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    Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue says the business group “will work cooperatively” with President-Elect Joe Biden to expand legal immigration levels to the United States in order to fill American jobs with foreign workers as 18 million Americans remain jobless. At an annual event this week, Donohue outlined the group’s plans to work hand-in-hand with incoming Biden administration officials to expand legal immigration levels beyond their already historic rates, where more than 1.2 million green cards are allotted every year and 1.4 million foreign visa workers are admitted to take American jobs annually. Donohue claimed that despite 18 million jobless Americans and another 6.2 million Americans who are underemployed — all of whom want full-time work — the U.S. still has “significant labor shortages” and prided himself on suing President Trump in order to continue importing foreign workers during a mass unemployment crisis. He said: We also have to...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that "Congress should be working for the American people" to help them recover from the coronavirus-related shutdowns and from widespread unrest. Taylor Greene told "American Agenda" on Tuesday afternoon: "I can tell you, everyone here in Washington, D.C., is very serious about security, especially after what happened in the Capitol," last week, when President Donald Trumps supporters violently stormed the building when Congress was in session. She added, "and of course, my family is safe and Im safe, and were also proud gun owners. And we will always defend ourselves. Im very grateful to local law enforcement where I live and in my community, so as always, I back the blue and 100% thankful for them and the Capitol Police and the National Guard here, so I cant speak on others." The congresswoman said, "I want to speak on behalf...
    More On: tennis US Open champ dating circus star after tennis breakup Top 30 tennis pro provisionally suspended for doping US tennis star defends escape from Russia Serena Williams’ husband slams ‘racist, sexist’ tennis boss after weight attack American tennis player Christian Harrison has been fined $3,000 by the ATP after refusing to take part in a mandatory on-court interview at the Delray Beach Open in Florida as it required him to wear a mask. The qualifier, ranked 789th in the world, stunned top seed Cristian Garin of Chile 7-6(3) 6-2 on Saturday for his first victory against a top-50 player. He decided not to wear a mask following his win and declined to be interviewed on court. The 26-year-old spoke out against wearing masks on social media last week saying: “Healthy enough to play 3 hour matches. But I’m an absolute safety hazard walking maskless through a restaurant.”...
    I had a ringside seat for the insurrection last week. To keep me safe during House business because of my recent health battle, I was in a room right across from the House Floor waiting for votes. It had a wonderful view of the National Mall all the way down to the Washington Monument. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. (Photo courtesy of Mark DeSaulnier) A little after noon, my staff and I began to see the crowd coming towards us. At first it appeared they were simply staging a protest and marching to the Capitol, but by 1 p.m. it was clear this was no normal protest. As the massive group came into sharper view, we could see they were angry.  It was a violent mob and they were on a mission. We watched them push through barricades and blow past Capitol Police, who were alarmingly outnumbered. We were told to lock...
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Canada’s equestrian team lost its appeal to regain a place in the Tokyo Olympics jumping lineup on Tuesday in a doping case involving traces of cocaine in South American tea. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its judges gave an urgent ruling dismissing appeals by Nicole Walker and the Canadian equestrian federation against her disqualification from the 2019 Pan American Games team jumping competition in Peru. Without Walker’s scores in Lima, the Canadians slipped out of the final Olympic qualification place, which instead went to Argentina. Walker tested positive for metabolites of cocaine believed to have come from drinking coca tea, which is popular in South America. The CAS judges instead upheld the Pan American Sports Organization’s request to disqualify Canada entirely from the competition for the single positive test. The full written verdict “will be notified to the parties in the coming weeks,”...
    New York (CNN Business)Corporate America has finally put its money where its mouth is -- just in time for Democrats to take control of Washington. Last Wednesday's Capitol siege appear to have turned the president from kingmaker to radioactive. The fallout has spread to the 147 GOP lawmakers who lined up against the peaceful transfer of power.In the past 48 hours, American Express, Marriott, Dow, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Morgan Stanley, Commerce Bank and others have suspended their donations to Republican lawmakers who objected to certifying the votes of the Electoral College. Deutsche Bank (DB) said it would no longer do business with the president. This weekend, Apple, Google and Amazon effectively wiped conservative social network Parler off the internet. And, late last week, Facebook and Twitter, the president's preferred disinformation platform, pulled the plug on him.Even more companies are reviewing their political contributions and putting donations to both...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed a resolve creating a commission that will study the seal and motto of Massachusetts and recommend changes. Native American tribal leaders and activists have been calling for a redesign of the state seal for decades. The current seal features a Native American man and above his head is an arm holding a sword. The motto in Latin is translated to “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.” Sen. Jason Lewis, who took up the legislation, said the creation of the commission starts the process of changing “our state’s offensive flag and seal.” “The imagery on our state seal has long been viewed by indigenous people and others as racist, symbolizing white supremacy and ethnic cleansing perpetrated against the indigenous peoples of this region,” the Winchester Democrat posted to Facebook. A version of this legislation was first filed...
    Uber is trying to help drivers shift over to zero-emissions vehicles with a number of new or expanded programs, too. Starting in Los Angeles (with plans to expand across the US in 2021), it will allow drivers to use zero-emissions cars through a new, affordable Avis EV rental program. And this month, San Francisco drivers can rent vehicles using Ample technology that allows them to swap their EV batteries “in mere minutes,” the company said. It’s also offering expanded EV charging discounts via EVgo across 800 US locations. The ride-sharing company has also expanded its journey planning service to 10 more cities. That will let you plan your entire public transit journey, “from swiping through real-time schedules to walking directions to and from transit stations” directly from its app, Uber said. Separately, Uber is also working to provide information and service around the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, it teamed...
    Detained in a federal penitentiary in Terre-Haute, Indiana, Lisa Montgomery, 52, was to receive a lethal injection on Tuesday evening, 16 years after killing a pregnant woman in order to steal her fetus. But Judge James Hanlon of the Southern District of Indiana on Monday ordered a stay of his execution. Attorneys for the convict argued that Lisa Montgomery was not in a mental state compatible with her execution. She suffers from mental disorders as a result of gang rape and violence suffered as a child. “The information presented to the court contains ample evidence that Ms Montgomery’s current mental state is so far removed from reality that she cannot rationally understand the government’s motive for her execution,” the judge wrote in his ruling . Judge Hanlon said the court would set a date for a subsequent hearing to assess Lisa Montgomery’s mental state. In 2004, unable to have...
    Capitol police have briefed House Democrats on three more plots to attack the US Capitol over the coming days, as the as FBI warns of armed protests in ALL 50 states if Trump is removed before Inauguration Day. The chilling new threats to the seat of US democracy not a week after the deadly attack by a MAGA mob killed five, was delivered during a private call and described potentially 'the largest armed protest ever to take place on American soil'. The second attack is billed as beginning as a protest in honor of Ashlie Babbitt, the Air Force veteran shot dead inside the Capitol on Wednesday while trying to sneak inside the Speaker's Lobby. With Joe Biden's inauguration fast approaching in nine days, Washington, DC, and cities around the US are bracing for violent protests similar to that which left five people dead at the Capitol last week....
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to U.S. government-funded airwaves on Monday where he described recent actions by tech titans to curb free speech including on platforms like Twitter and Facebook as being 'a kind of censorial instinct that is dangerous.' Pompeo used the speech on Voice Of America to deliver a full-throated defense of the Trump administration's presentation of its foreign policy and its support for democracy abroad, but he also used his time to attack VOA employees who had sought to block his speech from being broadcast live.  Employees were concerned the speech would come across as propaganda rather than as balanced news coverage, but Pompeo rejected the complaints and compared them to the actions of Twitter and other social media outlets to ban Trump from its platforms. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blasted 'wokeness' during a speech on the broadcaster Voice of America 'I read...
