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BPC Launches Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression
Education
BPC Launches Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression
2020-12-02 14:53:09
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- As part of the official launch of its Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression Initiative, the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank dedicated to bipartisanship, hosted a roundtable discussion on campus free expression faced... Read More

Trump Era Court Battles Weaken Congressional Power
Political News
Trump Era Court Battles Weaken Congressional Power

WASHINGTON — Congress will emerge from the Trump administration with weakened power to check a president or oversee the operation of the federal government, the most consequential fallout experts see for lawmakers after four years of nearly constant high-profile courtroom showdowns with a... Read More

Historians Sue to Force Trump Administration to Preserve Records
White House
Historians Sue to Force Trump Administration to Preserve Records

Historians and watchdog groups sued the Trump administration again over its alleged failure to preserve White House records. "With President Trump's term in office soon coming to an end," the White House's flouting of record-keeping requirements could deprive historians and the public "of records documenting a... Read More

Road Ahead: House Takes Up 'Tiger King' and Marijuana Bills While Seeking Spending Deal
In The News
Road Ahead: House Takes Up 'Tiger King' and Marijuana Bills While Seeking Spending Deal

WASHINGTON — Congress is focused this week on negotiating a government funding deal and determining whether bipartisan consensus can be reached to enact any additional COVID-19 relief before year's end. Those fiscal negotiations will continue among top appropriators, congressional leaders and their staffs... Read More

Senators Split Over End to Fed Emergency Lending Programs
Economy
Senators Split Over End to Fed Emergency Lending Programs

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans split on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's decision to end most of the emergency lending facilities established at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic at a Senate hearing Tuesday. "Even the Chamber of Commerce said that shutting down the emergency lending programs 'closes the door on important... Read More

Democrats Recalibrate Ambitions in Congress Amid Election Setbacks
Congress
Democrats Recalibrate Ambitions in Congress Amid Election Setbacks

WASHINGTON — Rep. Zoe Lofgren spent her summer doing "a very nerdlike" line-by-line reading of the 55-year-old law that governs U.S. immigration policy in anticipation of widespread Democratic election wins that would give her party the ability to enact a massive immigration overhaul next year.... Read More

CDC's New Virus Guidelines Would Shorten Quarantine for Exposure
Health
CDC's New Virus Guidelines Would Shorten Quarantine for Exposure

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on Tuesday that its new guidance would cut quarantine time for individuals exposed to the virus by as much as half, according to two people familiar with the matter.... Read More

Emergency Approval of Coronavirus Vaccines is Not Guaranteed, FDA Commissioner Says
Health
Emergency Approval of Coronavirus Vaccines is Not Guaranteed, FDA Commissioner Says

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will not automatically authorize emergency use of coronavirus vaccines before completing a rigorous independent review, despite heightened expectations that two vaccine candidates will be available to Americans this month, Dr. Stephen Hahn, FDA commissioner, told McClatchy in... Read More

Medical Workers, Long-Term Care Centers Get Nod for First Vaccines
Health
Medical Workers, Long-Term Care Centers Get Nod for First Vaccines

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents at long-term care centers should be first in line for COVID-19 vaccines, key government advisers urged Tuesday, citing the high risk for infection within the two groups and the positive effects on hospital care.... Read More

Trump Nears 'Checkmate' Stage in Last-Gasp Bid to Undo Election
2020 Elections
Trump Nears 'Checkmate' Stage in Last-Gasp Bid to Undo Election

President Donald Trump's path to reversing the election result has nearly closed after all the key battleground states certified their vote totals and took steps to appoint electors ready to formalize Joe Biden's victory. Trump continues to hurl unsubstantiated accusations of voter fraud on... Read More

Rosa DeLauro Wins Panel Vote for Appropriations Gavel
Congress
Rosa DeLauro Wins Panel Vote for Appropriations Gavel

WASHINGTON — A House Democratic panel in charge of committee selections gave Rosa DeLauro the nod to become the next Appropriations chairwoman following a closed-door vote Tuesday. The Connecticut Democrat received 36 votes from Democratic Steering and Policy Committee members, according to a source familiar with the... Read More

US Probing Potential Bribery, Lobbying Scheme for Pardon
Political News
US Probing Potential Bribery, Lobbying Scheme for Pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency, according to... Read More

