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Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.

Students defrauded by for-profit colleges to get millions in loan repayments

By: - 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: and - 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.

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Biden meets with county leaders in D.C., promotes Build Back Better plan

By: - 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.

Joyce Beatty leads protest at Hart Senate Building

Black women in the U.S. House push for Supreme Court pick with a civil rights track record

By: - 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: - 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: - 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...”

Biden cites 40-day timeline for Supreme Court confirmation

By: and - February 1, 2022

The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin, and the panel’s top Republican, Chuck Grassley, met with the president Tuesday afternoon to discuss a 40-day confirmation timeline for a new Supreme Court pick.

Governors attempt to bridge deep political divides in big D.C. meeting

By: , and - January 31, 2022

Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government.

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Meet a top contender for the U.S. Supreme Court open seat

By: - January 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — With the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer by this summer, President Joe Biden has said he will fulfill a campaign promise of appointing a Black woman to an open seat on the highest court in the land. A top contender, who was even vetted by the Obama administration in 2016 […]

Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

By: , and - January 26, 2022

The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, though the evenly divided Senate could significantly affect that choice. 

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act

By: - January 21, 2022

Backers of stalled voting rights legislation in Congress are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute

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Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

By: - January 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic relief for farmers and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, […]