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    BORIS Johnson tonight insisted he wants the current lockdown to be the last ahead of a major speech on rolling back the restrictions next Monday. Appearing at a Downing St press conference the PM said he's "increasingly confident" the mass jabs programme will offer a permanent way out of lockdown. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Boris Johnson hailed the UK's major progress in rolling out vaccinesCredit: AFP And he hailed Britain's "unprecedented national achievement" as No 10's target for jabbing the 15 million most vulnerable people was smashed with a day to spare. He said: "It’s no moment to relax and in fact it’s the moment to accelerate because the threat from this virus remains very real. "So we have to keep our foot to the floor. If we can keep their pace up and we can keep supply steady we...
    (CNN)A city in California is including farmworkers among those who must receive hazard pay for the risks they are undertaking during the Covid-19 pandemic.Coachella, a Southern California city known for its popular annual music festival, passed an ordinance on Wednesday that requires retail pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants and agricultural businesses in the city to provide additional compensation to their workers given the threat they face from the coronavirus.These cities want to give grocery store workers hazard payUnder the mandate, affected businesses that employ more than 300 people nationally or more than five people in the city will have to pay their workers an additional $4 an hour for at least 120 days. The regulation would also prevent businesses from retaliating against workers by limiting or reducing their pay.Coachella follows several other cities on the West Coast that have required grocery stores to reinstate hazard pay for employees in recent weeks...
    More On: the bachelor Rachel Lindsay reveals her ‘Bachelor’ frontrunners on Matt James’ season Former ‘Bachelor’ Peter Weber spotted with ex Kelley Flanagan at Super Bowl Inside ‘Bachelor’ Matt James’ Super Bowl weekend in Tampa Friends are shocked Kit Keenan went on ‘The Bachelor’ Will Katie Thurston be on rose duty as the next “Bachelorette?” Bachelor Nation certainly hopes so after the 29-year-old bank marketing manager was sent home by Matt James on Monday’s episode of “The Bachelor.” “KATIE NEXT BACHELORETTE. KATIE. NEXT. BACHELORETTE,” one fan tweeted. “If Katie ain’t the Bachelorette I ain’t ever watching another season again. #katieforbachelorette,” another posted. The fan favorite — who made a splash from the start by showing up on night one with. a vibrator — has been seen as this season’s voice of reason amid house drama involving contestants Victoria Larson, Anna Redman, MJ Snyder, and, most recently, Serena Chew....
    The Biden administration is reviewing whether to take away the ability of former President Donald Trump to receive classified security briefings as the former president in the wake of the Capitol riot. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki punted on the question when asked about a topic that also came up during the transition – but also confirmed Monday the administration was reviewing the matter. 'This is a good question,' said Psaki. 'It's something that's obviously under review.'  HE'S BEEN BRIEFED: The Biden administration is reviewing the policy where former President Trump has access to classified information and briefings  The review comes as Trump critics demand he be forced to relinquish some of the perks of power that follow a president even after he leaves office. Former presidents get classified briefings by tradition – although not at the very highest levels reserved for the current officeholder.  In Trump's case, the...
    President Joe Biden pledged to restore dignity to the US government on Wednesday, warning his new staff that they will be ‘fired on the spot’ if he catches them being disrespectful to others.  The 46th US President made the threat as he swore in around 1,000 appointed political aides during a virtual ceremony held in the White House State Dining Room yesterday evening. ‘I’m not joking when I say this: If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone, I promise you, I will fire you on the spot — on the spot,’ Biden cautioned. ‘No ifs ands or buts. Everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity. That’s been missing in a big way the last four years.’ Biden added: ‘We’re going to be judged whether or not we restored the integrity and competency this government...
    Andrew Harnik/AP 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.Joe Biden didn’t know how right he was. Throughout the 2020 campaign, he insisted he was engaging in a “battle for the soul of the nation.” It sounded like a high-falutin’ bumper-sticker metaphor, ready-made to slap on the side of a campaign bus. (Which it was.) But on Wednesday, the former vice president and senator stood at the site of what recently was an actual battleground, the US Capitol, where hand-to-hand combat had transpired, where blood had been spilled, where lives had been lost—just two weeks earlier—in a clash between insurrectionists bent on overturning a legitimate election and those defending American democracy. At this location—now guarded by thousands of gun-bearing troops deployed to protect the nation’s capital from domestic terrorists riled up by the...
