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Jan. 6 committee to move forward with Steve Bannon contempt charges

Bannon refused to comply earlier this month with the committee's subpoena demanding that he testify and hand over relevant documents about the riot.
Political strategist Steve Bannon gestures during a speech during an election rally in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 13, 2021.
Political strategist Steve Bannon gestures during a speech during an election rally in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 13, 2021.
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American envoy to Afghanistan resigns in wake of chaotic U.S. withdrawal, Taliban takeover

Zalmay Khalilzad said it was the "right time" to resign as the U.S. enters "a new phase in our Afghanistan policy."
Zalmay Khalilzad, special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 27, 2021.
Zalmay Khalilzad, special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 27, 2021.

How a federal push to stop Chinese scientists from stealing U.S. secrets has failed in court

The U.S. government encouraged U.S. and Chinese scientists to work together. Now rules violations have become criminal charges — but they aren't sticking.
Anming Hu enters the Howard H. Baker Jr. United States Courthouse in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., on June 7, 2021.
Anming Hu enters the Howard H. Baker Jr. United States Courthouse in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., on June 7, 2021.

FBI agents swarm Washington home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

Deripaska was among two dozen Russian oligarchs and officials who were sanctioned by the Treasury Department in April 2018.
Oleg Deripaska attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 18, 2017.
Oleg Deripaska attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 18, 2017.

Colin Powell's political evolution reflected a changing GOP

First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.
Image: Colin Powell
Image: Colin Powell

District attorneys refuse to prosecute some GOP-led laws

The actions come in response to controversial restrictions on abortion, voting and mask requirements, limits on protest activity and laws aimed at LGBTQ people.
Glenn Funk
Glenn Funk
6h ago

Latino groups sue over Texas redistricting

"Texas has a unique record of disregarding the growth of the Latino community that goes back decades," said Thomas Saenz, head of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Image: Texas Residents Cast Ballots For 2020 U.S. Presidential Election
Image: Texas Residents Cast Ballots For 2020 U.S. Presidential Election
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As wildfires rage, lawmaker proposes legislation to raise firefighter pay

The bill would also provide funding for health care, paid leave, retirement benefits and housing assistance.
Image: New Wildfire Spreads Rapidly In Riverside County
Image: New Wildfire Spreads Rapidly In Riverside County

State Department internal watchdog launches investigation into Afghanistan troop withdrawal

Diana Shaw, the State Department’s acting inspector general, notified lawmakers in a letter Monday.
U.S. soldiers stand guard as Afghan people wait at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 16, 2021.
U.S. soldiers stand guard as Afghan people wait at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 16, 2021.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law

It's the second challenge of the law to reach the court on an emergency appeal.
Abortion rights and anti-abortion activists protest alongside each other outside of the Supreme Court on Oct. 4, 2021, in Washington.
Abortion rights and anti-abortion activists protest alongside each other outside of the Supreme Court on Oct. 4, 2021, in Washington.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from Covid complications

His family said that the retired four-star general died from Covid-19 complications. He was fully vaccinated against the disease.
Image: Colin Powell
Image: Colin Powell