What to know about Texas governor's Covid order targeting migrant transport

July 30, 2021 at 01:04

Greg Abbott kicked his war against the Biden administration's immigration policies up a notch with an executive order Wednesday targeting the transportation of migrants released from custody. The order is framed as a public health measure to address Covid-1...

Washington Post: CDC document warns Delta variant appears to spread as easily as chickenpox and cause more severe infection

July 30, 2021 at 00:59

Washington (CNN) The Delta coronavirus variant surging across the US appears to cause more severe illness and spreads as easily as chicken pox, according to an internal document from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention obtained by The Washingt...

Biden tells lawmakers he'll push for pathway to citizenship for millions in sweeping economic package

July 30, 2021 at 00:57

(CNN) President Joe Biden reiterated his support for a Democratic effort to include immigration policy in his multi-trillion anti-poverty package, assuring a group of lawmakers on Thursday that he would stand by them in their push to see a pathway to citize...

Third Black lawmaker arrested this month during voting rights protests in DC

July 29, 2021 at 23:48

Washington (CNN) Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said she was arrested on Thursday by Capitol Police during a protest on voting rights, becoming the third lawmaker to be arrested in recent weeks while participating in a pro-voting rights demonstration in...

With clock ticking, policing negotiators struggle to close deal

July 29, 2021 at 23:05

(CNN) The fate of a bipartisan deal overhauling policing looks increasingly dim with the August recess looming in just a matter of days. Scott has said he wants to see bill language before the Senate leaves for its scheduled recess on August 6. "I'm going t...

Navy charges sailor in connection with 2020 fire on USS Bonhomme Richard

July 29, 2021 at 22:54

Washington (CNN) The US Navy has charged a sailor in connection with the 2020 fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious warship while it was in port in San Diego, a Navy spokesperson said Thursday. The charges are based on evidence found durin...

Pentagon watchdog warns of 'existential crisis' and criticizes US 'hubris' in Afghanistan

July 29, 2021 at 21:53

CNN —A Pentagon watchdog report on Afghanistan warns that the country’s government could face an “existential crisis” and offered a highly critical assessment of the US’s strategy and conduct throughout the nearly 20-year war, just weeks before the withdraw...

Biden set to announce measures to incentivize Covid-19 vaccinations, including a requirement for federal employees

July 29, 2021 at 20:52

The new measures come amid a rise in Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the US. The vast majority of those individuals with severe cases of Covid-19 are unvaccinated. If you're out there unvaccinated, you don't have to die," Biden said during remarks a...

First on CNN: President Biden to meet with 7 governors Friday to discuss devastating wildfires

July 29, 2021 at 19:59

(CNN) President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with seven governors on Friday to talk about how states are responding to a devastating Western wildfire season -- and how the federal government can assist. According to exclusive details...

Biden calls on students to keep campuses 'safe from a threat of abuse and assault as well' as Covid-19 as they return this fall

July 29, 2021 at 19:22

Washington, DC (CNN) President Joe Biden on Thursday highlighted the responsibility that college students have to ensure their campuses are safe not just from the Covid-19 pandemic, but also "safe from a threat of abuse and assault as well," in remarks to y...

National security adviser calls bipartisan infrastructure bill 'urgent national security imperative'

July 29, 2021 at 18:56

(CNN) National security adviser Jake Sullivan reminded senior White House staff on Thursday of the stakes of passing the burgeoning $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, framing its passage as an "urgent national security imperative for the United Sta...

Biden administration may challenge Texas governor's order targeting migrants

July 29, 2021 at 18:53

(CNN) The Biden administration is considering challenging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Wednesday executive order targeting migrants over concerns that his actions will cripple infrastructure in border communities, including potential legal action, a senior admi...

McConnell cites experience with polio in ad pushing Kentuckians to get vaccinated

July 29, 2021 at 18:48

(CNN) Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is taking his coronavirus vaccine plea directly to his constituents. The 60-second ad, narrated by the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, began airing on Thursday morning, according to a source familiar...

Senate passes $2 billion Capitol security funding bill in response to January 6 insurrection

July 29, 2021 at 18:27

(CNN) The Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a roughly $2 billion Capitol Hill security spending bill in response to the deadly January 6 insurrection. The vote was 98-0. The security supplemental funding bill will provide funding for the Capit...

Manchin backs taking first step on Biden's multi-trillion-dollar agenda as Democratic leaders grow more confident

July 29, 2021 at 17:51

"We should move forward with the budget resolution because you've got to get on the bill to work on it," Manchin said of the first step in the process. If the non-binding budget resolution is approved by both chambers, then lawmakers and staff will spend th...

Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction moratorium set to expire Saturday

July 29, 2021 at 16:29

(CNN) President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to extend the eviction moratorium set to expire on Saturday that prohibits landlords nationwide from evicting certain tenants who fail to pay rent amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court last mo...

Controversial Arizona ballot review pulls in more than $5.7 million in private donations, organizers say

July 29, 2021 at 16:16

(CNN) A private company conducting a widely denounced review of ballots in Arizona's largest county says it has received more than $5.7 million in private funds to support its examination of the 2020 presidential results. The majority of the money has come...

Chief DC federal judge questions misdemeanor deals for US Capitol rioters

July 29, 2021 at 16:03

(CNN) The chief judge in DC's federal court questioned the Justice Department's decision to offer misdemeanor plea deals to nonviolent US Capitol rioters, saying at a hearing Thursday that the relatively light punishment might not be enough to deter similar...

Blinken warns talks with Iran can't go on indefinitely

July 29, 2021 at 14:57

(CNN) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that negotiations with Tehran over the Iran nuclear deal "cannot and will not go on indefinitely." "We are committed to diplomacy, but this process cannot go on indefinitely," Blinken said at a press...

Analysis: Simone Biles' radical excellence

July 29, 2021 at 14:30

The bejeweled animal is on Simone Biles’ leotards. But gymnastics is evolving, in large part because of figures such as Biles. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Gabrielle Douglas became the first Black American to secure the Olympic individual all-arou...