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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration faced pressure from Republican lawmakers on its second day in office for a more forceful response to Beijing’s announcement of sanctions against the architects of former President Donald Trump’s tough China policy. FILE PHOTO: Committee chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, DC, U.S. July 30, 2020. The Biden administration, which is seeking Republican support for a policy to “out-compete” China, responded by calling the move “unproductive and cynical” and urged Americans from both parties to condemn it. “The Biden administration and any country that values democratic principles must respond immediately and forcefully to demonstrate that coercion will not be tolerated,” he said. “This team doesn’t have the luxury of six months to study the issue,” one private-sector China policy analyst said of the Biden administration.
Persons: Biden, Donald Trump’s, Jim Risch, Greg Nash, Joe Biden, Mike Pompeo, ” Michael McCaul, , , Pompeo, Antony Blinken, Blinken, China Organizations: WASHINGTON, Foreign, Trump, Republican, Senate Foreign Relations, Twitter, Republicans, Democrats, Representatives Foreign, Biden, Beijing, China, Republican House Foreign, United Nations, U.S Locations: China, Washington , DC, U.S, Beijing, Asia, Xinjiang, United States, North Korea
The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the waiver for Austin on Thursday, setting up a vote in the full Senate as soon as later in the day. The House Armed Services Committee had planned a hearing on the waiver issue, but could not do so quickly enough because the panel’s membership in the newly elected Congress has not been made final. If confirmed by the Senate to the post, Austin would become the first Black defense secretary. Former President Donald Trump’s first defense secretary, retired Marine Corps General Jim Mattis, also needed - and received - a waiver. Austin said he would work to get rid of “racists and extremists” from the ranks of the U.S. military.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Lloyd Austin, Austin, Adam Smith, Donald Trump’s, Jim Mattis, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, , Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . House, Senate, Austin, Senate Armed Services Committee, Democratic, Republican House, Armed Services Committee, , ” Armed Services, Democratic House, Marine, Pentagon, U.S . Locations: U.S
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shows signed executive orders for economic relief at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., August 8, 2020. That base of support remains large - another likely legacy of the Trump era. White House spokesman Judd Deere rejected the notion that Trump’s legacy lay in tatters. Trump’s base remains a potent electoral force. Bob Corker, a former Republican senator from Tennessee, said Trump had been a “consequential president” in terms of enacting many policies Republicans wanted.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joshua Roberts, Trump, William Barber, Martin Luther King, ” Trump, Alex Bruesewitz, , ” Bruesewitz, Joe Biden, , Aaron David Miller, Judd Deere, ” Deere, Mitch McConnell, Barack Obama, Biden, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong, “ Trump, ” Richard Haass, Haass, QAnon, Douglas Brinkley, Will Williams, Bob Corker, ” Corker, Corker, We’ve Organizations: WASHINGTON, REUTERS, Trump, Capitol, Poor, Democratic, State Department, Republican, Carnegie Endowment, International Peace, Washington ., Reuters, Deere, ‘ AMERICA, Republican Party, Atlantic Treaty Organization, North, Foreign Relations, Rice University, White, Democrats, Twitter, Senate, Republican House, Republicans Locations: Bedminster , New Jersey, U.S, America, Washington, Jan, Charlottesville , Virginia, , tatters, Mexico, Paris, Iran, China, Hong Kong, Beijing, Israel, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, United States, Houston, Mexican, Oklahoma, REPUBLICAN, Tennessee
Four other Republican House members, Jaime Herrera Beutler, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger and Fred Upton, also said they supported impeachment. Pelosi on Tuesday named nine impeachment managers, who would present the House’s case for impeachment during a Senate trial. If Trump is impeached by the House, he would have a trial in the Senate to determine his guilt. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again. Rather than a two-thirds vote, a simple Senate majority is needed to disqualify Trump from future office.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Pence, Trump, Erin Scott, Joe Biden, Mike Pence, , ” Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Liz Cheney, ” Cheney, Dick Cheney, Trump “, Jaime Herrera Beutler, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger, Fred Upton, impeaching Trump, Mitch McConnell, , ” Trump, David Cicilline, Cicilline, , Jim Jordan, Pelosi, McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris, disqualifying Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Capitol, U.S . House, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, House, Trump, Republican Party, Republicans, Republican House, New York Times, U.S . Senate, Democratic, Biden Locations: U.S, Washington , U.S, Jan, United States, Ukraine, Georgia
McConnell believes the impeachment effort will make it easier to purge Trump from the party, the Times said. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again. If Trump is impeached by the House, he would have a trial in the Senate to determine his guilt. But only a simple majority is needed to disqualify Trump from future office. If Trump has not stepped down and Pence has not taken action by Wednesday, Democratic leaders plan to bring impeachment to the House floor.
