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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors worried about whether a looming government shutdown could slow U.S. stocks’ recent surge can take comfort in history: markets have tended to shrug off shutdowns despite their potentially nasty economic impact. FILE PHOTO: A Wall St. sign is seen near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the financial district in New York, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidSince 1984, the S&P 500 has averaged a 1.3% gain during government shutdowns, having edged lower in only two out of the last 10 instances. It did not do much to deter stocks, however, with the S&P 500 rising more than 9% during that period. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite indexes touched all-time highs on Thursday as investors looked past bleak economic data, while remaining focused on a COVID-19 vaccine.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, shutdowns, , Jamie Cox, Paresh Upadhyaya Organizations: YORK, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Congressional, Office, Nasdaq, Harris Financial, Democratic, Republican, Asset Management, COVID Locations: New York, U.S, Boston
(Reuters) - Some damage to Sino-U.S. ties is “beyond repair” amid a new wave of Trump administration measures to counter China, Chinese state media warned, amid growing rancour underlined by an ugly Twitter spat between a U.S. senator and Chinese journalists. FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. Relations between the two countries are being shifted to “a dangerous path”, the editorial said. The Democrat told the New York Times this week that he would not remove existing tariffs set by the Trump administration against China for now. Senator Marsha Blackburn and China Daily journalist Chen Weihua underscored persistent animosity.
Persons: Aly, China Daily, Joe Biden, Cui Tiankai, , Meng Wanzhou, Biden, Trump, Marsha Blackburn, Chen Weihua, Blackburn, China “, Chen, ” Blackburn, Xi Jinping’s, ” Hu Xijin Organizations: Reuters, Bund, REUTERS, Chinese Communist Party, Twitter, Reuters U.S, Huawei, Democrat, New York Times, U.S, China Daily, Republican, China’s Global Times Locations: U.S, China, Shanghai, United States, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong
Rep. Gregory Meeks won the approval of his Democratic colleagues Thursday to become the first Black American to chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one of the most powerful panels on Capitol Hill. “We've got to make sure that we get the State Department up and running,” Meeks, D-N.Y., told NBC News. He said the first thing the committee would do is work with expected incoming secretary of state, Tony Blinken. “How can you assure our diplomats that this won't happen again if we don't look into what did happen?” Meeks said, adding that included looking into the actions of the Trump administration and specifically Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Departing chair Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., also extended his congratulations.
Persons: Gregory Meeks, “ We've, ” Meeks, Tony Blinken, Meeks, Trump, Mike Pompeo, , Joaquin Castro, Castro, Eliot Engel Organizations: Democratic, Foreign Affairs Committee, State Department, NBC News, Democratic Party, Texas Rep, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S . State Department Locations: American, United States of America
U.S. Democrats elect Meeks as first Black House foreign affairs chairman
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Patricia Zengerle | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democrats elected Greg Meeks on Thursday as the next chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a position in which he is expected to work closely with President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on the Iran nuclear deal and other issues. Engel voted for the 2003 Iraq War and opposed President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The caucus vote was 148-78 for Meeks over Representative Joaquin Castro, who had campaigned for the post as a more progressive alternative to Meeks. Castro, currently vice chairman of the foreign affairs panel, said he looked forward to working with Meeks on common goals such as promoting diversity at the State Department and rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.
Persons: Gregory Meeks, Larry Downing, Greg Meeks, Joe Biden’s, Meeks, , ” Meeks, New York Representative Eliot Engel, Engel, Barack Obama’s, Joaquin Castro, Castro, Donald Trump, Biden Organizations: Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, . House, House Foreign Affairs Committee, World Health Organization, Congress, New York Representative, Democratic, Israel, Democratic Party’s, State Department, Republican Locations: Washington, Iran, Iraq, United States, Tehran
President-elect Joe Biden threw his support behind a compromise relief plan in a CNN interview. The relief plan appeared to gather more momentum on Capitol Hill after months of inaction from lawmakers. President-elect Joe Biden came out in favor of the $908 billion compromise relief package, though maintaining he would seek more federal aid after he is sworn in on January 20. Biden's comments come as lawmakers debate the scope and components of another relief package. He said the compromise relief plan "at best, is only going to be a down payment for what's going to happen early next year."
