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Climate

Biden Under Pressure to Declare Climate Emergency as Agenda Nosedives

Record heat waves and unprecedented wildfires in Europe and the United States underscore the scale of the crisis, just as Biden's climate agenda stalls out in Congress. Will the president take executive action?
Capitol Attack

Will the January 6 Committee “Open People’s Eyes” to Trump’s Malfeasance?

Members of the committee have teased new witnesses, Secret Service text messages, and a “minute by minute” accounting of Trump’s actions on January 6. As Republicans continue to tune out the investigation and legal action remains uncertain, the final—for now—prime-time hearing will be the panel’s biggest test yet.
Climate

Joe Manchin Throws Fuel on the Fire of a Burning Planet

The conservative Democrat once again blew up negotiations with his party—even turning his back on measures he said he supported just months ago— and may have doomed the last, best chance to pass climate change legislation for the foreseeable future. 
GOP

Republicans: Trust Us, We Swear We Won't Go After Contraception or Marriage Rights

Republicans seem determined to block Democrats efforts to codify privacy rights around contraception and marriage, insisting they are “not endangered in any way”: “I have no reason to believe these precedents are going to fall," Lindsey Graham said, just weeks after Roe fell.
Capitol Attack

The January 6 Committee’s Message is Clear: Trump Needs To Be Held Accountable 

The bipartisan Congressional investigation has provided Attorney General Merrick Garland with a roadmap for potential prosecution of the former president — that is, if he’s willing to follow it. 
Capitol Attack

“A Sitting President Asking For Civil War”: January 6 Committee Details Role of Extremist Groups in Trump Insurrection

The bipartisan committee presented evidence suggesting Trump knowingly harnessed the anger of his supporters in an effort to remain in office. “It was a deliberate strategy decided upon in advance by the president,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy.
Biden Administration

Only 13% of Americans Say the Country Is on the Right Track—And They’re Blaming Biden

The good news for Democrats: Most voters still appear to prefer Biden to Trump. But still, Americans seem increasingly pessimistic that he can deliver on his promise to restore a sense of normalcy in the country.
Shinzo Abe Assassination

“Stunned, Outraged, and Deeply Saddened”: Shinzo Abe Assassination Shocks World Leaders

The former Japanese prime minister was shot and killed during a campaign event Friday from what appeared to be a homemade firearm. 
Highland Park Shooting

Father of Alleged Highland Park Shooter Says 2019 Threat to “Kill Everyone” Was A “Childish Outburst”

Robert Crimo Jr. is under intense scrutiny — and criminal investigation — for helping his son obtain a gun license just months after he threatened family members and had his massive stockpile of knives confiscated by authorities.
Guns

“There Is No Reason That We Have Weapons of War": Highland Park Shooting Shows The Limits Of Bipartisan Gun Reform

The Highland Park shooter was labeled a “clear and present danger” by law enforcement in 2019, and had weapons confiscated from his home. He was still able to build an arsenal of assault weapons.
Highland Park Shooting

"What Does That Say About Us As a Nation?": The Highland Park Shooting is a Stark Symbol of a Uniquely American Crisis

A mass shooting at a July 4 parade in a suburb of Chicago was a jarring juxtaposition of violence and Americana — and yet another reminder of just how far apart the political parties are from meaningfully addressing gun reform.
Abortion

Joe Biden Needs to Meet the Moment on Abortion Rights

Biden has come out in support of a filibuster carve-out to protect abortion rights. But a report that the president has allegedly struck a deal with Mitch McConnell to nominate an anti-abortion judge to a lifetime federal court appointment is raising red flags about his priorities.
SCOTUS

Supreme Court Blunts Biden Administration's Efforts to Combat Climate Change

The court's conservative majority ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, significantly narrowing the agency's regulatory authority.
Capitol Attack

Do These Explosive Jan. 6 Testimonies Mean Trump Will Actually Be Held Accountable This Time?

The January 6 committee — and witnesses like Cassidy Hutchinson — are showing prosecutors a potential path to charging the former president and his allies. 
Capitol Attack

“I Don't F--king Care That They Have Weapons”: White House Aide Gives Bombshell Testimony Of the Day Trump Incited the Capitol Attack

Cassidy Hutchinson testified in the January 6 committee hearing that Trump attacked his security detail, threw his lunch against the wall and raged at staff on Jan. 6 for not letting him go to the Capitol alongside rioters.
GOP

Kevin McCarthy's Overtures To Extremists Might Come Back To Bite Him

Kevin McCarthy spent years emboldening conspiracy theorists and election-deniers who now may not want him to be their speaker, if Republicans take back the House.
Abortion

“We’re Building Clinics”: The Abortion Provider at the Center of Dobbs Is Not Backing Down

Diane Derzis, who owns Jackson Women’s Health, the clinic at the center of the case that overturned Roe, tells Vanity Fair that the Dobbs decision was “painful,” but promises to continue the fight. “I don’t think any of us can even imagine how bad it’s gonna be.”
SCOTUS

“It Undermines the Court’s Legitimacy": How the Three Liberal Justices Dissented to Overturning Roe

Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer wrote a withering dissent to the court’s conservative majority. Their conclusion: this opinion is “the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.” 
SCOTUS

The Supreme Court Has Struck Down Roe v. Wade

The court's conservative majority took a sledgehammer to reproductive rights in America, formally voting down federal abortion protections.
January 6

Jan. 6 Hearing Day 5: How Trump Nearly Subverted the Justice Department To Undermine Democracy

Among the many revelations from Thursday's hearing, the names of several GOP lawmakers who requested pardons from Trump following the January 6 attack: Matt Gaetz, Scott Perry, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, and Mo Brooks, who sent an email to the White House on January 11 with the subject line “pardons.”