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Trygve MagelssenBut after contacting a federal student loan office for help, Magelssen learned that his past payments could not count retroactively. "It was a dead end," said Magelssen, 62, whose current student loan debt is about $21,500, consisting mainly of interest. Student borrowers would be automatically enrolled, according to his plan, and previous "national or community service" would also allow a borrower to qualify. The nation's 45 million student borrowers carry an estimated $1.7 trillion in student loan debt — less than total mortgage debt but higher than credit cards, according to the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank. "It should be done immediately," Biden told reporters last week about his student loan forgiveness plan.
Persons: Trygve, Magelssen, Trygve Magelssen, Joe Biden, Biden, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Betsy DeVos, Trump, DeVos, Seth Frotman, Theresa Sweet, Obama, doesn't Organizations: Montana State University - Northern, Brookings Institution, NBC, Education Department, Senate, Debt, Office, Protection, Bay, Lending, Harvard Law School, The Education Department, DOE Locations: Washington
Stock trades by Senator Perdue said to have prompted DoJ Inquiry - NYT
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Senator David Perdue speaks during a campaign event in Cumming, Georgia, U.S., November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Dustin Chambers(Reuters) - Republican Senator David Perdue's stock trades in financial firm Cardlytics Inc earlier in 2020 prompted a Justice Department inquiry that has since been shut without charges, the New York Times reported here on Wednesday. The investigators were undertaking a broad review of the senator’s trading around the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic for possible evidence of insider trading, the NYT said, citing four people with knowledge of the case. According to the NYT report, Perdue had bought back a substantial portion of the shares that he sold after the company’s stock price bottomed out in March at $29. “The New York Times report of the exonerating evidence reconfirms that the baseless accusations leveled against Senator Perdue were nothing more than lies to push a categorically false narrative for political gain,” said John Burke, communications director of the senator’s campaign.
Persons: David Perdue, Dustin Chambers, David Perdue's, Perdue, , John Burke, Cardlytics Organizations: REUTERS, Cardlytics, Department, New York Times, Senate Locations: Cumming , Georgia, U.S, Georgia
But perhaps more influential in the red wave that helped Trump win the state were other Latino voters. According to NBC News exit polls, 45 percent of Latino voters in Florida supported Trump, up by 10 percentage points from 2016. The Trump campaign capitalized on his comments in videos — and its anti-Biden ads got coverage in Colombian media. Clinton won the district by 16 points in 2016, and Trump won this month by 6 points. After Biden won the election, there was a new wave of false Spanish-language disinformation, which claimed voter fraud and insisted that Trump had won the election.
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Biden to discuss coronavirus response as Thanksgiving holiday nears
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Simon Lewis | ) + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will give a speech on Wednesday highlighting the challenges facing Americans as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and the nation faces a surge in coronavirus infections and a wave of unpopular health restrictions. FILE PHOTO: President-elect Joe Biden stands with his nominees for his national security team at his transition headquarters in the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. The number of patients being treated for coronavirus infections in U.S. hospitals surpassed 86,000, an all-time high, on Tuesday. Critics have said Trump’s refusal to accept the results undercut Biden’s ability to combat the coronavirus pandemic and deal with national security threats. “Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly a person of consequence, is really a difficult decision,” Biden said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Alejandro Mayorkas, Avril Haines, John Kerry, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Kamala Haris, Joshua Roberts, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, “ It’s, ” Biden, , ” Trump, BIDEN, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Sanders, Warren, Michael Flynn, Axios Organizations: Queen Theater, Homeland Security, United Nations, Republican, Democratic, NBC News, Senate, FBI Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, COVID, Delaware, United States, America, Georgia
But in Thailand, that's exactly what thousands of students — some as young as 10 — have been doing for the last four months. They were originally motivated by plans to change the strictly traditional Thai school culture — a common sign at protests reads: "Our first dictatorship is school." Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida ride on a train during the inauguration of a subway station in Bangkok on Nov. 14. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics"The highest dream is to have change in society and change in social structure. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej sits with his family at a ceremony marking his 85th birthday at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok in December 2012.
