Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine
By: Ariana Figueroa and Jennifer Shutt - March 1, 2022
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night to reassert America as a leading global voice for democracy and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an “unprovoked” war in Ukraine. “Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for […]
Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke at an event led by a white nationalist and has no regrets
By: Ariana Figueroa - March 1, 2022
Georgia Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is doubling down on her decision to give a speech at a far-right conference with ties to white supremacists over the weekend.
Biden to tap Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court
By: Ariana Figueroa - February 25, 2022
If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Before any U.S. troops are sent to Ukraine, some in Congress want a say
By: Ariana Figueroa - February 23, 2022
President Joe Biden has not dispatched troops to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion and has said he does not intend to do so, but on Tuesday announced sanctions on Russia, as well as on its oligarchs.
Members of Congress from both parties urge tough sanctions on Russia
By: Jennifer Shutt, Ariana Figueroa and Jacob Fischler - February 22, 2022
Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden to impose severe sanctions on Russia after the country declared a broad section of eastern Ukraine independent before sending troops into the region.
U.S. House hearing on extremism toward HBCUs turns into ‘defund the police’ debate
By: Ariana Figueroa - February 17, 2022
Republicans on a panel to discuss bomb threats against HBCU's and places of worship steered focus to crime rates and threats against police.
Students defrauded by for-profit colleges to get millions in loan repayments
By: Ariana Figueroa - February 16, 2022
Nearly 16,000 student borrowers would receive millions in loan repayments, after the U.S. Department of Education found that four private for-profit institutions made misleading claims about their job placement rates.
Biden warns of U.S. energy price spikes if Russia invades Ukraine
By: Jacob Fischler and Ariana Figueroa - February 16, 2022
American service members will not deploy to Ukraine in the event of a “distinctly possible” Russian invasion, but strong economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies could reverberate and prompt energy price spikes, President Joe Biden said in a live address from the White House Tuesday.
Biden meets with county leaders in D.C., promotes Build Back Better plan
By: Ariana Figueroa - February 15, 2022
President Joe Biden during a Tuesday meeting with county leaders called on Congress to pass his stalled social spending package as a way to fight inflation, saying it would help with expenses families face.
Black women in the U.S. House push for Supreme Court pick with a civil rights track record
By: Ariana Figueroa - February 10, 2022
U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri Thursday led a coalition of Black women members of the U.S. House in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to pick a Black woman for the Supreme Court — which he has promised — who has a track record of protecting civil rights.
HBCU leaders decry waves of bomb threats as federal investigators probe origin
By: Ariana Figueroa - February 8, 2022
Hours before the Southern Poverty Law Center held a virtual panel Tuesday about recent bomb threats made to dozens of historically Black colleges, yet another bomb threat was reported — this one to Spelman College, a historically Black institution in Georgia.
Biden says answer to gun violence ‘is not to defund the police’
By: Ariana Figueroa - February 3, 2022
Biden seemed to take a swipe at progressive Democrats and activists who have criticized police misconduct. He suggests officers need "...the tools, the training, the funding to be partners, to be protectors...”