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Democrats round on filibuster after $15 minimum wage blow

Democrats round on filibuster after $15 minimum wage blow

ShareDemocrats are preparing for a fresh fight to end the filibuster after the parliamentarian advised on Thursday that the $15 minimum wage could not be included in President 's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.Elizabeth MacDonough, the nonpartisan Senate parliamentarian, said including the $15 minimum wage proposal in the bill would violate the Byrd Rule—a precedent that bars items not directly related to the budget from being included in reconciliation bills.President Biden has since signaled that he will of the unelected advisor, meaning the will have to be passed in a separate bill,...

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Lindsey Graham says Donald Trump is more "dominant" in GOP than Mitch McConnell

Lindsey Graham says Donald Trump is more "dominant" in GOP than Mitch McConnell

ShareSenator has said is the "most dominant" voice in the GOP, calling on the former president to unveil new policy ideas and rebuking Minority Leader for condemning the ex-commander-in-chief.The South Carolina Republican told Newsmax on Wednesday that he didn't think McConnell's denouncement of Trump after his second Senate impeachment trial was "reflective" of the GOP caucus, but conceded that he could "have his say" as an individual senator.After McConnell (R-KY) voted to acquit Trump on one charge of incitement of insurrection, he said the former president was "" for the Capitol riots...

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White House turns to Republicans for Neera Tanden support after Joe Manchin opposition

White House turns to Republicans for Neera Tanden support after Joe Manchin opposition

ShareThe Biden administration is looking to Republican senators as it fights to confirm as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget, amid questions over her suitability for the post.White House Chief of Staff told on Wednesday night that the administration was "talking to" in the upper chamber after Senator (D-WV) said he would her nomination over past remarks she had made about his colleagues on social media.Tanden needs the support of 50 senators if she is to be confirmed thanks to a tiebreaker vote from Vice President . As it stands, the White House needs to find at least...

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Josh Hawley backs $15 minimum wage–but with one condition

Josh Hawley backs $15 minimum wage–but with one condition

ShareSenator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has backed an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour if small businesses are exempt from the hike in pay—meaning only Americans working for big businesses would benefit.Posting on social media, Hawley said large corporations could afford to pay their workers $15 per hour by 2025, but suggested small businesses would not be able to sustain the same rise in their wage bill."The biggest corporations in America can afford to pay their workers $15 an hour," Hawley tweeted on Tuesday. "Raise the minimum wage for big business, not small...

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Republicans favor Marjorie Taylor Greene over Liz Cheney: Poll

Republicans favor Marjorie Taylor Greene over Liz Cheney: Poll

ShareRepublican voters take a more favorable view of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene than Liz Cheney, and believe the freshman lawmaker is more representative of the GOP than the House Republican leadership figure, according to new polling data.The latest data released by pollsters on Wednesday found that 17 percent of voters had a favorable view of Greene (R-GA), while 20 percent said they viewed her unfavorably.A further 62 percent said they hadn't heard enough to take a viewOnly 7 percent of GOP voters said they viewed Cheney (R-WY) favorably, by comparison, while more than a third took an...

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As Joe Biden calls for unity, AOC demands Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz expulsions

As Joe Biden calls for unity, AOC demands Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz expulsions

ShareCongresswoman demanded that the hold a vote to expel Republican lawmakers Josh Hawley and if the upper chamber moved to delay former President 's impeachment trial until February.The New York Democrat told that the Republican pair should be ousted from the Senate as she accused them of supporting the "insurrection" on the Capitol building earlier this month. She also urged her Republican colleagues to consider "what they are doing" by trying to protect Trump from a trial in the upper chamber.The former president was impeached for the second time last week as he was charged with...

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Pressure on Ted Cruz grows as third Texas newspaper calls for him to resign

Pressure on Ted Cruz grows as third Texas newspaper calls for him to resign

ShareThe El Paso Times became the latest Texas newspaper to call for Senator (R-TX) to step down from the at the weekend over his objections to the president election results, and his role in the "Stop the Steal" campaign.Releasing an op-ed on Saturday, the newspaper's said Cruz had to be "held accountable" for his actions ahead of the Capitol riots on January 6, and argued that his contesting of the election contributed to an "insurrection" at the Capitol.The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News delivered similarly strong verdicts on the senator in the wake of the Capitol riots...

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Kamala Harris will use tiebreaker vote, but wants more consensus

Kamala Harris will use tiebreaker vote, but wants more consensus

ShareVice President-elect said she would use her tiebreaker vote in the if absolutely necessary, but cautioned that she was eager to see greater consensus develop in the evenly-split upper chamber.The former California senator wrote in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed that she was willing to fulfil her Constitutional duty, which could prove vital in securing the Biden administration's legislative agenda, but hoped that "common ground" could be reached.She also confirmed that her touted replacement , the California secretary of state, would carry on her work in the Senate as she relinquished...

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How Congress can block Donald Trump from running in 2024

How Congress can block Donald Trump from running in 2024

SharePresident has faced renewed calls for impeachment over the past week, after a mob of his supporters left a rally where he spoke and stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday. If Trump is impeached again, will not only have the chance to remove him from office, but also bar him from running again in 2024.Republicans and have both rebuked the commander-in-chief for allegedly inciting the protesters at his rally before they breached the Capitol. He they would walk to the building, and said they could "never take back our country with weakness" shortly before the riots began.As lawmakers...

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As Donald Trump causes chaos for Georgia GOP, Democrats pull away in runoff polls

As Donald Trump causes chaos for Georgia GOP, Democrats pull away in runoff polls

ShareDemocratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have pulled ahead of their Republican rivals in Georgia runoff polls, as President continued to cause difficulties for the GOP incumbents over the weekend.According to the FiveThirtyEight average of head-to-head polls in Georgia, Ossoff and Warnock lead Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue by roughly two percentage points each with 24 hours left until Election Day.In the weighted average, Ossoff is backed by 49.2 percent of Georgia voters, while Perdue is backed by 47.4 percent. By comparison, Warnock is supported by 49.5...

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Rising COVID hospitalizations during holidays foreshadow grim new year

Rising COVID hospitalizations during holidays foreshadow grim new year

ShareA rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the Christmas holiday season is an ominous sign for the new year as the latest data shows more than 118,000 Americans were battling the coronavirus on Sunday.The COVID Tracking Project run by The Atlantic recorded that 118,720 people were in American hospitals yesterday as a result of becoming infected with COVID-19, bringing the 7-day average to 118,248 hospitalizations.If the number of continues to increase over the coming week, COVID-19 deaths are likely to creep up again in the new year, adding to the hundreds of thousands who have already...

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Veterans group spends almost $2 million on David Perdue attack ad

Veterans group spends almost $2 million on David Perdue attack ad

ShareA progressive veterans group plans to spend almost $2 million on adverts targeting Senator David Perdue in Georgia as he prepares to contest a runoff election against Democrat Jon Ossoff in less than a month's time.The VoteVets group released an advert on Friday that took aim at Perdue's stock trades, business dealings and voting record as they questioned whether the Republican senator could be trusted in the upper chamber.It was reported by Politico that the group planned to spend $1.75 million on TV attack ads in Georgia ahead of the Senate runoff elections on January 5. The outcome...

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Ayanna Pressley says $600 stimulus checks an "insult" as Americans struggle

Ayanna Pressley says $600 stimulus checks an "insult" as Americans struggle

ShareCongresswoman Ayanna Pressley said it would be an "insult" to send Americans $600 stimulus checks after they were forced to wait months for Congress to reach a deal on a second COVID-19 relief bill.Speaking on the floor of the House on Thursday, the Squad member said $600 checks were "hardly sufficient" for families who had gone several months without direct relief, and found themselves in debt and poverty as rent and other bills mounted.The Massachusetts Democrat also called for Americans to be handed "real survival checks" in the next coronavirus relief bill, which could reach...

