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Pierluisi said he expects that the island will have access to more vaccinations, "and that's going to be good for Puerto Rico." "I'm not looking for Puerto Rico to get better treatment than other states. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal program providing low-income families with financial assistance for food operates under similar restrictions in Puerto Rico. Biden's plan for Puerto Rico calls for providing funding parity under the programs. Rebuilding the troubling power grid and the debtHurricane Maria triggered the collapse of Puerto Rico's power grid, leading to the world's second-longest blackout.
Persons: Pedro Pierluisi, , Pierluisi, Joe Biden's, Ricardo Rosselló, Hurricane Maria, Alex Wroblewski, Biden, Miguel Cardona, who's, Maria, Trump, Ben Carson, Harvey, Irma, Biden's, Rico's, Jenniffer Gonzalez, Gonzalez Organizations: Washington , D.C, Democrat, Gov, Hurricane, Barrio Obrero, Bloomberg, Getty, NBC News, American Academy of Pediatrics, Department of Housing, Urban, Trump, Assistance, Puerto Rico, Nutrition Assistance, Republican, Puerto Ricans, Energy Locations: Puerto, Washington ,, Spanish, San Juan , Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican, . Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Puerto Rico . Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans, U.S, Puerto Rico's
Raphael Warnock won a runoff election to become just the 11th Black U.S. senator in history and only the second Black senator from the South since Reconstruction. Revels’s path to the United States Senate coursed through the sacred pulpits of the Black church and the towering bluffs of a military encampment along the Mississippi River. Illinois has been home to three: Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black woman to be a U.S. senator, Barack Obama and Roland Burris. This is the history that Raphael Warnock stepped into when he declared his run for the Senate. Warnock recognized the unique obstacles and hazards that Black politicians and Democrats face in Southern states that have been reliably Republican for decades.
Persons: Hiram Rhodes, soirees, Hiram, , Jefferson Davis, , Willard Saulsbury, Dred Scott, Sandford, Revels, James Nye of, Blanche Bruce Mississippi, Kamala Harris, Joseph R, Biden, Harris, Raphael Warnock, Trump’s exhortations, Black, Edward Brooke Massachusetts, readmission, Hiram Revels, ” Revels, Blanche Bruce, Bruce, Johnson, Whittaker, Carol Moseley Braun, Massachusetts Republican Edward Brooke, Brooke, Barry Goldwater, Nixon’s, Tim Scott, Barack Obama, Roland Burris, Kamala Harris of, Cory Booker of, Mo Cowan, Obama, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Delaware, Kelly Loeffler, Warnock, Loeffler, President Trump, “ Warnock, Roland Burris Illinois Cotton, ” Tim Scott, ” Scott, he’d, Scott, Tim Scott South, Cory Booker, Jersey Warnock, Martin Luther King Jr, King, Kamala Harris California, ” Warnock, Raphael Warnock Georgia, Organizations: Hiram Rhodes Revels, Black United, Capitol, Republican, Black, Freedman’s Savings Bank, Mississippi’s Legislature, Union, The New York Times, Union Army, The Chicago Republican, Electoral College, Black U.S, United States, Methodist Church, Gettysburg, Methodist, Senate, Republican Party of Lincoln, Democratic Party, American, New York Herald, Cincinnati Daily, , Mississippi’s, Republican Party, Army, Americans, Massachusetts Republican, Civil, Southern Democrats, Power, Revels, Reconstruction, Mo Cowan of Massachusetts, Delaware —, United, Congressional Black Caucus, Capitol Police, Morehouse College, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Democrats, Trump Locations: Mississippi, New Jersey, Mississippi’s, Washington, Baltimore, Memphis, Tenn, Delaware, United States, James Nye of Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Missouri, Vicksburg, Massachusetts, Black, Republican . Illinois, U.S, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mo Cowan of, Jamaica, India, America, Waycross, South Carolina, Tim Scott South Carolina, Mo Cowan Massachusetts, Savannah, Atlanta, New York City, Ebenezer
The team around Trump is hollowed out, with the White House counsel's office not drawing up a legal defense plan and the legislative affairs team largely abandoned. WASHINGTON (AP) — His place in the history books about to be rewritten, President Donald Trump awaited his second impeachment — something no other president has faced — largely alone and silent. Trump kept out of sight in a nearly empty White House as impeachment proceedings played out at the heavily fortified Capitol. There were lawyers, White House messaging meetings, and a media blitz run by allies on conservative television, radio and websites. But there was no effort from the White House to line up votes in the president's defense.
