The new governor of Puerto Rico expects 'considerable support for a statehood bill' from this Congress

Puerto Rico governor Pedro Pierluisi answers questions during a press conference on August 2, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Angel Valentin/Getty Images Puerto Rico's Governor told Axios that he expects the House to introduce a statehood bill in March. The territory voted in favor of statehood by a slight margin.  Gov. Pedro Pierluisi is hopeful that statehood could grant residents more rights and privileges.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Puerto Rico's new govern...
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White House Lawn Festooned with Valentine’s Day Hearts – Who Cares if they’re Corny?

In what her office called “The first lady’s surprise Valentine messages to the country, Valentine’s Day candies with messages of love and healing were installed overnight, surprising the President.   They talked with reporters, and C-SPAN got it on tape. “I just wanted some joy,” she told a reporter. “With the pandemic, just, everybody’s feeling a little down. So, it’s just a little joy. A little hope. That’s all.” Yard Snobbery at Slate On Slate, Heather Schwedel starts with acknowledging...
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URGENT! Firearms Legislation Alert!

Was the headline clickbait-y enough? I'm not very good at clickbait, so I don't know. Anyway, this is an update on House Bill 1369, the constitutional carry bill which is still alive in the Indiana legislature. The deadline for the committee to vote on it is Tuesday, so put some pressure on your state legiscritters, fellow Hoosiers. This is our best chance in years, what with Brian Bosma gone. [Author: Tam]
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Bad Paneling

Probably my least favorite recurring panelist on the Sunday Morning Political Talking Head Circuit is Claire McCaskill, who's a semifrequent round table participant on NBC's Meet the Press. What makes for a good panelist isn't a non-partisan viewpoint; after all, it's often their partisan viewpoint that they're selected for in the first place.  Rather, it's the ability to get meta...to talk about the politics behind the politics, as it were, that makes a quality professional kibitzer. It's tha...
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'The time to act is now': White House commemorates Parkland shooting, calls for action on gun safety

"This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed" the call for gun control legislation, President Joe Biden said in a statement.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Johnson should repay north of England voters with private investment – report

Research argues ministers should create economic ‘big bang’ for area that turned Tory in last electionThe prime minister should repay voters in the north of England who lent the Conservatives their vote at the last election by unleashing billions of pounds of private investment, according to a report.It argues that ministers should aim to harness the “restless radicalism” from those who voted for Brexit in 2016 and the Conservatives in 2019 by creating an economic “big bang”, along the lines of ...
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Secret Service arrests woman with loaded gun near White House, claims she had letter for Biden

D.C. Police on Saturday arrested a 66-year-old woman on charges that she was carrying a loaded near the White House, Fox News has confirmed.
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Iowa and New Hampshire shouldn't vote first anymore, says former DNC chair Tom Perez: 'The status quo is clearly unacceptable.'

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), (R), greets DNC Chairman Tom Perez, (L) on stage as he gets ready to speak to a crowd of supporters at a Democratic unity rally at the Rail Event Center on April 21, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images Former DNC chair Tom Perez said his party should change how it votes for a presidential nominee. "The status quo is clearly unacceptable," Perez said in an interview with The New York Times. Perez said a more diverse state or set of states shoul...
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Here are the 7 GOP senators who voted to convict Trump and are beginning to face backlash from other Republicans

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was one of seven senators to vote in favor of Trump's conviction. Alex Wong/Getty Images The Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial. But seven Republican senators sided with Democrats and voted to convict Trump. They are now beginning to face backlash — and most of it is coming from their Republican colleagues. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Seven Republican senators who voted...
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Trump impeachment: divided reaction in US after former president acquitted – as it happened

Democrats defend decision not to call witnesses as tactic under scrutinyTrump triumphant but senior Republicans see battles aheadCritics condemn Trump acquittal as racist voteBiden urges vigilance to defend ‘fragile’ democracySign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 10.00pm GMT That’s it from the blog today. Thanks for following along with our coverage of the fallout from the impeachment trial.Here’s how the day unfolded: 9.46pm GMT Now that he has been acquitted, Don...
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Lindsey Graham calls Lara Trump 'the biggest winner' in father-in-law second impeachment trial

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) takes his mask off as he arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested that Lara Trump could be the nominee to run for Sen. Richard Burr's seat. Burr of North Carolina will not run for re-election in 2022.  Burr has faced backlash from his party for voting to convict Trump in the impeachment trial.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. South Carol...
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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland says he would have voted to convict Trump in Senate impeachment trial

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at BD Life Sciences on the news of Maryland's purchase of rapid Covid screening tests on September 10, 2020 in Sparks, Md. Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he would have voted to convict Trump if he were in the Senate. Hogan said that Trump's fate would likely be decided over the next two years. "I think he's still going to face the courts and the court of public opinion," Hogan said. Visit the...
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Biden relaunches the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

President Joe Biden signs executive orders as part of the Covid-19 response at the White House. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images President Biden has relaunched the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. "This is not a nation that can, or will, simply stand by and watch the suffering around us," he said. Melissa Rogers, who led the office from 2013 to 2017, will come back as its executive director. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The White H...
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Ministers flatly reject Tory demands to end Covid controls by May

Backbenchers’ calls dismissed but clamour for a more fixed schedule seems set to increase Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDowning Street is pushing back against pressure from Conservative MPs to set a swift timetable to end the lockdown in England after meeting its first major vaccination target, saying any hastiness in reopening could risk undoing the progress made in combating the coronavirus pandemic. Related: UK reaches milestone of offering first Covid vaccinat...
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'I made the call': Jamie Raskin stands by decision to forgo witnesses in Trump impeachment trial

