An Amtrak train emerges from the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel in Baltimore, Sept. 15, 2015.

'Amtrak Joe' Biden hails plans for big East Coast tunnel fix

Greeted by the cheerful blare of a train horn, President Joe Biden stood Monday before a decrepit rail tunnel that he estimated he's been through 1,000 times — fearing for decades it might collapse.

Biden, McCarthy to discuss debt limit in talks on Wednesday

January 29
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) appears outside the House chamber as the vote for Speaker of the House continues for a fourth day, at the Capitol in Wa
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Sunday he is looking forward to discussing with President Joe Biden a "reasonable and responsible way that we can lift the debt ceiling " when the two meet Wednesday for their first sit-down at the White House since McCarthy was elected to the post.

State's LGBTQ lawmakers flex political power at the Capitol

January 29
Leigh Finke, center, the first transgender person elected to the Legislature, attends the first day of the 2023 legislative session.
The Legislature's first Queer Caucus is advocating for bills that would ban conversion therapy for minors and make Minnesota a refuge for the transgender community.
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Treasury to increase borrowing amid debt ceiling standoff

The Treasury Department said Monday it plans to increase its borrowing during the first three months of 2023, even as the federal government is bumping up against a $31.4 trillion limit on its legal borrowing authority.

Ex-Guatemalan police chief convicted of US visa fraud

A former Guatemalan police chief has been found guilty of lying on his U.S. immigration papers about a prior conviction for killing two political activists in his country, U.S. authorities said Monday.

Florida GOP leaders want to get rid of gun permits

Saying gun owners don't need a government permission slip to protect their God-given rights, Florida's House speaker proposed legislation Monday to eliminate concealed weapons permits, a move Democrats argue would make a state with a history of horrific mass shootings less safe.

Peru Congress agrees to debate measure on earlier elections

Pressed by Peru's embattled president to take action in response to weeks of deadly protests, Congress narrowly agreed on Monday to reconsider a proposal to move the 2026 national elections up to this October.

Croatia's president criticizes tank deliveries to Ukraine

NATO-member Croatia's president on Monday criticized Western nations for supplying Ukraine with heavy tanks and other weapons in its campaign against invading Russian forces, saying those arms deliveries will only prolong the war.

Georgia faces hurdles to get foster children out of hotels

Dozens of Georgia's most troubled foster children are housed in hotels or state offices each night, because the state can't find a better place for them to stay. But officials trying to end the practice face fights with the state's own insurer and a lack of treatment beds.

Congressional candidate accused of campaign violation

A Republican candidate for a western North Carolina congressional seat in 2020 has been accused by federal prosecutors of a campaign finance violation, and she's signed a plea agreement, court records say.

France braces for major transport woes from pension strikes

France's national rail operator is recommending that passengers stay home Tuesday to avoid strikes over pension reforms that are expected to cause major transport woes but largely spare high-speed links to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Smuggler tells US jury he paid off ex-Mexico security chief

Describing meetings at a car wash and a smuggler's country house, a onetime drug trafficker testified Monday that he paid a former cabinet-level Mexican security official millions of dollars for help that included U.S. government information about a huge cocaine shipment in Mexico.

France doesn't rule out sending warplanes to Ukraine

President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that France doesn't exclude sending fighter jets to Ukraine, but laid out multiple conditions before such a significant step might be taken.

Balkan neighbors vow to avoid clashes over national hero

The interior ministers of North Macedonia and neighboring Bulgaria met Monday to discuss security arrangements ahead of weekend celebrations to honor a 19th century revolutionary viewed as a hero in both countries.

U.S. presses Kosovo on municipal body in Serb-majority areas

United States officials on Monday pressed Kosovo to allow an association of ethnic Serb-majority municipalities as a "critical element" in its road as an independent country.

Ex-Twitter execs to testify on block of Hunter Biden story

Former Twitter employees are expected to testify next week before the House Oversight Committee about the social media platform's handling of reporting on President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

Blinken urges Israel-Palestinian calm as violence soars

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Israel and the Palestinians on Monday to ease tensions following a spike in violence that has put the region on edge. The bloodshed has alarmed the Biden administration as it attempts to find common ground with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new right-wing government.

French prime minister unveils plans to tackle racism

Name it, act on it, sanction it.

Trump investigations: Georgia prosecutor ups anticipation

Former President Donald Trump and his allies have been put on notice by a prosecutor, but the warning didn't come from anyone at the Justice Department.

France, Australia to supply Ukraine with artillery shells

France and Australia announced Monday plans to jointly produce and send several thousand 155-millimeter artillery shells to Ukraine, starting in the coming weeks.

Belarus' Lukashenko visits fellow Russia ally Zimbabwe

Belarusia's authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Zimbabwe to pomp and fanfare on Monday, in a visit that seeks to cement economic and political ties between the two countries that are both close allies of Russia.

China accuses Washington of abusing export controls

China's government on Monday criticized U.S. controls on technology exports as a trade violation, after Japan and the Netherlands agreed to join Washington in limiting Beijing's access to materials to make advanced processor chips they say can be used in weapons.
In this June 19, 2019, file photo the Washington news conference of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell appears on television screen on the trading fl

Fed, set to impose smaller hike, may hint of fewer increases

The Federal Reserve is poised this week to raise its benchmark interest rate for an eighth time since March. But the Fed will likely announce a smaller hike for a second straight time, and it could change some key wording in its post-meeting statement about future rate increases.

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