The agency assigned Mexico its highest advisory, saying travel there "may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19."Increased demand for Mexico flights »
Days after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian nuclear scientist, retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven said that retaliation is all but inevitable. "The Iranians are going to be in a position where they have to retaliate. I don't see any way around it," McRaven, former head of US Special Operations Command and the Navy SEAL who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said on ABC's "This Week."
The body of a 26-year-old Instagram influencer who vanished last week was found on the side of a road in Houston over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Alexis Robinault, who went by Alexis Sharkey and described herself as a "mentor," had no visible wounds and her cause of death hadn't yet been determined, the Houston Police Department said in a statement. Police said that paramedics found her body on Saturday morning near a section of Interstate 10 roughly 17 miles west of downtown Houston.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) suggested Monday that he might oppose President-elect Joe Biden's nomination of Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary because Biden's Cabinet picks are "a bunch of corporate liberals and warmongers." Over the summer, The Bulwark's Tim Miller pointed out, Hawley told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the Democratic Party "in thrall" to "the Marxist left."
Switzerland is emerging as a model for how the coronavirus can be contained without a national lockdown, after daily new infections halved since the start of November despite pubs, restaurants, gyms and sports remaining open in much of the country. The figures were hailed as a triumph for the “Swiss special way” by Swiss government doctors last week, and will be seen as evidence that regional tiers can work in the UK. Rather than ordering a general lockdown, Switzerland allowed regions to decide their own measures and only the worst-hit imposed tough restrictions.
Georgia Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff launched a blistering attack on Donald Trump and suggested his visit would just bring Covid to the state. And Mr Ossoff branded Mr Trump “a disgraced president” who would only “intensify” the enthusiasm of Democratic voters in Georgia. "With respect to President Trump, I mean, is he bringing stimulus for families?
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a COVID-19 vaccination from the Chinese government, Japanese intelligence sources told a Washington DC-based Korea expert. Kim's health has been the subject of rumors throughout his nine-year rule of the country. The 36-year-old dictator is a frequent smoker and obese, according to South Korean lawmakers, fueling speculation that he would experience complications if he were to contract COVID-19.
President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Treasury Department, Janet Yellen, is considered well-respected in Republican circles, despite sparring with GOP lawmakers on occasion during her tenure as a Federal Reserve official. That respect has already made itself evident — Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C. the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, said in a statement Tuesday that while he'll work against Biden's economic agenda, he believes Yellen "demonstrated her intellect, foresight, and independence during the financial crisis, and throughout her term as Fed Chair," indicating he's satisfied with Biden's choice.
One person was shot dead and four others injured on Thanksgiving after police in Henderson, Nevada, say a man and woman fired at people while driving in the city. "It is believed that the suspects were driving around the city randomly shooting at citizens with no apparent motive," Henderson police said in a news release. Henderson police officers responding to the Thursday shooting at the 800 block of East Lake Mead Parkway found a 22-year-old man, who had died from an apparent gunshot wound, and a 23-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man, a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old man, all suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, according to a news release.
Republicans have realised that the end of Donald Trump is near despite his “absurd, doomed lawsuits” and will start distancing themselves from the president, predicts former Republican and co-founder of the Lincoln Project Rick Wilson in a scathing new op-ed. In a strongly-worded piece for the Daily Beast, Mr Wilson wrote that “the dark is rising for Trump's sycophants, toadies and enablers”. Their tough-guy acts and f***-your-feelings s***-talk have become a furious whine of complaints and recriminations as a toxic slurry of rage and despair has left a stinging bile in the back of their throats that won't go away.
President-elect Joe Biden has angered both progressive Democrats and Republicans with his announcement that he will nominate Neera Tanden to direct the Office of Management and Budget. Tanden, the head of the influential liberal think tank Center for American Progress, is a longtime advisor to Hillary Clinton and has made numerous enemies among both progressive Democrats and Republicans. While some Republicans insisted Tanden wouldn't be confirmed by the Senate, a slew of progressives aligned with Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed Tanden's likely nomination as divisive.
The bodies of Timothy Eugene Francis and Christina Lynn Francis were found in their Maryland home Friday. The bodies of 50-year-old Timothy Eugene Francis and Christina Lynn Francis, 41, were found in their Waldorf, Maryland home on Friday. Authorities confirmed that the weapon used was a handgun, and there were multiple guns in the home.
A cancer nurse at Salem Hospital in Oregon was placed on administrative leave after posting a TikTok making light of coronavirus guidance, the hospital said in a statement Saturday. The hospital did not name the nurse, but the Statesman Journal identified her as Ashley Grames. The TikTok showed the nurse wearing scrubs and includes the caption: "When my co workers find out I still travel, dont wear a mask when I am out and let my kids have play dates."
