The Justice Department was prepared to seek a warrant had Biden not consented to a home search, sources say

CNN — The FBI’s unprecedented search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, resulted from high-stakes discussions between the Justice Department and Biden attorneys over when and how it would take place, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. Biden’s team stresses that it was cooperative in the lead-up to Friday’s search and even … Read more

McCarthy officially denies Schiff and Swalwell seats on the House Intelligence Committee

CNN — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday officially denied Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell sit on the House Intelligence Committee. “I appreciate the loyalty you have to your Democrat colleagues, and I acknowledge your efforts to have two Members of Congress reinstated to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” McCarthy wrote … Read more

Jeff Zients to replace Ron Klain as White House chief of staff

CNN — Jeff Zients, who ran President Joe Biden‘s Covid-19 response effort and served in high-ranking roles in the Obama administration, is expected to replace Ron Klain as the next White House chief of staff, according to three people briefed on the matter. Klain is expected to step down in the coming weeks. The move … Read more

Illinois state court allows limited pause on state’s gun ban backed by Pritzker

Washington CNN — An Illinois judge on Friday granted a temporary restraining order barring the enforcement of a new Illinois gun control law against roughly 800 plaintiffs. The law, signed by Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker last week at the start of his second term as governor, caps the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, bans “switches” … Read more

Analysis: Every American could feel the pain of Washington’s debt ceiling showdown

CNN — Every American could get hurt if the new hardline Republican House’s dangerous game of roulette with a still vulnerable economy backfires. The nation reaches a first, critical threshold Thursday in the brewing Washington showdown over the national debt that could define the tenure of the new GOP majority and the final two years … Read more

Siamak Namazi: American held in Iran launches hunger strike and writes to Biden asking him to do more for detainees

Washington CNN — An American wrongfully detained in Iran is calling on the President Joe Biden to take notice of US detainees there, launching a hunger strike Monday to mark seven years since he was left behind in a prisoner swap that brought other Americans home. In a letter to Biden, Siamak Namazi called on … Read more