This year will be a rare departure from the Bidens' longstanding tradition of gathering with extended family for Thanksgiving.An unusual year for Trumps, too »
Multiple members of President Donald Trump's inner circle have told him that his legal team is making him look like an idiot, The Daily Beast reported. Trump appointed Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, to lead the Trump campaign's legal challenges to the 2020 election results on November 14. On Monday, NBC reported on Monday that Trump was worried his legal team were "fools that are making him look bad."
A South Korean court has sentenced the operator of a vast online sex trafficking ring to 40 years in prison in a case that outraged the nation. Cho Ju-bin, 25, oversaw a group of 38 accomplices who befriended and then blackmailed at least 74 women into sharing explicit videos that were then posted in pay-per-view internet chat rooms. Sixteen of the victims were less than 16 years old, the age of consent in South Korea.
Progressive lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have signed a petition calling on president-elect Joe Biden not to appoint Bruce Reed to his administration. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Rep. Omar, of Minnesota, are supporting efforts to have Mr Reed, Mr Biden's former chief of staff, frozen out of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Reports emerged earlier this week suggesting that Mr Reed, who also served in the Obama administration, was top of the president-elect's list to head up the OMB.
Donald Trump Jr. announced Wednesday night that he'd been cleared to end his COVID-19 isolation and celebrate Thanksgiving "the way it's meant to be." On Friday, Trump Jr. announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. It's not clear when Trump Jr. received his positive diagnosis, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend even asymptomatic COVID patients isolate for 10 days.
No one is really sure what Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will do after leaving the White House in January or where they will live, but people who know them are certain they plan on getting out of Washington, D.C., as fast as they can, The New York Times reports. President Trump's daughter and son-in-law have never fit in, several people told the Times, but it's not a sure bet that they will return to New York City. Donny Deutsch, a marketing expert and critic of the president, said he thinks Ivanka and Jared would have an "even harder time than Trump himself" moving back to Manhattan.
Police arrested a 41-year-old man from Nebraska man who is accused of chasing his Black neighbor with a chainsaw while using racially offensive language on Saturday, according to The Kansas City Star and Lincoln Journal Star. Daniel Stueck told police that he was experiencing thefts and that 25-year-old Norma Nimox was "guilty because she was black" according to Nebraska's KOLN-TV. "I see a man with a chainsaw in his hand he rips open the door," Nimox told KOLN-TV.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, handily won a second term this month, but underperformed President-elect Joe Biden by more than perhaps any other Democratic candidate in the country. There are a slew of factors that likely impacted Omar's race, including a third party on the ticket, a supremely well-funded Republican opponent, and the fact that she was virtually guaranteed to win reelection.
President Trump is reportedly heading to Pennsylvania for a Republican meeting on voter fraud allegations, ignoring advice from some of his aides in the process. Trump is "expected to join" his lawyer Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as Republican state lawmakers on Wednesday hold a "hearing" about claims of election "irregularities," CNN reports. The plans could reportedly still change, but they were confirmed by Bloomberg, which noted that the event doesn't appear on Trump's public schedule.
An Indonesian man collapsed as he was flogged nearly 150 times Thursday for raping a child in conservative Aceh province, where public whipping is a common punishment for violating Islamic law. "The maximum sentence is meant to be a deterrent," Ivan Nanjjar Alavi, an official from the East Aceh prosecutor's office, told reporters. Aceh, on the western tip of Sumatra, is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia to impose Islamic law under an autonomy deal with the central government that ended a long-running separatist insurgency.
There is a trend of TikTok users sharing their experience of getting their teeth ground down to pegs for the "perfect smile." The preparation for full coverage crowns is more aggressive than veneers and compromises more of the tooth, so dentists do not recommend this for young people. "She's going to have dentures by the age of 40," Dr. Shaadi Manouchehri, a London-based dentist, said while commenting on a video of a young influencer's "veneer vlog" on TikTok.
The El Paso city council voted on Monday to hire legal counsel to help collect the more than half a million dollars owed to the city by the Trump campaign from a rally almost two years ago, local station KTSM reported. The city reportedly spent about $470,000 on security and other expenses for the February 2019 rally. The city council vote came days after news that National Guard personnel were deployed to the western Texas city to help with overflowing morgues as it battles the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.
