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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he cannot back his party’s signature $2 trillion social and environment bill, seemingly dealing a fatal blow to President Joe Biden’s leading domestic initiative heading into an election year when Democrats’ narrow hold on Congress was already in peril.
White House blasts Manchin's "inexplicable reversal" on Build Back Better Act
"Senator Manchin's comments this morning on FOX are at odds" with what he told the president, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
POLITICO Playbook: SCOOP: Manchin ‘refused’ a call from W.H. before killing BBB
And the latest coronavirus variant raises the alarm across the world.
The economic catastrophe that wasn't: How Washington found a way to quietly raise the debt ceiling
Even as the partisan battle lines for the next epic political clash were being drawn, President Joe Biden had no desire to engage.
Trump 2024 tease doesn't stop other potential GOP White House hopefuls from visiting early nominating states
Former President Trump's repeated 2024 teases aren't stopping other potential GOP White House hopefuls from visiting the early nominating states.
Millions of Americans enrolled in Medicaid could lose their eligibility next month
Up to 15 million people, including 6 million kids, are at risk of losing Medicaid coverage once the public health emergency ends. State and federal officials are scrambling to prepare.
From masks to book banning, conservatives take on educators
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A recent Wyoming school board meeting was again packed with opponents of mask mandates when things took an abrupt turn and a parent started reading aloud sexually explicit passages from a book available in school libraries.
Sanders slams Manchin's rebuke of Build Back Better: 'Let him vote no in front of the whole world'
Sen. Bernie Sanders offered harsh criticism for Sen. Joe Manchin Sunday after the Democrat from West Virginia indicated he would vote against President Biden’s roughly $2 trillion social spending packaged known as Build Back Better.
White House: Manchin voting 'no' contradicts discussions with Biden over BBB
The White House is less than pleased with Joe Manchin's decision to go back on his proposals surrounding a key spending bill.
Manchin pulls support for Biden's $1.75 trillion social spending plan
"I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. I've tried everything humanly possible," Manchin said.
Why Republicans, moderates see ranked choice voting as an opportunity in a post-Trump era
Progressives embraced the system early on as a way to box out establishment-friendly candidates. But several recent and higher-profile elections have rendered a different reality.
Congress Ends 'Horrible Year' With Divisions as Bitter as Ever
WASHINGTON — A congressional year that began with an assault on the seat of democracy ended at 4 a.m. Saturday with the failure of a narrow Democratic majority to deliver on its most cherished promises, leaving lawmakers in both parties wondering if the legislative branch can be rehabilitated...
Republican governor says Trump reelection bid would be ‘bad’ for GOP and US
Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on Sunday that a reelection bid by former President Trump would be “bad” for the GOP and the nation.”Fox News Sunday” host Bret Bai…
Kinzinger: It's 'possible' some GOP colleagues are responsible for Jan. 6 attack
Rep. Adam Kinzinger appeared on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
Sanders to Manchin saying no on BBB: "Doesn't have the guts"
Sen. Bernie Sanders is convinced Sen. Joe Manchin "doesn't have the guts" to vote for the Build Back Better Act.
Cruz secures vote on Russian pipeline sanctions in deal with Schumer
Cruz agreed to lift his holds on 32 nominees in exchange for the Senate voting in early January on his legislation to sanction the pipeline.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger says Jan. 6 committee will determine if Trump committed a crime
Rep. Adam Kinzinger said he wasn't yet ready to say if ex-President Donald Trump committed a crime in his bid to stop the 2020 election certification.
White House says Manchin went back on his word
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) opposition to President Biden’s social spending package was “a breach of his commitments,” calling his…
Head Of Watchdog Group Says Trump's D.C. Hotel Was 'Epicenter' Of Corruption
The head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington argued Donald Trump shouldn't have been allowed to retain ownership of the hotel as president.
Vote to impeach Trump spurs loyalist to challenge GOP incumbent
Joe Kent’s wife, a crypto linguist in the Navy, was killed in action in Syria on her fifth deployment as part of a special operations task force. But that’s not why the Republican from Washington state is running for Congress.
'A lot of money on the table': Fight brews over surprise medical bills
The outcome could swing billions of dollars in payments, influence how doctors and hospitals negotiate prices with insurers and possibly affect premiums for millions of Americans.
How brothers in arms plotted theft, sale of US Army weaponry
Packed with rifles and explosives, the SUV hurtled down a Florida interstate beneath bright blue autumn skies, passing other motorists with little notice. It was November 2018, and the driver, Tyler Sumlin, was uncomfortable.
