Phil Nicholson

From a health background, Phil covers health and lifestyle news as well as medical research news from around the world.

Jan. 6 committee interviews head of Trump’s Secret Service detail on day of Capitol attack

The Jan. 6 select committee has interviewed the top Secret Service agent on then-President Donald Trump’s protective detail during the Capitol attack, according to three people familiar with the probe. Robert Engel was the special agent in charge on Jan. 6, 2021, meaning he was responsible for protecting the president from “socks on to socks …

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Abortion access could soon be decided by the states. Here’s what the next governors say.

Washington won’t determine the landscape if the Supreme Court upends the current national order on abortion — it will be up to each state and their governors and legislators to set abortion policy within their borders. That has piled new policy pressure on this year’s most competitive gubernatorial races, where most Republican and Democratic candidates …

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Obama to deliver warning of democracy’s peril against twin backdrops: Jan. 6 and Ukraine

As much of the political world tunes in to the Jan. 6 commission’s opening hearing Thursday evening, former President Barack Obama will be half-a-world away, preparing his own presentation about the potholed path that democracy is on. Obama is speaking on Friday at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit in addition to holding a meet-up Saturday of …

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FBI: Navarro called arresting agents ‘kind Nazis’

Former Trump administration official Peter Navarro called the FBI agents who arrested him “Nazis,” according to Justice Department documents filed Thursday in court accusing Navarro of repeatedly lying about the conditions of his arrest. FBI agents arrested Navarro at Reagan National Airport last Friday on a pair of misdemeanor charges that he acted in contempt …

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He defied Trump and still survived a GOP primary

This week in the GOP primary for South Dakota’s at-large district, Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) defeated a challenger from his right who claimed he wasn’t aligned closely enough with former President Donald Trump, even though Johnson agrees with Trump on many policies. Johnson’s vote for a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attacks and …

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Biden ducks summit ‘debacle’ in Los Angeles. But it wasn’t smooth.

LOS ANGELES — The Summit of the Americas was more Summit of some of the Americas. Biden administration officials grumbled about their Western Hemisphere truants. They monitored the Jan. 6 hearings on Capitol Hill and marveled at how little the national media tuned into events unfolding around the current president. They joked that expectations heading …

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‘Enough is enough’ say thousands demanding new gun measures

Thousands of people rallied on the National Mall and across the United States on Saturday in a renewed push for gun control measures after recent deadly mass shootings from Uvalde, Texas, to Buffalo, New York, that activists say should compel Congress to act. “Enough is enough,” District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser told the second …

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Mayors are wielding free transit to draw people back downtown. It’s not that easy.

BOSTON — Michelle Wu once led a citywide revolution against public transit fare hikes. But what she really wanted was to make the system free. Within her first 24 hours as mayor last fall, Wu filed the paperwork to make it happen on three key bus routes — a big milestone in her quixotic quest …

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Proud Boys leader seeks transfer of trial after Jan. 6 committee builds case he instigated riot

Joseph Biggs, a member of the Proud Boys charged with seditious conspiracy for his role in the breach of the Capitol last year, is urging a federal judge to relocate his trial to South Florida after becoming a main character in the first hearing of the Jan. 6 select committee. In a seven-page filing late …

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He’s one of the most powerful gun lobbyists in D.C. And you’ve never heard of him.

Not long after he was nominated to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, David Chipman received a call from a longtime associate: firearms attorney and lobbyist Mark Barnes. Chipman assumed Barnes was in search of intel on whether he would be an industry-friendly ATF leader, so he decided against ringing the lobbyist …

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