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(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The General Services Administration informed the Biden transition team on Monday evening that the Trump administration is ready to begin the transfer of power. GSA head Emily Murphy wrote in a letter that federal government agencies will now make resources available to the Biden team in preparation for the incoming president’s assumption of
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Rush Limbaugh is honored by President Trump with a Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union in Washington, D.C., February 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday criticized President Trump’s legal team over their chaotic press conference last week that failed to provide any evidence to back up
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A supporter of President Trump protests the election results in Philadelphia, Penn., November 8, 2020. (Mark Makela/Reuters) A group of Pennsylvania Republicans filed a lawsuit over the weekend to block certification of the state’s election results in an eleventh-hour attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the key battleground state. The emergency petition, filed in
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The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that Tennessee may begin to enforce one component of a broader pro-life law that had been delayed by legal challenges and a federal judge’s temporary injunction. The component of the bill now allowed to take effect prohibits doctors from knowingly performing abortions sought because of the unborn
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(Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images) The Supreme Court is likely to decide later this week whether it will hear a case brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn against restrictions on worship put in place by New York’s Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo began his pandemic-response efforts in March with a series of wide-ranging executive orders attempting
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A volunteer receives an injection from a medical worker during the country’s first human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the coronavirus at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) AstraZeneca and Oxford University said Monday that their coronavirus vaccine was up to 90 percent effective in late-stage trials
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President Donald Trump in the press room of the White House, November 20, 2020 (Carlos Barria/Reuters) The campaign’s post-election lawsuit was tossed, just before the commonwealth’s certification deadline. A    federal court has thrown out the Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania, which challenged presumptive President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the commonwealth. In so doing, district
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French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after paying his respects by the coffin of slain teacher Samuel Paty in the courtyard of the Sorbonne university during a national memorial event in Paris, France, October 21, 2020. (Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters) Macron is pushing France to confront the implications of Islamism for liberal democracy. What are we
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President Trump taps his phone screen during a roundtable discussion at the White House in Washington, D.C., June 18, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) President-elect Joe Biden will receive the @POTUS Twitter account on Inauguration Day, even if President Trump refuses to concede, the social-media platform announced Friday. “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifies on the Trump administration’s response to the country’s economic crisis on Capitol Hill, September 1, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via Reuters) Silly debates over whether emergency credit-facility programs should be allowed to expire — they should — distract from a more important question. On Thursday, Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin sent
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President-elect Joe Biden discusses health care plans during a news conference in Wilmington, Del., November 10, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) A trio of moderate Republican senators has indicated they will vote to approve Joe Biden’s nominations for cabinet posts as long as they are “mainstream,” in comments to Politico released on Friday. Depending on the outcome
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) and Richard Carranza, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, carry bins with supplies during a news conference at New Bridges Elementary School in Brooklyn, N.Y., August 19, 2020. (Jeenah Moon/Pool via Reuters) Let’s stipulate that making decisions for the biggest U.S. public-school system during
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks on COVID-19 in Manhattan, New York, November 15, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will receive an Emmy award next week for his coronavirus press briefings, the Emmy organization announced on Friday. When the pandemic arrived in New York City and its surrounding environs, Cuomo organized
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At least two Catholic bishops have been urging pro-lifers not to use the COVID vaccines on the ground that their development involved abortion. (You may recall a controversy last month regarding how President Trump’s COVID case was treated.) Drudge is linking to this story that centers on Joseph Brennan, the Catholic bishop of Fresno. Hayley
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Sen. Mitt Romney passes through the halls of the Capitol during a break in the Senate impeachment trial. January 30, 2020 (Amanda Voisard/Reuters) Senator Mitt Romney on Thursday ripped President Trump’s latest strategy to overturn the election results, which relies on appealing to Republican legislators in battleground states to appoint loyal electors in defiance of
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Teachers Mary Yi and Ibis Blanco work with their students virtually from their classroom at the Sokolowski Elementary School in Chelsea, Mass., September 16, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) A RAND survey of teachers reinforces widespread doubts about the remote-classroom environment.   With COVID infection rates, test positivity, and hospitalizations rising at alarming rates, schools face tough
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A friend just shared this new study by Zurich Insurance: It details the big jump in female job applicants (and hires) for senior management roles when those positions were described as potentially including part-time, job-share or other flexible work options. This could be a silver-lining of COVID-19. More employers recognize that at-home and non-traditional employment
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Del., November 19, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) Conservatives have more constructive places to channel their anger. Conservatives and Republicans should be uniting right now, leaving behind the arguments of the past five years about
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Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) attends a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, October 12, 2020. (Patrick Semansky/Reuters Pool) Senator Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) slammed allegations by Trump campaign legal counsel Sidney Powell on Thursday that Democratic and Republican politicians may have paid to change the general-election results. President Trump’s legal team brought forward various accusations
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President Donald Trump during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., November 13, 2020 (Carlos Barria/Retuers) Noah Rothman’s excellent piece in Commentary, “The Dumbest of Coups,” deserves to be widely read. I’ve been writing about conspiracy theories for a while now — QAnon, the Flat-Earth gang, etc. — and one
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National Rifle Association merchandise at the Iowa straw poll in Ames, Iowa, in 2011. (Daniel Acker/Reuters) The National Rifle Association has agreed to suspend its insurance business in New York State for five years and pay a $2.5 million fine over charges that it offered insurance to members without a license and hid how it
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Supporters of Donald Trump gather to demand a fair count of the votes of the 2020 presidential election, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 5, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) Republicans on the House Oversight Committee called on Thursday for a hearing into violence committed against supporters of President Trump during the “Million MAGA March” in Washington, D.C., last
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Registered nurse Glenda Perez waits to test people for the coronavirus in East Los Angeles, Calif., November 10, 2020. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University reports that more than 250,652 Americans have died from the coronavirus. The calculation on Worldometers, which usually runs a little ahead of JHU, is 256,447 deaths. In
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