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    Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanJuan Williams: The GOP's problem with women of color Bipartisan, bicameral group urges Trump to sign COVID-19 relief package Trump signs bill authorizing memorial to fallen journalists MORE (R-Ohio), who served as one of President TrumpDonald TrumpCotton breaks with conservative colleagues who will oppose electoral vote count Trump to give Nunes Medal of Freedom: reports Hogan says lawmakers' 'scheme' to overturn election results 'makes a mockery of our system' MORE’s campaign co-chairs in Ohio, said Monday that he will not support objections to the counting of states’ electoral votes on Wednesday, warning that doing so would “thwart the will of the voters.” Portman in a statement argued that the Constitution created a system for electing the president of the United States through the Electoral College, not Congress. “I cannot support allowing Congress to thwart the will of the voters,” he said.  Portman, who is up...
    Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) told Breitbart News exclusively that Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff’s pledge to grant amnesty to every illegal alien in America is a threat to American workers struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and, as such, would be unfair to American citizens and legal immigrants. Appearing on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel this weekend, Perdue lit into Ossoff’s pledge to grant a blanket amnesty to all illegal aliens in America, deeming it an affront to legal immigrants and struggling American workers alike. “He not only wants to give them amnesty, but he said he wants illegals to be able to vote,” Perdue told Breitbart News. “He doesn’t see anything wrong with undocumented people in this country voting and having access to benefits. He has said he will give a blanket amnesty. So, what does that say to the millions of people who have come to...
    Control of the Senate comes down to January 5, when Georgia will hold runoff elections for the state's two Senate seats. Republicans need to win just one seat to keep control of the Senate, but if Democrats win both seats, there will be a 50-50 tie in the Senate and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the tie-breaking vote.  CBSN's Elaine Quijano will be anchoring a special episode of "Red & Blue" starting at 5 p.m. CBSN will also start broadcasting live starting at 7 p.m. when polls close, with CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns reporting from Georgia.  CBS News director of elections and surveys Anthony Salvanto will also appear throughout the evening, as will CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, CBS News political correspondents Ed O'Keefe and Nikole Killion and CBS News political reporters LaCrai Mitchell and Adam Brewster.   ...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez says Trump's Georgia call is an impeachable offense Cori Bush shares picture of expanded 'Squad' LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker MORE (D-N.Y.) this week did not rule out a 2022 primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFor myopic media, breaking up with Trump will be hard to do Senate Democrats rebuke GOP colleagues who say they'll oppose Electoral College results Democrats wasted two years on impeachment instead of much needed infrastructure MORE (D-N.Y.), saying she is still deciding what her plans for the future are. “I’m not playing coy or anything like that. I’m still very much in a place where I’m trying to decide what is the most effective thing I can do to help our Congress, our [political] process, and our country actually address the issues of climate change, health care, wage inequality, etc.,” she told the newly launched publication Punchbowl...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Josh Hawley threw a political grenade into Washington last week when he announced his intentions to object when Congress counts the Electoral College votes on Wednesday -- a move that pits the youngest senator against Senate GOP leadership as well as some rank-and-file members who will now have to cast a highly consequential vote as a result of his decision. Hawley, 41, who was elected to represent Missouri in 2018 and is widely believed to have higher political ambitions, became the first senator to announce plans to object to the election results -- a significant development since both a House member and a senator are required to mount an objection when Congress counts the electoral votes.Though his objection won't change the outcome of the election and will only delay the inevitable affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump, his commitment to Trump's baseless crusade...
    (CNN)The 117th Congress was sworn in Sunday ahead of a critical week in Washington that will see the balance of power in the Senate decided -- as a cadre of Republican lawmakers engage in a futile attempt to undo President-elect Joe Biden's clear Electoral College win by objecting to some states' votes. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put it, "To say the 117th Congress convenes at a challenging time would indeed be an understatement." Here's the week ahead: Monday, January 4The first full day on Capitol Hill for the 117th Congress. Remember, this Congress looks a little different than the last. Read MoreHouse Democrats kept control of the House in the November elections, but will now have a narrower majority after suffering a string of losses, despite projections that they would win more seats. Nancy Pelosi will keep her title as House Speaker after securing enough votes for reelection...
    More On: nancy pelosi Nancy Pelosi re-elected Speaker of the House Colorado congresswoman-elect appears to score win on gun rights inside Capitol building Slim margins, COVID-19 absences threaten Nancy Pelosi’s Speaker election New York GOP congresswomen blast Nancy Pelosi’s new House gender rules What was Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s priority upon her return to the swamp? Making sure no one could be offended by the word “mother” or “son.” The new rules of the House or Representatives erase all gender references. That means no “chairman” or “chairwoman” but also no “father,” “daughter,” “grandfather,” etc. Chances are you’re getting whiplash: Just two months ago, Democrats were celebrating the first woman to be elected vice president. Now they tell us it doesn’t matter. We elected a “they,” just like every other person in Congress and the nation. “There are millions of Americans suffering, our economy is hurting, vaccine distribution is lagging —...
    President Donald Trump and a list of other high-profile speakers will address “Stop the Steal” protesters on Wednesday, Jan. 6, ahead of an effort by some congressional Republicans to challenge the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory, Breitbart News has learned. Thousands of Trump supporters are expected to gather in Washington, DC, for the occasion, and members of Trump’s team have been brought in to help organize the event which is officially being hosted by Women for America First. The main event will happen on the Ellipsis at the White House—informally called “the President’s Lawn”—a source familiar with the organizational efforts said. The president tweeted Sunday morning that he will be there on Wednesday. I will be there. Historic day! https://t.co/k6LStsWpfy — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2021 The president is expected to deliver remarks beginning at around 11 a.m. He will cap off an event at...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Jan. 6, Congress will meet to certify the Electoral College results. Normally, this is just a formality, but at least 11 Republican senators and senators-elect are saying they will object to the results that will make Joe Biden the next president of the United States. After all, the electoral slates have all been certified by their states, and, in some cases, there have been counts and recounts of statewide presidential results. But on Wednesday there will be a major challenge in Congress by some Republicans who are demanding an audit of the vote in key swing states. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the ranking member on the Senate rules committee, says the effort won’t succeed. In a tweet, she wrote: “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20th and no publicity stunt will change that.” Legal experts agree. Constitutional law professor David...
    Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddSenators, experts confident Russia behind cyberattack despite Trump skepticism Surgeon general nominee says more contagious viral strain in UK does not appear to be deadlier Omar accuses Trump of 'dangerous criminal neglect' on COVID-19 response MORE of NBC's "Meet the Press" sharply criticized Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate Democrats rebuke GOP colleagues who say they'll oppose Electoral College results Sunday shows preview: Senate candidates brace for Georgia runoffs; government continues coronavirus vaccine roll out 11 Senate Republicans say they will oppose Electoral College results Wednesday MORE during a Sunday interview over the Wisconsin Republican's decision to join other GOP senators in challenging the presidential election in several states, saying "you're the arsonist here." "You and your colleagues have created this controversy," Todd stated to Johnson one day after 11 Republican senators in a letter announced they would challenge the results, which will lead to a...
    (CNN)On the first day of 2021, President Donald Trump signaled the war to come within the Republican Party."I hope to see the great Governor of South Dakota @KristiNoem run against RINO @SenJohnThune in the upcoming 2022 Primary," he tweeted. "She would do a fantastic job in the U.S. Senate, but if not Kristi, others are already lining up. South Dakota wants strong leadership, NOW!"What offense had Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, committed? Certainly not breaking with Trump's agenda over the past four years -- as the South Dakota senator voted with the President 93.6% of the time, according to calculations made by 538. (That was the same score as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.)No, what Thune "did' to Trump is publicly acknowledge that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. "I understand there are people who feel strongly about the outcome of this election, but in the end,...
    Donald Trump has urged his followers to 'get ready to vote' in the Georgia Senate runoffs just hours after he claimed the race was 'illegal and invalid' because of what he described as an 'unconstitutional' voting process, as a growing faction of Republicans fear the president is deliberately sabotaging the race. Trump tweeted Saturday morning urging his followers to get behind the two GOP Senate candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler ahead of a last-ditch rally in Dalton, Georgia Monday night.  'Will be in Georgia on Monday night, 9:00 P.M. to RALLY for two GREAT people, @sendavidperdue & @kloeffler. GET READY TO VOTE ON TUESDAY!!!' he tweeted Saturday morning. The president appeared to backtrack from his Twitter rant just hours earlier on New Year's Day where he claimed the whole of Georgia's election is 'not legal or constitutional' due to 'massive' changes to the voting process he says were made 'hastily' in...
