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    PHOENIX (AP) — Pavin Smith and pinch-hitter Jordan Luplow homered in a five-run sixth inning to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Kansas City Royals 8-6 on Tuesday night. Daulton Varsho and David Peralta also homered for the Diamondbacks, who have won five of their last six and have 15 homers in that stretch, including seven in a 10-6 victory against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last Friday. MJ Melendez homered, doubled and drove in three runs for Kansas City, which has lost six in a row and eight of 10. Melendez’s RBI double sparked a three-run sixth inning capped by rookie Dairon Blanco’s two-run single for a 6-3 lead before the Diamondbacks scored five two-out runs in the last of the inning for reliever Joe Mantiply (2-0). Amir Garrett gave up a walk and a single before being replaced by Taylor Clarke (1-1), who gave up a game-tying three-run homer to Luplow, a 408-footer that hugged the left field line. Varsho doubled and Smith followed with a 415-foot shot to right, his second in as many games, for...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Ha-Seong Kim had a run-scoring double to give San Diego the lead in a four-run 11th inning and the Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Sunday. Kim’s double to left field off Jackson Stephens (0-1) drove in Jake Cronenworth, who opened the inning as the automatic runner on second. Kim moved to third on a throwing error by shortstop Dansby Swanson and scored on Jurickson Profar’s grounder to second base, beating Ozzie Albies’ throw to the plate. The Braves committed three errors in the game. Will Myers added a two-run single. Nabil Crismatt (2-0) had four strikeouts in two scoreless innings. The Padres won two of three games in the series. Swanson’s two-run homer off Joe Musgrove gave the Braves a 3-0 lead in the fourth. The Padres took advantage of two unearned runs to tie the game against Kyle Wright. Swanson’s alert baserunning gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the second. He reached on a fielder’s choice grounder and advanced to third on Adam Duvall’s bloop single in front of Will Myers in right field....
    Vice President Harris set a new record on Wednesday for breaking the most Senate tie votes in recent history.   Harris on Wednesday cast her 14th and 15th tie-breaking vote, respectively, to help Senate Democrats confirm Rachael Rollins to be the U.S. Attorney for the district of Massachusetts. "Every time I vote, we win,” Harris joked to NBC News on Wednesday.  VP Harris just broke her 14th & 15th 50-50 ties in the Senate, which is more than the 13 ties VP Pence broke during his four years in office. "Every time I vote, we win,” Harris told NBC News today with a laugh.She’s on pace to break the record: https://t.co/K3t2kdvDBQ— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) December 8, 2021 Harris's uptick in tie-breaking votes comes as Democrats are navigating an evenly split 50-50 Senate.  Harris broke her first tie vote on Feb. 5 and while most have been related to nominations, Democrats are also expected to need her to break ties during the floor debate on President BidenJoe BidenHouse passes 8B defense policy bill House approves bill to ease passage of...
    More from: Drew Loftis Fantasy football: Auction drafts are the way to go Its time to stop the PPR madness in fantasy football Fantasy football preview: Tight ends get boost in latest rankings Fantasy fallout from injury to Rams running back Cam Akers Fantasy football: These WRs could struggle due to NFL schedule Everyone has that movie: The one they want to hate because it wasn’t nearly as good as they wanted it to be, yet they can’t truly hate it because it wasn’t terrible. It just didn’t live up to expectations. It’s frustrating. It causes internal strife. You almost wish the movie had just been awful so you could hate it without feeling guilty. It feels like defeat even when it isn’t. Sort of the same feeling you get when your fantasy matchup ends in a tie. Computer screens or phones beware: There could be high-impact damages oncoming once something is thrown in disgust at realizing their fantasy match has ended in a deadlock. So how can commissioners or providers solve this problem? Well, the easy answer is...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Pete Alonso broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run double off All-Star Brandon Woodruff, and the New York Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Monday night in a matchup of National League division leaders. Edwin Díaz pitched out of trouble in the ninth, retiring three straight batters with two on after giving up an RBI single to Tyrone Taylor. Michael Conforto added an RBI single and Dominic Smith had a sacrifice fly for the Mets, who managed only one hit against an efficient Woodruff (7-4) through six innings. Still, they improved to 25-11 at Citi Field with another stingy pitching performance — New York began the day with a 2.08 ERA at home that was best in the majors — and reached the midpoint of the season with a 44-37 record. Dub secured. #MetsWin #LGM pic.twitter.com/2fLccEq1eX — New York Mets (@Mets) July 6, 2021 Rookie right-hander Tylor Megill, with his parents in the stands for his third big league start, allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in five impressive...
