Cassidy Hutchinson was one of the witnesses Trump world sought to influence, sources say

CNN — Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Trump White House aide, told the House January 6 committee that she was contacted by someone attempting to influence her testimony, three sources familiar with the hearing presentation told CNN. The committee’s vice chairwoman, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, said at Tuesday’s hearing that two witnesses – whom … Read more

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate changethe Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give … Read more

McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled package of energy and economic initiatives. The rejuvenation of the Democratic reconciliation package, central to President Joe Biden’s agenda is far from certain. But with some signs … Read more

Biden calls for dropping filibuster rules to put abortion rights into law

CNN — President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he would support making an exception to the filibuster – the 60-vote threshold in the Senate needed to pass most legislation – in order to codify abortion rights and the right to privacy through legislation passed by Congress. Asked about what executive action he would use … Read more

Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate

ROME (AP) — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, during which Francis bestowed the woolen … Read more

Election denial is a losing message as centrist Republicans sweep statewide Colorado primaries

Also victorious was Heidi Ganahl, the nominee for governor. Ganahl has refused to share her opinion of the 2020 national elections, while her rival Greg Lopez has repeated false claims. And in the secretary of state race, voters roundly rejected Tina Peters, the Mesa County Clerk facing criminal charges for allegedly tampering with her own … Read more

Live updates: Congress set to pass bipartisan gun bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House feels President Joe Biden the widest ranging gun violence bill Congress has passed in decades Friday, a measured compromise that at once illustrates progress on the long-intractable issue and the deep-seated partisan divide that persists. The Democratic-led chamber approved the election-year legislation on a mostly party-line 234-193 vote, capping a … Read more

House passes first major federal gun safety legislation in decades, bill will next go to Biden for signature

CNN — The House passed a bipartisan bill on Friday to address gun violence that amounts to the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades. Now that the House has approved the measure, it will go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law, marking a significant bipartisan breakthrough on one of the … Read more

Gun debate missing from Texas hearings on Uvalde shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first public hearings in Texas looking into the Uvalde school massacre have focused on a cascade of law enforcement blunders, school building safety and mental health care with only scant mentions of the shooter’s AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and gun reform. A day after the head of the Texas state police … Read more

Biden to call for 3-month suspension of gas and diesel taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will call on Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months — a move meant to ease financial pressures at the pump that also reveals the political toxicity of high gas prices in an election year. The Democratic president will also call on states … Read more