Trump calls China’s leader ‘a killer’ but rejects Olympics boycott
“He is a killer but I had a great relationship with him,” the former president said.
Typhoon deaths in Philippines top 140; mayors plead for food
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The death toll in the strongest typhoon to batter the Philippines this year has reached at least 146, and the governor of an island province especially hard-hit by Typhoon Rai said there may be even greater devastation that has yet to be reported.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launches construction of border wall funded by state money and private donations after Biden paused federal projects
Abbott said some landowners are "so fed up with the Biden administration they are allowing Texas to build the border wall on their property."
'Stop the Steal' organizer Ali Alexander told Jan. 6 committee about contacts with Republican lawmakers
Ali Alexander met with the House committee on Dec. 9.
Trump calls McConnell 'disaster,' says GOP needs new leadership
Former President Donald Trump said on Fox News’ "Sunday Morning Futures" that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a "disaster."
Read Manchin’s statement announcing opposition to Build Back Better
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced on Sunday that he will not vote for President Biden’s climate and social spending bill, essentially killing the White House’s top legislative priorit…
Wagner Group: Why the EU is alarmed by Russian mercenaries in Central Africa
The shadowy Russian mercenary group, allegedly linked to the Kremlin, has been accused of rights abuses.
Democrats outraged after Manchin opposes Biden spending bill
Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) announcement that he will vote against the Build Back Better Act rocked the political world on Sunday, with Democrats slamming their fellow colleague and Republica…
Manchin says he's a 'no' on Biden's Build Back Better social spending plan
Manchin's comments effectively end Democrats' hopes of passing Biden's social spending agenda.
‘Afghanistan heading for chaos unless action taken immediately’
Islamic nations group pledges to set up humanitarian trust fund for Afghanistan as millions face hunger and poverty.
Black lawmakers threaten to cut off K St unless it diversifies
Years of frustration with the racial composition of the political influence industry have begun to boil over.
Michael Cohen Slams 'Stupid' Mark Meadows On MSNBC
On Tuesday, the House voted to recommend criminal charges against Meadows for contempt of Congress.
Omar, Sanders slam Manchin for rejecting Build Back Better: ‘I think it’s bull----‘
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., slammed Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after he revealed Sunday that he would not support President Biden’s Build Back Better Act.
Democrats mull hardball tactics to leapfrog parliamentarian on immigration
Senate Democrats are mulling a long-shot bid to get immigration reform to President Biden’s desk as they struggle to make good on years of campaign promises. The guidance from parliament…
Free pre-K, Medicare expansion: What won't happen with Build Back Better likely dead
Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition to the Build Back Better plan could doom the legislation and jeopardize programs that President Biden says would help millions.
Iraq military: 2 rockets strike inside Green Zone
BAGHDAD (AP) — Two rockets struck Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, home to the U.S. embassy, causing property damage but no casualties, Iraq's military said early Sunday. One rocket was destroyed by the embassy's C-RAM defense system.
White House: Manchin Build Back Better Act is a "breach of his commitments" to Biden, Dems
After months of back-and-forth negotiations and overtures from the White House, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) chose an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" to announce he was torpedoing President Biden's signature agenda. The big picture: The unexpected announcement via the conservative-leaning Sunday...
US air wars in Middle East ‘deeply flawed’: Report
The Pentagon’s air wars in Middle East marked by ‘flawed intelligence’ and ‘faulty targeting’, NYT investigation finds.
Israeli army arrests 4 suspects in deadly West Bank shooting
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday that its forces arrested four Palestinian suspects believed to have taken part in a deadly shooting in the occupied West Bank. In Thursday’s incident, at least one Palestinian gunman opened fire on a car filled with Jewish seminary students next...
No live audience and musical guest bows out for "Saturday Night Live" taping due to Omicron spike
Musical guest Charli XCX announced she could no longer perform shortly after the show said their would be no live audience on Saturday.
Ranchers and farmers are destroying the rainforest. Is Bolsonaro to blame?
Activists say Bolsonaro’s policies are leading to the rapid destruction of the rainforest, which they say amounts to “ecocide” and should be considered an international crime.
GOP senators slam Democrats over inflation: Party agenda ‘hurting the poorest families’
Republican Sens. Rick Scott (Fla.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) on Sunday slammed Democrats over inflation in interviews with John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM.“I always think about how do you help the po…
Voter turnout plunges in Hong Kong under new election laws
HONG KONG (AP) — Voter turnout in Hong Kong sank to 30 percent Sunday in the first legislative election since Beijing amended the laws to reduce the number of directly elected lawmakers and vet candidates to ensure that only those loyal to China could run.
