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Ex-Capitol police chief contradicts GOP senator

During the Senate hearing on the Capitol riot, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) claimed that the vast majority of Trump supporters are pro-law enforcement but the former Capitol police chief said that many rioters at the Capitol identified themselves as police and tried to illegally enter the building.

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As Texas went dark, Fox News blamed windmills

The majority of power outages in Texas over the past week came from losses in coal, natural gas and nuclear energy, according to the state's own energy officials. But right-wing media has zeroed in on another, far smaller culprit: wind turbines and solar energy.

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Opinion: The three biggest decisions facing Merrick Garland

This week, Judge Merrick Garland will finally get a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, more than four years after his nomination to the US Supreme Court was torpedoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell's obstructionism. Of course, this time Garland has been nominated as President Joe Biden's attorney general, and, with Senate Democrats in the majority, his swift confirmation is all but assured.

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Hear Schumer's full remarks after Trump's acquittal in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer delivers remarks after senators voted to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial. Seven Republican senators joined 50 Democrats to vote to convict Trump for inciting the Capitol riot on January 6.

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Building the big one: Behind the scenes of Biden's $1.9 trillion bet

On January 5, as results came in from the Senate runoff election in Georgia, the texts between President-elect Joe Biden's senior staff went late into the night and into the next morning. With the Senate majority on the line, and full control of Washington in their grasp, the outcome of the two Georgia races would determine the fate of what they all agreed was their top priority for the new administration — passing a massive Covid relief package in the opening weeks.

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To save the climate, we should cut these down

Democrats have set their sights on passing major climate legislation, but with a razor-thin majority in Congress, they need to look for common ground with Republicans.

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State Senate leader: Sorry for calling riot a hoax

Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey apologized Tuesday for calling the US Capitol riot a hoax and espousing several conspiracy theories implicating political leadership in a video recorded and posted to YouTube.

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Opinion: This impeachment trial could surprise us

Now that Donald Trump and his defenders have failed (again) to persuade the Senate that an ex-president cannot be impeached, the trial of the former president will begin in earnest. The House managers who foreshadowed their opening argument on Tuesday and will present it in full on Wednesday and Thursday have the best of the facts and the law. But can they solve the political problem of wooing 17 GOP senators to get to the two-thirds majority of the Senate necessary for conviction?

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If Senate won't convict, how can it punish Trump?

As we prepare for the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, it is worth considering the efficacy of the process. It is rarely used and Trump's second impeachment now represents half of all presidential impeachments. The bar to impeach is relatively low as it only requires a majority vote in the House of Representatives. However, the bar for removal is extraordinary -- requiring a two-thirds vote in the Senate. Given the extreme nature of the process, it is understandable that the Framers made it so difficult. Of the 20 federal officials to be impeached, eight have been removed from office.

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Analysis: Why Joe Manchin is an electoral miracle

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is one of the most powerful men in Washington. With Democrats holding a one-vote majority in the Senate (thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris casting any tie-breaking vote), he can make or break a lot of bills for them.

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Activists call on Democrats to pass election reforms as states move to restrict voting

Faced with a barrage of bills to clamp down on ballot access around the country, some voting rights advocates are pinning their hopes on Congress and urging Democrats on Capitol Hill to use their slim majority to pass a sweeping election reform and voting rights package -- even if they have to torpedo the filibuster in the Senate to make it happen.

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Hoyer walks photo of Greene's AR-15 post across House floor

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer walked across the House floor with an enlarged photo of a tweet from freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). The tweet features an AR-15 and members of the so-called "Squad." CNN's Ryan Nobles reports.

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Biden and top Democrats split on how to cancel student debt

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren once again called on President Joe Biden to use executive authority to cancel student debt on Thursday -- but the President wants Congress to act first.

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