    President Trump says the two Georgia Senate run-off races are illegal and invalid because of 'hasty' changes made to the 'unconstituintional' voting process in the state prior to the election The Commander-in-chief made the claim on Twitter Friday night, as Georgians head to the polls to vote in the two run-off races.  If Democrat candidates Raphael Warnock  and Jon Ossoff win both races, the Senate will flip blue, giving Democrats control of the Presidency, the House of Representatives and the Senate from the end of this month.  It would spell disaster for President Trump's legacy as he prepares to leave the White House on January 20.  Clearly concerned about what is at stake, he challenged the legitimacy of the run-off races in a series of angry tweets.   President Trump says the two Georgia Senate run-off races are illegal and invalid because of 'hasty' changes made to the 'unconstitutional' voting process...
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence expressed his desire not to reject the decisions of the Electoral Commission at a joint meeting of the House of Representatives on the 31st (local time) last month. [AP=연합뉴스] U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has expressed his willingness not to reject the Electoral Force’s voting results as a result of the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. This is interpreted as a sign of President Trump’s continued refusal to “change the presidential election.” According to the New York Times (NYT), Vice President Pence said on the 31st of last month (local time) The vice president asked the court to dismiss the case, saying he had no authority to overturn the election results. Earlier, Republican Congressman Louis Kourmet told a local district federal court in Texas. Vice President Pence should guarantee a broad will in the certification process of the Electoral...
              Members of the Georgia Republican Party this week said the media must ask U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock a list of specific questions about his past. Georgia GOP members, in a press release, submitted the questions that they want the media to ask. “Earlier this week, a firsthand account confirmed the child abuse that occurred under Raphael Warnock’s purview at Camp Farthest Out in the early 2000s. Just last week, newly uncovered police bodycam footage revealed deeply troubling domestic abuse allegations from Raphael Warnock’s ex-wife,” according to the press release. “Warnock has yet to be asked a serious question about these allegations. The media has deprived Georgians of critical answers as they prepare to decide who represents them in the Senate and determines the future of our country.” Members of Warnock’s staff did not return The Georgia Star News’ request for comment Thursday. Georgia GOP spokeswoman Abigail...
    Americans have Georgia on their mind, where southern hospitality has given way to a battle royale for control of the U.S. Senate, the national agenda and the fate of the free world. The implied rallying cry: to the winners, the spoils. Yet, overlooked in all of this, one of America’s most vital safeguards hangs perilously in the balance: checks & balances. Embodied in Articles 1-3 of the Constitution, this democratic pillar for more than two centuries ensured we could move forward without succumbing to the extremes of ideology and emotion that too often in human history drove tempest and tyranny, incivility and inhumanity. Now all eyes are focused on Cobb and Fulton Counties, on Election Day voting and post-Election Day counting, to determine whether checks in the nation’s Capitol can be written without any pretense to balance or dialogue. If American voters have their way, they want loads of both. As the election dust has (nearly) settled from the 2020 campaign,...
    Georgia is ground zero in the battle for the balance of power in Washington, D.C., as control of the U.S. Senate now hinges on the outcome of the two Senate runoff races in the Peach State. With the Senate majority leadership within his reach, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently declared, “Now we take Georgia, and then we change America.” To give Georgia Democrats a boost, more than 50 Hollywood stars have already put in overtime to help flip the Senate. Adding their names to the team roster, Bradley Whitford will reunite with his Get Out director Jordan Peele for a Georgia fundraiser that is intended to help Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock declare victory on January 5. Bradley Whitford, who is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken leftists, announced the fundraiser on late Wednesday. “The GOP is hellbent on brainwashing Americans, so we need to break the spell and get actual leaders...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday said the House stand-alone bill to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 has “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate,” maintaining any action on that front will need to include Section 230 reform and investigations into voter fraud. McConnell repeated Wednesday that the Senate will not take action on increasing the amount of stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 without addressing two other issues outlined by President Donald Trump. “Here’s the deal: The Senate is not going to split apart the three issues that President Trump linked together just because Democrats are afraid to address two of them,” McConnell said, noting that the House bill, which does not address the other two issues, has “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate.” “The Senate is not going to be bullied into rushing out more borrowed money into the hands of Democrats’ rich...
    Left-wing actress-comedian Amy Schumer is slated to lead a phone bank to flip Georgia blue on January 5, following her cousin Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) infamous rallying cry to “take Georgia” and then “change the America.” “Join me this weekend as I help phone bank with #Generatorcollective & #knockfordemocracy for the Jan 5th run-off election to help get @reverendwarnock & @ossoff elected to flip the Senate,” the Trainwreck actress said, providing a link to sign up, alongside a list of details. Schumer is slated to co-host on Saturday afternoon. Join me this weekend as I help phone bank with #Generatorcollective & #knockfordemocracy for the Jan 5th run-off election to help get @reverendwarnock & @ossoff elected to flip the SenateSign up here: https://t.co/6QDqlBVegv pic.twitter.com/5J5Wqh9cMG — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) December 30, 2020 Days after the presidential election, a maskless Sen. Schumer gathered with a group of supporters, seemingly ignoring social...
    Bradley Cortright December 30, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) went to the Senate floor to argue for sending Americans $2,000 stimulus checks armed with the words of an “unlikely ally” — President Donald Trump.  During a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Sanders brought a poster that featured a tweet from Trump printed on it. “We have a very unlikely ally in President Trump,” Sanders said. “Nobody here has disagreed with Trump more times than I have. And yet, here is what the leader of the Republican Party says. He says, ‘$2,000 ASAP.'” He added, “So even on this issue, amazingly enough, the president of the United States is right.” Watch the video below: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): “We have a very unlikely ally in President Trump … amazingly enough, the president of the United States is right.” pic.twitter.com/8ndbdXKihN— The Recount (@therecount) December 30, 2020 On December 22,...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) whacked Republican lawmakers on Wednesday for refusing to hold a vote on President Donald Trump’s request to increase direct stimulus payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000. Singling out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sanders said McConnell should listen to people in his own state on “how they feel about the need for immediate help.” “I have a strong feeling that the people of Kentucky will respond no differently than the people of Vermont or New York,” he said. He also reiterated his request to have a vote on that $2,000 with no strings attached. “All that we are asking for is a vote. What is the problem?!” he asked. And then Sanders brought up the president as an “unlikely ally,” featuring a giant display of the president’s “$2,000 ASAP!” tweet. “Nobody here has disagreed with Trump more times than I have, and yet here is...
    The Senate in Argentina legalized aborting the unborn child up to 14 weeks-gestation on Wednesday. The landmark move will provide the procedure for free, establishing the abortion industry in the country while defying the pleas from native son Pope Francis to defeat the measure. The voted passed by a 38-29 margin with one abstention after a 12-hour debate on the Senate floor. The bill had already been approved by Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies and President Alberto Fernandez vowed to sign the bill so the Senate was the final hurdle to make legalized abortion the law of the land. The Associated Press (AP) reported on the development and the Pope’s reaction to it, ironically taking place over the Christmas season: Just hours before the Senate session began Tuesday, the pope weighed in, tweeting: “The Son of God was born an outcast, in order to tell us that every outcast is a...
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a news conference after the Republicans' weekly senate luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., December 8, 2020.Sarah Silbiger | Reuters Efforts to boost the direct payments in the year-end coronavirus relief bill to $2,000 stalled by Wednesday as Senate Republican leaders and Democrats appeared divided over whether to send more relief. The Democratic-held House has approved a standalone bill to boost the checks to $2,000 from $600, as 44 Republicans prodded by President Donald Trump joined nearly all Democrats in backing the measure. The GOP-controlled Senate has showed less of an appetite for passing the checks without attaching other Trump priorities that Democrats consider toxic — and would sink any legislation. At the same time, the Treasury Department started to send out the payments of up to $600 on Tuesday night. If Congress can overcome the thorny political dynamics to...
