Texas governor says state will provide $250 million ‘downpayment’ for border wall

Top Texas officials penned a letter on Wednesday authorizing the transfer of $250 million as a “down payment” for the state’s border wall with Mexico.Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week announced plans to build a wall on the southern border to help stem the influx of migrants entering the U.S., declaring “While securing the border…

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Will straight-ticket voting upset the midterm dynamic in battle for Senate?

ANALYSIS — Political observers all know the party holding the White House tends to fare poorly during the midterm elections. That is why the combination of redistricting and the midterm dynamic clearly benefits House Republicans next year.But reapportionment and redistricting don’t affect the Senate, and more importantly, a recently developing electoral dynamic — the surge…

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Capitol Police teams were lacking in weapons certifications

Posted June 15, 2021 at 7:28pmThe U.S. Capitol Police had potentially deadly training deficiencies on one of the force’s most lethal weapons, yet another issue that has come to light since the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The Containment Emergency Response Team (CERT) failed to comply with weapons certifications and the department’s First Responders…

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U.S. fed funds futures raise odds of rate hike in early 2023 after Fed statement

FILE PHOTO: Federal Reserve Board building on Constitution Avenue is pictured in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisNEW YORK (Reuters) -Futures on the federal funds rate, which track short-term interest rate expectations, on Wednesday raised bets that the U.S. Federal Reserve will tighten monetary policy in early 2023 after Fed projections showed at least…

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U.S. Senator Rubio plans legislation to address Russia cyberattacks -letter

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) looks on during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on the nomination of Former Senator Bill Nelson to be NASA administrator, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 21, 2021. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) – The top Republican on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee urged…

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No breakthroughs expected from first Biden-Erdogan meeting

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Washington March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoU.S. President Joe Biden and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will discuss Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles during face-to-face talks on Monday but there is little hope they will resolve a bitter dispute…

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Woman fails to prove the COVID-19 vaccine made her magnetic during Ohio House hearing

A nurse during an Ohio House hearing on Thursday tried to prove a debunked theory that taking the COVID-19 vaccine makes a person “magnetic.”Joanna Overholt tried to place a key and bobby pin against her body in an effort to prove that both would stick to her skin, though the attempt ultimately failed. Overholt was trying to attest to a conspiracy…

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U.S. screens 2.02 mln airport passengers Friday

Travelers go through general screening at a security checkpoint at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, U.S. April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey WassonThe U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it screened 2.02 million passengers on Friday at U.S. airports, the highest number since March 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic slashed travel demand.It was the first time…

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House committee unveils bipartisan Big Tech antitrust agenda

The House Judiciary Committee announced on Friday a bipartisan legislative agenda for regulating dominant technology firms including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.The announcement by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Ken Buck, R-Colo., the chairman and ranking member of the Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, brings full circle the efforts by lawmakers over the past two years to investigate…

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