Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill into Law – President Biden earlier this week signed a $1 trillion-plus bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, which will provide billions to roads, bridges, ports, broadband, and water infrastructure. The bill had support from a total of 42 Republicans in the House and Senate. On Friday morning, the House advanced a larger $1.75 trillion social spending bill that is being held up in the Senate by moderate Democrats over concerns of inflation and mounting debt.
Steve Bannon Arrested – Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon surrendered himself to authorities this week after being indicted on two charges of contempt of Congress. Bannon was subpoenaed by the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, but refused to share documents related the event with the committee, and failed to show up for a hearing before the committee members.
Harris Takes Over Presidency for a Few Hours – Vice President Kamala Harris will take over the presidential reins for several hours on Friday as President Joe Biden undergoes what the White House says is a “routine colonoscopy.” Harris will continue to work from her regular office in the West Wing as she performs presidential duties. It is not unusual for the vice president to be given presidential powers when the president is incapacitated.
FDA Approves Booster Shots for All Adults – The FDA on Friday granted emergency approval for US adults to receive Pfizer and Moderna booster shots, which it had held off on granting for several months until they could review data on the need and efficacy of the boosters.
No Verdict Yet in Rittenhouse Trial – We are now in the fourth day of jury deliberations in the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting trial which has gripped the nation. Rittenhouse shot and killed two violent protesters and injured a third during anti-police riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020. Prosecutors say that Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was out looking for trouble and is guilty of homicide, while the defense contends that he shot the protesters in self defense.