President Biden and congressional leaders mourned U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans after he was killed in the line of duty Friday. A vehicle rammed into Evans and another officer at the Capitol in Washington, the second deadly incident for Capitol Police in nearly three months. The other officer was injured; the suspect was killed by police. On Jan. 6, a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, leaving five dead, including an officer.

Major League Baseball announced that it will move July’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta, a decision that comes amid backlash to Georgia’s new sweeping and restrictive voting law.

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  • President Biden welcomed the latest labor report showing the United States added back 916,000 jobs in March while pressing for Congress to pass his $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan. “Inaction is not an option,” Biden said in remarks at the White House, in which he pushed back on Republican criticism of his plan to raise corporate taxes to finance the proposal.
  • Acting U.S. Capitol police chief Yogananda Pittman said that in the fatal incident at the Capitol, a person left their vehicle with a knife and started lunging. She said police opened fire, killing the suspect.
  • The economy showed signs of strength as it added 916,000 jobs in March, the highest level in months, and the unemployment rate edged down to 6 percent from 6.2 percent in February.
  • Biden’s infrastructure plan calls for $80 billion for rail service, a significant boost in federal aid that could transform passenger service. Amtrak signaled that it could provide new intercity rail service to 160 communities and expand service in corridors with heightened demand for rail transportation.
  • The New York attorney general has gathered personal financial records of the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer and his family, another sign of legal pressure on one of former president Donald Trump’s closest aides.
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Rep. Ryan says ’everything’ about Capitol security to be re-evaluated after second attack

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who chairs the subcommittee that oversees the Capitol Police, said Friday’s attack on the Capitol will probably renew conversations about the security needs at the complex, a subject that has already been under intense debate since the Jan. 6 insurrection.

“We’ll be reviewing everything, at this point, including the fencing,” Ryan said in a virtual press briefing Friday. “From my vantage point, I just think we’ve got to be very careful as we move forward, that we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves without knowing that we have the ability to protect the Capitol.”

Security was bulked up around the Capitol after a pro-Trump mob overtook the building Jan. 6. The violent siege left five people dead, including a police officer; two other officers who were on duty that day later died by suicide.

Ryan said the extra fencing around the Capitol now “sucks” and “nobody wants that there” but said they needed to “figure out the sweet spot of security.” He noted several members of Congress, including him, had a call last week with members of the Knesset, the legislature in Israel, to inquire about their security measures.

The extra levels of security at the Capitol since Jan. 6 have become politicized, with Republicans criticizing it as unnecessary.

“There are no serious threats against the Capitol. I think we’re way overreacting to the current need,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said last month, noting that the fencing reminded him of a war zone. “I’m extremely uncomfortable with the fact that my constituents can’t come to the Capitol.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also has been calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) to take down the extra fencing and allow tours again. Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) last month posed by a sign outside the Capitol that said, mockingly, “Welcome to FORT PELOSI” and tweeted that it was “time for this wall around the Capitol to come down!”

On Friday, after the attack occurred, Pelosi’s daughter tweeted the image of Taylor Greene again.

“Today the Capitol Police needed a lifesaving barricade from a violent attack. Thank goodness for Fort Pelosi!” Christine Pelosi noted.

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Pelosi orders Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff after officer’s killing

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has ordered the flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff after the killing of a Capitol Police officer Friday afternoon.

One officer was killed and another injured Friday when a vehicle rammed into them near the Capitol’s north barricade barrier. One person left the vehicle with a knife and started lunging toward the officers, who fired back, Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a news conference. The suspect was killed.

In a statement, Pelosi called the officer who was killed, William Evans, a “martyr for our democracy.”

“Today, America’s heart has been broken by the tragic and heroic death of one of our Capitol Police heroes: Officer William Evans,” she said. “Members of Congress, staff and Capitol workers, and indeed all Americans are united in appreciation for the courage of the U.S. Capitol Police. Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our Country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6. On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful.”

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was heartbroken for the officer killed and for his family.

