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With 98% reporting, Warnock was ahead of Loeffler by 1.2 percentage points, roughly 50,000 votes, according to Edison Research.(REUTERS)

Democrats on the brink of US Senate control

By Agencies | Atlanta, Atlanta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 05:52 AM IST
Democrats must win both contests to take control of the Senate. A Democratic sweep would create a 50-50 split in the Senate and give vice president-elect Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, the tie-breaking vote after she and Biden take office on January 20. The party already has a narrow majority in the US House of Representatives.
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Judge Merrick Garland speaks after then US president Barack Obama, with then vice-president Joe Biden, announced his nomination to the US Supreme Court, on March 16, 2016.(AFP file)
Judge Merrick Garland speaks after then US president Barack Obama, with then vice-president Joe Biden, announced his nomination to the US Supreme Court, on March 16, 2016.(AFP file)

Joe Biden to name Merrick Garland as US attorney general

By HT Correspondent , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:41 PM IST
Garland leads the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and was nominated by former President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court but Republicans, who controlled the Senate at the time, had blocked him.
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Democratic US Senate candidates Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff are on course to victory in the key Georgia runoff elections.(Reuters)
Democratic US Senate candidates Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff are on course to victory in the key Georgia runoff elections.(Reuters)

Dems poised to take Senate as Congress meets to certify Biden win

By Yashwant Raj , Edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:05 PM IST
US Congress will hold a joint session later in the day to grant one final certification to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
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US President-elect Joe Biden reiterated his desire to see Congress pass another Covid-19 relief bill.(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden reiterated his desire to see Congress pass another Covid-19 relief bill.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden celebrates Georgia win, looks to a united government

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:02 PM IST
Democrat Warnock has defeated Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, the Associated Press reported, while Democrat Jon Ossoff appeared headed toward victory over Republican Senator David Perdue.
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The AP VoteCast survey of more than 2,700 verified Georgia voters found that Black voters made up 32% of the electorate — more than the 29% they were in November(AP)
The AP VoteCast survey of more than 2,700 verified Georgia voters found that Black voters made up 32% of the electorate — more than the 29% they were in November(AP)

Democrats close to Senate control fuelled by black voter turnout

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:25 PM IST
Republican turnout didn’t keep up with Democratic enthusiasm, driven largely by coordinated efforts to get Black voters to the polls led by former Georgia lawmaker Stacey Abrams. Of the 115,000 voters who voted in the runoff but skipped the November election, 40% were African-American.
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US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in support of Republican incumbent senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of a Senate runoff in Dalton, Georgia on January 4, 2021.(AFP)
US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in support of Republican incumbent senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of a Senate runoff in Dalton, Georgia on January 4, 2021.(AFP)

Georgia votes to decide who controls Senate

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, DC
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:34 PM IST
Democrats already control the House of Representatives. President-elect Joe Biden will have an easier time pursing his legislative agenda if his party wins these two seats in the state of Georgia
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As Republicans and Democrats battle over who will run Georgia’s economy the best, the state itself is an example of how government intervention in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis has aided its recovery(REUTERS)
As Republicans and Democrats battle over who will run Georgia’s economy the best, the state itself is an example of how government intervention in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis has aided its recovery(REUTERS)

Georgia’s economic might on display in race to control Senate

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:14 PM IST
Georgia’s economy has rebounded, and unemployment has dropped below the national average in the wake of more than $3 trillion in fiscal stimulus and the Federal Reserve cutting rates to near zero. That’s lifted the housing industry, fuelling development in metro Atlanta, as well as auto manufacturing
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Some investors, meanwhile, say the market will embrace any result as long as it creates clarity in the political landscape.(AP (Representative Image))
Some investors, meanwhile, say the market will embrace any result as long as it creates clarity in the political landscape.(AP (Representative Image))

How the Georgia Senate runoffs could affect US stocks

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New York, US
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 12:37 PM IST
A Democratic victory in both races could tip control of the Senate away from Republicans, potentially boosting the agenda of President-elect Joe Biden.
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US President Donald Trump was recorded on call by Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, putting pressure on the state secretary and his legal counsel to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump was recorded on call by Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, putting pressure on the state secretary and his legal counsel to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state.(REUTERS)

‘It’s not social media, it’s Trump Media’: 5 key points from Donald Trump’s phone call

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 07:15 PM IST
Donald Trump told Brad Raffensperger that if he did not act by Tuesday he would be harming the chances of Georgia Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in this week’s runoff elections, which is set to determine whether the Democrats or the Republicans control the Senate.
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The Georgia Senate runoffs are crucial for Biden’s administration since the upper chamber is currently controlled by Republicans.(REUTERS)
The Georgia Senate runoffs are crucial for Biden’s administration since the upper chamber is currently controlled by Republicans.(REUTERS)

Explained: Why are Georgia Senate runoffs extremely crucial for Joe Biden?

