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Biden Reportedly Plans Stricter Covid Testing Rules For International Travelers — Even If They’re Vaccinated

The Biden Administration is also weighing a mandatory seven-day quarantine for all U.S. citizens and visitors entering the United States, the Washington Post reports. 2021-12-01 00:24 2KB

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Dr. Mehmet Oz announces bid for Pennsylvania Senate seat

Dr. Mehmet Oz, who rose to fame on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," announced a bid to run for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican on Tuesday. 2021-11-30 23:36 1KB

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Barbados Breaks With Britain to Become World’s Newest Republic

The Caribbean nation of Barbados removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and honored Rihanna as a national hero. 2021-11-30 23:00 2KB

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Merck’s Covid Treatment Pill Wins Blessing of F.D.A. Panel

The treatment, known as molnupiravir, could be authorized in the United States within days, and available within weeks, if the F.D.A. follows the committee’s recommendation. 2021-11-30 23:29 7KB

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Trump’s Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Is Cooperating With Jan. 6 Committee

Meadows's decision to cooperate comes on the same day an appeals court hears arguments over Trump's privilege claims. 2021-11-30 21:13 4KB

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Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ sentenced on drug charges

The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera , kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced in a federal court in the District on Tuesday to … 2021-11-30 20:39 2KB

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Appeals court judges appear skeptical of Trump's claim of executive privilege

The judges heard arguments in a legal standoff that could ultimately reach the Supreme Court. 2021-11-30 19:27 5KB

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NYC OKs safe sites for drug use, aiming to curb overdoses

The first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in New York City in hopes of curbing overdoses, the mayor and health commissioner said Tuesday. 2021-11-30 16:32 2KB

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Brian Kelly To LSU As Coaching Carousel Continues

Less than two days after Louisiana State University (LSU) lost what appeared to be their top coaching candidate, the Tigers have made a shocking and … 2021-11-30 10:20 5KB

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A federal judge blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for U.S. health workers.

The ruling is a setback for the administration’s effort to require vaccination for hospital and nursing home workers, which had been set to start next week. 2021-11-30 23:15 3KB

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California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Is Restored by Appeals Court

The overturning of a district judge’s decision may also lead to the reinstatement of a state ban on semiautomatic weapons. 2021-11-30 22:57 4KB

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UK competition watchdog orders Facebook to sell off Giphy

The United Kingdom 's antitrust watchdog has blocked Facebook's acquisition of Giphy and ordered the social network to sell off the GIF-sharing platform, … 2021-11-30 10:59 3KB

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Putin warns West: Moscow has red line about Ukraine, NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday sternly warned NATO against deploying its troops and weapons to Ukraine 2021-11-30 18:05 3KB

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Africa Fumes at Omicron Travel Bans: ‘Racism Is a Very Blunt Tool’

More African leaders on Monday joined South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera in condemning travel bans against their nations – imposed … 2021-11-30 21:41 5KB

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Rihanna Named Barbados National Hero in One of Nation's First Acts as Republic

The singer and business mogul received the honor of "the right excellent," a title that has been given out only 10 other times. 2021-11-30 16:56 3KB

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Greece will mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone over 60, or make them pay fines

Facing a surge in coronavirus infections and stalled vaccination drives, two nations in the European Union are giving their citizens an ultimatum: take the COVID-19 … 2021-11-30 22:39 3KB

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Dem Senator warns Supreme Court of ‘revolution’ if Roe v. Wade overturned

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) predicted Monday that there would be a “revolution” if the Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision as … 2021-11-30 22:24 4KB

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Here’s what to know about Oxford High School.

Located in Oxford, a small community in northern Oakland County, it is the only high school in the Oxford Community Schools district. 2021-11-30 22:21 1KB

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Josephine Baker Becomes First Black Woman Interred in France’s Tomb of Heroes

President Macron hails the American-born dancer and French resistance fighter as a symbol of unity in a time of sharp division. 2021-11-30 21:36 7KB

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‘It’s Ravaging Our People’: John Kennedy Holds Nothing Back With Powell, Yellen Over Skyrocketing Inflation

Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy pressed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on the continuing … 2021-11-30 22:53 3KB

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Minnesota Supreme Court hears felon voting rights case

The ACLU filed a lawsuit with four clients in Ramsey County District Court in October 2019 challenging the constitutionality of the state’s statute barring felons from voting if they have not… 2021-11-30 20:53 5KB

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The problem with the RNC blaming Biden for the ongoing Covid crisis

Rachel Maddow Show: Republican National Committee RNC blame President Joe Biden Covid-19 pandemic public health crisis responsible 2021-11-30 13:45 3KB

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'There is no evidence of omicron in the United States:' Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Dr. Rochelle Walensky says "there is no evidence of omicron in the United States," during White House COVID-19 briefing. … 2021-11-30 19:19 769Bytes

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Manchin Says Inflation, Omicron Should Give Congress 'Cause to Pause' on Biden Social Bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said his goal is to pass the $1.75 trillion social and climate spending package by Christmas. 2021-11-30 15:50 3KB

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Jeffrey Epstein's pilot called as prosecution's first witness, recalls meeting accuser

NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports on the testimony of Jeffrey Epstein's former pilot, Larry Visoski, who operated the "Lolita Express," which allegedly transported dozens of teens across state lines and to Epstein's private island in the Caribbean. 2021-11-30 20:06 1KB

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Zemmour, French Far-right Pundit, Launches Presidential Run

A far-right former TV pundit with multiple hate-speech convictions officially entered the race for Frances presidency on Tuesday and warned his suppo 2021-11-30 18:06 3KB

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Iran Nuclear Deal: Futile, Dangerous Talks Continue in Europe

In a dangerous waste of time, energy and money, the United States and other nations resumed quixotic efforts to curb Iran’s rapidly advancing nuclear program 2021-11-30 15:02 3KB

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Suu Kyi Has Sixth Corruption Charge Issued By Myanmar Government, Trial Verdict Postponed

The sixth corruption charge Tuesday involves former President Win Myint, plus a new witness is now allowed to testify, which delayed the trial verdict. 2021-11-30 19:38 4KB

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Elizabeth Holmes Gives Graphic Testimony

On Monday, Elizabeth Holmes testified to what her defense team has long hinted she would: abuse suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, and the former president and chief operating. 2021-11-30 06:32 2KB

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Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom relishes his citizenship

A day after officially becoming a United States citizen, and the morning after his on-air chat with Fox’s Tucker Carlson, the self-renamed Enes Kanter Freedom felt like the embodiment of the first amendment. 2021-11-30 22:54 5KB

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Senate Republicans Block Defense Bill over Amendment Fight

Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Monday as Democrats prevented the chamber from considering Republican amendments to the defense … 2021-11-30 17:12 2KB

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Mexico plans to give COVID-19 booster shot

Mexican officials have reversed their previous position against giving coronavirus booster shots and said Tuesday they are studying a plan to administer third doses to … 2021-11-30 22:14 2KB

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20 students test Covid positive in Karnataka

Bengaluru: The district administrations are on high alert after 13 students of a government-run residential hostel in Hassan and seven medical college 2021-11-30 06:15 2KB

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No matter how Supreme Court rules on abortion, the ‘viability’ rule is arbitrary — but so are the alternatives

For nearly half a century, the Supreme Court has said the Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion before “viability,” the point at which a … 2021-12-01 00:15 4KB

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Are Undiscovered Coronaviruses Protecting Africa From Covid-19?

The ecology of viruses is complex and there are probably a lot more viruses out there that we don’t know about than those that we do. 2021-12-01 00:32 6KB

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Who Is Elle Smith? Meet Miss USA Pageant Winner 2021 and Miss Kentucky

The full-time journalist will go on to represent the U.S. in the Miss Universe competition, which will be held in Israel for the first time in December. 2021-11-30 11:21 2KB

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Abortion and our coming childless nation

The Supreme Court will hear this week Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. At issue is the law in Mississippi that bans abortion after 15 … 2021-12-01 00:11 4KB

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German court jails for life Islamic State militant who chained up Yazidi girl (5) to die in sun

A GERMAN court has jailed a former Islamic State (IS) militant for life for involvement in genocide and crimes against humanity against minority Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, including the murder of a five-year-old girl. 2021-11-30 20:14 2KB

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U.S. Removes Colombia’s FARC Rebel Group From Terrorist List

The move is a Biden administration effort to support the country’s fragile 2016 peace agreement. 2021-11-30 18:44 3KB

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Ukraine’s prime minister says Russia ‘absolutely’ plotting coup attempt

Ukraine’s prime minister has said Russia is “absolutely” behind a suspected attempt to topple Kiev’s pro-Western government, citing intelligence pointing to Moscow’s involvement in … 2021-11-30 20:53 3KB

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Omar Slams Boebert After “Unproductive” Call on Islamophobic Comments

Rep. Ilhan Omar criticized Republican leaders for enabling “mainstreamed bigotry and hatred” within the party. 2021-11-30 20:18 4KB

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Dorsey’s Twitter Departure Hints at Tech Moguls’ Restlessness

Jack Dorsey, who is stepping down after six years as Twitter’s chief executive, is one of tech leaders who seem to have grown tired of managing their empires. 2021-11-30 18:59 7KB

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Lukashenko Offers to Host Russia's Nuclear Weapons, Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia

"I would offer Putin to return nuclear weapons to Belarus," said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko amid increasing tensions between Russia and NATO. 2021-11-30 22:28 5KB

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GOP Reps. Greene, Mace battle on Twitter over fellow lawmaker’s Omar jab

Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Nancy Mace of South Carolina sparred on Twitter on Tuesday after Mace condemned Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo. … 2021-11-30 23:15 4KB

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Arizona State University says Kyle Rittenhouse not enrolled in 'any' classes after student outrage

Kyle Rittenhouse is not currently enrolled in any Arizona State University classes, school officials said this week following demands from students that the administration "withdraw" Rittenhouse … 2021-11-30 16:22 3KB

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Wisconsin's Bipartisan Elections Commissioner Refuses to Resign Amid Attacks From GOP

Dozens of elections experts across the country recently signed a letter defending Wisconsin's top elections administrator, Meagan Wolfe. 2021-11-30 23:26 8KB

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Prosecutors charge man who allegedly assaulted police at the US Capitol and brought hatchets to FBI headquarters

Federal prosecutors unsealed charges against a Rhode Island man on Monday who allegedly attempted to hop over security chains behind the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, with two hatchets just hours after the US Capitol riot on January 6. 2021-11-30 18:42 2KB

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Vermont shatters previous record of COVID-19 hospitalizations

Vermont shattered its previous COVID-19 hospitalization record on Tuesday, according to data from the state’s health department. Vermont has 84 COVID-19 hospitalizations, beating … 2021-11-30 21:37 2KB

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The case for a new constitutional order

The other day, President Ram Nath Kovind asked the higher judiciary to exercise “utmost discretion” in what is said in courtrooms during hearings. In mid-August, Chief Justice N V Ramana … 2021-11-30 17:59 1KB

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Biden on shooting: 'My heart goes out to the families enduring unimaginable grief'

President Joe Biden and other public officials reacted Tuesday to the shooting that killed three at Oxford High School. 2021-11-30 23:21 6KB

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Concerns over omicron could shift spending away from experiences, retail trade group says

The National Retail Federation reiterated its forecast on Tuesday for record growth of holiday spending. 2021-11-30 18:15 2KB

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Swiss officials warn Covid-19 rules threaten sports events

Olympic officials in Switzerland urged the federal government Tuesday to exempt international athletes and officials from new quarantine rules that threaten the hosting of World Cup … 2021-11-30 20:09 2KB

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Majority Believe Joe Biden Is Responsible for American People's Divisions: Poll

The president has repeatedly spoken of his desire to unite the nation, but the polling results suggested divides remain. 2021-11-30 09:34 3KB

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Putin says China isn't a threat, but US hypersonic weapons are

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he isn’t worried by China’s growing military strength because of the “unprecedented” level of ties between the former Communist rivals, … 2021-11-30 14:50 2KB

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Another Democrat threatens U.S. justices over coming abortion decision

Another Democrat in Congress has now threatened the U.S. Supreme Court over its coming ruling on abortion. A report from Fox News documents how Sen. … 2021-11-30 17:48 5KB

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Expo 2020's workers face hardships despite Dubai's promises

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Intent on making a flawless impression as the first host of the world's fair in the Middle East, Dubai sought … 2021-11-30 06:10 12KB

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Georgia Secretary of State spoke with January 6 committee about election lies

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger spoke with the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot for roughly four hours on Tuesday, according to his office and an aide working for the House panel. 2021-11-30 23:03 2KB

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The FTC wants information from Amazon, Walmart and other giant stores about empty shelves and rising prices

The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that it is ordering Amazon, Walmart, Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Tyson, Kraft Heinz and several major wholesalers to grocery stores to turn over information in a wide-ranging inquiry examining the causes of empty shelves and surging prices in the United States. 2021-11-30 16:39 2KB

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Massive Turnout in Favor of Leftists in Honduras Repudiates US-Backed Coup

The Honduran people have overwhelmingly backed Xiomara Castro of the Libre Party after 12 years of National Party rule. 2021-11-30 19:02 11KB

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NLRB Rules Amazon Workers in Alabama Will Revote on Unionization

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has approved a new union election at one of Amazon’s Alabama warehouses this week. The warehouse workers voted against … 2021-11-30 17:45 3KB

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MI6 Warns China 'Miscalculation,' 'Overconfidence' Could Lead to War With U.K., Allies

MI6 Chief Richard Moore said China, Russia, Iran and international terrorism were the U.K.'s "big four" security issues, with China taking the No. 1 spot. 2021-11-30 17:11 5KB

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Report finds widespread sexual harassment in Australian parliament

Australia's parliament is rife with sexual harassment, including unwanted advances and bullying by MPs, according to a report released Tuesday. 2021-11-30 18:02 1KB

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Facebook's executive in charge of cryptocurrency is leaving the company

David Marcus struggled to get the company's crypto project off the ground due in part to scrutiny from regulators. 2021-11-30 18:25 3KB

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1st French omicron case on Indian Ocean island of Reunion

PARIS (AP) — French authorities confirmed the first case of the new variant of the coronavirus on Tuesday in the French island territory of Reunion in the… 2021-11-30 08:44 1KB

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CDC moves an African nation and a central European country into its 'very high' risk travel category

The central European country of Poland and the central African nation of Niger were among four new additions to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "very high" risk travel category on Tuesday. 2021-11-30 23:01 5KB

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Expect Rates Hikes To Fight Inflation, Says State Street Chief Strategist

Speaking earlier this month at a Forbes/SHOOK regional conference in Boston, State Street Chief Investment Strategist Mike Arone said that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is “behind the curve,” and that the Fed “got it wrong” by anticipating transitory inflation. 2021-11-30 23:13 4KB

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Centre-Opposition relations on the boil; won't apologise, say errant MPs

Relations between the government and Opposition came to a boiling point on Tuesday. The entire Opposition walked out of the Rajya Sabha (RS) on the … 2021-11-30 15:59 1KB

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Boebert plunges GOP further into toxic fever swamp

Rachel Maddow Show: Lauren Boebert Ilhan Omar Muslim Islam House Congress Capitol Hill jihad squad hate offensive rhetoric Kevin McCarthy Republican Party GOP 2021-11-30 13:00 3KB

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Not yet 'V-shaped' recovery, sectors of economy still crippled: Chidambaram

With India's GDP growth at 8.4 percent in the second quarter of 2021-22, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday said it … 2021-11-30 14:43 1KB

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Over 6 lakh Indians gave up their citizenship in last five years, Centre tells Lok Sabha

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai also said that over 1.33 crore Indian citizens were living in foreign countries. 2021-11-30 14:46 2KB

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No lockdown, don't pay heed to rumours, says Karnataka CM Bommai

Reassuring the people that there is no proposal to impose lockdown in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday appealed not to pay heed to … 2021-11-30 12:49 2KB

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Cotton: ‘Fauci Should Be Investigated for Lying to Congress’

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) called on National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci to be investigated for lying to Congress in … 2021-11-30 14:48 1KB

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Don't miss out on these stellar Cyber Monday TV deals—discounts on LG, TCL, and more

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Although Black Friday is officially over, Cyber Monday … 2021-11-30 05:04 9KB

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Top German Court Rules Lockdown Restrictions Were Constitutional

BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s highest court on Tuesday rejected complaints against curfews and other restrictions imposed by federal legislation earlier this year in areas where … 2021-11-30 10:44 2KB

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Biden touts infrastructure bill in Minnesota swing district

President Biden on Tuesday traveled to Minnesota for the latest stop in his cross-country bid to sell the benefits of a bipartisan infrastructure law … 2021-11-30 22:31 3KB

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As Iran talks resume, Trump's failure starts to look even worse

Rachel Maddow Show: Iran nuclear talks deal agreement negotiations Vienna United States Donald Trump administration JCPOA maximum pressure failed failure 2021-11-30 15:42 4KB

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Civil trial in Floyd case on pace for January jury selection

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal civil rights trial of the four former Minneapolis police officers indicted in the killing of George Floyd is on track to begin in… 2021-11-30 22:53 2KB

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Roe’s legacy deserves a reckoning

Over the last 49 years, Roe v. Wade  has planted myriad moral distortions into our body politic. The landmark 1973 Supreme Court abortion decision, along … 2021-11-30 19:43 4KB

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Polish women protest attempts to further restrict abortion

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women’s rights activists in Poland used red paint to symbolize blood as they protested Tuesday against a government plan to register every… 2021-11-30 18:19 3KB

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Congress is getting ready to do what it does best: Procrastinate

Lawmakers are scrambling to pass a continuing resolution that will keep the government open. 2021-11-30 19:40 7KB

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India need to exploit Belgium's vulnerability, just like Malaysia: Reid

India's chief coach Graham Reid on Tuesday said the defending champions would like to take cue from Malaysia and exploit the vulnerability of European … 2021-11-30 14:58 3KB

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Taliban Killed, Kidnapped Over 100 Ex-Police, Intel Officers Despite Amnesty Offer: Report

"The pattern of killings has sown terror throughout Afghanistan, as no one associated with the former government can feel secure," the report said. 2021-11-30 17:04 5KB

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Covid: 96% of vaccine jabs administered since May 1 were at government centres, says health ministry

The government was aiming to vaccinate the entire eligible population with both doses of the vaccine by December, said the Union minister of state for health. 2021-11-30 15:38 2KB

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New Mexico is Seventh State Using Military to Treat COVID Patients Amid Staff Shortages

A 20-member medical team from the U.S. Navy is set to arrive Sunday to assist the San Juan Regional Medical Center. 2021-11-30 22:07 3KB

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Biden’s Vaccine Diktat Is Wrong

President Biden’s executive order to force companies with 100 or more employees to have their people vaccinated or undergo weekly tests and wear masks will rightly be tossed out by the Supreme Court. 2021-11-30 11:00 3KB

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Schumer targeting week of Dec. 13 to vote on social spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is targeting the week of Dec. 13 for a vote on President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion social spending … 2021-11-30 23:37 2KB

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Appeals court orders release of some Mueller report passages

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to disclose certain redacted passages from special counsel Robert Mueller' 2021-11-30 23:11 3KB

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‘Georgia’s Defense Is Just So Good’: CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt Previews SEC And Conference USA Championships

CBS Sports' Houston Nutt looks at #1 Georgia-#4 Alabama in the SEC Championship and Western Kentucky-UTSA in the Conference USA Championship. 2021-11-30 22:59 6KB

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Authorities Looking for Those Who Illegally Cut Down Ancient Trees at New Mexico Monument

The alligator juniper trees, known for their characteristic furrowed bark that resembles alligator skin, were likely hundreds of years old, officials said. 2021-11-30 21:28 3KB

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UN Committee To Vote On Allowing Taliban To Officially Represent Afghanistan

The United Nations Credentials Committee (UNCC) will vote Tuesday on whether to allow a Taliban-appointed representative to replace the country’s current representative, appointed by … 2021-11-30 20:30 2KB

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Bubble watch: Pandemic made housing’s rich only richer

The housing market’s buying binge has largely inflated prices in what were already some of the nation’s most-expensive metropolitan areas. 2021-11-30 18:49 5KB

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Political cartoon of the day: The science of Fauci

The science of Fauci 11.30.21 ( ) It's based on science! 11.29.21 ( ) No more mean tweets 11.28.21 ( ) … 2021-11-30 06:05 10KB

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Sheriff Villanueva won't use county's coronavirus testing provider over alleged ties to China

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Monday that his department will no longer use the county’s COVID-19 testing provider, raising concerns about the company’s alleged ties to the Chinese government. 2021-11-30 05:32 4KB

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Pentagon chief says Guard who refuse vaccine cannot train

“Vaccination is essential to the health and readiness of the force,” Lloyd Austin wrote. 2021-11-30 22:24 3KB

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Now, no free Covid treatment for unvaccinated, decides Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: As the world is wary of new Covid variant Omicron, a high-level meeting, chaired by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Tuesday 2021-11-30 15:18 2KB

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School shootings are becoming more frequent, after a lull during the pandemic.

The deadly gunfire in Oxford, Mich., added one more episode to a growing list of fatal shootings on school property in the United States this year. 2021-11-30 23:45 2KB

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Fed Chief's Remarks Add to Wall Street's Woes

Wall Street’s losses deepened on Tuesday after the head of the Federal Reserve said it will consider shutting off its support for financial markets sooner than expected. 2021-11-30 21:44 2KB

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Arvind Kejriwal is an imposter: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi Tuesday launched a scathing attack on his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, calling him an "imposter" and accusing his Aam Aadmi Party … 2021-11-30 16:32 3KB

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Texas Gov. Abbott Says South African Travel Ban Is ‘Hypocritical’ As Illegal Immigrants Continue to Cross Open Southern Border

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott blasted President Joe Biden’s ban on travel from South Africa as “hypocritical,” arguing his open border policies have “opened … 2021-11-30 15:15 4KB

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K’taka CM faces yet another challenge of local body polls

Bengaluru: Close on the heels of Legislative Council elections on December 10, the ruling BJP in Karnataka and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will face 2021-11-30 13:19 2KB

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Fauci/Biden continue failed government-control strategy

"Fire Fauci" should be the campaign slogan for every Republican, as the policies pursued by health official Anthony Fauci concerning COVID-19 have been … 2021-11-30 23:52 5KB

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SC says it will not wait for Vijay Mallya’s extradition for his sentencing in contempt case

The Supreme Court said it intends to go ahead with the sentencing at the next hearing on January 18, 2022. 2021-11-30 11:28 2KB

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Federal Trade Commission Launching Inquiry Into Supply Disruptions at Major Retailers

The FTC has voted to issue special orders directing nine large U.S. retailers and wholesalers to explain the reasons behind the ongoing supply chain … 2021-11-30 15:05 3KB

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The Case Against Abortion

Making the argument that lies behind the constitutional debate. 2021-11-30 10:00 14KB

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SUVs Don't Kill People - The American Conservative

You might think they did if you got your information about the Waukesha massacre from mainstream media. 2021-11-30 12:28 5KB

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Domestic Travel Ban for Unvaccinated 'Not Off the Table' Says Psaki

Even though Biden suspended his vaccine mandate for federal workers to save himself a few approval points, he’s nevertheless looking for alternative ways to “force” people to get vac. 2021-11-30 19:01 2KB

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US Announces Visa Restrictions on Cuban Officials

The US State Department has announced new visa restrictions on Cuban officials linked to what Washington says is Havanas ongoing repression of opp 2021-12-01 00:05 3KB

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How Team Biden fuels inflation and other commentary

From the right: How Team Biden Fuels Inflation Even as “President Biden says he feels your pain regarding inflation,” his Commerce Department is raising … 2021-11-30 23:24 4KB

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Prepare for a post-Roe v. Wade reality

The Supreme Court has a hearing over a Mississippi abortion law Wednesday, and the 6-3 conservative majority seems primed for action. Either by overturning Roe v. Wade or scaling it back, the court could make it much easier for states to ban or more seriously restrict abortion rights. 2021-12-01 00:12 7KB

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Govt constitutes panel to revisit criteria for determining EWS

The government has constituted a committee to revisit the criteria for determining the economically weaker sections to provide them reservation. The government had informed the Supreme Court … 2021-11-30 20:30 2KB

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Mark Meadows: ‘Will Be Very Disappointing’ for January 6 Commission When They Find Trump, No One in the West Wing Had Advance Knowledge of Capitol Security Breach

Various media outlets are reporting that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is cooperating with the House Select Committee on January 6, and … 2021-11-30 19:21 2KB

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Pope Francis to visit migrants on Greek island

Pope Francis is heading back to the Greek island of Lesbos to meet migrants and asylum-seekers for the second time in five years. … 2021-11-30 17:03 950Bytes

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The Lasting Lesson of the Peng Shuai Scandal

Beijing’s embarrassment undercuts its campaign to present the Chinese system as superior to chaotic American democracy and a model for the world. 2021-11-30 12:20 12KB

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Will America ever see a wildly popular president again?

Or has partisan polarization destroyed the possibility? 2021-11-30 22:22 3KB

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Trump demands Senate GOP weaponize debt limit to kill Biden’s social-welfare bill: ‘Show strength’

Former President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Tuesday to use the looming debt ceiling deadline to pressure Democrats into abandoning the White House’s roughly $1. … 2021-11-30 20:58 4KB

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Sweden gets first transgender minister in female-majority cabinet

Sweden appointed the first minister who has gone through a gender transition, as Magdalena Andersson announced her new Social Democrat government on Tuesday. 2021-11-30 20:25 2KB

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Putin May 'Expand' Work Abroad with China's Xi as Russia Slams U.S. Moves in Asia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin touted common "principles" between their nation and China when it comes to global affairs. 2021-11-30 19:01 9KB

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IPL retention live updates: Ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction, teams set to announce retained players

Follow for live updates of Indian Premier League team retentions ahead of a major reset for the tournament. 2021-11-30 16:06 2KB

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NBA player changes his name to celebrate U.S. citizenship

He's called Chinese communist leader Xi Jinping a "brutal dictator," prompting a ban on the airing of his games in the country, and now … 2021-11-30 22:08 2KB

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Democrats Face Looming Deadlines to Avert Government Shutdown, Raise Debt Limit

Returning from their Thanksgiving break, Democrats in Congress have challenges ahead of them as the nation inches toward a Friday deadline to avert a government … 2021-11-30 19:51 5KB

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Maharashtra directs Mumbai police chief to probe Param Bir-Waze meeting

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday ordered a probe into the meeting between former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh and dismissed police officer Sachin Waze, … 2021-11-30 13:01 3KB

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SEC Championship game features 2 of nation's top defenders

Alabama’s Will Anderson wreaks more havoc in opposing backfields than any college player in the country. Georgia’s Jordan Davis anchors the best defense in college … 2021-11-30 20:39 4KB

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White House Will Move Rental Assistance Money To States With Greatest Demand

The Biden administration will shift federal rental assistance funds to states with greater demand. Earlier this year, Congress approved nearly $47 billion in rental assistance … 2021-11-30 18:46 3KB

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Whitmer officials set to drop federal Enbridge suit, shift to 2019 state suit

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration plans to\u00a0abandon a federal court case seeking the closure of Line 5 and shift its support to\u00a0a separate state court case. 2021-11-30 17:55 5KB

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Taiwan Tells China It Will Not Be Worn Down in War of Attrition

Taiwan's defense minister said China's frequent military operations near the island were an attempt to exhaust Taiwanese defenses. 2021-11-30 16:01 3KB

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Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default

Congress faces a government shutdown by week’s end and the expiration of the debt limit on Dec. 15, giving Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N. … 2021-11-30 11:00 7KB

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Herschel Walker: America’s ‘worth fighting for’

NEWS AND OPINION: Football great Herschel Walker declared his intent to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia on Aug. 24 and now … 2021-11-30 23:09 6KB

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EU draft pulled after Vatican complains Christmas 'canceled'

The European Commission on Tuesday retracted internal communication guidelines that had proposed substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period” after an outcry by conservatives and … 2021-11-30 20:41 2KB

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U.S. Removes Terrorist Designation of Former Colombian Guerilla Army Years After Peace Deal

FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, officially disbanded in 2016, but some dissidents still remain in the country. 2021-11-30 18:34 3KB

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The difference between Democratic and Republican rule violations? Who’s being targeted.