“I’m praying for the officer injured and his family. We’re in their debt,” Schumer tweeted.

Late Friday, both Pelosi’s and Schumer’s offices said the two had spoken with Evans’s family to offer the condolences of the House and Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement, “Once again, brave officers of the United States Capitol Police have been violently attacked while simply doing their job. I am heartbroken that Officer William F. Evans was killed in the line of duty defending the Capitol. His name will go down in history for his selfless sacrifice.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Evans “has served in the Capitol Police with honor and integrity for 18 years, embodying the best of what the Capitol Police stands for. Today, he responded quickly and bravely to a senseless attack. His heroic actions helped protect the Capitol and saved many lives.”

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Georgia officials respond to MLB moving All-Star game out of Atlanta

Georgia lawmakers and public figures expressed anger, disappointment and approval Friday in their responses to Major League Baseball’s announcement it would move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, after the state passed a sweeping new elections law last week.

In a fiery statement, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) blasted MLB for having “caved to fear, political opportunism and liberal lies.” He called out by name President Biden, who had supported MLB moving the game, and blamed him and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams for driving MLB to make a “knee-jerk decision.”

“Cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included,” Kemp said.

Abrams, a Democrat, tweeted that she was “disappointed @MLB will move the All-Star Game, but proud of their stance on voting rights. GA GOP traded economic opportunity for suppression.” She urged events and productions to “come & speak out or stay & fight” on behalf of people of color who now stood to lose wages because of boycotts.

Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said MLB needed to “stop listening to their corporate communist sponsors and remember the little guys who buy their tickets.”

“Keep the politics off the field and stop ruining everything!” she tweeted.

In a statement, Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) said MLB’s decision was “the unfortunate consequence of [GOP] politicians’ actions” and seemed to discourage other boycotts.

“It is my hope that businesses, athletes, and entertainers can protest this law not by leaving Georgia but by coming here and fighting voter suppression head on, and hand-in-hand with the community,” Warnock said. “Additionally, the urgency to pass federal voter protection laws grows every day, and I will continue to be a leader in that fight.”

Sen. Jon Ossoff’s office initially pointed to his statement from Thursday, in which he said businesses should stop supporting the GOP rather than boycott the state. Late Friday, Ossoff (D-Ga.) released another statement criticizing the Georgia GOP as “out of control.”

“Georgia is hemorrhaging business and jobs because of their disastrous new Jim Crow voting law,” the senator said. “The Governor and the legislature are deliberately making it harder for Black voters to vote. They know it. Everybody knows it and this egregious and immoral assault on voting rights has also put our state’s economy at grave risk.”

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said he had instructed his staff to begin drafting legislation to remove MLB’s federal antitrust exception.

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Gaetz is said to have boasted of his ‘access to women’ provided by friend charged in sex-trafficking case

Rep. Matt Gaetz repeatedly boasted to people involved in Florida politics about women he met through a county tax collector who has since been charged by federal authorities with sex trafficking of a minor, according to two people who heard his comments directly.

They said the Republican congressman, first elected in 2016, also showed them videos on his phone of naked or topless women on multiple occasions, including at parties with Joel Greenberg, the former tax collector for Seminole County. The women appeared to be adults and could be seen dancing, hanging out by a pool and, in one case, using a hula hoop without clothing, the people said.

“Matt was never shy about talking about his relationship to Joel and the access to women that Joel provided him,” said one of these people, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid. “What these videos implied was that there was something of a sexual nature going on with everyone.”

The Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz, whose loyalty to former president Donald Trump and frequent cable news appearances have endeared him to many conservatives, paid for sex with a number of women in violation of federal sex-trafficking laws, a person familiar with the matter said. The investigation began while Trump was in office and proceeded with the approval of his attorney general.

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Biden orders White House flags lowered to half-staff after Capitol attack

Biden has ordered the flags at the White House to be lowered to half-staff after the death of a Capitol Police officer Friday.

“Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life,” he said in a statement.

The president said he had been receiving ongoing briefings about the incident from his homeland security adviser and thanked those who responded to the attack.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss. We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it,” Biden said.

