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Text messages to Meadows renew focus on Trump’s inaction during Jan. 6 attack

“Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress’s official proceedings to count electoral votes?” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said the Jan. 6 committee was seeking to determine. 2021-12-15 00:21 11KB

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Pfizer’s Covid Pill Works Well, Company Confirms in Final Analysis

The treatment, called Paxlovid, is likely to work against Omicron and could be available in the United States before the end of the year. 2021-12-14 23:09 10KB

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Senate Democrats approve raising the federal debt limit to $31.4 trillion

Senate Democrats narrowly passed legislation on Tuesday raising the federal debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion, clearing the biggest hurdle in Congress to allowing President Biden … 2021-12-14 23:31 7KB

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Over 50 People Die From Gas Truck Explosion In Caribbean Nation

The explosion of a truck carrying gasoline in Haiti on Monday led to the death of over 50 people while injuring dozens more, the Associated Press … 2021-12-14 17:21 2KB

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D.C. Attorney General Uses the KKK Act of 1871 to Sue Proud Boys and Oath Keepers Over ‘Gutless’ Jan. 6 Attack

The District of Columbia filed a federal civil lawsuit on Tuesday against two far-right groups and numerous other individuals over their alleged participation in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Complex. 2021-12-14 19:26 5KB

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Missed Out On 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Tickets? Here's How to Watch The Marvel Movie

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" is almost out in the United States but what happens if you can't get tickets? 2021-12-14 16:53 1KB

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NY’s ethics cop gets tough on Andrew Cuomo — now that he’s out of power

Yay, but . The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics just ordered disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fork over the $5.1 million he got … 2021-12-14 23:40 1KB

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South African President tested positive for Covid-19

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa , who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday and is under treatment. The 69-year-old is experiencing … 2021-12-14 19:39 2KB

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On This Day: U.S. administers first COVID-19 vaccines

On Dec. 14, 2020, the United States began administering its first COVID-19 vaccine, made by Pfizer-BioNTech. 2021-12-14 08:00 748Bytes

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800,000 US deaths from COVID-19 and counting: 'There's no question we will reach 1 million'

South African scientists identified a new COVID-19 variant which has now been reported in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel. … 2021-12-14 11:30 804Bytes

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CDC: 79% of omicron cases are in vaccinated people!

Nearly 80% of the omicron variant cases in the United States were people who were fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. … 2021-12-15 00:01 4KB

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Why Was Haiti’s President Assassinated?

An investigation into the killing of the Caribbean nation’s leader points to corruption and drug trafficking at the highest levels of government. 2021-12-14 11:00 2KB

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Omicron Variant Panic: Another Excuse For Political Meddling?

Will political leaders and public health officials use Covid-19 variants to unnecessarily control our lives, hinder commerce and harm our health? 2021-12-14 11:00 2KB

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Judge Dismisses Trump Suit Seeking to Stop Congress From Seeing His Taxes

The court said the Treasury Department can provide the former president’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee. But the judge stayed the ruling to allow time for an appeal. 2021-12-14 23:52 2KB

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Oxford School Board to meet Tuesday for first time since deadly school shooting

Oxford Community Schools' board of education will meet Tuesday for the first time since a shooter killed four teenagers and wounded seven. 2021-12-14 18:47 3KB

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Project Fear: Number of UK Omicron Hospitalised Revised from 250 to 10

The number of people with Omicron in UK hospitals according to Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has been revised down from 250 to ten, with … 2021-12-14 16:13 3KB

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Belarus hands opposition leader’s husband 18 years in prison

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced the husband of the country's opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial… 2021-12-14 20:56 4KB

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O.J. Simpson released from parole two months early

O.J. Simpson was released from parole two months early, Nevada state officials said Tuesday. 2021-12-14 23:19 979Bytes

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CNN host claims Dr. Oz avoiding network in favor of Fox News

A CNN host is claiming that Dr. Mehmet Oz , a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, is shunning interviews on the network … 2021-12-14 14:31 2KB

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Maine reports 1,383 new cases of COVID-19 over a three-day period

The National Guard and Biden administration health care workers have been deployed to help Maine's strained hospitals. 2021-12-14 13:48 4KB

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Heavy Rain and Snow Are Expected Over Much of California

The state was blanketed by a variety of weather warnings, with more than five feet of snow predicted for parts of the Sierra Nevada. 2021-12-14 13:15 3KB

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7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted

Indonesia lifted a tsunami warning Tuesday after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off Flores Island, triggering panic in the region. 2021-12-14 16:09 3KB

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Blinken says U.S. will push back against Chinese aggression in South China Sea

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a visit in Southeast Asia on Tuesday that the United States will push back against Chinese aggression in the South China Sea. 2021-12-14 14:39 1KB

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Far too little vote fraud to tip election to Trump, AP finds

ATLANTA (AP) — An Associated Press review of every potential case of voter fraud in the six battleground states disputed by former President Donald Trump has… 2021-12-14 22:56 20KB

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Elon Musk Feuds With Elizabeth Warren Over Billionaire Taxes: ‘Senator Karen’

Musk slammed Warren after she criticized the Tesla CEO being named Time’s Person of the Year. 2021-12-14 21:53 2KB

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Arizona asks Supreme Court to permit ban on abortion for genetic conditions

Arizona’s Republican attorney general on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to allow the state’s ban on abortions based on genetic abnormalities to go into effect. … 2021-12-14 22:22 2KB

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The U.N. says it has verified a new record high temperature for the Arctic

The United Nations has officially recognized a new record high temperature for the Arctic, confirming a reading of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) taken … 2021-12-14 14:35 2KB

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Court won't allow reversal of Trump remain-in-Mexico policy

A federal appeals court has dealt another blow to the Biden administration's attempt to undo former President Donald Trump 's policy requiring people seeking … 2021-12-14 17:12 2KB

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Bernie Sanders Opposes Nomination Of Biden’s FDA Pick

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday his opposition to President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration over ties to the … 2021-12-14 22:56 2KB

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Putin Accuses Ukraine of 'Deliberately Aggravating' Border Situation to France's Macron

Putin also said that Ukraine "is being pumped up with modern weapons, which poses a direct threat to Russia's security." 2021-12-14 22:07 3KB

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Landlord accused of sexually harassing tenants to pay $4.5M to settle federal lawsuit

The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that a landlord has agreed to pay $4.5 million in damages and a civil penalty after he … 2021-12-14 21:00 2KB

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A Christmas party scandal is roiling British politics

The controversy is putting pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson — and now he’s facing a Conservative rebellion. 2021-12-14 22:50 11KB

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The AP Interview: IAEA chief on Iran

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog warned Tuesday that restrictions faced by his inspectors in Iran threaten to give the world only a “very … 2021-12-14 22:16 838Bytes

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UK's Johnson faces political threat in virus rules votes

British lawmakers will vote Tuesday on whether to approve new restrictions to curb the spread of the omicron variant — and many will have more … 2021-12-14 15:05 5KB

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Oxford superintendent: High school won't open as soon as we'd like

Officials said they don't think they will be able to meet goal of reopening after holiday break 2021-12-15 00:37 4KB

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China calls for reckoning over US atrocity in Afghanistan

The US drone strike that killed 10 civilians in Kabul including seven children is an atrocity the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said calling for the int 2021-12-14 22:12 2KB

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NFL Power Rankings for Week 15: Don’t mess with the Chiefs

If the NFL’s two best teams meet in Super Bowl LVI, it could be billed as The Ghost of Kingsbury Past versus The Ghost of Kingsbury Present. … 2021-12-14 10:00 5KB

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Wholesale Prices Rise 9.6% In Year-Over-Year Average, Record Setting Increase

The United States Department of Labor announced more troubling news for the Biden administration as wholesale prices of consumer goods rose 9.6% year-over-year … 2021-12-14 10:27 4KB

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Senators Question Califf, the F.D.A. Nominee, on Opioid Crisis and Pandemic Response

A Senate panel hearing on Tuesday signaled that Dr. Robert Califf, who briefly led the agency during the Obama administration, had some bipartisan support. 2021-12-14 23:07 10KB

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U.K. Removes 11 African Countries From Travel ‘Red List’ With Omicron Spreading Rapidly Domestically

The United States’ stricter ban remains in place despite criticism. 2021-12-14 20:59 2KB

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Ohio City Reverses Decision to Criminalize Abortion After 2 Council Members Lose Election

The short-lived measure took effect on November 24 and sparked protests from abortion-rights demonstrators who claimed it was unconstitutional. 2021-12-14 19:03 3KB

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Banks reconsider overdraft fees after pressure from lawmakers, regulators

The banking industry appears to have overdone it on overdraft fees. After decades of raking in billions of dollars from mostly poor Americans short of … 2021-12-14 17:46 5KB

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10 Senate Races to Watch in 2022

Democrats have a razor-thin margin that could be upended with the loss of a single seat. 2021-12-14 23:47 7KB

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Wisconsin attorney general won't enforce any abortion ban

Wisconsin's Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul said in an interview Tuesday that he would not investigate or prosecute anyone for having an abortion should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade and a currently unenforceable state ban takes effect. 2021-12-14 20:04 3KB

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U.S. Preparing ‘Alternatives’ For Dealing With Iran’s Nuke Program As Biden Fails: ‘Time Is Running Out’

The U.S. is preparing for alternative ways to stop the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, from acquiring nuclear … 2021-12-14 07:32 4KB

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US stocks fall as Fed meeting gets underway with inflation and Omicron in focus

US stocks dropped Tuesday as investors prepared for what the Federal Reserve may say about monetary policy with inflation running hot and the global spread … 2021-12-14 21:07 2KB

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Man United game postponed as EPL reports highest weekly Covid cases

The English Premier League reported its highest weekly coronavirus infections as Manchester United's meeting with Brentford became the second match in three days to … 2021-12-14 07:02 4KB

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British PM Boris Johnson says UK and India are natural partners

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday said that the UK and India are natural partners who are working together on many fantastic projects from … 2021-12-14 07:19 2KB

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Three Residents of Pro-Trump Community in Florida Charged With Voting Multiple Times in 2020 Presidential Election

Jay Ketcik, Joan Halstead, and John Rider, of The Villages in Florida, are each charged with casting more than one ballot in the 2020 presidential election. 2021-12-14 22:11 3KB

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Iranian 'Drone Armies' Step Up Attacks on US as Nuclear Talks Languish, GOP Lawmakers Say

Iranian "drone armies" are behind a surge in attacks on U.S. positions and allies in Iraq, according to a group of Republican lawmakers who … 2021-12-14 22:00 5KB

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China paying U.S. social-media influencers to hype Olympics

China’s government is paying social media influencers in the U.S. to promote the Beijing Olympics and distract from diplomatic boycotts over its human rights … 2021-12-14 16:19 2KB

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Senate Dems' choice: Election reform first, or Biden's megabill?

At the center of it all, with paltry few days left in the chamber's year, is Joe Manchin. 2021-12-14 21:32 7KB

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Sherry Bren Felt 'Intimidated' by Gov. Kristi Noem, Kassidy Peters at Meeting Over License

Bren testified in front of lawmakers Tuesday that she felt the application of Noem's daughter to be a real estate appraiser was treated in an unusual manner. 2021-12-14 21:26 5KB

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Russia's Putin told Biden he would 'really like' to meet

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his US counterpart Joe Biden he would "really like" to meet for more talks, according to a video clip released by Russian state TV on Sunday from the leaders' virtual call on Tuesday. 2021-12-14 09:37 4KB

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Four FBI officials hired prostitutes overseas, inspector general says

The Justice Department Office of the Inspector General on Tuesday said four FBI officials hired prostitutes while on the job. In an investigative summary, the … 2021-12-14 19:06 1KB

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Russia vetoes U.N. plan to name climate change a security threat

Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council measure that would’ve labeled climate change a threat to security worldwide in a first for the international body. … 2021-12-14 18:49 3KB

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UAE suspends discussions for purchase of U.S. F-35 fighter jets

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, announced it was suspending discussions with the United States over the purchase of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. 2021-12-14 23:01 1KB

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Forget Joe Biden: Look who's 'positioning' to be Dems' presidential nominee in 2024

Twice-failed Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton went on television just days ago to explain she thinks President Donald Trump will run for the White House … 2021-12-14 21:10 6KB

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Kamala Harris Lashes Out At Media Over Negative Coverage

Vice President Kamala Harris is not happy. Harris — who has plunged to just 28% approval rating in one poll as reports of a dysfunctional … 2021-12-14 11:40 4KB

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Manchin is right, the inflation tax is real. It's time to stop Biden's Build Back Better

President Biden and administration officials spent the summer repeatedly telling Americans that the fears they felt over higher prices they were seeing at the market, at stores, and at … 2021-12-14 15:48 6KB

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Sheriff's deputy "died saving lives" while protecting inmates at candle factory when tornado struck, family says

At least 74 people have died in the state of Kentucky and more than one hundred are still unaccounted for. 2021-12-14 14:04 3KB

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The debt ceiling fight, explained

For the second time this year, the United States faces the possibility of financial calamity if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling before Christmas. 2021-12-14 22:10 1KB

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Tesla now has 7 EV variants approved in India, says report

Elon Musk-owned electric vehicle company Tesla has received approval for three more trims of its electric vehicles in India, bringing the total to seven … 2021-12-14 09:09 2KB

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Democrats will look to illegal immigrants for votes in 2022

As more and more Americans taste the bitter fruit of Democratic policies and contrast it with the prosperity of the pre-pandemic Trump years, the Democrats face a reckoning … 2021-12-14 12:00 4KB

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Trump says Pence 'mortally wounded' in GOP because of actions on Jan. 6

Former President Trump said this weekend that former Vice President Mike Pence has been "mortally wounded" by allowing the congressional certification of the 2020 election … 2021-12-14 21:10 2KB

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Larry Nassar abuse victims reach $380 million settlement with USA Gymnastics and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee

In addition to the payment, the organizations have also committed to safety reforms for future athletes. 2021-12-14 12:58 4KB

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Xi extends condolences to Biden over tornado disaster in central U.S.

ampcopy Provided by Xinhua BEIJING Dec 14 Xinhua -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday extended condolences to his US counterpart Joe Biden over 2021-12-14 16:05 1KB

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The light at the end of the Covid

One way or another, the Pandemia is ending in the United States. Europe may have a longer road. 2021-12-14 12:37 5KB

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Vilified by Trump, Liz Cheney explores her political future with backing from GOP elders

Liz Cheney is going to New Hampshire. She's getting her political operation in order. And she's raising money like mad from icons of the Republican Party. 2021-12-14 15:35 5KB

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Blinken says the Indo-Pacific will shape the trajectory of the 21st century as counterweight to China's aggressive actions

Secretary of State Antony Blinken committed to bolstering US partnerships in the Indo-Pacific as a counterweight to China's aggressive actions during a speech in Indonesia on Tuesday, coming as the Biden administration has been largely focused on foreign policy challenges in other areas of the world. 2021-12-14 11:53 7KB

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CNN floats possible replacements for Biden in 2024

CNN's Chris Cillizza on Monday published an article in which he names Democrats who could possibly replace President Biden in the 2024 presidential elections. … 2021-12-15 00:34 2KB

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Boston Starbucks Employees Looking to Piggyback on Buffalo Unionization Start Process

Employees at two Boston Starbucks stores are looking to be represented by Workers United Labor Union, the same union looking to represent the Buffalo Starbucks. 2021-12-14 23:05 3KB

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Opposition not allowed to raise issues in Parliament: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs as the "symbol of the crushing of the voice of people of India" 2021-12-14 09:31 2KB

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Another popular European destination added to State Department's 'do not travel' list due to COVID

The U.S. has updated requirements for international air travel. From … 2021-12-14 20:01 808Bytes

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Editor Daily Rundown: Biden Meets With Manchin About ‘Build Back Better’ And Democrats Panic Over Decreased Support Among Hispanic Voters

JOE DOWN… Biden And Manchin Speak With ‘Build Back Better’ On The Ropes President Joe Biden spoke with Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe … 2021-12-14 15:07 901Bytes

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Dems launch talks to break Cruz-Hawley blockade of Biden ambassadors

But while the price for one GOP 2024 contender's help is clear, another is less open about what it'll take to ease his holds. 2021-12-14 23:02 7KB

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Police investigating threat made at Little Miami Middle School, officials say

School administrators said all parents and guardians of students specified in the threat have been contacted. 2021-12-14 22:50 1KB

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CDC Warns Americans Shouldn't Travel to Italy, 2 Other Nations

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) on Monday said that Americans should not travel to Italy , Greenland, and Mauritius due citing COVID-19 … 2021-12-14 15:55 3KB

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Sen. Blumenthal speaks at Communist award show, touts 'Build Back Better'

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut appeared Saturday at the Connecticut People's World Committee Amistad Awards. CPWC is a Communist Party affiliate political advocacy … 2021-12-14 23:17 2KB

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China Fines Weibo Social Media Outlet Half a Million Dollars for Not Censoring Enough

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), chief online regulatory agency for the Communist regime, on Tuesday imposed a half-million-dollar fine on Weibo, the Chinese … 2021-12-14 22:37 3KB

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Commerce chief’s husband reportedly works at company linked to China

The husband of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is a top executive at a tech company that counts a venture capital firm linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) … 2021-12-14 20:27 3KB

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House, Senate Come To Agreement On Uyghur Forced Labor Bill After Reports Of Biden Administration Opposition

Both chambers of Congress will vote on an updated version of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act following a week of negotiations between Democratic Massachusetts Rep. … 2021-12-14 21:03 4KB

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Feds: Bahamian National Illegally Voted Multiple Times in U.S. Elections

A Bahamian national, who fraudulently secured a United States passport, illegally voted multiple times in U.S. elections from 2018 to 2020, according to the Department … 2021-12-14 18:49 2KB

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Florida returns school board paychecks withheld over mask mandates

The Florida Department of Education returned $877,851 in paychecks for school board members to eight districts it had penalized for defying a state order banning mask mandates. 2021-12-15 00:08 1KB

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Chinese Embassy in France releases anti-American song: US is ‘human rights cop’

China is whispering to U.S. allies behind America’s back – in the form of a poorly produced music video. The Chinese Embassy in France release … 2021-12-14 23:06 2KB

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Italy requires quarantines for unvaccinated EU visitors

Italy ’s health minister signed an ordinance Tuesday requiring any unvaccinated visitor from another EU country to quarantine for five days after arriving in a … 2021-12-14 20:03 2KB

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Toyota, lagging rivals, outlines plans to expand sales of electric vehicles.

The company’s Lexus brand will only sell electric cars by 2030 in China, Europe and the United States. 2021-12-14 18:35 3KB

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US and Mexico begin work on new security framework

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico and the United States began work Tuesday on the new framework that will govern their security relationship going forward and replaces the Merida Initiative, which ha… 2021-12-14 18:20 1KB

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Ukraine Says Troop Call Up is Defensive Maneuver Over Concerns Russian Planning Invasion

Ukraine's defense minister denied any accusations that Ukraine plans to attack anyone, saying the troop buildup is a defense against Russia's troop buildup. 2021-12-14 18:02 3KB

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Source: NSC Directed State Department to Cut Taiwanese Minister’s Feed During ‘Democracy’ Summit

A State Department source told Breitbart News on Monday that the Biden National Security Council (NSC) directed the State Department to cut the live video … 2021-12-14 17:56 7KB

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Kentucky governor's family ties run deep in storm-hit area

In the desperate hours after the massive storm struck, Andy Beshear took time out from his duties as governor of the hardest-hit state early Saturday … 2021-12-14 17:55 6KB

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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg hoping to become governor of Norway central bank

NATO Secretary-General and former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says he's among the candidates seeking to become the governor of Norway's central bank, according to a list published Tuesday. 2021-12-14 16:33 1KB

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Fearing Border Closure After Presidential Election, Migrants Coming to Chile in Droves

Many migrants are treating the Dec. 19 runoff presidential election as the deadline for when to cross over, fearing an anti-immigration candidate could win. 2021-12-14 16:21 4KB

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Nikki Haley's Christmas present to America

Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has served up a kind of Christmas present to the nation in the form of … 2021-12-15 00:21 3KB

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Virginia Lawmakers Asked to End Grocery Tax By Northam, After GOP Successor Ran on Idea

Glenn Youngkin, who is scheduled to take office in mid-January, has said that the tax is regressive and disproportionately affects low-income people. 2021-12-14 23:26 4KB

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Jim Bob Duggar Josh Conviction Screws His Campaign. Says Son-in-Law Derick

Here's how Josh Duggar's conviction could affect his dad politically. 2021-12-14 08:50 2KB

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WorldView: Russia threatens nuclear missile deployment in Europe

Russia said that it would deploy nuclear missiles in Europe in retaliation for any NATO action if the country invades Ukraine. Its foreign minister said NATO needs to engage with Moscow on dialing back tensions. CBS News reporter Haley Ott joins "CBSN AM" from London with more on this story and other international headlines. 2021-12-14 16:03 1KB

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Covid-19 pandemic: Sikkim reports 5 more infections in last 24 hours

Five more people tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking the state's caseload to 32,436, a health department bulletin on Tuesday. All … 2021-12-14 21:07 1KB

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Over 1.34 bn Covid vaccine doses administered in India so far: Govt

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 134.53 crore on Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry said. More … 2021-12-14 15:43 1KB

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'Selling Tampa' Star Colony Reeves Had A Rough Start In Real Estate

'Selling Tampa' star Colony Reeves joined Allure Realty in 2019, but it was a bumpy road to get there. 2021-12-14 20:00 3KB

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PM remembers Ganga river during polls; he can do anything for votes: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembers the Ganga river, which is regarded as the "mai" (mother) by … 2021-12-14 16:19 3KB

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Duterte Says He Won’t Run for Philippines Senate After All

The populist president also promised a peaceful transition of power when his term ends next year. 2021-12-14 14:38 3KB

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Laura Ingraham: Dinosaur Democrats like Nancy Pelosi need to lumber away

Laura Ingraham commented on Democratic politicians who have been holding onto power for decades and said they put their party in peril by choosing the … 2021-12-14 06:04 2KB

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Sonia Gandhi meets opposition leaders to discuss Parliament strategy, no invite to TMC: Reports

Among the leaders present at the meeting were Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah, Sanjay Raut and TR Baalu. 2021-12-14 17:48 2KB

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At this tech company, workers vote on each other's pay raises

"There is no manager you have to suck up to," Expensify CEO David Barrett says. Even his comp is set democratically. 2021-12-14 12:34 8KB

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Irish premier urges people to ‘hold the collective nerve’ on Omicron variant

The Irish premier has urged people to “hold the collective nerve” over the threat from the Omicron variant. 2021-12-14 20:22 7KB

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Congress ‘forming relationship’ with BJP: Mamata

Panaji: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday slammed the Congress for not doing enough to combat the 2021-12-14 14:59 1KB

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Psaki Grilled On Biden’s ‘Thin’ Schedule, Foreign Policy Disasters, Americans Abandoned In Afghanistan

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki faced intense questions on Tuesday over a variety of issues facing the administration as it battles low approval ratings … 2021-12-14 18:02 4KB

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New Hampshire teachers' union suing over state's anti-critical race theory bill

The New Hampshire chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT-NH) is asking a federal court to block the implementation of a state law … 2021-12-14 18:19 2KB

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US Says It Holds 'No Hostile Intent' Toward North Korea

The United States bears “no hostile intent” toward North Korea and is prepared to meet for negotiations without any preconditions, principal deputy spokesperson for the … 2021-12-14 11:39 3KB

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Afghanistan: One killed, two injured in Kabul blast

One person was killed and two others injured after a blast occurred in Afghanistan Kabul on Tuesday Xinhua news agency ing deputy interior minister Moha 2021-12-14 11:27 1KB

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House lawmakers push Biden administration to do more to deter Russian aggression against Ukraine

US lawmakers who have just returned from a trip to Ukraine are urging the Biden administration to take proactive steps to prevent further Russian aggression toward the country and to be prepared to place "extreme sanctions" on Moscow if it moves militarily against its neighbor. 2021-12-14 21:24 7KB

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Energy chief: We are 'not considering' oil export ban

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Tuesday that the Biden administration will not ban crude oil exports, despite a push from some Democrats to do … 2021-12-14 20:49 2KB

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McConnell faces increased opposition from 2022 GOP Senate hopefuls

Rachel Maddow Show: Two Trump-backed Republican U.S. Senate candidates have said they won't support Mitch McConnell for majority leader. 2021-12-14 16:24 2KB

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Filipinos safe in quake-hit areas in Indonesia: DFA official

The US Geological Survey earlier Tuesday warned the possibility of hazardous tsunami waves after the temblor jolted eastern Indonesia. 2021-12-14 09:42 1KB

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Ilhan Omar bill creating federal 'Islamophobia monitor' advances

Described by critics as an effort to block criticism of jihad terror, a bill that would establish a State Department monitor of "Islamophobia" has advanced … 2021-12-15 00:19 4KB

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Trump Fraud Inquiry’s Focus: Did He Mislead His Own Accountants?

The investigation, by the Manhattan district attorney, is zeroing in on financial records the former president and his company sent to lenders. 2021-12-14 21:15 10KB

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Uyghur Groups to File Genocide Charges Against China in Argentina

The World Uyghur Congress and Uyghur Human Rights Project have begun the process of filing criminal complaints against the Chinese Communist Party for crimes against … 2021-12-14 17:52 7KB

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A new road map for Xi's political future

The 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is slated to be held towards the latter part of next year. The Congress will … 2021-12-14 17:05 1KB

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Child Tax Credit 2021: Here's when the sixth check will deposit

The December 15 payment could be the last and final monthly check unless lawmakers renew the benefit for 60 million kids. 2021-12-14 12:37 6KB

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Malta parliament set to approve cannabis for personal use

Malta is set to become the first European country to allow limited cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use, with parliamentarians due to approve the new law later on Tuesday. 2021-12-14 10:13 2KB

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Rand Paul Is Big Mad That CNN Pointed Out That He Tends To Oppose Disaster Relief Packages (Except When It Could Help His Constituents)

The Republican senator asked federal aid be sent to Kentucky after it was hit by tornadoes, but he hasn't done the same for past disasters. 2021-12-14 23:09 3KB

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Guess what? There (still) wasn’t any significant fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

A new Associated Press analysis turns up fewer than 500 questionable — and not necessarily illegal — ballots in six key states. 2021-12-14 22:14 4KB

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DAVIS: Joe Biden’s Travel Ban Is Pointless, Ineffective And Hypocritical

All it took was a new COVID-19 variant for President Joe Biden to implement policies he decried as xenophobic and racist as recently as … 2021-12-14 20:39 5KB

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EXCLUSIVE: RNC Releases New Video Going After Biden Admin, Pelosi For Skyrocketing Prices

The Republican National Committee (RNC) will release a video Tuesday going after President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for the skyrocketing … 2021-12-14 20:12 2KB

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Big Hospital Chains Drop Vaccine Mandates for Health Workers

With the federal requirement in limbo because of legal challenges, some major multistate hospital systems have stopped enforcing their own policies. 2021-12-14 18:56 6KB

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Here is the schedule for holiday closings across the Triad

(WGHP) — Governments and municipalities have set their holiday closing schedules, and most will be taking for a 3-day break for Christmas. That would align with the North Carolina state government’s plans to be closed on Dec. 23-24 and Dec. 27 for Christmas, which this year falls on a Saturday. This includes the Department of […] 2021-12-14 18:40 4KB

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Fed meets for 1st time since Jerome Powell hinted at policy shift

For the first time since Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell jump-started expectations for a faster taper, officials will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday. Powell … 2021-12-14 18:08 1KB

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Virginia legislative agencies shut down by ransomware attack

The Virginia Legislature's IT branch was shut down on Tuesday after it was targeted by a ransomware attack that's also affecting other state agencies. 2021-12-14 17:23 1KB

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China Points and Laughs After Biden Admin Censors Taiwanese Minister

China’s state-run  Global Times propaganda outlet published an editorial on Monday mocking the government of Taiwan after the administration of President Joe Biden censored … 2021-12-14 13:49 5KB

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Asian Champions Trophy: India, South Korea play out 2-2 draw

Dhaka: India was denied a winning start to their campaign at the Men's Asian Champions Trophy with a spirited Korean team holding the defending champions 2021-12-14 13:23 3KB

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Over 800,000 Indians gave up their citizenship in last 7 years: Govt

A total 8,81,254 Indian citizens renounced their citizenship in the last seven years till September 30, 2021 as per information available with the Ministry … 2021-12-14 11:48 2KB

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What Voter Fraud Really Looks Like

To support the Republican myth that our elections are rife with misconduct, someone needs to take the fall. 2021-12-14 11:00 29KB

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Adams, Wading Into Council Speaker Race, Puts Political Capital at Risk

After saying he would stay out of the race, Eric Adams, the incoming mayor, has sought to install an ally. It was unclear whether he would succeed. 2021-12-14 23:35 7KB

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Greece voices concern to Spain on military ties with Turkey

The Greek foreign minister on Tuesday voiced worries over potential plans by Spain to boost military cooperation with Greece's regional rival, and NATO ally, Turkey. … 2021-12-14 23:15 2KB

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Vos: Wisconsin GOP election probe to go longer, cost more

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Tuesday said the investigation he ordered into the 2020 presidential election will spill into next year and cost more m… 2021-12-14 23:03 5KB

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Thousands of Afghan allies, families still trapped under Taliban control

Thousands of Afghans who assisted the United States government and military during the two-decade-long war against the Taliban are still stuck in the … 2021-12-14 22:52 6KB

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Stocks Drop After Latest Inflation Report

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Tuesday as traders took in the latest sign that inflation is still running high ahead of the Federal Reserve’s last meeting of the year. 2021-12-14 21:53 1KB

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US officials eye fuel supply for advanced nuclear reactors

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The development of commercial advanced nuclear reactors intended to help combat global warming and enhance national security will need a… 2021-12-14 21:45 4KB

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Mayor Garcetti appears before U.S. Senate panel, in bid for India ambassador’s post

Garcetti faced questions about his plans for the role, expressed his enthusiasm to represent the U.S. with the vital U.S. ally and denied that he was aware of sexual harassment allegations against … 2021-12-14 20:48 8KB

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Detroit car dealers target Sept. 14-25 for 2022 auto show

Plans for the first Detroit show since January 2019 are developing as the state legislature considers approving $9 million to help restart the event. 2021-12-14 20:43 3KB

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Australia plant could produce 100M mRNA vaccine doses annually

The Victoria state factory wouldn't just help Australia, but the entire Pacific region, say officials. 2021-12-14 20:34 2KB

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The weather is good, but the news is bad

Columnist Neil Steinberg has been ignoring the national political stuff lately. And he’s sure he isn’t alone. 2021-12-14 19:41 4KB

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Reverse Vaccine Mandate for Truckers Crossing US-Canada Border: Senate GOP to Biden

Senate Republicans are calling on President Joe Biden to reverse a requirement mandating that truckers crossing from the United States into Canada be vaccinated, warning … 2021-12-14 19:21 5KB

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Texas A&M joins 'Bama, Georgia in race for recruiting title

Alabama and Georgia are competing for the honor of having the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class at the same time they are preparing for their … 2021-12-14 17:34 5KB

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Republican states to round up 'foreigners', ex-senator claims

Former U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri who was defeated in the 2018 election, had campaigned that year on her claims of … 2021-12-14 17:23 2KB

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Egypt backs federal peace deal for ethnically spit Cyprus

Egypt’s foreign minister on Tuesday rebuffed a Turkish push for a two-state peace deal on ethnically divided Cyprus, saying that any talks should adhere … 2021-12-14 16:48 3KB

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Gulf leaders convene for annual summit amid regional tension

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The leaders of Gulf Arab states arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for their annual summit, a united meeting that comes … 2021-12-14 16:20 2KB

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Hamas accuses rival Fatah of deadly shooting in Lebanon camp

SIDON, Lebanon (AP) — Hamas officials buried three of their members Tuesday who were killed by gunfire in a tense Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon… 2021-12-14 14:42 2KB

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The filibuster debate is (maybe) coming to a head on voting rights. Here’s what could happen.