Islamic world unites to aid desperately poor Afghanistan
The hastily called meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Pakistan brought together dozens of foreign ministers.
Tear gas fired at Sudan’s anti-coup protesters in Khartoum
Demonstrators march to the presidential palace in capital Khartoum, protesting the military’s takeover of the country.
Sanders says there should be vote on Build Back Better despite Manchin rejection
Senator Bernie Sanders said in a CNN interview on Sunday he thinks there should still be a vote on the Build Back Better bill, despite rejection of the $1.75 trillion domestic investment plan by fellow Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021
They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq.
Hong Kong holds first election since crackdown on pro-democracy voices
The legislature will be “a total rubber stamp, with no democratic elements at all,” said Ted Hui, a former pro-democracy lawmaker.
White House clarifies Harris' statement that the admin 'didn't see' delta, omicron variants coming
The White House released a statement to correct previous comments from Vice President Kamala Harris about the government and the omicron variant.
Manchin “no” puts Biden climate agenda on the brink
Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) decision Sunday to oppose President Biden's signature climate and social policy legislation imperils the administration's climate goals. Why it matters: The package contained more than $300 billion in tax incentives for electric vehicles, clean energy deployment and...
Philippines Super Typhoon Rai death toll surges
The number of fatalities rises rapidly to at least 375, as the Red Cross appeals for urgent aid.
Manchin says he 'cannot vote' for Build Back Better: 'I've done everything humanly possible'
Sen. Joe Manchin, declared Sunday that there is no way he can support the massive social spending bill known as the Build Back Better Act.
Maine's lobster industry is thriving thanks to climate change — but it won't last if the waters continue to warm
Lobster catches are plummeting in Southern New England, but skyrocketing in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes as lobsters move north in search of cooler water.
Hong Kong: Pro-Beijing candidates sweep controversial LegCo election
The results for the controversial poll come after the city saw its lowest ever voter turnout.
Nursing homes scramble to get residents boosted
Nursing homes are scrambling to get residents vaccinated with coronavirus booster shots, as the looming omicron wave brings new urgency to the effort.According to data from the Centers for Disease …
Manchin signals he's against changing filibuster rules to pass voting rights bill
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) signaled Sunday that he is not in favor of reforming the filibuster to provide a clear pathway for Senate Democrats to pass voting rights and election reform legislation.Why it matters: Manchin's remarks on "Fox News Sunday" come after several failed attempts by...
Across US, houses of worship struggle to rebuild attendance
When Westminster United Methodist Church in Houston resumed in-person services late last year, after a seven-month halt due to COVID-19, there were Sundays when only three worshippers showed up, according to the pastor, Meredith Mills.
Last doctor to provide abortions in Wyoming may leave the state
"If health care providers don't stand up for women's health care rights, who will?" said Brent Blue, 71, who ran a health clinic in Jackson for 39 years.
Osaka arson suspect identified, buildings to be checked
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police on Sunday identified a 61-year-old man as a prime suspect behind a fire that engulfed a mental health clinic in an eight-story building where he was a patient, killing 24 people who were trapped inside.
Manchin says he won't vote for Build Back Better Act
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he's a no on the Build Back Better Act, effectively ending negotiations on this version of legislation that would expand the nation's social safety net.
How Norilsk, in the Russian Arctic, became one of the most polluted places on Earth
A smelting company has poisoned rivers, killed off forests and belched out more sulfur dioxide than active volcanoes. Now it wants to produce more metal for the “green economy.”
The White House Calls Joe Manchin a Liar After He Goes on Fox to Kill Build Back Better Bill
Fox News SundaySen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) finally put the nail in the coffin of the Biden administration’s ambitious $1.75 trillion Build Back Better spending package, declaring on Sunday that he was a “no” on the legislation and “can’t vote for it.”The centrist Democrat made the definitive...
Lawmakers, former officials issue urgent appeals for Biden to help Afghanistan
House lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to prioritize assistance to Afghanistan in the face of a crippling economic and humanitarian crisis facing the country.“No one benefits from …
Fauci worried about increased hospitalizations but hopeful about schools
“I don’t foresee the kind of lockdowns that we’ve seen before,” he also said.
Far-left Councilmember Kshama Sawant retains seat after recall attempt
Voters in Seattle have retained socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, the controversial lawmaker and longtime foe of hometown tech giant Amazon.
