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New York Attorney General Letitia James rejects Gov. Cuomo’s plan for independent review into sexual harassment allegations

New York Attorney General Letitia James rejects Gov. Cuomo’s plan for independent review into sexual harassment allegations

ABC NewsBY: MATT ZARRELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York Attorney General Letitia James has rejected a proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to select an independent investigator to conduct a review of the allegations of sexual harassment against the governor, James said on Sunday afternoon.After two former aides came forward this week with accusations against…

House passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package in party-line vote

House passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package in party-line vote

drnadig/iStockBy BENJAMIN SIEGEL and TRISH TURNER, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — The House approved a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, advancing President Joe Biden’s top agenda item and providing more resources to schools and businesses, boosting funding for vaccinations and testing, and granting financial relief to Americans across the country.Democrats passed the measure early Saturday…

Three key takeaways from Friday’s CPAC event: Speakers stand behind Trump

Three key takeaways from Friday’s CPAC event: Speakers stand behind Trump

Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesBy QUINN SCANLAN and KENDALL KARSON, ABC News (ORLANDO, Fla.) — Conservative elected officials, activists and media personalities descended on Orlando, Florida, on Friday to kick off three days of speeches and panels at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which culminates Sunday with former President Donald Trump’s first major…

Airstrike in Syria faces pushback from Democrats

Airstrike in Syria faces pushback from Democrats

omersukrugoksu/iStockBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — A day after President Joe Biden ordered the first military action of his presidency, an airstrike in Syria, his administration finds itself in the unlikely position of defending the move to Democratic lawmakers concerned about the legal authorities used to justify it.Thursday night’s airstrike targeted a compound used…

Biden to travel to Texas to survey winter storm damage

Biden to travel to Texas to survey winter storm damage

Official White House Photo by Carlos FyfeBy MOLLY NAGLE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden will travel to Houston Friday to survey damage from the winter storm last week that left millions in Texas without power, and in need of drinking water.The trip to Texas marks the first time Biden will travel to address a…

Secretary of State making his first ‘trips’ to Mexico and Canada — virtually

Secretary of State making his first ‘trips’ to Mexico and Canada — virtually

Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is making his first “trip” as the top U.S. diplomat, the State Department said, although he’s not really going anywhere.With the Biden administration’s coronavirus travel restrictions still in place, Blinken will hold meetings and attend cultural events with…

Biden’s first 100 days live updates: Biden faces growing immigration crisis

Biden’s first 100 days live updates: Biden faces growing immigration crisis

Official White House Photo by Lawrence JacksonBy MICHELLE STODDART, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Monday is Day 41 of the administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Here is how the day is unfolding. All time Eastern: Mar 01, 7:40 pm Collins ‘increasingly convinced’ Dems, White House disinterested in compromise As the COVID-19 relief…

Infuriated by Dems dropping minimum wage hike, progressives say ‘time for wealth tax’

Infuriated by Dems dropping minimum wage hike, progressives say ‘time for wealth tax’

Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBY: TRISH TURNER, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — Democrats in the Senate were forced to abandon plans to increase the federal minimum wage in the face of concerns among their own ranks, united Republican opposition and because of a fast-approaching deadline cutting off time to carefully craft the measure…

Miguel Cardona confirmed by the Senate as education secretary

Miguel Cardona confirmed by the Senate as education secretary

Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty ImagesBY: SOPHIE TATUM, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — The Senate Monday evening voted 64-33 to confirm Miguel Cardona to lead the U.S. Education Department as schools across the country attempt to return to safe, in-person instruction — something the Biden administration has prioritized as part of its COVID-19 response plan. Coming into office, President…

DHS chief defends Biden admin on immigration, says Trump ‘gutted’ system

DHS chief defends Biden admin on immigration, says Trump ‘gutted’ system

Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBY: QUINN OWEN, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday defended the Biden administration’s handling of unaccompanied migrant children at the border against growing criticism, saying he hopes to give families separated under President Donald Trump the option to reunite in the U.S. while blaming the prior…

Major test for Voting Rights Act at Supreme Court as GOP pushes new election rules

Major test for Voting Rights Act at Supreme Court as GOP pushes new election rules

flySnow/iStockBY: DEVIN DWYER, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) —As Republicans in nearly every state push new voting restrictions in the aftermath of the 2020 election, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a major case to decide how those new rules should be judged under federal civil rights law. State legislators in at least 43 states…