This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Liz Cheney needed five of her colleagues to stand with her. That would have forced her fellow Republican members of the House to have a tallied — yet still…

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After more than a decade of warnings about the vulnerability of U.S. energy infrastructure to hackers, a cyberattack on a major pipeline has left over a dozen states scrambling for gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, and other petroleum products. Drivers in states like Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida converged at gas stations. Virginia Governor…

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Few politicians understand the federal judiciary like President Joe Biden does. As a young Senator, he served in top roles on the Judiciary Committee for over 15 years, overseeing the confirmation of hundreds of district and circuit court judges and eight Supreme Court justices. Which means now as President, he knows the scope of the…

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This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Credit for honesty where it’s due: four months into this current Congress’ two-year term, a dozen members of the House are already dropping all pretense and saying they won’t…

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