause: supporting America’s military families.

  Georgia lawmaker won’t face charges for voting bill protest

“After reviewing all of the evidence, I have decided to close this matter,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in an emailed statement. “It will not be presented to a grand jury for consideration of indictment, and it is now closed.”

Pence launches group as Trump officials line up new roles

Mike Pence’s Advancing American Freedom organization could serve as a springboard for his own presidential campaign.

  Senate gives Biden a big tool to work around GOP filibuster

It unleashes multiple options for Democrats to advance parts of Biden’s agenda — including immigration and Medicare legislation — with 51 votes in the 100-member Senate rather than the 60 typically needed to move major legislation past filibuster threats.

  More than a half million Americans gain health coverage under Biden

The reason officials expect sign-ups to keep growing is that millions of people became eligible effective April 1 for pumped-up subsidies toward their premiums under President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief legislation.

  Survey says even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely

Even as national COVID-19 rates continued to ebb in February, key measures around reopening schools barely budged.

A chance to rise: St. Louis elects 1st Black female mayor

Jones, 49, is a former state representative who has been treasurer since 2013. She will replace incumbent Mayor Lyda Krewson, who announced in November that she would not seek a second term.

  US Treasury: 156 million coronavirus relief payments issued

Roughly $372 billion has been paid out since March 12, a sum that likely boosted hiring last month as Americans had more money to spend.

  Migrant boy in tears found by Border Patrol amid reports of families ‘self-separating’

The full circumstances of the boy's case aren’t known, including how and why he came to the U.S. or if this was a case of self-separation.

US weighs joint approach to Beijing Olympics with allies

The State Department says the Biden administration is considering a possible boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics to protest China's human rights record.

Arkansas lawmakers enact transgender youth treatment ban

Hutchinson vetoed the bill following pleas from pediatricians, social workers and the parents of transgender youth who said the measure would harm a community already at risk for depression and suicide.

  Biden makes all adults eligible for a vaccine on April 19

President Joe Biden was set to announce Tuesday that he is shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines.

WH: No credential to show if vaccinated

The White House is stressing that it won’t back any system “that requires Americans to carry a credential” to show they’ve been vaccinated.

  World powers seek to bring US back into Iran nuclear deal

Efforts to bring the United States back into the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program stepped up a gear Tuesday as Iran and the five world powers still in the accord met in Vienna while Washington is due to start indirect talks with Tehran.

  McConnell warns corporations off political speech, says it’s ‘stupid’

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday “it’s quite stupid” for corporations to speak out politically, intensifying his warnings for big business to stand down as Congress delves into voting rights, President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package and other defining issues.

  Capitol police officer to lie in honor at rotunda April 13

William “Billy” Evans, 41, was killed Friday when a vehicle rammed into Evans and another officer at a barricade just 100 yards from the Capitol.

US Rep. Alcee Hastings dies at 84; was impeached as judge

Hastings had been a reliably liberal voice on Capitol Hill since he first won his seat in 1992, becoming an outspoken advocate for minorities, gays, immigrants and the elderly.

Yellen calls for minimum global corporate income tax

Yellen’s remarks essentially serve as an endorsement of negotiations that have been underway at the 37-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for roughly two years.

Arkansas governor vetoes transgender youth treatment ban

The Republican governor rejected legislation that would have prohibited doctors from providing gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment.

  Gaetz says he won’t resign over ‘false’ sex allegations

In a column appearing in the Washington Examiner, the embattled Florida Republican predicted that “some of my feckless colleagues in Congress” will call for him to step down.

  Biden boosted by Senate rules as GOP bucks infrastructure

Republicans in Congress are making the politically brazen bet that it’s more advantageous to oppose President Joe Biden’s ambitious “Rebuild America” agenda than to lend support for the costly $2.3 trillion undertaking for roads, bridges and other infrastructure investments.

Supreme Court sides with Google in copyright dispute with Oracle

To create Android, which was released in 2007, Google wrote millions of lines of new computer code. But it also used 11,330 lines of code and an organization that’s part of Oracle’s Java platform.

  Biden speaks on Easter tradition in lieu of canceled egg roll

The administration also is marking the holiday by sending out 2021 commemorative Easter Egg Roll eggs to vaccination sites and hospitals.

  Putin signs law allowing him 2 more terms as Russia’s leader

The 68-year-old Russian president, who has been in power for more than two decades, said he would decide later whether to run again in 2024 when his current six-year term ends.

Twitter says it mistakenly suspended Marjorie Taylor Greene’s account for 2nd time

Greene’s account was suspended for about 12 hours last month in what the company also said was a mistake.

