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    (CNN)Talks moved slowly Saturday over a massive funding bill to keep the government open and on a Covid relief package that congressional leaders are trying to hammer out, making it all but certain Congress will need at least an additional week to reach a major agreement, according to two sources familiar with the matter.Multiple issues still divide the two parties, but sources said two big matters remain unresolved on a relief package: liability protections for businesses, workers and others that Republicans want, and funding for state and local governments that Democrats are demanding.Lawmakers are still trying to resolve multiple hot-button issues on the spending bill to keep the government open before funding runs out December 11. The most divisive issues involve funding for immigration programs and veterans' issues, sources said.The goal of leaders on both sides is to attach the Covid-19 relief package -- which could be up to $900...
    President Donald Trump demanded to see a list of the 25 congressional Republicans who acknowledged to the Washington Post that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election. The Post published an article Saturday reporting that just 25 of the 249 Republican lawmakers in Congress had acknowledged Biden’s win when surveyed. The Post later updated that total to 27 lawmakers. Trump has yet to formally concede the election, but he has authorized his administration to begin the transition process, which is well underway. (RELATED: Trump Campaign And The RNC Have Raised Over $207 Million Since Election Day) 25, wow! I am surprised there are so many. We have just begun to fight. Please send me a list of the 25 RINOS. I read the Fake News Washington Post as little as possible! https://t.co/cEBM0bYuQ9 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2020 The Post reported that it began questioning lawmakers on...
    Mandel Ngan/AFP, Getty The Washington Post contacted all the Republican members of Congress to ask whether they accept Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election, and reported that only 25 definitively agree. President Donald Trump responded to that report by saying he’s surprised there are even that many. The report shows that most Republicans did not respond to the questions from the Washington Post. However they counted 25 who say that Biden won and 2 who say Trump won. WaPo’s Phillip Rucker tweeted the story, and Trump quote tweeted it to reply that he’s “surprised there are so many.” “Please send me a list of the 25 RINOS,” he tweeted. “I read the Fake News Washington Post as little as possible!” 25, wow! I am surprised there are so many. We have just begun to fight. Please send me a list of the 25 RINOS. I read the...
    Only 25 of the 249 Republicans in Congress have admitted Joe Biden won the election with 222 refusing to declare a winner at all, according to research carried out by the Washington Post.  The survey asked every Republican member of the House and Senate who won the election, whether they support or oppose Trump's continuing efforts to claim victory and if they will accept Biden as the legitimately elected president if he wins a majority in the electoral college. It also brought together public statements made by the lawmakers in the weeks following the election. The findings shine a spotlight on the silence among the highest ranks of the Republican party as an overwhelming majority would not confirm their position on the election outcome. It comes as Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede and is still pushing unfounded claims that the election was 'stolen' from him by widespread voter fraud,...
    Progressives in the U.S. Congress are putting pressure on Republicans and moderate Democrats to include stimulus checks in the next coronavirus relief package, according to a Friday report from The Hill. In March, Congress passed a bipartisan bill providing direct payments of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. Since then, ordinary Americans have received virtually no help from the government. Earlier this month, lawmakers unveiled a $908 billion relief proposal. The proposal, which is being pushed by moderate Democrats and some Republicans, calls for more funding for state and local governments, an expansion of unemployment insurance and various protections for businesses. However, it does not call for stimulus checks. According to left-leaning lawmakers, they are absolutely necessary. In a statement, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said that he won’t support a package that doesn’t include stimulus checks. “Tens of millions of Americans living in desperation today...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is adjusting the scope of his agenda to meet the challenges of governing with a narrowly divided Congress and the complications of legislating during a raging pandemic. Rather than immediately pursue ambitious legislation to combat climate change, the incoming administration may try to wrap provisions into a coronavirus aid bill. Biden’s team is also considering smaller-scale changes to the Affordable Care Act while tabling the more contentious fight over creating a public option to compete with private insurers. Biden is already working on an array of executive actions to achieve some of his bolder priorities on climate change and immigration without having to navigate congressional gridlock. The maneuvering reflects a disappointing political reality for Biden, who campaigned on a pledge to address the nation’s problems with measures that would rival the scope of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation. But Democrats acknowledge that big...
    Friday, during an interview with Mobile, AL radio’s FM Talk 106.5, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) explained his plan to challenge the Electoral College vote, which had gotten traction in recent days as Politico took notice earlier this week. It even drew Brooks praise from President Donald Trump, who would benefit if Brooks were successful. Thank you to Representative Mo Brooks! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2020 Brooks said momentum was building for his effort in the U.S. House of Representatives. “On the House side, momentum is building strongly in favor of fighting various state submissions of Electoral College votes. To mention a few — Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania. It is quite clear, based on overwhelming evidence, that Donald Trump if the law was obeyed, if only lawful votes cast by American citizens were counted, Donald Trump easily won those three states. And as the evidence comes out to a...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is predicting a "bleak future" if Congress doesn't take speedy action on a coronavirus aid bill amid a nationwide spike in the virus that's hampering the country's economic recovery.He also expressed concern that so far he's seen "no detailed plan" from the Trump administration on how to distribute an approved coronavirus vaccine, but said he and his team are working on their own proposal to fill in the gaps.Biden delivered remarks Friday afternoon reacting to November's national jobs report, which showed a sharp decrease in U.S. hiring even as the country is about 10 million jobs below pre-pandemic levels. The Democrat called the report "dire" and said it "shows the economy is stalling," but he said quick action from Congress can halt some of the damage."If we act now - I mean now - we can begin to regain momentum and start to build...
    Congress has approved the building of a national memorial to fallen journalists on federal land in the nation’s capital, two years after a gunman killed five people in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette, in Annapolis, Maryland. The U.S. Senate unanimously approved the House version of the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act, co-sponsored by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, which authorizes the development and construction of a national monument to journalists. June 28, 2020 marked the two-year anniversary of the attack, in which Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters were killed. “A free press has fought for transparency and freedom since the founding of our republic,” said Cardin, in a news release. “Those who personify the First Amendment rights granted to every citizen have made our nation stronger. Too many, including five innocent souls lost in the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, gave...
    By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is adjusting the scope of his agenda to meet the challenges of governing with a narrowly divided Congress and the complications of legislating during a raging pandemic. Rather than immediately pursue ambitious legislation to combat climate change, the incoming administration may try to wrap provisions into a coronavirus aid bill. Biden's team is also considering smaller-scale changes to the Affordable Care Act while tabling the more contentious fight over creating a public option to compete with private insurers. Biden is already working on an array of executive actions to achieve some of his bolder priorities on climate change and immigration without having to navigate congressional gridlock. The maneuvering reflects a disappointing political reality for Biden, who campaigned on a pledge to address the nation's problems with measures that would rival the scope of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal legislation....
    (CNN)The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act has a provision that would effectively block President Donald Trump's attempt to significantly reduce US troops in Germany, a move the President said was because of Berlin's failure to spend adequate amounts on defense. The bill "prevents reduction in the number of U.S. forces stationed in Germany below 34,500 until 120 days after the Secretary of Defense submits an assessment and planning regarding the implications for allies, costs, military families, deterrence, and other key issues," according to a summary of the NDAA conference report released by the House Armed Services Committee.In late July the Trump administration said it would reduce the number of US troops in Germany from about 36,000 down to 11,900, saying that the repositioning of forces could start "within weeks.""We spend a lot of money on Germany, they take advantage of us on trade and they take advantage...
    WASHINGTON, DC (WJZ) — A bill to authorize the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a memorial in D.C. is headed to President Trump’s desk after passing in Congress this week. The U.S. Senate unanimously approved the legislation, the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act, co-sponsored by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who both introduced the bill that will authorize the development and construction of the national monument to fallen journalists. Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.-32) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.-04) also introduced the legislation in the House of Representatives. “A free press has fought for transparency and freedom since the founding of our republic. Those who personify the First Amendment rights granted to every citizen have made our nation stronger. Too many, including five innocent souls lost in the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, gave everything they had in defense of democracy,” Sen. Cardin said. “This new memorial...
