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Biden Names Coronavirus Advisory Board
Health
Biden Names Coronavirus Advisory Board
2020-11-09 17:37:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden announced the members of his new coronavirus task force Monday morning, putting the contentious 2020 presidential campaign behind him and moving definitively on to the transition. Biden said repeatedly during the campaign that "crushing" the... Read More

Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
State News
Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
2020-11-09 17:34:45
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he's been lobbied for months about who would fill Kamala Harris' Senate seat should she be elected vice president, and he admitted it hasn't been fun. "It's not something I'd wish... Read More

Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
Cities
Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
2020-11-09 14:30:35
by Reece Nations

CHICAGO – Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled an emergency coronavirus relief program for restaurants and bars in Chicago that are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic.  The grant program will reallocate $10 million in CARES Act funds to businesses... Read More

Scaramucci Predicts Biden Win 'Great for Markets'
Wall Street
Scaramucci Predicts Biden Win 'Great for Markets'
2020-11-09 14:18:38
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Less than 24 hours before news organizations called the election for President-Elect Biden, financier Anthony Scaramucci predicted, “It’s likely to be Pennsylvania that tips this thing… and [Biden’s] election is great for the markets.” Speaking at an Axios... Read More

Love It or Hate It, Here's How the Electoral College Came to Be
Political News
Love It or Hate It, Here's How the Electoral College Came to Be

CHICAGO — As they do every four years, pundits and newscasters again are explaining why we choose a president in the peculiar way we do. By now, our customary amnesia has set in. Millions of Americans voted for president on Nov. 3,... Read More

States Expanded Voting Access for the Pandemic. The Changes Might Stick
Elections
States Expanded Voting Access for the Pandemic. The Changes Might Stick

ANCASTER, Pa. — With one envelope slicer, three ballot scanners and around 175 people, it took election officials roughly 37 consecutive hours to process 91,000 mail-in ballots in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. "It's taking a little longer to scan than we had hoped,"... Read More

After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why
State News
After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why

WASHINGTON — When national Democrats helicoptered into Austin in April 2019 and set up an operation to flip GOP seats in the U.S. House in 2020 — a list that grew from six districts to 10 — they exuded confidence, and Republicans took notice. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was fresh off gaining... Read More

Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election
Health
Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election

President-elect Joe Biden's health care advisers have held talks with pharmaceutical-industry executives in which they discussed Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. development program for coronavirus vaccines and treatments, according to people familiar with the matter. Biden advisers met with companies that have COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

No, Not That Four Seasons. How Team Trump's News Conference Ended Up at Landscaping Firm
Political News
No, Not That Four Seasons. How Team Trump's News Conference Ended Up at Landscaping Firm

PHILADELPHIA — What began five years ago with the made-for-TV announcement of Donald Trump's presidential ambitions from the escalator of his ritzy Manhattan high-rise, ended Saturday with his aging lawyer shouting conspiracy theories and vowing lawsuits in a Northeast Philadelphia parking lot, near a sex shop and... Read More

Trump's Advisers View Legal Challenges to Biden Win as Futile
White House
Trump's Advisers View Legal Challenges to Biden Win as Futile

Recognition is growing in Donald Trump's inner circle that efforts to overturn Joe Biden's victory will be futile, though some advisers have urged the president to pursue focused legal challenges, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump has given no indication he's preparing... Read More

Biden Readies Transition As Senior Republicans Stand by Trump's Refusal to Concede
Political News
Biden Readies Transition As Senior Republicans Stand by Trump's Refusal to Concede

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden continued into Sunday, with Democrats urging respect for the vote's integrity and the president's staunchest allies defending his unfounded claims of fraud and blitz of lawsuits. But more cracks appeared in what... Read More

From Delaware to the White House: How Half a Century in Politics Equipped Joe Biden for This Moment
2020 Elections
From Delaware to the White House: How Half a Century in Politics Equipped Joe Biden for This Moment

WASHINGTON — Soon after a young Joe Biden stunned Delaware by toppling one of its political giants with a scrappy, outsider Senate campaign, he was already planning a quick exit from Washington. Biden was too grief-stricken for the job. His wife and infant daughter were killed in a... Read More

Can Biden Heal America When Trump and His Allies Don’t Want It Healed?
Opinions
Can Biden Heal America When Trump and His Allies Don’t Want It Healed?
2020-11-09 12:55:26
by Robert B. Reich

In case you missed the news, Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. With almost all ballots counted, Biden has more than 75 million votes and Trump some 71 million. The Electoral College isn’t even close. But Donald... Read More

'Bring Us Together': Ossoff's First Runoff Ad Previews His Strategy
2020 Elections
'Bring Us Together': Ossoff's First Runoff Ad Previews His Strategy

ATLANTA — Democrat Jon Ossoff served notice that his runoff campaign against U.S. Sen. David Perdue would focus on health care, the economy and infrastructure in a debut ad released Saturday. With control of the U.S. Senate on the line,... Read More

Shortened Census Led to an Incomplete Count in Some Areas
Census
Shortened Census Led to an Incomplete Count in Some Areas

The early end to the 2020 census has some areas complaining they needed more time to count residents in a chaotic environment of coronavirus shutdowns and storm evacuations. Parts of Louisiana and tribal lands in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah... Read More

