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Mark Kelly to be sworn in as US senator

Democrats will pick up a Senate seat on Wednesday when former astronaut Mark Kelly is sworn in as a US senator for Arizona after defeating Republican Sen. Martha McSally last month.
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Mark Kelly to be sworn in as US senator, flipping Arizona seat from red to blue

Democrats will pick up a Senate seat on Wednesday when former astronaut Mark Kelly is sworn in as a US senator for Arizona after defeating Republican Sen. Martha McSally last month.
Tags: Senate, US, Cnn, Arizona, Mark Kelly, Sen Martha McSally


US Covid deaths soar as Barr dismisses Trump's election conspiracy theories – live updates

US sees highest level of daily Covid deaths since April as over 180,000 new cases are recordedBarr: no evidence of voter fraud that would change election outcomeGeorgia Republican warns Trump is inciting violence over electionJustice department investigates alleged ‘bribery for pardon’ scheme‘Help is on the way’: Biden introduces economic teamSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 10.20am GMT Whatever Joe Biden has up his sleeve as an economic plan, or regardless of whe...
Tags: Congress, California, Senate, Disney, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Janet Yellen, Biden, Disneyland, Donald Trump, Walt Disney, Trump, Yellen, Barr


White House Still Pushing To Slip Section 230 Repeal Into 'Must Pass' Military Spending Bill (techdirt)

This was rumored a week and a half ago, and at the time I stated that there was no way in hell it was happening, and that it was all just performative nonsense... but yesterday Axios reported that the White House is still pushing Congress to insert a total repeal of Section 230 into the "must pass" National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). At the time, the story was that Trump would make a trade: he wouldn't veto the bill over a provision that removed Confederate army names from US military bas...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, US, United States, Trump, Mike Masnick, NDAA


READ: Senate GOP's latest economic relief proposal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday shared a new relief plan with his fellow Senate Republicans. CNN has obtained a draft of the proposal. Read that draft below.
Tags: Senate, Cnn, Mitch McConnell, Senate GOP


McConnell pushing to lock down GOP support for new Covid relief plan as pressure grows to cut a deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is circulating a new relief plan as part of a last-ditch effort to pass a bill to prop up the struggling economy before year's end, moving to lock down Republican support even as a number of his own members and Democrats push for a different approach.
Tags: Senate, Cnn, Gop, Mitch McConnell, McConnell


Without Action From Congress, Millions Of Americans Face A Benefits Cliff

As legislators resume going through the motions of preparing to act on COVID-19 relief, economists and advocates are warning that millions of Americans could face a loss of benefits by the end of December if Congress fails to act. Among them are 12 million people who could lose their unemployment benefits. “That’s the real war on Christmas” quipped Arnab Datta, a senior legislative counsel at Employ America. “It’s not just shameful, it’s gonna devastate the economy.”    “The longer thi...
Tags: News, Congress, Cdc, Senate, House, Treasury, Nancy Pelosi, Brookings Institution, Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, Mark Meadows, Brookings Institute, Century Foundation, National Employment Law Project, Mnuchin, Steve Mnuchin


‘Gone Too Far’: GA Election Official Torches Trump, GOP Sens For Silence On Death Threats

Much like Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensberger, his aide Gabriel Sterling is fed up with President Trump and the battleground state’s two Republican senators — Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), whose runoff elections in January will determine the balance of the Senate — for failing to condemn death threats of violence against election officials and workers. Sterling came out swinging as he kicked off his fiery press conference Tuesday afternoon by saying he would do h...
Tags: News, Senate, Georgia, Sterling, Donald Trump, Trump, Gwinnett County, Loeffler, Purdue, Joe diGenova, 2020 Election, Sens David Perdue R GA, Kelly Loeffler, Summer Concepcion, Chris Krebs, Raffensperger


Australian politics live: OECD warns Australia over China exports; GDP figures to be released

OECD cautions against escalation in tension with Beijing; national accounts figures due; agriculture and trade ministers to meet wine producers; RBA governor to appear at economics committee – follow the latest updates Afghans outraged at image of Australian soldier drinking from prosthetic legSports rorts inquiry accuses government of obstructing its investigationFollow our global coronavirus live blog 9.11pm GMT Scott Morrison has once again used his WeChat login (his team signed up under ...
Tags: Australia, Senate, China, Australia news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, OECD, Scott Morrison, Northern Territory, RBA, TMW, Australian Defence Force Australia


Stimulus Package Update: Lawmakers Unveil Bipartisan COVID Relief Plan

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Tags: Business, New York, News, Minnesota, Congress, Senate, White House, Virginia, West Virginia, Joe Biden, Economy, Maine, South Dakota, Alaska, House, New Jersey


