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How to watch Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address

President Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address in front of a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, where he will lay out his agenda for the coming year before a Republican-controlled House that is determined to thwart it.CBS News will air the State of the Union as a special report, anchored by "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell. The speech begins at 9 p.m. ET and will be streamed online on the CBS News streaming network.Over the weekend, top Biden aides descended on Camp David to sharpen Mr. Biden's address. The president tweeted a photo Monday morning showing a draft of the speech.  Getting ready. pic.twitter.com/UhERyDuxTO— President Biden (@POTUS) February 6, 2023 The State of the Union address comes amid heightened tensions with Chin...
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TikTok CEO to testify before Congress in March

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in March about the social media platform's consumer privacy and data security practices, its impact on kids and its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, the committee announced in a news release Monday."Americans deserve to know how these actions impact their privacy and data security, as well as what actions TikTok is taking to keep our kids safe from online and offline harms," the committee said its release. "We've made our concerns clear with TikTok. It is now time to continue the committee's efforts to hold Big Tech accountable by bringing TikTok before the committee to provide complete and honest answers for people."  FILE: Shou Zi Chew, CEO of TikTok Inc., speaks duri...
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West Point begins removing Confederate symbols, including Robert E. Lee portrait, from campus display

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is starting to remove Confederate statues and symbols from its campus, in compliance with a federal order formally set in motion by the Department of Defense this past October. Over the holiday break, which began on Dec. 18, the country's oldest service academy launched what its superintendent described as a "multi-phased process" to either take down or modify displays that memorialize the Confederacy, including an immediate plan to move a portrait of Robert E. Lee wearing a Confederate uniform into storage.Lee, once a U.S. military general who was ultimately appointed commander of the Confederate army toward the end of the Civil War, was a graduate and superintendent of West Point and lingered as a significant presence on the academy's New Y...
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Family of fallen Capitol Police officer refuses to shake hands with McCarthy, McConnell at medal ceremony

The family of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick — his mother, father and brother —refused to shake hands with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring the police departments that worked to save the U.S. Capitol during the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.  At a Capitol ceremony to honor the police response on Jan. 6, 2021, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell holds out his hand for handshake with Charles Sicknick, father of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died after the events of Jan. 6. / Getty Images Over 140 officers were injured protecting the Capitol, including Sicknick, who was sp...
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House approves bill to prevent rail workers strike in bipartisan vote

Washington — Congress is moving swiftly to prevent a looming U.S. rail workers strike, reluctantly intervening in a labor dispute to stop what would surely be a devastating blow to the nation's economy if the transportation of fuel, food and other critical goods were disrupted. The House on Wednesday approved a bill that would impose a compromise labor agreement that was brokered by the Biden administration but rejected by four of 12 rail unions. The unions have threatened to strike if an agreement can't be reached before a Dec. 9 deadline. President Biden had urged Congress to intervene. The House vote to impose the contract was 290 to 137, with 79 Republicans joining 211 Democrats in voting to approve the measure. Eight Democrats and 129 Republicans voted against the legislation....
Democrat Adam Frisch concedes to Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado House race
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Democrat Adam Frisch concedes to Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado House race

After a tight U.S. House race that was likely headed to a recount, Adam Frisch conceded to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert on Friday. The Democratic businessman from the ritzy ski town of Aspen led a surprisingly difficult challenge against the renowned conservative firebrand whose combative style helped define the new right. "America is tired of the circus, tired of the lack of respect for our institutions and democracy, and tired of the lack of civility in our discourse," Frisch said in a video. Election update by Adam Frisch on YouTube CBS News had characterized the race as "lean Republican," but on Friday, Boebert was leading Frisch by just 551 votes, or 0.16 points, out of 326,965 votes counted. Frisch said...
Investigation finds women detained by ICE underwent “unnecessary gynecological procedures” at Georgia facility
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Investigation finds women detained by ICE underwent “unnecessary gynecological procedures” at Georgia facility

Washington — A congressional investigation into medical abuse allegations that garnered national attention in 2020 found that some immigrant women held by U.S. immigration officials at a Georgia detention center likely underwent "unnecessary" invasive gynecological procedures, according to a report released Tuesday.The 18-month bipartisan investigation by the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations reviewed allegations that women detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia had endured medical neglect, lax coronavirus mitigation policies and questionable procedures, including hysterectomies. The allegations first surfaced in an explosive Sept. 2020 whistleblower complaint by Dawn Wooten, who worked as a...
After campaign filled with hundreds of election deniers, newly elected House members face uncertain Capitol landscape
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After campaign filled with hundreds of election deniers, newly elected House members face uncertain Capitol landscape

The multi-billion-dollar midterm elections were punctuated by vicious campaign ads, personal attacks and hundreds of candidates who had made baseless claims of fraud about former President Donald Trump's defeat in 2020.    But in the ashes of the political firestorm, some of those projected to win their races and become first-time House members are striking a conciliatory tone and pledging to work across party lines. Those include some of those projected to win tough fights in battleground districts.Based on the latest CBS News projections, the incoming class of dozens of new members of Congress is expected to include an openly gay Republican from the New York City area; a Democratic immigration rights advocate from West Michigan who flipped a red district to blue; an upstate New Y...
Obama, on the Pennsylvania campaign trail, tells Democrats “sulking and moping is not an option”
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Obama, on the Pennsylvania campaign trail, tells Democrats “sulking and moping is not an option”

The Democratic Party's most powerful voices warned Saturday that abortion, Social Security and democracy itself are at risk as they labored to overcome fierce political headwinds — and an ill-timed misstep from President Biden — over the final weekend of the high-stakes midterm elections."Sulking and moping is not an option," former President Barack Obama told several hundred voters on a blustery day in Pittsburgh."On Tuesday, let's make sure our country doesn't get set back 50 years," Obama said. "The only way to save democracy is if we, together, fight for it." Obama was the first president, but not last, to rally voters Saturday in Pennsylvania, a pivotal state as voters decide control of Congress and key statehouses. Polls across America will...
10 Republicans on the ballot who were at or near the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021
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10 Republicans on the ballot who were at or near the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

At least 10 Republican candidates who won primaries for statewide or federal office this year have claimed they were in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump marched to the Capitol to interrupt the peaceful transition of power and the ensuing riot eventually turned violent. Five people died in connection with the riot, including a police officer. Another four officers died by suicide in the days, weeks and months after the assault on the Capitol.All 10 non-incumbent candidates have denied or cast doubt on the 2020 election results. Three of the 10 candidates could win congressional seats in November, which would take them from election-denying protesters to sitting members of Congress. Another stands to become the chief election officia...