Manchin goes against Washington DC statehood bill‘They all came to the same conclusion: If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment. It should propose a constitutional amendment and let the people of America vote’ Biden, GOP set to find out if US wants activist governmentPresident Biden and Republicans are making the same bet as they gear up for a months-long spending fight: Americans will agree with them about the government’s role post-pandemic. DeSantis signs GOP-drafted voting bill, legal fight beginsFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a sweeping elections bill into law that he and other Republicans said would place guardrails against fraud, even though there were no signs of voter irregularities in the November presidential election South Carolina moves closer to allowing death by firing squadOne state lawmaker said it would be more humane than the electric chair option currently allowed. EPA proposes major rule to reduce certain greenhouse gasesThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a major step Monday to battle climate change with the formal proposal of a rule phasing down the use of planet-warming gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), whic Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee capPresident Biden is facing new pressure from Senate Democrats to increase the number of refugees being admitted into the United States. Impeachment, Vaccines, Valentine’s Day: Your Weekend BriefingHere’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories. U.S. Senate passes bill to fight anti-Asian hate crimesA hate crimes bill to combat violence against Asian Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic passed the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly on Thursday, a rare bipartisan vote in the evenly divided chamber. It’s Probably OK to Be Optimistic About Bands Announcing Fall ToursWith Dinosaur Jr. and more planning shows, vaccination rates need to improve and masks stay necessary if live music comes back this year. The GOP’s Liz Cheney Purge May Be Upon UsRepublican lawmakers reportedly think a second vote to oust Cheney from her leadership position is in the cards—and may look a lot different without Kevin McCarthy’s support.