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Biden’s top scientist met twice with Jeffrey Epstein. It’s now complicating his confirmation.
President Joe Biden’s nomination of Eric Lander to be his top science adviser has been delayed in part because of a Democratic senator’s concerns about meetings Lander and his colleagues had with Jeffrey Epstein
Court voids Trump campaign's non-disclosure agreement
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a broad non-disclosure agreement that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign required employees to sign is unenforceable.
How Washington fumbled the future - POLITICO
A decade ago, a surging Silicon Valley giant was making plans to dominate the internet. Given a chance to stop it, regulators chosen by Barack Obama misread the evidence in front of their eyes.
MAGA voters discovered a new home online. But it isn't what it seems. - POLITICO
The fast-growing social network SafeChat has a "Star Wars" barlike atmosphere in which white nationalists mingle with Chinese dissidents. And there's plenty of conspiracy theories, too.
After Trump’s loss and false fraud claims, GOP eyes voter restrictions across nation
Trump rhetoric is turning into policies that are moving through GOP-dominated state legislatures: a rollback of voting access.
Prosecutors seek a slowdown in Capitol attack cases, calling probe the ‘most complex’ in history
U.S. attorneys cited the rapidly growing roster of defendants and the enormous cache of evidence they must sift through.
Judge orders pretrial release of key Oath Keeper charged in Capitol attack - POLITICO
The decision is the latest blow for the Justice Department as it seeks to show that some elements of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol were part of sophisticated and organized cells intent on violently blocking the transition of power between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
Biden starts staffing a commission on Supreme Court reform
The Biden administration is moving forward with the creation of a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.
State Republicans push new voting restrictions after Trump’s loss
Georgia will be the focal point of the GOP push to change state election laws
Biden to keep Wray on as FBI director - POLITICO
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she caused an "unintentional ripple" when she was noncommittal on Wednesday about keeping Wray in the job.
Poll: 66 percent approve of Biden’s handling of transition
The president-elect’s personal favorability rating has improved by 7 percentage points since October.
FBI investigating whether woman stole laptop from Pelosi's office to sell it to Russia - POLITICO
The Pennsylvania woman was seen in footage near Pelosi's office Jan. 6.
Democrats ready immigration push for Biden’s early days - POLITICO
Biden's got a plan. And it's a bold one, immigration advocates say.
Pelosi says any lawmaker who helped insurrectionists could face criminal prosecution - POLITICO
The speaker also wouldn't comment on when she would transmit the article of impeachment to the Senate.
Dems demand details of ‘suspicious’ Capitol visitors day before attack - POLITICO
Mikie Sherrill first raised alarms that some members of Congress may have provided "reconnaissance" tours to would-be insurrectionists.
‘Inside job’: House Dems ask if Capitol rioters had hidden help - POLITICO
On a 3.5-hour caucus call, lawmakers criticized Capitol Police tactics and vowed to investigate what went wrong.
Army head says Nat. Guard may be allowed to carry guns in D.C. - POLITICO
The review reflects concerns about the safety of the Guard troops in the wake of the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Coons calls on Cruz and Hawley to resign - POLITICO
The Delaware Democrat said the two Republican senators who mounted challenges to Biden's victory should step down in the aftermath of the deadly riots in D.C.
Here are the senators challenging Biden’s Electoral College win
A growing GOP faction is aligning with Trump’s last gasp attempt to subvert the election.
Why Warnock talks puppies instead of race
Depending on the attack ad, the Rev. Raphael Warnock is an anti-white opponent of cops and the military, an obstructer of child-abuse investigations or a phony denounced by his ex-wife. Warnock’s response on TV has been consistent: he likes policy — and puppies.
Cruz leads group of senators seeking to challenge Electoral College count
Nearly a quarter of Senate Republicans are officially preparing to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win on Jan. 6
Pence declined to back Gohmert-led effort to upend election, lawyers indicate - POLITICO
Rep. Louie Gohmert is pressing to throw out long-established procedures so that the president will win another term.
Democrats shatter fundraising records ahead of Georgia Senate runoffs
The four candidates combined to raise more than $340 million.
Pollsters disappear in Georgia with Senate on the line
The public polls that drove so much news about the November election are mostly sidelined in Georgia after some high-profile misses.
Democrats cry alarm over proposal to split up NSA, Cyber Command amid hacking crisis - POLITICO
Senior Defense Department leaders are reviewing a plan to separate the two agencies, a move lawmakers and DoD had contemplated for years.
Nuclear weapons agency breached amid massive cyber onslaught
Hackers accessed systems at the National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.
Google, Facebook made secret deal to divvy up market, Texas alleges - POLITICO
Lawsuit says the companies agreed in secret in 2018 to carve up the advertising market between them.
States close to filing new Google antitrust suit
The bipartisan case, led by the attorneys general of Colorado and Nebraska, could be filed as soon as Thursday.
Biden to tap Denis McDonough for Veterans Affairs - POLITICO
McDonough served as former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff from 2013 until 2017.
Opinion | How Trump’s Judges Got in the Way of Trump
Nothing underlines the merits of Trump judicial selections quite like their willingness to deny him and his allies, as warranted.
Biden to name Hill staffer Katherine Tai for top trade job - POLITICO
Democratic trade leaders in Congress coalesced around Tai soon after the election, regarding her as a skilled negotiator with appeal to moderates and progressives alike.
Trump backs new stimulus checks amid Hawley push - POLITICO
“I’d be surprised if he didn’t support $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for couples,” the Missouri Republican says.
Pelosi eyes combining Covid aid with mammoth spending deal - POLITICO
She said Mitch McConnell also agrees on pairing the two together.
Trump’s conspiracies have MAGA world talking Georgia boycott
It's hard to tell if the online chatter reflects wider voter sentiment, but some Republicans have expressed concern.
Georgia Dems will knock on doors with Senate at stake - POLITICO
Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are adding extra Covid precautions to send canvassers to voters' doors ahead of the Jan. 5 runoffs.
Biden is bringing back the daily briefing. Here's who is likely to be at the podium. - POLITICO
Kate Bedingfield and Symone Sanders are in line for major communications roles in the new administration.
Meet the contenders for Biden’s Cabinet - POLITICO
The president-elect is expected to nominate a mix of progressives, moderates and even a few Republicans as he seeks to satisfy a broad coalition.
Dems and GOP gear up for overtime in Georgia with Senate on the line - POLITICO
Both parties are getting ready to dump millions into the two Senate runoffs.
Uber CEO sees California ballot initiative as a model for other states
Khosrowshahi emphasized in an investor call that the outcome will likely reverberate beyond Uber’s home state of California.
MAGA scrambles to repair the Hunter Biden narrative - POLITICO
Instead of publishing the more salacious allegations, conservative media has been more focused on covering alleged suppression of the story.
Gig companies break $200M barrier in California ballot fight
California officially has its first $200 million ballot campaign, courtesy of the homegrown tech industry.