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Wednesday February 3, 2021 - Times viewed: 559
McConnell lies low ahead of Trump trial
Kevin McCarthy is hugging former President Donald Trump as tightly as he can. Liz Cheney voted to impeach him. But Mitch McConnell isn’t making any sudden movements as House Republicans tear each other apart in Trump's wake. The Senate minority leader is deferring a final verdict on Trump, even with the opportunity to do so via the president’s forthcoming impeachment trial. McConnell’s strategy reflects the consensus of his fellow Senate Repub ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 559
Biden signals support for Senate Democrats moving on COVID relief without GOP backing
With Republican opposition growing to the size of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, President Joe Biden on Friday expressed his clearest support yet for Senate Democrats to use a fast-track budgetary tool that would allow the legislation to pass with a simple majority. Asked by reporters as he left the White House, "Do you support passing COVID relief through budget reconciliation?," Biden answered, "I support passing COVID relief wi ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 554
Protecting Democracy at the Cost of Projecting Democracy
More than a century and a half later, years and events – everything from the shooting deaths of two U.S. Capitol Police officers and the Oklahoma City bombing to 9/11 – have closed the security perimeter around buildings that define American democracy around the world. The Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol has federal officials in Washington, D.C., mulling a more drastic and visually dramatic tactic – making permanent the high fences installed ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 554
Democrats Hope for Compromise, Plan for Action on Coronavirus Relief Bill
DEMOCRATS ARE CHARTING a new path to help them pass the latest round of coronavirus relief in the event that Congress can't successfully negotiate and coalesce around bipartisan legislation like they did multiple times over the course of 2020. With slim majorities in both chambers and control of the White House, Democrats are simultaneously gauging Republicans' appetite for another pricey rescue package while also embarking on a legislative so ...
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Saturday January 30, 2021 - Times viewed: 550
Russian anti-Putin anger spreads: 'We have to protest'
Filip Kuznetsov spent an entire night crammed into a police van with 17 other protesters because Moscow's detention centres were all full. He was among a record 4,002 people arrested across Russia last week, as large crowds took to the streets to demand the release of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Further protests have been called for Sunday, threatening to strain the system even further. "We didn't sleep all night. One person a ...
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Friday January 29, 2021 - Times viewed: 547
'I'm just furious': Relations in Congress crack after attack
Some House lawmakers are privately refusing to work with each other. Others are afraid to be in the same room. Two members almost got into a fist fight on the floor. And the speaker of the House is warning that “the enemy is within.” Forget Joe Biden’s calls for unity. Members of Congress couldn't be further divided. Just weeks into the 117th Congress, the bedrock of relationships hasn't been on such shaky ground in more than a generation, ...
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Wednesday January 27, 2021 - Times viewed: 563
Early Procedural Test Shows Where Senate GOP May Stand On Convicting Trump
After senators were sworn in Tuesday afternoon as jurors in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Sen. Rand Paul quickly pressed for a vote to force lawmakers on the record over the issue of the trial's constitutionality. The Senate voted 55-45 to reject the Kentucky Republican's argument that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office. Just five Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins of Main ...
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Tuesday January 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 555
House managers deliver impeachment article against Trump, kicking off trial preparations
The House delivered its article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, kicking off preparations for the coming trial. House impeachment managers held a ceremonial procession through National Statuary Hall and the Capitol Rotunda to the Senate on Monday evening to present the article of impeachment to the secretary of the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., named nine Democratic impeachment ma ...
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Tuesday January 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 560
Trump impeachment goes to Senate, testing his sway over GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats delivered the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the Senate for the start of his historic trial, but Republican senators were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to convict him over the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. It’s an early sign of Trump’s enduring sway over the party. The nine House prosecutors carried the sole impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrect ...
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Sunday January 24, 2021 - Times viewed: 541
How does a 50-50 Senate work? Two leaders who tried it explain
arty leaders in today’s 50-50 Senate are haggling over a power-sharing agreement, and that’s no surprise. Only twice in American history has the Senate had a dead-even split: in a special session in 1881, and exactly 20 years ago, on the heels of a contentious presidential election decided by the Supreme Court. In that charged atmosphere, Sens. Trent Lott, Republican from Mississippi, and Tom Daschle, Democrat from South Dakota, managed to wor ...
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Sunday January 24, 2021 - Times viewed: 538
What does a 50-50 Senate get Joe Biden as president?
Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia run-off elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats. Hours after the races were decided, a mob of zealots ransacked the US Capitol and reshaped the national and political landscape. The unexpected new balance of power giving Democrats only the barest control of Congress has big consequences for next president - easy confirmation of his ...
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Sunday January 24, 2021 - Times viewed: 560
The 50-50 Senate is already running into trouble figuring out its rules
The Senate is now split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans — and an early argument over its rules could indicate just how much the GOP intends to obstruct other legislative priorities. Because Democrats control the White House, they have the majority in an evenly divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris poised to serve as a tiebreaker. To officially determine how the Senate will function when it comes to things like committee mem ...
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Saturday January 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 551
In Senate deal, Trump impeachment trial put off until early February
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to push back former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by two weeks, giving the chamber more time to focus on President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and Cabinet nominees before turning to the contentious showdown over Trump. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said the trial is set to begin during the week of Monday Feb. 8, an arrangement praised b ...
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Thursday January 21, 2021 - Times viewed: 558
Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,” Biden took the oath Wednesday at a U.S. Capitol that had been battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks earlier. Then, taking his place in the White House Oval ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 528
DC on lockdown and on edge before Biden's inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) — The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place in a Washington on edge, after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol unleashed a wave of fear and unmatched security concerns. And law enforcement officials are contending not only with the potential for outside threats but also with rising concerns about an insider attack by troops with a duty to protect him. There have been no specific threats made against Biden. ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 537
Facing crush of crises, Biden will take helm as president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. The very ceremony in which presidential power is transferred, a hallowed American democratic tradition, will serve as a jarring reminder of the challenges Biden faces: The inauguration unfol ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 539
Trump's last-minute pardons include Bannon, Lil Wayne and scores of others
(CNN)President Donald Trump issued a raft of 11th-hour pardons and commutations early Wednesday that included his onetime political strategist, a former top fundraiser and two well-known rappers but not himself or his family. The batch of 73 pardons and 70 commutations issued in the final hours of his presidency was expected, and is in keeping with a long-standing presidential tradition of exercising clemency powers at the last minute. The ...
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Friday January 15, 2021 - Times viewed: 582
Donald Trump sent hidden message to supporters in speech, body language expert claims
After making history by becoming the first US president to be impeached twice, Donald Trump addressed the nation in a video message. He was forced to share the five minute video from the White House Twitter account, after his own was deleted by the social media platform. The President condemned last week's Capitol violence, promising that those who engaged in the "troubling" attack will be "brought to justice". However he failed to menti ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 583
Republicans turn on Trump over impeachment
Several members of Donald Trump's Republican party say they will vote to impeach the president over his role in last week's storming of Congress. The third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, Liz Cheney, said Mr Trump "lit the flame" of the attack that resulted in five deaths. A vote in the Democratic-controlled House is expected on Wednesday. In his first public appearance since the riot, the president took no respon ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 570
Voice of America reporter reassigned for Pompeo questions
NEW YORK (AP) — The White House reporter for Voice of America was abruptly pulled from her beat after trying to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following a speech he gave at the government agency this week. Pompeo’s speech and the demotion of Patsy Widakuswara led to an angry phone meeting between journalists and managers Tuesday that typified some of the tensions at the agency during President Donald Trump’s administration. Founded ...
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