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, CNN's Jake Tapper, cobble, Joe Biden's, Trump, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, McConnell Organizations: CNN, Capitol, Congressional Democratic, Republican, Kentucky Republican, White
U.S. Senate set to vote on Trump FCC nominee as soon as next week
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( David Shepardson | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. That could stymie Democratic priorities on a number of issues at the FCC, including moving to restore the 2015 net neutrality rules overturned by the Trump FCC in 2017. Simington was approved along party lines by a 14-12 vote by the Commerce Committee on Wednesday over the objections of Democrats. President Donald Trump has railed against social media companies and demanded repeal of a social media protection known as Section 230 that is part of a 1996 law. Trump in May directed the Commerce Department to file a petition with the FCC seeking to curb legal protections for social media companies.
Persons: Yuri Gripas, Mitch McConnell, Nathan Simington, Simington, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael O’Rielly, O’Rielly Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Senate, Trump, Federal Communications Commission, FCC, REUTERS, Commerce Department, Republicans, Democratic, Trump FCC, Commerce, Republican Locations: Washington, Georgia, Trump
Factbox-The Biden Cabinet: President-elect begins to build a team
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVANBiden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts Biden, Obama, Jeff Zients, Vivek Murthy, JEFF ZIENTS Zients, Barack Obama, Biden, VIVEK MURTHY, Murthy, JANET YELLEN, Donald Trump, Tanden, CECILIA ROUSE Rouse, BRIAN DEESE, ANTONY BLINKEN, JAKE SULLIVAN, Sullivan, Hillary Clinton, ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, Mayorkas, DACA, AVRIL HAINES, Haines, LINDA THOMAS, GREENFIELD, Greenfield, KERRY, State Kerry, , Kerry, Michele Flournoy, Flournoy, Bill Clinton, Biden’s, Jeh Johnson, Johnson, Lloyd Austin, Austin, Tammy Duckworth, Duckworth, Sally Yates, Yates, Doug Jones, Jones, Tommy Tuberville, Tom Perez, Xavier Becerra, Elizabeth Sherwood, Randall, Sherwood, Arun Majumdar, Stanford University’sfaculty, Jay Inslee, Inslee, Ernest Moniz –, Moniz, Heather McTeer Toney, Toney, Mary Nichols, Collin O’Mara, O’Mara, Michael Morell, Morell, Tom Donilon, Mandy Cohen, Cohen, David Kessler, Kessler, RON KLAIN, Klain Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, White House, REUTERS, Politico, Brookings Institution, Republican, Center, American Progress, Republicans, OF, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Obama, OF STATE, State Department, Immigration Services, Mayorkas, CIA, Columbia University, UNITED, GREENFIELD Biden’s, United Nations, Thomas, KERRY Former U.S, State, Biden Administration, Pentagon, Defense Department, Blinken, of Defense, Air Force, Clinton Administration, U.S, U.S . Central Command, Army, Senate, Justice Department’s Civil, Division, U.S . Senate, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S . Department of, Google, Stanford, Clean, Force, California’s Air Resources Board, National Wildlife Federation, Delaware Department of Natural Resources, Environmental, CENTRAL, Beacon Global, North, North Carolina’s Health, Human Services Department, Centers, Medicare, Services, Food and Drug Administration, FDA Locations: Rehoboth Beach , Delaware, U.S, Obama’s, Paris, Cuba, United States, Black, Africa, Clinton, Illinois, Iraq, Thai, Alabama, Washington, Kenya, France, Portugal, Nigeria, Senegal, Asia, North Carolina’s
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are growing optimistic about a coronavirus relief deal, as party leaders converged Thursday on a price tag after months of stalemate gave way to meaningful negotiations. But lingering policy disputes remain and leaders still hope to combine the Covid-19 relief into a government funding bill by the Dec. 11 deadline to avert a shutdown. A breakthrough came Wednesday when Pelosi and Schumer backed a $908 billion bipartisan measure as the basis for negotiations, lending support for a reduced price tag more palatable to Republicans than Democrats' previous $2.2 trillion offer. McConnell has insisted on liability protections for businesses and organizations from Covid-related lawsuits, which Democrats are resisting. "There are issues — in particular, the size of state aid, and the liability relief," he told reporters on Thursday.