    Vice President Harris returned to the Senate floor on Tuesday to cast a tie-breaking vote, confirming President BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE's nominee for the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Senators voted 50-50 along party lines to confirm Kiran Ahuja as OMP director, after her confirmation was held up by Senate Republicans over her support for abortion rights and focus on critical race theory. Harris ultimately sealed the confirmation, stating, "On this vote, the 'yeas' are 50, the 'nays' are 50. The Senate being equally and evenly divided the vice president votes in the affirmative. The nomination is confirmed... and the president will immediately be notified of the Senate's action." Earlier on Tuesday Harris cast the tie-breaking vote to advance Ahuja’s nomination, after the chamber was again split 50-50 along party lines. Ahuja, who previously served as chief of...
    Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote on a President Biden nominee Wednesday, advancing his pick for undersecretary of defense for policy, according to reports. Harris has previously broken three ties on legislation in the evenly split Senate – 48 Democrats and two independents who causus with them versus 50 Republicans – but the vote that advanced Colin Kahl’s nomination from the Armed Services Committee was a first for a contentious nomination, Defense News reported. Republicans have lined up against Kahl, a former national security adviser to Biden when he was vice president, because of his positions on the Middle East, including the Iran nuclear deal and his past social media rhetoric toward conservatives. During former President Trump’s term, Kahl reportedly once tweeted the "Republican party has debased itself at the altar of Trump." GOP SENATORS WANTS FBI TO PROBE IF  BIDEN PENTAGON NOMINEE DISCLOSED CLASSIFIED INFO AFTER LEAVING OBAMA ADMIN Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, accused Kahl of "partisan soundbites." "The national security problems we face are wicked and complex;...
    Vice President Harris cast a tie-breaking vote on Wednesday to advance a controversial Biden nominee. The Senate was split 50-50 on whether to advance the nomination of Colin Kahl, President BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE's pick to be under secretary of Defense for policy, to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. The tie-breaking vote was Harris's fourth overall as vice president, but her first for a Biden nominee, according to data from the Office of the Secretary of the Senate. "On this vote the 'yeas' are 50, the 'nays' are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the motion is agreed to. ...The nomination will be placed on the executive calendar, thank you," Harris said while presiding over the chamber on Wednesday. Harris elbow bumped Sen. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict...
    By Jeremy Herb and Ted Barrett | CNN Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote related to a Biden administration nominee on the Senate floor Wednesday evening, voting to advance the nomination of Colin Kahl to be the Pentagon’s undersecretary for policy. The Senate deadlocked 50-50 on a straight party-line procedural vote to discharge Kahl’s nomination from the Armed Services Committee, requiring Harris to break the tie. She’ll likely have to cast two more tie-breaking votes on Kahl’s nomination before he is confirmed to the No. 3 civilian position at the Pentagon. Wednesday was the first time Harris had to cast a vote in the Senate on a Biden nominee. She has previously cast three tie-breaking votes on legislation, including during the Senate’s late-night budget debate in February. Harris was already on Capitol Hill earlier Wednesday in anticipation of a potential tie-breaking vote on another nominee, until GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined Democrats to support the nomination of Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general. Gupta was confirmed by the Senate by 51-49. But Republicans were...