The sides are not both doing it. 2021-11-30 17:59 7KB

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Atlanta voters face a mayoral election

Atlanta voters are deciding Tuesday's mayoral runoff between one candidate who is comfortable as a lone wolf and another who has acquired a bunch … 2021-11-30 16:57 4KB

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Leaked documents show Xi Jinping’s direct links with crackdown on Uyghurs

New Delhi: In apparently the first ever instance of material with "top secret" statements made by a Chinese head of state getting leaked into the public 2021-11-30 14:06 8KB

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NYC Correction Officers Face Tuesday Vaccine Deadline

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order moving staff at city jail facilities to 12-hour shifts to ensure adequate staffing. 2021-11-30 12:30 2KB

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Pro-Herschel Walker PAC to attack Warnock, give GOP candidate 'air support' as he runs sunny campaign

A pro-Herschel Walker super PAC aims to attack Sen. Raphael Warnock as the former star University of Georgia halfback himself runs a largely positive … 2021-11-30 11:07 2KB

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Chinese President Xi Jinping consolidates his power after Sixth Plenum

Chinese President Xi Jinping hopes to consolidate his power and further expand Beijing ambition after the Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party CCP 2021-11-30 08:55 2KB

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Top Wisconsin court affirms GOP's preferred approach to maps

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Republicans in a redistricting dispute, ruling that it saw no need to make significant changes to the maps that have helped the GOP win majorities in the state Legislature and congressional delegation. 2021-11-30 23:44 4KB

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EXPLAINER: What’s next for Trump’s privilege fight?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The losing side is likely to head straight to the Supreme Court, whatever decision the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia… 2021-11-30 22:55 5KB

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White House mulls whether frozen Afghan funds can pay 9/11 families: report

Top Biden administration officials are reportedly considering how the families of 9/11 victims could potentially seize frozen funds from the Taliban without the U. … 2021-11-30 22:43 3KB

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States: Sackler family members abusing bankruptcy process

A federal judge should reject a sweeping settlement to thousands of lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, a group of states said at a hearing Tuesday, arguing that the protections it extends to members of the Sackler family who own the firm are improper. 2021-11-30 21:46 3KB

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Qatar Kicks Off Arab Cup, A World Cup Dress Rehearsal

The tournament serves as a test run for World Cup organizers. 2021-11-30 21:30 3KB

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Pentagon creates new group to monitor and 'mitigate' threat from UFOs

The Department of Defense is creating a new investigative body to track and analyze "unidentified aerial phenomena" as concerns grow about national security risks posed … 2021-11-30 20:52 2KB

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L.A. City Council votes to ban 'ghost guns'

Los Angeles follows San Francisco and San Diego in banning the generally homemade weapons. 2021-11-30 20:41 3KB

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Philip Heymann, legal scholar and aide to Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, dies at 89

He later led the Justice Department’s criminal division and served briefly as the top deputy to Attorney General Janet Reno. 2021-11-30 20:16 8KB

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'An intentional act': DeSantis blasts media over Waukesha attack

(DAILY WIRE) -- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) slammed the mainstream media during a press conference on Monday over its coverage of the recent massacre … 2021-11-30 19:48 1KB

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FAA makes massive mistake, accidentally exposes 704 previously unknown Epstein flights

The Federal Aviation Administration has inadvertently opened up a new realm of information about the activities of convicted sex offender and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. … 2021-11-30 18:34 3KB

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Ugandan, DRC Forces Launch Airstrikes Against ADF Rebels in Congo

KAMPALA UGANDA - Ugandas armed forces say they have launched joint airstrikes with the Democratic Republic of Congo against Islamist militants that 2021-11-30 18:05 2KB

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WATCH TODAY: Oakland Police Chief Armstrong to address surge in violence

Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong will hold a news conference to address the surge in violence in the city. 2021-11-30 18:01 1KB

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Harvard teaching how U.S. elections can be decided by courts

[ Editor's note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Investigations . ] Before the Donald Trump-inspired challenges of the 2020 presidential election, Democrats … 2021-11-30 17:03 15KB

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Auto Executives Expect EVs Will Own Half of US, China Markets by 2030: Survey

Auto industry executives expect electric vehicles (EV) will make up just over half of new vehicle sales in the United States and China by 2030, … 2021-11-30 17:03 3KB

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Iraq electoral commission confirms October election results

The final results announced by Iraq ’s electoral commission on Tuesday confirmed Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as the biggest winner in last month's … 2021-11-30 16:48 2KB

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India, New Zealand teams arrive in Mumbai for second Test

India and New Zealand arrived here on Tuesday for the second and final Test of the series, to be played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium … 2021-11-30 14:47 1KB

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5 things to know for November 30: Coronavirus, Supply chain, China, Barbados, Twitter

Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. 2021-11-30 11:50 6KB

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Kuwait's exiled opposition returns home after royal pardon

Several prominent Kuwaiti opposition figures have returned home from a decade of self-exile after getting amnesty from the ruling emir, a long-awaited move … 2021-11-30 09:39 3KB

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Turkey: opposition politician arrested for alleged espionage

Turkish authorities have arrested a prominent member of an opposition party over accusations that he engaged in “political and military espionage,” Turkey’s state-run … 2021-11-30 09:12 1KB

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Panasonic confirms data breach, probing cyber attack

New Delhi: Japanese consumer electronics company Panasonic has confirmed that its network was illegally accessed by a third party on November 11. While no 2021-11-30 07:48 2KB

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India's start-up Prowess in full display at Elevate-III

Dubai [United Arab Emirates], November 30 (ANI/NewsVoir): Ten Indian start-ups showcased their innovations to global investors from the UAE and around the world … 2021-11-30 07:30 5KB

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Pentagon orders probe of Syria airstrike that killed dozens

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered an investigation into U.S. airstrikes into Syria in 2019 that resulted in scores of civilian deaths. 2021-11-30 05:32 1KB

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Does ‘Canceling’ Jefferson Mean ‘Canceling’ the Declaration, Too? - The American Spectator

T homas Jefferson’s statue was recently removed from New York’s City Hall. The city’s Public Design Commission voted 8-0 to remove the statue from … 2021-11-30 05:17 5KB

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Institutional quarantine must in Maha for passengers from high-risk nations

Passengers arriving from the twelve “at risk” countries will have to undergo seven days institutional quarantine in Mumbai and all domestic passengers from other states (irrespective … 2021-11-30 17:39 2KB

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No data on farmers who died, so no compensation, says govt in Parliament

The government on Tuesday said it has no data pertaining to either cases against or the number of farmers who died during the year-long … 2021-11-30 15:28 2KB

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Supporting farmers

The Union government got the controversial agricultural laws repealed on the first day of the winter session of Parliament. Although this is being seen as … 2021-11-30 17:51 1KB

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India's fiscal deficit for April-October at 36.3% of FY22 target

The Union government’s fiscal deficit for the April-October period came in at Rs 5.47 trillion or 36.3 per cent of the Budget … 2021-11-30 20:07 4KB

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Bill on cryptocurrency after Cabinet nod, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

The government will soon bring in a new Bill on cryptocurrency after it is approved by the Union Cabinet, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday … 2021-11-30 19:54 3KB

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UK PM sets Jan 2022 booster jabs timeline as 'best' Omicron defence

Booster COVID-19 vaccines increase the body's immune response and remain the best single defence against the new Omicron variant of coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson … 2021-11-30 20:35 3KB

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PM Modi will inaugurate FinTech leadership forum on December 3

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a leadership Forum on Financial Technology (FinTech) on December 3. As per the official statement, "Prime Minister will inaugurate … 2021-11-30 10:49 2KB

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Who Should Manchester United Be Pursuing In The January Transfer Window?

Who should Manchester United be pursuing in the January transfer market? 2021-11-30 19:52 3KB

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Virginia, Kentucky National Guard troops heading to Horn of Africa

More than 1,000 National Guard troops from Virginia and Kentucky are being deployed to Africa in what authorities said was the largest single-unit … 2021-11-30 18:44 1KB

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Biden reconciliation bill faces Senate land mines

President Biden ’s sweeping social and climate spending bill is facing an uncertain future in the Senate, where Democrats are hoping to pass it by … 2021-11-30 11:00 6KB

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Mamata on two-day trip to Mumbai; to address industrialists, meet Pawar

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left on a two-day tour of Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon from Kolkata. During her visit, Banerjee said she … 2021-11-30 10:45 2KB

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FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show A 1932 Archeological Discovery In Iraq?

The picture is an altered version of one captured in Egypt in 1910 2021-11-30 23:35 2KB

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Georgia State cancels hoops game because of COVID, injuries

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State has canceled its men's basketball game Wednesday against Tennessee State because of COIVID-19 protocols and injuries. 2021-11-30 15:55 1KB

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Broome, Morehead St. host Ga. Southern

Georgia Southern (4-2) vs. Morehead State (4-3) Ellis T Johnson Arena, Morehead, Kentucky; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Two forwards will be on display as… 2021-11-30 11:31 2KB

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Top brass had to self-isolate as July unrest unfolded, says KZN police commissioner

Top police officials, including Police Minister Bheki Cele, had to self-isolate shortly before former president Jacob Zuma's arrest after a senior police official they were in contact with contracted Covid-19. 2021-11-30 22:11 3KB

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Tropical cyclones last hours longer and became more devastating, new research shows

Tropical cyclones are now longer and cause more devastation, according to a study published by researchers from China, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia. And the trend … 2021-11-30 21:01 3KB

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Education Department Addresses Student Loan Forgiveness

Richard Cordray, Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid, reviewed the status of student loan forgiveness during a U.S. Department of Education conference for college financial aid administrators. 2021-11-30 17:54 8KB

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Cyclonic storm likely to hit Odisha, Andhra coasts on Saturday morning: IMD

A cyclonic storm is likely to hit the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on Saturday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. … 2021-11-30 15:03 2KB

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Aspen strikes deal with J&J to launch own vaccine, called 'Aspenovax'

Aspen will manufacture and sell its own branded Covid-19 vaccine in Africa, following an agreement with Johnson & Johnson. 2021-11-30 14:56 1KB

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Duterte's chosen successor Bong Go withdraws from presidential race

It's a no go for Philippine senator Christopher "Bong" Go. 2021-11-30 14:31 901Bytes

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Egyptian gas should start flowing to Lebanon in the next 3 months, U.S. energy envoy says

Natural gas from Egypt may start flowing to Lebanon within two or three months, according to Amos Hochstein, a U.S. State Department senior advisor. 2021-11-30 12:25 3KB

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AP: Nara Lokesh urges CM to transfer Rs 1309 Cr to panchayats

TDP, National General Secretary, Nara Lokesh on Tuesday urged AP chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy to transfer Rs 1309 crore to panchayats. 2021-11-30 12:16 2KB

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India estimates wider budget gap at over 7% vs 6.8% aim: Report

India may overshoot its budget deficit target as the government boosts spending and struggles to complete planned asset sales, according to people with knowledge of … 2021-11-30 10:06 2KB

Pence-linked group launches $800K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin

A conservative group run by Marc Short, who served as former Vice President Mike Pence 's chief of staff, is set to launch an ad campaign … 2021-12-01 00:30 2KB

Double standard: Antifa thugs vs. Jan. 6 'insurrectionists'

Is the Democratic Party protecting Antifa? Yes, it would appear so. How about the FBI? That's a separate question, and a little more information … 2021-12-01 00:19 5KB

Michigan House budget chair: 'No emergency' need for more COVID funds

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SGIFF Premiere: 'Some Women' Focuses on Singapore's Unseen Transgender History

Quen Wong's 'Some Women', which premieres at the SGIFF, put the focus on Singapore's unseen transgender history. 2021-12-01 00:02 4KB

Lawmakers fume over U.S. pandemic relief funds pilfered by crime gangs in China, Russia

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill demanded hearings into fraud in the government’s coronavirus unemployment benefit program after hearing that crime syndicates in China , Russia and other … 2021-12-01 00:00 4KB

Anne Donnelly, Nassau County’s New District Attorney, On Her Goals In Office: ‘A Big Responsibility That I Take Seriously’

Career prosecutor Donnelly upset State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, after she turned the campaign into a referendum on New York's controversial bail reform law. 2021-11-30 23:48 3KB

US-China hypersonic weapons ‘arms race’ is underway, Air Force chief says

The U.S. Air Force affirmed Tuesday that a hypersonic weapons "arms race" is well underway between the United States and China .  Secretary Frank Kendall … 2021-11-30 23:41 2KB

Florida Bill Will Require Schools to Teach Benefits, Risks of Social Media

The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Danny Burgess, was passed unanimously by the Senate Education Committee. 2021-11-30 23:40 3KB

King County Council rejects attempt to remove public homeless encampments

King County Council ahs rejected a motion to codify procedure for removal of homeless encampments in unincorporated King county. 2021-11-30 23:32 4KB

How Much Are Latinos Shifting Right?

So far, the data remains mixed. And the defection of Ryan Guillen, a Texas state lawmaker, to the G.O.P. may not have been driven solely by ideology. 2021-11-30 23:19 5KB

A History Of Corruption & Impunity

Recently, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, her children Maximo (a national deputy) and Florencia, and a series of close associates including Patagonian businessmen Lazaro Baez and Cristobal Lopez were cleared of accusations of money laundering in the nick of time by a Federal Tribunal in the infam. 2021-11-30 23:10 6KB

⭐ A Bisl Torah — Candle by Candle

There is an ancient debate as to how one should light the Hanukkiah. 2021-11-30 23:10 638Bytes

Redistricting panel lawyers warn commissioners not to release confidential memos

Lawyers for the state redistricting panel said the public release of confidential memos would constitute a \ 2021-11-30 23:04 4KB

Montgomery County’s Ride On buses to stay free until July

The Montgomery County Council voted Tuesday to extend the fare holiday on Ride On buses until July 2, 2022. 2021-11-30 23:01 2KB

Iowa stops tracking home county of COVID hospital patients

The department is trying to ease hospital reporting requirements because Iowa hospitals are facing\u00a0staffing shortages, a state official said. 2021-11-30 22:54 2KB

New deadline imposed by Georgia voting law leads to rejections of absentee ballot requests

The main reason absentee ballot requests were rejected for Georgia's fall elections were because they arrived too late under a new deadline imposed as part of a restrictive voting law passed in March. 2021-11-30 22:52 3KB

Scientists to map fungal networks, determine climate role

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists from the United States and Europe announced plans Tuesday to create the biggest map of underground fungal networks, arguing they are an… 2021-11-30 22:52 3KB

Recount in 1 Virginia House district set for this week

One of the two outstanding recounts requested by Democratic incumbents who trail their GOP challengers in Virginia House races will take place Thursday and Friday. 2021-11-30 22:48 1KB

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 1, 2021

The Issue : Miranda Devine’s reporting on the Biden family’s business deals with Chinese officials. Miranda Devine’s story about Hunter Biden and his laptop is a … 2021-11-30 22:45 3KB

The U.S. gave $3.7 billion in relief to likely ineligible businesses, auditor finds.

The Small Business Administration skipped a basic fraud check and sent billions to recipients barred from receiving federal funds, the agency’s inspector general reported. 2021-11-30 22:35 3KB

Federal Court Rules Takings Clause May Require Compensation when Police Destroy an Innocent Person's Home in Process of Pursuing a Suspect

On November 18, a federal district court issued a ruling indicating that the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment may require the government to 2021-11-30 22:10 10KB

Florida Back-To-School Sales Tax ‘Holiday’ Gets Initial Senate Support

A Senate panel Tuesday gave initial approval to a back-to-school tax “holiday,” but the proposal likely will be mixed into a broader tax package during the 2022 legislative session. 2021-11-30 22:07 2KB

Venezuela's high court retroactively disqualifies candidate

A Venezuela n opposition candidate who has been leading in vote count in the governor's race for the home state of the late President Hugo Chávez … 2021-11-30 22:05 4KB

NH Republicans Call for Investigation Into Their Own Governor Over Arrests

At least five of New Hampshire ’s 10 GOP county committees have passed resolutions calling for an independent investigation into state Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s … 2021-11-30 22:01 5KB

Lebanon's healthcare system in 'precarious situation,' health minister warns

Lebanon needs new sources of financing to keep providing healthcare for a population facing shortages of medications, skyrocketing hospital costs and an exodus of doctors and nurses, Health Minister Firas Abiad said. 2021-11-30 21:49 1KB

DA questions govt's commitment to root out corruption when it spends more on 'SAA vanity project'

The National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon debated the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill. 2021-11-30 21:48 3KB

Meet the Florida Democrats running to oust GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis

Beloved by the GOP base for bucking pandemic restrictions, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is already considered a rising star and contender for the 2024 Republican … 2021-11-30 21:43 14KB

New York Dem pushes back against bail reform, wants more authority for judges

A Democratic New York county legislator is pushing a resolution that urges state lawmakers to scale back bail reform laws and gives judges more authority. … 2021-11-30 21:35 2KB

Texas corruption is dooming the state to another power grid tragedy

The Texas power grid crisis of February 2021 caused crippling blackouts. The Republican-led Legislature had a chance to make significant fixes. It didn't. 2021-11-30 21:27 2KB

Michigan coalition plans petition campaign to slash payday loan rates

On Wednesday, a ballot proposal committee called Michiganders for Fair Lending submitted its petition language to the Department of State. 2021-11-30 21:13 4KB

Cardiff secure chartered plane for return to UK from South Africa on Thursday

Cardiff are set to return to the United Kingdom on Thursday having been stranded in South Africa after the cancellation of their matches in the United Rugby Championship. 2021-11-30 20:59 4KB

NYC budget projected to grow to $102 billion thanks to federal aid

The budget modification, which Mayor de Blasio announced Monday, is due to the billions of dollars in relief from the federal government to cover costs associated with the city’s COVID response and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida. 2021-11-30 20:58 3KB

Florida U.S. House candidate sues to get primary loss erased

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic Florida congressional candidate who lost a special election primary by five votes has filed two lawsuits asking that… 2021-11-30 20:53 4KB

South King County mayors demand action from state to end rash of violence

Multiple mayors in South King County are banding together to combat a violent trend after seven people were shot in four days. 2021-11-30 20:50 3KB

Noem Rakes In Donations After Campaign Announcement, Almost Doubles State Record

Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem broke her state’s record for the amount of money raised at a fundraiser just two weeks after announcing her … 2021-11-30 20:48 2KB

Viral TikTok Shows Professor Saying Women Should Focus on 'Homemaking and Having Children'

The Boise State University professor has come under fire for his speech made at a conservative event. 2021-11-30 20:39 2KB

Purdue vs. Florida State line, prediction: Boilermakers will falter

The Purdue Boilermakers are ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and will look to further secure their place as one of the nation’s … 2021-11-30 20:30 1KB

Bank executive announces campaign for lieutenant governor in Nevada

The founder of Las Vegas-based bank announced Tuesday that he is running for lieutenant governor as a Republican with the hopes of rebuilding Nevada’s economy. 2021-11-30 20:25 1KB

July 2021 Mises Report Not Signed By Treasurer, FEC Asks For Additional Info, Audit Possible

Photo: Todd Hagopian, July 2021 Mises FEC Report signator As reproduced below, Jamie Timmie, Senior Campaign Finance Analyst with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in … 2021-11-30 20:22 3KB

BJP plans 6 yatras to tell people about achievements of Modi, Yogi govts

The BJP on Tuesday decided to take out six yatras covering all the 403 assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh ahead of the 2022 elections to … 2021-11-30 20:12 3KB

Republican Philadelphia elections official targeted by Trump resigning

A Republican elections official in Philadelphia who was singled out by former President Trump is resigning from his post to join a government watchdog group. Al Schmidt, … 2021-11-30 20:01 3KB

Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear compares football regulator to Maoism

Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear has compared calls for an independent regulator in English football and a transfer levy on Premier League clubs to Maoism and the Great Chinese Famine. 2021-11-30 19:52 3KB

The Best Dating Apps For Serious Relationships In 2022

Whether you’re looking to meet new people within a specific community or to cast the widest net possible, there’s a 2022 dating app out there perfect for you. 2021-11-30 19:51 10KB

As Protests Shake Iranian Regime, Iranian Americans Demand Meeting With Biden Admin

Amid a wave of protests in Iran over mass water shortages that has shaken the Iranian regime, an Iranian-American group is petitioning the Biden State Department … 2021-11-30 19:30 5KB

Abortion de-penalization bill falls short in Chile Congress

Chile's Congress narrowly defeated a law to de-penalize elñabortions up to 14 weeks after gestation on Tuesday. The measure, which lost on a 65-62 … 2021-11-30 19:19 1KB

Congress fumbles for shutdown remedy ahead of Friday deadline

House leaders aim to pass a funding patch as early as Wednesday. But if that goal slips, the timeline will get dicey in the Senate. 2021-11-30 19:10 3KB

More Bad News For China’s Sorry Real Estate Market, UBS Says

The hits keep on coming for China’s economy. 2021-11-30 19:08 2KB

SEC Issues Guidance on Corporate Share-Based Executive Compensation

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday issued guidance to listed companies around how to properly recognize and disclose share-based compensation … 2021-11-30 19:01 2KB

Bannon wants all documents on his contempt charges made public

(NATIONAL PULSE) -- Former advisor to President Trump, Stephen K. Bannon, has filed a motion to the U.S. district court … 2021-11-30 18:52 1KB

Rick Scott slams Biden admin on 'Faulkner Focus': 'They take no responsibility' for inflation

Republican Sen. Rick Scott, of Florida, joined Harris Faulkner Tuesday, arguing President Biden is not taking accountability for rising inflation and blames Democrat spending bills … 2021-11-30 18:42 1KB

Lightfoot threatens to veto any new ward map that protects indicted Ald. Edward Burke

The mayor’s veto threat is not surprising, given her longstanding political animus toward Burke. But it further complicates an already contentious redistricting situation that is going right down to the wire. 2021-11-30 18:39 5KB

Senate effort to reform military justice system, now under threat, faces final hurdle

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is leading a bipartisan coalition of more than 60 Senators and House members to urge congressional leaders keep significant … 2021-11-30 18:31 5KB

Left-Wing Organization Threatens ‘Squad’ Member Over Iron Dome Vote, Trip To Israel

A working group within the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is calling for the expulsion of Democratic New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman over a series … 2021-11-30 18:26 4KB

The pandemic will continue to rage as long as the WTO keeps bickering over vaccine rules

The WTO needs to call an online meeting of its General Council and adopt the TRIPS waiver this week. 2021-11-30 18:24 6KB

The election debate Trump doesn't realize he's already lost

Rachel Maddow Show: Donald Trump Big Lie election debate conspiracy theories 2021-11-30 18:13 3KB

Lekki Toll Gate report: Nigeria's Lagos governor calls for walk for peace for reconciliation

The Governor of Nigeria's Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said Tuesday that his government will not inflame already heightened tensions that stemmed from a report by a judicial panel that probed the October 2020 shooting of protesters at the state's Lekki Toll gate. 2021-11-30 18:06 3KB

Davis passes on bid for governor in Illinois, running for reelection to House

GOP Rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.) Tuesday announced he’s running for reelection to the House, taking himself out of contention in the Illinois gubernatorial race after … 2021-11-30 18:05 3KB

NRCC raises roughly $17 million at annual dinner featuring Trump

The GOP’s House campaign arm raked in about $17 million at a fundraiser headlined by former President Donald Trump earlier this month, according to a … 2021-11-30 17:53 2KB

McCarthy: ‘We Can Fix This Country if We Fire Pelosi’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urged voters, including independent and Democrat voters, to back the GOP ticket in the 2022 midterm elections. According … 2021-11-30 17:48 1KB

Correlation between traffic air pollution and stroke admissions in Ireland

There is a correlation between traffic-produced air pollution and stroke admissions in Ireland, an Oireachtas committee has been told. 2021-11-30 17:47 3KB

Traveling to Georgia during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

If you're planning to travel to Georgia, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic. 2021-11-30 17:42 2KB

Goa Forward Party extends support to Congress to fight ‘undemocratic’ BJP ahead of Assembly polls

The party was a constituent of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance but had walked out of the coalition in April. 2021-11-30 17:39 2KB

Biden's Vaxx Ultimatums Leave Patients To Die At Understaffed Hospitals

After a federal judge temporarily suspended the Biden administration’s vaccine requirements for federally-funded health care institutions in at least 10 states on Monday, hospitals … 2021-11-30 17:38 6KB

⭐ Solidarity with the Palestinian People Includes Being Honest

On November 29, the United Nations celebrates its International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 2021-11-30 17:35 6KB

Foreign visa holders face disarray in trying to enter Israel

Those with flights on Sunday were able to board their flights and enter Israel due to the intervention of Amudim and the New York consulate. … 2021-11-30 17:25 699Bytes

Ex-footballer Mohamed Aboutrika calls homosexuality a 'dangerous ideology' against the backdrop of the Premier League's Rainbow Laces campaign

Former Egypt international Mohamed Aboutrika has described homosexuality as a "dangerous ideology" amid an English Premier League initiative championing LGBTQ+ inclusion. 2021-11-30 17:25 3KB

Study: California's Sierra Nevada snowpack could vanish by 2046

A new study from researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says California's Sierra Nevada snowpack could vanish with decades. 2021-11-30 17:15 1KB

Madhish Parikh, Rohit Kumar and Shubham Dharmsktu from India invited for the coveted International Prize, to be held in Russia

New Delhi [India], November 30 (ANI/ATK): The International Forum of Civil Participation "We Are Together" and Award Ceremony will be held in Moscow, Russia … 2021-11-30 17:00 4KB

Federal Government to Run Out of Money in Three Days amid Legislative Pileup

The federal government will run out of money in three days while a legislative pileup has continued to plague Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who failed … 2021-11-30 16:58 2KB

Developers pull plug on Cape Elizabeth affordable housing project

The proposal for Dunham Court drew opposition from people who criticized its location, size and financing. 2021-11-30 16:54 5KB

