January 30, 2023

House to vote on removing rightwing extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees – live

House committee holds hearing on removing Marjorie Taylor Greene Nancy Pelosi mocks Kevin McCarthy as...

10.46pm GMT

The Senate, which is divided 50-50 with Vice-president Kamala Harris serving as a tie-breaker, has agreed that Democrats will chair committees, but Republicans will have equal representation as committee members.

Minority leader Mitch McConnell had pushed for guardrails against Democrats terminating the filibuster, but that’s not part of the final deal. McConnell dropped his objections once it became clear that not all Democrats supported doing away with the filibuster in any case.

Related: Explainer: what is the filibuster and why do some Democrats want to get rid of it?

10.35pm GMT

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday it had dropped a discrimination lawsuit against Yale University, which alleged that the institution was illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants.

While a judge must still sign off on the decision, justice department officials noted in the two-sentence filing in the US district court in Connecticut that it would voluntarily dismiss the action that had been filed by Donald Trump’s administration in October.

Related: Biden administration drops Trump-era discrimination lawsuit against Yale

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