United States House of Representatives

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Pelosi criticised reopening of schools, says Trump is "messing with the health of our children
Nancy Pelosi e union's annual Legislative Conference the union's annual Legislative Conference, February 2020
Nancy Pelosi e union's annual Legislative Conference the union's annual Legislative Conference, February 2020 Credit: AFGE / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi heavily criticised the Trump administration for its demand to reopen schools this fall, calling it "malfeasance and dereliction of duty." Pelosi called for the CDC guidelines for reopening schools to be mandatory rather than flexible.

"The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children. We all want our children to go back to school. Teachers do, parents do and children do. But they must go back safely," so Pelosi.

Politics • Asian
House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
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In a unanimous vote the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill sanctioning banks that are in business with Chinese officials responsible for the national security law and action against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that "The law is a brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong Kong, intended to destroy the freedoms they were promised".

The bill is pending Senate approval and the signature of President Donald Trump.

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White House briefs Republicans on Russian bounties on US soldiers, Democrats left out

Seven House Republicans have been briefed by White House officials on the ongoing case of alleged Russian bounties for killing soldiers of the United States by Afghani militants. While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have both demanded to be brief on the matter as the investigations are still ongoing and it is yet unclear if Vice President Pence and President Trump have known of the Russian activities, the Democrats have been left out of the briefing by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, and national security adviser Robert O'Brien.

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Nancy Pelosi demands answers for "congress and the country" on Russian bounty operation
Nancy Pelosi at #ProtectOurCare, 2019
Nancy Pelosi at #ProtectOurCare, 2019 Credit: Senate Democrats / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

On Monday, Nancy Pelosi has asked the Trump administration to brief all members of the House on recent reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Trump has denied he had any knowledge of the Russian bounty operation.

In her letter, Pelosi wrote that both "Congress and the country need answers now" and that "Congress needs to know what the intelligence community knows about this significant threat to American troops and our allies and what options are available to hold Russia accountable."

According to Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary, members of the congress will be briefed on Monda,y but it's uncertain whether the brief would be open to all members.

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Mississippi to replace state flag displaying Confederate emblem
The Mississippi state flag
The Mississippi state flag Credit: Michaelswikiusername at English Wikipedia / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

On Sunday, the Mississippi state legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate emblem from the state's flag, the last remaining state flag to display the Confederate insignia. The Mississippi House voted 91 in favour and 23 opposed of removal, the Senate vote was 37 to 14. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) said he would sign the legislation into law.

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"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
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The United States House of Representatives, in which the Democratic party has a majority, has passed a police reform bill named after George Floyd. The chamber voted 236-181 in favor of the bill, but Donald Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation. If the legislation would be put into law, police officers could be held personally liable for lawsuits, ban no-knock warrants and stop the cash flow of the military surplus towards the police. The Republicans in the senate are also presenting a reform bill, though the senate one is far less reaching.

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Health officials, including Anthony Fauci, appear before congress to testify about White House Coronavirus response
Dr Anthony S. Fauci in the Press Briefing Room of the White House, March 2020
Dr Anthony S. Fauci in the Press Briefing Room of the White House, March 2020 Credit: The White House / Public domain

Trump administration health officials are testifying about the White House response to the coronavirus before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today. Among the health officials are Dr Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert and the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and Dr Robert Redfield, Director of the C.D.C.

Fauci told the committee that he believed "it will be when and not if" a vaccine would be ready and that he is "cautiously optimistic" that one will be available by the end of 2020 or early 2021. He further warned that "we're now seeing a disturbing surge of infections" but that the coronavirus task force was not asked to slow testing.

A statement by the C.D.C. was released prior to the hearing, warning that "Covid-19 activity will likely continue for some time" and that the virus "could place a tremendous burden on the health care system related to bed occupancy, laboratory testing needs, personal protective equipment and health care worker safety."

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Pelosi says portraits of former Confederate House speakers to be removed
Pelosi says portraits of former Confederate House speakers to be removed

Portraits of four former House of Representatives speakers who served the Confederacy will be removed from the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday.

The former House speakers to have their portraits removed include Robert Hunter of Virginia, Howell Cobb of Georgia, James Orr of South Carolina and Charles Crisp of Georgia.

The removal will happen on Friday, the Juneteenth holiday marking the end of U.S. slavery.

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Pelosi requests "a full list of the agencies involved" in D.C. protest response in a letter to Trump
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), November 20, 2019.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), November 20, 2019. Credit: Shawn Miller/Library of Congress / CC0 (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

In a letter to the President, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, requested "a full list of the agencies involved" in the handling and policing of D.C. protests and "clarifications of the roles and responsibilities of the troops and federal law enforcement resources operating in the city." According to reports, multiple officers have either covered up or removed name plates and badges and wouldn't provide identifications. "The practice of officers operating with full anonymity undermines accountability, ignites government distrust and suspicion, and is counter to the principle of procedural justice and legitimacy during this precarious moment in our nation's history", so Pelosi.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Former PM Theresa May Criticises Johnson's Brexit and Covid-19 Plans
Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street in 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street in 2018 Credit: Number 10 / Public Domain

Theresa May has taken a stab at Boris Johnson's government while speaking in The House of Commons on Wednesday. May, who had kept mostly quiet in the last months, said that Johnson's government had “rightly been focused on keeping people safe” but warns that “International air travel is necessary for trade. Without it, there is no global Britain. So instead of bringing in measures to close Britain off from the rest of the world, why is the government not taking a lead in developing an international aviation health screening standard, to save jobs and ensure that Britain is open for business?”

May also warned of security implications of a no-deal Brexit, demanding reassurance that the UK would have “access to the quantity and quality of data it currently has” such as air passenger name records as of 1 January 2021. 

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Nancy Pelosi calls Trump "morbidly obese", urges him to not take hydroxychloroquine
Still of Nancy Pelosi
Still of Nancy Pelosi Credit: Office of Nancy Pelosi / Public domain

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker House of Representatives, has said it was "not a good idea" for Trump to be taking the drug hydroxychloroquine. The drug has shown side effects in patients with heart problems and other health issues. Nancy Pelosi further stated: "As far as the President is concerned, he's our President and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group -- morbidly obese, they say. So, I think it's not a good idea".

Trump previously stated he has been taking the drug, which has been used for preventing or treating malaria, as a "preventive measure".

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Free universal Covid-19 testing will be passed promises Pelosi

The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that, in order to directly provide support for America's families, a bill will be passed to enable free testing for the coronavirus.

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Rohrabacher confirms he offered Julian Assange a Presidential Pardon

In an interview the former congressman for the republican party in California Dana Rohrabacher confirmed that he offered Julian Assange a presidential pardon in 2017. Before the confirmation, only Assange's lawyers claimed that a presidential pardon was offered to the WikiLeaks founder. The offer was tied to the condition that Assange provides prove that Russia hasn't been the source of the, by WikiLeaks published, internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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Julian Assange claims that he was offered pardon to deny Russia election hack and interference

The lawyers of the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said that he's planning on calling a witness on the stand that will testify that Assange was offered a presidential pardon. The pardon was allegedly tied to Assange denying that Russia were responsible for the interference in the US elections. They claim that the offer was made by the former republican congressman   Dana Rohrabacher who claimed to act on behalf of President Donald Trump.