Rep. Jamie Raskin during former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on February 9, 2021. Reuters Jamie Raskin defended the decision to pass on calling witnesses in Trump's second impeachment trial. Raskin said that the decision to forgo witnesses rested with him. "We could have had 5,000 witnesses, and Mitch McConnell would be making the same speech," he said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the lead House impeach...
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Michelle Obama pays heartfelt tribute to Barack with never-before-seen photos

Michelle and Barack Obama know how to make us swoon (Michelle’s inauguration style...
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CT scan catches 70% of lung cancers at early stage, NHS study finds

Exclusive: early detection hailed as ‘major breakthrough’ for treatment of Britain’s deadliest form of cancer‘This was a life-saver’: ex-smoker learned she had lung cancer after joining studyThousands of lives could be saved if people at risk of developing Britain’s deadliest cancer were screened to diagnose it before it becomes incurable, a major NHS study has found.Giving smokers and ex-smokers a CT scan uncovers cancerous lung tumours when they are at an early enough stage so they can still b...
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Newsom polishes image as recall drive escalates

For months, Gov. Gavin Newsom communicated about the COVID-19 pandemic via frequent webcasts in which he cited the latest statistics and beseeched Californians to wear masks, wash their hands and avoid crowds. In the last couple of weeks, however, Newsom has shifted venues to orchestrated outdoor events at sports arenas and other mass vaccination sites. Newsom’s change of background scenery attracts more attention from television news crews than his staid webcasts, which is probably its true pur...
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The State Bar of Georgia is looking to discipline pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood who asked his 'Army of Patriots' to investigate its members

Attorney Lin Wood, member of President Donald Trump's legal team, gestures while speaking during a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Alpharetta, Ga. Ben Margot/Associated Press The Georgia State Bar filed a 1,600-page complaint against pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood. Wood complained about the agency and implored his Telegram followers to investigate Bar members. Wood became known for spreading conspiracy theories and filing lawsuits related to the 2020 election. Visit the Business sectio...
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Boris Johnson: 'U.K.-U.S. thinking has been coming together' in recent weeks

“I think some of the stuff we're now hearing from the new American administration and from the new White House is incredibly...
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What happened last week? The Senate held Trump's second impeachment trial, acquitting the former president.

The sun rises on Monday over the US Capitol ahead of Trump's second impeachment trial. Tom Brenner/Reuters What happened last week?  The Senate held its second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. What happened last week?House impeachment managers last week brought their case against former President Donald Trump to the Senate for a five-day trial. Trump was charged with incitement of insurrection related to the de...
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Graham while criticizing Trump's impeachment trial: 'I don't know how Kamala Harris doesn't get impeached if the Republicans take over the House'

Then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) speak before then-President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on February 5, 2019. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File Lindsey Graham suggested that Kamala Harris could be impeached by a future GOP-controlled House. "We've opened Pandora's box to future presidents," he said. Graham voted to acquit the former president in his second impeachment trial. Visit the Business section of Insider for more storie...
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Lindsey Graham says Trump is 'mad at some folks' over impeachment trial but is 'ready to move on'

Outgoing US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House on January 20, 2021. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Lindsey Graham said that Trump is "ready to move on" after his impeachment acquittal. Graham conceded that Trump was still "mad at some folks." Graham said that McConnell's Saturday speech condemning Trump's actions could hurt the GOP in 2022. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, a top ally of former President ...
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Impeachment manager says Trump lawyers acted 'like members of a religious cult'

Rep. Jamie Raskin during former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on February 9, 2021. Reuters Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin said he put together a compelling case for Trump's conviction. Raskin said he was able to demonstrate the argument that Trump incited a violent insurrection.  But "there's no reasoning with people who basically are acting like members of a religious cult," Raskin said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Rep. Jamie Raskin, the...
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Biden Order Reestablishes Faith-Focused White House Office

President Joe Biden has signed an executive order relaunching a White House office aimed at fostering cooperation between the federal government and faith-based and secular community organizations.
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Biden calls for gun law reforms on the third anniversary of the Parkland shooting

President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House on February 5, 2021. Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images Sunday marks the third anniversary of the Parkland mass shooting that resulted in 17 people dead. Joe Biden addressed the three-year anniversary, calling on Congress to pass gun control measures. "We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer," Biden said.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more...
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'Shocking and disappointing': North Carolina GOP slams Burr for voting to convict Trump in impeachment trial

Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina). Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP The North Carolina GOP slammed Burr's vote to convict Trump for "incitement of insurrection." The state party called Burr's vote "shocking and disappointing." Regarding the Capitol riots, Burr said that Trump "bears responsibility for these tragic events." Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The North Carolina Republican Party on Saturday slammed three-term GOP Sen. Richard Burr for his vote to convict former...
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Pelosi called McConnell 'pathetic' after he said he wouldn't vote to convict Trump for inciting Capitol riot

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly press briefing at Capitol Hill, on December 4, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images) Nancy Pelosi accused Mitch McConnell of using delay tactics to postpone Trump's impeachment trial. Pelosi said McConnell then used his own delay tactics as an excuse to vote for Trump's acquittal. "It is so pathetic that Senator McConnell kept the Senate shut down so that the Senate could not receive the Article of...
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White House deputy press secretary Ducklo resigns after threatening reporter

TJ Ducklo had been suspended for one week after Vanity Fair published a story about abusive comments he had made to a Politico reporter.
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The Republican party is devolving further into crazytown

Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at a campaign event on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene received a standing ovation for her radical beliefs.  Republicans have been cozying up to the most extreme elements in the country.  In the next two years, rational Republicans will start losing to fringe Republicans as the party moves right.  Michael Gordon is a longtime Democratic strategist, a former spokesman for the Justice Depart...
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