Category Archives: Washington

Biden Signs Bill Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a bill into law to make lynching a federal hate crime, more than 100 years after such legislation was first proposed. The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act is named after the Black teenager whose killing in Mississippi in the summer of 1955 became a galvanizing moment in…

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Biden Bans Russian Oil, Warns of Higher Prices at US Pumps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Tuesday the U.S. will ban all Russian oil imports, toughening the toll on Russia’s economy in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine, but he acknowledged it will bring costs to Americans, particularly at the gas pump. The action follows pleas by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to U.S. and Western officials to cut…

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Rubio, Heinrich, Scott, and Padilla Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Celebrating 105 Years of Citizenship for Puerto Ricans

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of their bipartisan resolution celebrating the 105th anniversary of Puerto Ricans receiving United States citizenship. “Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico have provided invaluable contributions to our society and economy throughout the years, and we…

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State of the Union: Biden Vows to Halt Russia, Hit Inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a concerned nation and anxious world, President Joe Biden vowed in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night to check Russian aggression in Ukraine, tame soaring U.S. inflation and deal with the fading but still dangerous coronavirus. Biden declared that he and all members of Congress, whatever their political differences, are…

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Justice Breyer to Retire, Giving Biden First Court Pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden an opening he has pledged to fill by naming the first Black woman to the high court. Breyer, 83, has been a pragmatic force on a court that has grown increasingly conservative in recent years, trying to forge majorities with more moderate…

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Harris still struggling to define herself one year in VP job

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden put the full weight of his presidency behind voting rights action last week, heading to Capitol Hill in an effort to push Democrats to change Senate rules to pass legislation. Vice President Kamala Harris — whom Biden tapped to take the lead on passing voting rights legislation in June — wasn’t…

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