Any compromise that keeps the filibuster intact likely means Democrats still don’t have enough votes to pass voting-rights legislation. 2021-12-14 14:18 6KB

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Watch: These are the top YouTube videos of 2021

From a YouTube star burying himself alive to a heartwarming video about autism, these are the top YouTube videos of 2021 in the United States. 2021-12-14 13:39 761Bytes

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Israeli official says Syria must not have chemical weapons

Israel's intelligence minister said Tuesday that Syria cannot be allowed to obtain chemical weapons, after a report emerged that Israel targeted the country's … 2021-12-14 13:34 4KB

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Does Israel want war? It's determined to sabotage a new nuclear deal with Iran

At least the U.S. and its allies are negotiating with Iran again — but Israel seems to be ramping up for war 2021-12-14 10:30 7KB

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Supply chain disruptions cloud German machinery outlook

A group representing Germany's machinery industry said Tuesday it expects a weaker rebound in production this year than previously forecast because of persistent supply … 2021-12-14 10:13 2KB

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In Pics: Opposition leaders protest at Parliament

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and other Opposition parties’ members address the media 2021-12-14 09:24 768Bytes

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Turkey, Armenia to appoint envoys in bid to normalize ties

Turkey and Armenia will appoint special representatives to discuss steps to normalize their ties, Turkey’s foreign minister said. Speaking in parliament during a debate over … 2021-12-14 07:44 2KB

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Clippers beat Suns in playoff rematch of short-handed squads

Marcus Morris (24 points, 11 rebounds) leads a balanced effort as the Clippers prevail, 111-95, in the teams’ first meeting since the Western Conference finals. 2021-12-14 06:22 5KB

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Upcoming Sneaker Con Said To Showcase 'Largest Collection of Sneakers in the World'

A convention touted as the premier event for "sneakerheads" is headed to Cleveland next weekend. 2021-12-14 05:09 3KB

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Hu Jintao Fast Facts

Check out CNN's Hu Jintao Fast Facts for a look at the life of the former president of the People's Republic of China. 2021-12-14 12:08 3KB

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Duterte, Bong Go withdraw candidacies for 2022 elections

President Rodrigo Duterte and his longtime aide, Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go officially withdrew their respective candidacies in the 2022 national elections. 2021-12-14 14:26 1KB

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Lupin receives EIR for its Goa manufacturing facility

Lupin announced that it has received the Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for its Goa manufacturing facility, … 2021-12-14 08:08 1KB

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Political chemistry needed for winning polls, not arithmetic: Fadnavis

Political chemistry is needed for winning elections and not arithmetic, asserted former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while slamming the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government … 2021-12-14 21:03 2KB

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Georgia lottery winning numbers for Monday, Dec. 13

These Georgia lotteries were drawn Monday:  2-9-3  (two, nine, three)  9-5-0  … 2021-12-14 18:08 1KB

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Julian Assange – If He Had Written About Russia or China, He Would Have Been Hero and Nobel Prize Candidate - Global Research

In a miserable travesty of justice which is actually no surprise in our decayed western civilization – or rather non-civilization, Julian Assange is about to be extradited to the United States from the UK’s most notorious Maximum-Security Prison, Belmarsh. 2021-12-14 13:30 2KB

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After Kareena contracts Covid, BMC to test all guests who attended party

The Mumbai civic body on Tuesday prepared a list of guests present at a party attended by actor Kareena Kapoor Khan, who has contracted COVID-19, … 2021-12-14 10:40 2KB

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Experts Predict Design Trends For 2022

The New York Design Center conducted a poll of over 40 interior designers across the United States, who found that, post-pandemic, we will continue to invest in our homes. 2021-12-14 17:00 5KB

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Telangana HC asks state to clarify employees allocation to new zones

The Telangana High Court on Tuesday asked for an explanation from the state government on the allocation of employees. 2021-12-14 14:18 1KB

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Leading House Democrat: 'I fully support' NYC allowing noncitizens to vote

Democratic Rep.  Hakeem Jeffries, who represents a district that covers parts of eastern Brooklyn and southwestern Queens in Congress, expressed support Tuesday for a … 2021-12-14 20:30 2KB

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French luxury brand Chanel appoints Unilever CHRO Leena Nair as CEO

Leena Nair, Unilever’s chief human resources officer (CHRO) will step down in January to join French luxury brand-Chanel as global chief executive officer and … 2021-12-14 17:15 3KB

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BWF World C’ships, India’s schedule for day three: Reigning champion PV Sindhu begins title defence

A look at the big matches as Sindhu starts her campaign. 2021-12-14 05:27 3KB

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Tata Group in talks with Taiwan companies to make chips in India

Tata Group is in discussions with some major international companies, including those from Taiwan, for its foray into the semiconductor chip business. The Union government … 2021-12-15 00:40 1KB

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Cryptos 'may figure' on RBI central board meet agenda on December 17

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) central board may take up matters concerning the issuance and regulation of cryptocurrencies at its meeting in Lucknow on December 17. … 2021-12-15 00:40 1KB

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Lawmakers pass bill to bar redistricting commission closed meetings under Open Meetings Act

The legislation would prohibit the commission from citing the Open Meetings Act to justify entering closed sessions. 2021-12-14 22:18 4KB

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PGA Tour Schedule

Sept. 16-19 _ Fortinet Championship (Max Homa) Sept. 24-26 _ Ryder Cup (United States) Sept. 30-Oct. 3 _ Sanderson Farms Championship (Sam Burns) Oct. 2021-12-14 20:01 3KB

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Is an anti-scam law enough to stop online financial crimes? Senate prospects weigh in

Re-electionist Senator Richard Gordon said there were already so many laws, but the problem was enforcement. 2021-12-14 18:50 4KB

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India, Brazil hold bilateral talks on UN-related issues

India and Brazil held bilateral consultations on United Nations-related issues at the Director-General level here 2021-12-14 18:37 1KB

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‘Sino SENyo’: Gordon, Senate aspirants give their take on constitutional reform

Some Senate aspirants batted for amending the Philippine Constitution, with others seeking the country's transition to a federal type of government. 2021-12-14 16:34 2KB

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WTO panel asks India to withdraw subsidies in sugar dispute

A World Trade Organization panel ruled in favour of Brazil, Australia and Guatemala on Tuesday in their trade disputes with India over sugar subsidies and … 2021-12-14 15:24 2KB

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Tablighi Jamaat ban in Saudi: JuH meets ambassador to air grievances

New Delhi: After the Ministry of Islamic Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia banned Tablighi Jamaat, President of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana 2021-12-14 14:46 2KB

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Mission is to form govt, not just defeat Congress: ex-Punjab CM Amarinder

Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the mission of his party, the Punjab Lok Congress, was to form the next government in … 2021-12-14 14:44 4KB

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NYPD’s Rodney Harrison Nominated For Suffolk County Police Commissioner

If confirmed by the county legislature, Harrison would be the first person of color to hold the job. 2021-12-14 14:30 2KB

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Paul Gosar becomes latest GOP hypocrite to take credit for Covid relief he opposed

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona shamelessly took credit for funding provided by the American Rescue Act of 2021, a Covid-19 relief package he voted against. 2021-12-14 14:19 2KB

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Oil supply is expected to catch up to demand, offering relief on prices.

The International Energy Agency said that the key factor in its improved outlook was rising production in the United States, Canada and Brazil. 2021-12-14 13:41 15KB

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PM Modi to address farmers on natural farming on December 16

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address farmers during the valedictory session of the National Summit on Agro and Food Processing on December 16 in Anand, Gujarat … 2021-12-14 13:13 2KB

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Embassy of Israel organises alumni meet for Indian delegations

The Embassy of Israel organised an alumni meeting for various Indian delegations that have gone to Israel over the years in which Union Minister of Women and C 2021-12-14 12:03 3KB

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Merkel vetoed arms supplies to Ukraine Bild

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel personally blocked NATO from supplying arms to Ukraine by using its veto within the structure of the US-led military 2021-12-14 11:18 2KB

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PM Modi asks CMs of BJP-ruled states to focus on good governance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states to focus firmly on good governance and maintain a connect with … 2021-12-14 09:52 2KB

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Zomato appoints Anjalli Ravi as CSO, Nitin Savara as Deputy CFO

Online food delivery platform Zomato on Tuesday announced senior level hirings with ex-Unilever executive Anjalli Ravi Kumar joining as Chief Sustainability Officer and Nitin Savara … 2021-12-14 08:54 2KB

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Adani Green Energy inks pact with SECI to supply 4,667 MW renewable energy

Adani Green Energy (AGEL) has inked a pact with state run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to supply 4667 MW of green energy. According … 2021-12-14 06:15 2KB

There is room for more correction in Indian equities: Kotak AMC CEO

The recent pullback in the market can hardly be called a correction and valuations remain high, says Harsha Upadhyaya, chief investment officer - equity, president, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company. … 2021-12-15 00:40 1KB

Oregon to Spend $400 Million on Rent and Drought Relief, Illegal Marijuana Crackdown, Afghan Resettlement

During a Dec. 13 special session, Oregon lawmakers passed a $400 million bipartisan spending package to prevent mass evictions, crack down on illegal marijuana cultivation, … 2021-12-15 00:30 6KB

King County Council approves land swap agreement for City Hall Park

The King County Council approved legislation Tuesday to turn Seattle's City Hall Park over to the county. It awaits approval from the city council. 2021-12-15 00:11 2KB

Former Louisiana police chief indicted in vote-buying scheme

A former Louisiana police chief and a current city council member have been indicted on criminal charges over an alleged scheme to buy votes in … 2021-12-15 00:10 2KB

Ex-Netflix executive gets prison for accepting tech bribes

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former Netflix executive was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for taking bribes and kickbacks from tech companies to… 2021-12-15 00:04 1KB

Reports: Biden White House Preparing for Coronavirus Tidal Wave in January

The White House is preparing for a flood of coronavirus cases to hit the United States in January after federal health officials briefed them with … 2021-12-14 23:32 2KB

The Trailer: 'It's just really tough.' Democratic governors confront another covid election

Democratic governors confront pandemic fatigue, Democratic staffers worry about campaigning-by-tweet, and a criminal justice reformer wins in New Orleans. 2021-12-14 23:08 24KB

Michigan State basketball's Tyson Walker settling into his role by defending like crazy

Michigan State basketball point guard Tyson Walker leads the Spartans, who are becoming one of the better defensive teams in the nation. 2021-12-14 22:38 3KB

⭐ State Treasurers Urge Unilever to End Ben & Jerry’s Boycott

A coalition of state treasurers urged Unilever in a December 9 letter to veto Ben & Jerry’s boycott of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 2021-12-14 22:37 4KB

House Dems Endorse Use Of Emergency Oil Reserves As Political Tool

House Democrats blocked the “ Strategic Petroleum Response Act ” on Tuesday in a sign of approval for President Joe Biden’s attempt to artificially bring … 2021-12-14 22:33 3KB

Foreigners voting in U.S. 'rooted in American ideals,' says USA Today writer

A number of states dispatched mail-in ballots to every voter in their state during the 2020 presidential contest, and that action gave rise to … 2021-12-14 22:32 2KB

French military leaves Timbuktu, Mali, after nearly 9 years

French forces left the city of Timbuktu late Tuesday, the latest sign that the former colonial power is drawing down its presence in northern Mali … 2021-12-14 22:30 1KB

Met museum exhibit captures genius, influences of Walt Disney

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, scenes from "Beauty and the Beast" play next to antiques that inspired some of Disney movies' most iconic scenes. 2021-12-14 22:29 2KB

Eric Trump says 'we weren't smart enough to collude with Russia' in interview with former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler

Eric Trump spoke about his family's political inexperience on a podcast with a former NFL player. "We weren't smart enough to collude with Russia," … 2021-12-14 22:10 2KB

Atlantic readers erupt over article declaring pandemic doesn't matter where they live

Readers of The Atlantic reacted with anger after an article explained how most Americans outside major metropolitan areas are moving on from the COVID-19 … 2021-12-14 22:10 3KB

A polite F. D. I. C. meeting is followed by scathing statements.

A dispute believed by some experts to be part of an effort by Democrats to unseat the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation board, a Trump appointee, spilled into public view last week. 2021-12-14 22:02 4KB

Bailed-out airline chiefs face lawmakers amid rising cancellations, soaring complaints

The top executives of three airlines will tell Congress on Wednesday how the carriers spent $54 billion in COVID-19 government aid, and why they … 2021-12-14 22:02 6KB

Who is your St. Lucie County commissioner? The booming population shifts some district lines

The county must redraw\u00a0its commission district boundaries every 10 years to address population shifts and new developments, based on U.S. Census data. 2021-12-14 21:56 4KB

Urbandale book committee recommends keeping 5 books some parents, politicians wanted removed

The committee voted to recommend to Superintendent Rosalie Daca that\u00a0all five books should be retained and used as planned. 2021-12-14 21:55 5KB

U.K. Parliament calling for larger, better equipped Royal Navy

British lawmakers delivered a report on Tuesday calling for more funding to increase the size and upgrade the capabilities of the Royal Navy. 2021-12-14 21:55 964Bytes

Official Behind Gerrymandered Democrat Maps Was Previously Accused Of Discrimination Against Black Staffers

The top official on the panel responsible for drawing Maryland’s new Congressional maps was once accused by state Democrats of racial discrimination. Karl Aro, the … 2021-12-14 21:44 3KB

Senate Republicans criticize Durbin for scheduling Chicago 'field hearing,' demand full hearing on crime surge

Senate Republicans called foul Tuesday after Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin held a "field hearing" on spiking gun violence from his hometown of Chicago … 2021-12-14 21:38 3KB

‘Launching Pad for a National Movement’: Freedom Caucus Expands to State Legislatures with Georgia Organization

ATLANTA, Georgia — The House Freedom Caucus is now no longer just operating in the nation’s capital, but launched the first of many state-level … 2021-12-14 21:36 16KB

Pro-Trump Attorney Lin Wood Cleared in Georgia Election Investigation

The investigation was launched once it was heard from a television reporter that Wood possibly had been living in South Carolina when he voted. 2021-12-14 21:32 3KB

The Truth Behind The Russian Ammo Ban

The price of Russian-made, usually steel-cased ammunition went up overnight with the Sept. 7 U.S. State Department announcement that new or pending … 2021-12-14 21:27 4KB

GOP lawmakers seek to block Biden’s repayments for illegals

A group of GOP lawmakers on Tuesday moved to block taxpayer money going to illegal immigrants, which the Biden administration is considering to compensate families … 2021-12-14 21:24 2KB

Oppn slams govt in Lok Sabha on rising fuel prices, Air India 'sellout'

Opposition members in Lok Sabha accused the Modi government of doing little for people-centric schemes and to reduce fuel prices, and charged it with … 2021-12-14 21:22 6KB

India, Iran and Uzbekistan hold meet on joint use of Chabahar Port

In a significant move, India, Iran and Uzbekistan on Tuesday held talks on joint use of the Chabahar Port while underlining its important role in … 2021-12-14 21:00 2KB

Former state Rep. Eddie Acevedo pleads guilty to tax evasion

The Chicago Sun-Times reported in June 2020 that Acevedo had been drawn into a federal corruption probe. Then, last February, prosecutors hit Acevedo and his sons, Michael and Alex, with separate indictments. 2021-12-14 20:56 3KB

Bernard Tomic’s OnlyFans cameo with Vanessa Sierra was ‘biggest regret’ of his life

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic made it clear how he feels about his past with ex, Vanessa Sierra. During an Instagram Q&A Tuesday, Tomic … 2021-12-14 20:56 2KB

Son of Panama ex-president pleads guilty to money laundering

NEW YORK (AP) — A son of Panama's former president, Ricardo Martinelli, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New York to laundering $28 million in connection with a… 2021-12-14 20:49 2KB

The U.S. health secretary hints that more federal funds may be needed to fight an Omicron surge.

With the pandemic heading into its third year, much of the money that Congress has allocated for coronavirus response has been spent. 2021-12-14 20:48 5KB

L.A. school board approves contract for new LAUSD Supt. Alberto Carvalho

L.A. Unified Supt. Alberto Carvalho does whirlwind intro to community days after announcing he would leave the Miami district for Southern California. 2021-12-14 20:36 4KB

Ohio state auditor: Addyston bookkeeping a 'train wreck.' Mayor promises to 'bust open the books.'

“The Village should be ashamed of this audit report,” Ohio Auditor Keith Faber said 2021-12-14 20:33 2KB

⭐ CAIR Defends Zahra Billoo’s Warning of “Zionist Organizations” Being the Enemy

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-National defended CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) Executive Director Zahra Billoo’s November 27 remarks that “Zionist Organizations” are the enemy. 2021-12-14 20:29 9KB

Motown Records Names Courtney Lowery Executive VP of Media Strategy and Lifestyle

Motown Records has named Courtney Lowery as executive vice president of media strategy and lifestyle. 2021-12-14 20:25 2KB

Gov. Inslee rolls out 2022 climate proposals with focus on clean energy

Governor Jay Inslee rolled out his latest climate policy wish list Monday for the 2022 legislative session, which totals more than $625 million. 2021-12-14 20:21 2KB

Our vaccines may become ineffective in emerging situations, says V K Paul

Amid concerns over Omicron, India's COVID Task Force chief VK Paul on Tuesday said there is a potential scenario that "our vaccines may become … 2021-12-14 20:20 4KB

Govt creating unique IDs of farmers enrolled under agri-schemes: Tomar

The government is in the process of creating unique identification (ID) of farmers who have availed agricultural schemes, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Parliament … 2021-12-14 20:16 1KB

DCCC 'strategist' repeatedly called to abolish police, called them 'terrorist group'

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) digital strategist repeatedly called for police to be abolished and said law enforcement is a "terrorist group" multiple times … 2021-12-14 20:02 4KB

British zoo's escaped owl rescued from rooftop TV antenna

An owl that escaped from a zoo in Wales in the United Kingdom was safely returned to the facility after being rescued from a TV antenna on top of a house. 2021-12-14 19:55 966Bytes

Zoning panel backs NW Side housing deal over alderperson’s opposition

The vote in support of a project backed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot marked a rare setback for alderpersons used to having veto power over developments within their wards. 2021-12-14 19:49 2KB

JUST IN| Poachers kill 24 rhinos in just two weeks

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment said seven carcasses were found in Mpumalanga, seven in the Kruger National Park, six were discovered in KwaZulu-Natal and four in the Western Cape. 2021-12-14 19:48 1KB

CDC: Fentanyl-related overdose deaths rose nationally during pandemic

Overdose deaths linked to illegally manufactured fentanyl increased across the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, but particularly in Western states, in which they nearly doubled, according to new CDC data. 2021-12-14 19:43 1KB

BS Awards: Debroy bats for GST Council-like body for expenditure reforms

Bibek Debroy, chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), on Tuesday proposed a forum along the lines of the Goods … 2021-12-14 19:35 5KB

Beto? Bet Not - The American Conservative

Odds aren't looking good for the Democratic dream of a "purple Texas." 2021-12-14 19:33 4KB

UK to outlaw BDS in the 'following months,' Conservative MP says

British MP Robert Jenrick made the statement during the Leadership Dialogue Institute's 2021 online conference on pandemic management, antisemitism and Israeli technology. … 2021-12-14 19:31 765Bytes

Georgia high court upholds governor's appointment of judge

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision Tuesday dismissing a challenge to the governor’s appointment of a former state senator as a superior … 2021-12-14 19:11 2KB

Woman finds squirrel wedged inside squirrel-proof bird feeder

This is why it’s a bad idea to be greedy. A woman in the United Kingdom recently made an unpleasant discovery when she went to … 2021-12-14 19:11 2KB

Let the people back into their Capitol

It’s time to allow the American people to return to their United States Capitol. In March of 2020, Americans came together to reduce the spread … 2021-12-14 19:00 5KB

Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts 'brazenness' of lawmakers who flouted a federal law meant to stop congressional insider trading

Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out the "brazenness" of lawmakers who flouted a federal disclosure law. An Insider investigation found that dozens of members of Congress … 2021-12-14 18:43 3KB

FY23 Union Budget may rewrite SEZ law, says commerce ministry

The 2022-23 Budget to be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1 will focus a lot more on trade-related packages and … 2021-12-14 18:39 4KB

See Whether Your State Has Safe And Secure Elections

The Heritage Foundation unveiled its “Election Integrity Scorecard” on Tuesday, which seeks to assess and compare election laws and regulations that affect the security and … 2021-12-14 18:30 3KB

Energy Transition Requires Team Effort From Government And Industry

Energy companies say they are ready to invest and plan for the energy transition to a de-carbonized future, but are looking to the government for help. They seek consistent policies and tax credits to plan investments in the needing technologies. 2021-12-14 18:30 7KB

Biden falling approval isn’t a real surprise

According to a recent aggregate of polls by FiveThirtyEight, President Joe Biden’s  approval rating has plunged nearly 12 percentage points since May to just 43%. 2021-12-14 18:13 3KB

Cincinnati Parks Director Kara Kish had an executive coach before departing job

Cincinnati Parks Director Kara Kish had an executive coach in the months before she resigned from the department with no explanation about why she departing. 2021-12-14 18:03 2KB

An AI was invited to Oxford Union to debate its own ethics. What it said was startling

The ethics of AI are constantly debated. But does anyone ask the AI? 2021-12-14 18:00 6KB

Compromised again

Like many other world leaders and indeed members of the Union Cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi often uses his social media feeds to make important … 2021-12-14 17:51 1KB

Biden nominates acting Director Sandra Thompson to lead FHFA

U.S. President Joe Biden nominated Sandra Thompson to become director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Tuesday. 2021-12-14 17:49 1KB

Regulate, don't stifle

In a consultation paper last week, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) proposed regulating retail or third-party algorithmic trading (algos). The regulator … 2021-12-14 17:48 1KB

Manchin reelection plans loom as Democrats court his critical vote

Sen. Joe Manchin has a big choice to make -- and it's not just whether to give President Joe Biden's sweeping agenda a decisive vote of approval. 2021-12-14 17:43 8KB

Development centered on Maine’s forests may get up to $100 million from U.S. program

A University of Maine proposal to accelerate growth of the forest bio-economy is a finalist for possible funding from a federal agency 2021-12-14 17:33 4KB

Nigeria to reject vaccine donations with short shelf lives

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria will no longer accept COVID-19 vaccines with short shelf lives after 1 million doses have expired in Africa' 2021-12-14 17:24 2KB

30 retailers offering free shipping for National Free Shipping Day

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Fortunately, … 2021-12-14 17:20 1KB

Pato O’Ward finally tests Formula One car with McLaren

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pato O'Ward finally achieved his career-long quest to drive a Formula One car on Tuesday when McLaren put the IndyCar… 2021-12-14 17:17 5KB

Conservative Texas school board members speak out after 'ridiculous' censure, parents blocked from meeting

Two conservative Texas school board members spoke out Tuesday as the board tries to censure them over their pushback to parents being blocked from a … 2021-12-14 17:13 3KB

Iowa just released ratings for all its public schools. Find your school's rating here.

The federally required ratings are based largely on Iowa student scores from the state's standardized tests. 2021-12-14 17:04 2KB

Report: Biden Considers Greeting Border Crossers with ‘European-Style Reception Centers’

President Joe Biden’s administration is considering a plan that would greet border crossers and illegal aliens at the United States-Mexico border with “European-style … 2021-12-14 17:03 3KB

A hateful crime, a false confession, a federal investigation: The 1976 Feltonville firebombing

By the end, 15 police detectives would be convicted of civil rights violations. 2021-12-14 17:00 1KB

Maryland reports season’s 1st cold-related illness death

Maryland health officials are reporting the state’s first cold-related illness death of this winter weather season. 2021-12-14 16:59 1KB

GOP blast VP Harris after ‘Pravda-style’ feature on office decorating

Vice President Kamala Harris was slammed by Republican lawmakers and pundits Monday after giving an interview to the San Francisco Chronicle about the meaning behind … 2021-12-14 16:58 4KB

Charaiveti: An academic's journey-10

Presidency College had a good Department of Economics and Political Science. I’d say that the teaching standard at my time there would compare quite favourably … 2021-12-14 16:56 1KB

Group that works to elect GOP officials at state level touts its 'holding the line' against DC ‘Grinches’

"There’s no need for a Grinch to steal your holiday cheer. DC Democrats are filling that role quite well this year," charges the narrator … 2021-12-14 16:51 2KB

CP railroad’s $31B purchase of Kansas City Southern advances

A railroad merger nearly derailed this year by a bidding war is moving forward ahead of a final say from regulators on Canadian Pacific' 2021-12-14 16:47 2KB

FDIC Chairman McWilliams Is Wedged In A Political Power Play

It is not unusual for policy advocates in Washington, D.C., to argue for new leadership or direction at agencies. However, the latest move by Dem-nominated FDIC board members reveals this whole affair for what it really is: A well-coordinated hyper-political power struggle. 2021-12-14 16:45 6KB

Canada pledges $40 billion in talks over rampant abuses of Indigenous children

The Canadian government will set aside $40 billion — more than $30 billion in U.S. currency — to compensate Indigenous people who faced abuses … 2021-12-14 16:18 2KB

Former Walnut Hills valedictorian to run for seat in legislature

This could set up a contentious Democratic primary in 2022 for the district. 2021-12-14 16:00 2KB

In 1970, a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal claimed 5 lakh lives – and changed the course of a nation

Cyclone Bhola offered Pakistan’s military regime an opportunity to bring a divided country together. It pointedly turned its back on it. 2021-12-14 16:00 31KB

16 child labourers rescued, three held in Telangana

Hyderabad: As many as 16 children from West Bengal, who were allegedly trafficked and engaged for labour work at a company near here, were on Tuesday 2021-12-14 15:55 1KB

Albania arrests ex-minister on corruption charges

A former Albanian environment minister has been arrested on abuse of post and corruption charges, the prosecutor’s office said Tuesday. In a statement, the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Corruption … 2021-12-14 15:52 2KB

China Won't Talk Arms Control with U.S. on Earth, Biden Seeks A Deal in Space

"China really is that second, number two behind the United States in space, so I think they recognize that. I think they want to be seen more as a peer in this area," a State Department official told 2021-12-14 15:51 13KB

Explosion near Colombia airport kills two policemen

Colombian police are investigating two explosions that occurred on Tuesday in the border city of Cucuta and killed two policemen near the city’s airport. Defense Minister Diego Molano … 2021-12-14 15:50 2KB

Eaton reserve officer resigns in wake of arrest

Eaton Police Chief Jay Turner said Tuesday morning that\u00a0Jaime Lynn Burris had resigned from her volunteer position with his department. 2021-12-14 15:50 2KB

Where Are The Former 'Love Island' Contestants Now? We Found Out

There are more success stories than you might think. 2021-12-14 15:49 13KB

At Least 17 COVID Patients in South Korea Died Waiting for Hospital Beds Amid Surge

Many health experts are now calling on the South Korean government to reimpose social distancing measures. 2021-12-14 15:44 4KB

This week in Washington

Vice President Kamala Harris meets with CEOs and President Joe Biden meets with cabinet members to sign an executive order and discuss the tornado that hit southeastern states among the highlights of the week from Washington, D.C., for December 13, 2021. 2021-12-14 15:40 1KB

NCLT, NCLAT can encourage, not direct settlements under IBC: SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the adjudicating authority (NCLT) and appellant authority (NCLAT) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) cannot compel parties … 2021-12-14 15:40 4KB

Serbia takes big step forward in EU membership talks

Serbia on Tuesday took a significant step forward in its quest to join the European Union by opening talks on a series of policies linked … 2021-12-14 15:33 2KB

U.S. Tied For Highest Inflation Of All The World’s Developed Nations: IMF

In 2021, the United States is tied for the highest level of inflation suffered by any of the world’s 35 developed economies, according to statistics … 2021-12-14 15:26 5KB

Let’s Abandon False Dichotomy of “Offensive vs. Defensive” Support for Yemen War

The characterization is meaningless because Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Yemen is entirely offensive. 2021-12-14 15:20 6KB

Pakistan issues 112 visas for Indian pilgrims to visit Katas Raj temple

New Delhi: Pakistan on Tuesday issued another 112 visas to Hindu pilgrims in India to visit prominent temples in Pakistan Punjabs Chakwal district, 2021-12-14 15:16 2KB

The Best And Worst Time For Used Cars In The United States

The automotive industry is experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment right now. 2021-12-14 15:15 5KB

How Did Turkey’s Economy Go So Wrong?