    (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote related to a Biden administration nominee on the Senate floor Wednesday evening, voting to advance the nomination of Colin Kahl to be the Pentagon's undersecretary for policy.The Senate deadlocked 50-50 on a straight party-line procedural vote to discharge Kahl's nomination from the Armed Services Committee, requiring Harris to break the tie. She'll likely have to cast two more tie-breaking votes on Kahl's nomination before he is confirmed to the No. 3 civilian position at the Pentagon.Wednesday was the first time Harris had to cast a vote in the Senate on a Biden nominee. She has previously cast three tie-breaking votes on legislation, including during the Senate's late-night budget debate in February.Harris was already on Capitol Hill earlier Wednesday in anticipation of a potential tie-breaking vote on another nominee, until GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined Democrats to support the nomination of Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general. Gupta was confirmed by the Senate by 51-49.But Republicans were unified in their opposition to Kahl. In a contentious confirmation hearing, they...
    Vice President Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote Thursday in the Senate to begin the debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-relief package. As the Senate was split 50-50 on the legislation, Harris cast the 51st vote with the Democrats to officially start the debate on the legislation. The American Rescue Plan, which passed the House in a 219-212 vote Saturday, includes $1,400 stimulus relief checks and $350 billion for state, local, and tribal government budgets. President Joe Biden holds a meeting on cancer with Vice President Kamala Harris and other lawmakers in the Oval Office at the White House on March 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) The relief package also includes an expanded child tax credit and $130 billion to help K-12 schools reopen. Restaurants and bars will receive $25 billion in targeted aid if the bill is passed and signed into law. (RELATED: ‘Rules Don’t Apply To Us?’ — Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader Slams Pelosi’s COVID Bill) The bill was supposed to include a $15 minimum wage, but the Senate parliamentarian ruled...
    The two-time world champion David Benavidez faces the dangerous veteran Ronald Ellis in a World Boxing Council super middle title eliminator, this coming Saturday, March 13, live on SHOWTIME at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, in a Premier Boxing Champions event. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast also features two lightweight contenders, Isaac Cruz and Matías Romero, in a 12-round bout in the backup match. They will also face 10-round super welterweight between Terrell Gausha and Jamontay Clark in this event promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing. DAVID BENAVIDEZ (PHOTO CREDIT: WORLD BOXING COUNCIL) David Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs), a Phoenix, Arizona boxing prodigy, returns to the ring after a knockout win over Alexis Angulo at Mohegan Sun’s “Fight Sphere” last August. Benavidez turned pro at 16 and captured his first world title at 20, becoming the youngest 168-pound world champion in history. Benavidez, a two-time undefeated super middleweight champion, is looking to regain the WBC title he lost on the scale last year. After this decision...
    Vice President Kamala Harris came to the rescue of Senate Democrats Thursday afternoon by breaking a 50-50 logjam over whether to advance President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus legislation. Harris cast the 51st vote with the Democrats to formally kick off debate on the Biden administration's signature legislation to address the ongoing pandemic.  SCHUMER PREPARED TO OUTLAST GOP DELAYS TACTICS TO PASS BIDEN'S $1.9T CORONAVIRUS BILL THIS WEEK But the debate on the bill was quickly scuttled by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who requested the entire 628-page legislation be read aloud by the Senate clerks in advance of any discussion on the merits of the proposal. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had requested that the reading of the bill be waived, which is customary, but Johnson objected, which kicked off a marathon reading session by Senate clerks that Johnson had previously predicted could take 10 hours.  FILE: Vice President Kamala Harris arrives to hold mock swearing-in ceremonies for Senators in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (AP) "All I'm trying to do...
    Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie breaking vote in the Senate Thursday so lawmakers could start debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. But, immediately, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin demanded the entire text of the 628 page bill be read aloud. A Senate clerk started the reading at 3:21 p.m. and it's expected to take 10 hours.   With the Senate evenly divided at 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, senators hung out on the Senate floor, chatting in small groups, as they waited for Harris to be rushed up Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to break their tie. She arrived in a flurry and took her seat on the dais, announcing: 'The Senate being equally divided the vice president votes in the affirmative and the motion is agreed to.'  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to wave the reading of the bill, which usually all senators agree to in order to save time.  But any single senator can object to the waiver and Johnson did so.  'Observing the right to object,' he said. 'Is...
