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Saturday December 19, 2020 - Times viewed: 556
Trump signs two-day spending bill, narrowly avoiding federal shutdown
President Trump signed a stopgap spending bill Friday night, aimed at extending a midnight deadline to keep the federal government funded and avoid a shutdown. The Senate had passed the measure with a unanimous voice vote. Lawmakers now have until midnight Sunday to pass a pandemic relief package that has eluded them for months. Chip Reid reports. The House passed the temporary funding bill, followed almost immediately by an approval in the Se ...
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Wednesday December 16, 2020 - Times viewed: 576
McConnell sets stage for new face-off with Biden after delivering blow to Trump's election fantasy
(CNN)President Donald Trump is now learning, in the words of his Rolling Stones campaign anthem, that he can't always get what he wants. Sen. Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, usually does. The Republican Senate majority leader chose Tuesday, the day after the Electoral College affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory, as the moment to pull the floor out from under the defeated President. He belatedly congratulated his old Senate colleag ...
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Wednesday December 16, 2020 - Times viewed: 553
Press: Does Kevin McCarthy even believe in democracy?
This is not rocket science. The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives a very straightforward definition of sedition: “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.” You don’t have to graduate from Harvard Law School to recognize that what we see today from President Trump’s lawyers and Republican members of Congress attempting to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election is nothing less than overt sedition against the Unit ...
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Wednesday December 16, 2020 - Times viewed: 556
White House defends Trump over Atlanta mayor's mask accusations
The White House on Thursday defended President Trump after Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) accused him of breaking the law by failing to wear a mask during a visit to the city's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. White House spokesman Judd Deere told The Hill that Trump was following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when he attended an event without a mask at the Atlanta airport. Trump's visit to ...
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Tuesday December 15, 2020 - Times viewed: 585
Trump antagonizes Republicans with Georgia fundraising ploy
President Donald Trump couldn’t make it any clearer: He needs his supporters to fork over cash for the all-important Georgia Senate runoff elections. “We MUST defend Georgia from the Dems!” he wrote in one recent text message. “I need YOU to secure a WIN in Georgia,” he said in another. “Help us WIN both Senate races in Georgia & STOP Socialist Dems,” he pleaded a few days later. There’s just one hitch: Trump’s new political machine is pock ...
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Tuesday December 15, 2020 - Times viewed: 560
Electoral College begins voting to make Biden's victory official
WASHINGTON — The Electoral College on Monday began voting to make President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election official! All 538 electors will meet in their respective states to cast their votes for president based on the election results that were recently certified by all 50 states and Washington, D.C. 2020 ELECTION Electoral College begins voting to make Biden's victory official The president-elect is expecte ...
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Monday December 14, 2020 - Times viewed: 556
Meet the Electoral College's Biggest Haters: Some of the Electors Themselves
Few critics of the Electoral College are quite like Polly Baca. Baca believes that the Electoral College, which has chosen U.S. presidents since George Washington, “has absolutely no reason to be.” This year, she brought, and lost, a Supreme Court case challenging her state’s rules over how electors vote. Before electors cast their ballots for president in 2016, she invited several members to her home to plot a way — also unsuccessful — to cir ...
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Monday December 14, 2020 - Times viewed: 555
Trump raises China concerns as reason to veto defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a new rationale Sunday for threatening to veto the annual defense policy bill that covers the military's budget for equipment and pay raises for service members: China. He did not outline his concerns. Republican and Democratic lawmakers say the wide-ranging defense policy bill, which the Senate sent to the president on Friday, would be tough on China and must become law as soon as possible. ...
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Monday December 14, 2020 - Times viewed: 546
Bill Cassidy warns GOP 'can't stand if we are divided'
Sen. Bill Cassidy acknowledged on Sunday that Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 presidential election and urged the Republican Party to unify as the Electoral College votes Monday on the election. "As Abraham Lincoln said, a house divided against itself cannot stand," the Louisiana Republican said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Our nation, our conservative movement, our Republican Party can't stand if we are divided against ourselves. So, at some poin ...
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Monday December 14, 2020 - Times viewed: 547
Trump rejects plan for early vaccination at White House
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that White House officials will not necessarily be given the first shot at the new Covid-19 vaccine. "People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary," Trump tweeted. "I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!" The presi ...
