President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that he would sign a slate of new gun control measures aimed at reducing shootings.

Some background: Biden has used executive action to gain ground on numerous issues since entering office — from immigration to transgender issues, Biden has signed dozens of orders attempting to drive change.

But now, in the wake of several mass shootings, Biden is directing his efforts toward locking down untraceable guns and providing a national means for alerting the authorities to potentially dangerous behavior from gun owners — also known as red flag laws.

Biden’s executive orders will direct…

In late March, The D-Brief reported that the Biden administration was looking into a national vaccine passport. Now, it’s backtracking.

Some background: The idea behind a vaccine passport is to create a system — probably in the form of an app — whereby owners and officials from American organizations can verify that those occupying its buildings or attending its events have received a COVID-19 vaccine. You get the vaccine, then receive a verification on your phone from your state’s health department. Want to go to a sporting event or movie? Just show the verification.

The measure rankled privacy advocates and…

In late March, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed SB 202 into law. The bill gained relatively little national attention before Kemp signed it, but it’s now the focus of a nationwide debate over Republican attempts to heighten voting requirements — and even President Joe Biden is weighing in.

Some background: SB 202 makes it illegal for anyone other than the election officials to offer water to those waiting in line, moves all ballot drop boxes to inside election offices and early voting locations, and requires driver’s license number matching for mail-in votes, among other measures.

Those measures have proven enormously…

Late last month, President Joe Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris would head up the administration’s response to a surge in illegal immigration at the southern border.

“So this new surge we’re dealing with now started with the last administration, but it’s our responsibility to deal with it humanely and to stop what’s happening,” Biden said. “And so, this increase has been consequential, but the vice president has agreed… to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders.”

The only thing is, she hasn’t visited the southern…

This piece was originally published on July 7, 2020.

Many conservatives have long accused popular social media platforms of discriminating against their ideas, but that feeling reached a new urgency in late May when Twitter flagged several of President Donald Trump’s tweets for touting unsubstantiated claims and glorifying violence.

The move sparked outrage from some on the right. Some Republican users said that Twitter had treated other similarly controversial posts differently.

Shortly after, Trump called for the revocation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which states that “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be…

Around 1:00 PM on Friday, Capitol Hill staff received a text message.

“Capitol: External security threat, no entry or exit is permitted, stay away from exterior windows, doors,” it read. “If outside, seek cover.”

Congressional aides, reporters, and other staff didn’t know what was going on. Police cars streamed to the East Front of the Capitol, and a helicopter landed behind them.

Just minutes before, a man, named Noah Green, had driven his car into a Capitol Police barricade. When he exited the car, he came out swinging a knife and was shot.

And shortly after that, Capitol Hill Officer…

Everything you should know about the news this week.

It was a busy week. Here’s everything you need to know about what happened.

1.) This Bill Could Reshape Voting As We Know It

Once a Republican darling, GOP officials have largely left Gaetz out to dry since the New York Times reported that he was under investigation for sex trafficking. Illustration: Elijah Labby | Photo: Gage Skidmore

Representative Matt Gaetz’s alleged criminal behavior put him in the spotlight. Now, it’s getting worse.

Earlier this week, The D-Brief reported that the Justice Department was investigating Gaetz for sex trafficking of a minor.

And on Thursday, dual reports from CNN and the New York Times further cast doubt on the Congressman’s sexual propriety.

First, CNN reported that Matt Gaetz showed nude photos and videos of his past sexual partners to congressional colleagues, even while on the House floor, and that at least one anonymous source believed that “it was a point of pride” for Gaetz.

Then, the Times reported…

What you should know: President Joe Biden unveiled the details of his blockbuster plan to revitalize American infrastructure. Here are the details.

— The bill’s price tag would total more than $2 trillion. It contains plans to provide $621 billion toward roads, bridges, airports, electric vehicle development, and more.

— It also allocates $400 billion toward so-called “human infrastructure” — specifically, expanding Medicaid.

Drinking water infrastructure, broadband internet, and electricity get $300 billion, as does construction and renovation of affordable housing and schools.

Manufacturing, research and development and job training efforts get $580 billion.

Lastly, the bill…

Matt Gaetz

The New York Times reported Tuesday evening that the Justice Department is investigating GOP Representative Matt Gaetz for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl and paying for her to travel with him two years ago.

The article sources the claims to three anonymous people briefed on the matter. Those people say that the Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz violated sex trafficking laws, which, in numerous states, forbid individuals from bringing minors across state lines and participating in sex in exchange for something of value.

They also say that the investigation was opened in the last months of the Trump administration under Attorney General Bill Barr. It supposedly originated with an investigation into Joel Greenburg, a tax collector in Seminole County, Florida, a suburb of Orlando.

Greenburg was indicted last June on multiple charges, which…

Elijah Labby

Elijah Labby is a graduate of the National Journalism Center and the editor of The

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