Persons: Pelosi, Schumer, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Sen, Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, we'll, Donald Trump, I've, it's, Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, John Cornyn, Dick Durbin, We're, Cornyn, I'm, Tom Reed, Josh Gottheimer, Chip Somodevilla, Mitch McConnell's, Hakeem Jeffries, Jon Tester, Rob Portman, Kevin Cramer, Josh Hawley, Hawley, Chris Murphy, Conn Organizations: WASHINGTON, Lawmakers, Democrats, NBC, Capitol, Getty Locations: Ky, Covid, Texas, COVID, D, Ohio
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday added China’s top chipmaker, SMIC, and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Slideshow ( 2 images )The Department of Defense designated a total of four additional companies as owned or controlled by the Chinese military, also including China Construction Technology Co Ltd and China International Engineering Consulting Corp. The move, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, brings the total number of companies blacklisted to 35. SMIC said in a stock market statement that it strongly opposes the decision of United States Department of Defense, which reflects a fundamental misunderstanding by the U.S.administration regarding the end-uses of its business and technology. Shares of CNOOC’s listed unit CNOOC Ltd had fallen by nearly 14% percent following the Sunday report.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, SMIC, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Department of Defense, China Construction Technology Co Ltd, China International Engineering Consulting Corp, Reuters, Republican, Embassy, Foreign Ministry, Offshore Oil Corp, United States Department of Defense, CNOOC, U.S . Commerce Department, Biden, Democratic, Communist Chinese Military, Pentagon, People’s Liberation Army, Giants, China Telecom, China Mobile, U.S, Vanguard Group, BlackRock Inc, U.S . House, Trump Locations: Beijing, China, Washington, Hong Kong, crosshairs, U.S, Hikvision, American
Democrats picked Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Thursday to lead their campaign organization into the 2022 elections. Maloney, who in 2013 became the first openly gay member of Congress from New York, will now become the first LGBTQ person to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which helps to recruit House candidates, raise money and provide campaign guidance. “Now, it’s time for House Democrats to unite and go forward together. Cardenas, 57, is a four-term House lawmaker who has led Bold Pac, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The 2022 election looms as a difficult one for House Democrats.
Persons: Sean Patrick Maloney, Maloney, “ I’m, ” Maloney, ” Alphonso David, , ” David, Mondaire Jones, Ritchie Torres, Tony Cardenas, Cardenas, Cheri Bustos, , Joe Biden Organizations: Democratic Congressional, Committee, Twitter, House Democrats, Human Rights, Senate, Black Democrats, Trump, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Republican, Progressives, GOP, Democratic, NBC, Facebook Locations: New York, New, Hudson Valley, Tony Cardenas of California, Cheri Bustos of, South Florida
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he expected lawmakers would vote as soon as next week on resolutions seeking to block Republican President Donald Trump’s $23 billion weapons sale to the United Arab Emirates. “We are gathering support for it, and I would think some time next week,” Senator Bob Menendez told reporters. The sale includes products from privately held General Atomics, Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s and missiles made by Raytheon. Like other lawmakers, he said he was left with unanswered questions after Trump administration briefings on the sale. Rubio said one of his concerns was how the sale to the UAE would affect Israel, and another involved a matter he could not discuss publicly.
Persons: Donald Trump, Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Donald Trump’s, Bob Menendez, Menendez, Chris Murphy, Republican Rand Paul, Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Marco Rubio, Trump, Rubio Organizations: White, REUTERS, Democrat, U.S . Senate Foreign Relations, United, United Arab Emirates, Republican, Lockheed, Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon, Trump Locations: Washington , U.S, United Arab, UAE, Israel, Yemen
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in Manhattan on Thursday appeared skeptical of arguments by four Democratic-leaning U.S. states to overturn Republican President Donald Trump’s decision to cap federal deductions for state and local taxes. That law, known as the SALT cap, was part of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul signed by Trump in 2017 following approval on a party-line vote from the Republican-controlled Congress. The cap disproportionately affects high-tax states, with New York estimating its taxpayers would pay $121 billion of extra federal taxes from 2018 to 2025. Lawyers for the Trump administration said the SALT cap did not target particular states. U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhattan refused to block the SALT cap in Sept. 2019.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Raymond Lohier, ” Caroline Olsen, Trump, Jean, David Barnea, Paul Oetken Organizations: YORK, Democratic, Republican, U.S, Circuit, Trump, New, Senate, , District, 2nd U.S Locations: Manhattan, New York , Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, 2nd
(Reuters) - Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said they were willing to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus on television in order to ease any public skepticism over the safety of new vaccines. Bush, a Republican and Obama’s predecessor, is willing to get a vaccine on camera once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval, according to Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff. Clinton, a Democrat, will “definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials,” his spokesman, Angel Urena, wrote in an email. Moderna Inc’s vaccine, which employs similar technology as Pfizer’s and was nearly 95% effective in its pivotal trial, is expected to be reviewed a week later. Asked if Guterres might take the vaccine publicly, Dujarric said: “We’ll see if he does it publicly.
