Senate to debate as Republicans attempt to derail $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill – live updates

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After Kamala Harris casts tie-break vote, Republicans expected to propose multiple changes to reduce Covid relief

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11.15am GMT

Susan Cornwell and Makini Brice write for Reuters today that the Senate debate will be “contentious” today. That feels like an understatement.

They note that the Senate is expected to debate the bill three hours, before considering a multitude of amendments, which could require a marathon voting session, before taking a vote on final passage in a process that could extend into the weekend. Republicans are expected to use procedural maneuvers to slow the process, as demonstrated by Sen Ron Johnson of Wisconsin insisting on the bill being read in full yesterday.

11.04am GMT

A handful of rightwing “super-spreaders” on social media were responsible for the bulk of election misinformation in the run-up to the Capitol attack, according to a new study that also sheds light on the staggering reach of falsehoods pushed by Donald Trump.

A report from the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), a group that includes Stanford and the University of Washington, analyzed social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok during several months before and after the 2020 elections.

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