U.S. asks court to dismiss ruling against travel mask directive

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Justice Department on Tuesday asked an appeals court panel to vacate an April 2021 ruling that had declared unlawful a government order requiring masks on airplanes and other transportation modes during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the issue was now moot because the national emergency was now over. In January, … Read more

Explainer-How could a US debt ceiling default hit regular Americans?

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) – What could happen on Main Street if Washington’s political showdown over the debt ceiling stopped the government from cutting checks that fund a quarter of the economy? Americans could quickly notice painful blows dealt to their retirement accounts as stock markets swooned, and within days the lack of federal … Read more

Trump’s summer of legal troubles heats up

Former President Donald Trump speaks at his Mar-a-Lago estate on April 4, in Palm Beach, Fla., after being arraigned earlier in the day in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) As more Republicans have stepped forward to challenge the frontrunner, Donald Trump, for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination, a slew of ominous legal developments … Read more

South Carolina Governor Under Fire For Comment About Hunting Democrats With Dogs

Outrage is mounting over a remark South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) made this weekend about hunting Democrats with dogs ― a comment that critics slammed as a “racially-tinged dog whistle” encouraging violence. McMaster made the shocking remark Saturday during a convention in Lexington, South Carolina, for the state GOP. “I look forward to the … Read more

Bipartisan group unveils bill to overhaul immigration system

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a broad proposal to revamp the outdated and dysfunctional U.S. immigration system by increasing border security funding, expanding lawful migration channels and legalizing some of the immigrants currently living in the country without permission. The nearly 500-page bill —  introduced by lead sponsors Reps. María Elvira Salazar, … Read more

Harlan Crow Rebuffs Senate Democrats’ Questions About Gifts To Clarence Thomas

Conservative billionaire Harlan Crow responded Monday night to a request from Senate judiciary committee Democrats for more details about gifts he’s given to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that have not been disclosed. Crow’s response? I’m not telling you anything. “After careful consideration, we do not believe the Committee has the authority to investigate Mr. Crow’s … Read more

Energy Dept. cancels $200M grant to battery maker after GOP criticism over alleged ties to China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has canceled plans to award a $200 million grant to a U.S. battery manufacturer amid criticism from Republican lawmakers over the company’s alleged ties to China. Texas-based Microvast was one of 20 companies to win preliminary grants totaling $2.8 billion to boost domestic manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles. … Read more