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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
U.S. expected to report slowest job growth in six months
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Lucia Mutikani | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
REUTERS/Bryan WoolstonThe Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday will only cover the first two weeks of November, when the current wave of coronavirus infections started. “The November employment report may be the last ‘strong’ employment report for a while until a vaccine is widely available,” said Sam Bullard, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina. That would be the smallest gain since the jobs recovery started in May and a fifth straight monthly deceleration in job gains, leaving employment 9.621 million jobs below its February peak. The number of people out of work for more than six months surged by 1.2 million in October. Slower job and wage growth would lead to weakness in a proxy for take-home pay.
Persons: Bryan Woolston, , Sam Bullard, ” Nonfarm, hospitalizations, Sung Won Sohn, Payrolls, , Dean Baker, Kathy Bostjancic Organizations: WASHINGTON, Kentucky, Center, REUTERS, Labor, Wells, Wells Fargo Securities, Republicans, Congress, Loyola Marymount University, Retailers, Institute for Supply Management, Industries, Center for Economic, Research, Oxford Economics Locations: Frankfort , Kentucky, U.S, Wells Fargo, Charlotte , North Carolina, United States, Los Angeles, Washington, New York
(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
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
FILE PHOTO: Signs by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hang outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. The post-election fundraising haul brought the combined fundraising of Trump committees between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23 to $495 million, the Trump campaign said. Biden has not released figures for the period, but was consistently raising more than Trump in the final months of the campaign. Trump has refused to concede defeat and alleged without evidence that Biden’s victory came thanks to widespread voter fraud. Soon after the election, Trump’s campaign began sending solicitations to supporters by email and text making pleas for donations to an “Official Election Defense Fund” to “protect the results and keep fighting even after Election Day.”The fine print made clear most of the money would go to other priorities, including retiring the debts of Trump’s campaign.
Persons: Donald Trump, Hannah McKay, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Bill Stepien, ” Trump, Trump’s, solicitations Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Republican National Committee, Trump, Election Locations: Washington , U.S
FILE PHOTO: Signs by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hang outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. The post-election fundraising haul brought the combined fundraising of Trump committees between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23 to $495 million, the Trump campaign said. Biden’s campaign raised $112 million during the same period, according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday. Trump has refused to concede defeat and alleged without evidence that Biden’s victory came thanks to widespread voter fraud. Soon after the election, Trump’s campaign began sending solicitations to supporters by email and text making pleas for donations to an “Official Election Defense Fund” to “protect the results and keep fighting even after Election Day.”The fine print made clear most of the money would go to other priorities, including retiring the debts of Trump’s campaign.
Persons: Donald Trump, Hannah McKay, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden’s, Trump, Bill Stepien, ” Trump, Trump’s, solicitations Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Republican National Committee, Trump, Federal, Commission, Election Locations: Washington , U.S
A survey of 130 US mayors found that 45% expect to make or see serious cuts to public education spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An equal number expect cuts in parks and recreation, transportation budgets, and social services. The vast majority of mayors surveyed said the federal government's response to the pandemic was inadequate. Nearly half of America's mayors expect to see "dramatic" cuts to public school budgets in the coming months, with an equal number attributing their cities' economic struggles at least in part due to an inadequate federal response. "This year, while we still hear glimmers of optimism, their pessimism in the face of a once-in-a-century pandemic is palpable," Wilson said.
Persons: Vox, Mitch McConnell, El, Graham Wilson, Wilson, Joe Biden's, Trump, Otis Rolley Organizations: Boston University, El Paso's Republican, Boston University's Initiative, Rockefeller, Equity, Economic Opportunity Initiative
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
Sen. Marco Rubio told Ocasio-Cortez to "work more, tweet less." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and GOP Sen. Marco Rubio duked it out on Twitter on Thursday. NBC News also reported that Trump and Kushner real estate properties received over 25 PPP loans worth more than $3.65 million. Sen. Marco Rubio replied and quote-tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, saying, "Working together R's & D's helped save the jobs of 55 million Americans through PPP. A new $908 billion compromise stimulus bill is gaining traction with congressional leaders — the bill lacks additional stimulus checks for Americans.
