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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would veto the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act unless it includes a measure eliminating a federal law protecting tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter. The Internet Association, which includes Facebook, Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter, blasted Trump. The law empowers online platforms to remove harmful and dangerous content, including terrorist content and misinformation,” the group said. Congressional aides expressed skepticism Trump would actually veto the legislation. The aides suggested Trump’s threat was part of an effort to force revisions to Section 230 and include them in the defense bill.
Persons: Donald Trump, Hannah McKay “, ” Trump, Trump, won’t Organizations: WASHINGTON, Defense, Facebook, White, REUTERS, National Defense, Communications, Republican, Internet Association, Twitter, Department of Defense, Democrat, Congress, Democrats Locations: Brady, Washington , U.S, Trump, Russia, China
Former President Barack Obama in an interview set to be released later on Wednesday emphasized that activists and politicians who want policing reforms lose a lot of people when they use slogans like "defund the police," according to Vanity Fair. "If you want to get something done in a democracy, then you've got to be able to meet people where they are," Obama said. Former President Barack Obama in an interview set to be released later on Wednesday emphasized that activists and politicians who want policing reforms lose a lot of people when they say "snappy" slogans like "defund the police," according to Vanity Fair. He added: "If you instead say ... let's reform the police department so that everybody's being treated fairly. Obama said that leaders have to decide if they want to make real policy changes or simply speak to like-minded supporters.
Persons: Barack Obama, Obama, Peter Hamby, you've, Joe Biden, Jim Clyburn, Clyburn, Joe Cunningham, Jaime Harrison, George Floyd, Floyd Organizations: Democrats, HBO Locations: South Carolina, Charleston, Minneapolis
Sure, these voters acknowledged, Mr. Trump may still hold the power of the presidency and may, in their estimation, have no qualms about abusing it. “He’s just a whiny kid who didn’t get his way. I’m not sweating it,” said Blake Lertzman, 39, while taking a smoke break outside his technology repair shop in the Bucks County seat of Doylestown. Republicans and Democrats alike here recall Mike Fitzpatrick, the moderate Republican congressman who died of brain cancer this year, with fondness. And as the county seat, Doylestown played host to their suburban Philadelphia iteration.
Persons: Trump, they’ve, “ He’s, didn’t, , Blake Lertzman, Trump’s, ” Mr, Lertzman, Hillary Clinton, Pat Toomey, Mike Fitzpatrick, Brian Fitzpatrick —, , impeaching Mr, Fitzpatrick, , Ron Strouse Organizations: Republican, Republicans, Democrats, Lugar Locations: Bucks, Doylestown, , Newsmax, ” Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania’s, Washington, America, Philadelphia
Opinion | Democrats, Stay United
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Steven Rattner | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Here we are, just four weeks past Election Day, and renewed skirmishing has already broken out within the Democratic Party. Having mostly rallied behind Joe Biden after the primaries, progressives now want their policies and their people embedded in the new administration. Consider this: One of the brightest stars in the progressive firmament, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, recently led a rally outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington. Yes, the Democratic headquarters. It’s almost as if the primaries had not ended.
Persons: Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez Organizations: Democratic Party, Democratic National Committee, Democratic, Federal Reserve Locations: Washington .
Senior Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer approached the GOP's Mitch McConnell with a secretive COVID-19 stimulus bill proposal on Monday night, The Washington Post reported. Speaker Pelosi said that the "private" proposal was also sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. There are no details of what the offer — referred to by Schumer as a "private proposal" — contained. The "private proposal" about which no details are public. The Democratic Party has publicly pushed for a $2.2 trillion relief plan including a $1,200 direct payment to individuals.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Pelosi, Steven Mnuchin, McConnell, Schumer, Steve Mnuchin, Sen Organizations: Washington Post, Congress, GOP, Capitol, Business, McConnell, Republicans, Democratic, Democratic Party, CNBC
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the news service. Trump’s fraud claims have been repeatedly rejected by state and federal officials, and his campaign has had no significant success in dozens of court cases. In a separate lawsuit, one of Trump’s former lawyers asked a federal judge to declare Trump the winner in that state. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsPowell was removed from Trump’s legal team after floating a range of conspiracy theories to explain Trump’s loss. While unsuccessful in court, Trump’s complaints appear to have yielded political benefit as polls show a large percentage of Republicans now believe the election was not conducted fairly.
