Omicron demonstrates Covid-19 'not done with us' says WHO
The emergence of the new Omicron variant shows that Covid-19 "is not done with us" says WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the opening of a special session of the World Health Assembly. Nations are meeting in Geneva from Monday to Wednesday to discuss an international agreement setting out how to handle the next pandemic -- which experts fear is only a matter of time.news.yahoo.com
Trump allies work to place supporters in key election posts across the country, spurring fears about future vote challenges
If they succeed, the former president and his backers could pull down some of the guardrails that prevented him from overturning President Biden’s victory, critics say.washingtonpost.com
Bordering on a crisis: Israel closes its doors to tourists in hopes of avoiding Omicron spread
Passengers arrive at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, as Israel shuts its borders to non-residents in a bid to stem the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, said at Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting that the measure is to protect Israel and to avoid a lockdown within the country.news.yahoo.com
A Nevada man said a ballot cast in his dead wife's name 'lent some credence' to voter fraud claims. Now officials say he's the one who did it.
His dead wife's ballot was sent in with a signature that matched county records. Hartle had claimed the ballot was never delivered to their house.news.yahoo.com
GOP state lawmakers say plan for spending $2.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief is loaded with Democratic pork
Illinois Democrats doled out $2.8 million in federal coronavirus relief money on everything from flood relief to violence prevention programs. Republicans say they were shut out of the process and that the money's being distributed with few specifics.chicagotribune.com
Low-profile Trump backers struggle to raise cash
High-profile Trump backers in Congress who tried to block President Biden's election win have raked in cash this year. Many of their lesser-known rank-and-file colleagues have not.Why it matters: New campaign finance data underscore a disparity among election objectors. Some have used the infamy to catapult themselves into MAGA stardom. Those who haven't — including some facing competitive 2022 reelection fights — are stuck with all the baggage and little financial benefit.Stay on top of the latnews.yahoo.com
Funding for Texas state legislature has been extended after Abbott's veto
Texas GOP leaders said Friday they've extended "an additional month of funding" for the state legislature after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) vetoed at least $12.6 million that would have gone to 2,100 state workers, the Texas Tribune reports.Why it matters: Following Texas Democrats' departure from the state, which broke quorum in the regular session, Abbott vetoed a section of the state budget that funds the legislature, its staff and legislative agencies. Texas Democrats have sued Abbott over the actinews.yahoo.com
Bipartisan group reaches agreement on $1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill
After weeks of long nights and endless Zoom calls, a bipartisan group of senators finally reached a deal on "the major issues" in their $1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure package, GOP senators involved in the talks announced Wednesday.Why it matters: It could be days before the group finishes writing the bill, but the Senate can begin debating the legislation in earnest now that they have resolved the outstanding issues. The bill needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate.Get market news worthy ofnews.yahoo.com
Fauci, Paul clash on virus origins, trade charges of lying
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, angrily confronted Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday in testimony on Capitol Hill, rejecting Paul's insinuation that the U.S. helped fund research at a Chinese lab that could have sparked the COVID-19 outbreak. Paul suggested that Fauci had lied before Congress when in May he denied that the National Institutes of Health funded so-called “gain of function” research — the practice of enhancing a virus in a lab to study its potential impact in the real world — at a Wuhan virology lab. U.S. intelligence agencies are currently exploring theories that an accidental leak from that lab could have led to the global pandemic.news.yahoo.com
Trump rewards ally Devin Nunes with Medal of Freedom
President Donald Trump is set to present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Nunes. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to one of his most outspoken congressional allies, California Rep. Devin Nunes, as he looks to reward loyalists with just over two weeks left in his term. Nunes, the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has been an ardent backer of Trump's during probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the president's 2019 impeachment by the Democratic-led House. In a statement, the White House credited Nunes with uncovering “the greatest scandal in American history," referencing Nunes' efforts to discredit the Russia investigation. U.S. intelligence agencies and multiple congressional committees concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of boosting Trump’s candidacy.
Florida nearly set precarious precedent for electors in 2000, former state leaders say
The same thing nearly happened in Florida during the 2000 recount. A resolution was proposed to appoint electors for president and vice president who would be ordered to vote for a specific candidate. John McKay was the Senate president at the time. What nearly happened in Florida 20 years ago likely would have set a precedent for today’s legislatures in contested states. And the window for any state legislatures to vote is narrowing.
