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    Whether you call it a “can of worms” or “spaghetti junction,” the Twin Ports Interchange in Duluth is on its way to becoming a little less tangled. In Duluth, the 1,569-mile long Interstate 35 comes to its northern endpoint, an unceremonious four-way intersection, but not before it bisects Duluth’s downtown in a jumble of off-ramps and left-exits that make up...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel unanimously advances key Biden cyber nominees Overnight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' MORE (D-N.Y.) will meet on Thursday with Democrats working...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer began the process of passing key parts of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill with a simple majority, even as bipartisan talks continue and a group of select senators announced their agreement on a basic legislative framework. Schumer met with the 11 Democrats on the Senate Rules Committee Wednesday, where they discussed in part beginning a...
    (CNN)Despite having announced a deal last week on an infrastructure package, members of the bipartisan Senate group and members of leadership argue there is still significant work to do in order to turn the infrastructure framework into legislation."They have tried hard to come up with something structurally that accommodates the imperatives of both Republicans and Democrats. They've done a good...
    OAKLAND — The Alameda County Board of Supervisors may have thrown a wrench into the Oakland A’s plan to build a waterfront ballpark by declaring it’s not ready to accept a funding plan that the team says is key to making the project happen. Following a long and contentious meeting Tuesday, the supervisors said they won’t even schedule a...
    JOE Biden warned Russia to end cyberattacks on "off limits" infrastructure after Joe Putin claimed the "US is behind most hacks." Biden also said they will have additional talks on the pursuit of criminals carrying out ransomware attacks. 1The pair agreed to further discussions about cyberattacksCredit: AP Biden told reporters in Geneva that 16 types of critical infrastructure should be...
    Democrats in Congress are moving ahead with the budget reconciliation process that will allow them to move "everything" in President Biden's agenda through Congress while circumventing a GOP filibuster if bipartisan negotiations don't come together — or even if they do.  "So, we are proceeding now as to reconciliation instructions, we're assuming right now that everything will be done by...
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    Democratic tensions over infrastructure and the Biden agenda showed signs of boiling over Tuesday as one progressive lawmaker after another blasted a bipartisan framework negotiated by centrists in both parties. The scaled-down agreement backed by a bipartisan group of 10 senators appears on life support days after it was announced, with progressives pressuring the White House to move on from...
    Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, and Sherrod Brown are starting the throw their weight around, too. Senate Democrats, particularly the liberals, have tired of the game that President Joe Biden and their colleagues Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have been indulging in with Senate Republicans. They want the bold infrastructure package promised by Biden, and they want it sooner rather than...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIn Congress, what goes on behind closed doors? Senate Judiciary begins investigation into DOJ lawmaker subpoenas America needs a stable Israeli government MORE (D-N.Y.) says he will convene a meeting with all 11 Democratic members of the Budget Committee Wednesday to begin the process for passing a budget resolution, paving the way for Democrats to...
    Absences forced Democrats on Tuesday to punt a vote on a Biden White House nominee, underscoring the razor-thin status of Democrats' majority.  The Senate had been expected to hold an initial vote on Kiran Ahuja's nomination to be director of the Office of Personnel Management. If she had overcome the hurdle, a final vote to confirm her was expected for...
    Washington — Although a bipartisan group of senators reached a tentative deal on infrastructure legislation last week, congressional Democrats are preparing to forge ahead with a process to pass a larger proposal without any Republican votes if needed, lawmakers said Tuesday. "The White House made clear to us that we should be prepared to proceed on two tracks," Congressman Hakeem...
    Two Democratic senators Tuesday further endangered the chances of a bipartisan infrastructure deal by promising to vote against any legislation that doesn't include a "bold" effort to address climate change.  Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., made the comments at a Tuesday press conference, joining Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in opposition to a bipartisan infrastructure deal negotiated by...
    Liberal Democratic senators say they’ll refuse to back any infrastructure package without a “guarantee” that aggressive climate provisions will also pass Congress, a fracture that could threaten the bipartisan deal being hashed out by their centrist colleagues. “We’re saying that there absolutely has to be a guaranteed deal that climate is built into these infrastructure bills, and that it matches...
    White House officials told House Democrats Tuesday to get ready to go it alone on infrastructure, setting the stage for party leaders to tap an obscure budget procedure to move President BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi:...