    Loading the player... Spike Lee is set to receive the 34th American Cinematheque Award when he is honored during a virtual tribute on Jan. 14.   The line-up of Hollywood stars who will pay tribute to the Oscar winner has been announced, including Angela Bassett, Ryan Coogler, Jodie Foster, Rosie Perez, Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis and Isiah Whitlock Jr.  In a statement, American Cinematheque chair Rick Nicita noted why the iconic filmmaker is the “perfect choice” for the annual award.   Read More: Spike Lee says he understands why Chadwick Boseman didn’t tell him about illness “As a cultural arts organization that celebrates the importance of film in our society, Spike Lee is the perfect choice for the Cinematheque’s annual award,” Nicita said. “Spike’s ability to perceive and depict the tone of contemporary society is shown in his movies, ranging from ‘Do the Right Thing,’ ‘She’s Gotta...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser are urging Americans to stay home and not attend President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The leaders issued a joint statement on Monday: “January 6, 2021 is now a seminal moment in American history. We are grateful for the courageous efforts of every law enforcement officer, Guard member, and first responder who heroically worked to secure the Capitol and ensure our nation’s democracy prevailed. “On January 20, there will be a transition of power, and we will work together, and with our partners in the federal government, to ensure the safety of the National Capital Region. Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the 59th Presidential Inauguration, including last week’s violent insurrection as well as the ongoing and deadly COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the extraordinary step of encouraging Americans not to come to Washington, D.C....
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — American Christian Harrison won playing in his first career quarterfinal Monday, beating Gianluca Mager of Italy 7-6 (2), 6-4 at the Delray Beach Open. Harrison’s opponent Tuesday will be No. 4-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, who swept qualifier Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador 6-4, 6-4. The 26-year-old Harrison’s career has been slowed by injuries that required surgery eight times, and he came into the tournament ranked No. 789. He has five ATP Tour match victories, with three of them coming in the past week. He also won two matches in qualifying. “It feels pretty amazing,” Harrison said. “I’m pretty even-keeled right now — just happy to keep playing.” Harrison regrouped against Mager after losing serve in the first game, when he double-faulted twice. The only lower-ranked semifinalist in Delray history was Juan Martin del Potro when he was making an injury comeback in 2016. ___ More...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to U.S. government-funded airwaves on Monday to deliver a full-throated defense of the Trump administration’s presentation of its foreign policy and its support for democracy abroad. Less than a week after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to subvert the results of an election that saw President-elect Joe Biden win, Pompeo told staff at the Voice of America that America retains the credibility and standing to defend democratic values abroad. And, he said, they should amplify it. Pompeo’s speech reaffirmed his loyalty to Trump at a time when Democrats are calling for Cabinet members and Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. In an address broadcast live across VOA’s English and foreign language services, Pompeo also stood by the parent agency’s embattled director, Michael Pack, who has been accused...
    Ivanka Trump is planning to attend Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20 - much to the chagrin of her father - and is scrambling to save her aspiring political career as the White House plunges further into chaos and is being dubbed a 'circus on steroids' by insiders. 'Ivanka is worried that her promising political career is in jeopardy and she's doing whatever she can to save her reputation,' a White House insider tells DailyMail.com. But President Trump is up in arms about her decision. 'He said it's an insult that she would even want to engage with the crooks that are trying to bring him down,' says the insider, adding that Trump said the family must stand together and put on a united front.  'The president told his daughter that her presence at the inauguration will cost her thousands of supporters and would be the worst decision she could...
    Pat Loud, the matriarch of the seminal PBS documentary series An American Family, which is considered the first reality show, has died at age 94.  Loud, her husband Bill, and their five children became household names after the series chronicling their lives in Santa Barbara, California, premiered in 1973 — decades before people were keeping up with the Kardashians.  Her death was confirmed on the Loud family's official Facebook page on Sunday with an emotional tribute to the first reality TV mom.   Passing: Pat Loud, the matriarch of the seminal PBS documentary series An American Family, has died at age 94  First reality show: Loud, her husband Bill, and their five children became household names after the series chronicling their lives in Santa Barbara, California, premiered in 1973 'With inconsolable sorrow, we are sad to share the news with friends and family that on Sunday January 10 at 1:55pm PT, Pat Loud...
    By Matthew Lee | Associated Press WASHINGTON — William Burns, a well-known figure in diplomatic circles around the world, is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the CIA, a selection likely to be embraced by the rank and file at the nation’s premier spy agency. A former ambassador to Russia and Jordan, Burns, 64, had a 33-year career at the State Department under both Republican and Democratic presidents. He rose through the ranks of the diplomatic corps to become deputy secretary of state before retiring in 2014 to run the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace. If confirmed, he would succeed Gina Haspel, the first female CIA director, who guided the agency under President Donald Trump. Trump expressed skepticism about intelligence and frequently disparaged the assessments of U.S. spy agencies, especially about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to help his campaign. Trump also fired several career intelligence professionals in...
    A Libyan man who fatally stabbed three people, including an American, in the United Kingdom in June was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole, numerous sources reported. Khairi Saadallah, 26, pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and to the attempted murders of three other men in a park in Reading, located 40 miles west of London. Judge Nigel Sweeney sentenced Saadallah to a lifetime in prison for the “ruthless and brutal” terror attack, in which the victims “had no chance to react, let alone defend themselves,” the BBC reported. BREAKING: A former Libyan militia fighter who murdered three friends in Reading committed a terrorist attack and will never be released from prison. Mr Justice Sweeney handed Khairi Saadallah a whole life order. He said the murders were motivated by Islamist extremism pic.twitter.com/0r0pMmbbL8 — Daniel De Simone (@DdesimoneDaniel) January 11, 2021 Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, was...
    Assembly line of engines for the Ford KA 1.0 3 cylinders at the Ford Engines plant in Camaçari, Brazil.Paulo Fridman | Corbis News | Getty Images Ford Motor is ending vehicle production in Brazil under a restructuring of its South American operations. The actions, including closing three plants, are expected to result in $4.1 billion in pretax charges, Ford said Monday. Ford said it will record about $2.5 billion in cash charges, primarily in 2021, for employee separation, termination, settlement and other payments. In addition, it will post about $1.6 billion in non-cash write-offs for tax receivables and for accelerated depreciation and amortization. Ford has operated in Brazil for more than a century, however the region and operations have been unstable in recent years. This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Related Tags Breaking News: Business Autos Transportation Business Forward Industries Inc
    An American-Chinese socialite has reportedly died in Hong Kong after plunging from her penthouse naked while carrying her five-month-old daughter in her arms. Luo Lili, 34, who had rubbed shoulders with the likes of Hillary Clinton and Rita Ora, reportedly jumped to her death with her baby after suffering post-natal depression, according to multiple reports from local media. As the only daughter of a real estate tycoon mother who owns multiple luxury development projects in China, Ms Luo appeared to have lived a lavish life, studying and travelling around the world from a young age. An American-Chinese socialite has allegedly died in Hong Kong after plunging from her penthouse naked while carrying her five-month-old daughter in her arms. Ms Luo was pictured meeting with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to her Instagram Luo Lili, 34, who had rubbed shoulders with the likes of Hillary Clinton...
    A man seen in a now-viral video beating a police officer with an American flag at the U.S. Capitol building last week gave an interview before the melee to a British newspaper in which he called for “death” to lawmakers, who he accused of treason. Video of the disturbing attack emerged over the weekend. It showed a swarm of apparent Trump supporters dragging a Washington, D.C. police officer into a crowd and beating him. A photo taken from above the scene shows the officer lying face down on steps leading to the Capitol entrance. The officer has not been identified, and his medical status is unclear. Disturbing footage from Wednesday at the Capitol appears to show a police officer being dragged down the stairs and beatenpic.twitter.com/JwKvmtugVH — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 10, 2021 One member of the mob stood out, in part because of the weapon he used...
