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WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official, Dr. Rachel Levine, on Wednesday became the first openly transgender individual to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal position.The Senate voted 52-48 to confirm her as an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. Two Republicans,...
WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket.“This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is...
WASHINGTON — Dozens of U.S. House Democrats, including two Virginians, backed a resolution filed Friday to expel controversial U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress, an extraordinary measure that’s only been successfully employed twice since the Civil War.U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez filed the expulsion resolution, after introducing it in...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House took up two bills Thursday that would grant legal status to broad groups of immigrants living and working in the United States, including a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented people brought to the country as children.The measures mark the first...
WASHINGTON — Metro is finally catching a break, and it’s a plus for workers in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs poised to start heading back to the office once they’re vaccinated.The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package signed by President Joe Biden last week ends — for now — the...
WASHINGTON — More than 70 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — and along with that shot, a small paper card with the CDC’s label detailing the timing and manufacturer of the dose.Those paper cards at the moment are the only proof readily...
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is directing states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, according to a White House memo ahead of his first primetime address Thursday evening.Biden’s COVID-19 advisers are projecting that enough Americans in priority groups will be able to access the...
WASHINGTON — A sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the U.S. House passed the latest pandemic relief measure Wednesday on a party-line vote.The massive bill includes a new round of $1,400 direct checks for many Americans, as well as an extension of...
The Interior Department on Monday revoked a Trump administration policy that would have undercut a century-old law protecting migratory birds.The move strengthens federal regulators’ authority to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a 1918 law that allows the government to prosecute polluters whose actions are responsible for the deaths...
“The check’s in the mail, I tell you!”Is there anyone who hasn’t either heard or used that line — probably both? It’s right up there with “the dog ate my homework” in the Lame Excuses Hall of Shame.Back in the day, eyes would roll, often accompanied by a dismissive...