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In one-two punch to Trump, Justice Dept OK's release of taxes, memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks on Friday when the Justice Department cleared the way to release his tax records and disclosed a memo showing he urged top officials last year to falsely claim his election defeat was "corrupt." Learn More


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U.S. Justice Dept says IRS must provide former President Donald Trump's tax returns to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Friday ordered the Internal Revenue Service to hand over former President Donald Trump's tax returns to a House of Representatives committee, saying the panel has offered "sufficient reasons" for requesting the material. More »


With bipartisan vote, U.S. Senate advances Biden's infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate voted by a wide margin on Friday to take up a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, as Republicans and Democrats alike advanced President Joe Biden's top priority of renovating roads and bridges. More »


Philadelphia election officials reject 'forensic' audit request

(Reuters) -Philadelphia election officials on Friday voted to reject a Republican lawmaker's request for access to the city's voting machines as part of a "forensic investigation" into the 2020 election, setting the stage for a possible legal battle. More »


U.S. Congress passes $2.1 billion for Capitol Police and Afghans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Congress on Thursday approved emergency funding to replenish the Capitol Police and bolster security after the Jan. 6 riot by supporters of then-President Donald Trump and to evacuate Afghans who helped American forces from their country. More »


U.S. senators upbeat on prospects for bipartisan infrastructure bill - for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate on Thursday prepared to tackle the details of a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill backed by President Joe Biden, with the possibility of weekend work looming after lawmakers agreed to advance the measure. More »


Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin, leading voice on national security, dead at 87

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, a long-serving Democratic leader who strenuously opposed the Iraq War and investigated U.S. detainee abuse while fighting corporate fraud, has died at age 87, his family said late on Thursday. More »


U.S. refusal to defend lawmaker in Capitol riot a signal to Trump -experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's refusal to defend a Republican congressman accused in a civil lawsuit of helping to incite the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol could hamper former President Donald Trump's legal defense in the same case, experts said. More »


Biden calls for big budget bill to include immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden, who has called for providing a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamer immigrants, said on Thursday that a big budget bill being written by Democrats in Congress should tackle immigration. More »


U.S. attorney general tells Texas to rescind immigrant COVID-19 order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday warned Texas Governor Greg Abbott to "immediately rescind" a new executive order aimed at curbing the travel into the state of undocumented immigrants who may pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19. More »


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