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Saturday December 12, 2020 - Times viewed: 577
Supreme Court rejects Texas-led effort to overturn Biden's victory
The Supreme Court has rejected a longshot bid by Texas and other Republican-led states to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in last month’s election, dashing President Donald Trump’s last-ditch hope that the justices effectively hand him a second term. In a brief order Friday evening, the justices summarily refused the unusual case Texas filed Monday against four swing states whose voters favored Biden. “Texas has not demonstrate ...
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Friday December 11, 2020 - Times viewed: 600
Senator Ron Johnson just can't keep his mouth shut (opinion)
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) should not be arrested for TREASON and probably for a good reason. Mentally impaired morons are exempt. To be honest, I've never known of anyone who was more of a scum bucket other than the man Sen. Ron Johnson probably wishes he could share the men's room with. It would appear o me that Sen. Johnson has that John Wayne complex, loving to suck up to men of power, no matter their intellect. Johnson actually sai ...
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Thursday December 10, 2020 - Times viewed: 570
President Elect Joe Biden Selects Susan Rice for White House domestic  Council
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Barack Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice to run the White House Domestic Policy Council, according to people familiar with the decision. Rice, who also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was vetted to serve as Biden’s vice president and was a contender to be secretary of State, a position that went to Antony Blinken. The director of the Domestic Policy Council is not a ...
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Wednesday December 9, 2020 - Times viewed: 562
Republicans plot their first and last Trump rebellion
Sen. Jim Inhofe is among Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters. But with Inhofe and legions of other Republicans preparing to defy the president on a major defense bill, Trump decided to make one last push. In a 30-minute phone call Monday night, Trump told Inhofe (R-Okla.) that he still planned to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because it doesn’t bend to his whims — targeting social media companies and maintaining bases named for ...
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Tuesday December 8, 2020 - Times viewed: 576
Safe harbor law locks Congress into accepting Biden's win
WASHINGTON (AP) — Happy Safe Harbor Day, America. Other than Wisconsin, every state appears to have met a deadline in federal law that essentially means Congress has to accept the electoral votes that will be cast next week and sent to the Capitol for counting on Jan. 6. Those votes will elect Joe Biden as the country’s next president. It’s called a safe harbor provision because it’s a kind of insurance policy by which a state can lock in i ...
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Tuesday December 8, 2020 - Times viewed: 571
Kerry's climate job scrambles Biden's org chart
He’s been a national figure since his days as a Vietnam vet protesting the war. He carried his party’s banner in 2004. And as secretary of State, he negotiated a major nuclear deal involving the world’s most powerful countries. Now John Kerry is reporting for duty as Joe Biden’s climate envoy, and the exact parameters of his new role remain undefined, raising concerns that he might create confusion and complicate the Biden administration’s dip ...
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Tuesday December 8, 2020 - Times viewed: 575
Lawmakers vow to override Trump veto of defense bill
President Donald Trump is on a collision course with congressional Republicans and Democrats over the annual defense policy bill, setting up what will likely be the first and only veto override of Trump’s presidency. Trump, who has said he will veto the defense bill because it does not contain a repeal of legal protections for social media companies, has stood his ground against a House and Senate that have all but blown off an eleventh-hour d ...
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Tuesday December 8, 2020 - Times viewed: 578
Biden picks retired general Lloyd Austin to run Pentagon
"General Austin is a southerner, has impeccable credentials given his military career and would be an outstanding secretary for the department,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), a CBC member who is close to Biden, told POLITICO earlier Monday. A person familiar with Biden’s decision said the president-elect chose Austin because he is crisis-tested and respected across the military. Biden also trusts Austin, as they worked together when Biden se ...
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Saturday December 5, 2020 - Times viewed: 610
Pelosi eyes combining Covid aid with mammoth spending deal
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she wants to attach a coronavirus relief bill to a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package that would avert a government shutdown later this month, raising the prospects of long-stalled stimulus relief finally being signed into law. The California Democrat said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed with her about combining the annual spending measures with coronavirus relief during their conversati ...
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Friday December 4, 2020 - Times viewed: 597
Dangerously viral: How Trump, supporters spread false claims
The cellphone video shot in the dark by a woman in a parked car appeared to show something ominous: a man closing the doors of a white van and then rolling a wagon with a large box into a Detroit election center. Within hours, the 90-second clip was being shared on news sites and conservative YouTube accounts, offered as apparent proof that illegal votes were being smuggled in after polls closed. Prominent Republicans, including Eric Trump, on ...
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