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Congressional chaos

Politics | Stimulus checks and a defense bill throw political alliances into disarray
by Michael Reneau
Posted 12/30/20, 02:38 pm

President Donald Trump hinged his campaigns in 2016 and 2020 on being a change agent in Washington, D.C. As the final days of 2020, Trump’s administration, and the 116th Congress waned, his war of words against last-minute legislation changed political alliances and battle lines.

Although several members said they didn’t have enough time to read the entire bill, the House of Representatives on Dec. 21 passed a 5,500-page, $2.3 trillion spending package that included funding for the government and coronavirus relief. 

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First freedom agendas

Foreign Policy | Will a Biden team build on Trump’s overseas religious freedom policies?
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/29/20, 08:52 pm

With weeks to go before the U.S. ­presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Rome to attend a symposium on religious freedom. The secretary planned to meet with top Vatican officials, and he requested an audience with Pope Francis.

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Biden highlights transition roadblocks

by Tim Lamer
Posted 12/28/20, 06:00 pm

President-elect Joe Biden said some leaders in the Trump administration aren’t working enough with his incoming administration in transition efforts. In remarks before the press from Wilmington, Del., Biden said some agencies have exhibited “exemplary cooperation” in transition efforts. But he singled out political leaders at the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget for dragging their feet. “We just aren’t getting all the information we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas,” he said.

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