Sinema faces blowback in Arizona for votes defying Democrats
Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party’s most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation that many Democrats consider essential to preserving democracy.
Trump appointee blocks Biden federal worker vaccine mandate
A U.S. judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden’s requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19.
New step to curb tech giants' power advanced by Senate panel
Congress has taken a new step toward reining in the market dominance of Big Tech. Bipartisan legislation advanced by a Senate panel would bar the dominant online platforms from favoring their own goods and services over those of rivals on the platforms.
US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine
Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the crisis that has seen Moscow mass tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West ramp up supplies of weapons to Kyiv.
UN chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict
As he starts his second term as U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres says the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have sparked conflicts everywhere.
Nevada geothermal power lawsuit bound for US appeals court
A federal appeals court will have to decide whether protecting historical tribal lands and a rare toad warrant blocking a major geothermal plant in Nevada as the nation tries to move away from fossil fuels amid a looming climate crisis.
Jury selection proceeds for Avenatti-Stormy Daniels trial
Michael Avenatti, the once high-profile California attorney who regularly taunted then-President Donald Trump, was introduced to prospective jurors who will decide whether he cheated porn star Stormy Daniels out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Schumer: 'We made progress' on voting bill, filibuster rules
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats "made progress” toward changing the Senate’s filibuster rules to advance voting legislation, despite the dramatic collapse of the package that his party says is central to protecting democracy.
Austria tweaks vaccine mandate plan, to come in next month
The Austrian government on Sunday presented revised plans for its proposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which it said will now apply to all residents age 18 and over, rather than 14 as originally intended. The government announced nearly two months ago that it would implement a general vaccine mandate early this year, becoming the first European country to do so. Chancellor Karl Nehammer said there had been concern about teenagers being punished, hence the change in the lower age limit.news.yahoo.com
Senate poised to reject Sen. Ted Cruz’s bill to impose sanctions over Russian pipeline project
The White House said Thursday it “strongly opposes” the measure, which it argued “would only serve to undermine unity amongst our European allies at a crucial moment” as Russia threatens Ukraine.washingtonpost.com
President Biden to speak about U.S. response to Omicron as COVID variant continues to spread
President Biden will provide an update on the U.S. response to the latest COVID-19 variant Omicron as cases continue to spread around the world. This comes amid a crucial few weeks for the president as he tries to pass his social spending plan and a government shutdown looms. Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reports.news.yahoo.com
Interfaith love a risk as India nationalism surges
Arbaz Mullah's love story began, as romances often do, when he first laid eyes on the woman of his dreams, Shweta Kumbhar. The romance so angered relatives of Kumbhar, a Hindu, that they allegedly hired members of a hardline Hindu nationalist group to kill the 24-year-old Mullah, who was Muslim. (Nov. 29)news.yahoo.com