    Joe Biden and Donald Trump will hold dueling campaign events in Georgia on Monday, the day before a special election that will decide which party controls the Senate. Biden will be in Atlanta to campaign for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock while Trump will be in Dalton, Georgia, for Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.  Both the president-elect and the president will try to rally their respective bases and give their candidates one final boost before the January 5th special election. The presence of Biden and Trump in the state is sure to grab headlines and news coverage ahead of the crucial vote, particularly as Trump has railed against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.  The president called on Kemp to resign on Wednesday, tweeting that he 'should resign from office. He is an obstructionist who refuses to admit that we won Georgia, BIG! Also won the...
    Washington (CNN)Americans can expect to start seeing $600 in their bank accounts immediately as the federal government's second round of stimulus payments is being sent out, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said.The direct deposits will continue into next week, while paper checks will be mailed out beginning Wednesday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said that the Treasury and the IRS are working with "unprecedented speed" to issue the second round of payments.The Covid-19 relief package, which President Donald Trump signed Sunday evening, provides individuals who meet income limits with $600; couples who meet income limits with $1,200; and eligible families with an additional $600 per child. Trumps demands run into McConnells maneuversThe $600 is half of what Americans received in the first round of stimulus payments Congress approved back in March. It took two weeks after that first Covid-19 relief bill was passed for the IRS...
    Mitch McConnell will continue to do what he can Wednesday to block the Senate from passing a $2,000 stimulus check measure as the $600 payments included in the $900 billion coronavirus relief package will start appearing in Americans' bank accounts as early as next week. The Senate will start debating Wednesday afternoon overriding President Donald Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act and a separate bill tripling the stimulus check amounts. Trump supports increasing check amounts, tweeting Wednesday morning: '$2000 ASAP!'  McConnell proposed a bill Tuesday evening that couples the increased payments with a full repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the creation of an election fraud panel to probe the 2020 presidential election. All three actions have been pushed by Trump. The Senate majority leader knows, however, that he is proposing a 'poison pill' that is doomed for failure. The bill would also need...
    (CNN)Things are going to drag on in the Senate for a few days.Bottom line: There is absolutely no sign right now that a standalone bill on $2,000 checks is going to get a vote on the Senate floor. It looks like McConnell is simply going to run out the clock. There were several opportunities on Tuesday when McConnell could have made that assurance or let Democrats pass the bill with a unanimous consent agreement that would have shielded his members from having to take a potentially tough vote.McConnell blocked those efforts.Instead, he gave himself an out card down the line -- and only if he needs one -- by placing on the calendar a bill that would tie a repeal of Section 230 to increasing direct stimulus payments to $2,000 for Americans under a certain income level. The Kentucky Republican may never bring it up. It's there just in case...
    Bernie Sanders has voiced his support for President Trump's demands to increase COVID-19 stimulus checks to $2,000 after threatening to hold the Senate through New Year's Day if a vote is not held on the measure soon.  The Democratic Senator weighed in on the long-awaited relief bill, the fate of which still remains uncertain after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed new legislation late Tuesday that coupled the $2,000 checks with the full repeal of Section 230 and a probe of election fraud.     The move came after Trump lashed out at McConnell for blocking Democrats' efforts to quickly pass the relief check legislation which had increased the $600 payments proposed in a bill last week.  Sanders, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in the presidential race earlier this year, on Tuesday admitted he was on Trump's side when it came to distributing the relief checks.  Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday...
    MITCH McConnell has introduced legislation that would send Americans $2,000 stimulus checks - after furious President Trump told Republicans to "do the right thing". The Senate Majority leader's proposal on Tuesday links payment of the checks - a leap up from the $600 payments already signed off by Trump last week - with curbs on social media firms and a review of "election fraud" alleged by the White House. Mitch McConnell has proposed a bill that would send $2,000 checks to Americans, set up an election fraud study and curb social media firms President Donald Trump slammed GOP leaders for having a 'death wish' if they didn't sort out $2,000 stimulus payments Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 - Don’t let Big Tech steal...
    In a Monday piece for The Intercept, journalist Ryan Grim argued that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want Donald Trump to win re-election. Grim noted McConnell’s longtime opposition to a second round of stimulus checks before the election and his focus on helping Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, whose Senate races next month will determine whether the Republican Party holds onto the upper chamber. In particular, Grim pointed out that the GOP lawmaker could have agreed to additional checks before the election, which Trump had expressed openness to on multiple occasions. “The option was available to him. Even if Democratic leaders would have preferred to pass the stimulus after the election, their obstruction beforehand would either have been politically untenable or, if held firm, politically suicidal,” he wrote. “So McConnell had the option to press the button, and he knew the button would help Trump, yet he didn’t...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Americans from getting critical aid in coronavirus relief Tuesday. Twice. He blocked votes on $2,000 survival checks when Sen. Chuck Schumer tried to bring the bill to the floor and again when Sen. Bernie Sanders tried. Now it appears that he's going to tie that $2,000 to the poison pills of Trump's demand for some kind of action to punish tech companies and "voter fraud." Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are watching all this closely from Georgia, where they are fighting for reelection in the Jan. 5 runoff. Their respective Democratic opponents, Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff, are watching too, because this election will determine if Americans get even adequate help in overcoming the pandemic. The two Republicans now say they back Trump's demand for that $2,000. The question at least one of them—Perdue—is refusing to answer is what they're willing to do...
    A federal judge ordered local election officials in Georgia to allow voting by more than 4,000 people whose eligibility was being challenged ahead of next week´s runoff elections for the U.S. Senate. U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner blocked election boards in Ben Hill County and Muscogee County, which includes Columbus, from forcing large numbers of voters to prove their residency before casting ballots in the runoffs. The judge ruled that denying so many voters access to the ballot so close to an election would likely violate the National Voter Registration Act. 'Defendants are enjoined from removing any challenged voters in Ben Hill and Muscogee Counties from the registration lists on the basis of National Change of Address data', Gardner wrote in the order.  The judge is the sister of Democratic activist Stacey Abrams, who lost a race for Georgia governor in 2018.  U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner ordered...
    Republican Georgia Sen. David Perdue called President Donald Trump’s proposal to provide $2,000 in direct payments to Americans “the right thing to do for people in Georgia” during a Tuesday morning appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” Trump’s call for the additional $1,400 in direct payments over the $600 that was already agreed-upon threatened to sidetrack the $2.3 trillion bill’s passage last week before the president shifted gears and decided to sign it anyway Sunday night. “I’m really delighted that the President signed the COVID bill into law Sunday night,” Perdue told anchor Sandra Smith. “I spoke with him many times over the weekend, over the holiday. He was very concerned about getting this help to the American people.” WATCH: The Georgia senator told Smith he was “very pleased” that 60% of the money was “reprogrammed money from the first CARES Act.” “So when the President looked at this,...
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the CASH Act on Monday, aimed at increasing coronavirus relief payments from $600 to $2,000, thereby kicking the legislation to the Senate, which needs 60 votes to make the increase — pushed by President Donald Trump — a reality. Upon announcing he would sign the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government spending bill Sunday, Trump demanded Congress eliminate wasteful spending and increase the amount of the direct payments going to the American people. The House successfully passed the legislation 275-134, though most Republicans voted against it — 130 compared to the 44 who supported it. Twenty-one Republican lawmakers did not vote and all but two Democrats supported the measure. Reps. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) opposed it. Schrader referred to the measure as a “last-minute political maneuver by the president and extremists on both sides of the political spectrum who have been largely absent...
    THE amount a second stimulus check could be worth is still being decided by lawmakers - but is it being increased from $600 to $2,000? It comes after President Trump signed off on the $900billion relief bill on Sunday - days after saying he opposed the measure as the checks were only worth $600. 1Details of the second stimulus checks are being thrashed out by Senate The House of Representatives has also now passed the bill that would increase covid stimulus payments to $2,000 by a 275 to 134 vote. But does this mean payments will definitely increase to this amount? We explain what happens next. Is the second stimulus check increasing to $2,000? The increase to $2,000 for the second round of stimulus checks now needs to be approved by the Republican-led Senate. Senate is expected to meet today, December 29 - but it's unclear if they'll reach an...
