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Janet has had a long career in journalism, covering at various points entertainment, science and technology and politics. She spent 20 years covering Capitol Hill, the federal agencies and the White House.She even spent brief periods working for the federal government.Although she has her personal political beliefs, Janet's of an age to remember when people in Washington were able to work on a bipartisan basis, even when they, too, had strongly held political beliefs.
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‘It’s Time to Bring Our Troops Home’

‘It’s Time to Bring Our Troops Home’

President Biden has announced that he is ordering the full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, in time for the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, which began the US invasion and its longest war in that fraught Middle Eastern nation.
Biden: For Too Long ‘We Haven’t Been Making the Big, Bold Investments’ to Outpace Our Global Competitors

Biden: For Too Long ‘We Haven’t Been Making the Big, Bold Investments’ to Outpace Our Global Competitors

President Biden used a White House meeting with CEOs discussing an industry shortage of semiconductors to tout his big $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, by saying that such investments are required to maintain US competitiveness in the global marketplace.
Bernie Sanders: We Have to Take a Broad Look at Infrastructure

Bernie Sanders: We Have to Take a Broad Look at Infrastructure

As Congress begins to consider President Biden's $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, count Sen Bernie Sanders among those pleased with the plan's wide definition of "infrastructure."
Schumer: ‘Biden Legally Has the Authority to Cancel up to $50K in Student Debt Through Executive Action’

Schumer: ‘Biden Legally Has the Authority to Cancel up to $50K in Student Debt Through Executive Action’

President Biden has it within his executive power to erase up to $50,000 per borrower in student loan debt, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), addressing the racial wealth gap during a virtual roundtable.
Yellen Calls for ‘Global Minimum Corporate Tax’ to Stop ‘Race to the Bottom’

Yellen Calls for ‘Global Minimum Corporate Tax’ to Stop ‘Race to the Bottom’

The US treasury secretary is proposing an international "minimum corporate tax," such that the United States and other nations potentially could raise taxes on corporations in their home countries without fear that those companies would then bolt overseas to another country with a more-favorable tax rate.
W.H. Climate Adviser: When the President Says He Hears the Word ‘Climate,’ He Thinks ‘Jobs’

W.H. Climate Adviser: When the President Says He Hears the Word ‘Climate,’ He Thinks ‘Jobs’

While a Republican climate denier tries to play "gotcha" by singling out the elements of President Biden's big new infrastructure plan which pertain to dealing with global climate change, the White House climate adviser is more than happy to own those provisions.
Vaccinologist: Things Will Be Much Better in the Fall

Vaccinologist: Things Will Be Much Better in the Fall

The state of the global coronavirus pandemic should be easing up such that things should be much better by this fall, according to a physician who's a noted expert in vaccinology.
Fmr Republican Strategist: GOP Has Drawn a Line in the Sand and Said They Are for ‘White Power in America’

Fmr Republican Strategist: GOP Has Drawn a Line in the Sand and Said They Are for ‘White Power in America’

The Republican Party has cast aside its core principles to move towards an embrace of power aimed at one thing: advancing white people at the expense of American people of color. That's according to former GOP strategist and Lincoln Project adviser Kurt Bardella.
‘We Need Democratically Agreed to Rules for the Internet’

‘We Need Democratically Agreed to Rules for the Internet’

Under fire in some quarters for their role in disseminating information -- and disinformation -- to the American people ahead of last year's presidential election, two top tech leaders defended their companies' roles and at least one sought some sort of oversight for the future.
‘I Am So Sick of Prayers and Thoughts’

‘I Am So Sick of Prayers and Thoughts’

After another in the long march of deadly mass shootings across the nation -- this one claiming 10 lives at a Colorado supermarket -- some are willing to settle for more of the usual bromides. Others -- very definitely -- are not.