Persons: Cortez's, Sen, Marco Rubio, Ocasio, Cortez, Rubio, Alexandria Ocasio, GOP Sen, Marco Rubio duked, Olivia Solon, Trump, Kushner, D's, Steven Mnuchin, I've, seltzer, Marco Rubio's Organizations: Veritas, GOP, Twitter, Small Business Administration, NBC, NBC News, Rep, Republicans Locations: Alexandria, Cortez, COVID
MARIETTA, Ga. — Election officials are investigating the actions of a Florida lawyer who they say tried to register to vote in a high-stakes runoff in Georgia that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. The lawyer went online and attempted to register to vote using the address of his brother in Hiram, Georgia, said Deidre Holden, the elections supervisor in Paulding County, Georgia. “This is not about Republican or Democrat — this is about doing what’s right,” Holden told The Associated Press on Thursday. The Florida lawyer told WSB-TV that he was joking when he was captured on video speaking about the plan during a Nov. 7 political rally in the Sunshine State. But Holden said she’s interested in learning whether any other out-of-state residents tried to register in Georgia after being encouraged to do so at the Florida rally.
Persons: Brad Raffensperger, Deidre Holden, ” Holden, “ Everybody’s, didn’t, Raffensperger, Holden, she’s Organizations: U.S . Senate, Republican, Associated Press, WSB, Sunshine State Locations: MARIETTA, Ga, Florida, Georgia, Hiram , Georgia, Paulding County , Georgia
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
WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence shows that China has conducted "human testing" on members of the People's Liberation Army in hopes of developing soldiers with "biologically enhanced capabilities," the nation's top intelligence official said Friday. Specifically, the scholars explored Chinese research using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, short for "clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats." "Chinese military scientists and strategists have consistently emphasized that biotechnology could become a 'new strategic commanding heights of the future Revolution in Military Affairs,'" the scholars wrote, quoting a 2015 article in a military newspaper. The overall message of Ratcliffe's opinion piece is that China is a dangerous adversary that threatens American economic and national security. In an interview with Fox News, Ratcliffe urged President-elect Joe Biden to "be honest" about China.
Persons: National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe, Captain America, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Tommy, Tiny, CRISPR, Elsa Kania, Wilson VornDick, VornDick, Joe Biden, Biden, Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON —, People's Liberation Army, National Intelligence, Republican, CIA, Universal, TriStar, Getty, Center, New, New American Security, U.S . Navy, Military Affairs, NBC News, Fox News Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON — U.S, China, Texas, New American, Republic of China, America, Beijing
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 (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
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official stepped up the Trump administration’s harsh attacks on Beijing on Thursday, labeling China the biggest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War Two and saying it was bent on global domination. Beijing has frequently called on U.S. leaders to dial back their rhetoric on China, which it blames on fear of China’s growing role in the world. Ratcliffe alluded to reports collected by U.S. intelligence agencies that Chinese representatives have sought to interfere in U.S. domestic politics. Now let’s all be honest about China,” Ratcliffe told Reuters after the article was published. On Thursday, the Trump administration restricted travel to the United States by members of China’s ruling Communist Party and their families.
Persons: John Ratcliffe, Andrew Harnik, National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe, Trump, , Rob, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Xi, , ” Ratcliffe, China’s, Hacking, ” Bonnie Glaser, Joe Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Trump, Capitol, National Intelligence, Wall Street, Republican, of, Communist Party, U.S, Center for Strategic, International Studies Locations: Beijing, China, R, Washington , U.S, U.S, America, , Washington, Hong Kong, South China, Xinjiang, Ratcliffe, United States, Asia
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
REUTERS/Erin Scott/File PhotoThe vote was 48-47, with not a single Democrat supporting him and only one Republican voting against him. Waller is the St. Louis Fed’s research director and would be the fifth pick of outgoing President Donald Trump for the Board of Governors, whose members sit on the U.S. central bank’s policy-setting committee. The Fed is also supporting the economy by buying $120 billion in Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities each month. Michelle Bowman, the most recent addition to the Fed’s Board of Governors, was sworn in 11 days after her confirmation vote. Trump, who will be succeeded by President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, had also nominated his former economic adviser, Judy Shelton, to the Fed board, which has one vacant seat remaining.
