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    Proud Boys attend a pro-Trump rally at Freedom Plaza, Washington DC on December 12, 2020. Luis M. Alvarez/AP Photos The Canadian government is considering naming the Proud Boys a terrorist organization. Members of the organization were among pro-Trump extremists who stormed the US Capitol on January 6. Insider reached out the the FBI to see if the US is also considering naming the group a terrorist organization. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Canadian federal government is considering naming the largely far-right extremist group Proud Boys a terrorist organization, the office of the Public Safety Minister Bill Blair told Global News. Mary-Liz Power, a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair told Global News the national security and law-enforcement agencies are "very actively engaged in monitoring the activities of these groups, and gathering the evidence required to support a determination of listing as a Terrorist Organization."...
    The Field Liaison Table solved today keep lockout, which implies the cessation of commercialization of grains until midnight on Wednesday, despite the partial reopening of the corn exports arranged by the Government. The ratification of the lockout came after a virtual meeting between the presidents of Argentine Rural Confederations (CRA), Jorge Chemes; Rural Society, Daniel Pelegrina; and Agrarian Federation, Carlos Achetoni. The head of Coninagro, Carlos Iannizzotto, also participated, despite the fact that this entity does not participate in the protest. Pelegrina explained that for the sector « marketing cessation remains the same« He complained that when the Government justified the closure of foreign sales it had argued that » there was no corn, but now it seems there is a lot« . The head of the Rural considered that the official measure actually pointed to « regulate and contain inflation, which has another origin, not in the price of food, « and argued...
    Erin Schaff/Pool/CNP/Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The House of Representatives has once again drawn up an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump, this time charging him with “incitement of insurrection” following last week’s riot in the US Capitol Building . The House has threatened to consider the impeachment resolution on the floor as early as Wednesday if Vice President Mike Pence, along with Trump’s Cabinet, fails to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. House Democrats’ request for unanimous consent to approve a resolution that would pressure Pence to do so failed on Monday after Republicans objected, but Democrats are confident the measure will pass in a full House vote on Tuesday. The impeachment resolution, which is still subject to change, cites Trump’s refusal to accept the presidential election...
    The Chinese capital is once again on high alert. The authorities ensure that the rules are respected. Several new positive cases of Covid-19 in Beijing Since its appearance at the end of 2019, the coronavirus caused the death of 2 million people worldwide. While life at Beijing had returned to normal for six months, the Chinese capital is again placed on alert after the discovery of a hundred patients. Chinese government takes action The vaccination campaign against Covid-19 continues, but at the same time the government decided to re-enact health restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. People are called to stay at home as much as possible. The watchword is caution. Wearing a mask compulsory, traffic controlled Currently, shops, restaurants, bars and cinemas remain open, but wearing a mask is compulsory. You have to scan a health...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has quietly embarked on a campaign to remove any reference to the European Union throughout tens of thousands of Britain’s laws, in what is being described in Whitehall as “Operation Bleach”. In an attempt to cement the effect of Brexit into the laws of the land, civil servants have been ordered to scan through regulations and statutory instruments (SIs) spanning the four decades in which the UK was a member state of the EU. The hope is that by removing any reference to the bloc, it would be more difficult for a future Labour Party government to dismantle Brexit, according to The Telegraph. One source told the paper that officials are “looking at how we can cleanse our legislative framework of references to EU law, any kind of impact of EU law. It is going to be a mammoth task because there are thousands of pieces...
    The Department of Health of the Generalitat has sent a report to the Catalan political parties in which it estimates that Catalonia will reach the pressure spike in ICUs by Covid on the eve of the elections autonomic of February 14. The report analyzes possible scenarios of the epidemic for the Catalan elections and has been referred to the table of political parties that he must make a decision on whether or not the elections are postponed. “The epidemic peak will be reached a few days before the start of the campaign electoral process, while the care peak in ICUs will be reached a few days before the elections are held, “the report concludes. The study, carried out by the computational biology group BIOCOMSC, in collaboration with the Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation (AQuAS) and the Information System of Primary Care Services (SISAP), projects two possible scenarios, based...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly considering enforcing even more stringent measures during England’s third lockdown, including banning Britons from leaving their homes more than once a week. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Johnson announced the third lockdown with stay-at-home orders, which could legally last until March 31st. The government is now considering putting Britons under effective house arrest, with sources speaking to the Mail Online saying that unless people strictly follow the rules, Boris may ban people leaving their homes more than once a week. Currently, Britons may exercise once a day with either a friend, others in their house, or with their support bubble. They may also go out for other ‘essential’ purposes such as food shopping or to receive healthcare. Separately, sources also told The Telegraph on Monday that the Cabinet was considering harsher lockdown restrictions, including banning households from exercising together and forcing office workers to wear masks....
    EMMA HAYES has called on government support to get the Women's Super League finished at all costs, as coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the division. The Blues’ 5-0 win at Reading was the only top-flight game of the weekend after five matches had to be postponed as clubs wrestle a surge in Covid-19 cases. 2Emma Hayes says clubs need money from the government to register academy players to be part of the first team's bubbleCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Chelsea's 5-0 win at Reading was the only top-flight game of the weekend after five matches had to be postponed due to a rise in Covid-19 casesCredit: Getty Images - Getty Topdogs Arsenal and Manchester City both requested postponements at the weekend following players testing positive for the virus after reportedly jetting off to Dubai. Everton called off their match against Manchester United with five players not fit enough...
    Sentry TOC purse payout: Harris English banks more than $1.3 million Celebs who are famously cheap Party like it’s 1999? ‘Blue wave’ should keep ‘the bull market in everything’ alive for a while, but that could change in a hurry, strategist warns © Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection KEY WORDS Load Error That’s Edward Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, taking a cautious view in a recent CNBC interview of where the stock market is headed from here. The relentless rally in cryptocurrency, he explained, is just one of the signals pointing to potential weakness. “It’s just part of the bull market in everything,” Yardeni explained. “It’s very important whether you’re in or not in bitcoin to just stare at the chart, and realize when it’s going straight up — it’s certainly a sign of exuberance, of speculative excess.” As for a timeline of when it could take a...
    La Croix: How does Elon Musk finance his business in the capitalist sector? Renault Laws: He is the epitome of a deep American history, he was a talented and innovative entrepreneur who was not born in the United States and, after initial entrepreneurial successes, reinvested his money in new projects. One of the American entrepreneurs, like Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg, has chosen the hyper-customization of their company to the extent that they end up attending with him and her. OR PORTRAIT. Elon Musk became the richest man in the troubled world Finally, behind every business of Elon Musk, there is a great dream and hope beyond investors. It simultaneously proposes to bring humans into space, solve climate problems, and understand the human brain… It exposes a vision of the future and presents a great power of imagination in the American tradition. However, some reviews regarding rating levels are highly...
    As thousands of President's Trump's supporters swarmed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, many carried flags, brandished signs and wore symbols with signaled their affiliation with particular groups and displayed their anger at government. The Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters were among the right-wing groups that could be identified among the floods of Trump fanatics. 'More than a cardboard sign, flags are dynamic. They communicate ideas quickly especially when hoisted to the heavens,' Laura Scofield, a member of the North American Vexillological Association told Quartz. She argues that flags are 'the most powerful artifact ever designed'. Activist Mirko Ilić also explained that white supremacists have been fascinated with how potent flags after their use in Nazi Germany. 'In my opinion, branding was truly invented by Nazi Germany. It was total design,' Ilić claims. 'We have to be vigilant about these symbols because they're like tea leaves. You can...
    FAA chief issues stern warning to travelers after politically-motivated flight disruptions IIHS: Rear Automated Emergency Braking Is Standout Safety Feature These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021 Ad Microsoft New Policy For Cars Used Less Than 49 Miles/Day Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/26 SLIDES © FREDERICA ABAN/istockphoto You Really Believe That? In the 1950s, the U.S. government conspired with the tobacco industry to conceal the connection between smoking and cancer from the...
    Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Genocide gets the girlboss treatment You know those horrific mass detention camps in China? Turns out we were all completely wrong about them. The Chinese government isn’t oppressing its Muslim minority population, it’s simply rounded up over a million Uighurs in order to open their minds. It’s not forcibly sterilizing Uighur women, it’s just teaching them feminist theory. I know that may sound a little hard to believe, but the Chinese government has firmly assured us that this is the case. On Thursday the Chinese embassy in the US tweeted a link to the findings of a report on demographics in Xinjiang, a predominantly Uighur area. Birth rates have dropped dramatically in recent years – something that many international observers believe is down to forced sterilizations. That’s nonsense, according to the report, which was created by a state-run thinktank, and reported on by China Daily,...
