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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber for final votes before the Memorial Day recess, at the Capitol in Washington (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    GOP blocks Capitol riot probe, displaying loyalty to Trump
    Senate Republicans on Friday blocked creation of a bipartisan panel to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, displaying continuing party loyalty to former President Donald Trump and firm determination to shift the political focus away from the violent insurrection by his GOP supporters.

    Biden unveils $6T 2022 budget that includes costly pandemic recovery, jobs plans - ABC

    Biden budget highlights: Lots of spending, taxing the rich - AP

    Senate meltdown reveals deepening partisan divide - The Hill

    Pressure for Senate rules change after GOP blocks 1/6 probe - AP

    Sicknick's mother and girlfriend say they were disappointed by GOP senators - CNN

    Biden’s $6T budget: Social spending, taxes on business - AP

    Trump, midterms fuel GOP's effort to quash Jan. 6 commission - The Hill

    Idaho Gov. repeals ban on mask mandates, accuses Lt. Gov. of 'abuse of power' - FOX

    CEO pay rises to $12.7M even as pandemic ravages economy - AP

    Polls find most Republicans say 2020 election was stolen and roughly 1/4th embrace QAnon conspiracies - CNN

    Senate to take up sweeping voting rights bill in June - CBS

    House reintroduces bill to decriminalize cannabis, create social equity programs - NBC

    AZ Senate considering another audit of Maricopa County 2020 election: Report - Wash. Examiner

    After Washington, D.C., sues Amazon, other states reportedly consider antitrust actions - CBS

    Trump fires back at Paul Ryan: 'Curse to the Republican Party' - The Hill

    The 6 Senate Republicans who voted for the January 6 commission - CNN

    Biden budget excludes decades-old provision barring taxpayer funding of abortions - FOX

    ‘Pretty damn scary’: Failure of Jan. 6 commission exposes Senate wounds - Politico

    George P. Bush sets sites on Trump ally in planned run for TX AG - Wash. Examiner

    Republicans block 9/11-style congressional probe of Capitol riot - BBC

    Judge grants federal prosecutor's request for a 'special master' to review materials seized during Giuliani raid - CNN

    Republicans block independent commission to investigate attack on U.S. Capitol - NBC

    What Microsoft Officials Know About Russia's Phishing Hack Targeting USAID - NPR

    Putin backs up Belarus's Lukashenko amid international pressure - The Hill

    Eyeing calendar, Biden to end GOP infrastructure talks soon - AP

    Senate Dems to test filibuster with election reform, equal pay - Wash. Examiner

    Dems push for House select committee after Senate Republicans derail bipartisan probe into January 6 attack - CNN

    Rand Paul brings colorful props to Senate floor to call out wasteful research: 'Lizards on a Treadmill' - FOX

    A time for abusing: Trump nukes Paul Ryan’s Reaganesque vision for GOP - Politico

    Senate R&D bill to counter China shelved by GOP opposition - AP

    White House Slaps Sanctions On Belarus Following Brazen Arrest Of Opposition Figure - NPR

    Biden marks vaccine progress, thanks troops ahead of holiday - AP

    Fourteen states have enacted 22 new laws making it harder to vote - CNN

    Cordray scraps Trump-era policy hindering state investigations of student loan companies - Politico

    GOP Sen. Tuberville says he'd rather be fishing or golfing before vote on Jan. 6 riot commission - FOX

    U.S. to accelerate court cases of some migrant families facing deportation - CBS

    Schumer and Collins appear to have heated exchange before Jan. 6 vote - The Hill

    Highest debt since WWII, looming fight on taxes: Takeaways from Joe Biden's budget - USA Today

    DOJ releases financial activity report on Durham investigation - Wash. Examiner

    Biden sees a post-pandemic economic boom, but a small and short one - BI

    11 detention center workers fired for inmate death - ABC

    MyPillow CEO flew Kristi Noem to GOP governors conference on his private jet - Politico

