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Iowa District 2 Election Saga Continues
State News
Iowa District 2 Election Saga Continues
2021-01-27 15:00:17
by Sara Wilkerson

In a Monday webinar hosted by Iowa Democrat Rita Hart, Hart’s attorney Marc Elias disputed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks' recent motion of dismissal for Hart’s contention with the state’s 2nd Congressional District election results.   Hart, who ran for the House of... Read More

Former Trump White House Official Optimistic Biden Will Continue Tech Modernization
Technology
Former Trump White House Official Optimistic Biden Will Continue Tech Modernization
2021-01-27 14:56:50
by Victoria Turner

Efforts to modernize the federal government's use of technology have long enjoyed "enthusiastic bipartisan support" that is likely to continue during Joe Biden's presidency, said Matt Lira, who was special assistant to the president on innovation policy during the Trump... Read More

Biden Says He's ‘Bringing Back the Pros’ for Virus Briefings
Health
Biden Says He's ‘Bringing Back the Pros’ for Virus Briefings

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly a year it was the Trump show. Now President Joe Biden is calling up the nation’s top scientists and public health experts to regularly brief the American public about the pandemic that has claimed more than 425,000... Read More

Russian Parliament OKs New START Nuclear Treaty Extension
Geopolitics
Russian Parliament OKs New START Nuclear Treaty Extension

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously to extend the... Read More

US Boosting Vaccine Deliveries Amid Complaints of Shortages
State News
US Boosting Vaccine Deliveries Amid Complaints of Shortages

Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of... Read More

No Mardi Gras Parades, So Thousands Make 'House Floats'
Cities
No Mardi Gras Parades, So Thousands Make 'House Floats'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — You just can’t keep a good city down, especially when Mardi Gras is coming. All around New Orleans, thousands of houses are being decorated as floats because the coronavirus outbreak canceled the elaborate parades mobbed by... Read More

DOJ Rescinds ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Rule
Immigration
DOJ Rescinds ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the new memo... Read More

Kerry Aims to Talk US Back Into a Lead Role in Climate Fight
Climate
Kerry Aims to Talk US Back Into a Lead Role in Climate Fight

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a leading role in global climate action, making clear the nation isn't just revving up its own efforts to reduce oil,... Read More

First Biden-Putin Call Shows Both Cautious on Big Concerns
Geopolitics
First Biden-Putin Call Shows Both Cautious on Big Concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts Tuesday in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and the delicate balance between the former Cold War foes. According to the... Read More

Senate Vote Appears to Signal Second Acquittal Coming for Trump
Impeachment
Senate Vote Appears to Signal Second Acquittal Coming for Trump
2021-01-26 21:43:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan effort in the Senate Tuesday narrowly killed a Republican push to dismiss the impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump as unconstitutional. The staunch opposition of all but a handful of Republicans in the 55-45 vote,... Read More

Capitol Police Chief Apologizes for Failures in Jan. 6 Siege
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Chief Apologizes for Failures in Jan. 6 Siege

WASHINGTON (AP) — The interim chief of the Capitol Police apologized Tuesday for failing to prepare for what became a violent insurrection despite having warnings that white supremacists and far-right groups would target Congress. Yogananda Pittman, in prepared testimony before... Read More

Washington Post's Marty Baron Says He's Retiring Next Month
Media
Washington Post's Marty Baron Says He's Retiring Next Month

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, who has led the resurgent newspaper as it nearly doubled its staff in eight years, said Tuesday that he will retire at the end of February. One of the nation's... Read More

Will Congress Revamp Reconciliation to Quickly Pass Biden COVID Relief Plan?
Congress
Will Congress Revamp Reconciliation to Quickly Pass Biden COVID Relief Plan?
2021-01-26 21:22:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It's the buzzword of everyone wanting to bypass GOP resistance and pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, and it could upend decades of precedent when it comes to the federal budget process. The word is... Read More

Blinken, Now Secretary of State, Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
Dept. of State
Blinken, Now Secretary of State, Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
2021-01-26 21:15:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Antony Blinken, confirmed as America's top diplomat by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, now faces a myriad of problems both within the agency he will now lead and abroad. Confirmed by a 78-22 vote Tuesday afternoon, Blinken is... Read More

New Study Warns of COVID-19’s Negative Impact on Rural Colleges and Communities
Education
New Study Warns of COVID-19’s Negative Impact on Rural Colleges and Communities
2021-01-26 21:06:41
by Sara Wilkerson

A new study published by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on underserved rural colleges and surrounding communities could endanger the stability of local economies, health care systems and social mobility for the... Read More

Online Misinformation Obstacle to Effective COVID-19 Response, Eshoo Says
Technology
Online Misinformation Obstacle to Effective COVID-19 Response, Eshoo Says
2021-01-26 20:32:15
by Victoria Turner

