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    A man seen in a now-viral video beating a police officer with an American flag at the U.S. Capitol building last week gave an interview before the melee to a British newspaper in which he called for “death” to lawmakers, who he accused of treason. Video of the disturbing attack emerged over the weekend. It showed a swarm of apparent Trump supporters dragging a Washington, D.C. police officer into a crowd and beating him. A photo taken from above the scene shows the officer lying face down on steps leading to the Capitol entrance. The officer has not been identified, and his medical status is unclear. Disturbing footage from Wednesday at the Capitol appears to show a police officer being dragged down the stairs and beatenpic.twitter.com/JwKvmtugVH — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 10, 2021 One member of the mob stood out, in part because of the weapon he used...
    EWING, N.J. (CBS/CNN) — A congresswoman from New Jersey has tested positive for the coronavirus following last week’s U.S. Capitol lockdown. Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman revealed Monday she received a positive COVID-19 test. The congresswoman believes she was exposed last Wednesday while in protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building during the riots. Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I decided to take a Covid test. I have tested positive.https://t.co/wivlbwrmV0 — Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) January 11, 2021 Lawmakers and Capitol staff on Sunday received a memo from the Capitol’s attending physician, Dr. Brian P. Monahan, warning of a possible risk of COVID-19 exposure after a large group of lawmakers were forced to gather in a secure location during the breach of the U.S. Capitol last week. A number of members who were in isolation with Watson...
    Some of America's biggest corporate names — from Exxon to Facebook — said they are pausing their political donations in the wake of the deadly riot at the Capitol Building. Some of the businesses said they would halt donations specifically to the 147 Republicans who opposed the Electoral College count to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win. The corporate run for the exits began when Marriott and Blue Cross Blue Shield over the weekend said they would halt donations to the Republicans who opposed the Electoral College count in the wake of the deadly Capitol Building assault by supporters of President Donald Trump. The companies said the Republicans' vote against certification sought to undermine a legitimate election. Citigroup weighed in Sunday with a similar public statement. By Monday morning, the number of big businesses halting political donations had become a flood. Among them are American Express, Dow, Exxon, Facebook, Ford Motors, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said the House will be moving forward with a resolution to impeach Donald Trump, whom she referred to in a letter to her colleagues as an "imminent threat" to both the U.S. Constitution and democracy. "In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both," she said. "The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action." This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.
      Several GOP lawmakers on Friday voiced frustrations with how House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyWho let Trump happen? READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Kansas City paper says Hawley has blood on his hands MORE (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Lawmakers say work certifying Biden win to continue tonight GOP lawmakers object to Arizona Electoral College vote tally MORE (R-La.) responded to this week's deadly Capitol riots by Trump supporters. “I’m furious,” one GOP lawmaker told The Hill. “I think there is some concern growing not recognizing the historic nature of what happened to our democracy on Wednesday. And just doubling down on the hard-right type of message during that moment was troublesome,” another member said. More than five GOP lawmakers who spoke to The Hill said that with the exception of House...
    Heated social media discourse has attributed to the "decline of America," podcast host Rob Smith said on Friday. "My theory is all of this stuff and the decline of America, it's really started with how intense our conversations are on social media right now," the host of "Rob Smith is Problematic" told "Fox & Friends." In light of the recent rioting that took place on Capitol Hill, Smith said that everyone "needs to take a step back to calm down and think about the things that are being said." "We don't really realize that social media has really only been here for about the past 10 to 15 years and has made everything so intense, so divided," he said. TOM COTTON SAYS PRO-TRUMP CAPITOL PROTESTERS WERE 'INSURRECTIONISTS' Violence erupted Wednesday afternoon in the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were in the process of certifying the Electoral College votes won by President-elect Joe Biden. At...
    BOSTON (CBS) — After protesters stormed the Capitol Building on Wednesday, Congress reconvened at 8 p.m. to finish certifying the states’ electoral vote counts. Before the Capitol Building was fully cleared of the protesters on Wednesday, many local lawmakers, who had been removed to a safe space, were signifying a willingness to return to business as soon as the building had been cleared. We cannot allow the actions of domestic terrorists to undermine the peaceful transition of power in our country. Americans picked a new president who wants to save lives, save our economy, and save our democracy. The certification of this election must resume immediately. — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 6, 2021 Supporters of President Donald Trump pushed through barricades outside the Capitol and made their way inside the building Wednesday afternoon shortly after Mr. Trump gave a speech once again falsely claiming to have won a second...
    President Donald Trump’s supporters breached the United States Capitol on Wednesday, forcing members of the House and Senate to lockdown or evacuate.  Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the Capitol as his own supporters breached the building, delaying the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory . Several Trump supporters have already made their way into the Senate and House chambers, while others continue to violently clash with the police outside. Watch live, via PBS News. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    (CNN)Two conservative lawmakers got into a contentious exchange with House staff Tuesday over rules requiring members to wear a mask on the floor, which prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to get involved and order them to follow the chamber's rules.The two lawmakers, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Chip Roy of Texas, were voting on Tuesday when the exchange occurred.CNN witnessed Roy not wearing a mask and engaging in an animated exchange with floor staff. Roy would not comment to CNN after he left the floor.Asked for comment, Greene's office said the congresswoman is "perfectly healthy and tested negative for COVID yesterday at the White House." "Speaker Pelosi directly addressed the Congresswoman and demanded she put on her mask while on the floor," the spokesperson said to CNN in a statement.Read MoreThe spokesperson then accused Pelosi of allowing "a COVID positive Democrat to waltz around the Capitol complex and on...
    Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Happy Valley, ended her run for House speaker on Monday following top House Democrats’ pledge to change how the chamber represents Oregonians. Bynum, a Black restaurant owner and an engineer by training, announced her race against sitting Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, in November. Elected in 2017, Bynum is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee and said her run for speakership was intended to champion Oregon entrepreneurs and include more Oregonians in a process too often characterized by closed door discussions. "I was just a mom who was really interested in funding education and standing up for small businesses," Bynum said. "I noticed that even though I was there at the table, I felt like there was more going on that I just couldn't put my finger on. And I didn't feel like that was healthy for the political process."...
    TEXAS Rep Kay Granger has tested positive for Covid, a day after mingling with other lawmakers in the nation's capitol on Sunday. Granger was diagnosed with the virus despite receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in December. 3Rep Kay Granger has been diagnosed with CovidCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Members of the House were sworn in on SundayCredit: Rex Features Granger was present in DC to be sworn in with the rest of the House of Representatives, and vote for the speaker, on Sunday. A spokesperson for the rep said that she was tested for the virus when she arrived in DC for the beginning of the 117th Congress, and received the positive result afterwards. She has gone into quarantine and is under the care of her doctor, according to the spokesperson. "Having received the vaccine in December, she is asymptomatic and feeling great! She will remain...
    The FBI has confirmed to Fox News that it has received a letter from Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., which calls on Director Christopher Wray to open a criminal investigation into President Trump's Jan. 2 phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During the call, Trump repeatedly claimed that he won Georgia in November’s presidential election, but that thousands of improperly cast ballots resulted in a victory for President-elect Joe Biden. Trump urged Raffensperger to help him by invalidating enough ballots to award him the victory. Raffensperger said the president's data was incorrect. MCCARTHY REACTS TO LEAKED PHONE CALL OF TRUMP PRESSING GEORGIA'S SECRETARY OF STATE "As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes," the letter said, asking Wray "to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president." The FBI declined to...
