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Cato Institute Forum Examines Implications of Space Force’s Formation
Think Tanks
Cato Institute Forum Examines Implications of Space Force’s Formation
2020-12-14 14:53:32
by Reece Nations

In a virtually-hosted policy analysis presented by the Cato Institute, a panel of experts explored whether the creation of the United States Space Force was ahead of its time.  The Dec. 8 panel featured University of Kentucky senior lecturer Robert... Read More

Brexit Talks Given Fresh Impetus by High-Stakes Diplomatic Push
Foreign Affairs
Brexit Talks Given Fresh Impetus by High-Stakes Diplomatic Push

The topsy-turvy trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union took another somersault on Sunday when Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen opted to ignore a self-imposed deadline and give negotiators another shot at closing a deal. After... Read More

Biden Team Considering North Carolina Official to Lead EPA
EPA
Biden Team Considering North Carolina Official to Lead EPA

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is considering a North Carolina environmental regulator and EPA veteran to lead the agency, as he assembles a team to move aggressively against climate change and pollution. Michael Regan is now among the... Read More

Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days
Health
Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days

President Donald Trump and other top U.S. officials will be offered the newly approved coronavirus vaccine within days as part of a plan to ensure continuity in government amid the pandemic, people familiar with the effort said. The vaccinations will... Read More

Trump Says He Will Veto Defense Spending Bill Approved by Congress
Political News
Trump Says He Will Veto Defense Spending Bill Approved by Congress

President Donald Trump repeated his threat to veto the U.S. defense spending bill that last week won enough bipartisan support in Congress to easily overturn his opposition. “THE BIGGEST WINNER OF OUR NEW DEFENSE BILL IS CHINA!. I WILL VETO!”... Read More

Congress Could Pass Next COVID Relief Package in Two Parts: Report
Health
Congress Could Pass Next COVID Relief Package in Two Parts: Report

Members of Congress are expected to introduce a COVID relief spending bill at the start of the week, according to a published report. A bipartisan group is planning to introduce the $908 billion legislation in two parts, Politico reported. The... Read More

As Electoral College Cements Biden Victory, Trump Says He Won’t Give In
2020 Elections
As Electoral College Cements Biden Victory, Trump Says He Won’t Give In

WASHINGTON — With his efforts to overturn election results now fueling violence and injury, President Trump this weekend again promoted debunked claims in an apparent attempt to undermine an electoral college vote Monday that will officially cement his defeat. Speaking... Read More

Trucks Depart Pfizer Facility Loaded With Vaccines
Health
Trucks Depart Pfizer Facility Loaded With Vaccines

PORTAGE, Mich. — Three semi-trucks loaded with the nation's first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine rolled out of the parking lot of the Pfizer manufacturing plant early Sunday morning, met with cheering crowds of local residents who said they were... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Republican Attack on Biden Victory
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rejects Republican Attack on Biden Victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, ending a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation’s highest... Read More

FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Pfizer Vaccine, Others Sure to Follow
Health
FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Pfizer Vaccine, Others Sure to Follow
2020-12-11 21:19:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Under intense pressure from the White House, the Food and Drug Administration dramatically moved up its timeline, issuing an emergency authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. The agency had initially planned to finalize its authorization on Saturday,... Read More

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
Political News
Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
2020-12-11 21:15:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate, as expected, overwhelming endorsed a $740 billion national defense policy bill Friday, sending the measure on to the White House where president Trump threatened to veto it. Ignoring those threats, the Senate voted 84-12 in favor... Read More

NewDEAL Task Force Releases Strategy for Maximizing COVID Relief to Small Businesses
Economy
NewDEAL Task Force Releases Strategy for Maximizing COVID Relief to Small Businesses
2020-12-11 16:51:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The NewDEAL Forum's Renewing America Task Force on Friday released a list of recommendations intended to help state and local governments maximize COVID-relief aid for small businesses. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in February, more than... Read More

Time Magazine Names Biden, Harris 2020 Person of the Year
Media
Time Magazine Names Biden, Harris 2020 Person of the Year
2020-12-11 16:49:03
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK - Time magazine has named Joe Biden and Kamala Harris 2020's Person of the Year. The two made history on November 7 when they beat Donald Trump after an election marked by a surging public health crisis and... Read More

Future Forum Elects New Leadership Team for the 117th Congress
Congressional Caucuses
Future Forum Elects New Leadership Team for the 117th Congress
2020-12-11 14:58:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Future Forum, a caucus of younger House Democrats, has elected its new leaders for the 117th Congress. The mission of the caucus, which was founded in 2015, is to address issues important to millennial and Generation Z Americans,... Read More

Hoyer Says No Decision Made on How 'Motion to Recommit' Will Be Tweaked in 117th Congress
In The News
Hoyer Says No Decision Made on How 'Motion to Recommit' Will Be Tweaked in 117th Congress
2020-12-11 14:56:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer predicted Wednesday that the new rules package for the upcoming 117th Congress will be "pretty much" in line "with what has been," but he said Democrats are continuing to look at the fate... Read More

