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Garland announces sweeping police probe after Floyd verdict
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is opening a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis after a former officer was convicted in the killing of George Floyd there, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday.

White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations - AP

Derek Chauvin verdict reactions: Updates - ABC

How Minneapolis Police first described the murder of George Floyd, and what we know now - CNN

Biden DOJ's Minneapolis policing probe signals return to Obama-era crusade for police reform - Fox

Senate Democrats reject Republican infrastructure bid - Politico

Biden pick for key DOJ job criticized over deal in sex case - AP

Here's what still lies ahead for Derek Chauvin after his convictions - NBC

Senate Republicans to decide future stance on earmarks as fight divides some in the party - CNN

How the GOP Is Creating Harsher Penalties for Protesters - NY Times

DOJ To Investigate Minneapolis Police For Possible Patterns Of Excessive Force - NPR

Capitol Police official investigated for directions to pursue only 'anti-Trump' protesters Jan. 6 - Politico

UN experts say Putin critic Navalny in ‘serious danger,’ call for urgent medical evacuation - CNBC

Dems push $25B to electrify school buses, a Biden priority - AP

Senate confirms Vanita Gupta for Justice Dept. No. 3 despite broad GOP opposition - NBC

Boebert, Roy seek to force vote on reversing Biden's oil and gas executive orders - Fox News

Capitol Police chief: Threats against lawmakers up nearly 65 percent since last year - The Hill

Senate GOP preserves earmark ban, adds strict debt ceiling posture - Politico

Tennessee passes bill requiring women receiving surgical abortions to bury or cremate fetal remains - USA Today

DOJ to probe if excessive force, 'unlawful policing' used in Minneapolis - ABC

The Postal Service is running a 'covert operations program' that monitors Americans' social media posts - Yahoo

House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban - The Hill


Analysis: The law delivered justice to George Floyd. America's political leaders are up next - CNN

AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030 - AP

Virginia governor signs bill legalizing marijuana possession - The Hill

Remember the debt limit? Top Republican revives demand for spending cuts - NBC

Biden announces tax credit for businesses giving paid leave for Covid vaccinations and recovery - CNBC

Pompeo strategy to 'stay relevant' for 2024 takes shape - Washington Examiner


Bathroom bill' allowing students, teachers to reject shared restrooms with transgender peers clears Tennessee Senate - USA Today

The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 - CNN

Activist: Convictions In George Floyd's Death Could Represent 'A Huge Paradigm Shift' - NPR'

House Democrats eye passing DC statehood bill for second time - The Hill


Here's what the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would do - NBC

Democrats unveil bill for tuition-free college - CBS News

Psaki denies allegation US backed plot to assassinate Belarus strongman Lukashenko - Fox News

Pelosi floats new proposal for bipartisan Jan. 6 commission - AP

Police reform legislation has "more momentum" post Chauvin verdict - CBS

Lin Wood and Trump-backed South Carolina GOP chairman trade 'RINO' barbs ahead of May election - Washington Examiner

Five major immigration promises Biden hasn't yet fulfilled - NBC

Abrams goes viral for response to GOP senator's question on Georgia law - The Hill

Putin warns of tough Russian action if West crosses 'red line' - BBC

Ma'Khia Bryant: Police Identify Officer Who Shot Teen, Release Video Footage - NPR


For DACA recipients, a Senate vote and a Texas judge stand between citizenship and deportation - USA Today

Biden sets lofty goal on climate change that Republicans say will kill jobs - Yahoo News

Some Dems upset over Pelosi's handling of Maxine Waters' 'revolting' Chauvin trial remarks - Fox News

Chauvin spending 23 hours per day in solitary confinement - Washington Examiner


Biden to Republicans: Show me your infrastructure plan - Politico

Republican Lisa Murkowski breaks ranks to advance Biden's associate attorney general nominee - CNN

16-year-old girl fatally shot by police in Ohio - ABC

Maxine Waters', Biden’s pre-Chauvin verdict comments come under scrutiny as defense eyes appeal - Fox News

Biden's bridge to nowhere - Yahoo News

Ohio police officer shot and killed a Black teenage girl holding a knife, police say and bodycam video shows - CNN

