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Iowa governor resolves to ban transgender girls from sports

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday she would sign a bill banning transgender students from participating in girls’ sports.

Democrats revise voting bill, but Senate obstacles remain

  Biden touts $28.6B restaurant relief program, orders tacos

  Liz Cheney clings to GOP post as Trump endorses replacement

  Federal judge strikes down CDC eviction moratorium

Child tax credit checks set to roll out in July

  Facebook board upholds Trump ban, just not an indefinite one

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Small business COVID-19 relief program runs out of money

Biden administration repeals Trump-era rule on gig workers

  Amid drop in demand, Biden aims for 70% of US adults vaccinated by July 4

  Prosecutors seek ‘special master’ to review Giuliani material

Judge orders Justice Dept. to release Trump obstruction memo

  House GOP leader amps up pressure on Cheney over Trump barbs

  Biden aims for vaccinating 70% of adult Americans by July 4

The change away from a strict by-population allocation comes as demand for the coronavirus vaccines have dropped nationwide, but especially precipitously in some areas

Trump PAC launches ‘communications platform’ amid social media ban

“From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” appears on the site run by his Save America leadership political action committee.

Despite business warnings, GOP moves ahead with voting bills

Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate.

How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it

These businesses often pay less than the minimum wage, make employees work off the clock, or refuse to pay overtime rates. In the most egregious cases, bosses don’t pay their employees at all.

  Man gets probation for using dead mom’s name to vote for Trump

  Whose ‘Big Lie’? Trump’s proclamation a new GOP litmus test

  FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

  Biden quadruples Trump refugee cap after delay backlash

  EPA rule to phase out gases used in refrigerators, coolants

Top general drops opposition to change in sex assault policy

  Biden pushes education spending at stops in Virginia

He has proposed a combined $4.1 trillion to be spent on infrastructure, broadband, new school buildings, electric vehicle charging stations, the power grid, child tax credits and child care, among other programs.

Facebook oversight board to rule on suspended Trump account

Trump’s account was suspended for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

  Democrats seek narrow path to rein in cost of medicines

They still lack a clear path to enact legislation because a small number of Democrats remain uneasy over government price curbs on pharmaceutical companies.

NY Times, Washington Post, NBC correct articles on Giuliani

The corrections, to stories that ran last Thursday or Friday, take back reports that the former New York City mayor had been warned by the FBI that he was the subject of a Russian operation to influence the American election.

US begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border

Two of the four families include mothers who were separated from their children in late 2017, one Honduran and another Mexican.

  US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Two White House officials say the U.S. trade representative will begin talks in the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping poorer countries from making their own generic version of critically needed COVID-19 vaccines.

NKorea warns US of ‘very grave situation’ over Biden speech

Last week, Biden, in his first address to Congress, called North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs “a serious threat to America’s security and world security."

  Bid to censure Romney for Trump impeachment votes fails

Utah Republicans booed Sen. Mitt Romney but ultimately rejected a motion to censure him Saturday for his votes at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trials.

  More perilous phase ahead for Biden after his 1st 100 days

His next 100 days will feature his first foreign trip but will be dominated by his push to pass his expansive plans on infrastructure and children, families and education.

Formal start of final phase of Afghan pullout by US, NATO

It's official: America and NATO have begun their final withdrawal from Afghanistan ending America's ‘forever war" after nearly 20 years.

  Powell’s high-stakes bet: More jobs but only mild inflation

Getting the timing right on interest rate policy is a tricky task that has bedeviled Fed chairs for decades.

  Klobuchar talks economic recovery plans for Region 9

Sen. Klobuchar says infrastructure funding is coming as well.

  Giuliani search warrant resolved Justice Department dispute

The fact that the warrant makes mention of Yovanovitch, and that it seeks communication between Giuliani and several Ukrainians, suggests authorities are attempting to determine whether Giuliani’s efforts to remove the ambassador were being done at the behest of Trump or of Ukrainians.

Newsmax apologizes to Dominion worker for false allegations

The conservative news network said that while it aired the accusations against the Dominion Voting Systems security director it found no evidence that they were true.