    Amid a raging coronavirus pandemic, a fragile economic recovery, and unprecedented security measures across Washington, Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday will be memorable on many levels, including due to your age. At 78, he is the oldest president-elect in history, breaking the record set by his predecessor Donald Trump, who was 70 when he was sworn in in January 2017. That means Biden is 40 years older than the median age in the United States, according to the latest data available from the Census Bureau. Since Jimmy Carter’s inauguration in 1977 through Trump, the median age of the commander-in-chief was 54, and Democrats were younger than their Republican counterparts, making Biden an outlier. The president-elect arrived in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, ready to assume power as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, rising unemployment and...
    DONALD Trump is set to warn violence will "never be tolerated" in a farewell video speech and vow "it's only the beginning" of the movement. The outgoing president is set to make his final address at 4pm ET on Tuesday. ⚠️ Read our Inauguration Day 2021 live blog for the very latest news and updates on Joe Biden's swearing-in 1Trump is set to address the nation at 4pmCredit: AP:Associated Press "This week, we inaugurate a new Administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous," Trump is expected to say. During his address, Trump is set to label the achievements he says his administration has made during the last four years. "Our agenda was not about right or left, it wasn't about Republican or Democrat, but about the good of a nation, and that means the whole nation." Included in the achievement were building "the greatest economy...
    Martin Luther King Jr. III, the oldest son of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King has said his father would be 'greatly disappointed' in the state of the nation were he alive today.  'My father always believed in the people of our nation. Certainly, he would be greatly disappointed in how we have chosen to conduct ourselves at this particular moment, but most particularly probably disappointed in the commander in chief, because the commander in chief is supposed to bring people together and not to bring people together to actually intercept your government. 'If he saw the issues of poverty and income inequality that exist today he would be greatly disappointed.  Martin Luther King III, 63, is speaking out about his late father's 'fight against poverty and income inequality' on Martin Luther King Jr. Day King III said he recognizes that his...
    First lady Melania Trump bid farewell to the American people Monday, thanking them for the opportunity to serve them. “No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your first lady,” she said. “To all of the people of this country, you will be in my heart forever.” The first lady reflected on her time at the White House in a pre-recorded video posted on social media ahead of her departure from the White House this week. “The past four years have been unforgettable,” she said. “As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all of the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love, patriotism, and determination.” The first lady spoke of the service members, military heroes and their families, members of law enforcement, children in hospitals, mothers fighting an...
    Lindsey Graham continued railing against an impeachment trial of Donald Trump after he’s out of office, telling Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo Republicans shouldn’t even consider the idea. After advising the president against pardoning the rioters, Graham said Joe Biden would be “an incredibly weak figure” if he doesn’t “stand up against the impeachment.” Graham even attempted to claim that “President Trump is trying to heal the nation.” The president riled up supporters for months with baseless claims of voter fraud. In his first video telling people at the Capitol to go home, he continued to falsely insist the election was stolen from him. Subsequent videos released by the president were more somber in calling for no violence, but there’s been reporting that Trump regretted doing at least one of those videos. Recently the president met with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell — who has been pushing election conspiracies as well —...
    It's right - says Paul Hunter THIS lockdown in all but name is absolutely the right thing for Boris Johnson to do. I was expecting bad news from the Prime Minister yesterday.But not THIS bad. 4New restrictions stop people travelling out of Tier 4 areasCredit: JOHN MATHER/IMAGEVIEW It means I am under no doubt whatsoever that these restrictions — including restrictions on people travelling out of Tier 4 areas — are absolutely the right thing to do. It was what Boris said that scared me more than anything else. The line that stood out for me was when he said the estimated R value could rise by 0.4 or greater. At that point, I knew we were stuffed. Sadly, this lockdown had to happen. His words, in fact, have left me feeling depressed at the stark reality of what we face. Nothing is certain other than death and taxes...
    More On: joe biden Biden reportedly makes his pick to head the EPA Nikki Haley calls on Biden to keep some of Trump’s foreign policies Team Biden deletes old ad blasting former rival Buttigieg A not-so-loony look at 2020 election results in battleground states: Devine WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has chosen Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland to serve as his secretary of the interior. The New Mexico congresswoman, 60, is a member of the Laguna Pueblo people and if confirmed, would be the first Native American cabinet secretary, in charge of managing the nation’s vast natural resources and tribal and federal lands. Biden pledged to create the most diverse cabinet in the nation’s history but progressives have been frustrated by the former veep’s stacking of Obama-era officials like John Kerry and Susan Rice in key roles. The appointment of Haaland to the top interior role follows intense lobbying from allies like...