Even before the pandemic, Turkey was trying to ward off financial meltdown. The crisis has accelerated as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his unorthodox policies. 2021-12-14 15:12 8KB

N. Macedonian police find 28 migrants in van, arrest driver

Authorities in North Macedonia have detailed 28 mostly Cuban migrants found crammed into a van driven by a suspected member of a migrant smuggling gang, … 2021-12-14 14:58 2KB

Biden’s Head Start Vaccination Requirement Could Have Detrimental Effects On Montana’s Rural Students

President Joe Biden’s administration put a policy in place that requires all employees in a federal education program to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which … 2021-12-14 14:57 6KB

Newcastle can now sign Saudi sponsors with EPL approval

LONDON (AP) — Newcastle’s Saudi ownership can start signing up sponsors from the kingdom after new English Premier League rules were introduced to end the brief… 2021-12-14 14:56 3KB

KCR calls on Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao called on his Tamil Nadu counterpart M K Stalin at the latter's residence here on Tuesday. 2021-12-14 14:55 1KB

Volcano spewing lava over Canary Island of La Palma goes quiet

A volcano that has been spewing lava in Spain’s Canary Islands for almost three months fell quiet Tuesday, though scientists warned the lull didn't … 2021-12-14 14:53 1KB

Elon Musk Says Bitcoin Not Good Substitute for Transactional Currency

Tesla Chief Executive  Elon Musk  has said he believes that Bitcoin is not a good substitute for transactional currency due to its low transaction volume and … 2021-12-14 14:49 3KB

Maryland School District Gives Teachers, Administrators More Days Off To ‘Refresh.’ Parents Are Not Happy.

A school district in Maryland recently voted to give teachers and administrators more days off throughout the year, with murky details as to why, leading … 2021-12-14 14:48 3KB

I-T department empowered to demand info from taxpayers for e-verification

The government has empowered the income tax department to gather more information from the taxpayers on digital mode and reconcile it with information received from … 2021-12-14 14:48 3KB

MANUU produced documentary wins award

Hyderabad: Instructional Media Centre (IMC) of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) has bagged the award for its documentary Transforming India 2021-12-14 14:41 1KB

DA secures coalition govt for Tshwane with backing from other parties

The City of Tshwane has secured a majority coalition government with 109 seats in the council, ensuring a likely stable government for the metro. 2021-12-14 14:41 2KB

Centre orders shutting down of branches of Films Division, two other cinema units by January-end

The government had announced last year that a clutch of state-run film organisations would be merged with the National Film Development Corporation. 2021-12-14 14:40 4KB

Indian Chess League with six teams to take place in June 2022

New Delhi: The Indian Chess League boasting of the world's and India's top players will be held in June 2022, the All-India Chess Federation revealed here 2021-12-14 14:38 2KB

Mugabe-era Zimbabweans who fled to Botswana lose political refugee status after court ruling

Botswana will no longer recognise refugees from Zimbabwe who entered the country in 2008, claiming they were fleeing political violence. 2021-12-14 14:35 3KB

Brazil will have sold off dozens of airports by end of 2022, government says

Brazil is auctioning airports in what the government describes as a bid to raise investments and modernize infrastructure. 2021-12-14 14:35 1KB

GOP senators urge State Department to put Nigeria back on religious freedom 'concern' list

Republican lawmakers are demanding answers after the State Department removed Nigeria from a watch list for countries that raised "particular concern" about religious freedom. In … 2021-12-14 14:31 4KB

France Rejects U. S. -Inspired 'Wokeism' on Race and Gender Issues

The radical left in France has taken note of activists in the United States who are using race and gender issues to gain power and influence 2021-12-14 14:25 2KB

Air India transaction presents a 'win-win' situation, says Scindia

Emphasising that the Air India transaction is a "win-win situation" across the board, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday said taxpayers' money … 2021-12-14 14:13 3KB

Iran's parliament mulls wage hike for teachers holding nationwide strike

Iran has faced nearly continuous protests by workers in the past year over inflation exceeding 40%, high unemployment and mismanagement. … 2021-12-14 14:09 745Bytes

Proud Boys Regroup Locally to Add to Ranks Before 2022 Midterms

The far-right nationalist group has become increasingly active at school board meetings and town council gatherings across the country. 2021-12-14 14:00 9KB

The Authoritarian Right’s 1877 Project

As the GOP undermines Black political rights in the present, some rightwing intellectuals are reviving the case against Reconstruction. 2021-12-14 14:00 13KB

First US, now China: Pakistan’s ill-chosen domestic policies have left it dependent on other nations

The country’s regime, monopolised by the elite, ends up serving its own strategic purposes, even at the expense of national interest. 2021-12-14 14:00 5KB

Dutch PM Mark Rutte poised for 4th term after parties agree to coalition

Almost an entire year after the Netherlands' general elections, Dutch leaders have reached a coalition deal to form a new government and Prime Minister Mark Rutte seems poised to receive a fourth term. 2021-12-14 13:58 1KB

Owaisi demands removal of Ajay Mishra after damning SIT report

New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi has once again demanded the removal of Union Minister Ajay Mishra 2021-12-14 13:56 2KB

Whitmer calls for May special elections to fill 3 Michigan House seats

The Democratic governor is planning for a special primary election to take place on March 1 and then the general election to be held on May 3. 2021-12-14 13:53 2KB

Herschel Walker says he's 'accountable' for violent behavior toward ex-wife

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker on Monday addressed allegations of past domestic violence toward his ex-wife, saying that he’s “accountable” for his behavior. … 2021-12-14 13:51 2KB

Former Florida Elections Commission Lawyer Eric Lipman Pleads Guilty In Child Porn Case

Former Florida Elections Commission attorney Eric Lipman faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to child-pornography charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of. 2021-12-14 13:50 2KB

Italian and Mexican restaurants to open in former Westwood funeral home in 2023

Operators of Ivory House steak and seafood restaurant in Westwood plan to redevelop former funeral home buildings in that neighborhood into two restaurants. 2021-12-14 13:47 2KB

Celtics’ Turn it Around After ‘Honest & Open’ Film Session

Ime Udoka held an "open, honest, and intense" film session with his team following their 1-4 Western Conference road trip. 2021-12-14 13:47 5KB

Rate Hikes Eyed For Citizens Insurance Customers

The Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Board of Governors this week will consider a proposal that could lead to average rate increases of 7.3 percent for homeowners. 2021-12-14 13:41 1KB

Milwaukee submits bid for Republican National Convention

The City of Milwaukee has submitted its bid to host the Republican National Convention in 2024. The application, which includes more than 200 pages, highlights … 2021-12-14 13:24 2KB

U.S. soccer's Alex Morgan joins NWSL's San Diego Wave

United States Women's National Team striker Alex Morgan left the Orlando Pride and signed with the San Diego Wave, the first-year National Women's Soccer League expansion team announced. 2021-12-14 13:22 1011Bytes

Biden declares emergencies in Tennessee, Illinois

President Biden on Monday declared states of emergency in Tennessee and Illinois due to damage caused by severe storms and tornadoes that touched down in … 2021-12-14 13:16 2KB

Small Virginia high school football powerhouse has longest active U.S. winning streak

SALEM, VIRGINIA — A state championship victory Saturday was the 50th consecutive win for a tiny, rural Virginia high school, an unlikely program to take the national … 2021-12-14 13:14 4KB

Some federal lawmakers and their staffers are all in on cryptocurrency speculation as Congress mulls how (or how not) to regulate the coins

At least five lawmakers invested in brokerage firms involved in crypto or other digital assets in 2020 and 2021. At least 21 congressional staffers have … 2021-12-14 13:08 11KB

Brazil Supreme Court Imposes Vaccine Passport on Foreigners over Bolsonaro

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso ruled on Saturday Brazil’s federal government must require all foreign travelers to present proof of vaccination against the Chinese … 2021-12-14 13:05 3KB

Opinion: Grassley/Klobuchar regulations on companies would hurt tech competition, consumers

TechFreedom competition counsel: The bill would subject companies’ basic business decisions to the regulatory whims of political appointees. 2021-12-14 13:04 7KB

CONFIRMED| Johann van Graan to leave Irish club Munster

South African coach Johann van Graan will depart Munster at the end of the 2021/22 season. 2021-12-14 13:03 2KB

The Federation of Education Leaders and Administrators launches FELA Talks 2022

New Delhi [India], December 14 (ANI/NewsVoir): The FELA Foundation is proud to introduce you to the most remarkable and lively knowledge sharing series, FELA Talks 2022, … 2021-12-14 13:00 3KB

What the union drives at Starbucks and Amazon mean for labor rights across the US

The labor victories at Amazon and Starbucks are bringing national attention to unions across the US. John Logan, professor at San Francisco State University, says … 2021-12-14 13:00 7KB

China’s Big New Idea

Why Xi Jinping won’t stop talking about “common prosperity” 2021-12-14 13:00 14KB

How Jack Black And A Talking T-Rex Teamed Up With The United Nations For The #DontChooseExtinction Campaign

I caught up with the creative team behind the ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign, launched recently by the UNDP - Boaz Paldi from the UN, Jon Carlaw from Activista, the creative company behind the idea, and Helen Trickey who produced the whole project. 2021-12-14 13:00 9KB

NIA, central agencies trying to save Param Bir Singh: Nawab Malik

Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik on Tuesday alleged that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other Central agencies are trying to save former Mumbai … 2021-12-14 12:55 3KB

An Unexpected 'Love Island' Couple Just Announced Their Engagement

The reality stars have been dating since July 2020. 2021-12-14 12:53 2KB

Kolkata civic elections: Install CCTV cameras in all voting booths, HC tells West Bengal poll panel

The court also directed the state election commission to ensure electronic surveillance in strongrooms where EVMs are stored. 2021-12-14 12:51 2KB

Nigeria Bans UK, Canada, Saudi Arabia in Revenge for Omicron Travel Block

Nigeria’s aviation ministry announced plans on Sunday to ban incoming flights from the United Kingdom (U.K.), Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina starting this week … 2021-12-14 12:51 6KB

Budowsky: Chief Justice Roberts warns the Court, the bar and the country

A t a time when America is bitterly divided, democratic institutions are challenged at home and abroad, and the Supreme Court shows signs of joining … 2021-12-14 12:45 5KB

Redistricting panel, in response to lawsuit, argues limits on transparency are necessary

Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission argued that newspapers suing over private legal memos and a closed session had\u00a0overinflated the commission's responsibilities to transparency under the constitution. 2021-12-14 12:43 5KB

College basketball realignment tracker -- Keeping track of NCAA Division I conference changes

Nearly half of college basketball's 32 Division I conferences have pending membership changes. We're tracking them all. 2021-12-14 12:41 12KB

Tell the Establishment 'No Intervention in Ukraine'

At the Army War College a decade ago, they were pretty insistent on having an actual objective that supports actual American interest when you committed American … 2021-12-14 12:37 9KB

Our Vulnerable American Democracy

The widespread professions of concern about American democracy are justified. The executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government… 2021-12-14 12:37 8KB

Bagong disenyo ng P1,000 di umano nakonsulta sa historians

Kinumpirma ni BSP governor Benjamin Diokno na di dumaan sa National Historical Commission of the Philippines ang disenyo ng P1,000 polymer banknote. 2021-12-14 12:36 1KB

8,000 new apartments approved for Kiryat Gat

The land for the new neighborhood is currently under the jurisdiction of the Shafir Regional Council, and will be transferred to Kiryat Gat. … 2021-12-14 12:35 697Bytes

Profile as Kim Jong Un marks decade of NKorea rule

Kim Jong Un officially debuted in 2010 as the successor to his father and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il who was frail after a … 2021-12-14 12:27 854Bytes

Bennett in UAE: trade is at the fore, but Iran is always lurking – analysis

The prime minister couldn’t take full advantage of the visit to make a big public deal promoting Israeli business interests. … 2021-12-14 12:20 704Bytes

Germany’s new COVID-19 panel meets as infections ease

BERLIN (AP) — Members of a new expert panel advising the German government on its response to the coronavirus pandemic are holding their first meeting Tuesday… 2021-12-14 12:19 4KB

Chiefs Work Out Former Cowboys Running Back

Knox entered the league in 2021 out of Marshall. 2021-12-14 12:17 4KB

UAE ranks 1st in Arab world, 11th globally in Global Knowledge Index

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ranked first in the Arab world and 11th globally in the latest Global Knowledge Index (GKI) 2021-12-14 12:01 2KB

'Boost everybody.' CEOs should mandate boosters before returning office workers, Andy Slavitt says

The Omicron coronavirus variant will cause a "winter wave" that will complicate the return of workers to offices in the United States, according to Andy Slavitt, a former senior pandemic adviser to President Joe Biden. 2021-12-14 11:48 5KB

A Portrait of Abortion

And the Supreme Court’s two very different paths. 2021-12-14 11:38 10KB

The Ugly Truth Comes Out About Netanyahu's Trial| Opinion

The case against Netanyahu is entirely political. 2021-12-14 11:30 8KB

Chicago’s older adult population growing, becoming rent burdened: report

It is imperative, one expert said, that lawmakers create more affordable housing for older adults. 2021-12-14 11:30 4KB

Abortion: Four clues the Supreme Court is heading toward a major shift on Roe v. Wade

Advocates on opposing sides of the nation's abortion battle don't agree on much, but everyone seemed to read a Supreme Court decision last … 2021-12-14 11:29 1KB

Philippine leader quits from Senate race in latest flip-flop

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday withdrew his senatorial candidacy in next year’s election s in his latest change of mind over what he plans … 2021-12-14 11:27 4KB

FM to hold pre-Budget consultations with stakeholders beginning Wed

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will kick start the customary pre- Budget consultation exercise with stakeholders from Wednesday by holding the first such meeting with experts … 2021-12-14 11:13 3KB

Irish MP Seeks To Give Workers Legal Right To Clean Air

An opposition MP in the Republic of Ireland is pushing for the right to breathe clean air in the workplace to be enshrined in law. 2021-12-14 11:08 4KB

GOP election objectors rake in corporate cash

The nation’s biggest companies have steadily ramped up their donations to GOP lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 election results, largely ending the giving … 2021-12-14 11:01 7KB

What are the midterms?

Midterm elections are coming up in 2022. Most members of Congress are up for election and there are many important state and local races happening too. Here’s what you need to know to understand the significance, candidates and critical issues at play in these national elections. 2021-12-14 11:00 13KB

Pakistan becomes first team to win 18 T20Is in calendar year

Pakistan has become the first men's team to win 18 T20Is in a calendar year following the hosts' victory over the West Indies 2021-12-14 10:54 2KB

Australia Market ends flat

The Australian share market finished session virtually flat on Tuesday, 14 December 2021, as concerns about the omicron variant returned to focus following its first … 2021-12-14 10:53 2KB

Packers Work Out Former Bengals 4th-Round WR as Injuries Mount

The Packers are taking look at a former fourth-round receiver with three of their own currently injured. 2021-12-14 10:42 5KB

Comelec holds raffle for party-list placements on 2022 ballot

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday held its electronic raffle to determine the order of party-list names on the May 2022 ballot. 2021-12-14 10:29 2KB

New Suicide Chamber Glamorizes And Encourages Death

From Switzerland comes word of a creation that uses technology to create not a utopia but a dystopia. Philip Nitschke recently announced he had invented … 2021-12-14 10:25 4KB

In 90% of the Country, No One Gives a Flying Fig About COVID

Matthew Walther, editor of The Lamp, a Catholic literary journal, and a contributing editor at the American Conservative, penned an article for the liberal Atlantic 2021-12-14 10:24 1KB

Attacks on Christians in Karnataka: Police colluded with Hindutva groups, finds report

Human rights organisation People’s Union for Civil Liberties has documented 39 incidents of violence against the community. 2021-12-14 10:08 7KB

Prakash Jha to helm web series based on PV Narasimha Rao’s life

Filmmaker Prakash Jha is all set to helm a multilingual series on former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao's life. 2021-12-14 10:03 1KB

The federal agency that measures racial diversity is led mostly by white people

In her three years working at the U.S. Census Bureau, Mónica García-Pérez remembers rarely seeing or hearing people like her. "I would never … 2021-12-14 10:01 15KB

Sandra Lindsay reflects on her vaccine, 1 year later: ‘I felt like it was my civic duty.’

“I look back now with a lot of pride, knowing that I did my part,” said Ms. Lindsay, the New York-area nurse who was the first person in the United States to get vaccinated outside a clinical trial. 2021-12-14 10:00 4KB

Its Human Rights Record in Question, China Turns to an Old Friend

The International Olympic Committee’s professed neutrality has provided coverage for Beijing, which delivers big audiences and funding in exchange. 2021-12-14 10:00 8KB

A Squabble at the F. D. I. C. Is Actually a Fight Over Biden’s Entire Economic Agenda

The current chairwoman could effectively run out the clock on the president’s first term. 2021-12-14 10:00 6KB

China Threat Over Taiwan a 'Dire Challenge' to All, Warns Japan's Shinzo Abe

Abe's remarks come two weeks after he sparked a minor diplomatic incident by sharing identical views in a similar setting. 2021-12-14 09:43 4KB

DepEd reminds personnel to avoid electioneering ahead of 2022 polls

The Department of Education on Tuesday urged its officials and personnel to refrain from engaging in electioneering and partisan political activities in relation to next year's polls. 2021-12-14 09:42 2KB

Kejriwal to take part in AAP's 'Tiranga Yatra' in Punjab's Jalandhar on Wed

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal will take part in his party's "Tiranga Yatra" in Punjab's Jalandhar on Wednesday. In … 2021-12-14 09:37 2KB

Breed takes hard line on crime: No more ‘bullshit that’s destroying our city’

At a press conference Tuesday announcing a slate of new public safety policies, Mayor London Breed signaled a fundamental shift in the city’s approach to … 2021-12-14 09:30 5KB

Philippine National Police verifying list of election hotspots

The Philippine National Police says an area's inclusion in the list should not be taken against its local government units. 2021-12-14 09:17 2KB

500 Afghan nationals to get temporary residence in Ireland

A total of 500 Afghan nationals will get temporary residence under a re-opening of the Government’s Afghan Admission Programme. 2021-12-14 09:12 2KB

Misogynistic question in national high school exam sparks outrage and protest in India

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Houthis kill top Yemeni defence official

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Char Dham project: Supreme Court allows defence ministry to widen roads

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North Carolina Supreme Court rules to delay primary elections over gerrymandering suits

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Text messages to Meadows renew focus on Trump’s inaction during Jan. 6 attack

Newly released text messages that were sent on Jan. 6 to Mark Meadows, a former chief of staff in the Trump White House, have put a renewed focus on President Donald Trump’s failure to act quickly to stop the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as it was unfolding, despite real-time pleas from lawmakers, journalists and even his eldest son. At least half a dozen people reached out during the riot to Meadows to ask — in some cases, beg — Trump to intervene, according to text messages detailed this week by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the vice chair of the House select committee investigating the attack. The bipartisan panel is investigating the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that tried to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral college win, a siege that resulted in five deaths and left some 140 members of law enforcement injured. On Tuesday, Cheney read aloud texts that Republican members of Congress had sent Meadows on Jan. 6 after rioters breached the Capitol. The disclosures came as the House was poised to vote to hold Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress for defying the committee’s subpoena. “It is really bad up here,” one said, according to Cheney. Others texted, “The president needs to stop this ASAP” and “Fix this now.” The text messages were among thousands of documents related to Jan. 6, including other text messages and emails, that Meadows turned over to the committee before he abruptly stopped fully cooperating with the panel last week. If the House approves the resolution to hold Meadows in contempt, it will be up to the Justice Department to decide whether to pursue charges against the former White House chief of staff as it did former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon for not cooperating with the panel. Contempt of Congress is a misdemeanor criminal offense that can result in up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Meadows is a key figure in the panel’s investigation because he remained in close proximity to Trump during the time between the election and the attack, as the president tried to overturn the results and spread false claims of voter fraud. During floor debate on the contempt resolution Tuesday, members of the Jan. 6 committee sought to portray Meadows as involved in or aware of all the plotting Trump and his allies were doing to keep him in power. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) read one message to Meadows from an unidentified sender regarding the possibility that Jeffrey Clark — the former acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, who appeared open to pursuing Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results — would replace Jeffrey Rosen, then the acting attorney general. “I heard Jeff Clark is getting put in on Monday. That’s amazing. It will make a lot of patriots happy. And I’m personally so proud that you are at the tip of the spear and I could call you a friend,” Schiff said the Jan. 3 text read. Most of the focus this week, however, has been on the fact that Meadows is one of a few people who may be able to provide insight into why Trump stayed silent for hours while the Capitol was ransacked by his supporters rather than call off the mob and then released a video hours later that praised the rioters even as he asked them to stop their offensive on Congress. During a committee meeting Monday night, Cheney revealed several other texts to Meadows from Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade and Sean Hannity, all of whom have since downplayed the severity of the insurrection in their coverage. On Jan. 6, however, the urgency in their entreaties to Meadows was clear. “Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy,” Ingraham wrote. “Please get him on TV,” Kilmeade wrote, adding that the attack was “destroying everything you have accomplished.” Hannity similarly asked Meadows if Trump could “make a statement” and “ask people to leave the Capitol.” “As we saw last night, dozens of texts — including from Trump administration officials, from members of the press, from Donald Trump Jr. — urged immediate action by the president,” Cheney said Tuesday. “But we know hours passed with no action by the president to defend the Congress of the United States from an assault while we were trying to count electoral votes.” Timestamps for the newly released text messages to Meadows are not yet publicly known, but from the moment the Capitol was breached at 2:11 p.m. on Jan. 6, Trump resisted calls to intervene for 187 minutes — more than three hours — while watching the riot play out on television. In the first two hours alone, the mob broke into both the House speaker’s office and the Senate chamber. Three rioters died in that time frame, and scores of police officers were assaulted, some with their own weapons, while dozens of lawmakers feared for their lives in hiding. Through it all was a lack of action from Trump. In the first message Trump posted to Twitter after the Capitol was breached, he continued to blame Vice President Mike Pence for not blocking the certification of the 2020 election results. At the time, some in the mob outside the Capitol were chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” and Pence himself was being evacuated with his family to a secured location. “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” Trump tweeted at 2:24 p.m. that day. At 2:38 p.m., Trump tweeted, “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” At some point after the 2:38 p.m. tweet, Trump Jr. texted Meadows with a frantic request for his father, according to messages read aloud Monday by Cheney. “He’s got to condemn this s — t ASAP,” Trump Jr. wrote, according to Cheney. “The Capitol Police tweet is not enough.” “I’m pushing it hard,” Meadows responded. “I agree.” “We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now,” Trump Jr. continued. “It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.” At 2:45 p.m., Punchbowl News founder Jake Sherman also sent Meadows a series of text messages: “Do something for us… We are under siege in the cpaitol [sic]… There’s an armed standoff at the house chamber door… We’re all helpless…” Sherman said he never received a response, but the timing of his texts would indicate Meadows had been made further aware of the severity of the situation from someone inside the Capitol even after Trump’s second tweet. At 3:13 p.m., Trump tweeted: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!” It would be more than an hour before Trump addressed the nation again, and it wouldn’t be until the worst of the attack had subsided. At 4:17 p.m., he posted a video to his Twitter account, telling rioters, “Go home. We love you, you’re very special.” “I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us,” Trump said in the video, continuing to push his baseless claims that the 2020 election had been rigged against him. “But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time… So go home. We love you, you’re very special.” A representative for Trump did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday. The has previously reported that several other high-profile Republicans attempted to contact Trump or his closest aides during the insurrection to get him to call off the mob. Some of those included Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S. C. ), former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, former senior counselor Kellyanne Conway and former communications director Alyssa Farah, who told Meadows, “If someone doesn’t say something, people will die.” Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) also called Meadows to request help from the National Guard. On Monday, Cheney said the newly revealed texts were “further evidence of President Trump’s supreme dereliction of duty during those 187 minutes.” “Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress’s official proceedings to count electoral votes?” Cheney said the committee was seeking to determine. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who initially said Trump “ bears responsibility ” for the Capitol attack, has since defended Trump’s response and downplayed the significance of a phone call he had with Trump during the siege. Immediately after the insurrection, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) said McCarthy had relayed details of his call with Trump, noting Trump had “initially repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol.” According to Herrera Beutler, after McCarthy told Trump it was his supporters storming the Capitol, Trump responded: “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” Three months later, McCarthy claimed that Trump had been unaware of the attack until McCarthy called him to urge his supporters to go home. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters he was not personally in contact with Meadows or other White House officials on Jan. 6 to try to get Trump to call off the riot. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday said it was not surprising some of Trump’s public boosters had been revealed to be among those who had privately begged him to tamp down the riot. “Well, it’s disappointing and unfortunately not surprising that some of the very same individuals who are willing to warn, condemn and express horror over what happened on January 6 in private… were totally silent in public or even worse, were spreading lies and conspiracy theories and continue to, since that time,” Psaki said. D.C. attorney general sues Proud Boys, Oath Keepers over Jan. 6 attack Trump’s longtime accountant testifies to N.Y. grand jury in criminal probe House Majority Leader Hoyer requests clarity on gun rules on Capitol grounds Analysis: Mark Meadows, Fox News and the increasingly brazen whitewashing of Jan. 6
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Pfizer’s Covid Pill Works Well, Company Confirms in Final Analysis