    An unusual and seemingly unlikely coalition of progressive Democrats and populist Republicans could form an alliance to be reckoned with in the new Congress next year, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. told "The Ingraham Angle" Wednesday. "I figure it took the establishment of both parties to get us ... in multiple wars. Why not work together across the aisle to get out of them?" Gaetz told host Laura Ingraham. "And I also think there's a generational piece here. Young people are weary of these wars. They've been going on almost all of our adult lives, and I think that perhaps generationally, we may be able to bridge some of those divides." On Tuesday, progressive Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., mentioned Gaetz to Ingraham as a potential kindred spirit on issues like China. "If you view China as our biggest strategic competitor in the 21st century then these policies aren’t what’s going to allow America to win...
    CNN’s Don Lemon called out President Donald Trump for his threat to veto the massive defense budget bill — and threaten a scheduled pay raise for US military servicemembers — because he wants Congress to take action on an unrelated policy about social media legal immunity. On Tuesday night, Trump had publicly warned that he would not sign the roughly $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that Congress has passed, obliquely citing his desire to revoke Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Then, on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reiterated that “the president is serious” about his threat to block the bipartisan bill. Trump has repeatedly railed against that provision of the communications law, claiming that it unfairly shields social media giants like Twitter and Facebook when they flag and then apply misinformation labels to posts of his that contain false or disputed claims. In fact, Section 230 protects Internet...
    A Republican member of Congress is preparing a challenge to the Electoral College returns when Congress counts the votes next month. Rep. Mo Brooks, a GOP lawmaker representing Alabama's Fifth Congressional District, believes the election was "stolen" from President Trump and confirmed to Politico that he has had "indirect communication" with some senators about his longshot bid to contest the result. At least one lawmaker in each chamber needs to object on Jan. 6 when the vote-counting process takes place for the joint session of Congress to split up and consider their challenges separately. “In my judgment, if only lawful votes by eligible American citizens were cast, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin, and Congress’s certification should reflect that,” Brooks said. “This election was stolen by the socialists engaging in extraordinary voter fraud and election theft measures.” As it stands now, President-elect Joe Biden stands...
    Republican Representative Mo Brooks is looking for a Senate colleague to join him in launching a challenge to the Electoral College votes when Congress certifies Joe Biden's victory on January 6. Brooks said the election was 'badly flawed' and claimed most instances of mail-in voting were conducted 'unconstitutionally' as a Wednesday report indicates he is looking for a long-shot option to overturn the election results. 'In my judgment, if only lawful votes by eligible American citizens were cast, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin, and Congress's certification should reflect that,' Brooks told Politico. 'This election was stolen by the socialists engaging in extraordinary voter fraud and election theft measures.' The presidential election results show Trump with 232 Electoral College votes to Biden's 306 – well over the 270 margin needed for a victory. Brooks, 66, would need a senator to join him in the last-ditch effort...
    Former Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall (D) won a runoff election on Tuesday to succeed the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisOssoff features Obama in TV ad ahead of in Georgia run-off Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains MORE (D-Ga.) through Jan. 3. Hall defeated former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin Tuesday. Neither of the two top finishers in September's special election secured a majority, forcing the runoff, The Associated Press noted.  After record participation in the general election, turnout on Tuesday was considerably lower, with about 22,000 people, or about 5 percent of registered voters in the district, casting ballots. Both Hall and Franklin acknowledged they would only serve in Congress for a few weeks on the campaign trail but touted their ability to have an impact during that limited time. Hall will likely vote on a temporary federal...
    (CNN)The remainder of the late US Rep. John Lewis' term will be served by Democrat Kwanza Hall, who won control of the reliably blue seat in a House runoff special election in Georgia Tuesday, CNN projects.Hall, a former Atlanta city councilman, will be sworn in after the election's results are certified and serve for about a month. He will represent Georgia's 5th Congressional District until early January, when Rep.-elect Nikema Williams takes over control of the seat, which she won in the November general election.Though he won't be in office for long, Hall's win means he will forever be intertwined with the legacy of Lewis, a civil rights icon and 17-term congressman who died in July. Hall will also have a chance to participate in several upcoming legislative battles, as Congress is set to consider a broad spending bill next week in order to avert a government shutdown, among other...
    Plans by House Democrats to bring back earmarks at the start of the next Congress have put Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Criminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot MORE (R-Ky.) in a tough spot. McConnell, a longtime member of the Appropriations Committee, isn’t personally opposed to bringing back earmarks, but he is risk averse and doesn’t want to spark a fight with Tea Party conservatives and Republicans considering White House runs in 2024, say GOP lawmakers. The GOP Senate leader has been coy when asked about the topic. “I haven’t given any real thought to that. I did hear that Hoyer said that,” he said Tuesday, referring to House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerCapitol physician advises lawmakers against attending dinners,...
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    Congress is seeking to again jump-start stalled negotiations over coronavirus relief as both parties circulate new stimulus proposals with only a few weeks left before the end of the session and the expiration of key benefits created to help those financially suffering from the pandemic. Democratic and Republican leaders are putting forth new plans in a final attempt this year to pass additional aid with the resurgence of the virus across the country, especially since widespread availability of a vaccine is still months away. Plus, a bipartisan group of senators released a $900 billion aid package to regain momentum in the remaining weeks of the lame-duck session.[ READ: Slim Democratic Majority Won't Ensure Progressive Priorities ]Negotiations have lagged for months and Congress, despite several attempts, has been unable to pass additional relief since March. Both parties have expressed a desire for another round of coronavirus aid, but the respective sides have dug...
    If you want to know how the Republican Party elected a bunch of women to the U.S. House, it was because a bunch of Republican women worked very hard to get themselves elected, relentlessly pursuing and earning the support of the voters in their district despite scant attention by the press and sometimes even by members of their own party. No one exemplified that relentless pursuit better than Mariannette Miller-Meeks who was certified on Monday afternoon, becoming the first woman to earn the support of voters to represent the 2nd Congressional District in Iowa. It was a win that came after Miller-Meeks's three failed attempts for the seat since 2008. She persisted, she said, because persisting has been her motto all of her life and not a catchphrase or campaign slogan. “I'm one of eight kids,” she said in an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner. "My father was a...
    Bradley Cortright December 1, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says she supports an additional stimulus package to help Americans suffering due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, she says there is one action President-elect Joe Biden can take without Congress to help stimulate the economy: cancel billions of dollars of federal student loans. During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Warren asked Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell how the economy could be affected by borrowers spending their part of their income to pay back federal student loan debt rather than paying for goods or services. She also noted that the debt can make it harder for borrowers to get mortgages. While she voiced support for additional fiscal stimulus, she said it is “pretty much impossible” to pass another stimulus bill “when Republicans in Congress refuse to take action.” “But, student loan debt is different,” Warren said, adding, “All on his own, President-elect Biden will...
    Coronavirus altered most things in society. And constituting the House of Representatives to launch the 117th Congress in January is no different. The pandemic could drastically impact how the House conducts opening day and swears in its members. RNC CHAIRWOMAN MCDANIEL: ELECTION 2020 - HERE'S HOW GOP MINORITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN EXPANDED OUR BIG TENT Under the Constitution, the new Congress is supposed to begin at noon on Jan. 3. But the 20th Amendment to the Constitution allows the preceding Congress to move the day if it makes a new law to do so. For instance, Jan. 3 fell on a Saturday in 2015. So the 114th Congress didn’t start until Jan. 6, 2015, after Congress passed a law. Jan. 3, 2021, falls on a Sunday. But who knows what Congress will do. Even a recent memo from House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., to all House members of the 117th Congress declared that “when the...
