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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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Jobless aid, direct checks in play as U.S. Senate nears vote on COVID-19 aid bill
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote as early as Wednesday on whether to move forward on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, an action that would set up a final Senate vote on passage for later this week.

Official: Democrats OK tightened income limits for relief
Biden's Interior secretary pick Haaland secures Republican support
Facebook took down fake Iranian, Russian networks stoking political division around the globe
Capitol Police officials say intel on possible March 4 plot being taken 'seriously'
Pentagon: US contractor dies in rocket attack at Iraq base
108 illegal immigrants released into U.S. by Border Patrol test positive for coronavirus: officials
Biden strikes stimulus deal with Senate Democrats
Pence pushes false election fraud claims in denouncing Democratic reform bill
Watch live: Cuomo to make announcement during COVID-19 press briefing
House Democrats push to pass election reforms as GOP moves to change voting laws
Stimulus checks to phase out after $80,000 of income, according to deal
Rep. Crenshaw slams Biden's border policy: 'Prioritizing illegal immigrants over US citizens’
Biden, Senate Democrats agree to limit eligibility for $1,400 checks
Georgia Takes Center Stage in Battle Over Voting Rights - NY Times
DOD Took Hours To Approve National Guard Request During Capitol Riot, Commander Says
General details hours long delay in getting Guard to Capitol
HHS nominee Becerra vote in Senate Finance Committee ends in a tie
Rep. Ronny Jackson made sexual comments, drank alcohol and took Ambien while working as White House physician, Pentagon watchdog finds
Bipartisan senators introduce bill to strip Biden of war powers
Pence attacks Democratic voting bill, 2020 election integrity in op-ed
People more concerned about violence in cities than Capitol riot: Poll
Cuomo's liberal media backers delete tweets, backtrack as scandal grows
READ The Department of Defense inspector general's report on the conduct of Rep. Ronny Jackson
Democrats reissue subpoena to Trump's accounting firm for financial records...

Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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White House pulls nomination of embattled budget chief pick Neera Tanden

"I look forward to having her serve in a role in my Administration," Biden said, signaling that he'll find a job for her that doesn't need Senate approval.

Updated 7:31 PM CST

Tensions bubble in House GOP over proxy voting hypocrisy
Biden urges Senate Dems to rally behind $1.9T virus bill
Justices seek middle ground in voting-rights fight
White House to withdraw Tanden nomination to head budget office: White House official
FBI director says Capitol assault 'domestic terrorism,' no evidence of antifa
Poisoning nearly killed Alexei Navalny. Now, Biden is sanctioning Putin allies in Russia
House fight for Trump's financial records poised to stretch into the summer
Clyburn says Senate filibuster denies civil rights: 'People of color will not be quiet on this issue'
Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen wields podcast in fight against former president
NY lawmakers agree to strip Cuomo of pandemic-related emergency powers
Pentagon concerned by U.N. report indicating possible North Korea nuclear reprocessing
Biden's SEC pick calls out apps that treat stock trading like gaming
FBI chasing 2,000 domestic terror cases; antifa aren't among Capitol suspects, Wray says
Alex Jones seen on leaked video saying he's 'sick' of Donald Trump
Biden administration argues migrant surge is a 'challenge,' not a 'crisis'
FBI director: Crossfire Hurricane disciplinary action delayed at John Durham's request
Supreme Court wrestles with voting rights and race discrimination
Biden nominee for top economist post, Rouse, heads for U.S. Senate confirmation
Majority of New York voters say Cuomo should not be reelected: poll
Antifa Didn't Storm The Capitol. Just Ask The Rioters.
Psaki pressed on whether Biden admin taking credit for Trump accomplishments on vaccine...

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Lawmakers introduce bill to repeal Biden's war powers following Syria strike

  • News source: Caitlin McFall
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A bipartisan group of senators Wednesday called for the repeal of presidential war powers granted by Congress in 1991 and 2002, which would revoke authorization for military force in the Middle East, as tensions rise between the U.S. and Iran.

Senators Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Todd Young, R-Ind., introduced legislation that would formally end congressional authorizations established during the Gulf and Iraq wars, to reaffirm Congress’ role in entering and ending wars.

The move comes after lawmakers were frustrated by President Biden’s unilateral call...
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20 state AGs denounce Democrats' HR 1 as unconstitutional

  • News source: FOX News
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Twenty Republican state attorneys general signed a letter denouncing the House Democrats’ controversial election reform bill as unconstitutional for a slew of reasons just hours before the measure was expected to be voted on.

The letter — led by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita — tore into H.R. 1, the "For the People Act," a massive election reform bill and a leading priority for House Democrats this Congress.

