Tag: US Election

Fauci: COVID vaccine rollout should prioritize people of color

Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci highlighted the need to address racial disparities in the COVID-19 vaccination process, per an interview with The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. What he’s saying: “I think that’s the one thing we really…

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers emerge as troublemakers

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership. Why it matters: We’re calling this group “The Mischief Makers” — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing…

Silicon Valley backlash grows as vocal tech faction boycotts

Silicon Valley may be a “state of mind,” but it’s also very much a real enclave in Northern California. Now, a growing faction of the tech industry is boycotting it. Why it matters: The Bay Area is facing for the…

Telework’s tax mess: A permanent side effect of the pandemic

As teleworkers flit from city to city, they’re creating a huge tax mess. Why it matters: Our tax laws aren’t built for telecommuting, and this new way of working could have dire implications for city and state budgets. “There’s gonna…
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Donald Trump’s political team disavows “Patriot Party” groups

Donald Trump’s still-active presidential campaign committee officially disavowed political groups affiliated with the nascent “Patriot Party” on Monday. Why it matters: Trump briefly floated the possibility of creating a new political party to compete with the GOP — with him…

U.S. surpasses 25 million COVID cases

The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday. The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country’s death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate…

GOP faces implosion over Trump primary threats and impeachment payback

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics. Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the…

Muslim families hope to reunite following Biden’s travel ban repeal

Muslim Americans across the U.S. are celebrating President Biden’s day-1 reversal of former President Trump’s travel ban that targeted several Muslim-majority countries. The big picture: The repeal of what many critics called the “Muslim ban” renews hope for thousands of…

The cloudy science on school reopening during the pandemic

President Biden’s plan to accelerate the reopening of K-8 schools faces major challenges from a still out-of-control pandemic and more contagious coronavirus variants. Why it matters: The longer American kids miss in-person schooling, the further they fall behind. But the…

Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as first Black defense secretary

The Senate voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the sole “no” votes. Why it matters: Austin is the first Black American to lead…

House will transmit article of impeachment to Senate on Monday, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the House will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Trump for “incitement of insurrection” on Monday. Why it matters: The Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1pm…

Stalemate over filibuster freezes Congress

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell’s inability to quickly strike a deal on a power-sharing agreement in the new 50-50 Congress is slowing down everything from the confirmation of President Biden’s nominees to Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Why…

Biden opts for five-year extension of New START nuclear treaty with Russia

President Biden will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms control pact with Russia before it expires on Feb. 5, senior officials told the Washington Post. Why it matters: The 2010 treaty is the last remaining constraint…

Inauguration Day dashboard

Joe Biden’s inauguration and the days right after will bring a rat-tat-tat burst of climate policy moves, but keep this in mind amid the splashy pledges: pushing through most of his agenda will be a long, uncertain slog. Why it…