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Luke Letlow Wins Runoff for Louisiana US House Seat
Political News
Luke Letlow Wins Runoff for Louisiana US House Seat
2020-12-08 20:54:43
by Dan McCue

Luke Letlow bested a field of fellow Republicans in the runoff election Saturday to represent Louisiana's 5th Congressional District representing the central and northeastern parts of the state. Letlow, who was chief of staff for the retiring incumbent, Rep. Ralph... Read More

With Government Shutdown Looming, House Dems Bring Forward Continuing Resolution
Political News
With Government Shutdown Looming, House Dems Bring Forward Continuing Resolution
2020-12-08 20:52:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In what is probably one of her last acts as a member of Congress, retiring House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., introduced a continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through Dec. 18. Widely expected, the move... Read More

New York Supreme Court Judge Orders Recount in Brindisi-Tenney House Race
2020 Elections
New York Supreme Court Judge Orders Recount in Brindisi-Tenney House Race
2020-12-08 19:34:26
by Dan McCue

A New York State Supreme Court judge ordered election officials Tuesday to recount some of the approximately 60,000 absentee ballots cast in the still undecided House race between incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi and his Republican challenger, Claudia Tenney. The ruling... Read More

Texas Sues to Invalidate Election Outcome in Four Battleground States
Supreme Court
Texas Sues to Invalidate Election Outcome in Four Battleground States
2020-12-08 19:31:17
by Dan McCue

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the presidential election results in four key battleground states citing "unconstitutional irregularities" he says helped Joe Biden prevail over President Donald Trump. In a 154-page complaint, Paxton... Read More

Congress Expected to Pass NDAA Without Provision for Space Force Reserve, National Guard
Pentagon
Congress Expected to Pass NDAA Without Provision for Space Force Reserve, National Guard
2020-12-08 19:27:25
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Although expected to pass with bicameral and bipartisan support, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 is unlikely to contain provisions that would integrate a reserve component or National Guard for the United States Space Force.... Read More

Vilsack Emerges as Biden's Top Candidate to Lead Agriculture Department
Agriculture
Vilsack Emerges as Biden's Top Candidate to Lead Agriculture Department

WASHINGTON — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has emerged as a leading candidate for secretary of agriculture in the Biden administration, reprising a role he held under President Barack Obama, according to people familiar with the nomination process. The people said that while Vilsack... Read More

Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message
State News
Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message

LOS ANGELES — With the coronavirus running rampant in Los Angeles and hospitals projected to overflow by Christmas, officials have fallen back on a familiar refrain: Stay home. "My message couldn't be simpler: It's time to hunker down. It's time to cancel everything," Los... Read More

In Georgia, 'Concerted' GOP Pushback Blocks Trump Attempts to Overturn Election
State News
In Georgia, 'Concerted' GOP Pushback Blocks Trump Attempts to Overturn Election

ATLANTA — President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn Georgia's election results have met a wall of opposition from an unlikely source: Republican state officials and GOP-appointed judges who have loudly rejected his calls to undo Joe Biden's narrow victory in the state. As two more of the president's... Read More

Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Package Hits Snags Over Details
Congress
Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Package Hits Snags Over Details

WASHINGTON — After making a big splash last week and injecting a sense of optimism into long-delayed coronavirus relief talks, a bipartisan $908 billion plan is hung up over the specifics of aid to states and localities and liability protections for... Read More

Biden to Name Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary
Transition
Biden to Name Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary, according to two people familiar with the decision, making him the first African American to lead the Pentagon. Austin has already had a career punctuated by firsts — including as the... Read More

Wyden and Schumer Work to Avert Looming Financial Disaster for Millions of Workers
Employment
Wyden and Schumer Work to Avert Looming Financial Disaster for Millions of Workers
2020-12-08 16:59:54
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — This week, the American Worker Holiday Relief Act was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. “With the economy backsliding as COVID-19... Read More

Rep. Finkenauer Targets Student Loan Relief to Revitalize Rural Areas
Congress
Rep. Finkenauer Targets Student Loan Relief to Revitalize Rural Areas
2020-12-08 16:51:33
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, introduced the Rural Revitalization Now Act to provide up to $50,000 in student loan relief for people who commit to live and work in rural communities for at least eight years. The... Read More

Virginia Churches Challenge COVID Rules as Infection Rate Grows
State News
Virginia Churches Challenge COVID Rules as Infection Rate Grows
2020-12-08 16:48:55
by Tom Ramstack

Members of two Virginia churches are trying again in a lawsuit filed on Friday to challenge the governor’s restrictions intended to control the spread of coronavirus. The lawsuit says the restrictions Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced in mid-November “discourage the... Read More

Wisconsin Governor Evers Announces CARES Grants
State News
Wisconsin Governor Evers Announces CARES Grants
2020-12-07 21:37:58
by Sean Trambley

MADISON, Wis. — This week, Governor Tony Evers announced that COVID-19 Lodging Grants have been awarded to 663 Wisconsin lodging operators.  The grants aim to provide stabilization to the state’s lodging industry as it continues to be impacted by the... Read More

Momentum Builds for Earmarks Return
Congress
Momentum Builds for Earmarks Return
2020-12-07 21:24:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A decade after Republicans, then in the majority in the House, banned them in their conference rules, the practice of Congressionally-directed spending -- otherwise known as the use of earmarks -- is poised for an almost certain comeback.... Read More