    Nany Pelosi must seek substantial consequences for those House members involved in an attempted overthrow of democracy On Friday evening, the Supreme Court refused to take up the ridiculous, seditious case put forward by the state of Texas. It was an appropriate action, but in many ways it might have better if other justices had sided with Alito and Thomas and given the case a hearing … so that it could be slapped down hard, all it’s excesses and false statements underlined, and the genuinely traitorous nature of the entire action made clear. The 126 word refusal set down by the Court may have been a neat answer to the 126 House Republicans who signed on to this blatant attempt to overthrow democracy, but another five pages of tightly worded contempt would have served the moment much more clearly. But just because the suit is dismissed doesn’t mean this incident is...
    The Marshall Islands and other small island nations are urgently threatened by rising seas. Stefan Lins/Flickr, CC BY Along U.S. coastlines, from California to Florida, residents are getting increasingly accustomed to “king tides.” These extra-high tides cause flooding and wreak havoc on affected communities. As climate change raises sea levels, they are becoming more extreme. King tides are nothing new for the Marshall Islands, a nation made up of 29 low-lying coral atolls that stretch across more than a million square miles of Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia. By 2035, the U.S. Geological Survey projects that some of the Marshall Islands will be submerged. Others will no longer have drinking water because their aquifers will be contaminated with saltwater. As a result, Marshallese would be forced to migrate away from their homelands. This scenario is not inevitable. As part of our research on climate justice, we visited the Marshall...
    No Deal it is INSANE new demands on fishing. Blatant blackmail over banning our airlines and our trucks. Yesterday, the true colours of the bullying EU were exposed to the world. Boris Johnson cannot possibly agree to shackle Britain forever to their “level playing field” restrictions backed by punishment taxes. ⚠️ Read our Brexit live blog for the latest news & updates 3Boris Johnson was right to level with the nation and prepare us for leaving without a trade dealCredit: AFP They are unprecedented and grossly unfair, as any sane person outside Brussels can see. And so the PM was right to level with the nation last night and prepare us for leaving without a trade deal. Come Sunday, unless the EU climb down, he will need the personal fortitude and the Cabinet’s unanimous backing to pull the plug. He will have voters’ support and The Sun’s....
    The president of the Navajo Nation has warned that the winter wave of COVID-19 is hitting harder than the first, as ICU units reach capacity and another three-week lockdown is implemented due to the 'dire' surge in cases.  President Jonathan Nez warned Sunday that healthcare workers will soon be forced to make 'difficult decisions' in treating patients due to a lack of resources, as confirmed cases reached 18,163 among the reservation's population of only 173,667. 'This second wave of COVID-19 is much more dire and much more severe than the first wave we had in April and May,' he said as he urged residents to wear masks and avoid travel. Nez' warning came on the eve of a new lockdown on the reservation, which straddles parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, and is the largest Native American territory in the U.S.  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez warned Sunday...
    President-elect Joe Biden delivered an upbeat Thanksgiving address Wednesday just minutes after President Donald Trump wrapped up a call into a Pennsylvania hearing, where he, again, contested the election results.  Biden said he believed 'this grim season of division and demonization will give way to a year of light and unity' and he talked about love and what to be thankful for after nearly all of 2020 was overwhelmed by the COVID-19 crisis.  'We don't talk about love too much in our politics,' the president-elect said. 'The public arena is too loud, too angry, too heated. To love our neighbors as ourselves is a radical act, yet it’s what we’re called to do.'   President-elect Joe Biden gave a Thanksgiving address Wednesday where he talked about love and sacrificing the holiday for the good of others, as coronavirus cases increase   THANKSGIVING GROUP: The president-elect (center left) said he'd be...
    A tongue-in-cheek German advert urging people to 'be a hero and stay at home' has been released showing an elderly man recalling his 'service' in the 'winter of 2020.'  The short clip produced by the government begins with an elderly man recalling the arrival of the second coronavirus wave while he was a student 'when the whole country's eyes were on us.'  Dramatic violin strings play over a cinematographic montage of the narrator as a 22-year-old lazing around his sofa and saluting the delivery man bringing his pizza. The old man says: 'Our couch was the front line and our patience was our weapon.' Critics say the advert diminishes the catastrophic impacts of lockdown measures which many people will never be able to look back on with a 'smile,' as the narrator does. The short clip posted by the government begins with an elderly man recalling the arrival...