Persons: William Barr, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Barr, ” Barr, Trump, Biden, , Derrick Van Orden, Sidney Powell, , Joshua Roberts Powell, , , “ Someone’s, Gabriel Sterling, ” Trump, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Rudy Giuliani, Janet Yellen, Cecilia Rouse, Neera Tanden, Rouse, Tanden Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Department, Republican president’s, Democratic, Associated Press, Justice Department, Biden, Trump, Electoral College, Reuters, REUTERS, Twitter, New York Times, CORONAVIRUS, Republicans, Democrats, Lawmakers, Congress, of Economic Advisers, for American Progress, Management Locations: Wisconsin, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Georgia, Princeton
Both McConnell and President-elect Joe Biden separately spoke of passing a coronavirus aid bill quickly and debating an additional bill early next year to address the worst U.S. health crisis in living memory. But difficult talks over details remained with little time to spare, as Congress rushes to pass a $1.4 trillion bill by Dec. 11 to keep government agencies funded. MCCONNELL PUSHES ‘TARGETED RELIEF’McConnell said he would like to marry the funding bill with a coronavirus aid measure. Previously, Schumer and Pelosi sought a $2.2 trillion bill that McConnell rejected. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were expected to discuss coronavirus aid and the must-pass government funding bill on Tuesday.
Persons: Republican Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Joe Biden, MCCONNELL, ’ McConnell, , Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Schumer, Pelosi, Lisa Murkowski, Steven Mnuchin Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Republican, Republicans, Democrats, White, Reuters, Democratic, Amtrak Locations: Alaska, State, U.S
Mamdani is one of three South Asian members of the Democratic Socialists of America who won historic down-ballot races earlier this month. Their wins point to the growing prominence of young South Asians on the left, many of whom, in the past half-decade, have transitioned from community activism to electoral politics. This year wasn’t the first time South Asian socialists found success in local elections. Some South Asian Democratic Socialists of America candidates pitched long-shot bids this year, and even in defeat, they’re laying the groundwork for the future. A win would have made the Sri Lankan immigrant the first Muslim and South Asian woman elected to the lower chamber.
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How to Understand Trump’s Democrats
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Jason L. Riley | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.85   time to read: 1 min
Even as Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House next month—without conceding defeat, it appears—many Democrats and members of the press haven’t come to terms with how he got there in the first place. For four years, the president’s detractors have blamed Russian interference, sexism, white nationalists, James Comey—or some combination thereof—for Hillary Clinton’s shocking loss in 2016. What they’ve failed to do is seriously consider how Mr. Trump managed to flip millions of voters who had previously supported Barack...
Persons: Donald Trump, James Comey —, Hillary Clinton’s, they’ve, Trump
He won praise from progressives for fending off fierce resistance from Wall Street and for fighting for consumer protections. These days, Mr. Zients is a co-chairman of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s transition team who is being watched warily by members of Democratic Party’s left wing. They view his recent work running an investment fund — Cranemere — and sitting on the board of Facebook as a detriment. Now, business and finance experience can turn otherwise qualified White House candidates into pariahs for progressives. With those jobs set to be filled by others, Mr. Zients is the front-runner, according to people familiar with the transition team’s plans, to be the Biden administration’s Covid czar, steering the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Persons: Jeffrey D, Zients, Joseph R, Biden, Democratic Party’s, , Barack Obama, Obama Organizations: WASHINGTON —, Obama, Economic Council, Wall, Democratic, Justice Democrats, Facebook, Democratic Party, White, Biden, National Economic Council, Management
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday there is "no reason" Congress can't quickly agree a new round of coronavirus stimulus. Time is short: Congress is meeting for a short session due to end by Christmas, and also has to avert a government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged the mounting pressure to deliver another round of economic stimulus, and said there is "no reason" that it couldn't be done by the end of 2020. The last coronavirus relief package was passed in spring, and expired in July. Republicans have proposed a smaller relief package, arguing that the economy is better than expected.
Persons: Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Tom Porter, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Monday McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Pelosi, Schumer Organizations: Republicans, Visit, Lawmakers, Congressional, Congressional Democrats, GOP, New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Politico
Main Street confidence dropped again this quarter — the second setback this year and also only the second substantial decrease in the nearly four years since the start of the quarterly CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Confidence Survey. From the very first quarterly survey, which coincided with the first full month of the Trump presidency, political partisanship has been an underlying driver of the rosy outlook on Main Street. It was also the first time that Republicans' score fell below 50. For business leaders, accommodating those changes can be a challenge; for small business owners in particular, doing so can be a real threat. Small business owners' forward-looking expectations, rather than their assessments of the current business climate, are what has changed the most as a result of the election.