  Corporations gave over $50 million to voting restriction backers

State legislators across the country who have pushed for new voting restrictions, and also seized on former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud, have reaped more than $50 million in corporate donations in recent years, according to a new report.

  IRS sending out more stimulus payments

The so-called “plus-up” payments are going to people whose 2020 tax returns show they are owed more money.

Supreme Court nixes Alex Jones’ appeal in Sandy Hook shooting case

Alex Jones was penalized in 2019 by a trial court judge for an angry outburst on his web show against an attorney for the relatives and for violating numerous orders to turn over documents to the families’ lawyers. He argued he should not have been sanctioned for exercising his free speech rights.

  AP-NORC poll: Border woes dent Biden approval on immigration

Joe Biden has tried to seize political momentum on the issue by promising a more humane and orderly system, but his administration has struggled to cope with rising numbers of migrants coming to the border.

Supreme Court dismisses case over Trump and Twitter critics

The court said there was nothing left to the case after Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter and ended his presidential term in January.

Utah dads to be required to pay half of pregnancy costs

Utah appears to be the first state to mandate prenatal child support, according to the state’s Planned Parenthood association and the bill’s sponsor.

Supreme Court ruling could increase robocalls and texts, watchdog group says

Consumer advocates are calling on Congress to take action against robocalls and texts to close the loophole revealed by the court’s action.

  Florida works to avoid “catastrophic” pond collapse

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says crews are working to prevent the collapse of a large wastewater pond to avoid a “catastrophic flood."

  Pressure mounts on corporations to denounce GOP voting bills

The fight has thrust corporate America into a place it often tries to avoid — the center of a partisan political fight.

  Deadly breach could delay decisions about Capitol fencing

Their deaths came less than two weeks after the Capitol Police removed an outer fence that had cut off a wide swath of the area to cars and pedestrians.

  Man rams car into 2 Capitol police; 1 officer, driver killed

Video shows the driver of the crashed car emerging with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said.

  March hiring accelerated to 916,000, yet many jobs remain lost

The March increase — the most since August — was nearly double February’s gain of 468,000, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate declined from 6.2% to 6%.

‘First step:’ US, Iran to begin indirect nuclear-limit talks

State Department spokesperson Ned Price called the resumption of negotiations, scheduled for Tuesday in Austria, “a healthy step forward.”

  US agency opens 2 safety probes of Volkswagen, Audi vehicles

The probes cover nearly 215,000 vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  Michigan board censures GOP regent for ‘witches’ comment about governor, other female leaders

Ron Weiser, who chairs the Michigan Republican Party, said he took “full responsibility” for his “poorly chosen words” to activists but said he would not quit despite the board’s call for his resignation.

  Biden’s ‘Jobs Cabinet’ to sell infrastructure as GOP resists

President Joe Biden is setting about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan.

  Corporate criticism of GOP-led voting bills spreads to Texas

American Airlines, which is based in Fort Worth, came out against restrictive voting measures that have a favorable path to reaching Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk in the coming weeks.

Supreme Court sides with Facebook in text message dispute

The case was brought by a man who received text messages from Facebook notifying him that an attempt had been made to log in to his account from a new device or browser.

IRS will automatically send refunds for unemployment tax breaks

Refunds will be sent directly to taxpayers, likely starting in May and continuing into the summer.

  At 1st Cabinet meeting, Biden says team ‘looks like America’

Biden’s full Cabinet met Thursday in the spacious White House East Room, not the comparatively cramped West Wing room that bears the group’s name, to allow for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden admin lauds talks on readmitting US to Iran nuke deal

The Biden administration is welcoming an EU announcement that participants in the Iran nuclear deal will meet this week to discuss a possible return of the United States to the 2015 accord.

  Biden launches community corps to boost COVID vaccinations

Seeking to overcome vaccine hesitancy, the Biden administration is unveiling a coalition of community, religious and celebrity partners to promote COVID-19 shots.

  Amtrak announces plans for expansion, improvements

The passenger train service said the American Jobs Plan earmarks $80 billion for rail.

  Capitol Police watchdog issues scathing report on Capitol riot

U.S. Capitol Police inspector general issues scathing preliminary report on Jan. 6 failures.

Supreme Court gives Georgia win in water war with Florida

The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Florida’s water lawsuit against Georgia on Thursday, ending the long-running legal fight between the two states.

  US jobless claims rise to 719K as coronavirus still forces layoffs

The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of claims increased from 658,000 the week before.

New Affordable Care Act subsidies available

The health insurance subsidies are funded by the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package President Joe Biden signed into law in early March.

  Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to ‘win the future’

The president was traveling to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to unveil what would be a hard-hatted transformation of the U.S. economy as grand in scale as the New Deal or Great Society programs that shaped the 20th century.