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U.S. Judge Detains Two Notorious Proud Boys Over Role In Storming Capitol

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ordered that two prominent leaders of the far-right Proud Boys group be detained for their roles in storming the U.S. Capitol, saying they posed a danger to the community and could not be trusted to abide by strict conditions of release. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly marked a small victory for the Justice Department, which had failed in two previous efforts to persuade the courts to detain Ethan "Rufio" Nordean of Auburn, Washington. Kelly also ordered detention for one of Nordean's co-defendants, Joseph Biggs...

China, U.S. Agree On Need For Stronger Global Climate Commitments

SHANGHAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -China and the United States agree that stronger pledges to fight climate change should be introduced before a new round of international talks at the end of the year, the two countries said in a joint statement on Sunday. The statement came after a meeting between Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, in Shanghai on Thursday and Friday, China's environment ministry said. "The United States and China are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis," their joint statement said. The...

Feds Sue Roger Stone Over Nearly $2 Million Unpaid Income Tax And Penalties

By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday sued Roger Stone, saying the close ally of former President Donald Trump owes about $2 million in unpaid federal income taxes, according to a court document seen by Reuters. The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court in Florida, alleged that Stone and his wife, Nydia, used a commercial entity to "shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest, and penalties." (Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Chris Reese and Leslie Adler)

More Than 100 Companies Sign Letter Against Harsher Voting Restrictions

(Reuters) -More than 100 U.S. companies including Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Ford Motor Co , and Starbucks Corp have declared their opposition to voting curbs that a number of states are considering implementing. Activist groups say the restrictions - outlined in voting rights bills already passed in Georgia and being weighed in, among others, Texas and Arizona - are specifically targeting Black people and other racial minorities. "We all should feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote and oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from...

Minnesota Cop Who Shot Daunte Wright In Traffic Stop Charged With Manslaughter

By Nick Pfosi and Gabriella Borter MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The white suburban police officer who fatally shot a young Black motorist during a traffic stop in Minnesota, igniting three nights of civil unrest, was charged with manslaughter on Wednesday, a day after the officer turned in her badge. Daunte Wright, 20, was pulled over on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, just outside Minneapolis, for what police said was an expired vehicle registration, then struggled with police and was shot to death by officer Kimberly Potter, 48, who drew her handgun instead of a Taser in what officials called an accid...

Biden Chooses Tucson Police Chief To Lead Border Agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden has nominated Tucson, Arizona, Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead the Customs And Border Protection Agency, the New York Times reported on Monday . Magnus, a critic of former President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies, is among the new leaders being installed at the Department of Homeland Security, the Times said. His appointment must get Senate confirmation. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

At RNC Conference In Palm Beach, Trump Sets Himself Up As 2022 Kingmaker

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump sought to position himself as the Republican Party kingmaker on Saturday, telling party donors he will help them win seats in 2022 Congressional elections but shed no new light on whether he will seek a second term in 2024. Trump played host to a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago Club for Republican National Committee donors who are spending the weekend charting the future course of the party in Palm Beach, Florida. "We are gathered tonight to talk about the future of the Republican Party - and what we must do to set our candidates o...

Doctor Who Performed Floyd Autopsy Confirms His Death Was Homicide

By Jonathan Allen MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) -The medical examiner who performed the autopsy on George Floyd after last May's deadly arrest explained how he concluded the death was a homicide at the hands of police in testimony on Friday at former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin's murder trial. As jurors studied autopsy photographs, Dr. Andrew Baker, Hennepin County's chief medical examiner, said he stood by the cause of death he determined last year: "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression." In short, Baker ruled that Floyd's heart stopped b...

New Poll: Biden's Infrastructure Ideas Are Popular, But Partisan Opposition Persists

By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan is loaded with road repairs, internet upgrades and other initiatives that are widely popular on their own, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, but U.S. public support declines when the initiatives are packed into a Democratic bill and sold as a Biden-backed plan. The March 31-April 1 national opinion poll highlights the challenges facing Biden and fellow Democrats in Congress as they roll out the American Jobs Plan in front of Republican opposition and a hyper-partisan American public. While most Americans,...

