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    A bipartisan group of 35 senators introduced a bill Wednesday that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to all thirteen U.S. soldiers killed in the Aug. 26 Kabul terrorist attack. Fallen soldiers were constituents of two of the bill’s lead sponsors, Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines is also a...
    Washington (CNN)John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, is struggling with a crucial decision: Whether to ask South Dakota voters for six more years in office.Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Senate Republican, says Iowa voters are increasingly urging him to run again, and he's now considering moving up his much-anticipated announcement about whether to extend his 40 years of service in...
    Alicia Keys Debuts Trailer for Noted: Alicia Keys The Untold Stories: Were Not Holding Back! Retail sales surge in August despite spread of delta, signaling U.S. economy is still strong Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman made the morning show rounds on Thursday to expand on her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee one day prior. Raisman was joined...
    A woman embraces her sister-in-law as she arrives with other Afghan refugees on a flight at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 23, 2021. The federal government has billions in unspent funds following the official withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan—and that money should be reallocated to aid refugees who have now been displaced following the war, a group of Democratic...
    A group of GOP senators unveiled a bill Wednesday that would direct the State Department to officially list the Taliban as a terrorist organization, ramping up their pressure on the Biden administration to take action against the militant group following its takeover of Afghanistan last month.  The bill, called the Preventing Recognition of Terrorist States Act, was introduced by Florida Sen....
    Republican and Democratic senators announced they will launch an investigation into Facebook after a report the social media giant knew its platforms could be “toxic” for some young users. According to internal data and presentations reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Facebook found that Instagram, which it owns, can have adverse mental health effects on young users. One presentation...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden planned meetings Wednesday with a pair of moderate Democratic senators whose objections to the size of a proposed, huge package of social and environment initiatives have thrown serious obstacles in its path. Biden was scheduled to meet Wednesday morning with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and later with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The legislation...
    A group of Republican senators led by Iowa’s Joni Ernst wrote Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday demanding the Biden administration designate the Taliban as a terrorist organization. According to the letter, the Taliban meets the three requirements under the Immigration and Nationality Act to be considered a terrorist organization. It points to the Taliban’s conduct since re-taking power...
    Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Wednesday led a group of senators in sending a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking him to designate the Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The Taliban, a Sunni Islamist nationalist group, recently regained control of Afghanistan after the Biden administration ordered a full withdrawal of the U.S. military from the country...
    Several more Republicans are calling on the Biden administration to designate the Taliban as a terrorist organization.  In a letter dated Wednesday to Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenTop Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Overnight Defense & National Security — Details of Trump's final days prompt call to fire Milley Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken...
    Senators put up a bipartisan front in condemning a pro-abortion protest that took place Monday outside Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's house. Roughly 50 protesters gathered at Kavanaugh's residence in Chevy Chase, Maryland, to call on him to resign, protesting the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision not to block the Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy....
    Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler testifies at a U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing on systemic risk and market oversight on Capitol Hill in Washington May 22, 2012.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters WASHINGTON – Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler on Tuesday assured lawmakers that Wall Street's top regulator is working overtime to create a set of rules...
    The top Democratic and Republican members of a powerful Senate panel condemned a protest held Monday night outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughWhy isn't Harris leading the charge against the Texas abortion law? Cori Bush introduces legislation aimed at expanding access to emergency rental assistance funds What the Texas abortion law means for Roe v....
    Washington (CNN)Senate Republicans and Democrats expressed deep frustration with the Biden administration Tuesday, complaining that Secretary of State Antony Blinken is the only official to testify on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan as both sides tried to lay blame for the chaotic exit. Blinken, appearing a day after testifying before a House committee for more than six hours, again fielded...
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jury selection started Monday in the trial of a Tennessee state senator charged with stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for her wedding and other personal expenses. State Sen. Katrina Robinson was charged in July 2020 with wire fraud, and theft...
                      by Ailan Evans  Senate Republicans are joining with Democrats to work on a series of antitrust bills aimed at breaking up and regulating major tech companies. Sen. Tom Cotton is working with both Democrats and Republicans in developing complementary legislation to several of the antitrust bills the House Judiciary Committee...
                        The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) placed warning labels on the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and other historical documents, warning viewers that “some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions.” The Arizona Sun Times requested comment from Arizona’s...
