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Sunday shows - COVID-19 relief, cyberattack dominate

Sunday shows - COVID-19 relief, cyberattack dominate
© Greg Nash

Negotiations over another round of coronavirus relief and a cyberattack targeting federal agencies dominated the Sunday morning political talk shows.

Passage of a coronavirus aid package and omnibus spending legislation could happen as early as Sunday after key senators reached a deal late Saturday.

Multiple guests also discussed the cyberattack, which officials have blamed on Russia, as well as a possible response.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

GOP senator: COVID-19 relief package 'gets done today'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Wyoming Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination Interior Department reverses Trump policy that it says improperly restricted science MORE (R-Wyo.) expressed optimism on Sunday that the Senate would reach a deal on another coronavirus relief package after months of talks.

“This gets done today, no more delays, we’re not leaving until we have relief for the American people,” Barrasso said on “Fox News Sunday.”
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Operation Warp Speed chief: Pandemic will get worse due to Christmas gatherings
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
Moncef Slaoui, head of Operation Warp Speed, warned Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that the U.S. is likely headed for even higher numbers of new COVID-19 cases and daily deaths due to Christmas gatherings.
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White House testing czar says Trump should get vaccine to boost public confidence
By JOSEPH CHOI 
 
Adm. Brett Giroir, the White House's testing czar, said on Sunday that he would encourage President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE to get the coronavirus vaccine in public in order to boost confidence among his followers.
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Surgeon general: Immigration status should not be barrier to receiving COVID-19 vaccine
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsCOVID vaccine: What shot should I give and what shot should you get? The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Biden to name nurse as acting surgeon general: report MORE encouraged undocumented immigrants across the U.S. to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when shots become available, saying during an interview on Sunday that it is a public health priority to see as many people vaccinated as possible.
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Economist Moore predicts coronavirus vaccine will be a boon to 2021 economy
By JORDAN WILLIAMS
 
Economist Stephen MooreStephen MooreAs nation freezes, fossil fuels are keeping the lights and heat on Economist Moore says he's not sure US needs 'massive stimulus bill' Sunday shows - Trump's COVID-19 relief bill opposition dominates MORE predicted Sunday that the coronavirus vaccine effort currently rolling out across the U.S. will be a boon for the 2021 economy.
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Surgeon general nominee says more contagious viral strain in UK does not appear to be deadlier
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Former Surgeon General Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyMurthy vows to focus on mental health effects of pandemic if confirmed as surgeon general The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Watch live: Biden surgeon general pick testifies at confirmation hearing MORE, whom President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE has nominated to return to the position, said Sunday that a new, more contagious coronavirus strain reported in the U.K. does not appear to be any deadlier.
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Former CDC official: 'Individuals across the administration' commented on COVID-19 guidance
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Amanda Campbell, the former deputy chief of staff for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Sunday that the agency received feedback from “individuals across the administration” while developing guidance for the coronavirus pandemic, leading to delays.
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Romney calls for response 'of like magnitude or greater' to Russia hack
By JOHN BOWDEN 
 
Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Romney's TRUST Act is a Trojan Horse to cut seniors' benefits MORE (R-Utah) called for a response to a cyberattack on U.S. government systems on Sunday, and said that Russia should face consequences for its alleged involvement.
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Krebs: US should be 'cautious' about escalating cyber war with Russia
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
Former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) chief Christopher Krebs in an interview on Sunday poured cold water on lawmakers' calls for retaliation in response to a cyber intrusion at numerous government agencies believed to be carried out by Russia.
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Warner: 'All indications point to Russia' in cyberattack
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerGOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate inches toward COVID-19 vote after marathon session Hillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships MORE (D-Va.) said on Sunday that "all indications point to Russia" in the massive cyberattack that targeted multiple U.S. government agencies, pushing back on President Trump's suggestion that China may have been responsible.
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Biden 'will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates,' press secretary says
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
“He will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates… he will not be discussing it with anyone he is considering for the role and he will not be discussing it with a future attorney general,” Jen PsakiJen Psaki Cruz puts hold on Biden's CIA nominee US refugee agency sees record number of migrants in February Democrats gear up for PR battle on COVID-19 relief MORE said on “Fox News Sunday.”
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Granholm: Biden wants to take advantage of 'economic opportunity' in fighting climate change
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
"I am so excited about this George because this combating climate change is such an economic opportunity for this country there's going to be trillions of dollars spent globally on combating climate change by countries around the world," former Michigan Gov. Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmEnergy Dept to restart Obama-era loans to renewable energy companies Granholm calls for Texas grid to weatherize, connect to other grids OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden returns to Obama-era greenhouse gas calculation | House passes major public lands package | Biden administration won't defend Trump-era relaxation of bird protections MORE (D), President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Energy secretary, said on ABC's "This Week."
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