Iowa Gov. Reynolds rejects $95M in virus testing money

The Republican Party of Iowa praised Reynolds’ decision, saying the Biden administration had failed in its efforts to return students to in-person classrooms but, “Governor Reynolds fought back against the teachers unions and succeeded.”

  After review, White House sees limits to N. Korea diplomacy

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the completion of the review but did not offer details on the findings.

  All aboard! Biden celebrates Amtrak’s 50 years on the rails

As a U.S. senator, Biden was a fixture on Amtrak trains between his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington, D.C., when the Senate was in session. He continued riding Amtrak as vice president.

  What Biden’s free college plan could mean for you

The president's American Families Plan could reshape the American higher education system.

  Biden’s corporate tax plan takes aim at income inequality

As corporations have generated an ever-smaller share of federal tax revenue, the burden has fallen more heavily on individuals, through the income tax and the levies that pay for Social Security and Medicare.

  Arizona vote recount contractor releases privacy policies

The release of three documents by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas came a day after a Maricopa County judge refused to allow the company or the Republican-led Senate to keep the material secret and ordered it made public.

Census Bureau: 70% of voters cast ballots early or by mail

The change was in part a result of the pandemic, which prompted health officials to urge voters to stay away from crowded in-person polling places.

  Key piece of Biden’s $1.8T families plan expires after 2025

The credit would provide parents with $300 a month for each child under 6 and $250 a month for older children.

Pentagon preparing for Taliban attacks during US withdrawal

May 1 was the date all U.S. and other foreign forces were to have departed Afghanistan under a February 2020 deal between the Taliban and the Trump administration.

  Biden pitches tax plan in Georgia: Right that rich pay more

As the nation takes steps to move past the devastating pandemic, he argues that now is the time for the government to spend more on its citizens and raise taxes on the extremely wealthy to cover the cost.

  Minnesota State Mankato to discuss future of Abraham Lincoln statue

Campus leaders are having a conversation about education and informing campus visitors about the complicated history surrounding the 16th President of the United States.

  Rudy Giuliani defiant, a day after FBI raid of home, office

Rudy Giuliani, the 76-year-old former New York City mayor once celebrated for his leadership after 9/11, has been under federal scrutiny for several years over his ties to Ukraine.

Man charged with threatening Iowa governor cites free speech

An Iowa man charged with leaving a threatening voicemail telling Gov. Kim Reynolds she should be “hung for treason” defended his comments Thursday as free speech, saying he was expressing opposition to COVID-19 restrictions.

Jobless claims drop 13,000 to 553,000 as economy heals

Nearly 3.7 million people were receiving traditional state unemployment benefits the week of April 17. Including federal program designed to ease economic pain from the health crisis, 16.6 million were receiving some type of jobless aid the week of April 10.

Federal authorities investigate possible energy attack near White House

Sources say the attack happened last year in November, near the large oval lawn on the south side of the White House.

Texas pushes closer to dropping handgun license requirement

In Texas, where gun laws are among the loosest in the U.S., there is one line the state has long resisted crossing: making it legal to carry a handgun in public without a permit, background check or training.

  US recovery from pandemic recession is showing momentum

Thursday’s report from the Commerce Department estimated that the nation’s gross domestic product — its total output of goods and services — accelerated in the January-March quarter from a 4.3% annual gain in the final quarter of 2020.

Unusual Supreme Court coalition rules for immigrant

The court was deciding whether immigration officials had to include all the relevant information in a single notice.

  US vows again to ban menthol flavor in cigarettes, cigars

The mint-flavored cigarettes are overwhelmingly used by young people and minorities, particularly Black smokers, 85% of whom smoke menthols. That compares to about a third of white smokers.

  Biden announces 2nd round of diverse federal judiciary picks

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday another diverse group of candidates for his second round of judicial nominations, a day after some in his first slate of picks went before a Senate committee.

California mulls letting adults add parents to health plans

Proponents say the bill would save families money by limiting their expenses, but business groups say it would increase health care costs for everyone.

