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Representative Katko will not run for re-election
On Friday, Representative John Katko (R-NY) announced he would not run for re-election in 2022. Katko was among 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of former President Trump's second impeachment.
 
Downing Street accused of holding two farewell parties during Philip’s mourning
On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized to Buckingham Palace for two parties at Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip's burial. Johnson was not present at either of the two gatherings.
 
11 indicted for seditious conspiracy in US Capitol attack
On January 13th, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that 11 individuals had been indicted for seditious conspiracy, along with additional charges for crimes related to the 2021 Capitol attack. Two of the 11 indicted individuals - Elmer Stewart Rhodes III and Edward Vallejo - are being charged for the first time in connection with events surrounding the Capitol attack.
 
Sinema and Manchin resist filibuster rule change
On Thursday, Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., visited the White House amid a debate over filibuster reforms. Manchin and Sinema met with President Joe Biden to discuss voting rights and stated that they would not be supporting the Democrat's bid to weaken the filibuster.
 
Prince Andrew’s military titles, Royal patronages returned to The Queen
On Wednesday, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan asserted that Virginia Giuffre's civil sexual abuse lawsuit against Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, will not be dismissed. Prince Andrew's lawyers had previously requested that the case be dismissed, arguing that Giuffre's 2009 settlement with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein prevented her from pursuing a lawsuit against Andrew.
 
Brainard makes fighting inflation top priority
On Thursday, President Biden's nominee for the Federal Reserve's No. 2 spot, Lael Brainard, stated that combating high inflation is the central bank's top priority. Brainard voiced her belief that the Fed can reduce inflation without sacrificing economic growth.
 
Jan 6th Select Committee requests Kevin McCarthy’s cooperation
On January 12th, the January 6th Select Committee requested House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's voluntary cooperation to aid their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 2021 Capitol attack. The Select Committee is seeking information from McCarthy on a range of topics, including his conversations with former President Trump "before, during and after" the Capitol attack.
 
Senate Minority Leader criticizes Biden’s Atlanta speech
On January 11th, President Joe Biden delivered a speech in Atlanta, GA, expressing his support for reforming Senate filibuster rules to pass legislation to protect voting rights and election integrity. On January 12th, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized Biden's remarks, referring to them as "incoherent," "beneath his office," and "profoundly unpresidential."
 
NATO in talks with Russia to end Ukraine row
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) met with a Russian delegation on January 12th in Brussels amid concerns that Russia may intend to invade Ukraine. The meeting stands as the first Russia-NATO Council meeting since July 2019. After the talks, both sides concluded that they had significant differences that "will not be easy to bridge."
 
China constructs settlements along Bhutan border
China has erected 200 structures, including two-story buildings, at six locations along its border with Bhutan. Satellite images from the US data analytics firm, HawkEye 360, confirmed the presence of construction activities along Bhutan's western border.