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Politics Round-Up: Stimulus Deal, Latest Election Challenge, Georgia And More




Early voters stand in line at the State Farm Arena on December 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Early voters stand in line at the State Farm Arena on December 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal Sunday on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them.

The agreement, announced by congressional leaders, would establish a temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefit and a $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses and money for schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction.

In other news, President Donald Trump’s campaign continued with its unprecedented efforts to overturn the results of the Nov 3. election Sunday, saying it had filed a new petition with the Supreme Court.

Plus, outgoing Attorney General William Barr said he saw “no reason” to appoint a special counsel on potential election fraud or the tax investigation into the son of President-elect Joe Biden, we check in on what’s going on with Georgia and the latest on Biden’s cabinet picks. 

With files from the Associated Press. 

Guest: 

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets @NPRrelving