    Diego Pablo Simeone, coach of theAtlético de Madrid, analyzed the point achieved by his team against the I raised. A match in which the mattress team had a large number of occasions that could not materialize The Argentine recognized that, for him, the result was fair because both teams had their chances of winning. “We find ourselves with a tough opponent who is doing things well. He has improved defensively, well grouped and with good ball output. The first time they ended up scoring us. The team worked to tie, corners, chances … The tie came. Then in the second half we went well, we had very clear chances and in the end we could lose with the chance of I raised. Fair draw of two teams that played a good game, “said the coach. The coach said that he “occupies” that the team has conceded in the last six games. “It’s true, we have to improve and we will try to keep improving,” said a laconic Simeone that he didn’t really want to talk after losing...
    The train to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League It happens rarely for a club like him Seville. The Hispanics already did it in two seasons -1957/1958 and 2017 / 2018- and they have in the tie against the Borussia Dortmund a great opportunity to sneak into the eight finalists of the top European club competition for the third time in its history. The Sánchez-Pizjuán hosts this Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. the first round of a tie in which the Andalusians start as favorites. The knockout stages of the Champions League come at the best moment of the season for Sevilla. Consolidated in the Champions zone in the league championship and with one foot in the final of the Copa del Rey, Julen Lopetegui’s men accumulate nine victories in a row, the last seven without conceding a single goal. Everything is going well in recent weeks on the banks of the Guadalquivir: En-Nesyri is making you forget the goal problems of the past seasons and behind the defensive security is barbaric thanks to the excellent level of Diego...
    The Chivas they still cannot win at home in the 2021 Guard1anes Tournament, and on matchday 6 against just they drew 2-2 against Necaxa. The rojiblancos dominated the first half, but without much idea when reaching the rival goal, in an oversight they received the first goal from Rayos del Necaxa at minute 39. Idekel Domínguez stole the ball in midfield, then passed the ball to Ían González, who shot with his left foot to beat Gudiño. ???? #NoTeLoPierdas G⚽⚽⚽L by Ían GonzálezChivas 0-1 Necaxa # Jornada6 ➡️ # Guard1anes2021 ⚽ #LigaBBVAMX pic.twitter.com/PRx1JR4hDl – Liga BBVA MX (@LigaBBVAMX) February 14, 2021 When it seemed that the first half would end with the advantage of Necaxa, Isaac Brizuela made a great individual play and sent a cross from Jesús Angulo only pushed to make it 1-1. ???????? THIS IS HOW THE HERD TIE CAME! ???????? Juuugaaadooooón of the ‘Cone’ that Angulo ends up inside the small area. LET’S GO CHIVAAAS! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/RRfwaNl7aq – CHIVAS (@Chivas) February 14, 2021 The second half started badly for Chivas, as their best...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Friday, Feb. 5House passes amended budget bill to fast-track Biden's stimulus plan without Republican supportThe House passed the Senate-amended budget resolution in a 219-209 vote, unlocking the next phase in drafting the COVID-19 rescue package. Maine Rep. Jared Golden was the only Democrat to vote no.VP Kamala Harris casts first-ever tie-breaking vote on budget resolution to pass COVID relief packageVice President Kamala Harris cast her first-ever tie-breaking vote in the Senate early Friday morning on a budget resolution that's a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without Republican support."The yeas are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative....
    From the Editorial Office La Jornada newspaperFriday, February 5, 2021, p. a11 Xolos was placed as leader of the Guardianes 2021 tournament and maintained its unbeaten streak despite drawing 2-2 against Atlético de San Luis, which scored last minute yesterday in the opening match of date five played at the Alfonso Lastras stadium. With this result, the border set added nine units and was momentarily in the first position of the classification, while the Potosinos remained in place 14, with 4 points. San Luis surprised his rival with a dressing-room goal, because just in minute three he opened the scoring through Juan Castro, who after a defensive error kept the ball and headed towards the opposite area, where he sent a cross shot to beat Xolos goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco and make it 1-0. However, the pleasure did not last long for the team led by Leonel Rocco, as the northern squad achieved a 1-1 draw at minute 21, after the referee Luis Enrique Santander, after reviewing the VAR, decreed a maximum penalty for a foul within the area...
