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    Boris Johnson A new Cabinet committee tasked with saving the Union will meet for the first time next week, as Boris Johnson draws up new plans to combat the growing momentum for Scottish independence. Senior Government sources have confirmed the Prime Minister will chair the committee, which will shape the strategy for preventing the breakup of the UK. They also signalled that he is considering how new post-Brexit spending powers could allow the UK Government to intervene in areas that are devolved and controlled by the SNP administration. The new Union Strategy (S) committee will complement an existing policy committee, and will be attended by Mr Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and the secretaries of state for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Lord Frost, who was last week promoted to the Cabinet to take charge of the UK’s future relations with the European Union, will also attend. The two committees...
    New York : President Joe Biden could sign the aid package before March 14. Photo: SAUL LOEB / . After a long session, this Monday Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, chaired by the Democrat John yarmuth (Kentucky), approved with 19 votes the stimulus package of $ 1.9 billion, which now awaits its endorsement in plenary session if it advances in the Rules Committee. “We have spent more than 100 total hours of debate in the House on this COVID relief package,” said the Yarmuth. “We have heard some good arguments, but there has also been a lot of misinformation and partisan turn … Today’s committee work brings us much closer to providing the American people with the help they desperately need.” Added that the package must pass the Rules Committee, in order to check that the document complies with the Budget Reconciliation guidelines,...
    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature’s budget committee on Monday approved $175 million for emergency rental assistance stemming from people struggling to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted 16-4 to approve the money that also requires approval in both the House and Senate, plus Republican Gov. Brad Little's signature. The money is part of the $900 million the state received under President Donald Trump's $1.4 trillion coronavirus rescue money signed into law in December. President Joe Biden last month extended a nationwide eviction ban that started in March 2020 to the end of March 2021. The federal eviction moratorium is intended ensure that people could stay in their homes even if they cannot afford their monthly bills. It’s part of an overall plan to reduce the spread of the coronavirus by preventing people from falling into homelessness. The rental...
    JUST 20,000 eco-vouchers have been dished out to homeowners to help make their homes greener and more energy-efficient, damning new figures have revealed. MPs blasted the "snails pace" rollout and warned it would take ten YEARS to meet ministers' targets of improving 600,000 households. 3A grants scheme to make 600,000 homes greener is moving at a 'snail’s pace', ministers warnCredit: Getty - Contributor The green measures aim to help climate costs and drive down energy bills. Brits can apply for up to £5,000 in Government help through the voucher scheme to install extra insulation, eco-friendly boilers, or even draft-proofing and double glazing. Just 150 have been dished out every day so far, Business Minister Lord Callanan revealed in letters to the Environmental Audit Committee. Ministers will launch a £6.9million skills competition in September to rally up support for the measures, but MPs fear it will be too late ahead...
    The Biden White House, top officials say, is going to make filling judicial vacancies a top priority. Hallelujah. While a key reason Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell had so many vacancies to fill was the essential blockade Republican senators put on President Obama's nominations, a significant factor was that administration's lack of prioritization of judges in the first term. That's not going to happen this time. "People are approaching this with a different sense of urgency," Senior White House Counsel Paige Herwig told The Washington Post. Herwig is a former Senate staffer who also served as associate counsel to Obama and is now leading Biden's effort. "And they understand. They saw what the Trump administration did for four years." Those opportunities are coming fast and furious as judges who've been ready to retire but didn't want to let Trump fill their seats are either stepping down or taking "senior...
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Volunteers are repairing the bullet holes someone fired into the Montgomery County Democratic Committee Office in Norristown. The shooting happened last week. No one was in the building at the time. Members of District Council 21 from the Philadelphia Building Trades are making the repairs. The shooting follows a threat sent to the committee earlier this month. “We knew what we had to come out and help,” said Ed Paley of District Council 21. “We live, we work in this community. We’re out here just trying to help out. We have local 98s with us. We’re just trying to do the right thing.” Authorities continue to investigate the shooting. MORE FROM CBSPHILLY.COM Police: Teen Shot, Killed In Vacant Lot In West Philadelphia Reports: Duce Staley Lands Coaching Job With Detroit Lions After Asking Philadelphia Eagles For Release Philadelphia Working To Find Other Partners To Administer COVID-19...
