DC BUREAU

Our Washington, D.C., bureau reports on congressional delegations and key Supreme Court and administrative decisions that affect our state.

STAFF

Jane Norman

DC Bureau Chief

Jane directs national coverage, managing staff and freelance reporters in the nation’s capital and assigning and editing state-specific daily and enterprise stories.

Jennifer Shutt

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

Jacob Fischler

DC Bureau Senior Reporter

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Ariana Figueroa

DC Bureau Reporter

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.

STORIES

Ketanji Brown Jackson

Biden to tap Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court, reports say

BY: and - February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is planning to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, according to multiple media reports. If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. She would replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who is retiring this summer. CNN […]

People with flags and posters during protest against Russian attack on Ukraine near the Russian Embassy

New U.S. sanctions on Russia target banks, high-tech imports

BY: and - February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON – The United States and Western allies stepped up economic sanctions on Russia following its escalated attack on Ukraine, President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday. Biden had for weeks pledged to impose significant sanctions on Russia if President Vladimir Putin followed through on plans to invade Ukraine. As the invasion […]

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Waves of Russian forces launch assault on Ukraine and U.S. prepares added sanctions

BY: - February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden Thursday vowed a “united and decisive” wave of sanctions against Russia after the country’s leaders ordered a military assault on Ukraine. Russian military forces began attacking several cities and towns throughout the country, according to multiple news reports.  “President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic […]

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Before any U.S. troops are sent to Ukraine, some in Congress want a say

BY: - February 23, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, a Democrat, and Warren Davidson of Ohio, a Republican, are leading a broad, bipartisan coalition of lawmakers urging the president to not send U.S. troops into Ukraine, or declare war, before receiving authorization from Congress. President Joe Biden has not dispatched troops to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion […]

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Biden says Russia has begun invading Ukraine, announces initial sanctions

BY: - February 22, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine amounted to “the beginning of a Russian invasion” of that country that could get much worse in the days ahead.  Seeking to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from further military action, Biden said the United States would apply the “first tranche of […]

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State judges across the U.S. face growing GOP pushback against rulings in election cases

BY: - February 16, 2022

In mid-December, Texas’ highest criminal court revoked the state attorney general’s ability to use his office to prosecute election-related cases without the request of a district or county attorney. In an 8-1 opinion, the all-Republican court weakened Attorney General Ken Paxton’s power to independently go after perpetrators of voter fraud, a problem he says is […]

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CDC to update federal masking guidance in coming weeks

BY: - February 16, 2022

WASHINGTON – The federal government will likely update its guidance on masking and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the coming weeks as the omicron surge continues to wane, U.S. public health officials indicated Wednesday.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing that the agency will continue looking […]

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COVID vaccine for kids under 5 delayed until at least April

BY: - February 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – A COVID-19 vaccine for young children will be delayed by at least two months as Pfizer and BioNTech gather more information on a three-dose regimen.  The disappointing news for many parents came after the Biden administration earlier had announced it was preparing to get the vaccines out to states as soon as it […]

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CDC preps guidance for governors on relaxing COVID rules, but states forge ahead

BY: - February 9, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing guidance for governors about when to relax masking and other measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, but doesn’t want to release those instructions just yet. Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that it’s too soon to begin rolling back masking and other public […]

Sign for Spelman College in Atlanta

HBCU leaders decry waves of bomb threats as federal investigators probe origin

BY: - February 9, 2022

WASHINGTON – Hours before the Southern Poverty Law Center held a virtual panel Tuesday about recent bomb threats made to dozens of historically Black colleges, yet another bomb threat was reported – this one to Spelman College, a historically Black institution in Georgia.  “This was a racist attack that aims to not only disrupt the […]

Mitch McConnell

McConnell rebukes RNC for saying Jan. 6 attack was ‘legitimate political discourse’

BY: - February 8, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Republican National Committee erred in censuring two House GOP lawmakers for joining the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.  The Kentucky Republican rebuked the RNC for referring to the riot as “legitimate political discourse” in the censure resolution. McConnell said […]

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Biden says answer to gun violence ‘is not to defund the police’

BY: - February 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland traveled Thursday to New York City, where the lives of two police officers were claimed in recent shootings, as the administration unveiled a new initiative to combat gun violence. A senior administration official told reporters that the White House is focusing on ghost guns, which are homemade […]