Persons: Christopher Waller, Erin Scott, Waller, Louis Fed’s, Donald Trump, Michelle Bowman, Louis, James Bullard, “ Chris, ” Bullard, Trump, Joe Biden, Judy Shelton, Shelton, Rand Paul Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Senate, Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, Capitol, REUTERS, of Governors, Investors, Fed’s, Louis Fed, Fed, Republican Locations: Washington , U.S
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
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
Trump says he will support a coronavirus relief bill
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.82   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Camp David, U.S., November 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would support a coronavirus relief bill, as lawmakers in Congress seek to hammer our an agreement to help Americans hit by the economic fallout of the deadly disease before the end of the year. U.S. House of Representative Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said earlier on Thursday he is more optimistic that a coronavirus relief bill can get done in Congress now that the national election is over.
Persons: Donald Trump, Yuri Gripas, Kevin McCarthy Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, . House, Republican Locations: Washington, Camp David, U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden has selected former Obama administration official Jeff Zients to be his White House coronavirus coordinator and former U.S. Although he has spoken with Biden’s White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain several times, the discussions were not substantive, Fauci said. U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have surged past 2,000 for two days in a row as the most dangerous season of the year approaches. Spokesmen for Biden’s transition team confirmed the Fauci meeting. “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.
Persons: Joe Biden, Obama, Jeff Zients, Vivek Murthy, Marcella Nunez, Smith, Biden’s, Anthony Fauci, Ron Klain, Fauci, “ I’m, , ” Fauci, Donald Trump, Biden, Brian Deese, Barack Obama’s, he’s, ” Biden, “ He’ll Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Politico, White, CBS News, Biden, CBS, Republican, National Institute, Trump, National Economic Council Locations: Britain, United States
Biden says he'll publicly get a COVID-19 vaccine, keep Fauci
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Trevor Hunnicutt | ) + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
REUTERS/Leah Millis“People have lost faith in the ability of the vaccine to work,” Biden told CNN in an interview that aired on Thursday. In the interview, Biden said he asked Fauci to stay on as a chief medical adviser. U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have surged past 2,000 for two days in a row as the most dangerous season of the year approaches. CORONAVIRUS TEAMIn the CNN interview, Biden said that as president, he will order masks to be worn in federal buildings and transportation hubs. Biden’s remarks on taking a vaccine after three former presidents - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama - said they would publicly get the coronavirus vaccine as a way to demonstrate its safety.
Persons: Joe Biden, Anthony Fauci, Leah Millis, ” Biden, Fauci, Donald Trump’s coronavirus, Biden, Kamala Harris, , “ They’re, ” Trump, Trump, he’s, Fauci’s, Biden’s, Bill Clinton, George W, Bush, Barack Obama, Obama, Jeffrey Zients, Vivek Murthy, Marcella Nunez, Smith, Zients, Brian Deese Organizations: REUTERS, CNN, National Institute of Allergy, U.S . Senate, Republican National, Pfizer, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, CBS News, BBC, TEAM, Reuters, Politico, National Economic Council, Wisconsin’s Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Britain, United States, British, America
(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday said it would issue a sale notice for oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) next week, putting it on track to hold an auction shortly before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The companies have 30 days to respond, and a sale notice was not expected to be issued until the end of that period. “The Trump Administration is hell bent on selling off the Arctic Refuge on its way out the door, rules be damned,” Matt Lee-Ashley, a senior fellow at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, said in an emailed statement. Drilling had been banned in the refuge for decades before Republican-led tax legislation signed in 2017 removed that ban. Lawmakers in Alaska have long pushed to open up the ecologically sensitive area to oil and gas exploration.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Matt Lee, Ashley, Chad Padgett Organizations: Reuters, Wildlife, U.S . Bureau of Land Management, Trump Administration, Center, American, Republican, Lawmakers, , of Land Management Locations: Alaska
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