Joe Biden Secures Presidency, Defeating Trump After a Long, Contested Count
2020 Elections
Joe Biden Secures Presidency, Defeating Trump After a Long, Contested Count

Joe Biden prepared to declare victory on Saturday as a win in Pennsylvania delivered the electoral votes he needed to become the 46th president of the United States, ending a vitriolic campaign that sorely tested the nation amid a pandemic... Read More

Biden Has Presidency in Reach After Gains in Pennsylvania
2020 Elections
Biden Has Presidency in Reach After Gains in Pennsylvania
2020-11-06 22:04:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON— Former Vice President Joe Biden had the presidency within his reach Friday evening, as he continued to hold onto narrow but apparently solid leads over President Donald Trump in the critical battlegrounds of Georgia and Pennsylvania. Revised vote counts... Read More

House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
Economy
House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
2020-11-06 19:16:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 638,000 jobs in the month of October, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.9%, the Labor Department reported Friday. But Congressional Democrats noted the pace of renewed hiring isn't nearly enough to quickly get the... Read More

D.C. Voters Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms But Face Likelihood of Congressional Veto
Political News
D.C. Voters Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms But Face Likelihood of Congressional Veto
2020-11-06 18:29:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia voters continued their tolerance toward psychedelic plant-based drugs this week by decriminalizing the use of magic mushrooms. Unlike the four other cities that decriminalized use of the drug, Washington, D.C., faces the risk of a... Read More

Biden Ahead in Georgia, Pennsylvania; Trump Attacks Process
2020 Elections
Biden Ahead in Georgia, Pennsylvania; Trump Attacks Process

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the vote count in Pennsylvania and Georgia Friday morning, closing in on a presidency that hinges on the outcome of tight contests in key battleground states. Both races remained... Read More

GOP Senator: No Evidence to Support Trump Vote-Fraud Claims
State News
GOP Senator: No Evidence to Support Trump Vote-Fraud Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican senator said Friday he saw no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election and called the president's words “very disturbing.” Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania,... Read More

Twin Senate Runoffs in Georgia Could Shape Biden Presidency
State News
Twin Senate Runoffs in Georgia Could Shape Biden Presidency

ATLANTA (AP) — The outcome in several contested states will determine whether Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump. But if the Democratic challenger wins, the ambitions of a Biden presidency could well come down to Georgia. Georgia, long a Republican... Read More

Presidential Election Exposes America's 'Perilous' Divides
2020 Elections
Presidential Election Exposes America's 'Perilous' Divides

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential elections can be revealing moments that convey the wishes of the American people to the next wave of elected officials. So far, the big reveal in the contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President... Read More

Trump Steps to Podium, Baselessly Attacks Election
2020 Elections
Trump Steps to Podium, Baselessly Attacks Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — For 40 hours, President Donald Trump fumed in private and tweeted his grievances in all caps. When he at last emerged, it was to stand behind the presidential seal in the White House and deliver a diatribe... Read More

Despite Pelosi's Confident Predictions, House Democrats Lost Seats. What Happened?
Political News
Despite Pelosi's Confident Predictions, House Democrats Lost Seats. What Happened?

WASHINGTON — After confidently predicting Democrats would expand their House majority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is having to explain why it looks like they will actually lose seats. Democrats will keep the House majority, but the losses there come as Democrats appear likely to take the White House and improve their... Read More

New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows
Health
New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows
2020-11-05 22:10:36
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option, a new study shows that it could be significantly more expensive than previously estimated. The study, released by Lanhee J.... Read More

Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Cox Announces Details of Forthcoming Utah Gubernatorial Transition
State News
Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Cox Announces Details of Forthcoming Utah Gubernatorial Transition
2020-11-05 19:18:31
by Reece Nations

SALT LAKE CITY – Following Tuesday night’s gubernatorial election, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson in the Utah State Capitol in a showcase of their upcoming transition into office. Cox, Utah’s current lieutenant... Read More

Sinclair Broadcast Loses $3.2 Billion in Third Quarter Amid Pandemic's Impact on Sports Networks
Media
Sinclair Broadcast Loses $3.2 Billion in Third Quarter Amid Pandemic's Impact on Sports Networks

Sinclair Broadcast Group reported a massive loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 due to charges related to its local sports segment during the coronavirus. The Hunt Valley-based broadcaster lost $3.2 billion for the July-to-September period as the company wrote off about $4.2 billion... Read More

Is The Country Ready for a Single-Passenger Electric Vehicle?
Climate
Is The Country Ready for a Single-Passenger Electric Vehicle?

There's a new kid on the zero-emissions vehicle block — and it has three wheels. The Solo, from Canadian designer and manufacturer ElectraMeccanica, is a single-passenger all-electric vehicle with a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80... Read More

Biden Strikes a Presidential Tone as He Inches Closer to the White House
2020 Elections
Biden Strikes a Presidential Tone as He Inches Closer to the White House

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden moved closer to claiming the White House on Wednesday, winning two key states and sounding a conciliatory note as President Donald Trump continued to press his false assertion that the election was being stolen. Solemnly appearing before an array of U.S. flags, after first Wisconsin and... Read More

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