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President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic senators on Wednesday to talk about Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal.
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President Biden is set to deliver his first foreign policy speech as president on Thursday. It could provide early signals for his plans to chart a course away from former President Donald Trump's "America First" approach to the world.

President Biden and congressional Democrats are pressing ahead on a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, taking the steps in the House and Senate to approve the measure without Republican support.

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene faces a House vote Thursday that could strip her from her committee assignments, following uproar over her history of trafficking in racism, anti-Semitism and baseless conspiracy theories, along with her support for violence against Democrats prior to taking office.

House Republicans voted Wednesday to keep Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., in her position as the party’s conference chair. Cheney faced criticism from the party’s Trump loyalists after she voted to impeach him. 

A Moscow court has sentenced a journalist to 25 days in jail for a humorous retweet that police claim was an illegal call to protest. Sergei Smirnov is the editor an online news outlet that tracks human rights violations. The Kremlin is increasingly targeting journalists amid nationwide protests demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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  • Jennifer Lopez's performance of "This Land Is Your Land" at last month's presidential inauguration ceremony has reignited conversations about the erasure of Native Americans in the iconic folk tune.
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  • Country music singer Morgan Wallen has been suspended by his record label for using a racial slur that was recorded and shown on TMZ

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