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Sinema gives her nod, and influence, to Democrats’ big bill

Sen. Joe Manchin sealed the deal reviving President Joe Biden’s big economic, health care and climate bill. But it was another Democratic senator, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who intently, quietly and deliberately shaped the final product. Democrats pushed ahead Friday on an estimated $730 billion package that in many ways reflects Sinema’s priorities and handiwork more than the other political figures who have played a key role in delivering on Biden’s signature domestic policy agenda.

Feds seek 8-year prison term for officer who stormed Capitol

Federal prosecutors are recommending an eight-year prison sentence for an off-duty Virginia police officer who was convicted by a jury of storming the U.S. Capitol to obstruct Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. Former Rocky Mount Police Sgt. Thomas Robertson used his law enforcement training to block police officers who were trying to protect the Capitol from a mob’s attack on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday supporting

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Court rules Georgia’s statewide PSC elections ‘dilute’ Black voting power

A federal judge ruled in favor of Brionté McCorkle and three other Black Georgians who sued to make the state change its statewide method of electing Georgia’s utility regulators. Stanley Dunlap/Georgia Recorder (File) Voting rights activists celebrated Friday after a federal judge struck down the state’s at-large method used to elect Georgia’s Public Service Commission members, ruling it dilutes Black voting power. As a result of U.S. District Judge Steven Grimberg’s order, state officials could

China cuts off vital US contacts over Pelosi Taiwan visit

China cut off contacts with the United States on vital issues Friday — including military matters and crucial climate cooperation — as concerns rose that the Communist government’s hostile reaction to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit could signal a lasting, more aggressive approach toward its U.S. rival and the self-ruled island. China’s move to freeze key lines of communication compounded the worsening of relations from Pelosi’s visit and from the Chinese response with military

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U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Sinema

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said the concessions to Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema included removing a provision changing the way certain compensation that hedge-fund managers and private equity executives are paid, known as carried interest, is taxed. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images U.S. Senate Democrats’ wide-ranging tax, climate and health bill appears set to pass after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona struck a deal to soften the measure’s corporate tax increase and