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' »
US President-elect Joe Biden has fractured his foot while playing with one of his dogs, his doctor has said. Mr Biden, 78, twisted his ankle on Saturday when he slipped while with Major, one of his two German shepherds. The Democrat visited an orthopaedist in Newark, Delaware, a day later "out of an abundance of caution".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
A speeding van carrying passengers crashed into a bus in foggy weather in eastern Pakistan on Monday, killing 13 people and injuring 17 others, a government official and rescuers said. The accident took place in the town of Narang Mandi in eastern Punjab province, said government official Mohammad Asghar Joya. Deadly road accidents are common in Pakistan due to poor road infrastructure and a disregard of traffic laws.
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.
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.
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.
Attorney General William Barr revealed the Department of Justice has been investigating allegations of voter fraud but has not uncovered evidence of enough to have changed the results of the US presidential election. It comes as the campaign of Donald Trump filed its long-promised lawsuit in Wisconsin in an attempt to invalidate hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots in two Democrat-leaning counties. Trump himself, meanwhile, appeared at a White House Christmas event on Tuesday night in which he appeared to confirm, for the first time in public, that he will run again in 2024.
Iran's parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that would suspend U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions. The vote to approve the bill, which would also require approval by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog, was a show of defiance after the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist last month. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on all nuclear policies.
Australia has welcomed its first group of international students to arrive since the coronavirus pandemic began, with more due to follow. A charter flight carrying 63 students from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia landed Monday in the northern city of Darwin. The students will all attend Charles Darwin University, with some new to the campus and others previously enrolled.
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.
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.
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.”
French activists fear that a proposed new security law will deprive them of a potent weapon against abuse — cellphone videos of police activity — threatening their efforts to document possible cases of police brutality, especially in impoverished immigrant neighborhoods. French President Emmanuel Macron's government is pushing a new security bill that makes it illegal to publish images of police officers with intent to cause them harm, amid other measures. Critics fear the new law could hurt press freedoms and make it more difficult for all citizens to report on police brutality.
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.
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.
The European Union drug agency said Tuesday it may need four more weeks to approve its first coronavirus vaccine, even as authorities in the United States and Britain continue to aim for a green light before Christmas. The European Medicines Agency plans to convene a meeting by Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough safety and efficacy data about the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved. The regulator also said it could decide as early as Jan. 12 whether to approve a rival shot by American pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc, which submitted its request to U.S. and European regulators this week.
"She grabbed a jug of five-pound hand sanitizer and launched it at me while I was holding my son." That's when the nearly 60-year-old grandma grabbed whatever she could including a table, flipped it, and pushed it toward the woman to defend her family and her business.
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.
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.
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?
“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.”