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Casino mogul and GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson dies at 87

Casino mogul and GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson dies at 87

Key PointsLas Vegas Sands chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson dies at age 87Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino mogul and Republican Party megadonor, has died at age 87.Adelson died from complications related to treatment for Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to a Tuesday from , his casino and resort company.Adelson, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes to be $33 billion, had . He was also a stalwart supporter of Israel, maintaining a close friendship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until recently.His funeral will be held in Israel, and a memorial service in Las Vegas is...

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Congress set to confirm Biden as next president after Senate rejects challenge to Pennsylvania electors

Congress set to confirm Biden as next president after Senate rejects challenge to Pennsylvania electors

Key PointsWe will not be intimidated by thugs: Sen. Mitch McConnellJoe Biden was on track to be confirmed by Congress as the next president of the United States after the Senate by a vote of 92-7 promptly rejected a challenge to his Electoral College ballots from Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.Pennsylvania was only the second state targeted for challenge by Republican lawmakers who have sought to reverse Biden's win over President Donald Trump.The House is expected to reject that challenge soon after the Senate's vote, which was conducted without any debate. After that, a joint session...

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Trump budget chief refuses to direct staff to help with Biden spending plans

Trump budget chief refuses to direct staff to help with Biden spending plans

Key PointsThe head of the White House budget office on Thursday refused to direct staff and resources to help with the incoming Biden administration's spending plans, in an escalating dispute over what the office's responsibilities are during the transition process.Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought pushed back on accusations of obstruction raised by President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, adding that his agency will not cooperate with alleged efforts to "dismantle" Trump administration policies."Our system of government has one President and one Administration at a...

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Congressman, other Republicans sue Vice President Pence in last-ditch effort to overturn Biden win

Congressman, other Republicans sue Vice President Pence in last-ditch effort to overturn Biden win

Key PointsRep. Louie Gohmert became the latest Republican to file a long-shot lawsuit attempting to reverse President-elect 's victory — this time by suing Vice President .The last-ditch legal effort, filed Sunday, came from Gohmert, an eight-term congressman from Texas, along with 11 Arizona residents who had been nominated by that state's Republican Party to serve as electors.It comes over a week before Pence is scheduled to preside over a joint session of Congress where the Electoral College votes for Biden and President will be tallied up.Electors had . Biden received 306 electoral...

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After weeks of delay, Senate GOP leader McConnell congratulates Joe Biden following Electoral College vote

After weeks of delay, Senate GOP leader McConnell congratulates Joe Biden following Electoral College vote

Key PointsSenate Majority Leader on Tuesday explicitly acknowledged as president-elect for the first time after weeks of Republican delays in recognizing the 2020 election result.The Kentucky Republican congratulated the incoming Democratic president after Numerous GOP senators did not acknowledge Biden as the election winner for more than a month as President made baseless claims that widespread election fraud cost him a second term in the White House."Our country has officially a president-elect and a vice president-elect," McConnell said on the Senate floor on Tuesday."The Electoral...

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Battleground states urge Supreme Court to reject Texas' bid to overturn Biden's wins

Battleground states urge Supreme Court to reject Texas' bid to overturn Biden's wins

Key PointsThe battleground states whose presidential election results are being challenged by Texas at the Supreme Court urged the justices on Thursday not to take up the case.The four states targeted in the lawsuit warned in uncharacteristically sharp briefs that granting Texas' unprecedented request would "do violence to the Constitution" and "disenfranchise millions" of voters.Those states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia — have all certified their election results, with Democrat Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump.Nearly simultaneously, Washington, D.C., Attorney...

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Trump files motion to join Texas Supreme Court bid to undo Biden White House win

Trump files motion to join Texas Supreme Court bid to undo Biden White House win

Key PointsPresident on Wednesday to join to have the Supreme Court effectively reverse Democrat 's win in the election.Trump earlier in the day vowed to join that case, adding that he or his campaign will also ask to join lawsuits in a number of other states as part of his attempt to reverse the Nov. 3 election results.Legal experts say that — — Paxton's effort targeting votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Trump, acting "in his personal capacity" as a presidential candidate, seeks to intervene in order "to protect his unique and substantial personal interests as a...

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Texas sues four battleground states in Supreme Court over 'unlawful election results' in 2020 presidential race

Texas sues four battleground states in Supreme Court over 'unlawful election results' in 2020 presidential race

Key PointsTexas' Republican attorney general, Ken Paxton, on Tuesday announced a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate presidential election results in four key swing states that helped secure Democrat 's victory over President .The unusual , which was filed directly to the Supreme Court, asserts that "unlawful election results" in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan — all of which Biden won — should be declared unconstitutional.Legal experts quickly dismissed the case as political theater without precedent in American history.The filing argues that those states used the...