    WASHINGTON -- Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first-ever tie-breaking vote in the Senate early Friday morning on a budget resolution that's a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without Republican support."The yeas are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. And the concurrent resolution as amended is adopted," she declared around 5:30 a.m. to the applause of fellow Democrats.The action came after a grueling all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the contours of the eventual COVID-19 aid bill. The budget now returns to the House, where it will have to be approved again due to the changes made by the Senate.The Democrats technically have the majority, counting the tie-breaking vote of Harris, but with the chamber split 50-50, Republicans -- united -- could hold up legislation in committees.This also means that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer may need to shore up the support from centrists in his caucus -- including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia --...
    Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) celebrated Vice President Kamala Harris’s first tie-breaking vote in the Senate, passing President Biden’s partisan $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package, proclaiming it is “what democracy looks like.” “Early this morning I was proud to watch VP Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote to push forward necessary aid to help get us through this pandemic,” the Democrat senator said Friday morning, acknowledging that it “never would have been possible without the people of Georgia,” as duel Democrat victories in the Peach State were necessary for Democrats to secure a technical majority in the upper chamber. “This is what democracy looks like,” he proclaimed: Early this morning I was proud to watch VP Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote to push forward necessary aid to help get us through this pandemic. This never would have been possible without the people of Georgia. This is what democracy looks like. — Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) February 5, 2021 Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote in the 50-50 split Senate Friday morning, passing Biden’s $1.9 trillions coronavirus relief...
    Vice President Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate early Friday morning, confirming passage of President Joe Biden’s massive $1.9 trillions coronavirus relief plan. The spending package passed at 5:35 a.m. after a full night of debate, pushed forward by Democrats looking to force through a budget reconciliation deal without the support of Republicans. The vote was tied 50-50 in the Senate before Harris arrived and cast the vote to break the tie. The bill now goes to the House where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the majority of House Democrats are expected to pass it and send it to the markup process. With Democrats plus Harris controlling the majority of both houses of Congress, party leaders have little incentive to bargain with Republicans to pass bipartisan legislation. But Republicans worked through the night in a series of votes to get bipartisan amendments into the bill even though they are not binding. The Senate adopted an amendment from Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) that would ban a minimum wage boost during the pandemic by voice vote, preventing senators of...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate just wrapped its budget reconciliation process with the first-ever tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Kamala Harris, providing Democrats with a simple majority to proceed with its coronavirus stimulus package without Republican support.The measure, which the House is expected to adopt later today, sets aside room for up to $1.89 trillion in deficit spending to combat the pandemic and provide financial aid to millions while the economy recovers. The implementing legislation for the budget reconciliation package, which Democrats used to sidestep the Senate's usual 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass with a simple majority, will start to take shape in a dozen House committees next week.It was Harris' first tie-breaking vote in the Senate."The yays are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. And the concurrent resolution as amended is adopted," she declared just after 5:30 a.m. Friday.The Democrats technically have the majority, counting the tie-breaking vote of Harris, but with the chamber split 50-50, Republicans -- united -- could hold up legislation in committees.This also means...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate just wrapped its budget reconciliation process with the tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Kamala Harris, providing Democrats with a simple majority to proceed with its coronavirus stimulus package without Republican support.The measure, which the House is expected to adopt later today, sets aside room for up to $1.89 trillion in deficit spending to combat the pandemic and provide financial aid to millions while the economy recovers.The implementing legislation for the budget reconciliation package, which Democrats used to sidestep the Senate's usual 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass with a simple majority, will start to take shape in a dozen House committees next week.It was Harris' first tie-breaking vote in the Senate."The yays are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. And the concurrent resolution as amended is adopted," she declared just after 5:30 a.m. Friday.This breaking story will be updated.