    (CNN)Rev. Josh Saefkow walked across the stage before his congregation at Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, holding up the front page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The pastor, an avid news reader, had been saving the paper through 2020, to urge reflection in his final Sunday sermon of the year."What a devastating year this has been," he said, then turned to 2021."We got a little election coming up," said Saefkow, referring to the January 5 Senate runoffs. Quiet laughter rippled through the pews, as few have been unable to escape the more than $500 million in political advertising blanketing the state."Vote Christian," urged the pastor. "We need to vote with the context of scripture in our minds and let it come through the lens of scripture."While not mentioning by party or name whom they should vote for, congregants told CNN they know who this...
    Alex Thomas December 28, 2020 0 Comments As President Donald Trump’s hopes of overturning the election have dwindled to Hail Mary lawsuits, some Republicans loyal to the president are making their own play. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is leading a group of Republicans in a lawsuit aimed at forcing Vice President Mike Pence to select Trump electors on January 6th — the date that Congress meets to finalize the election. Gohmert was joined in the suit by a group of Republican operatives, including Kelli Ward, who has mounted two unsuccessful Senate bids in Arizona. The lawsuit claims that the other parties “constitute the full slate of the Arizona Republican party’s nominees for presidential electors.” ⚖️NEW: VP Pence has been sued by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), Kelli Ward and other GOP mbrs in a far-fetched bid to overturn Bidens winPlaintiffs ask Judge Jeremy Kernodle, a Trump-apptd fed judge...
    Savannah Rychcik December 28, 2020 0 Comments The New York Post is calling on President Donald Trump to shift his focus from his efforts to overturn the election to Georgia’s runoff races.  “Mr. President, it’s time to end this dark charade. We’re one week away from an enormously important moment for the next four years of our country,” The New York Post’s editorial board wrote in an op-ed published on Monday.  It added, “On Jan. 5, two runoff races in Georgia will determine which party will control the Senate — whether Joe Biden will have a rubber stamp or a much-needed check on his agenda.”  The Post accused Trump of being “obsessed” with Jan. 6, when Congress will certify the Electoral College vote.  It criticized Trump for cheering for an “undemocratic coup.” The Post provided two examples of how Trump’s investigation into the election has failed, including recounts in...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said no Senate Democrats will object to increasing $600 coronavirus relief stimulus checks to $2,000. He made the announcement Sunday night following President Trump’s decision to sign the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government spending bill passed by Congress last week. “The House will pass a bill to give Americans $2,000 checks. Then I will move to pass it in the Senate. No Democrats will object. Will Senate Republicans?” Schumer asked late Sunday: The House will pass a bill to give Americans $2,000 checks. Then I will move to pass it in the Senate. No Democrats will object. Will Senate Republicans? — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 28, 2020 Calling the relief legislation a “down payment on what is needed to crush the virus,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lauded Trump’s decision to sign the bill but called on Trump to “immediately call on Congressional...
    Sunday on his Fox News Channel show “The Next Revolution,” Steve Hilton addressed how the United States should take down the establishment and its corruption. Hilton emphasized the need to cut off the “zombie” establishment’s source of power. “We must realize what we are up against,” Hilton outlined. “This is a zombie establishment, the undead establishment. They just keep on coming, whatever we do, however we vote. How do you kill a zombie? Decapitation is considered the safest technique, and that’s what we have to do to America’s establishment: cut off the source of their power — the rigged system they’ve built for themselves.” To do that, Hilton explained that both big government and big business need to be broken up, and the swamp needs to be exposed with “Watergate-style Senate hearings.” “We need not just a fishing expedition but a giant troll to uncover the workings of the swamp...
    President Trump is jeopardizing the Republican Party’s chances of keeping both Senate seats from Georgia by trying to overturn the election results, a top GOP-aligned pollster claims. Frank Luntz said that it is possible incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue could lose their January 5 runoff elections because Trump’s calling into question the integrity of the vote could depress GOP turnout. Loeffler and Perdue are running against Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively. The two races are critical to the Republicans keeping their Senate majority. If they both lose, Democrats would have 50 Senate seats with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as a tie-breaking vote. Georgia's two runoff races kicked off in November after Perdue and Loeffler failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day. Early voting has already started for the January 5 election.  President Trump (left) is...
    Ideally, if Democrats do their job up to and on Jan. 5, we will win both of Georgia’s Senate seats, and secure a bare majority in both chambers of Congress. Coupled with President-elect Joe Biden, this small trifecta means, at the very least, that our government can still function. This is a big deal, since certain Republican senators have indicated that they plan on indefinitely blocking every single one of Biden’s Cabinet nominees. Biden shouldn’t waste any precious time trying to get the Republican Party to do the right thing, such as respecting the will of the voters. If he wants to get anything done, he is going to have to do it alone.   Hopefully, Democrats will take both Senate seats in Georgia, as this would be the easiest path for governance. However, it isn’t at all necessary for Biden to get things done. There is a critical loophole that would...
    Bradley Cortright December 25, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is continuing to rip into Congressional Republicans who he feels are not adequately supporting him in his bid to overturn the results of the presidential election.  On Thursday, Trump wrote, “I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election.” He added, “Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. I will NEVER FORGET!” I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election. Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. I will NEVER FORGET!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2020 Ahead of the November 3 elections, the non-partisan Cook Political Report rated seven Republican-held Senate seats as toss-ups. Democrats...
    Kevin McCarthy, standing by his man to the bitter, horrible, deadly end. Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler paved the way for stupid, dishonest Republicans Wednesday when she tried to deflect the question of whether or not she supported Donald Trump’s demands for $2,000 survival checks to Americans. Loeffler seized on the stupid part, the “wasteful spending.” That was where Trump argued that the foreign assistance included in the spending part of the project—the foreign aid that was in the Trump budget, that the Republican Senate Foreign Operations Committee approved, and that congressional Republicans passed this week—was bad. Money that Trump asked for. Now we’ve got the stupidest Republican in leadership, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (the guy who thinks Putin pays Trump) seizing on this as his excuse to oppose the $2,000 survival checks. “Democrats appear to be suffering from selective hearing,” he tweeted. “They've conveniently ignored @realDonaldTrump's call to reexamine tax dollars wasted overseas while...
    MinnPost photo by Peter CallaghanMinnesota State CapitolThe holidays are a time for many of us to reconnect with the faith teachings that guide us throughout the year. As a Catholic, the Gospel of Matthew (Chapter 25) is a lynchpin to both my faith and the work I try to do in government. When Jesus comes again in glory to judge the living and the dead, whatever it is we did for “the least of these” is what we did for God. Being in government means I have the responsibility to practice this in the policies we enact. Unfortunately, that’s not how Senate Republicans see it, despite so many of their own proclamations of faith. And as a daughter of a single mom who counted on food stamps and housing aid to make ends meet, I know government is integral to keeping Minnesota’s promise to care for those in need. During...
    Donald Trump holds a copy of The Washington Post on February 6, 2020, as he speaks in the East Room of the White House one day after Senate Republicans acquitted him on two articles of impeachment. One of the biggest political stories of 2020—and really Donald Trump’s entire tenure—was what a bunch of traitorous sellouts the entire Senate Republican caucus turned out to be. Sure, we knew these GOP senators were no profiles in courage as Trump took the reins in 2017, but their constant kowtowing and, particularly, their hasty acquittal of Trump against a mountain of evidence that he abused his power to extort a foreign government in order to win reelection was an actual attack on U.S. democracy itself.  "It was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values,” Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said in early February shortly before he became the sole GOP senator to vote against clearing...
    Photo credit: Facebook Live President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump departed the White House on Wednesday afternoon, flying to Florida spend the holidays at Mar-A-Lago while several overlapping crises and critical spending bills remained unresolved. Heading to Palm Beach for Christmas pic.twitter.com/EpbCDB4exe — Steve Holland (@steveholland1) December 23, 2020 In the 24 hours before he began his Christmas vacation, Trump had sown chaos by making last-minute demands and lashed out at his ostensible, Congressional GOP allies for allegedly betraying him over the refusal to buy into his false election fraud claims. On Tuesday night, Trump released yet another Facebook video filmed from within the White House, in which he blindsided the bipartisan team that had negotiated a $900 billion Covid relief bill, demanding last-minute changes before he would sign it. Trump had been completely absent from the deal-making since Election Day, and his 11th-hour ransom-like video killed any...
