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Why Republicans are ready to kill the $300 pandemic unemployment boost

Why Republicans are ready to kill the $300 pandemic unemployment boost

Even as Congress raced to rescue the nation from the coronavirus pandemic last spring, Republican lawmakers were raising red flags about expanding unemployment benefits — particularly providing the jobless with a weekly federal supplement worth hundreds of dollars. Now, as the country seeks to emerge from the outbreak that has left millions of Americans out…MORE

State Department announces winners of Diversity Visa Program

State Department announces winners of Diversity Visa Program

The State Department on Saturday announced the winners of the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as “The Green Card Lottery.” The program benefits upwards of 55,000 people per year, allowing winners to apply for visas from countries with lower levels of immigration to the US. This year’s program has taken on new meaning…MORE

Obamas announce family dog Bo has died

Obamas announce family dog Bo has died

The Obamas announced Saturday that their beloved family dog Bo has died. “This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend —our dog, Bo — after a battle with cancer,” former first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement posted to Instagram Saturday. The Obama family got Bo…MORE

Cyberattack forces major US fuel pipeline to shut down

Cyberattack forces major US fuel pipeline to shut down

A cyberattack forced the temporary shut down of one of the US’ largest pipelines Friday, highlighting already heightened concerns over the vulnerabilities in the nation’s critical infrastructure. The operator, Colonial Pipeline, which transports more than 100 million gallons of gasoline and other fuel daily from Houston to the New York Harbor, according to its website,…MORE

Ron DeSantis is on a path to 2024. Democrats hope to head him off.

Ron DeSantis is on a path to 2024. Democrats hope to head him off.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has a clear pathway to running for president in 2024, emerging from the coronavirus pandemic as the most recognizable Republican governor in the country. But Democrats, hoping to reverse years of letdown in marquee races and mismanagement inside the state party, are eager to stop the Republican governor before he even…MORE

Attorneys of alleged insurrectionists are given tours of US Capitol

Attorneys of alleged insurrectionists are given tours of US Capitol

The US Capitol is still closed to visitors, but attorneys for dozens of the defendants accused in the January 6 attack are getting the chance to walk through what remains a crime scene. The restrictions on each tour are spelled out in court filings: no guests, no cameras, no special parking permits. But the access…MORE

‘Doesn’t add a single penny’: Fact-checking Biden’s deficit claims

‘Doesn’t add a single penny’: Fact-checking Biden’s deficit claims

In the past, Republicans have typically fought the Democrats over concerns spending proposals would expand the deficit and the continually growing national debt. Having weathered those critiques during the Obama years, President Joe Biden‘s proposals to revitalize the US economy seem designed to circumvent that line of attack, as he claims they won’t increase the…MORE

Virginia Republicans gather to pick their gubernatorial nominee

Virginia Republicans gather to pick their gubernatorial nominee

As Virginia Republicans try to win their first race for governor in more than a decade, the party is preparing to select their standardbearer this weekend — a decision that will suggest where the national party is heading as it seeks to gain back power in Washington after former President Donald Trump’s defeat in November.…MORE

Chinese rocket expected to crash into Earth this weekend

Chinese rocket expected to crash into Earth this weekend

A large Chinese rocket that is out of control is set to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, bringing a final wave of concern before its debris makes impact somewhere on Earth. The Long March 5B rocket, which is around 100 feet tall and weighs 22 tons, is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere “around May 8,”…MORE

Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson’s anti-vaccine misinformation

Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson’s anti-vaccine misinformation

Under the guise of “just asking the questions,” Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin spread anti-vaccine misinformation on a right-wing radio show Thursday, questioning why efforts were being made to vaccinate the general US population, especially young people and those who had previously been infected with Covid-19. Johnson, who tested positive for coronavirus last fall,…MORE