Covid: French ski season in disarray as UK tourists banned
Snow on the slopes of Mont Blanc is the best Chamonix has seen in years - but few Brits will enjoy it.
6th child dies after bouncy castle accident
A sixth child has died from his injuries following Thursday's bouncy castle tragedy at an Australian school.
Exclusive: Republicans plan aggressive Biden probes if GOP wins House
House Republicans have begun mapping aggressive probes of the Biden administration if they win back the majority — including inquiries into the origins of COVID, a leak of IRS data about billionaires, and accusations the NSA spied on Tucker Carlson. Why it matters: The plans, obtained...
Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano erupts, spews high ash column
An early morning eruption resulted in dense white and gray ash clouds, according to Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.
Man beaten to death for 'sacrilege' attempt at Sikh Golden Temple in India
Eyewitnesses allege the man had tried to commit a sacrilegious act at the Golden Temple in India.
Biden reaches Reagan record with 40th judge confirmed
President Biden reached a political milestone overnight when the Senate approved his 40th judicial nominee, the most judges confirmed during a president's first year in four decades.Why it matters: The White House has spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort, mostly behind the scenes...
Paul Whelan's family stays focused on his release as he nears 3 years in Russian detention
Nearly three years after her brother was detained in Moscow, Elizabeth Whelan is keeping her eye on the goal: bringing him home.
Liz Truss replaces Lord Frost in post-Brexit talks
The foreign secretary will become the UK's lead negotiator with the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Burlington, Vt., ‘defunded’ its police force. Here’s what followed.
Almost a year and a half later, no one, it seems, is happy. Not even the city councilor who proposed the resolution.
What the hate crime hoax expert thinks about Jussie Smollett
In 1987, Tawana Brawley was found unresponsive in a plastic bag, covered in feces, and with racial slurs written on her body. She later said she had been held in a cabin and raped by white men for days. In 2012, a gay club in Chicago was defaced with slurs and burned to the ground. In 2015, black…
Johnny Isakson, former Georgia Republican U.S. senator, dies
ATLANTA (AP) — Johnny Isakson, an affable Georgia Republican politician who rose from the ranks of the state legislature to become a U.S. senator known as an effective, behind-the-scenes consensus builder, died Sunday.
More COVID controls still possible in UK before Christmas
Britain’s health secretary has refused to rule out imposing tougher COVID-19 restrictions before Christmas amid the rapid rise of infections and continuing uncertainty about the omicron variant
Full transcript: DEA Administrator Anne Milgram on "Face the Nation," December 19, 2021
The following is the full transcript of an interview with DEA Administrator Anne Milgram that aired Sunday, December 19, 2021, on "Face the Nation."
Transcript: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins on "Face the Nation," December 19, 2021
The following is a transcript of an interview with Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, that aired Sunday, December 19, 2021, on "Face the Nation."
Full transcript: Hamdullah Mohib on "Face the Nation," December 19, 2021
The following is the full transcript of an interview with Hamdullah Mohib, national security adviser under former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, that aired Sunday, December 19, 2021, on "Face the Nation."
Restaurants anxious as omicron, high food costs take toll
DETROIT (AP) — While restaurants in the U.S. and United Kingdom are open without restrictions and often bustling, they are entering their second winter of the coronavirus pandemic anxious about what's ahead: They're squeezed by labor shortages and skyrocketing food costs and the omicron variant...
Fauci says omicron variant is `just raging around the world'
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The COVID-19 omicron variant is “just raging around the world,” the White House's top medical adviser said Sunday as President Joe Biden prepares to issue “a stark warning of what the winter will look like” for unvaccinated Americans.
State senator dies a month after telling a local radio station he was sick with Covid-19 while in El Salvador | CNN Politics
A Washington state senator has died a month after confirming with a local radio station he was in El Salvador and sick with Covid-19.
Fauci: Record coronavirus deaths in US from omicron likely
President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday that it is likely the United States will see record numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths as the omicron vari…
Gottlieb says there's "no indication" that Omicron causes more severe illness
"What we've seen in South Africa in particular, is a decoupling between the cases and hospitalizations," Gottlieb said.
Democratic governor: Biden needs to stop calling third dose a ‘booster’
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) on Sunday called on President Biden to stop calling the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine a “booster” because of recent data that shows that a third ja…
Omicron may sideline two leading drugs against COVID-19
WASHINGTON (AP) — As strained U.S. hospitals brace for a new surge of COVID-19 cases caused by the fast-spreading omicron variant, doctors are warning of yet another challenge: the two standard drugs they’ve used to fight infections are unlikely to work against the new strain.