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 06:58 PM IST
The US Senate has 46 Democrats, 50 Republicans and two independent Senators - Bernie Sanders and Angus King - who generally vote along the Democratic lines.
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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, wears a protective mask while waving the Speaker's gavel during the first session of the 117th Congress in the House Chamber in Washington, DC.(Bloomberg)
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, wears a protective mask while waving the Speaker's gavel during the first session of the 117th Congress in the House Chamber in Washington, DC.(Bloomberg)

Nancy Pelosi re-elected as US House speaker amid political uncertainty

By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:49 AM IST
The House voted 216-209 to reinstate Pelosi, after Democrats lost 11 seats in the November elections to command a narrower 222-212 majority.
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On Saturday, the GOP senators called on the US Congress in a joint statement, to appoint an Electoral Commission to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in disputed states.(AP)
On Saturday, the GOP senators called on the US Congress in a joint statement, to appoint an Electoral Commission to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in disputed states.(AP)

Senate Democrats slam Republicans for opposing Electoral College results

By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:34 AM IST
A number of Democrats said that the group was undermining the electoral process by voting against the results, which confirmed the victory of President-elect Joe Biden over incumbent President Donald Trump.
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People wait in line on the first day of advance voting for Georgia's Senate runoff election at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga.(AP file photo)
People wait in line on the first day of advance voting for Georgia's Senate runoff election at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga.(AP file photo)

‘It’s just unprecedented’: Senate hinges on Georgia runoff chaos

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 05:08 PM IST
Amid President Donald Trump’s incessant attacks on Georgia’s election integrity, four people are seeking two seats that will determine which party controls the Senate.
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally for Georgia Democratic candidates for US Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Atlanta.(AP)
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally for Georgia Democratic candidates for US Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Atlanta.(AP)

In Georgia, Joe Biden’s presidency meets early defining moment

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Atlanta
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:34 PM IST
Two runoffs Tuesday in Georgia will decide which party controls the Senate and, thus, how far the new president can reach legislatively on issues such as the pandemic, health care, taxation, energy and the environment.
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The days ahead are expected to do little to change the outcome. Biden is set to be inaugurated January 20 after winning the Electoral College vote 306-232. But the effort to subvert the will of voters is forcing Republicans to make choices that will set the contours of the post-Trump era and an evolving GOP.(AP)
The days ahead are expected to do little to change the outcome. Biden is set to be inaugurated January 20 after winning the Electoral College vote 306-232. But the effort to subvert the will of voters is forcing Republicans to make choices that will set the contours of the post-Trump era and an evolving GOP.(AP)

GOP torn over Trump’s Electoral College challenge of Biden

By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 08:17 AM IST
The president has pushed Republican senators to pursue his unfounded charges even though the Electoral College has already cemented Biden’s victory and all that’s left is Congress’ formal recognition of the count before the new president is sworn in.
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The US capitol is seen in Washington.(AP)
The US capitol is seen in Washington.(AP)

Shutdown, impeachment, virus: Chaotic US Congress winds down

By Associated Press| Posted by Mallika Soni | Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 05:00 AM IST
As the Senate grinds through the New Year’s holiday, the one-two rebuke of Trump’s demands punctuates the president’s final days and deepen the divide between the Republican Party’s new wing of Trump-styled populists and what had been mainstay conservative views.
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US President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, departs from the White House for holiday travel to his home in Florida, in Washington, on December 23.(Reuters)
US President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, departs from the White House for holiday travel to his home in Florida, in Washington, on December 23.(Reuters)

14 million Americans are without jobless benefits as Trump refuses to budge on bill

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 11:02 PM IST
Congressional leaders have signalled they will try one more time Monday to put together a package for the president to sign.
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The real measure of what US President Donald Trump has been able to do will be revealed in countless court decisions in the years to come on abortion, guns, religious rights and a host of other culture wars issues.(AP)
The real measure of what US President Donald Trump has been able to do will be revealed in countless court decisions in the years to come on abortion, guns, religious rights and a host of other culture wars issues.(AP)

Donald Trump made lasting impact on federal courts

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 01:32 PM IST
Beyond the Supreme Court, 30 percent of the judges on the nation’s court of appeals, where all but a handful of cases reach their end, were appointed by Trump.
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On Christmas Day, Trump spent most of the day golfing, with close ally and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, according to a source familiar with his activities. In a tweet, he said he has had many telephone calls and meetings at his golf club and urged lawmakers to give people more money.(AP)
On Christmas Day, Trump spent most of the day golfing, with close ally and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, according to a source familiar with his activities. In a tweet, he said he has had many telephone calls and meetings at his golf club and urged lawmakers to give people more money.(AP)

Politics blunts Christmas as US government shutdown nears, virus aid unsure

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Palm Beach, Florida
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 10:13 AM IST
Trump stunned members of both parties when he unexpectedly announced this week his dislike of the spending bill, which had taken members of Congress months to negotiate. The bill provides $892 billion in coronavirus relief, and $1.4 trillion in regular government appropriations.
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Roughly 75,000 people in Georgia have also registered to vote ahead of the runoff, with less than half of those self-identifying as white.(REUTERS)
Roughly 75,000 people in Georgia have also registered to vote ahead of the runoff, with less than half of those self-identifying as white.(REUTERS)