Congress has resumed talks about a new COVID-19 deal but here's why $1,200 stimulus checks probably aren't coming anytime soon

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Congress has still not reached a new stimulus deal to aid the millions of Americans financially struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a $908 billion proposal on Tuesday, though it leaves out $1,200 direct payments. Time is running out on Capitol Hill to pass a legislative package as lawmakers face a December 11 deadl...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Time, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Economy, Cnn, House, Treasury, Mitch McConnell


Republican Mark Walker jump-starts 2022 Senate battle in announcing North Carolina bid

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Walker announced his 2022 Senate bid on Tuesday, jump-starting a long primary for a rare open seat that will be crucial to the future control of the chamber.
Tags: Senate, Cnn, North Carolina, Mark Walker


Georgia's lieutenant governor joins state GOP officials in rejecting Trump's 'misinformation'

Georgia's Republican lieutenant governor on Tuesday joined a growing list of GOP officials in the state who are publicly rejecting President Donald Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud, saying the misinformation spread by the President and his allies is "alarming" and could jeopardize the party in upcoming Senate runoff elections.
Tags: Senate, Georgia, Cnn, Gop, Republican, Donald Trump, Trump


Georgia's lieutenant governor joins GOP officials in rejecting Trump's 'misinformation'

Georgia's Republican lieutenant governor on Tuesday joined a growing list of GOP officials in the state who are publicly rejecting President Donald Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud, saying the misinformation spread by the President and his allies is "alarming" and could jeopardize the party in upcoming Senate runoff elections.
Tags: News, Senate, Georgia, Gop, Stories, Republican, Donald Trump, Trump


The rise and fall of White House COVID-19 advisor Dr. Scott Atlas, a lockdown skeptic who had Trump's ear and fought with experts like Fauci

Dr. Scott Atlas speaks at White House press conference on September 23, 2020, as President Donald Trump looks on. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Dr. Scott Atlas resigned from the White House coronavirus task force on Monday, after less than four months on the team.  President Donald Trump brought Atlas onto the task force in August, after he had appeared on Fox News for months, echoing the president's anti-lockdown opinions.  Atlas is a healthcare-policy expert who works at the Hoover Institute...
Tags: Politics, Science, Washington Post, Cdc, Senate, White House, Nbc News, US, Trends, Cnn, Atlas, Bill Gates, News UK, National Institutes of Health, Fox News, Michigan


Mitch McConnell acknowledged pressure to deliver more COVID-19 stimulus, and said he thinks Congress can do it this month

Sen. Mitch McConnell. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday there is "no reason" Congress can't quickly agree a new round of coronavirus stimulus. Democrats and Republicans have been at an impasse for months, with Republicans seeking a slimmer deal and Democrats looking for more. Time is short: Congress is meeting for a short session due to end by Christmas, and also has to avert a government shutdown. Among the issues to be thrashed out are wheth...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Finance, Senate, Time, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Democrats, Gop, New York Times, News UK, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump


Sports rorts inquiry accuses government of obstructing its investigation

Senate committee investigating grants program says ‘systematic lack of disclosure’ stopped it from doing its jobAn inquiry into the sports rorts scandal has accused the government of “obstruction” after the former minister, Bridget McKenzie, refused to appear and her successor blocked the release of advice about the legality of the $100m program.In an interim report tabled on Tuesday, the Senate select committee rejected current sport minister Richard Colbeck’s public interest immunity claim tha...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Canberra, McKenzie, Sport Australia, Bridget McKenzie, Richard Colbeck


Australian politics live: Chinese embassy accuses Canberra of overreacting to tweet on Afghan killings

Embassy official dismisses ‘rage and roar’ over tweet; new WA border rules not requiring quarantine to start on 8 December; Paul Fletcher complains to ABC chair about Four Corners program. Follow latest updatesPoll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Follow our global coronavirus live blogAustralia’s coronavirus restrictions explained: state by state 5.29am GMT One Nation is out, howeverOne Nation...
Tags: Health, Labor, Abc, Senate, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party


Biden transition braces for tough Senate confirmation for Neera Tanden

Joe Biden's transition team is bracing for a tough Senate confirmation battle for the President-elect's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, who is already facing fierce opposition from Senate Republicans.
Tags: Senate, Joe Biden, Cnn, Biden, Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden


See Obama adviser's reaction to McConnell quoting him

Austan Goolsbee, the former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama, responds to being quoted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor regarding a Covid-19 stimulus deal.
Tags: News, Obama, Senate, Stories, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Council of Economic Advisers, Austan Goolsbee