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Federal judge dismisses Sidney Powell lawsuit that sought to overturn Trump loss in Georgia

Federal judge dismisses Sidney Powell lawsuit that sought to overturn Trump loss in Georgia

Key PointsA federal judge on Monday quickly dismissed a lawsuit filed by conservative attorney Sidney Powell that sought to overturn President Donald Trump's election loss to Joe Biden in Georgia.The dismissal, and a rejection earlier Monday in a similar case by Powell in Michigan, are serious blows to Trump's long-shot effort to deny Biden a victory next week in the Electoral College.The ruling in Georgia by Judge Timothy Batten Sr. came less than 90 minutes into a hearing in Atlanta federal court, where Powell had claimed that Trump was the victim of massive ballot fraud related to...

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Sidney Powell amends court filing that mistakenly said Georgia votes were flipped from Biden to Trump

Sidney Powell amends court filing that mistakenly said Georgia votes were flipped from Biden to Trump

Business News and FinanceVIEW IN APPA Facebook iconA Twitter iconA LinkedIn iconAn email iconKEY POINTS Sidney Powell's Kraken needs an editor.Despite being cut loose from President Donald Trump's legal team, Powell is forging ahead with her election-conspiracy crusade to overturn Joe Biden's presidential win.But the conservative attorney's self-described Kraken keeps getting its tentacles tied in a knot of — including the recent backward claim, later amended, that a pernicious voting algorithm took votes from Biden and flipped them to Trump.Powell corrected the error later Friday, citing...

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Ivanka Trump says she was deposed for 5 hours in inaugural spend probe. Here's what she failed to mention

Ivanka Trump says she was deposed for 5 hours in inaugural spend probe. Here's what she failed to mention

Key PointsPresident 's daughter Ivanka Trump on Thursday blasted the Washington, D.C., attorney general's office for deposing her in a lawsuit related to 2017 inauguration spending.But in doing so she conspicuously omitted the $3.6 million question posed by a Republican felon that underscored fears the Trump family was profiting from a nonprofit set up to celebrate the White House victory.Ivanka Trump's tweet condemning the suit as "politically motivated" included an email that indicates she told managers of her father's hotel in Washington to charge "fair market rate" for its services...

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Trump administration officially begins transition to Biden after weeks of delay

Trump administration officially begins transition to Biden after weeks of delay

Key PointsGeneral Services Administration chief Emily Murphy on Monday told President-elect that the Trump administration is making federal resources available for his transition into office. , who had withheld her decision on ascertaining Biden's electoral victory for weeks after the Nov. 3 election, was revealed minutes before President tweeted that he approved of the move.The letter marks one of the first clear indications of the Trump administration acknowledging defeat in the 2020 election. But Trump has still refused to explicitly concede the race to Biden, who is projected to win 306...

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani seeks to join Pa. vote challenge case after much of legal team quits effort to deny Joe Biden victory

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani seeks to join Pa. vote challenge case after much of legal team quits effort to deny Joe Biden victory

Key PointsPresident 's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday asked a judge to let him appear in court for a hearing in a lawsuit that seeks to stop Pennsylvania from certifying its election results showing a projected victory for President-elect Joe Biden.Giuliani's last-minute bid to be admitted into the case came after two sets of lawyers for Trump's reelection campaign quit the case over the past week.It also came after a federal judge denied a request by a new attorney for the campaign to postpone Tuesday's hearing, which is set for 1:30 p.m. ET.A former New York City mayor and...

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Trump takes no questions in first public remarks since losing election

Trump takes no questions in first public remarks since losing election

Key PointsPresident Trump speaks at the White House on coronavirus vaccine development and distributionPresident Trump took no questions Friday during his first in-person speaking appearance before the press since NBC News and other outlets projected Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.Trump, who still has not conceded to Biden nearly a week after outlets said the race was over, did not acknowledge that a Biden administration was just around the corner.But he came close, appearing to stop himself from making such an admission as he touted his administration's efforts to have a...

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Georgia will recount presidential election ballots by hand as Biden’s lead over Trump grows

Georgia will recount presidential election ballots by hand as Biden’s lead over Trump grows

Key PointsGeorgia will conduct a of ballots cast in the election between President and President-elect , Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday."With the margin being so close, it will require a full, by-hand recount in each county," Raffensperger said at a press conference.Raffensperger, a Republican, said that the state will work with county officials to complete the recount in time to meet its Nov. 20 deadline for certifying statewide election results."It'll take every bit of the time we have left, for sure," he said.Biden's lead over Trump in the Peach State has grown to...

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Iran and Russia obtained U.S. voter registration data in effort to influence election, national security officials say

Iran and Russia obtained U.S. voter registration data in effort to influence election, national security officials say

Key PointsFBI press conference on foreign interference in U.S. electionIran and Russia have both obtained information about American voters' registrations and are trying to influence the public about the upcoming U.S. presidential election, national security officials announced Wednesday night."Iran and Russia have taken specific actions to influence public opinion related to our elections," said Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe at a hastily scheduled press conference."First we have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran and separately...