Congress stares down slew of deadlines with return to Washington

After returning to Washington after a Thanksgiving recess, lawmakers must now address a slew of self-imposed deadlines. 2021-11-30 16:50 4KB

Poland: Lawmakers endorse restricting access to border areas

Poland’s lawmakers approved new regulations Tuesday that authorize the government to declare areas along the nation's borders off-limits to everyone except residents and … 2021-11-30 16:49 2KB

Brazil president joins centrist party with election ahead

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro officially joined the centrist Liberal Party on Tuesday, a key political deal in his quest for reelection in 2022. … 2021-11-30 16:47 4KB

Pentagon plans to bolster US bases in Australia, Pacific after security review

The Pentagon is set to boost US military infrastructure in Australia, Guam and the Mariana Islands in order to counter the increased threat from China … 2021-11-30 16:38 3KB

Nevada casinos win $1.2B in October, matching record streak

Nevada casinos matched a record streak of eight straight months of $1 billion or more in house winnings in October, state regulators reported Tuesday, showing that hospitality and tourism have . 2021-11-30 16:38 2KB

Government approves face coverings for pupils from third class up

Primary pupils from third class up will be required to wear face masks until February, the Cabinet has agreed. 2021-11-30 16:37 4KB

DCCC Chair ‘Not Surprised’ by Democrats’ Low Generic Poll Numbers

Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) — the top Democrat tasked with keeping their House majority — said during a TV … 2021-11-30 16:34 3KB

Doctor, Inspired By Seeing Red Cross In Action In Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria, Inspired To Run Chicago Marathon

Today is Giving Tuesday, and as we've done for so many year's past, we're teaming up with the American Red Cross to help continue the work they do every day in our community. There are so many ways you can help - by giving money, or time. 2021-11-30 16:30 4KB

Bangladesh elects first transgender mayor: ‘The glass ceiling is breaking’

“The victory means they really love me and they have embraced me as their own." 2021-11-30 16:19 2KB

Red states appear ready to reject funds for universal pre-K

Rachel Maddow Show: Build Back Better Democrats Republicans universal pre-kindergarten red states GOP Republican officials 2021-11-30 16:18 2KB

Rabbis Kanievsky and Edelstein denounce Western Wall agreement

They called on the community “to do everything to prevent this disgrace to the holy place” and to intensify their prayer and Torah study to … 2021-11-30 16:14 737Bytes

Cabinet approves changes to special envoy appointment process

Proposed measures designed to reform the appointment of special envoys, in the wake of a controversy over the appointment of former minister Katherine Zappone, have received Cabinet approval. 2021-11-30 16:09 2KB

Schools shall continue to run in Telangana: Minister Sabita

Hyderabad: Telangana education minister Sabita Indrareddy on Tuesday clarified that schools shall continue run as usual across the state. There is an 2021-11-30 16:07 1KB

Taylor mayor's aide guilty, leaving Sollars solo for bribery trial

Taylor\u00a0community development manager Jeffrey Baum is the third person to strike a plea deal with federal prosecutors in the public corruption case. 2021-11-30 16:06 3KB

Why India’s offshore wind energy potential remains untapped despite its 7,600 km-long coastline

High initial costs and lack of financial support from the government have led to slow progess. 2021-11-30 16:00 11KB

Israel commemorates expulsion of Jews from Arab lands

The underlying message by all the speakers was that more than two thousand years of the achievements and traditions of Jews in Arab lands had … 2021-11-30 15:59 702Bytes

CEC Chandra tells story of Indian elections to international audience

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Tuesday narrated to an international audience the story of elections in India, the world's largest democracy, telling how … 2021-11-30 15:51 2KB

K P Sharma Oli re-elected chairman of Nepal's CPN-UML party

Nepal's main opposition CPN-UML on Tuesday overwhelmingly re-elected former prime minister K P Sharma Oli as the chairman of the country's … 2021-11-30 15:45 1KB

SA medical students assaulted by Cuban police partied into the night - Deputy Health Minister

The Department of Health is awaiting a report after South African medical students in Cuba were assaulted at a party. 2021-11-30 15:42 3KB

Abject failure of govt's policies: Congress on latest GDP figures

The Congress on Tuesday claimed the latest GDP figures "reveal the continued abysmal performance" of the economy and the "abject failure" of the government's … 2021-11-30 15:27 3KB

Nepal’s embattled chief justice tests positive for the virus, amid broad political disarray.

Covid-19 has thrown the already turbulent political scene in Nepal into further disarray, as the embattled top judge of its highest court has been … 2021-11-30 15:24 3KB

Biden Is Quietly Continuing a Trump-Era Ploy to Privatize Medicare

The Medicare experiment could result in health care policy and political nightmare, but most in Congress seem unaware. 2021-11-30 15:16 10KB

Odisha CM launches 17 industrial projects worth Rs 1K cr

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday inaugurated seven industrial projects and laid foundation stones for 10 projects involving a 2021-11-30 15:15 2KB

Biddeford, state officials studying ways to alleviate traffic congestion on Route 111

A public meeting is scheduled for Dec. 14 to gather feedback from commuters impacted by traffic conditions on Route 111 west of Exit 32. 2021-11-30 15:10 3KB

Maine Legislator Who Fought Mask Rules Resigns After Wife's Death From COVID

State Representative Chris Johansen said his wife's death meant he no longer had time to serve in the Legislature. 2021-11-30 15:09 2KB

Pak: FIR lodged against PTM, ANP head for organizing public meet without NOC

Quetta: First Information Report (FIR) lodged by the Quetta Police against Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) head Manzoor Pashteen and Awami National Party 2021-11-30 15:06 2KB

City Declares Independence From California in Vaccine Protest

Oroville declared itself a "constitutional republic" in a move against COVID mandates 2021-11-30 15:04 2KB

What next after this time of divisiveness?

Instead of thinking along the lines of Republican and Democrat, maybe we should instead start thinking about who would best represent us, complain more about the failed policies and mindsets of bot… 2021-11-30 15:00 4KB

Man Rescued After 22 Hours on Capsized Boat

Over and over, the ocean waves battered him. And the 69-year-old man endured for 22 hours, sitting on the engine of his capsized boat in rough seas off Japan, gripping the propeller. 2021-11-30 14:59 1KB

Could Taiwan Be the Next Crisis That Delays Your Retirement?

With $700 billion at stake, U.S. investors have their eye on mounting tensions over the island. 2021-11-30 14:47 1KB

For the unvaccinated, the GOP changes its tune on jobless aid

Rachel Maddow Show: Republican Party GOP governors unemployment benefits jobless aid unvaccinated vaccines Covid-19 pandemic economy jobs 2021-11-30 14:22 3KB

Syria seizes amphetamine-based drugs headed for Saudi Arabia

Syrian authorities said Tuesday they seized over 500 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of amphetamine pills known by the brand name Captagon hidden in pasta packages … 2021-11-30 14:18 3KB

Lance Klusener to step down as Afghanistan coach

Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener will not continue as head coach of Afghanistan when his contract expires at the end of the year. 2021-11-30 14:03 1KB

Telangana girl sailors to represent India at World Championship

Vaishnavi Veeravamsham is set to be the youngest sailor representing India at the Oman Senior Girl’s World Championship. 2021-11-30 14:01 2KB

Policy Matters: Transportation

Maine continues to be challenged by transportation issues, vexed by being a large state with a small population that is highly dependent on personal vehicles. … 2021-11-30 14:00 1KB

Only Republicans Can Stop the Republicans Now

The biggest obstacle to the GOP’s political dominance is now the party’s own dearth of ideological discipline. 2021-11-30 14:00 9KB

Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location. 2021-11-30 14:00 8KB

Ex-CIA officer reacts to new report about Trump's CIA briefings

The CIA released a new report which discusses how intelligence officials struggled to brief President Donald Trump before and while he was in office. 2021-11-30 13:54 789Bytes

France Accuses UK of Running a ‘Quasi-Modern Slavery’ Economy for Illegal Migrants

A senior government official in France has accused the United Kingdom of operating an economic model in which illegal migrants are entered into a form … 2021-11-30 13:47 4KB

82 Per Cent of Voters Think Boris Govt Is Handling Channel Migrant Crisis Badly

More than four-in-five voters think Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is handling the Channel migrant crisis badly, with more than three-quarters of Conservative Party … 2021-11-30 13:42 4KB

State ‘ready’ to proceed with Zandile Gumede trial

The State said on Tuesday that it is ready to start the corruption trial of former eThekwini Municipality mayor, Zandile Gumede, and 21 others. 2021-11-30 13:37 1KB

How Covid-19 Has Changed Where Californians Live

The pandemic hasn’t pushed people out of the state as much as rearranged where they reside within it. 2021-11-30 13:37 7KB

'Sex workers continue to be the subject of human rights violations' - social development dept

The Deputy Minister of Social Development says sex workers' rights should be respected by all South Africans, especially the police. 2021-11-30 13:33 3KB

Malawi Has an Unusual Offer for Mike Tyson

In "something we weren't expecting" news this week, Mike Tyson has been asked to be an ambassador. Specifically, the cannabis ambassador for the African nation of. 2021-11-30 13:29 3KB

Alam N'yo Ba: Samu't saring trivia tungkol sa India

Kamakailan lang, ipinagdiriwang din sa India ang kanilang Constitution Day. 2021-11-30 13:24 1KB

Hungary's parliament approves referendum on LGBT issues

Hungary's parliament authorized the government Tuesday to call a national referendum on LGBT issues, the latest in a series of steps by the country's … 2021-11-30 13:20 2KB

RBI appoints three-member advisory committee to assist RCap's administrator

After superseding the board of Reliance Capital (RCap), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday appointed an advisory committee tasked with assisting the administrator … 2021-11-30 13:17 2KB

‘Our Money Has No Value’: Frustration Rises in Turkey at Lira Crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence on directing monetary policy and sticking with low interest rates is draining confidence, economists say. 2021-11-30 13:15 6KB

Digital Vibes: Health DG Sandile Buthelezi's suspension lifted

Nearly three months after being suspended for his alleged role in the R150 million Digital Vibes contract, national health department director-general Sandile Buthelezi has been reinstated in his position. 2021-11-30 13:11 2KB

Govt debt at 62% of GDP; capable of repaying liabilities: MoS Finance

Central government debt is estimated at about 62 per cent of GDP for this fiscal and it is capable of repaying its liabilities, Minister of State … 2021-11-30 13:09 1KB

Inundation woes continue to hassle TN people, CM inspects rain hit areas

Inundation caused by monsoon rains continued to trouble people here and in other parts of the state, while Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday … 2021-11-30 13:06 4KB

Why is 'The Summit of the Gods' in French?

Patrick Imbert spoke with Newsweek about his film "The Summit of the Gods" which adapts a Japanese manga and novel of the same name. 2021-11-30 13:03 3KB


"Right now, Mr. Donziger sits in a crowded federal prison because a Chevron attorney made it so." 2021-11-30 13:03 1KB

When Multilevel Marketing Met Gen Z

Amelia Whelan used social media as an accelerant for her sales community. Then things blew up. 2021-11-30 13:00 26KB

Banning all cryptocurrencies unwise move, regulation needed: ORF report

With an estimated 15 million Indians holding digital currencies, cryptocurrencies need to be regulated like any other financial asset and it would be unwise for India … 2021-11-30 12:47 5KB

The Sustainability Revolution For Business

Many companies are in the midst of an existential crisis. 2021-11-30 12:30 6KB

All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers Up 4.50% On Year In October 2021

Labour Bureau, an attached office of the M/o Labour & Employment, stated today that the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers or CPI-IW for October, 2021 … 2021-11-30 12:26 2KB

Pharmally's Ong, Dargani to be moved to Pasay City Jail's general population

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee ordered Dargani and Ong transferred to the Pasay City Jail for their failure to submit the company's financial documents. 2021-11-30 12:20 3KB

Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi claims he might be kidnapped from Antigua

In a video message, the PNB scam accused said he was willing to cooperate Indian investigating agencies over online platforms. 2021-11-30 12:12 2KB

Czech politicians put aside difference to back booster plan

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's outgoing and incoming prime ministers put aside their differences on Tuesday to support an initiative to administer 1 million… 2021-11-30 12:11 2KB

Matildas score late to share spoils with US women

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — A late goal by Kyah Simon earned Australia a fortunate 1-1 draw against the world champion United States and denied the American… 2021-11-30 12:07 3KB

Priyanka Gandhi slams UP govt over law and order situation

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government over the law and order situation, saying the BJP may … 2021-11-30 11:51 1KB

Admiral R. Hari Kumar takes over as Indian Navy chief

New Delhi: Admiral R. Hari Kumar, a Gunnery specialist and an advocate of integrated theatre commands, took over as Chief of the Naval Staff. He succeeds 2021-11-30 11:49 2KB

Palestinian president warns Israel not to undermine two-state solution

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned Israel not to undermine the vision of the two-state solution, which is backed by the 2021-11-30 11:42 2KB

Solar projects of 107 GW either installed or under implementation: Minister

Solar energy generation projects totalling 107.46 GW are either installed or under various stages of implementation or tendering, Parliament was informed on Tuesday. India … 2021-11-30 11:35 2KB

Defense cooperation ng PH at Poland, pinagtibay

WARSAW – Isang bilateral meeting ang dinaluhan sa Poland ni Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana nitong November 6 hanggang November 13, 2021. 2021-11-30 11:34 2KB

Joe Biden's Growing List of Failures| Opinion

For many, electing Joe Biden represented a return to normality. Unfortunately, his presidency has only ushered in divisiveness and staggering incompetence. 2021-11-30 11:30 6KB

Will dump unprocured paddy in front of India gate: CM KCR

CM KCR in a press conference warned the central government that he will dump tonnes of paddy infront of the India gate if its not procured. 2021-11-30 11:17 2KB

Total OFW deployment ban sa Ethiopia, iniutos ng POEA

MANILA - Ipinagbawal na ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ang deployment ng OFWs sa Ethiopia dahil sa tumitinding labanan sa pagitan ng Ethiopian government forces at insurgents. 2021-11-30 11:07 2KB

Nifty Dec futures trade at premium

India VIX rose 1.62% at 21.1675. Turnover on the National Stock Exchange's futures & options (F&O) segment was Rs 81.09 lakh … 2021-11-30 11:07 1KB

GOP Rep. Donalds Riles Up Democrat When He Rips Biden: ‘Didn’t Trash The Man, I’m Speaking Facts’

Freshman Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) riled up Small Business Committee Chair Rep. Nydia Velázquez, a Democrat, when he criticized President Joe Biden’s knowledge of … 2021-11-30 11:01 4KB

Stagflation In Japan? Welcome To Tokyo’s Nightmare Scenario

As 2021 heads to an exit, Japan is indeed getting inflation—finally. Unfortunately, it’s the bad kind no nation wants: imported inflation thanks to surging energy costs. 2021-11-30 11:00 4KB

Here’s An Ominous Misuse Of Antitrust Suits

The Justice Department suit to block Penguin Random House’s purchase of Simon & Schuster is more about government controlling companies than alleged antitrust violations. 2021-11-30 11:00 3KB

NIA custody most 'traumatic time' of my life: Sachin Waze tells probe panel

Dismissed police officer Sachin Waze on Tuesday told an inquiry commission that the time he spent in the National Investigation Agency's (NIA) custody following … 2021-11-30 10:57 3KB

'What's your Aadhaar number', when Goa CM almost fell for phishing scam

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday revealed how he almost fell for a voice phishing scam, when an unknown caller almost made him reveal his Aadhaar … 2021-11-30 10:52 3KB

The GOP's murderous new normal

The Republican Party has become a party of violence 2021-11-30 10:31 5KB

NTPC Executive recruitment ends today at

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited online applications from eligible candidates for recruitment to the post of Executive (Hydro). 2021-11-30 10:30 2KB

Anti-apartheid activist Swaminathan 'Swami' Gounden has died

Political activist, trade union leader and community activist Swaminathan "Swami" Karuppa Gounden has died. 2021-11-30 10:28 1KB

Uttarakhand govt scraps Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board law

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday announced that the State government will be withdrawing Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Act after months of … 2021-11-30 10:18 2KB

Dubai Lines Up Emirates Airline For Possible Stock Market Listing

The Dubai government is considering selling shares in one of its flagship assets, Emirates Airline, in the latest stage of a privatisation push 2021-11-30 10:13 3KB

Maryland legislative panel wastes no time giving Davis thumbs-up for state treasurer

To the surprise of no one, a legislative panel vetting candidates for state treasurer has voted to recommend House Economic Matters Chair Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s) for the job. 2021-11-30 10:12 3KB

Portugal’s president vetoes 2nd version of euthanasia bill

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's president has refused to sign for the second time a parliament-sanctioned bill allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted… 2021-11-30 10:07 2KB

Report: Israel Says Iran Preparing to Enrich Uranium to Weapons-Grade Level

The Israeli government informed the Biden administration and its western allies that Iran "is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity 2021-11-30 10:04 2KB

Qatar 2022: Amid ongoing human rights concerns, World Cup chief promises host nation is 'tolerant' and 'welcoming'

With less than a year to go before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, questions surrounding host nation Qatar's handling of humanitarian issues show few signs of abating -- specifically concerning the state's anti-homosexuality laws. 2021-11-30 10:04 9KB

Senate Democrats’ Russian pipeline headache just won’t go away

The chamber's goals of passing the defense bill and confirming nominees are at risk of failure over Nord Stream 2 sanctions. 2021-11-30 10:01 7KB

It's no secret: CIA book looks at fraught relations with Trump

It's not exactly classified information — former president Donald Trump and the intelligence community didn't get along. But in an updated book, Getting To Know The President , … 2021-11-30 10:01 6KB

This Ohio Democrat Says He's a Champion of the Working Class. Now, He's Backing a Tax Break for Coastal Millionaires. - Washington Free Beacon

Ohio congressman Tim Ryan (D.), who has fashioned himself as a champion of the working class, is throwing his weight behind a proposal that undercuts … 2021-11-30 10:00 4KB

India’s Modi Reminds Us Why Economics Just Isn’t His Thing

In the last week, India’s Narendra Modi demonstrated why his legacy as an economic reformer will be lackluster. He even reminded us why the BRIC nations thesis isn’t panning out. 2021-11-30 10:00 5KB

Why Retired Subway Workers Are Getting $35,000 to Come Back

The pandemic caused a shortage of train and bus workers. Now transit agencies in New York and around the nation are aggressively recruiting and hiring. 2021-11-30 10:00 9KB

Ready to Shine in the United States, a Star Waits in Japan

Seiya Suzuki can hit for average and power, and plays solid defense. The only thing slowing his arrival is the possibility of an M.L.B. lockout. 2021-11-30 10:00 7KB

How to Make a Personal Logo

Choose an emblem that represents an aspect of yourself that goes back to a childlike state. Simple actions and clear lines are best. 2021-11-30 10:00 2KB

Argentina: Check Yo’ Self Before You Wreck Yo’ Self

The general consensus seems to suggest the Fernandez-Fernandez administration is on track to sealing a deal with the International Monetary Fund while the opposition, currently led by Buenos Aires City Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, will clinch a victory in next year’s presidential elections. 2021-11-30 10:00 7KB

Dalit government official, his wife murdered in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district

This comes days after four members of a Scheduled Caste family were killed in Prayagraj. 2021-11-30 09:52 2KB

MHA asks states/UTs for rigorous screening of int’l passengers

The MHA on Tuesday asked all States and Union Territories (UTs) for rigorous screening of international passengers arriving in India . 2021-11-30 09:21 3KB

Australia Market recoups ground on bargain hunting

The Australian share market has finished session higher on Tuesday, 30 November 2021, recouping some of the losses in the previous two sessions, as investors … 2021-11-30 09:21 3KB

“Philx: More Than Manpower” Entrepreneurship Forum, itinanghal sa Dubai

DUBAI- Inorganisa kamakailan ng Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and Northern Emirates kasama ang SandBox Middle East, ang “PHILx: More than Manpower” forum, kung saan itinampok ang mga matagumpay na Filipino owned businesses sa United Arab Emirates at kanilang naging kontribusyon sa ekonomiya ng UAE. 2021-11-30 09:08 2KB

Meet Biden's 'climate cabinet': A who's who of 9 senior officials tackling climate change

As congressional Democrats prepare to send the party's sweeping social care and climate plan to President Joe Biden's desk, the administration is marshaling itself to … 2021-11-30 09:00 1KB

Brickbat: Electrifying News

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he supports a bill that would require electric car chargers to be installed in all new buildings and all 2021-11-30 09:00 780Bytes

Japan Nikkei tumbles to 8-weeks low

Japan shares closed lower for third straight session on Tuesday, 30 November 2021, dragging the benchmark Nikkei225 index to eight weeks low, amid lingering fears … 2021-11-30 08:32 3KB

Parliamentary panel wants to call FB whistle-blowers to depose before it

During the meeting, many members took the view that both whistle-blowers be called before the panel to brief it about their findings, they said. 2021-11-30 08:30 3KB

Mamata wants to lead Oppn, Sonia’s days are over: Dilip Ghosh

BJP national vice-president Dilip Ghosh said that TMC chief Mamata Banerjee wants to be the leader of the opposition . 2021-11-30 08:13 2KB

Texts From Cuomo Probe Reveal What Top Ex-Buttigieg Adviser Thought Of ‘Looney Tunes’ Christine Blasey Ford

New texts messages released from the investigation into former New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo show that a top former political adviser to then-Democrat … 2021-11-30 08:07 4KB

Imran Khan’s government reflects a Zia-era mindset by blaming schools and universities for extremism

In Pakistan, it is the madrassa that continues to adhere to a sectarian character and has become the primary political base for religious groups. 2021-11-30 08:00 7KB

Pag-asa Island in West Philippine Sea to get first high school

Students in Pag-asa Island may soon no longer have to travel to the Palawan mainland to pursue high school education. 2021-11-30 07:53 3KB

Irish loosie pips Eben Etzebeth for Autumn Nations Player of the Series award

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth narrowly missed out on being crowned the Autumn Nations Player of the Series. 2021-11-30 07:51 2KB

US Lawmakers Ask FAA to Detail Boeing 737 MAX Oversight

Three U.S. House Democrats on Monday asked the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide more details of the agency’s oversight of Boeing’s (BA. … 2021-11-30 07:41 2KB

FB whistleblower to testify before US Congress again

San Francisco: To discuss possible legislative changes to tech's controversial legal liability shield -- Section 230, the US House Democrats have 2021-11-30 07:40 2KB

Tata Steel Europe will see one of best years of EBITDA: Koushik Chatterjee

Steel prices have corrected globally, more so in China. In a conversation, Tata Steel Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Koushik Chatterjee, tells Ishita Ayan Dutt … 2021-11-30 07:07 1KB

Article 370: National Conference MPs protest outside Parliament, seek restoration of special status

Party chief Farooq Abdullah and two more MPs Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi, held the demonstrations. 2021-11-30 06:50 3KB

UN urges Philippines to let Nobel laureate Ressa travel to Norway

The United Nations urged the Philippines to allow Nobel Prize winning journalist Maria Ressa to travel to Norway next month to accept the award. 2021-11-30 06:38 2KB

Maruti Suzuki India declines for eight consecutive session

Maruti Suzuki India shed 0.33% to currently trade at Rs 7123, extending losses for eight day in a row. The stock has declined by 13. … 2021-11-30 06:29 2KB

Show bank recapitalisation in Budget as fiscally non-neutral: CAG to govt

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has pulled up the government for not factually showing in 2017-18 and 2018-19 Budgets that … 2021-11-30 06:24 3KB

India, Pak struggling to reach consensus on assistance to Afghanistan

Islamabad and New Delhi are at loggerheads over the modalities of shipment of Indian wheat to Afghanistan via Pakistan as the two countries are struggling … 2021-11-30 06:11 4KB

Court finds Mazda Australia misled customers on refunds for faulty vehicles

An Australian federal court has found that the local unit of Japanese automaker Mazda Motor Corp misled customers over their rights, the country's competition … 2021-11-30 06:08 2KB

Democratic strategist on the Build Back Better battle, President Biden's tanking approval rating

CBS News political contributor and Democratic strategist Joel Payne joins "CBS Mornings" to discuss the stakes for Democrats and President Biden as the Build Back Better plan heads to the Senate. Plus, what Mr. Biden can do to try to turn around his tanking poll numbers, with less than a year before the midterm election. 2021-11-30 06:03 1KB

New Zealand's opposition party picks former airline boss as new leader

New Zealand's main opposition National Party on Tuesday selected a former Air New Zealand chief executive as its new leader to face Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern … 2021-11-30 05:25 2KB

Iron Fish Raises $27 Million To Build A Cryptocurrency Beyond The Reach Of Surveillance States

Iron Fish founder Elena Nadolinski has come a long way from playing on tanks in Soviet Russia, raising capital from Andreessen Horowitz, LinkedIn executive chairman Jeff Weiner, billionaire Met’s owner, Alan Howard, and others to fight the chilling effect of government surveillance. 2021-11-30 05:15 7KB

Folan: Harnessing your own creativity

To start this school year, the Catholic Memorial community read "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and hosted its author, William Kamkwamba. The memoir shares the story of a schoolboy who overcame adversity to build a windmill to generate electricity for his village in Malawi, Africa. 2021-11-30 05:12 4KB


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Biden Reportedly Plans Stricter Covid Testing Rules For International Travelers — Even If They’re Vaccinated

President Joe Biden plans to require all travelers entering the United States — even those who are fully vaccinated — to take multiple Covid-19 tests, and is mulling a mandatory quarantine for all new arrivals, the reported Tuesday, the latest new travel restriction amid uncertainty over the coronavirus’ new omicron variant. The proposed travel curbs come as federal health officials monitor the coronavirus’ omicron variant, which was first discovered in South Africa and has been detected in more than a dozen countries — but not the United States yet. In response to the omicron variant, the federal government restricted air travel from several southern African countries. Experts say the variant’s severity, transmissibility and impact on vaccine effectiveness are still unclear, but the White House framed its new country-specific travel rules as an early precaution designed to buy time until more information about omicron becomes available. The United States also still hasn’t recovered from a late-summer uptick in coronavirus cases wrought by the virus’ delta variant, leading some experts and public officials to fear a winter surge. The country averaged over 80,000 new infections per day in the weeklong period ending Monday, roughly half late August’s infection rate but more than seven times above the nation’s June lull, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stricter coronavirus testing to be required for all travelers to the U.S. amid omicron variant concerns ( )
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Two fully vaccinated Israeli doctors test positive for Omicron variant
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Democrats Disavow Lockdowns They Embraced Under Trump as COVID Riots Rock Europe
Two Israeli doctors test positive for Omicron COVID variant
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Moderna's CEO says current COVID-19 vaccines likely won't work as well against Omicron
The Omicron Non-Emergency
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Biden: New Omicron COVID variant "cause for concern" not a "cause for panic"
Chicago's top doctor all but certain Omicron COVID-19 variant already in US 'Get a booster now'
Cabinet to discuss new Covid-19 proposals
SA government confident India tour will go ahead: 'We will take all precautions'
Guidelines issued to check spread of coronavirus in Uttarakhand
WHO warns against blanket travel bans over Omicron coronavirus variant
Japan Logs First Omicron Coronavirus Case, Closes Borders
Biden global COVID-19 response coordinator steps down
Emirates restarts flights to SA tomorrow – but won’t carry passengers out of Joburg
Switzerland may reintroduce work-from-home mandate amid Omicron variant
Six who returned from SA, other nations test Covid positive in Maharashtra
Blinken: Omicron underscores 'none of us will be fully safe until everyone is'
US travel ban not to punish SA, but to protect Americans - Biden administration
No case of Omicron reported in India so far: Mansukh Mandaviya in RS
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Dr. Mehmet Oz announces bid for Pennsylvania Senate seat