Senate Democrats’ Rules Changes Restrict Top Leaders’ Committee Roles
U.S. Senate
Senate Democrats’ Rules Changes Restrict Top Leaders’ Committee Roles

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Wednesday made some of the most significant rules changes for their caucus in years, one of which will restrict their leaders from standing atop too many top committee slots. For example, Sen. Richard J. Durbin... Read More

Biden Team Making Legislative Outreach an Early Priority
Transition
Biden Team Making Legislative Outreach an Early Priority

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team are making collaboration between the executive branch and Congress a priority, with early and extensive outreach to the legislative branch. The Biden transition team has already reached out to more than... Read More

Departing Trump Administration Wants to Weaken Nutrition Rules for School Meals
Political News
Departing Trump Administration Wants to Weaken Nutrition Rules for School Meals

PHILADELPHIA — In their last days in office, Trump administration officials are trying to reduce nutrition requirements for school meals, seeking to undo changes initiated by the Obama administration a decade ago. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it wants... Read More

States Urge Supreme Court to Toss Out ‘Seditious’ Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Biden’s Win
Supreme Court
States Urge Supreme Court to Toss Out ‘Seditious’ Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Biden’s Win

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro told the Supreme Court Thursday it should not tolerate “this seditious abuse of the judicial process” and should “send a clear and unmistakable signal” so that it does not happen again. He was... Read More

Pelosi Suggests Lawmakers Work Through Christmas to Secure COVID-19 Stimulus
Congress
Pelosi Suggests Lawmakers Work Through Christmas to Secure COVID-19 Stimulus

It’s beginning to look a lot like members of Congress won’t be going home for the holidays. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that lawmakers may have to stay on Capitol Hill over Christmas in order to pass another coronavirus... Read More

CDC Chief Says He Told Staff to Ignore Email From Trump Official
In The News
CDC Chief Says He Told Staff to Ignore Email From Trump Official

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said he told staff to ignore an email by a top Trump administration health official who had sought changes to a scientific report on COVID-19’s risk to... Read More

FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Nationwide Distribution
Health
FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Nationwide Distribution
2020-12-11 00:13:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A federal panel of outside experts on Thursday endorsed a coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, recommending that the Food and Drug Administration move forward with emergency authorization. President-elect Joe Biden responded with a statement saying, “Today’s approval... Read More

Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
Education
Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
2020-12-10 19:06:57
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, a group of prominent Washington D.C. think tank organizations sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders urging them to prioritize bipartisan-backed legislation that would benefit America’s college students. The letter was sent to the House and Senate minority... Read More

IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
Veterans
IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
2020-12-10 18:49:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out the three-year pilot program to assess how best to provide assistance... Read More

Emhoff to Join Faculty of Georgetown Law
Education
Emhoff to Join Faculty of Georgetown Law
2020-12-10 18:47:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will be joining Georgetown Law beginning in January. The nation's very first "Second Gentleman"  and an entertainment lawyer by profession, will serve as a distinguished visitor from practice and teach... Read More

Biden Names Rice Domestic Policy Adviser, Selects McDonough for VA
Political News
Biden Names Rice Domestic Policy Adviser, Selects McDonough for VA
2020-12-10 18:02:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has asked Susan Rice to be the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, signaling the importance of domestic policy in his early agenda. The job is also something of a career change for... Read More

New BPC Report Lays Out Pragmatic Agenda for 117th Congress
Congress
New BPC Report Lays Out Pragmatic Agenda for 117th Congress
2020-12-10 16:17:51
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, recently released a pragmatic agenda policy report detailing nine policy recommendations for how Congress can help advance economic opportunity and financial security for America’s working families. The report’s... Read More

Lawmakers Seek Changes to Resolve Problems at Fort Hood, Texas
Congress
Lawmakers Seek Changes to Resolve Problems at Fort Hood, Texas
2020-12-10 16:11:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress sought assurances from investigators Wednesday that the kind of behavioral and criminal offenses that have plagued Fort Hood, Texas, in recent years can be brought to an end. By the end of the congressional hearing,... Read More

Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
Climate
Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
2020-12-10 16:04:29
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to help modernize America’s aging building infrastructure and spur more energy efficient investments. The Energy Efficient Qualified Improvement Property, or E-QUIP, Act will create an elective... Read More

Senators Seek to Help Victims of So-Called ‘Revenge Porn’ Sue Their Perpetrators
Cybercrime
Senators Seek to Help Victims of So-Called ‘Revenge Porn’ Sue Their Perpetrators
2020-12-10 15:56:39
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to allow individuals to seek compensation and relief in federal court for the non-consensual disclosure and transmission of intimate images... Read More

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