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Committee vote moves Haaland one step closer to historic Interior post

A Senate committee narrowly voted Thursday to advance Rep. Debra Haaland’s nomination to be the next secretary of Interior, moving her one step closer to becoming the first Native American to head a Cabinet-level agency. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 11-9 to send Haaland’s nomination to the full Senate, over the objections of Republicans

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Wray: FBI Has ‘Slowed’ Disciplinary Process For FISA Abuse In Order To Assist Special Counsel’s Probe

Special counsel John Durham asked the FBI to delay taking disciplinary measures against bureau employees implicated in a watchdog report about the Trump-Russia probe while he continues his criminal investigation, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday. “Because we’re cooperating fully with Mr. Durham’s investigation, at his request, we have slowed that process down to allow

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FBI chief warns violent ‘domestic terrorism’ growing in US

FBI Director Christopher Wray bluntly labeled the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism” Tuesday and warned of a rapidly growing threat of homegrown violent extremism that law enforcement is scrambling to confront through thousands of investigations. Wray also defended to lawmakers his own agency’s handling of an intelligence report that warned of

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Minimum wage hike all but dead in big COVID relief bill

Democrats’ hopes of including a minimum wage increase in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill seemed all but dead Monday as the Senate prepared to debate its own version of the House-passed aid package. Four days after the chamber’s parliamentarian said Senate rules forbid inclusion of a straight-out minimum wage increase in the relief measure,

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House passes LGBTQ rights bill; critics say it tramples religious rights

The House voted Thursday to expand civil rights protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy, a move supporters said will grant those groups “the full equality under the law they deserve.” But critics of the Equality Act blasted it as a measure that will trample on religious freedom and individual rights, and ultimately

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Senators press Capitol police on security breakdowns before Jan. 6 riot

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema joined other senators asking police officials Tuesday how it is that an FBI report warning of the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol did not reach the right people before the attack. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard from five witnesses involved in Capitol security planning –

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