    San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said Tuesday that California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom taps Shirley Weber to serve as California secretary of state Newsom picks Padilla for California Senate seat California governor reentering quarantine MORE's (D) choice of Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) to fill Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNewsom taps Shirley Weber to serve as California secretary of state Harris: 'It is my hope and prayer ... to work across party lines' Newsom picks Padilla for California Senate seat MORE's (D) vacant Senate seat is "a real blow to the African-American community." When asked about her thoughts on Newsom's pick by an ABC affiliate, Breed said the decision was a surprise.   "This is a real blow to the African American community, to African American women, to women in general," she said, according to ABC 7 News. "It's really challenging to put it into words, but it was definitely a surprise." Breed said that the...
    Donald Trump is leaving for Mar-a-Lago Wednesday for his Christmas vacation after threatening Tuesday night, seemingly out of the blue, to veto the coronavirus relief package because he wants larger direct checks for Americans. The president posted a four-minute video to Twitter where, in part, he slammed Congress for only including $600 payments for most Americans. Trump says he wants the amount tripled to $2,000 instead – much larger than any other number floated by Republicans during negotiations. For the duration of the video, which threw avoiding a government shut down into chaos Tuesday night, Trump decried the compromise reached by Republicans and Democrats this week. Lawmakers were hoping to kill two birds with one stone by lumping in the $900 billion COVID-19 aid bill with the annual government funding legislation. Trump has five days to sign the package or else the government will shut down, which is what lawmakers...
    "I'm looking forward to making sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court, to make sure we, in fact, get every representation," then-candidate Joe Biden promised. That was way back in the before times, in the South Carolina debate last February. Now poised to fulfill that promise as president-elect (when a vacancy opens), Biden needs a Senate that will do it. One that doesn't have Mitch McConnell as majority leader. That means getting Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to the Senate and ending McConnell's stranglehold on that body. Certainly if there is any hope at all of expanding the courts to dilute the polluting effects of Trump and McConnell—admittedly a real long shot now—the Democrats must have the majority. But even for a Supreme Court that finally looks a little like America, the Court Biden says he wants, Georgia is the key. "The lesson that we learned from the recent Supreme...
    San Francisco Mayor Lundin Breed said that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pick to fill the Senate vacancy of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is "a real blow to the African-American community." Newsom tapped Calif. Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday, the first Latino to hold a Senate seat from the state.  "Definitely, this is a real blow to the African-American community," Breed said of the choice during a press conference to offer Covid-19 updates.  "It's an unfortunate situation as we are trying to move this country forward and making sure that Black lives truly matter and that African-Americans have a seat at the table, especially African-American women, after what was done in this race on a national level, definitely is unfortunate." Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, was the only Black woman in the Senate.  NEWSOM PICKS CALIF SEC OF STATE ALEX PADILLA TO FILL HARRIS' SENATE SEAT  "The...
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed a drive-in rally in Georgia on Monday, urging potential voters to cast their ballots in the runoff election for U.S. Senate on January 5. “It is within our power to change the course of the history of this country,” Harris said, addressing a sea of cars at a drive-in rally in Columbus, Georgia, on Monday. Harris said that by voting for Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, people would change “the balance in the United States Senate.” “Changing the balance in the United States Senate, which is what this election will do, will make all the difference…as it relates to Medicare, and Medicaid, and expansion here in Georgia, and it would expand coverage for over 500,000 people — half a million people — depending on the outcome of this election,” Harris said. Harris is not the first person with political clout to stump for the candidates...
    President Trump is expected to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Wednesday, sources tell Fox News, forcing the House and Senate to reconvene immediately following Christmas. Trump’s promise to veto the $740 billion defense package which directs Pentagon funding and policy, will force Democrats and Republicans to attempt to override his ruling. Trump has until Dec. 23 to veto the NDAA, which will force House members to reconvene on Dec. 28 to vote on the override. If they are successful in obtaining a two-thirds vote in favor of rejecting Trump’s veto, the Senate will then vote to override on Dec. 29, sources confirmed for Fox News. MCCONNELL IMPLORES TRUMP NOT TO VETO DEFENSE BILL, PREPARES OVERRIDE EFFORT The Senate will also need to achieve a two-thirds vote in favor of overriding the president, if successful this will be Congress’s first  veto override during Trump’s presidency, as he prepares to leave office...
    Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, has been appointed to fill the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat held by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, according to multiple reports. On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Padilla, 47, will be the first Latino senator from California. “I am honored and humbled by the trust placed in me by Governor Newsom, and I intend to work each and every day to honor that trust and deliver for all Californians,” said Padilla in a statement. “From those struggling to make ends meet to the small businesses fighting to keep their doors open to the health care workers looking for relief, please know that I am going to the Senate to fight for you. We will get through this pandemic together and rebuild our economy in a way that doesn’t leave working families behind.” Padilla, the son of Mexican-born immigrants who settled in the...
    By Kathleen Ronayne | Associated Press SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday as the state’s next U.S. senator to fill the seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The child of Mexican immigrants, Padilla will be California’s first Latino senator, giving a new level of representation to the demographic group that makes up nearly 40% of the state’s population. “Through his tenacity, integrity, smarts and grit, California is gaining a tested fighter in their corner who will be a fierce ally in D.C., lifting up our state’s values and making sure we secure the critical resources to emerge stronger from this pandemic,” Newsom said in a statement. Padilla was widely expected to be Newsom’s pick, as the two are longtime political allies. Newsom faced competing pressures to appoint a Latino to the seat and to appoint a Black woman,...
    The business of passing  pandemic relief and spending for fiscal year 2021 done, the Senate disbanded for the remainder of the week. That is, all but one. Of course it’s Sen. Rand Paul who decided to stick around and force the clerks and staff of the Senate to remain in the chamber, being exposed to him. xMeanwhile, @RandPaul is hanging out of the Senate floor (maskless) so that he can block the Senate from adjourning for the night & establishing a pro forma schedule. He's trying to make it harder for the Senate to (eventually) override a veto of the NDAA. Everyone else is gone. pic.twitter.com/h75dmIPOaT— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) December 22, 2020 Trump has yet to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, and may not. For whatever reason, Paul wants to help him disrupt everything on his way out. So he’s just being a general pain in the ass,...
    President Donald Trump attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and sought to take credit for his reelection after plotting with House Republicans Monday on finding a way to overturn the election. An aide to the president sent House Republicans a graph showing a series of polls conducted on McConnell's race against Democrat Amy McGrath – and presented just two events on the timeline, both involving Trump.  The graph suggests Trump's June 19 tweet touting McConnell was determinative, and also shows an Oct. 31 Trump robocall that directly preceded an uptick in McConnell's support.  'From POTUS,' it said, using an acronym for the president.  A Trump assistant emailed House Republicans with a graph where he took credit for reelected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ''SADLY, MITCH FORGOT. HE WAS THE FIRST ONE OFF THE SHIP!' said a headline on the top of the graph.  Trump assistant Molly Michael sent the...
    Donald Trump is taking out his anger over the election on Vice President Mike Pence for not doing enough to overturn the results as a Tuesday report indicates White House Counsel Pat Cipollone could be the next to go. In the final days before ending his term, the president has mainly targeted his outrage over his election loss to on Pence, Cipollone, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, several top officials told Axios. Trump has complained that Pence is not fighting hard enough to overturn the election, a source who spoke to the president said. The same source claims a Lincoln Project ad that suggests Pence is 'backing away' from Trump has gotten into the president's head and made him more paranoid about his relationship with the vice president. On January 6, Pence – as president of the Senate –...
    The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass a sweeping $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package and a $1.4 trillion government funding bill Monday evening, sending it to the Senate and moving it one step closer to becoming law. The wide-reaching bill was passed in two sections; the first, which included four of the 12 appropriations bills, passed 327-85, while the second, which included the relief package and the addition eight bills, passed 359-53. The compromise was announced Sunday, ending months of partisan gridlock just days before Congress departs for the holidays and before crucial financial benefits were set to expire for millions of Americans. The bill, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday will land on President Donald Trump’s desk before Tuesday, could be a lifeline for Americans across the country as unemployment numbers and coronavirus cases and deaths rise in states across the country. The president has said...
    Ivanka Trump is known for her ladylike style, but she opted for a more casual look when she stepped out of her Washington, D.C. home in jeans on Monday morning.  The White House senior adviser was headed to Georgia, where she'll be campaigning for Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler ahead of the U.S. Senate runoffs on January 5.  Ivanka, 39, cut a stylish figure in a $2,295 navy blue double-breasted coat with gold buttons by Altuzarra, which she wore over a cozy cream turtleneck and skinny jeans.  On the go: Ivanka Trump, 39, was seen leaving her Washington, D.C. home on Monday  Outfit: The White House senior adviser donned $2,295 navy blue double-breasted coat with gold buttons by Altuzarra, which she wore over a cozy cream turtleneck and skinny jeans The coat is clearly a favorite of Ivanka's; the First Daughter has modeled the design on...
    Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSunday shows preview: US rolls out first doses of coronavirus vaccine; Congress close on stimulus deal Interior secretary tests positive for COVID-19 after two days of meetings with officials: report With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds MORE (R-Wyo.) suggested Sunday that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report Louisiana Rep.-elect hospitalized as a precaution for COVID-19 infection Biden and Netanyahu can carefully nourish U.S.-Israeli ties MORE would face a sustained confirmation fight for his Cabinet nominees if Republicans maintain their control of the upper chamber. Barrasso cited the delays for some of President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators reach deal on Fed powers, setting stage for coronavirus relief passage Close to 200 organizations allegedly hacked by Russia: cybersecurity firm Trump floated naming Sidney Powell as special counsel for election fraud investigation: reports MORE’s nominees, telling Fox News...
    In: D.T. Published: December 20, 2020 at 08.01 Photo: Susan Walsh / AB / DT Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is positive. Picture from Capitol in Washington DC this week. After a night of compromise, the US Congress seems to be approaching an agreement to succeed in dictating a state budget for the coming year. According to Democrats, the parties are now very close to each other when it comes to the final agreement on the largest viral support package that has contributed to the difficulties in the negotiations. “If we continue on this path and nothing comes, we can vote tomorrow,” Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters in the U.S. House of Representatives late Saturday. During the epidemics, millions of Americans lost their jobs. The $ 900 billion support package includes 600 checks (equivalent to $ 5,000) for individuals and an additional $ 300 per week...
    Senators are still in the nation’s Capitol, as Congress works to approve funding for the long-awaited coronavirus relief package by Sunday afternoon. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., hit the Senate floor Saturday with a list of grievances on the $900 billion package - the latest hold-up in Congress passing the bill. "We’ve never asked the Fed to engage in fiscal policy or social policy, or to allocate credit based on political standing," Toomey said. WHERE DOES CORONAVIRUS RELIEF STAND IN CONGRESS? Toomey has requested that language be added to the latest bill that would ensure termination of three federal lending programs established in March to help credit markets function during massive U.S. economic shutdowns. The CARES Act created a corporate bond credit facility, along with municipal and mainstream lending programs, that were originally intended to expire Dec. 31, but that Democrats want extended. Toomey argued Saturday that extending the programs would be superfluous...
    Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley on Friday compared Republican Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “the Bonnie and Clyde of corruption.” Pressley criticized “this GOP-led Senate” on MSNBC host Joy Reid’s “The ReidOut” for sticking with the Trump administration’s policies and criticized them for being distant from challenges Americans face due to COVID-19. Pressley criticized President Donald Trump and said he permitted the economic challenges. “Georgia, do your thing, I know we’re asking a lot from Georgia, but do your thing, Georgia, do what you do. All eyes are on Georgia. Mitch McConnell, Loeffler and Purdue, they are the Bonnie and Clyde of corruption. They are all the same. We need to regain control of the Senate. Georgia do what you do,” Pressley said. Loeffler and Perdue are competing against Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff respectively for Georgia’s Senate seats....
    On Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri attempted to get a vote passed on a straight $1,200 “stimulus check” for Americans making up to $75,000. There are tens of millions (if not hundreds of millions) of Americans that would benefit from this insufficient but meaningful amount of money, especially during a global economic and public health crisis. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who has spent most of his time trying to dig a grave for our democracy in service of Donald Trump and the Republican Party, blocked  the proposal. Following Sen. Johnson’s truly grotesque speech, where he didn’t wear a mask because he’s an asshole, claimed he was “not heartless,” and said that he was worried about the … deficit, Sen. Sanders spoke. He was firm, direct, and absolutely, justifiably finished with the Republican Party’s monstrous display of sociopathy. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: The senator from Wisconsin talks about Democrats not taking yes for an answer. So let me tell...
    Georgia is ground zero in the battle for the balance of power in Washington, D.C., as control of the U.S. Senate now hinges on the outcome of the two Senate runoff races in the Peach State. With the Senate majority leadership within his reach, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently declared, “Now we take Georgia, and then we change America.” Hollywood celebrities are leading the fundraising effort for Georgia Democrats, with the latest contribution coming from the cast of the long-running USA Network series Suits, which is holding a fundraiser to help flip the state and the U.S. Senate blue. Actor Patrick J. Adams announced the virtual fundraiser, which is set for December 27, encouraging fans to help put an end to the “GOP’s chokehold on Congress.” On Suits, Adams plays the fake lawyer Mike Ross. The actor joked that his character could “still win any case against Trump’s legal team.”...
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    (CNN)Valerie Ponomarev sealed the envelope of her ballot and walked to the silver drop box in Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. "I've been looking forward to this day for so long," she exclaimed. Her absentee ballot disappeared down the narrow metal opening.The excitement she felt in the simple delivery of the early ballot is the opposite of how she felt on November 3. Ponomarev's birthday is December 2, so she was still 17 on Election Day, too young to vote. Then she learned both of her state's Senate seats were heading to runoffs on January 5, as no candidate won more than 50% of the vote."I was just so excited, because I didn't have to wait another two or four years to vote," Ponomarev said. "It was happening right now, and it was happening in my home state. I feel like I'm finally having a say in government."'Target rich'Ponomarev...
    President-elect Joe Biden wants Georgians to know that his ability to respond to the urgent health and economic crises facing the nation is directly dependent on the election of the two Democrats running to unseat Senate Republicans in the state. "Let me be clear, I need Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the United States Senate," Biden says, in a direct appeal to Georgia voters worried about the pandemic crisis gripping the nation. "There are folks in Congress threatening to do everything in their power to block our efforts," Biden explains, adding, "We need them in the Senate." Electing Warnock and Ossoff would give Democrats a bare majority in the U.S. Senate, giving them a measure of control over the upper chamber that will be absolutely critical to Biden’s ability to enact his agenda. Help Georgia's grassroots get Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock elected! Give $3 right now to the...
    Vice President Mike Pence is expected to leave the country on a week-long world tour, directly after he formally confirms President-elect Joe Biden's victory on the House floor on January 6.  Politico reported Thursday that Pence is eyeing a trip abroad that week that would take him to Bahrain, Israel and Poland, though the trip hasn't been officially confirmed. 'I suspect the timing is anything but coincidental,' a Pence ally told the newsite.  Vice President Mike Pence is eyeing a week-long trip abroad after the January 6 House of Representatives session he'll have to preside over to lock in the presidential election result in favor of President-elect Joe Biden  Politico reported Thursday that Pence plans to travel to Bahrain, Israel and Poland and could be trying to avoid the wrath of President Donald Trump (left) who has continued to refuse to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden...
    SACRAMENTO —  California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she hasn’t thought about retiring soon despite some assertions that the 87-year-old lawmaker should step aside because her cognitive abilities have allegedly declined. “No, I haven’t,” she told me in response to a brief question about whether she’d considered retiring early. Her fifth full term doesn’t expire until the end of 2024 when she’ll be 91. She’s currently the oldest U.S. senator. There are also six other octogenarians in the Senate — all men. The universal assumption is Feinstein won’t run for reelection when her term is up. I didn’t bother to ask. She’ll tell us when she’s ready. “I don’t feel my cognitive abilities have diminished,” she said in answer to my question about whether she felt they had. “No, not really. Do I forget something sometimes? Quite possibly.” That seems to be the main rap on her: short-term memory loss....
    A top aide to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is facing backlash within the transition team after calling Republican lawmakers 'f***ers' while praising Biden's commitment to 'unity' in the same breath. Jen O'Malley Dillon, who ran Biden's campaign and will serve as White House deputy chief of staff, made the remarks in a lengthy interview with Glamour magazine published on Tuesday.  'The president-elect was able to connect with people over this sense of unity. In the primary, people would mock him, like, 'You think you can work with Republicans?' I'm not saying they're not a bunch of f***ers. Mitch McConnell is terrible,' Dillon said, referring to the Republican Senate majority leader. 'But this sense that you couldn't wish for that, you couldn't wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected that. From start to finish, he set out with this idea that unity was possible, that together we are stronger, that we, as a...