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Joe Biden will visit Georgia ahead of key Senate runoff elections

Joe Biden will visit Georgia ahead of key Senate runoff elections

SharePresident-elect will travel to Georgia next week and campaign with Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the run-up to the state's key Senate runoff elections.The president-elect's transition team revealed on Thursday morning that Biden plans to campaign in Atlanta on Tuesday next week. It is not yet clear whether Vice President-elect will be joining Biden on the stump.NBC News reported that the event would be the president-elect's first campaign appearance since he secured victory over President in the November 3 presidential election.Newsweek has contacted the Biden...

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As lawmakers move toward stimulus deal, 3.9 million Americans are long-term unemployed

As lawmakers move toward stimulus deal, 3.9 million Americans are long-term unemployed

ShareAs lawmakers in Washington, D.C. crawled toward a second COVID-19 stimulus bill on Friday, new data revealed that a further 385,000 Americans became long-term unemployed in November, building pressure for another round of financial relief.According to the latest jobs report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning, the number of Americans out of work for 27 weeks or more has reached 3.9 million. The group now accounts for more than a third (36.9 percent) of all those who are unemployed.However, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 245,000 at the same time, bringing the...

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Trump telling reporter "don't ever talk to the president that way" watched 8 million times

Trump telling reporter "don't ever talk to the president that way" watched 8 million times

ShareA row between President and a journalist at the White House on Thursday amid a has been viewed millions of times, with the president calling the reporter a "lightweight" and rebuking him over his tone.Speaking to reporters after taking part in a call with serving members of the U.S. military, Trump lost his patience with one reporter who tried to interrupt an answer from the president with another remark.The row began when Trump was asked whether he would concede the election to President-elect if the Electoral College confirmed his victory in the contest.Five Key Takeaways From Donald...

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Obama says lives could have been saved if Trump hadn't disbanded pandemic response unit

Obama says lives could have been saved if Trump hadn't disbanded pandemic response unit

ShareFormer President said "some lives" could have been saved in the COVID-19 pandemic if President had not disbanded the National Security Council's pandemic response unit in 2018.Speaking to The Breakfast Club podcast this week, Obama said the Trump administration had "failed miserably" to do the basic tasks of looking after the American people and ensuring they were safe as COVID-19 continues to spread across the nation over the Thanksgiving holidays.Obama established the global health security and biodefense unit at the National Security Council in the aftermath of the 2014 Ebola...

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Ted Cruz, AOC spar over delayed COVID relief after McConnell approves Senate recess

Ted Cruz, AOC spar over delayed COVID relief after McConnell approves Senate recess

ShareThe Republican Senator and Rep. (D-NY) entered a spat on Monday evening after a fresh COVID-19 relief bill was further delayed by Senate Majority Leader 's granting of a Thanksgiving recess.Posting on social media, the Democratic congresswoman warned that Americans were "going hungry" across the country as further stimulus continued to held up by stalled negotiations. She also raised a complaint about McConnell's decision to call a holiday recess.The Senate is expected to return from the Thanksgiving holidays next week. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are still out of work following...

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Sidney Powell undermined Georgia GOP during crucial Senate runoff before Trump campaign cut her loose

Sidney Powell undermined Georgia GOP during crucial Senate runoff before Trump campaign cut her loose

ShareSidney Powell, a former member of President 's legal team who claimed she would "blow up" Georgia with a "biblical" voter fraud lawsuit, undermined top Republicans ahead of two key Senate runoff races in the state by peddling baseless conspiracy theories.The lawyer, who was cut loose by the Trump campaign on Sunday, claimed that the Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger were paid to be involved in an alleged conspiracy around the use of Dominion Voting Systems."Georgia's probably going to be the first state I'm gonna blow up," Powell told the...