    Democratic senators on Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requesting an investigation into Amazon's treatment of its pregnant workers. The letter – written by Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot Hochul touts readiness, distance from Cuomo With Cuomo's resignation, Democrats can refocus on 2022 messaging MORE (D-N.Y.)...
    Amazon fulfillment center warehouse.Getty Images Six senators sent a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urging the agency to probe Amazon's treatment of pregnant warehouse employees. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Bob Casey, Jr., D-Pa., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Friday requested that the EEOC investigate Amazon's "systemic failure to...
    David Chipman’s nomination to serve as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives had been languishing for months in the Senate, where Democrats knew he lacked the votes within their own party to win confirmation. Finally, this past week, the Biden administration pulled the plug on Chipman. Now, the president will have to come up with...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends First,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) contrasted the Biden administration’s handling of Republicans in Congress with their handling of the Taliban by stating the administration doesn’t have deadlines with Republican senators, but were willing to “listen to the Taliban about an artificial deadline.” Donalds said, “We never should have left...
                       
    CNN chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward took unbelievable guff from conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz over a remark taken out of context during her reporting from Afghanistan, and in an exclusive interview with Mediaite, described how she dealt with it. During a live report amid the Taliban’s chaotic takeover of Kabul, Ms. Ward uttered the words “They’re just chanting ‘Death to...
    New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Sen. Alex Padilla As immigrants and advocates continue to push for passage of a pathway to citizenship for millions through the budget reconciliation process, farmworkers, United Farm Workers (UFW), and UFW Foundation last month extended invitations to all 100 U.S. senators. They asked them to work beside them for just one day. “Farm labor is the hardest...
    President Biden missed a deadline Tuesday evening set by Republican senators who demanded he provide the exact number of Americans, green card holders and special immigrant visa applicants who remain in Afghanistan. The group of 26 Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, gave the president until 5 p.m. ET Tuesday to give the public a full, unclassified accounting...
    FRANKFORT — In their first true road game of the 2021 season, the Portsmouth West Senators took care of business — handling the host Adena Warriors 41-12 and earning the first win under first-year head coach Todd Gilliland. West (1-2) got its’ points by scoring on both sides of the ball in Friday’s victory — three on the ground in...
                        State Senators Kim LaSata (R-MI-Coloma) and Jim Runestad (R-MI-White Lake) introduced legislation on Wednesday that would allow students in Michigan’s colleges and universities the right to opt out of vaccine mandates imposed by those institutions. The bill would create a range of medical and non-medical exceptions to requirements for...
    Biden pledges to support communities ravaged by Hurricane Ida: I promise to have your backs until this gets done De Blasio opens door to New York governor run in 2022 Right winger Drake Batherson won't be playing for a different team next NHL season.  © Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports Drake Batherson is staying in Ottawa. According to the official...
    Senate Democrats on the Finance Committee are exploring a wide array of tax options outside of just raising the corporate and capital gains tax rate to pay for their proposed spending package. Democrats are threading the needle on the package, which leadership hopes to clock in at $3.5 trillion, because of how slim their majorities are in both the...
    Liberals lashed out at Manchin and Sinema who has also refused to support far-left proposals by Democratic leadership. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused Manchin of killing her constituents in New York. "Manchin has weekly huddles w/ Exxon & is one of many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called 'bipartisan' fossil fuel bills....
    Sen. Tom Cotton from Arkansas is taking the lead in the GOP’s push to get President Joe Biden to clarify the number of Americans and allies that remain in Afghanistan after U.S. troops withdrew from the country. Cotton spearheaded a group of 26 Republican senators who wrote to Biden on Thursday morning asking for information on who was left behind....
    Republican senators issued a letter Thursday demanding President Biden provide the exact number of Americans, green-card holders and special immigrant visa applicants who remain in Afghanistan as well as what type of vetting evacuees are undergoing before being granted entry to the United States. The group of 26 Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, have given the president...
    A group of GOP senators is calling on President BidenJoe BidenHouse panel advances 8B defense bill Democrats defeat GOP effort to declare 'lost confidence' in Biden after Afghanistan withdrawal House committee moves to block private funds for National Guard deployments MORE to release information regarding the American citizens, green-card holders and visa applicants who remain in Afghanistan after the U.S....
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) wrote to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday urging her to do everything in her power to keep billions in international funding meant for Afghanistan from falling into the hands of the “oppressive Taliban regime.” The senators wrote: The Taliban are sponsors of terrorism who maintain close ties with Al-Qaeda, and...