    Vice President Harris cast her first tie-breaking votes early Friday morning helping Senate Democrats pass a budget resolution that greenlights them passing coronavirus relief without GOP support.  Harris, who served in the Senate for roughly four years before stepping down to become vice president, arrived at the Capitol on Friday hours into the Senate's all-night vote-a-rama on the budget resolution.  Harris arrived in the chamber, swapping out with Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyFinding common ground on stopping the next pandemic Proposal for permanent Capitol fencing sparks bipartisan pushback Biden wants Democrats to keep Trump trial short MORE (D-Conn.), who had been presiding. The two exchanged an elbow bump and chatted briefly.  Harris then presided over the Senate for three votes, breaking ties on two of them.  Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote on a final amendment from Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSanders, Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer aim to require Biden to declare climate emergency  Biden needs to follow his own advice: Compromise Senate names first Black secretary of the Senate MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders defuses late-night...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate just wrapped its budget reconciliation process with the tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Kamala Harris, providing Democrats with a simple majority to proceed with its coronavirus stimulus package without Republican support.The measure, which the House is expected to adopt later today, sets aside room for up to $1.89 trillion in deficit spending to combat the pandemic and provide financial aid to millions while the economy recovers.The implementing legislation for the budget reconciliation package, which Democrats used to sidestep the Senate's usual 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass with a simple majority, will start to take shape in a dozen House committees next week.It was Harris' first tie-breaking vote in the Senate."The yays are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. And the concurrent resolution as amended is adopted," she declared just after 5:30 a.m. Friday.This breaking story will be updated.
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate just wrapped its budget reconciliation process with the tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Kamala Harris, providing Democrats with a simple majority to proceed with its coronavirus stimulus package without Republican support.The measure, which the House is expected to adopt later today, sets aside room for up to $1.89 trillion in deficit spending to combat the pandemic and provide financial aid to millions while the economy recovers.The implementing legislation for the budget reconciliation package, which Democrats used to sidestep the Senate's usual 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass with a simple majority, will start to take shape in a dozen House committees next week.It was Harris' first tie-breaking vote in the Senate."The yays are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. And the concurrent resolution as amended is adopted," she declared just after 5:30 a.m. Friday.This breaking story will be updated.
    Democrats officially took control of the Senate on Wednesday when Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new members after she took her own oath of office, giving her party control of the White House and Congress.  Harris delivered the oath of office to the new Democratic senators: Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Alex Padilla, who replaced her representing the state of California. She returned to Capital Hill almost five hours after she became the first female vice president to preside over the Senate for the first time. The vice president also serves as president of the Senate.  Senators gave her a round of applause as she sat in the presiding chair.   One of her first duties was to read into the record her resignation as a senator from California. 'Yeah, that was very weird,' she said. She then sworn in the new members, which made Senator Chuck Schumer of New York the new majority leader, giving him joint power in Congress with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Afterward she told reporters on Capitol Hill it felt 'amazing' to sit...
    The Packers (12-3) are one more victory from a second consecutive 13-win NFL regular season. After the repeat NFC North champions were the No. 2 seed in last year’s playoffs with that record, this year, by matching that record,  they would ascend to the top seed. In 2020, that means Green Bay both getting home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs and the lone bye in the expanded seven-team conference field. The Packers are No. 1 going into Week 17’s game at the Bears, a game ahead of the No. 2 Saints (11-4) and No. 3 Seahawks (11-4). Here’s how Aaron Rodgers and the Packers can clinch the pole position in the tournament toward Super Bowl 55: MORE: NFL playoff clinching scenarios for every team in Week 17 1. Packers beat or tie the Bears At 13-3 or 12-3-1, neither the Saints nor Seahawks could create a two- or three-way tie atop the conference. The Packers will have their hands full, however, as the Bears will be playing for a NFC wild-card spot at home. 2. Seahawks lose to or tie the 49ers Should...
