Rick Scott and McConnell battle for GOP leader 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rick Scott are set to face off Wednesday over who will be the party’s leader in the Senate – in a battle that could significantly shape the party’s direction heading into 2024. Scott, R-Fla., announced his run Tuesday in a marathon three-hour conference meeting, which senators said included significant airing of frustrations after a weak midterm showing from … Continue reading Rick Scott and McConnell battle for GOP leader 

Biden announces $20B to move Indonesia away from coal

The White House on Tuesday announced a $20 billion plan that it, along with international partners, will launch with Indonesia to transition its reliance off of coal-fired electricity and pursue a green economy.   Under the “Just Energy Transition Partnership,” the U.S. and Japan will lead a coalition of 10 international partners to help Indonesia’s energy sector through a “mix of grants, concessional loans, market-rate loans, … Continue reading Biden announces $20B to move Indonesia away from coal

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to testify in Trump election interference probe Tuesday

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is set to testify Tuesday morning before the special grand jury investigating possible 2020 election inference by former President Donald Trump and his allies, a source familiar with the arrangements told NBC News. The scheduled testimony of Kemp, who won re-election last week, comes after a Georgia judge in August denied his bid to avoid testifying before the grand jury. Fulton … Continue reading Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to testify in Trump election interference probe Tuesday

Bipartisan Senate group says they are ‘confident’ they have the votes necessary to codify same-sex marriage

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators are currently working on legislation that would codify same-sex marriage. The group also believe they have the votes needed for the bill to pass and are urging leadership to put it on the floor of the Senate for a vote as soon as possible. Continue reading Bipartisan Senate group says they are ‘confident’ they have the votes necessary to codify same-sex marriage

Appeals Court Blocks Biden’s Student-Loan Forgiveness Program

A federal appeals court on Monday blocked the Biden administration from moving ahead with its mass student-debt cancellation program, dealing another blow to the administration’s plan after it was ruled unlawful by a federal judge in Texas last week. A three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a preliminary injunction against President Biden’s plan to erase hundreds of billions of dollars … Continue reading Appeals Court Blocks Biden’s Student-Loan Forgiveness Program

DOJ says Trump must verify documents seized from Mar-a-Lago

The Justice Department urged a federal judge to force former President Donald Trump to confirm whether the FBI’s list of classified materials and other documents seized in the raid of his South Florida home is correct before an independent arbitrator decides whether any of the materials should be off-limits to federal prosecutors. In a 20-page legal filing unsealed Monday, the Justice Department asked U.S. District … Continue reading DOJ says Trump must verify documents seized from Mar-a-Lago

CIA director warns Russian spy chief against deploying nukes

CIA Director Bill Burns met on Monday with his Russian intelligence counterpart to warn of consequences if Russia were to deploy a nuclear weapon in Ukraine, according to a White House National Security Council official. The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Burns and Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s SVR spy agency, did not … Continue reading CIA director warns Russian spy chief against deploying nukes

Germany is open to trade with China — but we’re not stupid, vice chancellor says

Germany is open to strengthening ties with China but would need to remain cautious on where any investment goes, the country’s Economy Minister and Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck said. “We are an open market. That’s not saying we are a stupid market, so we have to be careful,” Habeck told CNBC’s Tanvir Gill Saturday in Singapore. There is “nothing wrong” with Chinese companies investing in … Continue reading Germany is open to trade with China — but we’re not stupid, vice chancellor says

King Charles leads Remembrance Day service first time as British monarch

King Charles III led Remembrance Day commemorations in London on Sunday for the first time as Britain’s monarch, laying a newly designed wreath after a two-minute silence at The Cenotaph war memorial. Wreath designers said it also paid tribute to the racing colors used by both Queen Elizabeth II and his grandfather King George VI. Charles, who became King following the death of his Elizabeth in September, … Continue reading King Charles leads Remembrance Day service first time as British monarch

Dozens of people protest outside Maricopa County elections center; sheriff highlights security

There was no repeat of the rowdy 2020 protests at the Maricopa County Election Command Center and Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said his deputies made sure of that on Saturday.  About 50 people showed up around noon outside the fence at the elections building near Third Avenue and Lincoln Street, which is north of Buckeye Road.  Some of the protesters wore ballistic vests and … Continue reading Dozens of people protest outside Maricopa County elections center; sheriff highlights security

Democrats maintain control of Senate, defeating many Trump-backed Republicans

Democrats defied historical trends and defeated several candidates backed by former President Donald Trump to keep control of the Senate, providing enormous relief for President Joe Biden. The battle for the House, meanwhile, remains too close to call. The picture in the Senate became clear late Saturday after Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada narrowly defeated Republican Adam Laxalt to win re-election, putting her … Continue reading Democrats maintain control of Senate, defeating many Trump-backed Republicans

Marco Rubio demands GOP Senate leadership vote be postponed after midterm failures

Coming off the heels of a lackluster GOP midterm performance, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Republicans to postpone next week’s Senate leadership vote. Rubio, who cruised to victory in his Florida Senatereelection bid, cautioned that the party needs to reassess its leadership in the upper chamber to ensure its top brass is being a champion for working-class Americans. “The Senate GOP leadership vote next week … Continue reading Marco Rubio demands GOP Senate leadership vote be postponed after midterm failures

Biden touts U.S. climate progress at COP27, unveils new methane plan

President Biden announced a set of small new actions by his administration to address climate change in a speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference on Friday. The new measures include pledging more than $200 million in funding for climate change resilience and adaptation in developing countries, and a new plan to reduce emissions of methane — an especially potent greenhouse gas — from … Continue reading Biden touts U.S. climate progress at COP27, unveils new methane plan