    A Texas Democrat is urging public officials to stay away from President TrumpDonald TrumpOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in National Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump property Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Department may investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement MORE's planned trip to the border with Mexico in the wake of rioting at the U.S. Capitol by the president's supporters last week.  “Do not be fooled: President Trump does not care about the people of South Texas, this country, or the rule of law. This individual fomented an attack on the United States Capitol and American democracy," Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas) said on Monday. "As usual, even after being denounced by respectable members of his cabinet and his own party, he continues to refuse any responsibility for his actions. Gonzalez asked elected officials "not to honor him with their presence as...
    2020 was an odd year. But 2021 may be even odder as Joe Biden will likely have to support a foreign guest worker freeze — an unimaginable concept that has now become a reality. Last week, President Trump extended Proclamation 10052, an executive order suspending temporary foreign guest worker programs — including the H-1B and H-2B — as well as some green cards, through March. While the move has certainly helped improve wages and job opportunities for displaced Americans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains a temporary order. With the country facing an economic crisis for the foreseeable future, a broad range of Americans showing support for foreign worker restrictions, and the potential for political repercussions, Joe Biden must not rescind it. Despite seeing improvements in our economy from the low points of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country still faces an economic crisis and Joe Biden needs to protect American...
    American Airlines has issued a statement defending the actions of a pilot who said he would "put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off" if they didn’t behave on a flight leaving from Washington D.C. on Friday. One of the passengers on the flight, which left from Reagan National Airport for Phoenix Sky Harbor in Phoenix, Ariz., had shared video to social media over the weekend showing many of the travelers — several of whom appeared to be wearing red MAGA hats — chanting "USA, USA" during an overhead announcement. Another video shared to Twitter captures the pilot’s remarks, in which he threatens to "dump" disruptive passengers in Kansas. "This is the way it's gonna be. Um, it's a four-and-a-half-hour flight out to Phoenix. We'll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off — I don't care. That’s … We...
    Hollywood actor Jon Voight has released a video in which he calls for unity following last weeks siege at the the U.S. Capitol and President Trump's final reluctant  acknowledgment that his presidency will end later this month.  Voight, a longtime Trump supporter, spoke out against the election results in a video in November but in his latest one-minute clip chooses his words carefully as he praises those who took part in the riots. Filmed while seated before an American flag, Voight appears to portray a far more upbeat tone than usual. 'My fellow Americans, We shall not weep, but let us give thanks to President Trump for his four years of hard work and love for America. Let us not put our heads down, let us rise and look to a better future. Let us praise God. Let us understand that His plan is far greater.'  Jon Voight appeared...
    ABC On January 8, The New York Times reported that Nicki Minaj would be forced to pay singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman $450,000 over a copyright dispute. Documents made public and obtained by the New York Times revealed that both parties agreed to a “judgment of copyright infringement against Minaj, and a payment of $450,000 to Chapman.” The song in question for infringement claims was Minaj’s leaked single, “Sorry.” Here’s what you need to know:Minaj Was Sued by the Songwriter in 2018The Starships singer was first sued by Chapman in 2018 over the song “Sorry”, which Chapman said was “borrowed heavily” from his song, “Baby Can I Hold You”, released in 1988. According to the New York Times, Minaj said that she was protected by the “doctrine of ‘fair use’- an exception to copyright law that lets creators borrow copyrighted material under certain conditions.” While a judge initially sided with Minaj,...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas council member has sent requests to both the city and the state of Texas to lower American Flags to honor a Capitol police officer who died as a result of the Jan. 6 siege in Washington, D.C. In a memorandum, Adam Bazaldua of District 7 described the riot as “treasonous acts.” Last Wednesday’s events took over headlines as President Donald Trump and his supporters called for the 2020 election results to be overturned due to unfounded claims of voter fraud. In the end, five people, including officer Brian Sicknick, died as a result of the Capitol siege. One person, Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was shot to death by an officer as she was breaking into the building and three others died from medical emergencies, according to police. Bazaldua said he sent formal requests to Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and Gov. Greg Abbott to fly...
    SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – In a video released Sunday on social media, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger compared the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol to the Nazis and called President Donald Trump a failed leader who “will go down in history as the worst president ever.” The Republican said that “Wednesday was the Night of Broken Glass right here in the United States.” In 1938, Nazis in Germany and Austria vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses during an attack that became known as Kristallnacht or “the Night of Broken Glass.” “The broken glass was in the windows of the United States Capitol. But the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol, they shattered the ideas we took for granted,” Schwarzenegger said. “They trampled the very principles on which our country was founded.” My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world following this weeks attack on...
    ADELBODEN, Switzerland — American skier Tommy Ford was airlifted to hospital after crashing in a World Cup giant slalom on Saturday. Ford crashed three gates from the finish after going wide into rough snow beside the course. His skis touched and he fell forward, sliding down the hill first on his neck and left shoulder. The United States ski team later said Ford’s “head and neck injuries are minor and resolving nicely. He has a knee injury that is undergoing further evaluation.” Ford knocked over a course-side worker before coming to a stop close to safety nets beside the finish. He initially lay still with his face against the snow though was soon conscious and talking with medical staff. A helicopter landed by the course 20 minutes later to airlift the 31-year-old racer, who is from Bend, Oregon. Ford has one giant slalom win and two more podium...
    Starz A still from American Gods season 3 The popular sci-fi/fantasy show American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, returns for its third season on Sunday, January 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz. If you don’t have cable or don’t have Starz, here’s how to watch American Gods Season 3 streaming online:Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageAmazon Prime’s Starz ChannelAmazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch all live and on-demand Starz content on the Prime Starz channel. You can try both Amazon Prime and the Starz Channel at no cost with a free trial right here: Watch Starz on Amazon Prime Once you’re signed up for the Prime Starz Channel, you can watch American Gods Season 3 live or on-demand on the Amazon Video app on your Roku,...
    Jason Sudeikis questions timeline of Olivia-Harry romance, plus more love news Amazon to drop Parler from its web hosting service, citing violent posts Jessie Diggins becomes first American to win Tour de Ski Olympic and world champion Jessie Diggins notched the biggest individual title of her cross-country skiing career, becoming the first American to win the Tour de Ski. © Getty Images “This is a lifelong goal,” she said. “It’s so cool for our country to show that it’s possible. Now I’m looking forward to resting.” Diggins held onto the overall lead in Sunday’s eighth and final stage of the Tour de France-like event, finishing second on the day to Swede Ebba Andersson on the final climb up Alpe Cermis in Cavalese, Italy. Diggins topped the overall standings — combining finishes from all eight stages — by 1 minute, 24.8 seconds over Russian Yuliya Stupak. Norwegians won the previous seven women’s...
    After all the chaos and upheaval of the last week, it’s important to remember that we still need to move forward and fight for America’s future — and for our freedom. But where do we go from here? More than 74 million Americans voted for President Trump in the 2020 presidential election — a record for an incumbent. The anti-Trump news media have spent four years calling them racists and are now portraying each one as an insurrectionist because of the actions of a small minority. In reality, most are patriotic, law-abiding Americans who see a culture under siege by the radical left. The ballot box was the one sure thing still available to them to foster change and make their voices heard, to change the trajectory of the country. PATRICE ONWUKA: TWITTER, FACEBOOK BANNING OF TRUMP CONTINUES CRACKDOWN ON CONSERVATIVES — CENSORSHIP DANGEROUS But now many feel like that’s...
    A campaign to stop the construction of a roundabout on suspected Native American land has just one week left to raise objections. In mid-December, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) finished a review of a proposed roundabout construction site at the congested intersection of Routes 5/10 in Northampton. So far, items that have been recovered from the area include a “moderate density of artifacts” including flake and hammerstone. Of particular note was the discovery of a pre-historic tool that was previously only found in arctic areas.  The state determined that although the “Skibiski” site may be historically significant there is no way to construct a roundabout in the area without disturbing it. Meanwhile, the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Narragansett Native American tribes disagree that the site is not worth preservation and are calling for the site to remain intact and undisturbed. The time for public comment on the project ends on...
            by Jonathan M. Reck  These decisive words from Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural speech will shape American political discourse for decades to come: The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes—starting right here, and right now. The words conveyed during that speech stunned many. It represented a turning point: a focus away from a two-tiered system that benefitted an elite class selling American interests abroad and toward the empowerment of American individuals to create prosperity for themselves in a new era. This marked the Trump presidency: a resolve to cease the excessive concessions made globally and focus on addressing domestic needs and creating opportunity for Americans within...
    Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight posted a powerful and uplifting video on Saturday addressing the nation, thanking the president, and urging Americans to “rise and look to a better future.” The clip, which is slightly over a minute, features Voight against the backdrop of an American flag emphasizing the importance of unity and displaying a more encouraging and optimistic tone.  “My fellow Americans, we shall not weep, but let us give thanks to President Trump for his four years of hard work and love for America,” the clip begins. “Let us not put our heads down, let us rise and look to a better future. Let us praise God; let us understand his plan is far greater.”  Addressing Wednesday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol, Voight unequivocally calls for those who stormed the Capitol to be held accountable. “I know all are disappointed, but this violence is not who we are,”...
    Congressman Mo Brooks has refused to apologize for encouraging 'American patriots' to 'take down names and kick ass' moments before a MAGA mob stormed the US Capitol in a riot that left five dead. Rep. Brooks of Alabama stood by his fiery words Friday claiming he was talking about a donkey when he told Wednesday's crowd at the president's rally to 'kick ass', saying he was making a reference to the Democratic party's mascot.   The Republican claimed he was trying to 'inspire patriotic Americans to not give up on our country and to fight back against anti-Christian socialists in the 2022 and 2024 elections.' Brooks warmed up the crowd of Donald Trump supporters at the president's rally Wednesday telling them: 'Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.' Soon after, an angry mob of pro-Trump rioters - among them white supremacists, QAnon fanatics and Proud...
    Report: Padres working on 11-year, $320M extension for Fernando Tatis Jr. Which at-home fitness plan burns the most calories? FAA chief issues stern warning to travelers after politically-motivated flight disruptions Several incidents on flights in and out of the Washington D.C. area this week have alarmed flight crews and airlines. The warning comes after the largest flight attendant union said people who rioted at the U.S. Capitol shouldn't be allowed to fly. Unruly passengers can face fines of up to $35,000 for unruly behavior on board aircraft. © Provided by CNBC A flight attendant gathers trash on a flight aboard a Boeing 737 Max from Dallas Fort Worth Airport to Tulsa, Oklahoma, December 2, 2020. The head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday said travelers will face serious consequences for unruly behavior on aircraft, a stern warning that comes after several on-board incidents in the past...
    DOJ concerns prompt NCAAs Mark Emmert to push for voting delay on rules for athlete transfers and name, image, likeness The CDC Warns That These Face Coverings Are Not Substitutes for Masks FAA chief issues stern warning to travelers after politically motived flight disruptions Several incidents on flights in and out of the Washington D.C. area this week have alarmed flight crews and airlines. The warning comes after the largest flight attendant union said people who rioted at the U.S. Capitol shouldn't be allowed to fly. Unruly passengers can face fines of up to $35,000 for unruly behavior on board aircraft. © Provided by CNBC A flight attendant gathers trash on a flight aboard a Boeing 737 Max from Dallas Fort Worth Airport to Tulsa, Oklahoma, December 2, 2020. The head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday said travelers will face serious consequences for unruly behavior...
    AN American Airlines pilot threatened to “dump” MAGA fans in Kansas after they started chanting pro-Trump slogans. The pilot on Friday’s flight from Washington DC to Phoenix threatened to divert the plane and leave the unruly Trump supporters stranded. 4Many passengers were heard chanting 'fight for Trump' and 'USA'Credit: Twitter 4The pilot warned passengers to behave or he would leave them in KansasCredit: Twitter 4Mindy Robinson, who posted one of the videos and a Trump fan, described the plane as 'full of patriots'Credit: Twitter On Wednesday, hundreds of the president’s supporters stormed the US Capitol which disrupted Congress’s session and ultimately leading to five deaths. Videos taken at the beginning of the flight show people chanting “fight for Trump” and “USA”. Mindy Robinson, who posted one of the videos and a Trump fan, described the plane as "full of patriots." Another video shows several people onboard appearing to wear red...
    An American Airlines pilot threatened to divert his plane and dump a group of pro-Trump passengers in Kansas if they didn’t ‘behave’ during their flight from Washington, DC, to Phoenix on Friday. The incident took place on American Flight 1242 which departed Friday afternoon from Reagan National Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor. Video posted to Twitter shows the passengers in the cabin chanting ‘USA! USA!’ At one point, the pilot becomes fed up and tells the passengers on the loudspeaker: ‘This is the way it's gonna be… it's a four and a half hour flight to Phoenix. ‘We'll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off - I don't care. An American Airlines pilot threatened to divert his plane and dump a group of pro-Trump passengers in Kansas if they didn’t ‘behave’ during their flight from Washington, DC, to Phoenix on Friday Video...
    "The WNBA has been doing it," Sue Bird told Insider. "It has been at the forefront of so many issues and our league is made of Black women and that's the reality." Julio Aguilar/Getty Images WNBA players publicly endorsed Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock — the opponent of incumbent Georgia senator and Atlanta Dream owner Kelly Loeffler — in August. Their support proved instrumental in Warnock's victory over Loeffler and the Democrats' successful efforts to take control of the US Senate. Insider spoke with superstar Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird and Wasserman WNBA agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas about how WNBA players successfully altered the future of the American Republic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Historic may not be a strong enough word to describe the recent events in Washington DC and its resounding impact on American politics. In a startling scene that flashed across television screens...
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    The essential Willie Nelson playlist 50 Ways To Live the Big Life on a Small Budget Alpine skiing: American Ford taken to hospital after heavy crash (Reuters) - American skier Tommy Ford was flown to a hospital after suffering a heavy crash in a World Cup giant slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland on Saturday. © Reuters/DENIS BALIBOUSE Men's Giant Slalom Ford, with one giant slalom win in 12 seasons on the World Cup circuit, crashed three gates from the finish after going wide into rough snow beside the course and landing on his head. "@ibeTommyFord is conscious and has been taken to the hospital for evaluation," the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team wrote on Twitter https://twitter.com/usskiteam/status/1347869755856871424. "He was talking to emergency responders when they loaded him." © Reuters/DENIS BALIBOUSE Men's Giant Slalom The race resumed after a half-hour pause. (Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Roger Robinson, co-founder and director of the Prague Strategic Studies, Institute to the newsmakers line. At the top of the second hour, Robinson described the myriad of threats facing American values and individuals’ financial portfolios due to the lack of our government to perform due diligence with the Chinese participation of U.S. capital markets. He later outlined how a Biden administration could undo President Trump’s Executive Order 13959 on military companies being excluded from American investment and that he would then be painted as being in the pocket of Wall Street and Chinese leadership. Leahy: We’re joined now by our good friend Roger Robinson. He’s currently the co-founder and...