Vice President Harris said the attack was “an inexplicable act of violence.”

“Officer William Evans made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the Capitol and those who work there on behalf of the American people,” Harris said in a statement. “Officer Evans, his family, and all those who knew him are in our hearts and prayers. We mourn with them during this difficult time.”

It has already been an unprecedented year of danger for Capitol Police officers. More than 100 officers were injured after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a violent insurrection Jan. 6. At least 40 rioters have been charged with assaulting law enforcement officers, who were shown being harassed, beaten and sprayed with gas substances by members of the mob.

The Jan. 6 riot resulted in the deaths of one police officer and four others. Two officers who were on duty that day later died by suicide.

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Biden reverses Trump’s sanctions on International Criminal Court

Biden lifted U.S. sanctions on the International Criminal Court on Friday, reversing a decision by President Donald Trump aimed at kneecapping investigations into U.S. and Israeli personnel for alleged war crimes.

The sanctions, targeting the ICC’s chief prosecutor and head of jurisdiction, amounted to some of Trump’s most aggressive measures against prominent multilateral institutions. Removing them is the latest step in Biden’s efforts to rejoin the international community and distinguish his administration from Trump’s “America First” approach.

In announcing the reversal of the sanctions, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Biden administration still vehemently disagrees with the court’s efforts to claim jurisdiction over U.S. and Israeli personnel but believes “our concerns about these cases would be better addressed through engagement with all stakeholders in the ICC process rather than through the imposition of sanctions.”

Since coming into office, human rights groups called on Biden to lift the sanctions against the Netherlands-based court, which handles allegations of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. The United States has never been a party to the court out of concern that U.S. troops could be subject to its prosecutions.

In opposing the Trump administration’s sanctions, Blinken said the decision to reverse reflects “our assessment that the measures adopted were inappropriate and ineffective.”

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MLB will move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta as backlash to Georgia voting law continues

Major League Baseball announced Friday that it will move July’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta, a decision that comes amid backlash to Georgia’s new sweeping and restrictive voting law.

The measure inspired an outcry from Democrats across the country who view the legislation as a Republican effort to make voting more difficult for people of color in the state, which voted for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in nearly two decades.

“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

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Capitol officer killed after vehicle rams barricade; suspect fatally shot by police

One Capitol police officer was killed and another injured Friday when a vehicle rammed into them near the U.S. Capitol, the department’s chief said at a news conference.

Chief Yogananda Pittman said a person exited the vehicle with a knife and started lunging. She said police opened fire, killing the suspect.

It was not immediately clear how the officer was fatally injured.

The incident which occurred about 1 p.m. comes less than three months after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol left five people dead, including Capitol Police Officer Brian D.

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U.S. suggests no quick action on Iran deal at talks starting next week

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday called news of upcoming indirect talks between Iran and the United States “a welcome and potentially constructive early step.”

She said the talks in Vienna would seek “to identify the issues involved in a mutual return to compliance,” with the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran.

Psaki suggested that the Biden administration does not expect a swift resolution to the question of whether the United States would rejoin the deal. The “diplomatic road ahead may be long, as it was during the first negotiations,” Psaki said.

President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, and Iran later began breaching its obligations under the agreement. The Biden administration has maintained that Iran must return to compliance with the deal before the United States would rejoin. Iran has maintained that the onus is on Washington, since it had made the first move to undermine the agreement.

“We are very clear-eyed about the hurdles that remain,” Psaki said.

The talks will not initially include U.S. and Iranian representatives at the same table, and Psaki gave no clue as to when that might occur. A senior State Department official echoed caution. “These remain early days, and we don’t anticipate an immediate breakthrough as there will be difficult discussions ahead. But we believe this is a healthy step forward,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss diplomatic talks.

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Japanese prime minister to meet with Biden, in first in-person visit from a foreign leader

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will meet with Biden at the White House on April 16, the first in-person visit to him from a foreign leader.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the visit on Friday at her daily briefing. She said the visit reflects “the importance we place on our bilateral relationship with Japan and our friendship and partnership with the Japanese people.”