"This monstrosity of a bill betrays the Constitution, dangerously federalizes state elections, and undermines the integrity of the...
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Kissinger says Trump, Nixon foreign policies similar, warns Biden on Iran

  • News source: Eric Shawn
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Dr. Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state for both Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, likened President Donald Trump's Middle East diplomatic achievements to Nixon's opening of China in 1972. He also warned that the U.S. should continue the tough Trump policy on Iran.

"I think that one of the great successes of the previous administration was that they had lined up, that they had achieved, two things in the Middle East. One, to separate the Palestinian problem from all of the other problems so that it did not become a veto over...
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Cotton, Greene accuse Biden of prompting ‘superspreader’ after migrants released into US test positive

  • News source: Morgan Phillips
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Republicans Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., accused President Biden of causing a "superspreader" event after 108 migrants who were released by Border Patrol into the U.S. tested positive for Covid-19 since January.

"President Biden's border crisis is a superspreader event," Cotton wrote on Twitter of the event.

"@JoeBiden is treating America just like @andrewcuomo treated nursing homes," Greene wrote on Twitter. "#ImpeachBiden," she added, a proposition she has been calling for since the new president assumed...
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Swift backlash after Texas governor drops COVID restrictions

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Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement that Texas would end its statewide mask mandate and allow businesses to reopen at full capacity was met with a rebuke.
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Covid: Biden condemns ‘Neanderthal thinking’ behind lifting of mask rules

  • News source: BBC News - World
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The US president criticises the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Texas and Mississippi.
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Why are QAnon believers obsessed with 4 March?

  • News source: BBC News - World
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Believers are using an old, irrelevant law to herald the supposed return to power of Donald Trump.
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'After the first cancellation it didn't go back to normal'

  • News source: BBC News - World
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The so-called sharing economy has been greatly affected by the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
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Church Leaders Say Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Should Be Avoided, If Possible

  • News source: Tom Gjelten
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The new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may offer the best prospect for protecting as many Americans as possible, as quickly as possible, but some U.S. faith leaders say they have moral concerns about its development.

Unlike the Pfizer or Moderna variants, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was produced in part through the use of cell lines derived from an aborted human fetus. In a statement released this week, leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that feature of the vaccine raises questions about its permissibility.

"If one has...
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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse accuses FBI of withholding information from Democrats

  • News source: Politics - CBSNews.com
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FBI Director Christopher Wray committed to greater transparency following intense questioning from Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island during a Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. Senator Whitehouse joins "Red and Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano with more on how Congress can hold the bureau accountable. He also discusses intelligence failures leading up to the Capitol riot, and weighs in on how the U.S. can shift toward renewable energy while taking care of workers.
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Schumer announces all-female Senate sergeant-at-arms team following US Capitol riot

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday announced an all-female Senate sergeant-at-arms leadership team, after the previous sergeant-at-arms resigned as part of the fallout from the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Karen Gibson will serve as the new Senate sergeant-at-arms, Schumer announced. A retired lieutenant general, Gibson most recently took part in a six-week effort examining security at the US Capitol after January 6 and previously worked in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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Fact check: Pence echoes Trump's Big Lie in dishonest op-ed on election rules

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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Washington (CNN)In an opinion article published on Wednesday, former Vice President Mike Pence did something he used to do in office: echo a lie from former President Donald Trump in a slightly more sophisticated way.

Pence's op-ed, published on the Daily Signal website run by the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, was mostly filled with attacks on a Democratic elections reform bill known as HR 1.

But Pence also made claims about what happened in the 2020 election. Most notably, he began the article by claiming that the election...
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Texas Gov. Abbott faces backlash after lifting coronavirus restrictions

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing a torrent of criticism over his surprise decision to roll back his state's mask mandate and business restrictions -- moves that strategists and activists in both parties said are aimed at appeasing an impatient Republican base ahead of his 2022 reelection bid and with an eye on the 2024 presidential race.

The two-term Texas governor announced Tuesday in Lubbock, in an event at a Mexican restaurant surrounded by supporters where he took no questions, that he was dropping his orders aimed at slowing the spread of...
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'Now Is Not The Time To Stop Wearing A Mask,' Says CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

  • News source: Jason Breslow
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The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voiced concern on Wednesday about the recent climb in the number of new cases of the coronavirus, warning that pandemic fatigue and the loosening of restrictions may be setting the stage for yet another surge this spring.

In an interview with NPR's All Things Considered, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the next few weeks could prove pivotal in determining whether nearly one year into the pandemic, the United States will finally be able to find its way out of the crisis. But she said the...
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Andrew Cuomo's actions show failure to exercise 'the necessary self-control', Democrat lawmaker says

  • News source: Joshua Nelson
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign due to his inability to understand the "need for self-restraint", New York Democratic Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti told "America Reports" on Wednesday.

Abinanti reacted to Cuomo apologizing for his past behavior following allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by three women. The governor told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that he is "embarrassed" by his actions and will cooperate with the New York attorney general's investigation of his conduct.

During a briefing that first...
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