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Shortly before midnight, the Senate began to take up a variety of amendments in rapid-fire fashion.(AP)

Senate works through night with virus aid on path to passage

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 06:44 PM IST
The bill then would return to the House, which was expected to give it final congressional approval and send it to Biden to sign.
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The relief legislation, aimed at battling the killer virus and nursing the staggered economy back to health, will provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans.(Bloomberg)
The relief legislation, aimed at battling the killer virus and nursing the staggered economy back to health, will provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans.(Bloomberg)

Democrats split on jobless benefits slows Covid relief bill in Senate

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 06:15 AM IST
Work on the Senate floor ceased for over eight hours as Democrats sought a way to salvage their unemployment provision.
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Tanden, 50, head of the left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, has ties to Hillary Clinton and would be the first South Asian woman to lead the Office of Management and Budget.(REUTERS)
Tanden, 50, head of the left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, has ties to Hillary Clinton and would be the first South Asian woman to lead the Office of Management and Budget.(REUTERS)

Biden to put Tanden in another post should her nomination fail

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:43 AM IST
Klain said the White House is “fighting our guts out to get her confirmed” and hoping one Republican would offer support after West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin said he would vote against her.
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The unexpectedly sharp increases in Markit’s indexes continue a pattern of choppy US economic data this week - including weekly jobless claims - that paint a picture of a fitful recovery from the Covid-19 recession.(AP Photo)
The unexpectedly sharp increases in Markit’s indexes continue a pattern of choppy US economic data this week - including weekly jobless claims - that paint a picture of a fitful recovery from the Covid-19 recession.(AP Photo)

US Senate passes budget plan to advance Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid aid package

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 04:46 PM IST
It marked the first time Harris, in her role as president of the Senate, cast a tie-breaking vote after being sworn in as Biden's vice president on Jan. 20.
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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)
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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Campaign ads for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are seen on a wall near the John Lewis mural the day after the US Senate runoff elections in Atlanta, Georgia, US.(REUTERS)
Campaign ads for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are seen on a wall near the John Lewis mural the day after the US Senate runoff elections in Atlanta, Georgia, US.(REUTERS)

Explainer: How Democrats won Georgia’s two Senate runoffs

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 03:33 AM IST
The two victories will give Democrats control of the Senate for the next two years.
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Democrat Raphael Warnock won the first of two critical runoff elections in Georgia that will decide control of the US Senate at the outset of Joe Biden's presidency.(AFP file)
Democrat Raphael Warnock won the first of two critical runoff elections in Georgia that will decide control of the US Senate at the outset of Joe Biden's presidency.(AFP file)

Democrats win one Georgia runoff election, poised to pick the second

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 10:14 PM IST
If Democrats secure victories in the two seats, they will wrest control of the Senate from Republicans and complete a trifecta, with the House of Representatives and the White House already in the bag, starting January 20.
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Democratic US Senate candidate Raphael Warnock speaks on his campaign's Youtube account after the runoff election against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler in Atlanta, Georgia.(via REUTERS)
Democratic US Senate candidate Raphael Warnock speaks on his campaign's Youtube account after the runoff election against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler in Atlanta, Georgia.(via REUTERS)

Democrat Raphael Warnock claims victory in one of two crunch US Senate runoffs

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Atlanta
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:38 PM IST
US officials and major media had yet to declare a winner for either of the two Georgia seats at stake, both of which Joe Biden’s Democrats need to flip to take control of the Senate.
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Voters stand in line during the first day of early voting in Atlanta, Georgia.(Bloomberg file photo)
Voters stand in line during the first day of early voting in Atlanta, Georgia.(Bloomberg file photo)

A closer look at the four candidates in Georgia’s senate runoffs

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 05:18 PM IST
A look at the four candidates: Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, and Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
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People wait in line during early voting at Chastain Park Gymnasium in Atlanta. Democrat senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are trying to unseat Republican Sens. Loeffler and David Perdue in Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine which party controls the Senate.(AP)
People wait in line during early voting at Chastain Park Gymnasium in Atlanta. Democrat senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are trying to unseat Republican Sens. Loeffler and David Perdue in Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine which party controls the Senate.(AP)

A record 3 million early votes cast in Georgia’s US senate runoff races

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Atlanta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 02:52 AM IST
The 3,001,017 early votes amount to 38.8% of all registered voters in the state, according to the US Elections Project. That puts turnout at a record high for a Georgia runoff, exceeding the 2.1 million ballots cast in a 2008 Senate contest.
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Against a basket of currencies, the dollar fell 0.2%, bolstering gold’s appeal to other currency holders.(Reuters file photo)
Against a basket of currencies, the dollar fell 0.2%, bolstering gold’s appeal to other currency holders.(Reuters file photo)