Americans are less willing to take precautions as the coronavirus wears on | CNN Politics
The fight against the coronavirus has entered a new stage... at a time when the public seems to be worn out by the virus and is less likely to want mandatory restrictions or want to take voluntary precautions that could help to stop the spread...
You asked, we’re answering: Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines
CNN readers ask sharp questions about coronavirus every day. We’re answering some of the most popular questions and busting myths with statistics and facts.
Colorado governor supports redefining what it means to be fully vaccinated
Jared Polis also said the unvaccinated are “often victims of misinformation.”
Partial mask mandate taking effect in Rhode Island
A partial mask mandate is set to go into effect in Rhode Island this week, with masking and proof of vaccination requirements set for some venues as omicron spreads and cases rise in the U.S.Beginn…
How COVID-19 upended Blinken's diplomatic mission
HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — U.S. Air Force Special Air Mission 50601 departed from Joint Base Andrews on the night of Dec. 9 with an ambitious journey ahead — an eight-day, around-the-world trip with America's top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Fauci urges Americans to stay 'prudent' as omicron 'something to be reckoned with'
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that the omicron variant has overtaken all other COVID-19 mutations and is "something to be reckoned with."
Thousands in Brussels protest renewed COVID-19 restrictions
BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of peaceful protesters demonstrated in Brussels on Sunday for a third time against reinforced COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter a spike in infections as the omicron variant sweeps across Europe.
'Going back in time:' How should the media cover the Omicron variant? | CNN Business
On Reliable Sources Sunday, CNN's chief media correspondent Brian Stelter emphasized the unknowns of the Omicron variant — and how the media must adjust its coverage.
CNN closing offices as COVID-19 cases rise
CNN is closing its offices to employees who do not need to work in person. In an internal memo to employees on Saturday and obtained by The Hill, President Jeff Zucker said the move was being …
U.S. COVID-19 vaccine mandate revived, Supreme Court showdown looms
A U.S. appeals court on Friday reinstated a nationwide vaccine-or-testing COVID-19 mandate for large businesses, which covers 80 million American workers, prompting opponents to rush to the Supreme Court to ask it to intervene.
COVID update: Dr. Jon LaPook on holiday get-togethers
With the increase in coronavirus caseloads due to the spreading Delta and Omicron variants, CBS News' chief medical correspondent discusses the precautions to be taken at end-of-year gatherings to better ensure a safe holiday season.
Troops find religious exemption for vaccines unattainable
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 12,000 military service members refusing the COVID-19 vaccine are seeking religious exemptions, and so far they are having zero success. That total lack of approvals is creating new tensions within the military, even as the vast majority of the armed forces have...
New U.S. push for vaccines, boosters to stem 'raging' Omicron
U.S. health officials urged Americans on Sunday to get booster shots, wear masks and be careful if they travel over the winter holidays, as the Omicron variant raged across the world and was set to take over as the dominant strain in the United States.
Bruins, Predators make 5 NHL teams shut down past Christmas
The NHL has shut down two more teams through Christmas
UK Brexit minister quits as new COVID rules spark anger
LONDON (AP) — A senior member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet resigned Saturday night, adding to a sense of disarray within a government that has faced rebellion from his own lawmakers and voters this week.
Finland's Christmas resorts in full swing but fear omicron
ROVANIEMI, Finland (AP) — Workers at Santa Claus Village, a holiday theme park on the edge of the Arctic Circle, chipped away at a frozen dome, using chisels to put the final touches on an ice restaurant-hotel filled with sculptures of snowmen, penguins and huskies.
Report: Iran announces 1st case of omicron variant
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has detected its first case of infection by the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, state TV reported Sunday. The announcement comes as the variant spreads around the globe less than a month after scientists alerted the World Health Organization to the...
Covid: Germany tightens restrictions on UK travellers
Germany follows France in banning British tourists and business travellers over Omicron concerns.
NFL reduces testing for asymptomatic vaccinated players
Only unvaccinated players and those experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested starting Sunday under the NFL’s revised protocols
'SNL' goes without an audience and airs pre-taped sketches due to rising Covid-19 cases
"Saturday Night Live" wasn't exactly live from New York on Saturday night.
Transcript: Dr. Scott Gottlieb on "Face the Nation," December 19, 2021
The following is a transcript of an interview with Dr. Scott Gottlieb that aired Sunday, December 19, 2021, on "Face the Nation."