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Congress launches new investigation into Trump-era DOJ scandal

What we know is already striking: the Trump-era Justice Department investigators secretly seized communications records from at least two Democratic members of Congress, some of their staffers, and even some of their family members. Over the weekend, the public learned that then-White House Counsel Don McGahn was also targeted after clashing with his boss in the Oval Office.
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Sotomayor tells Congress it can fix First Step Act after court rules against defendant

WASHINGTON — Justice Sonia Sotomayor took a page from Ruth Bader Ginsburg's playbook on Monday when she argued that Congress could counteract a Supreme Court ruling. The court's unanimous decision held that the text of the First Step Act, a criminal justice overhaul enacted in 2018, does not allow certain inmates to have their sentences retroactively lowered as a result of the new guidelines.
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How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress

Last week President Biden ended negotiations with Republicans on an infrastructure bill. The two sides remained far apart. Democrats had reduced their proposal to $1 trillion in new spending. Republicans, led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), ranking member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, would not go higher than $330 billion.
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Texas Democrats staged a walkout. Now they're heading to Washington to talk to the VP and Congress

Some of the Texas Democrats who staged a walkout to defeat a sweeping election bill are in Washington, D.C., to crank up pressure on Senators to take action on voting rights. The lawmakers are expected to sit down with several members of Congress on Tuesday and are set to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday. Texas Democrats and voting rights activists are also planning a major rally in Austin on Sunday featuring former Congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas.
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NASA said it will monitor the actions of Russia and China in space

WASHINGTON – NASA chief Bill Nelson warned that Moscow and Beijing may announce plans for their cooperation in space on Wednesday during the GLEX-2021 conference, noting that Washington should closely monitor this and not allow it to lag behind competitors. “Tomorrow afternoon at this global conference, the plans of Russia...
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Congress drafting law barring ocean carriers from refusing US exports

Bipartisan legislation being drafted by members of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (House T&I) would require ocean carriers to accept all U.S. export container bookings. The legislation, to be proposed by John Garamendi, D-Calif., and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., is in response to mounting complaints by U.S. agricultural shippers...
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Civil rights advocates plan 'Moral March on Manchin' as Attorney General Merrick Garland urges congress to pass voting rights legislation

The Poor People’s Campaign is planning a rally in Senator Joe Manchin’s home state of West Virginia, urging him to support voting rights legislation. This comes as Attorney General Merrick Garland announced new efforts to defend voting rights at the federal level. Dr. Liz Theoharis of the Poor People’s Campaign and MSNBC contributor Joyce Vance joined American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss the push to convince congress to restore the Voting Rights Act.
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Navy tells Congress that Ship to Shore Connector costs crossed legal limit

June 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy said its Ship to Shore Connector program crossed the thresholds of a decades-old acquisition law after coming in over budget. In a statement, the Navy said it notified Congress of the breach and requested a higher budget for the project after it exceeded cost thresholds under the Nunn-McCurdy law, according to Defense News and Seapower Magazine.
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Juneteenth may finally get its due from Congress

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on Tuesday announced he will no longer obstruct efforts to make Juneteenth a federal holiday — and with that, the United States' second, fuller Independence Day may finally receive the official recognition long overdue. A bipartisan bill to thus recognize the day could pass the Senate by unanimous consent as soon as this week, ahead of the day's celebration on Saturday, and it is expected to easily clear the House as well.