    The nation's attention has turned to the two runoff elections in Georgia on January 5, which will determine which party controls the Senate. If Republicans maintain both seats, they will hold onto their majority. But if Democrats win both seats it will give them a slim 50-50 majority in the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting any tie-breaking vote. GOP Senator David Perdue is up for reelection this year, and he is is facing off against former documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff, who unsuccessfully ran for an Atlanta-area House seat in 2017. Under Georgia state law, any election where neither candidate receives above 50% of the vote must advance to a runoff. Perdue narrowly defeated Ossoff on Election Day, but just fell short of the 50% mark. Senator Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat last year, faced 20 other candidates in a special election in November, including Reverend...
    To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Congress nears coronavirus relief deal, adds stimulus checks | What we know about the negotiations | Senate GOP sends message to Trump that the election is over | Trump lashes out at McConnell | Says ‘people are angry’ | White House seeks more Pfizer vaccine doses | FDA authorizes rapid home COVID-19 test | Senate holds hearing on 2020 election security   NEWS THIS MORNING You know, Congress, it’s getting harder to repeatedly come up with witty government funding headlines.:     Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate and House leaders are closing in on a coronavirus relief deal that would include direct stimulus payments,...
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    President Donald Trump's most ardent loyalists are blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for congratulating President-elect Joe Biden, venting their fury at the high-ranking Republican.  'The Electoral College has spoken,' McConnell said on Tuesday morning, before adding he wanted to 'congratulate the President-elect Joe Biden' and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Incoming Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, was among the MAGA supporters who blasted McConnell over the remarks. 'Every 'Republican' that isn't fighting for @realDonaldTrump's 2020 landslide victory is supporting the Chinese Communist Party takeover of America,' Greene tweeted following McConnell's remarks.  'The Electoral College has spoken,' McConnell said on Tuesday morning, before adding he wanted to 'congratulate the President-elect Joe Biden' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'We won't leave for Christmas without the COVID package':... Forget Trump and move on: Mitch McConnell pleads with his... Share...
    Georgia veterans responded to Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock’s comments regarding military service in a Turning Point Action video released Tuesday. In a video clip, Warnock, who is running for Senate in Georgia’s special election said, “America, nobody can serve God and the military. America, choose ye this day who you will serve.” (RELATED: FLASHBACK: Warnock Said Farrakhan’s Nation Of Islam Is ‘Important’ To ‘Black Theology’ In 2013) “What Bible has he been reading?” Sgt. Meg Peters from the Army said in the Turning Point Action video. Peters said her faith was her reason for joining the military in the ad. “You don’t understand us.” “Drop out,” she continued. Maj. Jeff McDonald from the Marine Corps said Warnock’s comments made him feel “kinda sick to my stomach.” He continued, “So many people have sacrificed their life for us to have freedom so that we can go to church.” Capt....
    Bradley Cortright December 15, 2020 0 Comments Vice President-elect Kamala Harris says she applauds Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for publicly acknowledging the outcome of the presidential election and speaking to President-elect Joe Biden. But, she wishes he had done so earlier. In her first solo-interview since the election, Harris told ABC’s Robin Roberts, “I think it’s critically important that the leaders of our government, especially those who are elected to the highest officesm that we dedicate ourselves to a peaceful transition of power, and to an adherence to, and a respect for, the Constitution of the United States and our electoral system.” “We literally take an oath, each one of us, when we take these offices to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. And so, I applaud Mitch McConnell for talking to Joe Biden today.” Still, she said, “It would have been better if it were earlier, but...
    President-elect Joe Biden pleaded with the people of Georgia to give him control of the Senate, which will happen if Democrats win both run-off races on January 5.  'I need two senators from this state who want to get something done, not two senators who are just going to get in the way,' Biden told a drive-in rally in Atlanta Tuesday.  Biden was campaigning for Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who are running against incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively.  If both Warnock and Ossoff win their races the Democrats will have 50 seats, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be available to cast tie-breaking votes in their favor.  Biden lashed out at Loeffler and Perdue for their part in the weeks-long saga dragging out the 2020 presidential election, as both GOP senators embraced a Texas-base lawsuit attempting to invalidate the votes in several...
    Bradley Cortright December 15, 2020 0 Comments Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is admitting that President-elect Joe Biden is the winner of the election. But, he says he does not have any advice to give to President Donald Trump on whether he should accept the results of the election. McConnell was asked on Tuesday, “Should [Trump] accept the results?” “Look, I don’t have any advice to give the president on the subject,” he responded.  He added, “I said this morning, for me and I think on the basis of the way the system works, the decision by the Electoral College yesterday was determinative.” Watch the video below: Reporter: "Should [President Trump] accept the results?"Sen. Mitch McConnell: "Look, I dont have any advice to give the President on the subject." pic.twitter.com/RRAiB5pZbx— The Hill (@thehill) December 15, 2020 Biden officially won the presidency on Monday when electors to the Electoral College cast their votes for him and...
    In his opening prayer on Tuesday, Senate Chaplain Barry Black acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win, according to reports. “Lord, we respect the conclusions of the Electoral College and ask you to bless President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” Black said the day after the electors affirmed Biden’s win, according to The Hill. (RELATED: GOP Senators Acknowledge Biden As President-Elect After Electoral College Vote) Other top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, also recognized Biden’s win. .@senatemajldr: “So, as of this this morning, our country has officially a President-elect and a Vice President-elect… The Electoral College has spoken. So, today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.” pic.twitter.com/4S7Xv7otsH — CSPAN (@cspan) December 15, 2020 After the prayer, McConnell said, “The Electoral College has spoken, so today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to...
    Three Georgia sheriffs spoke outside the state capitol to slam Democrats for pushing to defund the police as President-elect Joe Biden arrives in the state Tuesday to campaign for Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. "We have to have more money for police if we want better police. It’s crazy talk to say you want to defund police," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway said at the press conference livestreamed by the Georgia Republican Party. BIDEN, IN LEAKED AUDIO, SUGGESTS GOP 'BEAT THE LIVING H--- OUT OF US' OVER 'DEFUND THE POLICE' Their comments come after Biden told a group of civil rights leaders that calls among progressives to defund the police allowed the GOP to “beat the living hell” out of Democrats during the 2020 election cycle, according to leaked audio that surfaced last week. Republicans are attempting to paint Georgia's Democratic Senate hopefuls as too radical. "99.7% of the time we get it right, and...
    Congressional Republicans offered mealy-mouthed statements that barely acknowledge Joe Biden's convincing win. The Electoral College on Monday made President-elect Joe Biden's win official, delivering him 306 votes to Donald Trump's 232 — a vote that should be the end of the long, embarrassing saga of Republicans refusing to admit Biden's victory. Yet some lawmakers are still twisting themselves in knots to avoid admitting the reality that has been before them for more than a month: Trump lost a free and fair election. "It's a very, very narrow path for the President," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told CNN's Manu Raju on Monday night.
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden's team is ramping up its lobbying to win over Democratic support for a waiver that would allow Lloyd Austin to serve as the defense secretary amid concerns from the incoming President's own party about allowing another recently retired general to assume the top civilian post at the Pentagon.Austin, who retired in 2016, has begun reaching out to top House and Senate lawmakers who will first have to agree to pass legislation to grant a waiver from a law requiring a secretary to wait seven years from active duty service before taking the top civilian post, something only granted twice before in history, including for James Mattis to run President Donald Trump's Pentagon in 2017. Austin will, in effect, have to win two votes: One from both chambers of Congress to grant the waiver, and another from the Senate to confirm him for the position. Congressional sources believe...
    Electors from each state will meet on Monday to cast their votes for the next President of the United States as part of the process enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Law requires electors — which are typically selected earlier in the year and often comprised of party dignitaries — to meet on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December to formally cast their votes for the next President of the United States. That Monday fell on December 14 this election cycle. The 538 electors will gather in their designated places, typically set by state law, to cast their ballots by hand, voting for both a president and vice president. The candidate who reaches 270 wins the election. Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 reads: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives...
