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Trump expected to grant up to 100 clemency actions Tuesday

  • News source: Politics - CBSNews.com
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President Trump is expected to issue up to 100 pardons and commutations on Tuesday, a senior administration official and a senior White House official tell CBS News. Tuesday marks Mr. Trump's final full day in office.

Neither source disclosed any of the recipients, although the president isn't currently expected to attempt to pardon himself, one source said. CNN first reported the expectation of up to 100 acts of clemency this week.

The White House has invited guests to an 8 a.m. Wednesday sendoff ceremony for the president at Joint Base Andrews...
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Biden taps Warren ally for key financial regulation role

  • News source: Politics - CBSNews.com
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President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Rohit Chopra to be the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to helm the agency whose creation she championed. The pick comes as Democrats eye ways to provide student loan relief to millions of Americans as part of a COVID-19 relief package.

Chopra, now a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, helped launch the consumer agency after the 2008-09 financial crisis and served as deputy director, where he sounded the alarm about skyrocketing...
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Questions surround vaccine timeline for detained immigrants

  • News source: Politics - CBSNews.com
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Krystal Chavez, who was a toddler when her father started his prison sentence in the early 1990s, said she was looking forward to hugging him for the first time outside of a detention facility. Martha, her sister, said she was hoping her father could finally meet his grandchildren.

The U.S. citizen sisters did not get those opportunities.

Their father, Cipriano Chavez-Alvarez, 62, had his life sentence for a non-violent drug conviction cut short by a federal judge who ordered his compassionate release from prison last July. U.S. District Court...
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Freshman Republican lawmaker describes her first 100 hours in Congress as 'hell' after riot, impeachment

  • News source: Charles Creitz
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Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., described her first 100 hours on Congress as "hell" Monday, telling "The Story" that the deadly Capitol riot, the fight over the Electoral College vote count and the second impeachment of President Trump represented an unbelievable series of events.

I couldn't imagine being in this situation in my lifetime ... it was heartbreaking and made me really angry," Mace, who unseated Democrat Joe Cunningham in November, told host Martha MacCallum.

"I have spoken out strongly against the president and my own colleagues ... we have a...
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Harry Reid now calls Romney a 'very fine human being' after false 2012 claim he didn't pay taxes

  • News source: Sam Dorman
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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid heaped praise on Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, in a recent podcast, raising questions about the former Senate Democratic leader's suggestion during the 2012 presidential campaign that the latter didn't pay his taxes.

Reid told the Salt Lake Tribune that he and Romney had a "make up" meeting of sorts after Romney lost his presidential bid as the Republican party's nominee.

"I asked my friend of many, many years, Gov. [Mike] Leavitt of Utah who had been head of Health and Human Services, to arrange a meeting with...
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Acting DHS secretary: We want to leave 'no stone unturned' in securing Biden inauguration

  • News source: Joshua Nelson
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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Peter Gaynor told "America Reports" Monday that there is a "heightened sense of alert" surrounding the security preparations for Joe Biden's inauguration amid reports U.S. defense officials are concerned about a potential insider attack from service members brought in to protect the transfer of power.

Washington, D.C. is taking a defensive posture ahead of Inauguration Day. Approximately 25,000 National Guard troops have been sent to the capital. at the behest of the Secret Service.

According to the Associated...
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Sen. Josh Hawley finds new publisher after Simon & Schuster dropped book

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Josh Hawley's forthcoming book will now be published by conservative publishing house Regnery Publishing after it was dropped by Simon & Schuster earlier this month following the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol building.

Regnery will publish Hawley's book, titled "The Tyranny of Big Tech," in the spring, according to a news release from the publisher.

The Missouri senator has fielded a wave of backlash in the days since January 6, when he and other Republicans in Congress raised objections to the counting of...
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Melania Trump releases farewell message: 'It has been the greatest honor of my life'

  • News source: Thomas Barrabi
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Outgoing first lady Melania Trump reflected on her four years in the White House during a farewell address to the American people on Monday.

In a nearly seven-minute-long video message, Trump thanked military service members, law enforcement workers, caregivers and others who have inspired her since she entered the White House in 2017. She highlighted her work, including her leading role in the "Be Best" campaign, which sought to address cyberbullying, opioid abuse and other challenges facing America’s children.

"It has been the greatest honor of...
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Acting secretary of defense says no intel of insider threat to inauguration

  • News source: Lucas Manfredi
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Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said in a statement on Monday that the Department of Defense has not received any intelligence indicating a potential insider threat to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.

However, Miller added that the department is "leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital," noting that all National Guardsmen deployed to Washington, D.C. will be vetted.

"This type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement for significant security events. However, in this case the scope of military...
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Census chief quits early after final round of citizenship controversy

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)The Trump-appointed official overseeing the 2020 census announced his resignation on Monday, nearly a year before his term was scheduled to end.

Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham's announcement comes days after the Trump administration backed off from its final attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from an important count of the nation's population.

The departure saves him from the possibility of being fired by the incoming Biden administration, which has indicated it will not follow the Trump administration's plan to exclude...
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Army Secretary says National Guard's riot response was hampered by archaic system

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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(CNN)Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Monday that the National Guard and law enforcement response to the deadly US Capitol riot was hampered by an archaic system and criticized the current method of defending the nation's capital in a crisis as "overly bureaucratic."

In an interview with CNN, McCarthy called for overhauling the bureaucracy, including the process of ordering in the National Guard, which has happened twice in seven months. He called for the process to call in federal authorities to protect Washington, DC, to be simplified and said...
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Keystone pipeline: Biden 'to cancel it on his first day'

  • News source: BBC News - World
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The president-elect will sign an executive order on his first day in office, media reports say.
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Migrant Caravan: Thousands Move Into Guatemala, Hoping To Reach U.S.

  • News source: Jason Beaubien
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Guatemala security forces are attempting to block thousands of Honduran migrants from heading north towards Mexico and the U.S. border.

On Sunday, police and soldiers in riot gear confronted a caravan of migrants from Honduras on a highway near Chiquimula in southeastern Guatemala. After a tense standoff, in which police fired tear gas and attempted to beat back the migrants with batons, the surging crowd broke through a phalanx of soldiers.

Guillermo Díaz, Guatemala's top immigration official, says that since Friday 7,000-8,000 Hondurans have...
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I Beg Your Garden? Trump Adds 'Hero' Names To Statue Garden Unlikely To Take Root

  • News source: Barbara Sprunt
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What do Walt Disney, Whitney Houston, Dolley Madison and Frederick Douglass have in common? They're part of an extensive list of 244 people that President Trump says he wants to honor as statues in the proposed "National Garden of American Heroes."

With just two days left before he leaves office, though, the venture is highly unlikely to ever be realized by him or President-elect Joe Biden's administration.

Trump released an executive order Monday, building on an earlier executive order he signed in July, touting his plans for the garden.

"The...
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China Says Its Economy, Recovering From The Pandemic, Grew 2.3% Last Year

  • News source: Rachel Treisman
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Just over a year after the world's first coronavirus cases were identified in China, the country's economy has bounced back from the ravages of the pandemic.

China's economy grew by 2.3% last year, according to data published Monday by the country's National Bureau of Statistics. The steady economic recovery was largely expected, and puts China on a track that other countries haven't achieved.

"It's likely that China could be the only major economy that has significant positive economic growth in 2020," Nicholas Lardy, a China specialist at the...
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