    Boris Johnson – Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament Boris Johnson has secretly ordered civil servants to strip references to the European Union from tens of thousands of laws to stop Labour reversing Brexit after the next general election in a plan known by some in Whitehall as “Operation Bleach”. Officials have been tasked with leafing through regulations and statutory instruments (SIs) covering the UK’s 40 year membership of the EU so that Brexit is cemented in UK law and cannot be easily unwound by a future government. The news comes just days after the European Research Group of Conservative MPs, in its verdict on the UK-EU post Brexit trade deal, warned that ministers would have to be “robust” in ensuring that Britain is not gradually reassimilated back into the influence of Brussels by future administrations. Last week, former Labour shadow minister Rosie Duffield said the majority of Labour MPs were “desperate...
    Lev Radin/Pacific Press via ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This is probably pointless, but I am already sick to death of right wingers pretending that liberals are hypocrites for denouncing Wednesday’s violence at the same time that some of them excused the violence during the BLM protests over the summer. If you were one of those liberals who looked the other way at the summer violence, then shame on you. Ransackings and beatings are pretty obviously things that should be condemned, regardless of whether they come from cops, looters, or protesters. But it was unplanned, unled, and commonplace. It bears no comparison to this week’s events. This week’s rioters were acting at the behest of the president of the United States, who wanted them to overturn the results of a...
    An NHS doctor has claimed that patients are refusing the American/German Pfizer-BioNTech injection to “wait for the English one” instead. Doctor Paul Williams, who is also the former Labour MP for Stockton South, claimed: “Some local patients have turned down an offer this weekend of getting a Covid vaccine when they found out it was the Pfizer one. ‘I’ll wait for the English one.’” “People at risk of death in the depths of a pandemic. A lesson that Nationalism has consequences,” he said, according to a Metro report from Thursday. The United Kingdom’s priority phase of vaccinations includes the elderly, care home residents, frontline medical and care staff, and those with serious medical conditions. The GP later clarified that vulnerable “nationalists” who refuse the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would not be removed from the priority list, only that they will have to wait for the AstraZeneca vaccine to be available in their area....
    Fact check: Author of viral everything is about to change essay is unknown Paul Ryan will attend Bidens inauguration Why brands are weighing in on the Capitol insurrection People laughed, or something like it, on Thursday night when Axe, the body spray brand, tweeted that they would “rather be lonely than with that mob” quote tweeting an image of a can of their spray found at the Capitol following Wednesday’s attack. © Getty Images Coca-Cola is one of the brands weighing in on Wednesday’s insurrection at the Capitol. We'd rather be lonely than with that mob. AXE condemns yesterday's acts of violence and hate at the Capitol. We believe in the democratic process and the peaceful transition of power. https://t.co/vX727ZfvS8— AXE (@AXE) January 7, 2021 But the laughter — or whatever you call the single, bitter “hah” I bark out when I read a tweet that says “I...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Wednesday’s rioting at the Capitol “the biggest gift to Putin” from President Donald Trump. Glee from pro-Putin commentators in Moscow would seem to bear out that opinion, echoed by many U.S. Democrats. But what exactly has Putin been gifted? Certainly not a political advantage. With Trump, considered a Putin admirer by the Democrats, about to vacate the White House, the Russian ruler has every reason to expect a compensatory show of strength from Joe Biden. The weaker the U.S. looks in these final days of Trump’s term, the stronger this predictable blowback is likely to be. Perhaps the gift is a propaganda coup, then? If so, it is an ambiguous one. Putin’s allies can claim, as they have already done, that for all its lip service to democracy the U.S. is just as tough on aggressive protest as any post-Soviet regime,...
    Environment groups have spoken out against the approval – Sven Hoppe / AFP A bee-killing pesticide which is banned by the EU has been approved for use by sugar beet farmers in England. The government has been accused of “bowing to pressure from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU)” and going back on a promise to keep restrictions on the pesticides. In 2017, then-environment secretary Michael Gove welcomed the EU ban on the pesticides, and promised that “unless the scientific evidence changes, the government will maintain these increased restrictions post-Brexit”. The NFU argued that a limited and specific use of the Cruiser SB neonicotinoid needed to be authorised by government in order to protect the 2021 sugar beet crop.  1,200 of its members lobbied the environment secretary asking to be able to use the controversial chemical. Cruiser SB is used by farmers to protect sugar beet from Virus Yellows disease, which can...
    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — With COVID-19 surging and vaccinations off to a slow start, President-elect Joe Biden will rapidly release most available vaccine doses to protect more people, his office said Friday, a reversal of Trump administration policies. “The president-elect believes we must accelerate distribution of the vaccine while continuing to ensure the Americans who need it most get it as soon as possible,” spokesman T.J. Ducklo said in a statement. Biden “supports releasing available doses immediately, and believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in Americans’ arms now.” Biden’s plan is not about cutting two-dose vaccines in half, a strategy that top government scientists recommend against. Instead, it would accelerate shipment of first doses and use the levers of government power to provide required second doses in a timely manner. The Trump administration has...
    Harare (CNN)Prominent Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin'ono has been arrested by police in the country for the third time in six months, his lawyer told CNN on Friday. Mtisi Gift, from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said he is being charged with "peddling falsehoods," adding they are awaiting the full list of charges. "He is still being detailed and is likely to appear in court Saturday after spending the night in police custody," Gift told CNN. Earlier Friday, Chin'ono posted on his Twitter account that police had arrested him at home and wrote that he was being charged with "communicating falsehoods".They say they are charging me with communicating falsehoods for tweeting that a child had been beaten up and died by a police officer! They are taking me to the Law and a order section at Harare Central Police Station.— Hopewell Chin'ono #TheGoatWantsItsCameraBack (@daddyhope) January 8, 2021 Chin'ono was granted...
    The U.S. government was subject to one of the largest cyberattacks on record for months before software company SolarWinds discovered in December their information technology program Orion — used by government agencies — had been compromised. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced in a Dec. 17 statement that the breach “poses a grave risk to the federal government and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations.” The intelligence community formally blamed Russia for the attack in a statement Tuesday, stating that hackers had been launching attacks on federal networks for nearly nine months before first being detected. (RELATED: Trump Says Things Are ‘Under Control’ After Latest US Government Hack. Just How Bad Is It?) SolarWinds said 33,000 of its customers used the program and around half downloaded the malicious code, according to The New York Times. Joint statement...
    Farmworkers are vital to society. Their product satisfies one of our basic needs: sustenance. Their work is not only extremely important, but also difficult. They work long hours in the elements, planting, caring for, and harvesting crops to be sold for our consumption. Despite the difficulty and necessity of their work, farmworkers around the world are taken advantage of and exploited by large businesses and corporations. Source: BBC News/YouTube According to The Guardian, only 1% of farms own 70% of the world’s farmland. Thus, there is a huge discrepancy between the land owned by smallholders or family farms and larger farming conglomerates. Thus, most farmworkers are at the mercy of large corporations, who care more about their own profits than workers, the environment, and the local communities surrounding each farm. Right now, one of the largest workers’ strikes in the history of the world is taking place in India....
    The Big Idea is a series that asks top lawmakers and figures to discuss their moonshot — what’s the one proposal, if politics and polls and even price tag were not an issue, they’d implement to change the country for the better?  With narrow margins in both the House and the Senate, and President-elect Biden set to take office on Jan. 20, Democrats in Congress are setting their sights on the Hyde Amendment, a federal ban on taxpayer money directly financing abortion.  But Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, says he'll fight to protect what he sees as a major "compromise" between those who are pro-life and those who are pro-choice in a divided country.  Proponents of the Hyde Amendment say it keeps people who have moral objections to abortion from financing the procedures through their tax money. Opponents of the Hyde Amendment say it is unfair to poor women who can't pay for abortions out of their...