Nov. 30 Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, announced Tuesday that he will run for Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican. Oz, who appeared as "Dr. Oz" on The Oprah Winfrey Show and later his own show of the same name, announced his bid to fill the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., in a video shared to Twitter and an op-ed in The Washington Examiner in which he criticized Washinton's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
TV's Dr. Oz enters Pennsylvania's crucial Senate race on the GOP side
Dr. Oz announces Pennsylvania Senate bid
TV’s ‘Dr. Oz’ launches GOP bid for Pennsylvania Senate seat
Dr. Oz Says He’s Running for Senate in Pennsylvania
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Dr. Oz launches GOP Senate run in Pennsylvania
Dr. Oz announces he is running for Senate in Pennsylvania
Dr. Oz to jump into GOP Senate primary in key battleground of Pennsylvania: sources
Dr. Oz expected to join race for Pennsylvania’s US Senate seat: report
Dr. Oz will run for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat as a Republican
AP sources: Dr. Oz plans to run for Senate seat in Pennsylvania
Sources: Dr. Oz plans to run for Senate seat in Pennsylvania
Dr. Oz joins crowded race for Pennsylvania Senate seat
Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz running for Senate in Pennsylvania
Celebrity surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz plans to run as a Republican for Pennsylvania’s open US Senate seat, sources tell AP
Dr. Oz Planning to Run for U.S. Senate Seat in Pennsylvania as Republican: Associates
Dr Oz to Enter Pennsylvania Senate Race as a Republican
Sources: Dr. Oz plans to run for Senate seat in Pennsylvania
Dr. Oz to Run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania
Dr. Oz announces bid for US Senate seat in Pennsylvania
Dr. Oz Declares In Race For Pennsylvania Senate Seat
Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz announces Senate run in Pennsylvania, joins GOP field
Dr. Oz plans to run for Senate seat in Pennsylvania: Sources
Dr. Oz intends to run for Senate in Pennsylvania: report
Sources: Dr. Oz plans to run for Senate seat in Pennsylvania
Sources: Dr. Oz plans to run for Senate seat in Pennsylvania
Sources: Dr. Oz plans to run for Senate seat in Pennsylvania
Dr. Oz expected to run for Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican: reports
Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz running for Senate in Pennsylvania


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Barbados Breaks With Britain to Become World’s Newest Republic

Barbados has broken up with the queen. In the early hours on Tuesday, the Caribbean nation celebrated its newfound status as a parliamentary republic by removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and swearing in its first president, Sandra Mason, on the 55th anniversary of its full independence from Great Britain. Mason, who had previously served as the queen’s representative on the island of 300,000, will continue to oversee ceremonial duties, while Prime Minister Mia Mottley will continue to serve as the head of state. “We believe that the time has come for us to claim our full destiny,” Mottley said during the ceremony. “It is a woman of the soil to whom this honor is being given.” To mark the end of almost 400 years of British rule, Prince Charles also attended the ceremony in the capital of Bridgetown, acknowledging his kingdom’s abuses in the Americas. “From the darkest days of our past, and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude.” Despite the split, Barbados will stay part of the Commonwealth, a voluntary group of 54 countries previously part of the British Empire. Fifteen nations, including Canada and Australia, are still officially headed by Queen Elizabeth II, who did not take the breakup poorly. “I send you and all Barbadians my warmest good wishes for your happiness, peace, and prosperity in the future,” she said in a message to President Mason. Shortly upon becoming a republic, the leaders at the ceremony got down to business: declaring Rihanna a national hero. Prime Minister Mottley said the honor was for capturing “the imagination of the world” with her talent and “above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth.” She also encouraged Rihanna to “continue to shine bright like a diamond.”
Barbados says goodbye to queen, transforms into republic
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Rihanna named national hero in Barbados, given title of 'the right excellent'
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Barbados says goodbye to queen, transforms into republic
Barbados holds celebrations ahead of officially becoming a republic
400 years later: Barbados bids adieu to UK Queen to become a republic
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Barbados says goodbye to queen, transforms into republic
Rihanna made national hero as Barbados becomes a republic
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Barbados becomes the latest republic; ends allegiance to Queen
Barbados holds celebrations ahead of officially becoming a republic
It's official: Rihanna's 'right excellent' in Barbados
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The Caribbean island of Barbados became a republic
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Barbados, Formally Casting Off the Queen, Becomes a Republic
Hear Prince Charles' speech as Barbados cuts ties with British monarchy
Rihanna Named National Hero in Barbados During Republic Ceremony
Out with the queen: Barbados breaks from British monarchy, becomes republic
Barbados declares itself a republic, cutting colonial-era ties with Britain and Queen Elizabeth II
Barbados names Rihanna a national hero after split from UK
Prince Charles Denounces 'Appalling Atrocity of Slavery' as Barbados Becomes Republic
Barbados declares itself a republic, cutting colonial-era ties with Britain and Queen Elizabeth II
Hear Prince Charles' speech as Barbados cuts ties with British monarchy
Prince Charles denounces the ‘atrocity of slavery’ as Barbados becomes a republic, cuts ties with UK
Barbados says goodbye to queen, transforms into republic


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Merck’s Covid Treatment Pill Wins Blessing of F.D.A. Panel

A federal advisory committee on Tuesday voted to recommend that the government for the first time authorize the use of an antiviral pill to combat the worst effects of Covid-19. The advisory committee, in a surprisingly narrow 13-to-10 vote, endorsed the pill from Merck, while public health officials worldwide raced to buttress their defenses against the newly emerging Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The Merck treatment, known as molnupiravir, has been shown to modestly reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid. The pill could be authorized for use in the United States within days and available to patients within weeks. In the coming weeks, the F.D.A. may also authorize a similar pill from Pfizer that appears to be significantly more effective than Merck’s. Together, the arrival of the two easy-to-use treatments could provide a cushion against a resurgent virus. The F.D.A. advisory panel, a group of experts on antimicrobial drugs, recommended that Merck’s treatment be authorized for people with Covid who are at high risk of becoming severely ill. That would most likely cover tens of millions of Americans who are older or have medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes or heart disease. But the committee’s close vote reflected doubts about the pill’s effectiveness and concerns that it could cause reproductive harm. “The efficacy of this product is not overwhelmingly good,” said Dr. David Hardy, an infectious disease physician in Los Angeles. Still, he voted to recommend the drug, saying “there is a need for something like this.” Other members of the committee who voted against authorization said more research was needed about the drug’s safety. “The risk of widespread effects on potential birth defects, especially delayed effects on the male, has not been adequately studied,” said Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Utah. The pills, which doctors will prescribe and will be dispensed at pharmacies, are much more convenient and are expected to reach many more people than the monoclonal antibody treatments that have typically been used to aid high-risk Covid patients. The antibody treatments are expensive and typically given intravenously at hospitals or clinics. The Biden administration has been hoping that the emergence of the antiviral pills from Merck and Pfizer will help end the most acute phase of the pandemic. The U.S. government has spent billions of dollars to secure millions of treatment courses of the new pills. Merck’s clinical trials primarily enrolled people who were infected with the Delta, Mu and Gamma variants of the coronavirus. Scientists have yet to run experiments to see how well the pills block Omicron viruses from replicating. But there are reasons to think they would remain effective even if the variant can sometimes evade vaccines, as well as monoclonal antibodies. Omicron has more than 30 mutations on the so-called spike protein that latches on to human cells. Some of those mutations may make it hard for vaccine-produced antibodies to attack the virus. But the pills do not target the spike protein. Instead, they weaken two proteins involved in the virus’s replication machinery. Omicron carries only one mutation in each of those proteins, and neither looks as if it would stop the pills from doing their jobs. A Merck executive, Dr. Nicholas Kartsonis, told the advisory panel on Tuesday that the company was “feverishly working” to collect samples from people infected with the Omicron variant that it can use in laboratory studies to help determine whether the drug will work against the variant. “We expect based on what we know about the Omicron variant that molnupiravir would be effective,” he said. Even before the expected arrival of Omicron, coronavirus cases are rising in many regions of the United States, notably the Upper Midwest and Northeast. The sharp increase has raised fears about a winter surge fueled not only by the new variant but also by indoor holiday gatherings and the refusal of tens of millions of Americans to be vaccinated. In a clinical trial, molnupiravir was found to reduce by 30 percent the risk of hospitalization or death when given to high-risk, unvaccinated volunteers within five days after they started showing symptoms. It appears to be substantially less effective than Pfizer’s pill, which was found to reduce that risk by 89 percent. Monoclonal antibody treatments have been found to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by at least 70 percent. Assuming the F.D.A. authorizes the use of molnupiravir, supplies are likely to be limited at first. In addition, the compressed time frame of getting the pills could pose a challenge. Merck’s treatment is supposed to be given within five days of the start of symptoms and is taken as 40 pills over five days. Patients will most likely need to test positive for the coronavirus and see a physician, who will write a prescription for a pack of pills that can be picked up at a pharmacy. But it often takes days to get results from a PCR test, and in some parts of the country it is hard to find tests that return results within 15 minutes. In addition, many people don’t have regular doctors to turn to for prescriptions. The Biden administration has ordered enough courses of Merck’s treatment, at about $700 per person, for 3.1 million people. Merck is expected to supply those pills before February. By contrast, Pfizer is expected to supply only enough of its pills to cover 300,000 people in the United States before the end of February. One question hanging over the treatment is how many eligible Americans will refuse to take the new pills. In a Morning Consult poll released this week, about half of unvaccinated adults — the primary group expected to need the pills — said they would not take F. D. A. -authorized antiviral pills if they got sick with Covid. A number of committee members raised questions about the safety of the pill. The treatment works by inserting errors into the virus’s genes. Some scientists say there is a theoretical risk that it could trigger mutations in cells as well, potentially causing reproductive harm or a long-term risk of cancer. “The overall risk of mutagenicity in humans is considered low,” Dr. Aimee Hodowanec, a senior medical officer at the F. D. A. , said at the meeting, referring to the potential for the drug to induce mutations in the DNA of people taking it. Merck says its laboratory tests and clinical trial data indicate that the drug is safe and does not cause worrisome mutations in humans. Members of the F.D.A. panel said the pills generally should not be given to pregnant women. Merck executives said on Tuesday that the company would begin a program to track any women who take molnupiravir while pregnant. Britain, which authorized Merck’s pill this month, recommended that it not be given to pregnant or breastfeeding women and that women who could become pregnant use contraception while taking the drug and for four days after.
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FDA panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck
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FDA advisers weigh safety, effectiveness of Merck’s COVID-19 pill
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US panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck
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FDA panel narrowly backs COVID-19 pill from Merck


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Trump’s Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Is Cooperating With Jan. 6 Committee

Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff for the Trump administration, has agreed to provide documents and closed-door testimony to the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol building. Meadows was subpoenaed in September to provide documents and to testify to the commission. At the onset of that subpoena order, it appeared that Meadows would be cooperative. But by the end of October, Meadows was refusing to testify and to provide the materials that the commission had asked for, justifying his defiance on the basis that Trump’s purported executive privilege limited him from discussing the final weeks of the former president’s tenure in office. As a result of his reluctance to cooperate, Meadows faced the possibility of being charged with contempt of Congress, much like Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon. This past weekend, January 6 commission member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) said that the panel would soon decide whether they would vote on issuing such charges to Meadows as well. It’s unclear whether it was the threat of contempt charges that motivated Meadows to become more cooperative. But regardless of why he’s changed his mind, Meadows now appears to be sharing documents with the commission and has agreed to testify. “Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney,” a statement from commission chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi) said. “He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition.” Meadows could still face consequences if he has yet another change of heart, Thompson warned: The details surrounding the agreement made between Meadows and the January 6 commission haven’t yet been made public. A statement from Meadows’s lawyer, George Terwilliger, suggested that Meadows isn’t planning to provide all of the information he has access to. Meadows and his lawyers will “continue to work with the Select Committee and its staff to see if we can reach an accommodation that does not require Mr. Meadows to waive Executive Privilege or to forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress,” Terwilliger said. Trump has asserted that his executive privilege as a former president means that his former aides cannot be compelled to testify if he doesn’t want them to, a position that most legal experts say rests on questionable legal ground. According to the letter of the law, only a sitting president can assert executive privilege. A former president can sue to keep their records private, which Trump has done. But earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that Trump’s assertions of privilege don’t hold up in court. “[Trump’s] position that he may override the express will of the executive branch appears to be premised on the notion that his executive power ‘exists in perpetuity',” opined Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. “But Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President. He retains the right to assert that his records are privileged, but the incumbent President ‘is not constitutionally obliged to honor’ that assertion.” Trump has appealed Chutkan’s order for the National Archives to hand over documents to the commission. Arguments for that appeal were heard by a three-judge panel on Tuesday, during which all three of the judges appeared skeptical of the former president’s legal rationale for why his documents and communications records should remain private. “This all boils down to who decides,” Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said during those hearings. “Who decides when it is in the best interest of the United States to disclose presidential records? Is it the current occupant of the White House or the former?” Chris Walker is a news writer at Truthout, and is based out of Madison, Wisconsin. Focusing on both national and local topics since the early 2000s, he has produced thousands of articles analyzing the issues of the day and their impact on the American people.
January 6 House panel chairman says Mark Meadows is cooperating with investigation
Mark Meadows Reverses Course, Now Cooperating With Jan. 6 Committee
Meadows reaches initial cooperation deal with Jan. 6 committee
Ex-Trump aide Mark Meadows agrees to testify before Jan. 6 panel
Mark Meadows has produced records for Jan. 6 committee, will appear for initial deposition
Trump ally Mark Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 probe
Ex-Trump aide Mark Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 panel
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows cooperating with Jan. 6 committee
Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff, cooperating with Jan. 6 committee, providing documents
Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Cooperating With House Jan. 6 Committee
Ex-Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows will appear before the Jan. 6 panel
What Mark Meadows’s sudden cooperation with the Jan. 6 committee could mean
Ex-Trump aide Mark Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 panel
Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows cooperating with Jan. 6 panel
Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows cooperating with Jan. 6 panel; averts contempt showdown – for now
Ex-Trump aide Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 panel
Ex-Trump aide Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 panel
Meadows to Testify Before Jan. 6 Committee as Other Trump Allies Cite Executive Privilege
Meadows "engaging" with House January 6 committee, chairman says
Ex-Trump aide Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 panel
Ex-Trump aide Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 panel


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Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ sentenced on drug charges

The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced in a federal court in the District on Tuesday to three years in prison for drug-trafficking charges. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, a dual U. S. -Mexican citizen, pleaded guilty in June to three felony charges including conspiring to distribute illegal drugs, conspiring to launder money and engaging in transactions with a foreign narcotics trafficker. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras also ordered her to serve four years of supervised release and to pay a forfeiture money judgment of $1.5 million. Prosecutors say from 2011 to 2017, she conspired with the cartel to illegally traffic cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the U.S. and that she also helped launder the cartel’s subsequent profits. In a press release, the Justice Department also noted that Coronel Aispuro helped Guzman Loera escape from a Mexican prison in 2015. She allegedly bought a property near the prison and gave him a watch with a GPS tracking device which allowed his accomplices to dig a tunnel under the prison to his cell. Guzman Loera was arrested in 2017 after getting into a gunfight with Mexican marines and was extradited to the U.S. He ran a cartel that smuggled drugs into the U.S. for 25 years and ordered his “army of sicarios,” or “hitmen,” to kidnap, torture and kill anyone that interfered, prosecutors say. Last year, a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of conspiracy to commit murder, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, drug trafficking, and money laundering. He is serving a lifetime sentence in a high-security federal prison in Colorado.
El Chapo's wife sentenced on federal drug trafficking charges
Wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' gets 3 years on US charges
'El Chapo' Guzman's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to 3 years in US federal prison
El Chapo’s Wife Sentenced To Prison
Wife of 'El Chapo' Learns Her Fate
'El Chapo' Guzman's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to 3 years in US federal prison
El Chapo’s Wife Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison
Wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' is sentenced to 3 years in prison on U.S. charges
Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ gets 3 years on US charges
El Chapo's wife sentenced to 3 years in prison
El Chapo Wife Gets 3 Years in Prison. For Drug Trafficking
El Chapo’s Wife Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison
Wife of powerful drug lord El Chapo Guzman sentenced to 3 years in prison
Judge sentences 'El Chapo's' wife to three years in prison
El Chapo's wife sentenced to three years in prison
El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, sentenced to three years for helping run cartel
El Chapo's wife sentenced to 3 years for her role in helping drug cartel
Wife of Drug Kingpin El Chapo Sentenced to 3 Years Behind Bars for Drug Trafficking
She ‘Was a Co-Conspirator’: Wife of ‘Ruthless and Bloodthirsty’ Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Gets Sent to Prison for Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering
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Appeals court judges appear skeptical of Trump's claim of executive privilege

Washington — A three-judge federal appeals court panel weighing whether former President Donald Trump can shield his White House records from the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol appeared skeptical of Mr. Trump's claims of executive privilege on Tuesday, the latest development in a legal standoff that could ultimately reach the Supreme Court. Mr. Trump in October in an attempt to stop the National Archives from handing over certain documents, arguing his White House records are protected under executive privilege, the legal doctrine that shields some internal executive branch material from congressional scrutiny. President Biden his predecessor's claim and permitted the National Archives to comply with the House committee's request for the documents. During Tuesday's virtual hearing, attorneys for Mr. Trump argued the federal courts are the proper venue for settling the dispute between the current and former presidents. But Judges Patricia Millett, Robert Wilkins and Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit questioned whether they have a role in ruling on Mr. Trump's claims of executive privilege if the current president has already waived that right. "This all boils down to who decides", Jackson told Mr. Trump's attorney, Jesse Binnall. "Is it the current occupant of the White House or the former?" "Why should the former president be the one to make that determination?" she asked, to which Binnall answered that it is "incumbent on the courts" to make the decision if there is disagreement between a former and an incumbent president over executive privilege claims. Binnall, who argued that previous legal precedent set following President Richard Nixon's resignation weighs in Mr. Trump's favor, argued the courts must make the final decision about whether the committee can obtain the documents, not Mr. Biden. "All that matters is the current president and the former president. Once that disagreement occurs, an Article III court has to make a determination", he claimed. Determining "whether a document is privileged or not is far more technical" than the process used by the Biden administration and the National Archives, Binnall added. But Millett later pointed out that such an examination of individual documents and their potential privilege "changes the analysis not a whit" because executive privilege had already been waived by Mr. Biden. Douglas Letter, the House's general counsel, said the sitting president "is in the best position, best by far, to determine what is in the best interest of the executive branch at that time." "What the courts should do is say, 'The current president has spoken. That's it. We're done'", he added later. In previous lawsuits brought before the court over requests for documents and testimony, Letter pointed out, disagreements between the executive branch and Congress that prompted legal action. But in this case, Letter argued, "there is no clash here between the branches." However, in questioning the Justice Department attorney representing the National Archives, Millett asserted that executive privilege over presidential documents is "part of the lifeblood of the executive branch", and must be protected to some extent. Seemingly offering a modicum of support to part of Mr. Trump's claims, she said presidents might be reluctant to seek advice near the end of their terms, knowing that any communication may be waived the minute they leave office. The appeals court panel heard the case after the district court denied the former president's request to prevent the transfer of his White House documents, outright rejecting his claims of executive privilege and confidentiality. The committee says it needs the documents to further understand the events surrounding the January 6 assault on the Capitol. If the three-judge panel sides with the House and rejects Mr. Trump's claims, the former president's attorneys said they plan to ask the Supreme Court to settle the dispute. Since Mr. Trump filed his lawsuit, the National Archives has revealed that it identified more than 1,500 pages pertinent to the committee's request. These include daily presidential diaries, the files of then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, multiple binders belonging to then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House talking points alleging voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the House select committee earlier this year to investigate the, when thousands of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol as Congress counted the electoral votes. Lawmakers were sent fleeing amid the riot, which led to the deaths of five people and the. Mr. Trump, who encouraged his supporters to "walk over" to the Capitol during the Stop the Steal rally, was one week later for inciting the riot but was later.
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Appeals court weighs Trump arguments to withhold records
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Appeals court to weigh Trump arguments to withhold records
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NYC OKs safe sites for drug use, aiming to curb overdoses

The first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in New York City in hopes of curbing overdoses, the mayor and health commissioner said Tuesday. The “overdose prevention centers” — commonly known as supervised injection sites — have been discussed for years in New York and some other U.S. cities and already exist in Canada, Australia and Europe. A few unofficial facilities have operated in the city for some time, allowing drug users a monitored place to partake. Proponents say the facilities save lives by recognizing the reality of drug use and providing a place where users are watched for signs of overdoses, which claimed a record number of lives in the city and nation last year. “I’m proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. Opponents, however, see the sites as a moral failure that essentially sanctions people harming themselves, and federal law bans operating a place for narcotics use. The U.S. Supreme Court declined last month to take up a Philadelphia group’s fight to open a safe injection site, which a divided federal appeals court had rejected. The New York sites were opening Tuesday at existing needle exchange programs, city Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said. Such sites generally have monitors who watch for signs of overdose and can administer an antidote if needed. Chokshi suggested the facilities also would offer people referrals to drug treatment and other services and “bring people in from the streets, improving life for everyone involved.” More than 2,060 people died of overdoses last year in the nation’s most populous city, the most since reporting began in 2000. Nationwide, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there were more than 93,300 overdose deaths in 2020, up nearly 30% from the prior year's number.
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NYC OKs safe sites for drug use, aiming to curb overdoses


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Brian Kelly To LSU As Coaching Carousel Continues

Less than two days after Louisiana State University (LSU) lost what appeared to be their top coaching candidate, the Tigers have made a shocking and impressive splash hire, stealing Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame. The news was first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports on Monday evening, with multiple outlets confirming the report. LSU officially announced the hire Tuesday morning, confirming that Kelly’s contract is worth $95 million over 10 years. “I could not be more excited to join a program with the commitment to excellence, rich traditions, and unrivaled pride and passion of LSU Football,” Kelly said. “I am fully committed to recruiting, developing, and graduating elite student-athletes, winning championships, and working together with our administration to make Louisiana proud. Our potential is unlimited, and I cannot wait to call Baton Rouge home.” Notre Dame beat writer Pete Sampson shared a late-night message reportedly from Kelly to his Notre Dame players, following reports that he had accepted the LSU head coaching position. Just now Brian Kelly messaged Notre Dame’s roster in Team Works that “I will be leaving Notre Dame.” The plan is for Kelly to meet with the team tomorrow at 7 a.m. Here is the full message Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 30, 2021 “Men… Let me first apologize for the late night text, and, more importantly, for not being able to share the news with you in person that I will be leaving Notre Dame,” the message said. “I am flying back to South Bend tonight to be able to meet with you in the morning but the news broke late and I’m sorry you found out through social media or news reports… Again, my sincere apologies for not being able to be the one to share the news with you directly. Coach Kelly.” Kelly first became head coach at Notre Dame in 2010, following four years as head coach at Cincinnati. Kelly led the Bearcats to a 12-0 record in his final season at the helm. He leaves Notre Dame as the all-time winningest coach in program history, winning 113 games in 12 seasons in South Bend. Kelly led the Irish to the College Football Playoff in 2018 and 2020, as well as the BCS title game in 2012. Last week, Kelly was asked whether he’d ever leave Notre Dame, a question he shot down. “No,” Kelly said. “I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin [Pittsburgh Steelers head coach] had the best line, right? Unless the fairy godmother comes by with that $250 million check, my wife would want to take a look at that first. I’d have to run it by her.” LSU has been conducting a national search for their next head coach after announcing in October that Ed Orgeron would not be returning after the 2021 season. It’s been a wild 24 hours in college football, with Lincoln Riley bolting Oklahoma for the USC head coaching position Sunday evening. The news came just a day after Riley’s Sooners lost to Oklahoma State 37-33 in the Bedlam Series. The loss was the second of the season for Oklahoma, and ended their hopes of a Big 12 Championship. No. 8 Baylor and No. 7 Oklahoma State will play for the conference title Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET. Following Saturday’s loss to the Cowboys, Riley told reporters that he would not be taking the LSU head coaching position, a job he was rumored to be the favorite for. “I’m not going to be the next head coach at LSU,” Riley said. USC had been searching for its next head coach since firing Clay Helton in September, who went 46-24 in his seven years in charge of the program. It’s a major hire for a USC program that has never made the College Football Playoff, and has lost its title as the dominant program on the West Coast. “Lincoln is universally considered one of the brightest and most talented football coaches in the nation, and the fact that he chose USC is a testament to the strength of our brand, the power of the Trojan Family, and the leadership of our university,” Director of Athletics Mike Bohn said on Sunday. “This is for our current players, our former players, our alumni, our fans, and our entire university community. Our time is now.” This article has been updated to include additional information. Joe Morgan is the Sports Reporter for The Daily Wire. Most recently, Morgan covered the Clippers, Lakers, and the NBA for Sporting News. Send your sports questions to sports@dailywire. com. The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.
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A federal judge blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for U.S. health workers.