    Meet the new Squad. Freshman Missouri Rep. Cori Bush on Sunday tweeted a photo of the high-profile group of progressive Democratic lawmakers, now joined by two new members. “Squad up,” Bush captioned the shot, which saw her and fellow freshman Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York join the four founding members, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.). The group stood shoulder-to-shoulder, but all wore masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Squad has established itself as a small but influential contingent of progressive lawmakers standing in opposition to not just Republicans but also entrenched moderate Democrats. All six, however, voted Sunday to elect California Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another stint as Speaker of the House.
    WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi was narrowly reelected Sunday as speaker, giving her the reins of Democrats' slender House majority as President-elect Joe Biden sets a challenging course of producing legislation to tackle the pandemic, revive the economy and address other party priorities.The California Democrat, who has led her party in the House since 2003 and is the only woman to be speaker, had been widely expected to retain her post. Pelosi received 216 votes to 209 for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who again will be the chamber's minority leader.To gain her victory, Pelosi had to overcome some Democratic grumbling about her longevity, a slim 222-211 edge over Republicans after November's elections, and a handful of absences because of the coronavirus. There were two vacancies in the 435-member House, and whatever happens Democrats will have the smallest House majority in two decades.The new Congress convened Sunday, just two days after lawmakers...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Legislature's 2021 political debates will center on the same terrain that fixated lawmakers around the country last year: the coronavirus pandemic, budget concerns and issues of racial bias in policing. Some new twists will be added to the mix, including the redrawing of political maps, another try at rewriting state tax laws and legislative haggling over whether to reconfigure Louisiana's elections system. Meanwhile, several lawmakers will be vying for a vacant congressional seat in a competition that could cause strain for the New Orleans delegation. The regular legislative session starts in April. Among the expected debates for lawmakers this year: —Louisiana politics will remain altered by the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus, with lingering disagreements between Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and some Republican lawmakers over his statewide mask mandate, restrictions on businesses and limits on public...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is siding with Republican legislators who are requesting access to election materials in Maricopa County. "Our filing today in the subpoena dispute between the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the legislature details why the Arizona Legislature has constitutional authority to investigate the County's administration of elections," Brnovich tweeted. Our filing today in the subpoena dispute between the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the legislature details why the Arizona Legislature has constitutional authority to investigate the County's administration of elections. Read amicus brief: https://t.co/lE1Tx9gOZu pic.twitter.com/M0i7NBjO88— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) December 30, 2020 The amicus curiae brief filed by Brnovich argues Maricopa County's contention that the Legislature lacks the power to issue subpoenas is mistaken. "The County incorrectly takes a narrow view of the legislative subpoena power," the amicus brief says. "The legislative power to issue subpoenas is inherent in the power to legislate. ... Consequently,...
    LONDON — Britain’s House of Commons voted resoundingly on Wednesday to approve a trade deal with the European Union, paving the way for an orderly break with the bloc that will finally complete the U.K.’s long and divisive Brexit journey. With just a day to spare, lawmakers voted 521-73 in favor of the agreement sealed between the U.K. government and the EU last week. Brexit enthusiasts in Parliament praised it as a reclamation of independence from the bloc. Pro-Europeans lamented its failure to preserve seamless trade with Britain's biggest economic partner. But the vast majority in the divided Commons agreed that it was better than the alternative of a chaotic rupture with the EU. The deal will become British law once is passes through the unelected House of Lords later in the day and gets formal royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II. UNITED KINGDOM WARNS OF 'BUMPY MOMENTS' DESPITE STRIKING POST-BREXIT...
    LONDON (AP) — UK lawmakers approve trade deal with European Union, pave way for orderly New Year’s break with bloc to complete Brexit. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By MARK GILLISPIE CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio lawmakers ended their 2020 legislative session late Tuesday without repealing or replacing a scandal-tainted bill that provides a $1 billion bailout for two aging Ohio nuclear power plants, among other provisions. The Legislature adjourned for the year after sending Republican Gov. Mike DeWine a number of bills for his signature. But after more than four months of negotiations, it failed to reach a deal to fix House Bill 6, the 2019 legislation under scrutiny since then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others were arrested in late July. Federal authorities say Householder led a $60 million bribery scheme secretly funded by Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. to win legislative approval for a $150 million annual subsidy for the nuclear plants, which were once operated by a wholly owned FirstEnergy subsidiary. Lawmakers received an 11th-hour reprieve on Monday when a state court judge in Columbus issued...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has threatened to torpedo Congress’ massive COVID-19 relief package in the midst of a raging pandemic and deep economic uncertainty, suddenly demanding changes fellow Republicans have opposed. Trump assailed the bipartisan $900 billion package in a video he tweeted out Tuesday night and suggested he may not sign the legislation. He called on lawmakers to increase direct payments for most Americans from $600 to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples. Railing against a range of provisions in the bill, including for foreign aid, he told lawmakers to “get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill.” Trump did not specifically vow to veto the bill, and there may be enough support for the legislation in Congress to override him if he does. But if Trump were to upend the sprawling legislation, the consequences...
    By KEVIN FREKING, ANDREW TAYLOR and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has threatened to torpedo Congress’ massive COVID-19 relief package in the midst of a raging pandemic and deep economic uncertainty, suddenly demanding changes fellow Republicans have opposed. Trump assailed the bipartisan $900 billion package in a video he tweeted out Tuesday night and suggested he may not sign the legislation. He called on lawmakers to increase direct payments for most Americans from $600 to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples. Railing against a range of provisions in the bill, including for foreign aid, he told lawmakers to "get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill.” Trump did not specifically vow to veto the bill, and there may be enough support for the legislation in Congress to override him if he does. But if...
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating how one Long Island town wound up with millions from the COVID-19 CARES Act. Now, a group of elected officials is demanding a review of Hempstead town’s COVID spending, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Tuesday. Sal Vaccaro of Floral Park is among the Long Island taxpayers angry about a controversy over CARES Act funding. “We’ve got to come together at this point,” Vaccaro said. MORE: Town Of Hempstead Gets More Cares Act Money Than Nassau County; ‘The County Should Certainly Be Getting A Lot More’ Nassau County is accusing the Town of Hempstead of misusing and failing to share millions the town was “mistakenly” granted. “It was very clear immediately there was an anomaly,” Rep. Kathleen Rice said. Suffolk County received $257 million. Nassau County got $103 million. The Town of Hempstead was given $133 million. It was the only town in...
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blasted the $2.3 trillion government spending bill — $900 billion of which is dedicated to coronavirus relief — criticizing Republicans for voting to print money with impunity. He warned Congress is essentially perpetuating lockdowns by handing money to states with leaders implementing rules that are “arbitrary and unscientific.” Both the House and Senate passed the 6,000-page coronavirus relief and spending bill on Monday, which Paul said makes “modern monetary theory look like child’s play in comparison,” labeling the legislation a “deficits don’t matter disaster.” “This bill is free money for everyone,” he said, explaining how “free money” is not the answer to the nation’s economic issues: “And yet if free money were the answer, if money really grew on trees, why not give more free money? Why not give it out all the time? Why stop at $600 per person? Why not $1,000? Why not...