  GOP’s Sen. Scott suggests Dems use race as political weapon

The South Carolina senator delivered his party's official response to President Joe Biden’s maiden speech to Congress on Wednesday.

  Biden’s declaration: America’s democracy ‘is rising anew’

Biden marked his first 100 days in office as the nation emerges from a confluence of crises, making his case before a pared-down gathering of mask-wearing legislators because of pandemic restrictions.

  Sen. Tina Smith’s lower prescription drug costs bill signed into law

On Friday, President Biden signed U.S. Sen. Tina Smith’s (D-Minn.) bipartisan bill to lower prescription drug costs into law.

  Harris, Pelosi make history seated behind Biden at speech

Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday as the first women — one of them Black and Indian American — to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address.

Feds raid Giuliani’s home, office, escalating criminal probe

Giuliani, the former New York City mayor once celebrated for his leadership in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, has been under federal scrutiny for several years over his ties to Ukraine.

  Feds release videos of Jan. 6 riot showing police assault

Federal authorities have released videos showing Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick being attacked with a chemical spray as the pro-Trump mob descended on the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

US eyes major rollback in Iran sanctions to revive nuke deal

American officials have refused to discuss which sanctions are being considered for removal. But they have stressed that they are open to lifting non-nuclear sanctions.

  A closer look at Biden’s $1.8T for families and education

President Joe Biden’s administration wants to make a $1.8 trillion down payment on the future of children, families and higher education, saying it would produce lasting benefits for the economy.

  Harris takes on ‘hard work’ in 100 days as vice president

Harris has taken on one of the administration’s toughest tasks — addressing the root causes of migration to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America. The problem has bedeviled presidents from both parties for years and has no easy solutions.

  Biden to propose free preschool, a $200B investment

President Joe Biden will call for free preschool for all three- and four-year-old children as part of his American Families Plan.

Houston-area sheriff is named to lead immigration agency

President Joe Biden has nominated the sheriff of one of the nation’s most populous counties to lead the agency that deports people in the country illegally.

Bidens to visit Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter while in Georgia

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will former President Jimmy Carter, and his wife, Rosalynn, on a trip to Plains, Georgia.

US orders big drawdown at Kabul embassy as troops leave

The State Department has ordered a significant number of its remaining staff at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to leave Afghanistan as the military steps up the pullout of American troops from the country.

  Biden signs $15 minimum wage for federal contract workers

Biden administration officials said the higher wages would lead to greater worker productivity, offsetting any additional costs to taxpayers.

US lifts barriers to prescribing addiction treatment drug

The Biden administration is easing decades-old requirements that made it difficult for doctors to treat opioid addiction using medication.

  ‘Go get the shot’: Biden highlights path back to normal

President Joe Biden spent his first 100 days in office encouraging Americans to mask up and stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. His task for the next 100 days will be to lay out the path back to normal.

  Biden to seek $80 billion for IRS to target tax evasion

Sources said he will seek $80 billion to fund a crackdown on tax evasion.

  Minnesota avoids losing House seat to New York by 89 people

According to one of the Census Bureau’s experts, if census takers had counted 89 more people in New York, Minnesota would have lost a seat.

  DC police department hit by apparent extortion attack

The Washington, D.C., police department says its computer network has been breached.

  US population slows to smallest gain since Depression

U.S. population growth has slowed to the lowest rate since the Great Depression, the Census Bureau said, as Americans continued their march to the South and West and one-time engines of growth, New York and California, lost political influence.

  Justice Dept. opens police probe after Breonna Taylor death

Her death prompted a national debate about the use of so-called “no knock” search warrants, which allow officers to enter a home without waiting and announcing their presence.

Homeland Security to study extremism threat within agency

The agency has increased its focus on domestic extremism since President Joe Biden took office in January.

  Census: Iowa population grows 4.7%, keeps 4 US House seats

Iowa continued to see slow population growth in 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data released Monday with the state resident population growing 4.7% in the last decade to 3,190,369 people.