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Senate Can’t Vote On $15 Minimum Wage, Parliamentarian Rules
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Kelsey Snell | February 25, 2021
The Senate parliamentarian's decision relieves pressure on Democratic leaders who are attempting to rally support for the $1.9 trillion COVID bill despite concerns from at least two Democrats who say $15 is too high.Patrick Semansky | AP Updated at 8:13 p.m. ET Senate Democrats will not be forced to confront ...
Capitol Police Chief: Records Prove Immediate Calls For Military Backup On Jan. 6
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Claudia Grisales | February 25, 2021
Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman testified on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.House Appropriations Committee/Screenshot by NPR Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, testifying remotely through a video link, told a House committee that her agency head had requested military backup about a half-dozen times in the first ...
Manhattan Prosecutor Receives Trump Tax Returns After Lengthy Legal Battle
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Rachel Treisman | February 25, 2021
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., shown here in 2019, is in possession of former President Donald Trump's tax returns.Spencer Platt | Getty Images Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET The Manhattan district attorney's office is in possession of Donald Trump's tax returns, following a years-long effort by the former president ...
Biden Administration: Here Are His Cabinet Members And Key Advisers
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Elena Moore, Audrey Carlsen, Benjamin Swasey | February 25, 2021
Caroline Amenabar/NPR, Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr Updated on Feb. 25 at 1:45 p.m. ET In the early weeks of President Biden's administration, his aides are beginning to put policy into action, while the U.S. Senate is taking up his nominees. The top figures in an administration are made up of a combination ...
‘Yeah, We Lied’: Messages Show Prosecutors’ Panic Over Missteps In Federal Case
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Carrie Johnson | February 25, 2021
The building that houses the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is pictured in 2015. Emails and text messages from prosecutors in that office have come out as part of an inquiry into their handling of a case.Mary Altaffer | AP Newly disclosed documents from inside ...
Youth Activists Are Heard In Biden’s White House, But They Want To See More Action
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Juana Summers | February 25, 2021
Signs sit near the White House following a 2018 March for Our Lives rally. Three years later, the activist group, founded by survivors of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, is consulting with the Biden administration on violence prevention policies.Zach Gibson | Getty Images The ...
It’s All About Trump: CPAC Seems Poised To Ignore Republican Identity Crisis
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Domenico Montanaro | February 25, 2021
Then-President Donald Trump waves at the crowd during the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference. This year, Trump is out of office but is still headlining the event.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images When the annual Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC for short — kicks off Thursday in Orlando, Fla., it ...
Biden Reopens Gateway For Green Cards And Work Visas, Reversing Trump COVID-19 Freeze
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Vanessa Romo | February 24, 2021
On Wednesday, President Biden lifted a Trump-era ban on green cards issued outside the United States and temporary work visas.Carolyn Kaster | AP President Biden on Wednesday revoked a freeze that his predecessor had put on many types of visas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the order did not ...
Under Pressure, Postmaster General Calls For Changes To Mail Delivery
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Brian Naylor | February 24, 2021
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a House Oversight Committee hearing about the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday.Graeme Jennings/Pool | Getty Images Updated at 4:32 p.m. ET If your mail has not been showing up some days or you're getting second notices on the bills you thought you'd paid, you're ...