Barr Appoints Special Counsel in Russia Probe Investigation
Political News
Barr Appoints Special Counsel in Russia Probe Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, granting him authority to complete the work without being easily fired. Barr told The Associated Press... Read More

Former Cybersecurity Official Mulls Lawsuit Against Trump Attorney
Litigation
Former Cybersecurity Official Mulls Lawsuit Against Trump Attorney
2020-12-01 21:55:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A former Trump administration head of cybersecurity is considering legal action against a lawyer for the president who said Monday he should be executed. The dispute arose from President Donald Trump’s allegations of voter fraud during the presidential... Read More

DelBene Elected Chair as Moderate New Democrat Coalition Selects Leadership Team
Congressional Caucuses
DelBene Elected Chair as Moderate New Democrat Coalition Selects Leadership Team
2020-12-01 21:16:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Suzan DelBene, of Washington State, was unanimously elected Tuesday to serve as the next chair of the New Democrat Coalition. In addition, the coalition of moderate Democrats elected five individuals -- Reps. Ami Bera, of California, Sharice... Read More

Biden Inaugural Committee Limits Donors to $500K
Political News
Biden Inaugural Committee Limits Donors to $500K
2020-12-01 21:11:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The committee raising money for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration is limiting individual contributions to no more than $500,000, and corporate contributions to no more that $1 million, according to an official involved in the planning of the event.... Read More

Barr Says Justice Department Finds No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
2020 Elections
Barr Says Justice Department Finds No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud
2020-12-01 21:08:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that the Justice Department has not uncovered voting fraud at a scale that could have affected the results of the presidential election. Barr's comments, made during an interview with the Associated Press,... Read More

Incoming House Freshman Class Staffs Up
Political News
Incoming House Freshman Class Staffs Up
2020-12-01 21:06:19
by Dan McCue

Now into their second week of freshman orientation, incoming members of Congress are beginning to pick up the pace of building their staff for the 117th Congress. Each member-elect can access funds to officially hire one staffer for the interim... Read More

Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
Congress
Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
2020-12-01 18:23:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators were joined by members of the House Problem Solvers conference Tuesday to endorse a $908 billion COVID economic relief bill they say should carry the nation into the early spring. The proposal, described by... Read More

Congress Seeks to Avert a Government Shutdown as Trump Seethes
Congress
Congress Seeks to Avert a Government Shutdown as Trump Seethes

Congress returned Monday from its Thanksgiving break hoping to avoid a government shutdown looming at the end of next week — with President Donald Trump being a potential wild card. Hopes for a new coronavirus stimulus package are slim as lawmakers focus on the more... Read More

Arizona and Wisconsin Confirm Biden's Victories Over Trump
2020 Elections
Arizona and Wisconsin Confirm Biden's Victories Over Trump

Arizona and Wisconsin confirmed Democrat Joe Biden won in their states on Monday, dealing the latest blow to President Donald Trump's campaign to overturn his defeat. Biden defeated Trump by 10,457 votes in Arizona, according to the official results certified by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in Phoenix. The process was... Read More

Thanksgiving Travel Figures Point to Surge in COVID-19 Infections and Deaths
Health
Thanksgiving Travel Figures Point to Surge in COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

Coronavirus infections are already reaching unprecedented levels throughout the U.S. Now with Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas and New Year's just around the curve, the question is: Just how much worse is the pandemic going to get? The latest travel data out Monday suggest... Read More

Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Trump's Bid to Exclude Illegal Immigrants from Census
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Trump's Bid to Exclude Illegal Immigrants from Census

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's plan to exclude millions of immigrants in the country illegally from the 2020 census count appeared to fizzle at the Supreme Court on Monday. California officials feared that Trump's policy, if put into effect in the last weeks of his presidency,... Read More

Moderna Seeks Clearance for COVID-19 Vaccine After Strong Test Results
Business
Moderna Seeks Clearance for COVID-19 Vaccine After Strong Test Results

Moderna Inc. requested clearance for its coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. after a new analysis showed the vaccine was highly effective in preventing COVID-19, with no serious safety problems. A Moderna spokesman said in a text message late Monday afternoon that its application for an... Read More

Yellen Officially Gets Treasury Nod, Biden Econ Team Manifests Diversity
Economy
Yellen Officially Gets Treasury Nod, Biden Econ Team Manifests Diversity
2020-11-30 20:56:19
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced his senior economic team, confirming after a week of speculation, that he would nominate Janet Yellen, the former Federal Reserve chair, to be the first woman to head the Treasury Department,... Read More

Iowa Canvassing Board Certifies Republican as Winner of 2nd District Race
State News
Iowa Canvassing Board Certifies Republican as Winner of 2nd District Race
2020-11-30 20:53:57
by Dan McCue

In the end, it came down to a razor thin margin of six votes out of 394,441 cast, but that was margin enough for the Iowa state canvassing board Monday to declare Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks winner of the state's hotly... Read More

Biden, Harris Form Presidential Inaugural Committee
Political News
Biden, Harris Form Presidential Inaugural Committee
2020-11-30 18:27:49
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris unveiled their Presidential Inaugural Committee on Monday, as preparations continue for their swearing in on Jan. 20. Although final plans for the inauguration are still somewhat up in the... Read More

Hospitals Race to Set Vaccine Priorities for Health Care Workers
Health
Hospitals Race to Set Vaccine Priorities for Health Care Workers

Large hospital systems are grappling with how best to decide which health care workers will be vaccinated first for COVID-19, a daunting task when it's unclear which shots they'll get, how many and when they'll arrive. The first COVID-19 vaccine... Read More

Q&A: Some Burning Questions for Georgia's Senate Runoffs
State News
Q&A: Some Burning Questions for Georgia's Senate Runoffs

ATLANTA — There are a few certainties about the all-important runoffs in Georgia: The Jan. 5 contests will decide control of the U.S. Senate, set soaring spending records, attract the shiniest stars from both parties and put Georgia at the center of the political universe. But much... Read More

Biden Builds All-Female Communications Team Headed by Obama Alum
White House
Biden Builds All-Female Communications Team Headed by Obama Alum

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has built a senior communications team composed entirely of women, including Jen Psaki to be the face of the administration as White House press secretary, his transition said Sunday. Psaki, a former Obama White House communications director and State Department spokeswoman, has been an on-camera spokeswoman... Read More

Iran Under Pressure Over How to Respond to Top Scientist's Killing
Geopolitics
Iran Under Pressure Over How to Respond to Top Scientist's Killing

BEIRUT — The U.S. drone missile punched through the car of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, instantly killing the 62-year-old Iranian spymaster and national hero as he drove through the streets of Baghdad last January. Days later, Iranian leaders who swore "severe revenge" lobbed ballistic missiles... Read More

Fauci, Birx Voice Dire Post-Thanksgiving Warnings on COVID
Health
Fauci, Birx Voice Dire Post-Thanksgiving Warnings on COVID

Top federal officials voiced dire predictions of a nationwide post- Thanksgiving surge in COVID cases on Sunday. "What we expect, unfortunately, as we go for the next couple of weeks into December, (is) that we might see a surge superimposed upon that... Read More

Trump Says It Will be 'Hard to Get' His Election Claims to Supreme Court
2020 Elections
Trump Says It Will be 'Hard to Get' His Election Claims to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, even while repeating his groundless claim that "we won the race," appeared Sunday to acknowledge dwindling chances of success in his legal battle to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election won by President-elect Joe Biden. "It's hard to... Read More

Fox News Settles Lawsuit After Conspiracy Theory Report
Media
Fox News Settles Lawsuit After Conspiracy Theory Report
2020-11-30 14:27:59
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK -- Fox News is paying a reported seven-figure sum in a settlement reached this week with the parents of a Democratic National Committee staff member who was murdered in Washington, D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood in 2016. A subsequent Fox... Read More

New Book Offers Unique Look at Our Presidents and the Wines They Drank
White House
New Book Offers Unique Look at Our Presidents and the Wines They Drank
2020-11-30 14:14:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There has probably never been a comprehensive tome on the American presidency quite like this one. Entitled "Wine and the White House: A History" and coming in at 456 pages, this new, elegant offering from the White House... Read More

The Dangerous Seduction of ‘Back to Normal’
Opinions
The Dangerous Seduction of ‘Back to Normal’
2020-11-30 13:26:55
by Robert B. Reich

“Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised last week in a Thanksgiving address to the nation. He was talking about life after COVID-19, but you could be forgiven if you thought he was also making a promise... Read More

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