    A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers Tuesday announced a $908 billion coronavirus aid proposal that attempts to end a monthslong stalemate in Congress that so far has blocked a new round of funding. “It’s not going to make everybody happy,” said Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat. “But I think it is a good framework.” The measure has the backing of the 50-member, bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, as well as a significant group of senators in both parties. It’s larger than a $500 billion measure Republicans were seeking by far less costly than a $2.2 trillion bill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, has proposed. It includes many of the “must-have” ingredients each party has insisted on, including state and local funding desired by Democrats and lawsuit liability protections for businesses, schools, and healthcare facilities that Republicans favor. Much of the funding comes from...
    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan advisory body to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday vowed more scrutiny of U.S. investments in Chinese firms, warning both of risks to investors and that U.S. money could finance China's militarization, posing a direct threat to the United States. The influential U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said it would be looking closely in the coming year at what U.S. private equity and hedge funds were doing in terms of investments in China, calling it a logical next step as the country opened its financial markets. "We need to look at what are the rules of the road and how will - not just hedge funds, but investment banks - seek to take advantage of the opening in the ongoing pursuit of yield and profit and what that means for the individual investor, pension funds and large institutions," said USCC chair...
    ATLANTA – A small number of ballots on Tuesday could decide an extremely short term in Congress as voters in Georgia pick the man who will succeed the civil rights legend John Lewis, if only for a few weeks. Former Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin are contesting a runoff after neither won a majority in a first round of voting in September among seven candidates. Both are Democrats. The district includes much of the city of Atlanta and adjoining parts of DeKalb and Clayton counties. The seat was long held by Lewis, who died from pancreatic cancer in July. But neither man will be Lewis' permanent successor. State senator and state Democratic Party chair Nikema Williams easily defeated Republican Angela Stanton King for a full two-year-term starting in Jan. 3. Williams and King didn't run in the special election, though. Some Fulton...
    By JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A small number of ballots on Tuesday could decide an extremely short term in Congress as voters in Georgia pick the man who will succeed the civil rights legend John Lewis, if only for a few weeks. Former Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin are contesting a runoff after neither won a majority in a first round of voting in September among seven candidates. Both are Democrats. The district includes much of the city of Atlanta and adjoining parts of DeKalb and Clayton counties. The seat was long held by Lewis, who died from pancreatic cancer in July. But neither man will be Lewis' permanent successor. State senator and state Democratic Party chair Nikema Williams easily defeated Republican Angela Stanton King for a full two-year-term starting in Jan. 3. Williams and King didn't run in...
    Kelly Loeffler. If Sen. Kelly Loeffler has learned one thing from Donald Trump, it appears to be shameless nerve. A new ad attempting to woo Black voters in Georgia’s Senate runoff includes this astonishing line, spoken by Janelle King, a Black former deputy state director of the Georgia Republican Party: “We need someone who understands how to not only write paychecks and sign paychecks, but how it feels like waiting on that paycheck.” And Kelly Loeffler is supposed to be that person?  Loeffler likes to make much of the fact that she grew up on a farm, but at this point she is one of the wealthiest, if not the wealthiest, people in Congress—in a Senate that includes Mitt Romney, mind you. She and her husband have around $500 million and live in a 15,000 square foot home that was the most expensive real estate transaction ever in Atlanta. And even her much-touted farming roots...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley has returned to the Senate on Monday after clearing an asymptomatic case of the coronavirus. Grassley, 87, tested positive for the virus earlier this month. The Iowa Republican serves as the Senate’s president pro tempore, fourth in line to the presidency, and is also chairman of the Finance Committee. In a statement, Grassley said he worked from home during quarantine and was cleared to return to D.C. by his doctor. “I did not experience symptoms, but more than a thousand Americans are dying every day, and many more are hospitalized,” Grassley said in a statement. “This means we all have to do our part and help protect our friends, family, and fellow Americans. I will continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing.” Grassley praised “promising vaccine news … that makes staying vigilant in the coming months all the more important.” Grassley called on...
    Congress returns to work Monday in Washington for a final pre-Christmas stretch of legislating before the holidays but remains no closer to passing broadly supported COVID-19 pandemic relief items, such as another round of $1,200 stimulus checks. House Democrats and Senate Republicans for months gridlocked on new relief legislation, despite most lawmakers agreeing on core elements, such as another round of stimulus checks, a revived federal unemployment insurance subsidy and more forgivable loans for small businesses. The last legislation en route to President Trump’s desk is likely to be a government funding deal before a Dec. 11 deadline to prevent a partial government shutdown — potentially a vehicle for relief, though both sides already agreed in principle to the size of that package. Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argue legislators should first pass the most popular pandemic items, then debate and horse-trade on the more...
    LOS ANGELES - As an elite political fundraiser, Imaad Zuberi had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump's inauguration. He lived a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, staying at fine hotels and hosting lawmakers and diplomats at four-star restaurants. Foreign ambassadors turned to Zuberi to get face time in Congress. He was a charming networker and an inveterate namedropper. His Facebook account was filled with pictures of him next to the powerful and famous: having dinner with Hillary Clinton and Robert De Niro and rubbing shoulders with Trump's then-chief of staff Reince Priebus outside Mar-A-Lago. Zuberi raised huge amounts for Clinton in the 2016 election before becoming a top donor to the Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee. But federal prosecutors say Zuberi's life was built on a series of lies and the lucrative...
    Washington (CNN)There are roughly 10 legislative days until spending for the federal government expires, and as coronavirus cases soar around the country, the Senate returns to Washington on Monday with millions of Americans counting on Congress to also come to an agreement on a stimulus package. That's unlikely -- at this point -- to happen.The list of must-do's are long right now on Capitol Hill and this is the final stretch in the lame duck session. Aides on both the Republican and Democratic sides are confident that Congress can pass a spending deal by the December 11 deadline to avert a partial government shutdown, but a stimulus deal is far less certain. And at best, aides argue that all Congress might be able to do is add some stimulus provisions to the already-moving spending bill. Even that is a major lift. Pressure mounts on Congress to help struggling Americans as...
    You’re wrong if you thought Rep.-elect Nikema Williams, D-Ga., is the successor to the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. And you’re wrong if you thought the only runoffs in Georgia come on Jan. 5 between Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., against Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Lewis’ immediate successor is either former Atlanta city councilman Kwanza Hall or former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin. Both are Democrats. And they are facing one another in a runoff on Dec. 1 to fulfill the remainder of Lewis’ current term. The winner of this contest will serve for a few days then be out at 11:59:59 a.m. ET on Jan. 3, when the new Congress is scheduled to begin. Williams will take office in January when the 117th Congress begins. Georgia held two elections for Lewis’ seat on Nov. 3. Williams won the seat for the entire term. But, just like in the Peach State’s two Senate contests, no candidate secured 50.1% of the...
    By ALAN SUDERMAN and JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — As an elite political fundraiser, Imaad Zuberi had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. He lived a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, staying at fine hotels and hosting lawmakers and diplomats at four-star restaurants. Foreign ambassadors turned to Zuberi to get face time in Congress. He was a charming networker and an inveterate namedropper. His Facebook account was filled with pictures of him next to the powerful and famous: having dinner with Hillary Clinton and Robert De Niro and rubbing shoulders with Trump’s then-chief of staff Reince Priebus outside Mar-A-Lago. Zuberi raised huge amounts for Clinton in the 2016 election before becoming a top donor to the Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee. But federal prosecutors say Zuberi’s life was built...