    'Despicable, unconscionable, un-American': Biden denounces recent rise in antisemitic attacks - NBC

    WNBA's first trans player signs with new team - The Hill

    Sheriff: Rail yard shooter stockpiled guns, ammo at his home - AP

    ‘I Love You Always’: Remembering the 9 Victims of the VTA Shooting - KQED

    NY, NJ rail project gets key federal approval - The Hill

    Republican Election Chief In Arizona Blasts Madness Of Vote Recount - HP

    Biden transition team official's consulting firm advised contractor that handed millions to house migrants - Wash. Examiner

    Postal Service looks to raise first-class stamp to 58 cents - AP

    Guilty verdict in Mollie Tibbetts murder trial - ABC

    Biden's budget blowout predicts years of Obama-level tepid growth - Politico

    '1619 Project' creator Hannah-Jones weighs discrimination suit over tenure denial - The Hill

    Biden visits troops to offer Memorial Day thanks: 'You are the spine of America' - FOX

    Biden budget drops Hyde Amendment to allow public funding of abortion - Reuters

    Conservative agenda dominates Texas, despite Democratic hopes of turning the state blue - CNN

    NASA releases stunning new pic of Milky Way’s ‘downtown’ - AP

    'Not one of these woke DAs': Orange County district attorney issues warning to suspects who fatally shot 6-year-old - Wash. Examiner

    1 in 10 defendants from US Capitol insurrection have military ties - CNN

    Biden: China thinks it will 'own America' by 2035 - FOX

    Biden’s budget goes big on spending in bid to lift middle class - Politico

    Biden aims to speed review for families seeking asylum in US - The Hill

    "Three-martini lunch" tax break should be repealed, lawmakers say - CBS

    Breyer ‘basically optimistic’ about US despite polarization - AP

    NASA chief says budget keeps Artemis moon program on track - CBS

    Biden to GOP: ‘Don’t get in the way’ of infrastructure plan - AP

    GOP poised to block bipartisan probe of Jan. 6 insurrection - AP

    GOP Senator appears to cast doubt that officer's death was related to January 6 attack - CBS

    Judge says Trump's false election claims still pose threat months later - The Hill

    Horror, heroism mark deadly shooting at California rail yard - AP

    McConnell doubles down to pressure Republicans, asking for 'a personal favor' to block January 6 commission - CNN

    Ex-Speaker Ryan to GOP: Reject Trump, ‘2nd-rate imitations’ - AP

    Paul Ryan slams Trump in speech about future of Republican Party - CBS

    US tells Russia it won’t rejoin Open Skies arms control pact - AP

    The power of Trump drowns out Ryan's Reaganite call for change - CNN

    Workers describe sprawling tent city, 'deeply alarming' conditions for kids at Fort Bliss Shelter - USA Today

    Manhattan DA could pursue racketeering charge in Trump Org probe, experts say - Politico

    Russian SolarWinds hackers have launched new campaign, Microsoft says - CBS

    Ron Johnson holds up Senate's holiday weekend exit - The Hill

    Senate eyes R&D bill to counter China, bolster manufacturing - AP

    Former Palm Beach County GOP leader charged in Capitol riot - USA Today

    Senate advances bipartisan bill to counter China - FOX

    Senate tests willingness to preserve filibuster with China, Jan. 6 commission votes - NBC

    Rep. Matt Gaetz eyes presidential run in 2024 - Yahoo

    AZ House votes down measure to require ID for mail-in ballots - Wash. Examiner

    Murkowski voices frustration with GOP over Jan. 6 commission: 'Something bad happened' - The Hill

    Timing for key vote on January 6 commission unclear... CNN

    The Hidden History of How Washington Embraced UFOs - Politico

    Patrisse Cullors: Black Lives Matter co-founder resigns - BBC

    Poll: 73% of Republicans blame 'left-wing protesters' for Jan. 6 attack. Just 23% blame Trump - Yahoo