Over 400 reported arrested in Navalny rallies across Russia - AP

Biden’s climate all-stars: ‘The ambition is breathtaking’ — but so are the expectation - Politico

Tucker Carlson blasts Washington Post columnist - The Hill

Border cartels use TikTok, social media to recruit American teens to smuggle migrants for cash - Fox News

Arizona House passes bill that would stop some voters from automatically receiving mail-in ballots - CNN

Biden infrastructure plan sparks lobbying war over how to fix America’s internet - Politico

Lawmakers slam DHS watchdog following report calling for 'multi-year transformation' - The Hill

Columbus police release additional body cam footage, details in shooting death of 16-year-old girl - NBC

Backlash over NFL team tweet after Chauvin verdict - ABC

Democrats condemn Ma’Khia Bryant shooting despite bodycam footage showing 15-year-old wielding knife - Fox News

Key senators to watch on infrastructure negotiations - CNN

Conservative Omaha radio host faces backlash for tweet criticized as racist - The Hill

Psaki calls Ohio fatal police shooting of teen who appeared to attack others ‘tragic' - Fox News

POLITICO Pro Q&A: Sen. Elizabeth Warren on her IRS funding plan - Politico

Federal agents sent to Portland in 2020 were "unprepared" to quell unrest, watchdog finds - CBS

Senate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban - The Hill

Leaders honor late Rep. Hastings as an outspoken fighter - AP

Target, Google and others are under pressure to dump the Chamber of Commerce over voting rights - CNN

Biden, Waters’ comments not ‘significant enough’ for appeal in Chauvin trial verdict: Sol Wisenberg - Fox News

St. Louis attorney who aimed gun at protesters 'definitely' mulling 2022 Senate bid - Fox News

New York legislature passes bill restoring voting rights to those on parole - The Hill

U.S. considers more weapons shipments to Ukraine amid Russian buildup - Politico

"The Debrief": Climate change and potential solutions (two parts) - CBS

Where Efforts To Overhaul Policing Stand In Congress After Chauvin Verdict - NPR


Stumbling blocks remain for policing overhaul but Congress eyes May deadline as talks continue - CNN

Biden adviser's brother lobbying White House for pharma giants, docs reveal - Fox News

Floyd verdict gives hope, if only fleeting, to Black America - AP

As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts - ABC

NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang says Cuomo should "step aside," but would accept his endorsement - CBS

Arizona Dem Sens. Sinema, Kelly back governor’s move to deploy National Guard to border - Fox News

Here's how Derek Chauvin could try to get verdict overturned on appeal - ABC

'Words we use matter': Biden administration chucks 'illegal alien' for 'noncitizen" - NBC

US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed as Taliban balk AP

Nebraska’s AG is lone holdout in pursuing opioid cases - AP

Sikh Americans highlight historical, 'invisible' racism after Indianapolis shootings - NBC

Rep. Chip Roy unloads on Waters, Tlaib, defunding the police in committee hearing - Fox News

Germany Grapples With Racism After Threats Derail Refugee's Candidacy For Parliament - NPR



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Coronavirus News and Updates:

'We did it': Biden celebrates U.S. hitting 200-million-dose milestone in his first 100 days - NBC

Biden calls for businesses to give paid time off for employees to get vaccinated as he touts 200 million shots -CNN

Breakthrough infections with variants reported, but cases appear mild - NBC

Masks Remain Extremely Effective Indoors, But Are They Necessary Outside? - NPR


Europe lines up more shots, hoping to beat back virus surge - AP

The nation’s latest vaccine problem: Decreasing demand - Politico

Businesses scramble for help as job openings go unfilled - ABC

Vaccines available to all over 60 at New York walk-in sites - The Hill

President Biden urges businesses to use paid leave to help workers get COVID-19 vaccines - USA Today

FDA Inspection Finds Numerous Problems At Facility Intended To Make J&J Vaccine - NPR


US may soon reach a tipping point on Covid-19 vaccine demand. Here's why that's concerning - CNN

How to prepare for your long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine appointment - ABC

US urges Americans 'do not travel' to majority of countries amid 'unprecedented' risk - ABC

North Dakota offers free Covid-19 vaccinations for Canadian truckers - BBC
 
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