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US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia tension

The Pentagon says that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has put about 8,500 troops on heightened alert, so they will be prepared to deploy if needed to reassure NATO allies in the face of ongoing Russian aggression on the border of Ukraine Learn More


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Justices to hear challenge to race in college admissions

The conservative-dominated Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions, adding affirmative action to major cases on abortion, guns, religion and COVID-19 already on the agenda More »


Justices to weigh limits on reach of Clean Water Act

The Supreme Court will consider reining in federal regulation of private property under the nation’s main anti-water pollution law, the Clean Water Act More »


RFK Jr. remarks on Anne Frank, vaccines draw condemnation

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Anti-Defamation League say anti-vaccine activist Robert F More »


Social media figure gets home detention in Capitol riot case

A pro-Trump social media influencer who posted video of himself at the U.S. Capitol during last year’s riot has been sentenced to three months of home detention More »


Biden revives 'clean energy' program with $1B loan guarantee

The Biden administration has issued its first clean energy loan guarantee, reviving an Obama-era program that disbursed billions of dollars in guarantees to help launch the country’s first utility-scale wind and solar farms a decade ago but has largely gone dormant in recent years More »


Ethics office says Reps. Newman, Lamborn may have broken law

A congressional ethics watchdog has concluded that U.S. Reps. Marie Newman of Illinois and Doug Lamborn of Colorado may have violated federal law, prompting reviews from the House Ethics Committee More »


Feds launch website for claiming part 2 of child tax credit

The White House and Treasury Department launched a revamped Child Tax Credit website meant to help people who were eligible for the expanded tax credit under last year’s pandemic relief bill claim the second half of the payment they were due More »


Belarus hacktivists target railway in anti-Russia effort

A Belarusian hacktivist group says it has launched a limited cyberattack on the national railway company, aimed at impeding the movement of Russian troops and freight inside the Moscow-allied country More »


EXPLAINER: Why effort to help Afghanistan is falling short

A grim situation in Afghanistan is getting worse More »


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