Republicans in Congress sought Trump pardons after Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Up to a half-dozen Republican lawmakers who strongly supported then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of ballot fraud in the 2020 election sought pardons from him in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, according to testimony and evidence presented Thursday before the House select committee investigating the attack. Trump also talked about issuing … Read more

State Dept. to pay 6-figure sums to Havana Syndrome victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is preparing to compensate victims of mysterious brain injuries colloquially known as “Havana Syndrome” with six-figure payments, according to officials and a congressional aid. Current and former State Department staff and their families who suffered from “qualifying injuries” since cases were first reported among US embassy personnel in Cuba … Read more

Gun debate a side note in hearings on Uvalde shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first public hearings in Texas looking into the Uvalde school massacre have focused on a cascade of law enforcement blunders, school building safety and mental health care with only scant mentions of the shooter’s AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and gun reform. A day after the head of the Texas state police … Read more

Biden calls for 3-month suspension of gas and diesel taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months — an election-year move meant to ease financial pressures that was greeted with doubts by many lawmakers. The Democratic president also called on states to suspend their own gas taxes or provide similar relief, … Read more

Biden’s ‘mind is open’ on student loan forgiveness, Schumer says

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Leah Millis | Reuters Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., wearing a mask that read “Cancel student debt,” called on the labor movement on Wednesday to join him in his fight to get President Joe Biden to forgive $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower . During the … Read more

What a federal gas tax holiday could mean for prices at the pump

Fuel prices at a Chevron gas station in San Francisco June 9, 2022. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images For months, drivers across the US have faced eye-popping prices when they fill up their gas tanks. Now, President Joe Biden is weighing a new remedy — a federal gas tax holiday. A gallon of gas … Read more

Biden’s optimism collides with mounting political challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are going to hold onto the House after November’s midterm elections. They will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate, expanding their majority and overcoming internal dissent that has helped stifle their agenda. As the challenges confronting President Joe Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political future … Read more

Watergate 50th meets Jan. 6. Common thread: Thirst for power

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wreckage of Watergate and Jan. 6 are a half-century apart yet rooted in the same ancient thirst for power at any cost. Two presidents, wily and profane, tried an end run around democracy. Mysteries from both affairs endure as the House inquiry into the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the Capitol … Read more

1/6 panel: Plan for Pence to reject electors ‘nuts,’ ‘crazy’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s closest advisers viewed his last-ditch efforts pressing Vice President Mike Pence to halt congressional certification of his 2020 election defeat as “nuts,” “crazy” and even likely to incite riots if Pence followed through, witnesses revealed in stark testimony to the Jan. 6 committee on Thursday. Gripping new evidence disclosed Trump’s … Read more

Laxalt’s Nevada win sets up fierce race for Senate control

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Adam Laxalt, a former state attorney general who has embraced lies about the 2020 electionwon the Republican nomination for a pivotal Nevada Senate seat, fending off a challenge from a political newcomer and setting up what will likely be a fierce and costly race against incumbent Catherine Cortez Mastoone of the … Read more