Pfizer announced on Tuesday that its Covid pill was found to stave off severe disease in a key clinical trial and that it is likely to work against the highly mutated Omicron variant of the virus. The results underscore the promise of the treatment, which health officials and doctors are counting on, to ease the burden on hospitals as the United States braces for a mounting fourth wave of the pandemic. If the Food and Drug Administration authorizes the drug, which could happen within days, then patients might begin receiving it by the end of the year. Although supply will be limited at first, public health experts are hopeful that the pills might curb the worst outcomes from the disease, no matter the variant. Pfizer said its antiviral pill was found to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death by 88 percent when given to unvaccinated people at high risk of severe Covid within five days of the onset of symptoms. The company also said that laboratory experiments indicated that the drug will attack a key protein in the Omicron variant, which is surging in South Africa and Europe and is expected to dominate U.S. cases in the weeks ahead. “This is quite amazing and potentially transformative,” said Sara Cherry, a virologist at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania who was not involved in the study. “If we could keep people out of hospitals, that would have a huge impact on health care.” Some U.S. states are seeing record high hospitalizations as the Delta variant continues to spread, mostly among the unvaccinated. And researchers are now warning that Omicron may spread even more rapidly and seems to evade some of the immune defenses provided by vaccines or previous infection. In a study released on Tuesday, South African researchers found that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provide much less protection against infection with Omicron than against other variants. Although the shots still provide strong protection against severe disease and hospitalization, it’s possible that Omicron’s drastic rate of transmissibility will create a surge of severe infections, particularly in unvaccinated people. Those seriously ill people could swamp hospitals in the next few months. A highly effective antiviral pill like Pfizer’s could be crucial to easing that surge, Dr. Cherry said. Last month, Pfizer asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize the treatment, known as Paxlovid, for high-risk adults, based on a preliminary batch of data. The new results will undoubtedly strengthen the company’s application for the drug, which is meant to be prescribed by a health care provider after a positive virus test and taken at home. The results, based on an analysis of more than 2,200 unvaccinated volunteers at high risk of severe disease, largely match the company’s initial, smaller analysis of the clinical trial, released last month. Pfizer said that in its final analysis, 0.7 percent of patients who received Paxlovid were hospitalized within 28 days of entering the trial, and none died. By contrast, 6.5 percent of patients who received a placebo were hospitalized or had died. Pfizer also released preliminary data from a separate trial looking at people with a lower risk. These volunteers included vaccinated people who carried a risk factor for severe disease, as well as unvaccinated patients with no risk factors. Among this group of 662 volunteers, Paxlovid reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by 70 percent, the company said. Several public health experts said they thought it was unlikely that the F.D.A. would immediately authorize Paxlovid for people at standard risk of becoming severely ill from Covid based on the preliminary results, though the agency may do so eventually. “Maybe it’s something that your physician would think about if you had severe underlying conditions,” Seema Lakdawala, a virologist at the University of Pittsburgh, said. Dr. Lakdawala said that regulators might consider expanding the drug’s use if the benefits outweighed any potential risks. Paxlovid might shorten the amount of time that people shed the coronavirus, for example, which could, in turn, reduce how long people have to spend in quarantine. It might even cut down the chances that infected people pass on the virus to others. “All of those would be hugely beneficial,” she said. These possibilities would first have to be confirmed in trials, Dr. Lakdawala cautioned. Pfizer is running a trial to see how well Paxlovid can block transmission in households and expects results in the first half of 2022. Mikael Dolsten, the chief scientific officer of Pfizer, was exuberant about the results after having overseen the development of the drug since the spring of 2020, with more than 200 company scientists crafting the molecule and then testing it in animals and people. While the drug was in development, Dr. Dolsten held out hope that it might be 60 percent effective. Its true potency left him stunned. “We really hit the top of the board,” he said in an interview. In both trials, most of the volunteers carried the Delta variant. But Pfizer said on Tuesday that in laboratory experiments, Paxlovid also performed well against the highly mutated Omicron variant. The drug jams into one of Omicron’s crucial proteins — called a protease — just as effectively as it does with other variants, Pfizer found. Dr. Cherry said that the experiment Pfizer ran was a good first pass at testing the treatment against Omicron. But she and other scientists will be receiving Omicron viruses this week from labs where it’s now being grown, after which they can directly test Paxlovid to see how well it stops the viruses from invading cells. “We hope to start those experiments this week,” Dr. Cherry said. Pfizer’s treatment is meant to be taken as 30 pills over five days. Patients will take three pills at a time: two of Pfizer’s new pills and one of the low-dose H.I.V. drug known as ritonavir, which helps Pfizer’s drug remain active in the body longer. Ritonavir can interfere with certain medications, including common ones for cholesterol and cardiovascular issues, potentially causing serious side effects. But doctors usually worry about those interactions only when H.I.V. patients take the drug for years. With Pfizer’s five-day treatment, doctors might recommend that patients simply stop taking certain drugs like statins for a few days. But with other drugs for which treatment cannot be easily interrupted, like blood thinners and immunosuppressive medications, patients may need to adjust their dosage or be monitored while on Pfizer’s treatment. “The risk is going to vary a lot by what drug we’re talking about,” said Conan MacDougall, an infectious disease pharmacist at the University of California San Francisco. Health officials have been waiting for a convenient option like Paxlovid since the start of the pandemic. They are counting on the pills to reach many more people than the cumbersome monoclonal antibody treatments, which are typically given at a hospital or clinic. Several brands of antibody treatments may not work as well against Omicron. Still, there are logistical obstacles that could limit the Pfizer treatment’s promise, experts cautioned. To receive the pills, patients are expected to need a positive coronavirus test and a prescription from a health care provider, all within five days after developing symptoms. Those challenges could be especially pronounced among the people most vulnerable to becoming severely ill from Covid. The federal government has ordered enough of Pfizer’s pills to cover 10 million people, at a cost of about $530 per patient. Pfizer will have about 180,000 treatment courses ready by the time it receives its expected authorization this month, but some of those will most likely go to countries other than the United States. The company is expected to deliver only enough of its pills to cover 300,000 Americans before the end of February, and then sharply increase the pace of its deliveries. “There’s probably some tempered expectations that are needed, because this is not available today. It’s not going to be available a month from now for the average person. It’s going to be something that slowly gets rolled out,” said Dr. David Boulware, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota. Pfizer’s good news came as its rival, Merck, awaited word on authorization of its own antiviral pill for Covid, known as molnupiravir. In October, Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced that preliminary data showed the pill reduced the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid-19 by 50 percent, if taken within five days of the onset of symptoms. But once the companies carried out a final analysis on all their data, molnupiravir’s effectiveness dropped to 30 percent. At an F.D.A. advisory committee meeting last month, a number of experts reacted coolly to this modest effectiveness, especially given some concerns about the safety of the pill. The committee narrowly voted in favor of molnupiravir’s authorization. But now, two weeks later, the F.D.A. has yet to announce whether it will do so. In the meantime, France has turned down Merck’s application, citing its modest effectiveness and concerns about safety. Britain authorized molnupiravir last month. “I don’t think the Merck pills have a long life in the United States if the Pfizer pill turns out to work as well as the data would suggest and there’s enough supply,” said Dr. Walid Gellad, who directs the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. Pfizer stands to make a huge amount of money from Paxlovid. The investment bank SVB Leerink estimated that the drug would bring in $24 billion in global revenue in 2022 and $33 billion in 2023. That would give Paxlovid one of the highest single-year sales of any medical product in history. To date, only one other product has brought in more: Pfizer’s Covid vaccine.
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Senate Democrats approve raising the federal debt limit to $31.4 trillion

Senate Democrats narrowly passed legislation on Tuesday raising the federal debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion, clearing the biggest hurdle in Congress to allowing President Biden to continue borrowing money to pay for government expenditures until at least early 2023. The bill, which now heads to all but certain passage in the Democrat-run House, would push the national debt limit to $31.4 trillion from its current limit of roughly $29 trillion. In a 50-49 vote, Senate Democrats eked the bill through a chamber that is evenly split between the two parties. “Responsible governing has won on this exceedingly important issue,” said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. “The American people can breathe easy and rest assured there will not be a default.” Senate Republicans opposed the bill, arguing that because Mr. Biden was undertaking a massive “spending spree” with his roughly $1.74 trillion social welfare and climate bill, Democrats alone were responsible for making more spending possible by raising the debt limit. “This massive debt increase will just be the beginning,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “More printing and borrowing to set up more reckless spending to cause more inflation to hurt working families even more. What the American people need is a break.” The House is expected to pass the bill. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that the U.S. will be at risk of defaulting on its debts if the cap is not raised by Dec. 15. Once passed by the House, Mr. Biden is expected to sign the measure immediately. The debt ceiling increase would ensure the White House can continue borrowing money to pay for federal expenditures until at least early 2023. Economists warn that mounting national debt, if left unchecked, can spur an economic disaster. Both parties, when in power, have piled on the debt over the past two decades. “While it’s hard to predict the exact moment the national debt became a ticking time-bomb, the experiences of countries like Greece show that ignoring the problem can have disastrous consequences,” said Matthew Dickerson, the director of the Heritage Foundation’s Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget. Greece defaulted on its debt in 2015. High fiscal debt was just one piece — albeit a big piece — of the country’s mismanaged economy. Combined with high trade deficits, low growth rates and soaring inflation, the heavy debt burden contributed significantly to the collapse of the Greek economy. In the U.S., debt has reached a staggering $29 trillion, or 125% of gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services that Americans produce in a year. If the current national debt were evenly divvied up, each taxpayer would owe more than $229,700. However, today’s historically low interest rates make now the best time to borrow money. The Federal Reserve is expected to announce a major policy shift on Wednesday to set up interest rate hikes next year, inching up from the central bank’s near-zero rate. The rate increase won’t be enough to significantly inflate the government’s debt payments. The $2.5 trillion hike to the debt limit will give Mr. Biden room to push more initiatives without worrying about raising the debt limit every few months. Some Democratic lawmakers say the reprieve should be used to push forward on liberal initiatives that have been sidelined in recent months by budgetary fights. “Once we handle the debt ceiling, the Senate must prioritize passing federal voting rights legislation,” said Sen. Raphael Warnock, Georgia Democrat. Budget hawks warn that the one-year borrowing green light could prove disastrous for the nation’s fiscal health. They say that without having to keep a continuous watch on the national debt, lawmakers will be free to indulge in “turning up the spigot and keep federal money flowing.” Mr. Dickerson blamed the present spending crisis on Congress’s decision in 2019 to suspend the debt limit for two years. “The national debt has skyrocketed in recent years, currently standing at $28.9 trillion,” said Mr. Dickerson. “Now it’s set to climb to $31.4 trillion. This rise has been enabled by lawmakers kicking the can down the road on the debt while passing multitrillion-dollar spending bills every few months.” The Biden administration spent feverishly in the first 10 months since Mr. Biden took office. Part of that is the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, lawmakers pushed through a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package meant to address the lingering effects of the coronavirus economic shutdowns. The bill gave $1,400 in direct payments to individuals making below $75,000 annually. It also included a temporary $400-a-week unemployment boost and expanded the child-care tax credit, giving families up to $3,600 in monthly payments. That spending pushed the federal deficit to a record-breaking $3.1 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. Since then, lawmakers approved more spending that adds to the national debt. In November, Congress passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. The bill, which focuses on rebuilding the nation’s roads and bridges, will add $256 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. “When Congress doesn’t have tight control over the national debt, spending tends to balloon,” Mr. Dickerson said. Economists say that is only amplified as Congress readies to raise the debt ceiling by another $2.5 trillion. Most note that the increase comes as Mr. Biden is working to secure passage of his mammoth social welfare bill that is known as the Build Back Better Act. The legislation, which would be the biggest expansion of the social safety net since the Great Society of the 1960s, is estimated to cost $1.75 trillion. Budget hawks say it likely will cost double after discounting budgetary gimmicks, however. Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who is undecided on the bill, notes that much of the social welfare programs being proposed run for only a short time, while the package’s tax hikes last a decade. “As far as I’m concerned, whatever plan it would be — pre-K, child care, in-home care — then it should be 10 years,” he said. “It shouldn’t just be one year here, three years here, five years there. I think it would be very transparent for the public to see.” The CBO, a nonpartisan governmental agency tasked with analyzing legislation, estimates that if all the programs within the bill were made permanent the deficit would grow by $3 trillion. That boosts the cost of the bill to about $4.75 trillion. Republicans charge that Mr. Biden’s decision to only fund the programs for a short time is meant to obscure the real cost. “As a wise man once said, ‘nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program,’” said Mr. McConnell. “Democrats aren’t even pretending they think the spending would stop. They’re boasting about a permanent transformation.”
Senate votes to raise debt limit by $2.5T, avoiding default
Senate OKs $2.5 trillion debt limit increase, sending to House as lawmakers move swiftly to avoid federal default
Democrats to raise debt ceiling by $2.5T
Senate Votes To Raise Debt Limit By $2.5 Trillion—Will Democrats Finally Pass Biden's Massive Spending And Tax Plan?
Senate Democrats Set to Raise Debt Limit by $2.5T, Funding Government Past 2022 Midterms
Senate Democrats raise debt ceiling after filibuster deal
Senate Democrats Vote to Increase Debt Limit
Democrats Set Debt Limit Increase at $2.5 Trillion Ahead of Senate Vote
Senate Democrats Vote To Lift Debt Ceiling By $2.5 Trillion
Senate votes to raise debt limit by $2.5T, avoiding default
Senate set to raise debt ceiling and avert national default till 2023
Cruz offers to swap Nord Stream 2 sanctions vote for ambassador nominees
Democrats will move to raise the debt ceiling hours before deadline
Democrats Pass Debt Ceiling Increase by Bypassing Filibuster
Senate to act on debt limit Tuesday ahead of December 15 deadline
Senate to vote on raising debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion
Senate poised to raise debt limit by $2.5T, avoiding default
Senate poised to raise debt limit by $2.5T, avoiding default
Congressional Democrats ready to raise federal debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion
Senate Democrats set to raise debt ceiling without Republican support
Democrats to increase debt ceiling by $2.5T
Senate passes bill to raise debt ceiling by $2.5T, enough to last into 2023
Senate votes to increase debt limit by $2.5 trillion
Senate poised to raise debt limit by $2.5T, avoiding default
Senate Democrats approve increasing debt ceiling by $2.5T; House to follow
Senate Democrats are poised to raise the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion just in time to avoid catastrophe — and without any Republican support
Senate Democrats raise debt limit by $2.5 trillion, averting financial calamity


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Over 50 People Die From Gas Truck Explosion In Caribbean Nation

The explosion of a truck carrying gasoline in Haiti on Monday led to the death of over 50 people while injuring dozens more, the Associated Press reported. “Three days of national mourning will be decreed throughout the territory, in memory of the victims of this tragedy which grieves the entire Haitian nation,” Prime Minister Ariel Henry said in response to the incident. At least 53 deaths and over 100 injuries have been reported, Patrick Almonor, deputy mayor of Cap-Haitien, where the explosion occurred, told the AP. He said officials believe the truck overturned after seemingly trying to avoid a motorcycle. “It’s horrible what happened,” Almonor said. “We lost so many lives.” Almonor told the outlet that hospitals needed more medical professionals to handle the injured, the AP reported. Henry said his administration was sending field hospitals to the scene to tend to the wounded. Several bodies of victims lay near the explosion site while people in the area used buckets to collect the gasoline to bring back home with them, Dave Larose, a civil engineer who works in Cap-Haitien, told the AP. Severe shortages of fuel and high gas prices have recently forced hospitals to turn away patients and caused schools and businesses to shut down. Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his home in July when a commando stormed the presidential compound, and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the nation in August, killing more than 2,200 people and wrecking thousands of homes, the AP reported. A gang also kidnapped a group of 17 missionaries as they returned from the construction of an orphanage in October. While five have been released, 12 remain hostages, the AP reported. “It’s terrible what our country has to go through,” Larose said.
At Least 40 Killed, Dozens Injured in Gas Truck Explosion
Fuel Truck Explodes In Haiti, Killing More Than 50 People
Gasoline truck explosion kills more than 50 in Haiti
Haiti mourns dozens killed when a truck carrying gasoline exploded
Fuel Tanker Explodes in Haiti, Killing Dozens
At least 50 people dead in Haiti gas tanker explosion
Dozens Killed in Gasoline Truck Explosion in Haiti
More than 40 dead after gasoline truck explodes in Haiti
Haiti Gas Truck Explosion Kills 62, Injures Dozens
A gasoline truck explodes in Haiti, killing more than 50 people
At Least 50 Killed In Haiti Gas Truck Explosion—Latest Tragedy Amid Ongoing Fuel Shortage, Political Crisis
More than 50 dead, dozens injured after gas truck explosion in Haiti
People Scoop Spilled Gas to Use at Home Following Truck Explosion That Killed Over 50
At least 59 dead after gas tanker explodes in Haiti's second largest city
'The entire Haitian nation is grieving': Gasoline truck explodes, killing more than 50 people


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D.C. Attorney General Uses the KKK Act of 1871 to Sue Proud Boys and Oath Keepers Over ‘Gutless’ Jan. 6 Attack

The District of Columbia filed a federal civil lawsuit on Tuesday against two far-right groups and numerous other individuals over their alleged participation in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Complex. “Violence is an inextricable part of both organizations and a common link between them,” the 84-page lawsuit filed in D.C. District Court against Proud Boys International, LLC and the Oath Keepers alleges. Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D) announced the litigation with much anticipation and gusto by opening with a quote attributed to former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt — a quote which currently adorns the FDR memorial on the National Mall. “We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization,” Racine said before likening the conservative, pro-Trump mob’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election to the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001. “A very different but familiar enemy, inflamed by a sitting president and other elected officials, wearing military fatigues and red, white and blue,” attacked the national seat of legislative government on Jan. 6, the AG noted. “It was like 9/11 — a planned terrorist attack, but this time, our own citizens were hellbent on destroying the freedoms and ideals on which our country was founded, and continues to aspire to achieve.” Calling the incident “gutless” and traumatizing for members of law enforcement, Racine said the taxed-without-representation federal district had “chosen to speak truth through this lawsuit” by targeting the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the two right-wing organizations have fashioned themselves as “ Western chauvinists ” and as “ defend[ers of] the Constitution ” but instead function like a street gang and a law-enforcement-heavy paramilitary group, respectively. Several persons alleged to be affiliated with each group are currently facing dozens, if not hundreds, of combined charges in the federal criminal court system over the Jan. 6 attack. “They were not tourists,” Racine continued. “They were vigilantes, insurrectionists who sought to crush our freedoms.” The lawsuit, which also targets dozens of named defendants and even more unnamed defendants, is premised on the the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. It also employs another closely-related federal law that increases liability for violations of the act and several common law tort claims. “[T]he Individual Defendants conspired together and participated in planning, promoting, financing, organizing, and carrying out the January 6th Attack,” the filing reads. “Defendants Proud Boys and Oath Keepers also participated in the conspiracy, playing a key role in the planning, promotion, financing, organizing, and carrying out of the January 6th Attack by lending their experience — and in some cases, organizational resources — to the planned January 6th Attack.” Among those singled out is Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, who the filing says has “repeatedly urged” the group’s “members to be prepared to fight in what they perceive to be an impending civil war.” The filing details his alleged culpability, at length: Allegedly factually premised on “complex” physical and emotional turmoil experienced by several members of the District’s Metropolitan Police Department, Racine is seeking extensive damages. “In the wake of this assault, the Capitol was left in shambles, with the District left to deal with the aftermath of the violent disruption to what should have been the peaceful transition of presidential power,” the filing goes on before later telegraphing a rough estimate of the money sought: “While the costs to the District are still being investigated and tallied, the District has preliminarily estimated that MPD incurred millions of dollars in costs during the week of January 6th alone.” Racine’s lawsuit is the first such effort from a government entity against any of the alleged co-conspirators who organized and stormed the Capitol that fateful and hectic day. “Today, we’re holding these insurrectionists accountable for conspiring to terrorize the District by planning, promoting, and participating in the deadly attack on the Capitol,” the AG said at the presser. “I’m seeking damages in this case and will keep working to ensure such an assault never happens again.” Earlier this year, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) filed a lawsuit under the KKK Act against the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and former president Donald Trump over the “carefully orchestrated” violence that occurred during the counting of Electoral College votes on Jan. 6. That lawsuit was filed by Thompson in his individual capacity, however, and not by a government entity. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
D.C. attorney general sues Proud Boys, Oath Keepers over Jan. 6 attack
D.C. Attorney General Sues Proud Boys, Oath Keepers For Jan. 6 Capitol Riot
D.C. attorney gneeral sues Proud Boys, Oath Keepers for Jan. 6 riot at U.S. Capitol
D.C.'s attorney general is suing the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers over Capitol attack
D.C. attorney general sues Proud Boys, Oath Keepers over Jan. 6 attack
Washington DC sues Proud Boys and Oath Keepers over Capitol assault
DC attorney general sues Proud Boys and Oath Keepers over January 6 insurrection
Proud Boys and Oath Keepers sued by D.C. attorney general over January 6 attack
DC AG Karl Racine sues Proud Boys, Oath Keepers over Jan. 6 attack on Capitol
District of Columbia sues Proud Boys, Oath Keepers over Jan. 6 Capitol riot
DC attorney general sues Proud Boys and Oath Keepers members to recoup costs related to January 6
D.C. attorney general sues far-right groups over Jan. 6 attack
D.C. AG Karl Racine Sues Proud Boys, Oath Keepers Over January 6 Riot


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Missed Out On 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Tickets? Here's How to Watch The Marvel Movie

Like many films it's been hit with delays, but it's finally arriving in some U.S. movie theaters this Thursday before getting a nation-wide release a day later. Although it was initially announced to be released two days after the international release on Friday 17 December, Sony and Marvel have made the movie available to watch in cinemas a day early on Thursday December 16. The official website for the movie, spidermannowayhome. movie is filled with listings on where to find your closest local movie theater, and the available start times to view. If you don't manage to get out and see the film in a movie theater, you're facing an unfortunately long wait to see in in your homes. Like the previous Spider-Man movies starring Tom Holland, despite being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they won't be available to watch on Disney+. That's because Sony retain the distribution rights to the franchise and they currently have a deal with Starz who have the first-pay-window rights to stream the movie for the first 18 months after release. Netflix bought the previous Spider-Man movies to air on their streaming platform. There's been speculation linking Andrew Garfield with the movie, as well as Charlie Cox who could return as Daredevil.
Movie review: 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' sells characters short
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ encuentra el punto ideal en el multiverso de Marvel
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’: Marvel hero takes an existential turn in innovative new adventure
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' finds the sweet spot in Marvel's multiverse
Tom Holland, Zendaya attend 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' premiere in LA
Ryan Blaney Opens Up About ‘Spider-Man’ Premiere, Love of Marvel [EXCLUSIVE]
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Review: Tom Holland Wows In A Game-Changing Marvel Classic
Why 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Won't Be Coming to Disney+
Review: 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' is a refreshing blast of visiting baddies and second chances
Box Office Preview: 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Eyes Mighty, Massive, Marvelous $150 Million-Plus Debut
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying About the New Marvel Movie
Review: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Gets Caught Up In Nostalgia And Fan Service
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home': Jimmy Kimmel Makes One Last-Ditch Effort to Get Himself in the Movie (Video)
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Breaks the Multiverse, Wins Critics’ Hearts
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ will shock fans — and not for the reason you think
Will Spider-Man: No Way Home Swing to a $150 Million-Plus Opening?
Review: 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' is a refreshing blast of visiting baddies and second chances


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NY’s ethics cop gets tough on Andrew Cuomo — now that he’s out of power

Yay, but. The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics just ordered disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fork over the $5.1 million he got paid for his book on leadership, after it determined he’d broken his vows to not use his staff and other state resources to produce it. The “yay”: Assuming his legal team’s “see you in court” threats don’t pan out, this will be some consolation to those who lost loved ones in the wake of Team Cuomo’s insane order that nursing homes had to admit COVID-contagious patients early in the pandemic and the administration’s subsequent coverup of the true resulting death toll (a coverup that personally profited Cuomo by allowing him to score that lucrative book deal). The “but”: The fact is, JCOPE is only policing Cuomo now that he’s out of power, and indeed after most of the commissioners he’d appointed were gone. Before that, it never spotted a single Cuomo ethical no-no, nor caused any fuss that might upset the Legislature’s leaders, who choose the remaining commissioners. When it comes to enforcing any ethical standards in the notorious Albany swamp, JCOPE is intrinsically a servant of the powerful. New York needs better than this farce of a cop.
NY ethics board tells former Gov. Cuomo to return book money
Cuomo ordered to return $5 million in book earnings
Andrew Cuomo Ordered by Ethics Committee to Hand Over $5M in Book Profits to Letitia James
Andrew Cuomo Must Return $5.1 Million Book Profits, NY Ethics Body Rules
Cuomo Is Ordered to Turn Over $5.1 Million From His COVID Book Deal
NY ethics board tells former Gov. Cuomo to return book money
Andrew Cuomo ordered to return millions in book proceeds
NY ethics board tells former Gov. Cuomo to return book money
NY State Ethics Committee Orders Andrew Cuomo to Refund $5.1 Million from Coronavirus Book Deal
Andrew Cuomo Ordered to Turn Over $5.1 Million From Pandemic Book Sales
NY ethics commission orders Andrew Cuomo to return book proceeds


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South African President tested positive for Covid-19

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday and is under treatment. The 69-year-old is experiencing mild symptoms. He has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week. Ramaphosa is self-isolating in Cape Town and is monitored by the South African Military Health Service of the South African National Defence Force. People in South Africa who have had contact with Ramaphosa on Sunday are advised to watch for symptoms or to have themselves tested. In a tweet Monday, Ramaphosa thanked South Africans for their good wishes and warned citizens to remain vigilant in the fight against the virus. “Vaccines dramatically reduce the chances of severe illness, hospitalisation and death. Let’s all protect ourselves. Vaccination is free, easy and it works,” he reinforced. At this time, just over 25% of the country has been fully vaccinated, with an additional 5% partially vaccinated. The Presidency statement didn’t say whether Ramaphosa had been infected with the omicron coronavirus variant. The country recorded more than 18,000 new confirmed cases Sunday night. More than 70% of the cases are estimated to be from omicron. Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine has been less effective in South Africa at keeping people infected with the virus out of hospital since the Omicron variant emerged last month, a real-world study published on Tuesday showed. South Africa alerted the world to Omicron in November.
Is it the flu, a cold, or the omicron variant? How to know, and when to get tested for COVID
Person on Israeli PM’s flight from UAE tests COVID positive
EPL players to undergo daily coronavirus testing
Despite rampant Omicron, this COVID expert believes South Africa is "in a good space"
Los Angeles Lakers cancel practice after Talen Horton-Tucker tests positive for COVID-19
South Africa finds omicron 'highly transmissible' and more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines
REPORT: Odell Beckham Jr. Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Israeli co. kicks off COVID oral vaccine trial in South Africa
Emma Raducanu tests positive for COVID-19, out of exhibition event in Abu Dhabi
Person on Israeli PM’s flight from UAE tests COVID positive
Odell Beckham Jr Tested Positive For COVID As The Rams Shut Down Their Facility
Four people are arrested in India after a man leaves the country using a fake virus test result.


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On This Day: U.S. administers first COVID-19 vaccines

Dec. 14 On this date in history: In 1287, more than 50,000 people died in a flood caused by the collapse of the Zuider Zee dike in the Netherlands.
We’ve had COVID vaccines for one year. How are we doing?
Billie Eilish: I would have died from COVID if I hadn’t been vaccinated
Marking one year of COVID-19 vaccines in Washington
Coronavirus cases among children on the rise, says US report
PH receives 2 million more Janssen coronavirus vaccines
US COVID death toll hits 800,000
Nearly 800,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. An estimated 163,000 could have been saved by vaccines.
COVID Vaccine Anniversary: 1 Year Since 1st Shot Administered In U.S.
'Spreading at a rate we have not seen' - Omicron more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines
A year after the first vaccinations, coronavirus restrictions are back
Omicron likely to become dominant Covid-19 variant in US, says Fauci
U.S. COVID-19 death toll approaches 800,000
Here Are The U.S. Cities Where You Need A Covid Vaccine To Dine In A Restaurant
PH has enough supply of syringes for COVID-19 vaccines: DOH


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800,000 US deaths from COVID-19 and counting: 'There's no question we will reach 1 million'

South African scientists identified a new COVID-19 variant which has now been reported in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel.
USA Gymnastics, USOPC Reach $380 Million Settlement With Victims
Nearly 800,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. An estimated 163,000 could have been saved by vaccines.
COVID toll nears 800,000 to close out year filled with death
800,000 Americans have died of COVID. Now the U.S. braces for an omicron-fueled spike
U.S. Hits 50 Million Covid Infections — Here’s Where Cases Are Surging
COVID toll hits 800,000 to close out year filled with death
U.S. Covid death toll hits 800,000, a year into vaccine drive
US COVID death toll hits 800,000
US COVID death toll hits 800,000, a year into vaccine drive
'A defining tragedy': US COVID death toll eclipses 800,000 as winter surge intensifies
U.S. COVID-19 death toll approaches 800,000


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CDC: 79% of omicron cases are in vaccinated people!

Nearly 80% of the omicron variant cases in the United States were people who were fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC, reflected data from Dec. 1-8, said 34 of the 43 known cases, or 79%, were "fully vaccinated." And one-third of the 34 cases were people who had received a third "booster" shot. Only one of the omicron patients was hospitalized and no one died. In Israel, where most of the population has received a booster shot, 54 of 67 omicron cases, 80%, were people who had received three COVID-19 shots. White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has confirmed the early data indicating omicron is more contagious but less dangerous. On Monday, the World Health Organization said omicron appears to spread faster than the delta variant, "making vaccines less effective but causing less severe symptoms." However, Fauci said Sunday that federal officials are evaluating whether or not to urge Americans to get a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated. "But I think if you look at the data, the more and more it becomes clear that if you want to be optimally protected you really should get a booster", he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week." On Monday, Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University pointed to a study that found the long-term T-cell immunity is strong and effective against omicron. "This is the most significant (and overlooked) scientific paper of the entire Omicron saga", he wrote on Twitter. "The fixation on antibody levels has diverted attention away from comprehensive immunity, including cellular. In South Africa, where researchers were the first to report the omicron variant to the WHO, researcher Pieter Streicher said that in his country immunity from prior infection is high, about 70% of the population. And with omicron becoming dominant, he said on Twitter, "the sense in [South Africa] is that the pandemic is almost over." South Africa has seen a significant decrease in hospitalizations and deaths from COVID in recent weeks. Researchers estimate deaths due to omicron in South Africa will reach about 640, which is 25 times lower than with delta, 15,400. Dr. Angelique Coetzee of the South African Medical Association said in an interview with the British independent broadcaster LBC that after four weeks of omicron in her country, "there's no reason why you can't trust us when we say it's a mild disease." See Coetzee's remarks: In Britain, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed new restrictions in response to omicron, the U.K.'s deputy prime minister said Tuesday he "misspoke" when he said the number of people with omicron in U.K. hospitals was 250. The number actually is 10, Dominic Raab clarified in an interview with "Good Morning Britain." See a "Good Morning Britain" host scold the deputy prime minister for getting the numbers wrong: EDITOR'S NOTE: Last year, America's doctors, nurses and paramedics were celebrated as frontline heroes battling a fearsome new pandemic. Today, under Joe Biden, tens of thousands of these same heroes are denounced as rebels, conspiracy theorists, extremists and potential terrorists. Along with massive numbers of police, firemen, Border Patrol agents, Navy SEALs, pilots, air-traffic controllers, and countless other truly essential Americans, they're all considered so dangerous as to merit termination, their professional and personal lives turned upside down due to their decision not to be injected with the experimental COVID vaccines. Biden’s tyrannical mandate threatens to cripple American society – from law enforcement to airlines to commercial supply chains to hospitals. It's already happening. But the good news is that huge numbers of "yesterday’s heroes" are now fighting back – bravely and boldly. The whole epic showdown is laid out as never before in the sensational October issue of WND's monthly Whistleblower magazine, titled "THE GREAT AMERICAN REBELLION: 'We will not comply!' COVID-19 power grab ignites bold new era of national defiance." SUPPORT TRUTHFUL JOURNALISM. MAKE A DONATION TO THE NONPROFIT WND NEWS CENTER. THANK YOU!
Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines
Polish youth is first known omicron case in mainland China
The Omicron variant is beginning to appear nationwide, the C.D.C. says.
Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines
China reports its first omicron variant cases
China says first Omicron case on mainland was 'imported from Europe'
Covid-19: China detects second case of Omicron variant
Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines
Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines
Omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines, data indicate
China detects 2nd case of omicron variant
CDC: Only 21% Of Omicron Cases Occurred In Unvaccinated People


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Why Was Haiti’s President Assassinated?

