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Biden signs memo to boost spy agencies’ cyber defenses
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Biden signs memo to boost spy agencies’ cyber defenses

President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a national security memorandum to bolster cybersecurity for sensitive computer systems used by the Pentagon and US spy agencies amid an array of hacking threats from foreign governments. The White House said the measures would “[raise] the bar for the cybersecurity of our most sensitive systems,” and build on…MORE

Mark Kelly backs rules change to pass voting rights legislation
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Mark Kelly backs rules change to pass voting rights legislation

Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat facing reelection in Arizona, announced he will back a rules change to pass voting rights legislation, revealing a schism with his fellow Arizonan, Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who has remained steadfast in her opposition to such a change. In a lengthy statement, Kelly wrote that “protecting the vote-by-mail system used…MORE

Senior citizens are fuming that Medicare won’t pay for Covid-19 tests at retailers
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Senior citizens are fuming that Medicare won’t pay for Covid-19 tests at retailers

Peggy Matthews-Forney cannot believe that, unlike private insurers, Medicare is not reimbursing senior citizens for the home Covid-19 tests they buy at retailers. “As a Medicare enrollee, I am enraged,” said the retired industry strategist from Denver, noting that more than three-quarters of Covid-19 deaths in the US are among the elderly. “If anyone needs…MORE

Plans to close all but one polling place in a rural Georgia county reverberate through a battleground state
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Plans to close all but one polling place in a rural Georgia county reverberate through a battleground state

Election officials in a rural Georgia county are weighing plans to close all but one polling place ahead of this year’s elections, alarming local voting and civil rights groups. But Wednesday’s vote by the Lincoln County elections board has reverberated far beyond this Georgia community of roughly 7,700 northwest of Augusta. The county is one…MORE

Everytown for Gun Safety endorses Reps. McBath and Newman in primaries
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Everytown for Gun Safety endorses Reps. McBath and Newman in primaries

Everytown for Gun Safety endorsed Democratic Reps. Lucy McBath and Marie Newman on Wednesday over the Democratic incumbents they’re challenging in two pivotal primaries of the 2022 election cycle. Both House lawmakers decided to run in 2022 in different districts than they currently represent due to their states’ redrawn congressional maps. Everytown endorsed McBath over…MORE

Biden administration defends controversial Trump-era border policy barring asylum seekers in court
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Biden administration defends controversial Trump-era border policy barring asylum seekers in court

The Biden administration defended the use of a controversial Trump-era policy that’s resulted in the expulsion of more than 1 million migrants at the US-Mexico border during a court hearing Wednesday, arguing that it was necessary to avoid the transmission of Covid-19 in border facilities. The public health authority, known as Title 42, was invoked…MORE

Blinken says Russia could double troops on Ukraine’s borders in ‘short order’
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Blinken says Russia could double troops on Ukraine’s borders in ‘short order’

Russia could double the number of troops it has on Ukraine’s border in “relatively short order,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Wednesday after meeting with Ukrainian leaders. Blinken’s meetings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv Wednesday were the first of three stops the top US diplomat is making…MORE

Ted Cruz’s campaign finance rule challenge gets its day at the Supreme Court
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Ted Cruz’s campaign finance rule challenge gets its day at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will revisit the issue of campaign finance Wednesday, hearing a challenge brought by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to a federal cap on candidates using political contributions to recoup personal loans they make to their campaigns. A high court ruling in Cruz’s favor could further erode the 20-year-old law that governs…MORE

Biden administration to distribute 400 million N95 masks to the public for free
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Biden administration to distribute 400 million N95 masks to the public for free

The Biden administration will make 400 million N95 masks available to Americans for free starting next week, a White House official told CNN, the latest federal step aimed at reining in the US’ Covid-19 surge. The masks — which are coming from the Strategic National Stockpile — will be made available at a number of…MORE