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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 24, 2022, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

By: - June 27, 2022

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.  The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington […]

Voters line up in cars on Oct. 20, 2020, to deliver mail ballots at a Shawnee County drop box in Topeka. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

By: - June 24, 2022

President Joe Biden on Friday called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates on “a sad day for the country” after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved […]

‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed

By: - June 23, 2022

President Donald Trump sought to use the U.S. Justice Department to create the illusion of a legitimate investigation into the validity of the 2020 election results, the Jan. 6 committee and former Justice Department leaders said Thursday in the panel’s fifth hearing this month. In the weeks between Election Day 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, […]

Trump led pressure campaign on state election officials, Jan. 6 panel says

By: - June 21, 2022

Former President Donald Trump was directly involved in efforts to pressure state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 election results in their states, according to evidence the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack presented Tuesday at the panel’s fourth hearing this month. Trump and his attorneys knew that […]

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger answers questions at a news conference in November 2020. (Jill Nolin/Georgia Recorder)

Georgia, Arizona GOP officials to testify before Jan. 6 panel

By: - June 20, 2022

The fourth Jan. 6 hearing on Tuesday will focus on pressure put by President Donald Trump and his allies on state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The U.S. House hearing will include live testimony from Republican officials in those states, committee aides said Monday. It begins at […]

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced a new health and wellbeing program for wildland firefighters on June 17, 2022, at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. The center, home to about 600 employees, is a command hub to respond to wildfires throughout the U.S. (Audrey Dutton/Idaho Capital Sun)

Interior to launch mental health program for wildland firefighters, boost wildfire spending

By: and - June 18, 2022

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Interior Department will create a health and wellbeing program for wildland firefighters and boost spending on firefighting efforts by $103 million in fiscal 2022, secretary Deb Haaland said Friday. The additional funding, which Haaland announced at the National Interagency Fire Center, comes as part of the $1.5 billion in last […]

A tweet from former President Donald Trump is displayed June 16, 2022, during the third hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Pence was within 40 feet of mob inflamed by Trump, Jan. 6 committee reveals

By: - June 16, 2022

The private and public conflict between Donald Trump and Mike Pence over certifying the 2020 election results put the vice president within steps of the Jan. 6 attackers, the U.S. House committee investigating the insurrection said Thursday. As the mob approached the U.S. Senate chamber in the Capitol, the vice president’s Secret Service retinue hustled […]

Election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg; BJay Pak, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia; and Al Schmidt, former Philadelphia City Commissioner, testify June 13, 2022, during a hearing by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

3 things from the second Jan. 6 hearing you might have missed

By: - June 14, 2022

A “definitely intoxicated” Rudy Giuliani. Conspiracy theories in Pennsylvania. Fundraising for a non-existent Trump “Election Defense Fund.” The second hearing in the series held by the Jan. 6 U.S. House panel to present its findings focused on claims repeatedly voiced by former President Donald Trump that fraud occurred in the 2020 election. Members of the […]

From left, election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg; BJay Pak, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia; and Al Schmidt, former Philadelphia City Commissioner, testify during a hearing by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on June 13, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump spread claims of election fraud debunked by his own legal team, Jan. 6 panel says

By: - June 13, 2022

Former President Donald Trump planted the seeds for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by continually promoting theories that he lost the 2020 election through fraud, even though top advisers and officials told him there was no evidence to support the claim, according to testimony a U.S. House committee presented Monday. In its […]

5 things we learned about Jan. 6 and Trump from the first hearing

By: - June 12, 2022

The opening U.S. House hearing in a series on the Jan. 6 attack included some eye-opening new details about the events of the day and the broader plot to halt the peaceful transfer of presidential power. The nine-member investigative committee put former President Donald Trump at the center of the plot, while accusing leaders of […]

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards and Nick Quested, a documentary filmmaker who was embedded with the Proud Boys, testify during a hearing June 9, 2022, by the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol. The committee, which has been gathering evidence related to the attack for almost a year, will present its findings in a series of televised hearings. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Jan. 6 panel says Trump, far-right groups responsible for insurrection

By: - June 9, 2022

A widely anticipated hearing Thursday by the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol alleged two groups supporting then-President Donald Trump planned the riot to stop the transfer of presidential power — while Trump tacitly endorsed the insurrection and was indifferent to calls to hang then-Vice President Mike Pence. […]

Police clash with supporters of President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. (Alex Kent/Tennessee Lookout)

First Jan. 6 hearing to reveal new evidence of Trump conspiracy, panel aides say

By: - June 9, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol will use its first public hearing to tie the violent attempt to overturn the election directly to former President Donald Trump, committee aides told reporters Wednesday. In addition to live witnesses — a U.S. Capitol Police officer injured by rioters during the […]