Democrats face a turnout test in Georgia’s Senate runoffs

By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Atlanta
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 11:05 AM IST
For Democrats to win control of the Senate, Georgia’s Black communities, as well as the state’s smaller Hispanic and Asian communities, likely need to vote in the January 5 runoff election by history-making margins.
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Congressional leaders plan to attach the coronavirus aid package to a $1.4 trillion spending bill funding government programs through September 2021.(AP)
Congressional leaders plan to attach the coronavirus aid package to a $1.4 trillion spending bill funding government programs through September 2021.(AP)

US Congress poised to vote on $900 bn Covid aid package after Fed compromise

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:27 PM IST
US President Donald Trump, whose administration has largely left negotiations up to congressional leaders, complained early on Sunday morning that a deal had not been reached.
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FILE PHOTO: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an international conference on the future of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, organized by Pakistan and the UN Refugee Agency in Islamabad, Pakistan February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Saiyna Bashir/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an international conference on the future of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, organized by Pakistan and the UN Refugee Agency in Islamabad, Pakistan February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Saiyna Bashir/File Photo

Imran Khan government pushes for early Senate polls to weaken Opposition

By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral | Islamabad
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:54 AM IST
Elections will take place in February instead of March 2021, reported Dawn. The decision, the newspaper said, was taken on Tuesday during a meeting of the federal Cabinet chaired by PM Khan.
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The path forward for their proposals — and for Covid-19 aid more generally — remains unclear, though Cornyn said the bipartisan plan has lots of “good stuff” for any year end agreement.(AP)
The path forward for their proposals — and for Covid-19 aid more generally — remains unclear, though Cornyn said the bipartisan plan has lots of “good stuff” for any year end agreement.(AP)

Democrats squeezed as Covid-19 relief bill talks continue

By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 05:49 PM IST
Pelosi has insisted for months that state and local aid would be in any final bill, but as time is running out, Democrats appear unwilling to hold the rest of the package hostage over the demand.
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US President-elect Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 8.(Reuters)
US President-elect Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 8.(Reuters)

Supreme Court dismisses GOP lawsuit; Biden names Austin as defence secretary

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 12:29 PM IST
Austin will become the first Black person to lead the Pentagon if he is confirmed by Senate. Announcing the nomination, Biden said Austin had shown “exemplary leadership, character, and command”.
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Fifteen US states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use of marijuana, and over 30 states allow some form of the drug for medicinal purposes.(AP)
Fifteen US states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use of marijuana, and over 30 states allow some form of the drug for medicinal purposes.(AP)

US House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2020 01:05 AM IST
It was the first time either chamber of Congress has voted to end the federal ban on marijuana since the drug was listed as a “controlled substance” in 1970.
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The two bills will now go through a reconciliation process to iron out the differences in the House and Senate versions, and a combined legislation must pass both chambers again before being sent to the White House for the president’s signature and enactment.(AP file)
The two bills will now go through a reconciliation process to iron out the differences in the House and Senate versions, and a combined legislation must pass both chambers again before being sent to the White House for the president’s signature and enactment.(AP file)

US Senate passes bill to raise country cap on Green Cards, Indians may benefit

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 11:25 PM IST
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act was passed on Wednesday by unanimous consent. The House of Representatives had passed its own version of the legislation in 2019.
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Biden spoke in Delaware to announce his proposed economic team for his incoming administration.(REUTERS)
Biden spoke in Delaware to announce his proposed economic team for his incoming administration.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden urges Congress to pass ‘robust package’ to deal with economic crisis

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 01:42 AM IST
Biden said his transition team is working on his own proposed legislation for the incoming Congress to address both the economic recovery and the coronavirus pandemic.
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President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name members of his cabinet around Thanksgiving next week, and Vivek Murthy, another Indian American, is among leading contenders for secretary of health and human services.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name members of his cabinet around Thanksgiving next week, and Vivek Murthy, another Indian American, is among leading contenders for secretary of health and human services.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Trump’s attempts to overturn poll outcome fail, Joe Biden forges ahead

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 12:03 AM IST
The Trump administration has refused to cooperate with the incoming Biden team, which has had to resort to workarounds to prepare itself to take charge on January 20. Biden met a bipartisan group of governors to discuss Covid-19, which he has said will be a top priority for his administration.
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The term of the last Panjab University senate expired on October 31.(HT Photo)
The term of the last Panjab University senate expired on October 31.(HT Photo)

HT Chandigarh Our Take: Can Panjab University function without a senate?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2020 11:59 PM IST
With the Covid-19 pandemic hitting education systems especially hard, PU authorities will find it tough to take key decisions on restarting classes and hostels without the senate
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A file photo US defence secretary Mark Esper with US President Donald Trump.(AFP)
A file photo US defence secretary Mark Esper with US President Donald Trump.(AFP)

Trump fires US defence secretary Mark Esper

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 09:25 AM IST
Esper was Trump’s second defence secretary. The first, James Mattis, had resigned over policy differences with the president about troops in Syria.
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