Public health agencies need to implement a more strategic, unified approach in communicating public health information online on the novel coronavirus and social platforms should “amplify” it, said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., kicking off the 17th Annual State of the... Read More

Biden’s Buy American Order Gets Mixed Industry Reaction
Economy
Biden’s Buy American Order Gets Mixed Industry Reaction
2021-01-26 20:24:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s executive order Monday to boost American manufacturing is receiving a warm welcome from some major industry associations but words of caution from U.S. trade partners. The order requires federal agencies to purchase more of their... Read More

Monmouth Poll Finds Majority Support Trump Impeachment, Voter Fraud Beliefs Persist
Opinion Polls
Monmouth Poll Finds Majority Support Trump Impeachment, Voter Fraud Beliefs Persist
2021-01-26 20:19:14
by Reece Nations

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Polling data from Monmouth University found that 56% of Americans approve of the House of Representatives impeaching former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting a violent mob to storm the United States Capitol. ... Read More

New Leaders Named at US-funded International Broadcasters
Media
New Leaders Named at US-funded International Broadcasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Sunday installed new heads of three federally funded international broadcasters after abruptly firing Donald Trump-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Kelu Chao, the acting CEO of the agency, made the announcement after dismissing... Read More

Watchdog Probes if DOJ Officials Tried to Overturn Election
Dep. of Justice
Watchdog Probes if DOJ Officials Tried to Overturn Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s inspector general is launching an investigation to examine whether any former or current department officials “engaged in an improper attempt” to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said... Read More

Biden More Bullish on Vaccines, Open to 1.5M Daily Shot Goal
Health
Biden More Bullish on Vaccines, Open to 1.5M Daily Shot Goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday appeared to boost his goal for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting the nation could soon be injecting 1.5 million shots on an average per day. Biden signaled... Read More

Trump Agreements Seek to Tie Biden's Hands on Immigration
Immigration
Trump Agreements Seek to Tie Biden's Hands on Immigration

SAN DIEGO (AP) — During the Trump administration’s final weeks, the Department of Homeland Security quietly signed agreements with at least four states that threaten to temporarily derail President Joe Biden’s efforts to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies. The agreements... Read More

Trump Impeachment Goes to Senate, Testing His Sway Over GOP
Impeachment
Trump Impeachment Goes to Senate, Testing His Sway Over GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats delivered the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the Senate for the start of his historic trial, but Republican senators were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to convict him over the deadly... Read More

Biden Walking a High Wire with Russia Ahead of Putin Call
Geopolitics
Biden Walking a High Wire with Russia Ahead of Putin Call

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has been quickly thrown into a high-wire balancing act with Russia as he seeks to toughen his administration’s stance against Vladimir Putin while preserving room for diplomacy in a post-Donald Trump era. The relationship... Read More

COVID-19 Variant Brings New Dimension to Europe's Pandemic
European Union
COVID-19 Variant Brings New Dimension to Europe's Pandemic

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In the first week of December, Portugal’s prime minister gave his pandemic-weary people an early Christmas gift: restrictions on gatherings and travel due to COVID-19 would be lifted from Dec. 23-26 so they could spend the... Read More

Pets Are Back: Biden's 2 Dogs Settle in at White House
White House
Pets Are Back: Biden's 2 Dogs Settle in at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The patter of paws is being heard in the White House again following the arrival of President Joe Biden's dogs Champ and Major. The two German shepherds are the first pets to live at the executive mansion... Read More

Janet Yellen Wins Senate Approval as Treasury Secretary
Dep. of Treasury
Janet Yellen Wins Senate Approval as Treasury Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Janet Yellen to be the nation’s 78th treasury secretary, making her the first woman to hold the job in the department's 232-year history. Yellen, a former chair... Read More

Filibuster Stays, Paving Way for Power-Sharing Agreement
U.S. Senate
Filibuster Stays, Paving Way for Power-Sharing Agreement
2021-01-26 14:50:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell dropped his demand that Democrats maintain the Senate filibuster — ending an early stalemate in the Senate that prevented party leaders from negotiating a power-sharing agreement. McConnell announced Monday night that he was... Read More

Voting Machine Company Sues Giuliani for Defamation
Litigation
Voting Machine Company Sues Giuliani for Defamation
2021-01-26 14:47:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Another Trump administration lawyer was hit with a billion-dollar plus lawsuit for defamation Monday after he alleged the company that supplied the voting machines in the 2020 presidential election was implicated in fraud. This time the defendant is... Read More

CDC Expands COVID Restrictions for International Air Travel
Travel
CDC Expands COVID Restrictions for International Air Travel
2021-01-25 21:43:56
by Daniel Mollenkamp

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put into effect on Tuesday a new order that mandates all air passengers into the US have taken a viral test for coronavirus infection within three days of their flight. Written... Read More

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