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Warnock's Closing Message: Loeffler is 'Afraid That You'll Realize That We Can Do Better'
State News
Warnock's Closing Message: Loeffler is 'Afraid That You'll Realize That We Can Do Better'

ATLANTA -- Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock delivered what his campaign billed as a closing message Tuesday in an ad that accuses Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of "trying to make you afraid of me because she's afraid of you."... Read More

Proud Boys’ ‘Favorite Hotel’ Will Close for 2 Days During Pro-Trump Rally Next Week
Business
Proud Boys’ ‘Favorite Hotel’ Will Close for 2 Days During Pro-Trump Rally Next Week

A hotel that has become a favorite spot for members of the white nationalist Proud Boys is shutting its doors for two days during planned pro-Trump protests next week in Washington, D.C. The Harrington Hotel and its Harry’s Bar, which... Read More

US Expected to Miss Goal of Vaccinating 20 Million Against COVID-19 by Year End
Health
US Expected to Miss Goal of Vaccinating 20 Million Against COVID-19 by Year End

The U.S. goal of getting initial COVID-19 vaccine doses to 20 million Americans by year’s end was looking like a long shot Tuesday. The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed initially promised to unleash a vast stockpile of 300 million vaccine... Read More

Biden Faults Trump for Slow Vaccine Rollout, Pledges Faster Pace
Political News
Biden Faults Trump for Slow Vaccine Rollout, Pledges Faster Pace

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden slammed the slow rollout of the coronavirus vaccine by President Donald Trump’s administration Tuesday, saying the plan was falling “far behind” where it needs to be. “As I long feared and warned, the effort to... Read More

McConnell Has Support In Hand to Override Trump’s Defense Bill Veto
U.S. Senate
McConnell Has Support In Hand to Override Trump’s Defense Bill Veto

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Tuesday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of this year’s defense bill, dealing an embarrassing blow to the outgoing commander in chief that suggests his firm grip on the Republican Party is loosening. McConnell,... Read More

Congressional Staffers Now Eligible to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Congressional Staffers Now Eligible to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-29 21:00:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Two staffers in the office of every House and Senate member on Capitol Hill are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, the Office of the Attending Physician announced Monday night. In addition, attending physician Brian Monahan said... Read More

House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to Return Next Congressional Session
Congress
House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to Return Next Congressional Session
2020-12-29 20:53:24
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis would continue its work during the 117th Congressional session with House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., returning as chair of the subcommittee.  Since its... Read More

Inaugural Luncheon Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Political News
Inaugural Luncheon Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
2020-12-29 20:47:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The more-than-century-old tradition of feting the new president with a post-inauguration luncheon is the latest casualty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which has hosted the lunch, with limited exception, since 1953,... Read More

McConnell Blocks Vote on $2,000 Stimulus Checks
Political News
McConnell Blocks Vote on $2,000 Stimulus Checks
2020-12-29 18:53:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked a bid by Democrats on Tuesday to hold a stand-alone vote on increasing the amount of recently agreed upon stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000. McConnell did not specifically explain why... Read More

COVID Relief Bill Spares Public Transit Industry Massive Service Cuts
Transportation
COVID Relief Bill Spares Public Transit Industry Massive Service Cuts
2020-12-29 15:36:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s signature on the sweeping coronavirus relief and federal spending bill passed by Congress just before Christmas will likely spare the nation’s public transit the drastic cuts in services and employees the industry has been anticipating... Read More

State Attorneys General Oppose Online Sales of ‘Ghost Guns’
Guns
State Attorneys General Oppose Online Sales of ‘Ghost Guns’
2020-12-29 15:10:53
by Tom Ramstack

Nineteen state attorneys general filed an amicus brief this month supporting a lawsuit that seeks to require the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to regulate Internet sales of “ghost gun” components. Ghost guns refer to homemade or... Read More

Complaint Targets Group Challenging Georgia Voters
State News
Complaint Targets Group Challenging Georgia Voters

ATLANTA - An election watchdog that has challenged the eligibility of hundreds of thousands of Georgia voters has itself coming under scrutiny. Texas-based True the Vote is working with the Georgia Republican Party to challenge more than 364,000 Georgians who... Read More

US Airport Travelers Set COVID Pandemic High After Christmas Despite Surging Cases
Travel
US Airport Travelers Set COVID Pandemic High After Christmas Despite Surging Cases

The number of air travelers in the United States soared to a pandemic high on Sunday despite the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases. A whopping 1,284,599 travelers were recorded at checkpoints by the Travel Security Administration on Sunday, marking the... Read More

Federal Judge Rejects Request to Stop Georgia Runoff Election
State News
Federal Judge Rejects Request to Stop Georgia Runoff Election

ATLANTA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop the Jan. 5 runoff election in Georgia. Attorney L. Lin Wood Jr. filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta earlier this month, saying Georgia’s processes... Read More

Why Isn't More COVID-19 Vaccine Available Immediately?
Health
Why Isn't More COVID-19 Vaccine Available Immediately?