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Trump 'doing very well,' has started Remdesivir therapy, White House physician says

Trump 'doing very well,' has started Remdesivir therapy, White House physician says

Business News and FinanceVIEW IN APPA Facebook iconA Twitter iconA LinkedIn iconAn email iconKEY POINTS President  was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday "out of an abundance of caution" following his coronavirus diagnosis, the White House said. White House physician Sean Conley said in a statement late Friday that Trump is "doing very well," has started Remdesivir therapy and does not require supplemental oxygen. He added that Trump had completed his first dose of Remdesivir,  an experimental antiviral therapy, and was resting comfortably. Trump also tweeted at 11:31 p.m. ET:...

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President Trump taken to Walter Reed Military Medical Center as a 'precautionary measure'

President Trump taken to Walter Reed Military Medical Center as a 'precautionary measure'

Key PointsPresident Trump walks to Marine One before heading over to Walter ReedPresident  was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday "out of an abundance of caution" following his coronavirus diagnosis, the White House said.  Trump was seen wearing a mask as he departed the White House shortly after 6:15 p.m. ET and walked toward his helicopter, Marine One. He waved to the press but did not stop for questions.The move, which appears to mark an escalation in the efforts to treat the president, is being made "as a precautionary measure," a senior administration official told NBC...

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Trump could be facing criminal tax probe, Manhattan DA suggests in new court filing

Trump could be facing criminal tax probe, Manhattan DA suggests in new court filing

Keep Me Logged InKey PointsPresident and his business could be facing a criminal tax probe by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, prosecutors suggested Monday in a court filing. raised that possibility as they said that a grand jury subpoena seeking eight years of Trump's tax returns and other records from the president's accountants should be allowed by a federal appeals court, which is set to hear arguments in this case this week.While prosecutors last month suggested that they might be eyeing the Trump Organization for possible , Monday's filing was the first time they had publicly...

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Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election

Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election

Keep Me Logged InKey PointsPresident Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses the electionPresident refused Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the 2020 election to Democratic nominee Joe Biden."Well, we'll have to see what happens. You know that. I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster," Trump said at a news conference at the White House. It appeared Trump was referring to mail-in ballots, which he has repeatedly condemned, without evidence, as susceptible to massive fraud.The president had been...

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Judge orders Eric Trump to testify before election in New York attorney general probe of President Trump's company

Judge orders Eric Trump to testify before election in New York attorney general probe of President Trump's company

Keep Me Logged InKey PointsEric Trump must testify in response to a subpoena from the New York Attorney General's office before the presidential election as part of an investigation into whether President 's company improperly valued real estate assets in official statements, a judge ordered Wednesday.Eric Trump, who is the president's middle son and a top executive in the Trump Organization, must testify no later than Oct. 7, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled after a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court, where Trump's lawyers had asked to delay his deposition until after the election.Engoron noted...

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Democrats investigating Trump officials' alleged meddling with CDC coronavirus reports

Democrats investigating Trump officials' alleged meddling with CDC coronavirus reports

Keep Me Logged InKey PointsDemocratic lawmakers launched an investigation Monday into reports that Trump administration appointees tried to interfere with coronavirus reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.A House subcommittee on the pandemic is requesting interviews with officials from the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a slew of documents, citing reports showing aides to President Donald Trump "sought to help him downplay the risks of the coronavirus crisis by attempting to alter, delay, and block critical scientific reports from...

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Trump officials altered intel to downplay threats from Russia, White supremacists, DHS whistleblower says

Trump officials altered intel to downplay threats from Russia, White supremacists, DHS whistleblower says

Keep Me Logged InKey PointsWASHINGTON – A former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security accused top officials there of ordering him to stop sharing intelligence assessments on Russia's efforts to interfere in the U.S. election because they "made the President look bad."According to a filed by Brian Murphy, former head of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at DHS, top brass also told Murphy to downplay a threat assessment about White supremacy. The formal whistleblower complaint describes a "repeated pattern of abuse of authority, attempted censorship of...

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Trump health official Seema Verma spent millions in taxpayer funds to boost 'personal brand,' Democrats charge

Trump health official Seema Verma spent millions in taxpayer funds to boost 'personal brand,' Democrats charge

Keep Me Logged InKey PointsCongressional Democrats are accusing a top health official in President 's administration of "extensive abuse" of millions of taxpayers' dollars, in part by retaining a raft of Republican-tied media consultants in an attempt to boost her "personal brand."Leaders from four congressional committees, who on Thursday revealed into Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma's use of public funds, are now calling on her to "personally reimburse the taxpayers for these inappropriate expenditures."The Democrats say they obtained tens of thousands...

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Yale 'illegally discriminates' against White and Asian students, Justice Department says

Yale 'illegally discriminates' against White and Asian students, Justice Department says

Business News and FinanceVIEW IN APPA Facebook iconA Twitter iconA LinkedIn iconAn email iconKEY POINTS Yale University's undergraduate admissions process "illegally discriminates" against White and Asian students, the Department of Justice said Thursday.A two-year investigation into the Ivy League school found that "race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year," in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the DOJ .The department said Yale must agree not to use race or national origin as criteria in its next admissions cycle, and that if it...

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