Persons: Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, ” Obama, Freddy Ford, Clinton, , Angel Urena, BioNTech, Gallup pollsters, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Pence, Ivanka Trump, Trump’s, , , Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, Dujarric Organizations: Reuters, Former U.S, Democrat, White House, Sirius XM, Republican, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, FDA, Pfizer Inc, U.S, ABC, Twitter, ” United Nations Locations: Former, U.S, Moderna
FILE PHOTO - White House senior advisor Brian Deese (L) walks with U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern (R) to attend a meeting during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, France December 10, 2015. “I’m asking Brian Deese to do this job because he’s someone who looks at hard problems and finds solutions that help make life better for American families,” Biden said in a video posted by his transition team. He served as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and the National Economic Council and as a senior climate and energy advisor to Obama. Deese’s work at BlackRock prompted an outcry by several environmental and progressive groups who have criticized the appointee for working for corporate interests and said he was not aggressive enough on climate change. “Along with @JoeBiden and @BarackObama Brian Deese shepherded the rescue of the auto industry.
Persons: Joe Biden, Brian Deese, Barack Obama’s, Todd Stern, Le Bourget, Mandel Ngan, Deese, Biden, I’m, he’s, ” Biden, “ He’ll, ” Deese, Obama, Evan Weber, , , Ed Markey, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio, Jennifer Granholm Organizations: National Economic Council, NEC, White House, U.S ., United Nations, Le, REUTERS, U.S, Management, Budget, BlackRock Inc, BlackRock, Sunrise, White, Democratic, Green New, New York Representative, Cortez . Former Michigan, Twitter Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Paris, France, U.S, Massachusetts, Cortez ., Michigan
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday named Brian Deese, who helped lead President Barack Obama’s efforts to bail out the automotive industry and negotiate the Paris climate agreement, as his top economic adviser. FILE PHOTO - White House senior advisor Brian Deese (L) walks with U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern (R) to attend a meeting during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, France December 10, 2015. His appointment signals Biden’s intention to put climate change at the heart of his plans for reviving the U.S. economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deese said he would push for “bold, new actions” needed to combat climate change and address the racial inequities that he said were at the core of the climate crisis. During the Obama administration, Deese served as deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and the National Economic Council, and as a senior climate and energy adviser to the president.
Persons: Joe Biden, Brian Deese, Barack Obama’s, Todd Stern, Le Bourget, Mandel Ngan, ” Biden, Deese, Biden’s, Trump, Larry Kudlow, Obama, Evan Weber, Bill McKibben, McKibben, Ed Markey, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez Organizations: White House, U.S ., United Nations, Le, REUTERS, National Economic Council, United, White, Office of Management, Budget, BlackRock Inc, BlackRock, Sunrise Movement, Democratic, Green New, New Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Paris, France, U.S, United States, New York
Trump declines to say if he still has confidence in Barr
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Jeff Mason | Sarah N. Lynch | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr during a discussion with state attorneys general on social media abuses in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday declined to say whether he still had confidence in U.S. Attorney General William Barr after the Department of Justice chief this week said there was no sign of major fraud in last month’s presidential election. Barr told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday the department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Despite that, Trump has continued to say without evidence that the election was marred by widespread fraud, claims that have been repeatedly rejected by state and federal officials. Barr has long been a staunch Trump ally, winning scorn from Democrats and many of the department’s own career prosecutors who have accused him of putting Trump’s personal interests ahead of the country’s interests.
