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President Donald Trump is considering preemptively pardoning as many as 20 close associates before he leaves office in January, Politico reported on Thursday. Trump and his allies will face a slew of civil and criminal investigations on a federal and state level once he leaves office in January, and the pardon power does not apply to state offenses. President Donald Trump is weighing issuing preemptive pardons to as many as 20 close associates, Politico reported on Thursday.
Flames spread from a house to nearby vegetation, touching off a massive, wind-whipped wildfire that burned out of control Thursday in Southern California, authorities said. The Bond Fire started shortly after 10 p.m. on Wednesday in Silverado Canyon in eastern Orange County, about 50 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, officials said. Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Paul Holaday said this blaze, with plenty of tinder-dry brush in front of it and high winds in the forecast to fuel it, will surely burn through the weekend.
President-elect Joe Biden laid out his vision for his soon-to-be vice president's role, saying Kamala Harris will be asked to take on “the urgent need of the moment” rather than pursue her own policy agenda. I headed the  recovery act not because that's what I said I wanted to do,” Mr Biden said Thursday night of his tenure as vice president – but because then-President Barack Obama instructed him to be the lead negotiator with Congress. There are so many things that are going to land on this president's desk,” he said, referring to himself, during an interview with CNN.
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.
President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn Wisconsin's election results by tossing ballots only from the state's two most heavily Democratic counties is an “assault on democracy,” attorneys for Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said in filings with the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The filings, made late Tuesday, come as the state's highest court is weighing Trump's request to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in Milwaukee and Dane counties. Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump by a 2-to-1 margin in those counties on his way to a 20,682-vote win statewide.
U.S. intelligence shows that China has conducted "human testing" on members of the People's Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with "biologically enhanced capabilities," the top U.S. intelligence official said Friday. John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, included the explosive claim in a long Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he made the case that China poses the pre-eminent national security threat to the U.S. "There are no ethical boundaries to Beijing's pursuit of power," wrote Ratcliffe, a Republican former member of Congress from Texas.
Earlier this week, Project Veritas released the first of what it promised would be many shocking revelations from CNN's internal editorial meetings, which founder James O'Keefe appears to have infiltrated and recorded over the course of several weeks. First, the right-wing group tried to make hay out of the fact that one high-level CNN staffer considered Fox News host Tucker Carlson to be racist—while simultaneously misidentifying the staffer in question. CNN President Jeff Zucker thinks Rudy Giuliani is “crazy.”
The UK prime minister is set to declare one of the most ambitious targets in the world for tackling climate change. BBC News understands Boris Johnson's goal will be to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 68% or 69% by the end of the decade, based on 1990 levels. NDCs represent the commitments by each country - under the Paris pact - to reduce their own national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
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.
A group of U.S. states is investigating Facebook over concerns it wields too much power. Reuters sources say the states, led by New York, plan to file a lawsuit against the social media giant next week over potential antitrust violations. It's not clear what will be in the lawsuit, but Facebook has previously been accused of stifling competition by buying small potential rivals at a premium.
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.
President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the expert on the coronavirus pandemic, to become his chief medical adviser and part of his Covid-19 response team. "I asked him to stay on the exact same role he's had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well, and be part of the Covid team," Biden said. Fauci had told CBS News that he would meet Thursday Biden's transition team to discuss the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kyle Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old charged with killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the shooting of Jacob Blake — will stand trial on charges of felony homicide and other crimes, a court commissioner ruled Thursday. During a preliminary hearing at Kenosha County Circuit Court, which was held via video link, commissioner Loren Keating ruled that there was enough evidence to send Rittenhouse to trial over the Aug. 25 killings of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. Rittenhouse also faces charges of possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18 and felony attempted homicide for injuring a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz.
China has accused critics in the U.S. government of “an escalation of political suppression” against Beijing following new visa restrictions on members of China's ruling Communist Party and their immediate family members. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Thursday that China would “make representations” to the U.S. over its decision to limit such people to one-month, single-entry visas. Hua called Washington's approach “totally inconsistent with the U.S.'s own interests,” and said it would damage America's global image.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Wednesday told President Donald Trump to delete his Twitter account. The lawmaker quote-tweeted the president's link to a video statement with more unfounded claims about the November 3 election. A Republican congressman told President Donald Trump to "delete your account" on Wednesday night after the president tweeted a link to a 45-minute speech in which he repeated baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in the election.
When first lady Melania Trump revealed the Christmas decorations for her last holiday season in the White House, one aspect that stood out was a room dedicated to the Kennedys. The Vermeil Room on the ground floor of the executive mansion features a collection of 1,600 display pieces of silver-gilt tableware, and this year holiday decorations were themed on president John F Kennedy and first lady Jackie. Ms Kennedy's portrait hangs in the room along with those of other first ladies.
President Donald Trump's anger toward Attorney General William Barr has reached a boiling point in recent days, and multiple advisors are trying to persuade the president not to fire Barr, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Trump's fury is said to stem mainly from Barr's failure to deliver on a politically charged investigation into the origins of the FBI's Russia inquiry. That probe, spearheaded by US Attorney John Durham, is examining whether the bureau broke the law when it investigated whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to tilt the 2016 US election in his favor.
New data released by the Small Business Administration shows controversial YouTuber Jake Paul received a PPP bailout loan of $34,800 in April 2020. The loan was accepted by Team 10, Inc., the content company Paul operates out of his $7 million mansion where he threw large parties in the weeks after receiving federal money. Paul told Insider he wasn't going to "sit around and not live [his] life" when asked about his large gatherings that violated local coronavirus guidelines.
Joe Biden is expected to announce who will lead his administration's Department of Health and Human Services, a significant position in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. The Associated Press reported that New Mexico's Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was expected to be a frontrunner for the position, but it appears she is no longer being considered. As a result, she is not being considered for other substantive administration positions.
In yet another unhinged election fraud hearing on Wednesday night, Trump campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani—who recently had hair dye leaking down his face during a press conference in which he quoted My Cousin Vinny—appeared to be so embarrassed by one of his witnesses that he tried to shush her. With Team Trump's lawsuits and legal challenges repeatedly getting laughed out of court, the legal team's latest gambit to keep President Donald Trump in the White House is to try to convince legislatures in states President-elect Joe Biden won to dismiss their states' certifications and flip their electoral votes to Trump. After holding unofficial “hearings” in Arizona and Pennsylvania hotels, Giuliani and fellow Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis appeared in front of a Michigan House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday.
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.
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.
President-elect Joe Biden said when it comes to the Department of Justice, he is "not going to be telling them what they have to do and don't have to do." Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were interviewed by CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday, and the discussion turned to reports that President Trump is contemplating preemptively pardoning his adult children, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Biden said this "concerns me in terms of what kind of precedent it sets and how the rest of the world looks [at] us as a nation of laws and justice."
“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.”