    Lawyer David Boies, the longtime “fixer” for convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein, reportedly donated thousands to help Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Georgia Senate races. Federal Election Commission records show that Boies donated nearly $6,000 to the Georgia Federal Elections Committee, a group aiming to flip Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats blue, as first reported by Inside Sources. Boies has donated to a number of Democratic committees, campaigns, and state parties, and records show his law partner Jonathan Schiller gave $10,000 to the Ossoff-Warnock Victory Fund in mid-November 2020. (RELATED: Facebook Shuts Down Ad Account For Republican Fundraising Committee 4 Days Before Georgia Runoffs)
    The New York Times does not appear to have covered a story detailing Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell’s contacts with an alleged Chinese spy. Christine Fang, the suspected spy, became close with Swalwell and even participated in his 2014 reelection campaign, according to a Dec. 7 report published by Axios. Fang, who is also accused of having an affair with at least two U.S. mayors, did not donate money and there isn’t evidence of illegal contributions. Fang reportedly planted an intern in Swalwell’s congressional office, according to the report. Swalwell was informed of Fang’s suspected ties in 2015 by the FBI via a “defensive briefing,” cut ties with the alleged spy and has not been implicated in any wrongdoing. The NYT is not the only outlet that has avoided reporting that a suspected Chinese spy was able to get close to multiple politicians. The Washington Post wrote articles about the news as...
    Gov. Janet Mills' hand-picked economic development committee is calling for more federal aid as the state wrestles with the economic impact of the coronavirus. The Economic Recovery Committee, which was created by Mills in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, issued its final report on Tuesday, which laid out a series of recommendations for sustaining the state's economy and urged action on another federal pandemic stimulus package. The committee said additional federal relief is crucial to the state's long-term recovery. "Without federal stimulus to support businesses and nonprofits, expand benefits for unemployed workers, and provide relief funds for the state, our bridge to the future will stop at a pier,” the committee wrote. “At the end of it are businesses and nonprofits, arts and cultural institutions, state and local governments, families and individuals facing impossible decisions ahead." Mills has used the committee's work to plot spending decisions. A...
    The City of Denver is speeding up its Elevate Denver bond program to help accelerate recovery from the COVID-19-induced economic downturn. "Now more than ever, people in our community need access to good-paying jobs, so we’re deploying the same job-creating tools used to bring us out of past recessions by accelerating the Elevate Denver Bond Program to help rebuild our local economy, get people back to work and make neighborhood improvements sooner," Mayor Michael Hancock says in a statement about the move, which echoes one made over a decade ago. On October 13, a Denver City Council committee approved a new debt issuance of about $170 million that will go toward infrastructure projects funded by the Elevate Denver bond program, authorized by a ballot initiative passed by Denver voters in 2017. The city had originally planned on issuing $77 million in bonds, then decided to go bigger, faster.Related Stories Mayor Hancock...
    Washington — Top administration health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control director Robert Redfield, are testifying before the Senate on Wednesday to discuss the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The hearing comes the day after the U.S. passed the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Redfield and Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will be joined by Assistant Secretary For Health Dr. Brett Giroir and Dr. Stephen Hahn, the director of the Food and Drug Administration, in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). How to watch the Senate HELP committee hearing: What: Anthony Fauci, Robert Redfield, Brett Giroir and Stephen Hahn testify before the Senate HELP Committee. Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Time: 10 a.m. ET Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. ...
    A group of Republicans on the panel submitted "additional views" to the report saying that it should state more explicitly that Trump’s campaign did not coordinate with Russia. But Democrats on the panel submitted their own views, arguing that the report clearly shows such cooperation. Former special counsel Robert Mueller concluded in a report issued last year that Russia interfered in the election through hacking and a covert social media campaign and that the Trump campaign embraced the help and expected to benefit from it. But Mueller did not charge any Trump associates with conspiring with Russians. The Senate investigation also delved into areas of great interest to Trump that were not explored by Mueller. Those include the FBI's reliance on a dossier of opposition research compiled by a former British spy whose work was financed by Democrats. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the committee's acting chairman, said in a...
    Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is taking heat from Democrats for saying his investigation into the conduct of intelligence agencies under the Obama administration would help President Trump win reelection in November. "Ron Johnson just explicitly admitted that he is diverting the resources of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee away from oversight of the failing coronavirus response so that he can instead weaponize taxpayer money to, in his own words, 'help Donald Trump win re-election,'" Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden campaign's Rapid Response Director Andrew Bates told Fox News. JOHNSON SAYS SUBPOENAS 'FORTHCOMING' IN RUSSIA PROBE, DESPITE PRIOR PUSHBACK FROM COLLEAGUES  Bates was responding to comments made in a radio interview by Johnson on Tuesday about the Senate Homeland Security Committee's investigation into the Russia investigation. "The more that we expose of the corruption of the transition process between Obama and Trump, the more we expose of the corruption within...
