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Among first acts, Biden to call for 100 days of mask-wearing

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden said Thursday that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president, stopping just short of the nationwide mandate he's pushed before to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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Optimism growing for COVID relief bill as pressure builds

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road plan taking shape in the Senate and as top congressional leaders connected on the topic for the first time in months.

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Georgia GOP seeks mail-in ballot changes after Biden’s win

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

ATLANTA — After weathering criticism for certifying President Donald Trump's narrow election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, Republican officials in Georgia are proposing additional requirements for the state's vote-by-mail process, despite no evidence of systemic fraud or irregularities.
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Trump aide banned from Justice after trying to get case info

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

The official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive information about election fraud and other matters she could relay to the White House, three people familiar with the matter tell The Associated Press.
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Biden eyes defeated candidates for key administration roles

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

In politics, there can sometimes be an upside to losing. President-elect Joe Biden is eyeing several Democrats who lost congressional reelection races last month for key positions in his administration. They include outgoing Reps. Abby Finkenauer of Iowa and Donna Shalala of Florida and Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama.
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U.S. jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell as the nation celebrated Thanksgiving last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak.
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Biden, top Democrats swing behind bipartisan virus aid bill

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 2, 2020

 President-elect Joe Biden swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort Wednesday and his top Capitol Hill allies cut their demands for a $2 trillion-plus measure by more than half in hopes of breaking a monthslong logjam and delivering much-sought aid as the tempestuous congressional session speeds to a close.

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