    The U.S. House of Representatives skirted a government shutdown for the second time in a week by passing a two-day stopgap funding bill to allow Congress more time to agree on a COVID relief bill. The continuing resolution (CR), which passed the House and Senate with just hours to spare for Trump’s signature, will prevent a government shutdown and allow Congress more time to iron out sticking points in the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill that Americans have been awaiting for months.  House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., said that the public should not expect a bill to be agreed to sooner than 1 p.m. on Sunday. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., blamed Republicans for the inability to reach a deal Friday, saying the stimulus checks have proven to be the sticking point. "We want $1200 at least," she told the Hill. "And Republicans are fighting it back down to $600,...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature can decide the details on how federal block grants are spent, even when they run counter to a governor's wishes, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. A 6-1 majority upheld a Court of Appeals decision that the constitutional authority on how to appropriate those funds rests with the General Assembly. The ruling marks a setback for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper in the multiple lawsuits he's filed that have challenged the actions of GOP legislative leaders. Cooper has earned some legal victories. The latest decision focuses on $17 million in federal funds within the 2017 state budget law. How the legislature specifically spent those federal dollars, earmarked by Congress for community development, mental health and mother-and-child assistance, differed from how Cooper wanted to use them. Writing for the majority, Justice Sam Ervin IV rejected arguments of...
    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Corrrespondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden brings more Capitol Hill experience than any president in decades, but his transition has stumbled in ways large and small, exposing the challenges of navigating a Congress that is a different place than when he last served in 2009. He rolled out an almost all-white national security team when allies were expecting diversity. He filled top posts with familiar Washington hands rather than fresh newcomers. His team clumsily floated some names and retracted others for the Cabinet. None of the setbacks has been politically devastating. In fact, key Republicans are reaching out for personal calls with Biden, and Democrats are excited about the skilled and savvy professionals poised to join the administration as it battles the COVID-19 crisis and withering economy. But taken together, the slights and slip-ups of Biden’s interactions with Congress leave the impression his team...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden brings more Capitol Hill experience than any president in decades, but his transition has stumbled in ways large and small, exposing the challenges of navigating a Congress that is a different place than when he last served in 2009. He rolled out an almost all-white national security team when allies were expecting diversity. He filled top posts with familiar Washington hands rather than fresh newcomers. His team clumsily floated some names and retracted others for the Cabinet. None of the setbacks has been politically devastating. In fact, key Republicans are reaching out for personal calls with Biden, and Democrats are excited about the skilled and savvy professionals poised to join the administration as it battles the COVID-19 crisis and withering economy. But taken together, the slights and slip-ups of Biden’s interactions with Congress leave the impression his team is misreading the Capitol Hill...
    New York (CNN Business)Members of Congress who own stocks might face ethical dilemmas when they shape laws that could hurt -- or help -- their portfolios. Just ask Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Recent scrutiny has forced the issue of congressional stock trading into the limelight.The potential conflict of interest is blatantly obvious. Lawmakers should focus on the most efficient legislation and not what might best serve their financial interests. Sure, some laws achieve both, but voters shouldn't have to worry if their Washington representatives' stock portfolios would benefit from, or influence directly, their decisions as lawmakers.A lawmaker who owns shares in America's big banks might have different views on banking deregulation, for example, said James Cox, professor of corporate and securities law at Duke University."We should be very concerned about the fact that if you're able to profit on individual stocks, it may impact the kind of...
    A NEW $900billion stimulus package with a second round of $600 checks could be agreed on today. A deal on the new Covid relief package could come as early as this morning, according to reports. 2A deal could be made todayCredit: Getty Images - Getty The new package now includes $600 stimulus checks per person. However, it would not include state and local aid and a liability shield. The lawmakers are nearing closer to their Friday deadline to confirm a relief plan. On Tuesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell instilled hope as he said lawmakers are getting "closer and closer" to an agreement. "We're making significant progress and I’m optimistic that we’re gonna be able to complete an understanding sometime soon," McConnell said last night. Despite not confirming the monetary amount of the discussions, he did confirm that "everybody" wants an agreement. 2Americans have been waiting for a second round of...
    Members of Congress are grappling with the question of whether they should be prioritized for receiving a coronavirus vaccine as the first doses begin to be distributed to health care workers across the country. Lawmakers are wary of appearing to privilege themselves over their constituents, a factor that also made congressional leaders slow to implement a testing regime in the Capitol. At the same time, members of Congress are considered essential to making sure the government continues functioning and are in a position to help build public confidence in the vaccine by taking it themselves. They also face a higher risk of exposure than the average person during the pandemic because they still have to travel frequently between their districts and Washington, D.C., and congregate together in the Capitol.  And many lawmakers -- including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: US sanctions NATO ally Turkey over Russian defense system | Veterans groups,...
    Reuters December 13, 2020 0 Comments U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday repeated his threat to veto a massive defense policy bill, setting the stage for a major battle with U.S. lawmakers at a time when they are racing to hammer out a compromise on more coronavirus relief. The $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed both houses of Congress with more than the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto. Passage by the Republican-controlled Senate on Friday sent the measure to Trump, giving him 10 days – minus Sundays – to veto it, sign it or allow it become law without his signature. Trump shrugged off hopes by backers of the bill that strong bipartisan support for the measure – which has become law for 59 straight years – would prompt him to reconsider his threat. “THE BIGGEST WINNER OF OUR NEW DEFENSE BILL IS CHINA!...
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday repeated his threat to veto a massive defense spending bill, setting the stage for a major battle with U.S. lawmakers at a time when they are racing to hammer out a compromise on more coronavirus relief. The $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed both houses of Congress with more than the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto. Passage by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Friday sent the measure to Trump, giving him 10 days - minus Sundays - to veto it, sign it or allow it become law without his signature. Trump shrugged off hopes by backers that strong bipartisan support for the measure - which has become law for 59 straight years - would prompt him to reconsider his threat. "THE BIGGEST WINNER OF OUR NEW DEFENSE BILL IS CHINA!. I WILL VETO!"...
    Demonstrators at a protest against police brutality in St. Louis, Missouri, June 14, 2020. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images Two Missouri GOP lawmakers this week proposed legislation that would offer protections for individuals who hit people with their cars at protests, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the summer put forth a similar proposal that would've similarly offered protections to individuals who run down people at protests.   The tactic has been frequently associated with foreign terrorist organizations but has been seen in several incidents across the US this year. A 52-year-old in New York City was arrested last week after at least seven people were injured when she drove her car into protesters holding a demonstration against Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Two Missouri Republican lawmakers this week proposed legislation in the state to afford protections to people who...
    Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiUS dependence on China for rare earth minerals is a disaster waiting to happen Voters have demanded bold leadership and common sense, not partisan gridlock Women make record-breaking gains across state legislatures MORE (R-Alaska) said on Friday that she was "disappointed" with House lawmakers for supporting an effort to challenge election results in key battleground states.  "I am really surprised and disappointed that ... three days before everything is to be certified that there would be an effort by members, effort by states that are not even impacted in the sense of the challenges," Murkowski said.  "That there would be this effort following all of the court rulings that have set aside or disposed of any questions with regard to voting irregularity. ...So I'm surprised, and I'm even more so, I was really disappointed that this is continuing in this way," Murkowski continued.  Murkowski's comments came after...
