Intelligence leaders defend efforts to promote diversity in face of Republican attacks

October 27, 2021 at 19:56

Washington (CNN) The Biden administration's most senior intelligence officials defended their push to boost diversity in the ranks of the intelligence community in a congressional hearing on Wednesday, amid attacks from Republicans that such efforts are a d...

Horse patrol investigation slow moving despite DHS promise to conclude in 'days'

October 27, 2021 at 19:30

(CNN) An internal investigation into US Border Patrol agents on horseback who confronted migrants in Texas, remains ongoing, a month after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas committed to concluding the probe within "days." Two agents at the cent...

Some House depositions of people who helped plan rallies preceding Capitol attack are postponed

October 27, 2021 at 19:27

Washington (CNN) The House select committee investigating January 6 has granted short postponements of the scheduled depositions of individuals who helped plan the rallies and events leading up to the attack on the Capitol, a committee aide told CNN. The in...

Garland hopes 'as much as possible' of Durham report will be public

October 27, 2021 at 18:04

(CNN) Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that he wants "as much as possible" of special counsel Robert Durham's eventual report to be released publicly. Durham was appointed during the Trump administration to investigate the FBI's Russia probe,...

US Capitol rioter with Proud Boys ties to plead guilty, lawyer says

October 27, 2021 at 18:03

(CNN) A January 6 riot defendant with ties to the Proud Boys, who was recently profiled by CNN for promoting false-flag conspiracies about the insurrection, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor for illegally protesting in the Capitol building, his lawyer conf...

Manchin pushes back on billionaire tax as Democrats struggle to cut a deal on Biden agenda

October 27, 2021 at 17:10

(CNN) Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday resisted a last-ditch move by Democrats to impose a new tax on billionaires to help pay for President Joe Biden's sweeping social safety net plan, the latest sign of the major headwinds facing the White House as it tries...

January 6 committee postpones request for some records from Trump White House

October 27, 2021 at 16:32

(CNN) The House select committee investigating January 6 has postponed its request for dozens of pages of records from the Trump White House even though the documents were determined by the current White House counsel to be relevant to its probe. While the...

AG Garland confirms 'new evidence' in review of decision not to prosecute FBI agents handling Nassar probe

October 27, 2021 at 16:16

(CNN) Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed Wednesday that the Justice Department has "new evidence" in its ongoing review of the decision not to prosecute two former FBI officials who were accused of mishandling the investigation into former USA Gymna...

Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announces run for governor of Oregon

October 27, 2021 at 16:16

Washington, DC (CNN) Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof announced Wednesday that he is running for governor of Oregon. "I've never run for political office in my life, but I have spent a lifetime shining a light in the darkest corners of the g...

There won't be a White House Halloween celebration this year

October 27, 2021 at 14:55

(CNN) The White House said Wednesday it would not be hosting a traditional Halloween celebration this year due to President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden's overseas travel. Michael La Rosa, the first lady's press secretary, says the annual trick-or-tr...

US State Department issues first passport with X gender marker

October 27, 2021 at 14:08

(CNN) The State Department has issued the first US passport with an "X" gender marker as it seeks to implement gender-inclusive polices, the department announced Wednesday. The department announced in June it would update its procedures to allow applicants...

The outstanding issues are still outstanding and a deal on Biden's agenda needs to happen today

October 27, 2021 at 12:39

Scheduled to depart for Rome on Thursday, the expectation is lawmakers will be heading back to the White House on Wednesday. About the deadlineWhite House officials have been clear it was always a possibility Biden would arrive at the G-20 and the United Na...

McConnell endorses Herschel Walker's Senate bid in sign of growing GOP establishment support

October 27, 2021 at 12:28

(CNN) Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is backing former football star Herschel Walker's Senate bid in Georgia, a sign that the Republican establishment is aligning behind Walker after initially holding concerns about the GOP candidate's viability....

Trump's 2020 fantasy is already influencing 2022

October 27, 2021 at 11:12

But I'll focus here on something else: how former President Donald Trump's effort to deny the 2020 election results has ricocheted in Washington and around the country. CNN's Dana Bash reported an hourlong special looking at how Trump's lies about the elect...

Garland will appear before Senate panel amid pressure on Nassar probe, Bannon and school boards memo

October 27, 2021 at 10:00

(CNN) Attorney General Merrick Garland is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, where he is likely to face fierce Republican blowback to a memo he issued addressing threats to school boards, as well as bipartisan heat for the FBI's...

Democrats fight back as Republicans target education in push for suburbs

October 27, 2021 at 04:07

Democrats are fighting back on public education, which has traditionally been a strong political issue for them. "What bothers me daily is that Glenn Youngkin uses education to divide Virginia. He wants to pit parents against parents, parents against teache...

January 6 committee plans to subpoena John Eastman

October 27, 2021 at 02:20

(CNN) The House select committee investigating the US Capitol insurrection plans to subpoena John Eastman , a conservative lawyer who had worked with then-President Donald Trump's legal team and tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could...

Toni Morrison's 'Beloved' becomes latest flashpoint in Virginia gubernatorial race

October 27, 2021 at 02:13

Youngkin released an ad on Monday that features Laura Murphy, a Fairfax County mother and conservative activist, who spearheaded a campaign against "Beloved," the 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The campaign began after Murphy claimed it gave her son, a...

Biden makes his closing pitch in Virginia by unloading on Youngkin and comparing him to Trump

October 27, 2021 at 02:06

At times, it appeared as if the President were looking to goad Trump into a last-minute Virginia trip, something Virginia Democrats would wholly welcome. But what is really interesting to me is he won't stand next to Donald Trump now that the campaign is on...

Negotiators near agreement on key Biden priorities expanding child care and universal pre-K

October 26, 2021 at 23:46

(CNN) Democrats are within striking distance of securing agreement on two critical components of President Joe Bide n's domestic agenda, according to a source familiar with the negotiations, as they work through final language on the universal preschool and...