Persons: Trump, Donald Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: CNBC, SurveyMonkey, Survey, Democrats, Republican, Republicans
The Trump administration is pressing for a repeal of Section 230 to be included in a defense-spending authorization bill that must pass by the end of the year. However, Senate Republicans are proposing that more limited changes to Section 230, instead of outright repealing the internet law, which shields big tech companies from liability. Republicans and Democrats alike have agreed that Section 230 should be amended, but the two parties have different motivations. Republicans have alleged that internet platforms discriminate against conservative content, and Democrats push for more accountability for tech firms to crack down on misinformation. The bottom line: It appears Republicans are open to the White House's buzzer-beater policy goals, but Democrats are sure to object.
Persons: Trump, Axios, Sen, Roger Wicker, he's Organizations: Republicans, Democrats, Communications, Big Tech, Senate, National Defense, Accountability, Consumer
But that hasn’t stopped the Sunrise Movement, the activist climate group that champions the sweeping climate change plan, from mobilizing in force for the two Georgia Democrats in their high-stakes runoff races for Senate seats. The group is aiming to help register 10,000 to 20,000 Georgians who will turn 18 by Jan. 5, the day of the elections. And while its appeals mention the threat from climate change, it does not present the issue as a litmus test. “Right now, we’re focused on the bigger picture,” said Shanté Wolfe, who is leading the Sunrise Movement’s work in Georgia. Two victories in Georgia would produce a 50-50 tie in the Senate, giving Democrats control of the chamber because Kamala Harris would cast tiebreaking votes as vice president.
Persons: Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, hasn’t, Jan, we’re, , Shanté Wolfe, , Kamala Harris Organizations: Green New, Sunrise Movement, Georgia Democrats, Sunrise, Democratic Locations: Georgia
A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a $908 billion stimulus plan that contains federal unemployment benefits but omits another round of $1,200 direct payments for taxpayers. The compromise package represents a concerted effort to break the deadlock on Capitol Hill on another coronavirus relief plan, but its unclear whether it will gain traction. A bipartisan group of senators unveiled $908 billion stimulus plan on Tuesday aimed at breaking the monthslong deadlock on Capitol Hill. But the compromise plan omitted another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, likely in an attempt to keep the plan's price tag under $1 trillion. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has touted a $500 billion relief plan that emphasizes funding for schools, public health systems and small businesses.
Persons: Democratic Sen, Joe Manchin, Republican Sen, Susan Collins of, Mark Warner of Virginia, Manchin, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, it's, Trump, McConnell, Steve Moore, Chuck Schumer, Schumer Organizations: Capitol, Democratic, Republican, Washington Post, Lawmakers, White, Democrats Locations: West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, coronavirus
Credit Credit... Anna Moneymaker for The New York TimesAs uncertainty grows, Biden announces economic team and Congress kick-starts stimulus talks. — Jeanna Smialek andBiden and Harris will introduce their economic team, with women in top spots. Mr. Biden is poised to enter the White House at a time of national crisis amid the worsening virus outbreak. Mr. Biden also selected Janet L. Yellen, a former Federal Reserve chair, to be his Treasury Secretary. But to make it happen, they are expected to slash the number of officials flanking Mr. Biden.
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Joe Manchin and Susan Collins, just unveiled a $908 billion package to try to end the gridlock over a coronavirus stimulus. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat of West Virginia, told Insider that the group had worked "around the clock" to come to a bipartisan deal over the course of the last three weeks. The caucus introduced a $1.5 trillion bipartisan deal ahead of the election but it didn't gain traction. The amount in the bipartisan deal is far less than what Democratic leaders wanted. $16 billion for a vaccine rolloutThe bipartisan deal would provide $16 billion for coronavirus testing and contact tracing — far short of the $75 billion Democrats want — but in line with the Republican demand.