Persons: Donald Trump, , Trump, That's, Read, Joshua Roberts, Trump's, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Liz Cheney, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, McConnell, Cheney, Sterling , Virginia Al Drago, Jason Miller, Miller, Biden, Abraham Lincoln's, Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon Organizations: Republicans, Trump, White, Capitol, Reuters, GOP, Republican, Trump National Golf Club, New, midafternoon, Biden, National Guard, Reconstruction Locations: WASHINGTON, Ukraine, Wyoming, Ky, Sen, Sterling ,, New York City
When my father returned from serving in the Navy in World War II, he taught and worked in Warrenton, Georgia. This week, such a fusion coalition could elect a young Jewish man and a Black preacher like my father to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. This week, such a fusion coalition could elect a young Jewish man and a Black preacher like my father to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. Black, white and brown, they went for Biden over Trump by 14 percentage points. Desperate to project power, they have embraced conspiracy theories and pressured Republican officials in Georgia to overturn the results of November’s election.
Persons: didn't, Sen, Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, Donald Trump, Warnock, Ossoff, Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue, Langston Hughes, , Martin Luther King Jr, Andrew Young, Clarence Jordan, Lillian Smith, It’s Organizations: Navy, U.S . Senate, Republicans, Institute for Policy Studies, Biden, Trump, Republican, Guatemalan Locations: Warrenton , Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia, U.S, Southern, America, United States, Harlem, Atlanta
In a little over a month, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will be five years old. Back then, the nascent China-organized multinational lender was described as a challenger to the Asian Development Bank and even the World Bank. The AIIB reported $30.78 billion in assets at the end of September. Even combined with the $19.32 billion of the New Development Bank, another Chinese-led multilateral bank, that is still less than a fifth of the Asia Development Bank’s $250.8 billion. Both are overshadowed by World Bank Group’s constituent parts: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Development Association and the International Finance Corp. together hold more than $600 billion in assets.
Organizations: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, New Development Bank, Asia Development, International Bank for Reconstruction, International Development Association, International Finance Corp, Center for Strategic, International Studies Locations: China
World Bank boosts target for climate-friendly financing to 35% over five years
  + stars: | 2020-12-09 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Wednesday it was setting a new five-year target for 35% of its financing, on average, to have climate “co-benefits,” up from a 28% target for the previous five-year period ended in 2020. The multilateral development lender also said half of the climate-related financing would be done by its main units - the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association - and would be aimed at supporting climate adaptation and resilience projects. “Climate change presents critical challenges to our development efforts,” World Bank President David Malpass, a former Trump administration Treasury official, said in a statement. “The poorer countries suffer most from climate events – including flooding, droughts and food insecurity. In addition to increasing our climate financing, we’re working to achieve country outcomes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a successful transition to lower-carbon development.”Between 2016 and 2020, World Bank Group said its institutions, including the International Finance Corp and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, provided over $83 billion in climate-related finance to developing countries.
Persons: David Malpass Organizations: WASHINGTON, Bank, International Bank for Reconstruction, International Development Association, Trump, Treasury, World Bank Group, International Finance Corp, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary of defense. Nearly 100 House Democrats belong to the Progressive Caucus, which may wield significant influence over Biden's policy agenda as Democrats cling to their narrowest House majority in a century. But soon after Biden's victory, her stock seemed to slip as others, including Austin and Johnson, came into consideration. Biden, then vice president, greets US Air Force personnel at an airbase in Romania, May 20, 2014. "If he chooses the path of deal-making with Mitch McConnell, those divides within the Democratic Party will become much more apparent."