Suga has been prime minister since September. He previously was the chief cabinet secretary under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from 2012 to 2020.

Psaki said she would have additional details on the visit. Since taking office, Biden has held virtual meetings with foreign leaders due to the pandemic.

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Analysis: Biden infrastructure push could face SALT-y Democratic challenge

As President Biden tries to corral the votes to muscle through his $2 trillion infrastructure package, he could find himself in a showdown with his closest congressional allies over restoring a tax provision mostly benefiting rich Americans.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) on Thursday threw in with lawmakers who want the package to repeal a limit on how much state and local taxes taxpayers can deduct to lower their yearly obligations to Uncle Sam.

“Hopefully we can get it into the bill,” Pelosi said at her weekly (virtual) news conference.

Her comments came after Democratic Reps. Tom Suozzi of New York and Josh Gottheimer, Bill Pascrell Jr., and Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey said they would not back Biden’s infrastructure proposal unless it ended the SALT restrictions.

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Pelosi extends proxy voting in the House until May 19, citing attending physician on pandemic

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is extending proxy voting in the House until May 19, citing the attending physician’s statement that the public health emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect.

Pelosi notified lawmakers of the extension in a brief letter Friday.

The House held its first-ever remote voting in May, using a process that allows lawmakers to designate a colleague to cast a vote on their behalf on the House floor. Democrats said the move was necessary to ensure the House conducted its business during the pandemic. Republicans vociferously objected to the move, calling it a breach of 231 years of House custom, but over the ensuing months, several opted for remote voting.

In February, more than a dozen Republicans voted by proxy on the covid relief package as they attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.

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Border crossings in March jumped to highest level in 15 years, data show

More than 171,000 migrants were taken into custody along the U.S. southern border in March, the highest monthly total since 2006, according to preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection data reviewed by The Washington Post.

The extraordinary increase — up from 78,442 in January — underscores the magnitude of the challenge facing the Biden administration, especially as it races to add emergency shelter capacity for an unprecedented number of teenagers and children crossing without their parents.

Last month, CBP took in more than 18,800 unaccompanied minors, a 99 percent increase from February and a figure far above the previous one-month high of 11,861 in May 2019. The increase in the number of migrants arriving as part of family groups was even steeper last month, soaring to more than 53,000, up from 19,246 in February and 7,294 in January, the preliminary figures show.

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Biden rejects Republican criticism of his $2 trillion infrastructure plan

President Biden on April 2 reacted to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)’s opposing his infrastructure plan, saying voters will decide the outcome. (The Washington Post)

Biden on Friday rejected Republican criticism of his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, casting his sweeping proposal as long overdue after the Trump administration and the GOP repeatedly promised to act and never did.

“How many times have we heard ‘this is Infrastructure Week’ over the last four years? About every second week was Infrastructure Week, but no infrastructure was built,” Biden said.

His plan is an expansive interpretation of infrastructure. It would steer billions of dollars to rebuild roads, bridges, improve rail service and expand broadband while replacing lead pipes and addressing climate change and racial inequities.

Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have decried the proposal as infrastructure combined with the Green New Deal and other liberal priorities. They have uniformly rejected Biden’s plan to finance the projects by raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, arguing that it would be a mistake to raise taxes as the economy is in the midst of recovering from the pandemic.

The tax increase also would reverse what Republicans did in their massive tax cut in 2017, when they slashed the corporate rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

Asked whether the tax increase would slow the economy, Biden said, “Asking corporate America just to pay their fair share will not slow the economy. It will make the economy function better. It will create more energy.”

Biden also questioned the GOP opposition in personal terms. “What do you think would happen if they found out all the lead pipes were up in the Capitol every time they turned on the water fountain?” he asked.

The president hailed the jobs report showing the United States added 916,000 jobs in March and used his appearance to credit his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package while pressing Congress to act on his infrastructure proposal.