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday to halt the start of President Biden’s national vaccine mandate for health care workers, which had been set to begin next week. The injunction, written by Judge Terry A. Doughty, effectively expanded a separate order issued on Monday by a federal court in Missouri. The earlier one had applied only to 10 states that joined in a lawsuit against the president’s decision to require all health workers in hospitals and nursing homes to receive at least their first shot by Dec. 6 and to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4. “There is no question that mandating a vaccine to 10.3 million health care workers is something that should be done by Congress, not a government agency,” Judge Doughty of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana wrote. He added: “It is not clear that even an act of Congress mandating a vaccine would be constitutional.” The plaintiffs, he added, also have an “interest in protecting its citizens from being required to submit to vaccinations” and to prevent the loss of jobs and tax revenue that may result from the mandate. Several cities and states had already imposed their own vaccine mandates for health care workers, in an effort to contain outbreaks that were often passed from communities into medical settings like nursing homes. The momentum for vaccine mandates gained steam during the summer as the Delta variant swept through nursing homes, causing spikes in staff and resident infections, as well as overwhelming hospitals in many states with another Covid surge. Some of the larger hospital chains and several big nursing home operators also began requiring staff vaccinations, before the president began calling for nationwide compliance. Vaccinations among health care employees have increased since the summer, although cases among residents and staff remain in the thousands reported each week. Nationwide, the immunization rates among nursing home staffs is more than 74 percent, although much lower rates still exist in some regions. In leading a 14-state lawsuit against the mandate, Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana said the federal mandate would blow holes in state budgets and exacerbate shortages in healthcare facilities. The Biden administration tied compliance with the vaccine mandate to federal funding, requiring immunizations of millions of workers at hospitals, nursing homes or other health facilities that heavily rely on the Medicare or Medicaid programs. But many health care providers — especially nursing home and rural hospital operators — complained that staff members who were hesitant to be immunized would leave, aggravating employee shortages that plagued the industry long before the pandemic. Those complaints helped swell opposition in many states, like Texas and Florida, that have been vehemently against dictates on vaccines, mask-wearing and other federal policies at the heart of public health advice during the pandemic. More than a dozen states and some employers joined forces to fight a broader mandate that would require private employers of 100 or more workers to impose company-wide immunization. An appeals court has temporarily blocked that mandate as well, as the challengers to the policy pursue their arguments that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration overstepped its authority.
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California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Is Restored by Appeals Court

A federal appeals court on Tuesday restored California’s prohibition on high-capacity magazines, a decision with national implications that could also lead to the reinstatement of a state ban on semiautomatic weapons. In a 7-4 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a state ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition — reversing a federal judge’s decision that said the statute violated gun owners’ Second Amendment rights. In the appeals court’s ruling, Judge Susan P. Graber rejected the argument of gun rights groups that the state law, first passed in 2000 and strengthened in 2016, violated the “core” right of California gun owners to self-defense. “There is no evidence that anyone ever has been unable to defend his or her home and family due to the lack of a large-capacity magazine,” she wrote in a decision split along partisan lines. The seven jurists appointed by Democratic presidents supported the law and the four appointed by Republicans voted to strike it down. In 2020, a three-judge federal panel upheld the ruling by Judge Roger T. Benitez of the U.S. District Court in San Diego to reverse the law, ultimately kicking the case up to the full appeals court. “Today’s decision is a victory for public safety in California,” Attorney General Rob Bonta, the defendant in the case, said in a statement. “Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, but laws like our ban on large-capacity magazines are common-sense ways to prevent this violence, including devastating mass shootings.” Jonathan Lowy, chief counsel for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which filed several briefs in support of the magazine ban, said the law was not a challenge to gun rights but a more limited attempt to restrict access to “military-style firearms” and large capacity clips that have been used in shootings around the country. Both sides of the debate — gun control groups and gun rights activists — believe that Tuesday’s decision means the appeals court will reverse another one of Judge Benitez’s rulings, a decision this year to overturn the state’s semiautomatic weapons ban. The gun owners group that brought the high-capacity magazine case, the California Rifle & Pistol Association, did not immediately say whether it would appeal. But Mr. Lowy and others said they believed there was a significant chance that at least one of the cases would find its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is already poised to overturn a New York law that imposes strict limits on carrying guns outside the home. While the issues posed by the California cases are different, many gun rights groups see the court’s willingness to rule on the New York case as an indication of its openness to weighing in other high-profile gun cases. Larry Keane, a top official with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group, said Tuesday’s decision raised the pressure on the Supreme Court to clearly define the limit of state actions to regulate guns under the Second Amendment in the wake of District of Columbia v. Heller, the 2008 case that struck down much of Washington’s strict gun control law. “We are disappointed by today’s ruling,” Mr. Keane said. “A law banning magazines that are ubiquitously chosen by tens of millions of law-abiding citizens including Californians is an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment.” Igor Volsky, the founder of Guns Down America, which supports stricter regulation of high-capacity magazines and semiautomatic weapons, said the appeals court’s decision was “reassuring” in the short term, but ultimately a mixed blessing. “Should this ruling be appealed and make its way to the Supreme Court,” he said, “the high court’s conservative majority — and the outspoken support for expanding access to incredibly deadly weapons by some of the justices — poses a significant threat to us all.” In recent years, pro-gun groups have increasingly challenged state restrictions on firearms, hoping to take advantage of the influx of conservative judges appointed under former President Donald J. Trump.
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UK competition watchdog orders Facebook to sell off Giphy

The United Kingdom 's antitrust watchdog has blocked Facebook's acquisition of Giphy and ordered the social network to sell off the GIF-sharing platform, saying the deal hurts social media users and advertisers by stifling competition for animated images. The Competition and Markets Authority said Tuesday that the deal would let Facebook “increase its already significant market power” by denying or limiting other platforms' access to Giphy GIFs and driving traffic to Facebook-owned sites. It has noted previously that there’s only one other big provider of GIFs, Google’s Tenor. The regulator also was concerned that the deal removed potential competition from the U.K.'s 7 billion pound ($9.3 billion) display advertising market, of which Facebook controls half. It's the first time the watchdog has sought to unwind a tech deal, marking an escalation by regulators seeking to tame digital giants. Facebook, which has been renamed Meta, said it disagreed with the decision and is considering all its options, including an appeal. “Both consumers and Giphy are better off with the support of our infrastructure, talent, and resources", the company said. "Together, Meta and Giphy would enhance Giphy’s product for the millions of people, businesses, developers and API partners in the UK and around the world who use Giphy every day, providing more choices for everyone.” After consulting with other businesses and groups and assessing alternative solutions proposed by Facebook, the watchdog said it “concluded that its competition concerns can only be addressed by Facebook selling Giphy in its entirety to an approved buyer.” Stuart McIntosh, chair of the watchdog’s independent group that carried out the investigation, said the deal “has already removed a potential challenger in the display advertising market.” “Without action, it will also allow Facebook to increase its significant market power in social media even further, through controlling competitors’ access to Giphy GIFs,” he said. “By requiring Facebook to sell Giphy, we are protecting millions of social media users and promoting competition and innovation in digital advertising." New York-based Giphy’s library of short looping videos, or GIFs, are a popular tool for internet users sending messages or posting on social media. The two sides have waged a bitter battle over the deal, reportedly worth $400 million. The Competition and Markets Authority said in a provisional decision in August that Facebook should be forced to sell Giphy. The social giant responded with a strongly worded letter, saying the provisional decision contained “fundamental errors.” Last month, the watchdog fined Facebook 50.5 million pounds ($67.4 million) for failing to provide information needed for the investigation, saying the company's failure to comply was deliberate. The watchdog has said that prior to the deal, Giphy had been considering expanding its advertising services to other countries, including the U.K. That would have added a new player to the market and encouraged more innovation from social media sites and advertisers, but Facebook terminated Giphy’s ad partnerships after announcing the deal, it said. For all of AP’s tech coverage, visit
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Putin warns West: Moscow has red line about Ukraine, NATO

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday sternly warned NATO against deploying its troops and weapons to Ukraine, saying it represents a red line for Russia and would trigger a strong response. Commenting on Western concerns about Russia’s alleged intention to invade Ukraine, he said that Moscow is equally worried about NATO drills near its borders. Speaking to participants of an online investment forum. the Russian president said that NATO’s eastward expansion has threatened Moscow’s core security interests. The emergence of such threats represents a red line’ for us, Putin said. I hope that common sense and responsibility for their own countries and the global community will eventually prevail. He added that Moscow has been forced to counter the growing threats by developing new hypersonic weapons. What should we do? Putin said. We would need to develop something similar to target those who threaten us. And we can do that even now. He said a new hypersonic missile that is set to enter service with the Russian navy early next year would be capable of reaching targets in comparable time. It would also need just five minutes to reach those who issue orders, Putin said. The Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound to a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), has undergone a series of tests, most recently Monday. Ukrainian and Western officials have expressed worries this month that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. NATO foreign ministers warned Russia on Tuesday that any attempt to further destabilize Ukraine would be a costly mistake. The Kremlin has insisted it has no such intention and has accused Ukraine and its Western backers of making the claims to cover up their own allegedly aggressive designs. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 after the country’s Kremlin-friendly president was driven from power by mass protests and also threw its weight behind a separatist insurgency that broke out in Ukraine’s east. Earlier this year, a spike in cease-fire violations in the east and a Russian troop concentration near Ukraine fueled war fears, but tensions abated when Moscow pulled back the bulk of its forces after maneuvers in April. He argued that to avoid tensions, Russia and the West should negotiate agreements that would take the parties’ security interests into account. The Russian leader noted that Russia has been strongly worried about NATO’s drills near its borders, pointing at a recent exercise that involved U.S. strategic bombers. Strategic bombers, which carry precision weapons and are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, were flying as close as 20 kilometers (12 miles) to our border, he said. That represents a threat for us. Get the news updates on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. For all the latest World updates, download our app Android and iOS.
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Africa Fumes at Omicron Travel Bans: ‘Racism Is a Very Blunt Tool’

More African leaders on Monday joined South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera in condemning travel bans against their nations – imposed hurriedly by U.S. President Joe Biden and other Western and Asian governments after the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant – as unreasonable actions driven by virus panic and racist animosity towards Africans. Malawi’s Chakwera on Sunday accused the Biden administration, and others who imposed travel bans, of “Afrophobia.” Ramaphosa said the travel restrictions are “completely unjustified and unfairly discriminate against our country.” Botswana’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Edwin Dikoloti, worried the travel bans could interfere with the delivery of much-needed vaccines. “We were expecting one million doses before the end of the year and now we are just confused as we are not sure if those vaccines will come because we have been red-listed by the manufacturing countries,” he said. Dikoloti said only 19 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Botswana, and the first four patients were fully-vaccinated foreign nationals. “Most of these cases, contacts have been traced, tested and quarantined while the four foreign nationals have returned as they have finished their mandatory quarantine,” he said. Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism on Monday said the travel bans “lack scientific basis and are unacceptable, discriminatory and in contradiction of guidance from the World Health Organization.” “As we enter the festive season, this is a particularly crushing blow to our tourism industry and for the many lives and livelihoods that depend on it,” the ministry added. The African Union denounced the restrictions, asserting that “imposing bans on travelers from countries where a new variant is reported has not yielded a meaningful outcome.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he was “deeply concerned about the isolation of southern African countries due to new Covid-19 travel restrictions.” “The people of Africa cannot be blamed for the immorally low level of vaccinations available and should not be penalized for sharing health information with the world,” Guterres argued. “With the Omicron variant now detected in several regions of the world, putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity,” Matshidiso Moeti, African regional director for the World Health Organization (W. H. O. ), said on Sunday. “[Chinese coronavirus] constantly exploits our divisions. We will only get the better of the virus if we work together for solutions,” Moeti said. Mia Malan of South Africa’s Bhekisisa Center for Health Journalism also charged Western governments with scapegoating Africans for an outbreak they caused by “hoarding” vaccines. “Africa doesn’t have enough vaccines because Western countries bought it all up and even hoarded those vaccines. So they are part of the reason why this new variant emerged, because there’s a continent that didn’t have enough access to vaccines. Now they want to punish the very people who are the victims of their actions. That’s simply not the right thing to do,” she said. An especially furious denunciation of the travel restrictions came from Jess Auerbach, a professor at South Africa’s North-West University, on Monday. Auerbach said the travel bans were an expression of “global prejudice” and remarked, “Racism is a very blunt tool.” Auerbach was particularly angry that South Africa is being insulted and penalized for discovering the Omicron strain, potentially setting a dangerous precedent for developing nations that keeping such discoveries to themselves is wiser than warning the world and risking ostracization. “Wealthy countries ought to recognize and reward this excellent science and follow scientific principles themselves. Instead, they are punishing it, risking dangerous repercussions,” she wrote. Auerbach suggested the U.S. and Europe are impugning and penalizing South Africa because they are self-conscious about failing to detect the Omicron strain themselves. “That a developing country caught Omicron before the likes of the UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Israel, and Hong Kong, says everything about our commitment to humanity and our scientific prowess. That the world responded as it did, says everything about opportunistic racism,” she charged. “In the UK, masks are now mandated again, but we all know Prime Minister Boris Johnson needed to make that decision weeks ago – he waited until it was possible to blame another country. After Thanksgiving in the U.S., there will be another spike – now it can be blamed on South Africa, not on a polarized politic where so many do not believe in science,” she added.
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Rihanna Named Barbados National Hero in One of Nation's First Acts as Republic

Singer and businesswoman Rihanna can add another title to her ever-growing resume: "the right excellent." In one of its first acts since becoming a Republic, the nation of Barbados has designated Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, as a national hero. She becomes the 11th person to be bestowed the title of "the right excellent" in the country's history, with the most recent honoree former cricket player and "world's greatest all-rounder" Garfield Sobers. Fenty was previously honored as an ambassador to the country in 2018. The ceremony was held at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, less than a mile from the singer's childhood home. Prime Minister Mia Mottley honored Fenty for "commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence with her creativity, her discipline and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth." Prince Charles was also in attendance during the ceremony. The country had previously pledged allegiance to the United Kingdom and Queen Elizabeth II until 2020, when it announced plans to become a Republic. Sandra Mason was elected the country's first president in October. Queen Elizabeth II congratulated Barbados on achieving independence, while Prince Charles denounced his country's role in establishing Barbados as a slave nation. Rihanna has won nine Grammys and also established her Fenty brand of highly regarded makeup and lingerie. "May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to do credit wherever you shall go", Mottley said, referencing "Diamonds", one of Rihanna's hit songs. "God bless you, my dear." Rihanna smiled under her face mask as she heard her name called in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday but hesitated before she stood up. Before her, top Barbadian government officials encouraged her to join them at a crucial moment in her nation's history. "You can come my dear", Mottley told the multi-Grammy winner. "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you the designee for national hero of Barbados, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty", the prime minister said. Rihanna raised her palm to her heart as she stood next to Mottley and said thank you before they walked offstage and briefly put their arms around each other. Rihanna's Savage X Fenty lingerie brand has been praised for being inclusive, hiring women of all shapes, sizes and colors for her fashion shows.
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Greece will mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone over 60, or make them pay fines

Facing a surge in coronavirus infections and stalled vaccination drives, two nations in the European Union are giving their citizens an ultimatum: take the COVID-19 vaccine or face the financial consequences. Greece announced Tuesday that everyone 60 and older must be vaccinated by mid-January or face monthly fines of 100 euros (roughly $114). Earlier this month, Austria said it would require its entire adult population to be vaccinated by Feb. 1. Those who refuse are set to pay up to 3,600 euros, or just over $4,000, in fines. "It's not a punishment", Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told his cabinet in a televised meeting. "I would say it is the price for health. It is also an act of justice for the vaccinated. It's not right that they are deprived of health care services because others stubbornly refuse to do the obvious." Greece is the first EU country to target an age group with a vaccination mandate. Citing government data, Mitsotakis said about 83% of older Greeks are vaccinated. Those who are not — more than 500,000 people — are more likely to get seriously ill and die. Greece recorded more than 7,500 infections, hundreds of hospitalizations and 88 deaths on Tuesday alone, according to Greece's National Organization for Public Health. The monthly fine for refusing the vaccine is substantial for retirees. The average pension is 730 euros a month. Both Greece and Austria turned to compulsory vaccinations after a series of measures — including banning the unvaccinated from indoor venues — failed. Both countries have anti-vaccination movements, fueled by conspiracy theories, religion and anti-authoritarianism. In Austria, an unvaccinated far-right politician has promoted the use of the horse deworming drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19. His party joined thousands who took to the streets to protest lockdown measures and the vaccine mandate. "Society should be sticking together, taking care of each other, in times like these but instead we are splitting into two worlds, the vaccinated and the unvaccinated", said Christine Bertl, a biochemist from Vienna who supports the mandatory vaccination effort. "And the unvaccinated think only about themselves." Bertl added that they are refusing vaccines procured by the EU that could have gone to nations who cannot afford them. More than 61% of Greeks and 67% of Austrians are vaccinated, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, though those numbers could soon increase. Some reports show that mandates are pushing the unvaccinated to get their shots. The vaccine mandates come as the world scrambles to respond to the new omicron variant. Scientists say omicron appears to be highly transmissible, though researchers still have limited information about the variant. Infections have already appeared in several EU nations, including Austria. Mitsotakis say he expects the variant will likely reach Greece as well.
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Dem Senator warns Supreme Court of ‘revolution’ if Roe v. Wade overturned

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) predicted Monday that there would be a “revolution” if the Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision as the justices prepare to hear arguments in a highly anticipated case on the issue. During a virtual event featuring the Granite State’s House and Senate delegation, Shaheen was asked if she believed the abortion debate had become “muted” since so many Americans do not remember life before Roe was decided in 1973. “I hope the Supreme Court is listening to the people of the United States because… I think if you want to see a revolution go ahead, outlaw Roe v. Wade and see what the response is of the public, particularly young people,” she said. “Because I think that will not be acceptable to young women or young men.” On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will take up a case concerning a Mississippi law prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which was successfully challenged by the state’s only abortion clinic. It is the first time the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case over a pre-viability (roughly 24 weeks) abortion ban. Shaheen doubled down on her remark in a separate statement. “I’ve lived the consequences of the pre-Roe era,” she said. “I had friends in college who were forced to seek dangerous back alley abortions because women across the country were denied access to critical family planning services. We cannot allow Republican lawmakers to turn back the clock on women’s reproductive health and rights, which is precisely what the Mississippi case seeks to do. It is time to sound the alarm.” “Roe v. Wade isn’t just a decision that impacts women, their health and their financial security — it also impacts generations of families,” Shaheen added. Shaheen’s office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for further comment. During the same event, Shaheen’s Senate colleague Maggie Hassan (D-NH) called the Mississippi law “a direct attack on decades of precedent,” and added that “the Supreme Court should not put government in front of women’s most personal, difficult, and complicated health care decisions.” Republicans have long pushed for Roe v. Wade to be overturned and nearly 230 GOP lawmakers called on the high court to repeal it over the summer. On Tuesday, a group of Senate Republicans repeated that call, with Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) saying he hoped the high court would “right a very serious wrong.” “The 1973 decision was wrongly decided,” Thune said of Roe v. Wade. “And as has been pointed out, the decision, if it is overturned, does not eliminate abortion. It simply returns that to the states.” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) echoed Thune’s sentiments, pointing out that only seven countries in the world (the US, Canada, China, Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam) allow abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “Only seven countries will allow abortion after 20 weeks, and it’s because we now have that window into the womb where you can see the the baby as it forms, and its features, and you know if it’s a girl or if it’s a boy, and you share in that excitement to welcome this new life,” she said. The court could uphold the Mississippi law without explicitly overruling Roe and a 1992 ruling that states cannot impose an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions, an outcome that would satisfy neither side. The Supreme Court is also seperately taking up disputes over Texas’ highly contested abortion law, which bars the procedure at around six weeks of pregnancy– far earlier than many women know they are pregnant. The court had been asked to block the law from taking effect earlier this year, but voted 5-4 against doing so.
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Here’s what to know about Oxford High School.

On Tuesday, a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun at Oxford High School, a public school in Oakland County, Mich, north of Detroit, killing at least three and injuring several others. Located in Oxford, a small community in northern Oakland County, it is the only high school in the Oxford Community Schools district, which says that it offers families “a small town feel within the metro Detroit area.” Less than 6,000 students across five townships and two villages in southeastern lower Michigan are enrolled in the overwhelmingly white district. The school offers a program where students can take college credits and earn an associate degree by graduation. Once the location of a middle school, an architecture firm in neighboring Bloomfield Hills finished transforming the space into Oxford High School in 2004. Close to $40 million went into renovating the high school, which is now home to at least 33 classrooms, as well as a large gymnasium and a performing arts center.
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Josephine Baker Becomes First Black Woman Interred in France’s Tomb of Heroes

Josephine Baker, born in Missouri and beloved of France, whose life spanned French music-hall stardom and American civil rights activism, became the first Black woman to be laid to rest in the Panthéon, the nation’s hallowed tomb of heroes. On a gray afternoon, 46 years after her death in Paris, soldiers from the Republican Guard bore a flag-draped coffin up the red-carpeted stairs of the Panthéon, where Ms. Baker joined 75 men and five women, including the author Émile Zola, the scientist Marie Curie, and the resistance hero Jean Moulin. The colonnaded facade of the Panthéon, with its engraved dedication to the “great men” of France, was lit with a remarkable collage of images ranging from Ms. Baker’s wild nights performing at the Folies Bergères in 1926 to her appearance in front of the Lincoln Memorial beside the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Aug. 28, 1963, as he spoke the words, “I have a dream.” Ms. Baker’s reinterment beneath the cupola that rises above Paris marked the culmination of an extraordinary journey that began in the misery and racial segregation of St. Louis; led her to fame as the provocative dance star of “les années folles,” or crazy years, of 1920s Paris; and took her on to passionate political engagement in the cause of Europe’s freedom from the threat of fascism and American racial equality. At a time of tension in France over issues of race and gender, and of friction with the United States, President Emmanuel Macron chose to honor Ms. Baker as a woman with “every form of courage and audacity,” and “an American who found refuge in Paris and captured what it is to be French.” Five months from a divisive presidential election, he portrayed Ms. Baker as a symbol of unity — what he called “the beauty of collective destiny.” He held her up as an example of immigrant success, and of the multitudes a single life may contain. “France is Josephine,” Mr. Macron declared, standing before the coffin. From the right to the left of the political spectrum, at least for a day, everyone seemed to agree. The longing cadences of “J’ai Deux Amours,” or “I Have Two Loves,” perhaps Ms. Baker’s most famous song, filled the frescoed mausoleum during the ceremony. Its avowal that Ms. Baker’s heart went out at once to “Paris et mon pays” — “Paris and my country” — seemed to capture her unusual odyssey. At the time the song was recorded in 1930, Ms. Baker was still an American citizen. She became French in 1937, 12 years after her arrival in France. She is the first person of American origin to be entombed in the Panthéon, a distinction that was marked by the lighting Monday of the Empire State Building in the red, white and blue of the French flag. “She had a double affection for the two countries,” Ms. Baker’s daughter, Marianne Bouillon-Baker, said at an American reception on the eve of the entombment. After the racial violence she witnessed as a Black American child and the repeated humiliations of segregation and discrimination, Ms. Baker, who was born Freda Josephine McDonald, said she found a freedom and dignity in France for which she was “eternally grateful.” Other Black American artists, including James Baldwin and Richard Wright, had similar experiences, with the result that France is particularly sensitive to American criticism that its avowedly colorblind social model masks widespread discrimination. Mr. Macron said that Ms. Baker’s life had encapsulated “a universal struggle.” Her goal was not “to define herself as Black before defining herself as American or French.” Her guiding idea was not the “irreducibility of the Black cause,” but to be “a free and dignified citizen, completely,” he added. His words appeared to reflect his government’s rejection of what it often portrays as divisive American identity politics that threatens to undermine French universalism. Mr. Macron’s characterization of Ms. Baker’s beliefs was consistent with his government’s fierce defense of universalism. Still, her presence on the Mall with Dr. King and her repeated expressions of outrage at the treatment of Blacks in the United States make clear that the specific Black fight for equality was very important to her. Ms. Baker became an object of wild Parisian fascination when, just 20, she appeared in 1926 at the Folies Bergères theater dressed in little more than a skirt made of 16 rubber bananas at a show called “The Negro Review.” The cabaret played off white male colonial obsessions with Black women and their bodies in a France then fascinated by Black and African arts. Clowning and exaggerating, gyrating and waving her arms, Ms. Baker contrived to use and subvert the stereotypes, ridiculing them through what Mr. Macron called her use of the “burlesque.” Her fame extended far and wide; writers from Jean Cocteau to Ernest Hemingway fell under her thrall. But when artistic folly of the 1920s yielded to the Fascist military folly of the 1930s, Ms. Baker demonstrated that she did not take her success, or the gifts of her adoptive country, for granted. She joined the resistance. It was in her Free French uniform, hung with her various French military and civilian honors, that she appeared with Dr. King at the March on Washington. “I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents,” she said. “But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad.” She exhorted the crowd to fight on. “You can’t go wrong,” she said. “The world is behind you.” Gabriel Attal, the government spokesman, told Europe 1 radio that Ms. Baker was a “magnificent symbol who incarnates the love for France that can also come from people who are not born here.” His statement seemed pointed at immigration, which remains an explosive subject in France — the main theme of the election, along with purchasing power at a time of economic difficulty. If Ms. Baker embraced France, many immigrants, particularly from North Africa, have found that much harder because of the prejudice they have encountered. Her reinterment came on the same day as Éric Zemmour, a hard-right polemicist and TV star with fierce anti-immigrant views, declared his candidacy for the presidency. Polls suggest he has significant support. Of Ms. Baker, Mr. Macron said: “She did not defend a certain skin color. She had a certain idea of humankind and fought for the freedom of everyone. Her cause was universalism, the unity of humanity, the equality of everyone ahead of the identity of each single person.”
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Black artist Josephine Baker honored at France’s Pantheon
Black artist Josephine Baker honored at France’s Pantheon
Josephine Baker is the first Black woman to be inducted into France's Pantheon


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‘It’s Ravaging Our People’: John Kennedy Holds Nothing Back With Powell, Yellen Over Skyrocketing Inflation

Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy pressed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on the continuing rise of inflation on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Is the Fed considering increasing the pace of its tapering? We’ve got to get control of inflation, it’s ravaging our people,” Kennedy told Powell. “I think what we missed about inflation was we didn’t predict the supply side problems and those are highly unusual and very difficult. Very nonlinear and it’s very hard to predict those things,” Powell replied. “But that’s really what we missed and that’s why all of the professional forecasters had much lower inflation projections.” Powell said the Fed will discuss at a December meeting whether it is “appropriate” to finish their taper purchases and accelerate their tapering a few months earlier than scheduled, due to inflated pressures and the supply chain issues. Inflation has hit its highest levels in three decades, with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) hitting 6.2% on a year-over-year measure. The prices of gas, food, and other products have suffered from a shortage, causing companies to raise their prices as their quarterly profits continue to plummet. Kennedy said the recently passed infrastructure bill and President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan will cause the “American people to incur substantial debt,” prompting him to ask Yellen about the Biden administration’s limit on raising the national debt. “First of all, I want to say I disagree with your assessment of Build Back Better. It is fully paid for or even more than fully paid for, and CBO just completed a comprehensive review of it, which they found essentially the same thing,” Yellen replied. “We’re very accustomed to looking at debt-to-GDP ratios.” “And using those kinds of metrics and looking around the world, many economists have found that debt-to-GDP ratios of 100 or more tend to be associated with significant problems,” she continued. Kennedy replied that he disagrees with the idea that Build Back Better is fully paid for. The Penn Wharton Budget Model estimates that the legislation will increase government spending by $2.1 trillion and raise the deficit by $274 billion. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently estimated the U.S. deficit will surge to $327 billion due to Build Back Better. The most expensive Build Back Better provision, if passed, will fund $273 billion toward universal daycare and childcare, as well as spending an extra $268 billion towards a childcare tax credit and an expansion of Obamacare. The president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain all promised that a minimum 15% corporate tax rate and funding for the IRS to cover missed taxes and a new surtax on millionaires and billionaires would prevent Build Back Better from raising the debt.
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Minnesota Supreme Court hears felon voting rights case