Trump’s NATO Ambassador Promises ‘Smooth’ Transition For Biden

President Trump’s NATO ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, who also formerly served as a U.S. senator from Texas, on Monday assured that there would be a “smooth” and “seamless” transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. Hutchison’s vow for a “smooth transition” came during a virtual news conference in Brussels on Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News, amid the sitting president’s ongoing refusal to concede even as his legal battles challenging the legitimacy of the election...
Tags: Texas, News, Senate, Joe Biden, Nato, General Services Administration, Brussels, Biden, Dallas Morning News, Trump, Hutchison, Ted Cruz R TX, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Summer Concepcion, Emily Murphy, Sens John Cornyn R TX


Georgia reports more than 940,000 absentee ballot requests for Senate runoff

More than 940,000 mail-in ballots have been requested in Georgia for the January 5 runoff election that will decide which party controls the Senate, Gabriel Sterling, the state's voting systems implementation manager, said Monday.
Tags: Senate, Georgia, Cnn


It’s Not Just Trump: COVID-19 Is The Test That Conservatism Was Built To Fail

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis.  Nearly nine months into this COVID crisis, the virus appears to be raging completely out of control in the United States. Last week, we set new, dismal records for both hospitalizations and new cases, and daily deaths from COVID have now reached levels we haven’t suffered since the spring. Worse, there does not appear to be any plan in place to arrest the spread and bend the curve back downward, at least not from this ...
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Arizona certifies Biden's win as Trump's legal team holds an event in the state over the president's baseless claims of voter fraud

Supporters of President Donald Trump protest in front of a local hotel where Arizona Republicans have scheduled a meeting as a "fact-finding hearing" to discuss the election, featuring members of Trump's legal team and Arizona legislators, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Phoenix. Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo Arizona officially certified President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in the state, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs announced Monday. "This election was conducted...
Tags: Politics, News, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Gop, House, Arizona, Hobbs, Biden, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump


Biden's decision to pick Neera Tanden for a top economic role exposes an ongoing rift with Bernie Sanders-allied progressives

CAP President Neera Tanden moderates the "Why Women's Economic Security Matters For All" panel discussion at The Center For American Progress on September 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden has angered both progressive Democrats and Republicans with his announcement that he will nominate Neera Tanden to direct the Office of Management and Budget.  Tanden, head of the influential liberal think tank Center for American Progress, is a longtime a...
Tags: Politics, News, Obama, Montana, Washington, Senate, White House, Israel, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Social Security, Warren, Republican


Grassley returns to Senate office after testing positive for Covid-19

Sen. Chuck Grassley returned to his Senate office Monday after testing positive for Covid-19 and completing a quarantine earlier this month, and he called on Congress to pass additional coronavirus relief legislation.
Tags: Congress, Senate, Cnn, Grassley, Sen Chuck Grassley, COVID


The Zaniest Pro-Trump Conspiracists Are Making Life Hard For the GOP In Georgia

Would you bother voting in an election you thought was hopelessly corrupt? What if it came two months after a presidential election that the opposition had stolen by secretly “switching” votes? What if even the elected Republican leadership of your state had been bought off with foreign communist money?  That’s the question some Trump-supporting voters in Georgia — besieged on all sides by false conspiracy theories about why Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection in the state — are conte...
Tags: News, Senate, Georgia, Democrats, Gop, United States, Biden, Donald Trump, Perdue, Wood, Ali, Trump, Lazarus, State, U S Senate, Sidney Powell


Mark Kelly, winner of special election to fill McCain's seat, to be sworn in Wednesday as Arizona's new senator

Because he won a special election to fill the late Sen. John McCain's seat, Kelly will join the Senate weeks before the other 2020 senators-elect.         [Author: Arizona Republic]
Tags: News, Senate, Arizona, John Mccain, Kelly, McCain, Arizona Republic, Mark Kelly


Georgia secretary of state calls out 'dishonest actors' for 'exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters' and 'misleading the president as well'

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Atlanta. Brynn Anderson/AP Photo Georgia's secretary of state criticized "dishonest actors" for spreading disinformation about the 2020 election in a news conference on Monday. "Frankly, they are misleading the president as well, apparently," Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said. President Donald Trump still has not conceded the election and has attacked Georgia's state leaders for ...
Tags: Politics, News, Senate, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Don, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Brian Kemp, 2020 Elections, Raffensperger, Brad Raffensperger, Gabriel Sterling Georgia, Atlanta Brynn Anderson AP Photo Georgia


Here are the historic firsts in Biden's administration

Several of President-elect Joe Biden's nominees would make history if confirmed by the United States Senate to serve in top roles in his incoming administration.
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