    The Supreme Court on Monday will return and take up another of President Donald Trump’s immigration-related policies as it considers the attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the Census totals when seats in Congress are divvied up between the states next year. It’s the second time in two terms that the justices will take on the 2020 Census, having previously blocked Trump’s attempt to add a citizenship question. If Trump succeeds in the new case, it could mark the first time that the United States excludes undocumented immigrants when it counts individuals so that seats in the US House of Representatives can be apportioned and also will impact the distribution of federal funds. “The 2020 Census is about power and money,” said Thomas Wolf, senior counsel for the Brennan Center. “These numbers will determine how seats in Congress are split up over the next 10 years which...
    The fascinating, hotly contested race for the 25th Congressional District seat wound down to its final moments, with incumbent Republican Mike Garcia holding on to a 405-vote lead over challenger Christy Smith. The latest update came as the L.A. County Registrar/Recorder’s office posted its latest numbers in an ongoing canvass of the election that will end on Monday, when the entire county general election result is expected to be certified. While Democrat Smith’s lead is substantial in the L.A. County portion of District 25, Garcia appears to have won with voters on the Ventura County side. The race, which drew national attention as the parties slugged it out for control of the House of Representatives, is coming to an aptly dramatic final act. The tallies have gone back and forth for days as GOP and Democratic leaders awaited a final number on what is already going to be a much...
    Reuters November 28, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote in a letter to Senate Banking Committee Republicans on Friday that he hopes they will continue to show trust in the Treasury and Federal Reserve to manage coronavirus relief programs. Mnuchin came under fire from President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team and Democrats in Congress over his decision to allow some Federal Reserve coronavirus lending programs to expire. His action limits the ability of Mnuchin’s expected successor, Janet Yellen, to backstop credit markets for mid-size businesses, municipal bond issuers and other borrowers should financial conditions worsen, but frees up some $455 billion in borrowed cash for Congress to re-appropriate for other uses. While Democratic Senator Ron Wyden on Tuesday called the move “economic sabotage” that would tie Biden’s hands, some Republican senators had applauded the move, including Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, who said markets had stabilized,...
    By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama-Biden administration was a charmed era for America's tech companies — a moment when they were lionized as innovators, hailed as job creators and largely left alone. Now Joe Biden is coming back, this time as president. But times have changed. The halcyon days of an adoring Washington are unlikely to return when Biden takes the oath of office in January, with mounting legislative and regulatory challenges to the industry — including stronger enforcement of antitrust laws — nearly certain to outlast the tenure of President Donald Trump. “The techlash is in full force," said Eric Goldman, a law professor at Santa Clara University and co-director of its High Tech Law Institute. In the years since Barack Obama and Biden left the White House, the tech industry's political fortunes have flipped. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have come under scrutiny...
    WASHINGTON – The Obama-Biden administration was a charmed era for America's tech companies — a moment when they were lionized as innovators, hailed as job creators and largely left alone. Now Joe Biden is coming back, this time as president. But times have changed. The halcyon days of an adoring Washington are unlikely to return when Biden takes the oath of office in January, with mounting legislative and regulatory challenges to the industry — including stronger enforcement of antitrust laws — nearly certain to outlast the tenure of President Donald Trump. “The techlash is in full force," said Eric Goldman, a law professor at Santa Clara University and co-director of its High Tech Law Institute. In the years since Barack Obama and Biden left the White House, the tech industry's political fortunes have flipped. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have come under scrutiny from Congress, federal regulators, state attorneys general...
    Almudena Martínez-FornésFOLLOWPedro Ybarra BoresMadrid / Sevilla Updated: 11/24/2020 11:58 AM Save Related news The Queen will preside tomorrow, Wednesday, in Seville the inauguration of the International Tourism Congress, the Tourist Innovation Summit, as announced on Tuesday by the Palacio de La Zarzuela. At first, the King was scheduled to inaugurate this summit on tourism and that Doña Letizia accompany him to the appointment. But nevertheless, Don Felipe had to cancel all his official activity yesterday after learning that a person with whom he had been in contact last Sunday had tested positive for Covid. The King will maintain a ten-day quarantine, as recommended by the health authorities, and has canceled the official events that he had scheduled on his agenda until next December 2. Top-level speakers Tomorrow’s meeting in Seville will be one of the few to be held in person in Spain with...
    The U.S. Capitol building in Washington on Thursday evening, Nov. 19, 2020. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times) The House of Representatives quietly paid $850,000 this year to settle wrongful termination claims by five Pakistani-American technology specialists, after a set of routine workplace allegations against them morphed into fodder for right-wing conspiracy theories amplified by President Donald Trump. Together, the payments represent one of the largest known awards by the House to resolve discrimination or harassment claims, and are designed to shield Congress from potentially costly legal action. But aides involved in the settlement, which has not previously been reported, said it was also an attempt to bring a close to a convoluted saga that led to one of the most durable — and misleading — story lines of the Trump era. The aides said its size reflected a bid to do right by a group of former employees who...
    As the ravages of the novel coronavirus forced millions of people out of work, shuttered businesses and shrank the value of retirement accounts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged to a three-year low. But for Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, the crisis last March signaled something else: a stock buying opportunity. And for the second time in less than two months, Perdue’s timing was impeccable. He avoided a sharp loss and reaped a stunning gain by selling and then buying the same stock: Cardlytics, an Atlanta-based financial technology company on whose board of directors he once served. Read More: Republicans sue to stop Wisconsin vote certification On Jan. 23, as word spread through Congress that the coronavirus posed a major economic and public health threat, Perdue sold off $1 million to $5 million in Cardlytics stock at $86 a share before it plunged, according to congressional disclosures. Weeks later, in March,...
    By BRIAN SLODYSKO and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As the ravages of the novel coronavirus forced millions of people out of work, shuttered businesses and shrank the value of retirement accounts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged to a three-year low. But for Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, the crisis last March signaled something else: a stock buying opportunity. And for the second time in less than two months, Perdue's timing was impeccable. He avoided a sharp loss and reaped a stunning gain by selling and then buying the same stock: Cardlytics, an Atlanta-based financial technology company on whose board of directors he once served. On Jan. 23, as word spread through Congress that the coronavirus posed a major economic and public health threat, Perdue sold off $1 million to $5 million in Cardlytics stock at $86 a share before it plunged, according to congressional disclosures....
    Joe Biden will focus on undoing President Trump’s policies on immigration and climate change during his first 100 days in office, he said Tuesday in his first interview since the Nov. 3 election. The president-elect’s agenda will include sending an immigration bill to Congress and doing away with what he called Trump’s “damaging” executive orders on the environment, which Biden said “eviscerated the [Environmental Protection Agency].” “Some of it is gonna depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from Congress,” Biden told Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News.” Asked about his cabinet picks — all of whom so far have been former senior members of the Obama administration — Biden insisted that “this is not a third Obama term.” The former vice president also indicated that it’s unlikely progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will join his administration, saying pulling someone from Congress “is...
    Rep.-elect Kat Cammack (R-FL) told Breitbart News on Tuesday that her election to the House of Representatives after a period of time in which she was homeless illustrates the American Dream. “Just nine years ago, I was homeless, and only in America can someone go from being homeless to the House of Representatives in less than nine years,” Cammack said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. Cammack continued, “I ended up getting involved [in politics] when in 2011 an Obama era housing program took away our family’s cattle ranch out west, and after being homeless for several months, I made the life decision get involved rather than take over the family business, which had been my plan all along.” Cammack emphasized the power of agency while recalling that she slept in her car while homeless. “I remember so distinctly, thinking I’m never going to be in this position again,”...
    Joe Biden will focus on undoing President Trump’s policies on immigration and climate change during his first 100 days in office, he said Tuesday in his first interview since the Nov. 3 election. The president-elect’s agenda will include sending an immigration bill to Congress and doing away with what he called Trump’s “damaging” executive orders on the environment, which Biden said “eviscerated the [Environmental Protection Agency].” “Some of it is gonna depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from Congress,” Biden told Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News.” Asked about his cabinet picks — all of whom so far have been former senior members of the Obama administration — Biden insisted that “this is not a third Obama term.” The former vice president also indicated that it’s unlikely progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will join his administration, saying pulling someone from Congress “is really...