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit to end voting restrictions on more than 50,000 felons on probation in the state. The ACLU filed a lawsuit with four clients in Ramsey County District Court in October 2019 challenging the constitutionality of the state’s statute barring felons from voting if they have not completed their sentences. They argue the law creates “severe racial disparities” in who can vote, and fails to rehabilitate criminals by preventing them from fully participating in society. Judges at the district level and on the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled against the ACLU, leading the group to appeal the case to the state Supreme Court in July. During oral arguments Tuesday, Angela Behrens, an assistant state attorney general representing Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, said both Simon and the ACLU would be on the same side of the issue if it were a matter of legislation. Simon has publicly voiced support for restoring felon voting rights. However, Behrens argued, the statute itself is not directly responsible for racial disparities in voter disenfranchisement. Furthermore, the law actually expands the rights of felons under the state constitution, she told the justices. “The statute doesn’t disenfranchise anyone,” Behrens told the justices. “It may not (restore rights) as early as some people like, but the constitution is what imposes the disenfranchisement — the legislature didn’t add anything to what the constitution imposes.” Minnesota law currently bans felons from voting until they have completed their entire sentence, including parole, supervised release and probation. The state Constitution bans felons from voting, but the Legislature created a new statute in 1963 allowing felons to vote after completing their sentences. The ACLU has long advocated in the Minnesota Legislature for reform of the state’s rules on felons voting, but lawmakers never succeeded in repeated efforts to revise the statute. Around 53,000 Minnesotans are barred from voting due to their felon status, according to the ACLU, and research has shown the state’s ethnic and racial minority groups are disproportionately affected. When the ACLU filed its lawsuit in 2019, the Minnesota Justice Research Center said 9.2% of Native Americans were disenfranchised in the state, followed by Black Minnesotans at 5.9%, according to Forum News Service archives. Just over 1% of white Minnesotans were unable to vote. The center’s research suggested ending the state’s ban on felons voting could lower the number of disenfranchised Native American voters to 2%, Blacks to 1.5% and whites to 0.1%. The ACLU says felon disenfranchisement particularly affects Greater Minnesota, where probation lengths are on average 46% longer. Elizer Darris, a plaintiff in the lawsuit who served 17 years in prison for second-degree homicide and later became co-director of the Minnesota Freedom Fund, said he won’t be able to vote until 2025 even though he is law-abiding and active in his community. “I pay taxes, I abide by laws, regulations rules, restrictions, guidelines, whatever you may think of — I abide by all of them,” he said at the news conference. “Yet I am still not afforded the fundamental right to vote.” Jen Schroeder, a plaintiff in the case serving a 40-year probation sentence for a drug possession charge, said she will not be able to vote until she is 71. “I should have the right to vote for candidates that will make policy changes to help me be successful,” said Schroeder, who became a drug and alcohol addiction counselor. “Addiction is a symptom of the disparities in our society and should not be punished more by disenfranchisement.” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi represents one of many groups supporting the case and has filed a brief in the case arguing in favor of the ACLU’s side. At a Tuesday news conference, Choi said allowing felons still on probation to vote serves a vital role in the rehabilitative process for former criminals. “We have a criminal justice system that doesn’t stop punishing people,” he said. “We have way too many collateral consequences, one of which is the right to vote, a fundamental right that every human being, every American should have.” Related Articles Biden’s Minnesota visit puts focus on infrastructure amid new virus concerns Lauren Boebert in call with Ilhan Omar refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim remarks Biden to visit Rosemount college Tuesday as part of $1 trillion infrastructure package push Ilhan Omar seeks action over Lauren Boebert remarks on Muslims Lakeville soldier-senator ends deployment just in time for Thanksgiving — and birth of son
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The problem with the RNC blaming Biden for the ongoing Covid crisis

For much of the year, Republicans were content to blame President Joe Biden for his efforts to end the Covid-19 pandemic. The more the White House took steps to save lives, the more GOP voices complained that those efforts were at odds with Republicans' philosophical beliefs about "freedom." But very recently, the GOP's rhetoric shifted. It was no longer enough to whine that Biden was doing too much to end the public health crisis; it became time to blame Biden for the fact that the public health crisis he inherited isn't yet over. Indeed, it's been amazing to watch the usual suspects embrace the same talking point at roughly the same time. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently complained on the House floor, "I took President Biden at his word; I took him at his word when he said he was going to get Covid under control." Within a week, the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal and Fox News personalities were pushing a similar line. Yesterday, as Wonkette noted, the Republican National Committee packaged the argument into an 11-word, bumper-sticker-style attack. Given the sudden ubiquity of the talking point, it's hard not to wonder whether some Republican pollsters found a focus group or two that found this persuasive. Indeed, I can appreciate why the argument may even have a child-like appeal to those who have no meaningful understanding of current events: Biden's principal focus has been on ending the pandemic; the pandemic isn't over; ergo, the right is justified in blaming Biden. The problem, of course, is that reality shreds the argument as indefensible. At this point, we could talk at length about how effective the Biden administration's vaccine rollout has been. Or we could explain that ending a crisis of this magnitude takes more time than any of us would like. Or we could discuss how much better things might've been if the president's immediate predecessor hadn't failed so spectacularly in dealing with the pandemic in a responsible way. Or we could explore the degree to which Republicans themselves have hampered Biden's efforts, making this entire line of attack hopelessly bizarre. But even putting all of these relevant angles aside, among the serious problems with the RNC's nonsense is the set of incentives it creates: The Republican Party is telling its base, in no uncertain terms, that if they want to hand Biden a political defeat, they have the power to do so. All rank-and-file Republicans have to do is act in the most irresponsible ways possible — don't get vaccinated, don't get booster shots, don't wear masks, etc. — which will extend the Covid crisis, and in turn, make it easier to blame Biden for not "shutting down the coronavirus." Imagine how much better off we'd be if the Republican National Committee made an aggressive effort to encourage GOP voters to protect themselves and their communities from Covid-19, instead of pretending the White House is responsible for the ongoing crisis.
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'There is no evidence of omicron in the United States:' Dr. Rochelle Walensky

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Manchin Says Inflation, Omicron Should Give Congress 'Cause to Pause' on Biden Social Bill

Senator Joe Manchin is raising concerns about forging ahead with President Joe Biden 's Build Back Better bill amid inflation and a new strain of the coronavirus. Speaking to reporters Monday on Capitol Hill, the West Virginia Democrat said there is still much that is unknown about the Omicron variant. Scientists fear the strain is potentially more transmissible than other variants, but it's unclear if it causes more severe illness and whether vaccines are effective in combating it. No cases have been reported yet in the United States, but the variant has prompted a new wave of global travel restrictions. "No one knows what effect it's going to have, and you have inflation on top", Manchin said. "So all these things give you cause to pause." Manchin, a critical vote for Democrats as they seek to pass the sweeping social safety net and climate change package via the Senate 's reconciliation process, has previously called for a strategic pause on additional spending. The moderate senator has also repeatedly said he will not support a final package that negatively affects the national debt or that "risks hurting American families suffering from historic inflation." The $1.75 trillion bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this month along party lines in a 220-213 vote. It's likely the package will face more of an uphill climb in the evenly divided Senate. The House-passed version of the package includes money for universal prekindergarten, child care subsidies, an extension of the child tax credit, expanding Medicare to cover hearing services and four weeks of paid family leave. On Monday, Manchin reiterated his opposition to paid family leave's inclusion in the package, arguing it should be done as a stand-alone piece of legislation that could garner bipartisan support. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to advance the Build Back Better package to Biden for his signature before Christmas. But this month Congress also needs to address the National Defense Authorization Act and raise the debt ceiling to avoid the nation's first-ever default. "Once this necessary work is completed with the parliamentarian, I will bring the president's Build Back Better legislation to the floor so we can pass it as soon as possible and send it to the president's desk", Schumer said Monday in remarks from the Senate floor. After leaving a meeting with Schumer on Monday, Manchin told reporters that it's "going to be a long month."
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Jeffrey Epstein's pilot called as prosecution's first witness, recalls meeting accuser

NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports on the testimony of Jeffrey Epstein's former pilot, Larry Visoski, who operated the "Lolita Express", which allegedly transported dozens of teens across state lines and to Epstein's private island in the Caribbean. Nov. 30, 2021
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Zemmour, French Far-right Pundit, Launches Presidential Run

A far-right former TV pundit with multiple hate-speech convictions officially entered the race for France's presidency on Tuesday and warned his supporters that they will likely be called racists for backing his anti-immigration and anti-Islam views that have already shaken up the election campaign. The launch of Eric Zemmour's run for the presidency made official a candidacy that had been gathering steam for months before it then stumbled of late - notably after the 63-year-old raised a middle finger at a woman who did likewise to him over the weekend. That flash of temper - which Zemmour later acknowledged on Twitter was 'very inelegant' - cast fresh doubt on the temperament and electability of the author and former journalist who has polled in low double digits since September despite having no hands-on political experience. Zemmour has drawn comparisons in France to former U.S. President Donald Trump because of his rabble-rousing populism and ambitions of making the jump from the small screen to national leadership. Name-dropping Joan of Arc, Napoleon Bonaparte, Gen. Charles de Gaulle and others who shaped France's history, Zemmour announced his candidacy in a pre-recorded video, reading from notes and speaking into a large microphone. The pose evoked imagery of radio addresses that De Gaulle famously delivered during World War II as he urged France to rally to his call against Nazi Germany. FILE - Activists hold placards reading 'Islamophobia is enough' and 'Stop Zemmour', Feb. 14, 2021, in Paris. But the message Zemmour delivered was far from that of the wartime leader who later served as president from 1959-1969. Along with images of people on filthy streets and in ramshackle shantytowns, he drove home his view of France as a country mortally threatened by immigration and 'in the process of disappearing.' 'You feel that you are no longer in the country that you knew', Zemmour said. 'Your feel like foreigners in your own country. You are exiles, from the inside.' The people that Zemmour was shown meeting in the video and the campaign supporters and crowds filmed at his rallies were nearly all white. And the vast majority of people shown doing jobs in the video - a mathematics teacher, a nuclear worker, cooks, suited business leaders, a butcher, a cattle farmer and others - were nearly all white men. People of color, in contrast, were shown lining up for food handouts, pushing into a crowded train, milling around in a litter-strewn tent city and on a street corner and, in a scene at the start, seemingly taking part in a street deal. Other images showed Paris streets filled with Muslims kneeling down in prayer. Images of women protesting, some with breasts bared, were cut with violent scenes of people attacking police. 'It is no longer time to reform France but to save it', Zemmour said. 'That is why I have decided to stand in the presidential election.' He warned supporters to brace for a bruising campaign. 'They will tell you that you are racist', he said. 'They will say the worst things about me.' Zemmour joins a crowded spectrum of candidates, from far left to far right. President Emmanuel Macron is expected to seek a second term but hasn't yet declared his candidacy.
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French far-right pundit launches presidential run
Far-right pundit to launch campaign for French presidency


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Iran Nuclear Deal: Futile, Dangerous Talks Continue in Europe

In a waste of time, energy, and money, the United States and other nations have resumed efforts to curb Iran’s rapidly advancing nuclear program. As Axios reports, “U.S. officials have extremely low expectations as world powers resume negotiations with Iran to curb its nuclear program, believing the Iranians aren’t yet ready to negotiate seriously.” Begun under former President Barack Obama and the execrable John Kerry more than six years ago, the Biden administration is utterly desperate to revive the failed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which former President Donald Trump accurately denounced as “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions,” before withdrawing the U.S. in 2018 — despite limited support for the deal at home. This week represents the seventh round of negotiations and the first since early summer. Since the last meeting, the Islamic Republic inaugurated President Ebrahim Raisi, a radical cleric with an ignoble record of political violence and human rights abuses. The new Iranian administration is toying with the inept Biden administration and its anti-Israel/pro-Iran “envoy” Robert Malley. The theocrats have a list of non-negotiables, and their chief negotiator claimed in a recent opinion piece that negotiations should center on removing “unlawful and inhuman sanctions.” On top of ending the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” sanctions, Iranian negotiators are demanding that the U.S. lift all sanctions imposed since 2018 — including those targeting Iranian human rights abuses and sponsorship of terrorism, which do not fall under the JCPOA’s original purview — and unfreeze $10 billion in Iranian assets. To top it off, Iranian diplomats refuse to meet directly with the U.S., communicating instead with China, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom as intermediaries. Related: Iran is Imitating Chinese Oppression of Protestors “Unless Iran stops pursuing nuclear weapons, sponsoring terrorism, and threatening to destroy Israel, any deal Joe Biden attempts to make is useless,” former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeted Monday. Protests against the negotiations are taking place in Vienna as well. Earlier this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran was stockpiling uranium enriched up to 60% purity. Recent Israeli intelligence suggests Iran is preparing to enrich uranium to 90% purity, which breaks the threshold for developing a nuclear weapon. Tehran has predictably deprived the international community of full access to its enrichment program. And to top it off, China has continued purchasing Iranian crude oil since the Biden administration chose not to enforce sanctions against Chinese companies amid aimless negotiations to revive the fraudulent nuclear deal — one that betrayed our allies while giving aid to a sworn enemy — and allowed Iran to sell its oil openly again. Obama and Kerry failed miserably, yet Biden is happily doubling down on failure, making the world a more dangerous place. Maybe instead of focusing on nonsense like climate change, “voting rights,” and spending trillions more taxpayer dollars on an unpopular partisan wish list, Democrats could turn attention to actual life and death matters.
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Iran makes maximalist demands as Vienna nuclear talks open


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Suu Kyi Has Sixth Corruption Charge Issued By Myanmar Government, Trial Verdict Postponed

Myanmar's military government issued Aung San Suu Kyi a sixth corruption charge Tuesday involving former President Win Myint, plus a new witness is now allowed to testify, which delayed the trial verdict, the Associated Press reported. In the new corruption charge, Suu Kyi and Myint are accused of violating the Anti-Corruption Law for allowing permits to rent and buy helicopters. The court was supposed to announce a verdict on Tuesday relating to the charges of incitement and violating COVID restrictions but postponed to allow Zaw Myint Maung to testify in the trial after he had been unable to attend previously because of health reasons, a legal official said. Maung, who also faces criminal charges, was the vice chairman of Suu Kyi's party. He joined Suu Kyi during the campaign for last year's election, and their attendance in Naypyitaw is the basis for the charge against violating COVID restrictions. Suu Kyi was previously charged with five counts. She is currently being tried on four of the charges, and the fifth charge has a trial pending. If she is found guilty, each charge carries up to a 15-year prison sentence plus a fine. Suu Kyi's trials are closed to the media and spectators. In October, Suu Kyi's lawyers, who had been the sole source of information on the legal proceedings, were served with gag orders forbidding them from releasing information. The verdict would have been the first for the 76-year-old Nobel laureate since the army seized power on February 1, arresting her and blocking her National League for Democracy party from starting a second term in office. She also is being tried on a series of other charges, including corruption, that could send her to prison for dozens of years if convicted. The judge adjourned the proceedings until December 6, when Zaw Myint Maung is scheduled to testify, said the legal official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the government has restricted the release of information about the trial. It was unclear when a verdict will be issued. Maung, who was chief minister of the Mandalay region, a major state-level post, was also detained when the army took over. He is 69 years old and reportedly suffers from leukemia. The cases are widely seen as contrived to discredit Suu Kyi and keep her from running in the next election. The constitution bars anyone sentenced to prison from holding high office or becoming a lawmaker. Suu Kyi's party won a landslide victory in last year's polls. The army, whose allied party lost many seats, claimed there was massive voting fraud, but independent election observers did not detect any major irregularities. Suu Kyi remains widely popular and a symbol of the struggle against military rule. The army's takeover was met by nationwide nonviolent demonstrations which security forces quashed with deadly force, killing nearly 1,300 civilians, according to a tally by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. With severe restrictions on nonviolent protest, armed resistance has grown in the cities and the countryside to the point where U.N. experts have warned the country is sliding into civil war. Suu Kyi, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her nonviolent struggle for democracy, has not been seen in public since being taken into custody on the day of the military's takeover. She has appeared in court at several of her trials, which are closed to the media and spectators.
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Myanmar court postpones verdict in trial of ousted leader Aung Suu Kyi
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Elizabeth Holmes Gives Graphic Testimony

(Newser) – On Monday, Elizabeth Holmes testified to what her defense team has long hinted she would: abuse suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, and the former president and chief operating officer of Theranos, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. Holmes said she got involved with Balwani shortly after being raped while studying at Stanford University, and that he instituted a punishing lifestyle focused on work after Holmes decided to drop out and found Theranos as a way to move forward after the rape. "He told me that I didn’t know what I was doing in business, that my convictions were wrong, that he was astonished at my mediocrity, and that if I followed my instincts I was going to fail", Holmes said on the stand. In tears at times, she was handed a box of tissues by the court deputy, the Wall Street Journal reports. She was 18 and Balwani 38 when they met, CNN reports. Balwani wanted to "kill the person" Holmes was, she testified, and make a "new Elizabeth." She says he implemented a regimen of 4am wake-ups and morning meditation, strict meals he considered "pure", limited time with family, and work seven days a week, and that he criticized her for being too feminine. His abuse was more than just emotional, though, according to Holmes: In what the Journal refers to as graphic testimony, she testified that he sometimes forced her to have sex, including when he was angry, and sometimes physically hurt her while doing so. Balwani has denied Holmes' claims in court documents, the reports. The testimony wrapped up the defense's questioning of its client; Holmes will be cross-examined by the prosecution in the criminal fraud trial starting Tuesday. Balwani faces the same charges as Holmes; his trial is scheduled for January. (Read more Elizabeth Holmes stories.)
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Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom relishes his citizenship

A day after officially becoming a United States citizen, and the morning after his on-air chat with Fox’s Tucker Carlson, the self-renamed Enes Kanter Freedom felt like the embodiment of the first amendment. His outspoken attacks on China — the nation with a heavy commercial connection to the NBA — and American cronies like Nike and his own league, span the network spectrum. He’s also been interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and MSNBC. But as on opening night, when Freedom says he refused a request by two NBA representatives to not wear his Free Tibet sneakers, he claims to not be breaking any league rules. “I had a conversation with Adam — Adam Silver — and I told Adam, ‘Listen, am I breaking any rules?’ And he said no,” said Freedom, who has since worn an expanding list of protest sneakers. I told him, I was like, ‘If there’s any rules that I’m breaking or I’m violating, let me know. I’ll be the first one to follow.’ And he said, ‘No, you’re not violating any rules.’ And I was like, ‘Adam — you’re guys are the ones that are telling us and encouraging players to stand up for what’s right, not just the problems in America, but all over the world. So you guys are the ones that encouraged me to talk about all the violations that are happening all over the world, right?’ And he was like, ‘Listen, you have the freedom to say whatever you want.’ And I was like, ‘I appreciate that.’ Freedom admittedly had periods of frustration, including when he started the season out of Ime Udoka’s rotation. His tweet — “Keep limiting me on the court, I will expose you off the court” — was generally interpreted as an insinuation that his playing time was linked to his political stances and activism. Kanter sat down to discuss the tweet with Udoka, and was told that his lack of minutes had everything to do with playing behind Al Horford and Robert Williams, and nothing to do with Tibet’s freedom. “And after that talk, I’ve played every game,” said Freedom. “I mean, yeah, that’s how I felt, and I put it out there, and coach Ime came to me and said that’s not the situation. And I said, ‘OK.’ And after that talk, I pretty much played every game.” With Rob Williams expected to play Wednesday night, there could be another minutes shift, though Freedom’s bulk will be needed against Joel Embiid. But regardless of how much he plays, Freedom will continue pushing the issue. Freedom said he would like to talk with LeBron James, an outspoken social advocate who has always remained silent about his commercial partner, China. Freedom would at least like to bring clarity to his ongoing beef with the Lakers star. “Sure, I’d love to sit down and talk to him. I’m sure it’s going to be a very uncomfortable conversation for him,” said Freedom. “I don’t know if he’s gonna want that. I’ll make that really comfortable for him. I don’t know if he’s educated enough but I’m here to educate him and I’m here to help him, because it’s not about money. It’s about morals, principles and values. It’s about what you stand for. There are way bigger things than money. If LeBron stopped making money now, his grandkids and grandkids and grandkids can have the best life ever. I feel like it’s definitely time for athletes to stand up for the things they believe in, and stand up for the things, not just in America issues, but all over the world.” Freedom, who has also called out Michael Jordan for his political silence, said he feels no hesitation when criticizing the biggest names in the sport. “I mean, my whole life I was never scared of anything. Not many people know this but whenever I sit down with an NBA player, they are telling me that they want to talk about many of the issues that are happening but they are scared because of the challenges they will face,” said Freedom. “The thing is, whenever I talk about LeBron, whenever I talk about Michael Jordan, the Black athletes in the league are the ones reaching out to me and saying, ‘Listen, talk about this person.’ They are the ones that actually — not many people know this — but they are the ones giving me talking points. “When Black Lives Matter protests happened, I was the third one in the whole league that went out there and protested. I was actually wearing my jersey, I wanted them to know that I am with them. I am with them, it’s not them, it’s us, it’s all of us. But when these issues are happening, some of the other players out there in the league are scared to say anything against LeBron or Jordan or against some of the issues that are happening, but they are reaching out to me and giving me talking points and say, ‘Listen, talk about LeBron.’ “It’s amazing but he’s at least standing up for things in America. Why don’t you say anything about Michael Jordan? The only thing he is doing is just giving money but he is remaining silent. He’s scared to speak up. Silence is violence so they are the ones sending me all the talking points and if I believe in it, then I’m going out and saying it. Because, like I said, I’m not really scared of anything because this is bigger than basketball. It’s important to not have that fear and I hope more players will join me.”
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Senate Republicans Block Defense Bill over Amendment Fight

Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Monday as Democrats prevented the chamber from considering Republican amendments to the defense bill. Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ motion to advance the NDAA or invoke cloture, 45-51. Democrats needed 60 votes to invoke cloture on the NDAA. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was the lone Republican to vote for the defense bill amid the GOP revolt against Senate Democrats. Republicans protested against allowing more amendments to the NDAA because most of their proposals have been left out. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) attacked Republicans for “halting the process” after some Republicans failed to get votes on their proposed amendments. Schumer said after the vote, “For a while now Republicans have claimed they wanted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act immediately. But a few moments ago, Republicans just blocked legislation to support the troops, support our families, keep Americans safe. Republican dysfunction has again derailed bipartisan progress.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised to oppose advancing the legislation without consideration of a GOP amendment to put sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany. “Considering sanctions on the pipeline that fuels [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s encroachment over Europe, including provisions from Senator [Jim] Risch, that closely mirror language that the House added unanimously is certainly worth the Senate’s time,” the Kentucky Republican said. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) blamed Republicans for holding up the legislation for issues not central to the defense authorization bill. Reed said Republicans “demonstrated irresponsibility” in holding the bill. “It will be done.… And we’ll have to use procedures that are appropriate to get it done. But we just missed an opportunity to send a clear message that we support this legislation, we support our troops, we’re going to go to final passage,” he added.
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Mexico plans to give COVID-19 booster shot

Mexican officials have reversed their previous position against giving coronavirus booster shots and said Tuesday they are studying a plan to administer third doses to people over 60. The announcement came as Mexico nears 450,000 deaths from COVID-19. The country has fully vaccinated only about 50% of its 126 million people. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said plans for the boosters are still being drawn up, but added, "It won’t be long, we have the vaccines." López Obrador's administration has long resisted adopting measures like mandatory face masks, mass testing and travel restrictions that have been used in many other countries. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell had said as recently as August that there was no scientific evidence to justify giving booster shots, and suggested they were part of a campaign by vaccine manufacturers to increase sales. "This proposal is being strongly pushed by the pharmaceutical companies, but it has been rejected by international organizations. because there is no scientific evidence indicating the need for booster shots", López-Gatell said at the time. The government also long resisted vaccinating minors, but recently relented and began administering shots to youths between 15 and 17 years of age. Of special concern are the nation's teachers, almost all of whom got the CanSino Chinese vaccine in the spring. There have been suggestions that single-dose vaccine's protection begins to wane. Mexico's test-confirmed coronavirus death toll stood at 293,950 on Tuesday, but because the country does so little testing, many people have died without tests. The government's own analysis of death certificates indicates the real toll is about 448,658. Officials have been downplaying the threat posed by the Omicron variant first identified in South Africa, saying the new strain illustrates the need to get more vaccines to poorer countries. "It's not that the new variant is terrible", López Obrador "It's that the poor countries of the world have been abandoned." True to form, López Obrador said there would be dance music at a massive gathering he is planning in Mexico City's vast main plaza Wednesday to celebrate his first three years in office. The president, as usual, said face masks would be optional. "Those who want to wear face masks can do so", López Obrador said. "We are against authoritarianism."
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20 students test Covid positive in Karnataka

Bengaluru: The district administrations are on high alert after 13 students of a government-run residential hostel in Hassan and seven medical college students, including an internee, tested positive for Covid-19, the health department officials said on Tuesday. Following the detection of positive cases at the Morarji Desai hostel of Guramaranahalli village in Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan and Chamarajanagar Medical Sciences Institute have been sealed off by the authorities. All infected students of the hostel have been shifted to a Covid Care Centre. All are asymptomatic and recovering well according to the health department. It has been decided to conduct tests on primary contacts of the infected students. The infections were found in the routine RT-PCR tests conducted by the health department for every 15 days. The hostel students affected with Covid-19 are studying in Classes 6 to 10. All of them have been isolated and are being treated. The Covid tests were conducted on 325 students of the Chamarajanagar Medical Sciences Institute in which seven tested positive. About 500 primary contacts of the students and staff were tested and their results are negative. The tests were conducted on further 150 students and their test results are awaited. The district administrations have initiated strict monitoring of the situation and are trying to contain the infection within the clusters. Fortunately, the infectious disease has not spread to residential localities. Recently, More than 280 persons were tested positive for Covid in Dharwad’s SDM Medical College. The infections were also reported from the Bengaluru International Boarding school. However, the authorities have successfully handled the situation and the infection has not spread so far. Get the news updates on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. For all the latest News updates, download our app Android and iOS.
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No matter how Supreme Court rules on abortion, the ‘viability’ rule is arbitrary — but so are the alternatives

For nearly half a century, the Supreme Court has said the Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion before “viability,” the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb. This week Mississippi, defending its ban on abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, urged the justices to abandon that longstanding rule, which it says never made much sense and cannot be constitutionally justified. Mississippi has a point: The viability rule does not satisfactorily resolve the competing moral claims at the heart of the abortion debate. But the same could be said of the alternatives, including whatever policies state legislators would choose should the court decide that the Constitution does not protect a right to abortion after all. Depending on your perspective, the court either recognized or invented that right in 1973, when it overturned a Texas law that prohibited abortion except when it was deemed necessary to save the mother’s life. Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, was initially inclined to draw a line at the end of the first trimester (about 13 weeks) but ultimately settled on “viability,” which he said “is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks).” In the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the court reaffirmed Roe’s “central holding” that “viability marks the earliest point at which the State’s interest in fetal life is constitutionally adequate to justify a legislative ban on nontherapeutic abortions.” It said that judgment “in no sense turns on whether viability occurs at approximately 28 weeks, as was usual at the time of Roe, at 23 to 24 weeks, as it sometimes does today, or at some moment even slightly earlier in pregnancy, as it may if fetal respiratory capacity can somehow be enhanced in the future.” But the technologically contingent definition of viability is not the only reason to question the soundness of this distinction. Roe posited that the ability to breathe, with or without artificial assistance, marks the point at which “the State’s important and legitimate interest in potential life” becomes “compelling.” According to Roe, “this is so because the fetus then presumably has the capability of meaningful life outside the mother’s womb.” According to Casey, viability comes when “there is a realistic possibility of maintaining and nourishing a life outside the womb, so that the independent existence of the second life can in reason and all fairness be the object of state protection that now overrides the rights of the woman.” This rationale, Mississippi argues, “boils down to a circular assertion: when an unborn child can live outside the womb then the State’s interest is compelling because the unborn child can live outside the womb.” And if “independent existence” is the crucial consideration, that logic could be extended in ways few would consider morally acceptable, since infants rely on the care of others long after birth, while disabled people may need such assistance indefinitely. From a pro-choice perspective, the viability rule has the advantage of allowing nearly all abortions, fewer than 1 percent of which are performed at 21 weeks or later. But Mississippi’s 15-week limit, which would prohibit about 5 percent of abortions in that state, is not much different on that score. Why 15 weeks? The state legislature’s choice of that limit seems no less arbitrary than the viability rule, especially since its findings suggested several other possibilities, including five to six weeks (when “an unborn human being’s heart begins beating”), eight weeks (when a fetus “begins to move about in the womb”), nine weeks (when “all basic physiological functions are present”) and 10 weeks (when “vital organs begin to function”). There are many answers to the question of what point on the continuum from conception to birth another person’s right to life supersedes a woman’s right to bodily autonomy, and none is completely satisfying. That will remain true no matter where the court comes down on the government’s authority to make that call.
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Are Undiscovered Coronaviruses Protecting Africa From Covid-19?

