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Biden's U.N. pick to warn that U.S. absence allows China to thrive at world body

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations will stress on Wednesday the importance of U.S. re-engagement with the 193-member world body in order to challenge efforts by China to "drive an authoritarian agenda." Learn More


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Senate Republicans unite behind failed effort to challenge Trump impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty-five Senate Republicans backed a failed effort on Tuesday to halt former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, in a show of party unity that some cited as a clear sign he will not be convicted of inciting insurrection at the Capitol. More »


In early action, Biden tries to make good on pledge to heal America's racial divide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Tuesday issued a firm call to heal America's racial divide, taking several steps and promising more to confront racism and inequality that he said has plagued the United States for far too long. More »


U.S. Senate confirms Biden nominee Blinken as secretary of state

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee, veteran diplomat Antony Blinken, to serve as secretary of state. More »


Democrats may move forward on coronavirus aid without Republicans, says Schumer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Senate will move forward on U.S. President Joe Biden's coronavirus relief plan without Republican support if necessary, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday. More »


Yellen, Rice tout economics as key to fixing American inequality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dismantling racial inequalities that have plagued the United States since its founding will boost economic growth and create new jobs for everyone, top advisers to President Joe Biden said Tuesday, laying out a central tenet of the new administration's agenda. More »


Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologize for 'failings' in Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologized on Tuesday for "failings" during the deadly attack on the building by followers of then-President Donald Trump in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory. More »


U.S. judge blocks deportation freeze in swift setback for Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday temporarily blocked a move by new U.S. President Joe Biden to halt the deportation of many immigrants for a 100-day period, a swift legal setback for his ambitious immigration agenda. More »


U.S. Attorney expects indictments in U.S. Capitol breach as soon as this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top federal prosecutor investigating the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol said on Tuesday he expects indictments will be handed down as soon as this week, as the FBI works to track down more than 400 suspects in the sprawling investigation. More »


U.S. commission cites 'moral imperative' to explore AI weapons

(Reuters) - The United States should not agree to ban the use or development of autonomous weapons powered by artificial intelligence (AI) software, a government-appointed panel said in a draft report for Congress. More »


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