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Florida politician to cooperate in Gaetz probe

Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector for Seminole County, agreed to plead guilty to six criminal charges — including sex-trafficking of a child, aggravated identity theft and wire fraud — which come with a mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years and a statutory maximum potentially decades longer.

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona at a press briefing at the White House in March. Cardona has begun dismantling his predecessor’s policies, but advocacy groups are baffled as Justice Department attorneys representing the federal agency hold the line on legal positions that are out of step with Biden’s agenda.

Student loan borrowers perplexed by Biden administration’s continued defense of Trump-era lawsuits

President Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has begun dismantling his predecessor’s policies, but advocacy groups are baffled as Justice Department attorneys representing the federal agency hold the line on legal positions that are out of step with Biden’s agenda.

Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in June. DeLauro, the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee,  unveiled a proposal for bringing back the earmark practice.

House Democrats and Republicans seek more than $20 billion in earmarks as once-maligned practice returns

The return of congressional earmarks has sparked a massive dash for cash on Capitol Hill, where more than 300 House Democrats and Republicans have sought nearly $21 billion in federal funding to help their home districts and pet projects — and shore up their reelection prospects.

Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, announced Friday that he had struck a deal with the panel’s top Republican, Representative John Katko, Republican of New York, to create the commission.

House Democrats and Republicans reach deal on commission to investigate Jan. 6 attack on Capitol

The proposed 10-person commission would be charged with studying the events and run-up to Jan. 6, with a focus on why an estimated 10,000 supporters of former president Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol grounds and what factors instigated them to break inside.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on unaccompanied minors at the southern border on Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Biden seeks new border metrics for success

When it came time this week for the Biden administration to release April enforcement data showing illegal migration at a 20-year high, US Customs and Border Protection slipped the news in an after-hours news release. Nearly four months into President Biden’s term, he and his top officials are looking to break with Trump’s measurement standards.

Sydney Porter received her COVID-19 vaccination from Kristine Gill, with the Seattle Fire Department’s Mobile Vaccination Teams, before the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles at T-Mobile Park on May 5 in Seattle. As demand for the vaccine slows, Major League Baseball is heavily promoting inoculations, and stadiums have become a new line of demarcation, where vaccinated sections are highlighted as perks akin to VIP skyboxes.

Forget backstage passes or VIP bracelets. Vaccination cards are the new ticket

As the US nudges against the soft ceiling of those who will willingly take the vaccine, private employers, restaurants, and entertainment venues are looking for ways to make those who are inoculated feel like VIPs, both to protect workers and guests, and to possibly entice those not yet on board.

An out of service gas pump at a gas station in Silver Spring, Md., The gas station that was out of fuel, notified customers on Thursday. Motorists found gas pumps shrouded in plastic bags at tapped-out service stations across more than a dozen US states Thursday while the operator of the nation's largest gasoline pipeline reported making "substantial progress" in resolving the computer hack-induced shutdown responsible for the empty tanks.

Gas crunch from cyberattack intensifies in nation’s capital

Gas shortages at the pumps have spread from the South, all but emptying stations in Washington, D.C., following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline. Though the pipeline operator paid a ransom, restoring service was taking time.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) walks out of the committee room during a hearing with the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information System in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 14, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Former Gaetz confidant pleads guilty and agrees to cooperate

A former confidant of Representative Matt Gaetz admitted in court papers on Friday to an array of federal crimes — including sex trafficking of a minor — and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigations.