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    As a handful of contenders pursue the Pac-12 regular-season title, a clear frontrunner has emerged in the race for last place. Washington is the team to beat for the bottom. The Huskies are 0-5 in conference play, continuing a collapse unlike any we’ve seen in the modern era of Pac-12 basketball. Less than two years ago, in March of 2019, the Huskies were 27-game winners. They went 15-3 in conference play, won the regular-season title and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. Mike Hopkins earned his second consecutive Pac-12 Coach of the Year award and had seemingly turned UW into a destination program for elite recruits. Then came the unthinkable: The Huskies dropped to last place in the 2019-20 season, becoming the first team in the modern era to pull off the first-to-worst tumble. Not since 1948, when the league was known as the Pacific Coast Conference, had...
    Mob rule from the treason and sedition party. Politico: Inside the GOP’s week from hell The big question for the GOP going forward is how last week’s events will reorder Republican politics. Specifically, how much power will Trump wield after he leaves office? Republicans, at least the ones I spoke with, are unanimous in the view that Trump’s role in inciting his diehards has undermined his influence. The question is how much. Some say that we’ve lived through plenty of Trump scandals that haven’t loosened his grip on the party. But before the election, Trump had a claim to a series of accomplishments Republicans could tout — from overseeing the confirmation of hundreds of new federal judges and three Supreme Court justices to defying conventional wisdom on the Middle East and China in ways that are likely to endure, at least in the GOP. That won’t be his legacy. Rather, I...
    You weren’t the only one who missed it when the newly radicalized Supreme Court issued a stark warning last month that it may use the coronavirus pandemic to attack the power of the executive branch, potentially hamstringing President Joe Biden and Democratic governors in the midst of the greatest crisis America has faced since World War II. The threat went mostly unnoticed because it came as the nation’s highest court passed on the opportunity to rule upon an audacious challenge to a governor’s power to protect the public health during the height of the outbreak. But the decision made the court’s intentions clear, and also raised a warning flag about the imminent threat the court poses to both public health and America’s constitutional order.
    (CNN)More than 150,000 customers are without power across Texas and Louisiana as a powerful snowstorm moves through the southern states early Monday morning.Poor road conditions are possible across Texas and Louisiana during the Monday morning commute, including dark street lights and signals due to the widespread outages.Areas of east and northeast Texas, including Lamesa which received 9 inches of snowfall, have already seen poor visibility due to fog, according to tweets from NWS Midland. Baylor University students make snow angels after at least five inches was reported throughout Central Texas on Sunday.The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has encouraged people to travel only if absolutely necessary. Crews have been salting roadways and warned that closures are possible as snowfall continues.The snow is expected to move out of Texas into southern Arkansas, through north and central Louisiana, and parts of Mississippi and Alabama through Monday, according to CNN Meteorologist Gene...
    Seeing Vidyut Jammwal in an action avatar is always a treat for his fans. The actor made quite an impact with his last few performances and is now all set to entertain the audience with his next film. Titled The Power, the film will feature Vidyut doing what he is best at while he also romances the beautiful Shruti Haasan in this action film. But while you might be compelled to think that the film is yet another love story meets action flick, let us tell you there is more to it. The makers of the film have dropped the trailer of The Power and it is all about a tale of love, betrayal, vengeance. The Power: Vidyut Jammwal, Shruti Haasan’s Film to Release on Pay-Per-View Service ZeePlex on January 14. Vidyut and Shruti are in love and the trailer is all about how everything goes wrong when Shruti’s father...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As the events in Washington unfolded on Wednesday, photos from inside the Capitol went viral around the world. Many of those now-iconic images were taken by Getty Images Chief Photographer Win McNamee.McNamee captured the widely shared photo of a rioter dangling from the Senate chamber, and the image of another rioter carrying Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern through the halls. That man has since been identified as Adam Johnson, 36, and was arrested in Florida two days later. This image, taken Jan. 6, 2021, shows a man hanging during a riot at the U.S. Capitol. Win McNamee/Getty Images In a one-on-one interview with ABC7 News, McNamee described what it was like to document this historic day."The scene in the rotunda, it was complete mayhem," McNamee said. "People were entering from multiple directions...people were climbing on these historic statues, posing for selfies, chanting."It was in the rotunda that...
    As surely as night follows day, any flex of political power by Black and brown people in the United States will be followed by a reactionary white supremacist show of force. The pattern of racist white backlash to the barest hint of racial progress has persisted since the earliest days of the republic up until now, from antebellum white mobs attacking free Black people essentially just for existing, to the Civil War itself and post-Reconstruction violence punishing Black self-determination in Tulsa, to the violent resistance to the civil rights movement and then the enraged, panicked genesis of the Tea Party and the Trump era immediately after the election of the first Black president. Against that historical backdrop, the white insurrectionist takeover of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was as predictable as a pendulum’s swing. After all, the purpose of Congress’s session was to ratify the results of the 2020 election,...
    Australia's 'power-lifting plastic surgeon' has revealed what you can do this year to turn back the clock and live a healthier, happier life. Dr Eddy Dona is well known for his work in plastic surgery, but during lockdown many of his fans marveled over his power-lifting abilities - as he posted videos to social media to pass the time.  The 50-year-old told Daily Mail Australia that weight lifting is crucial for living a long and happy life. Dr Eddy Dona is well known for his work in plastic surgery, but during lock-down many of his fans marveled over his power-lifting abilities - as he posted videos to social media to pass the time He says 30 minutes of exercise, even walking, each day is important for everyone's physical and mental health 'Thirty minutes of physical activity every day is really important,' he said. 'Even if it is just...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A major technical fault in Pakistan’s power generation and distribution system caused a massive power outage that plunged the country into darkness overnight, the energy minister said. Hours after the late Saturday outage, Energy Minister Omar Ayub said on Twitter that power was being restored in phases, starting with Islamabad. He said later Sunday that power had been restored to much of the country. The blackout was initially reported on social media by residents of major urban centers, including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan. The minister and his spokesman then took to Twitter to update the country. Ayub urged people to be patient. He said the cause of the cause of the power outage was being investigated and work was being done to fire up Pakistan’s main Tarbela power station in the northwest, which would lead to a restoration of power in the rest of...
    The National Museum of American History - part of the Smithsonian Institution - has started collecting flyers, protest signs and other objects from the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday.  Elizabeth MacMillan Director Anthea M. Hartig released a statement on Friday announcing that the museum was collecting a variety of items in hopes to staying committed 'to understanding how Americans make change.'   The museum was on the scene a day after the riot, with Dr. Frank Blazich, a curator with the museum, sharing on that he had already been 'digging through the trash on the National Mall.' The National Museum of American History - part of the Smithsonian Institution - has started collecting flyers, protest signs and other objects from the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday The museum was on the scene a day after the riot, with Dr. Frank Blazich, a curator with the museum, sharing on that...
    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...
    Josh Hawley needs to be made a pariah. Now this, this is what Project Lincoln should be doing:  x.@ProjectLincoln will be running a brutal corporate pressure campaign targeting Companies, Trade Associations, CEO’s, Directors and senior leadership of organizations that serve as the financiers of the Authoritarian movement that attacked the US Capitol. For example,— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) January 7, 2021 He continued describing those targets, the entities for “Donations that are made to @GOPLeader [Kevin McCarthy], any organization he controls or any committee he controls will draw an action.” That’s the lane for the Project Lincoln gang, those Republicans who spent a lot of time during this election lifting content from left-leaning groups and raising a lot of money to produce and run ads for the purpose of making Trump mad. The group seemed more interesting in rehabilitating themselves and their own political reputations—perhaps to cozy up to the Biden administration and Democrats in power—than in...
    Investigators combing through massive US Capitol crime scene following riot Pujara holds firm as Australia pile pressure on India Selena Gomez Proves the Enduring Power of a Classic Red Lip © Vogue View the Instagram photo. Though January provides an annual opportunity for switch-ups and overhauls, some things are eternal—like a classic cherried lip. For a scroll-stopping reference point, look to Selena Gomez, whose perfectly painted red pout proved that certain beauty notes span both time and trend. Makeup artist Hung Vanngo took to Instagram this afternoon to share a capture of the pop star, who augmented a tousled blowout with a painstaking application of a buoyant red (Lip Souffle Matte Cream in Inspire) plucked from her own line, Rare Beauty.  In keeping with the theme of enduring glamour, Vanngo opted for all things fresh and striking, brushed-up brows and lashes framing lids dusted in warming shadow, with a touch...
