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U.S. faces 'unprecedented assault on democracy,' White House says, backing election reform bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration backed Democrats' efforts to overhaul voting rules and turn over the process of drawing congressional districts to independent commissions on Monday, weighing in on a political fight that is likely to dominate Washington in coming years. Learn More


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Senate to debate COVID-19 bill this week after Democrats retreat on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will start debating President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday after Democrats backed down from an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 as part of it. More »


Senate panel advances Garland's nomination as U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's pick for attorney general, moved a step closer on Monday to securing Senate confirmation as the top U.S. law enforcement official, with the Judiciary Committee throwing its weight behind his nomination. More »


U.S. Senate to begin debating COVID-19 bill this week -Schumer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will begin debating President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday. More »


New York Governor Cuomo hires defense lawyer in nursing home probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has retained a prominent white-collar criminal defense lawyer to represent his office in a federal investigation into the state's misreporting of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, a spokesman said on Monday. More »


Senate panel to vote Wednesday on three Biden nominees, including trade pick Tai

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee said its members will vote on Wednesday on three Biden administration nominees, including Katherine Tai as trade czar and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as U.S. health secretary. More »


Trump targets disloyal Republicans, repeats election lies and hints at 2024 run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump hinted on Sunday at a possible presidential run in 2024, attacked President Joe Biden and repeated his fraudulent claims he won the 2020 election in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago. More »


Hyatt calls hate symbols 'abhorrent' after CPAC stage compared to sign used by Nazis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hyatt Hotels Corp called symbols of hate "abhorrent" on Sunday after the design of a stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference at one of its hotels drew comparisons to a Norse rune used by Nazis during World War Two. More »


Biden scores legislative win as House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats face challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. More »


Trump proposes new voting limits, rails against "monster" voting rights bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday laid out a variety of election proposals, such as limiting absentee voting and days when Americans can vote, in his first public speech after his stinging Nov. 3 election loss. More »


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