Persons: Lauren DeCicca, Akkarasorn Opilan, Ang, Prayuth Chan, ocha, Maha Vajiralongkorn, Suthida, Sunai, , Thais, Anon Nampa, Lillian Suwanrumpha, Panisa Khueanphet, Chiang, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Thaksin Shinawatra, Duncan McCargo, McCargo, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bhumibol, Rama X, Patrick Smith, Nat Sumon Organizations: Getty, Sporting, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, Senate, Royal Household Bureau, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights, Covid, Anon, Education Ministry, UNICEF, United Nations, University, Chulalongkorn University, NBC, Anon Nampa, Nampa, Copenhagen University, Forbes, Royal Thai Air Force Locations: Thailand, Bangkok, Thai, AFP, Chiang Rai, Germany, London
Meet Joe Biden's Cabinet picks
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Canice Leung | ) + 0.63   time to read: 1 min
HOMELAND SECURITY: ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS. A Cuba-born lawyer will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head the department if confirmed as secretary of homeland security. As head of Citizenship and Immigration Services under Obama, Mayorkas led...moreHOMELAND SECURITY: ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS. A Cuba-born lawyer will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head the department if confirmed as secretary of homeland security. DACA drew Republican criticism and could lead to Republican opposition against Mayorkas in the Senate.
Persons: ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, Mayorkas, DACA, Joshua Roberts Organizations: Immigration Services, Obama, Mayorkas, Senate, REUTERS Locations: Cuba, United States
With US in Covid-19 panic, Georgia GOP Sen. Perdue saw stock opportunity
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who is running for reelection, speaks during a campaign event at Peachtree Dekalb Airport in Atlanta, Ga., on Monday, November 2, 2020. But for Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, the crisis last March signaled something else: a stock buying opportunity. The Cardlytics transactions were just a slice of a large number of investment decisions made in the early days of the pandemic by Perdue and other senators. "The bi-partisan Senate Ethics Committee, DOJ and SEC all independently and swiftly cleared Senator Perdue months ago, which was reported on," Burke said. Isakson, who served with Perdue, took steps to avoid the type of scrutiny Perdue is now facing.
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Andrew Weissmann, a former prosecutor on the special counsel Robert Mueller's team, said President Donald Trump should be investigated and, if warranted, prosecuted for federal crimes after leaving the White House. He commuted Mr. Stone's sentence, who was duly convicted by a jury but never spent a day in jail for crimes that a federal judge found were committed for the president," Weissmann wrote. The New York attorney general's office is also conducting a broad civil investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices. Such potential financial crimes were not explored by the special counsel investigation and could reveal criminal evidence." In his Times op-ed, Weissmann acknowledged the possibility that Trump may pardon his associates, family members, and even himself before leaving office to avoid criminal exposure.
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Joe Biden's presidency is likely good news for Uber and Lyft. With the new gig-work model in place, companies are likely to try and replicate it in other states. Federal efforts to classify drivers or couriers as employees are likely to fall flat thanks to a divided congress, experts say. Another potential variable is the fact that some of Biden's own advisers have close ties to the tech giants' lobbying efforts. The group is similar to a consortium formed by Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and others in California to garner support for Prop.
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Biden's USAGM transition team leader is Richard Stengel, an MSNBC political analyst and former managing editor at Time magazine. A Biden transition spokesperson did not return a request for comment. Names to replace Pack that have been floated to Biden agency review members include Grant Turner, who was once USAGM's acting CEO, this person said. The Biden team also conferred with Steve Capus, a former senior advisor at USAGM, who was ousted at the start of Pack's tenure. A spokeswoman for NPR did not deny that Lansing spoke to Biden's transition team and declined to comment further.
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President-elect Joe Biden will probably govern with a divided Congress, and will need to bring different factions together to get things done. During the presidential campaign, multiple Republicans such as former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain broke with their party to support Biden. Biden will need to win over the support of centrist Republicans in Congress to enact policies and confirm judges and Cabinet members. President-elect Joe Biden could move into the White House in January without Democrats having full control of the government. Here's the list of the top 26 most influential centrists Biden will lean on to enact his agenda.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s Treasury secretary will need Congress to approve re-use of $455 billion in funds that the Trump administration is taking back from Federal Reserve and other pandemic lending programs, the Treasury said on Monday. Slideshow ( 2 images )Biden is expected to name former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen as his Treasury secretary, putting a woman in the job for the first time since the department was created in 1789. Current Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin last week said he would allow some little-used coronavirus lending programs at the Federal Reserve to expire on Dec. 31 and allow Congress to spend the funds on other aid for businesses and individuals. The funds are tied to expiring Fed lending programs for mid-size businesses, municipal bond issuers and other borrowers, the spokesperson said, adding that any new use, including renewing the facilities, would require congressional approval. At the end of 2025, according to the CARES Act legislation passed in March, any remaining relief funds must be transferred to the General Fund and used for budget deficit reduction.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Trump, Biden, Janet Yellen, Steve Mnuchin, Ron Wyden, Mnuchin’s, Donald Trump, Mnuchin, ” Wyden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Federal Reserve, Treasury, Federal, Bloomberg, Exchange, Senate Finance, U.S, , Reuters, General Fund
Just last week Trump summoned Michigan Republican leaders to the White House to try to throw out the state's election results. The most egregious example is Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the subject of an ethics complaint we filed, along with former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, last Wednesday with the Senate Ethics Committee. Senate ethics rules prohibit Senate employees from engaging in campaign activity, unless it is clear that they do so on their own time, outside of Senate space, and without using Senate resources. Senate ethics rules prohibit Senate employees from engaging in campaign activity, unless it is clear that they do so on their own time, outside of Senate space, and without using Senate resources. Both Georgia and South Carolina, Graham’s home state, have a history of infringing on the voting rights of African Americans.