    Bradley Cortright November 7, 2020 0 Comments In his first speech since officially being declared the winner of the 2020 election, President-elect Joe Biden is vowing to work to win the confidence of all Americans.  “The people of this nation have spoken, they’ve delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for we the people. We’ve won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of the nation,” Biden said. He continued to say he was “surprised” by the thousands of Americans who took to the streets to celebrate his victory, “I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you’ve placed in me.” “I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. Who doesn’t see red states and blue states, only sees the United States. And work with all my heart with the confidence of the whole people to...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area in the eastern San Juan Mountains has announced they will open Wednesday to become the first ski area in the country to open this season. The mountain received 22 inches of fluffy snow from the storm that hit Colorado on Sunday and Monday. Wolf Creek averages 480 inches of snow annually which is more than any other ski area in the state. Three ski runs open at 9am on Wednesday including Treasure, Bonanza and Nova. The mountain has committed to staying open through at least Sunday, November 1st before possible schedule changes could be announced including a possible temporary closure. Two ski areas closer to Denver including Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area are also working to open as soon as possible. Neither mountain has announced their opening day but plan to open by early November. Keystone also plans to open on...
    Senate confirmation Monday of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is a win for all of America, and couldn’t come at a more critical time. Barrett’s scholarship, record on the bench and confirmation testimony show she has the “deep legal expertise, dispassionate judicial temperament and sheer intellectual horsepower” Americans deserve in Supreme Court justices, as Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put it. And though Democrats opposed her, they didn’t convince anyone — indeed, her public support grew throughout the process. see also Heres who will swear in Amy Coney Barrett tonight after Senate vote Barrett is all but guaranteed confirmation by the Republican-held Senate... This, in a nation beset by deep political division, with a presidential campaign adding to the flames. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death left the court with just eight votes, raising the possibility of deadlocks, even as a wave of litigation over mail-in voting makes...
    VIDEO2:2502:25Trading Nation: Disney shifts gear to prioritize Disney+ — Here's two experts on what it meansTrading Nation The Mouse House is going digital. Disney shares have been on the rise since the company said Monday that it would overhaul its media and entertainment business to focus more squarely on streaming, a notable move for a company that has seen few major transitions in its 97 years. The stock closed just over 3% higher on Monday at $128.96 after Loop Capital upgraded it to buy from hold, saying downside risks were limited. "We expect investors will give Disney 'a pass' on both near-term Covid-19 related losses and increased [direct-to-consumer] losses over the next few years," the firm wrote. One trader, however, is concerned the shift could spell trouble for Disney's stock. "I don't like this at all. I don't own it. I definitely would not be buying this thing at $130," Mark...
    Love may not cost a thing, but becoming a Bachelor Nation contestant does. While the stars of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are rumored to take home a hefty payday — not to mention a potential life partner — the show’s contestants get their 15 minutes of fame but not much in the way of monetary compensation. Take a look at the payday breakdowns between the ABC leads and those vying for their affections: Do ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ contestants get paid? Season 24 lead Peter Weber with “The Bachelor” contenders in 2020ABC Note to those participating on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”: Don’t expect a windfall in your bank account. Contestants on the ABC reality series do not get paid, according to multiple reports, and some have taken to extreme financial measures so they could appear on the show. “I had re-mortgaged my house and I spent something like $8,000...
    Donald Trump appears to be seceding from the Union, which is bizarre given his status as the president of it. Make no mistake: Trump appears to be deliberately marginalizing himself by repeatedly insisting that he’s not responsible for certain states and cities, despite technically being the president of the entire United States. We’ve all heard him say it. On topics ranging from poverty to crime to COVID-19, Trump never hesitates to defer all the blame for whatever onto state and local Democrats rather than acknowledging that he’s supposed to be the president of those cities and states, too. Earlier this year, for example, Trump tweeted, “The homeless situation in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and many other Democrat Party run cities throughout the Nation is a state and local problem, not a federal problem.” Trump, of course, is the president of those cities, and has been for nearly four years. Has he proposed any national...
    Bob Cesca September 15, 2020 12:00PM (UTC) Donald Trump appears to be seceding from the Union, which is bizarre given his status as the president of it. Make no mistake: Trump appears to be deliberately marginalizing himself by repeatedly insisting that he's not responsible for certain states and cities, despite technically being the president of the entire United States. We've all heard him say it. On topics ranging from poverty to crime to COVID-19, Trump never hesitates to defer all the blame for whatever onto state and local Democrats rather than acknowledging that he's supposed to be the president of those cities and states, too. : Earlier this year, for example, Trump tweeted, "The homeless situation in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and many other Democrat Party run cities throughout the Nation is a state and local problem, not a federal problem." Trump, of course, is the president of those cities,...
    COULD the BBC be more woefully out of touch with the mood of the nation? Yesterday Auntie scrapped the free TV licence for the over-75s and our alleged national broadcaster could not have picked a worse moment to kick the elderly in the head. Getty - Contributor 11 It is now commonplace for Winston Churchill, our greatest national hero, to be slagged off as a genocidal racist on our publicly-funded state broadcaster This has been a mercilessly cruel year to be old in this country. It is the old who have borne the brunt of this health emergency. It is the old who have been most vulnerable to Covid-19. It is the old who have often been brutally separated from their families. And it is — overwhelmingly — the old who have died. Heartbreakingly, quarantine rules sometimes dictated that the elderly were even buried without their loved ones by...
    China’s top disease-control expert has claimed that the coronavirus could be associated with the trading of seafood after identifying similarities in the country’s first and second waves of COVID-19 outbreaks. Wu Zunyou, a chief epidemiologist at the Chinese CDC, told state broadcaster CCTV that the coronavirus crises in Wuhan, Beijing and Dalian were all linked to seafood markets or processing plants in the regions. He noted that places dealing with seafood sales could be more susceptible to the virus spread because of their wet and cold environment. China’s top disease-control expert has claimed that the coronavirus could be associated with seafood trades. This file picture shows the closed Wuhan Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market  The file photo taken on June 13 shows a  police officer wearing a face mask is seen outside the shuttered Xinfadi wholesale market in Beijing following a new coronavirus outbreak Last week, a new...
    PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Vice President Mike Pence told Breitbart News exclusively that he and President Donald Trump consider the U.S. Supreme Court one of, if not the most, important issue in the upcoming presidential election, saying there may be nothing that rises to the level of appointing justices to the highest court in the land. Asked during an exclusive interview on Thursday that aired on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel about the possibility of several vacancies in the next presidential term, Pence said he and Trump know how important this is to many Americans. “There may be no issue more important to the life of the nation than the destiny of the Supreme Court,” Pence said. “As we learned in the recent disappointing decision on the right to life, I hear conservatives around the country understand now more than ever that we need four more years...
    Australians have been warned they could face 'arbitrary detention' in China if they travel to the communist nation. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released a travel advice update on Tuesday featuring a chilling message for travellers planning to head to mainland China.  Australians have already been told not to travel overseas during the coronavirus pandemic.  But the update went further and stated the Chinese government has detained foreigners who it accused of 'endangering national security'. 'China will not allow most foreigners to enter China due to COVID-19,' the DFAT update reads. 'Direct flights between China and Australia have significantly reduced. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Australians are at risk of 'arbitrary detention' if they travel to China. Pictured: a man carries a Chinese flag during Hong Kong pro-democracy protests in Harbour City shopping mall in Hong Kong in December 2019 'If despite our advice you travel...
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been a first-hand witness to big, positive changes in American politics, and he comes away from those instances with the conclusion that President Donald Trump will be remembered by history as "one of the most disruptive figures ever to lead the United States." "I have been involved in three really disruptive experiences in my career," said Gingrich in the Fox Nation series "Crisis 2020: Newt Gingrich on America's Future." "The first was in the late '70s, early '80s with Ronald Reagan, who just shook everything up." FOR LIMITED TIME, RECEIVE 25 PERCENT OFF NEW PURCHASE OF A YEARLY FOX NATION SUBSCRIPTION "There were periods where people thought that he was a cowboy from out west and didn't know what he was doing," recalled Gingrich, who was a young, conservative House Republican during the Reagan administration. "[Reagan] took a foreign policy that was failing, and nine years later, the Soviet Union disappeared – that...
    President Trump headed to Mount Rushmore Friday evening to headline a Fourth of July event that has attracted controversy for bringing out crowds amid a spike in coronavirus cases.  'We're going to Mount Rushmore. Mount Rushmore is in great shape and it's going to be in great shape for centuries to come,' the president told reporters on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews before he left. 'I'll be making a speech there. I'll be seeing a lot of people, a lot of different people and I think it will be a fantastic evening.'  Trump's allusion to Mount Rushmore's staying power was a preview of the speech he plans to deliver that will focus on condemning protesters who want to 'tear down' the nation's history.  President Trump spoke to reporters directly before he boarded Air Force One to head to Mount Rushmore to deliver a speech and watch fireworks  President Trump...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to be a “healer in chief” and not a “fanner of the flame” as the nation reels from mass protests over the treatment of black people in the United States. Reading from Bible scripture at the Capitol, Pelosi drew on past presidents - including George H.W. Bush speaking in the aftermath of the Rodney King unrest and Barack Obama following the death of Eric Garner - as models of the nation’s chief executive at a time of crisis. “We would hope that the president of the United States would follow the lead of so many presidents before him to be a healer in chief and not a fanner of the flame,” Pelosi said. TOP STORIES Michigan Democratic Party chair: If you support Donald Trump, you are a racist Univ. of Alabama Birmingham professor instructs rioters on...
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