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WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked President Joe Biden’s voting rights measure, handing Democrats their second high-profile setback in as many months. A procedural vote to advance a pair of voting rights bills failed 49-51, far short of the 60 votes required to prevent a GOP filibuster. Senate Democrats unanimously supported the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and ...

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Health experts have recommended switching to N95 or KN95 face masks as the omicron coronavirus variant — which transmits and evades COVID-19 vaccines more easily than past strains — spreads throughout the United States. But can these higher-quality masks be used more than once? Some experts say yes — with limitations — as long as it’s done safely. Here’s what to know: Reusing N95 and KN95 ...

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday was barreling toward a showdown on voting rights legislation and rules changes, even as Democratic leaders conceded they don’t yet have the numbers to pass any bills or change the rules to circumvent a GOP filibuster. “We’re not there yet,” Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters Wednesday morning. “I wouldn’t want to delude ...

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WASHINGTON — President Biden, in a fiery speech Tuesday in Atlanta, called for changing Senate rules in order to pass voting rights protections, going further than he has before in an effort to unify Senate Democrats around what he framed as an existential issue for the country. Biden, whose support for the legislative filibuster has softened in recent months, endorsed changing the rule that ...

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WASHINGTON — Speaking a day before the one-year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged Wednesday to hold to account those involved “at any level” in the riot, whether they were present during the melee or not. In his speech at the Justice Department billed as an update for employees on the insurrection investigation, Garland pushed back against ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin spoke Sunday night after Manchin torpedoed Biden’s roughly $2 trillion economic agenda, a conversation that the White House believes left the door open to revive talks on the package, according to a person familiar with the matter. Their call came hours after Manchin abruptly announced on “Fox News Sunday” that he wouldn’t back the Build ...

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WASHINGTON — The United States will reimplement the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program as soon as Monday, the Department of Homeland Security said after the Mexican government agreed to allow migrants to stay there as they wait for their U.S. immigration court hearings. The agency said Thursday it would relaunch the program formally known at the Migration Protection Protocols, or MPP, “on or ...

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