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June 20, 2021

First Line News Articles for Sunday, June 20 2021

National

Claudette drenches Southeast, may trigger more flash flooding before strengthening to tropical storm again

Tropical Depression Claudette is continuing its trek across the Southeast, hitting parts of Georgia and the Carolinas for a soggy Father’s Day.

Biden struggles to detail post-withdrawal Afghanistan plans

The Biden administration is struggling to articulate how it will keep Afghanistan from falling to the Taliban after American forces depart, even as the U.S. is more than halfway through its troop withdrawal.

California launches digital COVID-19 vaccine pass but won’t require it

California officials on Friday unveiled a website to access or download a digital copy of COVID-19 immunization records, though they stressed the state would not make it mandatory to carry the vaccine credentials.

Despite campaign promises, 60% could see tax increase under Biden proposals

An analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found 60% of households would face a higher tax burden under President Joe Biden’s proposals.

IRS denies tax-exempt status to Christian nonprofit group because ‘the Bible’s teachings are typically affiliated with the Republican Party’

The Internal Revenue Service denied a Christian nonprofit group tax-exempt status because “the Bible’s teachings are typically affiliated with the Republican Party and candidates.”

Congress barrels toward debt cliff

Congress is barreling toward a fight as soon as next month over raising the debt ceiling, creating a huge challenge for President Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress.

Biden Adviser on COVID-Origin Probe: U.S. Won’t Issue Threats to China ‘at This Point’

White House National-Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the U.S. would not immediately issue “threats” to China regarding an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.

Republicans Get to Work Planning for 2022 and Beyond

The Faith & Freedom Coalition conference comes as the GOP finds itself out of power in Washington and undergoing something of an identity crisis.

DOJ Challenges Arkansas, West Virginia Transgender Laws

The Justice Department has filed statements of interest in two lawsuits challenging Arkansas and West Virginia laws pertaining to transgender people, saying the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Biden Admin Takes Steps to Offer Gender-Transition Surgery through VA Health Care: Report

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is taking steps toward making gender transition surgery available to veterans through Veterans Affairs health-care coverage, according to a new report.

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