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A Senate committee will examine a bill on Tuesday that would grant statehood to Washington, DC, with the panel's members hearing testimony from experts and the city's mayor on the key Democratic priority, which has gained momentum in recent years.

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The House passed legislation Wednesday that would establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, sending the bill to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside at least one minute of silence for children to meditate or pray.