    Loading the player... After her breakout role on Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, blossoming actress Lexi Underwood is ready to use her talent and voice to usher in a new generation of Hollywood talent. Read More: ‘One Night in Miami…’ trailer shows four legendary friends that helped change the world Although her profile was boosted by the Emmy-nominated series, the 17-year-old actress is not new to the screen. Before starring as Pearl on Fires with Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, she delivered on television shows including Criminal Minds, Family Reunion, and Raven’s Home. Underwood is currently working on a film for Disney called Sneakerella to reimagine the way that we see princesses and princes. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Her latest project is the Meagan Good directed and produced film If Not Now, When? Filmed when she was only 15, the drama is the directorial feature debut of co-directors Good and Tamara Bass....
    Emily Ratajkowski claimed Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook had 'the most power' after the social media chief announced that President Donald's account would be blocked until after the inauguration.   The model took to Twitter Thursday to lambaste Zuckerberg and Big Tech in a thread in which she shared her worry and posted conspiracy theories about Capitol police.  In an extraordinary blog post announcing the block Wednesday, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg accused Trump of using the platform ‘to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.’       The 29-year-old model pondered her conspiracy when offering her critique on Zuckerberg.  Emily Ratajkowski claimed Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook had 'the most power' after the social media chief announced that President Donald's account would be blocked until after the inauguration In an extraordinary post, Zuckerberg accused Trump of using Facebook ‘to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government’ 'Anyone else feel like...
    DOWNEY (KABC) -- How do you lift up the lives of young women all over the world? One local lifestyle brand is empowering young women, one item at a time. It started with one social media post, and Kristine Rodriguez and her "GRL Collective" was off to the races!"That went viral and it catapulted our business in literally 24 hours," said Rodriguez.It's a story of trauma to triumph for Rodriguez. She's all smiles today but just three years ago, she was struggling with her mental health after having to publicly testify against an abuser. She decided giving back was the best way to get her life back on track."I decided to volunteer with a girls and women's empowerment program in India," said Rodriguez.She spent more than a month in India, raising the money for her trip by creating and selling jewelry. Rodriguez says the experience was transformative and set her...
    Editor’s note: We endeavor to bring you the top voices on current events representing a range of perspectives. Below is a column arguing that restrictions on CEO pay is wrong and won’t fix any of the underlying causes of the pay gap between executives and employees. You can read a counterpoint here, where Jason Nichols, a lecturer in African American Studies at the University of Maryland and a prolific progressive commentator, argues that CEOs shouldn’t be making exorbitant salaries while their workers go without and that more stringent tax policies can help alleviate that inequality. Over a decade has passed since the Great Recession, yet the scars continue to shape American politics. The events in Washington this week are simply the latest incarnation of the frustration and anger that exists with American elites, which is perhaps one of the few common values left in both red and blue America. While...
    VIDEO4:5404:54Leadership expert Jeff Sonnenfeld on corporate leaders' responses to Capitol unrestSquawk Box Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading.  Tesla — The electric vehicle company surged more than 7% to a new record high. Tesla's market capitalization jumped above $800 billion for the first time on Friday, making the company more valuable than Facebook, and the fifth-most valuable component of the S&P 500. Evercore ISI also upgraded Tesla to inline from underperform. Micron — Shares of the semiconductor company gained more than 1% after Micron beat expectations for its fiscal fist quarter. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 78 cents and revenue of $5.77 billion. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting 71 cents per share and $5.73 billion in revenue. Micron's revenue and gross margin increased year over year. TripAdvisor — Shares jumped more than 8% after Deutsche Bank added a short-term buy call to the...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — Mixed martial arts fighter Irwin Rivera is accused of stabbing his two sisters early Thursday as they slept in a spare bedroom at his Boynton Beach apartment. Rivera, 31, who is known as “The Beast,” has been charged with two counts of premeditated attempted murder. An arrest report said multiple neighbors and one of the victims called 911 to report the stabbing. Arriving officers found a 22-year-old woman next to the road, covered in blood, an arrest report said. She had multiple stab wounds on her back, head and arm, and told officers her brother stabbed her. She told officers her sister was still in the house, the report said. The 33-year-old woman was found inside, also with multiple stab wounds. She had two collapsed lungs and was taken to Delray Medical Center, the report said. The sisters’ identity was not released. The Boynton Beach Police...
    The Vidyut Jammwal-Shruti Haasan starrer The Power is all set for a digital release on January 14. The Power is a thriller set against the backdrop of the nineties. The story showcases the journey of two lovers who get entangled in a family feud. The film explores their battle for their love and what is right or wrong. Vidyut Jammwal Eager to Meet His Kolkata-Based Fan Krishna Sonkar, Who Inked Commando Star’s Face on the Chest The Power is directed by Mahesh V Manjrekar and will release on ZeePlex, the pay-per-view platform of Zee Entertainment. On Vidyut Jammwal’s 40th Birthday, Commando Star Treats Fans with the Lesson of Kalari Chikitsa (Watch Video) Vidyut Jammwal’s The Power Premieres on PPV Zeeplex: Love. Hate. Revenge. Power. ???? From the critically acclaimed director @manjrekarmahesh,#ThePower – a heart wrenching, gun clenching drama starring @VidyutJammwal & @shrutihaasan premieres on 14th January,...
    Irwin Rivera, 31, was placed under arrest on two counts of attempted murder Irwin Rivera a UFC bantamweight fighter has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his two sisters.  Rivera, 31, was arrested and booked on Thursday in Palm Beach, Florida.  Rivera's 22-year-old younger sister was found 'lying adjacent to the roadway covered in blood with multiple wounds throughout her back, head and arm,' according to a police report.  She told officers that she had been stabbed and that her sister was in the house and had also been attacked.  Rivera's 33-year-old older sister was then discovered inside the home 'covered in blood with multiple wounds to her back, face, arms and hands.'  One of the sisters told police that they were staying with their brother, Rivera, in one of his spare rooms and they awoke to him repeatedly stabbing them with a...
    Members of Congress like to remind people that under the system of checks and balances crafted by our Constitution’s Founding Fathers, the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government are “coequal.” But to paraphrase George Orwell, some are more coequal than others. Over his four years as president, Donald Trump learned to maximize his powers as commander in chief far beyond that of any of his modern-era predecessors, allowing him to muscle through his policy initiative over a sometimes-reluctant Congress mostly controlled by his own party. With a few exceptions, Trump effectively imposed his will on Congress, especially when it came to defense issues, making the executive the most powerful of the three branches. Trump is an extreme example of what’s known as “unitary executive theory,” the idea that despite its oversight role, Congress is limited in how much power it has over the executive branch. It’s what...
    There's a new, powerful gang in the Senate. Centrist Democrats, who make up a handful of lawmakers in the Senate, are the new doorkeepers to a sweeping Democratic agenda set to become law in the Biden administration. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona, Jon Tester of Montana, and Michael Bennet of Colorado will be under intense pressure to vote with fellow Democrats on key agenda items that can pass with 51 votes. They could get asked to provide the simple majority needed to rid the Senate of the 60-vote threshold required to pass most legislation. The Senate is poised to flip to Democratic control after Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff were declared the winners in two Georgia Senate races, beating Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Democrats Wednesday declared victory and celebrated their move to the majority as of Jan. 20,...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- There have been insurrections in America's history before, from Shay's Rebellion to the Civil War, but never has the U.S. Capitol been invaded like we saw Wednesday.Historian Don Schwartz with Cal State Long Beach said the chaos at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 will long be remembered in our nation's history.Not just for the events of the day, but for how they symbolize the unprecedented sight of a president resisting a peaceful transfer of power for the first time."This is a day that I don't think any of us thought we would ever see," Schwartz told Eyewitness News. "What we are witnessing is an insurrection.""There have been other insurrections in American history. In the 18th century, there were Shay's Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion.""But not even in the Civil War was the Capitol breached by insurrectionists.""And there has always been a peaceful transition of...
    The Cleveland Browns 18-year playoff drought is over, and so is the celebration for their fans Major car-design flops that live on in infamy Markets Stay the Course: Cramers Mad Money Recap (Thursday 1/7/21) The stock market isn't a referendum on the state of our nation, Jim Cramer reminded his Mad Money viewers Thursday. Thursday's market rally had nothing to do with Wednesday's insurrection in Washington, he said. Instead, it had everything to do with there simply being more buyers than sellers. © TheStreet Markets Stay the Course: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Thursday 1/7/21) Cramer identified 10 reasons why the buyers were able to overwhelm the sellers Thursday, taking the averages higher. First, he said stocks are still the only game in town. Bonds simply cannot compete with stocks. Second, machine trading runs on autopilot and when they see opportunities, they buy, regardless of the state of...
    When Air Force One swoops into town, everyone stops and stares. Across the world, in friendly and not-so-friendly nations, the majesty of America is unmistakable. The White House projection of power is unique. It brings its own motorcade and fuel. Its own security. Its own helicopters for local transport. But above all it brings something that cannot be captured in a photo of the mighty plane or the support staff or even the President. It brings that inner glow of confidence and vigour that comes not from cold steel, but from an idea: that it is a beacon of democracy and good governance, and recognised as such across the world. The opening phrase of the preamble to the American Constitution is 'We the people'. When Air Force One swoops into town, everyone stops and stares. Across the world, in friendly and not-so-friendly nations, the majesty of America is unmistakable...
    There is no indication Pence truly intends to thwart Trump's acts of sedition, or is troubled by them except when his own family was briefly put in danger. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directly asks Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from power, here's a brief and perhaps soon-to-be-necessary explanation of what that would entail. The 25th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1967 in an attempt to clarify the path forward if a president dies in office, resigns, or is incapacitated. It was most recently used during the George W. Bush presidency when Bush transferred power to his vice president, Dick Cheney, during the brief period of time Bush was sedated for a colonoscopy. But the relevant part of the amendment in today's crisis is Section 4, which outlines the remedy if a President is incapacitated by unforeseen circumstances: "Whenever the...
    In this week’s NBA Power Rankings, the Lakers are rolling, Nikola Jokic is bending reality and the Cavs can’t stop stealing. Our new look NBA Power Rankings are back, a non-traditional structure for a non-traditional era of professional basketball. The world is no longer just about wins and losses and teams are no longer the primary crucible of basketball power. So each week we’ll be dissecting how basketball power is presently distributed — between players, teams, friendships, diss tracks, aesthetic design choices, across leagues and whatever else has a temporary toehold in this ever-changing landscape. Who has the power in this week’s NBA Power Rankings? 5 Hope, not delusions, in New York Very little has broken in the Knicks’ favor the past few seasons but all of a sudden things are looking up. Not like “signed a transformational star” up. But the kind of small, myriad improvements rebuilding teams need...
    The 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows for the transfer of power from the president to the vice president in extenuating circumstances, when the president is deemed "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."  SCHUMER: USE 25TH AMENDMENT OR IMPEACHMENT TO REMOVE TRUMP AFTER CAPITOL RIOT Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for President Trump to be removed by invoking the 25th Amendment, following a day of chaos in Washington, D.C., where pro-Trump rioters bypassed security barriers and stormed the nation's Capitol building. Their goal was to interrupt an ongoing joint session of Congress to certify the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election.  The 25th Amendment was added to the Constitution following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Two years later, in his State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson made it part of his agenda to "propose laws to insure the necessary continuity...
    President Trump has been blocked from Facebook “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks,” the site’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced Thursday. The block follows a bloody and deadly riot by Trump’s supporters in the US Capitol on Wednesday, and a similar but shorter ban by Twitter. “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” wrote Zuckerberg in a post on his personal Facebook account. “His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world,” he continued. “We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further...
    Reaction from around the world to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump: ___ “A fundamental rule of democracy is that, after elections, there are winners and losers. Both have to play their role with decency and responsibility so that democracy itself remains the winner. … President Trump regrettably has not conceded his defeat since November, and didn’t yesterday either, and of course that has prepared the atmosphere in which such events, such violent events, are possible.” — German Chancellor Angela Merkel. —— “What is happening is wrong. Democracy — the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully — should never be undone by a mob.” — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. ___ “What happened today in Washington, D.C., is not America, definitely. We believe in the strength of our democracies, we believe...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump only has two weeks left in office, but after he fomented an assault by rioters on the US Capitol, some Republicans are actively considering whether to remove him in these final throes of his administration.Impeaching Trump might be the appropriate remedy and using impeachment to remove him from office would bar him from running for President again. But there's likely no time to impeach and try the President again in the next two weeks. (Reminder: Trump was already impeached by the House over his Ukraine activities, but was not removed from office by the Senate.)A second option is invoking the 25th Amendment, which has periodically been discussed as a means of last resort to remove a rogue or incapacitated president.Some Cabinet members held preliminary discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment to force Trump's removal from office, a GOP source told CNN's Jim Acosta Wednesday night.But the bar...
    Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on Capitol Black voters powered Democrats to victory in the Georgia Senate runoff The Power of Beauty Treatments Amid the Pandemic: "Human Touch Is More Precious Than Ever" Avoiding touch was a major theme of 2020. We were told not to touch doors, other people, our faces, and pretty much every surface out there - at all costs - to avoid the spread of COVID-19. That is also why we skipped out on many of our once-routine beauty treatments like manicures, haircuts, eyebrow touch-ups, and facials for the majority of the year. But beyond missing the instant gratification that comes from a salon appointment, losing that one-on-one time with a beauty specialist can have other negative effects that go beyond the surface. © Getty / SeventyFour The Power of Beauty Treatments Amid the Pandemic: "Human Touch Is More Precious Than...
    An angry mob’s attack on the U.S. Capitol left European allies aghast at the furor over President Trump’s electoral defeat and the blow delivered by the rioters to American prestige. “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted Wednesday. “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.” The violence interrupted the regular certification of the Electoral College, whose votes are dictated by the outcome of each state’s presidential election. Trump vowed that he would “never concede” during a speech at a rally before the uproar, which President-elect Joe Biden declared “insurrection” after the lawmakers evacuated the Capitol under duress. “The US Republic has inspired millions. Not today,” British lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, who chairs Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, tweeted as the chaos unfolded. “Today many will watch the...
    Joe Biden faces a dramatically different start to his presidency if Democrats are able to secure Jon Ossoff's lead in his Georgia Senate runoff – with a big stimulus bill, prompt assembly of a government, and a string of judicial confirmations in the offing. An Ossoff victory, on top of Rev. Raphael Warnock's projected win over Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, would establish a 50-50 Senate – handing Democrats effective control after Sen. Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president. It isn't enough of a majority to ram through big changes of the kind President Trump has warned about – a 'Green New Deal' or Medicare for All – but would constitute a game-changer for Biden's first years in office. President-elect Joe Biden would be able to push through cabinet nominees in a 50-50 Senate controlled by Democrats – and can use budget procedures to jam through sweeping legislation...
    Former GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane Flake'Trumpification' of the GOP will persist Healing and paying with national service Biden eyeing Cindy McCain for UK ambassador position: report MORE this week urged Republicans in Congress to stand against President TrumpDonald TrumpWarnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff The Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE when a joint session meets Wednesday afternoon to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.  "Unfortunately, President Trump refuses to accept the reality of his substantial loss, and so becomes determined to create an alternate reality in which he won," Flake wrote this week in an Op-Ed published in the New York Times. "As he crosses that rubicon, Mr. Trump has taken many in my party with him, all of whom seem to have learned the wrong lessons from this anomalous...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders The Rev. Raphael Warnock has defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Jon Ossoff has declared victory while holding a lead greater than President-elect Joe Biden’s margin of victory in Georgia. So while Republicans will likely do everything they can to drag things out before Warnock and Ossoff are seated in the Senate, Mitch McConnell’s days as majority leader are looking numbered. And that means new committee chairs.  There’s a lot to be excited about on the list of Senate Democrats in line to chair important committees, especially since Sen. Dianne Feinstein took herself out of the running for the Judiciary Committee, with Sen. Dick Durbin now in line. At the top of the list: Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to chair the Budget Committee. Last fall, in an interview about what he’d do as committee chair, he had a simple answer: “We’d create a budget that works for working families, and...
    There was a time, not that long ago, when Americans expected to learn election results on Election Night. Usually, they did. Were voting machines that much more efficient way back in, say, 2012? No, they weren't. The difference was we just required most people to vote in-person back then. In-person voting reduces fraud, and reducing fraud and the appearance of fraud used to be important to us. We wanted people to believe the results when they came in. We wanted to protect the system that made all of our good things possible. We wanted democracy to continue. But then everything changed. The main driver of that change, they will tell you, was the coronavirus pandemic. It simply became too dangerous to show up in person to vote. But think about that for a second. If you can go to the grocery store -- and most people can and do -- then you can go to a...
    Win McNamee/Getty Images Reports surfaced earlier Tuesday night that Vice President Mike Pence told President Donald Trump he does not have the power to block certification of the election results. Which, in fact, he does not. But now Trump is calling the reports “fake news” and claiming that Pence is actually in agreement with him on a thing that he cannot do. “The New York Times report regarding comments Vice President Pence supposedly made to me today is fake news. He never said that. The Vice President and I are in total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act,” Trump said. Again, Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, “The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors.” And again, no he does not. His statement regurgitated his usual baseless claims about the election and said, “Our Vice President has several options under the U.S. Constitution. He can...
    VICE President Mike Pence told the president he does not have the authority to change the results of the election - even as the president continues to say it's up to Pence to overturn his election loss. Pence told President Trump during his weekly lunch with the president that he does not have the power to overturn the election when Congress convenes on Wednesday to certify Biden's election win. 1Pence reportedly has told Trump he lacks the power to overturn the election resultsCredit: AFP or licensors Pence's message came hours after Trump subtweeted the VP, putting public pressure on Pence to "reject" Congress' certification. "The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors," Trump tweeted earlier on Tuesday. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football...
    President Donald Trump wrote in a Tuesday tweet that Vice President Mike Pence has the power to thwart the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, but does he really? Short answer: No, he doesn’t. Trump’s claim that “The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” is untrue, especially considering there are no “fraudulently chosen electors,” and it only works to pressure Pence into attempting election theft. Congress is actually responsible for recognizing the election results in a joint session on Jan. 6, while the vice president, who serves as the president of the Senate, simply opens certificates from each state to read the winning Electoral College slates. The Jan. 6 session is also largely symbolic, as the Electoral College results were already confirmed in December, when each state voted to affirm the results of the 2020 election, which President-elect Joe Biden won 306 to 232. The session, therefore, is...
    Before you disagree with me, read the title again. We are talking about power and more precise timing here. Yes, if I had to name the best hitter for the period 1980-2010, the first thing that comes to mind is Tony Quinn. If we combine power with performance, a name: Barry Bonds. Major League Baseball has a history of more than 100 years, while the history of the home run king is only 22. Although we like to play and compare numbers in our favorite sport, we must not forget. Consider that in every era, every generation has its baseball. I can’t imagine comparing Barry Bonds to Babe Ruth and / or Hong Aaron. Undeniable dominance Nowadays, mentioning the name Barry Bonds still makes some people stand out, while others cause nausea. I know the guy was cheated and ineligible to enter the Hall of Fame. Retired since 2008, Barry...
    Win McNamee/Getty Images After four years of unwavering devotion to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence might find himself “under the bus” if he ignores pressure from the president to “reject” the Electoral College vote. “The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” Trump wrote in an entirely false Tuesday tweet. The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2021 Pence’s only role during the electoral-vote count on Jan. 6 is to open certificates from each state and announce the winning Electoral College slates, which were already certified by the state’s executive official. If Pence does decide to continue backing Trump, regardless of the Constitution, and announces the results of the “alternate slate of electors” as oppose to the Electoral College’s, Congress still has the power to overrule him. Trump’s tweet followed a similar threat he...
    Whether it is losing weight or saving more money, most people will give up on their New Year's resolutions by the end of this week. The ceremony of linking behavior changes to a specific date can be a powerful motivator, according to Charles Duhigg, author of the book "The Power of Habit." But most people will fail to create their new habits, because they did not make a specific enough plan, Duhigg said. Check out this video to learn how you can create goals that will lead to lasting changes in your life. More from Invest in You:'Predictably Irrational' author says this is what investors should be doing during the pandemicCoronavirus forced this couple into a 27-day quarantine amid their honeymoon cruiseHow to prepare for a family member with COVID-19 SIGN UP: Money 101 is an 8-week learning course to financial freedom, delivered weekly to your inbox. CHECK...
    DC officials warn of violence as Trump supporters protest election loss Proud Boys leader arrested for property destruction ahead of DC protests NFL Power Rankings: Yes, the red-hot Buffalo Bills can upset the Kansas City Chiefs It’s hard to say a 25-year-old could be passing the torch. Maybe it’s more fair to wonder if Patrick Mahomes will be sharing the torch with Josh Allen. We’ve heard for so long this season that the Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl that it seems weird to suggest anyone else can win. Suggesting the Chiefs might not be the best team seems even crazier. If you’ve seen Allen and the Buffalo Bills play lately, it doesn’t seem so weird. Buffalo is averaging 47.3 points and 487.7 yards its last three games. Other than a Hail Mary loss against the Arizona Cardinals, the Bills haven’t lost since Oct....
    Home improvement and decor trends for 2021 NFL Tanking Rankings: How the bottom 12 set up for the 2021 NFL Draft Jhené Aiko on recognizing her power while creating the Album of the Year-nominated Chilombo Grammy nominations morning was a bittersweet one for Jhené Aiko. An hour after learning she was up for some of the biggest awards of her career — including Album of the Year for her third record, the curative Chilombo — Aiko found out that her uncle had passed away.  © Provided by Entertainment Weekly Carrington Mitchell “We were in our own little world,” she says of her and partner Big Sean; at the time the two were on vacation but absorbed the awards news separately. “I was talking with my family about my uncle as well as answering people’s Grammy stuff. To be honest, it was a weird, out-of-body kind of moment, which is...
    Former first lady Michelle Obama rallied Georgia Democrats in a video aired during a drive-in concert at the Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, urging them to get out and vote for Democrat Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to “determine the direction of this state and this country.” “Remember there are a lot of people out there who are counting on you to sit this election out,” she said in the video played at the concert. “But if you take charge of your power, you and the folks in your community can determine the direction of this state and this country.” Obama highlighted the fact that “thousands of people from Savannah to Augusta to Atlanta have already voted” and urged Georgians to talk to friends and family members “about making a plan to vote on election day, Tuesday, Jan. 5.” “Because when we all vote, we make sure we’re...
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s relentless effort to overturn the result of the election that he lost has become the most serious stress test of American democracy in generations, led not by outside revolutionaries intent on bringing down the system but by the very leader charged with defending it. In the 220 years since a defeated John Adams turned over the White House to his rival, firmly establishing the peaceful transfer of power as a bedrock principle, no sitting president who lost an election has tried to hang onto power by rejecting the Electoral College and subverting the will of the voters — until now. It is a scenario at once utterly unthinkable and yet feared since the beginning of Trump’s tenure. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times The president has gone well beyond simply venting his grievances or creating a face-saving narrative to explain...
    The San Jose Sharks are in their fifth day of training camp and already there’s been a few developments coming out of Scottsdale. Defenseman Mario Ferraro has impressed the Sharks coaching staff so far, and it appears he’ll get an opportunity, at least for now, to play alongside Brent Burns at camp. The Sharks released their updated practice groups Monday morning, and Ferraro was with Burns and Radim Simek was in the other group with Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Erik Karlsson, Ryan Merkley, Jake Middleton, Nick DeSimone, Trevor Carrick and Jaycob Megna. Is that an indictment of Simek? Coach Bob Boughner said Sunday he didn’t think anyone else’s game was off, just that Ferraro’s game had been that good so far. Also, Ryan Donato is no longer in the same practice group as Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane. So the Sharks might already be looking for an alternative...
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris had excoriating criticism of President Donald Trump on Sunday, in reaction to the president’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, calling it “the voice of desperation” and “a bald-faced, bold abuse of power.” CNN’s Ana Cabrera played a video clip of Harris speaking in Georgia, where the vice president-elect was campaigning for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who are challenging the state’s Republican incumbents, Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, in runoff elections set for January 5. Harris, as Cabrera noted, is positioned to wield enormous influence if Ossoff and Warnock prevail this week, because power in the Senate would be divided evenly between the parties and the vice president is a tiebreaker in that situation. With the House narrowly controlled by Democrats, a victory in Georgia would effectively give Democrats control over the White House and both chambers of...
    (CNN)Welcome to a new political year in America.A new presidency is a time of renewal, and this country — like the rest of the world — badly needs hope amid the darkest winter of modern times, as Covid-19 ravages the population and suppresses the joys of normal life.Donald Trump will soon be a private citizen. But largely because of his divisive and democracy-tainting term, his successor Joe Biden may be tested more than any new US President since the 1930s. The pile of crises that the new commander in chief inherits in this new year could dwarf the Great Depression-era threat to capitalism confronting President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933.America's wretched partisan fury means Biden has only the narrowest of paths to forging successful policy responses to America's big problems. Creating a meaningful presidency from such unpromising beginnings will take extraordinary political skill, missteps by his political enemies and luck.What Biden...
    Nashville bomber Anthony Warner sent packages that espoused his viewpoints to people he knew across nation before blast Nancy Pelosi reelected speaker Sunday despite narrower majority Ranking: Which NBA legends were surrounded by the most star power? In the never-ending GOAT debates we all engage in, one of the basic go-to moves is to focus on the quality of the sidekicks a certain star enjoyed to build up your case and bring down somebody else’s. © Provided by HoopsHype But can you quantitatively determine how good the teammates of a superstar were? Well, we have tried. We looked up the star sidekicks of the 74 players on ESPN’s all-time list and awarded three points for each MVP teammate, two points for each teammate making All-NBA 1st or 2nd Team and one for each All-Star teammate. We only took into account accolades while playing with those legends. (So Shaquille O’Neal...
    Top Trump aide Peter Navarro has falsely claimed Vice President Mike Pence has the power to delay the inauguration after 12 Republican senators said they would join the fight to overturn Joe Biden's election win in Congress next week. The White House trade advisor made the comments in an interview with Jeanine Pirro on Saturday after she questioned whether they would be able to conduct a 10-day audit of the election before Biden is sworn in on January 20.  'I would not be surprised to see a special counsel on this,' Navarro said. 'And Vice President Pence, he has the authority to give that 10-day window to do what needs to get done. And I cannot imagine, when he goes through the facts, he won't vote the right way on that. Scroll down for video  White House trade advisor Peter Navarro spoke to Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday regarding Republican's efforts...
    Edition 16: Stories rescued 4PM EST Friday, Dec. 25 to 4PM EST Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 Yes that’s a lot of metaphors in the headline, but to thoroughly kick 2020 into the abyss; we need to reframe and that requires the energy of multiple metaphors. Finally, we’ve staggered out of 2020, although the year’s crash course in coping with adversity continues. I see possibilities in this new year, new President, and am anticipating the changes we can seek from an administration more attuned to our values and ethics. Beginning Jan 20, we can invest our energies in pushing for more and better policies instead of desperately trying to pull back the atrocities, as we’ve done in the past four years. This week I have 12 great stories and a poll for you. As Community member citisven says in his rescued story, “(R)ight now really is the time to pitch not only another movie, but a radically new franchise with the capacity to tell...
    The wasteful spending included in the coronavirus relief bill reinforces the need to revisit a long-proposed initiative advocated for by multiple presidents in history – that of the presidential line item veto. The COVID relief bill didn’t go far enough to provide Americans in need and didn’t provide the $2,000 President Trump had advocated for — insread only offering $600. Aside from that monetary disagreement, President Trump made a larger point in an address to the nation by highlighting all the “pork” in this bill which has nothing to do with putting money directly into the pockets of Americans in financial distress. Expressing his displeasure, he returned a red-lined version of the bill which recommended removal of extraneous items unrelated to stimulus checks. Yet despite his public remarks and his red-line recommendations, he is powerless to remedy this bill. President Trump is in good company though in wanting to be...
    See where the Yankees are in 2021’s first MLB Power Rankings By: Andres Chavez January 2, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThere is a lot of ground to cover between the here and now and the start of the 2021 MLB season. In fact, we don’t know the exact date on which the action will begin, given that owners are already advocating for a delayed start so every actor involved can gain access to the COVID-19 vaccine. As things stand right now, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the New York Yankees and the league in general. However, that doesn’t stop us from trying to rank all 30 teams as they are currently constructed. MLB did it, releasing the first power rankings of 2021 as a way to look at where all clubs are ranked as we reach a new year. If you were...
    Next1 of 30Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Credit: Bart Boatwright/The Greenville News via USA TODAY NETWORK Ranking the 30 best college football programs of all-time. It would be 38 years until the Yellow Jackets would win their fourth and last national title with Bobby Ross at the helm. The 1990 team Ross coached is considered by many the greatest Georgia Tech team of all time. When Paul Johnson took over in 2007, the landscape of the ACC had changed. The ACC now had divisions. Georgia Tech is shadowing juggernaut programs like new powers Clemson, Virginia Tech and Florida State. Johnson’s hire was a signal the Yellow Jackets had to be unique to compete. Johnson’s triple-option offense would garner coach of the year honors in 2008, four division titles and an ACC title in 2009. Next: West Virginia Mountaineers Next1 of 30Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to...
    Less than a month away from the presumed inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Americans are departing a year in which their presidential election largely eclipsed campaigns around the world. That does not leave 2021 without fascinating presidential elections — some freer and fairer than others — that will help decide the fate of the planet. Below, five elections to look forward to in 2021 and how to expect they will impact global politics: Iran The Iranian people do not get to choose a president — Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s official title is the “supreme leader” of Iran, and thus all power lies in him. Khamenei does, however, stage a sham election for “president” every four years. Presidents do not get to run for a third term, so current President Hassan Rouhani will definitively step down in 2021. Khamenei has the final say over who appears on a ballot and has yet...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Many of the big political stories in the state spilled over into Denver...and vice versa. From the Colorado State Capitol on May 28, lawmakers watched the first demonstration over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis polis just days before. But dissension in this city didn't just focus on racist law enforcement; residents also debated what to do with homelessness, whether the mayor had too much power...and whether a former mayor should be honored with a neighborhood named after him. Politics became very personal this year. Related Stories The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020 Our Ten Most Popular News Stories of 2020 Denver Monitor Report Critical of Police Actions During Racial-Justice Protests ...
    The death of illusion is a cruel, sharp sensation. There is no Santa. Mommy and Daddy are splitting up. Reality television is neither reality nor television. Time and experience are harsh teachers, and they will be administering their lessons to the Trump Republican Party for a long time to come. Some of those lessons will be politically painful and, since in politics pain is the only teacher, well overdue. The Republican Party’s wholesale moral, ideological, and political collapse is the most shocking ideological betrayal in our nation’s history. From a devotion (at least a stated devotion) to the Constitution, federalism, and limits on the power of government over its citizens, the Trump GOP has gone full authoritarian, pleading “Meine Ehre heisst Treue” to ensure Donald Trump’s continuing affection. That they believe this won’t come without political and moral consequences is beyond logic and reason, but here we are. The old...
    The Dodgers finished the season as the majors’ best team. Nothing has changed that this offseason. Is it possible the Padres have traded their way to the second best? Are the Braves third? Because, if so, the majors’ three top clubs currently reside in the NL. When was the last time that was even a consideration? The Rays lost the World Series to the Dodgers, getting there behind a rotation Big Three. They traded one of those starters, Blake Snell, to the Padres, who lost in the Division Series to the Dodgers. Another of those starters, Charlie Morton, left in free agency for the Braves, who lost in seven games to the Dodgers in the NLCS. Tampa Bay annually does more with less, but are worse today without Snell and Morton. The Yankees are still trying to keep DJ LeMahieu and then — and only then apparently — will they...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — A dispute over an obscure African territory is revealing clashing visions of American power. Largely overlooked amid a turbulent presidential transition and worsening pandemic has been a wholesale change in U.S. policy toward Western Sahara. While it likely appears trivial to most Americans, the shift highlights a larger philosophical question posed by Donald Trump’s presidency — whether the rules, norms and institutions at the structure of the postwar international order empower or enfeeble the U.S. Western Sahara may seem like an odd place for that debate to play out. After the end of Spanish administration in 1975, Morocco established de facto control over most of adjacent Western Sahara, an area about the size of Colorado that reaches from the Atlantic Ocean deep into the Sahara Desert. The U.S. and the United Nations never formally recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the territory, on grounds that it had been acquired...
    (CNN)Boy, I did not see this one coming!On Monday, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert sued Vice President Mike Pence in federal court in a, um, wacky attempt to transform the vice president's purely ceremonial role in presiding over the announcement of the Electoral College results in Congress into a power broker position in which the VP could effectively hand the election to President Donald Trump."We continue to hold out hope that there is a federal judge who understands that the fraud that stole this election will mean the end of our republic, and this suit would insure that the Vice-President will only accept electors legitimately and legally elected," Gohmert said in a statement on Monday. "There must be an opportunity for a day in court when fraud was this prevalent."It's probably worth noting here that there has yet to be any proof of the widespread fraud that Gohmert, Trump and...
    A mother has been left 'baffled' by a mysterious grey object on the surface of Loch Ness which she spotted during a walk. Mother-of-two Louise Power, 38 and her mother Jennifer Macrae, 60, said they spotted the lake monster during a stroll along the Great Glen Way above Temple Pier at Drumnadrochit - where Mrs Power, 38, has lived all her life next to Loch Ness.  Gary Campbell, the keeper of the Official Loch Ness Sightings Register confirmed it was the 13th sighting of this year. Mrs Power said that during their walk on November 15 they caught sight of 'something strange' in the water below - less than half-a-mile away - and she decided to film it on her phone.  Mrs Power, a local high school clerical assistant said: 'Mum saw it first and said 'look!' and I just said 'be quiet'.  'I expected to see a seal or...
    Sunday on his Fox News Channel show “The Next Revolution,” Steve Hilton addressed how the United States should take down the establishment and its corruption. Hilton emphasized the need to cut off the “zombie” establishment’s source of power. “We must realize what we are up against,” Hilton outlined. “This is a zombie establishment, the undead establishment. They just keep on coming, whatever we do, however we vote. How do you kill a zombie? Decapitation is considered the safest technique, and that’s what we have to do to America’s establishment: cut off the source of their power — the rigged system they’ve built for themselves.” To do that, Hilton explained that both big government and big business need to be broken up, and the swamp needs to be exposed with “Watergate-style Senate hearings.” “We need not just a fishing expedition but a giant troll to uncover the workings of the swamp...
    GOP Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (Pa.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpPost office to be named after oldest Pearl Harbor veteran Federal agents search residence in Antioch in connection with Nashville explosion Sunday shows preview: COVID-19 relief waiting on Trump's signature; government continues vaccine roll out MORE's pardons for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTrump's final weeks create chaos for Congress Trump pardons include former officer who released police dog on man Paul Manafort: Handmaiden to dictators MORE, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump's final weeks create chaos for Congress Trump pardons include former officer who released police dog on man Paul Manafort: Handmaiden to dictators MORE and other loyalists convicted of various crimes were legal and constitutional, but a "misuse" of power. Speaking...
    By The Associated Press NASHVILLE (AP) — The Latest on the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville: ___ 9:30 a.m. AT&T says it has been rerouting service to other facilities as the company works to restore a building that sustained heavy damage after a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day. The company said in a statement Sunday morning that mobile service has been restored to many areas that were affected by the blast. The company says it is bringing in resources to help recover affected wireline voice and data services and expects to have 24 additional trailers of disaster recovery equipment at the site by the end of the day. The building's commercial power connections were damaged and forced offline after a bomb planted in a recreational vehicle parked nearby detonated Friday morning. Customers lost communications not only in Tennessee but in states including Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia....
    NASHVILLE (AP) — The Latest on the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville: ___ 9:30 a.m. AT&T says it has been rerouting service to other facilities as the company works to restore a building that sustained heavy damage after a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day. The company said in a statement Sunday morning that mobile service has been restored to many areas that were affected by the blast. The company says it is bringing in resources to help recover affected wireline voice and data services and expects to have 24 additional trailers of disaster recovery equipment at the site by the end of the day. The building’s commercial power connections were damaged and forced offline after a bomb planted in a recreational vehicle parked nearby detonated Friday morning. Customers lost communications not only in Tennessee but in states including Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia. The...
    (CNN)I received my first rosary when my second grade class at a Catholic school in Baltimore received the sacrament of the first Holy Communion. The boys were given black rosaries and a prayer book, the girls the same, but their rosaries were white. That was back in 1965.My family was Catholic but we did not pray the rosary. I put the beads in a drawer, far more excited about the World Book Encyclopedia set I was given that same day. Never used, the rosary disappeared somewhere along the way. Keeping Faith in a Pandemic: Dr. Sanjay Guptas coronavirus podcast for April 10It wasn't until 1994 when I acquired a second string of beads honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus, as I walked the frozen streets of East Baltimore with Sister Maria D. Jackson of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart.Sister Maria of the Way of the Cross, as she...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility crews in Maine spent Saturday morning attending to power outages caused by a Christmas storm that didn't cause as much disruption as had been feared. In New Hampshire, the largest utility was responding to outages affecting fewer than 60 homes and businesses as of Saturday morning Forecasts called for heavy wind and rained, which arrived on Friday. However, the storm failed to match the havoc caused by previous storms this year that knocked power out for tens of thousands of people. Central Maine Power, Maine's largest power company, said Saturday that less than a thousand people remained without power. Most of those were in Waldo County. Cumberland County, the largest in the state, had less than 100 outages. Forecasts called for calmer weather on Saturday and Sunday in Maine and coastal New Hampshire. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    (CNN)Nashville residents woke up to a vehicle explosion on Christmas morning that authorities now believe was intentional.The blast injured at least three people, damaged dozens of buildings and left people shaken during what should have been a joyful holiday spent with family.It also dealt yet another challenge to the city's first responders in what's already been an incredibly challenging year. In 2020, emergency personnel responded to a tornadoes in March, a derecho in May and of course, the coronavirus pandemic."It's been Nashville's hardest year," Mayor John Cooper said Friday morning. Here's some of what the Music City has faced so far this year.Read MoreChristmas Day: A disturbing explosionFriday's explosion struck around Nashville's 2nd Avenue, a street on the edge of the city's hospitality and tourist district in an old, historic part of town. Just around the block from the scene is Lower Broadway, a major tourist destination for country music...
    By Rich McKay (Reuters) - A soggy, wet and dark Christmas morning greeted more than 250,000 U.S. power customers on Friday in New York, Pennsylvania and the Northeast who had their electricity knocked out by clobbering winds and drenching, icy rain. Flooding was also possible, with snow from earlier storms melting or morphing into globs of icy slush and up to 5 inches (13 cm) of rain forecast for some upstate New York areas, said Rich Otto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. "I'm afraid the kids are waking up to a wet and soggy Christmas morning," Otto said. In New England, wind gusts of up to 65 mph (100 kph) could down tree limbs and power lines. With temperatures falling at night from the 40s, 50s and 60s F (5-15 C) to the 20s F (around -5 C), icy roads will...
    Santa Claus and his reindeer are going to be in for a rough ride this Christmas Eve. A powerful storm system will sweep through the region, bringing downpours, potential flooding, and strong to damaging winds starting around nightfall on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, and lasting into Christmas Day morning, Friday, Dec. 25. The storm will unleash “extreme weather" in the region, said AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, who added, “Make sure you’re ready for that." For areas where there are High Wind and Storm warnings, flood watches, and wind advisories in effect, see the first image above. from 6 p.m. Thursday into 10 a.m. Friday morning. The High Wind Warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday into 10 a.m. Friday morning, the Flood Watch last from 11 p.m. Thursday until 11 a.m. Friday. Thursday will be mostly cloudy and warmer during the morning and afternoon, with the...
    Deck the halls with drops of COVID! Kirk Cameron rattled the world Wednesday when it was revealed he hosted a second, largely mask-less Christmas carol get-together in California. The actor, who called the singalong a “protest” against coronavirus restrictions, was dinged just last week for doing the same thing. Kirk Cameron hosted another crowded and non-COVID-19-safety compliant Christmas caroling event.Instagram The Golden State racked up more than 35,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, and many counties there have been plunged into draconian lockdowns. Whatever. That ain’t gonna stop Cameron and at least 75 pals of all ages from singing “Good King Wenceslas” at the top of their lungs. Kirk Cameron (center) with his “Growing Pains” sitcom family: Joanna Kerns (clockwise from left), Jeremy Miller, Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke.ABC/Everett Collection The former “Growing Pains” star, 50, who played Mike Seaver on the classic ABC sitcom from 1985 to 1992, courts controversy...
    WHITE supremacists have allegedly plotted to destroy power grids and create Nazi cells across the United States after President Trump's loss. The FBI revealed in an affidavit last week that White supremacists planned to attack power stations in the southeastern US in the summer of 2021. 2White supremacists allegedly planned to attack power stations in the southeastern US in the summer of 2021Credit: Getty Images - Getty The affidavit, which was mistakenly unsealed, also revealed that an Ohio teen allegedly shared the plot and hoped the "operational" group of White supremacists would work quickly if Donald Trump didn't get reelected. According to the Associated Press, the affidavit was filed under seal with a search warrant in Wisconsin federal court earlier this year. After the unsealing mishap was noticed, the affidavit was immediately sealed again. However, the affidavit was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. An informant reportedly revealed the plan was dubbed...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to sentence former Russian presidents to life in prison. Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday that the Russian parliament had passed a bill imposing a life sentence for any crime. Now the rest is ceremonial. Once Putin signs the bill, it will become law. The bill is part of an amendment to Russia’s constitution. The amended constitution was approved by a nationwide referendum this summer. That referendum paved the way for eight-year-old President Putin to remain in power in Russia until 2038. The bill would give former presidents a lifetime seat in the Federal Council or Senate. Even if he resigns as president, he will be released from justice. The law was passed on Tuesday in the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. It said former presidents and their families would be acquitted if they committed any crime during their lifetime. The...
    Hilaria Baldwin Calls Out Body Shaming as Amy Schumer Apologizes for Repost Joke 12 Months, 12 Goals: Your Personal Finance Road Map for 2021 At the Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, golf therapy has the power to heal Tom and Pam Reynoso first met their adopted daughter May in a Guatemalan courthouse. They’d been told one leg was longer than the other when, in fact, 3 1/2-year-old May, later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, required immediate and extensive medical treatment. A teary-eyed physician called the Reynosos angels as they scooped up 22-pound May and took her back home to Missouri. © Provided by Golfweek Ranken Jordan The Reynosos had three biological children of their own, boys who ranged in age from 8 to 16. Adopting a fourth child was a family decision, with the Reynosos asking their sons if they wanted a built-in swimming pool or a sister. The boys...
    Shifting populations in the U.S. could mean Democrat strongholds like New York and California lose congressional seats to Republican states like Texas and Florida when boundaries are redrawn next year, according to new analysis. The U.S. Census Bureau released figures Tuesday showing how populations have changed in the last year.  New York has seen more residents leave in the past year than any other state, with 126,355 people fleeing the Empire State between July 2019 and July 2020, the Bureau revealed. And analysis of the statistics by The Brookings Institution suggests they could lose congressional seats, when the official 2020 Census results are released next year, along with a new legislative map. An estimated 126,000 people have left New York in the past year, representing 0.65 per cent William Frey, chief demographer for the Brookings Institution, predicts that New York will lose one congressional seat, taking the...
    The FBI is investigating three alleged white supremacists linked with a plot to attack power stations in the southeastern U.S., causing millions of dollars worth of damage, according to an affidavit that was mistakenly unsealed last week. An Ohio teenager, a man from Wisconsin and a Texas native who was then a Purdue University student are named in the document that was filed under seal along with a search warrant application in Wisconsin's Eastern U.S. District Court in March. No charges have yet been filed against the men and the document has now been resealed as the investigation continues, the Associated Press reported.  The teenager, who was said to be 17 years old at the time of the planning and acted as a recruiter, sent messages into an encrypted group of around ten people in November 2019 in which he laid out the plot to create a power outage by...
    DONALD Trump released a 14-minute long video on Tuesday running through what he called "the theft of the presidential election." His video, posted to Twitter, comes after Trump pardoned and issued commutations for Republican allies and threatened to veto Congress' latest stimulus bill. 1Donald Trump has once again claimed that he won the 2020 electionCredit: AFP or licensors Statement by Donald J. Trump, The President of the United StatesFull Video: https://t.co/avKfYctPAD pic.twitter.com/i8IMLhH53Q— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020 The president went on to claim what he's been accusing Democrats of since Election Day: that he, in fact, won the presidential election, and that his opponent Joe Biden won because of millions of fraudulent votes. Trump alleged that Democrats used the coronavirus pandemic to rig the 2020 election -- which he lost to Joe Biden. He said by midnight on Election Day, the Trump campaign was winning against Biden's team....
    (CNN)Welcome back, America.President-elect Joe Biden's picks for Cabinet and top White House jobs show he intends to be an aggressive and energetic general in the global battle against climate change. "Folks, we're in a crisis," he said at the weekend, after a year of raging wildfires, flood and drought. "Just like we need to be a unified nation to respond to Covid-19, we need a unified national response to climate change."Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris climate accord and he nominated leaders with strong climate credentials, including Michael Regan, North Carolina's top regulator, to head the Environmental Protection Agency and Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan -- America's auto epicenter -- and a supporter of electric vehicles, to head the Energy Department. But the effort goes way beyond agencies with traditional environment mandates. From the State Department to Transportation and top White House economics posts, he has picked champions...
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed a drive-in rally in Georgia on Monday, urging potential voters to cast their ballots in the runoff election for U.S. Senate on January 5. “It is within our power to change the course of the history of this country,” Harris said, addressing a sea of cars at a drive-in rally in Columbus, Georgia, on Monday. Harris said that by voting for Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, people would change “the balance in the United States Senate.” “Changing the balance in the United States Senate, which is what this election will do, will make all the difference…as it relates to Medicare, and Medicaid, and expansion here in Georgia, and it would expand coverage for over 500,000 people — half a million people — depending on the outcome of this election,” Harris said. Harris is not the first person with political clout to stump for the candidates...
    (CNN)Autopsies on President Donald Trump's failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election results are piling up. Some point to judges who rejected his unfounded claims of voter fraud. Others argue that democratic norms moved state election officials, prosecutors and civil servants to uphold the rule of law at critical moments. Still others claim that Trump's incompetence doomed the project from the start. Timothy FryeBut these views miss an important piece of the puzzle. Trump's four-year effort to subvert democracy failed in large part because he was historically unpopular and politically weak relative to other would-be autocrats.Some unloved politicians manage to subvert democracy, but a common path to autocracy in the modern world is for a genuinely popular leader to use high public approval ratings and overwhelming legislative victories to cow opponents and undermine institutional checks on their power. The threat to democracy is less an unpopular incumbent trying to...
    Congress’s $900 billion stimulus bill includes some unexpected climate provisions, including new restrictions that will change the way Americans cool their homes and refrigerate their groceries. The new measures will phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in air conditioning and refrigeration, “super” greenhouse gases that are thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide in their climate impact. The goal of the provision is to cut the production and import of HFCs by 85 percent by 2035. Under the new provision, that goal will be federal policy and the EPA will have the power to implement new restrictions on manufacturers and importers in order to meet it. Those measures will bring the US in line with an important climate agreement that it had previously refused to ratify, the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol. With the US on board, the phasing out of HFCs is expected to help the world...
    The Pac-12 started last, never sniffed the playoff and doesn’t have a top-10 team. But it’s part of the 2020 college football postseason. You just have to look carefully to find the evidence. There are 56 teams participating in the bowl season. Two are from the Pac-12. That total is the lowest in the Power Five, by far, and it’s tied with the Mid-American for the lowest participation in the Football Bowl Subdivision. We’re not here to render judgment. Some teams aren’t healthy enough to play; others are simply exhausted. The season was arduous, the cancellations were spirit-sapping, and several bowl games based inside the footprint went on hiatus. The players were part of the decision-making process (thankfully) and, in many cases, were more interested in seeing their families for the first time in months than traveling thousands of miles for what was effectively a road game. Three days in...
    2020 will be marked by the advent of processors, especially in the field of servers and in the broader sense of computing power. ARM To exit Intel’s pedestal. Continuation of the article below A year ago, ARM processors were for mobile devices and Intel processors were for servers. There is not much credible reason to change it: no matter how hard the ARM environment tries to improve the design and functionality of its chips, they are relying on cores and gions in an unreliable way. ‘Intel. Intel, moreover, was more concerned with recalling AMD, which, along with its Raison processors on PCs and Epic on servers, demonstrated such excellent performance for very little money, which would discourage users from using Zion. This is what happened even though the transformation into companies was very slow, as it was tied to a period of contracts spanning three to five years. But...
    Find Redmi 9 Power specifications and pricing … Power of Redmi 9: After the launch of many smartphones and fitbands this year, the final release of this year’s Redmi is the Redmi 9 Power smartphone. The company launched the phone in India on December 16th. Today, the telephone cell starts at 12 noon on December 22nd. Redmi 9 Power exits the stock within 30 seconds of the start of the sale. Shomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain tweeted the news. He wrote in a tweet, ‘Rocking # Redmi9 Power has started. Today, on the first day of flash sales, the entire stock is sold within 30 seconds. If you can’t buy a phone with a 6000 mAh battery today, the next cell is on December 29th. ‘ Find Redmi 9 Power specifications and pricing … Redmi 9 Power Camera – The Mi phone...
    Los Angeles county reverses ban, allows churches to hold indoor services Biden poised to pick Connecticut schools chief Miguel Cardona as Education secretary, reports say NFL power rankings: Does New York Jets win shake things up at the bottom? NFL power rankings, 2020 post-Week 15 edition (previous rank in parentheses): NFL power rankings 16.0: Steelers continue their tumble USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next CFP rankings 4.0: Alabama and Notre Dame are locks, heres how Clemson, Ohio State and A&M could join them USA TODAY SPORTS Sage Steele talks Stephen A. Smith, layoffs and turmoil at ESPN USA TODAY SPORTS Colin Kaepernick gave a powerful speech after receiving humanitarian award USA TODAY SPORTS Four notable findings on the salaries of college football assistant coaches USA TODAY SPORTS Will the start of the...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.The best word for what's happening in America right now is radicalization.President Trump and the right-wing media machine are leading far too many viewers and readers to become radicalized. And that's making it much harder to speak a common language and solve common problems.On Sunday's "Reliable Sources" telecast, I ticked through some recent examples of right-wing radicalization.The growth of the conspiracy cult known as QAnon was at the top of the list; as USA Today said in October, "QAnon and other dark forces are radicalizing Americans."Read MoreOther examples include hardcore election denialism, which has been on display at "Stop the Steal" marches and events in recent weeks. Talk of "martial law" and secession is an outgrowth of radicalization.None of this is normal. All of it needs to be covered in...
    It's almost time to start making your New Year's resolutions. No matter what goals you set, the key to your success will most likely depend on how you approach the changes you're seeking. Charles Duhigg, author of the book "The Power of Habit," said most resolutions fail because people attack them with the wrong mindset. Your goal should not be to tough it out for a few weeks until the change becomes routine, according to Duhigg. When you think about breaking habits as a matter of time and willpower, you'll end up reverting to what you know once you get too tired or stressed, he said. "The right way to think about breaking a habit is to think about changing that habit," Duhigg said. To do this, you need to understand how habits work and the most effective ways to change them, the author said. Check out this video for...
    A paraglider dressed in a Santa suit on his way to deliver gifts crashed into power lines in Sacramento County and had to be rescued by firefighters.  The unidentified 'Mr Claus' was off to deliver Christmas candy canes to children in the Rio Linda community on Sunday, wearing a red and white suit as well as a safety helmet, when his red, metal 'sleigh' got tangled.  The 'hyper light' air craft was suspended around 40-feet in the air for an hour while he waited to be rescuedin Rio Linda. Firefighters and highway patrol teams - who said it looked as though 'Rudolph lane-changed' Santa - received multiple calls from concerned onlookers.     Using specialist equipment, including 40ft, extendable ladders, rescue teams managed to free him.  Around 200 homes in the area briefly lost power when electricity was turned off to enable them to reach him safely.  Captain Chris Vestal with Sacramento Metropolitan...
    New York Mets Best Infield Options on the Free Agent Market By: Daniel Marcillo December 21, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Mets have plenty of offense throughout the infield,, but they lack any good defenders. Their infield defense was a big part of their disappointing 2020 season. Even with Robinson Cano‘s season-long suspension, it will take a trade to make room for a couple of the guys on this list. DJ LeMAHIEU HR1 In hitting timing is everything.2 In order to get your foot down on time, you have to get it up on time. 3 Ball inside dirt circle before he gets his foot down.4 Late load vs. super soft LHP Wade LeBlanc. 5 Probably sitting O.S. & gets slow & low & in BB. pic.twitter.com/rGkXCFvbH3 — Jerry Weinstein (@JWonCATCHING) December 20, 2020 1. D.J. LeMahieu D.J. LeMahieu was always...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's latest object of fascination, it seems, is the potential appointment of a special counsel to turn his assorted political obsessions into criminal investigations. CNN reported that Trump has discussed the possibility of appointing lawyer Sidney Powell as special counsel to investigate voter fraud allegations -- yes, the very same allegations that have repeatedly been repudiated by courts across the country, by Trump's own loyal attorney general and by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (to name a few). Elie HonigFirst things first: Appointing Powell as special counsel, or to any governmental post with any authority whatsoever, would be wildly irresponsible and outright dangerous. Powell once served as a federal prosecutor, but now she appears to be completely off the rails. She recently has openly espoused wild, dangerous conspiracy theories, and has filed a series of ridiculous lawsuits that have been roundly rejected by courts....
    Crops grown near Chernobyl are still contaminated, more than three decades after the worst nuclear disaster in history. Almost half the grain analyzed by scientists in Ivankiv, about 30 miles from the power plant, showed levels of strontium 90 far above recommended levels. It was also present at unsafe levels in firewood and wood ash used to fertilize crops. The Ukrainian government stopped testing goods for strontium 90 in 2013. A radioactive isotope, it collects in the teeth, bones and marrow like calcium, and can cause numerous kinds of cancer. Scroll down for video in April 1986, a sudden power surge at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant resulted in a massive reactor explosion, exposing the core and blanketing the western Soviet Union and Europe with radiation  In April 1986, a sudden power surge at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant resulted in a massive reactor explosion, exposing the core and...
    As President Trump's final days in the Oval Office wind down, he's widely expected to exercise the power of the pardon, as his predecessors have. Pardon reviews tend to snowball at the end of an administration, and Mr. Trump has not hesitated to extend clemency to a small number of Americans, including some of his controversial allies. However, the number of people he has pardoned so far is much smaller than his immediate predecessors. Up to this point, President Trump has pardoned 29 people. By the time President Obama had left office, he had pardoned 212 Americans; 189 were pardoned by President George W. Bush left office; and 396 received a pardon from President Clinton, according to Justice Department data. Unlike Mr. Trump, however, each of them had eight years to grant pardons, not four. Franklin D. Roosevelt, who served three terms, granted more pardons than any other president —...
    After some initial confusion around how the AirPods Max handle power management, Apple has tried to clarify the issue with an updated support page outlining how and when its new $550 headphones automatically conserve battery life. Originally, the company said that “when stored in their soft, slim smart case, AirPods Max enter an ultra‑low‑power state that preserves charge.” But there was uncertainty about what happens when they’re left outside the case. In my review, I found that the headphones lost only a few battery percentage points when left out overnight with no case — nothing close to a worrying level of drain. But not everyone had that experience; Marques Brownlee observed a greater amount of battery loss when the AirPods Max were idle. According to Apple, the AirPods Max enter a “low power mode” when removed from your head and left stationary for five minutes outside of the...