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    CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm has blanketed parts of the Chicago area with up to a foot and a half (45.7 centimeters) of snow, shuttering schools to in-person classes Tuesday as officials urged residents to stay off the snow-filled roads. The National Weather Service reported that 18 inches (45.7 centimeters) of snow had fallen in Evanston by 8 a.m. Tuesday, while Midway International Airport had 17.7 inches (45 centimeters) and O'Hare International airport reported 7.5 inches (19 centimeters). A foot or more (30.5 centimeters) of new snow fell across much of the Chicago area, prompting Illinois State Police and the state Department of Transportation urged residents to stay at home Tuesday while crews clear roadways. The weather service said far less fell on the western and northwestern suburbs, with just 5.1 inches (12.9 centimeters) reported in Schaumburg and 3.8 inches (9.7 centimeters) in Roseville. The heavy snowfall prompted schools...
    The online brokerage Robinhood has taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times saying that it is 'humbled' after recent controversy over its limits on buying certain stocks during the 'meme stock' frenzy fueled by an army of small investors on Reddit. The ad on Tuesday follows massive backlash against the popular trading app, which at one point last week restricted the purchase of 50 different stocks as it struggled to meet capital requirements. Shares of GameStop, the struggling video game retailer that was the focus of a buying campaign on the Reddit forum WallStreetBets, slid another 40 percent in early trading on Tuesday, signaling that the staggering rally might be at an end. AMC, another target of the campaign, dropped another 30 percent. Spot silver prices were also down, after media reports claimed small investors were targeting the commodity, something that was denied by users of WallStreetBets.
    (CNN)Five of President-elect Joe Biden's national security Cabinet nominees will face Senate panels on Tuesday in the first step of the confirmation process. The day before Biden takes office, his nominees for secretary of state, secretary of the treasury, director of national intelligence, defense secretary and secretary of Homeland Security will appear before Senate committees to be considered for their respective roles. Biden is set to take office on Wednesday without key members of his Cabinet in place, as the Republican-controlled Senate has moved more slowly to schedule confirmation hearings for his nominees than it has for previous presidents. But the timeline for confirming Biden's nominees could accelerate in the coming days, when Democrats take control of the Senate. Biden's Cabinet confirmation hearings could run up against the Senate's impeachment trial of outgoing President Donald Trump -- timing for which has not yet been scheduled -- and as Biden attempts to...
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s key cabinet nominees will be in the hot seat on Tuesday for their first round of Senate confirmation hearings. The hearings will take place one day before Biden’s inauguration, meaning the former veep enters the White House with his cabinet still very much in flux. Treasury nominee Janet Yellen, Defense nominee Lloyd Austin, Homeland Security nominee Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken and Director of National Intelligence nominee Avril Haines will all front their respective committees on Tuesday, creating a blockbuster day of hearings in the nation’s capitol. Yellen, Mayorkas and Haines will give testimony at hearings on Capitol Hill at 10 a.m., followed by Blinken at 2 p.m. and Austin at 3 p.m. The figures, many of them Obama-era officials whose appointments ruffled the feathers of progressives hoping for a seat at the table, are expected to be met with varying degrees...
    More On: joe biden Biden Institute reportedly won’t disclose donors even as inauguration looms Joe Biden’s risky rush to undo every Trump action Pentagon deploys active-duty troops to DC ahead of Biden inauguration Garth Brooks to perform at Biden, Harris inauguration WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s key cabinet nominees will be in the hot seat on Tuesday for their first round of Senate confirmation hearings. The hearings will take place one day before Biden’s inauguration, meaning the former veep enters the White House with his cabinet still very much in flux. Treasury nominee Janet Yellen, Defense nominee Lloyd Austin, Homeland Security nominee Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken and Director of National Intelligence nominee Avril Haines will all front their respective committees on Tuesday, creating a blockbuster day of hearings in the nation’s capitol. Yellen, Mayorkas and Haines will give testimony at hearings on Capitol Hill at...
