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Voters would have to approve police budget cuts under bill approved by Texas Senate

The Texas Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would prevent local governments from cutting their law enforcement budgets without voter approval. It was the Legislature’s most substantial move yet in a political war over police funding in Texas that was sparked last summer. The in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and fatal police shooting of Mike Ramos in Austin prompted Read More…

Democrats’ Next Plan to Get Biden’s Agenda Over the Finish Line: Fire the Scorekeeper

President Joe Biden unveiled a $2.25 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan last month and has promised to seek input from Republican lawmakers on its ultimate design. That courtship begins Monday when Biden and Vice President Harris meet with a bipartisan group of House and Senate members to discuss the proposal. But his administration has already signaled its willingness to push a Read More…

Sen. Thom Tillis diagnosed with prostate cancer, will undergo surgery this week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Thom Tillis announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and he’ll undergo surgery in North Carolina this week to treat it. The Republican lawmaker said in a statement that his cancer was detected “relatively early” and his “prognosis is good.” Tillis, 60, says his doctors caught the cancer during his Read More…

Trump aides back Alaska candidate challenging Murkowski

Kelly Tshibaka, an Alaska official who on Monday launched a challenge against Sen. Lisa Murkowski, is backed by former aides to President Donald Trump in a race that could prove a test of his appeal agaist the GOP establishment. Tim Murtaugh, the former communication director for Trump’s reelection campaign, Bill Stepien, Trump’s former campaign manager, Justin Clark, Trump’s former deputy Read More…

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Congress closes in on a $900 billion Covid relief deal as Americans await aid

Congressional leaders closed in on a $900 billion coronavirus relief deal Wednesday as millions of struggling Americans wait for help. The developing aid agreement would not include liability protections for businesses or aid to state and local government, CNBC confirmed. Disagreements over those two issues have blocked lawmakers from crafting a year-end rescue package. “We Read More…

Justice Department’s interest in Hunter Biden covered more than taxes

The federal investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter has been more extensive than a statement from Hunter Biden indicates, according to a person with firsthand knowledge of the investigation. On Wednesday, Hunter Biden said he had been contacted about a tax investigation out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware. In addition to Delaware, the Read More…

Republicans Voice Support for Trump Run in 2024

Several GOP senators and representatives voiced support for President Trump to run for office again in 2024, in interviews with Politico on Wednesday. Senators Lindsey Graham (R., Ga.), Josh Hawley (R., Mo.), Steve Daines (R., Mont.), and Rick Scott (R., Fla.) all backed the idea, as did Representatives Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.), and Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.). Read More…

Biden, Harris form inaugural committee

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday announced the formation of a Presidential Inaugural Committee ahead of their swearing-in on Jan. 20. The senior leadership of the committee, which will be responsible for organizing inauguration-related activities, consists of CEO Tony Allen and executive director Maju Varghese. READ FULL STORY

Georgia Probing Liberal Voter-Registration Groups Ahead of Critical Senate Races

Election authorities in Georgia have opened investigations into progressive groups trying to sign up new voters in advance of twin January elections that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Monday. Raffensperger, a Republican, said his office was examining registration efforts by America Votes, Vote Forward and the Read More…

Rubio calls Biden’s national security team ‘polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline’

Sen. Marco Rubio suggested on Tuesday that he would oppose confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team, presaging the first sign of potential Senate battles to come if Republicans maintain control of the Senate. Rubio (R-Fla.) said Biden’s selections “will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline,” criticizing their professional credentials and Washington bona fides. Rubio Read More…

AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden’s former chief of staff

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a “deficit hawk” and criticizing his past support for Social Security and Medicare cuts. Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did Read More…

Newsom faces pressure to fill Harris seat with woman of color instead of presumed favorite

OAKLAND, Calif. — As speculation grows that Gov. Gavin Newsom is leaning toward California elections chief Alex Padilla to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a crowd of top Democratic donors and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown are launching an aggressive campaign to argue that another woman of color should Read More…

Wisconsin completes vote canvass as Trump camp mulls recount

The Trump campaign is mulling a recount request in Wisconsin after a statewide canvass showed the president trailing President-elect Joe Biden there by 20,608 votes. All 72 counties in Wisconsin have now completed their canvassing process, The Associated Press reported. The final tally shows Biden, who has been projected president-elect, with a lead of about 0.6 percentage points, or roughly Read More…

Sen. Thune re-elected as Republican Whip

U.S. Sen. John Thune, (R-South Dakota), has been re-elected to Senate Republican Whip, the second highest position in Senate Republican leadership, according to a press release from the senator’s office Tuesday. He was re-elected unanimously and his term as whip will begin in January for the 117th Congress. Thune was first elected as Republican whip for Read More…

Democrat Cal Cunningham concedes to GOP Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina Senate race

Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded Tuesday to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, one of the last undecided contests in the fight for control of the chamber. Later Tuesday, NBC News projected that Tillis was indeed the winner. Tillis leads Cunningham by fewer than 2 percentage points with some votes outstanding. In a tweeted Read More…