    (CNN)Polls show more and more Americans are saying they will get the Covid-19 vaccine when it's their turn. That's good news. But skepticism, conspiracy theories and misinformation are still rampant, making it unclear just how much longer we'll be living amidst a viral pandemic and all that comes with it. This week, I talk to Dr. Kent Sepkowitz, a physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Tom Nichols, author of "Our Own Worst Enemy," to find out what comes next for America and the vaccine. But first, Sepkowitz writes our CNN op-ed. - SE CuppLast month, the US introduced a pair of new vaccines that were developed using a novel scientific technique to stop the spread of a deadly virus. The goal is to vaccinate as many people as are willing, as soon as possible. This is all while the nation is changing presidents and trying to save a reeling economy.Kent...
    Former first day Michelle Obama on Thursday slammed President Donald Trump and those who rioted in the U.S. Capitol, saying they “desecrated the center of American government.” “Like all of you, I watched as a gang — organized, violent, and mad they’d lost an election — laid siege to the United States Capitol,” Obama wrote in a statement shared to social media. “They set up gallows. They proudly waved the traitorous flag of the Confederacy through the halls. They desecrated the center of American government.” pic.twitter.com/2xhMyVMpDF — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 7, 2021 “[O]nce authorities finally gained control of the situation, these rioters and gang members were led out of the building not in handcuffs, but free to carry on with their days,” the former first lady continued. “The day was a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can’t handle the truth of his own failures.”...
    (CNN)I was not present on Capitol Hill Wednesday when insurrectionist rioters dealt the United States Capitol, the heart of America's democracy, a penetrating wound. But like millions -- billions -- of people worldwide who had screens to watch and eyes to watch them with, I nevertheless saw. My eyes are those of a 40-year veteran of law enforcement, a career that included directing the Transportation Security Administration at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, directing public safety in a metro Atlanta county and serving as a member of President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Cedric L. AlexanderWhat my eyes saw was the massive breach of a very poorly guarded government building. But, of course, this was not your generic government building. It was the nexus, the headquarters, the very temple of our democratic government. It was the single most important and iconic structure in our nation. Of high-value targets,...
    Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaStacey Abrams expects Ossoff, Warnock win : 'I put my money on blue' Michelle Obama blasts Trump: 'Unconscionable to focus on overturning an election' instead of pandemic Michelle Obama urges Georgia voters to 'take charge of your power' at drive-in concert ahead of runoffs MORE on Thursday issued a statement on Twitter condemning President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Third House lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 this week MORE and his supporters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday, writing that the rioters “desecrated the center of American government.”  Obama began by saying she started Wednesday “elated” at the Georgia Senate win for the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockCelebrities react to Democrats winning Georgia, taking Senate control Democrats win control of Senate after Warnock, Ossoff victories Ossoff defeats Perdue in Georgia Senate...
    The United States Capitol was invaded on Wednesday. Countless rioters wandered the halls of government without supervision. Members of Congress and their staff were evacuated so quickly that computers were left on with windows open and unlocked. Rioters took pictures of themselves sitting behind the desks of some of the most powerful people in our government. For the next 3½ hours, the Capitol Police basically watched it happen. They were embarrassingly outnumbered and arguably had no way to exert any meaningful degree of control over the matter. They prioritized protecting the Members of Congress, but they obviously could not be everywhere. After hours in which the rioters were being publicly encouraged to leave, and even told by the police to leave, an announcement was made that the invaders had been purged from the Capitol building and things were now safe again. This was exactly the wrong thing to do. Instead...
    By Jeff Stein Frank Meeink, the former neo-Nazi whose troubled life inspired the explosive hit movie American History X, says Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric is inviting “another Timothy McVeigh” to carry out a mass-casualty bombing of a federal facility or other kind spectacular attack. “There are Timothy McVeighs everywhere,” Meeink said in a Tuesday phone interview about the Proud Boys and other right-wing extremists descending on Washington, D.C.—with the president’s encouragement—to protest the congressional vote sealing his electoral defeat. “Every hour that this madness goes on, we are waking up more and more Timothy McVeighs.” McVeigh, a Gulf War army veteran and white-power aficionado, used a powerful homemade truck bomb to attack the Alfred P. Murrah federal office building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people and wounding more than 680 others. He was quickly apprehended and executed in 2001. Meeink says his own years as a white power,...
    Organized crime and drug cartels south of the border could soon receive a swell of cash if a new bill passes in Mexico next month, compelling the Central Bank to buy money of questionable origin. The hotly contested bank bill, which already has won Senate approval, was slated for a vote by the lower house of congress late last year but was delayed until February despite ardent backing by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's and his Morena party. In this March 2, 2019 photo, a Customs and Border Control agent patrols on the U.S. side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) The legislation would ultimately force Mexico's central bank -- Banxico -- to purchase foreign currency, generally surplus dollars from tourism and remittances, from local banks. However, much of the money rotating through the local system stems from drug trafficking, money laundering and other illicit operations rather than tourism...
    For the first time in a decade, Democrats will have unified control of the federal government. Democrats on Wednesday won control of the Senate, a major victory that will give President-elect Joe Biden unified control of the federal government and a better chance at passing his first-term agenda. Both NBC News and ABC News made the call as a mob of Donald Trump supporters broke into the Capitol, violently breaking past barriers and law enforcement officers to enter the building, forcing it into lockdown. Control of the chamber came down to two runoff elections in Georgia, where GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler had to hold onto their seats in order for Republicans to maintain their grip on the Senate.
    Thalapthy Vijay’s fans were eagerly waiting to see the superstar on the big screen in Master after months of being in a lockdown. To get the maximum response from the audience, the makers of Master along with Vijay had met Chief Minister K Palaniswami earlier and requested them to allow 100 per cent occupancy in theatres. While the CM had obliged their request, the central government asked the Tamil Nadu government to revoke its decision and allow only 50 per cent occupancy. Withdraw 100% Movie Theatre Occupancy Decision, MHA Tells Tamil Nadu Government. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs said, “Government of Tamil Nadu order of permitting increase the seating capacity of Cinema/theatres/ multiplexes from existing 50% to 100% is the dilution of MHA order. States and UT shall not dilute guidelines issued under DM act in any manner.” The MHA added, “In view of the above, Govt of Tamil Nadu...
    Beijing — The co-founder and former chairman of Chinese tech giant Alibaba, Jack Ma, has been conspicuously absent from public view for more than two months. Speculation is mounting over his whereabouts, but reports suggest Ma is likely just lying low amid a Chinese regulatory clampdown on his sprawling business empire. China's most famous entrepreneur hasn't been seen publicly since he delivered a speech in late October at a forum in Shanghai, in which he blasted national financial regulators as too conservative and urged them to be more innovative. He also likened global banking regulations to an "old people's club." Ma leveled the criticism about a week before a highly anticipated IPO of Alibaba's financial affiliate, Ant Group. Days later, Ma and Ant Group executives were summoned and interviewed by Chinese regulators. The $37 billion IPO, which was set to be the largest public share offering ever, in...
    With Tuesday's Georgia Senate runoff race appearing to deliver a victory for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, Democrats on the hard Left are ready for an all-Democratic, if narrow, government control of Congress and the White House to deliver on some of their top priorities. The measures, though, require support not only from all 50 Democratic senators, but also require either ending the Senate filibuster (a measure that centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is opposed to) or additional support from at least 10 Senate Republicans. Still, those on the Left see a rare opening. The last time that there was a Democratic trifecta was more than a decade ago in 2009 and 2010 during the first two years of President Barack Obama's presidency. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her wish list on Wednesday. "Who's ready to PUSH?" she asked, mentioning student loan...
    Brexit leader Nigel Farage warned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is likely to sell the UK “down the river on immigration”, predicting that even with the country’s departure from the European Union, illegal immigration will continue at pace. Mr Farage said that anyone who thought that illegal boat migration would cease following Brexit was “mistaken”, pointing to the boatload of migrants who were brought ashore by UK Border Force late last week. The arch-Brexiteer said that despite repeated promises from Home Secretary Priti Patel to end the waves of illegal migrants coming from across the English Channel and the “seemingly endless series of meetings” between Immigration Minister Chris Philp and his French counterparts, “nothing changes”. “There comes a point at which a government which continually breaks a big promise loses the trust of its supporters,” Mr Farage wrote in The Telegraph. Following Britain’s official departure from the European Union...
    LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged that his government would use “every available second” to shield the elderly and the vulnerable from the virus rampaging across Britain as he told Parliament why the country needed to return to a COVID-19 lockdown. Lawmakers, who were recalled from their Christmas recess early to discuss the measures, are expected to approve the new rules because there is a wide consensus on the need for tougher restrictions to control soaring new infections. “There’s a fundamental difference between the regulations before the House today and the position we faced at any previous stage, because we now have the vaccines that are our means of escape,” Johnson said. “And we will use every available second of the lockdown to place this invisible shield around the elderly and the vulnerable.” The U.K. is in a maelstrom of rising COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths....
