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Senate bill would require women to register for the draft

July 22, 2021, 1:45pm Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee included language in its version of the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act to require women, for the first time, to register for the draft. Read story

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to meet with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Pelosi discussed her reasons for rejecting two Republicans chosen by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to be on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. (AP Photo/J.

Pelosi says Jan. 6 committee will move forward without GOP

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to meet with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Pelosi discussed her reasons for rejecting two Republicans chosen by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to be on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. (AP Photo/J.

July 22, 2021, 12:25pm Latest News

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection “will do the job it set out to do” despite Republicans’ vow to boycott the probe. Read story

FILE - In this June 25, 2021 file photo, Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. The Justice Department is launching gun strike forces in five cities in the U.S. It is part of an effort to reduce spiking violent crime by addressing illegal trafficking and prosecuting offenses that help put guns in the hands of criminals.

Garland: To help combat gun violence, confirm ATF leader

FILE - In this June 25, 2021 file photo, Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. The Justice Department is launching gun strike forces in five cities in the U.S. It is part of an effort to reduce spiking violent crime by addressing illegal trafficking and prosecuting offenses that help put guns in the hands of criminals.

July 22, 2021, 11:50am Politics

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is launching an effort in five cities in the U.S. to reduce spiking gun violence by addressing illegal trafficking and prosecuting offenses that help put guns in the hands of criminals. Read story

FILE - In this May 5, 2021, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo participate in a roundtable with women-led small business owners in Providence, R.I. President Joe Biden's administration says it is making $3 billion in economic development grants available to communities. Raimondo tells The Associated Press her agency will begin accepting applications for the competitive grants, which officials hope will create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Biden admin stepping up community grants from COVID bill

FILE - In this May 5, 2021, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo participate in a roundtable with women-led small business owners in Providence, R.I. President Joe Biden's administration says it is making $3 billion in economic development grants available to communities. Raimondo tells The Associated Press her agency will begin accepting applications for the competitive grants, which officials hope will create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

July 22, 2021, 11:50am Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is beginning to make $3 billion in economic development grants available to communities — a tenfold increase in the program paid for by this year's COVID-19 relief bill. Read story

FILE - In this May 7, 2021, file photo Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington.

U.S. imposes new Cuba sanctions over human rights abuses

FILE - In this May 7, 2021, file photo Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington.

July 22, 2021, 11:43am Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced new sanctions Thursday against a Cuban official and a government entity that it says was involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month. Read story

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, July 19, 2021.

U.S. launched several airstrikes in support of Afghan forces

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, July 19, 2021.

July 22, 2021, 11:43am Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military launched several airstrikes this week in support of Afghan government forces fighting Taliban insurgents, including in the strategically important province of Kandahar, officials said Thursday. Read story

FILE - In this June 8, 2021, file photo, Tracy Stone-Manning listens during a confirmation hearing for her to be the director of the Bureau of Land Management, during a hearing of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. West is facing pressure to withdraw over her ties to environmental activists convicted of spiking trees to sabotage a national forest timber sale more than 30 years ago.

Democrats back Biden U.S. lands pick assailed by Republicans

FILE - In this June 8, 2021, file photo, Tracy Stone-Manning listens during a confirmation hearing for her to be the director of the Bureau of Land Management, during a hearing of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. West is facing pressure to withdraw over her ties to environmental activists convicted of spiking trees to sabotage a national forest timber sale more than 30 years ago.

July 22, 2021, 11:20am Latest News

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. Senate panel deadlocked Thursday on President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee vast government-owned lands in the West, as Democrats stood united behind a nominee whose credibility was assailed by Republicans over her links to a 1989 environmental sabotage case. Read story

In this June 25, 2021 photo, former Afghan interpreters hold placards during a demonstrations against the US government, in front of the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The Biden administration says it will evacuate about 2,500 Afghans who worked for the U.S. government and their families to a military base in Virginia pending approval of their visas. The administration notified Congress on Monday that the Afghans will be housed at the Fort Lee Army base south of Richmond starting next week.

House votes to evacuate more Afghan allies as U.S. war ends

In this June 25, 2021 photo, former Afghan interpreters hold placards during a demonstrations against the US government, in front of the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The Biden administration says it will evacuate about 2,500 Afghans who worked for the U.S. government and their families to a military base in Virginia pending approval of their visas. The administration notified Congress on Monday that the Afghans will be housed at the Fort Lee Army base south of Richmond starting next week.

July 22, 2021, 9:30am Politics

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow in thousands more of the Afghans who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war, citing the urgency of protecting those on-the-ground allies from Taliban retaliation as the U.S. military withdrawal enters its final weeks. Read story

Cameras are visible in the foreground as President Joe Biden accompanied by CNN journalist Don Lemon, right, appears at a CNN town hall at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Biden says getting COVID-19 vaccine ‘gigantically important’

Cameras are visible in the foreground as President Joe Biden accompanied by CNN journalist Don Lemon, right, appears at a CNN town hall at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

July 22, 2021, 9:30am Health

CINCINNATI — President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. and pleaded that it’s “gigantically important” for Americans to step up and get inoculated against the virus as it surges once again. Read story

Vilsack defends farmworker changes against immigration attacks

July 22, 2021, 9:28am Politics

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack batted back attacks from Republicans on the Biden administration’s border policies while discussing migrant farmworker programs at a Wednesday hearing, where Sen. Ted Cruz called Vilsack’s view on immigration “fertilizer.” Read story