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Democratic concerns over Morell and torture scramble Biden’s CIA decision

Democratic concerns over Morell and torture scramble Biden’s CIA decision

One of President-elect Joe Biden’s initial frontrunners to be CIA director, Mike Morell, is facing increasingly complicated prospects as his potential nomination faces growing opposition, according to multiple sources familiar with transition discussions. Morell, who was deputy CIA director under President Barack Obama, now faces a steeper climb in the face of Democratic opposition to…

The White House liaison to the Justice Department was banned from the building

The White House liaison to the Justice Department was banned from the building

The White House liaison to the Justice Department has been barred from entering the building after she attempted to access sensitive information about possible election fraud, CNN has learned. Heidi Stirrup was put in the position after chief of staff Mark Meadows informed federal agencies in September the White House was replacing all of their…

Capitol Hill talks intensify over Covid-19 relief deal but major sticking points remain

Capitol Hill talks intensify over Covid-19 relief deal but major sticking points remain

High-level negotiations over an economic stimulus package are intensifying as congressional leaders and top senators are pushing to reach a major agreement that has eluded Washington for months. For much of the year there has been partisan bickering and negotiations that have broken down repeatedly, but momentum is finally building — as Senate Majority Leader…

White House has held multiple pardon meetings since the election

White House has held multiple pardon meetings since the election

With a rush of pardons expected before President Donald Trump leaves office, the White House has been holding multiple pardon meetings since the election, involving the White House counsel’s office and other staff, two senior administration officials told CNN. The meetings include a list of potential pardon cases to be considered and ideas of who…

Trump praised QAnon during meeting about keeping the Senate

Trump praised QAnon during meeting about keeping the Senate

President Donald Trump brought up Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene’s support for the dangerous QAnon conspiracy theory during a meeting on keeping the Senate with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other aides, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. This person confirmed that Trump told those present that QAnon consists of people who “basically…

Jeffrey Zients is expected to be named Biden’s coronavirus coordinator

Jeffrey Zients is expected to be named Biden’s coronavirus coordinator

Jeffrey Zients is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to be the White House coronavirus coordinator, or “czar,” a source familiar tells CNN. Zients, a top economic adviser under President Barack Obama and a co-chair of Biden’s transition team, was widely expected to get this appointment. The announcement is expected to be formally made in the coming…

Trump awards football coach Lou Holtz the Medal of Freedom

Trump awards football coach Lou Holtz the Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom to former football coach Lou Holtz on Thursday in an Oval Office ceremony. Holtz, 83, has coached several college football teams, but most recently, he served as the head football coach of the University of Notre Dame and the University of South Carolina. The Oval Office ceremony…

Supreme Court sides with California religious ministry against state Covid restrictions

Supreme Court sides with California religious ministry against state Covid restrictions

The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a California ministry that argued the state’s Covid-related restrictions on indoor services violated its religious liberty rights, the court’s second such ruling on pandemic guidelines for churches in two weeks. In an unsigned order, the justices sent the dispute between the Harvest Rock International Ministry and California Gov.…

House Democrats elect Sean Patrick Maloney as DCCC chairman

House Democrats elect Sean Patrick Maloney as DCCC chairman

House Democrats elected Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York to serve as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, giving him the difficult task of protecting their slim majority in 2022, when the President’s party typically loses dozens of seats. Maloney defeated California Rep. Tony C├írdenas, pledging that he could replicate his own…

US imposes restrictions on travel visas for Chinese Communist Party members

US imposes restrictions on travel visas for Chinese Communist Party members

The State Department is imposing new restrictions on travel visas to the United States for members of the Chinese Communist Party, a State Department spokesperson confirmed Thursday. Under the new rules, the travel visas of CCP members and their immediate family members will change from 10 years to one month and will be single entry.…

Trump and Barr had ‘contentious’ White House meeting this week, source says

Trump and Barr had ‘contentious’ White House meeting this week, source says

President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr had a “contentious,” lengthy meeting inside the West Wing this week after Barr told The Associated Press in an interview that the Justice Department had uncovered no evidence of fraud that would change the election outcome, one person familiar with the meeting who spoke on the condition…

Hackers targeting key actors in vaccine supply chain

Hackers targeting key actors in vaccine supply chain

Hackers are targeting key actors in the coronavirus vaccine supply chain as distribution gets underway, according to new warnings by the Department of Homeland Security and IBM, which discovered the malicious activity. Since September, attacks by unknown attackers have sought to compromise “select executives in sales, procurement, information technology and finance positions” at organizations responsible…

Harris assembles staff as she builds her vice presidential portfolio

Harris assembles staff as she builds her vice presidential portfolio

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is constructing the key team of senior staffers who will accompany her to the White House, announcing Thursday the hiring of three top roles including chief of staff. The staffers, all of whom are women and two of whom are people of color — highlight the incoming administration’s commitment to diversity.…

Biden faces increasing pressure to diversify his Cabinet

Biden faces increasing pressure to diversify his Cabinet

A group of lawmakers and civil rights groups are demanding that President-elect Joe Biden appoint Black and Latino nominees to some of the remaining high-level Cabinet positions, as Biden faces increasing pressure to diversify his administration. The push comes as activists and elected officials insist that Biden is not doing enough to meet his promise…

Supreme Court’s liberals face a new era of conservative dominance

Supreme Court’s liberals face a new era of conservative dominance

Progressives led by President-elect Joe Biden will soon take over the White House, but at the Supreme Court, liberalism has reached a historically low ebb. A court that drove liberal social change for decades is now an engine of conservatism. That was evident in a religious liberty dispute over Covid-19 rules last week and is…

Republicans brace for Trump rally in Georgia ahead of January runoffs

Republicans brace for Trump rally in Georgia ahead of January runoffs

Georgia Republicans are increasingly worried about President Donald Trump’s rally on Saturday for the two Senate runoff races, as some brace for a tirade to overturn his loss that could hurt the party’s effort to keep control of the chamber. The campaigns for Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler recognize that Trump can fire…