    Unfortunately, it has taken 3 weeks after discovering an intrusion this significant for this Administration to issue a tentative attribution. I hope we’ll begin to see a public declaration of U.S. policy towards indiscriminate supply chain infiltrations like this in the future. — Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) January 5, 2021 Officials believe that around 18,000 “public and private sector customers” of SolarWinds’ products have been affected in the hack. They added that a “much smaller number” were then subject to “follow-on activity” in their systems, which includes “fewer than” 10 government agencies. The multi-agency group says that is working to investigate and help where it can, with the FBI working to identify victims and the hackers. CISA, meanwhile, will offer a tool to help victims detect malicious activity stemming from the hack.  SolarWinds is a network monitoring company with a product called Orion, which hackers managed to...
    Officials at Dulles International Airport in Virginia unveil new biometric facial recognition scanners in September 2018.Bill OLeary/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In 2018, the federal government started scanning people’s faces as they drove into and out of the country at the Anzalduas International Bridge, which connects the Rio Grande Valley of Texas to Mexico. Customs and Border Protection said collecting these biometric images would enhance security and make identifying travelers more efficient. But less than a year later, a data breach compromised 100,000 facial images and 105,000 license plate images. Nineteen facial images from the breach were posted to the dark web. Now, CBP wants to expand facial surveillance beyond Anzalduas and other sites that were part of a pilot program, even as the program saw potential security vulnerabilities in...
    (CNN)The information that is emerging about Russia's extensive cyberintelligence operation against the United States and other countries should be increasingly alarming to the public. The magnitude of the hacking, now believed to have affected more than 250 federal agencies and businesses -- primarily through a malicious update of the SolarWinds network management software -- may have slipped under most people's radar during the holiday season, but its implications are stunning. Bruce SchneierAccording to a Washington Post report, this is a massive intelligence coup by Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). And a massive security failure on the part of the United States is also to blame. Our insecure internet infrastructure has become a critical national security risk -- one that we need to take seriously and spend money to reduce.President-elect Joe Biden's initial response spoke of retaliation, but there really isn't much the United States can do beyond what it already...
    The coronavirus vaccines were supposed to hail the hopeful end of 2020 much like Apollo 8′s beautiful achievement of orbiting the moon offered America an upbeat grand finale to 1968′s awful drumbeat of war, assassination and rioting. vaccIt’s been three weeks now since the first FedEx shipments of the Pfizer vaccine from a Michigan warehouse inspired O.J.’s white Bronco-style coverage on cable TV. And while the number of doses of the two FDA-approved treatments delivered — more than 13 million by last weekend, according to the federal government — so far has been somewhat disappointing, the delays in actually jabbing Americans with these doses are quickly becoming unconscionable. The number of people getting their first dose is just 4.2 million, or less than a third of the doses that have been delivered. In Fort Myers, Fla., 74-year-old Mina Bobel and her husband dragged themselves out of bed at 2 a.m....
    Scammers are offering fake COVID-19 vaccines online, in e-mails and on messaging apps, luring victims by claiming they can deliver shots within days for as little as $150 up to $1,000. US government and European officials say coronavirus vaccine scams are on the rise and are warning the public against fraudsters who swindle customers out of money and personal data.  Some of these scams have emerged on dark web forums such as Agartha and on messaging app Telegram, where seven different offers for alleged vaccines were found.   These schemes also appeared in e-mails promising entry to supposed secret lists for early vaccine access and robocallers impersonating government agencies.  Now the US, FBI and Interpol are warning of pandemic-related fraud schemes, exploiting concerns over the slower-than-promised rollout of the vaccines. Most Americans will have to wait well into the spring and summer to get their shot.   Scammers are offering fake...
    President-elect Joe Biden will reportedly select Victoria Nuland to serve in a top State Department post.  During the Obama administration, Nuland played a central role in setting up meetings with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who falsely accused the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russia, according to a report.  FBI officials also believed that Nuland inappropriately asked the bureau about the status of its investigation into Trump.  President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to serve in a top State Department post played a key role in disseminating the now-debunked Steele dossier at the agency during the Obama administration and was privately criticized by FBI officials for asking too many questions about the bureau’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. Biden will select Victoria Nuland to serve as undersecretary of state of political affairs, according to Politico. She served as head of State’s Bureau of European and...
    PIERS Morgan has savaged the government after Boris Johnson introduced a third lockdown last night - branding it "scandalously bad". Piers, 55, spoke today after the PM ordered the closure of all schools and non-essential shops for at least the next six weeks in a dramatic escalation of Tier rules. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Piers Morgan slammed the government calling it 'scandalously bad' as he hosted Good Morning Britain today He tweeted: "So, just hours after Boris Johnson assured us schools are 'safe' and will stay open, he shuts them all. But only after allowing them to be open for one day so everyone could infect each other & take the virus home to their older relatives. "This is scandalously bad government." The presenter then raged at Boris and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson on Good Morning Britain, saying sarcastically: "Here we go, lockdown three. "All...
    NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — For the first time in several years more than 170 new applicants have won approval to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for immigrants brought to the U.S. as young people. Information revealed in a U.S. government court filing Monday showed 171 new applications were approved from Nov. 14 through the end of 2020 while 121 applications were denied and another 369 were rejected. The report submitted by the Department of Homeland Security to Brooklyn federal court has a total of 2,713 initial applications submitted. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis had ordered the federal government to post public notice that it would accept applications under terms in place before President Donald Trump ended DACA in 2017, saying it was unconstitutional. A demonstrator holds a small American flag and sign during a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) demonstration. (credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York is now one of four states that has a confirmed case of the COVID variant that’s even more contagious. That word comes as both New York and New Jersey are ramping up their vaccination efforts. As CBS2’s John Dias reports, with that lofty goal of administering one million doses of the COVID vaccine to New Yorkers by the end of the month, Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling the federal government it better be ready to deliver. More: New York Has First Confirmed Case Of New, Highly Contagious Strain Of COVID Tuesday morning, there’s a call to Washington from New York City: Pick up the pace. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, de Blasio outlines what the city needs from them, including more supply of the vaccine. “We’ve administered more than 100,000 doses, but that’s not fast enough,” de Blasio wrote in...
    Grim reality WE always thought locking Britain down again and closing schools could only ever be done as a desperate last resort. We grimly accept that time has come. If the staggering increase in positive cases — and, worse, hospitalisations and deaths — doesn’t merit such curbs, what does? And what alternative is there? ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2We do not blame Boris Johnson for his reluctance to plunge England in a third lockdown, but we now grimly accept it is our last resortCredit: Crown Copyright The new, far more infectious Covid mutation is rampant. Britain is at an unprecedented Level 5 alert. The NHS is 21 days from being overwhelmed. And a third lockdown, as hideous as the prospect is, is at least more palatable now that vaccines look likely to end this catastrophe within months. We do not...
    Moderna Inc announced on Monday that it will be increasing production of its coronavirus vaccine by 20 percent. The biotechnology company said it plans to manufacture a minimum of 600 million doses - up from the originally projected 500 million - by the end of 2021. The Massachusetts-based firm says it is investing and hiring in hopes it may be able to produce as many as one billion doses by year's end. It comes as the COVID-19 vaccination effort in the U.S. has lagged, with clinicians inoculating just 4.2 million people - a figure lower than officials had aimed for. On Monday, Moderna Inc said it will produce a minimum of 600 million coronavirus vaccine doses in 2021, 20% higher than the 500 million originally projected. Pictured: An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York, December 21 ...
    Days after the Mexican government adopted a set of crippling restrictions on foreign law enforcement operations in the country, the Trump administration is searching for a work-around and revisiting a decades-old bilateral agreement in an attempt to untie the hands of U.S. drug investigators. The law, which was rushed through the Mexican legislature last month amid the fallout over the arrest of the country’s former defense chief on U.S. drug trafficking charges, has generated intense concern at the Justice Department, where investigations into Mexico’s powerful drug cartels have been imperiled by new requirements for agents to share intelligence with the country’s government. Its arrival, in the waning weeks of a lame duck American presidency, has also complicated the effort to find a path forward, with the problem likely to roll over into the lap of the Biden administration as one of its first international challenges. According to a law...
