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Biden's latest executive order: Buy American

The new directive will require the federal government to “buy American” for products and services.

Jan 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Romney on impeachment: "It's pretty clear that the effort is constitutional."

The Utah senator signaled that he would potentially vote to convict Trump.

Jan 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy
The policies that could help fix policing

Cultural changes are needed, but policy can be a starting point.

Jun 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Congress' partisan divide on paid family leave

Both parties like the idea but disagree on who should pay for it.

Nov 25, 2019 - Politics & Policy
How many steps it takes to get an abortion in each state

State legislatures have tried to restrict abortion procedures since Roe v. Wade.

Updated Sep 19, 2019 - Politics & Policy

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Felix Salmon, author of Capital
16 hours ago - Economy & Business

The polarizing jobs report

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Friday morning's dismal jobs report only goes to prove whatever people already believed about government policy.

The big picture: Democrats and progressives are convinced that the weak pace of job growth only serves to underscore the necessity of massive government spending to boost the economy.

May 7, 2021 - World

At least 25 killed during police raid in Brazil

Police officers take part in an operation at the Jacarezinho favela on May 6, 2021. Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images)

A police operation against a group of alleged drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday ended in a shootout that left at least 25 people dead, Reuters reported.

Why it matters: It is the country's deadliest police raid since 2005, per Reuters.

Navy is "looking into" SEAL acquitted of murder in 2019

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at a press conference on Thursday that the Navy is "looking into" the case of a SEAL acquitted of murder in 2019, reports the Washington Post.

Driving the news: On an episode of “The Line” podcast that aired Tuesday, retired Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who was accused of war crimes, told the host that an Islamic State fighter who had been imprisoned in Iraq in 2017 died from "medical treatments" he received.

Army authorizes female soldiers to wear ponytails in all uniforms

U.S. Army approved hairstyle. Photo: U.S. Army

The U.S. Army announced Thursday that it will allow female soldiers to wear ponytails "in all authorized U.S. Army uniforms."

The big picture: The Army announced earlier this year major changes to its grooming policy, including allowing some ponytails in certain circumstances. Thursday's policy update is intended to help give female soldiers "more practical" option, the Army said.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
May 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Schumer aide jumps to clean energy lobbying firm

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Pioneer Public Affairs, a lobbying firm focused on climate and clean energy, unveiled new hires Thursday including Charlie Ellsworth, who until weeks ago was a budget aide to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Driving the news: Other names include Dr. Sweta Chakraborty — whose resume includes work with the climate action social network We Don't Have Time — and Brian Willis, who spent years with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.

Republicans tout funding from COVID relief bill they unanimously opposed

Rep. Madison Cawthorne. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A number of Republican lawmakers are celebrating and promoting provisions of President Biden's American Rescue Plan in their home constituencies, despite unanimously voting against the sweeping COVID rescue bill, AP writes.

Why it matters: Polling suggests the $1.9 trillion plan, the defining legislative victory of Biden's presidency thus far, is widely popular among the American public. Democrats have said they'll make their Republican colleagues' votes a sticking point during the 2022 midterm elections.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
May 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Happy the elephant gets her day in court

Patty, an Asian elephant who lived with the Bronx Zoo's other remaining elephant Happy until they were separated, is seen in October 2019. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Happy, an Asian elephant kept in New York's Bronx Zoo, will get a habeas corpus case at the New York State Court of Appeals.

Why it matters: This represents the first time the highest court in any English-speaking jurisdiction will hear such a case brought on behalf of a nonhuman animal, and could represent a landmark moment for both animal rights and zoos.

Ukraine foreign minister: Trump years were a "difficult time"

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Photo: Cristian Cristel/Xinhua via Getty Images

The Trump presidency was a "difficult time" for Ukraine, during which the country tried to maintain "bipartisan support" from Republicans and Democrats, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.

The state of play: Ukraine found itself uncomfortably involved in U.S. domestic politics on account of Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani's dealings in the country.

Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
May 5, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Iowa governor continues last-minute push to ban trans athletes

Screenshot via Iowa PBS

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is joining a growing legion of Republican lawmakers who support banning transgender girls from playing in women's sports.

The state of play: There's typically legislation targeting transgender people every year by a small group of conservative legislators in the state, but this is the first time Reynolds has overtly pushed for it.

May 5, 2021 - World

Violent protests in Colombia leave at least 24 dead

Demonstrators in Bogota on May 4. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Mass anti-government protests unfolded across Colombia on Wednesday, topping off a week of unrest that has left at least 24 people dead, reports The Guardian.

Why it matters: The demonstrations started as a strike against a proposed tax reform but developed into wider outcry "over poverty exacerbated by the pandemic, human rights abuses and the authorities’ heavy-handed response to protests," per The Guardian.

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