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Two police officers died by suicide after responding to Capitol riot

Two police officers died by suicide after responding to Capitol riot

Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that two police officers have died by suicide since responding to the riot at the Capitol on January 6, according to Contee’s opening statement before the committee, which was obtained by CNN. This is the first time the force has confirmed…

Republicans bullish Trump isn’t at risk of conviction in impeachment trial

Republicans bullish Trump isn’t at risk of conviction in impeachment trial

Republican Senate leaders are increasingly confident that former President Donald Trump won’t be at risk of conviction when his impeachment trial begins next month, expecting the votes to stay largely the same as Tuesday’s 55-to-45 test vote over the constitutionality of the trial. Tuesday’s vote, forced by GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky over whether…

Homeland Security issues bulletin over heightened threat environment following inauguration

Homeland Security issues bulletin over heightened threat environment following inauguration

The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday issued a threat bulletin due to the potential for violence from extremists that object to the presidential transition, hold anti-government views or are motivated by other false narratives. Acting DHS Security Secretary David Pekoske issued the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin “due to a heightened threat environment…

Melania Trump hires staff and establishes post-White House office

Melania Trump hires staff and establishes post-White House office

Former first lady Melania Trump is establishing a post-White House office in Palm Beach, Florida, according to two sources familiar with her plans. Her intention is to “maintain ‘Be Best,’ ” said one of the sources, Trump’s loosely defined initiative that looks to help children. During her time in the White House, “Be Best” existed…

Defeat in Texas shows how the conservative judiciary can thwart Biden’s agenda

Defeat in Texas shows how the conservative judiciary can thwart Biden’s agenda

A federal judge’s action Tuesday preventing President Joe Biden’s 100-day pause in deportations demonstrated the land mines that await the new administration in the nation’s courts. The short-term order by the Texas-based judge could also force a confrontation up to the US Supreme Court, where the Biden legal team already faces hard choices over how…

The reckoning over the nation’s schools and Covid is coming

The reckoning over the nation’s schools and Covid is coming

The national reckoning over where and how schoolchildren should be educated as the pandemic drags on is finally here — or at least it should be. So far this week, major districts in Chicago and New Jersey have shelved plans to physically return to the classroom at the last minute in the face of opposition…

Retirements shake up 2022 map as Republican senators eye exits

Retirements shake up 2022 map as Republican senators eye exits

Senate GOP leaders are bracing for more retirements within their ranks, as a handful of senior Republicans decline to commit to running again — following four tumultuous years in the Trump era and facing a polarized political climate ahead. Three Republican senators have already decided to retire in 2022, including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, whose…

Several hundred White House officials have been vaccinated for Covid-19

Several hundred White House officials have been vaccinated for Covid-19

Several hundred White House employees had been vaccinated for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, two Biden administration officials told CNN, with more expected in the coming weeks. Most officials who have received vaccinations work for the Executive Office of the President, meaning they operate inside the White House complex, either in the West Wing or Eisenhower…

Justice Department officially rescinds policy that led to family separations

Justice Department officially rescinds policy that led to family separations

The Justice Department formally rescinded the Trump administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy that called for the criminal prosecution of adults crossing the border and led to the separation of thousands of families, according to a memo obtained by CNN. The policy was ended by former President Donald Trump in June 2018 after mounting criticism, but…