    By SARA CLINE, Associated Press/Report for America Oregon lawmakers cut hundreds of millions of dollars from state agencies and tapped emergency reserves to help plug a $1 billion budget deficit due to COVID-19 shutdowns and also further restricted police choke holds during a testy, day-long special session. Some leading lawmakers had hoped to focus the special session, which began Monday and adjourned after 11 p.m., only on spending matters. The Legislature had been tasked with filling a $1.2 billion budget hole. Lawmakers cut roughly $400 million across state agencies and used about $400 million in emergency funds from the Education Stability Fund to help repair the budget. The total adopted state budget for the 2019-21 biennium is nearly $86 billion, about a 10% increase from the 2017-19 legislatively approved budget. A measure further restricting the use of choke holds by police also passed the Oregon Legislature by wide margins Monday...
    Top House Democrats wrote a letter to the inspectors general of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security last weekend decrying the use of federal forces during the protests and calling for an investigation. The letter, signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, condemned “the use of federal law enforcement agencies by the Attorney General and the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security to suppress First Amendment protected activities in Washington, D.C., Portland, and other communities across the United States,” according to the Associated Press. The Democrats called for an investigation into the use of federal forces, calling it “a matter of utmost urgency.” (RELATED: ‘We All Should Be Patriotic’: Veteran Hangs American Flags At Portland Courthouse) Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti. These...
    Minnesota lawmakers in the House are on their way to passing a bill to help small businesses rebuild after the recent civil unrest, but it may hit a wall in the Republican-controlled Senate. At a Friday hearing, the House’s Democratic-controlled Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division passed a measure to establish a loan and grant program to help rebuild small businesses damaged or destroyed in the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd on May 25. The bill specifically designates some dollars to go to neighborhoods in the Twin Cities that saw the most damage. Democrats at Friday’s hearing said the assistance is crucial for the survival of small businesses, particularly those in minority neighborhoods, such as on St. Paul’s University Avenue and Minneapolis’ Lake Street. Without help, those businesses — and later on, residents of those neighborhoods — could be pushed out through the process of gentrification, they...
              Trans women of color and formerly incarcerated individuals in Nashville, among other groups, must help city officials monitor members of the Metro Nashville Police Department, said members of the city’s Community Oversight Board. COB members said this in a letter they sent to Mayor John Cooper this week. Cooper invited members of the COB to serve on a Use of Force Committee. COB members accepted. Members of the COB said they “strongly recommend” that the following groups of people, among others, participate: • Immigrants • Homeless people • LGBTQ (with a specific focus on Trans women of color) • Senior citizens • Faith leaders • Formerly incarcerated individuals • Racially-diverse Nashville natives. “We strongly believe the addition of these community groups is indispensable to the success of this Committee and will be of great value to the team. We also feel it necessary...
    (CNN)The Senate will incorporate the annual intelligence policy legislation into the National Defense Authorization Act -- but only after stripping language from the intelligence bill that would have required presidential campaigns to report offers of foreign election help.Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that Senate Republicans forced the removal of the election reporting provision as a condition to include the intelligence bill on the must-pass defense policy legislation.Earlier this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved an amendment on an 8-7 vote from Warner and GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, which added a provision to the Intelligence Authorization Act requiring campaigns to notify federal authorities about offers of foreign election help.That bill, however, was unlikely to get Senate floor time on its own, which is why it's being included in the National Defense Authorization Act. The effort to strip the foreign...
    Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - NYC marathon canceled GOP warns against ramping down coronavirus testing Trump, GOP clash over new round of checks MORE (R-Tenn.) said Sunday that “it would help” if President TrumpDonald John TrumpFour men charged for trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue in DC Video shows workers removed social distancing signs before Trump Tulsa rally: WaPo Biden slams Trump for not sanctioning Russia over Afghan militant 'bounties' intelligence MORE would wear a mask occasionally during the coronavirus pandemic. "If wearing masks is important and all the health experts tell us that it is in containing the disease in 2020, it would help if from time to time the president would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask, if you're against Trump, you...
    Washington (CNN)Senior Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander said Sunday that he thinks it would "help" if President Donald Trump wore a mask because it would eliminate political stigma around doing so as the coronavirus continues to spread across the US. "If wearing masks is important and all the health experts tell us that it is in containing the disease in 2020, it would help if from time to time the President would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask, if you're against Trump, you do," the Tennessee Republican, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said on CNN's "Inside Politics."The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone "should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public" to reduce transmission and slow the spread of the...
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