    Ivanka Trump didn't let the damp Virginia weather rain on her parade on Monday morning, when she braved the wet conditions to help pack up boxes of food for hungry families.  The 39-year-old First Daughter was pictured lending a hand to the Farmers to Families program, loading a large box of food into the back of a vehicle after meeting with the organization's volunteers at Christ Chapel Church in Woodbridge.  Ivanka was more than prepared for the less-than-desirable conditions, having bundled up in a thick black coat, black trousers, and black rain boots for her visit - for which she also donned a matching face mask.    Support: Ivanka Trump was seen braving the rain on Monday morning ot help volunteers pack up food for hungry families in Virginia Chic: The 39-year-old First Daughter bundled up against the wet weather, donning a thick black coat, black trousers, and...
    CANTON, Georgia — Congressional leaders, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), told Breitbart News during exclusive interviews Saturday that electing Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) remains essential to preserving American freedom and vanquishing the prospect of socialism in Congress. The Save America Coalition — a coalition of conservative activist organizations such as Club for Growth Action, FreedomWorks, and Tea Party Patriots — launched a statewide tour to save the Republican majority by electing Loeffler and Perdue. To spur conservatives’ enthusiasm for voting in the pivotal January runoffs, the Save America Coalition enlisted prominent conservatives such as Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee ranking member and Freedom Caucus cofounder; Hice, a Freedom Caucus member; Daines, a conservative senator from Montana; and Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, a conservative who just got elected to Congress. Club for Growth Action President David McIntosh led...
    Former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, has rejoined the GOP campaign trail and urged Republican voters in Georgia to 'crush' the vote for Sen David Perdue and Sen Kelly Loeffler.  'Georgia, we need you to not just show up January 5, not just to win, but to crush it,' Palin told a crowd of supporters in Marietta, Georgia, on Friday as part of the Save America Tour.  'We need you to crush it and to send that message, the loudest message that we can. That no, we will not implement at all socialism in America. We will not watch that erosion of our inalienable rights,' she continued.  'The eyes of America, the eyes of the world, are on Georgia,' Palin, who was the late Sen John McCain's running-mate in the 2008 presidential election, said. Her appearance in Georgia marked the first event for the Save America Tour, which was organized by...
              Joe Biden reportedly doesn’t want civil rights leaders to discuss defunding the police until after the Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs have concluded. This, for fear that such rhetoric will scare off Georgia voters and prevent Democrats from controlling the U.S. Senate next year. Friday’s New York Times reported that Biden said the following: “I also don’t think we should get too far ahead of ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’…Anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur. Promise you. Just think to yourself and give me advice whether we should do that before Jan. 5.” As reported, U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), are on the January 5, 2021 ballot for the U.S. Senate...
    U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler speaks in Marietta, Georgia, November 11, 2020. Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler was picked to fill an open Senate seat in Georgia because she was considered appealing to moderate suburban women. She will face Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, in a runoff election next month. Loeffler and her fellow Republican senator from Georgia, David Perdue, will both face voters on January 5. The results will determine control of the US Senate. Loeffler was appointed in 2019 to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson's seat. A fellow Republican, Isakson was well-known for reaching across the aisle. Loeffler fended off a challenge from Congressman Doug Collins, a favorite among many conservatives in Georgia.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When Kelly Loeffler was picked to fill a Georgia Senate seat last year, Sahar Guyton was the kind of voter that Republicans had in mind....
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    Brad Raffensperger President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia and two Democrats forced Senate runoffs. Georgia Republicans are determined not to let that happen again, and obviously their plan for doing it is not “try to appeal to more voters.” No, it’s “make sure fewer people can vote, especially the Black and Brown ones.” First, of course, they’re trying to steal these elections with a truly impressive number of lawsuits. In addition to the multiple efforts to overturn Trump’s loss—including the one from Texas challenging the results in four states that are not Texas—there are three separate challenges to the runoffs. The Georgia Republican Party is challenging the “integrity of processing absentee ballots,” which is to say they want more ways to throw out absentee ballots over signature issues. The Twelfth Congressional District Republican Committee is suing over signature verification but also the use of unattended drop boxes and early processing of absentee ballots. And the Republican National Committee is...
    Pro-Trump Fox Business host Lou Dobbs seemingly dismissed the pivotal upcoming Georgia Senate runoff races on Thursday night while simultaneously smearing the citizens of the state as “dumb,” adding that they aren’t “half as smart as I believe them to be.” Interviewing former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, whose “Kraken” lawsuits alleging a baseless voter fraud conspiracy have now all been tossed out of court, Dobbs held out hope that the QAnon-supporting lawyer could still provide evidence to support her unhinged claims. (Powell insists that a long-dead Hugo Chavez colluded with George Soros and China to flip millions of votes to President-elect Joe Biden via corrupt voter software.) “Let me make you an offer very straightforwardly. We will gladly put forward your evidence that supports your claim that this was a cyber Pearl Harbor,” Dobbs told Powell. “We have tremendous evidence already of fraud in this election, but I will be...
    New Georgia Project's Nse Ufot. The pandemic kept many (though not all) progressive groups and Democratic campaigns from in-person campaigning in the fall. But that’s not how it's going in Georgia in the run-up to the Senate runoffs pitting Jon Ossoff against Sen. David Perdue and Rev. Raphael Warnock against Sen. Kelly Loeffler. “We’re going to have to do door knocking now,” Save our Senate PAC creator Nabilah Islam told The Wall Street Journal. “We’ve realized that we can’t forgo direct voter contact.” The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Click here to request an absentee ballot. Vote in person as early as Dec. 14. One group that didn’t forgo direct voter contact in key states for the general election was UNITE HERE. The hospitality workers union knocked on 3 million doors, including 20,000 a day in Arizona’s critical Maricopa County. Now it’s putting on a push in Georgia, with a major canvass launch on Wednesday. The...
    Good news for lovers of spaghetti and syrup: Buddy and the cast of Elf are reuniting for a table read on December 13 at 4 p.m. ET. Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner, and John Lithgow will all be reuniting to benefit Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff elections. Deschanel, who played Jovie in the 2003 film, confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “If I were any more excited to be in the #ElfForGeorgia reunion I might explode into a burst of snowflakes. Join me, Will Ferrell, and many other amazing people from the original cast along with some special guests for our live reading! All donations go to support GA dems.” You can get your tickets here! https://t.co/FLDmkL9QCx https://t.co/BQkAUqgFyL — zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) December 10, 2020 The actress also added a link to tickets for the event....
    The Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on the campaign trail together. If you check out the issues section of Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler’s Senate campaign website, you’ll find the thinnest of statements on a variety of subjects ranging from immigration to trade. But not a word about the climate crisis. Republican Sen. David Perdue’s campaign website provides more detail about his views and actions on issues, but there, too, not a word about the climate crisis despite the impacts it’s already having on Georgia. Perhaps that’s because when Perdue does talk about climate, everybody gets to see scientific illiteracy in action.  Meanwhile, both their foes in the Jan. 5 election runoff—Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff respectively—have put dealing with climate among their highest priorities. Which is a key reason the League of Conservation Voters and Climate Hawks have endorsed Warnock and Ossoff. Said Brionté McCorkle, director of the Georgia Conservation Voters,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 7 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden is heading to Georgia to campaign for the Democratic candidates in the state's two critical U.S. Senate runoffs. Biden says he'll travel to Atlanta on Tuesday to support Jon Ossoff, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and the Democratic ticket in the Jan. 5 runoffs, which will determine which party controls the Senate at the outset of his presidency. Ossoff faces Republican Sen. David Perdue. Warnock faces GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Republicans need one seat for a Senate majority. Democrats need both to make Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. President Donald Trump used a weekend rally in Valdosta, Georgia, to push supporters to turn out for Perdue and Loeffler. Georgia has long been a Republican stronghold but may be on the road to swing state status, particularly after Biden became the first Democratic...
    WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 7 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden is heading to Georgia to campaign for the Democratic candidates in the state's two critical U.S. Senate runoffs. Biden says he'll travel to Atlanta on Tuesday to support Jon Ossoff, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and the Democratic ticket in the Jan. 5 runoffs, which will determine which party controls the Senate at the outset of his presidency. Ossoff faces Republican Sen. David Perdue. Warnock faces GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Republicans need one seat for a Senate majority. Democrats need both to make Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. President Donald Trump used a weekend rally in Valdosta, Georgia, to push supporters to turn out for Perdue and Loeffler. Georgia has long been a Republican stronghold but may be on the road to swing state status, particularly after Biden became the first Democratic presidential...