    SYLVAIN LEFEVRE / HANS LUCAS / AFP What if it was a startup nation? The government inviting international consulting firms to hand over important tasks such as designing the logistics structures of the vaccination campaign against the biggest epidemic since World War II? From the site’s revelations, many politicians have criticized it until France Inzuimis Atlantico.E, Supports Chain duck : Yanik Jadot in it “diagnosing a power deficiency in managing an infection”; Bastian Lachad (FI) criticizes the “rule of the state and the rule of incompetence”; “The fall of our state will break the heart,” shouts Rafael Kluxman. At the center of the controversy, in December, the government called on US consulting firm McKinsey to consider the use of the vaccine in France, particularly “logistics structure” and “operational integration”. The company, one of the largest in the world, employs 33,000 people and had revenues of more than $ 10 billion...
    New York Democrat Jamaal Bowman Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week 12 DAYS UNTIL JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE Kara Voght at Mother Jones writes—Democrat Introduces Bill to Investigate If Capitol Police Have Ties to White Supremacist Groups.  Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) is drafting legislation to call for a commission to investigate Capitol Police and whether any of its members have ties, directly or indirectly, to white nationalists and white nationalist sympathizers. “It’s critical when you look at the disparity in terms of how the Capitol Police responded to the insurrection on Wednesday, versus how they responded to—not just [Black Lives Matter] protestors this summer, but other people of color, and people who are disabled, historically,” Bowman tells me. The Capitol Police have come under intense scrutiny after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to stop...
    Dr Deborah Birx warned that the United States could have its own home-grown mutant strain of COVID-19, in the same way that Britain does, because the virus is spreading so fast. Birx, who announced before Christmas that she would retire when Joe Biden takes office, after being left red-faced for ignoring COVID guidelines during the holidays, made the analysis during a recent meeting of the White House coronavirus taskforce. She presented a series of graphs and charts, officials have said, which showed a serious spike in cases. Birx speculated that this could be because a new, more infectious variant of the virus is circulating - in the same way that Britain has been shaken by the new B.1.1.7 strain.  Dr Deborah Birx speculated that a new, home-grown variant of COVID-19 could be circulating Birx, pictured in March, circulated new charts at a recent taskforce meeting to make her...
    HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — They’re digging for history on Long Island. A centuries-old home cannot be saved, but artifacts buried on the property help tell the story of one of its founding Black families. This old house – with parts dating back to the 1600s – could have ended up in the junk heap of history, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported. But not anymore. Archeologists are spending a week digging for treasures around its perimeter. “We have some glass in here, also a bottle of Vaseline,” said archeologist Allison McGovern. “So, it’s really exciting to find this material and make connections with the people who lived here.” The house of Creek Road in Halesite is in dangerous disrepair and could not be preserved. But fragments of everyday life tell a forgotten history of Huntington’s first Black landowners. “It was purchased by Peter Crippen in 1864, which is early for an African-American...
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is helping U.S. graduates by ending the lottery for H-1B foreign workers that has allowed Fortune 500 CEOs to import mid-skilled, poorly-paid foreign graduates for the starter jobs needed by U.S. graduates. The new process will allocate the annual supply of 85,000 H-1B visas to corporations that offer the highest pay. The ranking system will end the economic incentive to hire mid-skilled H-1B foreign workers instead of younger American graduates. Currently, companies, universities, and hospitals keep roughly 1 million H-1B non-immigrant contract workers in jobs which sidelined, unemployed, or underpaid American professionals need. “What this new policy will do is encourage companies to only ask for H-1Bs to fill higher salary jobs,” not to fill the starter and mid-career jobs needed by Americans, said Kevin Lynn, the director of U.S. Tech Workers. “Under her current [lottery] system, we encourage companies to recruit the lower-wage...
    HUNTINGTON, Long Island (WABC) -- It is not often you see an archaeological dig in the middle of a Long Island town, but along Creek Rd., a dilapidated old house could hold the clues to understanding some of the most significant pieces of African American history in Huntington."The contributions really are, how an African American was able to make it, really at a time when a lot of times our people were held back," said Reverend Glorious Artis of the African American Designation Council.In this case, it was Peter Crippen, an African American who moved here from Virginia in the 1830s, and eventually owned the property and worked in the area's brickyards, a staple for the New York City market.ALSO READ | Excavation of Pompeii fast food eatery reveals tastes of ancient cityEMBED More News Videos Also unearthed were a bronze ladle, nine amphorae, which were popular food containers in...
    "Letters to Kamala" features three pioneering women of color in politics – Charlotta Bass (Dee Selmore), Charlene Mitchell (Renata Eastlick) and Patsy Mink (Mia Tagano). We are less than two weeks away from Inauguration Day, when President and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in (this is not a simulation, QAnon). While the nation will be celebrating this long overdue changing of the guard, American Stage will re-launch a very timely commissioned work by playwright Rachel Lynett—"Letters to Kamala."  As the first leg of American Stage's Digital Theatre Series, viewers can pay $15 to stream the work featuring three pioneering women of color in politics—Charlotta Bass (Dee Selmore), Charlene Mitchell (Renata Eastlick) and Patsy Mink (Mia Tagano). The trio delivers wisdom, perspective and wry humor as they address Madam Vice President, and the cultural significance and psychological weight of her November victory.  “I’m excited because I...
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the dictator of Iran, claimed in remarks on Friday that the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday is the state of affairs that the United States would like to see in the long-term in Iran “to trigger a civil war.” Khamenei made the remarks in a speech in which he also announced that his regime would ban the use of Chinese coronavirus vaccines from the United States and United Kingdom, although those vaccines are considered the world’s most reliable. The Iranian regime had previously condemned and mocked the Capitol riot – triggered by supporters of President Donald Trump after, in a speech that day, Trump had urged a crowd to march to the Capitol – through its state media and through Khamenei’s underling, President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani had declared on Thursday that the riot represented the collapse of the American state. Khamenei also once again accused...
    The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday claimed the riot on Capitol Hill shows “the U.S. electoral process is archaic, does not meet modern standards, and is prone to violations.” The full statement from Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was a brief but broad indictment of the entire American political system, including the media: The events in Washington are the internal affair of the United States. At the same time, we are again highlighting the fact that the electoral system in the United States is archaic and does not meet modern democratic standards; it offers opportunities for many violations, and the American media have become an instrument of political infighting. This is largely the reason for the split in US society we are witnessing now. We hope for the friendly American people to go through this dramatic moment in their history with dignity. The Moscow Times offered a roundup of reactions...
    Savannah Rychcik January 8, 2021 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussed with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley the course of action for preventing President Donald Trump from launching a nuclear strike. “This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote in a letter she penned to her colleagues discussing the events of this past week. She added, “The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.” Pelosi mentioned the attacks launched on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters on Wednesday and noted the growing support for the...
    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...
    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reports she had a conversation with Gen. Mark Milley — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — about preventing President Donald Trump from firing nuclear weapons in the final days of his term. In a letter to her Democratic colleagues in the House, Pelosi said that she spoke with Milley on Friday morning to discuss measures to keep the outgoing president from launching nukes. “This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote. “The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.” Pelosi...
    Madison Summers January 8, 2021 0 Comments Former White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah is speaking out about the 2020 presidential election, bluntly saying President Donald Trump lied to the American people about it. Farah was asked directly if she will say that “Donald J. Trump lied to the American people,” to which she responded during Friday’s CNN “New Day” interview, “He did, on the election.” Following Election Day, Trump continued to push unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud. “People around him, we know better,” she continued, adding, “We knew that it was a stunt to carry this on for days longer.” Farah, who resigned in December of 2020, commended Vice President Mike Pence for his actions this week as President-elect Joe Biden’s win was cemented. After expressing praise for the Trump administration’s accomplishments, Farah said she could not “influence outcomes when this runaway train of ‘the election...
    ANNA Duggar was slammed for giving her kids a "racist" Rush Limbaugh book as the famous family is also being ripped for their reaction to the Capitol riots. The reality star is married to Josh Duggar who was accused of molesting multiple underage girls, including four of his sisters, as a teen. 12Anna Duggar was slammed for her latest Instagram post which features a questionable bookCredit: TLC 12The Counting On star shared a photo of two of her daughters reading Rush Revere and the American Revolution.Credit: Instagram Anna, 32, took to Instagram to share a photo featuring two of her daughters, Mackynzie and Meredith, reading Rush Revere and the American Revolution. The youngsters snuggled outside as they read together. The mother of six captioned it: "There are no companions quite like a sister and a good book!" However, fans weren't happy about the choice of book the Counting On...
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today used the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building by Donald Trump supporters to ridicule the country and their 'American values'.  Khamenei said the recent post-election chaos is 'God's revenge' for the U.S. sowing instability in the Middle East.  His comments come after hundreds of Trump's mob ransacked the seat of American democracy in a 15-hour saga that left four dead in a bid to demand Joe Biden's election to be overturned.   Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today used the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building by Donald Trump supporters to ridicule the country and their 'American values' His comments come after hundreds of Trump's mob ransacked the seat of American democracy in a 15-hour saga that left four dead in a bid to demand Joe Biden's election to be overturned Khamenei slammed the U.S. in a series...
    Marion Ramsey, Police Academy Star and Broadway Actress, Dead at 73 Hyundai Walks Back on Comment Linking It With Apple’s Car Plans Fifth-seed Tommy Paul rolls to opening win at Delray Beach Fifth-seeded Tommy Paul registered five aces on Thursday while cruising to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over South Korean Ji Sung Nam in the first round of the Delray Beach Open in Florida. © Reuters/GONZALO FUENTES ATP Masters 1000 - Paris Masters Paul will next face fellow American Sebastian Korda, who notched a 6-4, 6-4 victory over South Korea's Soon Woo Kwon. Sixth-seeded Sam Querrey also advanced, beating Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4 in a clash of Americans. Italy's Gianluca Mager recorded a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over American wild-card Ryan Harrison, and Thiago Monteiro prevailed 6-3, 7-5 over fellow Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. Video: Diggins wins WC race, powers U.S. to historic 1-2 (NBC Sports) Replay Video SETTINGS OFF...
              United States Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) conceded her reelection bid to Democrat challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock Thursday evening. “I want to thank every Georgian, and every single American who believed in me and our campaign,” Loeffler said in a video posted on her Twitter page. “We accomplished so much in a short time. From delivering relief to hard-working Georgians during this pandemic, to funding our rural hospitals and healthcare, advocating for our farmers, our veterans, for school choice and families, for standing up for conservative American values.” “Unfortunately, we came up slightly short in the runoff election, and earlier today I called Reverend Warnock to congratulate him and to wish him well in serving this great state,” Loeffler continued. “While my heart breaks at not being able to continue serving Georgia and America, I’m tremendously proud of all we achieved together, and I...
    WYNWOOD, Pa. (CBS) — A history buff from Montgomery County got more than he bargained for when he went to watch democracy in action in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. For one local man, seeing the president of the United States in person has been a tradition since he was a kid. He’s attended speeches from President Richard Nixon through President Barack Obama, and when he heard that President Donald Trump was holding a rally in D.C. on Wednesday, he planned to see him as well. But he never thought he’d have a front-row seat to a dark day in U.S. history. When Anthony Cimino arrived back at his Wynwood home, one thought crossed his mind. “I was relieved when I actually got in the door,” Cimino said. “OK, somehow I got through that without any injury.” Hours earlier, Cimino was watching Trump speak near the White House, continuing his long...
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes joined the calls for President Donald Trump to be impeached over his role in inciting the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, speaking on the topic at length in the opening monologue of Thursday’s episode of All In With Chris Hayes. Hayes opened his remarks noting that the House of Representatives was considering impeaching Trump for a second time, something that has never happened before in American history. Hayes read a letter from House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who had presided over Trump’s impeachment a year ago and is saying that it needs to happen again. “Chairman Nadler’s absolutely correct,” Hayes emphasized. “Donald Trump needs to go. Now.” Hayes referred to Trump’s “stilted teleprompter video” concession speech as an effort to stave off removal under the 25th Amendment or another impeachment. Even the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board was called for the president...
    Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday hailed the "extraordinary gains" for the United States during President Trump’s time in office and warned Republicans not to "shy away" from them -- while at the same time calling his post-Election Day conduct "deeply disappointing." "President Trump has not always chosen the right words. He was wrong with his words in Charlottesville, and I told him so at the time," she told a Republican National Committee dinner in Florida. "He was badly wrong with his words yesterday.  And it wasn’t just his words. His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history." NIKKI HALEY'S STOPS FOR GEORGIA SENATORS CAP SLEW OF APPEARANCES TO HELP GOP CANDIDATES  "It’s deeply disappointing. And it’s a real shame, because I am one who believes our country made some truly extraordinary gains in the last four years. President Trump and Republicans deserve great credit for...
    The protester who was shot and killed while storming the Capitol posted an enthusiastic video on Facebook moments before her fatal confrontation with police.  Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran and fierce Donald Trump supporter, died from a gunshot wound to the chest after she joined dozens of protesters who broke into the Capitol to protest Joe Biden's election victory on Wednesday.  Minutes before they breached the building Babbit posted a video on her Facebook page in which she announced that there were 'three million' people present at the chaotic scene and declared: 'God bless American patriots.'  A witness to the shooting suggested the San Diego local was shot by police when she tried to climb through a broken window to get into congressional chambers, and another said they saw other protesters trampled by the mob.  DC Police Chief Robert Contee said four died at the protests on Wednesday...
    The GOP’s failure in the two Georgia Senate races dramatically raises the likelihood that Joe Biden’s pro-migration, anti-enforcement nominee will be confirmed as head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), say activists. President-elect Joe Biden announced in late November he would nominate Cuban-born immigrant Alejandro Mayorkas. “His previous activities as [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency] USCIS director should preclude him from getting the job, but with the results in the Georgia race yesterday, it does not appear that that will be an impediment,” said Rosemary Jenks, policy director at NumbersUSA. Mayorkas’ activities, she said, included delivering valuable green cards to political allies and opposing enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. The Democrats’ gain of two seats in Georgia leaves the Senate divided 50-50, allowing future Vice President Kamala Harris to break vote ties in favor of Democrats. The Democrats won the two seats after the GOP candidates’...
    A terrifying video shows Trump's angry MAGA mob overpowering Capitol Police to storm the building with their weapons in less than a minute on Thursday.  There were fewer than 2,000 Capitol Police officers on duty on Wednesday and roughly five times as many Trump supporters at the site.  At 1.50pm on Wednesday, the rioters marched towards the Capitol Building after being egged on by the President at a White House rally earlier in the day.  The cops held their line for 52 seconds before the crowds overpowered them entirely.   Then, they failed to claw back control of the Capitol until darkness fell and the National Guard eventually arrived.   The first noticeable breakthrough was from a man waving an American flag. Him breaking through the police barrier emboldened the others Video stills show how the cops were completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the...
    Getty Judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell in 2008. (Getty) Paula Abdul has long been a name to reckon with in the industry. Not only has the 58-year-old worked as a choreographer for stars like Janet Jackson, but she has scored six Number 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. What has the songstress been up to lately? What’s keeping her busy these days? Not only has Abdul been busy with Masked Dancer but she’s also been focusing on staying in shape. In a recent interview with Well + Good, Abdul opened up about how she’s maintained her figure amid the stay-at-home orders implemented in light of the pandemic. “The most important thing for me is that I incorporate movement every day,” Abdul shared with the outlet. “Even if I’m binge-watching TV, if there’s a commercial break, I mute it and turn on the music and...
    Three physicians have written an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden's incoming administration to implement a mask initiative upon taking office.  The group, from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard - as well as a founder of YouTube educational channel - says that while cloth and surgical masks offer some protection against COVID-19, high filtration (hi-fi) masks such as N95s are more effective at preventing wears from inhaling tiny infectious droplets. First published on STAT News on Thursday, the letter begs the incoming team to produce and distribute these hi-fi masks to home across the U.S.  It comes as a more cases of an infectious variant of the coronavirus, called B.1.1.7 and first identified in the UK, are identified across the nation and the vaccine rollout continues to be very slow.  Physicians from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard and the founder of a YouTube educational channel wrote a...
    Many American geopolitical rivals issued statements following riots at the United States Capitol that left four dead and temporarily delayed the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. China Chinese state media compared the Capitol riots to the pro-democracy Hong Kong protests, accusing Americans of hypocrisy. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Compares Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests To Berlin Wall) .@SpeakerPelosi once referred to the Hong Kong riots as “a beautiful sight to behold” — it remains yet to be seen whether she will say the same about the recent developments in Capitol Hill. pic.twitter.com/91iXDzYpcO — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) January 7, 2021 Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying blamed “a handful of anti-China politicians” who will “stop at nothing to sabotage US-China relations.” A handful of anti-China politicians in the #US have been staging a final show of madness. They’ll stop at nothing to sabotage China-US relations for selfish gains. Such acts will surely be...
    World leaders have reacted with horror to the chaos that has consumed Washington, describing Wednesday’s insurrectionist attempt on the US Capitol building as “disgraceful”, “pitiful”, and “shocking”. Prime ministers and presidents around the world urged US president Donald Trump and his supporters to accept the result of November’s presidential election. President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is set to be inaugurated in 14 days. The US Congress on Thursday certified Biden as the next president, while a statement from Trump promised an “orderly transition” to a new administration even though “I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out.” “A fundamental rule of democracy is that, after elections, there are winners and losers,” said Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel. “Both have to play their role with decency and responsibility so that democracy itself remains the winner.” Merkel said Trump had “not conceded his defeat since November, and...
    Freshman Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., drew attention when she said she would place an Israeli flag outside her office because she disagrees with neighbor Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. SQUAD MEMBER RASHIDA TLAIB UNDER FIRE FROM ANTI-SEMITISM WATCHDOG "Rep. Tlaib, who has an office right next to mine in DC, has some strong opinions about Israel that [100%] I disagree with, so I’ve made a pledge to plant Israel’s flag outside my door right next to the American flag. I think it’ll be very helpful as she walks past both every day," Cammack wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Cammack faced some criticism for her tweet. "Oooh, good one! Maybe next you can look into planting Apartheid-era South African flags near your Black colleagues’ offices. Or maybe just some Jim Crow-era signage at the water coolers?" Palestinian-American political scientist Omar Baddar wrote on Twitter. "My apologies, Congresswoman....
    Sen. Tim Scott introduced legislation attempting to establish an “election integrity commission” that will be able to examine claims of election fraud and seek to increase the security of future elections. “While every election has a modicum of fraud, the circumstances around the pandemic led multiple states to make rushed and perhaps ill-planned changes to their election systems weeks ahead of the presidential election,” Scott said in a statement. “Simply put, Congress needs to act in a bipartisan fashion to examine the missteps — intentional or not — made this year in state legislatures across the country.” Part of Scott’s bill would establish a “2020 Bipartisan Advisory Committee” with nine members of each party. The committee would be tasked with investigating the impact the coronavirus pandemic had on this year’s election, especially the impact of widespread mail-in voting and the scope of fraud, with the goal of improving future elections....
    American Airlines has announced that it will no longer serve alcohol on flights to and from Washington D.C. after flight attendants 'were forced to confront passengers exhibiting politically motivated aggression towards other passengers and crew.'  The move is one of several new 'precautionary' measures taken by the airline and comes as thousands of fanatical Trump supporters descended on the Capitol, with several haggling Senator Mitt Romney on his flight to DC just moments prior.  'We are working closely with local law enforcement and airport authority partners to ensure the safety of our customers and team members on the ground and in the air,' the airline's statement said, CNN reports.  No specific incident was highlighted by the American Airlines as having been the reason for the move.  The move is one of several new 'precautionary' measures taken by the airline and comes after videos showed various flights where Trump supporters...
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Thursday condemned violence in the nation’s Capitol but said he would not resign his office. “What transpired yesterday was tragic and sickening,” Wolf said in a statement. “While I have consistently condemned political violence on both sides of the aisle, specifically violence directed at law enforcement, we now see some supporters of the president using violence as a means to achieve political ends. This is unacceptable. These violent actions are unconscionable, and I implore the president and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday.” The Trump administration has seen a slew of resignations since Wednesday’s uprising in Washington, D.C. Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Thursday morning he would resign as the envoy to Northern Ireland, an announcement that came after resignations by Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger; First Lady Melania Trump’s Chief of...
    Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.(AP Photo/John Minchillo) If you needed any further proof that racism, white privilege, white rage and white entitlement lives deeply at the core of this country, look no further than Jan. 6, 2021 — a day that will forever live in infamy. We all watched in abject horror as mostly white men — in many instances armed with confederate flags, weapons, and Trump regalia — stormed the United States Capitol (with little to no resistance from police), shot off a gun and wounded one woman in her chest, later killing her, stormed offices of the Senate and House chambers, climbed on the walls, sat in the presiding officers’ chairs, and ran wild like a pack of animals. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Read More: Woman is dead after shot inside US Capitol...
    Ian Tuttle/Getty Images Karlie Kloss revealed she has tried to persuade in-laws Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election. After a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, the model tweeted, “Accepting the results of a legitimate democratic election is patriotic. Refusing to do so and inciting violence is anti-American.” Accepting the results of a legitimate democratic election is patriotic. Refusing to do so and inciting violence is anti-American. — Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) January 7, 2021 In a now-deleted tweet, one Twitter user responded, “Tell your sister in law and brother [in] law.” Kloss, who’s been married to Jared’s brother Joshua Kushner since 2018, replied, “I’ve tried.” I’ve tried — Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) January 7, 2021 Kloss rarely discusses her connection to the Trump family. Earlier this year, a clip went viral of a Project Runway contestant calling out Kloss’s ties to the...
    Selena Gomez is placing blame on the higher-ups at social media companies Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google for their alleged facilitation of allowing users to spread "hate" after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, leaving four people dead. The pop singer, 28, shared a statement to her Twitter account on Wednesday night, calling for standards to be changed at the big tech companies. "Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community," Gomez tweeted Wednesday night. She specifically called out "Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google" and named their respective executives – Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki – tagging them in the post. HOLLYWOOD REACTS TO US CAPITOL BUILDING PROTESTERS: ‘SICKENED AND SADDENED’ "You have all failed the American people today, and I hope you're going to fix things moving forward,"...
    Passengers aboard an American Airlines flight headed to the Washington, D.C. area on Tuesday got into a shouting match after a Trump supporter projected a "Trump 2020" image on the ceiling of the aircraft. The plane, which was headed from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, had just landed at Dulles International Airport at the time of the incident, the Associated Press reported. Footage from inside the cabin, which was later shared to Twitter, shows several passengers yelling at another traveler who allegedly threatened them, one of the Trump supporters claimed. "He just threatened to f---ing kill us," a man on the plane can be heard yelling. The same man is later seen pointing in the direction of the passenger who made the alleged threat, saying, "These are the guys we came to f---ing wipe out." SEE IT: 'DISTASTEFUL' AIRLINE  INVESTIGATED IN UK AFTER 1,600 COMPLAINTS Other Trump supporters on the flight could...
    It’s not the time to drink. American Airlines has reportedly suspended liquor sales on flights in and out of Washington, D.C., after Trump supporters chaotically stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in protests that turned violent. The day prior, cabin crew allegedly struggled to gain control as profane insults flew between supporters of the president and other passengers during a flight from Texas to the nation’s capital. Reuters broke the news last night, tweeting the following: "American Airlines says it is not serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington, D.C., region and that it is increasing staffing at airports in the area as a 'precautionary measure.'" (iStock) The carrier did not respond to a request for further comment. WORLD'S SAFEST AIRLINES NAMED IN NEW 'AIRLINE RATINGS' REPORT News of the new policy comes after Wednesday's violent protests and rioting in Washington, D.C., during which Trump supporters breached the U.S....
    America's adversaries revelled and allies shook their heads in dismay at the assault on the heart of U.S. democracy on Wednesday. Many foreign leaders noted the United States' centuries-long role as a bastion of self-rule by a free population. Some suggested that vaunted position had been diminished and urged a rapid return to it, and several placed the blame for the chaos squarely on President Donald Trump. Russia and Iran offered predictable ridicule of U.S. democracy – a theme both countries have fallen back on for years, but damning commentary from close allies in Europe showed there was real shock among America's global partners at the level of bitter division within the country, and the driving force many see behind it. Below is a sample of the commentary from world leaders, senior diplomats, and state-run media outlets, which will be updated: China:"We believe that the American people want safety...
    New York (CNN Business)Corporate America is speaking out forcefully against Wednesday's riots in Washington, in which the US Capitol was breached by supporters of President Donald Trump.The US Capitol is once again secured but four people died during the chaos that engulfed the nation's capital after Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that will confirm President-elect Joe Biden's win.Executives and representatives from several prominent American companies and trade groups denounced the events. The National Association of Manufacturers, one of the most influential business groups in the United States, even called on Vice President Mike Pence to consider removing President Donald Trump from office.Others expressed their shock and horror, calling the chaos a "dark day for our democracy" and "appalling." Here are some of the reactions. American Bankers Association: "This is a dark day for our democracy. The violence playing out on Capitol...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Many Bay Area lawmakers were inside the U.S. Capital building when people stormed in on Wednesday. Some of them described what they saw and heard."Then they were pounding on the door so they told us to lie down in the marble floors which we did and then there was a shot that I heard," California District 14 Congresswoman Jackie Speier describing the moment when people stormed into the U.S. Capital building Wednesday. Speier says she quickly learned that there are gas masks under each seat of the house chamber.RELATED: Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier describes moment pro-Trump rioters stormed Capitol building"There was an announcement made that the Capitol had been breached and we should sit in our seats and wait, that we should get out the gas mask and I have one here to show you. It's in this packing like this and then when you...
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) released a statement following the violence that took place at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, telling President Donald Trump to accept the election results and “quit misleading the American people.” In opening his statement, Cotton stated that those who “attacked the Capitol today should face the full extent of federal law”: Last summer, as insurrection gripped the streets, I called to send in the troops if necessary to restore order. Today, insurrectionists occupied our Capitol. Fortunately, the Capitol Police and other law-enforcement agencies restored order without the need for federal troops. But the principle remains the same: no quarter for insurrectionists. Those who attacked the Capitol today should face the full extent of federal law. It’s past time for the president to accept the results of the election, quit misleading the American people, and repudiate mob violence. And the senators and representatives who fanned the...
    More On: DC Protests 2021 NBA teams nearly postpone game after Capitol chaos Obama says DC riots will be remembered as a ‘shame for our nation’ Protester killed in Capitol was Air Force vet from California Pence declares, ‘Let’s get back to work’ as session resumes after Capitol siege World leaders condemned supporters of President Trump after they stormed and vandalized the US Capitol Wednesday — and called on the president to concede. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the scenes in Washington, DC a disgrace and urged the US to have a peaceful transition of power. “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress,” Johnson tweeted. “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.” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven described the violent protests as “an assault on democracy.” “President Trump and several...
    Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonTrump pressure campaign splits 2024 GOP contenders Trump raises pressure on Pence, incorrectly stating he could throw out electors The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Georgia election day is finally here; Trump hopes Pence 'comes through for us' to overturn results MORE (R-Ark.) called on 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 to concede his election loss to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Warnock win puts Democrats within reach of Senate majority Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE, saying he should "quit misleading" the American people. “It’s past time for the president to accept the results of the election, quit misleading the American people, and...
    Republican members of Congress rushed to condemn the violence that broke out during Congress’s certification of the Electoral College vote from within the United States Capitol. “This violence is unacceptable and needs to be met with the full force of the law,” said Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton. “God bless the Capitol Police who are keeping us safe.” This violence is unacceptable and needs to be met with the full force of the law. God bless the Capitol Police who are keeping us safe. — Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) January 6, 2021 “United States Capitol Police saved my life,” said Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise. “Attacks on law enforcement officers trying to do their jobs are never acceptable. Period. We can passionately protest without being violent.” United States Capitol Police saved my life. Attacks on law enforcement officers trying to do their jobs are never acceptable. Period. We can passionately...
    Mother Jones illustration 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.On Wednesday, images of shocking violence and chaos perpetrated by President Donald Trump’s supporters—and instigated by the president himself—that interrupted the joint session of Congress meeting to certify the Electoral College vote, traveled the world. As crowds of insurrectionists invaded the United States Capitol forcing members of Congress to be evacuated, a number of foreign leaders and politicians expressed reactions ranging from disbelief to concern and condemnation. One of the first public responses came from Turkey, which invited “all parties in the US to use moderation, common sense to overcome this domestic political crisis,” according to the state-run news agency Anadolu. Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop also went on Twitter to say: “We follow the events in the USA with concern and invite...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On this day, for 230 years, the United States has demonstrated to the world a peaceful transition of power. But as recently as Wednesday morning, President Trump refused to concede that he lost the election or commit to a peaceful transfer of power. For months, he has pushed false election conspiracy theories rejected by voters, by state officials, and by the courts. Republican leaders have supported the President’s false claims that the election was rigged or stolen. They have challenged the election of Joe Biden as President, giving people false hope that the election could be overturned. RELATED: Minnesota Lawmakers Tweet From Inside U.S. Capitol As Mob Storms Building On Wednesday afternoon, a raucous protest turned into a violent and destructive riot at the U.S. Capitol. And for hours, President trump did nothing to stop it. This has never happened in America, and is one of the most unreal...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- World leaders were swift to condemn the violence that erupted on Capitol Hill Wednesday after protestors stormed buildings and at least one woman was injured in a shooting.UK PM Boris Johnson"Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. 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." Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. 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.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 6, 2021Canadian PM Justin Trudeau"Obviously we're concerned and we're following the situation minute by minute," Trudeau told the News 1130 Vancouver radio station. "I think the American democratic institutions are strong, and hopefully everything will return to normal shortly."NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg"Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C. The outcome of this democratic election...