Speaking to reporters on Thanksgiving, President Trump said if Democrat Joe Biden is certified the election winner by the Electoral College, he will depart the White House.Electors will meet Dec. 17 »
In a surprise news conference on Thanksgiving Day, President Trump took questions from the press for the first time since losing re-election—but he doubled down on his “rigged” election claims and appeared to deny the reality that his presidency is ending, saying it will be “very hard” for him to concede to Joe Biden. “I think it's not right he's trying to pick a Cabinet,” Trump complained after railing against the supposed “massive fraud” that he claims gave Biden victory. Reiterating his claims of voter fraud in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia despite the fact that state authorities have already certified the election results in those states, Trump appeared to become combative when asked if he would concede if the Electoral College votes for Biden on Dec. 14.
A US delegation led by National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien was treated like "human petri dishes" in Vietnam, Bloomberg reported. Vietnam has been a coronavirus success story, recording around 1,300 cases throughout the pandemic, while the US is the site of the world's worst outbreak. O'Brien and his entourage were tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, housed on the same floor of a Hanoi hotel, and had their meals left outside their doors, Bloomberg said.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been accused of overseeing a “killing spree”, after he extended a ban on cities in the state imposing their own mask mandates. On Wednesday, Mr DeSantis extended an executive order issued in September, which prevented local governments from fining residents who refused to wear face masks, or from closing restaurants not complying with coronavirus measures. The decision on 25 September prompted the start of the state's third phase of pandemic measures, which allowed restaurants and bars to open at 100 per cent capacity.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered at least two people executed, banned fishing at sea and locked down the capital, Pyongyang, as part of frantic efforts to guard against the coronavirus and its economic damage, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Friday. Kim's government also ordered diplomats overseas to refrain from any acts that could provoke the United States because it is worried about President-elect Joe Biden's expected new approach toward North Korea, lawmakers told reporters after attending a private briefing by the National Intelligence Service. One of the lawmakers, Ha Tae-keung, quoted the NIS as saying Kim is displaying “excessive anger” and taking “irrational measures” over the pandemic and its economic impact.
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Here's a reminder of why you should stop taking Zoom into the bathroom. A New Jersey school board member accidentally broadcast her bathroom break during a board meeting. Frances Cogelja, a Hackensack school board member, resigned Tuesday after the broadcast, NorthJersey.com, part of the USA TODAY Network, reported.
Donald Trump admitted it was a "very hard thing to concede" electoral defeat but committed to leaving the White House if the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden, the Democrat president-elect as he attended a Thanksgiving event on Thursday. "It's going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud," Mr Trump said, refusing to say whether he would attend Mr Biden's inauguration in January. In the nearest he has come to a concession, Mr Trump said he would leave the White House if Mr Biden is certified the election winner by the Electoral College - the process by which presidents are elected - on December 14.
Attorney Sidney Powell, now distanced from the president's legal team after sharing bizarre claims about election fraud, filed lawsuits on Wednesday in Michigan and Georgia. The Georgia filing comes several days after the state certified its election results following a hand recount of all 5 million ballots cast. Another recount requested by the Trump campaign is now underway in Georgia and will be concluded by 2 December.
There's a chance President Trump's pardon of Michael Flynn could backfire some day. In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn's sentencing was delayed while he cooperated with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but earlier this year, Flynn's new legal team accused prosecutors of misconduct and asked to have his guilty plea withdrawn.
An Italian television programme has been suspended after airing a segment of a model in high heels and leather shorts giving a tutorial on how women should go supermarket shopping in a sexy and provocative way. MPs from across the political spectrum called for an explanation of how the segment was allowed to air on RAI, the national broadcaster, while campaigners said it was highly offensive and put the cause of feminism in Italy back by decades. Compounding the criticism was the fact that the programme, called Detto Fatto (Said and Done), aired on Tuesday, on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
His break in the case came with a secretly-recorded call between Stefanko and Cobb's mother, Cindee, who testified Stefanko admitted to ordering the pizza and trying to cover up the murder. Every time I hear a siren, I think, 'They're coming for me,'” Stefanko told Cobb, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. I carried out my part.
The Supreme Court blocked some COVID-19 restrictions on religious services in New York state. The 5-4 ruling was in favor of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues, which said they were being unfairly singled out by the rules. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the ruling was "irrelevant" because the restrictions were no longer in place.
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.
The body of a teenager who went missing from Massachusetts was found in Florida, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office. The body is presumed to be that of 18-year-old Jalajhia Finklea. Ms Finklea was last seen getting into the car of a man identified as Luis Zaragoza, 37, on 20 Oct in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
An American tourist who stole a shard of marble from ancient Roman ruins has mailed the piece back to Italy, pleading for forgiveness. The National Roman Museum told Il Messagero it recently received a parcel from Atlanta, Georgia, containing a rock covered with the words: "To Sam, love Jess, Rome 2017." The museum director, Stéphane Verger, told Il Messagero: "Maybe being cooped up by the coronavirus pandemic made her reflect a bit and jogged her conscience."
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Former President Obama claimed on Wednesday that evangelical Latino voters chose President Trump over Joe Biden because Trump backs their views on abortion and gay marriage. While Trump lost the 2020 election, he gained support among Latino voters according to exit polls and voting data in counties with large Hispanic populations. For example, in 93-percent Hispanic Zapata County in Texas, Trump won by six percentage points while Hillary Clinton carried the county in 2016 by 33 percentage points.
Detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office have arrested a 38-year-old Clovis man they say has molested multiple children in the last 18 years and who works at a Clovis church.
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.
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.
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.
Publisher at Fireside Fiction, Pablo Defendini, posted a series of tweets this week in which he apologized for hiring a white male narrator to read out the work of Regina Bradley, a Black woman. Bradley tweeted a snippet of the audio that showed the narrator's racist, stereotypical accent. Bradley told Insider she is "angry and tired," and "I will not be silenced."
Typically, former presidents are given briefings before they travel overseas, or in connection with an issue about which the current president wishes to consult them, Priess and other experts say. When President Bill Clinton sent former president Jimmy Carter to diffuse a tense stand off in Haiti, for example, Carter likely received classified briefings on the situation ahead of his trip. And when George H.W. Bush visited his son in the White House, he sat in on on the President's Daily Brief, the highly classified compendium of secrets that is presented each morning to the occupant of the Oval Office, according to Priess, who interviewed both men for his book.
As coronavirus cases continue to surge across the US, experts say that wiping down groceries and surfaces may not be especially important to preventing new infections. "It's important to clean surfaces, but not to obsess about it too much in a way that can be unhealthy," Dr. John Brooks, chief medical officer for the COVID-19 response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Associated Press. Early on in the pandemic, experts thought that sanitizing surfaces might be key to preventing some coronavirus infections.
Italy's busiest airport will soon run COVID-tested flights to and from the United States operated by Delta and Alitalia. Rome's Fiumicino airport on Thursday said starting in December - passengers flying between Rome and some U.S. destinations can be tested for the coronavirus 48 hours before departure and on arrival at the airport, in order to avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine Italy imposes on incoming travelers. The new protocol will be valid for those flying from New York JFK, Newark and Atlanta.
The UK pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is likely to run a second global trial to assess its COVID-19 vaccine's efficacy, its CEO told Bloomberg News on Thursday. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford announced Monday that preliminary results indicated their two-dose vaccine could be up to 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. Experts said that error cast doubt on the validity of the efficacy rate and warranted further study.
“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.”