Senate Democrats are waiting for a go signal from the parliamentarian on whether to proceed with budget reconciliation on the energy, climate, and tax bill.
The Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
The Taliban's envoy to the UN said the insurgent group was not aware that Ayman al Zawahiri was residing in Kabul.
The current chair of the ASEAN bloc said Myanmar would not be represented in the upcoming summit this week, following the junta's decline of the proposal to send a non-political envoy.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington opposes any effort to unilaterally change the status quo on Taiwan and that the US policy has not changed.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
The 10-member bloc has expressed frustration with the junta's non-compliance to the peace plan, according to Malaysia's foreign minister.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
The regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
The UK defense ministry said in an intelligence update that Russian forces are still focusing their tactical assault in the Bakhmut area of eastern Ukraine.
Former German Chancellor and friend to Vladimir Putin, Gerhard Schroeder said Moscow wants a "negotiated solution" to the war, with the possibility of a ceasefire.
US Supreme Court: Chief Justice John Roberts has 'lost control' of right-wing colleagues, says law expert
The US Supreme Court has come under scrutiny as of late with issues surrounding sitting Justice Clarence Thomas. According to a law professor, the recent dissent by Chief Justice John Roberts regarding a “shadow docket” indicates how he has lost control of the court’s conservative majority.
In a piece for the Washington Post, Texas University Law professor Steve Vladeck explained how Roberts’s dissent criticizing the shadow docket was a sign that he no longer had control of the majority he played a part in creating.
The dissent was part of a case, Louisiana v. American Rivers, with the rest of the conservative justices ruling to uphold a Trump-era rule to make it easier for states to make exemptions from the Clean Water Act, which would allow companies to build projects that could potentially pollute rivers and streams.
The ruling was criticized as the Supreme Court granted emergency relief for such an issue, appearing to weigh in without any justification. Vladeck cited the dissent written by Liberal Justice Elena Kagan in saying that the temporary decision “cannot be ignored.”
“But it was significant for being the first time that Chief Justice John Roberts joined her (and Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor) in doing so. With the striking public stance, the chief justice illustrated how concerns about the procedural shortcuts the other conservative justices are taking do (and should) cross ideological divides. He also made clear what many have long suspected: The Roberts court is over,” wrote Vladeck.
Previously, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell ripped into Clarence Thomas over his recent photo with Georgia Republican Senatorial candidate Herschel Walker, saying that Thomas is behaving more like a partisan politician rather than a justice at the high court. O’Donnell said that Thomas should be called a “politician,” and as a Supreme Court Justice, Thomas is “out of control.”
O’Donnell also noted a US law that would require Justices to recuse themselves in cases involving their spouses, but there was no criminal enforcement of the rule under the belief that no Supreme Court Justice has thought of violating such rule.
Thomas is also facing growing calls from Democratic lawmakers to recuse himself from cases involving January 6, with O’Donnell noting that Thomas was the only dissent in the court’s ruling against Trump’s appeal to block documents from being turned over to the committee.