Biden stimulus checks are one small step closer: Here’s the latest after the Senate budget vote

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The vote sets the stage for a debate on the next COVID-19 relief package, which could ultimately pass without GOP support. Almost a year into the coronavirus pandemic , and with millions of Americans still waiting for some kind of relief, the Senate has voted to move forward with a budget resolution that would allow a measure to pass with only a simple majority. Read Full Story

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Joe Biden’s ads gave you all the feels, but they’re also what hurt other Democrats

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The challenge of putting character—not issues—on the ballot. Back in 1972, Joe Biden was a county councilman in Delaware making his first run at the United States Senate against the heavily favored two-term incumbent Republican Senator J. Caleb Boggs. It was an incredibly close race. The 29-year-old Biden received 50.5% of the vote, winning by a margin of just more than 3,000 votes. Read Full Story

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Big Tech is spending big to turn the U.S. Senate blue next week

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Employees of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft have put $6.4 million behind Democrats’ bid to win the Senate on November 3. The employees of the biggest tech companies spent big in 2020 to help Democrats around the county turn the Senate blue. Democrats need to flip just four Senate seats to achieve a majority in 2021. The party’s urgency for doing so was underlined again Monday as Republicans forced the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on a party line vote. Read Full Story

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Amy Coney Barrett Senate vote: What to know about the Supreme Court confirmation, swearing-in process

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With Democrats powerless to stop it, Senate Republicans are set to confirm the next Supreme Court justice this afternoon. Senate Republicans are set to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next Supreme Court justice this afternoon—despite universal objections from Democrats, despite a divided public, and despite the fact that those same Republicans pretended to oppose election-year SCOTUS confirmations in 2016. Read Full Story

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How to donate to the Georgia Senate runoff election: 8 ways to help the races before January

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Who will control the Senate next year? These runoff races (and lots of money) could decide. The biggest bang for your political buck (in this lifetime, anyway) awaits in Georgia, where the U.S. balance of power is at stake: As of this writing, runoffs for two Senate seats in January will determine whether or not Democrats control all three branches of government. If Republicans win one or both seats, then they will maintain control of the Senate. If Democrats win both seats, the Senate will be controlled by Democrats, who already have the House. And thanks to Joe Biden’s victory, they’ll also control the presidency, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Here’s where to donate to these high-stakes races: Read Full Story

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Stimulus check 3: Here’s what happens next now that the Senate finally approved COVID-19 relief

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$1,400 stimulus checks could be sent out as soon as Friday, provided this one thing happens first. Over the weekend, the Senate passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The passage of the bill was split along party lines with all Democrats voting in favor of it and all Republicans voting against it. Included in the bill is the third round of economic impact payments and other measures to get funds to struggling Americans, including: Read Full Story

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Here’s what’s in Mitch McConnell’s stimulus plan (no mention of $1,200 checks)

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The blame game continues on Capitol Hill as Americans reeling from the coronavirus pandemic go empty-handed. After promising to take up a stimulus bill for coronavirus relief this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outlined what his striped-down plan would include in a press release on Saturday. The Senate is expected to vote on the proposal on Wednesday. Here’s what McConnell says it will include: Read Full Story

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Blue Senate watch: 4 ways to track the key races as Democrats fight to flip it

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Democrats have a chance to take control of the U.S. Senate. Here are a few ways to track the election results. As Americans across the country bite their nails, wait for election results, and finally fall asleep in front of the TV, some key Senate races could be called before they wake up. Or the results may take longer. With so many people voting early this year , it’s hard to say how long it will take to count the ballots. Read Full Story

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What the hell is happening in Georgia? Senate race runoff rules explained as vote count continues

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Georgia is about to be on everyone’s mind. No, America’s balance of power usually does not rest in the state that brought us the cotton gin, Coca-Cola, and the world’s largest drive-in restaurant . The emerging political situation in Georgia is unprecedented as its two Senate races look likely to result in a runoff election in January. Those seats could end up determining whether Republicans or Democrats ultimately control the Senate. Here’s what’s happening. Read Full Story

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