Politics updates: Trump lashes out at Senate Republicans: ‘They only know how to lose!’

CLOSE Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her COVID-19 vaccine along with her husband, Doug Emhoff. USA TODAYThis week, USA TODAY Politics focuses on the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, his remaining Cabinet picks and the final week of the current Congress. Dates to watch:Jan. 3: New Congress is sworn in.Jan. 5: Senate runoff election in Georgia.Jan.…Continue Reading

Politics Podcast: What The Stimulus Tells Us About Compromise In D.C.

Lawmakers reached an agreement over the weekend on a $900 billion relief package aimed at stemming the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a rare example of compromise in a highly polarized Washington, D.C., which was spearheaded by a group of moderate senators. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew debates…Continue Reading

The Grim Politics of Ebola, a Theory of Time, and Racism and Organ Transplants

Book recommendations from the editors of Scientific AmericanHealth workers from Guinea’s Red Cross prepare to carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in Momo Kanedou in Guinea on November 19, 2014. Credit: Kenzo Tribouillard Getty Images Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History by Paul Farmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux,…Continue Reading

New York Plays Politics with Pension-Fund Money

New York State Capitol in Albany (lavendertime/Getty Images) Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter about business, finance and economics. On the menu today: New York State’s retirement fund to divest from fossil-fuel companies (and other miscreants), Bitcoin as strategy, bubble fun with SPACs and food, not seeing the wood for the trees, and wealth…Continue Reading

Live politics updates: Biden unveils health team; Giuliani in the hospital after testing positive for COVID

CLOSE U.S. President-elect Joe Biden says he’ll take the COVID vaccine and will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration. Video ElephantUSA TODAY’s coverage of the 2020 election and President-elect Joe Biden’s transition continues this week as he rolls out more of his picks for top jobs in his…Continue Reading

Politics Podcast: Why Did Down-Ballot Democrats Have Such A Mediocre Showing?

Biden’s 2020 electoral map was ultimately a pretty good one for Democrats. While several states may have been closer than Democrats would have liked, Biden won back the “blue wall” states in the Upper Midwest and expanded Democrats’ map in the Sun Belt. He also won a record breaking 80 million votes nationally. Democrats down-ballot…Continue Reading

Inside Politics: Matt Hancock to reveal tier levels after furious lobbying

It can be hard to follow the rules if you think you’re special. Police were forced to give “suitable advice” to the producers of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! after complaints about the potential release of non-native creepy crawlies into the British countryside. Many of our politicians have been playing a strange game…Continue Reading

Politics Podcast: Will Georgia Stay Blue?

If 2016 showed that Republicans could win in the upper Midwest, 2020 has shown that Democrats can win in the Sun Belt. President-elect Joe Biden claimed Arizona for Democrats for the first time since 1996 and Georgia for the first time since 1992. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, we focus on the…Continue Reading

Week In Politics: Biden Works On Transition Of Power, Without Trump’s Cooperation

Week In Politics: Biden Works On Transition Of Power, Without Trump’s Cooperation President-elect Joe Biden continues working with his transition team, as the Trump administration refuses to acknowledge his win. Meanwhile, the coronavirus surges to record-breaking levels. November 14, 20207:53 AM ET Week In Politics: Biden Works On Transition Of Power, Without Trump’s Cooperation Download…Continue Reading