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POLITICO Playbook: McCarthy puts McConnell on notice

ELECTION DAY IN GEORGIA — Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in the Senate runoff between incumbent Democrat RAPHAEL WARNOCK and Republican HERSCHEL WALKER. Join POLITICO this evening for wall-to-wall coverage as results come in. “Warnock parties at a brewery and Walker at a gun...
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Rail strike move shakes labor's faith in Biden and Walsh

U.S. Labor Secretary and former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's holidays may not be as merry as he'd anticipated due to the fallout from President Biden's decision to use congressional authority to avert a freight rail worker strike that could have crippled the economy.As Biden's top liaison with organized labor, Walsh had helped negotiate a new contract in September that would have settled the matter. But after a few unions rejected the deal for not granting paid sick days, Walsh's accord fell apart and Democrats had to rush a bill to Biden installing the contract over the unions' objections.Why it matters:...
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News competition bill gets a lifeline

Lawmakers have added a measure to Congress' must-pass defense funding bill that would force Big Tech firms like Google and Meta to pay hundreds of local news outlets for their content, sources tell Axios. Why it matters: Barring last-minute Capitol Hill maneuvering, the news-funding measure is now on track to...
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Questions for Rubio after arrest of former rep

Hello and welcome to Tuesday. Setting the scene—- Two weeks ago, former Rep. and former legislator David Rivera was mixing it up with legislators and other old colleagues on the floor of the Florida House. As he glided down a hallway near the speaker’s office, he made a crack about how much longer a reporter was going to keep covering the Capitol. Rivera brushed aside a comment about Venezuela.

Democrats make last-ditch effort to pass Joe Manchin’s energy permitting bill

When he voted to pass historic climate legislation this summer, West Virginia senator Joe Manchin demanded something in return: a subsequent bill that would reform and expedite the federal permitting process for big energy projects. Manchin’s view is that federal red tape constrains fossil fuels and renewables alike, preventing the U.S. from producing cheap domestic energy.

Jan. 6 Rioter Accused of Helping to Steal Pelosi’s Laptop Pleads Guilty

A New York man accused of involvement in the theft of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop pleaded guilty on Monday to a felony charge relating to his participation in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Rafael Rondon, of Watertown, New York, pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting in the obstruction of an official proceeding, the Justice Department said in a statement. Court documents state that Rondon, 25, and his mother, Maryann Mooney-Rondon, 56, illegally entered the Capitol during the riot and entered Pelosi’s office suite. “They then moved into a conference room, where they assisted an unidentified male in the theft of a laptop,” the statement added. Both Rondon and his mother then “stole an escape hood with a satchel, a filtering respiratory protective device maintained for members of Congress and staff.” Rondon could be jailed for up to 20 years at his sentencing in March. Mooney-Rondon has pleaded not guilty.Read it at The Hill

White House invites in state lawmakers before 2023 sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is playing host to roughly 50 Democratic state lawmakers from 31 states this week as legislatures prepare for their upcoming sessions, aiming to talk over strategy on top issues like climate change, gun violence, abortion rights and voting rights. Those expected to attend...

Sen Plummer holds Youth Advisory Council Fall Meeting at K-C Vandalia Campus

State Senator Jason Plummer held the fall meeting of the Youth Advisory Council on Monday in Vandalia. The meeting was held at the Kaskaskia College-Vandalia Campus from 10 to 2:30 on Monday. Senator Plummer was very impressed with the turnout. The council includes students from all the schools in the...
Corbin News Journal

Stivers will continue to lead as Senate president

Senator Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, has been re-elected as Senate president by acclamation after being unchallenged by his Senate colleagues. “For nearly a decade the Kentucky Senate has been in very capable care with President Robert Stivers’ leadership,” said U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, Dean of the House. “It’s no surprise the Republican supermajority in his chamber has grown substantially during his time as Senate President. Robert remains a committed public servant for Kentucky residents with a prosperous Kentucky being at the heart of every decision he makes.”

NDAA and cannabis provisions delayed (Newsletter: December 6, 2022)

Biden HHS sec. tweets Marijuana Moment at 4:20; New top House Dem: Cannabis an “opportunity for common ground”; NJ banking bill; PA pardons problems. Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day.

Hinson seeks to modernize Childcare Development Block Grant program

WASHINGTON — Iowa Congresswoman, Ashley Hinson, a Republican from Marion, is co-sponsoring legislation to reauthorize and modernize the bipartisan Childcare and Development Block Grant, or CDBG program. That program sends federal dollars to states to help them with childcare access. Hinson says the legislation will expand family eligibility. “It...
Washington Post

Odd bedfellows fight Manchin's permitting deal

Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202! ICYMI, Washington Post Live is holding a week-long series called “This Is Climate.” On Wednesday, scientists Bill Nye and Alaina Wood will discuss their work to make science more accessible, while on Thursday, Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee will sit down with U.S. climate envoy John F. Kerry.