    As if 2020 weren't already chaotic enough, it’s coming to a close with revelations of a federal tax investigation into President-elect Joe Biden's son and severed ties between a House Intelligence Committee and a Chinese spy. The clouds over Hunter Biden -- whose business dealings in China were scrutinized by two GOP committee chairs in the Senate -- and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., raise fresh questions about how the United States will confront one of its top strategic foes in 2021 and beyond. President-elect Joe Biden is perceived as being much friendlier to China than President Trump, but Capitol Hill remains wary. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., introduced a bill this month to block federal tax dollars from being spent on any goods or services from 20 Chinese-state-owned companies connected to the People’s Liberation Army. China’s military is involved with several businesses that produce and sell telecommunications devices, electronics, chemicals and even personal...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — A backlog of unemployment applications is piling up while a benefits scam could potentially cost California $2 billion, yet the state is failing to stop either, according to two state lawmakers. Democratic Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, who heads the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee, said she is seeing “a continued pattern of constituents who get lost in the process.” Hundreds of residents across the state report “this sense of falling into a black hole where you don’t know what’s wrong, where you make phone calls that go unanswered, and you wait months and months for benefits and grow increasingly desperate,” she said. READ MORE: CA Lawmakers Demand Answers From Bank Of America After Tens Of Thousands Of EDD Debit Cards Get Hacked Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson, a frequent critic of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Democratic administration, cited complaints from two whistleblower employees of the Employment Development Department as...
    Marin Assemblyman Marc Levine said this week that he and his colleagues were complying with all state and local health guidelines when dining outdoors on Monday amid a statewide surge in coronavirus cases. “I take health pretty seriously both for my family and for my community and I would never do anything to put that at risk,” Levine said Wednesday. Levine, D-Greenbrae, attended the outdoor dinner at the Maydoon restaurant in Sacramento on Monday after being sworn in for his fifth term representing Marin County and southern Sonoma County. His fellow diners were assembly members Adrin Nazarian, D-West Toluca Lake, Chad Mayes, I-Rancho Mirage, Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, and Chris Ward, D-San Diego. The state has issued new guidelines asking residents not to attend gatherings with people outside of their own households or to at least to limit any outdoor gatherings to three or fewer households. Prominent Democratic politicians including...
    Is this signature the only thing Donald Trump cares about?Imago via ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This is so, so dumb: The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed an economic relief package that would offer far skimpier federal unemployment benefits than what has been proposed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, adding an element of uncertainty into the fragile stimulus negotiations, according to two people familiar with the matter. Instead, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has proposed that lawmakers approve another stimulus check worth $600 per person and $600 per child, the people familiar with the plan said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to share details of private deliberations. ….Under the bipartisan framework released last week by a group of moderate lawmakers, Congress would approve…supplementary unemployment benefits at $300 per week...
    Elon Musk has confirmed he has relocated to Texas following a feud with California lawmakers over government shutdowns amid the COVID-19 crisis.  The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX made the announcement on Tuesday during an interview with The Wall Street Journal.  The 49-year-old South African, who has lived in California for almost two decades, says the state has become 'complacent' when it comes to innovation.  'They do tend to get a little complacent, a little entitled, and then they don't win the championship anymore,' he told the publication.  Musk claimed that California - and, in particular, Silicon Valley - 'has been winning for a long time'. 'I think they're taking it [winning] for granted a little bit,' he stated.  Elon Musk has confirmed he has relocated to Texas following a feud with California lawmakers over government shutdowns amid the COVID-19 crisis. He did not say whether his partner, Grimes,...
    SACRAMENTO —  A state law protecting tenants from evictions in California expires in two months, but lawmakers are seeking an extension until the end of next year, citing continuing economic hardships from a new stay-at-home order that’s meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The current law bars evictions as long as renters pay at least 25% of their rent and attest to financial hardship, but it expires on Jan. 31, 2021. Legislation introduced Monday would extend the protections for 11 months, until Dec. 31 of next year. “As we move into one of the most frightening COVID surges, keeping renters in their homes is crucial to ensuring our communities are healthy,” said Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco), author of AB 15, in a written statement. “Allowing these protections to expire Feb. 1 could lead to a wave of evictions and an increase in COVID cases.” Chiu also...
    Elon Musk has reportedly moved his private foundation from California to Texas, further fueling rumors that he's planning to move to the Lone Star state. The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX moved the Musk Foundation, to Austin Texas, where it created an entity over the summer. The foundation’s two locations in California and Austin merged, according to a certificate of the merger filed with the Texas Secretary of State in October that was signed by Musk and the surviving entity is located in Austin, according to Bloomberg. Musk, 49, has been slowly building roots in Texas. SpaceX and Tesla have facilities there, Musk has recently put all his California properties on the market and has allegedly cozied up to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after clashing with local leaders over coronavirus lockdowns. Elon Musk, 49, has reportedly moved his private foundation from California to Texas, further fueling rumors that...
    On numerous occasions, Giuliani met with officials for hours at a time without wearing a mask. Donald Trump said Monday his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani was "doing very well" after being hospitalized with the coronavirus as lawmakers in battleground states that Giuliani visited last week scrambled to make sure they did not contract the virus. The 76-year-old former New York mayor, hospitalized in Washington, had traveled extensively to battleground states to press Trump's quixotic effort to get legislators to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden and subvert the November vote. On numerous occasions, Giuliani met with officials for hours at a time without wearing a mask, including hearings last week with state lawmakers in Arizona, Georgia, and Michigan. Fallout from Giuliani's diagnosis continued Monday as the Michigan House announced it had canceled its voting session scheduled for Tuesday. Giuliani...
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers look less and less likely to debut the text of their COVID-19 stimulus deal Monday, as sticking points remain.  CNN reported that Republicans and Democrats still can't agree on two issues: lawsuit protections and state and local funding.  Lawmakers involved had aimed to release the text on Monday, but by mid-afternoon Wednesday looked more likely, Politico said.    A bipartisan group of lawmakers including Sen. Mark Warner (left), a Virginia Democrat, and Sen. Bill Cassidy (right), a Louisiana Republican are nearing a COVID-19 relief package deal  Lawmakers, including Sen. Joe Manchin (center) gathered last week to announce their framework last week. The bill is looking less and less likely to be released Monday  Sen. Joe Manchin (left), Sen. Bill Cassidy (center) and Rep. Fred Upton are among the group of bipartisan lawmakers hatching the package  There's no guarantee that House Speaker...
    Joe Biden's longtime friend and colleague Sen. Chris Coons may be key to the president-elect being able to work with Senate Republicans. Coons, 57, has a unique relationship with many GOP lawmakers, working closely with them even in a highly partisan climate. During an interview with Politico, the Delaware Democrat said he hopes to help Biden in the Senate, though he would have been open to a position within the administration. Coons was a top contender for Biden's Secretary of State, a post eventually given to Tony Blinken. "I can’t say I’m not disappointed to not be joining the administration," Coons said. "But, you know, a week later, I'm really optimistic that I’ll have the opportunity to be centrally involved." Coons, who refers to his Senate colleagues as "my family," has been open about working with lawmakers across the aisle, and has worked to strengthen his relationship with many,...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor is again telling lawmakers that he won’t call a special session to overturn Georgia’s election results and appoint 16 presidential electors who would support Republican President Donald Trump instead of Democratic president-elect Joe Biden. TRUMP: IF YOU DON'T VOTE IN GEORGIA, SOCIALISTS WIN Republican Brian Kemp issued a joint statement Sunday with Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, saying it would violate state law for the General Assembly to name electors instead of following the current state law that calls for the governor to certify electors after results are certified. “Any attempt by the legislature to retroactively change that process for the Nov. 3rd election would be unconstitutional and immediately enjoined by the courts, resulting in a long legal dispute and no short-term resolution,” the two said in their statement. GEORGIA SENATE RUNOFFS SPUR PROBE INTO THIRD-PARTY GROUPS TRYING TO REGISTER OUT-OF-STATE VOTERS Trump and Kemp...
    Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has reportedly told friends that he plans to move to Texas, after growing weary of high taxes and regulations in California.  The 49-year-old has been hinting for months that he could ditch the Golden State, and currently splits his time between LA and his SpaceX facilities in Texas. But he has now told friends and associates that he is planning to make move permanent, anonymous sources told CNBC.   The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has had a stormy relationship with California for months. In the spring, he fought with California lawmakers over coronavirus restrictions which were preventing him from reopening his Tesla factory in Fremont, near San Francisco. In April branded the lockdown rules fascist and said: 'Give people back their goddamn freedom.' Soon afterwards in May he announced that he would move his Tesla headquarters to Texas or Nevada and started allegedly cozying up...
    BOSTON (AP) — Better late than never. Five months into the new fiscal year, Massachusetts has a state budget. State lawmakers on Friday took the final votes on a $46.2 billion spending plan for the year that began July 1. It now heads to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who has 10 days to review the spending plan from the Democratic-controlled Legislature before issuing any vetoes and signing it into law. Among the contentious measures in this year’s budget is an amendment aimed at strengthening abortion rights. The measure would let women obtain an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of “fatal fetal anomalies.” Current state law allows abortions after 24 weeks only to preserve the life or health of the mother. It would also lower the age, to 16, at which an abortion could be obtained without the permission of a parent. Under current law, those under 18...
    A witness testifying about alleged voter fraud in the presidential election went viral Tuesday after a contentious exchange with Michigan legislators. “I know what I saw,” Melissa Carone, an IT specialist who worked for Dominion Voting Systems, said in response to her credibility being questioned during the hearing. “And I signed something saying that if I’m wrong, I can go to prison. Did you?” Carone claims she witnessed “complete fraud” during her time overseeing vote counts at Detroit’s TCF center. “The whole 27 hours I was there, there were batches of ballots being ran through the tabulating machines numerous times, being counted 8 to 10 times,” Carone testified. “I watched this with my own eyes; I was there to assist with IT.” At one point during the hearing, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared to try and shush Carone, and the performance quickly went viral on social media with...
    WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer are now backing the $908 billion stimulus bill that was introduced Tuesday by a bipartisan group of House members and senators "in the spirit of compromise."Pelosi and Schumer released a statement Wednesday calling on Republican Leader McConnell to "sit down with Democrats to finally begin a true, bipartisan effort to meet the needs of the country."This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress adjourns for the year.The Kentucky Republican made the announcement Tuesday after President-elect Joe Biden called upon lawmakers to pass a down payment relief bill now with more...
    WASHINGTON -- Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress adjourns for the year.The Kentucky Republican made the announcement Tuesday after President-elect Joe Biden called upon lawmakers to pass a down payment relief bill now with more to come next year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi resumed talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about a year-end spending package that could include COVID-19 relief provisions. Key Senate moderates rallied behind a scaled-back framework.It's unclear whether the flurry of activity will lead to progress. Time is running out on Congress' lame-duck session and Donald Trump's presidency, many Republicans won't even acknowledge that Trump has lost the election and good faith between the two parties remains in short supply.McConnell...
    By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress adjourns for the year. The Kentucky Republican made the announcement Tuesday after President-elect Joe Biden called upon lawmakers to pass a downpayment relief bill now with more to come next year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi resumed talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about a year-end spending package that could include COVID relief provisions. Key Senate moderates rallied behind a scaled-back framework. It’s not clear whether the flurry of activity will lead to actual progress. Time is running out on Congress' lame-duck session and Donald Trump’s presidency, many Republicans won’t even acknowledge that Trump has lost the election and good...
    WASHINGTON – Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress adjourns for the year. The Kentucky Republican made the announcement Tuesday after President-elect Joe Biden called upon lawmakers to pass a downpayment relief bill now with more to come next year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi resumed talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about a year-end spending package that could include COVID relief provisions. Key Senate moderates rallied behind a scaled-back framework. It’s not clear whether the flurry of activity will lead to actual progress. Time is running out on Congress' lame-duck session and Donald Trump’s presidency, many Republicans won’t even acknowledge that Trump has lost the election and good faith between the two parties remains...
    Arizona certified its presidential election results Monday as Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in the state outlining a conspiracy involving foreign powers, Democrats and voting machines that he said made the election 'illegitimate.' Arizona secretary of state State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, provided the certification, which also got a sign-off from the state's Republican governor, Governor Doug Ducey. All of the state's 11 electoral votes will go to President-elect Joe Biden, who secured 306 electoral votes to President Trump's 232. President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani called revisited his allegations of a conspiracy calling the election 'illegitimate' as Arizona certified its vote for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden The news, yet another blow for the president's legal strategy seeking to overturn the vote in states that voted for Biden, came as Trump railed against 'corruption' in the state. The certification closing off yet another pathway for Trump came as his...
    President Trump’s legal team is participating in a hearing on election integrity with members of the Arizona legislature, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. MST. The hearing is taking place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix and will feature Trump campaign attorneys Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani, who appear to be there in person. The meeting’s purpose is “to hear testimony and view evidence related to allegations of electoral compromise related to the 2020 election,” according to a press release by Republican state Rep. Mark Finchem, who is leading the event. Patriots from across the country are also expected to gather outside the venue, Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward said on Monday. “Many of the legislators are holding an evidentiary hearing today to show evidence of voter fraud voter irregularities and problems with our election that have put election integrity in doubt,” Ward explained. Arizona...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As businesses struggle and thousands of Coloradans are without jobs, a special session of the state legislature begins Monday. Gov. Jared Polis called for the session earlier in November to find ways to help, because Congress hasn’t delivered on another stimulus relief check. “I think we are all trying to come together and help Coloradans,” said state Rep. Hugh McKean, a Republican. (credit: CBS) State legislators are hoping to come to the rescue with a special session and a docket of spending bills. “We have some general fund revenue to come in and provide in a one-time basis to create a stimulus,” said House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, a Democrat So what will these bills do? First and foremost, a pair of bills aims to help small businesses like restaurants and bars through direct aid. “This will be about $57 million that will go out in direct...
    By FARNOUSH AMIRI, Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A government watchdog group is hoping to turn the lights back on at the Ohio Statehouse by opening long-closed records to see who is influencing the legislative process after a $1.3 billion nuclear plant bailout that is now under federal investigation. A proposal from Common Cause Ohio hopes to persuade lawmakers to once again bring transparency and accountability to the process behind a bill becoming a law. The records surround discussions and decisions at the Legislative Service Commission, a nonpartisan agency that assists lawmakers with drafting and researching legislation. The records, also called bill files, include memos from a bill’s sponsor and material provided by lobbyists who asked the House or Senate sponsor to propose it. State lawmakers voted to close the records to the public in 1999, citing that rival members of the General Assembly could read each...
