Chris Riotta, The Independent

Chris Riotta

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Past articles by Chris:

Pete Buttigieg defends sweeping infrastructure plan over ‘semantic debate’ amid Republican pushback

‘We can agree to disagree on what to call it. I’m still gonna ask you to vote for it’ → Read More

Elon Musk’s company unveils first look at the Las Vegas loop

Questions remain over how the tunnel-way will operate as media outlets get first look at long-awaited underground project → Read More

Poll shows vast majority of Republicans trust Trump for medical advice over CDC, Biden and Fauci

At least 66 per cent of Republicans say they trust the former president, who suggested injecting disinfectants could cure Covid-19, for medical advice → Read More

Trump hosts maskless campaign event for Sarah Huckabee Sanders as critics note lack of diversity

Critics note there isn’t one mask in sight in photos the former White House press secretary posted to her Twitter page from a weekend fundraiser → Read More

‘I’m not going anywhere’: Gaetz boasts of support from Trump, MTG and MAGA nation amid sex-trafficking claims

Embattled Florida congressman says he was ‘built for the battle’ as the walls appear to be closing in on his personal and professional lives → Read More

Pete Buttigieg says there is ‘racism physically built into’ America’s ailing infrastructure system

Transportation secretary says racial divisions in America’s infrastructure were not ‘just an act of neglect’ but a ‘conscious choice’ → Read More

Giuliani asks judge to toss Dominion’s $1.3 billion defamation suit

‘Should this matter reach legal or factual adjudication on the merits, Giuliani will provide a vigorous and complete response’ → Read More

Stephen Miller launches ‘America First’ group to block Biden policies in court

‘Anything the president does that we believe to be illegal is fair game’ → Read More

Arkansas bans transition care for transgender minors

Transition care for transgender minors will be outlawed in Arkansas after the state senate voted on Tuesday to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto of HB1570, a move that sparked immediate vows for legal retaliation from civil rights groups. → Read More

Matt Gaetz fought revenge porn bill, arguing snaps of ex-lovers were ‘his to use’, former lawmaker says

When it came to private pictures sent by ex-lovers, a former state lawmaker says the Florida congressman ‘thought the picture was his to do with what he wanted’ → Read More

Trump plummets 300 spots on Forbes billionaires list as former president’s fortunes continue to tank

The former president would be a whole lot richer right now if he divested from his private businesses during his time in the Oval Office, report says → Read More

Kamala Harris vows ‘unambiguous’ support to Gavin Newsom as California governor faces recall election

Vice president says White House ‘will be supportive as much as we possibly can’ as embattled governor faces calls for removal → Read More

US Capitol on lockdown: Driver shot after ramming officers at barricade ‘then emerging with knife’

Capitol campus on lockdown after reports of shooting The US Capitol building has been placed on lockdown and a suspect was reportedly shot and killed after a vehicle rammed through a security barricade, injuring at least two police officers. The United States Capitol Police Department wrote in a tweet at 1:26 p.m. local time: “USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along… → Read More

Majority of Americans support major components in new sweeping voting rights legislation, poll shows

Most Americans support measures like automatic voter registration and ‘no-excuse’ voting by mail, according to poll → Read More

Matt Gaetz sex trafficking investigation ‘substantial and very serious’, former FBI chief says

‘I can tell you that nobody opens a sex trafficking investigation in which the subject is a sitting member of Congress without having a significant degree of information’ → Read More

Who is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Biden’s potential top pick for the Supreme Court?

President’s nominee to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is described as a ‘rising star’ whose new post ‘may prove a stepping stone’ → Read More

Doctors in Arkansas will soon be able to deny LGBT+ patients medical treatment ‘based on religious objections’

Critics say ‘dangerously broad’ bill paves the way to further anti-LGBT+ discrimination in medicine → Read More

New York lowers age restrictions for Covid vaccine to 30

Anyone in the state above the age of 30 can begin scheduling their shots beginning on Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announces → Read More

Obama’s step-grandmother and family matriarch Sarah Obama dies at 99: ‘We’ve lost a strong, virtuous woman’

‘We’ve lost a strong, virtuous woman, a matriarch who held together the Obama family and was an icon of family values’ → Read More

White House shoots down Fox News complaint that channel is being snubbed out of asking Biden questions

Psaki claps back at Fox News reporter: ‘We’re here having a conversation aren’t we? And do I take questions from you every time you come to the briefing room?’ → Read More