Persons: Donald, Liz Cheney, , Trump “, Cheney, Dick Cheney, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger, impeaching Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Pence, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, ” Trump, disavow, Joe Biden’s, Trump’s, Biden, Jim McGovern, disqualifying Trump, McGovern, Jim Jordan, ” Jordan, , ” McGovern, sparred, Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris Organizations: WASHINGTON, Capitol, Republican, Democratic, Republican House, U.S . House, U.S . Constitution, Trump, New York Times, U.S . Senate, Times, House, Republicans, Wednesday Locations: United States, U.S, U.S ., Mexico, Alamo , Texas, Washington, Texas, Georgia
Democrats moved forward on an impeachment vote after a effort to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump was rejected by Pence on Tuesday evening. Republican leaders in the House did not urge their members to vote against impeaching Trump, saying it was a matter of individual conscience. At a meeting to set the rules for Wednesday’s impeachment vote, Democratic Representative David Cicilline told the House Rules Committee that the impeachment drive had the support of 217 lawmakers - enough to impeach Trump. Democrats could also use an impeachment trial to push through a vote blocking Trump from running for office again. Rather than a two-thirds vote, a simple Senate majority is needed to disqualify Trump from future office.
Persons: Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Trump, Pence, , ” Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Liz Cheney, ” Trump “, Cheney, Dick Cheney, , John Katko, Adam Kinzinger, Fred Upton, impeaching Trump, , Joe Biden’s, Biden, ” Trump, David Cicilline, Cicilline, Trump “, Jim Jordan, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, there’s, ” Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris, disqualifying Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, Republicans, U.S . Capitol, Capitol, Republican, Trump, Democrats, Republican House, Democratic, Biden, The New York Times, U.S . Senate, Times, House, Reuters Locations: U.S, United States, Ukraine, Georgia
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, and Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and conduct a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center after a meeting with the House Republican Conference on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. The leader of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives told colleagues Monday that President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for Wednesday's riot at the Capitol, two sources told NBC News. His reported comments come as Democrats, who have a majority of House members, have moved toward impeaching Trump for inciting the riot. But the letter, obtained by NBC News, lays out four potential actions to address the riot, none of which name Trump. The last item reflects the fact that many GOP voters, and Republican House members, believe that Trump was defrauded out of a win in the election by widespread ballot fraud.
Persons: Kevin McCarthy, Steve Chabot, Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy of, Trump, McCarthy, impeaching Trump, Mike Pence, Joe Biden's, William Barr Organizations: Capitol Visitor Center, House Republican Conference, Republican, Capitol, NBC News, House Republicans, Capitol Police, GOP, Commission, Republican House Locations: R, Ohio, Kevin McCarthy of California
Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue for their loyalty to President Donald Trump and his false narrative by giving them the boot. This was the first time in modern history that control of the Senate hinged on two double-barrel swing-state runoffs. And with President-elect Joe Biden set to take office, senior Senate Republicans messaged the Georgia runoffs as the party's last hope of maintaining control of the upper chamber and functioning as a check on the Biden presidency. Geoff Duncan, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, than he did to promoting Loeffler and Perdue or deriding their Democratic opponents. Trump kicked off the New Year by tweeting that the Georgia runoffs were "illegal and invalid."
Persons: Donald Trump, Republican Sens, Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue, Trump, Perdue, Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, who's, Loeffler, Joe Biden, Republicans messaged, Biden, Brad Raffensperger, Brynn Anderson, Brian Kemp, Gov, Geoff Duncan, Raffensperger, tweeting, Georgia runoffs, Mike Pence, Lin Wood, You've, Sidney Powell, Wood's, Chuck Schumer, , Sen, Ted Cruz, Powell, Wood, Ronna McDaniel, McDaniel, It's, Davi Perdue, Jessica McGowan, Tuesday's runoffs, Trump's Organizations: GOP, Republican, Democratic, Republicans, Republican Sens, Senate, AP, Brynn Anderson Republicans, Gov, Voting, Huawei, Loeffler, Trump, Democrats, Green, Republican National Committee, Georgia, Biden, Georgia National Fairgrounds, Agriculture Center, Getty, US, Project, Electoral, Republican House, Biden — Locations: Georgia, Loeffler, America, Texas, Sens, Tuesday's, Atlanta, Iowa, Maine , Montana, North Carolina, Georgia's
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a fiery speech on the Senate floor Wednesday excoriating President Donald Trump and his congressional allies' to throw out the results of the 2020 election. Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when the doubt was incited without any evidence," McConnell said. "Nothing before us proves illegality of the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election," McConnell said, referring to Trump's false assertion that there was widespread, nationwide voter fraud that delegitimized the results of the election. According to congressional procedure, when a challenge is lodged against a state's electoral votes, both houses must separately debate the motion for up to two hours. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate must vote to reject a state's electoral votes in order to nullify them.
