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Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s reelection may be in jeopardy.

A federal judge on Monday ruled that a group of Georgia voters can proceed with seeking legal efforts to disqualify US Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene from running for reelection to Congress, citing her role in the deadly attack on the US Capitol.

The challenge filed last month with the Georgia secretary of state’s office alleges that Greene, a Republican, helped facilitate the Jan. 6, 2021 riot that disrupted Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. That violates a rarely cited provision of the 14th Amendment and makes her ineligible to run for reelection, according to the challenge.

The amendment says no one can serve in Congress “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress … to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.” Ratified shortly after the Civil War, it was meant in part to keep representatives who had fought for the Confederacy from returning to Congress.

Cawthorn faced similar disputes: In January of this year, a group of North Carolina voters told state officials they want US Rep. Madison Cawthorn disqualified as a congressional candidate for his involvement with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

It’s Amy and Chelsey with today’s top stories out of Washington.

What you need to know about masking on public transportation

From airlines to rideshare companies, transportation providers have quickly pivoted after a federal judge in Florida voided the federal mask mandate Monday. US District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said the mandate exceeded the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which failed to justify the order and did not follow proper rulemaking procedures.

“As a result of a court order, effective immediately and as of April 18, 2022, CDC’s January 29, 2021 order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect,” the CDC said in a statement also posted on its website. “Therefore, CDC will not enforce the order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.”

Is the mask mandate overturned forever? White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the Justice Department was still reviewing the federal court’s decision and hasn’t determined whether to appeal, adding that the review process could take a couple of days.

The mask mandate had been extended by 15 days last week and was set to expire on May 3. Psaki defended the administration’s extension, arguing it was made to assess an increase in COVID-19 cases.

“We still feel that is entirely reasonable based on the latest science, and public health decisions should not be made by the courts,” Psaki said. “They should be made by public health experts.”

Are masks required on planes? Every major US airline has now made optional face masks for passengers and employees. That includes Delta, United, American and Southwest as well as Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant, and newer airlines like Breeze and Avelo.

Do I need to wear a mask in an Uber or Lyft? Masks are now optional for riders and drivers on Uber and Lyft.

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Biden balancing fossil fuels with his green energy push

Rising fuel costs amid the Russia-Ukraine war have revealed the US economy’s dependence on fossil fuels and further encouraged Democrats’ ambitious climate change agenda.

President Joe Biden must walk a fine line between pursuing an agenda that may cost the Democratic Party votes in the 2022 midterms while attracting those voters who want to see bold moves on climate action. He has already tapped into the nation’s oil reserves to boost oil production, but says the long-term solution is renewable energy.

“Ultimately, we and the whole world need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels altogether,” Biden said at the White House late last month. “We need to choose long-term security over energy and climate vulnerability.”

Progressive Democrats agree that wind, solar and other renewable energy sources are the way out of the fuel crisis. But conservatives are pushing for more domestic production of oil, natural gas and coal to relieve fuel prices, which could reach $ 6 per gallon.

Progressives on Capitol Hill also acknowledge the possibility that legislation that does not emphasize fossil fuels will be blocked in Congress if Republicans take back the House in November.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Is already proposing to remove restrictions on natural gas development, restart the federal onshore and offshore leasing program pushed by then-President Donald Trump, and immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

“The solution is obvious: rapidly increasing American energy production, thus replacing Russian oil and gas with energy made in the USA,” he said last month.

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