Police estimated at least 4,000 people were gathered at the Beverly Hills demonstrations. Laurie Perez reports.
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Trump backers, including Flynn, edge toward a call to 'suspend' Constitution to head off Biden taking office
Even as prominent Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, began to grudgingly acknowledge that Joe Biden will be the next president, a noisy grassroots movement devoted to keeping Donald Trump in office seemed to be edging closer to advocating seizing power in what would amount to a coup d’état.
The prominent pro-democracy supporter's detention comes a day after several activists were jailed.
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Egypt executed 57 men and women in October and November, nearly double the 32 people reported in the whole of 2019, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. At least 15 of those executed had been sentenced to death in cases related to political violence following what Amnesty called unfair trials, the London-based human rights group said in a report. "The Egyptian authorities have embarked on a horrifying execution spree in recent months, putting scores of people to death, in some cases following grossly unfair mass trials," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director.
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President Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users.
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Educator says she wants to keep on teaching when Joe Biden becomes president
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A bilateral trade deal between Taiwan and the United States would reinforce U.S. support for the democratic island in the face of "unrelenting intimidation" from China, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has long angled for a trade deal with its most important diplomatic and military backer, and in August Tsai announced a relaxation on imports of U.S. pork and beef, removing a stumbling block.
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Five executions are scheduled before Joe Biden, who opposes capital punishment, takes office. Ninety current and former law officials want a halt.
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Several Republican lawmakers are showing enthusiasm for a potential 2024 run from President Trump, Politico reports.Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went so far as to say he would support Trump's candidacy if he chooses to run, while Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he "should run and would have the support" of the Republican Party.Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), both of whom have had their names floated as potential presidential candidates, also indicated to Politico that they'd back Trump's effort to return to the White House, as did Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who said the U.S. "would benefit tremendously" from another Trump term. Blackburn, though, is still holding out hope Trump will win his doomed battle to overturn the 2020 results.Not everyone was overtly enthusiastic, however, including some of Trump's notable allies like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who declined to comment. Cotton is another senator many speculate could launch his own bid, so he may be keeping things close to the vest. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), meanwhile, said he doesn't talk about hypotheticals, a point echoed by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) may have been the hardest to read. He repeated his opinion that Trump would be the clear favorite if he ran, but didn't hint one way or another how he'd feel about it. "I know it's an interesting story, but I have no idea," he told Politico.More stories from theweek.com 5 absurdly funny cartoons about Trump's desperate fraud claims Biden says he's concerned about reports Trump is considering preemptive pardons Trump administration pushes ahead with sale of oil and gas leases in Alaska wildlife refuge
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The killing of a young Black man last month by a white man who complained that he was playing loud music has roiled Ashland, Oregon, forcing the liberal college town that is famous for its Shakespeare festival to take a hard look at race relations. The death of Aidan Ellison, 19, added another name to the list of Black men and women whose killings have sparked a nationwide reckoning with racism and fueled a surge in a Black Lives Matter movement. On Nov. 23, Robert Keegan fired a single shot into Ellison's chest after complaining about the music late at night in a motel parking lot.
U.S. House of Representatives Democrats elected Greg Meeks on Thursday as the next chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a position in which he is expected to work closely with President-elect Joe Biden's administration on the Iran nuclear deal and other issues. Meeks, 67, who will be the first Black American to lead the committee, said he planned "a new way of doing business," including working to rejoin the Iran nuclear pact and World Health Organization, and seeking to regain Congress' traditional control over the right to declare war. "Not only will we need to re-engage with a world that has felt the marked absence of U.S. global leadership, but we must also rethink traditional approaches to foreign policy," Meeks said in a statement.