    Madison Summers November 24, 2020 0 Comments It has been three weeks since Election Day and over two weeks since all major news outlets projected Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election. However, President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election and continued to push unsubstantiated widespread voter fraud claims. Now, a new survey published on Tuesday by Morning Consult is revealing that the majority of Republican voters polled would toss their support behind Donald Trump if he were to run again in 2024. If the 2024 Republican presidential primary were held today, 54% of Republicans said that they would vote for Donald Trump. Meanwhile, 12% of voters said they would support Vice President Mike Pence, while 8% showed support for the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. Four percent of respondents said they would support Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) or former U.S. ambassador to the...
    Kat Cammack, representative-elect for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District, joined the Daily Caller’s Adesola Fasoro to discuss her journey from losing her home to joining the House of Representatives. She also talks about the record-breaking number of GOP women in Congress, the Trump campaign lawsuits and more. Cammack is the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress. “I do believe that government is best when it is small, when it is limited and when the people have transparency and accountability and a voice, and that is how I ended up here in the House of Representatives,” she said. Cammack expressed her thought on the polls leading up to Election Day predicting losses in the House for the GOP. “I think it’s the same thing we saw in 2016, the polls were completely wrong,” she said. (RELATED: ‘They Are Broken’: Robert Cahaly Breaks Down Why He Thinks Polls Were Wrong) Cammack also discussed the...
    (CNN)A political giant is stirring in Peru -- and it isn't the new president. After a raucous two weeks of power plays at the highest levels of government that saw three different men pass through Peru's presidency, thousands of young Peruvians have reinvigorated protest and politics. With the hashtag #TheyMessedWithTheWrongGeneration, they're warning officials in a system plagued by corruption that business as usual will no longer be tolerated. Change came to Peru in an inauspicious way -- with the impeachment of President Martín Vizcarra earlier this month, in relation to allegations of corruption during his time as governor of the Moquegua region. He denied the allegations, but accepted his removal by Congress without a legal fight.On the surface, his removal seemed to be the latest in a long line of downfalls tied to corruption allegations that have tarnished Peru's highest office -- an inglorious tradition that saw several of...
    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s government called fires set by protesters at Congress “terrorist acts” while the Inter-American Human Rights Commission on Sunday condemned what it called an “excessive use of force” by police against demonstrators opposed to a new budget that slashes social spending. Protesters broke into the Congress building and set one office afire on Saturday, and tossed rocks at police. Flames poured out of the building’s neoclassical facade. Police used tear gas and nightsticks to push demonstrators back, attacking not only about 1,000 demonstrators in front of Congress but also a much larger protest in front of the country’s National Palace. Some protesters also damaged bus stations. The commission wrote in its Twitter account that it “condemns the excessive use of force by authorities against demonstrators” but also asked for an investigation into “the acts of vandalism against Congress, after which State agents indiscriminately suppressed the...
    Hundreds of protesters demonstrating against Guatemalan lawmakers' decisions to approve a controversial budget that cut education and health spending broke into the country’s Congress building Saturday, setting part of it on fire. Video on social media showed large flames shooting out of a window in the legislative building in Guatemala City as police used tear gas on protesters. “We are outraged by poverty, injustice, the way they have stolen the public’s money,” Rosa de Chavarria, a psychology professor, told The Associated Press. US PROVIDES $17M IN HUMANITARIAN AID AS HURRICANE IOTA DEATH TOLL RISES Discontent had been building over the 2021 budget on social media and clashes erupted during demonstrations Friday.  Guatemalans were angered because lawmakers approved $65,000 to pay for meals for themselves, but cut funding for coronavirus patients and human rights agencies, among other things. next Image 1 of 5An official photo of former Congress President Eduardo...
    Hundreds of protesters stormed Guatemala’s parliament and burned part of the building amid growing anger over the approval of a controversial budget that would cut education and health care costs.Key points: Citizens angry over budget allocation of large sums for politicians’ food while cutting funding for COVID-19 patients The vice president has called for the president to resign Guatemala Catholic Church weighs in, calls on president to veto controversial budget The incident took place when about 7,000 people gathered in front of the National Palace in Guatemala to protest corruption and the budget, which protesters say was negotiated and secretly passed as the Central American country was distracted by the recession. Hurricane and COVID-19 epidemics. Video on social media showed flames exiting a window in the assembly building. The police fired tear gas at the protesters. “I feel like the future is being stolen from us,” said 20-year-old university...
    By Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Thousands of people on Saturday staged the biggest protest yet against Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, with some setting fire to Congress, fuelled by anger over cuts in the 2021 budget just as the country reels from back to back storms. Waving Guatemalan flags and signs declaring "Giammattei, resign," demonstrators called for Giammattei to veto the budget, which lawmakers approved at dawn last Wednesday even as Hurricane Iota was drenching parts of the Central American country still grappling with the destruction of a prior storm. At 99.7 billion quetzals ($12.9 billion), the budget increased public debt while cutting funding for healthcare, education, human rights and the justice system, outraging people from students to business leaders in a year marked by the economic crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. "Congress allocated more money for their meals and didn't allocate money to the poor people," said Diego...
    Guatemala’s Antigua – Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the Guatemalan capital on Saturday to set fire to the country’s congressional building in protest of a budget bill passed this week. This has reduced funding for health and education. Demonstrations in Guatemala City, including peaceful demonstrations in the central plaza, further restored a nation Back-to-back hurricanes That Thousands of people were displaced, Destroyed houses and Destroyed important infrastructure. As heavy rains caused by a second storm hit impoverished cities in the mountains and coastal areas of Guatemala on Wednesday, the country’s Congress passed a budget to cut spending on education and health in support of increasing legislature subsidies. The bill proposed funding to combat malnutrition and cut funding for the judiciary, sparking immediate outrage and protests across the country. A group of protesters kicked and set fire to the windows of the Congress building, which sent flames from...
    Apple, the $2 trillion tech company, has lobbied Congress to soften the language in a bill aimed at preventing American companies from relying on forced labor in China for its products, according to a report from The Washington Post. Two congressional staffers told The Post that lobbyists with the firm Fierce Government Solutions have sought to water down the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 403-6 in September, aims to ensure that American apparel and tech companies are not relying on forced labor of Muslim Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province. The Chinese government is suspected of holding more than 1 million Uighurs in detention camps in Xinjiang, which is a heavy producer of cotton products and computer parts. The Post’s congressional sources, who are not named, said several other companies in addition to Apple are trying to soften the language in...
    Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Saugus, has declared victory in the roller-coaster race against Christy Smith in the race for the 25th Congressional District — a declaration that brought a strong rebuke from Smith that it was “dangerous to the democratic process” with votes still being counted. “After a long, tough fight, I am proud to earn the privilege of serving CA-25 for another two years,” said Garcia late Friday in a statement. “With only a few remaining ballots to be counted, victory is clear.” Garcia widened his lead as the race for the northern Los Angeles  seat wound down to its final days, according to updated results posted Friday, Nov. 20, by the California Secretary of State’s Office. My statement on election results: pic.twitter.com/qehimJtler — Mike Garcia (@MikeGarcia2020) November 21, 2020 Smith, a Democrat, trailed the incumbent by 446 votes as of Friday afternoon. Garcia extended his lead as the...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested the Federal Reserve return almost half a trillion dollars in unused funds and eliminate five emergency COVID-19 relief facilities established under the CARES Act. He asked that excess funds established by the act be given back so Congress could "re-appropriate" them. “I am requesting that the Federal Reserve return the unused funds to the Treasury," Mnuchin wrote in a letter sent to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday. "This will allow Congress to re-appropriate $455 billion, consisting of $429 billion in excess Treasury funds for the Federal Reserve facilities and $26 billion in unused Treasury direct loan funds." The money was included in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act that steadied markets at a time of unprecedented restrictions placed on travel and business by state and federal governments. The five facilities requested to be shuttered by Mnuchin are the Primary Market Corporate Credit...
