House Republicans are weighing an impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden amid a September push by Congress to avoid a government shutdown. Also in the news: Burning Man celebrants are slowly exiting the water-logged festival and American players are representing at the U.S. Open quarterfinals Tuesday.
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House GOP nears Biden impeachment inquiry as shutdown looms
Congress is returning to Capitol Hill to try to avert a government shutdown, while House Republicans also consider whether to press forward on an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who has sought to tamp down talks of impeaching the president, has indicated he will pursue at least the first step in the impeachment process.
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Clear skies expected to aid Burning Man ‘exodus’
Organizers of the annual Burning Man festival advised attendees to stick around until Tuesday to ease traffic as rain-soaked roads dried up and relieved a muddy mess that prevented thousands of people from leaving. Many people delayed their departure until the burning of a towering Man effigy scheduled for Monday evening, the culmination of the nine-day event. By Monday afternoon, officials reported it took departing attendees five hours to travel approximately five miles back to the nearest paved road. Read more
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Impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to begin
The Texas Senate is set to commence an impeachment trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton, a political reckoning of years of alleged corruption that could lead to his permanent ouster from office. Paxton has decried the impeachment as a “politically motivated sham” and says he expects to be acquitted. The historic proceeding is a rare instance of a political party seeking to hold one of its own to account for alleged wrongdoing. Read coverage from the Austin American-Statesman, part of the USA TODAY Network.
Can a police dog’s paws violate the Constitution during a traffic stop?
The problem for Nero the police dog began when he put his paws on the door of a car that had been pulled over after the driver suddenly swerved across three lanes. The dog sniffed out a pill bottle and a plastic bag that contained meth residue – evidence that ultimately allowed police in Idaho to get a warrant and charge the driver, Kirby Dorff, with felony drug possession. But the paws Nero placed on the driver side door as he jumped up to get a better sniff have opened a constitutional question that has now reached the Supreme Court: Whether the dog’s mere touching of the car violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on “unreasonable searches.” Read more
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Putting the ‘US’ in the US Open quarterfinals
There are three American men in the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2005. Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe and Ben Shelton are the trio this time and all will be in action Tuesday. Fritz is a 25-year-old from California, Tiafoe is a 25-year-old from Maryland and Shelton is a 20-year-old who won the 2022 NCAA title for the University of Florida. Fritz goes up against 23-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic for a spot in the semifinals, while Tiafoe and Shelton play each other. In the women’s tournament, American Coco Gauff is also headed to the quarterfinals Tuesday. Read more
Photo of the day: Beyoncé’s Los Angeles Renaissance Tour stop
Several Hollywood stars showed up and showed out alongside fans during Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour shows at SoFi Stadium on Friday and Saturday night. Keke Palmer, Sofia Vergara, Kris Jenner, Tracee Ellis Ross, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were among the impressive list of celebrity fans to join the party over the weekend. Read more
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