    (CNN)India is embarking on one of the world's most ambitious mass immunization programs ever undertaken, after regulators approved the country's first two Covid-19 vaccines for restricted emergency use.Indian drug regulators on Sunday gave the go ahead for two coronavirus vaccines, one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, and the other conceived locally by Bharat Biotech and a government-run institute. Both vaccines will be administered in two doses and stored at standard refrigerator temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius (36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit).The approval is a crucial step in India's effort to contain its coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 10 million people, trailing only the United States in total caseload.The country of 1.35 billion is planning to inoculate 300 million frontline workers, elderly and vulnerable people by August, and preparations have been months in the making. India plans to vaccinate 300 million people against Covid-19. Thats almost...
    By STEPHEN WADE and YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Tick-Tock-Tick. The countdown clock for the postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 200 days to go on Monday. Tick-Tock-Tick. Also on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would consider calling a state of emergency as new coronavirus cases surge to record numbers in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. Japan has never had a lockdown for COVID-19, attempting to juggle the economy and health risks. Tick-Tock-Tick. It’s nearing deadline time for Tokyo Olympic organizers, the International Olympic Committee, and various Japanese government entities as they try to pull off the Games in the middle of a pandemic. Officials have promised to announce concrete plans early in the new year about how to get 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes into Japan; about the safety of the Athletes Village, and hundreds of thousands of fans, media, judges, officials, broadcasters and VIPs. The new...
    TOKYO (AP) — Tick-Tock-Tick. The countdown clock for the postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 200 days to go on Monday. Tick-Tock-Tick. Also on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would consider calling a state of emergency as new coronavirus cases surge to record numbers in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. Japan has never had a lockdown for COVID-19, attempting to juggle the economy and health risks. Tick-Tock-Tick. It’s nearing deadline time for Tokyo Olympic organizers, the International Olympic Committee, and various Japanese government entities as they try to pull off the Games in the middle of a pandemic. Officials have promised to announce concrete plans early in the new year about how to get 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes into Japan; about the safety of the Athletes Village, and hundreds of thousands of fans, media, judges, officials, broadcasters and VIPs. The new year is here. Suga pledged again...
    London (CNN)The coronavirus pandemic transformed the working and social lives of millions of European adults in 2020. Children too have suffered immensely, with months of confinement only giving way to some sense of normality when schools in most countries reopened in the summer and autumn.Now even that is under threat. Students in the UK were due to return from the Christmas break on Monday. But less than a week ago, the government announced the return to school would be delayed by two weeks for almost all high schoolers and some primary (elementary) school children. Learning will move online. On Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson conceded schools may need to close indefinitely.In Germany, schools switched back to remote learning in mid-December as infection numbers soared, with a decision on the way forward due on Monday. And in Ireland and Spain, teachers' unions and some local leaders are calling on federal governments...
    A woman adjusts a Chinese flag near U.S. flags.Ng Han Guan | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — The decision by the New York Stock Exchange to delist three Chinese telecommunication giants has drawn ire from China — but analysts say Beijing is unlikely to take significant action to retaliate against Washington. The stock exchange announced Thursday it will delist China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom. Trading is due to be suspended as soon as Jan. 7, or as late as Jan. 11. The Hong Kong-listed stocks of all three companies fell on Monday, the first trading day of the Hang Seng since the announcement. China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom all fell more than 3% in Asia. The move by the NYSE is in line with an executive order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in November, that barred Americans from investing in companies allegedly connected to the...
            by Ken Masugi  To understand President Trump’s signing of the latest so-called COVID-19 “stimulus” bill after days of veto threats, we need to understand the critical constitutional history of the Watergate era. Citing the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, Trump declared, “I will sign the Omnibus and COVID package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed. I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.” The president’s congressional allies will likely insist that before his proposed $2,000 stimulus checks could be issued, the Senate would need to make cuts at least equivalent to the amount the $2,000 adds to the overall expense, estimated at upwards of $40 billion. Such a move seems too obvious for Congress...
    Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) reacted Sunday on MSNBC’s “Weekends” to new audio from a one-hour phone call Saturday in which President Donald Trump asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to “find 11,780 votes.” Witt said, “What is your reaction to that audio? Does it raise legal questions?” Kaine said, “It does. It is shocking but not surprising from this man. This quote, ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes, ‘ tells you everything you need to know about him. He is a spoiled rich kid. He is making it all about him. He is talking about our democracy like it is a real estate deal. Give me $11,000 more for this piece of property.” In audio, Trump said, “The people of Georgia are angry. The people of the country are angry. And there is wrong with saying that you recalculated. All I want to do is this: I just want...
    Senator and 2016 vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said on Sunday that, based on President Donald Trump’s conspiratorial efforts to overturn the election and his stunning call to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, it’s clear he’s trying to “overthrow the government of the United States.” Kaine told Alex Witt the call was “shocking, but not surprising,” picking up on the “I just want to find 11,780 votes” (one more than Joe Biden’s margin of victory) line as particularly striking and calling the president a “spoiled rich kid.” “He’s talking about our democracy like it is a real estate deal. ‘Give me $11,000 more for this piece of property.’ This is not a negotiation,” Kaine said, before saying his Republican colleagues in the Senate preparing to objet to the election results should “look in the mirror and ask how they want to be remembered for the rest of their...
    Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: Senate candidates brace for Georgia runoffs; government continues coronavirus vaccine roll out Britain to allow mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccines COVID-19 model predicts 150,000 more US deaths within the next month MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, pushed back on claims by President TrumpDonald TrumpAppeals court dismisses Gohmert's election suit against Pence Kentucky governor calls vandalism to McConnell's home 'unacceptable' Pence 'welcomes' efforts of lawmakers to 'raise objections' to Electoral College results MORE Sunday that the federal government has exaggerated the COVID-19 death toll. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Fauci was asked by guest host Martha Raddatz about a tweet by the president calling the coronavirus case and death toll “fake news” and blaming it on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention methodology. “Well, the deaths are real deaths. I mean, all you need to do is to go out into the trenches,...
    One of America's most senior government officials says the most 'credible' theory about the origin of coronavirus is that it escaped from a laboratory in China. Matthew Pottinger, who is President Donald Trump's respected Deputy National Security Adviser, told politicians from around the world that even China's leaders now openly admit their previous claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market are false. Mr Pottinger said that the latest intelligence points to the virus leaking from the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology, 11 miles from the market, saying: 'There is a growing body of evidence that the lab is likely the most credible source of the virus.' Matthew Pottinger, who is President Donald Trump's respected Deputy National Security Adviser, says the most 'credible' theory about the origin of coronavirus is that it escaped from from the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology in China He claimed the pathogen may...
    Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut on Saturday tweeted a denial to a news piece reporting that she has allegedly merged three flats into one, which she owns on the fifth floor of a 16-storey building in Khar area of the city.  The actress claimed in a tweet that the building has been constructed in a way that there is one apartment on each floor, and it was like this when she purchased it. The actress in turn alleged that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is harassing her and she also took a dig at the Shiv Sena government. Kangana Ranaut Shares Glimpses of Her New Year Brunch Party For Team Dhaakad (Watch Video) “Fake propaganda by Mahavinashkari government, I haven’t joined any flats, whole building is built the same way, one apartment each floor, that’s how I purchased it, @mybmc is only harassing me in the entire building. Will fight in...
    By The Associated Press LONDON — The U.K. has registered a record 57,725 daily coronavirus cases. Government figures show the U.K. has recorded five straight daily highs — all above 50,000 and nearly double the levels of two weeks ago. Also, hospitals in Britain have started receiving batches of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, approved by British regulators this week. Some 530,000 doses of the vaccine will be available for rollout across the country from Monday. Nursing home residents and their caretakers, those over 80 and hospital staff are set to receive the first doses. The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in southern England, was among the first to get the vaccine. Dr. George Findlay, the trust’s chief medical officer, says the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is “much easier” to administer than the Pfizer-BioNTech, which needs storage at...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci told Newsweek this week that “everything will be on the table for discussion” in the Biden administration in terms of the Chinese coronavirus, although he said he is “not sure” if vaccines will be mandatory “from a central government standpoint.” “I’m not sure it’s going to be mandatory from a central government standpoint, like federal government mandates,” the 80-year-old immunologist said. “But there are going to be individual institutions that I’m sure are going to mandate it.” Fauci expressed the belief that schools or local institutions could mandate the vaccine while adding that it is “possible” that proof of vaccination could be required for international travelers. “Everything will be on the table for discussion” with a Biden administration, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, although he noted that he is not the one making the decisions. “But these are all things that...