New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
2020-12-07 20:23:18
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey report from Gallup suggests that Americans’ positive outlook on their mental health is on a nine-point decline from last year, a new low point in Gallup’s 20-year history of measuring Americans’ view on their mental health. The... Read More

What Pennsylvania's Election Could Have Looked Like With Earlier Vote Counting
2020 Elections
What Pennsylvania's Election Could Have Looked Like With Earlier Vote Counting

PHILADELPHIA — Polls had only been closed in Florida for a few hours last month when elections offices started closing up shop for the night, too. Almost all the votes were counted and reported, and there just wasn't much left to do at... Read More

Georgia Governor Mocks Former Trump Lawyer's Election Fraud Lawsuit
State News
Georgia Governor Mocks Former Trump Lawyer's Election Fraud Lawsuit

Georgia's embattled Republican governor and elections chief asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by an ex-Trump campaign lawyer whose "outlandish" claims of fraud tied to Dominion Voting Systems Inc. machines are, they say, comparable to a work of fiction. The... Read More

US Supreme Court Moves Up Deadline in Congressman's Bid to Upend Pa. Election Results
Supreme Court
US Supreme Court Moves Up Deadline in Congressman's Bid to Upend Pa. Election Results

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Supreme Court moved up a key deadline Sunday for Pennsylvania officials to respond to a last-minute bid by one of Trump's top boosters in Congress to decertify the state's elections results. Previously, Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who oversees emergency matters arising out... Read More

Georgia Senate Runoff: Loeffler, Warnock Face Off in Heated Debate
2020 Elections
Georgia Senate Runoff: Loeffler, Warnock Face Off in Heated Debate

ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and the Rev. Raphael Warnock faced off in their first, and possibly only, one-on-one debate Sunday night at the Atlanta Press Club, trading barbed attacks in their fight for the right to represent Georgia in the Senate for the next two years. Over the course of... Read More

Misinformation On Voter Fraud Dims GOP Senate Prospects, Official Warns
State News
Misinformation On Voter Fraud Dims GOP Senate Prospects, Official Warns

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's false claim that he beat Joe Biden in last month's election — and won the state of Georgia — drew sharp rebukes Sunday from top Georgia officials, less than a month before a contest that will determine control of the U.S. Senate. Further roiling Trump's... Read More

Trump, McConnell Likely to Back Coronavirus Relief Bill, Senator Says
Political News
Trump, McConnell Likely to Back Coronavirus Relief Bill, Senator Says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will come "on board" with a $908 billion package to provide pandemic relief, according to a member of a bipartisan group that's seeking legislation before the end of the year. " President Trump has indicated that... Read More

White House COVID-19 Expert Birx Seeks to Debunk 'Myths' Coming from Administration
Health
White House COVID-19 Expert Birx Seeks to Debunk 'Myths' Coming from Administration

Americans should shun the example set by President Donald Trump when it comes to indoor gatherings, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said Sunday. Asked about White House and State Department plans to throw indoor parties all month while on NBC's "Meet the Press," Birx said it was... Read More

Rudy Giuliani States He's 'Feeling Good' After Positive COVID-19 Test
Health
Rudy Giuliani States He's 'Feeling Good' After Positive COVID-19 Test

NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani became the latest member of President Donald Trump's circle to test positive for coronavirus, the commander in chief announced Sunday, and the former Big Apple mayor stated that he's doing well. "Thank you to all my friends and followers for... Read More

Biden Picks California Attorney General Becerra for Health and Human Services Secretary
Health
Biden Picks California Attorney General Becerra for Health and Human Services Secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next health and human services secretary, a historic choice that would make the former Los Angeles congressman the first Latino to hold the office, according to sources familiar with the decision. Becerra, 62, a... Read More

HHS Chief Sees Vaccine for All Americans by Second Quarter
Health
HHS Chief Sees Vaccine for All Americans by Second Quarter

WASHINGTON — All Americans who want to get a COVID-19 vaccine should be able to do so by the second quarter of next year, Health and Human Services Alex Azar said. With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to decide as early as Thursday... Read More

FCC’s Starks Aims to Focus on Digital Divide
FCC
FCC’s Starks Aims to Focus on Digital Divide
2020-12-07 14:58:16
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications, including wireless companies, cable and internet providers, and broadcast stations. Of particular note, due to the prevalence of remote work and school in 2020, the agency also guides the... Read More

New Administration, New Priorities Ahead for the US-Japan Alliance
Geopolitics
New Administration, New Priorities Ahead for the US-Japan Alliance
2020-12-07 14:56:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — With Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga taking power last September and a new Biden Administration coming into office at the beginning of next year, these dual transitions of power offer the chance for a U.S.-Japan alliance to... Read More

Reps. Schneider, McKinley Support Legislation to Prevent Cuts to Hospital Payments
Medicare
Reps. Schneider, McKinley Support Legislation to Prevent Cuts to Hospital Payments
2020-12-07 14:52:46
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W. Va., introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent cuts to hospital payments through the duration of the COVID public health emergency.  The Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act would delay the Medicare... Read More

Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Fully Reinstate DACA Program
Immigration
Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Fully Reinstate DACA Program
2020-12-05 00:57:06
by Dan McCue

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Trump administration must allow all eligible immigrants to file new applications for protection under the DACA program, and find a way to contact individuals who are eligible for the protection to notify them of the change,... Read More

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