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Congress Averts Rail Strike After Last-Minute Plea From Biden

December 1 By Kaia Hubbard The Senate on Thursday passed last-minute legislation to avert a railroad workers strike as pressure mounted to approve the measure ahead of the weekend amid fears that blows to critical infrastructure and the economy would begin. The deal came together…

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Same-Sex and Interracial Marriage

November 29 By Kaia Hubbard The Senate punctuated a divisive and dizzying lame-duck session with the passage of a bipartisan bill to codify federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages on Tuesday – a major step to safeguard the unions if the rights go the…

Kevin McCarthy Hits the Campaign Trail in Bid for House Speaker

November 25 By Kaia Hubbard The midterm elections have largely come to a close weeks after Election Day, as remaining race results trickle in, the GOP secured control of the House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her plans for her future. But for House Minority…

States That Contributed the Most to 2022 Midterm Elections

November 22 By Julia Haines Television ads, yard signs, billboards and mailboxes filled with fliers inform voters of who’s on the ballot and what they stand for. But they’re not cheap. This midterm election cycle, voter participation and turnout were high – and, as one…

Same-Sex Marriage Protections Clear Key Hurdle in Senate

November 16 By Kaia Hubbard The Senate on Wednesday overcame a key procedural hurdle to approving a bill that would codify same-sex marriage, clearing its way for final passage in the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision on abortion that has threatened other landmark cases…

Biden Delivers Confident Climate Message Despite Unknowns in Congress

November 11 By Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder President Joe Biden on Friday delivered a speech at the COP27 United Nations climate summit that was high on confidence but did not satisfy some activists who were expecting more amid concerns that Congress could waylay the administration’s pledges. Biden…

Women, Minorities Lead Historic Firsts on Election Night

November 8 By Susan Milligan Massachusetts got its first female elected governor Tuesday night – and the first openly lesbian governor ever elected in the country. New York, too, gave its official election imprimatur to a woman for the first time in history, as did…

Trump Facing Deadline to Comply with Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena

November 4 By Kaia Hubbard Former President Donald Trump faces a Friday deadline to turn over documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol as part of a historic subpoena announced last month. The committee took the major and…

The Battlegrounds: Oregon Governor

November 1 By Louis Jacobson Oregon Governor Democratic-held open seat Democratic nominee: Former House Speaker Tina Kotek Republican nominee: Former state House Minority Leader Christine Drazan Independent candidate: Former state Sen. Betsy Johnson Oregon is a state that generally votes Democratic, but with the unpopularity…

GOP House Control Promises Gridlock, Probes, Impeachments

October 28 By Kaia Hubbard When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy unveiled his party’s “Commitment to America” platform last month, rolling out its midterm pitch to voters, he surmised that Democrats “have no plan to fix all the problems they created” – citing inflation, crime…