– A special grand jury was selected on Monday to consider evidence in a Georgia prosecutor’s inquiry into then-President Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to influence the U.S. state’s 2020 election results, a county prosecutor’s office said. The selection marks a major step forward in the probe, launched after Trump was recorded in a Jan. 2, 2021 phone call pressuring Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn the state’s election results based on unfounded claims of voter…"Grand jury selected in Trump election probe in Georgia -prosecutor’s office"
– Republicans in Florida’s House on Thursday approved a new congressional map backed by Governor Ron DeSantis that gives the party a major advantage in November’s elections while eliminating two majority-Black districts. After passage by the state Senate on Wednesday, the new district boundaries only await DeSantis’ signature to go into effect. The House vote came soon after Black lawmakers disrupted the proceedings by staging a sit-in protest. During debate on the proposed map, Black…"Florida Republicans pass congressional map after sit-in protest by Black lawmakers"
NEW YORK – New York Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin has been arrested and charged with bribery and fraud for allegedly directing state funds to a group controlled by a real estate developer who was a campaign donor, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. Brian Benjamin, a Democrat appointed as the state’s No. 2 official by Governor Kathy Hochul last August, directed a $50,000 state grant to the organization while serving as a state senator in 2019,…"New York lieutenant governor charged with bribery over campaign finance scheme"
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday brought a formal end to former President Donald Trump’s request to block the release of White House records sought by the Democratic-led congressional panel investigating last year’s deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. The court’s decision to formally reject Trump’s appeal follows its Jan. 19 order that led to the documents being handed over to the House of Representatives investigative committee by…"U.S. Supreme Court formally ends Trump’s fight over Capitol attack records"
(Note language in paragraph 2) WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, a centrist and a stumbling block to Democratic President Joe Biden’s ambitious social agenda, acknowledged on Thursday having discussed leaving the party if his Democratic colleagues considered his stance “an embarrassment.” A day after dismissing as “bullshit” a Mother Jones report that he was considering it, Manchin told reporters he had discussed the possibility of becoming an independent “if I’m an embarrassment to my…"U.S. Senator Manchin acknowledges having weighed leaving Democratic Party"
– Former U.S. President Donald Trump will challenge a recent U.S. Justice Department order that his tax returns should be turned over to a House of Representatives committee, one of his personal lawyers signaled on Monday. “There is no evidence of any wrongdoing here and I object to the release of the returns not only on behalf of my client but on behalf of all future holders of the Office of the President of the…"Trump to object to release of tax returns – lawyer"
WASHINGTON – Democrats in the U.S. Senate this week will try to advance legislation setting new national election standards, seeking to counter voting-rights rollbacks that Republican legislatures are pursuing across the country. Senate Democrats spent the weekend trying to finalize a bill that could win the support of all 50 Democrats and independents in the 100-member chamber, even as Republicans showed no signs of joining an effort that would expand voting by mail and change…"U.S. Senate Democrats aim to advance contentious federal voting rights bill"
The stalemate between Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for the border wall has been politically damaging for the president. for the longest government shutdown in history. Plus he has been put in a difficult strategic corner as he needs a way to resolve the shutdown without looking like he has abandoned a signature promise of his election campaign. Democrats his proposed deal to end the partial government shutdown in exchange for temporary protections…"Commentary: Why Trump’s border wall would backfire on him"
This is a fine time to be British. Indeed, to be proud to be British. You would not, to be sure, think so from this past week in London – as the House of Commons humiliated Prime Minister Theresa May by throwing out her plan for Brexit in Tuesday by 432 votes to 202 – an . On Wednesday, the Labour Party moved that her government had lost the confidence of the House – a…"Commentary: Despite Brexit, I’m proud to be a Brit"
This week, the Senate is confirmation hearings for William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general. At these hearings, Barr has mostly said the right things, coming off as a competent public servant who will protect the independence of the Justice Department from presidential pressure. But Barr’s words can only be of limited reassurance given his previous attacks on the Mueller investigation and many other potential concerns about his record.…"Commentary: Check Barr’s record, not his testimony"