The Latest: Philippines targets 60 million for…

Philippine officials say about 60 million Filipinos are being targeted for vaccination against the coronavirus next year at a cost of more than 73 billion pesos ($1.4 billion) to develop considerable immunity among a majority of Filipinos

Biden transition gets govt OK after Trump out of…

The federal government has recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election

Biden To Nominate Antony Blinken as Secretary of…

Biden To Nominate Antony Blinken , as Secretary of State. Blinken, 58, was a deputy secretary of state during the Obama Administration. He is known as a defender of global alliances. Blinken's first priority will be to reestablish international relations with U.S. allies that have cooled under the Trump Administration. Simply put, the big problems that we face as a country and as a planet [...] none of these have unilateral solutions, Anthony Blinken, via 'The New York Times'. Even a country as powerful as the United States can’t handle them alone, Anthony Blinken, via 'The New York Times'. Sources say another priority will be to assemble an international effort to compete with China. Blinken and President-elect Biden have had a close working relationship for nearly two decades

Biden set to formally introduce his national…

President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to formally announce his national security team to the nation

Approval for transition gives Biden team access…

The head of the federal General Services Administration has acknowledged that President-elect Joe Biden is the apparent winner of this month’s presidential election

Florida Senator Rick Scott Tests Positive for…

Florida Senator Rick Scott Tests Positive for COVID-19. On Friday, Florida Senator Rick Scott revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. . Although the Republican senator is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” he said he was otherwise “feeling good.” . After several negative tests, I learned I was positive for COVID-19 this AM. I’m feeling good & experiencing very mild symptoms, Rick Scott, via Twitter. Scott went on to say that he would be “working from home” until it was safe for him to return to D.C. He then followed up with a second tweet urging people to “wear a mask” and “socially distance.” . We will beat this together, but we all must be responsible. I want to thank all the incredible health care workers who are working around the clock to care for patients, Rick Scott, via Twitter. The Senator first announced his possible exposure to COVID-19 on November 14. . At the time, Scott said that he had come into contact with someone while traveling who “subsequently tested positive” . After arriving in Florida last night, I came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID. , Rick Scott, via Twitter. I was tested this morning and the result was negative. I have no symptoms, but out of an abundance of caution, I will be immediately quarantining, Rick Scott, via Twitter

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Loeffler to return to campaign after negative…

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler says she will return to public campaigning after she got a second straight negative coronavirus test

NFL expands mask mandate, threatens to discipline…

The NFL has expanded its mandate for mask usage on the sideline and is threatening discipline for those who violate the league's updated COVID-19 protocols

Trump Admin Cuts off Emergency Lending Programs…

Trump Admin Cuts off Emergency Lending Programs, Overruling Fed Chair. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has asked the Federal Reserve to return $455 billion in unused pandemic program funds. A number of pandemic lending programs are set to expire on Dec. 31. Mnuchin made the request on Thursday, saying that the programs "have clearly achieved their objective.". Fed Chair Jerome Powell criticized the request, preferring the funds continue to be used "as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy.". Powell has stated that it is too soon to draw the pandemic programs to a close. When the right time comes, and I don't think that time is yet or very soon, we will put those tools away, Jerome Powell, Fed Chair, via CNN. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also rebuked the Trump administration's request, saying that it "unnecessarily ties the hands of the incoming administration."

After criticism, Feinstein to step down as top…

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she will step down from her role as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee

Cubans receive last of remittances via Western…

Western Union has closed its 407 locations across Cuba, a sanctions-driven move that will leave thousands bereft of remittances on an island that depends heavily on them — or force them to use less reliable ways to bring in money

Georgia Hand Count of Votes Affirms Biden’s…

Georgia Hand Count of Votes Affirms Biden’s Victory Over Trump. Georgia recounted nearly 5 million votes as part of an audit required by a new state law. The state is expected to certify the results Friday morning. Once it does so, if the margin remains within 0.5%, the losing campaign can request a recount within two business days. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger released a statement on Thursday. Georgia’s historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, via statement. This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, via statement. According to Raffensperger's office, most counties saw no change in their final tally. The highest error rate was .73%. Data released Thursday saw 496 votes going to Trump, reducing Biden's lead from 12,780 to 12,284. Trump has now shifted his focus to challenge vote certification in Michigan

States certifying results ahead of Electoral…

States have begun certifying their results from the Nov. 3 presidential election in the run-up to the Electoral College meeting in mid-December

States impose new rules, plead with public to…

State and local officials nationwide are imposing new restrictions and pleading with the public in an increasingly desperate attempt to stop the explosive coronavirus spread

Biden Says Second COVID-19 Stimulus Check Will…

Biden Says Second COVID-19 Stimulus Check Will Likely Pass Once Trump Exits. On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden spoke to a group of frontline workers about a possible second COVID-19 relief package. . That package will likely include another round of direct payments to the public. . Biden said that Congress would “hopefully” be more likely to move forward with the bill once President Trump leaves office. . He suggested that Republicans have been resistant so far because they’ve feared “retribution from the president.”. Hopefully, when he’s gone, they will be more willing to do what they know should be done - has to be done - in order to save the communities they live in, Joe Biden, via Advance Local. Experts predict that additional direct payments won’t happen until the first quarter of 2021. . That prediction is also dependent upon the Jan. 5 runoff for two Senate seats in Georgia, which will decide whether Republicans remain in control of the Senate. . The House, which is controlled by Democrats, has been at odds with the Senate for months now over a second relief measure. . Democrats have been pushing for a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, while Senate Leader Mitch McConnell wants something around $500 billion.