President-Elect Joe Biden faces a challenging task fulfilling his foreign policy vision of the United States reclaiming its global leadership role after years in which the country stepped back and rival powers like China stepped in. Introducing his national security team that includes veteran diplomats, Biden and his nominees on Tuesday emphasized working to strengthen alliances and multilateralism, ideas that fell out of favor during the "America First" approach of Republican President Donald Trump. "It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it," he told a news briefing in Wilmington, Delaware.
An Indigenous man in Canada has launched two human rights complaints after he and his 12-year old granddaughter were arrested and handcuffed as they tried to open a bank account. But bank staff did not believe the two were Indigenous after failing to verify the authenticity of their government-issued Indian status cards. Staff were also suspicious about the size of a deposit in Johnson's account, prompting an employee to call the police.
Volunteers who received two of the potential coronavirus vaccines in the US have spoken out about the side-effects they experienced following their jabs. This month, Moderna and Pfizer announced their vaccine candidates had been tested to 94.5 per cent and 95 per cent efficacy respectively. Jennifer Haller, who was injected on 16 March with Moderna's experimental vaccine in Seattle, told WVPI-TV she only experienced mild side-effects as a result.
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Patricia Compton was charged with aggravated assault counts, plus child cruelty and terroristic threats. Two children in Georgia say they were terrified when a woman pulled a gun on them as they were out riding bikes in a Byron subdivision on Sunday. Twelve-year-old Kaleb Barnes and his best friend, 13-year-old Ethan Hollis, were riding their bikes in the Autumn Cove subdivision when they heard animal noises and went to investigate.
As Americans at home sat down for Thanksgiving dinner in 1968, a team of special operators was setting out to solve a deadly puzzle in Cambodia. During the Vietnam War, the US military had a covert special-operations unit that conducted cross-border operations in Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam. Composed of Army Special Forces operators, Navy SEALs, and Air Commandos, and other personnel, the Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) took the fight to the enemy without hesitation.
Republicans have wrongly created a narrative where white men see themselves as "victims" who are "under attack", according to Barack Obama. The former president said this belief was pervasive among many Republican voters despite the fact that it "obviously doesn't jive with both history and data and economics." "That's a story that's being told and how you unwind that is going to be not something that is done right away," Obama said in a radio interview on Wednesday.
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvania has shut down the sales of alcohol at bars and restaurants through Thanksgiving morning.
A Walmart shopper was arrested on Saturday, after police said he pulled out a pair of brass knuckles when he was told to wear a mask or leave the store. Two anti-mask Costco shoppers have been arrested recently, following clashes with employees. Workers have been facing harassment and violence from anti-mask customers for months.
Joe Biden has issued a Thanksgiving message to the country he will soon lead, telling them that their sacrifice in not travelling to see relatives is their way of showing gratitude to the nation. Sitting next to his wife Jill, Mr Biden explained that their tradition was to travel to Nantucket to be with friends and family, but instead they were having a small celebration at home in Delaware. Donald Trump, meanwhile, continues to deny reality, claiming on Twitter that “we will WIN” the election he lost despite the official transition having begun.
The vast distances of the Pacific region and the growing reach of the Chinese military has led the US to look for ways to disperse its forces and their bases. For the US Air Force, that means scouring the region for runways and facilities that can support its aircraft as they try to spread out and sustain potential combat operations. The prospect of a war with China, which has a rapidly modernizing military that can reach farther and farther across the Pacific, has the US military looking to spread out.
USA TODAY'S coverage of the 2020 election and President-elect Joe Biden's transition continues this week as states certify their vote counts. President Donald Trump has yet to concede the race but his administration cleared the way this week for Biden's team to have access to federal resources and briefings during the transition. President-elect Joe Biden and future first lady Jill Biden said in a message to Americans on Thanksgiving Day that though 2020 has had increased challenges for many across the country and families may not be able to gather as usual, there is still much to be grateful for.
DoorDash is paying $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed in 2019 that accused the company of using a "deceptive" tipping model. The lawsuit alleged that DoorDash used millions of dollars in tips and applied it towards drivers' base pay and the guaranteed minimum pay for orders, instead of adding it to the overall check. Customers believed the tips would go directly to drivers, and many were not aware of DoorDash's actual tipping process until it was made public.
“Donald Trump defeated Donald Trump.”
“The victory was a vindication of a style of American politics that many feared was gone forever.”
“Mr. Biden’s victory — and Mr. Trump’s defeat — is a testament to the resilience of American democracy.”
“Trump’s 2020 reelection bid was doomed by his boorish behavior. Time and again, he refused to act like a president.”
“Biden took the opportunity to unite the Democratic Party.”