While many countries seem determined to shield their citizens from the harshest economic side effects of the pandemic, President Trump and Congress have failed to agree on further assistance.Now suffering more than ever »
A Florida attorney is reportedly under investigation after trying to register to vote in Georgia ahead of the January runoff election and encouraging other Republicans to change "your address for the next two months" so they can vote in the state as well, WSB-TV reports. Attorney Bill Price in a Facebook video that has since been deleted was reportedly seen speaking to members of the Bay County GOP in Florida last month, saying "we have to do whatever it takes" to "hold the Senate" and that he's "moving to Georgia" for the January runoff. "And if that means changing your address for the next two months, so be it," Price says.
A mother, aged 70, has been arrested on suspicion of unlawful deprivation of liberty and grievous bodily harm. A relative discovered the man in a Stockholm flat covered in "urine, dirt, and dust," according to the Swedish newspaper Expressen. According to prosecutors, the 70-year-old was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of unlawful deprivation of liberty and grievous bodily harm.
The official serving as President Donald Trump's eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive information about election fraud and other matters she could relay to the White House, three people familiar with the matter tell The Associated Press. Heidi Stirrup, an ally of top Trump adviser Stephen Miller, was quietly installed at the Justice Department as a White House liaison a few months ago.
A judge ruled on Thursday there was probable cause that U.S. teenager Kyle Rittenhouse committed felonies in fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third during protests in Wisconsin over the summer, clearing one of the final hurdles before trial. The shootings occurred in August in Kenosha, Wisconsin amid civil unrest sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Rittenhouse's lawyers have said he was helping protect property and that he acted in self defense.
China has started targeting President-elect Joe Biden and his team, a top US intelligence official warned at an Aspen Institute summit Wednesday. Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said his agency had expected the Chinese to "revector their influence campaigns to the new administration." Evanina did not give any specifics but said the influence campaign was "on steroids."
Alexis Robinault, an influencer in Houston also known as Alexis Sharkey, was found dead over the weekend. "I believe solely that she was murdered, because of the manner in which her body was left," her mother, Stacey Robinault, told Insider in an interview. A 26-year-old Instagram influencer from Houston, Texas, was found dead on the side of the road on Saturday.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to hear a case from President Trump's legal team that seeks to challenge the state's presidential election results, The Washington Post reports. On Thursday, the court ruled that Trump's team should have taken up the matter with a lower court. The ruling is yet another blow to Trump's longshot effort to overturn his election loss in several states; he has claimed voter fraud led to President-elect Joe Biden's victory, but there is no evidence of widespread fraud.
Evacuations and search and rescue efforts were underway Wednesday after a record-breaking rainstorm swept across Southeast Alaska, triggering mudslides and widespread flooding. Multiple precipitation records were broken Tuesday across the region, including a single-day rainfall record from 1946, according to the National Weather Service in Juneau. Tuesday] was the wettest day ever recorded at our weather stations at the airports of Skagway, Haines and in Juneau, Meteorologist Aaron Jacobs told USA TODAY, adding that some areas have seen 30 to 40 inches of snow.
U.N. experts say South Sudan's latest peace effort has stalled, with the coalition government formed in February failing to meet deadlines and President Salva Kiir locking opposition leader and now First Vice President Riek Machar “out of the government's decision-making process.” The panel of experts said it was told by senior leaders of Machar's Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition that the first vice-president has been “de facto under house arrest,” and that Kiir's faction has monopolized government policies, giving opposition ministers “ceremonial roles” and also excluding them from decision-making. “While government officials have attributed the stagnation of the peace agreement to the spread of COVID-19, multiple sources within the government, including ministers and aides close to the president, told the panel that the lack of implementation is a consequence of political disagreements,” the experts' said in the 56-page report circulated Tuesday.
President Trump reportedly needs no encouragement to start praising the dangerous, baseless QAnon conspiracy theory. The most pressing matter for federal Republicans right now is the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia, which will determine control of the body. Trump is reportedly not thrilled with Georgia and that fact that it flipped for President-elect Joe Biden, and is publicly upset with Republican leaders in the state who haven't somehow overturned the election for him.
American Airlines operated the demonstration flight a few weeks before it is planning to reintroduce the Max to regular customer service. In March 2019, the Boeing 737 Max was grounded worldwide after the second of two fatal crashes caused by a flaw in the airplane. Today, I climbed aboard the plane for its first passenger flight of 2020, which the Federal Aviation Administration allowed after 20 months of inspections, deliberations, hearings, redesigns, lawsuits, and debates.
A 14-year-old was sleeping when a man reached into her window in North Carolina, according to her mom. Tanisha Washington said it was just after 2 a.m. on Oct. 28 when she heard her teen daughter scream. “I knew something was wrong, and I knew that she was scared,” she told McClatchy News in a phone interview on Wednesday.
