Senate passes stopgap funding bill, avoiding government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday that avoids a short-term shutdown and funds the federal government through Feb. 18 after leaders defused a partisan standoff over federal vaccine mandates. The measure now goes to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. Earlier in the day, congressional leaders announced they had … Read more

Public housing would receive big boost from Build Back Better Act

WASHINGTON — Across the country, more than 2 million Americans live in public housing, which are homes provided for and often maintained by the federal government and tax dollars. But in recent years, many of those facilities have fallen into disrepair. The Park Morton apartments in Washington, D.C. is one of those complexes. For Shonta’ … Read more

Muslim Lawmakers Condemn Republicans’ Inaction After Boebert’s Islamophobic Remarks

Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and André Carson (D-Ind.) came together to condemn Republican lawmakers’ inaction after Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Colo.) repeated Islamophobic remarks against Omar. “When a sitting member of Congress calls a colleague a member of the ‘jihad squad’ and falsifies a story to suggest I will blow up the Capitol, … Read more

Boebert Watch: Sorry You Feel That Way

At some point, everyone has offered someone they’ve wronged a bad apology. You know, the sort of apology in which you take no responsibility for the act itself, but still expect absolution from the person you’ve offended. For most people, it’s not their best moment. For Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, it’s just a continuation of her … Read more

U.S. to Restrict Travel From South Africa, 7 Other Countries as New Covid Variant Emerges

The United States will restrict travel for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new Covid variant emerges. President Joe Biden was briefed Friday by White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. The briefing came as other nations announced travel restrictions on southern Africa. In addition to South … Read more

Students at HBCUs push for change and more funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — They are some of the most historically-significant colleges in our country. Historically Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, are defined by the federal government as any college that was founded prior to 1964 and whose primary mission has been the education of Black Americans. “I feel like this is a family, you … Read more