U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. They have reportedly launched a massive effort to review the backgrounds of every National Guard reservist assigned to protect the U.S. capital over the next several days.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee after facing blowback from progressives for her handling of Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is next in line to succeed her.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is in crisis mode as it prepares to furlough 13,400 employees — more than 60 percent of the agency’s staff — unless Congress provides a $1.2 billion emergency bailout by August 3.
A New York Times analysis says the National Rifle Association has significantly fewer allies on the Hill than it did a decade ago. But its clout with President Donald Trump and key Republicans continues to be significant.
Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is accused of letting issues like immigration languish. He says he has held 300 hearings on different issues and has addressed criminal justice reform, which the Senate has not.
South Carolina Republican could chair the committee if Charles Grassley of Iowa decides to replace Orrin Hatch of Utah as Finance Committee chairman. All of this may depend on whether Republicans maintain control of Senate in this year’s elections.
The New Yorker would lead the committee if the Democrats take over the House. The panel has jurisdiction over impeachments as well as criminal justice issues. Nadler defeated Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California to succeed John Conyers of Michigan.