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Lindsey Graham calls the Democrats' voting-rights bill 'the biggest power grab' in US history, rejects Manchin compromise proposal

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a news conference in Washington on January 7, 2021. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday continued to reject the premise of the For the People Act. Graham said that he would also oppose Sen. Joe Manchin's compromise proposal. "We had the largest turnout in the history the US, and states are in charge of voting in America," he said. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. GOP Sen. Lin...
Tags: Politics, New York, Texas, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, US, America, West Virginia, Trends, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Gop, United States, House, Mitch McConnell


Florida is tied with Texas for having the most people facing charges linked to the Capitol riot, report says

Police use tear gas around Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Florida is tied with Texas for having the most people facing charges linked to the Capitol riot. The Sunshine State also has the highest number of arrests of people linked to far-right groups. Some Florida leaders are calling for an independent commission into the state's links to the riot. Visit Insider's home...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Texas, White House, Trends, News UK, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Trump, Mark, Capitol, Sunshine State, Tampa Bay Times, Ocala Florida, Cris, Charlie Crist


Keep private money out of election administration

State lawmakers may not be experts on everything, but there’s one subject on which their expertise is beyond question. State elected officials know a lot about state elections. They also know a lot about fundraising, and how much it costs to run an effective get-out-the-vote effort. They know about campaign finance laws, and contribution limits, and how hard it is to raise money. They know where their voters live, and where the other team’s voters live. So it’s interesting that a number of state...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Florida, Texas, California, Washington Post, Opinion, Washington, Barack Obama, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, House, Arizona


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new state budget that defunds the entire state legislature

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed Article X of the state budget, effectively defunding the entire legislature. Eric Gay/AP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott defunded the state legislature while signing the state budget on Friday. Abbott made the decision after Democrats staged a walkout in May to prevent restrictive voting legislation from passing. Texas legislator pay is written into the state constitution, so legislative staffers will be most affected. See more stories on Insider's business page. T...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Senate, Trends, Democrats, Insider, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Legislature, Harris County, Texas Legislature, Texas Harris County, Public Treasury, Eric Gay, Sheryl Cole


Morning Memo: Sorry, Suckas, Obamacare Isn’t Going Anywhere

A lot of things have happened. Here are some of them. The Death Blow To The GOP's Anti-Obamacare Crusade House Republican leadership is indicating that they've given up their war against Obamacare after the Supreme Court killed Texas’ challenge to it yesterday. House GOP leadership released a statement predictably complaining about  Obamacare but notably didn't say anything about another attempt to kill the law. Obama cheered SCOTUS' decision. "This ruling reaffirms what we have long...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Obama, Washington Post, White House, Fox, Gop, New York Times, Fox News, Michigan, Jackson, Republican, Biden, Wall Street Journal


Fierce Capitol attacks on police seen in body-cam videos

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER | Associated Press Videos released under court order provide a chilling new look at the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including body camera footage that shows a man charging at a police officer with a flagpole and tackling him to the ground. Federal judges ordered the release of the videos after media organizations, including The Associated Press, went to court to request that the Department of Justice provide access. The videos are being presented as evidence in p...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Texas, News, Washington, Senate, New York City, Georgia, Sport, Joe Biden, Indiana, Fbi, Soccer, Gop, House, Connecticut


Top Stories this PM: Catholic bishops vs. Biden; Taylor Swift's latest rerelease; HBO blames the intern

Good afternoon. Here are the top stories so far today.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What happened today:Bishops vs. Biden. Catholic Bishops voted to advance guidance that would ban President Joe Biden from receiving communion in response to his support of abortion rights. The exact language of the document will be drafted and then voted on in November, The New York Times reported. Biden is a practicing Catholic who regularly attends Mass.Should the preside...
Tags: Hbo, Texas, News, Taylor Swift, Obama, White House, America, Newsletter, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, Catholic, Chrissy Teigen, Biden, Taylor, Trump


Trump claimed that he 'made Juneteenth very famous,' new book says

Trump's campaign planned to hold a rally on Juneteenth in 2020, but cancelled it after criticism. Win McNamee / Staff / Getty Images Trump said he "made Juneteenth very famous" and "nobody had heard of it" before him, writes reporter Michael Bender. The Trump campaign sparked backlash by initially planning to hold a rally that day in Tulsa. Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans in 1865. See more stories on Insider's business page. Trump b...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Holidays, Minneapolis, Congress, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Racism, United States, Red Cross, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Tulsa, Greenwood


