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New book suggests Birx wanted Trump to lose presidential election

New book suggests Birx wanted Trump to lose presidential election

A new book written by one of President Joe Biden’s top coronavirus advisers suggests Dr. Deborah Birx hoped former President Donald Trump would lose the 2020 presidential election. In “Preventable,” his new book detailing the federal government’s failures on mitigating the pandemic, Andy Slavitt writes that he met with Birx last August in Minnesota after…

Macron says Biden is ‘part of the club’ at the G7 in leaders’ first formal meeting

Macron says Biden is ‘part of the club’ at the G7 in leaders’ first formal meeting

US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron held their first formal in-person meeting on Saturday. The two leaders discussed a number of issues, ranging from global health security efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic across the globe, inequities stemming from globalization, the global tax rate and the transatlantic alliance, according to the White…

Biden causes sighs of relief among world leaders even as G7 divisions linger

Biden causes sighs of relief among world leaders even as G7 divisions linger

When President Donald Trump used his elbows at international summits, it was to throw them — on trade, on Russia and, once, to help remove the Montenegrin prime minister from his path to a photo-op. His successor Joe Biden used his elbows differently this week. Arriving to his first global summit, he crooked his arm…

On this day in 1967: Loving v. Virginia and interracial marriage

On this day in 1967: Loving v. Virginia and interracial marriage

Editor’s note: This story was originally published for CNN on April 13, 2017. A century after the end of the Civil War, more than a dozen states still had laws on the books banning interracial marriage. Enter Mildred and Richard Loving, a Virginia couple whose June 12, 1967 Supreme Court ruling dealt a major blow…

Biden’s preaching the benefits of democracy in Europe, but new concerns rise back home

Biden’s preaching the benefits of democracy in Europe, but new concerns rise back home

President Joe Biden’s attempts to talk up democracy in Europe this week are facing headwinds from back home, where revelations about the Justice Department’s attempts to obtain Democrats’ data have raised new concerns about the state of American politics. Throughout his time here, Biden is making the case to American allies that democracy must prevail…

Nevada changes from caucus to primary for presidential elections

Nevada changes from caucus to primary for presidential elections

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a sweeping law Friday that moves its party presidential selection contest up to the first Tuesday in February in 2024 and changes it from a caucus to a primary. “I am deeply grateful to the legislators, community advocates, and supporters who were instrumental in ensuring that Nevada continues to push…

The week in 13 headlines

This week, Vice President Kamala Harris returned from her first foreign trip as President Biden departed for his first as commander-in-chief. Meanwhile, talks around infrastructure and voting rights bills lost steam in Washington. Monday US recovers millions in cryptocurrency paid to Colonial Pipeline ransomware hackers Supreme Court rules against immigrants in temporary status seeking green…

Meet the internet sleuths tracking down the January 6 insurrectionists

Meet the internet sleuths tracking down the January 6 insurrectionists

From the mob, a seemingly unidentifiable hand reaches out with a Taser, in an attack that would leave DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone begging for his life. “I was beaten from, like, every direction. And then tased a number of times on the back of my neck,” Fanone would later tell CNN, adding that…

Barr pushed investigators to finish leak probes

Barr pushed investigators to finish leak probes

The Justice Department’s leak investigation that targeted lawmakers was more than a year old when Attorney General William Barr took office in 2019. Barr had vowed early on to help answer lingering questions from conservatives about the fairness of the Justice Department’s handling of politically sensitive investigations. Barr pushed for briefings from national security prosecutors…

Chicago police officer charged in connection to January 6 Capitol riot

Chicago police officer charged in connection to January 6 Capitol riot

A Chicago police officer was arrested at his home Friday morning and is facing five federal misdemeanor charges in connection to the January 6 riot at the US Capitol in Washington. Karol Chwiesiuk is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct…

Ransomware legislation under consideration as key senators request input from Biden team

Ransomware legislation under consideration as key senators request input from Biden team

The top two senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee called on the Biden administration on Friday to provide input on addressing the threat of ransomware, as they draft legislation ahead of the August recess. Chairman Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, along with top Republican Rob Portman of Ohio, asked the administration for…

Attorney General Garland vows to fight GOP efforts to curb voting access

Attorney General Garland vows to fight GOP efforts to curb voting access

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Justice Department will aggressively fight efforts to restrict voting rights nationwide following a blitz of new voting restrictions in Republican-led states that stem from former President Donald Trump’s lies that widespread fraud helped Joe Biden win the presidential election. In a speech Friday, Garland outlined a number of steps…

Face masks no longer mandated on House floor for those fully vaccinated

Face masks no longer mandated on House floor for those fully vaccinated

Facial coverings will no longer be necessary on the US House floor for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19. House members, staff and visitors can go maskless in interior spaces if they have been fully vaccinated, according to updated guidance sent out Friday from Congress’ attending physician, Dr. Brian Monahan. Individuals who aren’t fully vaccinated will…

Justice Department watchdog to investigate data seizure as House Democrats discuss impacts of leak probe

Justice Department watchdog to investigate data seizure as House Democrats discuss impacts of leak probe

The Justice Department’s inspector general will investigate the department’s handling of a leak investigation into former President Donald Trump’s political enemies that included a subpoena to collect metadata of lawmakers, staff and some family members, the office announced Friday. The request comes as House Intelligence Committee Democrats hold a briefing at which Chairman Adam Schiff…