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Democratic senators introduced a plan to reinstate the $600 federal unemployment benefit on Tuesday. Senate Democrats introduced a plan on Tuesday to reinstate the $600 federal unemployment benefit, signaling their priorities as Congress debates passing another round of economic relief before the end of the year. The proposal would renew the weekly federal benefit until October 2021, making it retroactive from September 5. The plan comes as Congress faces mounting pressure to pass another relief plan before the end of the year. Around 12 million Americans are set to lose all their unemployment aid next month, and many have exhausted the assistance already.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Ron Wyden, Michael Bennet, Jack Reed, Sherrod Brown, Sen, Sherrod Brown of, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Wyden, Donald Trump's, Janet Yellen, Yellen, Joe Biden's Organizations: Sens, Democrats, Oregon, Labor Department ., Democratic, Federal Reserve, HSBC Locations: New York, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Rhode, Florida
One key way of getting more money into their hands — a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks — is absent from the proposal. No second $1,200 stimulus checksChip Somodevilla | Getty ImagesMany Americans are hoping for more $1,200 stimulus checks. To date, the government has issued about 160 million of the first stimulus checks, totaling more than $270 billion. In order to get money to Americans fast now, stimulus checks would be a better way to go, he said. But a bigger stimulus package may have to wait until after President-elect Joe Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration, he said.
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Mr. Powell, who told lawmakers that the Fed would have preferred to keep those lending programs going while acknowledging that it was Mr. Mnuchin’s place to decide, painted a more dire picture of the economic outlook. He pointed to continued uncertainty around the speed of a vaccine rollout, the reality that millions remain out of work and the fact that small businesses could fail in the winter months. “We do have a long way to go,” Mr. Powell said. The measure would provide $160 billion to help state, local and tribal governments facing fiscal ruin — a fraction of what Democrats had sought. Also included was $288 billion to help small businesses, restaurants and theaters, and a short-term federal liability shield from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
Persons: Powell, ” Mr, , Biden, , Mnuchin, , Joe Manchin, Susan Collins, Nancy Pelosi, McConnell Organizations: Capitol, Republican, Democrats Locations: United States, West Virginia, Maine, California
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Mr. Barr said. The move raised expectations that Mr. Trump will bestow clemency on other associates in his final weeks in office. On the afternoon of Dec. 11, Mr. Trump is hosting a party for the West Wing staff and their families. “Good,” Mr. Biden replied to a shouted query about how he was feeling, as he arrived at The Queen theater to deliver remarks. A Biden spokesman did not respond to more detailed questions about how the injury occurred — was Mr. Biden playing catch with his dog?
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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Data giant S&P Global Inc’s plan to buy IHS Markit Ltd for $44 billion will face hard questions from the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, which has indicated that antitrust enforcement will get tougher, anti-trust experts said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: The S&P Global logo is displayed on its offices in the financial district in New York City, U.S., December 13, 2018. “It would have been better for them if they tried to do this last spring.”Asked about potential antitrust concerns, Douglas Peterson, CEO of S&P Global, sounded an optimistic note. The S&P/IHS deal would likely be investigated by the Justice Department, whose antitrust leadership may not be in place for months. But she also noted that other big companies provide data to investors and said she would be surprised if, after any scrutiny, the deal was challenged.
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Breakingviews - Facebook squeezes in M&A play before game turns
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Gina Chon | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Stickers bearing the Facebook logo are pictured at Facebook Inc's F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Breakingviews) - Facebook has managed to make another M&A move before the D.C. game worsens. After its splashy $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014, it has focused on smaller startups. Democrats have made antitrust scrutiny of Big Tech a priority, including proposing a moratorium on deals, including for startups. Both agencies could make life difficult for Zuckerberg by declining to clear smaller deals.
Persons: Stephen Lam, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Mark Zuckerberg, hasn’t, Biden, Biden doesn’t Organizations: Facebook, REUTERS, Reuters, Wall Street, Trump, U.S, Democrats, Big Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Justice Department, Zuckerberg Locations: San Jose , California, U.S, WhatsApp
ATLANTA — Jon Ossoff is ending the Trump era the same way he began it: as a young Democrat unexpectedly at the center of the political universe. If Democrats win both seats, they'll end the Trump era by giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tiebreaking vote in the Senate. It would also be vindication for Ossoff, whose loss in the House race set off a familiar circular firing squad among Democrats. But the data [from Ossoff's race] told a different story," she said. She won in 2018 by 317 votes, flipping the state House seat formerly occupied by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
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Monday is the start of a new, brief session for Congress in which they could pass a new coronavirus stimulus bill. Congress is reconvening on Monday, presenting a new chance to pass a stimulus bill to inject more cash into the US economy. Republicans and Democrats have been deadlocked for months over a new coronavirus relief bill, despite pressure from President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden to cut a deal. Senate Republicans did not include mew $1,200 checks in their most recent proposed relief bill in October, per CNBC. Biden has called on Congress to act as matter of urgency, and pass the Democratic version of the relief bill.
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