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Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler wearing protective masks clap during a campaign event in Cumming, Georgia, U.S., November 13, 2020. Losses by both Perdue and Loeffler would deadlock the Senate, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. Some Republican officials say Trump’s repeated attacks on the election as “rigged” could depress turnout among his core supporters. “That’s a bit of a confusing message.”Raffensperger has struck back at Trump, Loeffler and Perdue, saying the election was fairly conducted. The party’s civil war in Georgia could turn off moderate voters who might otherwise be inclined to support the Republican incumbents.
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives for the news conference following the weekly Senate Republican caucus policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. November 17, 2020. Some Senate Republicans - most of whom have yet to acknowledge Biden’s defeat of President Donald Trump or refer to Biden as president-elect - quickly condemned his picks. Influential Senate Republican John Cornyn told reporters he assumed Cabinet picks would be negotiated if Biden becomes president. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not hesitated to wield the power of his office since Republicans won Senate control in 2014. Georgia voters go to the polls on Jan. 5 for two runoff elections pitting strong Senate Trump supporters David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler against Democratic challengers.
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Senator Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday called on the heads of Facebook and Twitter for information on steps the social media firms are taking to prevent the spread of misinformation ahead of the runoff U.S. Senate elections in Georgia. Social media firms have been under scrutiny over how they police rapidly spreading false information and election-related abuses of their platforms. Georgia’s two competitive contests in January will determine which party gets majority control of the Senate. The letters, signed by four Democratic Senators and Bernie Sanders, sought information about the content moderation practices, civic integrity policies and improvements that the companies will have in place for the Georgia runoff election. Senator Bob Menendez also sent a letter to YouTube, urging the video platform to remove content that spread misinformation on election results, sow public discord and fuel civil unrest.
Persons: Richard Blumenthal, Donald Trump, Susan Walsh, , Blumenthal, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Bob Menendez, Menendez, , ” Menendez Organizations: Capitol, REUTERS, Reuters, Facebook, Social, Senate, Democrats, Republican Senate, Democratic, YouTube, Google, Inc Locations: Washington , U.S, Georgia
after the presidential election just weeks ago, said Republican voter Richard DiGloria, from Gwinnett County, an Atlanta suburb. said state Sen. Marty Harbin, a Republican, who said even he gets frustrated by the endless barrage. "Save your money I don't need any more crap in my mailbox, spam phone calls or emails," said one Georgia Twitter user. A Republican backing Loeffler accuses Warnock of being anti-police, which is followed by a Warnock ad featuring police officers saying those attacks are false. This time that's real," said Nse Ufot, the CEO of the New Georgia Project, a progressive group that works to register voters, citing the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Too Much Caution Is Killing Covid Patients
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Joseph A. Ladapo | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
But there’s a better way: following the evidence for early treatment of Covid-19. The health system would be less burdened if more patients were treated before they require hospitalization, and there are promising therapeutic options that patients can administer themselves at home. For diseases with established treatment options, holding out for certainty may be prudent. But when options are limited and there are safe treatments with evidence for effectiveness, holding out for certainty can be catastrophic. The penchant for certainty is visible in the frequently updated treatment guidelines for Covid-19 from the National Institutes of Health.
Organizations: Senate Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs, National Institutes of Health
Rudy Giuliani was brought in to lead an "elite strike force" of lawyers to guide President Donald Trump's legal challenges to the 2020 election, but their efforts have been "dysfunctional" and "an embarrassment," based on "unsubstantiated evidence" and "outlandish claims," legal experts told NBC News. Election lawyer Matthew Sanderson compared Giuliani unfavorably to James Baker, who led George W. Bush's legal effort in the 2000 presidential election. Earlier in the same Pennsylvania case, Giuliani was seeking to add back in arguments his predecessors had dropped, presumably because they didn't have the evidence to back their claims. "It's a pernicious, problematic attempt to bedraggle our democratic processes," Pérez said, adding the legal campaign has been full of "unsubstantiated allegations, inadequate evidence and outlandish claims." Kirschner, an NBC News legal analyst, said, "It angers me when I hear Donald Trump's lawyers and defenders say, 'You have every right to bring these cases.'
