House to vote on Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief package Friday

February 26, 2021 at 12:05

(CNN) The House of Representatives will vote on Friday to approve President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, a major step toward enacting the first legislative priority of the new administration as the devastating fallout from the spread of C...

'Captain of a ship in uncharted waters': Inside Nancy Pelosi's first months of the new Congress

February 26, 2021 at 11:28

"The speaker is the captain of the ship in uncharted waters right now. This is a very, very difficult position to be in," Democratic Rep. Jason Crow told CNN. "She is going to run this train as quickly as she can run it," one Democratic member told CNN on t...

Biden set for consoler-in-chief visit to winter storm-battered Texas

February 26, 2021 at 11:19

(CNN) President Joe Biden will embrace a familiar role on his trip to Houston Friday as he seeks to offer both comfort and federal support after a severe winter storm-battered Texas and left millions without power, heat or water . Greg Abbott, a Republican,...

Trump returns and Republican 2024 prospects seek breakout moments at CPAC gathering

February 26, 2021 at 11:17

But starting Friday, a medley of potential 2024 presidential candidates are also looking for breakout moments that will launch them toward stardom. "The race for 2024 will start at CPAC," said American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp, a chief organ...

House is set for historic down payment on Biden's legacy

February 26, 2021 at 05:01

The decision was a blow to progressives but could ease Democratic divisions over the package and make it easier to pass. "It's about putting vaccinations in the arm, money in the pocket, children in the schools, workers in their jobs. It's what this country...

Proud Boys leader has no sympathy for lawmakers targeted by Capitol riot

February 26, 2021 at 04:23

Miami (CNN) The leader of the far-right Proud Boys group does not care that lawmakers were terrorized by rioters inside the US Capitol on January 6 as they tried to do their jobs. Enrique Tarrio posted this image on his Parler account following the Capitol...

Federal judge rules eviction moratorium is unconstitutional

February 26, 2021 at 02:04

(CNN) A federal judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that the federal moratorium on evictions is unconstitutional, according to court documents. The order, citing the fact that "COVID-19 presents a historic threat to public health," put a temporary halt on resi...

Senate parliamentarian rules against including minimum wage in Covid relief bill

February 26, 2021 at 00:41

(CNN) The Senate parliamentarian has ruled against including the increase in the minimum wage in the Covid relief bill, an aide familiar with the process and two sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell CNN. The increase is still likely to be inc...

Increasing number of unaccompanied children arriving at southern border setting off alarm bells for feds

February 26, 2021 at 00:37

(CNN) The growing number of migrant children arriving alone at the US-Mexico border is raising alarm among officials scrambling to find enough space to shelter kids until they're relocated with parents or relatives in the United States. On Thursday, a senio...

McConnell says he'll 'absolutely' support Trump in 2024 if he's the GOP nominee

February 26, 2021 at 00:35

(CNN) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he would "absolutely" support former President Donald Trump if he became the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, a notable commitment following his recent blistering critiques of the former President....

US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militia structures

February 26, 2021 at 00:31

(CNN) The US military struck a site in Syria on Thursday used by two Iranian-backed militia groups following rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks, according to a US official. The strikes mark the military's first known actio...

Manhattan DA faces critical decisions in Trump investigation as his time in office runs low

February 25, 2021 at 23:25

The DA received the records on Monday, the office confirmed, and sources say there are millions of pages of documents to analyze. The field of contenders is diverse and includes former prosecutors, a public defender who competed on the reality TV series Sur...

Jobless Americans can keep collecting unemployment benefits even if they turn down work for pandemic safety concerns

February 25, 2021 at 23:00

(CNN) Laid-off workers will be allowed to turn down jobs they think are too risky because of Covid and continue to collect unemployment benefits, under guidance issued by the US Department of Labor Thursday. The new rules, which stem from a directive signed...

Acting Capitol Police chief denies race played a role in security failures ahead of riot

February 25, 2021 at 22:54

Washington (CNN) There is no evidence that race played a role in the US Capitol Police's failure to bolster security before the January 6 insurrection, the department's top official told Congress on Thursday, as lawmakers sound the alarm over the threat pos...

Biden marks 50 million vaccine doses but cautions there's a 'long way to go'

February 25, 2021 at 22:07

(CNN) President Joe Biden on Thursday commemorated 50 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered since he took office, using it as a measuring stick against his promise to put 100 million shots in people's arms in his first 100 days. But he also warned the...

Big Lie? Big Whoop: Many Republicans on Capitol Hill see little reason to bat down Trump's election lies

February 25, 2021 at 22:00

(CNN) The deadly January 6 insurrection in the Capitol may have caused many voters to recoil at former President Donald Trump's election lies. Asked if he believed the election was stolen, Mast said: "I think there's some real inaccuracies that we're not in...

House passes Equality Act aimed at ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

February 25, 2021 at 21:46

(CNN) The House has passed the Equality Act, which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect people from being discriminated based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and other services as well as access to public accommo...

Maryland man pleads not guilty to bringing loaded gun to Capitol insurrection

February 25, 2021 at 21:43

(CNN) Days after a Republican senator said the US Capitol attack wasn't an "armed insurrection," a Maryland man pleaded not guilty to carrying a loaded handgun on the Capitol grounds on the day of the attack. Christopher Alberts, one of the first men charge...

Republican legislators around the country seek to strip governors and officials of emergency election powers

February 25, 2021 at 21:35

(CNN) Republican legislators around the country are moving aggressively to strip governors and other officials of their power to change election rules -- after states made it easier to vote last year during the coronavirus pandemic and turnout surged to rec...

Democrats open to partisan balance on Jan. 6 commission, but panel's scope still a sticking point

February 25, 2021 at 21:30

(CNN) Congressional Democrats said Thursday that they would be open to an even partisan split for a commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, but a dispute over the panel's scope remained a key sticking point as Congress feuds over t...

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