    (CNN)A group of three judges on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a lower court judge was wrong when he vacated an execution date for Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row.The order says the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Michael Carvajal, was acting under the "governing regulation," which allowed him to reschedule the execution because the original execution date had not passed.Montgomery's execution had been scheduled for December 8, but a judge postponed it after her attorneys said they were diagnosed with Covid-19 after flying from Texas to visit with Montgomery at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. On November 23, Carvajal rescheduled Montgomery's execution for January 12 and because he set it at that date, the order said he was acting under the law, clearing the way for her execution later this month. Montgomery's attorney, Meaghan VerGow, said in...
    TODAY Britain starts to set its own rules, free of the directives of imperial Brussels. Boris Johnson said recently that his Government kept deliberately quiet in 2020 about how it would unleash the British tiger lest it scare Michel Barnier during the free-trade negotiations. 1The rapid approval of vaccines in the UK shows what can be done without the EU Credit: Splash News Perhaps that is true, but it is alarming how much more time this Government has spent talking about banning things (gas boilers, petrol cars, trophy hunting, live animal exports, junk-food advertising, beer consumed without Scotch eggs) than liberating them. I can think of no example of a ministerial speech this year that urged less regulation of anything. We look like a country that is more Euro-interventionist than the EU itself, ready to enter into trade disputes with the Commission about their disgraceful failure to be sufficiently bossy...
    WELCOME to the first, historic day of a new era. Welcome to 2021 and to a new, independent Britain liberated from 47 years of EU membership. We know optimism is a big ask in the midst of this terrible pandemic. ⚠️ Read our Brexit live blog for the latest news & updates 3Let's make a New Year’s resolution to unite and make a success of our newly-independent country Credit: Getty Images - Getty But, as horrific as 2020 was, 2021 really could be golden: Yes, a few months more waiting for the vaccines to do their work — but then an unprecedented, roaring recovery. If that seems a stretch, consider what WAS achieved even during the horrors of the last ten months: Covid jabs invented and rolled out with unprecedented speed. An “impossible” UK-EU trade deal agreed in record time, safeguarding our economies. Scores of other deals signed —...
    An Indian state has passed a law to ban all Islamic schools and convert them into regular schools, drawing criticism that the move aims to suppress Muslims in the Hindu-majority country, numerous sources reported. Assam, India will be converting more than 700 madrasas — government-run Islamic schools — into general education schools by April. The state is run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been at the center of ongoing tensions between India’s Muslims and Hindus.  The schools are being closed because they provide sub-standard education compared to regular schools, and do not address “the temporal world and its earthly concerns” in their curriculum, according to the government. Madrasas include education focused on the Quran, Islamic law and subjects offered in most schools, like math and science. Once the schools are converted, they will no longer be able to teach students the Quran....
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said his city has a goal for coronavirus vaccinations in January: vaccinate 1 million New Yorkers. The mayor told CNN’s “New Day” it will take “a call to arms” and help from the federal government, but he knows New York City can do it. “[T]he bottom line is to get out there and vaccinate,” de Blasio emphasized. “So, Alisyn, I want to let you know we’ve set a goal for the month of January, we’re going to vaccinate a million New Yorkers in the month of January. Now, we’re going to need the help of the federal government, the state government, the manufacturers of the vaccine, we need everyone to pull together, but we know New York City can vaccinate a million people in the month of January and really put this thing into high gear. And every single time we...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci has said spreading out more first doses of the vaccine by using second doses held in reserve is now 'under consideration' while Surgeon General Jerome Adams has admitted that public and state health departments 'are chronically underfunded' as the nation prepares to dismally fail its 2020 COVID-19 vaccination target when the clock strikes midnight tonight.  The nation's top health experts who have been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic waded into the vaccine rollout chaos Thursday, as both state and federal authorities point the blame at each other.  Fauci admitted on the NBC Today Show Thursday that the rollout of the vaccine has so far been 'disappointing' and said the federal government needs to 'support the local groups, the states and the cities' to ramp up the pace.   While Adams also admitted state health departments need more funding and resources on Good Morning America Thursday morning, he...
    Dozens of homeless squatters have taken over a Washington state Travelodge after a group of local activists booked 16 rooms at the motel to provide shelter for those in need on Christmas Eve. Members of Tacoma Housing Now, an advocacy group for the homeless, reserved multiple rooms at the Fife motel by paying for a one-night stay last Thursday.  The rooms were used to house people who are experiencing homelessness in the area, however, the activists have refused to pay for the accommodation since, The News Tribune reported.  Tacoma Housing Now has been occupying 16 rooms at the Travelodge motel in Fife, Washington since Christmas Eve The homeless advocacy group booked the rooms last Thursday by paying for a one-night stay and is now demanding city and county officials foot the rest of the motel bill by using COVID-19 relief funds The group is now demanding the city of...
    UK chief trade negotiator, David Frost looks on as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson signs the Brexit trade deal with the EU – Leon Neal/Getty Images Europe After four years, three Prime Ministers and more than 40 votes in Parliament, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union with a deal. Boris Johnson’s pledge to “Get Brexit Done” has been honoured at the eleventh hour, and his trade deal with the EU carried the support of the Labour Party through the House of Commons. The road has been long and winding, with late-night votes, last-ditch talks and rebellions on both sides of the House. But on December 31 at 11pm, the UK will become an independent coastal state once again. This is how the political drama unfolded. 2016 June 23: The UK holds a referendum on whether to leave the European Union. 52 per cent of voters vote to leave....
    The Senate in Argentina legalized aborting the unborn child up to 14 weeks-gestation on Wednesday. The landmark move will provide the procedure for free, establishing the abortion industry in the country while defying the pleas from native son Pope Francis to defeat the measure. The voted passed by a 38-29 margin with one abstention after a 12-hour debate on the Senate floor. The bill had already been approved by Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies and President Alberto Fernandez vowed to sign the bill so the Senate was the final hurdle to make legalized abortion the law of the land. The Associated Press (AP) reported on the development and the Pope’s reaction to it, ironically taking place over the Christmas season: Just hours before the Senate session began Tuesday, the pope weighed in, tweeting: “The Son of God was born an outcast, in order to tell us that every outcast is a...
    A number of companies have been linked to labor forced on Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government, according to multiple reports. The Washington Post found that Apple supplier Lens Technology uses Uighur workers in its factories, according to documents obtained by the Tech Transparency Project. Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Gap, Calvin Klein, H&M, L.L.Bean, Lacoste, Nike, and many other brands are “potentially directly or indirectly benefiting from the use of Uyghur workers outside Xinjiang through abusive labour transfer programs as recently as 2019,” according to a report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. A number of companies and brands have been linked to labor forced on Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government, according to multiple reports. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Apple supplier Lens Technology uses Uighur workers in its factories, according to documents obtained by the Tech Transparency Project. These workers were transferred from labor camps in the...
    Washington (CNN)Americans can expect to start seeing $600 in their bank accounts immediately as the federal government's second round of stimulus payments is being sent out, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said.The direct deposits will continue into next week, while paper checks will be mailed out beginning Wednesday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said that the Treasury and the IRS are working with "unprecedented speed" to issue the second round of payments.The Covid-19 relief package, which President Donald Trump signed Sunday evening, provides individuals who meet income limits with $600; couples who meet income limits with $1,200; and eligible families with an additional $600 per child. Trumps demands run into McConnells maneuversThe $600 is half of what Americans received in the first round of stimulus payments Congress approved back in March. It took two weeks after that first Covid-19 relief bill was passed for the IRS...
    Maybe it was the visuals that did it. It’s hard to know what aspects of reality make it into Donald Trump’s ever-shrinking bubble — and I’m happy to say that after Jan. 20 we won’t have to care about what goes on in his not-at-all beautiful mind — but it’s possible that he became aware of how he looked, playing golf as millions of desperate families lost their unemployment benefits. Whatever the reason, on Sunday he finally signed an economic relief bill that will, among other things, extend those benefits for a few months. And it wasn’t just the unemployed who breathed a sigh of relief. Stock market futures — which are not a measure of economic success, but still — rose. Goldman Sachs marked up its forecast of economic growth in 2021. So this year is closing out with a second demonstration of the lesson we should have learned...