Persons: Donald Trump, Bill Barr, Tom Brenner WASHINGTON, William Barr, Barr, , Joe Biden, Trump Organizations: White, REUTERS, Department of Justice, Associated Press, Trump, Justice Department, Democratic, Republican Trump, Electoral College Locations: U.S, Washington , U.S
New U.S. coronavirus aid bill uncertain as Senate leaders joust
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters as Senate Republican leaders hold a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Pool/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said there was some positive movement in congressional efforts to reach a compromise on a new coronavirus aid bill but he gave no hints on when such a deal might be struck. “Now it’s been heartening to see a few hopeful signs in the past few days” toward a deal, McConnell, a Republican, said of Democrats’ stance on a new aid bill. Democrats had been seeking around $2.2 trillion while Republicans were offering around $500 billion. Pelosi and Schumer on Wednesday said that a $908 billion aid bill cobbled together by a group of Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate should be the basis of new negotiations.
Persons: Mitch McConnell, Kevin Lamarque, it’s, McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, John Kennedy, Pelosi, Marco Rubio Organizations: Republican, Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S, Democratic, Republicans, Thursday, Fox News, Democrats Locations: Washington , U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan, $908 billion coronavirus aid plan gained momentum in the U.S. Congress on Thursday as conservative lawmakers expressed their support and Senate and House of Representatives leaders huddled. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses across the United States, on Wednesday had warm words for the $908 billion bill. Senator Lindsey Graham added: “The $908 (billion) bill, that’s the one I support.”Earlier on Thursday, Trump said he thought negotiators were “getting very close” to a deal, but he did not elaborate. Congress is working on a $1.4 trillion funding bill to avert agency shutdowns in mid-December and leaders hope to attach a coronavirus aid bill to that must-do measure -- if only they can reach a deal. But this week, Pelosi and Schumer said the bipartisan, $908 billion aid bill should be the basis of new negotiations.
Persons: Mitch McConnell, Kevin Lamarque, McConnell, Bill Cassidy, , ” Cassidy, Donald Trump’s, Kevin Cramer, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Nancy Pelosi, “ It’s, Kevin McCarthy, ‘ IT’S, ’ McConnell, Chuck Schumer, ” Schumer, Pelosi, Schumer, Dean Phillips, Marco Rubio Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Congress, Republican, Capitol, REUTERS, U.S . Chamber of Commerce, Democratic, of, , Fox News Locations: Washington , U.S, Washington, United States, United, America, United States of America, Minnesota
FILE PHOTO: A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building at sunset in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. The decision followed a similar action by the justices on Nov. 25 that backed Christian and Jewish houses of worship that challenged New York state restrictions in coronavirus hot spots. The justices directed the lower court to reconsider the case in light of their ruling in the New York case. Newsom, a Democrat, initially ordered houses of worship to be closed completely in March as part of a broad stay-at-home directive. Under the policy, houses of worship in the worst-hit areas could not hold indoor gatherings but could do so outdoors.
Persons: Erin Scott, Gavin Newsom’s, Newsom Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Harvest Rock Church Inc, Harvest International Ministries Inc, Democrat, Harvest Rock Church Locations: Washington , U.S, New York, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, York
President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next month will most likely look nothing like that, nor any other in recent memory, thanks to a once-in-a-century pandemic and Trump, who does not want to give up power and plans to skip his successor’s swearing-in. Biden’s inaugural team, announced this week, has so far declined to divulge much about their plans for Jan. 20. We have very few ceremonial events intended to unite the country, and a president’s inaugural is one of them." John Adams and John Quincy Adams also declined to attend their successors’ swearing-in, though their motives are not clear. “I think there is a big role for President Trump.