Bernie Sanders endorses Sarah Iannarone in Portland mayoral race

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Bernie Sanders is the latest figure endorsing Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone. Sanders’ endorsement late Thursday endorsement came the same day Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announced her backing of incumbent Ted Wheeler’s challenger. The former presidential hopeful and current U.S. senator from Vermont also endorsed Chloe Eudaly in her Portland City Read More…

CEOs of Google, Twitter and Facebook grilled in Senate hearing

New York (CNN Business)Ted Cruz yelled. His Democratic colleague Brian Schatz called the hearing in which he was speaking “a sham.” Committee chair Roger Wicker couldn’t pronounce the last name of Google’s CEO. Just another day on Capitol Hill for Big Tech.   In a contentious hearing on Wednesday, the CEOs of Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG) and Twitter (TWTR) were questioned by Senators Read More…

Biden grilled on ‘transition’ away from oil and gas comment in Pennsylvania TV interviews

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is getting grilled in Pennsylvania ever since he said during last week’s debate that he plans to “transition” away from the oil industry. In three separate local news interviews in the key battleground state on Saturday, Biden responded to questions about his comment, as well as his mixed messages regarding fracking. “Look I’m from Read More…

Bill Barr and Elizabeth Warren find a common enemy: Google

You have to do something extraordinary to unite Elizabeth Warren and Bill Barr. But that’s what Google has done. President Trump’s attorney general and personal fixer has filed an antitrust suit against the trillion-dollar internet titan. And the Massachusetts senator, who despises everything about the Trump administration and has called on Barr to resign, is cheering Read More…

Noem argues Hunter Biden story ‘does grave damage’ to former vice president’s ‘credibility’

WINDHAM, N.H. – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, campaigning in the battleground state of New Hampshire on behalf of President Trump and fellow Republicans, took aim at Joe Biden over a much-publicized story this week in the New York Post regarding the Democratic presidential nominee’s son Hunter Biden. The president, his reelection campaign and surrogates, have spotlighted the report to charge that Biden’s Read More…

U.S. charges Russian hackers with sweeping campaign of cyberattacks

A federal grand jury has charged six Russian nationals with a wide-ranging campaign of cyberattacks — including a highly destructive global malware rampage and a 2018 attack on the Winter Olympic Games — that reflects the scope and intensity of Russia’s digital aggression. As officers of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, the six defendants launched Read More…

Sanders endorses more than 150 down-ballot Democrats

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced endorsements for more than 150 Democrats running in local races across the country. Sanders said the 172 contenders he endorsed Friday would be strong advocates for the progressive movement and that victories at the local level will help lay the foundation for a “political revolution.” READ FULL STORY

Progressives unveil 2021 agenda to pressure Biden

Black Lives Matter leaders, organized labor, progressive groups and members of the House Democratic “Squad” are unveiling a 2021 agenda Thursday, laying down markers for how big a Joe Biden administration could go on coronavirus aid, economic relief and more next year. Known as the Working Families Party’s “People’s Charter,” the 1,000-word proposal calls for Read More…

Trump plans to debate Biden in Miami after stint in hospital, campaign says

WASHINGTON — President Trump still plans to debate Democratic nominee Joe Biden at the second presidential debate in Miami later this month after his three-day stay in the hospital with the coronavirus, his campaign said. “It is the president’s intention to debate,” Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh told CNN on Monday after the commander-in-chief announced he was checking Read More…

Ocasio-Cortez says Biden can be pushed ‘in a more progressive direction’ once he’s elected

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a new interview she’s confident that Democratic socialists like herself can push Joe Biden “in a more progressive direction” once he’s elected to the White House. Speaking to Just the News in an interview Tuesday, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said she shares Sen. Bernie Sanders’ view that Mr. Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, should focus his message on Read More…

Democratic socialist Jabari Brisport talks anti-capitalism, the Squad with AOC

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jabari Brisport, the Democratic socialist running to represent part of Brooklyn in the state Senate, see themselves as moles “on the inside” for the progressive, anti-capitalism movement, they said in an interview. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Brisport, who won the Democratic primary for the state Senate’s 25th district with AOC’s endorsement, made Read More…

De Blasio, Clarke join Cuomo in bashing Trump over defunding threat

NEW YORK — Top state Democrats joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in ridiculing President Donald Trump after he threatened to kill federal funding for New York and other cities that “permit anarchy, violence, and destruction.” Trump has ordered a review of cities’ treatment of law enforcement, threatening to ax funding for any jurisdictions that are defunding or disempowering Read More…

Senate committee sought investigation of Bannon, raised concerns about Trump family testimony

The Senate Intelligence Committee has sent a bipartisan letter to the Justice Department asking federal prosecutors to investigate Stephen K. Bannon, a former Trump confidant, for potentially lying to lawmakers during its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The letter, a copy of which was reviewed by The Times, was signed by Read More…

Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich expected to join forces for first night of Democratic convention

(CNN)The first night of the Democratic National Convention is currently expected to bring a message of unity featuring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former first lady Michelle Obama and former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, according to a source who has seen current convention plans.   The speakers represent a wide political spectrum of support for former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders is Read More…

Daines, Feinstein introduce wildfire protection bill

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines and California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a bipartisan bill Tuesday aimed at protecting communities by increasing forest management and reducing environmental litigation.   The Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020 would grant broad authority to federal agencies to push fuels reduction projects, create a new center providing Read More…