Persons: Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, McConnell, Mike Pence, Joe Biden's Organizations: Republican, Trump, Kentucky Republican, Republican House, Biden, Electoral College, Senate, Republicans
President Trump vs. Democracy - The New York Times
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Thanks to Mr. Raffensperger and his team’s decision to record the call, there is no contesting what Mr. Trump was seeking: the disenfranchisement of millions of American voters. “The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence,” Paul Ryan, a former Republican House speaker, said Sunday in a statement. The most chilling part of Mr. Trump’s call with Mr. Raffensperger was the president’s threat of prosecution if Mr. Raffensperger didn’t fall in line. “You know what they did, and you’re not reporting it,” Mr. Trump warned him, in reference to people who had supposedly destroyed ballots. That’s a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer.” (Ryan Germany, Mr. Raffensperger’s general counsel, was also on the call.)
Persons: Raffensperger, Trump, ” Paul Ryan, ” Mr, “ That’s, Ryan, , Ryan Germany, Raffensperger’s, , Susan Collins of Maine, Organizations: , Trump, Republican House, Republicans
Republican freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene left the House floor on Sunday after she was told to put on a face mask, Politico's Jake Sherman reported. Sherman wrote than the incident prompted a "screaming match" between Democratic and Republican House floor staff. A Republican freshman congresswoman's refusal to wear a face mask on the House floor reportedly prompted a screaming match during the swearing-in of the 117th Congress on Sunday. —Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 3, 2021A spokesperson for Greene did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. —Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 3, 2021Other pictures from the day showed Greene with her mask pulled down, including while taking pictures and talking to colleagues on the House floor.
Persons: Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jake Sherman, Sherman, Greene, Donald Trump, Erin Scott, Republican Madison Cawthorn, — Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (, Hou, ove, flo Organizations: Democratic, Republican House, Republican, Sunday, Politico, Congressional, Republican Madison, Spe Locations: Georgia's
Since our country's founding, lame-duck sessions — when Congress meets after Election Day but before the next Congress is sworn in — have been paragons of undemocratic, self-serving behaviors. In the distant past, losing legislators would trade votes at lame-duck sessions for patronage opportunities, like executive appointments or plum lobbying gigs. Of course, there is evidence that under intense partisan polarization, lame-duck sessions may be more welcome than problematic. From 1935 to 1998, Congress held lame-duck sessions in less than half of Congresses; since 1998, the year the lame-duck Congress impeached President Bill Clinton, we've had one after every regularly scheduled congressional election. In the distant past, losing legislators would trade votes at lame-duck sessions for patronage opportunities, like executive appointments or plum lobbying gigs.
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How disagreeable is our Situation dureing this dreadful weather.”For his part, Meriwether Lewis appears to have suffered from bouts of severe depression throughout his life. Three years after completing the expedition he died at the age of 35, of gunshot wounds — what most historians agree was likely a suicide. During the coronavirus pandemic, the number of adults exhibiting symptoms of depression has tripled, and alcohol consumption has risen. The Corps of Discovery made it back without losing a person (one man died during the westward half of the expedition). They fared well once they emerged from their long winter.
Persons: Clark, , Meriwether Lewis, ” Clark, Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden’s, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Dr, Anthony Fauci, , Sandra Lindsay Organizations: Columbia, Republican House, Electoral College, The Corps, Discovery, Institute for Health Metrics Locations: Covid
However, the enhanced unemployment benefits will only be extended for 10 weeks — much less than the 16-week extension lawmakers were originally discussing. The $900 billion relief package that's taking shape in Congress is set to do a lot of good once it's passed. That said, I can read a poll, and I know the relief checks are very popular — much more popular than other policies that I think provide more cost-effective relief. So that's the glass-half-full view of the insufficiency of this relief package. But I just wish we weren't going to have to fight for another unemployment extension before Joe Biden has even gotten a month into his term.
