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Ketanji Brown Jackson First Black Woman Confirmed to Supreme Court

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson reacts as she meets with Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court in a milestone for the United States and a victory for President Joe Biden, who made good on a campaign promise as he seeks to infuse the federal judiciary with a broader range of backgrounds.

10 Republicans Join House Democrats to Impeach Trump a Second Time

President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Jan. 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to make Donald Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice, formally charging him in his waning days in power with inciting an insurrection just a week after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol.

Democrats Announce Impeachment Charges Against Trump

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.); House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.); House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.); House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.); and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) during a news conference to announce artiicles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill. Dec. 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Democrats announced formal charges against President Donald Trump on Tuesday that accuse him of abusing power and obstructing Congress, making him only the third U.S. president in history to face impeachment.

Democrats Plan Vote Condemning Xenophobic Trump Tweets on Congresswomen

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks at an immigration rally at the temporary installation of a replica of the Statue of Liberty at Union Station in Washington, D.C. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The vote could put Trump's fellow Republicans in an awkward position, forcing them either to vote against their leader, who has strong support among conservative voters, or effectively defend his statements, widely described as racist.

New Trump Policy to End Asylum Protections for Most Central Americans Immigrants

A copy of the Pledge of Allegiance at the government's government's newest holding center for migrant children in Carrizo Springs, Texas July 9, 2019. Eric Gay/Pool via REUTERS

The Trump administration on Monday said it would take steps to make it more difficult for immigrants arriving on the southern border to seek asylum in the United States, putting the onus on them to ask for shelter in other countries.

Trump Agrees to Sign Funding Bill, Vows to Declare National Emergency to Fund Wall

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Mitch McConnell listens to U.S. President Donald Trump at a meeting at the White House. Sept. 5, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to declare a national emergency in an attempt to fund his U.S.-Mexico border wall without congressional approval, a step likely to plunge him into a court battle with Congress over constitutional powers.

Congress Passes Criminal Justice Bill 'First Step Act'

by Richard Cowan, Reuters 12-20-2018

Jail cells are seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York. March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

The U.S. Congress on Thursday gave final approval to bipartisan legislation supported by President Donald Trump that would bring sweeping changes to prison sentencing and the treatment of inmates during incarceration and following their release.

HHS Official Warned Trump Administration About 'Significant Risk of Harm to Children' Separated from Parents

Witness Commander Jonathan D. White  during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Allison Shelley

A senior official at the U.S. agency charged with caring for migrant children believed separating them from their parents carried "significant risk" of harm and said on Tuesday concerns had been raised internally before the Trump administration made it official policy. 

Failure to Repeal ACA ‘Is Now Apparent,’ Says Mitch McConnell

by Richard Cowan, Reuters 07-18-2017

Image via Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein

In the United States, the latest setback delivered a major political blow to Trump, who has failed to win any major legislative initiative in the first six months of his presidency.

Senate Republicans Unveil Health Care Bill, Protests Erupt

A protester is escorted by police after being arrested during a demonstration outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's constituent office.  June 22. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senate leaders on Thursday unveiled a draft of legislation to replace Obamacare, proposing to kill a tax on the wealthy that pays for it and reduce aid to the poor to cut costs.

ACA Replacement Bill Takes Center Stage in Senate

U.S. Capitol is seen after the House approved a bill to repeal major parts of Obamacare. May 4. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

A seven-year push by U.S. Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and kill the taxes it imposed on the wealthy will reach a critical juncture on Thursday when Senate Republican leaders unveil a draft bill they aim to put to a vote, possibly as early as next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants have worked in secret for weeks on the bill, which is expected to curb Obamacare's expanded Medicaid help for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people for private insurance.

Trump Dealt Setback on Health Care Plan as House Puts off Vote

Members of the House Freedom Caucus arrive for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday failed to close the deal with Republican lawmakers on how to dismantle Obamacare, forcing the House of Representatives to delay a vote on a healthcare bill that was supposed to be his first legislative win.