The Chinese government has faced sharp criticism -- most notably from the US -- for its initial handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Its subsequent "mask diplomacy" -- an effort to ship medical supplies to countries struggling with Covid-19 -- also fueled suspicion that it was trying to change the coronavirus narrative. … [Read more...] about China is doubling down in the global push for a coronavirus vaccine
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Pak is not the only one who has raised concern about the process. Officers for Justice, an organization representing African American and other nonwhite city officers, wrote in an Aug. 22 letter to the Police Commission that it should “ensure that the pool of prospective candidates include individuals who are willing to make significant improvements in the department’s internal and external race relations.” … [Read more...] about Despite reform pressure, at least 25 want to be SFPD chief
Barr breaks with Trump: Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr breaks with Trump on claims of fraud Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel Barr says DOJ hasn't uncovered widespread voter fraud in 2020 election MORE told The Associated Press that U.S. attorneys and the FBI found no evidence of fraud that would change the outcome of the presidential election. Barr was seen at the White House on Tuesday shortly after the interview was published. Trump has maintained without evidence that election fraud explains why he lost to Biden by 6 million votes and will come up short in the Electoral College. … Barr also revealed that in October, he gave the U.S. attorney he assigned to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe the authority of a special counsel under law, meaning he cannot easily be fired by the new administration. The investigation by John DurhamJohn DurhamBarr breaks with Trump on claims of fraud Barr taps attorney investigating … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Mastercard – Barr splits with Trump on election; pardon controversy
President-elect Joe Biden supports a $3 trillion Democratic-backed bill that passed the House in May, which provided for a second round of checks. But that package has little chance of passing Congress unless Democrats gain control of the Senate by winning both runoff Senate races in Georgia set for January 5. … [Read more...] about Don’t expect a second stimulus check this year. Here’s what Congress is talking about instead
As part of the historic broadening of jobless benefits under the CARES Act, lawmakers created three programs to help out-of-work Americans. While the $600 payment enhancement lasted only four months, the other two run through the week ending December 26, which is the last weekend of the year. … [Read more...] about Key pandemic relief programs are set to expire at the end of the year. No one knows what’s next.