    UC Berkeley removed the names of racist figures from two of its buildings Chavez, Soros and My Cousin Vinny: Giulianis wild vote fraud presser Treasury Seeks Unused Funds From Fed in Clash With Central Bank (Bloomberg) -- The Trump administration and Federal Reserve publicly disagreed Thursday over whether to extend the central bank’s emergency pandemic lending programs, with the Fed objecting to the Treasury Department’s move toward ending several facilities. Load Error Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a letter to Fed Chair Jerome Powell, sought a 90-day extension for four of the central bank’s emergency lending programs, while requesting five other programs expire on schedule on Dec. 31 and the Fed return $455 billion to the Treasury so Congress can spend the money elsewhere. The Fed responded in a short statement that it “would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue...
    For Rep. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarNominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last Democrats nominate Pelosi to keep Speakership Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election MORE, the second time was a charm. The California Democrat on Thursday won the race to become vice chair of the party's caucus in the next Congress, defeating Rep. Robin KellyRobin Lynne KellyLawmakers push for improved diabetes care through tech advancements Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities Nominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last MORE (D-Ill.) for the No. 6 leadership slot. Aguilar, 41, will replace Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkNominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats Democrats nominate Pelosi to keep Speakership MORE, a Massachusetts Democrat who had defeated Aguilar for the vice chair spot in 2018. Clark vacated the...
    Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia's new 14th District congresswoman, arrived in Washington for freshman orientation immediately taking on mask mandates and coronavirus shutdowns in a preview of how the outspoken conservative Republican won't shy away from a fight.  Greene, a small business owner and first-time politician, called out the mask requirements at the nation's Capitol, the closure of the hotel gym and COVID-19 restrictions during the transition for new members of Congress -- slamming "Democrat tyrannical control." The rules were in sharp contrast to the openness of her Rome, Ga., hometown where her family can regularly go to the gym, school, play sports and shop -- all maskless, she said.  As a new member of Congress, Greene said she will fight against any effort to require masks, mandate a vaccine or urge more lockdowns. She believes in personal choice and says the restrictions are hurting too many people economically and psychologically.  DR. RONNY JACKSON, NEW TEXAS CONGRESSMAN, SAYS JOE...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Republicans are emboldened by GOP election wins that will shrink the Democratic majority to as little as a handful of votes and put him within striking distance of the speaker’s gavel after the 2022 midterm elections. McCarthy, 55, has come a long way since 2015, when he abruptly abandoned his bid for speaker, stepping aside for Paul Ryan after Republicans failed to rally behind him ahead of a closed-door vote. On Tuesday, McCarthy, a California Republican, was elected minority leader for a second term without a single vote of opposition after stunning GOP election wins that so far have claimed 11 House seats held by Democrats and several outstanding races favoring the GOP. Ryan retired from Congress just as the GOP lost the majority in 2018, leaving McCarthy to rebuild with a smaller and morally deflated conference. “I think it only...
    The most senior Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees have demanded congressional investigations into alleged ‘errors and misconduct’ linked to the 2020 presidential election. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, want Congress to hold hearings ‘immediately.’ The demand was first reported by Fox News. Jordan and Comer jointly penned a letter to the chairpersons of their respective committees - Democrats Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney - urging them to ‘examine the integrity of the 2020 election’ in light of claims by the Trump campaign of ‘irregularities’ and ‘improprieties.’ House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (left), a Republican from Ohio, and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (right), a Republican from Kentucky, want Congress to hold hearings ‘immediately’ over 'irregularities' and 'improprieties' related to the November 3 election...
    Fox News’ Laura Ingraham has gone after and mocked Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a number of times, but on Wednesday night, she said Republicans should find common cause with her on some issues. Ingraham recalled previous commentary she made about how Republicans shouldn’t write Ocasio-Cortez off and added, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had enormous influence on her party. As a freshman Democrat, her coalition helped pull Joe Biden and her colleagues to the left on key issues, such as the Green New Deal, health care, and impeachment.” And Ingraham went on to propose an alliance between Republicans and Ocasio-Cortez to find common ground against “corporatist Dems.” “With Joe Biden waiting in the wings poised to announce major changes to U.S. Trade and foreign policy, AOC faces some difficult choices,” Ingraham said. “How can she, who has always claimed to be a cruciate or for the working class… support the policies favored...
    (Reuters) - The chief executives of the largest U.S. airlines made a fresh plea for Congress to pass a new round of federal payroll aid this year to meet the logistical challenges of distributing a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a letter to Congressional leaders sent on Wednesday. The letter, seen by Reuters, was sent by the main industry lobby Airlines for America and signed by the heads of the top seven U.S. airlines. (Reporting by Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson; Editing by Jacqueline Wongovr) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: coronavirus
    FEARS of a government shutdown loom as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Wednesday that he "can't guarantee" lawmakers will avoid a stalemate in December. Congress and the Trump administration have just weeks to approve a dozen spending bills to prevent a federal government shutdown on December 11 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 9White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Wednesday he 'can't guarantee' there won't be a government shutdownCredit: EPA Though he didn't completely rule out a shutdown, Meadows said Democrats and Republicans are trying to come to an agreement to fund government agencies and keep them open. "Obviously we want to keep the government funded," Meadows told reporters in Washington DC. "It's a high priority to make sure we keep our government funded." The negotiations between Congress and the Trump administration are ongoing as both parties remain fiercely at odds over funding for...
    New York Democratic congressional candidate Jackie Gordon conceded Wednesday afternoon to Republican candidate Andrew Garbarino. Garbarino released a statement after Gordon called him saying: “Jackie Gordon has just called me to concede and offer her congratulations. I look forward to getting to work.” Republicans will hold on to the seat which was vacated by former Republican New York Rep. Peter King. Thank you New York’s Second Congressional District. pic.twitter.com/n97fqeJA6Q — Jackie Gordon (@VoteJackie4NY) November 18, 2020 The Daily Caller released a report on Gordon which included military records that show she was subject to two investigations during her time in the U.S. Army, resulting in two separate recommendations that she be relieved of command, one of which was acted upon in Afghanistan. “Sometimes you do right by your soldiers and things still happen. It’s complicated. It was a complicated situation,” Gordon said when asked about the report in a...
    (CNN)Peru swore in its third president in just over a week on Tuesday, after the nation's unstable political system crumbled spectacularly.Francisco Sagasti became the fourth Peruvian president in less than five years after Congress voted to oust popular ex-president Martin Vizcarra and Vizcarra's replacement, Manuel Merino, resigned.Sagasti will now have five months in office to steady the ship ahead of presidential elections in April 2021 amid a deadly pandemic and a public discontented with its bickering political class. Here's what you need to know. Manuel Merino was interim president for just five days.How Peru lost its last elected presidentThe current crisis is the culmination of four years of wrangling between multiple Peruvian presidents and the opposition-controlled Congress says Denisse Rodriguez-Olivari, a Peruvian political scientist at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.Read MoreCongress had put forward a huge number of motions against presidents and ministers, designed to stop the government from enacting...
    Michael Cembalest, the chairman of market and investment Strategy for J.P. Morgan Asset Management A top investment guru at J.P. Morgan has warned of a 'nightmare scenario for markets' if President Donald Trump were successful in his longshot attempts to overturn the results of the election. In a note to investors on Wednesday, Michael Cembalest, the chairman of market and investment strategy for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, warned of 'the remote risk of an American Horror Story.' Though the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an all-time high this week on news of effective coronavirus vaccines, Cembalest warned that undermining the rule of law through 'electoral illegitimacy' would send stock markets into turmoil. 'A modest decline in the rule of law...could result in a de-rating of US equities,' he wrote. Cembalest laid out a number of complex scenarios in which state governments might submit competing slates of electors to Congress,...
    EMBATTLED Nancy Pelosi was reelected as Democrat House leader in a virtual vote despite Dems supposedly trying to oust her. The news comes after the Democratic Party failed to expand their majority during the November 3 election, some said they wouldn't be supporting Pelosi as House Speaker. But Pelosi managed to retain her position for another two years after the news was confirmed on the House Democrats' Twitter account. It read: "Congratulations to. @SpeakerPelosi, once again elected by House Democrats to be our fearless leader and nominee for Speaker of the House for the 117th Congress! #DownWithNDP #ForThePeople." But full House floor vote for the speakership won't be happening until the new Congress is sworn in.  More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories,...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was re-elected as the leader of the Democrats on Wednesday.  The Democratic caucus held virtual elections due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.  Pelosi ran unopposed.  She'll need to secure a majority on the House floor after the new Congress is sworn-in in January to make her speakership official.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi secured Democratic backing Wednesday to continue her tenure as speaker during the next Congress, which starts in January Pelosi, photographed Friday on Capitol Hill, will need a floor vote in January to fully become speaker, but it's expected to be anticlimactic as Democrats hold a majority in the House Democrats hold a majority, and so that vote is expected to be anticlimactic. She'll address reporters later Wednesday on Capitol Hill.  This will be her fourth term serving as speaker of the House.  She made history in 2007, becoming the country's first female speaker,...
    Ashley Hinson, a multitasking, minivan-driving mom, flipped a blue seat red in Iowa by campaigning on kitchen table issues and pledging to be a taxpayer advocate in Congress. The former morning TV news anchor and two-term Iowa state representative beat Rep. Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer on Nov. 3 and joins the large class of new GOP female members. "I campaigned on giving taxpayers a seat at the table and providing as much transparency as possible in government," said Hinson, who has also pledged to explain her votes on her website and schedule weekly press availability.  CONGRESSWOMAN-ELECT HINSON SAYS SHE WON HOUSE SEAT BY BEING 'EVERYDAY IOWAN' WITH MINIVAN, MORTGAGE She put more than 60,000 miles on her minivan campaigning throughout the 1st Congressional District talking with constituents in diners and living rooms about affordability problems with health care and more. Now she wants to ensure the stories are heard in Washington.  "I'm a storyteller by...
    Incoming Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., looked to her fellow women in Congress for advice on budget-friendly attire for her new position on the Hill.  Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist who beat out longtime incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay in the high-profile Democratic primary in Missouri's 1st Congressional District, took to Twitter, revealing that the overhead costs of running a campaign, winning, and then starting a new position in Congress can be draining financially.  GOP REP.-ELECT ASHLEY HINSON TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS, WILL PARTICIPATE IN FRESHMAN ORIENTATION REMOTELY "Most members of Congress aren’t working class. So when a regular person like me runs, it’s hard to handle everything from how much it costs to run, down to the clothes I’ll need to wear at work," she wrote on Twitter.  "But we make it work. Here's a sneak peak of a few of my thrift fits," she said posting several videos of herself modeling her thrift...
    Leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement plan to push the incoming Biden administration to immediately end cash bail and grant amnesty to any protesters targeted by the National Guard under President Trump, according to a report. But first, the leaders told Politico, they plan to showcase their electoral reach by barnstorming the state of Georgia to get out the vote ahead of the two Senate run-offs in January, which will decide which party holds the upper house of Congress. “The ballot is actually an essential tool to our movement. We are both marching and protesting. And we are going to the voting booth. Those are multiple tools in our toolbox to change our system,” Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, told the outlet. While Black Lives Matter is known as a protest movement to combat racial injustice, the effort has gained steam over the past...
    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvians returned to their daily lives Tuesday as the South American nation prepared to swear in its third president in a week. Many were hoping Francisco Sagasti will be the charm. “In my 63 years I’ve never seen a good president,” said Victor Mezzarina, who works in downtown Lima exchanging the Peruvian currency, the sol, for dollars. “I hope this one is different.” The nation is emerging from its worst constitutional crisis in two decades. A decision by Congress to oust popular ex-President Martín Vizcarra last week sparked widespread protests. His successor — a little known politician and rice farmer — lasted just six days in office. But there was hope Sagasti will steer Peru back on course. The 76-year-old centrist lawmaker spent the initial hours after being voted in as head of Congress Monday visiting hospitals where injured protesters were recovering and promising to do...
    By FRANKLIN BRICEÑO, Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvians returned to their daily lives Tuesday as the South American nation prepared to swear in its third president in a week. Many were hoping Francisco Sagasti will be the charm. “In my 63 years I’ve never seen a good president,” said Victor Mezzarina, who works in downtown Lima exchanging the Peruvian currency, the sol, for dollars. “I hope this one is different.” The nation is emerging from its worst constitutional crisis in two decades. A decision by Congress to oust popular ex-President Martín Vizcarra last week sparked widespread protests. His successor — a little known politician and rice farmer — lasted just six days in office. But there was hope Sagasti will steer Peru back on course. The 76-year-old centrist lawmaker spent the initial hours after being voted in as head of Congress Monday visiting hospitals where injured protesters were...
    LIMA – Peruvians returned to their daily lives Tuesday as the South American nation prepared to swear in its third president in a week. Many were hoping Francisco Sagasti will be the charm. “In my 63 years I’ve never seen a good president,” said Victor Mezzarina, who works in downtown Lima exchanging the Peruvian currency, the sol, for dollars. “I hope this one is different.” The nation is emerging from its worst constitutional crisis in two decades. A decision by Congress to oust popular ex-President Martín Vizcarra last week sparked widespread protests. His successor — a little known politician and rice farmer — lasted just six days in office. But there was hope Sagasti will steer Peru back on course. The 76-year-old centrist lawmaker spent the initial hours after being voted in as head of Congress Monday visiting hospitals where injured protesters were recovering and promising to do everything in...
    **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**On the roster: GOP sound alarm in Georgia ahead of Senate runoffs - Biden announces first round of senior staff - Giuliani files to be front and center of Pa. lawsuit - Congress remains gridlocked by virus politics - Forgot to check the oxygen tank GOP SOUND ALARM IN GEORGIA AHEAD OF SENATE RUNOFFSWaPo: “Republican leaders are increasingly alarmed about the party’s ability to stave off Democratic challengers in Georgia’s two Senate runoff elections — and they privately described President Trump on a recent conference call as a political burden who despite his false claims of victory was the likely loser of the 2020 election. Those blunt assessments, which capture a Republican Party in turmoil as Trump refuses to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, were made on a Nov. 10 call with donors hosted by the National Republican Senatorial...
    Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondRep. Cedric Richmond to join Biden administration Biden co-chair says wins in traditionally red states 'will give him some coattails and some leverage' with Congress Democrats accuse Kushner of 'casual racism' over comments about Black Americans MORE (D-La.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTucker Carlson assures viewers his show 'not going anywhere' following presidential election Trump senior advisers dissuaded president from military strike on Iran: report Senators clash on the floor over wearing masks: 'I don't need your instruction' MORE should facilitate a “full-fledged transition” between his administration and the incoming one of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTucker Carlson assures viewers his show 'not going anywhere' following presidential election Trump senior advisers dissuaded president from military strike on Iran: report Senators clash on the floor over wearing masks: 'I don't need your instruction' MORE. Specifically, Richmond said that Biden’s incoming administration, of which the 47-year-old congressman will...