    Citizens United chairman David Bossie, a deputy 2016 campaign manager for President Trump, said Monday that liberal governors are essentially strangling their own economies by either continuing or strengthening coronavirus lockdown measures that have decimated the restaurant and entertainment sectors. Bossie said on "Hannity" that with New York State and California being the two most visible examples of such lockdowns, those that can afford to leave will do so. "People with money are going to reject California, reject New York," he said. "Your average person in California right now is signing petitions to recall their incompetent governor. Enough is enough. The American people are fed up." Bossie noted that California Gov. Gavin Newsom is likely to further extend his state lockdown orders. Video"Remember '15 days to flatten the curve'? – We are going on a year, where they are destroying the American way of life." "They are destroying schools, they are destroying our sports, destroying our churches. It doesn't matter. There's no place...
    Fans of The Simpsons have pointed out that the iconic cartoon has seemingly predicted yet another world event. Between the show - which has been on the air since 1989 - and its spin-off movie of 2007, the franchise has made a series of eerie predictions, including the current coronavirus pandemic sweeping the planet. And the latest prophecy fans have noticed is the plot in The Simpsons Movie, in which a huge glass dome is lowered over the famous family's home town of Springfield. Here we go again: Fans of The Simpsons have pointed out that the iconic cartoon has seemingly predicted yet another world event Fans have likened this to the current tiered restrictions from town-to-town in place in the UK. The UK is currently under a segregated system amid the COVID-19 crisis, which sees separate parts categorised into varying levels of 'risk' from the virus. RELATED ARTICLES...
    THIS map shows the areas at risk of being pushed into tougher coronavirus restrictions this week. Data from the ZOE Symptom tracker app has revealed that areas such as Manchester and Leicester could be pushed into a harsh Tier 4 lockdown as cases continue to rise. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4 The next government tier review is expected on December 30 and could mean that millions of Brits are living under tough restrictions. There are currently four tiers under the government's system, with Tier 4 meaning that all non-essential shops are closed, as well as gyms. Earlier this week government scientists reportedly told Boris Johnson he needs to implement stricter measures to stop the virus from spiralling out of control, which could include a new Tier 5 level. Data from the app shows that Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen,...
            by Tom Rabbe  Count me among the Pollyannas who was sure that when the election was done the pandemic would be “done,” too. November 4 would dawn bright and clear, the thunderheads of contagion looming on the horizon dissipated by a dry air mass of political reality. And I was not alone. None other than President Trump was with me, as were pols and pundits across the conservative landscape who speculated that the draconian restrictions on liberty were as much a political tactic employed by the Left as they were a public prophylactic against viral pestilence. If Biden won, the Democrats would stumble into sanity and downplay the potency of the virus — we need only protect vulnerable populations, those with comorbidities, they would say; everybody else can return to normal. Or they would adopt more amenable metrics for analyzing the crisis — the number...
    This is a food line. One food line. In two months many of these same families will not have homes to go back to. Although the pandemic rescue package finally signed by a pouting Donald Trump last night extends the federal moratorium on evicting renters who cannot make their payments, it’s only a temporary reprieve. The House and Senate-passed bill extends the eviction moratorium by only one month. We're right back here in February, albeit with a new president not permanently sidelined by his own narcissistic delusions. And the underlying problem is not going away. After the bungling incompetence of government responses from March onward, we are in a new pandemic surge. One in every thousand Americans has died from the virus. Without more lockdowns, the death toll will double in coming months; vaccines simply cannot be manufactured and distributed fast enough to prevent it. And all that means that those...
    JOE Biden said that his incoming administration has faced "obstruction" from certain government agencies that are making it "harder" to protect the American people. The president-elect made the remarks during a Monday afternoon speech given after he was briefed by members of his national security and foreign policy agency review teams. 1Biden said his administration is facing 'obstruction' from certain government agenciesCredit: Reuters Biden said his administration is facing resistance from certain agencies, particularly the Department of Defense, and other security departments. He said many of the agencies "that are critical to our security have incurred enormous damage." "Many of them have been hollowed out in personnel, capacity and in morale," Biden added. Most read in NewsNIGHT OF TERRORXXXTentacion pal part of 'rapper trio that raped wife in $20k kidnap plot'REVENGE SHOOTINGTragic toddler, 3, murdered by gang in ‘revenge’ drive-by shootingHOUSE HUNTERSTrump & Melania 'hunting for new home as small...
    The year in which the United Kingdom finally left the European Union was marred by record waves of illegal immigration across the English Channel, as an estimated 9,000 boat migrants landed on British shores. A key pillar of the pro-sovereignty Brexit movement was for the British people to ‘take back control’ of their ability to determine their own laws, but perhaps just as crucially, to regain control of the country’s borders. In 2019, Home Secretary Priti Patel pledged to make migrant crossings an “infrequent phenomenon” and Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a promise that the government would send boat migrants back. Neither promise would be fulfilled in 2020, with over four times as many migrants landing this year than in 2019. "We will send you back" Boris Johnson warns migrants not to try to enter the UK illegally by crossing the English Channel, after officials intercepted four boats off the...
    Jeffery Epstein (pictured) was extorted by prisoners and believed the government was 'trying to kill him', according to fellow inmates A suicidal Jeffery Epstein was extorted by prisoners and believed the government was 'trying to kill him', according to fellow inmates in fresh details of his 'hellish' final days before he killed himself in a federal jail.  The millionaire pedophile's death at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10 last year was officially ruled as a suicide by hanging, despite murder conspiracy theories circulating widely online. But in interviews with Epstein's former inmates, obtained the Daily News, they reveal it was common knowledge in the prison that he was suicidal and cellmates warned him not to kill himself in their presence. One prison inmate claimed that Epstein was saying he was going to kill himself because 'the government is trying to kill him anyway'. Former inmates also revealed he was also...
    The former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said meeting Operation Warp Speed's goal of vaccinating 20 million Americans by the end of the year is 'unrealistic'.   It was revealed on Saturday that nearly 2 million people have been vaccinated as cases in the US surpass 19 million Sunday and more than 118,000 Americans remain hospitalized.  During an interview on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday, Dr Scott Gottlieb was asked to give his thoughts on the pace at which vaccinations are being administered.  'Well, the pace is slower than what was stated. I think it's probably realistic to think that the pace is going to be a little bit slower, especially as we try to move through hard to vaccinate populations next month,' Gottlieb said.  'I suspect there's more than a million (more) who have been vaccinated. There's a lag in reporting. But the idea that we're going...
    HIGHLY anticipated stimulus checks will soon be in Americans' pockets after President Trump signed Congress’ coronavirus relief bill of $900billion, giving Americans a payout of at least $600. The checks come after the President had refused to sign the package, demanding that Congress reconvene and agree on a higher sum of money to send to American families, as many are still struggling to make ends meet due to the pandemic.  6A second stimulus payout is still in limbo for the American peopleCredit: Getty Images - Getty When do the second stimulus checks come out?  There is no exact date when the stimulus checks could come out – but they are expected to arrive shortly after the New Year. Congress formally passed a $900billion relief bill on December 20 that would have granted US citizens a small second payout from the government. On Sunday, Trump revealed that he signed off on...
    (CNN)Deep in northeast Australia's outback, underneath grassy eucalypt woodlands and vast grazing lands scattered with cattle stations, lies one of the world's largest known untapped coal reserves. Queensland's Galilee Basin, an area roughly the size of Britain, is set to produce its first coal in 2021, to be moved by rail 300 kilometers to the coast, where it will be loaded onto cargo ships that will sail through the Great Barrier Reef to ship it to Asia. The controversial Carmichael mine has become a symbol of the environmental split that has emerged in 21st century Australia. As the country experiences devastating bush fires and record temperatures, public opinion is in favor of greater action on the climate crisis, protecting the country's precious natural heritage, and investments in renewable energy, surveys show, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government remain entwined with the powerful fossil fuel industry. That's made Australia...
    Reuters December 27, 2020 0 Comments  U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat not to sign a $2.3 trillion spending package approved by Congress has already shuttered an emergency unemployment aid program and threatens a partial federal government shutdown at midnight on Monday. The bill provides $892 billion in coronavirus relief and $1.4 trillion to keep regular government operations running through the fiscal year. Without Trump’s signature, Congress would need to pass a stopgap funding bill that he is willing to sign to keep federal agencies fully operating. The Trump administration has not said what it will do if the government runs out of money, but previous lapses have led to tens of thousands of non-essential workers being put on leave and others, including those dealing with public safety, forced to work without pay. Here’s what would likely happen if the White House and Congress cannot agree on a spending plan:...