    President Biden's budget proposal expected to increase the federal debt - USA Today

    Extraordinary explanations for UFOs look increasingly plausible - The Hill

    Tech trade groups sue Florida over social media law - NBC

    Gig workers to lose all unemployment benefits in 20 GOP states - CBS

    Team Trump sees a political upside to his mounting legal troubles - Politico

    Trey Gowdy: Trump officials 'don't have a clue' about Durham's progress - Wash. Examiner

    U.S. Senate argues over Capitol riot probe in marathon session - Reuters

    AP FACT CHECK: Biden is off on his vaccine claims - AP

    Biden declares his 'economic plan is working,' pushes infrastructure plan as the next step - USA Today

    McConnell: Republicans 'open to spending more' on infrastructure - The Hill

    Social spending, business tax hike drive $6T Biden budget - AP

    Biden administration moving to double tariffs on Canadian lumber - Wash. Examiner

    Biden budget won't clear up Congress' infrastructure limbo - Politico

    Paul Ryan: Voters won't be impressed by 'yes-men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago' - The Hill

    Trudeau's own MPs demand plan for Canada-U.S. border - Politico

    MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell kicked out of Republican governors meeting - USA Today

    Paul Ryan says ‘staying faithful’ to ‘conservative principles’ ticket to GOP resurgence - FOX

    Deposition of Trump Org CFO looms in DC lawsuit accusing Trump Inauguration committee of abusing funds - CNN

    Ex-White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before House Judiciary Committee on June 4 - CBS

    California warned to steel itself for another summer of blackouts - NBC

    San Jose shooting updates: Survivor recounts harrowing massacre - ABC

    Thousands of churches closed for good during year before COVID-19 - Wash. Examiner

    Is Gerrymandering About to Become More Difficult? - Politico

    EXPLAINER: What’s the Senate filibuster and why change it? - AP

    Christine Wormuth confirmed as first woman secretary of the Army - USA Today

    Federal prosecutors probing if Ukraine meddled in 2020 election: NYT - The Hill

    Manchin slams McConnell, GOP for opposing Capitol riot commission - NBC

    Andrew Yang calls New York Daily News cartoon a "racialized caricature" - Axios

    Sen. Kennedy: Biden nominees like ATF's Chipman 'have contempt for America and Americans' - FOX

    Former DHS secretaries tell Senate to 'put politics aside' and support January 6 commission - CNN

    Universities fight scrutiny of foreign funding in Senate China bill - Politico

    Biden goes on offensive against economic critics, argues rising wages show his agenda is working - CNBC

    San Jose shooting victims: What we know about the 9 killed - ABC

    Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai jailed again for pro-democracy protest - BBC

    Biden budget expands government's role in economy - The Hill

    GOP counters Biden's infrastructure plan with $928 billion offer as President's adviser slams opposition - CNN

    Handguns, crowbars, Tasers and tomahawk axes: Dozens of Capitol rioters wielded "deadly or dangerous" weapons, prosecutors say - CBS

    Microsoft: SolarWinds hackers target 150 orgs with phishing - AP

    Texas bans reality shows from working with cops - ABC

    You Can Still Count The Number Of Black CEOs On One Hand- NPR

    Biden's list shaming GOP lawmakers draws laughter from the crowd - CNN

    San Jose shooting victim credited with saving colleagues' lives - CBS

    Caitlyn Jenner vows to 'cancel cancel culture' if elected as California governor - The Hill

    New York Times: Prosecutors investigating whether Ukrainians used Rudy Giuliani to promote misleading election claims - CNN

    Summer travel forecast calls for longer waits, fewer choices - AP

    Biden’s budget proposal calls for more than $36 billion to fight climate change - CNBC

    Cops who kill often catch a break at sentencing time - AB

    Five arrested in connection with shooting of UK Black Lives Matter activist - The Hill

