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Son of Martin Luther King Jr. endorses New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang
Son of Martin Luther King Jr. endorses New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang
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Martin Luther King III shared his endorsement in a video message posted online by Yang, a former Democratic presidential contender and New York City-based businessman.

One of Yang's most prominent policies is the call for a guaranteed income, a policy that King Jr. advocated for in his book from 1967.

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Kamala Harris to resign as senator on Monday
Kamala Harris to resign as senator on Monday
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Harris plans to leave her post as senator on Monday, two days before she is to be sworn in as the new vice president in Washington. That was announced by staff in her office. She is to be succeeded in office by California Democrat Alex Padilla.

Padilla will be California's first senator with Latino roots. He will take Harris' post for the remaining two years

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U.S. House Democrats to kick off impeachment on Monday

The US Democrats want to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump as early as Monday. The leader of the House of Representatives, Pelosi, had previously called for Trump to be prosecuted.

After the storm on the Capitol, the Democratic Party in the USA wants to set the course for impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump on Monday. This could theoretically remove Trump from power before he hands over the office to his successor Joe Biden on 20 January anyway. Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu said his party would initiate the process at the beginning of the week.

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Biden announces DOJ nominees; nominates Merrick Garland as Attorney General
Biden announces DOJ nominees; nominates Merrick Garland as Attorney General
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President-elect Joe Biden has announced his nominees for the Department of Justice on Thursday. He has nominated Merrick Garland – the jurist once nominated for the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama whose appointment the Republicans prevented by bending the Constitution – as his pick for attorney general.

Biden also nominated:

  • Obama administration homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general
  • Former Justice Department civil rights chief Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general
  • Kristen Clarke as assistant attorney general for civil rights
  • Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor Secretary
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Nancy Pelosi calls for Trump to be removed from office or impeached

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, has called in a press conference for Vice President Mike Pence to remove the US President Donald Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. If this does not happen, Pelosi says, the Democrats are prepared to move forward with impeachment.

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Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock win Georgia runoff election; Democrats flip the Senate
Raphael Warnock
Raphael Warnock Credit: Raphael Warnock (Public Domain)

The Democratic Party of US President-elect Joe Biden has won control of the Senate - and of Congress overall - with two victories in the state of Georgia. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue respectively.

"It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate," Ossoff said earlier Wednesday.

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Bernie Sanders threatening a filibuster unless the Senate holds a vote on $2,000 Stimulus checks
Bernie Sanders threatening a filibuster unless the Senate holds a vote on $2,000 Stimulus checks
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Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont is attempting a maneuver to force Mitch McConnell (Senate Majority Leader) to allow the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday to a vote on the senate floor. The bill passed by the house would increase the stimulus check being distributed in the U.S. from $600 to $2,000. This is the target amount that both the Democratic Party and the President, Donald Trump, have both publicly announced support for.

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House GOP blocks Democrats’ effort to advance $2,000 stimulus checks Trump demanded earlier this week

On Thursday House Republicans blocked a bill put forward by Democrats that would have resulted in $2,000 stimulus checks for individuals as part of a Covid-19 financial aid package. President Trump had demanded to increase the proposed $600 stimulus checks to $2000 earlier this week but the GOP has rejected the move.

"On Monday, I will bring the House back to session where we will hold a recorded vote on our stand-alone bill to increase economic impact payments to $2,000. To vote against this bill is to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny them the relief they need," Pelosi said in a statement.

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Republicans and Democrats in US Congress have agreed to nearly $900 billion in financial aid
Republicans and Democrats in US Congress have agreed to nearly $900 billion in financial aid
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Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress have agreed on a gigantic new aid package to ease the impact of the Corona pandemic.

The measures include sending checks for $600 each to family members in households hit particularly hard by the crisis, opposition Democratic parliamentary leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced. The new package also includes aid for the unemployed of $300 per week each, according to opposition leaders. In the spring, this special aid had been $600 a week. 25 billion dollars are intended according to Pelosi and Schumer for the housing sector. This is intended to prevent financially distressed tenants from having to move out. There is also to be aid of almost a hundred billion dollars for schools and daycare centers.

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Pete Buttigieg announced as Joe Biden's pick for transportation secretary
Pete Buttigieg announced as Joe Biden's pick for transportation secretary
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President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to lead the Department of Transportation. If Buttigieg's nomination makes it through chambers, he would be the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary.

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Arizona, Wisconsin certified Biden's victories on Monday
Arizona, Wisconsin certified Biden's victories on Monday
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Arizona and Wisconsin certified President-elect Joe Biden's narrow victory on Monday. The two states are the latest to reject President Donald Trump's bid to stop states certifying their results, alleging widespread voter fraud without evidence.

