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GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde defends comparison of Jan. 6 riot to "tourists"

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) departs a press conference on June 14. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) defended comments made during a House committee hearing in which he compared the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot to a "normal visit."

The big picture: In a heated back-and-forth during a Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who sits on the select committee investigating the attack, pressed Clyde on whether he had watched the officers' testimony earlier in the day.

Updated Jul 28, 2021 - Politics & Policy

White House, House reimpose mask mandate

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The White House announced Tuesday that it was reimposing its indoor mask requirement for staff, a White House aide confirmed to Axios.

The latest: Capitol physician Brian Monahan late Tuesday announced that the House would also require masks again "for meetings in an enclosed" space.

Top Democrats call for Biden to extend student loan pause, cancel $50k per borrower

Chuck Schumer. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), joined by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), on Tuesday called on President Biden to extend the moratorium on student loan payments and cancel $50,000 per borrower.

Why it matters: Americans owe about $1.6 trillion in student loans and the current pause on payments will end on Sept. 30, leaving more than 3o million people to begin making student loan repayments in October even as the pandemic continues.

Ex-intelligence analyst sentenced to 45 months for leaking secret drone info

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A former Air Force intelligence analyst on Tuesday was sentenced to 45 months in prison for violating the Espionage Act when he leaked top secret documents about the U.S. government’s drone strike program, the AP reports.

Catch up quick: The ex-airman, Daniel Hale, said he was motivated by guilt when he leaked classified information to a journalist from the Intercept about drone strikes after watching a fatal attack that his colleagues considered successful, per The Washington Post.

Jul 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Infrastructure's do-or-die moment

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A host of new problems emerged Monday morning threatening whether the Group of 10 can actually make this "infrastructure week" after all.

Why it matters: This is the bill's do-or-die moment.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Jul 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Sneak peek: Biden to tout ADA's bipartisan roots

31 years ago today, President George H.W. Bush signs the ADA into law. Photo: Bettmann Archive

President Biden will highlight the bipartisan roots of the Americans with Disabilities Act when he holds a Rose Garden event Monday with Vice President Harris to mark the law's 31st anniversary.

What to watch: Biden, a co-sponsor of the bill as a senator, will say that the ADA was a Democratic bill signed into law by a Republican president, George H.W. Bush, who was surrounded by both Democrats and Republicans.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Jul 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Top Obama pollster warns left not to get greedy ahead of midterms

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Joel Benenson, who led polling for President Obama, tells me liberal Democrats are endangering the House majority in next year's midterms by trying to load too much onto President Biden's spending packages.

Why it matters: Benenson has years of data showing that the more lawmakers add to a massive piece of legislation, the less likely that swing voters will swallow it. And, as Benenson put it: "You gotta win the middle to win."

Jul 25, 2021 - World

U.S. offers more air support to Afghan forces in fight against Taliban

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie in 2019. Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images

A regional U.S. commander said at a Sunday news conference that the U.S. military has stepped up its airstrikes against the Taliban and that it will continue to do so in the weeks ahead, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The United States has almost completed its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is slated to wrap up on Aug. 31. However the departure has coincided with large and rapid territorial gains by the Taliban and a sharp increase in violence.

Critical race theory founders respond to GOP attacks

A rally against critical race theory being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Va. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, some of the founders of critical race theory discussed GOP attacks on their discipline, characterizing them as part of a political charade.

State of play: Cracking down on the teaching of critical race theory—which holds that racism is baked into the formation of the nation and is ingrained in the legal, financial, and education systems—has become a popular talking point among some Republicans.

Biden signs bill to replenish Crime Victims Fund

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President Biden on Thursday signed legislation to replenish the Crime Victims Fund, which provides grants for victim services.

Why it matters: Biden noted in remarks prior to the signing that the fund was "depleted" in recent years and the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act will give it a new source of revenue.