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Lincoln Project attacks "unpatriotic" and "dangerous" Republican rising stars in new ad

Lincoln Project attacks "unpatriotic" and "dangerous" Republican rising stars in new ad

ShareThe Lincoln Project called several Republican leaders and rising stars in the party "dangerous" and "unpatriotic" in a new attack ad released weeks after President 's election defeat at the hands of Democratic President-elect .The conservative anti-Trump super PAC created by ex-Republican staffers took aim at Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue—who are both fighting Senate runoff elections in Georgia in January next year—as well as other lawmakers tipped to be future GOP leaders, such as Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.In their latest post-election attack spot, the Lincoln...

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Klobuchar says stimulus deal could come within weeks as Schumer raises hopes of McConnell talks

Klobuchar says stimulus deal could come within weeks as Schumer raises hopes of McConnell talks

ShareDemocratic Senator said lawmakers could pass a second stimulus package "in the next few weeks" as it was claimed that Republican and Democratic lawmakers had agreed to enter into fresh talks over COVID relief funding.Speaking to the local news outlet Kare 11, Klobuchar said she had been involved with fresh stimulus negotiations and believed a bipartisan agreement could be reached in the wake of the 2020 elections.The Minnesota Democrat also blamed Republican Majority Leader for a stall in talks over his refusal to bring the Heroes Act passed by the House of Representatives onto the...

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Bernie Sanders, eyeing Biden Cabinet job, says end "corporate welfare" for firms that "move abroad"

Bernie Sanders, eyeing Biden Cabinet job, says end "corporate welfare" for firms that "move abroad"

ShareSenator called for an end to "corporate welfare" for companies that move their manufacturing abroad and "throw American workers out on the street" as he eyed a position in President-Elect 's Cabinet.Posting on social media, the Vermont independent said Biden was "absolutely right" to pledge that no companies who made products outside of the U.S. would receive federal contracts from his incoming administration.The former Democratic primary candidate also argued "standing up" for working families meant only awarding contracts to domestic producers, rather than firms who outsource...

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Losing GOP candidates use Trump fraud claims to dispute races, while others accept defeat

Losing GOP candidates use Trump fraud claims to dispute races, while others accept defeat

ShareRepublican congressional candidates have latched onto election fraud claims raised by President after losing in a handful of Senate and House races last week, while others have bucked the commander-in-chief by conceding.A handful of GOP hopefuls who lost their races in Michigan, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Maryland raised "deep concerns" about electoral fraud and other supposed "irregularities" in the vote as the Trump campaign filed lawsuits voicing similar claims.Charlotte Bergmann, the Republican candidate in Tennessee's 9th Congressional District, claimed on Friday that "several"...

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McConnell challenger Amy McGrath makes "closing argument" as Kentucky polls show Democrat firmly behind

McConnell challenger Amy McGrath makes "closing argument" as Kentucky polls show Democrat firmly behind

ShareDemocratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath made a last ditch pitch to voters in her flagging bid to replace the Republican Majority Leader in Kentucky over the weekend as polls showed her trailing the incumbent.Writing an op-ed for the Lexington Herald Leader that she dubbed her "closing argument," McGrath set out her plans to back state-level investment projects and vote for further COVID-19 bailout funding should she be elected.The Democratic challenger was also critical of McConnell, arguing that the Senate Majority Leader had "avoided" providing financial assistance to Americans by...

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Obama says Trump "doesn't have the patience" to change U.S. foreign policy

Obama says Trump "doesn't have the patience" to change U.S. foreign policy

SharePresident 'doesn't have the patience' or the focus to "substantially change" the bulk of U.S. foreign policy, said in an intervention ahead of last night's town hall events.The former president told Pod Save America that Trump had tried to "decimate our entire foreign policy infrastructure" while not being "all that active" on the world stage.Obama also claimed that Democratic nominee had "learned a lesson" from his vote in favor of the Iraq War and repeatedly came down in favor of military restraint while serving as vice president.Speaking on the podcast earlier this week, Obama said:...

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