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The Guardian’s Sam Levine reports: Joe Biden is officially tapping a leading voting rights lawyer for a role on a federal appellate court. Biden is nominating Myrna Pérez, the director of the voting rights and elections program at the Brennan Center for Justice, to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd circuit, …

With Mr. Benvenuto involved in the leak inquiries, the F.B.I. questioned Michael Bahar, a former House Intelligence Committee staff member who had gone into private practice in May 2017. The interview, conducted in late spring of 2020, did not yield evidence that led to charges. Prosecutors also redoubled efforts to find out who had leaked …

At a closed-door lunch on Tuesday, Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, informed her caucus that she would try to get a bipartisan deal with Republicans on an infrastructure package and that she had Biden’s blessing to make that attempt, according to three sources in the room. But after Sinema left the meeting, one Democrat after another …

“The takeaway for me is, yesterday Jen Psaki at the White House said she doesn’t want to relitigate 17-month-old emails from Dr. Fauci, yet today we have House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee religitating the Mueller report,” he told reporters, according to C-SPAN. Meanwhile, committee Democrats called Friday “a great day for Congressional oversight.” Chair …

House Democrats unveiled their own infrastructure bill on Friday that would address parts of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, as negotiations between the president and Senate Republicans slow down. The proposal announced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio would cost $547 billion over five years, encompassing the portions of Mr. Biden’s $1.7 …

Their move effectively killed Senate Bill 7 for this year’s legislative session. But it could soon be revived: Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Sunday night that he is adding “election integrity” to a list of topics lawmakers will address in a special session he plans to call. “Legislators will be expected to have worked out …

The issue of public safety may be about to play its most significant role in our politics since the mid-1990s, the beginning of a decadeslong decline in crime that steadily eroded its political salience. Donald Trump tried to make law and order a defining issue in 2020, but the rioting he so forcefully denounced was, …

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinIs the Constitution in the way of DC statehood? Biden ‘encouraged’ by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Joe Manchin is wrong — D.C. statehood is constitutional MORE said that he is backing a narrower piece of voting rights legislation that he believes could garner bipartisan support, breaking with Democrats on the …

In 2016, Bustos also pressured former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to commit to the extension of passenger rail service from Chicago to Moline at a time when continued federal funding for the project was in question. Subsequently, she and other lawmakers got a commitment from the federal government to extend the $177 million set aside …

The ruling is a key step for Democrats as they weigh their options for moving infrastructure legislation, potentially giving them a route to pass new legislation without Republican votes. It’s important to note, however, that some details are still going to have to be worked out with the parliamentarian, and it was not immediately clear …