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Friday February 12, 2021 - Times viewed: 749
U.S. Chamber of Commerce embraces Biden. And Republicans are livid.
Washington’s most powerful trade group is having a political identity crisis. Over the past month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken a series of steps that have enraged its traditional Republican allies. It applauded much of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan to Covid relief bill; cheered Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris climate agreement; backed the former leader of the liberal Center of American Progress, Neera Tanden, for Off ...
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Saturday February 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 841
Biden says Trump should no longer receive classified intelligence briefings
(CNN)President Joe Biden doesn't believe former President Donald Trump should receive classified intelligence briefings, as is tradition for past presidents, citing Trump's "erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection." When asked in an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell if he thought Trump should receive an intelligence briefing if he requested one, Biden said, "I think not." "I'd rather not speculate out loud," Bi ...
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Saturday February 6, 2021 - Times viewed: 761
Trump impeachment trial confronts memories of Capitol siege
WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is more than an effort to convict the former president of inciting an insurrection. It’s a chance for a public accounting and remembrance of the worst attack on the U.S. Capitol in 200 years. In the month since the Jan. 6 siege by a pro-Trump mob, encouraged by his call to “fight like hell” to overturn the election, defenders of the former president say it’s time to move on. Trump is l ...
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Thursday February 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 780
Dem-led House, drawing a line, kicks Greene off committees
WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiercely divided House tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees Thursday, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Underscoring the political vise her inflammatory commentary has clamped her party into, nearly all Republicans voted against the Democratic move but none defended her lengthy history of outrageous social media posts. ...
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Thursday February 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 782
Marjorie Taylor Greene has been stripped of her committee assignments. What's next?
(CNN)The Democrat-led House of Representatives voted on Thursday to remove Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, but that doesn't mean the backlash against her -- or the spotlight on her -- is at an end. Greene, a freshman from Georgia, remains a member of Congress and will still be able to vote. But she has quickly become one of the most controversial lawmakers during her short time in office. That has elevate ...
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Thursday February 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 793
Gavin Newsoms'  polls are sinking. Democrats are mobilizing. The Newsom recall just got real
OAKLAND, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t want to talk about the recall. But his allies can’t ignore it. The campaign to oust Newsom went from unlikely to unavoidable this week as pervasive frustration with Newsom’s pandemic management cut sharply into his approval numbers. The longer businesses have been closed, hospitals full and school campuses shut, the more the movement has gained traction beyond conservative social media cir ...
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Wednesday February 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 802
'Let them take you to court': Biden dares GOP to obstruct him
o big. Go fast. And, if need be, go without the GOP. Since assuming office two weeks ago, President Joe Biden has made this his credo while instituting a record 45 executive actions that fulfill campaign promises on everything from climate change to racial equity to immigration, that undo a number of Donald Trump’s policies, and that have shaped the news cycle along the way. And while the carefully calibrated policy rollout can’t, on its ow ...
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Wednesday February 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 800
McConnell lies low ahead of Trump trial
Kevin McCarthy is hugging former President Donald Trump as tightly as he can. Liz Cheney voted to impeach him. But Mitch McConnell isn’t making any sudden movements as House Republicans tear each other apart in Trump's wake. The Senate minority leader is deferring a final verdict on Trump, even with the opportunity to do so via the president’s forthcoming impeachment trial. McConnell’s strategy reflects the consensus of his fellow Senate Repub ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 773
Biden signals support for Senate Democrats moving on COVID relief without GOP backing
With Republican opposition growing to the size of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, President Joe Biden on Friday expressed his clearest support yet for Senate Democrats to use a fast-track budgetary tool that would allow the legislation to pass with a simple majority. Asked by reporters as he left the White House, "Do you support passing COVID relief through budget reconciliation?," Biden answered, "I support passing COVID relief wi ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 804
Protecting Democracy at the Cost of Projecting Democracy
More than a century and a half later, years and events – everything from the shooting deaths of two U.S. Capitol Police officers and the Oklahoma City bombing to 9/11 – have closed the security perimeter around buildings that define American democracy around the world. The Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol has federal officials in Washington, D.C., mulling a more drastic and visually dramatic tactic – making permanent the high fences installed ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 771
Democrats Hope for Compromise, Plan for Action on Coronavirus Relief Bill
DEMOCRATS ARE CHARTING a new path to help them pass the latest round of coronavirus relief in the event that Congress can't successfully negotiate and coalesce around bipartisan legislation like they did multiple times over the course of 2020. With slim majorities in both chambers and control of the White House, Democrats are simultaneously gauging Republicans' appetite for another pricey rescue package while also embarking on a legislative so ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 756
Russian anti-Putin anger spreads: 'We have to protest'
Filip Kuznetsov spent an entire night crammed into a police van with 17 other protesters because Moscow's detention centres were all full. He was among a record 4,002 people arrested across Russia last week, as large crowds took to the streets to demand the release of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Further protests have been called for Sunday, threatening to strain the system even further. "We didn't sleep all night. One person a ...
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Friday January 29, 2021 - Times viewed: 770
'I'm just furious': Relations in Congress crack after attack
Some House lawmakers are privately refusing to work with each other. Others are afraid to be in the same room. Two members almost got into a fist fight on the floor. And the speaker of the House is warning that “the enemy is within.” Forget Joe Biden’s calls for unity. Members of Congress couldn't be further divided. Just weeks into the 117th Congress, the bedrock of relationships hasn't been on such shaky ground in more than a generation, ...
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Wednesday January 27, 2021 - Times viewed: 768
Early Procedural Test Shows Where Senate GOP May Stand On Convicting Trump
After senators were sworn in Tuesday afternoon as jurors in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Sen. Rand Paul quickly pressed for a vote to force lawmakers on the record over the issue of the trial's constitutionality. The Senate voted 55-45 to reject the Kentucky Republican's argument that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office. Just five Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins of Main ...
