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Past articles by Ledyard:

Advocates praise Schumer-Manchin climate deal, despite a possible short-term bump in oil, gas leases

The deal Demoractic Sens. Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer brokered is heavy on tax credits and incentives to help build out the US clean energy sector. → Read More

In turnabout, Sen. Joe Manchin, Senate Leader Schumer reach deal on energy, drug prices, taxes

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has been hesitant to embrace certain aspects of President Biden's Build Back Better agenda, citing rising inflation and debt. → Read More

Red flag laws might be the one gun measure Democrats, Republicans agree on. Do they work?

After the Uvalde, Texas school shooting on Tuesday, lawmakers are weighing "red flag" laws that could help police remove guns from people at risk. → Read More

White House, Congress take steps to address infant formula shortage. Don't expect relief overnight

The House passed a bill to provide $28 million to beef up the FDA's inspection staff at a time when a lack of quality control added to the crisis. → Read More

Senate fails to make Roe v. Wade law of land amid expected Supreme Court opinion curbing abortion rights

Polls show most Americans support abortion rights, and Democrats hope the fight over abortion access drives them to victory in the midterm elections. → Read More

'Five-alarm fire': leaked abortion memo from Supreme Court has lawmakers, candidates reacting

The issue of abortion was already a hot-button issue in races across the country in advance of November's mid-term elections before the memo leaked. → Read More

Trump foe Liz Cheney's war chest comes almost entirely from outside Wyoming. Is that a bad sign?

In the 2018 cycle, 53% of Cheney's donations came from outside Wyoming. In 2020, the out-of-state share rose to 85%. In this cycle, it's nearly 97%. → Read More

Pell Grants at 50: Loss of buying power has Congress rethinking ways of paying for college

The maximum Pell Grant covered roughly 75% of the cost of a four-year public college when it was enacted in the 1970s. Today, it 's less than a third. → Read More

Senate Democrats fail to advance voting rights legislation and changes to filibuster

Republicans oppose the voting rights law, a Biden priority. In an evenly split, 50-50 Senate, Democrats don't have the votes to overcome a filibuster. → Read More

Congress avoids shutdown after House, Senate vote to extend government funding into February

The House and Senate on Thursday approved a bill to fund the government through Feb. 18, avoiding a shutdown for the second time in recent months. → Read More

What's in the House-passed Build Back Better bill? Paid leave, universal pre-K and more

The roughly $2 trillion package includes an assortment of progressive priorities, such as prekindergarten expansion and climate change initiatives. → Read More

House passes Biden’s Build Back Better bill, sending measure with free preschool, climate initiatives to the Senate

The roughly $2 trillion bill with climate initiatives, expansions in affordable housing and free preschool now heads to the Senate. → Read More

Biden's Build Back Better bill would add to national debt, congressional estimate says

The release of the CBO data is important to the House's vote on the measure, a massive package of Democratic social spending priorities. → Read More

House passes $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the largest transportation package in U.S. history

After months of political wrangling, the House late Friday night passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to modernize highways, rebuild water lines and provide billions for electric vehicle charging stations → Read More

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger announces he will not seek reelection

Kinzinger, who was sworn in in 2011, was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump in January. → Read More

House votes to raise debt ceiling, sending bill to Biden and setting up another fight over borrowing limit

By extending the nation's borrowing limit for a few weeks, lawmakers set up another debt ceiling fight in early December. → Read More

Man in custody after 'suspicious' vehicle found outside Supreme Court

"One of our teams just moved in and extracted the man from the SUV," the agency tweeted. "The man is in custody. Everyone is safe." → Read More

With soldiers gone, security for remaining Americans in Afghanistan will depend on diplomacy

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said fewer than 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan and the actual number is "likely closer to 100." → Read More

He was the last U.S. soldier to leave Afghanistan after 20 years of occupation

Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C., was the final soldier to leave Afghanistan. → Read More

Afghanistan updates: US conducts drone strike on 'imminent' ISIS-K threat near Kabul airport, Pentagon says

President Joe Biden was to meet Sunday morning with the families of U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport. → Read More