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A US passport.

US to issue first passport with an ‘X’ gender marker for those who don’t identify as male or female

The United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation — a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who don’t identify as male or female.

In this Oct. 25, 2021 file photo, the South Lawn of the White House is lit during a Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington.

Not a trick: No White House treats for Halloween this year

Ghosts and goblins can scratch the White House from their trick or treating routes this year.

President Biden.

Many progressives grudgingly accepting smaller economic bill

Moderates’ clout flows from the fraught arithmetic of a tightly divided Congress in which Democrats need all their votes in the 50-50 Senate and near unanimity in the House.

The US Capitol.

Senate confirms Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake to ambassador posts

The Senate confirmed two prominent anti-Trump Republicans to serve in the Biden administration on Tuesday with former senator Jeff Flake approved to serve as the ambassador to Turkey and Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Senator John McCain, approved to serve as the ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx speaks during a news conference with the coronavirus task force at the White House in Washington.

Birx says Trump White House could have prevented thousands of COVID deaths

Dr. Deborah Birx, who helped run the coronavirus pandemic response for former President Donald Trump, told congressional investigators earlier this month that Trump’s White House failed to take steps that could have prevented tens of thousands of deaths.

U.S. Capitol Police Officers stand guard on the Senate plaza steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021.

Lawmakers defer some Jan. 6 document requests, seek others

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol “deferred” its requests for several dozen pages of records from former President Donald Trump’s administration at the White House’s urging.

Boston City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George (right) and Michelle Wu.

Three takeaways from the final Boston mayoral debate

City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George faced her last major shot at eroding the deficit she faces against fellow Councilor Michelle Wu.

Kim Wyman, Washington state's Secretary of State.

GOP election chief who rejects fraud claims up for fed job

A Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud in 2020 is the front-runner for a job heading the Biden administration’s effort to protect future elections, according to people familiar with the discussions.