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Tuesday January 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 771
House managers deliver impeachment article against Trump, kicking off trial preparations
The House delivered its article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, kicking off preparations for the coming trial. House impeachment managers held a ceremonial procession through National Statuary Hall and the Capitol Rotunda to the Senate on Monday evening to present the article of impeachment to the secretary of the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., named nine Democratic impeachment ma ...
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Tuesday January 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 768
Trump impeachment goes to Senate, testing his sway over GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats delivered the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the Senate for the start of his historic trial, but Republican senators were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to convict him over the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. It’s an early sign of Trump’s enduring sway over the party. The nine House prosecutors carried the sole impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrect ...
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Sunday January 24, 2021 - Times viewed: 761
How does a 50-50 Senate work? Two leaders who tried it explain
arty leaders in today’s 50-50 Senate are haggling over a power-sharing agreement, and that’s no surprise. Only twice in American history has the Senate had a dead-even split: in a special session in 1881, and exactly 20 years ago, on the heels of a contentious presidential election decided by the Supreme Court. In that charged atmosphere, Sens. Trent Lott, Republican from Mississippi, and Tom Daschle, Democrat from South Dakota, managed to wor ...
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Sunday January 24, 2021 - Times viewed: 743
What does a 50-50 Senate get Joe Biden as president?
Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia run-off elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats. Hours after the races were decided, a mob of zealots ransacked the US Capitol and reshaped the national and political landscape. The unexpected new balance of power giving Democrats only the barest control of Congress has big consequences for next president - easy confirmation of his ...
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Sunday January 24, 2021 - Times viewed: 804
The 50-50 Senate is already running into trouble figuring out its rules
The Senate is now split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans — and an early argument over its rules could indicate just how much the GOP intends to obstruct other legislative priorities. Because Democrats control the White House, they have the majority in an evenly divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris poised to serve as a tiebreaker. To officially determine how the Senate will function when it comes to things like committee mem ...
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Saturday January 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 784
In Senate deal, Trump impeachment trial put off until early February
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to push back former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by two weeks, giving the chamber more time to focus on President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and Cabinet nominees before turning to the contentious showdown over Trump. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said the trial is set to begin during the week of Monday Feb. 8, an arrangement praised b ...
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Thursday January 21, 2021 - Times viewed: 779
Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,” Biden took the oath Wednesday at a U.S. Capitol that had been battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks earlier. Then, taking his place in the White House Oval ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 730
DC on lockdown and on edge before Biden's inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) — The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place in a Washington on edge, after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol unleashed a wave of fear and unmatched security concerns. And law enforcement officials are contending not only with the potential for outside threats but also with rising concerns about an insider attack by troops with a duty to protect him. There have been no specific threats made against Biden. ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 762
Facing crush of crises, Biden will take helm as president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. The very ceremony in which presidential power is transferred, a hallowed American democratic tradition, will serve as a jarring reminder of the challenges Biden faces: The inauguration unfol ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 770
Trump's last-minute pardons include Bannon, Lil Wayne and scores of others
(CNN)President Donald Trump issued a raft of 11th-hour pardons and commutations early Wednesday that included his onetime political strategist, a former top fundraiser and two well-known rappers but not himself or his family. The batch of 73 pardons and 70 commutations issued in the final hours of his presidency was expected, and is in keeping with a long-standing presidential tradition of exercising clemency powers at the last minute. The ...
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Friday January 15, 2021 - Times viewed: 811
Donald Trump sent hidden message to supporters in speech, body language expert claims
After making history by becoming the first US president to be impeached twice, Donald Trump addressed the nation in a video message. He was forced to share the five minute video from the White House Twitter account, after his own was deleted by the social media platform. The President condemned last week's Capitol violence, promising that those who engaged in the "troubling" attack will be "brought to justice". However he failed to menti ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 825
Republicans turn on Trump over impeachment
Several members of Donald Trump's Republican party say they will vote to impeach the president over his role in last week's storming of Congress. The third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, Liz Cheney, said Mr Trump "lit the flame" of the attack that resulted in five deaths. A vote in the Democratic-controlled House is expected on Wednesday. In his first public appearance since the riot, the president took no respon ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 833
Voice of America reporter reassigned for Pompeo questions
NEW YORK (AP) — The White House reporter for Voice of America was abruptly pulled from her beat after trying to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following a speech he gave at the government agency this week. Pompeo’s speech and the demotion of Patsy Widakuswara led to an angry phone meeting between journalists and managers Tuesday that typified some of the tensions at the agency during President Donald Trump’s administration. Founded ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 799
McConnell furious with president, supports move to initiate impeachment proceedings: sources
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supports Democrats' move to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump and is "done" and "furious" with him, sources familiar told Fox News. It is unclear how McConnell would vote in an impeachment trial, should House Democrats vote to impeach Trump. It is not clear at this point whether McConnell would vote to convict. One source told Fox News that McConnell has not made up his mind ab ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 763
The House just passed a resolution calling on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment
A House vote on Tuesday revealed strong support for President Donald Trump’s removal in the wake of the violent January 6 attack on the Capitol. House lawmakers on Tuesday voted 223-205 to approve a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) that urges Vice President Mike Pence to use the process outlined in the 25th Amendment to force Trump to step down. One Republican — Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) — voted in favor of the resolution alongside De ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 789
With some Republicans on board, U.S. House Democrats press forward on impeachment vote
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office. With eight days remaining in Trump’s term, the House will vote on Wednesday on an article of impeachment accusing the Republican of inciting insurrection in a speech to his fol ...
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