Pelosi’s Stock Ban Bill Isn’t Just Weak, It’s Dangerous

A wave of congressional stock trading scandals, ranging from suspiciously timed trades at the start of the pandemic to members of Congress failing to comply with transaction disclosure requirements, have prompted calls for reform this year. Under pressure from the public, Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives have finally introduced a long-awaited bill to…

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The Supreme Court Could Shrink Federal Protections for Clean Water

On the first day of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a long-running dispute over federal water regulation that climate activists argue could leave millions of acres of wetlands unprotected and potentially intensify pollution of America’s water system. Idaho couple Chantell and Michael Sackett have been waging a 15-year legal battle with…

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Putin’s Annexation Has ‘No Legitimacy,’ Biden Says, as US Issues New Sanctions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. on Friday sanctioned more than 1,000 people and firms connected to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including its Central Bank governor and families of Security Council members, after President Vladimir Putin signed treaties absorbing occupied regions of Ukraine into Russia, in defiance of international law. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The Treasury Department named hundreds…

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What to Know About the Oath Keepers’ Seditious Conspiracy Trial

In the most high-profile Jan. 6 case yet, the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia and four other members are facing charges of seditious conspiracy in a significant test for the Justice Department, which is seeking to successfully prosecute the rare charges for the first time in 30 years. Stewart Rhodes, the leader of…

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How DeSantis Handles Hurricane Ian Will Shape His Political Future

This article is part of The D.C. Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox. Ron DeSantis is about to face the most consequential 72 hours of his political career. With Hurricane Ian making landfall this afternoon and 2.5 million Florida residents under evacuation orders, the Florida…

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