McCarthy officially denies Schiff and Swalwell seats on the House Intelligence Committee

CNN — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday officially denied Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell sit on the House Intelligence Committee. “I appreciate the loyalty you have to your Democrat colleagues, and I acknowledge your efforts to have two Members of Congress reinstated to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” McCarthy wrote … Read more

McConnell plans a backseat role as McCarthy battles the White House over the debt ceiling

CNN — Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell has engineered ways out of a devastating debt default in the past. This time may be different – ​​at least for now. Facing the riskiest debt ceiling standoff in a dozen years, Senate Republican leaders are planning to take a backseat role and let the newly empowered House … Read more

Jeff Zients to replace Ron Klain as White House chief of staff

CNN — Jeff Zients, who ran President Joe Biden‘s Covid-19 response effort and served in high-ranking roles in the Obama administration, is expected to replace Ron Klain as the next White House chief of staff, according to three people briefed on the matter. Klain is expected to step down in the coming weeks. The move … Read more

Illinois state court allows limited pause on state’s gun ban backed by Pritzker

Washington CNN — An Illinois judge on Friday granted a temporary restraining order barring the enforcement of a new Illinois gun control law against roughly 800 plaintiffs. The law, signed by Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker last week at the start of his second term as governor, caps the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, bans “switches” … Read more

Debt ceiling: Here’s what you should know as the threat of default looms

CNN — The clock is now ticking on the nation’s debt ceiling drama. The US hit its borrowing cap Thursdaytriggering the Treasury Department to start taking extraordinary measures to prevent a default. While Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen doesn’t expect the US to default on its debt before early June, Congress has to get serious about … Read more

Debt ceiling: Here’s what you should know as the threat of default looms

CNN — The clock is now ticking to prevent a financial crisis. The US hit its debt ceiling Thursdaytriggering the Treasury Department to start taking extraordinary measures to prevent a default. While Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen doesn’t expect the US to default on its debt before early June, Congress has to get serious about negotiating … Read more

UK government blocks Scotland’s new gender recognition law

CNN — The UK government has blocked a new law intended to allow trans people in Scotland to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis – a controversial move that has added fuel to the already highly emotional debate over Scottish independence. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, called the intervention “a full-frontal attack on … Read more

State-run auto-IRA programs continue to grow as more options are launched

Sturti | E+ | Getty Images Whether you have access to a retirement plan through work increasingly depends, at least partly, on where you live. Within the last decade, 16 state legislatures have adopted retirement-savings programs targeting workers whose employers don’t offer a 401(k) plan or similar option. Some programs are up and running, while … Read more

MLK Jr. Day: Biden to deliver remarks on democracy and voting rights at Ebenezer Baptist Church

CNN — Joe Biden will be the first sitting president to speak at a Sunday service at the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, the White House has announced, as Biden marks the national holiday weekend honoring the late civil rights leader. The president will “deliver remarks reflecting on Dr. … Read more

Treasury secretary warns ‘extraordinary measures’ needed to keep US from defaulting on debt as soon as next week

CNN — The Treasury Department said Friday the US will reach the debt limit on January 19 and “extraordinary measures” will need to be taken, setting up one of the first major battles on Capitol Hill after Republicans took control of the House. The debt limit is the maximum that the federal government is allowed … Read more