McCarthy and Datoc focused on the 14 member Congressional task force on countering Chinese influence in the United States and the extensive report the group released Wednesday. McCarthy explained three — of more than 80 — findings outlined in the report, and the task force’s proposed legislative solutions for each issue. The most important next step, per McCarthy, is getting Democratic leadership on board with the initiative. … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Kevin McCarthy Gives Sneak Peak At Congressional Task Force’s Next Moves Against China
"This is not a political issue," Biden said. "It’s about saving lives. I know it’s become a partisan issue, but what a stupid, stupid thing for it to happen. This is a patriotic act." And he said experts predict that mask-wearing over the next 100 days could prevent up to 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus by April. … [Read more...] about ‘What the hell is wrong with them?’: Biden rips Republicans for refusing to don masks during siege
But the $1.9 trillion proposal has many other elements as well, including $400 in federal supplemental unemployment insurance through September; a $15 minimum wage; $350 billion in aid to state and local governments; $170 billion for schools and universities; $25 billion in rental assistance (along with an extension of the 2020 eviction moratorium until September) and $5 billion for those threatened with homelessness; big increases in the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit; paid leave for 109 million Americans; $40 billion for child care; $50 billion for COVID-19 testing; and $20 billion for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. … [Read more...] about Will We Get a Third Round of COVID-19 Stimulus Checks?
President Donald Trump, who ordered the reduction in November, said Thursday that troop levels in Afghanistan had reached a 19-year low, although he did not mention a troop number. Last February his administration struck a deal with the Taliban to reduce American troop levels in phases and to go to zero by May 2021. It is unclear how the incoming Biden administration will proceed. … [Read more...] about Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan
The special election held the same day was almost bound to produce a runoff — 20 candidates appeared on the ballot, each taking a slice of the vote. Loeffler did well, besting conservative stalwart Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsDrudge congratulates Warnock, says Ann Coulter should have been GOP candidate Warnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff Warnock says he needs to win 'by comfortable margin' because 'funny things go on' MORE, but still finished far from the mark necessary to avoid a runoff. … [Read more...] about With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds