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The latest U.S. COVID-19 wave is taking its toll on some states’ intensive-care units, with several parts of the country seeing outbreaks that are as bad as ever. In 15 states, patients with confirmed or suspected COVID are taking up more ICU beds than a year earlier, according to Department of Health and Human Services data. Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan have 41%, 37% and 34% of ICU beds ...

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Democrats spent the weekend hyping President Joe Biden’s sweeping social and environmental spending package, dubbed “Build Back Better,” that faces a tough uphill battle for Senate approval. The roughly $2 trillion bill narrowly passed in the House of Representatives, but Democrats will need to mount a full-court press to get it through the evenly divided Senate. White House National Economic ...

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to approve their sweeping measure Friday to strengthen the nation’s social safety net programs and begin to respond to the climate crisis, a sorely needed show of progress for President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda even as it faces more hurdles. Their attempt to pass the bill late Thursday was foiled by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who ...

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Against the backdrop of a light November snowfall, President Joe Biden on Tuesday touted the role of New Hampshire’s current all-Democratic congressional delegation in passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill that he signed in to law Monday. Less than one year from the 2022 midterm elections and with half of that delegation considered vulnerable, the event illustrated that the electoral ...

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi maneuvered the House toward a vote Friday on President Joe Biden’s economic package and a separate infrastructure bill, even as she continued 11th-hour discussions to settle lingering differences among Democrats. The planned vote on the massive tax and spending measure, estimated at more than $1.75 trillion, follows months of intra-party tension and disputes that carried ...

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WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats’ hopes to expand voting rights died Wednesday afternoon when Senate Republicans blocked voting on a bill that would have established Election Day as a public holiday and created minimum standards for nationwide voting access. The failure is sure to intensify pressure from progressives on their party leaders to eliminate the filibuster. The Freedom to Vote ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday outlined plans to expand offshore wind development across almost all U.S. coasts, raising the prospect that turbines could be installed from the Carolinas to California. “We have big goals to achieve a clean energy economy,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said during a speech at American Clean Power’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Boston on ...