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# Washington

5th June 2023
# Virginia
Four dead in small plane crash in US state of Virginia that sparked an alert in the capital
F-16s chased the unresponsive aircraft at high speed – triggering a sonic boom across Washington and its suburbs.
This year
# Washington
Mike Pence testifies to US grand jury investigating Donald Trump and 6 January insurrection
Pence has hinted at entering the 2024 presidential race in a potential run against Trump.
# factcheck
Debunked: Video of bus driver collapsing predates Covid-19 and doesn't show vaccine effects
Footage of a 13-year-old steering the wheel was widely shared, as were dodgy claims.
# St Patrick's Day
Niall Horan told he can 'come back anytime' by Biden as he rounds off White House Patrick's Day
The Mullingar singer wished everyone a ‘happy St Paddy’s Day’.
# China
White House says US has no intention of returning recovered balloon debris to China
It comes after Beijing confirmed earlier that a similar balloon spotted flying over Latin America is Chinese.
Last year
# Washington
Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron vow united front against Russia during historic state visit
The pair said the West must hold fast against Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.
Washington Commanders end Philadelphia Eagles’ perfect run with 32-21 defeat
‘We had a marvelous time ruining everything’, the visitors said after their victory.
# Review
Vikings escape Washington upset bid while Bills fall to Jets
Kirk Cousins threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns in a triumphant return.
# biden
Biden appears to believe deceased politician is in audience at food conference
Officials claimed that the president simply had the congresswoman on his mind.
# Washington
One dead and nine missing after seaplane crash near Seattle
The crash happened in Mutiny Bay, off Whidbey Island, about 65 kilometres north-west of the city .
# 6 january
Ex-police officer who stormed US Capitol sentenced to over seven years in prison
Former Rocky Mount Police Sgt Thomas Robertson did not speak in court before US District Judge Christopher Cooper sentenced him.
# Powersharing
O’Neill to brief US politicians in Washington on need to restore Stormont
The Sinn Fein vice president will travel to the US on Monday for a series of meetings with Congressional members and Irish American leaders.
# shireen abu akleh
'We are incredulous': Family of Shireen Abu Akleh condemn result of US probe into her death
The US said the journalist was likely killed by Israeli gunfire, but said there was no reason to believe she was shot intentionally.
Larry Donnelly: Will the January 6th hearings, or anything else, help Democrats?
Our columnist looks at the aftermath of the Capitol attack and the findings of the select committee and asks what it means for the next election.
# 6 january
January 6th rioters came within 40 feet of Mike Pence, committee hears
New evidence has highlighted Pence faced as rioters outside the Capitol chanted ‘hang Mike Pence’.
# Washington
White House correspondents' dinner returns after two years
US President Joe Biden poked fun at his slumping poll ratings and took several digs at his predecessor Donald Trump.
# US
Nancy Pelosi tests positive for Covid-19
Pelosi, 82, received a positive result a day after attending a bill signing event at the White House with President Joe Biden.
# Washington
Trial of Islamic State 'Beatle' begins as defense claims mistaken identity
El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, is accused of involvement in the murders of two American journalists and two aid workers.
# St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach says Biden 'can't wait to come back to Ireland' but no date set for visit
Officials would like to get the Taoiseach back to Washington later in the year with another trip to the White House perhaps on the cards.
# Price hike
Energy prices: Government moving to ease financial pressure but 'won't be able to do it all'
Martin said he expects the European Commission to suggest alternative cost-cutting measures by the end of the month.
Commanders is new name of Washington's NFL team
The move comes 20 months after the club “retired” the name Redskins.
# Capitol Riots
'We are in a battle for the soul of America': Joe Biden marks one year since US Capitol riots
A series of remembrance events are due to take place to mark the event.
All time
# Drama
Last-minute interception secures third straight win for Washington
Washington’s Kendall Fuller picked a pass from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in the final three minutes of the game.
# Washington
Garda Commissioner meets with US law enforcement agencies to discuss organised crime link-up
The meetings took place last week.
# Christmas Shopping
Taoiseach 'concerned' about Christmas delivery delays due to Brexit
Irish shoppers are being advised to start planning their Christmas purchases as soon as they can.
# sweltering
Record breaking temperatures scorch US Pacific northwest for second consecutive day
The temperatures were unheard of in a region better known for rain.
# Washington
El Chapo’s wife pleads guilty to drugs charges
Emma Coronel Aispuro admitted conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for several years.
# Washington
Police officer dies after man drove a car into barricade at US Capitol in Washington DC
Authorities say that attack did not appear to be terrorism.
# US Capitol
Security restrictions around US Capitol to be largely scaled back
Fencing and National Guard members have been used to protect the building since the 6 January riots.
# North Korea
Kim Jong Un’s sister criticises US and South Korea for holding military exercises
Kim Yo Jong warned Washington against further provocations if it wants a ‘good night’s sleep for the next four years’.
# Simon Coveney
Brexit issues raised with influential group of US Congress members
Simon Coveney and EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic spoke to the Friends of Ireland caucus.
# Capitol Riot
US congressman sues Donald Trump under Ku Klux Klan Act over role in deadly riot at US Capitol
It is the first case in an expected wave of litigation over the 6 January riot.
# Acquitted
Verdict: Trump acquitted as just seven Republicans side with Democrats in Senate vote
The former US president was accused of inciting the deadly riot at the US Capitol last month.
# Start spreading the news
Should he stay or should he go? Micheál Martin and the trip to the White House
The official line is that nothing has been decided yet.
# Washington
Republican group proposes alternative Covid-19 relief plan to Biden
The Republican senators are suggesting that their plan would give Biden the bipartisan support he wants.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Taoiseach visit Washington for St Patrick's Day?
Micheál Martin has so far signalled his plan to proceed with the visit.
# St Patrick's Day
Stormont leaders won't visit Washington for St Patrick’s Day - but the Taoiseach still intends to go
The Executive Office has confirmed that the annual visit would not proceed this year, amid ongoing public health concerns.
# White House
Joe Biden to sign a dozen executive orders on his first day as US President
Inauguration day is on Wednesday.
# Washington
Iran deal architect among veterans named for Biden State Department
Biden said that the State Department nominees “have secured some of the most defining national security and diplomatic achievements in recent memory”.
# Washington
Fresh calls for Trump to resign after Capitol violence
Some members of Trump’s own party have called for him to resign over the violent incursion into the US Capitol.