COVID-19 testing optional for Florida House members
Incoming Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, is requiring all senators to take a COVID-19 test prior to entering the Senate chambers on Nov. 17. “Members are constitutional officers who have a right to be in the chamber,” Sprowls' spokeswoman Jenna Sarkissian said in an email Tuesday, when asked about a testing requirement. Since desks won’t be rearranged inside the House chamber, members who seek greater social distancing or have underlying medical conditions can request special seating accommodations, according to a guide issued by House leaders last week. The testing requirement applies to senators, as well as certain staff and guests who will be authorized to be in the Senate chamber during the organization session. Next week’s organization session includes swearing in new members and the official selection of Sprowls and Simpson as leaders of the House and Senate.
Trump signs temporary government funding bill
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has signed a bill to fund the government through Dec. 11, averting the possibility of a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts Thursday. Trump signed the bill, which was approved by sweeping bipartisan agreement Wednesday, into law early Thursday morning shortly after returning from campaigning in Minnesota. The measure would keep the government running through Dec. 11 and passed by a 84-10 vote. The House passed the bill last week. The legislation — called a continuing resolution, or CR, in Washington-speak — would keep every federal agency running at current funding levels through Dec. 11, which will keep the government afloat past an election that could reshuffle Washington’s balance of power.
Former congressman Ron Paul hospitalized, says he's OK
AUSTIN, Texas – Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. The 85-year-old former Texas congressman, who ran for president three times, posted a picture on Facebook showing him smiling in a hospital gown and giving a thumbs-up. The post came after a video took off on social media showing Paul having trouble speaking during an appearance on his livestreamed show “Ron Paul Liberty Report.” The video cuts away to the interviewer as Paul struggles. Paul is the father of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., whose office did not immediately return a message Friday. He faced an electorate frustrated by a weak economy and two wars, and saw his once outsider views become more mainstream.
Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has canceled segments of the Republican National Convention scheduled for Florida next month, citing a flare-up of the coronavirus. To have a big convention is not the right time," Trump said of Jacksonville. Trump moved parts of the GOP convention to Florida last month amid a dispute with North Carolinas Democratic leaders over holding an event indoors with maskless supporters. But those plans were steadily scaled back as virus cases spiked in Florida and much of the country over the last month. A small subset of GOP delegates will still gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, to formally renominate Trump on Aug. 24.
Trump shakes up campaign after mishaps, replacing Parscale
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff Wednesday, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien. Trump and Parscales relationship had been strained since a Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally that drew a dismal crowd, infuriating the president. Parscale, a political novice, ran Trumps digital advertising in 2016 and was credited with helping bring about his surprise victory. Stepien has been in politics for years, working for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and serving as Trumps national field director in 2016.
Man driven by dislike of President Trump in GOP tent attack, report shows
He then showed investigators a video he recorded while driving towards the tent, according to JSO, but the video cut out before he hit the tent. Witnesses said he “flipped off” the people near the tent before driving away. The suspect told investigators he does not like President Trump and that was part of the reason he wanted to run over the tent, according to the arrest report. Senators, and even President Donald Trump. “But I suspect him saying I do not like Donald Trump is gonna be used as part of his confession to push harder to have these charges brought against him,” Peoples-Waters said.
Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain Have Another Awkward Exchange on 'The View': '
As the ladies discussed Liz Cheney, Meghan McCain revealed that she had unsuccessfully tried to get the GOP congresswoman to appear on The View. "We do, but I dont understand what this is telling me," Whoopi Goldberg replied, referencing the teleprompter, which read, "Meghan, we'll get you when we get back." "Yeah, Whoopi gets to do her job," McCain snapped back, before Goldberg took the show to its break. After McCain and Joy Behar's back-and-forth turned into a screaming match, Goldberg told everybody to "take a breath." RELATED CONTENT: Whoopi Goldberg Lectures Meghan McCain on 'Respect' on 'The View' Embed Code RestartWhoopi Goldberg Asks Meghan McCain to 'Respect' Her 'View' Co-HostsWhoopi Goldberg Addresses Misconceptions About Meghan McCain and Joy Behar's Relationship on 'The View'Meghan McCain Wishes Her 'Favorite Sparring Partner' Joy Behar a Happy Birthday