In July, a group of men stormed the presidential compound in Haiti and assassinated the country’s president, Jovenel Moïse. Months later, the case remains unresolved. Investigating the killing, the Times journalist Maria Abi-Habib began looking into Mr. Moïse and discovered some little known facts about his background. She also found that, in the months before his death, Mr. Moïse had begun compiling a list of powerful Haitian businessmen and political figures involved in an intricate drug trafficking network. Mr. Moïse took a number of steps to fight drug and arms smugglers. Some officials now fear he was killed for it. There are a lot of ways to listen to The Daily. Here’s how. Transcripts of each episode are available by the next workday. You can find them at the top of the page. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Daniel Guillemette, Robert Jimison, Mike Benoist, Liz O. Baylen, Asthaa Chaturvedi, Kaitlin Roberts, Rachelle Bonja, Diana Nguyen, Marion Lozano, Corey Schreppel, Anita Badejo, Rob Szypko, Elisheba Ittoop, Chelsea Daniel, Mooj Zadie, Patricia Willens and Rowan Niemisto. Our theme music is by Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk of Wonderly. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Paula Szuchman, Cliff Levy, Lauren Jackson, Julia Simon, Mahima Chablani, Sofia Milan, Desiree Ibekwe, Erica Futterman, Wendy Dorr, Elizabeth Davis-Moorer, Jeffrey Miranda and Maddy Masiello.
Dozens Killed in Gasoline Truck Explosion in Haiti
Gasoline truck explodes in northern Haiti; dozens killed
Gasoline truck explodes in Haiti; dozens killed
More than 60 killed in Haiti fuel truck explosion
Gasoline truck explodes in northern Haiti; dozens killed
Gasoline truck explodes in northern Haiti; dozens killed
Gasoline truck explodes in northern Haiti; dozens killed
Dozens killed as petrol truck explodes in Haiti
Gasoline Truck Explodes In Northern Haiti; Dozens Killed


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Omicron Variant Panic: Another Excuse For Political Meddling?

This episode of What’s Ahead points to the danger of politicians and public health officials overreacting to the latest variant of Covid-19. Thankfully, the Omicron mutation is far milder than its predecessors in severity and mortality, more like the common cold. Yet in Europe and other parts of the world the reaction has been almost as if Omicron were the bubonic plague, with the imposition of all sorts restrictions, including lockdowns. The U.S. hasn’t been immune to this hysteria, as evidenced by Philadelphia, New York’s new governor and New York City’s pothead mayor. The evidence is clear that after March/April of 2020, sweeping measures did more harm than good. The danger is that the arrival of new variants will entice local and state governments to try to make permanent dictatorial powers that are unconstitutional, undemocratic and unnecessary. Fortunately, pushback is growing.
Data indicate Omicron variant is milder, better at evading vaccines
Why You May Never Know if You Had Delta or Omicron Variant Even if You Tested Positive
The Omicron variant is beginning to appear nationwide, the C.D.C. says.
China reports its first omicron variant cases
Covid-19: China detects second case of Omicron variant
Is it the flu, a cold, or the omicron variant? How to know, and when to get tested for COVID
Why a Covid booster dose is crucial against the omicron variant
Pfizer says its COVID pill is effective against omicron variant
China detects 2nd case of omicron variant
World Reacts To Omicron Variant
WHO says omicron is spreading at a rate not seen with any other Covid variant
Omicron likely to become dominant Covid-19 variant in US, says Fauci
Omicron variant probably in most countries even if undetected: WHO director


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Judge Dismisses Trump Suit Seeking to Stop Congress From Seeing His Taxes

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Donald J. Trump that sought to block Congress from obtaining his tax returns, ruling that the law gives a House committee chairman broad authority to request them despite Mr. Trump’s status as a former president. In a 45-page opinion, Judge Trevor N. McFadden of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, held that the Treasury Department can provide the tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which can publish them. Judge McFadden, however, stayed his ruling for 10 days to give Mr. Trump time to file an appeal, which he is very likely to do. Representative Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts, the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, first requested copies of Mr. Trump’s tax returns in early 2019, after Democrats took over the House. A federal law gives the chairman of that panel broad authority to request any person’s tax returns. The Trump administration refused to comply, however, and the House eventually filed a lawsuit. After Mr. Trump left office this year, Mr. Neal issued a fresh request for the ex-president’s tax returns and the Biden administration issued a Justice Department memorandum saying he was entitled to receive them. Mr. Trump’s lawyers, however, sought an injunction to block the request, saying that it served no legitimate purpose and the real motive was to expose Mr. Trump’s taxes for political gain. Lawyers for the House said that there were legislative reasons for seeking them, including studying whether changes are needed to a rule requiring audits of presidents. “Even if the former president is right on the facts, he is wrong on the law,” wrote Judge McFadden. “A long line of Supreme Court cases requires great deference to facially valid congressional inquiries. Even the special solicitude accorded former presidents does not alter the outcome. The court will therefore dismiss this case.” Judge McFadden was appointed by Mr. Trump in 2017.
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Oxford School Board to meet Tuesday for first time since deadly school shooting

Oxford Community Schools' Board of Education will meet Tuesday for the first time since a shooter killed four teenagers and wounded seven other people, terrorizing Oxford High School students and educators for a stretch of five minutes on Nov. 30. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Oxford Middle School. The seven-member board likely will face an onslaught of questions and emotion from Oxford community members, families and students during the meeting. On the agenda for Tuesday are routine items, like approving the month's expenses. There is also an item labeled "clarification", to be led by board President Thomas Donnelly Jr. It's unclear if this is meant to address questions surrounding the shooting. The public can also address board members during the public comment period. More: Fieger announces lawsuit against Oxford School District More: When Oxford High students return, support dogs will greet them Donnelly promised in a video message on Dec. 8 that community members would start to hear "more and more" from the board as members learned more. "We know you have questions, we know that you have concerns and we're all taking them down", Donnelly said. "We as a board are hearing you and I know that you're frustrated that we're not bringing an answer." The district over the past two weeks has received national attention, a rarity for a suburban school district with nearly 6,000 students. Officials are trying to address the grief community members, particularly students, are feeling by organizing counseling opportunities. But school administrators and counselors are also central in difficult questions over whether school officials should have removed 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, charged with killing four classmates, from the high school. Superintendent Tim Throne has promised an independent review of the events leading up to the shooting, but details about that review are still sparse. Tuesday will also be the first time the board is meeting since the family of 17-year-old Riley Franz filed a lawsuit in federal and state courts against the district, alleging that district officials could have done more to prevent the attack. Teachers spotted Crumbley viewing images of ammunition on his cellphone and spotted a gruesome drawing depicting gun violence, according to prosecutors. Counselors spoke to Crumbley the day before and the day of the shooting, but experts wonder if they should have removed him from the school instead of releasing him back to the classroom. School officials have said very little publicly about the rationale behind these decisions. His parents resisted taking him away from school that day, prosecutors said. Throne has said that Crumbley did not have a disciplinary record and counselors did not believe he posed a risk to himself or others when they released him. Contact Lily Altavena: laltavena@freepress. com or follow her on Twitter @LilyAlta.
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Project Fear: Number of UK Omicron Hospitalised Revised from 250 to 10

The number of people with Omicron in UK hospitals according to Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has been revised down from 250 to ten, with government officials claiming the minister had “misspoke” in earlier interviews. The UK’s deputy prime minister, Dominic Raab, has revised the number of people in hospital with the Omicron variant of the Chinese coronavirus from 250 to ten, over three interviews given on Tuesday morning. Raab had initially told Sky News that the number of people in UK hospitals with the variant was 250 the “last time [he] looked”. However, Raab later told BBC Breakfast that only nine people in hospitals were suffering from the disease. “I think we have one death,” Raab said regarding Omicron in the UK. “I think we’ve got nine people who are in hospital with it.” When Raab was confronted on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on the fact that he had given two different numbers regarding cases of Omicron in hospitals during two different interviews, he proceeded to revise this number again for a third time to ten people. 'You've done two interviews this morning, you were asked a simple question, how many people are in hospital? You told Sky News 250 people and you told BBC Breakfast 9.' Dominic Raab clarifies 10 people are in hospital with Omicron, after getting the numbers wrong. pic. twitter. com/MYccrkXIsN Good Morning Britain (@GMB) December 14, 2021 This was much to the annoyance of one of Good Morning Britain ‘s hosts, with Adil Ray saying to Raab: “So you’ve given three different numbers on three different national news shows to the population!” After accusing Ray of liking to “rant” at politicians, Raab claimed that he misheard the initial question asked on Sky News, thinking that he was being asked to provide the number of cases “generally”. Sky News has also reported that officials are claiming that he “misspoke” during both the BBC and Sky News interviews and that there are, in fact, ten cases of Omicron in UK hospitals. Veiled Threat? Boris Tells Public to Get Booster Jab to Save 'Freedoms and Way of Life' — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) December 12, 2021 While the deputy prime minister has been struggling to pin down the number of Omicron cases in UK hospitals, those who fear they have Covid in the UK are struggling to get tested. According to the BBC, there are no longer PCR tests available at any Covid testing site in England, though home tests are still available. Meanwhile, the NHS website for England states that there are “no rapid lateral flow tests available to order” for home use. This is despite the fact that it is now a requirement for vaccinated close contacts of Covid cases to take the tests daily for a period of seven days. Despite the lack of availability online, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has assured the public that there is no shortage. “They can get those tests, we do have a ready supply of lateral flow tests,” Johnson said. “If you can’t get one online for any reason, then there are ample supplies in the shops.”
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Belarus hands opposition leader’s husband 18 years in prison

A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced the husband of the country’s opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial began behind closed doors. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been widely seen as politically motivated. Five other opposition activists were sentenced to lengthy prison terms of 14 to 16 years alongside Tsikhanouski. Tsikhanouski, 43, a popular video blogger and activist, planned to challenge authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in the August 2020 presidential election. He was widely known for the anti-Lukashenko slogan “Stop the cockroach.” He was arrested in May 2020, two days after he declared his candidacy. His wife, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, ran in his stead, drawing tens of thousands of people to rally in her support during the campaign. Official results of the vote handed Lukashenko a landslide victory and a sixth term in office, but were denounced by opposition and the West as a sham. The results triggered a months-long wave of unprecedented mass protests, the largest of which saw some 200,000 people taking to the streets of the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Lukashenko’s government unleashed a violent crackdown on the demonstrators, arresting more than 35,000 and brutally beating thousands. Tsikhanouskaya fled the country to Lithuania a day after the vote under pressure from the authorities. Other key opposition figures have also left the country, while some have ended up behind bars. In recent months, pressure has mounted on Belarus’ non-governmental organizations, activists and journalists, with the authorities regularly conducting mass raids and detentions of those they suspect of supporting the anti-government protests. The majority of independent media outlets and rights groups in Belarus have now been shut down. Commenting on the verdict in her husband’s case, Tsikhanouskaya told The Associated Press that “the dictator publicly retaliates against his strongest opponents, they’re being repressed for their desire to live in a free Belarus.” “We will not stop and will continue the fight with the dictatorship in the center of Europe,” Tsikhanouskaya, who raises two children, added. “I don’t have the right to tell my children that they won’t see their father for so many years, because I don’t believe it myself.” Siarhei Tsikhanouski has already spent 20 months behind bars. His trial was shrouded in secrecy, with court hearings held behind closed doors and lawyers bound by non-disclosure agreements. State media showed a tired-looking Tsikhanouski being led into the closed hearing, along with other defendants who include Mikola Statkevich, who ran against Lukashenko in 2010 and was sentenced to six years in prison after demonstrations broke out following that election. Statkevich was arrested again in May 2020 and on Tuesday was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Another popular blogger who also stood trial alongside Tsikhanouski, 29-year-old Ihar Losik, was handed a 15-year sentence. Losik was holding a hunger strike in jail to protest his prosecution. U.S. ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher said on Twitter that “it is clear whom the regime most fears.” “The United States, alongside our partners, will continue efforts to secure the unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Siarhei Tsikhanouski, Ihar Losik and all those facing unjust detention and vengeful verdicts,” she wrote. Germany Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called the verdict against the opposition leader in Belarus “scandalous” during a news conference Tuesday in Stockholm with her Swedish and Norwegian counterparts. “They disgrace the rule of law and the international obligations of Belarus (with) this ruling,” Baerbock said, adding that Germany is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners in Belarus — “the 900 and also the two who were sentenced today.” ___ Follow all AP stories on Belarus at https: //apnews. com/hub/Belarus. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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O.J. Simpson released from parole two months early

Dec. 14 O.J. Simpson was granted an early parole discharge last week, Nevada state officials said in a statement Tuesday. The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners held an "early discharge hearing" for Simpson on Nov. 30 after receiving a written recommendation from the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation, according to a statement.
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CNN host claims Dr. Oz avoiding network in favor of Fox News

A CNN host is claiming that Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, is shunning interviews on the network for fear of angering officials at Fox News. Michael Smerconish said on his Sirius XM radio show that he asked Dr. Oz at a Christmas party to appear on either the radio show or the CNN show that he is hosting as a fill-in for recently fired anchor Chris Cuomo. “He proceeds to say to me, ‘I can’t possible [sic] do that because it would upset everybody at Fox. And I’ll come on your show after the primary,’” Mr. Smerconish told listeners. The Oz campaign had no immediate comment. In an appearance on Fox this week, Dr. Oz criticized the Philadelphia Inquirer for refusing to use the title of “doctor” when referring to him in news stories. He said the newspaper is trying to silence him. “Why would [the Inquirer] not want to call me Dr. Oz? Everyone knows I’m Dr. Oz, but they don’t think it’s the right thing to do. They think it gives me an unfair advantage,” Dr. Oz said. The candidate is a cardiothoracic surgeon and has hosted the Emmy-winning “Dr. Oz ” TV show for 13 seasons. Sony Pictures announced Monday it is discontinuing the show next month due to his Senate candidacy. The surgeon is one of several candidates seeking the GOP nomination to replace Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring. Dr. Oz has done TV interviews with other outlets, including Newsmax and local stations in Pennsylvania.
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Maine reports 1,383 new cases of COVID-19 over a three-day period

Maine reported 1,383 new cases of COVID-19 over a three-day period, and nine additional deaths as the Maine National Guard and federal health care workers began deploying to help with the pandemic. The new cases reflect reporting from Saturday, Sunday and Monday since the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention does not report new case counts on weekends. The wave of cases this fall and heading into winter has strained hospitals, and the moves to deploy the National Guard and federal worker s is a strategy to help a maxed-out health care workforce care for a flood of COVID-19 patients. Hospitals have delayed surgeries and made other moves to try to cope with the surge. Hospitalizations on Tuesday stood at a near-record 378 patients statewide, with 106 in critical care and 58 on ventilators, according to data provided by the Maine CDC. Thirty-eight National Guard members began work at a variety of health care settings, and a 15-member team arrived at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Saturday. The 15-member team of medical professionals from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System will provide direct patient care for the next two weeks in a new non-COVID, acute care unit, allowing Maine Medical Center to provide 11 additional beds for COVID patients. Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston has applied for similar assistance, and a spokesperson for Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor has said that might be an option there as well. “We will continue to work closely with our health care and federal partners to monitor the capacity of our system and to take action when and where it is needed in order to support Maine people,” Gov. Janet Mills said in a statement on Monday. “Ultimately, the best and most effective way to relieve the burden on our heroic health care workers is to heed their advice: get vaccinated.” For the National Guard deployment, which will last through at least Jan. 26, 15 guard members will be sent to Saint Joseph’s Manor in Portland and another 12 will go to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston to work in non-clinical support roles and free up front-line medical staff to work with patients. The guard members working at the nursing home will allow hospitals to safely discharge more patients to alleviate a bottleneck that has been occurring because of the high number of COVID-19 patients. Eleven additional guard members will be scattered among six other facilities: Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland and Northern Light Health in Waterville. They will be working in support roles at clinics that administer monoclonal antibodies, which work to prevent hospitalization in patients who have been diagnosed in the early stages of COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, Maine has reported 131,380 cases of COVID-19, and 1,376 deaths. Cases have climbed again across the U.S. to their highest point in two and a half months, but the recent surge remains especially acute in Maine and the Northeast. Five of the top seven states for cases per capita over the last seven days are all in New England, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maine ranks fourth in the country with 507 new infections per 100,000 people in the past seven days, double the national average of 250 cases per 100,000 people. Success. Please wait for the page to reload. If the page does not reload within 5 seconds, please refresh the page. Enter your email and password to access comments. Forgot Password? Don't have a Talk profile? Create one. Invalid username/password. Please check your email to confirm and complete your registration. Create a commenting profile by providing an email address, password and display name. You will receive an email to complete the registration. Please note the display name will appear on screen when you participate. Already registered? Log in to join the discussion. Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login to participate in the conversation. Here’s why. Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code. Send questions/comments to the editors. « Previous
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Heavy Rain and Snow Are Expected Over Much of California

A sprawling weather system was forecast to bring torrential rain and heavy snow across California on Tuesday, a day after wreaking havoc on the northern part of the state, meteorologists said. The National Weather Service said there was a slight risk of excessive rainfall over parts of Southern California through Wednesday morning, leading to the possibility of flash floods. In addition, heavy snow, which could reduce visibility and create hazardous driving conditions, was expected over the Pacific Northwest before ending Tuesday night, the Weather Service said. “Sure, you’ve heard of ‘Elf on the Shelf,’ but how about ‘Fountain on the Mountain?’” Weather Service forecasters wrote on Twitter on Monday, adding that more than five feet of snow was forecast for parts of the Sierra Nevada through Wednesday, rendering travel conditions in the mountains dangerous. By early Tuesday, parts of Northern California were under a variety of weather watches and warnings. Areas around Sacramento were under a winter storm warning through Tuesday night, with Shasta County expecting one to three feet of snow, with up to six feet in higher elevations. In the Lassen and Sierra areas, forecasters predicted two to five feet of snow. The storm was also forecast to create moderate to heavy rain, gusty winds and snow across southwestern California through Tuesday. A flood watch was in effect through Tuesday evening for southern portions of the state, including coastal areas in Orange and San Diego Counties, as well as the San Bernardino Mountains. The coasts and valleys could see up to three inches of rain, while the mountains could see up to six. The rain and snow were expected to end over Southern California by Wednesday morning. Conditions across Northern California were equally terrible on Monday. Kirkwood Mountain Resort said on Twitter that it would not open because of 17 inches of snow and high winds. Wet weather also made for messy commutes, causing several crashes on Highway 99 and Interstate 5, according to ABC 10, a TV station in Sacramento. Parts of I-80 were closed because of downed power lines. The storm, despite its threat of flooding, may bring much needed rain to the drought-stricken state, where conditions are generally either extreme or exceptional, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. To make matters more dire, last month was the second-warmest November on record for California, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The bulk of California’s annual precipitation typically falls between December and March. A recent outlook from NOAA suggested that the northern and southern halves of the state may experience diverging water fortunes this winter because of La Niña, a weather phenomenon that generally means drier, warmer conditions in the southern half of the United States and wetter weather in the northern half. Scientists expect that La Niña this winter will lead to below-average precipitation in a large swath of California, stretching from the Bay Area to the state’s southern border. They expect warmer than average temperatures for Southern California and eastern parts of Central California.
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Powerful storm begins dumping rain, snow on Southern California
Powerful storm drenches Southern California with heavy rain
Powerful storm drenches Southern California with heavy rain
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7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted

-- Indonesia lifted a tsunami alert Tuesday following a magnitude 7.3 undersea earthquake that struck off Flores Island, triggering panic in a region prone to fatal quakes but apparently causing no major damage or casualties. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) under the sea, and was located 112 kilometers (74 miles) north of the town of Maumere, the second-largest on the island in East Nusa Tenggara province with a population of 85,000. After an initial tsunami alert, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii and later Indonesia's meteorological agency lifted the warning hours after the quake. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari said residents in East Flores district felt the earthquake strongly. Footage showed people running away from buildings that shook from the impact. One person was reported injured in East Nusa Tenggara province. The shocks were felt in 14 districts and cities across the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi. The shocks were also felt in Makassar city and the Selayar Islands area in South Sulawesi province, across the Flores Sea. The disaster mitigation agency reported hundreds of buildings, including houses, schools and places of worships, were damaged in the Selayar Islands. Muhari said that based on sea level observations, minor tsunamis of 7 centimeters (2.8 inches) were detected in Marapokot and Reo areas. Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, said people along the coastlines on the northern side of Flores should be aware of further quakes and a potential tsunami. "The earlier earthquake no longer has a tsunami potential. But it is very possible there'll be aftershocks, hopefully not stronger than before", Karnawati said. The chief of Flores Timur district, Anton Hayon, said no damage was reported. "We asked people in the coastal areas to get away from the beach lines, especially in the northern side. as there was a big tsunami there back in 1972", Hayon said. He added that residents had joined a tsunami drill before and they know what to do. Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines that arcs the Pacific. The last major earthquake was in January, a magnitude 6.2 that killed at least 105 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.
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Blinken says U.S. will push back against Chinese aggression in South China Sea

Dec. 14 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a visit in Southeast Asia on Tuesday that the United States will push back against Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, saying the communist country's behavior runs counter to international law. Blinken made the statements in Jakarta, Indonesia, during a tour of Southeast Asia. He said China's threat to navigation in the South China Sea has the potential to affect the movement of $3 trillion in commerce annually.
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Far too little vote fraud to tip election to Trump, AP finds

An Associated Press review of every potential case of voter fraud in the six battleground states disputed by former President Donald Trump has found fewer than 475 — a number that would have made no difference in the 2020 presidential election. Democrat Joe Biden won Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and their 79 Electoral College votes by a combined 311,257 votes out of 25.5 million ballots cast for president. The disputed ballots represent just 0.15% of his victory margin in those states. The cases could not throw the outcome into question even if all the potentially fraudulent votes were for Biden, which they were not, and even if those ballots were actually counted, which in most cases they were not. The review also showed no collusion intended to rig the voting. Virtually every case was based on an individual acting alone to cast additional ballots. The findings build on a mountain of other evidence that the election wasn’t rigged, including verification of the results by Republican governors. The AP review, a process that took months and encompassed more than 300 local election offices, is one the most comprehensive examinations of suspected voter fraud in last year’s presidential election. It relies on information collected at the local level, where officials must reconcile their ballots and account for discrepancies, and includes a handful of separate cases cited by secretaries of state and state attorneys general. Contacted for comment, Trump repeated a litany of unfounded claims of fraud he had made previously, but offered no new evidence that specifically contradicted the AP’s reporting. He said a soon-to-come report from a source he would not disclose would support his case, and insisted increased mail voting alone had opened the door to cheating that involved “hundreds of thousands of votes.” “I just don’t think you should make a fool out of yourself by saying 400 votes,” he said. These are some of the culprits in the “massive election fraud” Trump falsely says deprived him of a second term: A Wisconsin man who mistakenly thought he could vote while on parole. A woman in Arizona suspected of sending in a ballot for her dead mother. A Pennsylvania man who went twice to the polls, voting once on his own behalf and once for his son. The cases were isolated. There was no widespread, coordinated deceit. The cases also underscore that suspected fraud is both generally detected and exceptionally rare. “Voter fraud is virtually non-existent,” said George Christenson, election clerk for Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, where five people statewide have been charged with fraud out of nearly 3.3 million ballots cast for president. “I would have to venture a guess that’s about the same odds as getting hit by lightning.” Even in the state with the highest number of potential fraud cases — Arizona, with 198 — they comprised less than 2% of the margin by which Biden won. Trump has continued to insist that the election was fraudulent by citing a wide range of complaints, many of them involving the expansion of mail voting because of the pandemic. As the Republican weighs another run for president in 2024, he has waded into some GOP primary contests, bestowing endorsements on those who mimic his “Stop the steal” rhetoric and seeking to exact revenge on some who have opposed his efforts to overturn the results. Trump’s false claims of a stolen election fueled the deadly Jan. 6 attempted insurrection at the Capitol, have led to death threats against election officials and have become deeply ingrained within the GOP, with two-thirds of Republicans believing Biden’s election is illegitimate. Republican lawmakers in several states have used the false claims as justification to conduct costly and time-consuming partisan election reviews, done at Trump’s urging, and add new restrictions for voting. The number of cases identified so far by local elections officials and forwarded to prosecutors, local law enforcement or secretaries of state for further review undercuts Trump’s claim. Election officials also say that in most cases, the additional ballots were never counted because workers did their jobs and pulled them for inspection before they were added to the tally. “There is a very specific reason why we don’t see many instances of fraud, and that is because the system is designed to catch it, to flag it and then hold those people accountable,” said Amber McReynolds, a former director of elections in Denver and the founding CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute, which promotes mail voting. The AP’s review of cases in the six battleground states found no evidence to support Trump’s various claims, which have included unsupported allegations that more votes were tallied than there are registered voters and that thousands of mail-in ballots were cast by people who are not on voter rolls. Dozens of state and federal courts have rejected the claims. White House spokesman Andrew Bates said the AP’s reporting offered further proof that the election was fairly conducted and decided, contrary to Trump’s claims. “Each time this dangerous but weak and fear-ridden conspiracy theory has been put forward, it has only cemented the truth more by being completely debunked — including at the hands of elections authorities from both parties across the nation, nonpartisan experts, and over 80 federal judges,” he said. Experts say to pull off stealing a presidential election would require large numbers of people willing to risk prosecution, prison time and fines working in concert with election officials from both parties who are willing to look the other way. And everyone somehow would keep quiet about the whole affair. “It would be the most extensive conspiracy in the history of planet Earth,” said David Becker, a senior trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush who now directs the nonprofit Center for Election Innovation & Research. Separate from the fraud allegations are claims by Trump and his allies that voting systems or ballot tallies were somehow manipulated to steal the election. Judges across the country, of both parties, dismissed those claims. That includes a federal judge in Michigan who ordered sanctions against attorneys allied with Trump for intending to create “confusion, commotion and chaos” in filing a lawsuit about the vote-counting process without checking for evidence to support the claims. Even Trump’s former attorney general, William Barr, said a month after the election that there was no indication of widespread fraud that could change the result. For its review, AP reporters in five states contacted roughly 340 election offices for details about every instance of potential voter fraud that was identified as part of their post-election review and certification process. After an election is over, officials research voter records, request and review additional information if needed from the state or other counties, and eventually decide whether to refer potential fraud cases for further investigation — a process that can take months. For Wisconsin, the AP relied on a report about fraud investigations compiled by the state and filed public records requests to get the details of each case, in addition to prosecutions that were not initially reported to the state elections commission. Wisconsin is the only one of the six states with a centralized accounting of all potential voter fraud cases. A state-by-state accounting: ARIZONA: Authorities have been investigating 198 possible fraud cases out of nearly 3.4 million votes cast, representing 1.9% of Biden’s margin of victory in the state. Virtually all the cases were in Pima County, home to Tucson, and involved allegations of double voting. The county has a practice of referring every effort to cast a second ballot to prosecutors, something other offices don’t do. In the Pima cases, only one ballot for each voter was counted. So far, nine people have been charged in the state with voting fraud crimes following the 2020 election. Six of those were filed by the state attorney general’s office, which has an election integrity unit that is reviewing an undisclosed number of additional cases. —GEORGIA: Election officials in 124 of the state’s 159 counties reported no suspicious activity after conducting their post-election checks. Officials in 24 counties identified 64 potential voter fraud cases, representing 0.54% of Biden’s margin of victory in Georgia. Of those, 31 were determined to be the result of an administrative error or some other mistake. Eleven counties, most of them rural, either declined to say or did not respond. The state attorney general’s office is reviewing about 20 cases referred so far by the state election board related to all elections in 2020, including the primary, but it was not known if any of those overlapped with cases already identified by local election officials. —MICHIGAN: Officials have identified 56 potential instances of voter fraud in five counties, representing 0.04% of Biden’s margin of victory in the state. Most of the cases involved two people suspected of submitting about 50 fraudulent requests for absentee ballots in Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties. All the suspicious applications were flagged by election officials and no ballots were cast improperly. —NEVADA: Local officials identified between 93 and 98 potential fraud cases out of 1.4 million ballots cast, representing less than one-third of 1% of Biden’s margin of victory. More than half the total — 58 — were in Washoe County, which includes Reno, and the vast majority involved allegations of possible double voting. The statewide total does not include thousands of fraud allegations submitted to the state by local Republicans. Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has said many of those were based “largely upon an incomplete assessment of voter registration records and lack of information concerning the processes by which these records are compiled and maintained.” It’s not known how many remain under investigation. —PENNSYLVANIA: Election officials in 11 of the state’s 67 counties identified 26 possible cases of voter fraud, representing 0.03% of Biden’s margin of victory. The elections office in Philadelphia refused to discuss potential cases with the AP, but the prosecutor’s office in Philadelphia said it has not received any fraud-related referrals. —WISCONSIN: Election officials have referred 31 cases of potential fraud to prosecutors in 12 of the state’s 72 counties, representing about 0.15% of Biden’s margin of victory. After reviewing them, prosecutors declined to bring charges in 26 of those cases. Meagan Wolfe, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said the number of cases in 2020 was “fairly run of the mill.” AP’s review found the potential cases of fraud ran the gamut: Some were attributed to administrative error or voter confusion while others were being examined as intentional attempts to commit fraud. In those cases, many involved people who sought to vote twice — by casting both an absentee and an in-person ballots — or those who cast a ballot for a dead relative such as the woman in Maricopa County, Arizona. Authorities there say she signed her mother’s name on a ballot envelope. The woman’s mother had died a month before the election. The cases are bipartisan. Some of those charged with fraud are registered Republicans or told investigators they were supporters of Trump. Donald Holz is among the five people in Wisconsin who face voter fraud charges. He said all he wanted to do was vote for Trump. But because he was still on parole after being convicted of felony drunken driving, the 63-year-old retiree was not eligible to do so. Wisconsin is not among the states that have loosened felon voting laws in recent years. Holz said he had no intention to break the law and only did so after he asked poll workers if it was OK. “The only thing that helps me out is that I know what I did and I did it with good intentions,” Holz said after an initial court appearance in Fond du Lac. “The guy upstairs knows what I did. I didn’t have any intention to commit election fraud.” In southeast Pennsylvania, 72-year-old Ralph Thurman, a registered Republican, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to one count of repeat voting. Authorities said Thurman, after voting at his polling place, returned about an hour later wearing sunglasses and cast a ballot in his son’s name. After being recognized and confronted, Thurman fled the building, officials said. Thurman’s attorney told the AP the incident was the result of miscommunication at the polling place. Las Vegas businessman Donald “Kirk” Hartle was among those in Nevada who raised the cry against election fraud. Early on, Hartle insisted someone had unlawfully cast a ballot in the name of his dead wife, and state Republicans seized on his story to support their claims of widespread fraud in the state. It turned out that someone had cast the ballot illegally — Hartle, himself. He agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of voting more than once in the same election. Hartle’s attorney said the businessman, who is an executive at a company that hosted a Trump rally before the election, had accepted responsibility for his actions. Additional fraud cases could still surface in the weeks and months ahead. One avenue for those is the Electronic Registration Information Center, a data-sharing effort among 31 states aimed at improving state voter rolls. The effort also provides states with reports after each general election with information about voters who might have cast ballots in more than one state. In the past, those lists have generated small numbers of fraud cases. In 2018, for example, Wisconsin used the report to identify 43 additional instances of potential fraud out of 2.6 million ballots cast. Official post-election audits and other research have shown voter fraud to be exceptionally rare. A nonpartisan audit of Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election found no evidence of widespread fraud and a Republican lawmaker concluded it showed that elections in the state were “safe and secure,” while also recommending dozens of changes to how elections are run. In Michigan, Republican state senators issued a report earlier this year saying they had found “no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud” in the 2020 election. Not only do election officials look for fraud, they have procedures to detect and prevent it. For mail voting, which expanded greatly last year because of the pandemic, election officials log every mail ballot so voters cannot request more than one. Those ballots also are logged when they are returned, checked against registration and, in many cases, voter signatures on file to ensure the voter assigned to the ballot is the one who cast it. If everything doesn’t match, the ballot isn’t counted. “Often, we don’t get to fraud,” said Jennifer Morrell, a former local election official in Utah and Colorado who advises election officials on security and other issues. “Say we have evidence that something might not be correct, we ask the voter to provide additional documentation. If the person doesn’t respond, the ballot isn’t accepted. The fraud never happened.” If a person who requested a mail ballot shows up at a polling place, this will become apparent when they check in. Typically, poll workers either cancel the ballot that was previously issued, ensuring it’s never counted, or ask the voter to complete a provisional ballot that will only be counted if the mail ballot is not. In Union County, Georgia, someone voted in person and then election officials found their ballot in a drop box. Since the person had already voted, the ballot in the drop box was not counted and the case was referred to the state for investigation, Deputy Registrar Diana Nichols said. “We can tell pretty quick whenever we pull up that record — wait a minute, this person has already voted,” Nichols said. “I’m not saying it’s foolproof. We are all human, and we all make mistakes. But as far as the system is set up, if you follow the rules and the guidelines set up by the state, I think it’s a very good system.” The final step is the canvassing process in which election officials must reconcile all their counts, ensuring the number of ballots cast equals the number of voters who voted. Any discrepancies are researched, and election officials provide detailed explanations before the election can be certified. Often, an administrative error can raise questions that suggest the potential for fraud. In Forsyth County, Georgia, election officials were asked by Arizona investigators for records confirming that a voter had also cast a ballot in Georgia last November. It turns out that voter didn’t cast a ballot but was listed as having done so because their registration number was mistakenly associated with another voter’s record in the county’s system, according to a letter sent by county election officials. In other cases, it could be as simple as a voter signing on the wrong line next to another person’s name in a paper pollbook at their polling place. Once researched, it quickly becomes clear no fraud occurred. Republican lawmakers have argued there are security gaps in the process, using concerns of fraud to justify restrictions on voting laws. This has happened even in places where Republican lawmakers have pushed back against Trump’s false claims and said the 2020 election was valid. The review by Republican lawmakers in Michigan that found no systemic fraud cited various claims they had investigated. For example, senators were provided with a list of over 200 voters in Wayne County who were believed to be dead. Of these, the report noted, only two instances involved actual dead voters. The first was due to a clerical error in which a son had been confused with his dead father and the second involved a 92-year-old woman who had died four days before the election. And yet, Republicans in the state are collecting signatures for a citizen initiative that would allow the GOP-controlled legislature to approve voting restrictions and bypass a veto by the Democratic governor. Republicans say mail voting needs to be more secure as more people embrace it. “These bills will restore confidence in our elections,” said GOP Rep. Ann Bollin, chairwoman of the Michigan House Elections and Ethics Committee and a former township clerk. “Voters want to know their vote will count and that they, and only they, are casting their own ballot.” Overall, 80% of counties in the six states reviewed by the AP reported no suspicious activity after completing their post-election reviews. This was true of both small and large counties, something experts said was to be expected given how rare voter fraud has been. Limited instances of fraud do occur, as the AP review illustrates, but safeguards ensure they are few and that they are caught, said Ben Hovland, a Democrat appointed by Trump to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which supports the state and local officials who administer elections. “Every credible examination has shown there was no widespread fraud” in the 2020 presidential election, Hovland said. “Time and again when we have heard these claims and heard these allegations, and when you do a real investigation, you see that it is the exception and not the rule.” ___ Contributing to this report were Associated Press data journalist Camille Fassett in Oakland, California; reporter Colleen Long in Washington; AP state government reporters Scott Bauer in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Bob Christie in Phoenix; David Eggert in Lansing, Michigan; Anthony Izaguirre in Tallahassee, Florida; and Michelle L. Price in New York City; and other AP reporters in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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Elon Musk Feuds With Elizabeth Warren Over Billionaire Taxes: ‘Senator Karen’