    For the second week in a row, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took shots at Senator Lindsey Graham before the senator appeared with Sean Hannity the same night. Before the last segment of his show, Carlson went out of his way to bring up the South Carolina Republican as he talked about Afghanistan: For 20 years the foreign policy establishment and...
    McDERMOTT — In turning the West Senators over and often on Saturday night, the Portsmouth Trojans’ turnaround on defense —despite only two games in —is on full display. And, fourth-year Portsmouth head coach Bruce Kalb knows it. “Different defense, huh?,” said Kalb, with a laugh and when approached for his postgame media interview on Saturday night. But the Trojans’ defense,...
    Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerMelissa Joan Hart reveals breakthrough COVID-19 case The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by AT&T — COVID-19 infects inoculated senators; Kabul evacuations drag Overnight Health Care: WH says more than one million vaccine doses administered in 24 hours | Texas faces tipping point as COVID-19 spreads | House Democrats press insulin manufacturers for lower prices MORE...
    An Afghan interpreter who helped save President BidenJoe BidenProgressive Democratic lawmakers urge Biden to replace Powell as Fed Chair Pentagon releases photo of last soldier to leave Afghanistan Overnight Defense & National Security — America's longest war ends MORE when he was a U.S. senator stranded in Afghanistan 13 years ago made an appeal for help in escaping Afghanistan with...
    A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) urging leaders there to help veterans who are struggling with their mental health following the end of the Afghanistan War. “More than two million veterans served during the Global War on Terrorism, including more than 800,000 in Afghanistan, and these service members deserve and earned...
    A bipartisan group of 34 senators sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough calling on the department to hasten connecting struggling Afghanistan veterans to mental health services in the aftermath of the deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan and Kabul bombing, which killed 13 U.S. service members. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, led a bipartisan letter...
    U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) highlighted passage of his provision in the bipartisan jobs and infrastructure bill that will help connect key Georgia military installations and surrounding base communities, as well as help provide growth and economic opportunities to rural communities from Texas to Georgia. The provision, one of...
    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators signed backup goalie Filip Gustavsson to a two-year contract Sunday. The Senators said the first year is a two-way deal worth $750,000 in the NHL and the second one way with a value of $825,000. The 23-year-old Swede was 5-1-2 with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki scolded U.S. senators who called for President Joe Biden’s resignation within hours of the terrorist attacks in Kabul that killed 13 U.S. servicemembers. At Thursday evening’s daily briefing, which took place after the president spoke about the attacks and took questions from reporters, The Hill‘s Alex Gangitano noted to Psaki that “two Republican senators...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday hit back at Republicans calling for President Joe Biden's resignation following fatal bombings outside the airport in Afghanistan. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) demanded Biden resign over the bombings, suspected to have been carried out by ISIS-K. To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. senators and representatives from Illinois issued messages of heartbreak and mourning Thursday, after 12 service members were killed and 15 injured in a “complex attack” outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. On Thursday, one bomb exploded among crowds waiting at Abbey Gate at the airport, and another explosion struck a nearby hotel, according...
    PORTSMOUTH — With rivalry games, you can indeed throw records out the window. And, with West “hosting” Portsmouth this week in Roy Rogers country, you can throw the records out the front, back and side doors as well. That’s because, for the second consecutive week to open the season, the West Senators are playing a “home” game away from their...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. State senators sent a letter to the Maryland State Board of Education Wednesday ahead of its hastily-scheduled meeting Thursday, imploring board members to issue an emergency regulation requiring a universal masking mandate for students and teachers across the state. “Continuous...
    Meghan McCain appeared to take a swipe at Vice President Kamala Harris after the VP visited a memorial in Vietnam dedicated to late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain. “If you want to honor my dad’s legacy on this anniversary of his death – you would spend every second making sure every single American and Afghan ally is out of harms...
    The Massachusetts state Senate is requiring senators and their staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by October, The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday. State Senate President Karen Spilka (D) reportedly said in a letter to colleagues that staffers could face termination if they decline to get vaccinated.  Spilka also said that lawmakers are creating a compliance policy that will limit medical and religious...
    Senate Republicans released a video thanking U.S. service members for their service in Afghanistan and provided a crisis hotline for veterans struggling amid Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban. More than a dozen Republican senators joined together in a video giving thanks to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. "Thank you...