Trump's former physician sent a letter to Biden asking him take a cognitive test - and more than a dozen Republicans signed it

President Joe Biden (L) and Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas (R). Alex Wong/Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Trump's former physician, Rep. Ronny Jackson, has called on Biden to take a cognitive test. Jackson said on Thursday he was circulating a letter among House GOP colleagues. More than a dozen Republicans have so far signed the letter, which was sent to Biden directly. See more stories on Insider's business page. Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas, who used to be Trump's White ...
Tags: Texas, Obama, Congress, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, House, Fox News, Pentagon, Jackson, Biden, Anthony Fauci, George W Bush, Trump, Sean Hannity


Biden got down on one knee to welcome the 94-year-old 'grandmother' of Juneteenth to the White House

Opal Lee (2nd L), the activist known as the grandmother of Juneteenth, US Vice President Kamala Harris look on as US President Joe Biden gives a pen to US Congresswoman Barbara Lee (L) after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. JIM WATSON/Getty Images President Joe Biden delivered a special greeting on Thursday to Opal Lee, a 94-year-old Texas activist. In 2016, Lee marched 1,400 miles from Fort Worth, Texas, to DC to advocate for making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Bide...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Congress, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, Cbs, Biden, Kamala Harris, Marshall, Lee, Fort Worth Texas, Barbara Lee


Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

By KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president. Biden signed into law a bill to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the 12th federal holiday. The House voted 415-14 on Wednesday to send the bill to Biden, while the Senate passed the bill unanimously the day before. “This is a day of profound weight and profound powe...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Alabama, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer, United States, Tennessee, House, Arizona


Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?

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Tags: Business, New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Mississippi, Pua, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Joe Biden


Department of Justice says anti-trans state laws targeting children should be thrown out

People take part in rally outside New York's Stonewall Inn in 2017. KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images The DOJ issued two statements of interest in lawsuits involving the rights of transgender children. The department argued that recent Arkansas laws restricting trans medical care for children violate the 14th Amendment. It also said West Virginia's law preventing trans women from playing on women's sports teams in schools violates Title IX. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, News, West Virginia, Trends, Transgender, Arkansas, Department Of Justice, Doj, US Department of Justice DOJ, Stonewall Inn, Breaking, KENA BETANCUR, Trans Athletes


‘Obamacare’ survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge

By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to the Obama era health care law on Thursday, turning aside an effort by Republican-led states to throw out the law that provides insurance coverage for millions of Americans. The justices, by a 7-2 vote, left the entire law intact in ruling that Texas, other GOP-led states and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal court. The Biden administration says 31 million people have health insurance b...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Obama, Congress, Washington, Court, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Gop, Healthcare, Mitch McConnell, Medicare


Court again leaves Affordable Care Act in place

This article was updated on June 17 at 5:16 p.m. In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected another effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law often regarded as the signature legislative achievement of former President Barack Obama. The justices did not reach the main issue in the case: whether the entirety of the ACA was rendered unconstitutional when Congress eliminated the penalty for failing to obtain health insurance. Instead, by a v...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Court, Barack Obama, House Of Representatives, Biden, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ACA, Medicaid, King, Irs, Trump


Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Obama era health law

By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the Obama era health care law, preserving insurance coverage for millions of Americans. The justices, by a 7-2 vote, left the entire law intact Thursday in ruling that Texas, other Republican-led states and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal court. The Biden administration says 31 million people have health insurance because of the law popularly known as “Obamacare.” The law’s major provi...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Obama, Congress, Washington, Court, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Healthcare, Mitch McConnell, Medicare, Associated Press


Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act, ruling that Texas doesn't have standing to challenge Obama's signature healthcare law

The Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Patrick Semansky/AP The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. The court said that GOP-controlled states challenging the law in the case lacked standing. The ruling in the case, California v. Texas, was 7-2. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, saying that the red states challenging the law in the case lacked standing.The 7-2 ruling l...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Scotus, Obama, Congress, California, Senate, White House, Trends, Gop, Washington Dc, House, Arizona, Affordable Care Act


Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act, tossing out a challenge against Obama's signature health care law for lack of standing

