Government & Politics

President Biden is pushing hard to get more Americans to buy electric vehicles to rein in global warming and spur domestic manufacturing.

The $2 trillion infrastructure plan he is trying to sell to Congress includes about $174 billion to boost electric vehicle sales and production — more than the president proposes spending on roads and bridges.

Updated April 8, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET

Declaring U.S. gun violence an "epidemic" and "an international embarrassment," President Biden outlined actions to regulate certain firearms and to try to prevent gun violence after a spate of mass shootings in recent weeks and pressure from advocates.

"This is an epidemic, for God's sake, and it has to stop," Biden said.

Updated April 8, 2021 at 9:57 AM ET

President Biden on Thursday will announce initial steps his administration plans to take on firearm safety, along with the nomination of a prominent gun safety advocate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The moves, which were previewed Wednesday evening by a senior administration official, come after recent high-profile mass shootings put added pressure on Biden to act on gun violence.

President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan could bring expanded or improved Amtrak train service to every state in New England.

In his $2 trillion plan to improve America's infrastructure, President Biden is promising to address the racism ingrained in historical transportation and urban planning.

Biden's plan includes $20 billion for a program that would "reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments," according to the White House. It also looks to target "40 percent of the benefits of climate and clean infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities."

Updated April 6, 2021 at 5:56 PM ET

President Biden announced Tuesday that he is moving up the deadline for states to open up COVID-19 vaccinations to all U.S. residents 18 and older by about two weeks. Less than a month after directing states to expand eligibility to all adults by May 1, Biden changed that deadline to April 19.

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State of Vermont, Courtesy

Gov. Phil Scott today announced a COVID-19 reopening plan that would lift all pandemic-related safety mandates by July 4.

The National Security Agency considers itself the world's most formidable cyber power, with an army of computer warriors who constantly scan the wired world. Yet by law, the NSA only collects intelligence abroad, and not inside the U.S.

U.S. rivals like Russia are aware of this blind spot and know how to exploit it, as the NSA director, Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, explained recently to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Chittenden County States Attorney Sarah George sits in a courtroom in 2019.
Glenn Russell / Associated Press file

How does Vermont deal with people accused of violent crimes, but who are also severely mentally ill? It’s a question swirling at the center of three high-profile cases in the state, over which Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George is clashing with the attorney general.

A marijuana plant.
Brennan Linsley / Associated Press File

This week, the process of setting up a legal cannabis marketplace in Vermont took a long-anticipated step forward as Gov. Phil Scott named his picks for the state's Cannabis Control Board, which will set the rules for marijuana sales.

Updated April 1, 2021 at 6:30 PM ET

Dozens of states are considering Republican-led bills that advocates say are harmful to transgender people. The recent spate of bills are "really challenging to see," says Dr. Rachel Levine, the nation's newly confirmed assistant secretary for health.

President Biden this week unveiled a massive infrastructure proposal that he says would deliver a "once-in-a-generation investment" in the United States.

Here are six key numbers from the wide-ranging measure:

$2 trillion

The plan's overall estimated price tag.

Updated March 31, 2021 at 5:31 PM ET

The country's infrastructure is badly in need of repair, both major parties agree. But for years they haven't been able to agree on a proposal, or how to pay for it.

President Biden on Wednesday will unveil a sprawling, ambitious infrastructure proposal that, if enacted, would overhaul how Americans get from Point A to Point B, how their electricity is generated, the speed of their Internet connections, the quality of their water and the physical makeup of their children's schools.

The measure, called the American Jobs Plan, includes big infrastructure fixes that both major parties — as well as a majority of Americans — consistently say they want to see, including upgrades to bridges, broadband and buildings.

Editor's note: This story was updated on Tuesday after the World Health Organization report was released.

The highly anticipated World Health Organization report on the origins of the coronavirus that sparked a global pandemic was released on Tuesday.

According to the report, data suggests that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was not the original source of the outbreak.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

Action is heating up at the Vermont Statehouse. Lawmakers have passed a number of bills on issues ranging from pensions to child care to the state budget, and there's more to come this week.

Several people wearing masks curing the coronavirus pandemic stand behind a table laden with toys as part of a Moose Lodge toy drive.
Burlington Moose Lodge #1618, courtesy

Vermont continues to reopen sectors of the economy that have been shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. Bars and social clubs re-opened Wed., March 24, after having to close by state order for the second time in November. On Friday, many of Vermont's Moose Lodges will reopen their doors.

Updated March 25, 2021 at 3:28 PM ET

President Biden is doubling his original COVID-19 vaccination goal to 200 million shots in arms by his 100th day in office — which is just over a month away.

A woman wearing a black t-shirt holds up an assignment sheet, detailing an role-playing activity about immigration for students at Mt. Anthony Union High School.
Drew Davidson

A recent incident in Bennington shows that students of color sometimes still face racially insensitive curriculum in Vermont schools.

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan stands at a lectern during an outdoors news conference in St. Albans in January 2020.
Wilson Ring / Associated Press File

Three separate cases involving murder or attempted murder charges were dismissed by Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George in 2019 because all three defendants had “substantial evidence,” including evaluations by mental health professionals, that they were legally insane at the time the crimes were committed.

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