In recent weeks the idea of preemptive pardons has returned to the Trump orbit, this time including allies and members of his family.'The kids have been through enough' »
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.
Republicans attempting to undo President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to take up their lawsuit, three days after it was thrown out by the highest court in the battleground state. In the request to the U.S. Supreme Court, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of northwestern Pennsylvania and the other plaintiffs are asking the court to prevent the state from certifying any contests from the Nov. 3 election, and undo any certifications already made, such as Biden's victory. They maintain that Pennsylvania's expansive vote-by-mail law is unconstitutional because it required a constitutional amendment to authorize its provisions.
All day, Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe has been hyping the huge revelations the group would be releasing from their latest stunt. In a dramatic video posted Tuesday morning, the conservative activist could be seen unmuting himself and informing CNN chief Jeff Zucker, “We've been listening to your CNN calls for basically two months and recording everything. Just wanted to ask you some questions, if you have a minute.
Egyptian prosecutors on Monday slammed their Italian counterparts' push to have five Egyptian police and intelligence officers stand trial in Italy over the 2016 abduction, torture and killing of an Italian researcher in Cairo. Italy has for years pressured Cairo to identify and prosecute those responsible for the death of 28-year-old Giulio Regeni, who disappeared for several days in January 2016 before his body was found on a desert highway north of the Egyptian capital. Since late 2018, Italian prosecutors have called for Egypt to hand over the five intelligence and police officers or to at least help Italy prosecute them in absentia.
In November 2019, on the campaign trail in South Carolina, then-candidate Joe Biden was asked a question by immigrant rights activist Carlos Rojas Rodriguez and an immigrant community member. A tense back-and-forth ensued, with Rodriguez and Silvia criticizing the Obama administration's record on deportations and calling for a moratorium on deportations if Biden was elected. Biden disagreed and told Rodriguez, "You should go vote for Trump."
President Trump threatened to veto a $740 billion defense spending bill if it doesn't repeal Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, an unrelated provision that grants broad legal immunity to social media and other internet sites. Unless the "dangerous and unfair Section 230" is "completely terminated," Trump said on Twitter, he will "unequivocally veto" the legislation. Section 230, which shields social media companies from legal liability for user content posted on their sites, is considered a foundational provision of the internet.
A photo of a hospital's alternative care site in Reno, Nevada, is being misrepresented on social media to fuel the false narrative that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, even as cases surge in the state. Renown Regional Medical Center has been the primary target of renewed conspiracy theories online suggesting that hospitals are empty and the virus is not as dangerous as top medical officials say it is. The hospital opened an alternative care site with two floors of supplemental hospital beds inside a parking structure on Nov. 12 to accommodate an overflow in COVID-19 cases if needed.
A group of Ohio GOP legislators have filed 12 articles of impeachment against Gov. Mike DeWine over the state's coronavirus-related restrictions, according to The Washington Post. The group alleges that the DeWine administration has enacted unconstitutional orders to further prevent the virus's transmission throughout the state. Reps.
A Chicago man has been charged with murder after a fight over some Thanksgiving leftovers. James Dixon, 28, allegedly stabbed 52-year-old Vincell Jackson as the man was being escorted out of a house following a holiday gathering. Dixon reportedly put his hands in Thanksgiving leftovers being served Friday at a home where Jackson was the boyfriend of the host.
A U.S. District judge sentenced former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen to 74 months in federal prison for perpetrating illegal adoptions in what prosecutors called a "get-rich-quick scheme ... hidden behind the shiny veneer of a humanitarian operation." The judge also fined Petersen $100,000. The conduct Mr. Petersen engaged in violates public policy.
U.S. President Donald Trump's reshaping of the federal judiciary has done little to help him win lawsuits challenging the election outcome, with Trump appointees rebuffing him and the U.S. Supreme Court showing little interest in getting involved. An appeals court judge appointed by Trump, a Republican, on Friday ruled against his campaign's effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in Pennsylvania based on unsupported allegations of voter fraud. Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,” Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote on behalf of a unanimous U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals panel.
The pachyderm dubbed the “ world's loneliest elephant ” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo was greeted on his arrival in Cambodia on Monday by chanting Buddhist monks and was then sent on his way to a wildlife sanctuary. Like other travelers during these times, Kaavan needed to be tested for COVID-19 before his flight. Once his large metal crate was safely on board, Kaavan was provided with in-flight snacks — 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of them — for the seven-hour journey.
