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 2021-07-23 23:17 

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Democrats demand answers on FBI's Kavanaugh probe...

Senate Democrats are demanding that the FBI hand over "all records and communications " related to the FBI tip line set up to investigate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was a nominee in 2018. Why it matters: The ask comes after the ...

 2021-07-23 15:22 

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China sanctions Wilbur Ross, 5 other Americans over Biden's Hong Kong warnings...

The Chinese government imposed sanctions on Monday against six Americans, including former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in response to an advisory from the Biden administration warning businesses of the increased risks of operating in Hong Kong. Why it...

 2021-07-20 22:53 

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Unions want House progressives to support BIden's bipartisan infrastructure package...

Prominent labor groups are urging progressive House lawmakers to stifle their concerns about the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal and give it their full support. Why it matters: Even if the package wins enough Republican support in the Senate,...

 2021-07-20 00:47 

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GOP struggles to get on same page on infrastructure...

Republicans are all over the map about how their party should proceed on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure proposal. What we're hearing: GOP strategists tell Axios they've struggled over not only whether they support the current Senate n...

 2021-07-19 23:20 

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DOJ won't prosecute ex-Commerce Secretary Ross for misleading Congress on census question...

The Justice Department has declined to prosecute former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for misleading Congress on the Trump administration's push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Catch up quick: Ross had testified that the Trump admin...

 2021-07-19 23:19 

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Jim Jordan among 5 Republicans selected for Jan. 6 select committee...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has decided which Republicans he will name to a select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed to Axios. Driving the news: McCarthy w...

 2021-07-19 16:38 

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DOJ limits federal prosecutors from seizing reporters' records...

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced new guidelines Monday limiting Justice Department and FBI investigators from seizing materials from reporters and news outlets except in extreme cases. Why it matters: The new policy follows disclosures that the ...

 2021-07-19 16:20 

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Capitol rioter gets 8 months in prison in first Jan. 6 felony sentence...

Hodgkins in the Senate chamber on Jan. 6. Photo: CCTV footage via DOJ 38-year-old Paul Hodgkins of Tampa was sentenced to eight months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding, a felony charge stemming from his parti...

 2021-07-19 13:08 

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FEMA chief heads West as large wildfires, heat wave worsen...

FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell will make her first trip to wildfire-affected states amid another dangerous week of extreme heat and "critical" fire weather conditions, Axios has learned . Why it matters: The West is experiencing its worst drou...

 2021-07-18 21:20 

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Portman criticizes Schumer for "arbitrary" infrastructure deadline...

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) criticized Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday for setting an "arbitrary deadline" to move forward with a bipartisan infrastructure proposal. Why it matters: Portman is a key Republican negotiator, yet...

 2021-07-16 00:46 

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House conservatives draft counterproposal to Schumer's China bill...

The largest bloc of House conservatives has drafted a 300-page counterproposal to the Senate's sprawling bipartisan China bill, planning to circulate it to members Friday, Axios has learned. Why it matters: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y....

 2021-07-15 09:01 

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No deal reached on Nord Stream pipeline as Merkel visits Biden...

The White House is not expecting any agreement on Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to emerge from President Biden's meeting on Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite speculation that such a deal could be close. Why it matters: The R...

 2021-07-15 00:48 

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Katherine Clark's ascent as prime candidate for next Speaker...

Rep. Katherine Clark's career-long habit of making friends has the Massachusetts Democrat in contention to be the next speaker of the House. Why it matters: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has already suggested this is her final term in that job, but ...

 2021-07-14 20:51 

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DOJ watchdog report highlights FBI's mishandling of Larry Nassar case...

A report released Wednesday by the Justice Department's inspector general criticizes the FBI's handling of its investigation into sex-abuse allegations against former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar. Why it matters: Nassar was sentenced in 2018 t...

 2021-07-14 20:08 

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House select committee on Jan. 6 riot to hold first hearing July 27...

The House's select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot announced Wednesday it will hold its first hearing July 27 with law enforcement officers to examine the deadly rampage. Why it matters: The select committee is moving forward even tho...

 2021-07-14 16:24 

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Schumer proposes federal decriminalization of marijuana...

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) unveiled draft legislation on Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Why it matters: Though the legislation faces steep odds in the 50...

 2021-07-14 04:25 

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Trump DOJ tried to seize Washington Post journalists' records over Russia leaks...

The Trump Department of Justice attempted to obtain the communications records of three Washington Post reporters via legal action over 2017 reports on Russian election interference and Russia's ambassador, court documents unsealed Tuesday show. Why i...

 2021-07-14 00:47 

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Dems' hopes to keep House rest on New York, Illinois redistricting...

The Democrats' "only chance of keeping the House" next year is if they redraw congressional lines to their advantage in New York and Illinois, Cook Political Report's David Wasserman tells Axios. Why it matters: The GOP is already poised t...

 2021-07-14 00:46 

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Trump ethics antagonist Walter Shaub becomes top Biden critic...

The biggest critic of the Biden White House's ethics program isn't a Republican, congressional investigator or whistleblower — it's an ex-federal employee with a huge social media following. Driving the news: Walter Shaub — who dir...

 2021-07-13 00:47 

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Senate Dems plan use of budget maneuver they once called a gimmick...

Senate Democrats plan to offset some of their "soft" infrastructure spending by using dynamic scoring — a budgetary practice many of them called a gimmick just a few years ago. Why it matters : The total size of the Democrat-only reconciliat...

 2021-07-11 21:00 

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Racing Schumer's clock...

Senators face a massive squeeze for passing the infrastructure packages by the deadlines set by the White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Why it matters: They return Monday for their final four-week sprint until August recess. The...

 2021-07-09 18:05 

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White House to send federal law enforcement to Haiti...

The White House will send federal law enforcement officers to Haiti imminently to help investigate the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Mose , White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. State of play: Senior officials from the FBI and De...

 2021-07-08 23:53 

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Biden defends Afghanistan exit as fears of collapse grow...

President Biden addressed the country Thursday afternoon to defend his withdrawal strategy in Afghanistan as the Taliban continues to gain ground and after U.S. troops abandoned their largest base under cover of darkness. What he's saying: Biden set a...

 2021-07-08 18:35 

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Biden: U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end Aug. 31...

The United States' military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31, President Biden announced Thursday during an update on the withdrawal process. Why it matters: The U.S. has almost completed its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, though ...

 2021-07-07 16:13 

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Israel's new prime minister to reset Iran policy before Biden meeting...

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has launched an Iran policy review to be concluded before his first meeting with President Biden, which is likely to take place in late July, Israeli officials tell me. Why it matters: Bennett is in the process of sh...

 2021-07-07 01:38 

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Over 535 charged over the Capitol riot. The FBI is hunting for more suspects 6 months later....

A Virginia man charged over the deadly U.S. Capitol riot told an undercover FBI agent he belonged to a militia-style group that had explosives and surveilled the building a month after the insurrection, per a court filing unsealed Tuesday. The big picture...

 2021-07-06 15:37 

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U.S. military says Afghanistan withdrawal is 90% complete...

More than 90% of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan has been completed, U.S. Central Command estimated in an update published Tuesday. Why it matters: The milestone, a full two months before President Biden's goal of withdrawing all U.S. fo...

 2021-07-05 14:39 

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Over 1,000 Afghan soldiers flee into Tajikistan after Taliban offensive...

1,037 members of the Afghan security forces fled into Tajikistan and dozens more were taken captive on Sunday after Taliban fighters made advances in northern Afghanistan, according to Reuters . Why it matters: The crossings, which were permitted by Tajik...

 2021-07-03 15:27 

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Russia-based hackers breach at least 1,000 businesses in large-scale ransomware campaign...

A Russia-based hacking group known as REvil has compromised the computer systems of at least 1,000 businesses by targeting managed service providers, according to to the cybersecurity firm Huntress Labs Inc. Why it matters: It's a large-scale ransomwa...

 2021-07-02 15:59 

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Biden cuts off questions about Afghanistan amid growing Taliban concerns...

President Biden cut off reporters on Friday after three consecutive questions about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, where the intelligence community has warned the government could collapse as soon as next year amid a creeping offensive by the Talib...

 2021-07-02 00:53 

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Conservatives go after their own on IRS fight...

A conservative group focused on pressuring House Democrats to oppose President Biden's plan to increase funding for the Internal Revenue Service is now targeting fellow Republicans, Axios has learned. Why it matters: By running a six-figure ad targeti...

 2021-07-01 00:45 

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How much the House has voted remotely during COVID...

Data: Brookings Institution/Clerk of the House of Representatives; Chart: Will Chase/Axios House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) recently worked from home and voted by proxy after having knee replacement surgery, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali...

 2021-06-28 13:59 

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McConnell demands Schumer, Pelosi delink infrastructure deal from spending plans...

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on President Biden Monday to ensure Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) follow his lead on delinking the bipartisan infrastructure deal from plans to...

 2021-06-28 09:00 

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One year in, Beijing's security law leaves Hong Kong in an authoritarian home...

One year after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the city's once-lauded political freedoms have been dramatically curtailed, leaving residents to cope with their home's authoritarian transformation. Why it matters: By ...

 2021-06-27 20:45 

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Mark Warner emerges as moderates' dealmaker-in-chief...

As Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain navigate the legislative minefield of the next few months, they'll often turn to a moderate Democrat who gets far less ink than Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) or Ky...

 2021-06-27 15:25 

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J.D. Vance to announce Senate run this week...

J.D. Vance — whose raw bestseller, "Hillbilly Elegy," helped elites process the Trump upset — plans to announce at a factory in Ohio this week that he's seeking the Republican nomination for Senate, sources tell me. Driving the new...

 2021-06-26 11:00 

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FBI China spy probe faces backlash as case against professor ends in mistrial...

An FBI agent's admission he baselessly targeted a Chinese Canadian researcher in an economic espionage probe is driving calls for a federal investigation into the Justice Department's conduct under the China Initiative . Why it matters: Asian Amer...

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