Gold gains on softer dollar; US Senate pandemic aid vote eyed

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 10:18 AM IST
Gold, seen as a hedge against inflation, has gained more than 23% this year, largely driven by a raft of stimulus measures unleashed to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
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Boeing said Friday it takes “seriously the committee’s findings and will continue to review the report in full.”(AP)
Boeing said Friday it takes “seriously the committee’s findings and will continue to review the report in full.”(AP)

Boeing ‘inappropriately coached’ pilots in 737 MAX testing: US Senate report

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 02:29 PM IST
The report from the Senate Commerce Committee Republican staff raised questions about testing this year of a key safety system known as MCAS tied to both fatal crashes was contrary to proper protocol.
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People wait in line to cast their ballots in the US Senate runoff elections prior to the opening of the polls on the first day of early voting in Atlanta, Georgia, US.(Reuters)
People wait in line to cast their ballots in the US Senate runoff elections prior to the opening of the polls on the first day of early voting in Atlanta, Georgia, US.(Reuters)

Conservative group ‘True the vote’ says it’s challenging residency of 364K Georgia voters

By Associated Press| Posted by Mallika Soni | Atlanta
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:54 AM IST
The Georgia Democratic Party’s executive director, Scott Hogan, called the voter challenges “blatant efforts to suppress the vote.”
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A file photo of Pete Buttigieg endorsing Joe Biden at Chicken Scratch in Dallas, Texas on March 2,(REUTERS)
A file photo of Pete Buttigieg endorsing Joe Biden at Chicken Scratch in Dallas, Texas on March 2,(REUTERS)

Biden names Buttigieg to cabinet in a first for an openly gay person

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:54 AM IST
Buttigieg’s selection is in line with Biden’s promise to name a cabinet that reflects the diversity of the country.
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Voters line up for the first day of early voting outside of the High Museum polling station on December 14 in Atlanta, Georgia for a run-off election for two US Senate seats.(AFP)
Voters line up for the first day of early voting outside of the High Museum polling station on December 14 in Atlanta, Georgia for a run-off election for two US Senate seats.(AFP)

Electors meet to affirm Biden’s win; Georgia run-off voting starts

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 11:37 PM IST
The electors will vote separately in their respective states either virtually or in person, in yet another election ritual propelled into public attention because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat, which has now been reaffirmed multiple times by courts, including twice by the Supreme Court.
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US President-elect Joe Biden arrives at the Queen theatre for meetings in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(Reuters)
US President-elect Joe Biden arrives at the Queen theatre for meetings in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(Reuters)

Biden to nominate retired general at Pentagon, introduce health team to battle Covid-19

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 06:27 PM IST
Austin, 67, a former head of US Central Command who oversaw forces in the Middle East under President Barack Obama, will be the first Black US secretary of defense if the US Senate confirms him.
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Lloyd Austin III was US Central Command Commander. If confirmed, he will be the first Black person to hold the top Pentagon job.(AP file)
Lloyd Austin III was US Central Command Commander. If confirmed, he will be the first Black person to hold the top Pentagon job.(AP file)

Biden to name former general Lloyd Austin III as US defence secretary

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 11:19 AM IST
India will be closely watching the nomination and confirmation of Lloyd Austin III, who if confirmed will be the first Black person to hold the top Pentagon job.
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Vivek Murthy returns as Surgeon General, his old job in the administration of Barack Obama.(Reuters file)
Vivek Murthy returns as Surgeon General, his old job in the administration of Barack Obama.(Reuters file)

Biden names Fauci, Murthy to top positions in his health team

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 10:22 PM IST
Murthy returns as Surgeon General, his old job in the Obama administration, and Fauci will serve as Biden’s chief medical advisor on Covid-19 and will continue to lead the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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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.(File photo for representation)
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.(File photo for representation)

New law may help ease Green Cards backlog

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 05:00 AM IST
US Senate on Wednesday passed a legislation raising country limits on the annual grant of Green Cards — permanent residencies — that, when enacted, will stand to benefit hundreds of thousands of Indian-origin applicants who currently face a statistical possibility of waiting for decades for their turn.
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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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Georgia has become the centre of the political universe in the US as the state is holding run-off elections for both the US Senate seats on January 5.(Reuters/ File photo)
Georgia has become the centre of the political universe in the US as the state is holding run-off elections for both the US Senate seats on January 5.(Reuters/ File photo)

Why are the stakes so high in Georgia Senate run-off elections

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:41 PM IST
Georgia has become the centre of the political universe in the US as the state is holding run-off elections for both the US Senate seats on January 5 which means that the question of which party will control the upper chamber of the legislature will remain unanswered, even though the new Congress will be sworn in on January 3.
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A file photo of Joe Biden and Ron Klain.(Reuters)
A file photo of Joe Biden and Ron Klain.(Reuters)