Covid-19 mortality has been unevenly distributed throughout the world. The latest WHO data show that the total number of deaths per 100,000 of the population ranges tremendously from a low in Greenland, where no deaths have been reported in a population of around 57,000 people, to Peru, which currently stands at a staggering 610 deaths per 100,000. One of the enduring mysteries of the Covid-19 pandemic is why the death rate is so low in Sub-Saharan Africa in particular. It's almost certain that Covid-19 has been under-reported in Africa, much of which lacks access to tests. But, under-reporting could hardly account for the entire pattern. Another explanation is the age of the population. Although no age group is invincible to Covid-19, older people are disproportionately more likely to develop severe disease or to die. Africa is a young continent with a median age of 18, compared with 35 in North America and 42 in Europe. Now, there is new evidence to support another intriguing hypothesis, which is that there may be coronaviruses circulating in Africa that are not nearly as deadly as SARS-CoV-2, but which confer immune protection. To understand why this is plausible requires a little more background on coronavirus epidemiology. In addition to the zoonotic coronaviruses — SARS-CoV-1, SARS-CoV-2, and MERS-CoV (which causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) — there are four common human coronaviruses that also cause respiratory infections. These seasonal coronaviruses circulate globally and give rise to many coughs and colds every year. It’s been known since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic that immune responses to these common viruses may cross-react with SARS-CoV-2 in immunological assays. The clinical relevance of this fact is still unclear, however, with some studies finding that prior exposure to seasonal coronaviruses may lessen the severity of Covid-19, others finding it exacerbates Covid-19, and others not finding an effect at all. Making things more complicated is a study suggesting the effect may be age-dependent, conferring an advantage to children, but not to adults. Although any effect of prior exposure to the four globally circulating seasonal coronaviruses on Covid-19 is almost certainly subtle and not a driving factor, these findings do establish that cross-reactivity among coronaviruses is common. Moreover, there are almost certainly many, many coronaviruses that we haven’t discovered yet. Most of these will be in animals, but it’s quite plausible that there are some in people, too. Because most coronaviruses don’t cause severe disease, we just haven’t looked for them that much. Maybe one of these viruses confers protection against SARS-CoV-2. If there is such an undiscovered coronavirus, it will likely be very hard to find. But, scientists from Sierra Leone and the United States may have found its fingerprints. The study focused on characterizing blood samples that were collected from 120 Sierra Leonean patients before SARS-CoV-2 emerged. They compared these blood samples to those of 79 Americans who had not been exposed to SARS-CoV-2. First they looked at how frequently each population reacted to various coronavirus antigens, that is the parts of the virus that the immune system can recognize. This part of the study focused on the nucleoprotein, which they designated N. Unsurprisingly, both populations appear to have had pretty high exposure to the seasonal coronaviruses. Indeed, roughly half of the American samples positively reacted to nuceloproteins from seasonal coronaviruses hCoV-229E, hCoV-NL53, and hCov-OC43. But even more of the Sierra Leonean samples reacted to these viruses, ranging from just under 70% to about 80%. Maybe this means the known seasonal coronaviruses are more prevalent in Sierra Leone than the US. But, recalling that coronaviruses often cross-react, it is more likely that Sierra Leoneans are just more frequently exposed to coronaviruses in general, including possibly undescribed viruses. This idea got more support when the two sets of viruses were reacted with nucleoprotein from SARS-CoV-2. Less than five percent of the American samples reacted to SARS-CoV-2 antigen. Since these people are confirmed not to have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, then this 5% must come from cross-reaction with seasonal coronaviruses that circulate in the US, i.e. the four familiar ones. In comparison, fully 52% of blood samples from Sierra Leoneans collected prior to the Covid-19 pandemic contained antibodies that cross-reacted with SARS-CoV-2. If the same seasonal coronaviruses circulate in the US and Sierra Leone, then shouldn’t one expect to see roughly the same rate of cross-reactivity? A very plausible explanation is that there is a coronavirus circulating in Sierra Leone, but not the US, that is much more cross-reactive with SARS-CoV-2 than the familiar seasonal coronaviruses. The final piece of evidence comes from another set of experiments, called neutralization assays. Neutralization assays seek to determine not only whether a virus is recognized from a prior infection, but whether the antibodies created can effectively prevent virus replication. For this experiment, the scientists worked with “pseudoviruses” that had been engineered to have the same antigens as SARS-CoV-2, but lack key parts of the virus so they are not pathogenic and may be experimented with in the lab much more safely. Whereas prior studies have typically found that immune response to seasonal coronavirus is not neutralizing for SARS-CoV-2, roughly one quarter of the Sierra Leonean samples did neutralize SARS-CoV-2. Although it would be a mistake to extrapolate to the whole of Africa from this one study with a relatively small number of samples taken from a single population, the findings are intriguing. The ecology of viruses is complex and there are probably a lot more viruses out there that we don’t know about than those that we do.
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Who Is Elle Smith? Meet Miss USA Pageant Winner 2021 and Miss Kentucky

Elle Smith was crowned the winner of the 2021 Miss USA pageant on November 29. Smith, who entered the competition as Miss Kentucky, battled it out with 50 other contestants to claim the top title. Runner-up Miss North Dakota Caitlyn Vogel was followed by Miss Florida Ashley Carino and Miss Illinois Sydni Bennett in this year's contest, which was held at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Smith is a reporter for the WHAS11 television station in Louisville, Kentucky and has a major in broadcast journalism, according to her biography on the station's website. Led by her interest in writing and politics, Smith graduated from the University of Kentucky's (UK) College of Communication and Information in 2020. During her time there, she got involved in the UK Student News Network, the Kentucky Kernel, WRFL and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Serving as vice president of the NABJ during her senior year at university, Smith later landed her job at WHAS11 through an NABJ conference. In an interview with the UK earlier this month, Smith explained: "I felt so much support from staff, faculty, peers. And there are also so many different opportunities for journalism students. "I think those are what led me to get this job in Louisville right out of school", she said at the time. Working as a reporter—finding, pitching, shooting and editing news stories daily—allowed her to be able to afford a spot in her first pageant with the Miss Kentucky competition, which she won in May this year. Recalling the moment of her Miss Kentucky win, Smith told the UK: "I never walked in wanting to win. "I wanted to do the best that I could but also know that I had put in the work to be there, put in all the work I needed to do to be on that stage, and I could say that. That's why I would've been happy no matter what." Smith has represented her state as Miss Kentucky while working full-time as a reporter, making appearances at ball games and other events while also appearing on camera to cover news stories. In December, Smith will go on to represent the U.S. in the Miss Universe contest, which will be held in Israel for the first time. The upcoming competition has faced calls for contestants to boycott the pageant as part of the larger push to boycott Israeli goods and events over the past few years. See the Miss USA website for a list of other previous winners.
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Abortion and our coming childless nation

The Supreme Court will hear this week Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. At issue is the law in Mississippi that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. A decision finding the Mississippi law constitutional will fundamentally change the abortion regime in our country, defined by Roe v. Wade since 1973. Roe said the mother has a right to abort her child as long as that unborn child cannot survive – is viable – outside the womb. Generally accepted is 22-24 weeks as the time when viability occurs. Mississippi's abortion law says that the defining issue should not be viability but when the child first feels pain. The claim is that this occurs at 15 weeks. Surveys show the nation evenly split in attitudes toward abortion. Per the most recent poll from Gallup, 47% say abortion is morally acceptable and 46% say it is morally wrong. Forty-nine percent self-identify as "pro-choice" and 47% as "pro-life." However, if we break down the averages into components, we see a deeply polarized nation. Sixty-four percent of Democrats say abortion is morally acceptable, and 70% self-identify as pro-choice. Only 26% of Republicans say abortion is morally acceptable, and 74% self-identify as "pro-life." Abortion is really a bellwether issue that shows the profound split in the nation regarding worldview. Are we a nation of moral absolutes, that sees our culture grounded in traditional, biblically sourced standards of good and evil, right and wrong? Or are we a nation defined by secular humanism and moral relativism, where the center of the world is not God but man? We have moved dramatically in the latter direction over the last half-century, and the results are out there to evaluate. Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, the percentage of American adults who have never been married has quadrupled, as has the percentage of babies born to unwed mothers. We are moving to becoming a childless nation. In a recent Pew Research survey, 44% of non-parents, ages 18-49, say it is unlikely that they will have children. Among parents ages 18-49, 74% say it is unlikely they will have more children. U.S. fertility rates have dropped every year for the last six years and now are at a historic low of 1.64, well below the 2.1 necessary to keep the population at a steady state. Are women "empowered" by being free of responsibility for bringing into the world the child in their womb? Per blogger Mark Perry, for the last 12 years, women have earned the majority of doctoral degrees in the country. In 2020, 53.1% of doctoral degrees awarded went to women. Of master's degrees awarded, more than 60% went to women. Is using abortion as birth control necessary for women to achieve? There is a certain irony among liberals, whom we can credit for today's politically correct, woke culture. We don't want dehumanizing racial stereotypes, but the same people obsessed with racial categories are not at all bothered by a culture in which men and women use each other as sexual objects and women can be free to destroy a child that might result from a sexual encounter if its birth could lead to responsibilities that might disturb her career. To get back to the Dobbs decision and Roe v. Wade and the issue of viability. In my view, these games with language really point to the victory thus far of secular humanism. The true issue is if life is sacred. If the answer is yes, it is sacred in and out of the womb. If we conclude it is not, we are on the road to becoming a nation without children, where the only love is self-love and, I am sorry to say, without a future. I say no thanks to this and hope the Supreme Court will make the right decision and allow Mississippians to protect sacred life. SUPPORT TRUTHFUL JOURNALISM. MAKE A DONATION TO THE NONPROFIT WND NEWS CENTER. THANK YOU!
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German court jails for life Islamic State militant who chained up Yazidi girl (5) to die in sun

A GERMAN court has jailed a former Islamic State (IS) militant for life for involvement in genocide and crimes against humanity against minority Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, including the murder of a five-year-old girl. I t was the first genocide verdict against a member of IS, an offshoot of al-Qa’ida that seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014 before being ousted by US-backed counter-offensives, losing its last territorial redoubt in 2019. In a landmark ruling, the court in Frankfurt found Taha al-Jumailly (29), an Iraqi national, guilty of involvement in the slaughter of more than 3,000 Yazidis and enslavement of 7,000 women and girls by IS jihadists in 2014-15. This, the court ruled, included the murder of a five-year-old girl the defendant had enslaved and chained to a window, leaving her to die in scorching heat in 2015 in Iraq. The girl’s mother, who survived captivity, testified at the Frankfurt trial. Al-Jumailly, who entered the court covering his face with a file folder, was arrested in Greece in 2019 and he was then extradited to Germany where relatives of slain Yazidis acted as plaintiffs supporting the prosecution. “Today’s ruling marks the first ever worldwide confirmation by a court that the crimes of Islamic State against the Yazidi religious group are genocide,” said Meike Olszak of Amnesty International’s branch in Germany. The defendant’s German wife, identified only as Jennifer W, was used as a prosecution witness at his trial. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison last month for involvement in the enslavement of the Yazidi girl and her mother. The Yazidis are an ancient religious minority in eastern Syria and north-west Iraq that Islamic State viewed as supposed devil worshippers for their faith that combines ­elements of Zoroastrian, Christian, Manichean, Jewish and Muslim beliefs. Islamic State’s depredations also displaced most of the 550,000-strong Yazidi community.
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U.S. Removes Colombia’s FARC Rebel Group From Terrorist List

The State Department removed the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia from its list of foreign terrorist organizations on Tuesday, as many of the group’s former commanders have turned to conventional politics after a decades-long conflict. In a statement, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said the group, known as FARC, had “formally dissolved and disarmed” and “no longer exists as a unified organization that engages in terrorism or terrorist activity or has the capability or intent to do so.” The move, which drew criticism from several prominent Republicans, is a sign of the Biden administration’s support for a fragile peace deal that the Colombian government signed with the FARC in November 2016. The agreement officially ended a five-decade conflict in which the U.S. military backed the government against a left-wing fueled insurgency that was funded by the drug trade. The fighting left more than 220,000 people dead. Colombia had urged Washington for years to remove the FARC from its official list of terrorist groups, and Mr. Blinken said in his statement that the shift would allow the United States to “better support implementation of the 2016 accord, including by working with demobilized combatants.” Many of the FARC’s former top military commanders are now prominent politicians. Under the deal, more than 13,000 FARC rebels agreed to lay down their arms in return for more government investment in neglected rural areas. But implementation of the accord has been shaky. Government aid has been slow to materialize in remote areas, and pockets of armed rebels carry on their fight. After a helicopter carrying Colombia’s president, Iván Duque, was attacked in July, the government arrested 10 former FARC rebels and charged them with attempted assassination and a car bombing at a military base. Mr. Blinken said two rebel groups formed by former FARC commanders who refused to demobilize were designated terrorist organizations. Segunda Marquetalia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — People’s Army, or FARC-EP, are responsible for armed attacks, assassinations and hostage-takings, he said. The United States also designated several leaders of the two groups as terrorists. Some Republicans have criticized the Biden administration’s decision to remove the FARC’s terrorist group designation. After the planned action was first reported last week by The Wall Street Journal, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Mike McCaul of Texas, called the move “an exercise in appeasement.” FARC members “have not exercised remorse or acts of contrition for their ongoing narco-terrorism against innocent Colombians & Americans,” Mr. McCaul wrote on Twitter. “President Biden’s decision to remove the FARC from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations will embolden terrorist groups throughout Latin America, empower narco-traffickers and pave the way for Castro-chavismo in Colombia,” Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, said in a statement.
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Ukraine’s prime minister says Russia ‘absolutely’ plotting coup attempt

Ukraine’s prime minister has said Russia is “absolutely” behind a suspected attempt to topple Kiev’s pro-Western government, citing intelligence pointing to Moscow’s involvement in the potential coup. “We have secret data which demonstrates the special intentions (to foment a coup),” Prime Minister Denys Shmygal told Reuters on Tuesday. When asked if the Russian state was behind it, the PM answered: “Absolutely.” Shmygal also said Russia’s buildup of troops and equipment on Ukraine’s eastern border shows that “they are preparing something.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned last week that authorities had uncovered a plot to overthrow his government. “I received information that a coup d’etat will take place in our country on Dec. 1-2,” said Zelensky, who went on to blast Russia for sending “very dangerous” signals with the military operations along the border. “There is a threat today that there will be war tomorrow,” the president added. “We are entirely prepared for an escalation. We need to depend on ourselves, on our army — it is powerful.” The Kremlin has rejected claims that it is behind a possible overthrow attempt. “Russia had no plans to get involved,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “Russia never does such things at all.” S hmygal, who is attending talks with European Union officials in Brussels, claimed intelligence outfits picked up activities by “outside powers” attempting to stir up political opposition inside Ukraine with the aim to force Zelensky from office. “In Ukrainian society, there is no revolutionary mood,” he said. “We understand there was influence from outside to enforce protests in K iev, to make them stronger. Our secret service is making a special investigation.” Shmygal added that Moscow’s opposition to Ukraine joining the EU has led to the military buildup at the border and the illegal annexation by Russia of Crimea in 2014. Nearly eight years of fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed insurgents has led to the deaths of more than 13,000 soldiers and civilians. “This is one of the main reasons for the hybrid attacks from the Russian side, because we strongly would like to be integrated into Europe, to have the standard of living of European, of civilized countries,” he said. “That is why we have all these hybrid attacks, cyber attacks, physical military attacks, occupied territories, disinformation to hamper Ukraine’s European aspirations.” Zelensky, a former comedian and political novice, pulled off a landslide election victory in 2019 over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.
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Omar Slams Boebert After “Unproductive” Call on Islamophobic Comments

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) has shared an account of a phone call between her and far-right Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) after it was revealed that the Republican made Islamophobic comments about Omar at a recent event. In a statement released on Monday, Omar said that she fielded a call from Boebert in which Boebert refused to relent on her hateful statements. “Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments,” said Omar. “She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.” Boebert is facing a potential campaign to be removed from her committee assignments after a video posted on social media showed her likening Omar to a terrorist. At an event, the extremist conservative lawmaker told a story — which Omar has since disputed — about being in an elevator with Omar when a Capitol police officer rushed to protect her, thinking that Omar was a threat. “Well she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine,” Boebert recounted saying. She also referred to Omar as being part of the “jihad squad,” a hateful nickname for progressive lawmakers dubbed by GOP officials. Omar emphasized in a statement on Monday that she picked up the phone in hopes of having a civil conversation with Boebert. “I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hate,” she said. She concluded the statement by criticizing the GOP for refusing to rid the party of the anti-Muslim sentiment that has long been embroiled in conservatism. “The Republican Party leadership has done nothing to condemn and hold their own members accountable for repeated instances of anti-Muslim hate and harassment. This is not about one hateful statement or one politician; it is about a party that has mainstreamed bigotry and hatred,” Omar said, calling on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) to take action. In the press release, Omar’s office also pointed out that the progressive lawmaker is regularly subjected to death threats that are riddled with Islamophobic sentiment. Though the GOP has spewed racist and otherwise hateful rhetoric for decades, the party seems to have embraced more violent and hostile tactics to abase political opponents in recent years. Although Boebert issued a hollow apology after facing criticism for the video over the weekend, critics have pointed out that her words were disingenuous. Her behavior after the supposed apology has repeatedly confirmed that she does not regret her actions; in an Instagram video on Monday, Boebert suggested that Omar sympathizes with terrorists in yet another blatant display of Islamophobia. In response to Omar’s statement, establishment media outlets have framed the phone call as a spat between two lawmakers rather than a show of — and tacit endorsement of — bigotry by the GOP. Fox News and CNN emphasized that Omar hung up on Boebert; NPR ’s headline on the subject emphasized that the phone call was contentious; and The New York Times ’s headline seemed to give Boebert credence for calling Omar. These sorts of headlines make it seem as though both parties are at equal fault, implying that Omar, who has faced Islamophobic comments countless times during her tenure in Congress, has also somehow done wrong in the social and political equation. This plays directly into the right wing’s hands, normalizing rhetoric that justifies their platform of militarism and imperialism, racist immigration policy and the expansion of the surveillance state. This rhetoric also has the potential to stoke violence; over the past two decades, the precipitous rise of anti-Muslim sentiment has correlated with a rise in anti-Muslim violence and hate crimes. Omar responded to a Fox News story about the phone call on Monday, saying, “There is only so much grace we can extend to others as humans before we must learn to cut our [losses] or hang up on someone in this case.” It’s improbable that Republican leaders will take action against Boebert, who likely issued her supposed apology in order to avoid being reprimanded like Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona), who was censured after posting a video depicting him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York). Gosar, who never apologized for his video and instead doubled down on its message, now faces calls to be removed. Sharon Zhang is a news writer at Truthout.
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Dorsey’s Twitter Departure Hints at Tech Moguls’ Restlessness

In 2015, when Jack Dorsey rejoined Twitter as its interim chief executive, he raved about the app with quasi-religious fervor, calling it “the closest thing we have to a global consciousness.” But on Monday, Mr. Dorsey left the pulpit. He resigned, saying in an email to Twitter employees that he believed the company should “stand on its own, free of its founder’s influence or direction.” He announced that Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief technology officer, would take over as C. E. O. , while Bret Taylor would become its board chair. In some ways, Mr. Dorsey’s departure is far from surprising. He has faced pressure for more than a year from the activist investor Elliot Management to boost Twitter’s growth and improve its financial performance. He’s also been running Square, the fast-growing financial services company he co-founded, and it always seemed that at some point he would decide that one C.E.O. job was enough. (In his email, Mr. Dorsey said that leaving Twitter was his choice.) But there’s something else going on with Mr. Dorsey and some of his fellow tech moguls. They seem to be getting bored and restless with their jobs, and they’re striking out in search of adventure. Jeff Bezos’ wanderlust led him to step down from Amazon this year and fulfill his childhood fantasy of going to space. Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, stepped down in 2019 and have since been investing in futuristic projects like airships and flying taxis. Mark Zuckerberg is still running Facebook, but it’s called Meta now, and the company’s big metaverse pivot seems to be designed in part to infuse some novelty and excitement back into a staid, big-company culture. As Recode’s Peter Kafka wrote earlier this year, this year’s big wave of tech executive departures partly reflects the fact that the biggest Silicon Valley giants are so huge and profitable that they no longer need visionary founders in charge — just competent managers who can keep the money-printing machines running and avoid any catastrophic mistakes. But it also hints at how little fun the titans of tech seem to be having. The founders of today’s biggest tech giants are growing tired of managing their empires, which are increasingly burdened by political controversy and hard-to-fix problems like misinformation and hate speech. They don’t see an easy way out, and they’re more excited by building new things than fixing old ones. So they are turning those empires over to others and heading off in search of new frontiers. It seems obvious what Mr. Dorsey’s next frontier will be. He’s obsessed with Bitcoin (it’s the only thing in his Twitter bio), and he talks about cryptocurrency and the decentralized web with the kind of zeal he once used to describe Twitter. “I don’t think there’s anything more important in my lifetime to work on, and I don’t think there’s anything more enabling for people around the world,” he told the audience at a Bitcoin conference in Miami in June. Mr. Dorsey, whose oracular beard and quirky wellness routines have made him something of a cult figure in Silicon Valley, has become a crypto influencer in recent months. Bitcoin fans cheered his resignation on Monday, assuming he’d be spending his newfound free time championing their cause. (A more likely scenario is that he’ll continue to push crypto projects at Square, where he’s already started building a decentralized finance business.) Mr. Dorsey didn’t respond to a request for comment, so I can’t be totally sure what’s behind his exit, but it’s easy to see why he would be getting restless at Twitter after more than 15 years of involvement. He cut his teeth during the internet boom of the late 2000s and early 2010s, when being a co-founder of a hot social media app was a pretty great gig. You got invited to fancy conferences, investors showered you with money and the media heralded you as a disruptive innovator. If you were lucky, you even got invited to the White House to hang out with President Obama. Social media was changing the world — Kony 2012! The Arab Spring! — and as long as your usage numbers kept moving in the right direction, life was good. Today, running a giant social media company is — by the looks of it — pretty miserable. Sure, you’re rich and famous, but you spend your days managing a bloated bureaucracy and getting blamed for the downfall of society. Instead of disrupting and innovating, you sit in boring meetings and fly to Washington so politicians can yell at you. The cool kids no longer want to work for you — they’re busy flipping NFTs and building DeFi apps in web3 — and regulators are breathing down your neck. In many ways, today’s crypto scene has inherited the loose, freewheeling spirit of the early social media companies. Crypto start-ups are raising tons of money, attracting huge amounts of hype and setting off on utopian-sounding missions of changing the world. The crypto universe is full of weird geniuses with unusual pedigrees and big appetites for risk, and web3 — a vision for a decentralized internet built around blockchains — contains lots of the kinds of complex technical problems that engineers love to solve. Those factors, plus the enormous sums of money flowing into crypto, have made it a tempting landing spot for burned-out tech employees looking to get back in touch with their youthful optimism — and maybe for C. E. O. s, too. “Silicon Valley tech is the old guard, distributed crypto is the frontier,” Naval Ravikant, another crypto booster and an early Twitter investor, tweeted this month. Square, which builds mobile payment systems, has always been the most natural outlet for Mr. Dorsey’s crypto dreams. But he has tried to incorporate some of Bitcoin’s principles into Twitter. The company added Bitcoin tipping and started a decentralization project called Bluesky last year, with the goal of creating an open protocol that would allow outside developers to build Twitter-like social networks with different rules and features than the main Twitter app. (Mr. Agrawal, who is taking over for Mr. Dorsey at Twitter, has been closely involved with these initiatives, meaning they probably won’t disappear when Mr. Dorsey does.) One cynical interpretation of what’s happening with Mr. Dorsey and his peers is that they’re simply trying to evade responsibility — shooting themselves into space and fooling around in crypto while other people clean up the messes they made at their old jobs. Still, there’s something to be said for knowing when to pass the torch. And after seeing what it’s like to wind up in the center of power, it’s hard to fault Mr. Dorsey for wanting to decentralize the internet, starting with himself.
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Lukashenko Offers to Host Russia's Nuclear Weapons, Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said that he would be able to host Russia's nuclear weapons amid tensions between Russia and NATO. In an interview with the Rossiya Segodnya news agency on Tuesday, Lukashenko was asked about the possible move of U.S. atomic bombs from Germany to Eastern Europe via NATO. He then made the offer to store Soviet Union-era nuclear weapons if Russia could no longer effectively store them. Those remarks come as Belarus attempts to strengthen its relationship with Russia. "I would offer [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to return nuclear weapons to Belarus", he told reporter Dmitry Kiselyov. He did not clarify further as to what types of nuclear weapons he meant. In the interview, Lukashenko also referred to the Crimean Peninsula as a Russian entity for the first time. The region was controversially annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014. He also revealed that he is planning to visit the region at the invitation of Putin. "If the president comes there with the president of Russia", Lukashenko said, "what other form of recognition could there be?" The discussions of nuclear weapon storage come as tensions between Russia and NATO have intensified. Hypersonic missiles capable of reaching targets in five minutes were reportedly being tested by Russia. Putin said recently that the development of these missiles was prompted by NATO's bomber planes conducting drills increasingly closer to the Russian border. "What should we do? We would need to develop something similar to target those who threaten us", Putin said, "and we can do that even now." Lukashenko added that Belarus has carefully preserved the necessary military infrastructure dating back to the Soviet era. Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who left Belarus under pressure after unsuccessfully trying to unseat Lukashenko in last year's election, denounced the president's comments. "Such a person shouldn't be trusted to handle matches, let alone nuclear weapons", she told The Associated Press. Tsikhanouskaya said the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons to Belarus would violate international arms agreements and the will of Belarus' people. "The majority of Belarusians have spoken for Belarus' neutrality", she said. Speaking earlier this month, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Western military alliance would need to ponder redeploying nuclear weapons east if the new German government changes the country's policy on nuclear sharing. "Germany can, of course, decide whether there will be nuclear weapons in your country, but the alternative is that we easily end up with nuclear weapons in other countries in Europe, also to the east of Germany", Stoltenberg said. Alexei Arbatov, a Moscow-based foreign policy expert, described the possible redeployment of U.S. atomic bombs to Eastern Europe as a "mad, adventurist move." If Moscow responds by sending its nuclear weapons to Belarus, "the situation would be more dangerous than it was during the Cold War times", the Interfax news agency quoted Arbatov as saying. Lukashenko has edged closer to Russia since he faced Western pressure after being awarded a sixth term in an August 2020 vote that the opposition and the West say was rigged. Belarusian authorities responded to protests triggered by the election with a sweeping crackdown, prompting the European Union and the United States to slap Belarus with several rounds of sanctions. Tensions have escalated further since the summer over the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees on Belarus' border with EU member Poland. The EU has accused Lukashenko of retaliating for its sanctions by using desperate asylum-seekers as pawns and tricking them into trying to enter Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to destabilize the entire EU. Russia and Belarus have a union agreement that envisages close political, economic and military ties, but Lukashenko in the past has sought to maneuver between Moscow and the West, trying to win concessions from each party. Ukrainian and Western authorities have raised concern in recent days about alleged Kremlin plans to invade Ukraine. Lukashenko warned that his country would stand squarely behind Russia if the Ukrainian government launched an offensive against Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. Belarusian political analyst Valery Karbalevich said Lukashenko's statement came as a payoff for Moscow's backing. "Lukashenko effectively pays Putin for the support that the Kremlin has offered to him at the time when he was on the verge of political death after the election", Karbalevich told the AP. "Lukashenko has become a tool for the Kremlin and he expects more Russian subsidies and financial aid in return." He noted that in the face of Western sanctions against the Belarusian economy, Lukashenko is now "ready to deploy nuclear weapons, stage a crisis with migrants and get involved in a confrontation with Ukraine."
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President of Belarus offers to host Russian nuclear weapons
President of Belarus offers to host Russian nuclear weapons
President of Belarus offers to host Russian nuclear weapons


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GOP Reps. Greene, Mace battle on Twitter over fellow lawmaker’s Omar jab

Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Nancy Mace of South Carolina sparred on Twitter on Tuesday after Mace condemned Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) over comments in which she likened far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to a bomb-carrying terrorist. On Sunday, Mace appeared on CNN and rebuked Boebert, saying: “I have time after time condemned my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for racist tropes and remarks that I find disgusting. And this is no different than any other.” Greene — who was stripped of her committee assignments earlier this year over a string of inflammatory social media posts from before she was elected — responded Tuesday by calling Mace “the trash in the GOP Conference,” accused her of being a Republican in name only (RINO) and told her to “back up off of @laurenboebert or just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad.” Mace clapped back at Greene with a string of emoji hieroglyphics that translated to “bats— clown.” In a subsequent tweet, Mace corrected Greene’s grammar, and accused her of being a “religious bigot.” “I’m a pro-life fiscal conservative who was attacked by the Left all weekend (as I often am) as I defied China while in Taiwan,” Mace added. “What I’m not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little ‘league.'” Greene later fired back at Mace, tweeting: “So trashy not worth a spelling correction.” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), one of the most vocal critics of far-right lawmakers like Greene, chimed in by calling on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to step in. “I love this, but worth noting that while this battle between Nancy Mace and the unserious circus barker McSpacelaser, @GOPLeader continues his silent streak that would make a monk blush,” he said. “Honestly the your/you’re thing is funny… Now we all just see that you can’t spell,” Kinzinger also tweeted in response to Greene. Mace then trolled Greene by posting a verbatim copy of a statement the Georgian made after she said last week that McCarthy did not have the votes to become House Speaker if Republicans regained control of the chamber following next year’s midterm elections. “I just got off a good call with @GOPLeader. We spent time talking about solving problems not only in the conference, but for our country. I like what he has planned ahead,” Mace tweeted. Greene retorted that she spoke with former President Donald Trump — who recently slammed Mace after she voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with the Jan. 6 select committee’s subpoena — indicating that she would like to see Mace challenged in a primary next year. “Just had a great conversation with President Trump about @NancyMace. I absolutely love President Trump. He’s our leader!” she said. While Mace and Greene’s feud spilled into the public eye, House Republican Conference Leader Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said that the party is largely unified around policy issues as they head toward the midterm election cycle. “The issues that people care about are not the Twitter infighting, they care about issues that impact their daily lives,” she told reporters at a press conference. The battle over Boebert stemmed from remarks she made at a recent campaign event, during which she recalled an alleged incident where a Capitol Police officer ran toward an elevator carrying her and Omar, thinking the Democrat was a terrorist. “I look to my left, and there she is: Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine',” Boebert said in the video. While Boebert posted an apology to the Muslim community on Friday, tensions between her and the progressive lawmaker intensified on Monday after Omar called for the Colorado Republican to apologize and was rebuffed, with Boebert arguing her apology on Twitter was sufficient and calling on Omar to apologize for her past controversial remarks.
Greene calls fellow Republican 'trash' of GOP conference
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Greene escalates GOP infighting, targets Mace for criticizing Boebert


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Arizona State University says Kyle Rittenhouse not enrolled in 'any' classes after student outrage

Kyle Rittenhouse is not currently enrolled in any Arizona State University classes, school officials said this week following demands from students that the administration "withdraw" Rittenhouse from the school. "Kyle Rittenhouse has not gone through the admissions process with Arizona State University and is not enrolled in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. ASU can confirm that Mr. Rittenhouse enrolled as a non-degree seeking ASU Online student for the session that started Oct. 13, 2021, which allows students access to begin taking classes as they prepare to seek admission into a degree program at the university", the university initially said in a statement following Rittenhouse saying in court that he was taking nursing classes at the school. The administration released another statement on Monday explaining that the 18-year-old is not enrolled in any classes at the school. "Kyle Rittenhouse has not gone through the ASU admissions process. Our records show that he is not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU", school officials said. Rittenhouse was acquitted this month of all five charges he faced, including first degree homicide, related to the shooting deaths of two men and the injury of another in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse spokesperson Dave Hancock told Fox News in a comment Tuesday morning that professors advised Rittenhouse to withdraw from his online classes, but that he is now looking to enroll in classes again. "Amid his most recent semester, Kyle’s professors at Arizona State University recommended a compassionate withdrawal of his online classes. Now that the trial is behind him, Kyle is eager to enroll in more classes. He is hopeful that attending Arizona State in person will soon be an option", Hancock said. The announcement comes amid outrage on campus that Rittenhouse be removed from the school, with some campus groups calling him "Murderer Kyle Rittenhouse." The Arizona State University Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU have all called for his removal in recent days and asked the administration to "reaffirm support for the multicultural center on campus as a safe space from White Supremacy." A protest called the "Rally and protest to get murderer Kyle Rittenhouse off our campus" is slated to be held on Dec. 1. ASU’s Students for Socialism told Fox News that the rally will still be held despite the administration's statement, as Rittenhouse has indicated that he wants to take classes at the school in the future.
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Wisconsin's Bipartisan Elections Commissioner Refuses to Resign Amid Attacks From GOP

As criticisms continue to be levied by Republican legislators against the administrator of Wisconsin's bipartisan election commission, Meagan Wolfe remains as determined as ever to not resign, according to the Associated Press. The criticisms come as Republicans in the state continue to attack the election systems many of them designed following President Joe Biden defeating Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, including a narrow victory in Wisconsin. "This is really just the politics of fear and vengeance", said Kevin Kennedy, who was Wisconsin's top elections official for 34 years before retiring in 2016. "This is not about ideas. They have effigies they want to burn and that's it." Elections in Wisconsin have been overseen by a bipartisan elections commission since the previous version of the commission was dismantled in 2015. The commission holds an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, with a nonpartisan administrator appointed by the commission. Wolfe is the current administrator, appointed in 2019 and confirmed unanimously by the Republican-controlled Senate to a term which ends in 2023, and has worked in and around the election agency and its previous version for a decade. If the pressure campaign succeeds and Wolfe resigns, the Republican-led Senate would likely control who would replace her in a position that has vast influence over what election guidance is given to over 1,200 local election workers who administer the state's elections. However, Wolfe is committed to her position and maintaining secure and fair elections in the state. "I really think the calls are based on folks being upset that I'm not willing to change my behavior; I'm not willing to engage in partisan politics", she told the Associated Press. "The public recognizes politics when they see it. I think they're smart enough to understand a lot of the rhetoric around this is motivated by partisan politics." Wednesday will bring a flurry of election-related developments in the state, with both the Wisconsin Elections Commission and a partisan legislative panel dissecting the 2020 presidential election. At the same time, Republican lawmakers are continuing to attack the state's well-regarded election administrator in a pressure campaign to have her resign, an apparent attempt to install a GOP partisan in the position ahead of next year's midterm elections. More than a year after the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump and his allies continue to push his false claims that Democrats stole a second term from him. This has manifested in costly and timely partisan election reviews in a handful of states as well as new laws pushed by Republicans adding restrictions to mail voting, which was hugely popular amid the pandemic and embraced by voters of both parties. Current and former election officials also have warned that the unrelenting attempts to discredit Biden's win have led to an erosion of public confidence in elections and threats of physical violence against election workers. They worry that longtime election officials will be driven from their jobs, creating a vacuum of experience that in some cases could be filled by partisan actors. When efforts to overturn Trump's loss in Wisconsin failed through lawsuits and recounts, Republicans repositioned their attacks to the commission and Wolfe. At least 10 Republican lawmakers have called for the resignations of her or one or more commissioners. Wolfe on Tuesday called the attacks against her "baseless" and said she was more determined than ever not to resign. A bipartisan group of more than 50 election experts from across the country came to Wolfe's defense, sending a letter to Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos calling Wolfe "one of the most highly-skilled election administrators in the country." Wolfe serves as chair of the national Electronic Registration Information Center and in February will become president of the National Association of State Election Directors. The attacks against Wolfe and the integrity of the 2020 election make Wisconsin "ground zero for the anti-democratic movement", said David Becker, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation and Research. Becker said election workers and civil servants such as Wolfe are being used as scapegoats "because leaders do not have the political courage to tell their supporters the truth of the election. And the truth is that it was objectively the most secure, transparent, verified and scrutinized election in American history by any measure." Republican lawmakers ratcheted up their criticism of Wolfe and the commission after a nonpartisan audit recommended dozens of changes in how elections should be run and detailed ways the elections commission didn't follow some state laws during the pandemic in 2020. The audit did not find any widespread fraud or abuse and did not call into question Biden's victory in the state. A Trump-supporting sheriff in Racine County recommended felony charges against five of the six commission members for their decision not to send special voting deputies into nursing homes, as required by law, during the pandemic. Many of those facilities were not allowing any visitors, including families, at the time the commission made the decision. The commission instead called for absentee ballots to be used for residents in such facilities, a move they said was designed to protect their right to vote. No charges have been filed in any Wisconsin county against Wolfe or any commission member. In addition to attacking the elections commission, Republicans also are backing an investigation ordered into the 2020 election by Vos, the legislative leader. That effort is being led by a conservative former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who told lawmakers his probe will include examining the allegations raised by the sheriff. The elections commission was scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss the audit. At the same time, the Assembly elections committee is to receive an update on the GOP-ordered election investigation. Meanwhile, state Republican lawmakers are feeling pressure from U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, who in November told them the Legislature should take control over federal elections in the state. Opponents have said such a move would be barred under decisions by the U.S. and state supreme courts. The Republican leader of the state Senate also raised concerns about the legality of doing that. Republicans can't easily alter the elections commission or change how elections are run in the state because any change in the law would have to be signed by Democratic Governor Tony Evers. He's made clear that he would block any such attempt. "Wisconsin held a fair, accurate, and secure election under a system Republicans largely created themselves, and the results of our election have been proven over and over again", Evers said in a statement Tuesday. "It's clear Republicans' efforts and rhetoric are more about pre-determining our elections and maintaining political power than making our elections more secure." Evers is on the ballot next year, and should he lose Republicans would have a clear path to make widespread election changes before the 2024 elections. One Republican candidate for governor, former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, has been critical of the elections commission and filed a lawsuit in November seeking to suspend the guidance the agency gave to local election clerks amid the coronavirus pandemic. Attacks against the current commission are similar to ones Republicans made against its predecessor, the Government Accountability Board, which they dissolved in 2015 under a law signed by then-Governor Scott Walker, a Republican. The first administrator of the current commission, Mike Haas, was driven out by Republicans because of his work on an investigation into Walker while at the previous agency. Haas stepped down after the GOP-controlled Senate refused to confirm him. Kennedy, who retired from the state elections post amid GOP criticism, said Wolfe should not expect the pressure on her to let up. "If she wants it to end, then she leaves", Kennedy said.
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GOP targets Wisconsin elections system, nonpartisan director
GOP targets Wisconsin elections system, nonpartisan director


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Prosecutors charge man who allegedly assaulted police at the US Capitol and brought hatchets to FBI headquarters

Timothy Desjardins, 35, was caught on video using a broken wooden table leg to beat Capitol Police officers on the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol, the site of some of the most brutal fighting between officers and the mob, according to the charging documents. In the video, prosecutors say Desjardins was wearing a black leather jacket, a flat cap hat, and a camouflage backpack. Then, at 2 a.m. on January 7, FBI agents reported a security breach when they found Desjardins attempting to climb over security chains outside FBI headquarters. The agents found "one or two hatchets" inside his backpack, according to court documents. Desjardins allegedly said that he was "good" at using the hatchets and admitted that he was at the Capitol but would not go into any more detail. The agents initially released Desjardins because they determined there were no warrants out for his arrest. Once he left the FBI building, prosecutors say Desjardins ditched his backpack on the street. Police say they found the backpack a few hours later, inside of which was Desjardins' ID, two black walkie talkies, three axes, a flashlight, assorted clothing, prescription bottles and a credit card. Investigators say they confirmed Desjardins was at the Capitol during the riot by cross-referencing video from that day with his mugshot after he was arrested in October for allegedly firing a shot that grazed the head of another man in the parking lot of a Providence Walgreens. Desjardins has been charged with six federal crimes, including engaging in physical violence on restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon. He has not yet entered a plea and is being held in jail in Rhode Island. More than 670 people have been charged in connection to the US Capitol riot.
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Vermont shatters previous record of COVID-19 hospitalizations

Vermont shattered its previous COVID-19 hospitalization record on Tuesday, according to data from the state’s health department. Vermont has 84 COVID-19 hospitalizations, beating its previous record on Nov. 23 of almost 70 COVID-19 hospitalizations, VTDigger reported. The increase in hospitalizations comes as Vermont is struggling with staffing shortages. Some medical procedures that are considered nonessential have been postponed to make room for COVID-19 patients. During a press conference Tuesday, officials said a majority of those in the hospital are unvaccinated, according to the local outlet. Multiple states have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, with the federal government sending military personnel to Michigan to help with the state's coronavirus hospitalizations. The increase comes as worry spreads across the country over the new omicron variant, which was first discovered in South Africa. Scientists are still looking to determine how transmissible the new variant is and the how effective the coronavirus vaccines will be against it. The U.S. has already banned travel from several southern African countries in an attempt to mitigate the variant from arriving in the U.S. “On Thursday, I'll be putting forward a detailed strategy outlining how we're going to fight COVID this winter, not with shutdowns or lockdowns but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more,” President Biden said.
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Minnesota reaches more than 1,500 COVID hospitalizations
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The case for a new constitutional order

The other day, President Ram Nath Kovind asked the higher judiciary to exercise “utmost discretion” in what is said in courtrooms during hearings. In mid-August, Chief Justice N V Ramana said the constitutional courts faced problems in dealing with poorly framed laws. The remedy lay in more discussion and debate in Parliament so that the courts could understand the context in which legislation was made. Over the last one year, farmer organisations seeking to reverse three reform Bills (now repealed without debate) declined to listen to the highest court when they were asked to.
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Biden on shooting: 'My heart goes out to the families enduring unimaginable grief'

President Joe Biden expressed compassion Tuesday for the families of the victims of the tragic shooting at at Oxford High School where three were killed and at least eight wounded. Biden was one of many elected officials in Michigan and across the nation who weighed in on the shooting. “As we learn the full details, my heart goes out to the families enduring the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” Biden said shortly after 4:30 p.m. at the start of remarks in Minnesota. “You got to know that that whole community has to be just in a state of shock right now.” Biden was told of the school shooting in Oxford by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in advance of his tour Tuesday at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota, the White House said. Authorities took the shooter, an unidentified 15-year-old sophomore, into custody Tuesday, saying the weapon was a semi-automatic handgun. The students killed include two females, ages 14 and 17, and a 16-year-old male, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said. Two of the wounded were in surgery Tuesday evening, while the other six were in stable condition with "various" gunshot wounds, McCabe said. The victims have not yet been identified. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden's traveling team would remain in close touch with staff at the White House and provide regular updates to Biden as new information surfaces. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared with McCabe at an evening news conference, telling reporters, "This is every parent's worst nightmare." "My heart goes out to the families. This is an unimaginable tragedy", she said. Whitmer ordered flags within the State Capitol Complex and on public buildings and grounds across the state to be lowered to half-staff to honor and remember the shooting victims. "I want to thank the first responders on the ground working hard to keep people safe as law enforcement officials investigate this shooting and get the community the help it needs right now", she said in a statement earlier Tuesday. “As Michiganders, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect each other from gun violence. No one should be afraid to go to school, work, a house of worship, or even their own home", Whitmer added. "Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day. We have the tools to reduce gun violence in Michigan. This is a time for us to come together and help our children feel safe at school." Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter noted that the county's Emergency Operations Center has been activated to offer support to first responders and families in Oxford. "The entire Oakland County community is in shock by this terrifying display of violence, and our thoughts are with Oxford families tonight", Coulter said in a statement. Lawmakers with Oakland County ties shared their feelings as well. "This is heartbreaking. Schools are a place where students should be safe", tweeted Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township. "I’m thinking of the families & friends who lost loved ones in Oxford today — and the entire community grappling with this harrowing news. Grateful to law enforcement & authorities for their swift response." State Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, called the shooting "simply horrifying." "On top of an already difficult situation with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our students now have to face this traumatic situation in a place that is supposed to be a safe space for learning and growth", Bayer said. “My heart goes out to all those involved. I am working with local authorities to understand all the information and provide as much assistance as my office can", she added. "I encourage anyone with information about this situation to share it with the police, and I thank our local responders for their swift assistance and response during this difficult time.” U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, whose district includes the school, said she was headed back to Michigan from Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon. "This is a dark & painful day for Michigan. I send my deepest condolences to the families of the three students who have lost their lives — they have received the worst news any parent can ever imagine", Slotkin tweeted. "We must continue to pray and hope for the additional students and teacher who have been injured, and for the students who are in shock right now. They will somehow have to make sense of one of their peers doing this to them." Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said her heart goes out to the parents who lost their children and to the school community "reeling" from the tragedy of the shooting. "My department has reached out to local law enforcement to offer assistance as this investigation unfolds, and I want to extend my sincere gratitude to first responders on the scene", Nessel said. “We must act to properly address gun violence in our schools and the ongoing threat of another unconscionable tragedy if we continue to only offer thoughts and prayers. Our kids deserve better." State Rep. John Reilly, R-Oakland Township, said he was praying for a quick recovery for those wounded and "comfort" for families and friends grieving lost loved ones. "A tragedy like this shocks us all, and we need to support the people who endured this horrific trauma", Reilly said. "Our community is unified in the face of this heinous act of violence, and we are especially grateful to our law enforcement officers and first responders for their efforts.” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser similarly offered his support. “There aren’t enough words to express our sorrow for the senseless act of violence that took place earlier today in Oakland County", Weiser said in a statement. "We are keeping all Oxford High families in our prayers at this time.” U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Rochester Hills, she was anguished over the Oxford High shooting and a community that "will never be the same." "So many want change, we must continue to ask for it", Stevens tweeted. "Pushing to end gun violence as we help people heal is the imperative effort ahead."
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Concerns over omicron could shift spending away from experiences, retail trade group says

As Americans bought gifts during the peak Thanksgiving shopping weekend, the discovery of the omicron variant made headlines and prompted action by public health officials. National Retail Federation CEO Matt Shay said Tuesday that the Covid-19 variant could shake up spending patterns this holiday season and direct more dollars toward electronics, toys, apparel and other items instead of vacations and movie tickets. "We know, unfortunately, that when the variants have had a real impact of the economy, the goods side of the economy has actually benefited from that because people change behavior away from the experience side of the economy and spend more time and more dollars engaged in the goods side of the economy", he said on a call with reporters. Holiday sales are expected to grow to an all-time high of between $843.4 billion and $859 billion of sales in November and December, which represents growth of 8.5% to 10.5% this year, according to the National Retail Federation. The trade group reiterated its rosy forecast for the holiday season on Tuesday. Experience-based gifts — such as travel vouchers, restaurant gift cards and spa days — are expected to make a comeback this year as more Americans feel comfortable getting out again. About 43% of consumers said they were planning to splurge on experiences and service gifts this holiday season, according to a survey of roughly 1,500 U.S. consumers in August by consulting firm Accenture. The trend was more pronounced among younger generations, with 53% of millennials and 50% of Gen Z saying they were planning to spend on experiences, the survey found. Shay said the trade group feels confident about consumers' appetite to spend, despite the new variant. He said the backdrop of the pandemic looks very different this holiday season, since more Americans are fully vaccinated. "We think there's a reason to be aware, a reason to follow the kinds of protocols we have been following all along about safe practices and getting vaccinated, but there's not a reason to panic", he said.
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Swiss officials warn Covid-19 rules threaten sports events

Olympic officials in Switzerland urged the federal government Tuesday to exempt international athletes and officials from new quarantine rules that threaten the hosting of World Cup events in winter sports. People arriving from the rising number of countries on Switzerland's red list must enter mandatory 10-day quarantine periods to protect against COVID-19 and the aggressive omicron variant. The red list now includes Canada, where women's Alpine skiers including former World Cup champions Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States and Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland are currently competing at Lake Louise. They are scheduled to travel next to Switzerland for two super-G races at upscale St. Moritz. If travel restrictions and quarantine rules are maintained, the organization of international sporting events in Switzerland will be in danger, if not impossible, said Jrg Stahl, the president of Switzerland's national Olympic committee. Switzerland is also due to host cross-country skiing at Davos, ski jumping at Engelberg and ski cross races at Arosa in the next three weeks. Swiss Olympic warned of difficulties under the current rules for athletes who can no longer practice their profession, plus sports clubs and the wider economy, such as hotels and restaurants. The Swiss economy was already hit this week by the cancellation on less than two weeks' notice of the 2021 world university winter games based at Lucerne. Hundreds of athletes, coaches, officials and event staff were due to arrive for competitions at several venues in central and eastern Switzerland. Stahl said Swiss Olympic wanted to work with federal and local authorities to find solutions.
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Majority Believe Joe Biden Is Responsible for American People's Divisions: Poll

A majority of people blame President Joe Biden for the divisions among Americans, according to a new poll conducted before Thanksgiving. A Trafalgar Group poll in partnership with Convention of the States Action asked respondents: "To what extent do you believe President Biden is responsible for the divisions in the American people?" Results showed that 54.2 percent of likely general election voters asked believed Biden was responsible "for the divisions in the American people", though there was a clear partisan divide on this point. The Trafalgar Group poll found that 45.8 percent of respondents said the president was not very responsible or not at all responsible for divisions among Americans. A plurality of 39.4 percent of respondents said Biden was "very responsible", while 14.8 percent said he was "somewhat responsible." Then 12.6 percent said he was "not very responsible" and 33.2 percent said Biden was "not responsible at all." There was a stark divide between Republicans and Democrats on the question, with 63.3 percent of Republicans saying that Biden was "very responsible" for the country's divisions and 24.7 percent saying he was somewhat responsible. Just 4.5 percent of GOP respondents said Biden was not very responsible and 7.5 percent said he was not responsible at all. By contrast, 58 percent of Democrats said Biden was not at all responsible for divisions among Americans, while 20.7 percent said he was not very responsible. Just 16 percent of Democrats said Biden was very responsible, with a further 5.3 percent saying he was somewhat responsible. Biden has spoken repeatedly of his desire to unite the nation, though this polling is yet further evidence that divides remain. Another finding that may be cause for concern in the Biden camp is the fact that most respondents who identified as no party or other blamed the president for divisions to some extent. Among that group, 46.7 percent held Biden very responsible and 17.4 percent believed he was somewhat responsible. Another 10 percent said he was not very responsible, while 25.9 percent said he was not at all responsible. The poll surveyed 1,092 likely general election voters from November 13 to November 16 and has a margin of error of 2.97 percent for results from questions posed to the entire sample. Poll tracker FiveThirtyEight gives the Trafalgar Group an A- rating. Convention of States Action is a nonprofit group that is seeking to call a convention of the states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. It has been endorsed by Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, among others. The latest poll findings come as Biden has faced stubbornly low approval ratings for months and some polls have shown him losing in a hypothetical match up with former President Donald Trump in 2024. The latest figures from the Trafalgar Group also come with a series of polls having appeared to show Americans have doubts about the president. A recent Fox News poll found that a majority of voters believed Biden's age was interfering with his ability to do his job, while a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll earlier this month found that 48 percent of registered voters didn't believe the president was mentally fit.
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Putin says China isn't a threat, but US hypersonic weapons are

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he isn’t worried by China’s growing military strength because of the “unprecedented” level of ties between the former Communist rivals, and pointed to U.S. capability in hypersonic weapons as the real threat. “Why should we be concerned about the increased military potential of our nearest neighbor with whom we have an unprecedentedly high level of bilateral ties?” Putin said Tuesday during a videoconference at the Russia Calling! investment forum in Moscow. “We saw the reaction of our U.S. partners to this but we know that the U.S. is slightly ahead in hypersonic weapons development.” Putin unveiled Russia’s hypersonic weapons just before his re-election as president in 2018, and has boasted that his military has the world’s most advanced such armaments, capable of evading missile-defense systems. Russia is preparing to deploy a sea-based hypersonic missile next year that can travel at nine times the speed of sound, Putin said at the forum. U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley last month described China’s suspected test of a hypersonic weapons system over the summer as close to a “Sputnik moment” in significance for the American military, adding that “It has all of our attention.” Russia has built a “strategic partnership” with China, in part to counter U.S. dominance, despite some concerns among Kremlin policymakers about the rising power of the giant eastern neighbor. Putin said he plans to visit Beijing for the opening of the Winter Olympics in February.
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