    The White House is giving senators “about a week or 10 days more” to strike a bipartisan infrastructure deal, Steve Ricchetti, counselor to the president, said Tuesday to House Democrats. Negotiations on an infrastructure plan have been ongoing, with President Joe Biden and Senate Republicans going back-and-forth for months. Both sides have made changes to their various proposals in an...
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    This isn't the group I'd pick to be in charge of saving the globe from climate change. It's infrastructure week in the Senate! Go figure. It's actually going to mostly be judicial nominations on the floor in the early part of the week—which is good and important—while the latest "gang" of Democratic and Republican "centrists" continue to pretend like Mitch...
    Democrats in Congress are reportedly willing to agree to a smaller version of the American Jobs Plan now and pass President Joe Biden's other spending priorities through reconciliation soon after. Democratic leaders are reportedly mulling accepting a bipartisan compromise infrastructure plan as long as the Democratic senators working with Republicans...
    NEW ORLEANS - “It’s embarrassing,” Joe Frisard told VOA regarding the condition of infrastructure in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. “We’re a major city that hosts Super Bowls, we’ve got an NFL team and an NBA team, and we put on major, world-class music festivals — but I don’t think you could find a six-block stretch of road here that doesn’t have something wrong with...
    The following is a transcript of an interview with Senator Susan Collins that aired Sunday, June 13, 2021, on "Face the Nation." JOHN DICKERSON: Now for a discussion about matters back here at home. A bipartisan group of senators announced a new infrastructure package last week that would cost $1.2 trillion over eight years. One member of the group is...
    PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - G-7 leaders appear to be split on U.S. President Joe Biden’s call to take more aggressive action against China, including on its forced labor practices, unwillingness to play by international trade rules and problematic global infrastructure financing mechanism.     “There were some interesting discussions and a little bit of a differentiation of opinion,” said a senior...
    Former Vice President Al Gore privately urged President Joe Biden to keep hundreds of billions of spending to subsidize green industries and even kill another proposed oil pipeline. Gore called Biden personally and demanded he include billions of climate spending in his infrastructure bill, according to a report in the Washington Post. Gore was encouraged to contact Biden by John Podesta,...
    Ron Wyden and Bernie Sanders. A bipartisan group of 10 senators announced a broad, if somewhat vague agreement on infrastructure Thursday afternoon, triggering a group of Democrats to warn that they wouldn't allow a goal of "bipartisanship" to outweigh the critical goals of addressing climate change and rebuilding the nation. Among those sending a warning is a powerful committee chair, Sen. Ron...
    The Biden administration is pushing back against proposed gas tax increases in the latest deal. A new infrastructure plan being pushed by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and a bipartisan group of senators would not increase corporate taxes at all. Instead, it would raise taxes on every American who buys gasoline...
    Washington — A bipartisan group of senators reached a deal Thursday on infrastructure legislation, after President Biden ended negotiations with a team of Republican senators on Tuesday. The group of five Republicans and five Democrats released a joint statement Thursday afternoon saying they had reached an agreement, although they did not offer any details about it. "Our group - comprised...
    More On: senate Far-left rep claims Manchin ‘dooming our democracy’ by opposing HR1 McConnell blasts AOC over push for far-left infrastructure bill Chef Kwame Onwuachi dishes to Jalen Rose about learning to cook at 5 GOP pol tells Fauci to ‘cut the crap’ after doc lashes out at critics A bipartisan group of 10 senators announced Thursday they had...
    White House officials were briefed Thursday on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal reached by a group of 10 bipartisan senators earlier in the day, but it remains unclear whether President BidenJoe BidenWhite House announces major boost to global vaccine supply U.S. in talks to buy Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to send abroad: report Pentagon to consider authorizing airstrikes in Afghanistan if...
    The bipartisan group of senators working on an infrastructure proposal came to an agreement Thursday that inches closer to President Joe Biden’s spending demands. The plan, developed by 10 senators, totals $1.2 trillion over eight years ($974 billion over five years) and has $579 billion in new spending on top of funds set aside in previous agreements, Forbes reported. This...
    Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) doubled down Thursday on his lobbying to include climate change carveouts in President Joe Biden’s mammoth infrastructure bill. Breitbart News reported exclusively that Malinowski, a swing district Democrat, said during a June 4 virtual townhall that the infrastructure plan focuses more on combatting climate change than building physical infrastructure. Malinowski said: President Biden, on the other hand,...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said President Joe Biden negotiating with Republicans on infrastructure is “setting the planet on fire” and “dismantling voting rights.” “Pres. Biden & Senate Dems should take a step back and ask themselves if playing patty-cake w GOP Senators is really worth the dismantling of people’s voting rights, setting the planet on fire, allowing massive corporations and...
    (CNN)Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Wednesday that it's time for his party to move forward on infrastructure legislation without Republican agreement, asserting that members of his party "cannot just sort of twiddle our thumbs at the negotiating table while the time fritters away."After several weeks of talks, including multiple meetings in the Oval Office, negotiations on a massive infrastructure...
    FALMOUTH, England (CNN)President Joe Biden came to Europe this week in part because he's grown tired of virtual meetings and telephone calls with world leaders, which he believes can't capture the essence of a face-to-face relationship. So, it's a little ironic that at the very moment his top domestic priority appears on the brink, he will be reduced to phoning...
    An advocacy group affiliated with the Democratic Party launched a national TV ad this week in support of a sweeping voting rights bill backed by congressional Democrats. The seven-figure ad buy from the campaign arm of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee is designed to promote the For the People Act, the Democrats' signature voting rights bill. The ad, which will...
    Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., is urging Democrats to abandon hope of a bipartisan deal on infrastructure and instead push through an agreementl without GOP support.  Jayapal, chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in a statement: "In case it wasn’t clear already, it certainly is now: Republicans are not going to do what needs to be done for working families."...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insisted Wednesday that President Joe Biden and the Senate Democrats would be 'setting the planet on fire' if they kept 'playing patty-cake' with the GOP by removing climate proposals from the $1 trillion infrastructure plan.       The New York Democrat shared a tweet from Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, that warned, 'An infrastructure package that goes...
    A bipartisan Senate group is taking tax increases off the table as lawmakers try to craft an infrastructure proposal after GOP talks with the White House collapsed Tuesday. Raising taxes on high-income earners and corporations has been a key part of President BidenJoe BidenHouse Judiciary Democrats call on DOJ to reverse decision on Trump defense Democratic super PAC targets Youngkin over...
    Everyone sure is going to a lot of trouble to pacify this jerk. One set of pointless negotiations allowing Republicans to drag their feet on infrastructure is finally over, but a new one is beginning. President Joe Biden finally pulled the plug on talks with West Virginia Republican Shelley Moore Capito Tuesday, informing her "that the latest offer from her group...
    U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) departs after attending a bipartisan work group meeting on an infrastructure bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2021.Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters Bipartisan groups in Congress will try to craft an infrastructure bill after talks between President Joe Biden and Republicans collapsed.  But the lawmakers are running into one of the issues...
    Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican As organized religion declines, is conspiracy the new religion of Republicans? MORE on Wednesday said a bipartisan deal on infrastructure...
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    VIDEO2:2802:28'A very long road' lies ahead in solving the world's water challenges, CEO saysStreet Signs Asia The world is a long way from finding solutions to water shortages, according to an investment management company that focuses on sustainability. "We're way behind in terms of the amount of investment we need to bring our industrial water systems, our (agricultural) systems and...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) stated that during negotiations over an infrastructure package, “we offered the president basically what he asked us to do the first time we met with him, which was a trillion dollars over eight years, including baseline spending.” And that despite Republicans drawing a red line on...
    By Lisa Mascaro and Josh Boak | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden ended talks with a group of Republican senators on a big infrastructure package on Tuesday and started reaching out to senators from both parties as he strives to build bipartisan compromise while laying the groundwork for a potential Democrats-only approach on his top legislative priority. The...
    President Biden broke off negotiations with a group of GOP senators led by Sen. Shelley Capito on Tuesday (R-W.Va.) amid disagreements regarding the structure and size of his proposed infrastructure spending plan. Discussions between the White House and Capito’s group were cordial, and Biden walked away feeling as though the negotiations ran their course and were in good faith, an...
    Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) admitted during a recent town hall that President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan focuses more on climate change than the built environment, despite his calling for bipartisan support for the partisan legislation. Malinowski, who represents New Jersey’s seventh district, said much of Biden’s infrastructure plan focuses on climate change and other items unrelated to building roads, tunnels,...