Lloyd Austin, who retired as a four-star Army general in 2016, had been granted a waiver to a rule requiring former uniformed military personnel to be seven years removed from active service before becoming defense secretary.
Google and Facebook have been in a long-running fight with Australian lawmakers and media companies over whether they should pay news organizations for showing their stories in search results. A Google executive threatened to pull out of the country.
If they get rid of the filibuster, Democrats could pass everything with 50 votes given Vice President Harris will break ties. But if Republicans vote in unison, Democrats could afford precisely zero defections.
Nicholas Reyes, a convicted murderer, was held in solitary confinement at one of Virginia’s most restrictive prisons for a decade because he did not fill out a journal in a language he does not speak, his attorneys said.
Texas realtor Jenna Ryan began raising funds after publicly seeking but not getting a pardon from Donald Trump before he left office. She asked followers Thursday to send money for “legal fees and losses” related to her arrest.
Public school staff and teachers are scheduled to begin receiving vaccinations on Jan. 25, and health leaders plan for day-care workers and private school staff to follow immediately after, though they have not provided a date.
The sizable sums foreshadow the political blitz that Silicon Valley is likely to mount in the face of fresh promises from President Biden and his new Democratic control in Congress that they plan to rein in the tech industry.