"There’s no basis at all for any assertion that there was widespread fraud that would have affected the results," so Josh Kaul, Wisconsin’s Democratic attorney general.

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US Democrat Pelosi secures nomination for house speaker
US Democrat Pelosi secures nomination for house speaker
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At the beginning of January - shortly before the swearing-in of newly elected President Joe Biden, who is also a Democrat the United States House of Representatives will hold a vote for the Speaker of the House of Representatives. US Democrat Nancy Pelosi has now secured her caucus’ nomination to lead the House for a fourth term.

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Biden picks Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff
Ron Klain (left)
Ron Klain (left) Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

President-elect Joe Biden has named Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic operative, a lawyer and a decades-long confidant, as his White House chief of staff. Klain has served as a top aide to Biden since the 1980s, was a senior White House aide to Barack Obama and also VP Al Gore's chief of staff.

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Biden speaks from Delaware, says "I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners"
Biden speaks from Delaware, says "I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners"
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is speaking from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware where he also accepted the Democratic nomination in August. According to new reports, Biden has won Michigan.

"More Americans voted this election than ever before in American history. Over 150 million people cast their votes. I think that is just extraordinary. And if we had any doubts, we shouldn't have any longer about a government of, by and for the people. It is very much alive, very much alive in America," so Biden. "Now after a long night of counting, it's clear that we are winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. I'm not here to declare that we have won, but I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners."

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins second term
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins second term
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been re-elected to the congress of the United States. With all districts reporting she won by around 37 percent over her Republican challenger John Cummings, a former New York Police Department officer.

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Michelle Obama tweets support for Joe Biden, urges Americans to vote
Michelle Obama tweets support for Joe Biden, urges Americans to vote
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Former first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday urged Americans to vote on Twitter, writing "It’s time to vote, everybody! Polls are now open in many states. What time are you voting? Who are you bringing with you? #ElectionDay."

An hour earlier, Obama again voiced her support for Democratic nominee Joe Biden: "I know Joe. He has lived his life guided by values and principles that mirror ones that most Americans can recognize. He understands the struggles of everyday folks. Vote today for the future you want to see for our country. Vote for @JoeBiden."

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Final presidential debate: Biden criticises Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump blames China
Video still of Thursday's finale presidential debate
Video still of Thursday's finale presidential debate Credit: C-SPAN, Video Screenshot via YouTube

During the final presidential debate on Thursday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden criticises President Donald Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, alleging there was a "dark winter" ahead and Trump had "no clear plan."

"I don’t think we’re going to have a dark winter at all — we’re opening up our country," Trump responded. "We're learning to live with it. We have no choice. We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does."

"He says ‘we're learning to live with it.’ People are learning to die with it," Biden countered. "Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America."

Even though the president, for the first time, said he took full responsibility for the impact of the virus, he quickly blamed China, saying "It’s not my fault that it came here — it’s China’s fault."

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Final presidential debate: Candidates discuss New York, economy, foreign interference in US elections and health care
Video still of Thursday's finale presidential debate
Video still of Thursday's finale presidential debate Credit: C-SPAN, Video Screenshot via YouTube

During Thursday's final presidential debate, moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump were asked questions regarding the current state of the US economy, the effect of Covid-19 on New York, foreign interference in US elections and health care. The candidates’ microphones were muted at times while the other was speaking.

Biden insisted that "people deserve to have affordable health care" which would be provided by Bidencare. Trump has said again he would replace Obamacare but didn't give any further information.-

Trump stated he knew all about foreign interference in US elections but alleged it was a ploy to undermine his candidacy. Biden promised that "they will pay a price if I’m elected" as they were interfering with American sovereignty, referring to China, Russia and Iran.

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Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
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Barack Obama condemned President Donald Trump in a speech on Wednesday at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden as "the next 13 days will matter for decades to come."

"Philadelphia, we got 13 days — 13 days until the most important election of our lifetimes. And you don't have to wait for Nov. 3 to cast your ballot," Obama said.

"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself," he added. "Here's the truth. I want to be honest here. This pandemic would have been challenging for any president. But this idea that somehow this White House has done anything but completely screw this up is just not true."

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USA Today endorses Joe Biden, the newspaper's first presidential endorsement
USA Today endorses Joe Biden, the newspaper's first presidential endorsement
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The editorial board of American newspaper USA Today has published its first presidential endorsement in its history, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

"In 2016, we broke tradition in urging you not to vote for Trump. Now we're making our first presidential endorsement. We hope it's our last," so the Editorial Board. "We urged readers not to vote for Donald Trump, calling the Republican nominee unfit for office because he lacked the “temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.” We stopped short, however, of an outright endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. This year, the Editorial Board unanimously supports the election of Joe Biden, who offers a shaken nation a harbor of calm and competence."