Warnock v. Walker

Early voting has started in the Georgia Senate runoff between incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican opponent Herschel Walker. Also in the news: Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric soared preceding the Club Q shooting. We have all the best Cyber Monday deals for you.

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Georgia Senate runoff between Warnock and Walker growing bitter

The extended Senate campaign in Georgia between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger, football legend Herschel Walker, has grown increasingly bitter as their Dec. 6 runoff nears.

One thing to know: Because control of the Senate won't hinge on Georgia, the upcoming contest may be quieter — and less expensive — than the runoff in early 2021.

  • There will still be plenty of money spentBoth candidates are already putting out new advertisements. And experts say their messaging may get a "degree nastier."

  • Why Saturday voting got controversialGeorgia counties were allowed to hold early voting this Saturday, but only after a ruling from the Georgia Supreme Court last week on a law that says early in-person voting is not allowed on a Saturday if the Thursday or Friday preceding it is a holiday.

  • Meanwhile in ArizonaRepublican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County officials, accusing them of breaking election laws. But new state voter fraud units are finding few cases from midterms.

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., center, prepares to speak at a rally after being introduced by Civil Rights icon Andrew Young, left, and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Atlanta.
Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., center, prepares to speak at a rally after being introduced by Civil Rights icon Andrew Young, left, and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Atlanta.

Protesters angry at China's lockdowns call for Xi to resign

Protesters pushed to the brink by China’s strict COVID measures in Shanghai called for the removal of the country’s all-powerful leader and clashed with police Sunday as crowds took to the streets in several cities in an astounding challenge to the government. Police forcibly cleared the demonstrators in China’s financial capital who called for Xi Jinping’s resignation and the end of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule — largescale protests are exceedingly rare in China, where public expressions of dissent are routinely stifled — but a direct rebuke of Xi, the country’s most powerful leader in decades, is extraordinary. Read more

Police and people are pictured during some clashes in Shanghai on November 27, 2022, where protests against China's zero-Covid policy took place the night before following a deadly fire in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region.
Police and people are pictured during some clashes in Shanghai on November 27, 2022, where protests against China's zero-Covid policy took place the night before following a deadly fire in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region.

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Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric surged ahead of Club Q shooting

Just hours after a gunman opened fire in an LGBTQ nightclub late last weekend, Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert offered her prayers for the five people killed and the dozens of others wounded in the assault. But a report in August that documented a surge in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric on social media by politicians and other public figures named Boebert as one of the worst offenders. Gay-rights activists and their allies say the inflammatory language that politicians and other public figures frequently use to denigrate members of the LGBTQ community creates a hostile environment that fuels anti-gay stigma and can lead to the kind of deadly violence seen at Club Q. Read more

  • LGBTQ bars are ''community centers'' and hallowed spaces. But after Club Q ''where is safe?''

  • Photo galleryRemembrance vigil held to honor Club Q shooting victims in Colorado Springs.

Kebrina Chirdon lights candles at a memorial outside of Club Q on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The memorial, which was moved from a sidewalk outside of police tape around the club, is made up of hundreds of bouquets of flowers, candles and notes and has been growing since early Sunday morning.
Kebrina Chirdon lights candles at a memorial outside of Club Q on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The memorial, which was moved from a sidewalk outside of police tape around the club, is made up of hundreds of bouquets of flowers, candles and notes and has been growing since early Sunday morning.

Ukrainian power outages pose early-winter challenges

Snow has blanketed much of Ukraine with temperatures hovering around freezing as utility workers scramble to patch a national power system battered by repeated Russian missile and drone strikes. Ukraine power grid operator Ukrenergo said Sunday that electricity producers were supplying about 80% of demand, up from 75% the previous day. Repair crews across Ukraine were scrambling to restore heat, electricity and water services that were severely damaged amid a punishing barrage of Russian missiles targeting infrastructure in recent days. Read more

This photo made available by Ukrainian doctor Oleh Duda shows the moment when lights at a hospital went out as he was performing a complicated, dangerous surgery on a bleeding patient at the hospital in the western city of Lviv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Russia's devastating strikes on Ukraine's power grid have strained and disrupted the country's health care system, already battered by years of corruption, mismanagement, the COVID-19 pandemic and nine months of war.
This photo made available by Ukrainian doctor Oleh Duda shows the moment when lights at a hospital went out as he was performing a complicated, dangerous surgery on a bleeding patient at the hospital in the western city of Lviv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Russia's devastating strikes on Ukraine's power grid have strained and disrupted the country's health care system, already battered by years of corruption, mismanagement, the COVID-19 pandemic and nine months of war.

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Cyber Monday is upon us

The wait is finally over — Cyber Monday 2022 is officially here and the savings are incredible. With blowout bargains at Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy and scores of extended Black Friday deals at tons of our all-time favorite retailers, you can scoop rare savings across all categories through tonight, November 28. Enjoy deals on must-have holiday gifts, state-of-the-art tech and so much more. Read more

Amazon deals are here ahead of Cyber Monday.
Amazon deals are here ahead of Cyber Monday.

📷 Photo of the day: Best photos from Week 13 of the 2022 college football season 📷

No. 3 Michigan pounded away at No. 2 Ohio State until the Buckeyes crumbled this weekend. For Michigan, another win in this series and the high possibility of another conference championship and College Football Playoff berth means it's time to redraw the Big Ten power structure. Until proven otherwise, the Wolverines are the league's best. Read more

Click here to see more photos of the winners and losers from Week 13 of college football.

Michigan players celebrate on the field after their defeat of Ohio State at Ohio Stadium, Saturday Nov. 26, 2022.
Michigan players celebrate on the field after their defeat of Ohio State at Ohio Stadium, Saturday Nov. 26, 2022.

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The banner on the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's Twitter account
The banner on the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's Twitter account

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