Monday's Late Show was all Stephen Colbert's interview last week with former President Barack Obama, and Obama took his share of needling. Many Americans missed Obama during President Trump's tenure, Colbert included, he said. Colbert also poked at Obama's cadence, telling him that if you listen to his audiobook recording at double speed, "you can't tell that it's actually going faster," because it's "normal human talking speed."
A judge in Georgia has ordered the state administration not to “alter, destroy, or erase” any software or data on Dominion-brand voting machines in three counties in the state, after a case was filed by former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell related to fraud in the elections. The judge, Timothy C Batten, also asked the state's Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to explain by Wednesday evening their views, if any, against allowing the inspection of the voting machines in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Cherokee Counties. The case by Ms Powell, who has been alleging without evidence that Dominion voting machines are part of an elaborate election rigging conspiracy, was heard by the US district judge on Sunday night via a Zoom call.
The funeral of a Florida teenager ended abruptly on Saturday afternoon after an unknown gunman fired bullets at the service, hitting the deceased's mother. People gathered to honour Sincere Pierce, 18, at Riverview Memorial Gardens in Cocoa, Florida – who was one of two teenage victims in the 13 November killing by a Brevard County deputy officer. Gunfire rang out just as the pastor finished his prayers for Mr Pierce and friends and loved ones were placing flowers on his casket.
Tony Hsieh was the CEO of the online retailer Zappos for 20 years and pioneered a number of out-of-the-box work policies to foster innovation and productivity. One of them was "The Offer," a program that offered new employees who decided they were unhappy a $2,000 bonus to quit following a four-week training period. The practice was designed to weed out those who wouldn't be as committed to and passionate about their work, thereby bolstering overall happiness in the company's workforce.
Public health officials are growing increasingly concerned about the spread of the coronavirus after millions of Americans defied warnings and gathered in large numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday, said she's worried the rate of spread could be similar to what was seen after the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S., but this time, with a far higher number of new daily cases. DR. BIRX: "We're entering this post-Thanksgiving surge with three, four and 10 times as much disease across the country.
Two officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said the administration is set to announce new sanctions on regime-linked companies and individuals in the coming weeks to solidify a years-long effort to paralyze Tehran's economy. Knowledgeable sources say those actions are designed to help fulfill various Trump officials' long-brewing desire to make it more difficult for the Democratic president-elect to rekindle negotiations with Tehran and re-enter a nuclear deal. And it's a scenario for which Biden lieutenants and allies have long prepared, having already factored into their Iran strategy that current U.S. officials would do nearly everything they could to undermine a revival of Obama-era rela...
The White House on Monday showed off how first lady Melania Trump decorated for her final Christmas there. Last month, Trump was overheard in leaked audio complaining about having to decorate the White House for the holiday season in 2018. "I'm working my a-- off with the Christmas stuff that, you know, who gives a f--- about Christmas stuff and decorations?
China underreported Covid-19 numbers by more than half as it downplayed the severity of the virus and their failure to quickly diagnose cases in the early stages of the pandemic, according to leaked documents. A series of revelations in 117 pages of internal documents from the Hubei Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, obtained by CNN, shows how the Chinese Communist Party withheld vital information as the world grappled to contain the rapidly spreading virus. On 10 February, China publicly reported 2,478 new confirmed cases while privately reporting 5,918 new cases - a 139 per cent difference.
Millionaire Senator Kelly Loeffler was mocked for an ad claiming she knows what “it feels like waiting on that paycheck. Ms Loeffler, who is fighting to retain her Georgia seat, is married to the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, Jeffrey Sprecher. She is reportedly the wealthiest member of congress with a fortune estimated at between $800m and $1bn, according to Forbes.
A new poll for the New York City mayoral race included the former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, according to Politico. Yang was said to be listed in an online poll gauging enthusiasm for a third-party candidate in the Big Apple in 2021. Amid ongoing speculation over his political future, the former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang appeared in an online poll about the coming New York City mayoral race.
Scott Atlas, President Trump's special adviser on COVID-19 who pushed back on lockdowns and repeatedly downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, has submitted his resignation. The neuroradiologist, who lacked expertise in infectious disease, began his 130-day position as a special government employee in August, and his gig was set to expire this week. Atlas has fielded fierce criticism for his efforts to downplay the pandemic and block states from enacting their own measures to combat the worsening outbreak, including enacting mask mandates and social distancing guidelines.
Health experts are concerned about the potential surge of new coronavirus infections following Thanksgiving celebrations and travel, despite advice to avoid those activities altogether. People who participated in large gatherings and traveled on public transportation had higher chances of exposure to COVID-19 than those who didn't, so experts suggest those individuals, and anyone who spent the holiday with them, should get tested. But not right away.
Google's former CEO has revealed the magic year parents can tell if their children are exceptionally smart. Eric Schmidt has launched a talent-hunting foundation that is scouring the globe for its 100 brightest youngsters. The Billionaire's Schmidt Futures organisation has teamed with British educational charity the Rhodes Trust to launch the Rise scheme.
“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.”