Persons: Joe Biden, Michèle Flournoy, Biden, , Jehan Hakim, Alex Wong, Lloyd Austin, Jeh Johnson, Barack Obama's, Johnson, Donald Trump, Heather Boushey, Jared Bernstein, Waleed Shahid, Shahid, Rahm Emanuel, Obama, Mike Morell, Aaron P, Bernstein, Reuters Flournoy, Hillary Clinton's, James Clyburn, Antony Blinken, Avril Haines, Vermont Sen, Bernie Sanders, Flournoy, Octav, Tammy Duckworth of, Kirsten Gillibrand, Gillibrand, David Segal, Biden's, Mitch McConnell Organizations: , Department of Defense, Associated Press, Yemeni Alliance Committee, Army, Department of Homeland Security, Austin, Democratic, Progressive Caucus, Economic, Justice, Defense Department, Commerce, Labor, Education, Interior, Obama White House, CIA, Former Homeland, House Intelligence, Reuters, Capitol Hill, South Carolina Rep, Pentagon, Liberal, WestExec Advisors, WestExec's, Yemen Relief, Reconstruction Foundation, Justice Democrats, US Air Force, AP, New, Advisers, Biden, Democratic Party Locations: WASHINGTON, American, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Congress, Vermont, Saudi, Romania, New York, America
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence headed into the fray of two red-hot U.S. Senate campaigns in Georgia on Friday, aiming to get Republican voters to turn out in force for a Jan. 5 runoff election battle that will decide Senate control. “Good Republicans never vote alone, guys!” Perdue, a businessman, told a rally near Macon, Georgia, on Thursday. Analysts said he could bring greater focus to the Senate races at a time of infighting between Georgia Republicans. Democrats, who netted only one Republican Senate seat in the election, need both Georgia seats to take control of the chamber and push Biden’s legislative agenda through Congress. Republicans have formed a fundraising network called the Georgia Battleground Fund led by scores of party celebrities including members of Congress, former governors and ambassadors.
Persons: Mike Pence, Brady, Leah Millis, Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s, Pence, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, , ” Perdue, Loeffler, Pence’s, Sonny Perdue, Perdue, Brad Raffensperger, Doug Collins, Collins, Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, , Tom Cotton, Kevin McCarthy Organizations: WASHINGTON, Senate, Republican, White, REUTERS, , “ Good Republicans, Trump, Agriculture, Reconstruction, Analysts, Georgia Republicans, Democratic, Republican Senate, Biden, Republicans, Georgia Battleground Fund, House Republican Locations: Georgia, Washington , U.S, Washington, Canton and Gainesville, Macon , Georgia, U.S, Arkansas, Macon, Florida, Texas
Trump nominee Shelton's path to Fed narrows as virus spreads
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( Doina Chiacu | Ann Saphir | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, who opposes Shelton’s nomination, is out of Washington this week but could cast a vote if one takes place when he is back. The vote on Shelton marks the first time since the establishment of modern Fed governance in 1935 that Congress has voted on a Fed nominee during a lame duck session. FILE PHOTO: Federal Reserve Board building on Constitution Avenue is pictured in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2019. “The Federal Reserve plays too much of a role shaping our economy,” Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, said in a statement after the vote. Whether Shelton is ultimately confirmed or not, Trump will have put his mark on the Fed.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Judy Shelton, Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, Rick Scott, Shelton, Mitch McConnell, Grassley, Scott, Lamar Alexander, Mark Kelly, Quarantines, Barack Obama, “ groupthink, Leah Millis, ” Marco Rubio, , Elizabeth Warren, Herman Cain, Stephen Moore, Trump, Judd Deere Organizations: WASHINGTON, Federal Reserve, Republican, Fed, Republican Party, Democratic, Senate, Trump, Federal Reserve Board, REUTERS, Fed’s, Governors, Trump’s, U.S, European Bank for Reconstruction, Development, American Institute for Economic Research, Twitter, WhiteHouse Locations: Florida, Washington, Arizona, COVID, Shelton, Washington , U.S, lockstep, American, Massachusetts
Timothy Chacon | Flickr CCWASHINGTON — Acting Pentagon chief Christopher Miller said Tuesday that the United States will reduce its military presence in Afghanistan to 2,500 troops and 2,500 troops in Iraq by Jan. 15. The United States has approximately 4,500 troops currently in Afghanistan and more than 3,000 in Iraq. And ISIS could rebuild in Afghanistan the terror caliphate it lost in Syria and Iraq," the NATO chief said, referring to Islamic State militants. In 2003, NATO joined the international security effort in Afghanistan and currently has more than 7,000 troops in the country. Last week, Miller ascended to the Pentagon's acting Secretary of Defense role after President Donald Trump's sudden termination of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
Persons: Timothy Chacon, Christopher Miller, Jan, Miller, General Stoltenberg, Ghani, " Miller, Stoltenberg, Donald Trump's, Defense Mark Esper, Al Qaida, Whitney Houston Organizations: Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction, Public, . Air Force, Staff, Flickr, WASHINGTON —, Pentagon, United, NATO, Islamic, Defense, Department of Defense, 82nd Airborne Division, Task Force, Support Aviation Battalion, Avn, Regiment, Brigade, U.S, Army Locations: Kandahar, Afghanistan, United States, Iraq, Syria, U.S, Nawa, Kandahar Province
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