Biden Kicks Off Effort To Reshape Economy With Infrastructure Plan

By Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Wednesday will call for a dramatic and more permanent shift in the direction of the U.S. economy with a roughly $2 trillion package to invest in traditional projects like roads and bridges alongside tackling climate change and boosting human services like elder care. He also aims to put corporate America on the hook for the tab, which is expected to grow to a combined $4 trillion once he rolls out the second part of his economic plan in April. Coupled with his recently enacted $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Biden's infrastructure...

Biden Condemns Systemic Racism And White Supremacy In Blunt Terms

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden took aim on Sunday at the "ugly poisons" of "systemic racism and white supremacy" that he said had long plagued the United States, and vowed to change the laws that enabled continued discrimination. In blunt language, the Democratic president said the country faced problems with racism, xenophobia and nativism. Biden's statement followed similar sentiments from Vice President Kamala Harris, who detailed in Atlanta on Friday the U.S history of discrimination against Asian Americans. "Racism is real in America and it has always been," s...

Trump's Mar-a-Lago Partly Closed, Workers Quarantined After COVID-19 Outbreak

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Parts of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, golf resort have been temporarily closed because of a coronavirus outbreak, according to two sources familiar with the matter. A source familiar with club operations said some workers had been quarantined "out of an abundance of caution," and "a section of the club" had been closed for a short period of time. No further details were immediately available about the number of infections or what portions of the club had been closed, or when they would reopen. Trump and his family moved to the Mar-a-Lago reso...

US Intelligence: Putin Likely Ran 2020 U.S. Election Meddling To Help Trump

By Christopher Bing, Joseph Menn and Raphael Satter WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin likely directed efforts to try to swing the 2020 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump, according to an American intelligence report released on Tuesday that sources said would likely trigger U.S. sanctions on Moscow. The 15-page report, released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, added heft to longstanding allegations that some of Trump's top lieutenants were playing into Moscow's hands by amplifying claims made against then-candidate Joe Biden by Russian-linke...

Economists Say Biden's Rescue Plan Will Spark Faster Recovery

By Manjul Paul and Shrutee Sarkar BENGALURU (Reuters) - The U.S. economy will grow faster than previously thought and reach pre-COVID-19 levels within six months, according to a majority of economists polled by Reuters who however said unemployment would take well over a year to recover. Optimism was largely driven by the House of Representatives passing President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief aid in response to the pandemic, which has killed around 530,000 people in the U.S. and left millions out of work. After shrinking 3.5 percent last year, the world's largest economy was forecast to grow 5.7 percent...

Who's The Least Popular Republican? McConnell, By A Mile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even at a time of heightened political polarization, Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing: They generally don't like Mitch McConnell very much. The 79-year-old Senate Republican leader, long known as the "Grim Reaper" for killing off numerous Democratic initiatives, ranked dead last among fellow Republicans in an Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters. All told, 57 percent of Americans expressed an unfavorable view of McConnell, including 29 percent who had a "very" unfavorable view of the Kentucky Republican. That included 49 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats, who were among...

FBI Arrests Another Oath Keepers Member In Capitol Riot Probe

By Sarah N. Lynch and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has arrested another alleged associate of the anti-government Oath Keepers militia on charges he took part in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In charging documents made public on Monday, the FBI said Robert Minuta, 36, a recent resident of Hackettstown, New Jersey, who owns a tattoo shop in Newburgh, New York, "berated and taunted" U.S. Capitol Police while clad in military-style gear, then attacked the Capitol and disrupted Congress as it was certifying President Joe Biden's election victory. T...

U.S. Says Kremlin Is Spreading COVID-19 Vaccine 'Disinformation'

By Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has identified three online publications directed by Russia's intelligence services that it says are seeking to undermine COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, a State Department spokeswoman said on Sunday. The outlets "spread many types of disinformation, including about both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as well as international organizations, military conflicts, protests, and any divisive issue that they can exploit," the spokeswoman said. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) first reported on the identification of the alleged ...