Biden names chief of staff, signals reliance on trusted, moderate aides

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 12:14 PM IST
Klain was Biden’s first major personnel announcement as the president-elect forged ahead with putting together his team for taking charge on January 20.
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A President Donald Trump supporter watches as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks on a television at a Republican election night watch party.(AP photo)
A President Donald Trump supporter watches as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks on a television at a Republican election night watch party.(AP photo)

Republicans on track to dash Democratic hopes of US Senate majority

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 12:02 PM IST
Democrats, who had been favored to win the Senate majority heading into Tuesday’s election, had a net gain of only one seat to show by Wednesday afternoon as their options for further increases dwindled, despite a huge Democratic money advantage going into the final weeks of the campaign.
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According to projections made by the American media on Tuesday night, Indian origin candidates Rikin Mehta and Sara Gideon have lost their Senate race from New Jersey and Maine respectively.(Reuters image)
According to projections made by the American media on Tuesday night, Indian origin candidates Rikin Mehta and Sara Gideon have lost their Senate race from New Jersey and Maine respectively.(Reuters image)

US Election 2020: Indian origin candidates lose Senate races in Maine and New Jersey

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 08:16 AM IST
Born to an Indian father and an Armenian mother, Gideon, the current speaker to the Maine House of Representatives, lost to Republican heavyweight Senator Susan Collins.
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Twitter’s Dorsey will warn the committee that eroding the foundation of Section 230 could significantly hurt how people communicate online(Reuters photo)
Twitter’s Dorsey will warn the committee that eroding the foundation of Section 230 could significantly hurt how people communicate online(Reuters photo)

Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs will defend law protecting tech platforms before US Senate panel

By Reuters| Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Washington
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 06:00 PM IST
The hearing comes after Republican President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for tech companies to be held accountable for allegedly stifling conservative voices
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US President Donald Trump applauds Judge Amy Coney Barrett after she was sworn in as a US Supreme Court Associate Justice during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on October 26.(AFP)
US President Donald Trump applauds Judge Amy Coney Barrett after she was sworn in as a US Supreme Court Associate Justice during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on October 26.(AFP)

Barrett sworn in, becoming youngest justice of US Supreme Court

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 11:00 AM IST
Democrats worry that Barrett could tilt the scale in favour of the president if he were to challenge the outcome of the November 3 election.
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US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at a ceremony where US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's flag-draped casket lied in state in Statuary Hall at the Capitol, Washington on September 25, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at a ceremony where US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's flag-draped casket lied in state in Statuary Hall at the Capitol, Washington on September 25, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)

Joe Biden urges US Senate not to confirm Supreme Court nominee before election

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 05:53 AM IST
Donald Trump predicted that Amy Coney Barrett, a staunch conservative, will get a “very quick” confirmation in the Republican-controlled senate.
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US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington. It was not clear what effect, if any, the report might have on the current US presidential campaign in which Trump faces Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3 US election.(Reuters)
US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington. It was not clear what effect, if any, the report might have on the current US presidential campaign in which Trump faces Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3 US election.(Reuters)

Russia used Manafort, WikiLeaks to boost Donald Trump in 2016: US Senate

By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai | Washington
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 09:24 PM IST
WikiLeaks played a key role in Russia’s effort to assist Republican Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton and likely knew it was helping Russian intelligence, said the report, which is likely to be the most definitive public account of the 2016 election controversy.
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“The June 15 conflict between China and India, resulting in the deaths of approximately 20 Indian soldiers, should set off alarm bells regarding the PRC’s provocative actions in disputed territory,” Warner said in a statement.(HT Photo)
“The June 15 conflict between China and India, resulting in the deaths of approximately 20 Indian soldiers, should set off alarm bells regarding the PRC’s provocative actions in disputed territory,” Warner said in a statement.(HT Photo)

Bipartisan resolution introduced in US senate China on aggression against India

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 05:03 AM IST
Senators John Cornyn (Republican) and Mark Warner (Democrat) moved the resolution that “condemns the People’s Republic of China’s use of military force to change the status quo at the Line of Actual Control, as well as its refusal to de- demarcate that Line in accordance with past bilateral agreements with India.”
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The Biden-Harris campaign might want to send Carlson a link to her senate race ad — which featured a bunch of children explaining how to get the name right — or just air it again.(AP)
The Biden-Harris campaign might want to send Carlson a link to her senate race ad — which featured a bunch of children explaining how to get the name right — or just air it again.(AP)

Kamala: A woman of many firsts

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, Washington
PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2020 05:21 AM IST
The Biden-Harris campaign might want to send Carlson a link to her senate race ad — which featured a bunch of children explaining how to get the name right — or just air it again.
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