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Pentagon shake-up continues as another top official departs

Pentagon shake-up continues as another top official departs

The top official leading the Pentagon’s Defeat-ISIS Task Force resigned Monday, becoming the latest senior official to be fired or asked to resign in recent days, part of a White House-directed post-election purge that saw some of the senior-most Defense Department civilians ousted in a matter of days. “Today, Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller…

Dr. Scott Atlas resigns from Trump administration

Dr. Scott Atlas resigns from Trump administration

Dr. Scott Atlas, a highly controversial member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, has resigned from his post in the Trump administration, according to a person who works with the task force. A source familiar with what happened told CNN that Atlas turned in his resignation letter to President Donald Trump on Monday. As…

Georgia reports more than 940,000 absentee ballot requests for Senate runoff

Georgia reports more than 940,000 absentee ballot requests for Senate runoff

More than 940,000 mail-in ballots have been requested in Georgia for the January 5 runoff election that will decide which party controls the Senate, Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting systems implementation manager, said Monday. That includes 604,255 people who are eligible to receive mail-in ballots automatically, according to Sterling. For comparison, 1,322,529 absentee ballots were…

Justice Department releases Trump’s pardon of Flynn and asks court for dismissal

Justice Department releases Trump’s pardon of Flynn and asks court for dismissal

The Justice Department on Monday released a copy of President Donald Trump’s pardon of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and formally asked a federal court to dismiss the case against him. Trump’s pardon, announced last week, appears to clear Flynn from the crimes he’s admitted to and all possible prosecutions in the future that…

READ: Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn

READ: Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn

The Justice Department on Monday released a copy of President Donald Trump’s pardon last week of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Read the pardon here: Executive Grant of Clemency Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME, GREETING: BE IT KNOWN, THAT THIS DAY,…

Wisconsin governor certifies state’s electoral votes for Biden

Wisconsin governor certifies state’s electoral votes for Biden

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday formally certified Joe Biden’s victory, signing the paperwork to award the state’s 10 electoral votes to the President-elect after a recount in Wisconsin’s two most populous counties. “Today I carried out my duty to certify the November 3rd election, and as required by state and federal law, I’ve signed…

Fact-checking Trump’s falsehood-filled weekend

President Donald Trump was relatively quiet over the Thanksgiving holiday. But by Friday he was back to lighting up Twitter with a range of false claims about the 2020 presidential election. From Friday evening to Sunday evening, Trump tweeted and retweeted more than a dozen claims of election fraud, 14 of which were flagged by…

Judge postpones Rudy Giuliani associates’ trial because of backlog from Covid-19

Judge postpones Rudy Giuliani associates’ trial because of backlog from Covid-19

A federal judge postponed the trial for Rudy Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman citing the backlog of criminal trials as courts grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re almost certainly not going to get on the calendar for March 1 given the number of detained defendant trials, which take priority,” said Judge Paul Oetken…

Millions may be getting shortchanged on unemployment benefits, GAO finds

Millions may be getting shortchanged on unemployment benefits, GAO finds

Millions of jobless people may not be receiving the full payments they are owed, a government watchdog report released Monday found. Also, the weekly Department of Labor report on unemployment claims is not providing an accurate estimate of the number of Americans claiming benefits during the pandemic, according to the US Government Accountability Office. That’s…

Georgia Republican officials reject Trump’s calls to overturn election results

Georgia Republican officials reject Trump’s calls to overturn election results

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans, on Monday rebuffed President Donald Trump’s calls to overturn the state’s election results more than a week after they certified Joe Biden as the winner. The statements by the two officials amount to an unusual public rejection of Trump, who continues to exert…

Arizona certifies Biden’s victory

Arizona certifies Biden’s victory

Arizona certified its election results on Monday, awarding the state’s 11 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden and clearing the way for Senator-elect Mark Kelly, a Democrat, to be sworn in this week. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, certified the election results Monday morning, saying the elections process was the most secure…

Grassley returns to Senate office after testing positive for Covid-19

Grassley returns to Senate office after testing positive for Covid-19

Sen. Chuck Grassley returned to his Senate office Monday after testing positive for Covid-19 and completing a quarantine earlier this month, and he called on Congress to pass additional coronavirus relief legislation. Grassley, who is 87 and the most senior Republican in the chamber, tested positive for the virus on November 17, but remained asymptomatic…

Here are the historic firsts in Biden’s administration

Here are the historic firsts in Biden’s administration

Several of President-elect Joe Biden‘s nominees would make history if confirmed by the United States Senate to serve in top roles in his incoming administration. Since winning the election, Biden has made moves to carry out his campaign promise of building an administration that looks like and reflects the diversity of America. Vice President-elect Kamala…

Former astronaut Mark Kelly to be sworn in as a US senator Wednesday

Former astronaut Mark Kelly to be sworn in as a US senator Wednesday

Former astronaut Mark Kelly will be sworn in as a US senator for Arizona at noon ET on Wednesday, a senior Democratic aide told CNN. Kelly defeated Republican Sen. Martha McSally in a special election by more than 78,000 votes. A retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut, Kelly was widely viewed as one of the…

Canada to Trump: You can’t take our prescription drugs

Canada to Trump: You can’t take our prescription drugs

Canada is putting the kibosh on President Donald Trump’s efforts to lower drug prices by importing medications from our northern neighbor. Canadian health minister Patty Hajdu on Friday announced new measures to protect the country’s drug supply from bulk importations that could worsen drug shortages. It bars the distribution of certain drugs outside of Canada…

Melania Trump’s White House holiday decor spotlights essential workers

Melania Trump’s White House holiday decor spotlights essential workers

‘Tis the holiday season at the White House. All of the halls, from the East Room to the Red Room, were decked by over 125 volunteers this weekend and unveiled Monday to feature classic holiday décor with an “America the Beautiful” theme for the Trumps’ final Christmas in office. Highlights of this year’s display —…

Congress looking at busiest lame duck session in memory

Congress looking at busiest lame duck session in memory

There are roughly 10 legislative days until spending for the federal government expires, and as coronavirus cases soar around the country, the Senate returns to Washington on Monday with millions of Americans counting on Congress to also come to an agreement on a stimulus package. That’s unlikely — at this point — to happen. The…

Biden unveils senior leadership team charged with planning inauguration

Biden unveils senior leadership team charged with planning inauguration

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday announced the senior leadership of the committee charged with planning and executing what will be an unprecedented presidential inauguration, as it is set to take place during a global pandemic. Tony Allen, who worked as Biden’s speechwriter when he was a senator, will take the…

Biden weighs history-making picks for defense secretary

Biden weighs history-making picks for defense secretary

President-elect Joe Biden is entering the month of December weighing several barrier-breaking candidates to be his Secretary of Defense. Three candidates are in final contention to lead the department, people familiar with the matter tell CNN, with veteran Pentagon official Michèle Flournoy, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and retired Army general Lloyd Austin…

Biden set to receive first president’s daily intelligence brief Monday

Biden set to receive first president’s daily intelligence brief Monday

President-elect Joe Biden marks a milestone on his path to the White House Monday when he gets his first President’s Daily Brief — the intelligence community’s collection of secrets, intelligence, and analysis about long- and short-term threats US leaders need to know to run the country and keep it safe. President Donald Trump, who has…