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President Donald Trump falsely labeled Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of him a “witch hunt.” It wasn’t.If you want to see what a real political witch hunt looks like, just look to lame duck Attorney General slash personal fixer Bill Barr’s appointment this week of a special counsel meant to probe Joe Biden’s administration before it even begins.While Barr’s order appointing Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham as special counsel is focused on any crimes connected to the opening of the FBI’s investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, you’re kidding yourself if you think it necessarily stops here. As a reminder, special prosecutor Kenneth Starr was appointed in August 1994 to investigate Clinton’s real estate dealings (“Whitewater”), well over a year before Clinton even met then White House intern Monica Lewinsky and we saw how that worked out.Bill Barr Has Pie on His Face, and One More Trick Up His Sleeve With John Durham’s October SurpriseAnything that Barr does should be viewed through the prism of politics, rather than the law. This is the guy who refused in September to criticize Donald Trump for repeatedly calling on his supporters to vote twice in the run up to the 2020 election and furthered Trump’s baseless claims that mail-in ballots would lead to fraud.And Barr doesn’t seem to have any good-faith basis for making Durham a special counsel. Barr first tapped Durham, a career federal prosecutor also serving as the District of Connecticut U.S. Attorney, to conduct this investigation last May. What does Durham have to show for it? One low-level F.B.I. lawyer pleading guilty in August to doctoring an email in connection with an application for a wiretap. That’s it.In contrast, 18 months into his investigation Robert Mueller had already convicted Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort of various crimes, and charged and secured guilty pleas from Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Rick Gates as well as indicting 16 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 election.So why is Barr now making Durham a special counsel, potentially allowing him to continue his probe throughout Biden’s term?Just look at the facts that led up to Barr’s Oct. 19, 2020 order appointing Durham. In the weeks before the order was signed, Trump was in the media slamming Barr for not indicting his political enemies before the election, calling it a “disgrace” and threatening that “I’m going to have to get involved” if Barr didn’t start doing something to justify all those “lock ‘em up” chants at his rallies. Just five days before Barr signed the order, Trump again publicly slammed Barr for not announcing indictments before the election.On the same day that Barr signed the Oct. 19 order, 11 GOP members of Congress—all of them big-time Trump backers—sent a letter to the AG urging him to appoint a special counsel to investigate Joe Biden and “any legal or ethical issues that might be uncovered from the former vice president’s 47 years in public office." There was no subtlety there. They told Barr to appoint a special counsel to go after Biden.And, as Barr’s order makes clear, he did.First, the order authorizes Durham to investigate “whether any federal official employee, or any other person…violated the law” in connection with the investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign that began under the Obama administration. That means Durham could plausibly seek to depose Biden regarding what he knew about the origins of the investigation. If Biden objects, it makes him look like he’s covering up something. If he agrees, we have a sitting president testifying under oath—who know where that leads?Secondly—and more alarming—Barr’s order expressly cites the federal regulation that allows Durham to expand his work “to investigate new matters that come to light in the course of his or her investigation” --conditioned upon the approval of the Attorney General. That means if Trump’s buddies send Durham information on any potential wrongdoing by Biden—no matter how far-fetched—Durham could ask Biden’s AG for permission to expand his investigation into this new subject matter. If Biden’s AG says “no,” the political downside for Biden will be immense as Fox News, Republicans in Congress, and others shout that Biden’s AG is engaged in a cover-up. And if the AG approves the investigation, that signals the start of a new investigation that could plague Biden for years.While Biden’s AG can fire Durham, the controlling federal regulation requires a “good cause” basis to do so, such as “misconduct.” But obviously if Biden’s AG dumped Durham, it would come with a political price—which is precisely why Barr formalized Durham as a special counsel pursuant to federal law.Biden and the Democrats need to view this investigation for what it appears to be: the first step in the GOP’s 2024 campaign to hobble President Biden even before he takes office and make him into a one-term president. Democrats need to start calling it out now.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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A Supreme Court judge in Australia's Victoria state on Friday dismissed submissions from news media organizations and journalists that there is no case to answer on charges they breached a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse convictions in 2018. More charges were tossed out in the case against Australian media outlets prosecuted over reporting of Pell’s abuse convictions.
A Turkish soldier was killed in northwest Syria on Thursday in a clash with Kurdish militia fighters in the Afrin region, Turkey's Defence Ministry said, adding that six militants were "neutralised" in the fighting. Turkey's military and its Syrian rebel allies seized control of Afrin, a mainly Kurdish region, from the Kurdish YPG militia in March 2018 in one of a series of Turkish incursions into northern Syria.