Persons: Barack Obama, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden’s, Trump, Biden, “ It’s, ” Addisu, Biden’s, Michael Beschloss, ” Beschloss, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S, Grant, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Missouri Republican Sen, Roy Blunt, Blunt, , President Trump, Norm Ornstein, I’ve, , Elect Kamala, Harris, ” Biden, Tony Allen, Obama, ” Demissie Organizations: WASHINGTON —, Capitol, Democratic, Democratic National Convention, Missouri Republican, CNN, Republican, American Enterprise Institute, Hall, White
FILE PHOTO: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force about the state of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci will meet with members of President-elect Joe Biden’s team on Thursday for the first talks about how the new administration will combat the virus that has killed some 273,000 Americans. Fauci, the top U.S. government infectious diseases expert, told CBS News he has spoken with incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain several times but those discussions were not substantive. So today will be the first day where there will be substantive discussions about the transition between me and the Biden team,” Fauci said. Trump’s administration delayed the transition to Biden’s team for weeks after the Nov. 3 presidential election even as the coronavirus surged in the United States.
Persons: Anthony Fauci, Brady, Leah Millis, Joe Biden’s, Ron Klain, Biden’s, I’m, ” Fauci, “ I’m, Donald Trump, Fauci, Democrat Biden Organizations: National Institute of Allergy, White, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, CBS News, Biden, National Institute, CNN, CBS, Trump, Republican, Democrat Locations: United States, Washington , U.S
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will spend Thursday receiving the presidential daily briefing and meeting with transition team advisers. Harris announced more senior staff appointments Thursday, including her chief of staff, Hartina Flournoy, who has served as former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants California’s secretary of state, Alex Padilla, to replace Kamala Harris in the Senate next year. Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate Wednesday by Vice President Mike Pence, giving Democrats a key pickup in the battleground state of Arizona. President Donald Trump has no public events on his schedule.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, CNN’s Jake Tapper, Vivek Murthy, Gina Raimondo, Barack Obama, Stacey Abrams, Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, Harris, Hartina Flournoy, Bill Clinton's, Rohini Kosoglu, Nancy McEldowney, Trump, William Barr, Barr, there’s, Ivanka Trump, Sen, Dianne Feinstein, Alex Padilla, Mark Kelly, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Lou Holtz Organizations: WASHINGTON, Biden, NBC, Department of Health, Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, Obama, Rhode Island, Georgia House, state's Democratic, Trump, Notre Dame Locations: Arizona
Tracking Viral Misinformation
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Mike Isaac | Davey Alba | Michael D. Shear | ) + 0.00   time to read: +53 min
Daily Distortions Tracking Viral Misinformation Every day, Times reporters will chronicle and debunk false and misleading information that is going viral online. The company previously removed misinformation about the polio vaccine in Pakistan, as well as misinformation on the measles vaccine in Samoa during outbreaks of the illnesses. or Department of Justice, this is the biggest thing you could be looking at,” Mr. Trump said. found no evidence of widespread election fraud, Trump posts video filled with falsehoods. In fact, the article Mr. Trump shared was based on a fake Twitter account that posed as his sister.
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U.S. weekly jobless claims fall; still at very high levels
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Lucia Mutikani | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits fell last week, but remained extraordinarily high amid widespread business restrictions to slow a rising tide of new COVID-19 infections and lack of additional fiscal stimulus. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston/File PhotoInitial claims for state unemployment benefits totaled a seasonally adjusted 712,000 for the week ended Nov. 28, compared with 787,000 in the prior week, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Government Accountability Office said state backlogs in processing applications had led to people submitting claims for multiple weeks of retroactive benefits during single reporting periods, inflating the claims data. Manufacturers reported high rates of absenteeism and difficulties returning people to work and hiring staff due to COVID-19. That would the smallest gain since the jobs recovery started in May and leave employment 9.609 million below its peak in February.
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U.S. weekly jobless claims fall; labor market momentum ebbing
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Lucia Mutikani | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
REUTERS/Bryan Woolston/File PhotoThe weekly unemployment claims report from the Labor Department on Thursday included the Thanksgiving holiday, which could have impacted the model the government uses to strip seasonal fluctuations from the data. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 75,000 to a seasonally adjusted 712,000 for the week ended Nov. 28, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Unemployment claims hit a record 6.867 million in March and have been stuck above their 665,000 peak during the 2007-2009 Great Recession. About 13.6 million people are due to lose government-funded unemployment benefits a day after Christmas. A record 4.569 million workers filed for extended unemployment benefits in the week ending Nov. 14, up 59,732 from the prior week.
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