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Remington subpoenas school records of Sandy Hook shooting victims

Some of the remaining memorial items to Sandy Hook Elementry students and staff who died are viewed in Newtown, Connecticut, on January 3, 2013. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

A gunmaker being sued by nine families of Sandy Hook shooting victims has subpoenaed school records belonging to five children and four educators who were killed, the Connecticut Post reports.

Driving the news: Lawyers representing the nine families in court on Thursday sought to seal the records requested by the now-bankrupt Remington company.

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Sep 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democrats running out of time for climate change action

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Democrats' Beltway drama over their $3.5 trillion spending package could influence the outcomes at a critical United Nations climate summit this fall.

Driving the news: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is calling for a "pause" in senior Democrats' plan to move a $3.5 trillion package that would include major clean energy and climate measures.

White House adds to its climate science ranks

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The White House is boosting its cadre of climate science experts.

Driving the news: Philip Duffy, a physical scientist, has joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as a climate science adviser in the new climate and environment division.

Kim Potter faces first-degree manslaughter charge in Daunte Wright death

A community leader speaks as protesters rally outside the Brooklyn Center police station to protest the death of Daunte Wright. Photo: KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images

Minnesota prosecutors upgraded charges Thursday against Kim Potter, the former police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.

Why it matters: Potter is now charged with first-degree manslaughter in addition to a prior charge of second-degree manslaughter, but activists have pushed for murder charges during protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, AP notes.

New York extends statewide eviction moratorium to January

People gather to call for a stop to evictions on Tuesday. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law on Thursday to extend the statewide eviction moratorium to Jan. 15, 2022.

Why it matters: The new moratorium will continue to protect tenants struggling to pay rent because of the pandemic. More than 700,000 New York households are behind on rent, per the National Equity Atlas.

Updated Sep 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Unprecedented Texas abortion ban goes into effect

Protesters of the abortion ban march in Texas. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

A law that bans abortions after six weeks, including in cases of rape and incest, went into effect in Texas on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The law, one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S., prohibits the practice after a fetal heartbeat is detected — before many people know they are pregnant.

State Department: Roughly 350 Americans still want to leave Afghanistan

Afghans, hoping to leave Afghanistan, queue at the main entrance gate of Kabul airport in Kabul on August 28, 2021. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

Approximately 350 U.S. citizens who wish to leave Afghanistan are still in the country, the State Department said on Saturday.

Driving the news: Of the remaining individuals, some are believed to be nearly or already out of the country, per the State Department.

$3.5 trillion budget plan stalls in House amid standoff between Pelosi, centrists

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departs the House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The $3.5 trillion budget framework stalled in the House early Tuesday after tense negotiations between Democratic leaders and centrists failed to reach an agreement.

Driving the news: Moderate Democrats, who have vowed to block the deal until a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package is passed, held out on early Tuesday morning as divisions in the party flared, the New York Times writes.

Aug 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Nine House centrists double down on passing infrastructure before budget

Rep. Josh Gottheimer. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The nine House centrists pressing for a quick vote on the bipartisan infrastructure deal are doubling down on their position that the House should pass the Senate's bipartisan infrastructure bill before moving to the Democrat-only $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

Why it matters: After a week of pressure from White House officials — as well as their own Democratic congressional leaders — the nine centrist lawmakers are not dropping their demands.

38-day Texas House standoff ends after Democrats' return

Texas state Reps. Carl Sherman (center) and Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (right). Texas House Democrats lobbied for an end to the filibuster, passage of the For The People Act and restoration of the Voting Rights Act while in D.C. this month. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The contentious holdout that followed 50 Texas House Democrats' departure from the state came to an end on Thursday after 38 days, AP reports.

Why it matters: Democrats fled the state in July to protest GOP-led voting restrictions, flying to D.C. instead to urge federal action on voting rights. Enough returned on Thursday to resume quorum, days after the Texas Supreme Court ruled that they can be arrested if they don't attend the state Capitol.