In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo an American flag waves in front of the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court punted on a case over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats. Patrick Semansky/AP The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act, saying that defendants in the case lacked standing.California v. Texas was the Supreme Court's th...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Scotus, Obama, California, Washington, Trends, Affordable Care Act, Capitol Hill, US supreme court, Trump, Patrick Semansky, Kelly McLaughlin, Speed desk


Supreme Court Dismisses Red State Challenge to Obamacare

The justices in a 7-2 opinion dismissed a challenge from Texas and 17 other GOP-led states to the constitutionality of former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.
Tags: Texas, Barack Obama, Gop, Supreme Court Dismisses Red State Challenge


Here are the 14 House Republicans who voted against making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Legal experts expect any Biden Supreme Court nominee would face GOP resistance. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images The bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday received bipartisan support in both chambers. In the House, all 14 votes in opposition came from GOP members. Some said it co-opted the Fourth of July, and others thought another federal holiday would be too costly. See more stories on Insider's business page. The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, passed ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Washington Post, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Gop, House, House Of Representatives, Ron Johnson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Juneteenth, Katherine Frey, Voices of Color


Many States Ending $300 Federal Unemployment Benefits Early

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Gov. Abbott says Texas will spend $250 million to build its own border wall where the Trump administration was trying to build one

Getty Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state is spending $250 million to start funding a border wall at the state's border with Mexico. On Wednesday, the state opened a website for Texans to donate to help fund the wall. Abbott also demanded Biden return land taken by the Trump administration to build its own border wall. See more stories on Insider's business page. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state is funding a $250 million down payment to help pay for its own border wall at ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Mexico, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Biden, Abbott, Trump, Greg Abbott, Texas Mexico, Border Wall, Kelly McLaughlin, Speed desk, Getty Texas


Vice President Kamala Harris says Texas is key example of why a new federal elections law is needed

After their walkout to derail a priority GOP voting bill, Harris met with Texas Democrats at the White House as lawmakers call on...
Tags: Texas, White House, Gop, Kamala Harris, Bill Harris, Texas Democrats


Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?

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Tags: Business, New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Pua, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Missouri


The Senate voted unanimously to make Juneteenth a national holiday celebrating the end of slavery

People put their fists in the air as Lift Every Voice and Sing is performed at the intersection of H St NW and 16th Street NW near the White House, an area renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, while celebrating the Juneteenth holiday June 19, 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass legislation that would make Juneteenth a national holiday. The bill was only able to pass after Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, ended his efforts to block it. ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Minneapolis, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, House, Slavery, Wisconsin, Republican, Johnson, Sen Ron Johnson


House votes 406-21 to honor police who defended Capitol

By Annie Grayer and Kristin Wilson | CNN Five months after the January 6 insurrection, the House and Senate have come to an agreement that will award the Congressional Gold Medal to the officers who defended the Capitol. But 21 House Republicans refused to support the legislation, the latest reminder that members of Congress still cannot agree on the facts of the deadly Capitol Hill riot. The final vote in the House on Tuesday was 406-21. The number of House Republicans voting against the bill n...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Crime, News, Congress, Kentucky, Senate, US, Georgia, Sport, Cnn, Soccer, Gop, House, Courts, Capitol Hill


Senate unanimously passes bill making Juneteenth a holiday

By Ted Barrett, Ali Zaslav and Alex Rogers | CNN The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The legislation has gained momentum since the massive Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd last year and the Democrats’ takeover of the White House and Congress. But Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson blocked the bill in 2020, ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, History, Soccer, United States, South Dakota, House, Wisconsin


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he's soliciting donations to build the US-Mexico border wall

Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Dallas, Friday, May 4, 2018. Sue Ogrocki/AP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he would solicit donations from the public to fund Texas' border wall. Abbott said he would welcome financial support from around the world. The governor announced last week that Texas would begin building its own border wall. See more stories on Insider's business page. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Congress, Mexico, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Dallas, Air Force, Abbott, Trump, Greg Abbott, Bannon, Border Wall


Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?

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Louie Gohmert says $5,500 'donation' to a Holocaust-denying pastor was an accident: report

Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Louie Gohmert gave $5,500 to an anti-gay and antisemitic pastor, per The Daily Beast. Steve Anderson has propagated claims that millions of Jews were not killed during the Holocaust. Gohmert's chief of staff blamed the occurrence on a botched internet search for an address. See more stories on Insider's business page. GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas reportedly donated $5,500 to an anti-gay and antisemitic pastor last Decembe...
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