Billionaire Elon Musk fired back at comments from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday, telling her to “stop projecting” and calling her “Senator Karen” a day after she criticized the Tesla CEO for not paying enough in taxes. That’s how much Musk is worth, according to Forbes ’ estimates. His net worth fell by $1.8 billion on Tuesday as Tesla’s stock dropped nearly 1%. Tesla’s billionaire CEO was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2021 on Monday, capping off yet another astounding year for Musk, who is a divisive figure to say the least. His award was met with some backlash from a handful of current and former government officials. Musk has in the past feuded with other progressive politicians, including both Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) last month. Wyden criticized Musk on Twitter in response to the billionaire’s poll early November asking if he should sell 10% of his Tesla stock, which invoked a crude response from Musk. He also taunted Sanders in mid-November after the U.S. senator repeated his calls for the wealthy to pay more in taxes, responding in a Tweet: “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.” Elon Musk Named Time Person Of The Year ( Forbes) Elon Musk Trolls Bernie Sanders Over Billionaire Tax Debate—Offers ‘To Sell More Stock’ ( Forbes) Tesla Hit By 6 More Sexual Harassment Claims ( Forbes) Microsoft, Tesla Lead Big Tech Declines As Markets Fall On More Bad Inflation Data ( Forbes)
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Arizona asks Supreme Court to permit ban on abortion for genetic conditions

Arizona’s Republican attorney general on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to allow the state’s ban on abortions based on genetic abnormalities to go into effect. The request by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) marks the latest in a series of clashes over GOP-crafted abortion restrictions to be directed to the justices this term as the court weighs the fate of its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. Brnovich’s request, which was filed to Justice Elena Kagan, who handles emergency matters arising from Arizona, comes after the state lost two rounds in the lower courts, where the law remains blocked. The dispute arose after Arizona in April enacted S.B. 1457, which makes it a crime to perform an abortion that is sought “solely because of a genetic abnormality of the child.” The law prompted legal action from a group of doctors and abortion rights advocates ahead of the scheduled September effective date. A federal judge in Arizona in September temporarily blocked the law while the case plays out. U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes, an Obama appointee, ruled that the law likely places an unconstitutional burden on the right to abortion prior to fetal viability, typically around 24 weeks, that the Supreme Court recognized in Roe and subsequent rulings. Late last month a San Francisco-based federal appeals court declined to lift the judge’s ruling, prompting Brnovich’s emergency request to the Supreme Court. The filing comes less than a week after a divided Supreme Court allowed Texas’s 6-week abortion ban to remain in effect while creating a narrow avenue for challenges to be brought in federal court. Separately this term, the justices are considering a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15-weeks in a clash that takes direct aim at the ban on pre-viability abortions first established in Roe nearly 50 years ago.
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Justices asked to let Arizona enforce ban on some abortions
Justices asked to let Arizona enforce ban on some abortions


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The U.N. says it has verified a new record high temperature for the Arctic

The United Nations has officially recognized a new record high temperature for the Arctic, confirming a reading of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) taken in June 2020. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued a statement on Tuesday calling the temperature reading "more befitting the Mediterranean than the Arctic." The high reading, taken on June 20, 2020, in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk, came amid a prolonged Siberian heatwave in which the region reached as much as 10 degrees C above normal. "This new Arctic record is one of a series of observations reported to the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes that sound the alarm bells about our changing climate", WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas said in a statement. "In 2020, there was also a new temperature record (18.3°C) for the Antarctic continent", he added. The WMO said the Arctic "is among the fastest-warming regions in the world" and that the unprecedented temperatures caused it to add a new climate category for "highest recorded temperature at or north of 66.5⁰, the Arctic Circle" to its archives. The high temperatures were "fueling devastating fires [and] driving massive sea ice loss" that played "a major role in 2020 being one of the three warmest years on record", it said. As NPR's Rebecca Hersher reported in June of last year, 20,000 tons of diesel spilled in northern Siberia when storage tanks collapsed, likely because of melting permafrost. The WMO said the new Arctic record high was just one of many record high temperatures in 2020 and 2021 that it was working to verify — including a reading of 54.4 C (129.9 F) in Death Valley, Calif., the world's hottest place, and a new record in Europe of 48.8 C (119.8 F) on the island of Sicily. "The WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has never had so many ongoing simultaneous investigations", Taalas said.
UN weather agency affirms 2020 Arctic heat record in Siberia
UN weather agency affirms 2020 Arctic heat record in Siberia
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UN weather agency confirms Arctic heat record in Siberia
US study: Record highs, rain and beaver damage in Arctic
UN weather agency affirms 2020 Arctic heat record in Siberia


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Court won't allow reversal of Trump remain-in-Mexico policy

A federal appeals court has dealt another blow to the Biden administration's attempt to undo former President Donald Trump 's policy requiring people seeking asylum in the United States to remain in Mexico while their asylum claims are processed. In a Monday night ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas-based federal judge's decision maintaining Trump’s policy, formally known as the “Migrant Protection Protocols.” President Joe Biden's administration had appealed the August decision, but also began working with Mexico to reimplement the policy while the legal battle continued. Earlier this month, U.S. authorities sent the first two migrants back to Mexico under the reinstated policy. Monday's ruling by three 5th Circuit judges said the administration's move to end the policy was arbitrary and violated a federal immigration statute requiring detention of those in the country illegally pending removal proceedings. If there is no capacity to detain them, Judge Andrew Oldham wrote for the panel, the statute allows the Department of Homeland Security to return them to “contiguous territories” while proceedings are pending. Biden suspended the program on his first day in office in January and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas formally ended it in June. But the state of Missouri and Texas sued to reinstate it. Texas-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk issued an injunction keeping the policy in play, saying the administration failed to follow required procedures for ending it and did not have capacity to detain all asylum seekers. Mayorkas issued a revised version of the policy Oct. 29, but Monday's ruling said the revision “simply reaffirmed the Termination Decision that the States had been challenging all along.” When he issued the Oct. 29 policy revision, Mayorkas said the “Remain in Mexico” policy likely contributed to a drop in illegal border crossings in 2019 but with “substantial and unjustifiable human costs” to asylum-seekers who were exposed to violence while waiting in Mexico. The panel that issued Monday's ruling included Oldham and Judge Kurt Engelhardt, both nominated to the court by Trump, and Judge Rhesa Barksdale, nominated by President George H.W. Bush.
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Court won’t allow reversal of Trump remain-in-Mexico policy
Court won’t allow reversal of Trump remain-in-Mexico policy
Appeals court upholds order requiring revival of "Remain in Mexico" border policy


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Bernie Sanders Opposes Nomination Of Biden’s FDA Pick

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday his opposition to President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration over ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Sanders made the announcement in a tweet, saying Biden’s nominee, Robert Califf, is not willing to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry. The Vermont senator also included a video of his remarks at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee meeting, where he serves. “We need leadership at the FDA that is finally willing to stand up to the greed and power of the pharmaceutical industry. In this critical moment, Dr. Califf is not the leader Americans need at the agency and I will oppose his nomination,” Sanders said in the tweet. Califf served as the head of the FDA from February 2016 until the end of the Obama administration. We need leadership at the FDA that is finally willing to stand up to the greed and power of the pharmaceutical industry. In this critical moment, Dr. Califf is not the leader Americans need at the agency and I will oppose his nomination. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin also came out against Califf’s nomination in November over his ties to the pharmaceutical industry. “Dr. Califf’s nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward,” Manchin said in a statement. “His nomination is an insult to the many families and individuals who have had their lives changed forever as a result of addiction.” (RELATED: Biden To Nominate FDA Chief 10 Months Into Presidency) The FDA has been led by Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock.
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Putin Accuses Ukraine of 'Deliberately Aggravating' Border Situation to France's Macron

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of "deliberately aggravating the situation" in the long-warring eastern section of Ukraine while speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday. His comments came amid fears in the West of a possible Russian invasion into Ukraine after reports emerged of a Russian troop buildup near its border with the ex-Soviet nation. The eastern edge of Ukraine for years has been the site of a pro-Russian separatist insurgency that has left more than 14,000 people dead. Moscow has lent its support to the separatists while Ukrainian forces have battled them since 2014 when Russia also annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Putin told Macron during their call that Ukrainian authorities were "deliberately aggravating the situation on the line of contact" in the east. He also said that they were supported by "a number of Western countries", according to the Kremlin's readout of their talks. Putin also said that Ukraine "is being pumped up with modern weapons, which poses a direct threat to Russia's security." The Russian leader's talks with both Macron and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on Tuesday revolved around the heightened Ukraine tensions. While the West worries about potential Russian aggression in Ukraine, Putin has sought assurances that NATO will not expand eastward or deploy weapons there. "The Russian president emphasized the importance of immediately launching international negotiations to develop legally fixed guarantees that would prevent any further NATO expansion to the east and the deployment of weapons to neighboring states, primarily in Ukraine, that threaten Russia", the Kremlin said in a statement. U.S. President Joe Biden last week told Putin that Moscow would face "severe consequences" if it attacks its ex-Soviet neighbor. Moscow has denied plans to attack Ukraine and in turn blamed Ukraine for its own military buildup in the east of the country, where Ukrainian forces have been fighting with Russia-backed separatists since 2014. Russian officials alleged that Kyiv might try to reclaim the areas controlled by the rebels by force, and Putin has pressed the West to provide legally binding guarantees that NATO will not expand to Ukraine or deploy its forces there. According to the Kremlin's readout, in his call with Niinistö, Putin lamented that Kyiv is "increasingly relying on forceful methods, including the use of heavy weapons and unmanned attack vehicles" in the war-torn east of Ukraine, and "reiterated the need to immediately launch negotiations with the United States and NATO" on the security guarantees Moscow is seeking. Niinistö, in turn, "expressed the grave concern on the tense situation and stressed the need to find a diplomatic resolution to it", his office said. Moscow has bristled at NATO's joint drills with Ukrainian forces and warned that the alliance's expansion to Ukraine would represent a "red line" for Russia.
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Putin discusses Ukraine tensions with Macron, Niinistö
Putin discusses Ukraine tensions with Macron, Niinistö
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Landlord accused of sexually harassing tenants to pay $4.5M to settle federal lawsuit

The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that a landlord has agreed to pay $4.5 million in damages and a civil penalty after he was accused of sexual harassment. Joseph Centanni, who owns hundreds of rentals in New Jersey and was a participant in the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program, was accused of sexually harassing his tenants and applicants for over 15 years, the department said in a statement. According to the DOJ, Centanni brought housing applicants and tenants to empty apartments or empty laundry or storage rooms that he owned. He would then request massages or oral sex. He also would expose himself and force people to touch him sexually. Centanni allowed people who complied with his demands to keep their housing or move in. Prosecutors said he rejected applications or evicted people who did not comply. “The need for housing is a basic human need,” acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig of the District of New Jersey said in a statement. “Joseph Centanni exploited that need, and the important federal programs that attempt to meet it, by threatening to deny his victims a roof over their heads if they did not submit to his demands for sexual acts." If approved by a federal judge, Centanni will pay $4,392,950 in monetary damages to tenants and applicants who were impacted by the harassment in addition to a $107,050 civil penalty. The payment is the largest monetary settlement that the DOJ has seen for a sexual harassment case in housing, the department said. “This lawsuit and historic settlement send a clear message that the Department will not stand by idly as landlords abuse their power to prey on vulnerable tenants,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, who works in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, also said in the statement, adding that “sexual harassment of tenants is abhorrent and unlawful." There are separate, ongoing, criminal prosecutions against Centanni brought on by prosecutors in Union County, N.J. For that case, the landlord has been charged with coercing 20 tenants into sexual acts in exchange for financial relief. He faces 13 counts of second-degree sexual assault, 1 count of second-degree attempted sexual assault and 21 counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, according to the DOJ. “Mr. Centanni settled the matter to avoid protracted litigation,” Centanni's attorney, Raymond Londa, told The Associated Press in a statement. “Mr. Centanni continues to deny the allegations.”
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Landlord who demanded sex from tenants agrees to pay $4.5M


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A Christmas party scandal is roiling British politics

Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have finally encountered a crisis that could seriously threaten his leadership. The crisis is a Christmas party. Or an alleged Christmas party. In December 2020 — when a deadly coronavirus surge led to lockdowns so strict in parts of England that indoor meetings with people from other households were forbidden — a few dozen of the prime minister’s staffers reportedly hosted a festive gathering at 10 Downing Street. “Officials knocked back glasses of wine during a Christmas quiz and a Secret Santa while the rest of the country was forced to stay home,” the Daily Mirror claimed in a report in late November. “Partygate” has only gotten messier since. Last week, iTV published a leaked video of Downing Street staffers laughing about the party, just a few days after the get-together supposedly took place. In a press conference dress rehearsal, now-former press secretary Allegra Stratton jokes with staffers that “this fictional party was a business meeting and it was not socially distanced.” Then, over the weekend, the Sunday Mirror published photos that showed Johnson hosting a Zoom quiz on December 15, a few days before the party in question. Johnson was next to aides who were decked out in festive gear, and according to the report, staffers were still in the office, “huddled by computers, conferring on questions and knocking back fizz, wine and beer from a local Tesco Metro.” On Tuesday, the Daily Mirror followed up with a report that said emails showed staffers were planning to participate in the “virtual” quiz in the office; after the quiz wrapped up, one staff member instructed attendees in a message to “Go out the back.” Johnson has denied that there were any parties, and he told the House of Commons last week that he was “repeatedly assured” that “no Covid rules have been broken.” ( He’s since started to say that he broke no rules.) But since the initial Partygate reports, multiple allegations of illicit holiday gatherings hosted by those in or associated with the government have emerged. Right now, a top civil servant is investigating at least three events, including the shindig that sparked this whole thing. That this possible party has exploded into a major political scandal is maybe not that surprising. On the day of the alleged Christmas party, more than 480 people in the United Kingdom died of Covid-19, with the country seeing the biggest peak of cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic. The UK’s Covid-19 regulations were extremely strict, and the British public’s compliance was pretty high. And that meant 2020 Christmas gatherings were canceled for many Brits — while, it turns out, government staffers may have flouted the very rules they imposed on everyone else. Of course, plenty of politicians around the world have become embroiled in the “do as I say, not as I do” pandemic hypocrisy — including Johnson’s government even before this. But the drip-drip developments of Partygate are also coming as Johnson and his government are still dealing with the fallout from recent corruption scandals. Not to mention that Johnson’s government just moved to impose new Covid rules with the arrival of the omicron variant, just weeks before this Christmas. That’s all building up at once, and it’s having real consequences for Johnson’s government. On Tuesday, about 100 Conservative members of Parliament (MPs) voted against Johnson’s efforts to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter certain venues. It was the worst rebellion Johnson has experienced as prime minister. The measures ultimately passed with support from the opposition parties, but for Johnson — who delivered that historic Conservative majority just two years ago — this is a newly precarious place to be. Why Partygate became such a big deal “A smaller Christmas is going to be a safer Christmas, and shorter Christmas is a safer Christmas,” Johnson told reporters on December 16, 2020. He initially included a carveout from England’s restrictions for the five days around Christmas, allowing up to three households to meet, but he urged people to be cautious and not to travel long distances. A few days later, on December 19, Johnson said the situation had deteriorated so much that some areas — including London — had to go under “Tier 4” restrictions, the “Stay At Home” level. “Given the early evidence we have on this new variant of the virus, and the potential risk it poses, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you we cannot continue with Christmas as planned,” Johnson said. The prime minister’s office said “the Christmas bubble policy” no longer applied to those in Tier 4, and for everyone else, up to three households could only gather on Christmas Day itself. Amid all this, staffers at 10 Downing Street were allegedly knocking back booze and giving each other gifts, and then, according to the leaked video, laughing about it a few days later. According to the BBC, at least three members of the public who held or went to “unlawful gatherings” on December 18 — the same day of the alleged party — were fined by the courts. The hypocrisy has rankled Brits. But Partygate might also be an outlet for other frustrations with Johnson’s government — the easy-to-understand misdeed that resonates in the way other scandals do not. And Johnson and the Conservative Party have recently been mired in “sleaze” allegations, from questions about lucrative contracts the government made during the pandemic to a fine the Tories now face over a donation for a pricey renovation of the prime minister’s residence — which Johnson claimed he knew nothing about, until a recent report showed that, actually, he probably did. “It’s very easy for people to draw contrasts with their own life. It’s not like a procurement scandal, where you quickly have to explain the rules officials should have followed before people’s eyes glaze over,” Christopher Hanretty, a professor of politics at Royal Holloway University of London, wrote in an email. “Most people have been to a Christmas party, and most people had to cut that stuff out last year. It’s a really clear case of public officials violating rules which were supposed to apply to everyone.” Contrast the Downing Street get-together with another issue that Johnson’s government received criticism for: its handling of the case of Owen Paterson, an MP who was found to have received money to lobby the government on behalf of two companies. But it was really the handling of the case that created the controversy. Some of Paterson’s colleagues got behind a plan to pause Paterson’s punishment until they could overhaul ethics rules — a move Johnson himself backed. But those efforts got furious pushback from the public, and from many members of Parliament; Johnson’s government was forced to back away from the plan, and Paterson resigned. Beyond these scandals, the pandemic itself is adding to the public’s turn against Johnson. Right now, Johnson is warning about a “huge spike” in coronavirus cases, driven by the omicron variant, and trying to put in place additional safety measures. The timing couldn’t be worse. “We’re at a stage in the UK where we’re a little bit worried about the omicron variant, and people are beginning to worry about what it might mean — could Christmas be affected or something again?” said Alice Lilly, senior researcher at the Institute for Government, a nonpartisan think tank in the UK. “I suppose, then, for people to hear about allegations about what might or might not have been happening last Christmas in government — I think that just resonates probably a little bit more with people.” The British public is not under the same level of restrictions as last year, but the fatigue and frustration are taking a toll. The pandemic, along with some of the aftereffects of Brexit, has hurt the UK economy, which is also seeing price increases and supply shortages. And now visions of boozing Downing Street staffers are dancing in voters’ heads. “In that context, the sorts of scandals that wouldn’t have touched Boris Johnson previously are having more purchase because I think voters are tired, and they’re not very happy,” said Will Jennings, a professor of political science and public policy at the University of Southampton. It’s too early to be talking about Johnson’s downfall, but there are some warning signs The big question about Partygate — though a terrible one for a pub quiz — is whether this is a temporary blip for Johnson or whether it reveals real electoral trouble. And if it does, what does that mean for Johnson’s leadership of the Conservative Party and his standing as prime minister? The first test for Johnson was Tuesday’s votes on Covid-19 “plan B” regulations, which included new face mask regulations, work-from-home rules, and “Covid certifications,” which are basically vaccine requirements to enter certain indoor public spaces, like nightclubs and concerts. Conservative backbenchers (those MPs not in government) have previously bristled against Johnson’s restrictive Covid-19 measures, and Johnson has faced revolts from Conservative MPs in Parliament over some of these rules before. (It has echoes of some US Republicans’ rejection of things like mask and vaccine mandates.) But Tuesday’s defeat is extraordinarily damaging because the revolt was enormous, with about 100 Conservative MPs defying the government on vaccine certifications. These kinds of uprisings aren’t supposed to happen. “That’s not enough on its own to bring about the downfall of the government or anything like that,” Lilly said, before Tuesday’s vote. But, she added: “It’s definitely a warning sign.” Another warning sign may reveal itself this Thursday. There is a by-election in North Shropshire, for the seat previously held by the now-disgraced Paterson. The seat is reliably Conservative; Paterson won in 2019 by more than 23,000 votes. But opponents have made sleaze and transparency a centerpiece of the campaign, and the Christmas party shenanigans add to that shadow. “A loss would indeed be disastrous, but even a narrow victory might still show Conservative MPs that they would fare better under an alternative leader,” Hanretty said. It would be an astonishing development given that just two years ago, Johnson led the Conservatives to a dominating and transformative political victory, and until very recently, the Conservatives’ grip on the polls seemed impregnable. Labour and other opposition parties are trying to home in on the message that “it’s one rule for us, another rule for them,” a kind of populist sentiment against out-of-touch elites that also helped define Johnson’s brand of Brexit-y populism. “In some ways, Boris Johnson campaigned as a populist, won in the conservative leadership, and the general election as a populist against the liberal elite establishment blocking Brexit,” Jennings said. “Now [he is] having those guns and populism turned on himself.” It is still too soon to know whether that rhetoric will stick long term, but at least for now, Labour has overtaken the Conservatives in some recent polls, a remarkable turnaround and its biggest since 2014. There’s still a long way to go — Johnson’s come back from a few public defeats — but the cracks in his leadership are beginning to show. A lot of his support from his own party came from the perception that he was popular with the public. But if Johnson and the Conservatives still see support dropping into 2022 — long past Christmas party season — Johnson’s troubles may be much larger than last year’s parties at Downing Street.
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The AP Interview: IAEA chief on Iran

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog warned Tuesday that restrictions faced by his inspectors in Iran threaten to give the world only a “very blurred image” of Tehran's program as it enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels.
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UK's Johnson faces political threat in virus rules votes

British lawmakers will vote Tuesday on whether to approve new restrictions to curb the spread of the omicron variant — and many will have more than public health on their minds when they say yes or no. The votes are also an opportunity to express unhappiness with embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose approval ratings — both with voters and inside his own Conservative Party — have plunged amid ethics scandals and allegations the government breached its own pandemic restrictions. The House of Commons is voting on measures that take effect this week, ordering masks to be worn indoors in England, changing rules on self-isolation and — contentiously — requiring proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test to enter nightclubs and large crowded events. Vaccine passes have become commonplace in many European countries, but Johnson’s government has resisted introducing them in England, although the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which set their own health rules, have done so. The British government argues that the highly transmissible omicron strain has changed the argument, and vaccine passes are now a sensible measure. “Omicron is a grave threat,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers, saying the strain was already estimated to be infecting 200,000 people a day in the U.K. “Scientists have never seen a COVID-19 variant that is capable of spreading so rapidly. So we have to look at what we can do to slow omicron’s advance." Many Conservative legislators, however, argue that vaccine passports are economically damaging and a restriction on individual freedoms. One right-wing lawmaker, Marcus Fysh, went so far as to compare the plan to Nazi Germany. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab called that comparison “crass.” Raab said the virus restrictions “are a proportionate, targeted approach, given what we don’t know and the precautionary approach we need to take, just temporarily, while we get to grips with omicron.” Others argue that the vaccine pass proposal will do little to stop the spread of the virus. Conservative legislator Tobias Ellwood said the plan was “illogical” because the emergence of the more vaccine-resistant omicron variant means double vaccination is no longer a firm guarantee against infection. Dozens of Conservatives could rebel against the government on Tuesday, though the measures are still highly likely to pass because the opposition Labour Party supports them. The vote is a sign of growing discontent in Conservative ranks with Johnson. The party picked him to be leader in 2019 because he promised to “get Brexit done” after three years of gridlock over Britain’s departure from the European Union under Prime Minister Theresa May. The same promise helped Johnson win a December 2019 election with an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons, the biggest for any Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. Since then the pandemic and a series of scandals have chipped away at the support for Johnson and his government. Johnson’s initial reluctance to impose a nationwide lockdown in early 2020 helped give the U.K. the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe apart from Russia, with more than 146,000 deaths. A successful vaccination program helped Johnson recover some of his authority, but his government has faced damaging allegations that it flouted the coronavirus rules it imposed on everyone else with reports that Johnson’s 10 Downing St. office held lockdown-breaching Christmas parties last year. Johnson has ordered an inquiry, but insists he personally broke no rules. The government also faced charges of cronyism when it tried to block the suspension of a Conservative lawmaker found to have broken lobbying rules by advocating on behalf of two companies who were paying him. The government changed tack after an outcry and the lawmaker, Owen Paterson, resigned. A special election on Thursday to replace Paterson could add to Johnson’s woes. Polls suggest the opposition Liberal Democrats may take the seat from the Conservatives. Nationally, the opposition Labour Party has opened up a strong lead in opinion polls. Since a national election is not scheduled until 2024, the danger for Johnson comes largely from his own party. The Conservatives have a long history of dumping leaders when they become unpopular. “Clearly, he is in trouble,” said Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London. “The question is whether that trouble is terminal or not. "I doubt whether he is in any immediate danger — he will still be there by Christmas. But I think the new year will be an interesting few months.”
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Oxford superintendent: High school won't open as soon as we'd like

