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Senate passes Democrats’ sweeping climate, health and tax bill, delivering win for Biden
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Senate passes Democrats’ sweeping climate, health and tax bill, delivering win for Biden

Washington — The Senate on Sunday passed Democrats' sweeping economic package designed to combat climate change, address health care costs and raise taxes on large corporations, marking a crucial achievement for President Biden and his party as they look to maintain their hold on Congress in the November midterm elections.The plan, called the Inflation Reduction Act, cleared the upper chamber by a vote of 51 to 50 along party lines, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the tie-breaking vote in the evenly divided Senate. Democrats used a fast-track legislative process known as reconciliation to pass the measure in the face of unanimous opposition from Republicans."It's been a long, tough and winding road but at last, at last, we have arrived," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Sch...
Man who attacked Lee Zeldin, Republican nominee in New York governor’s race, charged with attempted assault
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Man who attacked Lee Zeldin, Republican nominee in New York governor’s race, charged with attempted assault

A man brandishing a sharp object who attacked U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin as the Republican candidate for New York governor delivered a speech in western New York has been charged with attempted assault. David Jakubonis, 43, was arraigned and released, a Monroe County sheriff's spokesperson said.Jacob Murphy, a spokesperson for Zeldin's congressional office, said Friday that Zeldin had a minor scrape from the incident. He said Zeldin had not received any specific threats recently.It's not clear whether Jakubonis has an attorney who can speak for him. A message seeking comment was left at a number listed for Jakubonis. Jakubonis is an Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq in 2009 as a medical laboratory technician.After a campaign event Friday, Zeldin to...
Texas Democrat Michelle Vallejo wins congressional primary after recount
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Texas Democrat Michelle Vallejo wins congressional primary after recount

A recount in Texas has affirmed Democrat Michelle Vallejo as her party's nominee for a new congressional district that Republicans are aggressively targeting this November as they demonstrate new strength with Hispanic voters along the U.S.-Mexico border.Vallejo defeated Ruben Ramirez by 35 votes, according to results of a recount announced Friday by the Texas Democratic Party. Ramirez had requested the recount after trailing by just 20 votes in a May 24 runoff. FILE: Democratic congressional candidate Michelle Vallejo, of Texas. Michelle Vallejo campaign website The Associated Press had not previously called the race, pending the outcome of the recount. ...
New data finds violent threats against Congress have more than doubled in past five years
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New data finds violent threats against Congress have more than doubled in past five years

New data from the U.S. Capitol Police shows that threats made against lawmakers has drastically increased in the last five years, with nearly 10,000 threats investigated last year alone. In 2020, Sidhartha Mathur was a college graduate with a public health degree and no criminal history. But that changed after he said he let his emotions take over. Mathur was arrested weeks after the 2020 election for leaving Maryland Rep. Andy Harris a message where he threatened him and his family.  "At that moment, I let my anger get the best of me," he told CBS News Congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane. Prosecutors deemed it a death threat and filed federal charges against Mathur. He pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of communicating a threat and ...
“Donald Trump is responsible”: Rep. Adam Kinzinger on first televised Jan. 6 committee hearing
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“Donald Trump is responsible”: Rep. Adam Kinzinger on first televised Jan. 6 committee hearing

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, says he hopes the Department of Justice charges former President Donald Trump if the evidence reaches the threshold to prove that Trump pushed a 2020 presidential election fraud conspiracy that spurred the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. "If the president truly believed the election was stolen, he is not mentally capable of being president because every piece of evidence shown to him, done by anybody that's serious besides wackos on the internet, said that the election was legitimate," Kinzinger told "CBS Mornings" on Friday. The comments from Kinzinger, who is one of two Republican members of the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, come following the first of six public hearings of the committee. Over the fo...
Amazon accused of “obstructing” House probe into deadly warehouse collapse
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Amazon accused of “obstructing” House probe into deadly warehouse collapse

Congressional Democrats are accusing Amazon of "obstructing" their investigation into the retailer's labor practices during severe weather events.Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform have sent a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, saying the company has failed to produce materials requested more than two months ago.The committee, which launched the investigation in late March, gave the Seattle-based e-commerce company a list of materials to hand over by mid-April. But the company "still has not produced any of the key categories of documents identified by Committee staff, let alone the full set of materials the Committee requested in March," said the letter signed by committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, a Democrat from New York....