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Rep. Barbara Lee tells colleagues she’s running for California’s Senate seat in 2024

Washington — Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California told fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday that she plans to run for California's U.S. Senate seat next year, two people familiar with the meeting tells CBS News. Lee, 76, has represented Oakland, Berkeley and other parts of the Bay Area since 1998. She's one of the most liberal members of Congress and was the only lawmaker to vote against authorizing the use of force against Afghanistan in 2001.Lee has not made a formal announcement. Her decision to share her intentions with colleagues comes a day after Rep. Katie Porter, a Democrat who represents parts of Orange County, became the first contender to announce her 2024 plans.   Rep. Barbara Lee at a news confer...
The difference between the Biden and Trump classified document discovery
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The difference between the Biden and Trump classified document discovery

Just as former President Donald Trump is in the midst of investigation and facing possible indictment for keeping classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after he left office, news has broken that classified documents from President Joe Biden’s time as vice president were found at the University of Pennsylvania center set up for Biden in his time out of office. There were 10 classified documents at the Penn Biden Center, among them Obama-era “intelligence memos and briefing materials that covered topics including Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom,” CNN reported Tuesday, citing a source familiar with the matter. The White House said in a statement that Biden’s personal attorneys discovered the documents in a locked closet there in November 2022. Unlike Trump, who refused repeated governmen...
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England set to ban some single-use plastics

The U.K. government is planning to ban the use of some single-use plastics in England, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed to CBS News on Monday. The government will officially announce its plan on Saturday.Proposed plans to eliminate some single-use plastic products — namely items used for takeout food such as cutlery, plates, polystyrene cups and food and beverage containers — were announced in November 2021. According to estimates unveiled at that time, officials said the country uses 1.1 billion single-use plates and 4.25 billion items of single-use cutlery every year. The public was able to comment on the proposal over the next several weeks, through February 12, 2022.  Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secreta...
Jair Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s presidential palace and supreme court | Brazil
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Jair Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s presidential palace and supreme court | Brazil

Hundreds of hardcore supporters of Brazil’s former president, Jair Bolsonaro, have stormed the country’s congress, presidential palace and supreme court in a stunning security breach that was immediately compared to the 6 January invasion of the US Capitol by followers of Donald Trump in 2021.“What we are witnessing is a terrorist attack,” the news anchor Erick Bang announced on the GloboNews television network as word of the upheaval spread. “The three buildings have been invaded by coup-mongering terrorists.”Shocking video footage showed the pro-Bolsonaro militants sprinting up the ramp into the Palácio do Planalto, the presidential offices, roaming the building’s corridors and vandalising the nearby supreme court, whose windows had been smashed.The veteran leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Si...
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Kevin McCarthy wins speaker race after a grueling 4 days and 15 rounds of voting

After a stunning turn of events Friday night that forced a 15th ballot in the race for House speaker, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader, finally secured enough votes shortly after midnight to become speaker of the House. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., smiles after winning the 15th vote in the House chamber as the House enters the fifth day trying to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. Alex Brandon / AP His victory followed four days of voting and persistent negotiations with far-right members of the Republican conference, who kept a win at bay until the 15th round of voting. The selection of a speaker finally paved the w...
Albuquerque Democratic officials’ homes, offices targeted in series of shootings : NPR
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Albuquerque Democratic officials’ homes, offices targeted in series of shootings : NPR

"We're worried and concerned that these are connected and possibly politically motivated or personally motivated," Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, left, said of a string of shootings. He's seen here alongside Police Chief Harold Medina during a press conference via the Albuquerque Police Department's Facebook livestream. Screenshot by NPR hide caption toggle caption Screenshot by NPR "We're wo...
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Biden expands Title 42 expulsions while opening legal path for some migrants

Washington — President Biden on Thursday announced a revamped migration management strategy that pairs increased expulsions with expanded opportunities for migrants to enter the country legally, in an attempt to reduce record levels of unlawful crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border. The multi-pronged effort, which follows a "carrots and sticks" approach, will allow migrants from Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti with U.S.-based financial sponsors to enter the country legally through a program modeled after Biden administration policies that have offered a safe haven to displaced Ukrainians and Venezuelans.After passing background checks, eligible migrants from these crisis-stricken countries would be allowed to enter the U.S. under the humanitarian parole authority, which allows beneficia...
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Kevin McCarthy falls short of majority in first House speaker vote, forcing second round

The vote for House Speaker will go to a second ballot for the first time in about 100 years as Rep. Kevin McCarthy lost more Republican votes than he could afford to reach a majority on the first ballot.McCarthy held a majority of GOP support on the first ballot, but he needs a majority of the full House – and given Republicans' slim majority, he could only afford to lose four Republicans. He lost that multiple times over. In the final vote count, he lost 19 votes, falling far short of the 218 needed, and Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries received more votes than he did but also fell short of a majority. During the House GOP conference meeting Tuesday morning, McCarthy raised his voice as he made an impassioned plea to Republicans, telling them he has "earned" the speakership, two sources fa...
House GOP promises to probe COVID-19 origins, ax proxy voting, magnetometers
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House GOP promises to probe COVID-19 origins, ax proxy voting, magnetometers

With the 118th Congress set to begin Tuesday, House Republican leaders are out with their proposed rules for the new legislative session.In what marks a substantial concession from Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican vying for the speakership, the rules package would allow just five Republicans to force a vote on ousting a speaker. For a Congress with at least a handful of "Never Kevin" Republicans, that provision means McCarthy's potential speakership could be short-lived.Republicans, who will gain the majority with a thin margin over Democrats, are poised to hit the ground running by restoring the chamber to pre-COVID order. In a "Dear Colleague" letter Sunday night saying "Congress is broken and needs to change," McCarthy said he would immediately halt proxy voting in the House.Co...