Government

LIVE VIDEO: Blinken’s Senate Confirmation Hearing

NPR reports: Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, is appearing Tuesday afternoon before a Senate panel to begin his confirmation process. He’s vowing to restore American leadership on the world stage and work for the “greater good.” “Humility and confidence should be the flip sides of America’s leadership coin,” he will tell the Senate Foreign Relations …

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Harris Submits Senate Resignation To California Gov

The Associated Press reports: Kamala Harris has officially resigned from her Senate seat in California she has held since January 3rd, 2017. This due to her presence and role as Vice President of the United States that she will take the oath for in exactly 48 hours. She wrote a Medium article about her previous time as Senator, and what …

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De Blasio: NYC Will Exhaust Vax Supply By Next Week

Gothamist reports: New York City will run out of COVID-19 vaccine supplies by the end of next week, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Friday. The shortage would disrupt the mayor’s goal of administering 1 million doses across the five boroughs by the end of January, delaying the prospect of rapidly achieving herd immunity and reopening safely. “We will run …

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MD Gov Declares Emergency Ahead Of Inauguration

Baltimore’s NBC News affiliate reports: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency related to the 2021 presidential inauguration. The executive action will allow the state to more efficiently coordinate support and provide assistance to local jurisdictions within Maryland and neighboring states. “The state of Maryland will continue to do everything we possibly can …

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FAA: No More Warnings For Disruptive Passengers

The Associated Press reports: Federal safety officials said Wednesday they stepping up enforcement against unruly airline passengers after confrontations on flights to and from Washington, D.C., around the time of the riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. The Federal Aviation Administration said there has been “a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted …

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Nancy Pelosi Has An Outfit Just For Impeachments

People Magazine reports: Without even saying a word, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke volumes today as she arrived to Wednesday’s House impeachment vote wearing the same outfit she wore at President Donald Trump’s first impeachment. Pelosi’s office confirmed to PEOPLE that the outfit worn by Pelosi on Wednesday is the same one worn on Dec. 18, 2019, when she presided …

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LIVE VIDEO: Final Impeachment Roll Call Voting

The final roll call voting has begun: The debate has ended, and the House is voting now on an impeachment resolution that would make Trump the first President in United States history to be impeached for a second time for his role in last week’s Capitol attack. Voting is expected to take between 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The …

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LIVE VIDEO: Debate Begins On Article Of Impeachment

The New York Times reports: Returning to a heavily fortified Capitol, protected by thousands of National Guard troops, lawmakers began what was expected to be a daylong debate on an article of impeachment that accuses the president of “inciting an insurrection” that led to the rampage by his supporters. The final vote after the debate is expected to pass, with …

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LIVE VIDEO: House Votes On Article Of Impeachment

NPR reports: The House will convene at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday. After some housekeeping, lawmakers will begin debating the rule that establishes that there will be two hours of debate the impeachment resolution. After the House debates that rule, they vote on it — and possibly another procedural vote. Those are expected to pass mostly along party lines. Debate …

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PA Lt Gov. John Fetterman Floats 2022 US Senate Bid

The Philadelphia Enquirer reports: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says he is taking “a serious look” at another run for the U.S. Senate in 2022, an ambition he plans to share with supporters on Friday. “The 2022 cycle in Pennsylvania is going to be one of the most, if not the most, important races,” Fetterman told The Inquirer in a …

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Congress Certifies Biden’s Electoral College Victory

NPR reports: Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ victory early on Thursday, the end of a long day and night marked by chaos and violence in Washington, in which extremists emboldened by President Trump sought to thwart the peaceful transfer of power that has been a hallmark of modern American history by staging a violent insurrection …

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LIVE VIDEO: Congress Resumes Certifying Election

USA Today reports: After a tumultuous afternoon of riots and mayhem, a subdued but resolute Congress Wednesday night resumed its state-by-state count of the electoral votes that will reaffirm President-elect Joe Biden’s decisive victory Nov. 3 over President Donald Trump. Lawmakers in the House and the Senate had already begun debating the results of Arizona (which went for Biden) when …

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Congress To Resume Counting Electoral Votes Tonight

The New York Times reports: Lawmakers will resume counting Electoral College votes on Wednesday, hours after a mob of Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said as she vowed that the attack would not “deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden.” In a letter to colleagues, Ms. Pelosi said she had …

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Ossoff Defeats Perdue In Georgia Senate Runoff

USA Today reports: Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock both won Senate runoffs in Georgia, giving Democrats control of the Senate. Ossoff is projected to defeat incumbent Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s runoff elections, according to NBC News and CBS, giving Democrats a majority in the Senate. Ossoff’s victory came hours after Democrat Raphael Warnock prevailed over incumbent Republican Sen. …

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LIVE VIDEO: Congress Meets To Certify Electoral Votes

CBS News reports: The House and Senate will convene Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a joint session of Congress to tally electoral votes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election over expected challenges from Republicans that could lengthen the proceedings. Required under the Constitution, the meeting is typically a …

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Chuck Schumer Declares Democratic Majority In Senate

Via press release from Sen. Chuck Schumer: It feels like a brand new day. For the first time in six years, Democrats will operate a majority in the United States Senate — and that will be very good for the American people. America is experiencing one of the greatest crises we have ever faced, and the Senate Democratic Majority is …

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Greece Appoints Its First Openly Gay Cabinet Minister

The Independent reports: Greece has appointed its first openly gay minister as part of a cabinet reshuffle. Nicholas Yatromanolakis made history after he was named the new deputy minister of culture on Monday. The 44-year-old was promoted from his role as general secretary of contemporary culture at the same department. The appointment which made him the first openly gay minister …

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FDA On Vaccines: Don’t Mix And Match, No Half-Doses

Via press release from the FDA: We have been following the discussions and news reports about reducing the number of doses, extending the length of time between doses, changing the dose (half-dose), or mixing and matching vaccines in order to immunize more people against COVID-19. These are all reasonable questions to consider and evaluate in clinical trials. However, at this …

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NYC To Open 250 Vaccine Locations By End Of Month

The New York Daily News reports: The de Blasio administration is ramping up COVID vaccination efforts — with a goal of administering 400,000 doses per week by the end of the month — and calling on the state to authorize more groups of New Yorkers to get shots. The city will also provide vaccinations around the clock as the number …

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BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi Reelected US House Speaker

The Washington Post reports: Pelosi was reelected speaker Sunday in a House contest marked by the absences of several lawmakers who have contracted the coronavirus. The 80-year-old California Democrat, the only woman in history to serve as speaker, secured what might be her last two-year term in the top post. She will lead a razor-thin Democratic majority in the House, …

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