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Report: Mobile fingerprinting a core tool in US…

A new report based on a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit says a mobile fingerprinting app used by U.S. immigration agents to run remote ID checks in the field has become a core tool in President Donald Trump’s deportation crackdown

Carl Bernstein says 21 GOP senators contemptuous…

Veteran Watergate sleuth Carl Bernstein took to Twitter to specifically “out” 21 Republican senators who he says have privately expressed contempt for President Donald Trump

Biden Taps Top Campaign Advisers for White House…

Biden Taps Top Campaign Advisers for White House Staff. President-elect Joe Biden announced the newest additions to his White House staff on Tuesday. . They are long-time advisers Mike Donilon and Steve Ricchetti. . Donilon, who was the chief strategist for Biden’s 2020 campaign, will be a senior adviser. Ricchetti, chairman for Biden’s 2020 campaign, will be counselor to the president. . Biden also named several campaign veterans to senior White House positions this week. . Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden's 2020 presidential campaign manager, will be his deputy chief of staff. . Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond is resigning from his House seat to become one of Biden’s senior advisers and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Julie Chavez Rodriguez, a deputy campaign manager for Biden and a former top aide to Kamala Harris, will be director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Dana Remus, general counsel of Biden’s campaign, will assume the role of counsel to the president. . Biden’s traveling chief of staff during his campaign, Annie Tomasini, will be director of Oval Office Operations. . President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris have an ambitious and urgent agenda for action. The team we have already started to assemble will enable us to meet the challenges facing our country on day one, Biden’s Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, via CNN

Awaiting Yellen at Treasury: Yet another daunting…

Janet Yellen is in line for another top economic policy job — just in time to confront yet another crisis

DC boosts limits on restaurants, gatherings amid…

The nation’s capital is tightening its public COVID-19 restrictions in the face of spiraling virus numbers locally and around the country

Joe Biden Issues Dire Warning to Trump: ‘More…

Joe Biden Issues Dire Warning to Trump: ‘More People May Die if We Don’t Coordinate’. President-elect Joe Biden spoke bluntly about Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the election results during a news conference on Monday. . Trump has yet to concede and shut Biden’s team out of relevant information needed to run the U.S. and handle the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden warned Trump that “more people may die” of COVID-19 if he continues to refuse to cooperate with Biden’s transition team. . If we have to wait until Jan. 20 to start that planning, it puts us behind, Joe Biden, via ‘New York Times’. Biden and his team have reportedly assembled a plan for a four to six-week shutdown along with much needed financial relief. . Once we shut down the virus and deliver economic relief to workers and businesses, then we can start to build back better than before, Joe Biden, via ‘AP’. COVID-19 is currently on the rise in the U.S., with over 100,000 new cases having been reported every single day since November 4. As of November 16, the country has reported a total of 10,984,398 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 245,470 deaths

Ethiopia warns Tigray residents that 'anything…

Ethiopia’s government is again warning residents of the besieged capital of the embattled Tigray region as the clock ticks on a 72-hour ultimatum before a military assault, saying “anything can happen.”

White House still planning holiday parties…

All those warnings from public health officials begging Americans to limit gatherings this holiday season amid a surge in coronavirus cases aren’t stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities and holiday parties in the midst of a pandemic

Biden Taps Reparations Advocate for Treasury…

Biden Taps Reparations Advocate for Treasury Transition. President-elect Joe Biden has enlisted the help of Mehrsa Baradaran. Baradaran is a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. According to Fox News, she also advocates reparations for Black Americans as a means of addressing the racial wealth gap and "white supremacy.". A reparations program could take many forms from simple cash payments or baby bonds to more complex schemes .., Mehrsa Baradaran, via 'The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap'. ... such as subsidized college tuition, basic income, housing vouchers, or subsidized mortgage credit, Mehrsa Baradaran, via 'The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap'. As a member of Biden's Department of the Treasury agency review team, Baradaran will help to "hit the ground running on Day One.". Both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have dodged questions about reparations in the past, making their stances unclear

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Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive…

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine, though initial allotments of the vaccine will be given to staff and not to inmates, even though sickened inmates vastly outnumber sickened staff

Georgia counties set to start recount requested…

After the Trump campaign requested a recount of the presidential ballots in Georgia, county election workers have just over a week to complete the new tally

Barack Obama’s Advice to Trump: It’s ‘Time’ to…

Barack Obama’s Advice to Trump: It’s 'Time' to Concede . Former President Barack Obama spoke about Donald Trump and the presidential election in an interview with ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday night. During the interview, Obama offered advice directly aimed at Trump, saying it was “time” for him to concede. . He told correspondent Scott Pelley that the president is a “public servant” who is only a “temporary” occupant of the White House. . When your time is up, then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests, and your own disappointments, Barack Obama, to '60 Minutes'. He went on to urge Trump to “put country first” and respect the results of the election. . My advice to President Trump is, if you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing, Barack Obama, to '60 Minutes'. Trump has yet to acknowledge the legitimacy of Biden’s victory in the November 3 election. Instead, Trump has repeatedly touted unfounded claims of voter fraud and blocked the federal government from cooperating with Biden and his transition team.