The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Mastercard – Congress inches closer to virus relief deal

More Congress … House Democrats held elections for a number of notable committee chairmanships during a caucus-wide call on Thursday. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) narrowly defeated Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) to run the House Democratic campaign arm (The Hill). Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroOn The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi […]

Biden can wait no longer to choose his Secretary of Defense

American leadership hardly will be credible if the defense secretary is not perceived to be among the new administration’s most senior officials, as has been the case ever since George Washington named Henry Knox to be Secretary of War in his first cabinet. The longer Biden delays naming a new defense secretary, the greater the […]

Who won the first presidential debate?

Second, Trump refusing to forcefully condemn White supremacists and right-wing militia groups, even after one of his own supporters was recently charged with killing two people and injuring a third, shows just how insensitive he is to America’s raging race problem. Pressed by moderator Chris Wallace on whether he would condemn white supremacist supporters, Trump […]

Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump’s 13-second handshake is fascinating episode in gripping history of the greeting ritual

What does it all mean? (e) is eye contact (1=none; 5=direct) 5; (ve) is verbal greeting (1=totally inappropriate; 5=totally appropriate) 5; (d) is Duchenne smile – smiling in eyes and mouth, plus symmetry on both sides of face, and slower offset (1=totally non-Duchenne smile (false smile); 5=totally Duchenne) 5; (cg) completeness of grip (1=very incomplete; […]

Friday briefing: Crunch weekend in Brexit deal talks

Fauci himself has apologised for appearing to criticise Britain’s speedy approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. “I did not mean to imply any sloppiness even though it came out that way,” said the leading US infectious diseases expert, whom Biden has just designated as his chief medical adviser. In the UK, NHS staff have been bumped […]

Biden Says America First, Progressives Last; SCOTUS Weighs Child Labor

Bryan Weaver, founder and executive director of Hoops Sagrado, and Nate Wallace, creator and co-host of the podcast Redspin Sports, joined to discuss covid forfeits and labor rights in the NFL, the way sports are coopted to carry jingoistic and nationalistic messages, and the importance of these ephemeral means of human expression. 

‘Everything is impossible at the beginning, you just have to try’: Prince Harry promotes educational site for Netflix Paralympics documentary – after signing $150m deal with streaming giant

During the short video, the Duke said: ‘Rising Phoenix is a film with a message that has never been more important to us: the power of the human spirit, to break down barriers and push us beyond what is often thought impossible. I believe there is so much to learn from this story.’

Joe Biden to ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days

He expressed hope that vaccinations and masking would drive down Covid numbers considerably. Asked if he had spoken to Fauci and whether he will ask him to stay, Biden said, “Yes and yes. I asked him to stay on in the exact same role as he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked […]