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Romney on impeachment: "It's pretty clear that the effort is constitutional."

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Congress' partisan divide on paid family leave

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Mitch McConnell's remarks on Black voters raise ire

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during a Capitol Hill news conference earlier this year. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been widely criticized for comments he made this week about Black American voters.

Driving the news: When asked by a reporter Wednesday about concerns among voters of color, McConnell said "the concern is misplaced, because if you look at the statistics, Black American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans."

King family leads Arizona rally to mobilize support for voting rights bills

Martin Luther King III addresses a "Let's Finish the Job for the People" rally near the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 14, 2021. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Family members of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. honored his birthday Saturday with a rally in Arizona to mobilize support for voting rights legislation.

Driving the news: The rally comes days after Martin Luther King III admonished Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Thursday, saying history will remember her "unkindly" for voicing her opposition to abolishing the filibuster to pass major voting rights bills.

Martin Shkreli ordered to return $64 million in drug profits

Ex-pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli arrives at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in 2017. Photo: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was ordered to return $64.6 million made in profit from ballooning the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim and is barred from the pharmaceutical industry, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Driving the news:. Shkreli, often known as "Pharma Bro," is serving a seven-year prison sentence on federal charges of wire and securities fraud.

Martin Luther King III: History will remember Sinema "unkindly"

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Martin Luther King III admonished Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Thursday for doubling down on her stance on the Senate filibuster, saying history will remember her "unkindly."

Driving the news: Sinema took to the Senate floor earlier in the day to voice her opposition to abolishing the filibuster to pass major voting rights bills, though Sinema supports efforts to amend voting rights legislation.

Newsom denies parole for Robert F. Kennedy's assassin

Sirhan Sirhan in 1983. Photo: Bettmann/Contributor via Getty images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday denied parole to Robert F. Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan, saying that the 77-year-old "poses an unreasonable threat to public safety."

Driving the news: Newsom rejected a recommendation made in August by a California Parole Board panel, who agreed to a conditional release for Sirhan.

Updated Jan 12, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Josh Hawley introducing his own stock ban bill

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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) plans to introduce his own bill to prevent members of Congress from trading stocks, while Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) teams up with fellow Democrat Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Axios has learned.

Why it matters: This means there will be now be two similar bills to ban stock trades individually championed by two vastly different lawmakers—further complicating the effort to pass a stock trading ban this session.

Bernie Sanders proposes "Masks for All"

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wears a mask in December while speaking with media members. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would provide every person in the U.S. with three free N95 masks, he announced in a statement Tuesday.

Details: The Masks for All Act, first introduced in 2020, aims to improve access to high-filtration face masks by sending them to every person in the country, including people who are homeless, and those living in congregate settings like prison shelters or college dorms, per the bill summary.

McConnell threatens retaliation if Democrats change filibuster rules

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said Republicans would immediately retaliate if Democrats change the Senate's filibuster rules.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote in a letter to colleagues earlier this month that the Senate will debate and vote on changing Senate rules by next Monday if Republicans block a vote on the Freedom to Vote Act.

Law protecting patients from surprise medical bills starts Jan. 1

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Patients with health insurance will no longer receive as many unexpected medical charges from emergency visits and other out-of-network health care services starting Saturday.

Driving the news: The No Surprises Act will go into effect on Jan. 1. It will require patients to pay only the in-network cost-sharing amount in those situations.

Biden signs annual defense bill into law

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President Biden signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for 2022, giving the green light to $770 billion in defense spending over the next year, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The annual bill provides funding and sets policy for the Pentagon for the next fiscal year. Key provisions of this year's bill include a pay increase for military service members and civilian Pentagon staff, 12 weeks of parental leave for all service members, and reforms for how the military investigates and prosecutes sexual assault and harassment.

Go deeper: The key provisions included, and not included, in the NDAA

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