To truly control the pandemic, most people around the world need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. That's a tall order involving billions of shots. By the end of this year, only about 70 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines from... Read More

As Trump Loses Ground in Washington, House Votes to Override Defense Bill Veto
Congress
As Trump Loses Ground in Washington, House Votes to Override Defense Bill Veto

WASHINGTON — He promised to bring dealmaking savvy to the nation’s capital, yet President Donald Trump is poised to end his term with back-to-back embarrassments — caving to sign a coronavirus relief compromise he’d called “a disgrace” and facing the... Read More

House Approves Trump's $2K Checks, Sending to GOP-led Senate
Congress
House Approves Trump's $2K Checks, Sending to GOP-led Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly Monday to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000, meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger payments and sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate, where the outcome is uncertain. Democrats led passage, 275-134,... Read More

Biden-Harris Transition Announces White House Digital Strategy Team
Technology
Biden-Harris Transition Announces White House Digital Strategy Team
2020-12-28 19:41:12
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Incoming members of the White House Office of Digital Strategy were announced Monday in a press release from the Biden-Harris transition team.  In the release, the Biden-Harris transition described the incoming members as “diverse, accomplished, and talented individuals”... Read More

Warnock and Loeffler Work to Consolidate Voters for Runoff
State News
Warnock and Loeffler Work to Consolidate Voters for Runoff

ATLANTA (AP) — When Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock advanced to the Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoff, they faced the immediate challenge of winning over the 2 million voters who chose one of the 18 other candidates... Read More

Workers Install 192 Crystals on Times Square New Year's Ball
Cities
Workers Install 192 Crystals on Times Square New Year's Ball

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers installed 192 glittering Waterford crystal triangles on Times Square’s New Year’s Eve ball Sunday in preparation for a pandemic-limited celebration that will lack the usual tightly packed crowds of revelers. The ball is a 12-foot... Read More

UK Warns of 'Bumpy' Post-Brexit Transition Despite Deal
Brexit
UK Warns of 'Bumpy' Post-Brexit Transition Despite Deal

LONDON (AP) — First came the Brexit trade deal. Now comes the red tape and the institutional nitty gritty. Four days after sealing a free trade agreement with the European Union, the British government warned businesses to get ready for... Read More

Trump Signs Massive Measure Funding Government, COVID Relief
Economy
Trump Signs Massive Measure Funding Government, COVID Relief

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert... Read More

Scientists Scramble to Determine if Mutant Strain of Coronavirus Will Deepen Pandemic
Science
Scientists Scramble to Determine if Mutant Strain of Coronavirus Will Deepen Pandemic

The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out across the nation are lifting spirits over the holidays. But there's also budding concern about new strains of the virus that have been discovered in Great Britain, South Africa and possibly in Nigeria. Scientists say... Read More

Human Tissue May Have Been Found at Nashville Bomb Blast: Officials
Tennessee
Human Tissue May Have Been Found at Nashville Bomb Blast: Officials

A recreational vehicle blew up in Nashville, Tennessee, early Christmas morning, damaging multiple buildings in the downtown area — after a chilling recording from the RV warned people to evacuate. Police were responding to a report of shots fired when... Read More

Relief Holdup Threatens Another Blow for Already-shaky US Economy
White House
Relief Holdup Threatens Another Blow for Already-shaky US Economy

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision to hold up pandemic relief just before Christmas threatens to cause hardship for millions waiting on unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, further hobbling an already-shaky economy. Trump’s reluctance to sign a $900 billion bipartisan... Read More

UK and EU Reach Post-Brexit Trade Agreement
Brexit
UK and EU Reach Post-Brexit Trade Agreement

BRUSSELS (AP) — Just a week before the deadline, Britain and the European Union struck a free-trade deal Thursday that should avert economic chaos on New Year's and bring a measure of certainty for businesses after years of Brexit turmoil.... Read More

Republicans Block $2,000 Virus Checks Despite Trump Demand
Congress
Republicans Block $2,000 Virus Checks Despite Trump Demand

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans shot down a Democratic bid on Thursday to pass President Donald Trump's longshot, end-of-session demand for $2,000 direct payments to most Americans as he ponders whether to sign a long-overdue COVID-19 relief bill. The made-for-TV... Read More

New Round of Trump Clemency Benefits Manafort, Stone, Kushner
Political News
New Round of Trump Clemency Benefits Manafort, Stone, Kushner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned more than two dozen people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest wave of clemency to benefit longtime associates and supporters. The actions,... Read More

Trump Defies Congress, Vetoes $740 Billion Defense Bill
Political News
Trump Defies Congress, Vetoes $740 Billion Defense Bill
2020-12-23 21:01:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump made good on a threat Wednesday, vetoing the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act. Congress passed the fiscal year 2021 defense spending plan earlier this month with more than the two-thirds majority needed in both... Read More

DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
Cities
DC Bans Indoor Dining, Tightens COVID Restrictions Ahead of Christmas, New Years
2020-12-23 17:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia will ban indoor dining as of Wednesday night and is tightening other restrictions to tamp down on a surge of coronavirus cases. According to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the tightened measures are needed due... Read More

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