"You can celebrate the holiday of Christmas and you can do it responsibly, which is why the East Wing has noted that they'll have a smaller guest list," McEnany said during a press briefing at the White House, adding that masks, hand-sanitizer and social distancing would be encouraged. At a White House holiday reception on Tuesday night, Trump hinted at planning another run for the U.S. presidency in 2024 and acknowledged that his long-shot legal challenges to the outcome of the Nov. 3 election might fail. "We are trying to do another four years," he told the assembled group, according to a Republican source who was at the event.
The U.S. said Wednesday it would block imports from a major Chinese producer of cotton goods because of its reliance on workers detained as part of a crackdown on ethnic minorities in China's northwest. Customs and Border Protection issued an order halting shipments from the state-controlled Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. Any U.S. company seeking to import goods from the company would have to prove they were not made with the forced labor of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities subjected to the crackdown.
For more than six decades, Kazuo Odachi had a secret: At the age of 17, he became a kamikaze pilot, one of thousands of young Japanese men tasked to give their lives in last-ditch suicide missions near the end of World War II. As he built a family and a career as a Tokyo police officer, he kept his secret from virtually everyone, even his wife, who knew only that he had served as a Japanese Navy pilot. The experience, he felt, would be too hard to explain to a society that mostly viewed the kamikaze as maniacal zealots who volunteered for an unthinkable sacrifice.
Yet widespread relief among Palestinians in the West Bank over President Donald Trump's defeat is giving way to rising skepticism over whether President-elect Joe Biden will have the ability or political will to reset bilateral relations dramatically altered by his predecessor. While many Palestinians are eager to see the end of the current administration's pressure campaign and a resumption of economic aid, they say more is needed than simply a repudiation of Mr. Trump's policies or a return to the pre-2017 status quo. Instead, they are calling for a deep recalibration of U.S.-Palestinian ties to unlock change in the region – a change many doubt a Biden administration can deliver.
America's top infectious diseases expert on Wednesday accused the UK of rushing through its approval of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. Dr Anthony Fauci, a leading member of America's response to the pandemic, said UK health authorities did not scrutinise vaccine trial data as "carefully" as US officials have been doing. His comments came after the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) on Tuesday approved Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine, meaning Britain is the first western country to green-light the injection.
Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia has at times made at least 20 stock transactions in just one day, according to a New York Times analysis on Wednesday. Perdue made a total of 2,596 trades during his first term in office, the report revealed. The senator has faced public scrutiny and been under federal investigation for potential conflicts of interest while stock trading as a member of Congress.
A new lawsuit viewed by Insider says that Erika Jayne's divorce from lawyer husband Tom Girardi is a "sham" to hide embezzled money. In November, Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi after 21 years of marriage, citing "irreconcilable differences." But a recently filed complaint accuses Girardi of embezzling money from clients, including the "widows and orphans" of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash.
Now that it's clear Joe Biden soon will be president, the fight over automobile pollution and fuel efficiency standards is likely to peter out, and U.S. consumers should see a broader selection of electric and efficient vehicles. Alliance CEO John Bozzella said automakers are committed to working with the Biden administration, which will renew the fight against climate change and likely will undo gas mileage rollbacks under President Donald Trump. The Trump rollbacks were supported by at least a dozen auto companies, many of which are having trouble meeting pollution and efficiency standards set when Barack Obama was president.
If Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock is worried about the deluge of negative ads coming from Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler and her allies, he isn't letting Georgia voters see him sweat. Loeffler is trying to scare voters, he said, by “taking things I've said out of context from over 25 years of being a pastor.” The viral video has generated 6 million views and is gaining attention in the Loeffler-Warnock race, one of two run-off elections in Georgia on Jan. 5 that will determine which party will control the Senate next year.
Congressional Democratic leaders backed a $908 billion stimulus proposal on Wednesday, but the measure lacks funds for a new wave of direct payments. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer embraced the bipartisan measure in an attempt to restart talks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after months of legislative gridlock. Lawmakers and economists have urged Congress to approve of new stimulus checks.
Jessica Lagrange of Jessica Lagrange Interiors said that a strategic layout was crucial for the functionality and visual appeal of any kitchen design. "The placement of appliances and cabinets is critical and must suit the way you prep, cook, and clean," she told Insider. "It takes a lot of soul-searching and good organizational skills to figure out a kitchen layout, especially if it's for someone who entertains a lot."
President Trump is so mad at Attorney General William Barr that a senior administration official told The Washington Post there's a chance Barr could soon be fired. Trump is "livid" for a multitude of reasons, including the fact that Barr told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has not seen any voter fraud "on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election." Trump spent time on Wednesday complaining about Barr, officials familiar with the matter told the Post, and several people close to the president are working to convince Trump not to fire the attorney general.
“This metastasizing debt crisis has had tremendous social costs. An entire generation has been set back.”
“It is not the government’s job to step in and rescue those who took on more debt than their future incomes would support.”
“Many student-borrowers need relief, but well-off borrowers who are thriving — thanks to their college degrees — do not.”
“It will stimulate the lagging economy. And though not everyone will directly benefit, the country as a whole will improve.”
“Canceling student debt would cost billions of dollars each year and would exacerbate, not lessen, economic inequalities.”