    Ocean explorer discovers 5 sunken WWII subs, giving closure to hundreds of families - NBC

    Survivor: California shooter was ‘outsider’ in workplace - AP

    Jennifer Weisselberg, former daughter-in-law of Trump Org CFO, faces eviction - CBS

    Majority of Americans say Jan. 6 riots were an 'attack on democracy': poll - The Hill

    Here’s the firepower the Pentagon is asking for in its $715 billion budget - CNBC

    Sen. Rick Scott seeking to block DHS nominees until Biden visits southern border - FOX

    San Jose's Mayor Says Gunman Set Fire To His Own Home Before Killing 9 People - NPR

    What to know about Biden's first budget - CBS

    Jury gets case after hearing contrasting claims of how Mollie Tibbetts was killed - ABC

    Biden budget includes his big-ticket spending plans, would boost health, education funding - CNBC

    3 officers face arraignment in Black man’s restraint death - AP

    Trump appointee on West Point Board spreads conspiracy that Biden is replacing White people of European ancestry - CNN

    Germany officially recognises colonial-era Namibia genocide - BBC

    ‘Our season’: Eritrean troops kill, rape, loot in Tigray - AP

    Layoffs fall to another pandemic low, with under 500,000 unemployment - CBS

    Bill Cosby denied parole as board says former actor needs to meet more requirements - CNN

    Lori Vallow Daybell ruled unfit to stand trial - ABC

    Husband-and-wife military doctors gunned down in front yard - ABC

    Plague of ravenous, destructive mice tormenting Australians - AP

    Coronavirus News and Updates:

    Distribution of Eli Lilly COVID-19 therapy paused in 8 states over variant concerns - ABC

    If COVID-19 vaccines are free, why are some people getting bills? - ABC

    Senate passes resolution urging probe into COVID-19 origins - The Hill

    Homeland Security head says agency taking a 'close look' at vaccine passports for international travel - NBC

    Memorial Day weekend marks 1st holiday with less COVID-19 stress - ABC

    FDA updates EUA Covid shot guidance - Politico

    As infections surge worldwide, White House yet to export a single vaccine dose - NBC

    McConaughey: Face masks a 'short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom' - The Hill

    Why COVID-19 testing in schools will be key this fall - ABC

    'We're getting our lives back': Biden celebrates progress made in fight against Covid pandemic - NBC

    What to know if your employer requires vaccinations: federal legal protections - ABC

    CDC now says summer camps can skip the masks if everyone fully vaccinated - ABC

    New Orleans dropping all COVID-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants - ABC

    California giving $116 million to people who get virus shots - AP

    China's stonewalling pushed Biden to reveal latest intelligence probe of Covid origins - NBC

    Idaho lieutenant gov. bans masks while gov. away - ABC

    House bills targeting China would launch coronavirus 'origins' probe, allow victims' families to sue Beijing - FOX

    Biden blasts Republicans for touting Covid relief funds they voted against - CNN

    ‘China has something to hide’: Beijing stumbles on lab leak probe - Wash. Examiner

    White House vaccine diplomacy push hits hurdles - NBC

    New York Times: Intelligence officials said to have untapped evidence on Covid-19 origins - CNN

    One way that Covid’s origin doesn’t matter - Politico

    Freedom Caucus asks CDC if Pelosi consulted its scientists on continued House mask mandate - FOX

    Intelligence told White House they have unexamined evidence on coronavirus origins: report - The Hill

    Intelligence community 'does not know' how Covid-19 originated and repeats two working theories - CNN

    Vaccine incentive offers $1.5 million each for 10 people in this state - ABC

    Europe hopes to lure American tourists this summer - NBC

    Freedom Caucus asks CDC if Pelosi consulted its scientists on continued House mask mandate - FOX

    As COVID-19 ebbs, Americans care what they look like again - CBS

    As world grows desperate, US sits on tens of millions of unused COVID vaccine - ABC

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