    Madison Summers November 17, 2020 0 Comments Two pharmaceutical companies have recently announced that their early data in a coronavirus vaccine trial has shown more than 90% efficacy in preventing COVID-19. Americans have previously shown skepticism to receiving a vaccine once it is made available. Now, a Republican senator is sharing a recent decision he made in an effort to boost Americans’ confidence. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), 64, shared with Politico that he participated in Johnson & Johnson’s late-stage trial of a COVID-19 vaccine about two weeks ago. “My hope is that people will stop criticizing the best scientists in the world who are at the FDA — who by the way are following the science — and instead encourage people to step up and be involved in these trials and to get vaccinated,” the Ohio lawmaker told the outlet. This marks the first time a member of Congress...
    Rep. Cedric Richmond is joining the Biden administration as a senior adviser to President-elect Joe Biden in the White House Office of Public Engagement, leaving his seat in the House of Representatives, it was announced Tuesday. The move comes after Richmond, D-La., served as national co-chairman of the Biden-Harris campaign. He currently is serving as a co-chair of the Biden-Harris transition team. BIDEN STARTS STAFFING UP WITH SENOR WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENTS "The future has a habit of arriving unannounced, and I am here to announce the hardest decision of my life,” Richmond said Tuesday. “Before Jan. 20, I will resign my seat in the United State Congress and take a position in the Biden-Harris administration.” Richmond has represented Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District since 2011, serving on the House Ways and Means, Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees, and as the Democratic assistant to the majority whip. Richmond was also a member...
    HYDE PARK — Four decades of Chicago’s contributions to classical music history, painstakingly recorded and archived by a Hyde Park husband and wife, will be preserved and catalogued by the Library of Congress. The Richard and Judith Mintel Archive of Recordings contains nearly 350 hours of classical music recorded from 1974-2014, of which samples are available online. The full digital archive contains nearly 250 gigabytes of data, while the physical archive consists of about 275 CDs. The collection arrived Nov. 6 at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia, and it will be processed and preserved in coming months. A copy of the archive was donated to Northwestern University in fall 2017, where CDs featuring the recordings can be listened to on-site or checked out at the Beinen School of Music Library. Another copy was made and donated to Chicago’s fine arts radio station WFMT in September 2019....
    Washington (CNN)Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond is expected to join President-elect Joe Biden's White House staff in a senior role, departing the New Orleans-area House of Representatives seat he has held since 2011, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. Richmond, the 47-year-old former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was a co-chair of Biden's presidential campaign and a close ally during the 2020 race. Biden Transition People of color make up nearly half of Biden transition team Seven Trump health care measures that Biden will likely overturn Fauci: 'It would be better' if government health officials could start working with incoming Biden-Harris administration MAP: Full election results Richmond is set to hold a news conference on Tuesday morning in New Orleans. CNN previously reported Richmond was thought to be under consideration for several roles in the West Wing.South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, the influential congressman whose endorsement helped Biden...
    Rep. Ben McAdams conceded to former NFL player Burgess Owens on Monday, putting to an end a close House race for Utah's Fourth Congressional District. McAdams, 45, left a voicemail congratulating the Republican after returning to Washington, D.C., according to the Deseret News. "I have done my best," McAdams said during his concession speech that followed, adding that he was "very proud of (his) service." While acknowledging their political differences, the Democrat assured his supporters that "we both love our country." The Associated Press called the race on Monday evening for Owens, nearly two weeks after Election Day, with the process drawn out with mail-in votes being counted. In recent days, Owens had been leading by more than 2,000 votes, and prominent Republicans, including President Trump, congratulated him on an early victory before the race had been called by any major media outlet. Only Breibart previously projected Owens as the...
    Manuel Merino, who became president of Peru on Tuesday, resigned on Sunday after nationwide protests erupted against his rule, killing at least two people. Merino, who served as president of the Congress before being sworn into the presidency last week, took over after Congress ousted his predecessor Martín Vizcarra for the second time in as many years. Vizcarra took office in 2018 after Congress ousted his predecessor Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Vizcarra is a centrist, technocratic independent who came to power under Kuczynski, who won a narrow victory against conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori in 2016. Merino is a member of the progressive Popular Action party. The Peruvian constitution allows for Congress to vote to remove a president, without an impeachment trial, if lawmakers find that he is “morally” or physically incapable of holding the office. When Congress removes the president, the first vice president typically takes over, followed by the second...
    By Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) - Peru awoke on Monday morning still searching for a new head of state after lawmakers failed overnight to name what would be the third president in a week. Interim leader Manuel Merino resigned on Sunday, after the ouster last week of his predecessor, centrist Martin Vizcarra, had sparked off protests and dragged the country into a constitutional crisis. Congress is now seeking a replacement to helm the country towards elections for April next year. Lawmakers failed in a midnight vote to select the only name then put forward, Rocío Silva-Santisteban, a leftist human rights defender. The country's fragmented and unpopular legislature will vote again on Monday at 2 pm (1900 GMT) when another name will be on the list: lawmaker Francisco Sagasti, a 76-year-old industrial engineer and former World Bank official. The political upheaval adds to the uncertainty facing Peru, the world's no. 2...
    Entertainment : The Armed Forces announced that they are on the side of the people The Armed Forces of Peru announced this Sunday that they put “all their means and capacities in the defense of the people” after the harsh police repression on Saturday of the massive protests, which left two dead, dozens injured and missing and led today to the resignation of interim president Manuel Merino. “The Armed Forces will use all their means and capabilities in the defense of their people and the rule of law, based on the fundamental principles of freedom and democracy”, emphasized the joint command in a statement. The pronouncement was known while Congressman Manuel Merino announced in a message to the Nation his resignation from the Peruvian Presidency, which he assumed last Tuesday after the removal of Martín Vizcarra from the Head of State. The military...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested that Republicans may “run the floor” in the House of Representatives because of slimmer margins and Democratic Party infighting. The 2020 election cycle has seen Republicans go from 197 House seats to 209 and counting, with five races currently undecided. McCarthy told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro during a Saturday night “Justice with Jeanine” segment that the slimmer margins for Democrats could have ramifications beyond simply whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi keeps her post. WATCH: “We’ll have leadership races next week, and you’ll hear that she’ll win the leadership race,” McCarthy said of Pelosi. “But that does not make her speaker. You have to have 218 votes on the floor. Last Congress, 15 Democrats voted against her. Ten of those Democrats are coming back to Congress. If 10 Democrats vote against her, she will not be speaker.” The California congressman went on to...
    LIMA (AP) – Peru was plunged into its worst political crisis in two decades on Sunday amid pressures demanding the resignation of President Manuel Merino after the resignation of many members of his ministerial cabinet and after massive protests that left two dead and almost 100 injured. At least 13 of 19 ministers in Merino’s cabinet resigned and the president of Congress was in emergency session with the party spokesmen’s board to discuss a possible resignation of the president. Social security confirmed two deaths from “firearm projectiles.” Jack Pintado, 22, received 11 hits to the skull, face, chest and genitals, while Jordan Sotelo, 24, four chest injuries “at the level of the heart,” it was reported. The Health Ministry added that 94 were injured, including 63 hospitalized, several with multiple injuries, inhalation of tear gas and gunshot wounds. But Mar Pérez, a lawyer for the renowned...
    By text, by phone and by social media, they trumpeted the news from California to Asia: Late Friday, Young Kim had joined her “sister” Michelle Steel in making history as two of the first three Korean American women ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In winning two hotly contested Southern California districts, Kim and Steel helped Republicans push back against the blue wave that resulted in Democrats gaining all seven Orange County congressional seats in the 2018 midterms. The two Orange County Republicans will be sworn into office in January alongside a third Korean American congresswoman-elect, Marilyn Strickland, a Democrat from western Washington state. Apart from politics, many Korean Americans said it was a moment to savor. “How cool is this?” said Ellen Ahn, executive director of the nonprofit Korean Community Services, the largest Korean American social services agency in Orange County. “It’s amazing that women are making...