Democratic senators introduced a plan to reinstate the $600 federal unemployment benefit on Tuesday. Senate Democrats introduced a plan on Tuesday to reinstate the $600 federal unemployment benefit, signaling their priorities as Congress debates passing another round of economic relief before the end of the year.
Donald Trump has finally confirmed in public for the first time that he wants to run for the presidency again in 2024, something that he has been discussing for weeks in private, even as he has still not formally conceded the 2020 race. Videos of a White House Christmas party on Tuesday evening, reported by Politico and other US media, showed Mr Trump addressing a gathering comprised mainly of Republican National Committee members. Mr Trump has previously said he does not want president-elect Joe Biden claiming credit for breakthroughs with Covid-19 inoculations, saying: “The vaccine was me.”
She took care of COVID-19 patients through the pandemic's first wave in New Jersey. She inserted intravenous lines, pushed fluids, held some patients as they died and helped others to survive at the nursing home where she works. Above all, she followed safety protocols – neither she nor any member of her family became sick.
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has skyrocketed to a 12-year high in 2020. Government data released on Monday (November 30) showed more than 11,000 square kilometers have been wiped away, a patch that's roughly seven times the size of London taken out of the world's largest rainforest and that's up 10 percent from 2019. This year, fires have blazed through the Amazon and environmentalists have blamed the government.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that there was "no reason" Congress couldn't quickly agree on a new stimulus bill. Democrats and Republicans have been at an impasse for months, with Republicans seeking a slimmer deal and Democrats looking for more. Time is short: Congress is meeting for a short session due to end by Christmas, and lawmakers also have to avert a government shutdown next week.
Joe Biden's victory in battleground Wisconsin was certified Monday following a partial recount that only added to his 20,600-vote margin over President Donald Trump, who has promised to file a lawsuit seeking to undo the results. Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, signed a certificate that completed the process after the canvass report showing Biden as the winner following the recount was approved by the chairwoman of the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission. Evers' signature was required by law and is typically a procedural step that receives little attention.
A former Tesla employee will pay the electric-vehicle firm $400,000 for sharing trade secrets with the press, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Martin Tripp, a former Tesla process technician, tipped Business Insider off about production delays and scrap-metal use at the company's Nevada Gigafactory in 2018. Tesla denied the claims.
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."
With almost a month until Georgia voters decide whether Republicans or Democrats control Congress's upper chamber, Donald Trump shared a tweet that asked “why bother voting for Republicans? The US president shared the post on Monday as he continued to attack Republicans' commitment to the electoral process and an election he will not concede, despite two crucial Senate elections next month. Why bother voting for Republicans if what you get is [Doug] Ducey and [Brian] Kemp?
The Arecibo Observatory's iconic radio telescope collapsed Tuesday morning. The telescope's suspended platform, which weighed 900 tons, crashed into its bowl-shaped disk below. Arecibo's destruction was not unexpected: The telescope was damaged beyond repair after two cables broke in August and November.
Earlier this week President-elect Joe Biden made headlines when he announced that he had hired an all-female senior communications team. Now it's being reported that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is furthering this unprecedented pro-woman administration with her eyes set on Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff. Currently, Flournoy is serving as chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, but according to CNN, a reputable source has shared that she's already been chosen to be Harris' chief of staff.
As many as 89,000 households have left San Francisco since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to San Francisco-based site Public Comment. Public Comment worked with the United States Postal Service to track requests for a change of address between March 1 and November 1, 2020. The data showed that 124,131 households requested a change of address during that period with at least 34,803 of those requests for moves to a different neighborhood within San Francisco.
Fox News host Sean Hannity, a loyal defender of Donald Trump, has suggested that the outgoing president should move to use the presidential pardon for his own protection against a supposed legal onslaught from the incoming Biden administration. However, legal experts have reiterated that presidents cannot pardon themselves. During a discussion about unfounded theories that this year's presidential election was stolen from Mr Trump, Mr Hannity raised the spectre of an endless legal “witch hunt” against Mr Trump, his family and his close allies.
“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.”