Persons: Joe Biden, it's, Obama, Biden Organizations: Democrats, Republican intransigence, People, Obama White House, Republicans, Republican House, Democratic
John James, the Republican candidate for the Senate in Michigan, took a similar stance. Her opponent, Brian Kemp, had also administered the election as secretary of state. She did not call on judges to subvert the outcome or throw out Republican votes. Following the president’s lead, some Republicans, under the guise of so-called election integrity, are even retreating from popular government itself. His counterpart in Michigan, another swing state, has even floated his support for doing the same with presidential electors.
Persons: We’ve, Sean Parnell, Conor Lamb, , , Lamb, John James, Peters, ” James, Gary Peters, James, Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp, Abrams, President Trump, Brad Raffensperger, David Ralston Organizations: Republican House, Democratic, Republican, Senate, Georgia, Georgia Legislature Locations: Michigan, Georgia, United States
President-elect Joe Biden has officially earned over 270 Electoral College votes from the presidential electors voting around the country on Monday. President-elect Joe Biden has officially earned over 270 Electoral College votes, formally cementing his victory over President Donald Trump. In the 2020 presidential election, Biden earned 306 Electoral College votes compared with 232 for Trump. December 23 is the deadline for Electoral College votes to be transmitted to Congress. So far, it's unclear whether any Republican senators will join Brooks in a motion to contest a state's Electoral College votes.
Persons: Joe Biden, Trump, Donald Trump, Biden, Chip Somodevilla, , Mike Pence, Here's, Pence, Haley, Hogan, Mo Brooks, Brooks, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Sen, Barbara Boxer Organizations: Electoral, District of Columbia, Biden, Trump, National Archives, Senate, U.S, Capitol, Electoral College, US, Republican, Republican House, Democratic Locations: Indiana , New Hampshire , Tennessee, Vermont, — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Texas, Maine, Nebraska, Ohio, Washington ,, Mo Brooks of Alabama
President Donald Trump and Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton in Dallas, Texas, on June 11, 2020. It is, in part, a result of the Republicans' increasing willingness to abuse anti-majoritarian safeguards in our political system, and to use big government to sustain themselves. Those Republicans then abetted Trump as he attacked our political system as rigged and corrupt. How can a U.S. president govern if one of our political parties is openly hostile to our entire political system? House Republicans and state attorneys general are not low-information voters who have stewed too long in the Trump/conservative-media miasma of mendacity to know any better.
Persons: Joe Biden, Trump, Ken Paxton, Biden, , Steve Scalise, Paxton’s quixotic, Donald Trump, Nicholas Kamm, abetted Trump, mendacity, , Washington Post’s Aaron Blake, Uncle Sam, , Organizations: Republican Party, Democratic, U.S ., GOP, Getty, Republican House, Republicans, House Republicans, Trump Locations: Texas, Dallas , Texas, , U.S, Wisconsin , Michigan, Pennsylvania, The Texas, Washington
Presidential Transition: Georgia Completes Full Recount, Reaffirming Biden’s Win The Georgia secretary of state’s office confirmed the results after six days of hand counting, as president Trump also sought to insert himself into vote-counting in Michigan. The New York Times and other national news outlets called Georgia for Mr. Biden last week. Mr. Trump carried Floyd, Fayette and Walton Counties; Mr. Biden won Douglas County. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus made that request in a letter on Thursday to Jeffrey D. Zients, a co-chair of the Biden transition. to formally initiate the transition between Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden.
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Yet that is what we saw when Democratic and Republican House members came together and introduced legislation to enhance American workers' retirement security. The newly introduced House bill, the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020, includes several proposals from the Insured Retirement Institute and others we support to help workers meet their retirement needs. The pandemic has added obstacles to workers' ability to plan and save for retirement, particularly those close to retirement age. The SECURE Act was the first step toward reversing the looming retirement crisis where too few workers are saving adequately. It also clarifies tax incentives for small-business owners to encourage them to offer a workplace retirement plan.
Persons: Bipartisanship, Richard Neal, Kevin Brady, Donald Trump Organizations: Democratic, Republican House, Playbook, Alliance for Lifetime, D-Mass, R-Texas Locations: Texas
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