    By Cedar Attanasio and Julie Carr Smyth | Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak. In some cases, elected officials are spending the last of a federal relief package passed in the spring as an end-of-year deadline approaches and the fall COVID-19 surge threatens their economies anew. Democrats have been the most vocal in criticizing President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Senate for failing to act, but many Republican lawmakers are also sounding the alarm. Underscoring the need for urgency, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the United States reached 205,557 on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – the first time its daily figure topped the 200,000 mark. Its previous daily high was 196,000...
    President Trump’s legal team will participate in a public “hearing” on election integrity with Arizona lawmakers on Monday, Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis announced on Friday. “Arizona State Legislature to hold hearing on election integrity Monday, November 30. Mayor @RudyGiuliani and I will be present on behalf of President @realDonaldTrump,” she announced, providing a link detailing the event: ????????????Arizona State Legislature to hold hearing on election integrity Monday, November 30. Mayor @RudyGiuliani and I will be present on behalf of President @realDonaldTrump. https://t.co/b8ORVzEakP — Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 27, 2020 ????Arizona election fraud hearing coming up Monday!!!???? pic.twitter.com/8Lv0YtOc6J — Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) November 27, 2020 “The President’s legal team will be present from DC to assist in a fact finding hearing with select members of the Arizona House and Senate and a panel of experts,” a description of the event reads. “The goal will be to gather the evidence that justifies...
    President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at transition Covid-19 advisory board briefing on Nov. 9, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images Student loan forgiveness is looking more like a possibility under President-elect Joe Biden, but an unintended consequence may emerge unless Washington intervenes: a tax on loan forgiveness. Biden has proposed creating a new program that would offer borrowers $10,000 of student debt relief for every year of national or community service, up to five years. Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have also said that the next president could wipe as much as $50,000 from borrowers' balances via an executive order. The catch is that under ordinary circumstances, debt forgiveness or discharge — whether you're negotiating a balance on a credit card bill or offloading your home and underwater mortgage in a "short sale" — you'll be owing taxes on the...
    MICHIGAN election board certifies victory for Joe Biden in another Donald Trump setback after president met with lawmakers. On Monday, the election official certified Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the state as President Trump and GOP member continued their efforts of blocking certifications of thousands of ballots. 1Joe Biden officially wins Michigan The Michigan GOP and Trump campaign continued calling for an unprecedented delay in the certification of election results over false claims of voter fraud. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account...
    When state lawmakers return to Nashville next January, one topic for consideration will be what to do with Tennessee’s $741 million surplus funds from a welfare program for the working poor – a larger surplus than any other state in the nation. The surplus of funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare program, also known as Families First, was first reported by the Beacon Center of Tennessee and the Tennessean last year. The program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The TANF program provides a roughly $240 monthly cash benefit for eligible families for a maximum of 16 months. The average monthly wage of employed participants was $920, as of September. About 15,500 families received TANF benefits in September, down from more than 17,500 in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Tennessee. In budget hearings with Gov. Bill Lee last week,...
    By Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are engaged in a risky but calculated bet that once President Donald Trump has exhausted his legal challenges to the election, he will come to grips with his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. But the opposite is happening. As one Trump court case after another falls by the wayside, Trump is doubling down on efforts to disrupt the election outcome. Rather than accept the reality of the vote, the president is using the weight of his office to try to squash it. He summoned Michigan state lawmakers to the White House on Friday after personally reaching out to GOP officials ahead of next week’s deadline to certify election results. Others from Pennsylvania may similarly be invited in. Republicans are standing by as it all unfolds. What started as a GOP strategy to give the president the time and space...
    WASHINGTON – Republicans in Congress are engaged in a risky but calculated bet that once President Donald Trump has exhausted his legal challenges to the election, he will come to grips with his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. But the opposite is happening. As one Trump court case after another falls by the wayside, Trump is doubling down on efforts to disrupt the election outcome. Rather than accept the reality of the vote, the president is using the weight of his office to try to squash it. He summoned Michigan state lawmakers to the White House on Friday after personally reaching out to GOP officials ahead of next week's deadline to certify election results. Others from Pennsylvania may similarly be invited in. Republicans are standing by as it all unfolds. What started as a GOP strategy to give the president the time and space he needed to process...
    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are engaged in a risky but calculated bet that once President Donald Trump has exhausted his legal challenges to the election, he will come to grips with his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. But the opposite is happening. As one Trump court case after another falls by the wayside, Trump is doubling down on efforts to disrupt the election outcome. Rather than accept the reality of the vote, the president is using the weight of his office to try to squash it. He summoned Michigan state lawmakers to the White House on Friday after personally reaching out to GOP officials ahead of next week's deadline to certify election results. Others from Pennsylvania may similarly be invited in. Republicans are standing by as it all unfolds. What started as a GOP strategy to give the president the time and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are engaged in a risky but calculated bet that once President Donald Trump has exhausted his legal challenges to the election, he will come to grips with his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. But the opposite is happening. As one Trump court case after another falls by the wayside, Trump is doubling down on efforts to disrupt the election outcome. Rather than accept the reality of the vote, the president is using the weight of his office to try to squash it. He summoned Michigan state lawmakers to the White House on Friday after personally reaching out to GOP officials ahead of next week’s deadline to certify election results. Others from Pennsylvania may similarly be invited in. Republicans are standing by as it all unfolds. What started as a GOP strategy to give the president the time and space he needed to...
    Michigan’s top two legislative leaders met at the White House Friday afternoon with President Trump and his legal team to discuss the president’s legal dispute to the vote count in their state.  Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield said in a statement following the meeting that they had not seen any evidence that would “change the outcome of the election” in Michigan but would continue a thorough review of the elections process.  “The candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan’s electoral votes,” they said. "We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and, as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election," the lawmakers continued.  TRUMP CAMPAIGN DROPS MICHIGAN LAWSUIT CHALLENGING VOTING RESULTS ...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said President Donald Trump’s upcoming meeting with lawmakers from the Midwestern U.S. state of Michigan will not be an “advocacy meeting” and will not include campaign officials. Trump meets Friday at the White House with Michigan's Republican state legislative leaders as his campaign continues to challenge Joe Biden's November 3 presidential victory based on unfounded allegations of voter fraud. After failing repeatedly in court challenges throughout the country to undermine Biden’s victory by questioning the legality of the vote count, the president and his legal advisers are now reaching out directly to Republican state legislative leaders to see if they are willing to take steps to reverse the will of voters. “This is not an advocacy meeting,” McEnany said at a White House news conference hours before the meeting. “There will be no one from the campaign there. He routinely meets with lawmakers from all...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will run out of federal coronavirus money before it pays out grants to all eligible small businesses and local government agencies seeking dollars from COVID-19 aid programs created by Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers. Officials running the programs told the joint House and Senate budget committee Friday they received more applications than the dollars available. “We have plenty of needs,” said Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser. The dollars come from $1.8 billion in direct coronavirus aid that Louisiana received from Congress. The Democratic governor and majority-Republican Legislature spent more than half the money to fill gaps in Louisiana's state budget. About $855 million remaining was split by lawmakers among several assistance programs. Nearly $525 million was earmarked to reimburse local government agencies' virus-related expenses. Another $260 million was steered to small business grants....
    Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president Sasse condemns Giuliani's 'wild press conferences': They 'erode public trust' Trump campaign legal fight keyed to court of public opinion MORE and other members of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include writeoffs: report Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be paid for' MORE’s personal legal team will reportedly not be at a meeting Friday with two Michigan lawmakers due to an exposure to COVID-19, two sources familiar with the matter told Axios.  Axios’s Jonathan Swan reported that on a Trump campaign call Friday morning with Eric Herschmann, a lawyer on the White House staff, Herschmann said that the legal team would not be present at...
    RG Friday afternoon news broke that Andrew Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani’s son and special assistant to President Donald Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus. As Politico noted, the younger Giuliani was in the room during his father’s wild press conference Thursday and “was one of the few White House staffers seen without a mask in the Rose Garden last Friday.” That caused a problem with the Trump legal team, which will reportedly not be in the room when the president talks with Michigan Republican leaders for a much-criticized planned meeting Friday. The meeting comes amid the team’s legal challenges to votes in Michigan and a number of other states. When local GOP officials in one county initially refused to certify the results, before reversing their decision, the president publicly praised them. Per Axios, Giuliani’s son exposed the legal team and they are avoiding the meeting: Rudy Giuliani and other key members...
    President Donald Trump is meeting with several of Michigan’s top state lawmakers Friday in a bid to overturn the state’s election results. The meeting comes after Trump’s legal team withdrew its federal lawsuit challenging the state’s results and after Trump called two Republican election officials in Wayne County who sought to rescind their votes confirming its results. The delegation traveling to the White House includes about 12 people, according to NBC News. Michigan Republican leaders, including House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Leader Mike Shirkey, were seen traveling to Washington D.C. Friday morning as well. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey arriving in DC this morning, invited to meet with Pres Trump about challenging Biden’s win in Michigan. pic.twitter.com/w9GkERijUe — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 20, 2020 Even if Trump asks the group to somehow change Michigan’s results to an extent that would declare him the winner, it is...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday denied that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include writeoffs: report Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be paid for' MORE had invited two top Michigan officials to the White House as part of an "advocacy meeting," even as the president and his allies openly push to overturn the election results in the state. McEnany during her first press briefing in six weeks confirmed that Trump will meet with officials from the Michigan state legislature at the White House, but she declined to divulge details about the nature of the meeting. "He will be meeting later on," she said. "This is not an advocacy meeting. There will be no one from the campaign there." "He routinely...
    The organizer of an annual conference attended by lawmakers and lobbyists on the Hawaiian island of Maui has defended going ahead with the event despite the coronavirus pandemic. Independent Voter Project (IVP) Chairman and Executive Director Dan Howle told "America's Newsroom" he has nothing to apologize by holding the bipartisan public policy conference at the Fairmont Kea Lani, where rooms reportedly start at $600 per night. CALIFORNIA AUTHORITIES INSIST PEOPLE STAY HOME -- MEANWHILE THEY'RE ESCAPING TO LAVISH GETAWAY IN HAWAII "I understand the outrage," Howle admitted, "but the fact of the matter is we've been doing this for 15 years." "If you just cancel everything and just hunker down and go home, we'll never find the solutions to these problems," he added. News of the four-day conference broke just days after the California Department of Public Health issued a travel advisory urging residents to stay home and not to leave their "region." Lawmakers from California were...
    Several California lawmakers traveled to Hawaii to attend a lobbyist conference the same week California issued a strong warning against traveling and increased lockdown restrictions. About 50 people, including several California lawmakers, attended the conference held by the Independent Voter Project at the Fairmont Kea Lani on the Hawaiian island of Maui this week, according to the Sacramento Bee. In total, 20 legislators from across the country from both parties attended the event, but organizers would not provide specific names. “Fair to say that the timing isn’t great," Claremont McKenna College politics professor Jack Pitney told Politico. "Anybody organizing an in-person event should think carefully about the optics, particularly in California, where the governor has just sent most of the state into purple. There’s a chance this will not be received well by the general public.” The event’s organizer, Dan Howle, said he is not concerned about the...
    Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election will end Donald Trump’s presidency, but it will not end House Democrats’ attempts to investigate what happened over the last four years. But Democratic lawmakers are concerned that the transition of power itself might make that task even more of a maddening ordeal than it’s been the last two years—because they’re worried the Trump administration will shred the receipts on the way out. In a rare move this week, all of the House’s committee chairs signed a letter to the White House, reminding officials, “you are obligated to ensure that any information previously requested by Congress… is saved and appropriately archived in a manner that is easily retrievable.” That Democrats felt compelled to issue such a reminder reflects their lack of confidence in the Trump administration. Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL), who helped organize the letter, told The Daily Beast the idea sprang from...
    China’s expulsion of four lawmakers from Hong Kong’s nominally autonomous Legislature has stoked bipartisan outrage in Washington, with lawmakers vowing to retaliate. “There will be consequences for Beijing’s actions,” Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday statement. That bipartisan threat raises the likelihood that the Hong Kong crisis will continue to drive the “systems conflict” between the United States and China, despite expectations that Joe Biden will seek to ease tensions with the rival communist regime. And the timing of the Chinese Communist maneuver suggests that Beijing has little interest in gestures toward American leaders. “With this decision, China shows that it doesn’t care about the West, about the U.S.,” Hong Kong Baptist University professor Jean-Pierre Cabestan told Bloomberg. “It’s going to be very hard for Biden to relax the U.S. policy on China and Hong Kong. How can you relax...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. For decades, State House advocacy in Annapolis has looked largely the same: Well-resourced entities sign up a plugged-in lobbyist ― often an ex-legislator or top-ranking former government staffer ― to plead their case, while nonprofits and activist groups rely as much on grass-roots organizing or in-house lobbyists as on high-paid hired guns. The lobbying industry has grown exponentially and become far more remunerative and competitive in the past 20 years: Between Nov. 1, 2019 and April 30 of this year, according to the Maryland State Ethics Commission, which monitors lobbying activity, six registered State House lobbyists topped $1 million in billings; seven reported earning between $500,000 and $999,000; and another 57 earned between $100,000 and $499,000. But with the General Assembly’s presiding officers making public and internal declarations in recent days about what...
    Jake Tapper ended Sunday’s State of the Union talking about the absurd, baffling, so-ludicrous-you-wouldn’t-believe-it-if-you-hadn’t-seen-it-with-your-own-eyes “Four Seasons” episode Rudy Giuliani stuck himself in the middle of on Saturday to sow doubts about ehe election results. President Donald Trump announced Saturday morning his people would be speaking at a press conferences at Four Seasons. This was later clarified after people assumed he was talking about, you know, the hotel. Giuliani held his wild, rambling press conference in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia — located near a crematorium and an adult bookstore. Yes, really. This actually happened. Tapper closed out his show calling out Trump’s refusal to concede — which he pointed out was what we expected all along — as well as Republicans backing him up as well as his baseless claims of a stolen election. “Republican officials have been complicit in the indecent behavior the president has...