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's threat not to sign a $2.3 trillion spending package approved by Congress has already shuttered an emergency unemployment aid program and threatens a partial federal government shutdown at midnight on Monday. The bill provides $892 billion in coronavirus relief and $1.4 trillion to keep regular government operations running through the fiscal year. Without Trump's signature, Congress would need to pass a stopgap funding bill that he is willing to sign to keep federal agencies fully operating. The Trump administration has not said what it will do if the government runs out of money, but previous lapses have led to tens of thousands of non-essential workers being put on leave and others, including those dealing with public safety, forced to work without pay. Here's what would likely happen if the White House and Congress cannot agree on a spending plan: PANDEMIC ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE: The legislation...
    Twenty-four-year-old Madelyn Corwin’s social media feeds feature a few selfies, videos of her insulin pump, and almost always a link to a GoFundMe page. The most current fundraiser is to raise money for a woman named Nicole who lost her diabetic son in 2018 because they couldn’t afford insulin. In other words, Corwin’s pages are not just young people fodder. Her activism is literally saving lives. “I just make a statement and I'll have people message me on Twitter or Instagram and be like, ‘thanks so much for posting about this, my dad died like three years ago,’” she tells co-host Molly Jong-Fast in this bonus episode of The New Abnormal.
            by Charles Kesler  It has been said that the oldest word in American politics is “new.” Even the United States Constitution, by far the oldest written constitution in the world, was once new, and had to be defended against charges that it was an unnecessary and unrepublican innovation. The Federalist was keenly aware of the novelty of the Constitution’s enterprise—the attempt to establish “good government from reflection and choice”—but boldly turned it to account. “Hearken not to the voice which petulantly tells you that the form of government recommended for your adoption is a novelty in the political world,” Publius admonished. For why should “the experiment of an extended republic” be rejected “merely because it may comprise what is new?” If the “leaders of the Revolution” had blindly followed precedent and tradition, the American experiment might have failed ingloriously—and the American people might already be suffering under...
    SACRAMENTO —  Virginia Ellis, a trailblazing journalist whose government accountability reporting spanned four decades and culminated in award-winning Los Angeles Times reporting on secret diversions of public funds into the political operations of California’s insurance commissioner and led to his resignation, died Thursday. She was 77. Ellis served as the Sacramento bureau chief for The Times for seven years until her retirement in 2008 but spent more than four decades in journalism. She joined the newspaper in the late 1980s after covering statehouses in Florida and Texas. “She thought that government should play an important role in people’s lives and that someone should be making sure that the role was carried out properly,” said her son, Barry Schnitt. “She had a nose for finding out when it wasn’t and explaining why.” Ellis is also survived by her husband, Paul Schnitt, whom she met in Florida and who also had a...
    The new 24-member government took office in Yemen on December 26. They were inaugurated by President Abdul Rabu Mansour Qadi. The executive branch included both Gaddy supporters and separatists from the Southern Interim Council. The ceremony took place at Qadi’s residence in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. “You come from different camps and geographical areas, but let your main concern be the country and its citizens,” the Yemeni president said. Also read: Arab Spring: 10 years after the wave of revolutions in the Middle East Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. The new government took office just months after the power-sharing deal in Yemen for campaigning in Riyadh. The agreement aims to provide equal representation for citizens of the southern and northern regions of Yemen. The conflict in Yemen has been ongoing since late 2014, after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized...
    Brexit deal – PA Fishing What was agreed The fishing industry will enter a five-and-a-half year transition period, during which the EU will give back 25 per cent of the value of its catch in UK waters. After that period, fishing rights in UK waters will be subject to an annual negotiation process, which must be concluded by December 10 in preparation for the next year. What the Government says: UK officials accepted “fisheries was one of the areas where we had to compromise somewhat” but insisted the UK would have “full control of our waters” after the end of the transition period. “Where we’ve got to is acceptable, and offers gains for the fisheries industry in the short-run and a huge right to control everything and work within that,” a senior negotiator said. What the critics say: Barrie Deas, head of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations,...
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has designated the airspace around the area of Friday's bombing in downtown Nashville as a 'national defense airspace,' threatening 'deadly force' to any aircraft that poses as a possible security threat. The FAA issued an alert on Friday night stating that an area of one nautical mile would be zoned off, along 2nd Avenue street where the explosion took place. 'Pilots who do not adhere to the following procedures may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel,' the alert reads.   Civil penalties may be imposed by the FAA, who may also suspend or revoke airmen certification if pilots don't adhere to the restrictions.  The FAA has issued a temporary no fly zone over the area of downtown Nashville where the explosion occurred. Flights were impacted in Nashville on Christmas because of telecommunications issues associated with explosion in downtown In addition to the penalties...
    Georgia Rep.-elect Andrew Clyde arrived in the nation's capital with the unique distinction of already having a federal law named after him. The gun store owner gained prominence for fighting back when the IRS suddenly seized nearly $1 million from his bank account in 2013. Not only did Clyde win his civil asset forfeiture case against the IRS, but he got Congress to pass a law last year so the IRS could never do it again. "That entire ordeal really showed me that one person who is persistent and tenacious and just doesn't give up can actually make a difference," Clyde, 57, told Fox News in an interview. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS FORCED TO BATTLE IRS OVER SEIZED BANK ACCOUNTS Clyde, a Navy combat veteran and gun rights advocate, never intended to run for Congress, but his experience showed him there’s a thin line between "we the people" running the government and the government running the people....
    Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden and his wife Lindsay Mills have shared pictures of their first child, a baby boy.   The news was first shared by Mills in an Instagram post, in which the acrobat and blogger also posted several images of her and Snowden with his arms around her baby bump.  In another image, the couple are seen with their first child, a son, whose face they decided to obscure with an emoji. Edward Snowden's wife, Lindsay Mills, shared an Instagram post in which the acrobat and blogger posted an image of her holding their newborn baby boy The couple blocked the face of their child, a son, using a face emoji 'Merry Christmas Baby', Mills tweeted with the message 'The greatest gift of all is the love we share. Happy Holidays from our newly expanded family.' 'Merry Christmas Baby. selfportrait. the greatest gift of all is...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)For months, factories in the city of Yiwu, known as China's "Christmas town," have been cranking out most of the tinsel, decorations and other festive ornaments now hanging on trees worldwide. But production almost stopped in mid-December, as local authorities switched off the lights.Ma Hairu, who works for a manufacturer making paper decorations for Christmas and New Year, said his factory was struggling to meet demand because they're only allowed to work half days. "We have a lot of orders, but we don't have enough time to make them," he said. We have a lot of orders, but we dont have enough time to make them." Ma Hairu, Yiwu manufacturerOfficials in China's Zhejiang province are racing to meet five-year energy consumption targets set by the central government that are due to expire on December 31. Earlier this month, a local directive instructed businesses to stop elevators below...
    President Trump and the ultra-progressive ‘Squad’ have little in common, but they all agree on giving Americans $2,000 stimulus checks, proving that politics does indeed make strange bedfellows. The foursome of Democratic lawmakers that includes House Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley joined fellow progressive House Rep. Pramila Jayapal to introduce a bill that would more than triple the relief checks approved in Congress’ latest stimulus bill. The move comes after Trump said he would support a bill from Congress that would boost the stimulus checks in the most recent bill approved by both chambers from $600 to $2,000. The president on Friday doubled down on his demand to Congress to increase payments from $600 to $2,000 in the spending and COVID-19 stimulus bill that lawmakers already sent to the president's desk.   'Made many calls and had meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida,' the...
    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump spent his Christmas golfing in Florida as a government shutdown looms and COVID relief hangs in the balance. Trump, at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach for the holidays, had no events on his public schedule after throwing the future of a massive COVID relief and government funding bill into question. Failure to sign the bill, which arrived in Florida on Thursday night, could deny relief checks to millions of Americans on the brink and force a government shutdown in the midst of the pandemic. The White House declined to share details of the president’s schedule, though he was expected to golf Friday with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally. “During the Holiday season, President Trump will continue to work tirelessly for the American People. His schedule includes many meetings and calls,” is all the White House said. Trump also...