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsIntroducing his foreign policy and national security team, the Democratic former vice president signaled he intended after taking office on Jan. 20 to steer the United States away from the unilateralist nationalism pursued by Trump. U.S. foreign policy under a Biden administration is likely to take more of a multilateral and diplomatic approach aimed at repairing Washington’s relationships with key allies and pursuing new paths on issues such as climate change. The White House on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for Biden to start receiving the president’s daily intelligence briefing. The Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday also confirmed Biden had won the state, sending the results to Nevada’s Democratic governor for final certification.
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(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden received congratulations for his election victory from China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday as he prepared to give a speech highlighting the challenges Americans face as COVID-19 cases surge on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday. About 260,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and infections are surging on a national scale. The daily U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 2,000 on Tuesday for the first time since May. The White House also gave the go-ahead for Biden to start receiving the president’s daily intelligence briefing. Critics have said Trump’s refusal to accept the results has damaged American democracy and undercut Biden’s ability to fight the pandemic and prepare to deal with national security threats.
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(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden received congratulations for his election victory from China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday as he prepared to give a speech highlighting the challenges Americans face as COVID-19 cases surge on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday. About 260,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and infections are surging on a national scale. The White House also gave the go-ahead for Biden to start receiving the president’s daily intelligence briefing. We’re going to do it on a regular basis.”TRUMP TRIP CANCELEDTrump has waged a failed legal battle to overturn the election results, falsely claiming it was stolen. Critics have said Trump’s refusal to accept the results has damaged American democracy and undercut Biden’s ability to fight the pandemic and prepare to deal with national security threats.
Persons: Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Biden, Donald Trump, Xi, Trump, Biden’s, “ It’s, ” Biden, , , Critics, Rudy Giuliani, Abraham Lincoln, Kate Bedingfield, Giuliani, Matthew Brann, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Flynn Organizations: Republican, Xinhua, ” TRUMP, Trump, Gettysburg, U.S ., District, Democratic, Senate, Representatives, FBI Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, China, Hong Kong, South China, COVID, U.S, Delaware, American, Pennsylvania, Gettysburg, U.S . Civil, Georgia
Georgia’s Senate Runoff: How Does It Work, and Who Is Running?
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Valerie Bauerlein | ) sentiment -0.87   time to read: 1 min
Georgia is holding runoff elections for both U.S. Senate seats on Jan. 5, and the outcome will determine control of the Senate. Republicans hold the majority at 50-48. If incumbent Georgia Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler hold their seats, the GOP will have majority control and greater ability to block President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda and proposals from the Democratic-controlled House.
Persons: Georgia Republicans David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Joe Biden’s Organizations: Georgia, U.S, Senate, Republicans, Georgia Republicans, GOP, Democratic
Yellen Will Confront a Cooling Economic Recovery, Uncertain Stimulus Prospects
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Kate Davidson | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON—Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be Treasury secretary, will confront an economic recovery that appears to be losing momentum and uncertain prospects for additional stimulus from Congress. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Yellen would play a key role pushing for more aid for an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns, especially if Congress is unable to reach an agreement on a relief package before Mr. Biden takes office on Jan. 20.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Janet Yellen, Joe Biden’s, Yellen, Biden Organizations: Senate
WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday she will step down as top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee in the new session of Congress beginning early 2021, marking a victory for progressives who pressured her to step aside. “After serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress,” the California Democrat said in a statement. This has been one of the best set of hearings that I've participated in,” Feinstein told Graham in the committee room. “For the last four years, Republicans leading the Senate Judiciary Committee have turned a blind eye to the worst abuses of the Trump era,” Durbin said in a statement. “While President Trump assaulted the Constitution, the Judiciary Committee abdicated its oversight responsibilities and became little more than a conveyor belt to rubberstamp ideological and largely underqualified judicial nominees.
Persons: WASHINGTON — Sen, Dianne Feinstein, , Feinstein, Diane Feinstein, Lindsey Graham, Amy Coney Barrett, Samuel Corum, I've, ” Feinstein, Graham, NARAL,, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, , Brian Fallon, Chuck Schumer, “ I’ve, Sen . Feinstein, That’s, Schumer, Feinstein’s, Biden, Dick Durbin, Trump, ” Durbin Organizations: California Democrat, Supreme, Capitol, Getty, Demand, Republicans, , Committee, Judiciary, Intelligence Locations: California, Illinois, Georgia
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