The House of Representatives easily passed a more than triple-sized relief check for Americans yesterday, increasing the previous amount from $600 to $2,000 per person. Getting it through the Senate, though, will be tough. The House vote was 275 to 134, with the measure getting 44 Republican votes along with near-unanimous support by Democrats. The increase has been demanded by President Donald Trump, although most of his own party has opposed it in the past. The Senate takes up the measure today.
US House votes to override President Trump’s veto of the $740B defense authorization bill, the first override of one of Trump’s vetoes by a chamber of Congress during his time in office; override moves to Senate. https://t.co/LgnHiZG9vN— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 29, 2020
➤PRO-TRUMP REPUBLICAN SUES VICE PRESIDENT: U.S. Representative Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, is suing Vice President Mike Pence in an effort to force him to ignore electoral votes cast for Joe Biden and award the election to President Trump instead. The vice president, as president of the Senate, oversees the official count of Electoral College votes in a joint session of Congress on January 6th. That's usually a formality.
More 190,000 ceiling fans sold at The Home Depot have been recalled amid reports its blades can detach while in use and cause injury or property damage. https://t.co/NeXE6SO4aX— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 29, 2020
Ohio police officer fired in fatal shooting of Black man https://t.co/eNbximoWzf— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 29, 2020
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Motive "may never" be known after Nashville bomber killed in blast, official says. https://t.co/EyrDe24fkX— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 29, 2020
Dennis Prager: Why can I eat on an airplane without a mask two inches from the person next to me, but not at a restaurant?https://t.co/dUbEROvIcu— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) December 29, 2020
➤BIDEN ACCUSES WHITE HOUSE OF OBSTRUCTING TRANSITION: President-elect Joe Biden has accused political appointees of obstructing the transition to his administration. He said his team is having a hard time getting information out of the Department of Defense on military operations around the world, and that the Office of Management and Budget won't share information on the government budget. In a speech yesterday, Biden expressed concern about the Defense Department. "Many of the agencies that are critical to our security have incurred enormous damage," he said. "Many have been hollowed out in personnel capacity and in morale."
In a message posted on Twitter, Haskins said he "hopes to become a better man and player because of this experience."
Bill Belichick is fed up pic.twitter.com/Nh6AQqJyDK— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 29, 2020
🏒NHL'S LUNDQVIST TO UNDERGO HEART SURGERY: Washington Capitals goaltender Henrik Lundqvist revealed yesterday that he has to undergo open heart surgery. Lundqvist, who is 38, played with the New York Rangers for 15 seasons before signing a one-year deal with the Capitals. He had already announced that he would be unable to play the season. "We all have our mountains to climb," he said. "Staying positive here and set on the road to recovery."
🏀DUKE GAME AGAINST PITTSBURGH POSTPONED: Today's Duke University men's basketball game against Pittsburgh has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test, the university announced. No new date has been set. The Duke women's program canceled its entire season a few days ago.
🏀DINWIDDIE OUT FOR THE SEASON: Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a partially torn ACL in his right knee during the team's loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. He expects to undergo surgery next week.
🏈JARED GOFF ON THE MEND: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is hoping to make it back for the playoffs, but his teammates will have to get there without him. Goff just had surgery on a broken thumb and will miss the Rams' regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. John Wolford is filling in, with Bryce Perkins as the number two quarterback.