In his first briefing with reporters since the Nov. 30 shootings at Oxford High School, Superintendent Tim Throne did not speak Tuesday night to details of what happened inside the community's high school that day, but did announce classes won't reopen as soon as school officials had hoped. In a meeting earlier Tuesday at the high school, officials decided they likely wouldn't be able to meet an internal goal of reopening the high school when students are slated to come off the holiday break in the beginning of January. The high school has been closed since the shooting that killed four students and wounded six others and a teacher. School officials had described the scene inside the school as a "war zone." "Our main focus, besides sharing in this grieving process, has been on reopening of our schools", Throne said. Throne and other school officials held the briefing shortly before a scheduled 6:30 p.m. school board meeting. Detroit Free Press journalists are at the meeting and will have updates later. The board will hear a recommendation from Throne to start the process to hire a third party to review what happened in the school. Throne also said the school district has been working to turn over all files and information to local police and prosecutors. He didn't answer a question about why the teen charged in the shootings, Ethan Crumbley, was permitted to return to class after teachers reported troubling behavior and a meeting was held with his parents. The seven-member board likely will face an onslaught of questions and emotion from Oxford community members, families and students during the meeting. On the agenda are routine items, like approving the month's expenses. There is also an item labeled "clarification", to be led by board President Thomas Donnelly Jr. It's unclear if this is meant to address questions surrounding the shooting. More: When Oxford High students return, at least 50 support dogs will greet them More: New details emerge about family at center of Oxford school shooting The public can also address board members during the public comment period. The district over the past two weeks has received national attention, a rarity for a suburban school district with nearly 6,000 students. Officials are trying to address the grief community members, particularly students, are feeling by organizing counseling opportunities. But school administrators and counselors are also central in difficult questions over whether school officials should have removed Crumbley from the high school. Tuesday will also be the first time the board is meeting since the family of 17-year-old Riley Franz filed a lawsuit in federal and state courts against the district, alleging that district officials could have done more to prevent the attack. Teachers spotted Crumbley viewing images of ammunition on his cellphone and spotted a gruesome drawing depicting gun violence, according to prosecutors. Counselors spoke to Crumbley the day before and the day of the shootings. School officials have said very little publicly about the rationale behind returning him to class. His parents resisted taking him away from school the day of the shootings, prosecutors said. Throne has said that Crumbley did not have a disciplinary record and counselors did not believe he posed a risk to himself or others when they released him. Come back to freep. com for more on this developing story. Staff writer Lily Altavena contributed to this report. David Jesse is a 2020-21 Spencer Education Reporting Fellow at Columbia University and the 2018 Education Writer Association's best education reporter. Contact David Jesse: djesse@freepress. com. Follow him on Twitter: @reporterdavidj. Subscribe to the Detroit Free Press.
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China calls for reckoning over US atrocity in Afghanistan

The US drone strike that killed 10 civilians in Kabul, including seven children, is an atrocity, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said, calling for the international community to hold the United States accountable for war crimes. "While the US talked about 'democracy' and 'human rights' at the 'Summit for Democracy', the innocent Afghan people who were gunned down by the US military were brushed aside and their families had no place to complain about their grievances", Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday. Wang added that it was even more outrageous that the US had refused to punish the perpetrators. He was responding to a question about the Pentagon's decision not to discipline anyone involved in the August 29 drone strike on Kabul, which had been launched amid the US' evacuation from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover. "We condemn the brutal military intervention by the US in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria in the name of 'democracy' and 'human rights'. We call on the international community to look into the US military's war crimes of killing innocent civilians around the world and hold it accountable", Wang said. The Pentagon spent weeks insisting the strike had been "righteous" and the military had followed the correct procedures to target a "facilitator" for the terrorist group Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), before admitting the killing of charity worker Zemari Ahmadi and a group of children in what it called a "mistake." On Monday, US media reported that none of the people involved in the strike would be punished. The Air Force inspector-general who investigated the attack left the decision to demote, counsel or otherwise penalize the perpetrators up to the commanders of Central Command and Special Operations Command. The two generals declined to recommend any penalties and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin accepted their judgment, the Pentagon officially confirmed later in the day. Wang also condemned the ongoing US sanctions against Afghanistan, saying that China had been offering support for the country's reconstruction to the best of its ability, as a "friendly neighbor and sincere friend." (
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NFL Power Rankings for Week 15: Don’t mess with the Chiefs

If the NFL’s two best teams meet in Super Bowl LVI, it could be billed as The Ghost of Kingsbury Past versus The Ghost of Kingsbury Present. After all, what’s the tie between Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes? It’s Kliff Kingsbury, who dreamed of coaching Murray when they both were in the Big 12 Conference and got the shot when he became head coach of the Cardinals just before making Murray the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Of course, Kingsbury’s tenure as Texas Tech head coach included overseeing the development of Mahomes, who already is a NFL MVP and a Super Bowl MVP. Murray and Mahomes have never met in a NFL regular-season game, so what a great stage a Super Bowl would make for their head-to-head debut. Here are The Post’s power rankings for Week 15: How many more examples do we need across sports to know that it is a bad idea to stomp on the opponent’s logo? Fueled by disrespect from the Raiders, the Chiefs jumped out to a 35-0 lead and posted the largest margin of victory (39 points) in a series that has been played 126 times. Turnovers are a killer. So, it didn’t matter that the Cardinals racked up 447 yards on the Rams because they committed the game’s only two turnovers in a 30-23 loss. Also, when the Cardinals needed a yard – on a fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter – they couldn’t get it. Squandered chance to clinch a playoff berth. If the Patriots win out, they get the AFC’s No. 1 seed and only bye. And they will have earned it because it means coming off last week’s bye to beat the Colts, Bills for a second time, Jaguars and the surging Dolphins. Mac Jones (probably) will have to throw more than three passes in those games. The Packers trailed 24-14 after the Bears’ Jakeem Grant had the NFL’s first punt return touchdown of the season. From there, the score was 31-0 in favor of the Packers, though it might have been closer if not for two bad breaks on special teams recoveries by the Bears. Aaron Rodgers improved to 22-5 all-time in the rivalry. What a way for Tom Brady to throw his 700 th career touchdown pass (including the playoffs). After his old rival Bills clawed back from a 21-point halftime deficit against the Buccaneers’ top-ranked defense, Brady hit Breshard Perriman – about No. 10 on the Buccaneers’ most-dangerous weapons list – for a 58-yard catch-and-run touchdown in overtime. The Rams evened the season series with the Cardinals and beat a team with a current winning record for the first time since the Buccaneers in Week 3. Good things come in threes: Like Matthew Stafford’s touchdown passes and Aaron Donald’s sacks in a perception-changing road win. Cooper Kupp had another 13 catches. The defense accounted for three sacks and four interceptions plus forced four holding calls against the Jaguars. The result was the Titans’ first home shutout since 2000. Julio Jones was the first star to return to the injury-plagued Titans. D’Onta Foreman scored his first rushing touchdown in four years while Derrick Henry is out. One year after playing historically bad defense, the Cowboys have a shot at winning Defensive Player of the Year (Trevon Diggs) and Defensive Rookie of the Year if Parsons doesn’t win both awards. Head coach Mike McCarthy guaranteed a win over Washington and the Cowboys held on after a 24-0 lead shrunk to 27-20. A total domination of the Giants included the Throw of the Week, when a scrambling Justin Herbert launched a 59-yard touchdown strike just as his legs were wrapped up. Herbert is the first player to throw 30 touchdown passes in each of his first two seasons. The Chargers have a one-game lead over all the other AFC wild card hopefuls. Entering Sunday, the offensive touchdown total was tied at 18-18 between the Colts’ Jonathan Taylor and the entire Giants’ low-scoring offense. Alas, the Giants now have a three-score lead after Taylor was stuck on a bye week. Carson Wentz (22 touchdowns, five interceptions) isn’t getting enough credit for his bounce-back season. The Giants are 22-55 over the last five seasons, 19-42 in general manager Dave Gettleman’s four seasons and 10-19 in coach Joe Judge’s two seasons. The formula for staying competitive – relying on defense and special teams to overcome a woeful offense – broke down against the Chargers, who haven’t lost to the Giants since 1998. It was a formality, but the Jets officially will not be in the playoffs for the 11 th straight season. Without Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Michael Carter and others, the Jets fielded a JV offense and played like it as Ty Johnson dropped three passes and Denzel Mims committed consecutive drive-killing penalties in a loss to the Saints. 30. Houston Texans, 2-11 (30) 31. Jacksonville Jaguars, 2-11 (31) 32. Detroit Lions, 1-11-1 (32)
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Wholesale Prices Rise 9.6% In Year-Over-Year Average, Record Setting Increase

The United States Department of Labor announced more troubling news for the Biden administration as wholesale prices of consumer goods rose 9.6% year-over-year from November 2020-November 2021, setting a record since the department started tracking these figures in 2010. CNBC reported that “the producer price index for final demand products increased 9.6% over the previous 12 months after rising another 0.8% in November.” The business new outlet also noted that economists had predicted an annual gain of 9.2%. The news comes as several economists have called on the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates to help combat inflation across the economy. On Monday, The Daily Wire reported that Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman advised the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates: The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that inflation rose at a 6.8% pace last month — the largest year-over-year increase since June 1982. Households are grappling with significantly higher price levels in staples such as gasoline, food, vehicles, electricity, and apparel. As the Federal Reserve begins deliberations on potentially tapering monetary stimulus, Gorman believes that a rate hike would be prudent. “We are heading toward a rising interest rate environment,” Gorman said during an interview with CNBC. “I felt the Federal Reserve would be better off storing away some of the rate increases, so when the inevitable downturn comes, you’ve got some ammunition to fight with.” In order to establish a normal interest rate regime, Gorman said that the central bank will need to carry out 10 rate hikes. “If I were the Fed, I would start moving earlier rather than later. Store away some ammunition and accept the reality,” he continued. As noted by Josh Jordan, “The PPI ‘core’ number also beat expectations, up 7.7% year over year compared to a 7.2% expectation. Those costs will be passed to consumers.” The November PPI (producer price index) rose 9.6% year/year – the highest level of inflation on record and higher than the expectations. The PPI “core” number also beat expectations, up 7.7% year over year compared to a 7.2% expectation. Those costs will be passed to consumers. Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) December 14, 2021 Beyond harming the American people, the inflationary news will surely continue to harm Biden’s popularity. Poll after poll has shown that the American people do not trust President Joe Biden to handle the economy. On Sunday, an ABC News/Ispsos poll revealed that the majority of Americans do not approve of how Biden’s combatting inflation: More than two-thirds of Americans (69%) disapprove of how Biden is handling inflation (only 28% approve) while more than half (57%) disapprove of his handling of the economic recovery. Partisan splits for inflation show expected negativity in Republican views (94% disapproving), but the survey al so reveals weaknesses from Biden’s own party with only a slim majority of Democrats (54%) approving. Last week, a Wall Street Journal poll also found that 61% of Americans believe that the economy is heading in the wrong direction and that many Americans miss President Donald Trump’s policies: The poll was sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, ALG Research, and the firm Fabarazio Lee, and conducted between November 16 and November 22. Voters were asked, “Regardless of how you may feel personally about each man, would you rather continue pursuing Joe Biden’s policies and proposals or return to Donald Trump’s policies and proposals?” According to the survey, 46% said they somewhat or strongly wanted to continue Biden’s policies while 48% said that they somewhat or strongly wanted to return to Trump’s policies. When asked, “Specifically, would you say that the economy is going in the right direction or headed in the wrong direction?” a whopping 61% of voters said it was going in the “wrong direction.” 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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Senators Question Califf, the F.D.A. Nominee, on Opioid Crisis and Pandemic Response

A Senate panel on Tuesday intensely questioned Dr. Robert Califf, the nominee for commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, on pressing issues like the coronavirus pandemic, the opioid crisis, his financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry and possible changes in the rules for medications used for abortion. Ranking members of the panel expressed solid confidence in Dr. Califf, 70, signaling that his confirmation to the commissioner’s post for a second time might receive bipartisan support by the full Senate. Dr. Califf is familiar to most members of the Senate: He had been F.D.A. commissioner in the last year of the Obama administration, confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 89-to-4. If confirmed this time around, Dr. Califf would assume command of an agency that has been led on an interim basis by Dr. Janet Woodcock for nearly a year. It is unlikely that he would be confirmed before 2022, as the United States heads into its third pandemic year and anticipates vaccines for children younger than 5 and new Covid-19 treatments. During the Trump administration, the agency came under scrutiny for caving in to political pressure as the pandemic unfolded. A flurry of decisions that allowed questionable treatments and other products to flood the market stirred concerns. Dr. Califf would also inherit frustrations over the cost and scarcity of rapid tests, the challenges posed by a mutating coronavirus and a demoralized staff. At the hearing, Dr. Califf said emergency preparedness and response would be his first priority, but he offered few specifics. Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions expressed satisfaction with the agency’s pandemic response so far. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the panel’s ranking Republican member, said the next commissioner could “not take their foot off the gas.” Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat who led the hearing, said she received 13 letters of support for Dr. Califf from 90 signatories, including six former agency commissioners. The Senate hearing grew emotional when some members delved into the devastating toll wrought by the opioid epidemic. Fatalities are at a historic peak, with 100,000 deaths through the 12 months that ended in April. Critics in Congress are bitter over the agency’s handling of the potent painkillers. Even before the hearing, Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat whose state has felt the drug crisis acutely, announced on Tuesday that he would oppose Dr. Califf’s confirmation, noting that opioid deaths have only mounted since Dr. Califf’s previous term as commissioner. In 2016, Senator Manchin delayed and voted against Dr. Califf, citing the same concerns that Dr. Califf would do little to curb the opioid epidemic. “It is abundantly clear the F.D.A. has failed to keep Americans safe,” Senator Manchin said in a statement on Tuesday. “How many more Americans have to die before we see a culture change at the F. D. A.? If there was ever a time for a change in leadership at the F. D. A. , an institution with such direct impact on the American people, it is now.” Another senator, Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said he had “grave reservations” about Dr. Califf’s nomination. He had voted against him five years ago, too. At the hearing, Senator Maggie Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, criticized the agency for failing to change opioid policies as the death toll soared for years. She called for an overhaul of opioid medication labeling. Senator Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat from New Mexico, expressed outrage about the 2013 approval of the medication Zohydro, which was authorized over the objection of an agency advisory committee. “Something’s got to change,” Senator Luján said. “And I’m hoping, doctor, that you can be that person.” The senators’ concerns drew a pledge from Dr. Califf that he would undertake a “comprehensive review” of the agency’s opioid policies if he were confirmed. He said he would look at options for addressing the crisis, including a change to the labeling of opioid medications. “If I’m confirmed, I’m going to take a very aggressive approach on this,” he said. The hearing concluded without a vote. The panel will take one at a later date, and that would be a precursor to a full vote in the Senate, which has not yet been set. Dr. Califf’s earlier stint as commissioner lasted nearly a year, until President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office. Dr. Califf’s other experience at the agency as deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco may help guide him as the agency considers how to proceed with new vaping products and whether to allow Juul to stay on the market. The F.D.A. recently authorized an electronic cigarette to be sold in the United States, a decision that weighed the benefits of helping some adults quit smoking against the risk of youth addiction. Dr. Califf described the level of youth vaping as an “alarming rate,” noting that the appointment of a new leader of the agency’s tobacco unit would be a key decision. The agency has a role in approving and ensuring the safety of an array of products, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, medical devices, food and tobacco products. It touches on goods that account for 20 cents of every dollar Americans spend. Another issue at Tuesday’s hearing, raised by Republican lawmakers, was the F. D. A. ’s imminent decision on mifepristone, the first of two drugs given to terminate a pregnancy in the initial 10 weeks of gestation. The abortion drug had been highly restricted by the F. D. A. , which for years required it to be dispensed to patients in person by specially certified medical providers. In April, the F.D.A. temporarily lifted the in-person requirement for the duration of the pandemic, writing in a letter to doctors’ groups that a review of medical literature showed few adverse events from the treatment and noting the risk of Covid-19 transmission during office visits. The letter, signed by Dr. Woodcock, allowed dispensing through the mail, making it easier for patients to get the pills. Biden administration officials have been concerned that Republicans’ objections to that decision could strengthen opposition to Dr. Califf’s nomination. “I can assure you the staff will be looking at the latest data and apply the best science and make the best possible decision,” Dr. Califf told the Senate panel. “I have confidence in that staff and I know them well.” Throughout the hearing, Dr. Califf emphasized the importance of generating and relying on thorough data and using it to advance therapies that work and abandon those that fail. He outlined his contributions as a researcher to cardiology drug and device development that had “helped millions of Americans.” He said, “I learned firsthand that it is essential that we produce high-quality evidence to sort the effective and ineffective treatments.” But Dr. Califf’s career was also held up as an example of the “revolving door” nature of the agency, where officials one day are regulating major drug and device companies and upon leaving, accepting lucrative jobs in the industry. Since Dr. Califf left his post as F.D.A. commissioner, he has shifted from mostly academic leadership at Duke University to executive and consulting roles with pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, noted that nine out of the last 10 F.D.A. commissioners went on to work for or served on boards of directors in the pharmaceutical industry. “Unfortunately, Dr. Califf, you are not the exception to that rule,” Senator Sanders said, asking how the American people can “feel comfortable you’re going to stand up to this powerful special interest.” “I have a history of doing that,” Dr. Califf replied, noting that he agreed to comply with the agency’s ethics pledge. In May 2017, Dr. Califf joined Verily, the life sciences arm of Google, and reported $2.7 million in income and between $1 million and $5 million in stock from his role as head of clinical policy and strategy, according to an ethics disclosure. In another government ethics filing, he said he would resign from the position upon confirmation. Dr. Califf’s pledges to modernize the F. D. A. , though, echo arguments of his supporters, who say working in the industry provides critical knowledge and insight into lifesaving technology. He nodded to his recent experience in technocrat medicine, repeatedly invoking the need for better data to guide decision making. “All F. D. A. ’s actions regarding the products the agency regulates must focus on protecting consumers and patients,” he said. “Safety matters.” His income disclosure indicated that he retired in November 2019 from Duke University, where he had been a tenured professor and founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He continued to serve as an adjunct professor, but said he would resign from that role as well if confirmed. Dr. Califf also said that he would resign from leadership roles at pharmaceutical and biotech firms, divest his stock and refrain from direct decision-making related to companies where he served as a compensated board director. He was awarded more than $1 million in unvested stock options as a board director of Centessa Pharmaceuticals, the disclosure shows, some of which will be “accelerated” so he can cash them out; other shares will be forfeited. The company is working on therapies for hemophilia, narcolepsy and other conditions. He earned at least another $850,000 from stock options in Cytokinetics Inc., a South San Francisco company developing therapies for people with impaired muscle function. He also reported owning $250,001 to $500,000 in stock in Amgen and Bristol-Myers Squibb and $100,001 to $250,000 in Gilead Sciences Inc., which he pledged to divest if confirmed. BMS has a Covid treatment in the pipeline, and Gilead has an approved antiviral treatment.
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U.K. Removes 11 African Countries From Travel ‘Red List’ With Omicron Spreading Rapidly Domestically

British officials announced they will remove 11 African countries from the country’s red list Wednesday, stating that the travel restrictions are no longer effective to contain spread of the omicron variant of coronavirus since it is now widespread in the United Kingdom, while the United States’ more stringent ban on travel from some African countries remains in place, despite criticism. Following initial detection of the omicron variant in southern Africa, many countries instated travel bans or quarantine measures for travelers from the region. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chief of the World Health Organization, stated that bans would be ineffective, and deemed it “concerning” that these countries were being penalized for detecting the new variant first. Last week, Nigeria’s high commissioner to the U.K. Sarafa Tunji called the country’s red list, “travel apartheid.” After the bans were imposed, a Dutch health agency discovered the omicron variant had been in the Netherlands at least a week before its detection in southern Africa, identifying it in samples taken on November 19 and 23. In an opinion piece for the New York Times on Saturday, Dr. Saad Omer, the director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, called President Biden’s travel ban “too selective” and warned bans like these discourage countries from reporting detection of new variants. “[Biden’s] travel ban on southern African countries is not justifiable by science,” he wrote.
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Britain drops southern African nations from its ‘red list’ for quarantine restrictions.
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Ohio City Reverses Decision to Criminalize Abortion After 2 Council Members Lose Election

An Ohio city that recently criminalized abortion reversed course Monday after two city council members were ousted by voters in November. The restriction prohibited receiving or performing an abortion within Mason city limits, while also barring people from providing money, transportation or medical instructions to help others obtain abortions. The passage of the measure was largely symbolic since Mason does not currently house any abortion clinics and has no plans to build any. There are also no clinics in the nearby city of Lebanon, which in May became the first city in Ohio to ban abortions. Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer said that the measure is meant to send a signal that the city would not be open to hosting such a clinic. Barbara Spaeth, a former Mason mayor and current city council member, opposed the city's abortion ban. "That is not an issue that Mason City Council should have ever been dealing with", Spaeth said. "The ordinance was not even enforceable, so why should we even be considering that?" Mark Haake, another city council member who won election in November, told WCPO that the ban was politically motivated and wasn't likely to be effective. "This ordinance was not going to change anything for the city. It wasn't going to stop abortions", he said. The Mason ordinance saw pushback on multiple fronts. More than 2,000 residents of the city of about 30,000 located 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Cincinnati signed a petition that would have put the issue to a vote of the people in either May or November, drive organizer Joy Bennett said. The Mason ordinance prohibited possession of abortion-inducing drugs, including prescription misoprostol and mifepristone, but carried no penalties for someone seeking an abortion. Misoprostol and mifepristone require a prescription and are administered in some doctor's offices, abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood health centers. The ban included exceptions for "accidental miscarriages", ectopic pregnancies and the life of the mother. Similar efforts to ban abortion in other small Ohio cities targeted in a national effort emanating from the Right to Life East Texas nonprofit—including Celina in Ohio's Mercer County and London in Madison County—failed. Abortion faces certain restrictions under Ohio law but remains legal in the state following a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that said women have a constitutional right to seek the procedure.
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2nd Ohio city that voted to criminalize abortion repeals ban
2nd Ohio city that voted to criminalize abortion repeals ban


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Banks reconsider overdraft fees after pressure from lawmakers, regulators

The banking industry appears to have overdone it on overdraft fees. After decades of raking in billions of dollars from mostly poor Americans short of cash in their accounts, the biggest banks — under pressure from lawmakers and regulators — are slowly decreasing their reliance on the widely unpopular practice. A number of large banks have taken steps this year that would reduce the amount they take in from overdraft fees, which they charge when customers make payments or withdrawals in excess of their account balance. Capital One, the nation’s sixth-largest bank, announced last week that it would end all overdraft fees next year. Other banks have made it harder for customers to trigger an overdraft fee. Still, it’s unlikely the financial services industry will entirely wean itself off such a cash cow anytime soon. “For many big banks, overdraft fees are still the steady, reliable, predictable, easy revenue that shareholders love,” said Rohit Chopra, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in remarks last week where he directed the bureau to more closely examine bank overdraft practices. Overdraft has its origins in banks providing a service — for a fee — to customers who may have not balanced their checkbook correctly and wanted a bank to honor a purchase. But the widespread use of debit cards changed this courtesy into a routine source of revenue. Some banks took advantage, for example, by reordering customers’ transactions, deducting big transactions first so that smaller payments would then trigger multiple overdraft fees. If a customer lacked funds in their account, a $5 purchase at a café could end up costing them $35, because of overdraft fees. Overdraft fees, which started in the 1990s, became lucrative for the industry but at the same time made the banks a target for consumer advocates and their allies in Congress. After the financial crisis, Democrats put the CFPB and other regulators in charge of reining in overdraft fee revenues. Frequent overdrafters, according to the CFPB, tend to skew toward those living paycheck to paycheck, and also are disproportionately Black and Latino. One of the top reasons given by Black and Latino Americans for choosing not to have a bank account, or being “unbanked,” is that they are trying to avoid bank fees. Industry revenue from overdraft fees held fairly steady until last year when banks waived fees across the board in the first months of the pandemic, when millions of Americans lost their jobs and businesses were shuttered. Revenue from overdraft fees fell to $8.82 billion last year from $11.68 billion in 2019, according to data collected by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Through the first nine months of this year, overdraft revenue totaled $6.13 billion, S&P Global’s data show. Despite an outcry from some Democrats, regulators in Washington aren’t necessarily looking to do away with overdraft fees. In a speech last week, the acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Michael Hsu, said “low- to no-cost overdrafts” would allow those living paycheck to paycheck “to pay their bills on time, avoid high-cost alternatives and improve their credit profile.” Hsu said recent changes to overdraft policies by some banks could serve as a model for the industry. Regional banking giant PNC launched new account features such as low-balance alerts and a grace period that will help consumers avoid overdraft fees. PNC also plans to limit overdrafts to one per day. Pennsylvania-based PNC told investors to expect its overdraft fee revenues to be down $125 million to $150 million annually as the bank rolls out the “Low Cash Mode” product. PNC earned nearly $273 million in overdraft fee revenue last year, according to S&P Global. JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank by assets, earlier this year waived overdraft fees for customers whose accounts were overdrawn by $50 or less at the end of the business day. Last week, the bank said it will give customers 24 hours to bring their accounts back to $50 or less overdrawn to avoid a fee. From 2015 through 2020, JPMorgan annually led the industry in overdraft fees collected. Through the first nine months of 2021, Wells Fargo took in the highest amount of overdraft fees, slightly more than $1 billion, according to S&P Global. Back in June, Ally Financial, the 18th largest bank by assets, said it would get rid of overdraft fees across all of its products. Ally specifically cited the racial inequity seen with overdrafts as a reason to stop charging the fees. “It was the right thing to do,” said Diane Morais, president of consumer and commercial banking products at Ally Bank. Ally earned relatively little from overdraft fees. The bank told investors that getting rid of overdraft fees would have no material impact on its profits. “This is likely a revenue line item that deteriorates over the long-term and banks will need to find other areas of fee revenue to offset this downward trend,” said Kyle Sanders, an analyst at Edward Jones who covers Wells Fargo, PNC and several other large retail banks. One way that banks will likely make up a drop in overdraft fee income could be a return to monthly account fees, which would be an industry shift after decades of advertising “free checking” to their customers. Both Wells Fargo and Bank of America charge $5 a month to use accounts that do not allow customers to overdraft.
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Banks slowly reconsider overdraft fees, amid public pressure
Banks slowly reconsider overdraft fees, amid public pressure


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10 Senate Races to Watch in 2022

A single state could determine whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate after the midterm elections, a tenuous advantage that hinges on the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. Thirty-four Senate seats are at stake in 2022, but the list of races considered competitive is much smaller. Most are in states that were fiercely contested by President Biden and former President Donald J. Trump in 2020. The burden will be on Democrats to try to ward off the midterm losses that have historically bedeviled the party holding the presidency, said Donna Brazile, a former interim party head and veteran strategist. “Joe Biden has a lot riding on these states,” she said. “He doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room.” Of the seven Republicans in the Senate who voted to convict Mr. Trump in the impeachment trial that followed the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Senator Lisa Murkowski is the only one facing re-election in 2022. Mr. Trump, who is seeking to exact revenge against his impeachment foes, endorsed Kelly Tshibaka, a former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration, to run against Ms. Murkowski in the primary. Senator Mark Kelly, a Democrat who won a special election in 2020 to fill the seat once held by John McCain, is now seeking a full term. Both parties are prioritizing the race. The Republican field includes Mark Brnovich, Arizona’s attorney general since 2015; Mick McGuire, a retired major general in the U.S. Air Force; Jim Lamon, a businessman; and Blake Masters, chief operating officer of an investment firm run by Trump’s tech pal Peter Thiel. Stacey Abrams’s decision to run again for governor could boost the re-election prospects of Senator Raphael Warnock, a fellow Democrat, Ms. Brazile said. Mr. Warnock, the pastor at the storied Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, is seeking a full term after defeating Kelly Loeffler last January in a runoff. His victory helped give Democrats control of both Senate seats in Georgia, where an expansion of the Democratic voter rolls in Atlanta’s suburbs has dented Republicans’ political advantage in the South and flipped the state for Biden. Now, Mr. Warnock is seeking a full term. “What he’ll get from Stacey is somebody who can stir up the electorate to get the results he needs to win in 2022,” Ms. Brazile said. Herschel Walker, the Georgia college football legend backed by Mr. Trump, is the favorite among seven Republicans who have filed to run so far. He has faced repeated accusations of threatening his ex-wife. In Mr. Trump’s adopted home state, Senator Marco Rubio is seeking a third term. Mr. Rubio had raised more than $11.6 million in 2021 through September. He is facing Representative Val B. Demings, a Democrat with significant name recognition who out-raised him over the same period, with more than $13 million. Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina senator, faces her first re-election test since her milestone victory in 2016, a race that was flooded with nearly $90 million in outside spending. Opposing her is Adam Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018. Mr. Laxalt has been endorsed by both Mr. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader. Mr. Biden carried Nevada by fewer than 34,000 votes last year. Republicans have circled New Hampshire as a pickup opportunity, salivating over the dismal approval numbers of Senator Maggie Hassan, a Democrat. But their enthusiasm was tempered when Gov. Chris Sununu said that he would run again for his current office instead of the Senate. Kelly Ayotte, whom Ms. Hassan unseated by about 1,000 votes in 2016, also opted out. Don Bolduc, a tough-talking Republican candidate and retired Army general, caused a stir recently when he called Mr. Sununu a “Chinese communist sympathizer.” Senator Richard Burr, another Republican who voted to convict Mr. Trump during his second impeachment trial, is retiring. Waiting in the wings is a crowded field of Republicans that includes Pat McCrory, a former governor; Representative Ted Budd, who has been endorsed by Trump; and Mark Walker, a former congressman. The Democrats include Cheri Beasley, a former chief justice of North Carolina’s Supreme Court and the first Black woman to serve in that role, and Jeff Jackson, a state senator and military veteran from the Charlotte area. A large field of G.O.P. candidates will vie for the seat being vacated by the Republican senator Rob Portman, who is retiring. The leading Republican is Josh Mandel, Ohio’s former treasurer and an ardent Trump supporter. J.D. Vance, the “Hillbilly Elegy” author and Republican venture capitalist who has performed a whiplash-inducing conversion to Trumpism, is also running. Other G.O.P. candidates include Matt Dolan, a state senator; Jane Timkin, the state party’s former head; and the businessmen Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons. “You’ve got a lot of people fighting for the populist conservative lane,” said Beth Hansen, a Republican strategist and former manager of John Kasich’s campaigns for governor and president. Ms. Hansen downplayed the possibility of Republicans alienating moderate voters in a combative primary. “Honestly, I’m not sure these guys could pivot any further to the right,” she said. Representative Tim Ryan, supported by Ohio’s other senator, Sherrod Brown, is a prohibitive favorite among Democrats. An open-seat race in Pennsylvania generated even more of a buzz when the celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz recently jumped into fray. He joined a large group of candidates trying to succeed Senator Patrick J. Toomey, a Republican critic of Mr. Trump who is retiring. Dr. Oz’s entrance came just days after Sean Parnell, a leading Republican endorsed by Mr. Trump, suspended his campaign amid allegations of spousal and child abuse. Kathy Barnette, a former financial executive, is also running as a Republican, and David McCormick, a hedge fund executive, has been exploring getting into the race as well. Democrats have several seasoned candidates that include Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Representative Conor Lamb. Also running are Dr. Val Arkoosh, a top elected official from the Philadelphia suburbs, and Malcolm Kenyatta, a state representative from Philadelphia. A top target of Democrats is Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican whose approval rating has cratered amid an onslaught of television ads criticizing him for casting doubts about Mr. Biden’s election. Mr. Johnson has yet to announce his re-election plans. The top tier of Democrats includes Mandela Barnes, the lieutenant governor; Sarah Godlewski, the state treasurer; Alex Lasry, the Milwaukee Bucks executive; and Tom Nelson, the top elected official in Outagamie County.
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Wisconsin attorney general won't enforce any abortion ban

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul said in an interview Tuesday that he would not investigate or prosecute anyone for having an abortion should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade and a currently unenforceable state ban takes effect. The comments to The Associated Press are Kaul's strongest to date about how he would react to the Supreme Court undoing the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. A Wisconsin ban enacted in 1849 has been unenforceable under Roe v. Wade, but would take effect again if conservative Supreme Court justices decide to overrule Roe, as they suggested during oral arguments this month in a case over Mississippi’s 15-week ban on abortions. A decision is expected this summer. Abortion is expected to be a central issue in the 2022 election in Wisconsin and other states. Kaul is up for reelection along with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Both are supporters of abortion rights and face Republican opponents who want to make abortion illegal again. Wisconsin is one of 21 states with laws or constitutional amendments already in place that would make them certain to attempt to ban abortion as quickly as possible, according to an analysis from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. Wisconsin is one of nine states with an abortion ban law that predates Roe v. Wade, according to the analysis. Kaul told the AP that it's not clear what exactly the law in Wisconsin would be if Roe v. Wade is struck down. That would depend on exactly how the Supreme Court rules and resolving legal issues related to enforcing a law that hasn't been in use for nearly 50 years, he said. “Even if courts were to interpret that law as being enforceable, as attorney general I would not use the resources of the Wisconsin Department of Justice either to investigate alleged violations of that abortion ban or to prosecute alleged violations of it,” Kaul said. Kaul said the Justice Department is focused on investigating crimes of statewide importance like homicide, sexual assault and arson. “Diverting resources from those important cases to the kinds of cases that could be brought under abortion ban, which I also believe to be unconstitutional, is not something that I would do as attorney general,” he said. Kaul said enforcing an abortion ban would undermine public safety. “And it would result in serious negative health consequences, including potentially the death of women who wanted to seek to exercise what for nearly 50 years been understood to be a constitutionally protected right,” he said. Two Republicans have launched campaigns to challenge Kaul: Fond do Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney and former state Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake. Toney said Kaul was a politician, not a law enforcement officer. “I am proudly pro-life and I will defend the police and defend our Wisconsin laws, including our abortion ban, if allowed,” Toney said. Jarchow blasted Kaul as “a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington DC swamp.” “He is the very definition of partisanship and a failed leader,” Jarchow said. “So, while it’s disappointing that he says he will not follow the law, it’s not surprising.”
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Wisconsin Dem attorney general says he won't enforce potential abortion bans
Wisconsin attorney general won’t enforce any abortion ban


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U.S. Preparing ‘Alternatives’ For Dealing With Iran’s Nuke Program As Biden Fails: ‘Time Is Running Out’

The U.S. is preparing for alternative ways to stop the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, from acquiring nuclear weapons as Democrat President Joe Biden continues to fail to get the Iranians to reenter the failed Iran nuclear deal. “We continue in this hour, on this day, to pursue diplomacy because it remains at this moment the best option, but we are actively engaging with allies and partners on alternatives,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday. AFP added: In Tuesday’s comments, the top US diplomat also referred to a recent statement by European countries involved in the talks, which he said noted that “time is running out, that Iran is still not engaged in real negotiations”. “Unless there’s swift progress… the Iran nuclear agreement will become an empty shell,” Blinken said, referring to the statement. Top U.S. officials reportedly did not object to a new plan to attack Iran that was presented to them by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz last week. Gantz recently warned that Iran was amassing forces in the western part of its country “in order to attack countries and forces in the Middle East in general and Israel in particular.” “We are preparing for any such attempt, and will do everything necessary to protect our citizens and our assets,” Gantz said. “In its aspirations to become a hegemon, Iran seeks to destroy all traces of freedom, human dignity and peace in the Middle East and beyond. The nuclear program is a means to its hegemonic goals.” The New York Times noted that Biden has sought to reassure Israel that the U.S. is weighing military options as Biden continues to fail in the Middle East after his disaster in Afghanistan and his weak response to Palestinian terrorists attacking Israel earlier this year. The Times added: [Biden’s] focus on military options and sanctions was an effort to signal to Tehran that the United States was running out of patience with Iranian foot-dragging in the nuclear negotiations in Vienna, administration officials said. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said last week that the new Iranian government “does not seem to be serious about doing what’s necessary to return to compliance” with the 2015 nuclear deal. But the tougher line was also aimed at calming increasingly frustrated Israeli officials. Though they will not criticize the American president in public the way former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did during the Obama administration, Israeli officials in private argue that the Iranians are advancing their nuclear program while betting that the United States, eager to diminish American commitments in the Middle East, will not abandon the Vienna talks for more forceful action. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned the world back in September that Israel would take military action against Iran to stop the Islamic regime from being able to acquire a nuclear weapon. “Iran’s nuclear weapon program is at a critical point. All red lines have been crossed. Inspections — ignored. All wishful-thinking — proven false,” he said. “Iran is currently violating the IAEAs safeguard agreements — and it’s getting away with it. They harass inspectors and sabotage their investigations — and they’re getting away with it. They enrich Uranium to the level of 60 percent, which is only one step short of weapons-grade material — and they’re getting away with it.” “Evidence which clearly proves Iran’s intentions for nuclear weapons in secret sites in Turquzabad, Teheran & Marivan — is ignored,” he continued. “Iran’s nuclear program has hit a watershed moment. And so has our tolerance.” “Words do not stop centrifuges from spinning. There are those in the world who seem to view Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons as an inevitable reality, as a done deal, or they’ve just become tired of hearing about it,” Bennett added. “Israel doesn’t have that privilege. We cannot tire. We will not tire. Israel will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.” 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.
Blinken vows more US military might in Indo-Pacific
US Secretary of State Blinken vows more military might in Indo-Pacific
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the US seeks 'serious and sustained diplomacy' with North Korea
Antony Blinken vows more US military might in Indo-Pacific


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US stocks fall as Fed meeting gets underway with inflation and Omicron in focus

US stocks dropped Tuesday as investors prepared for what the Federal Reserve may say about monetary policy with inflation running hot and the global spread of the Omicron coronavirus strain picking up. The Nasdaq Composite, home to the market's largest technology companies, slumped amid worries the Fed could signal that a faster pace of interest rate hikes is needed to tamp down on inflation. The S&P 500 fell further away from Friday's record-high finish, with the tech sector leading the slide. Here's where US indexes stood at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday: The Fed started its two-day policy meeting Tuesday with government data showing producer price inflation hitting a record high of 9.6% in November from a year ago. That joined consumer price inflation last week shooting up to a 39-year high of 6.8%. Central bank policymakers will conclude their meeting Wednesday and release a statement at 2 p.m. ET, followed by a briefing from Fed Chair Jerome Powell. "The market is worried that the Fed will tighten [policy] too much, but also that inflation rises, or stays too high for too long. Nothing else is nearly as worrying", Kit Juckes, chief FX strategist at Societe Generale, wrote in a note Tuesday. Meanwhile, worries about the Omicron variant returned to the fore. China reported its first case of the strain, and the UK's more than 59,000 daily coronavirus case rate marked the highest amount since January. UK lawmakers on Tuesday voted to require people to show COVID passes at nightclubs and other large venues. Around the markets, dogecoin soared after Elon Musk said Tesla will let people purchase some of its merchandise with the meme cryptocurrency. Oil prices dropped. West Texas Intermediate crude slumped 1.1% to $70.53 per barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, lost 0.3% at $73.46, narrowing losses. Gold dropped by 0.9% to $1,773 per ounce. The 10-year yield climbed 3 basis points to 1.443%. Bitcoin rose by 0.5%, at $47,120.
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US stocks fall after jump in wholesale prices last month
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In year-end meetings, top central banks may diverge over inflation, Omicron


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Man United game postponed as EPL reports highest weekly Covid cases

The English Premier League reported its highest weekly coronavirus infections as Manchester United's meeting with Brentford became the second match in three days to be postponed due to outbreaks. There were 42 cases of COVID-19 in the week to Sunday after 3,805 players and club staff were tested, a jump on the 12 cases in the previous seven days of testing. Some United players and staff returned positive tests following the 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday evening. The Premier League board accepted United's request to postpone Tuesday's scheduled match at Brentford in London less than 24 hours before kickoff. "The decision was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Manchester United's squad", the Premier League said in a statement late Monday. "First team operations at the club's Carrington Training Complex were closed down today to help control the outbreak and minimize risk of further infection among players and staff. The league wishes a quick recovery to those players and staff with COVID-19." The first game to be called off this season due to coronavirus cases was Tottenham's trip to Brighton last Sunday due to at least eight players at the north London club contracting COVID-19. Norwich and Aston Villa have also reported coronavirus cases at their clubs. They come amid growing concerns in Britain about the spread of the omicron variant, which has led to the reintroduction of some coronavirus restrictions. The Premier League has emulated national regulations by asking for face masks to be worn again around clubs, while going further than the government by reintroducing social distancing. The frequency of testing on players and staff will also increase. "The safety of everybody is a priority and the Premier League is taking all precautionary steps in light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country", the competition said in a statement. "We will continue to work closely with the government, local authorities and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance." The government's appeal for people to get booster vaccines against the coronavirus was backed on Monday by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who urged his staff and players to get jabbed. "The doctors suggest that they have to do it", Guardiola said. "Most of us have (had) it already. The players, for their age, the moment they have to do it, everybody is going to decide and they are going to do it." The league last provided details on vaccinations in October when it said only 68% of players had been jabbed twice and 81% had received at least one dose. The Premier League has avoided a shutdown since the 100-day pause in the season from the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The 40 positive cases at the turn of 2021 was the previous highest number of infections at Premier League clubs in a week since testing started to be announced in May 2020.
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British PM Boris Johnson says UK and India are natural partners

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday said that the UK and India are natural partners who are working together on many fantastic projects from partnership on 5G and telecom to startups. Addressing the Global Technology Summit via video link, Johnson said that over the coming decade, India and the UK will continue to deepen their bonds on technology and other areas as they have set out in the 2030 India-UK roadmap. With our shared culture of innovation and our entrepreneurial spirit, the UK and India are natural partners. We're working together on many fantastic projects, from the UK-India partnership on 5G and telecom to the UK startups who are working with India giants, the prime minister said. Working side-by-side, we will not only make breakthroughs that will transform people's lives, but we'll help shape a new technology based on the principles of freedom, openness and peace, Johnson added.
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Three Residents of Pro-Trump Community in Florida Charged With Voting Multiple Times in 2020 Presidential Election

Three residents of The Villages — the famously pro- Donald Trump community for the 55-plus set in Central Florida — have been charged with voting multiple times in the 2020 presidential election. Jay Ketcik, 63, Joan Halstead, 71, and John Rider, 61, are each charged with casting more than one ballot in an election, Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG reported Monday. That’s a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison, the report noted. Ketcik is accused of voting by mail in Florida in October 2020 while also casting an absentee ballot in his original home state of Michigan, according to court records. Halstead allegedly voted in person in Florida but also cast an absentee ballot in New York, records indicate. Some of the court documents are sealed. Details on Rider’s alleged voting was not immediately clear, but prosecutors indicated he cast ballots both out-of-state and in Florida, WKMG reported. “There is no indication from court records that they know each other,” the WKMG report noted. The investigation into allegations of voting irregularities was initiated by the office of Sumter County Supervisor of Elections Bill Keen, WKMG reported, citing prosecutors. It is unclear which candidate each of the defendants voted for, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Halstead and Ketcik are registered Republicans, according to Florida state department records reviewed by both Law&Crime and by the Sentinel. Rider does not list a party affiliation according to similar state records similarly reviewed. “Facebook pages that appear to belong to Ketcik and Halstead contain several posts expressing support for former president Donald Trump,” WKMG said. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Rider also posted pro-Trump messages to Facebook. Trump, in turn, has been known to be a supporter of The Villages and of his vocal fanbase there. In June of 2020, Trump re-tweeted video of a Villages golf cart parade of Trump fans featuring a man shouting “White Power.” The ex-president made a late-October campaign stop there, apparently enthralling thousands. Trump and his allies, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), have long pushed unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 presidential election was tainted by widespread voter fraud. Trump held a so-called “ Save America ” rally on Jan. 6, after which hundreds of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an attempt to stop the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden ‘s win. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
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Iranian 'Drone Armies' Step Up Attacks on US as Nuclear Talks Languish, GOP Lawmakers Say

Iranian "drone armies" are behind a surge in attacks on U.S. positions and allies in Iraq, according to a group of Republican lawmakers who are demanding answers from the Biden administration about how it is working to counter these threats amid ongoing negotiations with Tehran over a revamped nuclear accord. "In 2021, Iran-backed forces in Iraq have been behind an uptick of drone attacks against positions associated with the U.S. or coalition forces in Iraq", Reps. Bryan Steil (R., Wis.), Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), Brian Babin (R., Texas), and Andrew Clyde (R., Ga.) on Tuesday wrote to the State Department in a letter that demands answers for why these strikes have gone unpunished. "These include a strike against an alleged CIA hangar in Erbil, Iraq, in April and the Baghdad airport this June." The lawmakers say "American passivity and indifference" to these attacks, which also include a November assassination attempt on Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, is signaling to Tehran that it can use its Iraq-based terrorist proxy groups to foment chaos. Steil and his colleagues accuse the Biden State Department of turning a blind eye to Iran's terrorism enterprise in a bid to avoid agitating Tehran as talks over a new version of the 2015 nuclear accord are ongoing in Vienna. "Tehran and its militias in Iraq possess significant drone capabilities, capabilities that need to be addressed and countered regardless of the administration's quest to return to talks and re-enter what we believe to be a flawed nuclear agreement with Tehran", the lawmakers write, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Since the November assassination attempt on al-Kadhimi, the Biden administration has not sanctioned any of the Iran-backed groups involved in the plot. The State Department has also avoided naming the groups responsible—Kata'ib Hezbollah and Asa'ib Ahl al-Ha—both of which are U. S. -designated terror organizations and have deep ties to Iran. "At the time of this writing, the State Department, and in particular its press release in the immediate aftermath of the attack, failed to mention by name the actor(s) with the known capabilities, intentions, and motivations to carry out this operation: the Islamic Republic of Iran and/or its network of Shiite militias in Iraq", the lawmakers write. While previous White Houses, including the Trump administration, sanctioned Iran and its proxy groups for similar strikes, the Biden administration has avoided exercising this power. Sanctions on Iran have actually been loosened in recent months as the United States tries to ink a deal that many observers see as increasingly impossible. The State Department has also publicly promised Iran that it will nix all remaining Trump administration sanctions if the country agrees to a nuclear accord. "Iran continues to support Iraqi Shiite militias as part of its quest to puncture, subvert, and dominate the Iraqi state and export its Islamic Revolution", the letter states. "The U.S. government has previously sanctioned and exposed Iran's tentacles in Iraq, including its weapons smuggling and money laundering operations and should continue to do so." The lawmakers are seeking concrete answers from the State Department about the steps the department is taking to hold Iran accountable for its bevy of attacks on the United States and its regional allies. They want to know which Iran-backed militias in Iraq are not sanctioned by the U.S. government. They are also requesting information from the administration about its policy towards countering Iranian interference in Iraq and the wider region, as well as what steps the State Department is taking "to counter the drone armies of Iran." Additionally, the lawmakers want to know if the Biden administration plans to help the Iraqi government investigate the November assassination attempt and if the administration will "make the evidence and conclusions from any investigations available to the public." Behnam Ben Taleblu, an Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that as Iran builds up its drone capabilities, it is ensuring its terror proxy groups have access to this deadly technology. "Iran both produces and proliferates drone technology and has an evolving and increasingly complex procurement network in place for dual-use goods to power these drones", he said. "The U.S. Congress is correctly focusing on countering Iran's drones which have shown up in multiple battlefields in the Middle East." The Biden administration, Ben Taleblu said, "will need a strategy to counter Iran's evolving unmanned aerial threats in the Middle East, which include mortars, rockets, drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. Deal or no deal in Vienna, working to offset and devalue these capabilities is the right path ahead."
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China paying U.S. social-media influencers to hype Olympics

China’s government is paying social media influencers in the U.S. to promote the Beijing Olympics and distract from diplomatic boycotts over its human rights violations, according to disclosures filed with the Department of Justice. The Chinese consulate is paying Vippi, a New Jersey based public relations firm, $300,000 to have influencers on Instagram, TikTok and Twitch promote the Beijing Olympics, according to the disclosures. The influencers will also be required to promote U. S. -China cooperation on issues including energy and climate change. The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics have inspired diplomatic boycotts from the U.S., Australia and the U.K. due to China’s purported ethnic cleansing and torture of Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic minority in Western China. Vippi will be required to pay eight social media users of various “tiers” of popularity to create 24 posts. Under the agreement, 70% of paid content from influencers should focus on the Beijing Olympics as well as its history and culture. Another 20% of content should focus on China-U.S. cooperation, and 10% should consist of sharing media directly from the Chinese Consulate, according to the disclosures. State-controlled Chinese media including China Daily and Xinhua already spends millions of dollars attempting to influence American audiences, according to the Washington Free Beacon, which initially reported on the incident. In addition to the suspected Uyghur genocide, China received international backlash for the brief disappearance of tennis player Peng Shuai, who had accused a Chinese Communist Party official of sexual assault. While her location has since been confirmed, experts said her safety is impossible to confirm. SUPPORT TRUTHFUL JOURNALISM. MAKE A DONATION TO THE NONPROFIT WND NEWS CENTER. THANK YOU!
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Senate Dems' choice: Election reform first, or Biden's megabill?

Senate Democrats are desperately trying to avoid ending the year stalled on their two top priorities: elections reform and their expansive bill to address climate and the social safety net. At the center of it all sits Joe Manchin. During Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s leadership meeting on Monday evening, Democratic senators hotly debated how to handle their two biggest unfinished tasks. Some Democrats say they should kick both issues until next year; others argue the party’s leverage over Manchin won’t improve over time and want action now. And Tuesday interviews revealed a party wrestling with how to clinch its top priorities. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) said he spent the weekend talking to Manchin and other Democrats about prioritizing legislation on ballot access, which he called a "moral question" that his party needs to confront. “Voting rights should be the very next thing we do", Warnock told reporters. "We’ve got to get Medicaid expansion, we’ve got to get child care, we’ve got to get relief to farmers. All of those things matter. But the point I’m making in this moment is: we have to have a democratic framework to continue to push for those things." Demonstrating that balancing act going on in the caucus, with President Joe Biden’s economic agenda on the line, Democrats devoted their Tuesday party meeting to their elections bill and rules changes likely needed for it to pass. Those internal disputes are heightening the urgency among Democrats to decide between which of the party’s two biggest remaining goals they should consider first. Manchin’s central role in each piece of legislation “makes them interrelated,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “The dynamics are interwoven,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is urging Democrats to finish both the elections and voting reform bill and the social spending bill in December. “There’s no policy reason they have to be linked, but they do come down to the same person.” Manchin is not yet committed to the $1.7 trillion climate and social safety net legislation, nor does he support changing the Senate rules to push through an elections bill on a simple majority. He spoke with Biden Monday about the domestic spending bill and met with a trio of Democrats Tuesday to discuss voting rights and the rules changes needed to pass it, signs that the West Virginia Democrat is still open to casting his critical vote for both measures. Manchin is expected to speak to Biden again soon and also discussed voting rights legislation in Tuesday’s full caucus meeting, according to attendees. The current moment is a gut check for a Democratic Party that’s followed through on several major accomplishments during Biden’s presidency but also set expectations sky-high. The majority party passed $1.9 trillion in coronavirus aid, worked with Republicans on a $550 billion infrastructure law and united all 50 Senate Democrats around a sweeping elections bill. But that legislation can’t pass under current Senate rules due to Republican opposition, and Democrats had to cut Biden’s sweeping spending plan in half from where it started — yet it still remains in limbo. Schumer wants to address voting rights before the end of the year and is pushing Democrats to vote on the social spending bill by Christmas. But the parliamentarian is still reviewing key elements of the House-passed proposal and could reject provisions that don’t comply with Senate rules. Plus, Democrats still need to reach an agreement on state and local tax relief and potentially make more changes to bring Manchin on board. Democrats are using the so-called budget reconciliation process to pass the social spending bill, which allows them to sidestep a filibuster and pass the legislation along party lines within strict constraints. One Democratic senator, speaking candidly on condition of anonymity, said that the best-case scenario would be starting floor debate next week: “It’s possible you could get it done by the 23rd. But that assumes everything goes smoothly.” On Tuesday afternoon, Schumer declined to guarantee a vote this month — after repeatedly saying he hoped to see one by Christmas — or even to say whether he believed Manchin wants to vote for the spending bill. The Democratic leader referred only to ongoing talks with Biden and the work the party’s doing behind the scenes to ready the bill for potential floor action. As for voting rights, Schumer said: “There’s a strong belief in the Senate that we can restore the Senate and at the same time deal with voting rights, and that’s what we’re aiming to do.” Both the elections and the social spending bill can't stay on pause for long without consequences. Many Democrats are pushing for the safety net legislation to pass before Democrats' boosted child tax credit expires at the end of the year. And some Democrats argue that a ballot-access bill needs to pass before states finalize their maps for the 2022 election cycle. For these Democrats, including the up-for-reelection Warnock, discussions on weakening the filibuster to pass an elections bill need to get jumpstarted to set up action for early next year. “We want both of them, but voting rights has more of a time issue because there are states already developing their district mapping,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). “If we don’t move quickly it could be too late.” Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N. M. ) contended the social spending bill must wrap up before Christmas, describing that as “just meeting some minimum level of expectation” for the party. He added that “voting rights is something we’re going to continue to put front and center until we get people’s right to vote protected again.” Since Schumer can’t afford to lose a single Democratic vote in a 50-50 Senate, Manchin is shaping both pieces of legislation. On the social spending bill, Manchin so far has brought down the total price tag to around $1.7 trillion, from $3.5 trillion. And over the summer, Manchin worked with Schumer and a small group of Democratic colleagues to craft a new elections reform bill after the West Virginian opposed an original version that his party introduced. Still, Democrats are already conceding they may leave for the holidays without passing either of their big-ticket items. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said he doesn’t “necessarily think either of them have to be done in December,” adding that he’s “willing to stay here and work until we get them done.” For Tester and other members, it’s not necessarily about passing the two items by a certain deadline, or in what order, but instead getting the entire caucus on board to actually pass the rest of Biden’s agenda after months of delay. “There’s productive conversations happening about voting rights. Nothing’s landed yet. Just like there’s productive conversations happening on Build Back Better,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). As to which happens first, he observed: “I don’t think I have an opinion on that. You take what you can get.”
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Sherry Bren Felt 'Intimidated' by Gov. Kristi Noem, Kassidy Peters at Meeting Over License

Sherry Bren, former director of South Dakota's Appraiser Certification Program, testified in front of lawmakers Tuesday that she felt "intimidated" by how many high-level government officials were at the July 2020 meeting in Governor Kristi Noem 's office over the denial of the application for a real estate appraiser's license for Noem's daughter, Kassidy Peters. Bren testified that an additional chance to meet federal requirements to obtain the license and a "stipulation agreement" for what Peters had to do in order to get the license were unusual practices for the office she led for 30 years, and the agreement was something she had never done before. The panel she testified in front of was formed to investigate the meeting and agreement following reporting by the Associated Press in September. The meeting was called a week after Peters was notified by the program that Bren had directed since its creation in 1991. Peters eventually passed the program and obtained the license, and Bren testified that she was later "forced to retire" from her position over what she called age discrimination. She said the meeting and agreement continued the trend of Peters' application being handled in an unusual manner, as members of Noem's cabinet had previously become unusually involved in the process. Bren said she was prepared to meet with Noem and the state's labor secretary at the meeting, and was surprised that Peters was also there to discuss her application, along with other top aides to Noem. "Once I got there, I was very nervous, and, quite frankly, intimidated", Bren said. Bren's testimony was the first time that she has spoken in depth in public about Peters' application and about a meeting that her mother called last year to discuss the appraisal process. The panel's inquiry into the state's Appraiser Certification Program comes as Noem has positioned herself as a prospect for the GOP presidential ticket in 2024 and shown a willingness to jab at potential rivals. Noem has denied wrongdoing, casting her actions as an effort to cut red tape to address a shortage of appraisers certified by the state. Noem also has insisted the agreement was not even broached at the July meeting and said her daughter had only given "her personal experiences through the program." "There's been a continual narrative that I did something to help her get licensed, which is absolutely false", Noem said at an event Monday. She said Noem began the meeting by saying she knew that South Dakota is the hardest state to be licensed as an appraiser and she intended "to get to the bottom of that." Most requirements to be certified as an appraiser are set at the federal level, but Bren said that some state standards went beyond that minimum. As Bren testified, the governor's office continued to cast the stipulation agreement as proof that Noem had not sought special treatment for her daughter. Ian Fury, the governor's spokesman, posted on Twitter to say that the agreement showed that Peters had to meet additional requirements to get her license. Fury also pointed out that the department had previously entered into a "stipulation agreement", but Bren said her agency had never initiated one and the previous "stipulation agreement" was reached in a separate process from a license upgrade. In another departure from normal procedure, Peters said Secretary of Labor Marcia Hultman had pushed in the spring for Bren to strike a requirement that Peters take additional appraiser classes. Bren said she could not remember a cabinet secretary ever getting involved in that process. Hultman previously told the committee that Peters' application was handled in the same way as many other applicants. Although she acknowledged it was uncommon to have an applicant like Peters in a meeting with top administration officials, Hultman said last year's meeting in the governor's mansion did not influence how the department handled Peters' application because regulators had already set up a plan to let her fix shortcomings and try again. But Bren told lawmakers that at the meeting, "I recall the discussion focused on crafting a second agreement, requiring Peters to complete the classes. Peters agreed to complete the classes, correct and rewrite the appraisal reports and submit them for review to the examiner." The agreement was signed more than a week after the meeting. Bren's appearance Tuesday was compelled by subpoena. She was pressed to retire after Peters got her license in November of 2020, filed an age discrimination lawsuit and accepted a $200,000 settlement that bars her from disparaging state officials. Bren testified that she was "forced to retire." Asked later to say why, she said: "I believe that it was age discrimination and beyond that would be strictly speculation on my part." Several lawmakers said they would like to see the state remove the non-disparagement clause from Bren's agreement because it would let them get an understanding of why Bren was pressure