    By Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European lawmakers said on Friday time was running out to put in place any new trade agreement between London and the European Union before the end of an 11-month transition period following Britain's departure from the bloc. Britain formally left the EU last January but has been following the bloc's rules since then as the two sides try to agree on their future trade relationship. The transition period ends on Dec. 31 but negotiators are still trying to reach an agreement to protect nearly a trillion dollars in annual trade from possible quotas and tariffs. Chief negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost will resume talks in London on Sunday, but remain divided on the three most contentious issues -- corporate fair play, fishing rights and the settling of disputes. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will call British Prime Minister...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lawmakers in Albany are considering legislation that would throw working parents a lifeline during the coronavirus pandemic. It would allow them to take paid time off to take care of their children who are going to school virtually, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Thursday. Working parents always had to juggle, but now the juggling could cost them their jobs. “I had to take time off… I was like, ‘Oh my god. Is this going to affect my job?’ said Sandhyia Gosine, a working, single mom. Gosine is helping her 8-year-old daughter Isabella navigate remote learning while working full-time out of the house. “We have to be there as their teachers, as a parent, as their school nurse,” Gosine said. Now, potentially game changing legislation to expand New York’s paid family leave to working parents during the pandemic is on the table. MORE: Remote Learning Centers Across Westchester...
    By Joseph Sipalan KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's failed bid to declare a state of emergency in Malaysia this week could have marked the end of his shaky eight months in power. Instead he fights on, helped by a royal endorsement for his handling of the coronavirus crisis. King Al-Sultan Abdullah refused Muhyiddin's request for an emergency, but also rebuked politicians for engaging in a power struggle that could destabilise the government as it works towards deliverying a budget to help the nation weather the pandemic. The constitutional monarch's words seemed to have some effect. On Monday, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the largest party in the ruling coalition, affirmed its support for Muhyiddin, but his position remains precarious. BREATHING UNEASILY UMNO's continued support gives Muhyiddin some breathing room amid a power struggle with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. But the prime minister, who has survived for...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The direct strike at Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions didn't come through legislative action in the special session that Republican lawmakers called primarily to undermine the Democratic governor's rules. Instead, House Republicans started their legal battle over Edwards' mask mandate, crowd size limits and business rules through a law that already existed, allowing a majority of lawmakers in one chamber to revoke a governor's emergency orders through a petition. A court is expected to decide whether that action sticks and the governor's restrictions are jettisoned. It took legislators nearly four weeks in a session that cost taxpayers an estimated $1 million to end up right where they started — focused on a petition that a group of conservative House GOP lawmakers had been circulating for months. As the House and Senate adjourned their special session Friday and headed...
    (CNN)Marcus Rashford has vowed to continue representing "vulnerable children" after members of the UK parliament voted against providing free school meals to low-income families over the holidays.The Manchester United striker had called for the government to extend a scheme to provide 1.5 million children with food vouchers during holidays until Easter 2021 but the proposal was voted down on Wednesday -- 261 votes to 322. The opposition Labour Party had called the motion to a vote but the Conservative government largely rejected the idea, with Prime Minster Boris Johnson also voting against the proposal.Rashford, who was recently awarded an MBE for his work tackling food poverty, promised to keep up the fight and urged politicians to unite behind the effort. "Put aside all the noise, the digs, the party politics, and let's focus on the reality. A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but...
    Two weeks out from Election Day, House Republicans pressed Amtrak about Joe Biden's campaign over concerns about the draining of resources from the taxpayer funded transportation service. "We are concerned that the Biden campaign’s use of Amtrak’s charter train redirected Amtrak’s scarce resources during a time of record losses, employee layoffs, and service cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic," Reps. Eric Crawford, Bob Gibbs, Scott Perry, and Lloyd Smucker wrote in a letter to Amtrak CEO William Flynn on Tuesday. Biden has been campaigning using an Amtrak charter train in his "Build Back Better Express Tour" to meet with people in several states while traveling through rail. The longtime Delaware senator-turned-two-term vice president has long used Amtrak throughout his political career, commuting daily between Wilmington and Washington, D.C., for 36 years. The lawmakers requested information about Biden's train tour, including the total cost to Amtrak, if they are following COVID-19 precautions,...
    Savannah Rychcik October 20, 2020 0 Comments Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are imploring Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) to invite big tech CEOs to testify about issues including censorship and a law affording them liability protection. “As you know, we have serious concerns regarding the recent actions taken by these companies to censor speech on their platforms, especially so close to a major presidential election,” Republicans wrote in a letter they penned to Pallone. They added, “In the event these companies refuse an invitation to testify werequest the Committee expeditiously hold a business meeting to authorize subpoenas to the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google to compel their testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee.” The lawmakers argued it is a “bigger priority” for social media to companies to block a story published by the New York Post about Democratic presidential nominee Joe...
            by Tyler Arnold  Virginia lawmakers passed legislation Friday that allows those accused of a crime to receive a jury trial and a judge’s sentence, which proponents believe will reduce sentence lengths. Under current law, a defendant must opt for a jury sentence if he or she requests a jury trial, which can often result in longer sentences than guidance normally would suggest. The law allows a judge to reduce the sentence, but this happens in only about 8.1% of cases. Virginia is one of two states that still requires jury sentences for jury trials; the other being Kentucky. In 44 states, a judge sentencing with a jury trial is mandatory. Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico, who sponsored Senate Bill 5007, told lawmakers on the Senate floor that judges can offer longer-than-usual sentences for certain crimes because the accused would be too afraid to opt for a...
    Virginia lawmakers passed legislation Friday that allows those accused of a crime to receive a jury trial and a judge's sentence, which proponents believe will reduce sentence lengths. Under current law, a defendant must opt for a jury sentence if he or she requests a jury trial, which can often result in longer sentences than guidance normally would suggest. The law allows a judge to reduce the sentence, but this happens in only about 8.1% of cases. Virginia is one of two states that still requires jury sentences for jury trials; the other being Kentucky. In 44 states, a judge sentencing with a jury trial is mandatory. Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico, who sponsored Senate Bill 5007, told lawmakers on the Senate floor that judges can offer longer-than-usual sentences for certain crimes because the accused would be too afraid to opt for a jury out of fear of...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks lawmakers should “go big” with the next coronavirus stimulus package — but disagrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $2.2 trillion proposal. “There are some Republicans who don’t want to spend anymore. I disagree,” Graham said in a pre-recorded interview on “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren” that aired Sunday. “I think we need more money,” he added, “but we don’t need policy provisions like the House has.” “The $2.2 trillion coming out of the House has a mandate for ballot harvesting. What’s that got to do COVID?” Graham said. “And the $1,200 payment, which I support, doesn’t require a Social Security number to get it, so a lot of the money would go to illegal immigrants.” The South Carolina Republican said there’s a consensus on setting up a Paycheck Protection Program to allow small businesses to get a forgivable loan. He also noted there’s...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks lawmakers should “go big” with the next coronavirus stimulus package — but disagrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $2.2 trillion proposal. “There are some Republicans who don’t want to spend anymore. I disagree,” Graham said in a pre-recorded interview on “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren” that aired Sunday. “I think we need more money,” he added, “but we don’t need policy provisions like the House has.” “The $2.2 trillion coming out of the House has a mandate for ballot harvesting. What’s that got to do COVID?” Graham said. “And the $1,200 payment, which I support, doesn’t require a Social Security number to get it, so a lot of the money would go to illegal immigrants.” The South Carolina Republican said there’s a consensus on setting up a Paycheck Protection Program to allow small businesses to get a forgivable loan. He also noted there’s a...