    The Seahawks (11-4) go into their Week 17 game at the 49ers as the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs. They can still finish the 2020 NFL season as the top seed, also securing home-field advantage and the lone first-round bye. Seattle already has succeeded San Francisco as NFC West champion, and is hoping to also succeed its division rival as No. 1. To do so, the Seahawks need to take care of their business and get the right help elsewhere. Here’s breaking down their three seeding scenarios for the tournament toward Super Bowl 55: MORE: NFL playoff clinching scenarios for every team in Week 17 1. How the Seahawks would earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs The Seahawks first need the Packers to lose to the Bears to fall to 12-4. The Seahawks also need to beat the 49ers to get to 12-4 and for the Saints to either lose or tie against the Panthers to fall to 11-5 or 11-4-1. This would create a two-way tie between the Seahawks and Packers. Because they didn’t play...
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 14, 2020.Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.On Monday evening, a deadlocked Supreme Court delivered a victory for Pennsylvania voters—along with a hint that we might be facing a Bush v. Gore redux that could invalidate people’s votes and swing a close election. The court declined to overturn a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision to count ballots received by the Friday after the election, as long as they are sent by Election Day. State Republicans had pushed for any ballots received after Election Day to be thrown out, regardless of when they were mailed. But the decision also contained a bad omen for voting rights. While Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the three liberal justices, four conservative justices—Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh—dissented and would have reinstated the Election Day deadline for mail ballots, even though it’s very unusual for the Supreme Court to overrule a state Supreme Court’s interpretation of...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland City councilmembers failed late Tuesday night to take millions more in funding away from the Oakland Police Department, even though it appears many residents are demanding it.For the last item on the agenda, council members voted on a motion to cut OPD funding. Mayor Libby Schaaf broke a deadlocked 4-4 council vote. She said OPD is already strained as it is and stopped a larger cut from being made to police.Oakland City Council's meeting started at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and stretched on past 11:30 pm.Mayor Schaaf sent out an email before the meeting got underway where she stated "Today, Councilmembers Kaplan and Bas are proposing a dangerous and irresponsible amendment to that already-approved budget. Their proposal would further impair emergency response capabilities, as well as make illusory budget cuts that could throw Oakland into even greater fiscal vulnerability."RELATED: Oakland police outline reform plan, marchers call on Oakland mayor to defund policeCouncilmembers Loren Taylor and Nikki Bas spearheaded a proposal of creating a task force that they said would 'reimagine public safety.'Councilmember Taylor said one public...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland City councilmembers failed late Tuesday night to take millions more in funding away from the Oakland Police Department, even though it appears many residents are demanding it.For the last item on the agenda, council members voted on a motion to cut OPD funding. Mayor Libby Schaaf broke a deadlocked 4-4 council vote. She said OPD is already strained as it is and stopped a larger cut from being made to police.Oakland City Council's meeting started at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and stretched on past 11:30 pm.Mayor Schaaf sent out an email before the meeting got underway where she stated "Today, Councilmembers Kaplan and Bas are proposing a dangerous and irresponsible amendment to that already-approved budget. Their proposal would further impair emergency response capabilities, as well as make illusory budget cuts that could throw Oakland into even greater fiscal vulnerability."RELATED: Oakland police outline reform plan, marchers call on Oakland mayor to defund policeCouncilmembers Loren Taylor and Nikki Bas spearheaded a proposal of creating a task force that they said would 'reimagine public safety.'Councilmember Taylor said one public...
    OAKLAND — Saying that “Oakland must create a new system of public safety and justice based on real numbers that do not mislead the public,” Mayor Libby Schaaf cast the tie-breaking vote Tuesday night to defeat a budget plan to slash funding from the Oakland Police Department. The rejection of the alternate proposal by Council members Dan Kalb and Sheng Thao — which called for $2.1 million in OPD cuts and reallocating those funds for, among other things, violence prevention, cleanup at homeless encampments and hiring civilians — also appeared to seal the fate of the main budget amendment plan by Council member Nikki Fortunato Bas and Council President Rebecca Kaplan. The Bas and Kaplan plan called for reallocating an additional $11.4 million from OPD — for a total of $25 million in cuts — with the goal of reducing police funding by 50% over the next two years. It was widely supported by thousands of Oakland residents, who called for immediate police changes and defunding the OPD. The more than 100 public speakers Tuesday voiced support for the Bas...
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