    Savannah Rychcik December 15, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) recognizes President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the election but maintains he will still be holding a hearing on alleged voting irregularities. During an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson was asked if he views the election as legitimate. “Yes. I haven’t seen anything that would convince me that the results — the overall national result — would be overturned,” Johnson said. He said there are “legitimate questions” about the way the election was conducted in some states. “All I’m trying to do is hold a very upfront, straightforward hearing talking about what controls there are in place, what fraud does occur, what can we do to prevent fraud in the future,” Johnson added. He explained he has no intention of objecting when Congress receives the electoral votes. “Something would have to surface...
    State legislatures in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan will hold public hearings on the 2020 presidential election to “provide confidence” that all legal votes have been counted and that “illegal votes have not been counted,” the Trump campaign said. The announcement on Tuesday comes after Pennsylvania and Michigan certified the results of the 2020 race this week in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. PENNSYLVANIA, NEVADA CERTIFY ELECTION RESULTS FOR BIDEN  The Trump campaign said that the first hearing will be held by the Pennsylvania state Senate on Wednesday in Gettysburg, Pa., and will feature testimony from witnesses “who have filed affidavits attesting to 2020 election fraud.” The hearing Wednesday will also feature a presentation from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who serves as President Trump’s personal attorney and is leading the campaign’s legal challenges surrounding the election. The Pennsylvania Senate Majority tweeted, referring to the hearing as an "informational...
    London (CNN)A week after the killing of activists protesting police brutality in Nigeria's largest city, a Lagos state government judicial panel began hearings into the violence on Tuesday.President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted on Sunday that the panel had his "full support", but protesters say his administration has for years ignored their calls for reform.Demonstrators took part in daily protests across Nigeria for nearly two weeks over widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment and extortion by a police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The eight-person Judicial Panel of Restitution at the Lagos Court of Arbitration will look at the claims against SARS, which was disbanded on October 11 in response to the protests, and also investigate last Tuesday's deadly incident at Lekki Toll Gate.Amnesty International told CNN that at least 12 demonstrators had been shot dead at Lekki Toll Gate and another site last Tuesday by Army soldiers, who then...
    From the first Democratic question posed to Amy Coney Barrett at her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, abortion played a central role in opposition to the judge's likely ascendance to the court. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as soon as her questioning time began on Tuesday, asked Barrett if she agreed with her mentor Justice Antonin Scalia that Roe v. Wade, the landmark case legalizing abortion nationwide, was "wrongly decided." Barrett responded that she could not answer the question because of her position on a federal court but promised to "follow the law" as far as abortion litigation was concerned. Throughout the rest of the two days of questioning, other Democratic senators attempted to pin her down on the question with similar, fruitless results. Barrett affirmed to Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday that the court had upheld Roe in the 1994 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey but did not say whether or not...
    "I'm really impressed, thank you," Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein told Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday as the marathon hearing for the potential future justice continues to focus on how she might rule on an upcoming challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Feinstein's comment came after Barrett went into a detailed definition of "severability," which Barrett on Tuesday described as the central issue in California v. Texas, the ACA challenge set to be argued before the court on Nov. 10. Democrats on Tuesday repeatedly asked Barrett to weigh in on that case and whether she was asked by President Trump to rule in a certain way on the case. Barrett would not answer those questions as the matter is pending before the court, as Democrats further amplified their worries that she would overturn the ACA entirely, as the red states behind the case are asking. But a...
    Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett held up an empty notepad in response to a question from Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn during Tuesday morning’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings. When it was his turn to speak during Tuesday’s proceedings, Cornyn noticed a difference between what Barrett had in front of her while fielding questions from the senators and what was in front of others in the room. “You know most of us have multiple notebooks and notes and books and things like that in front of us,” Cornyn said. “Can you hold up what you’ve been referring to in answering our questions?” Barrett smiled and held up an empty notepad. WATCH: “Is there anything on it?” he asked. “Uh, that letterhead that says United States Senate,” Barrett responded. (RELATED: ‘Blessed Be The Fruit’: Michael Moore Attacks Amy Coney Barrett With Edited Photo) “That’s impressive,” Cornyn remarked before suggesting...
    Washington (CNN)Democratic and Republican lawmakers will have an opportunity on Tuesday to question President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during the second day of Senate hearings on her nomination, a highly anticipated moment that will mark the next stage in a contentious confirmation fight. Partisan battle lines were quickly drawn on Monday during the first day of hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee as Democrats and Republicans offered up sharply divergent narratives of the high court fight to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In opening statements delivered on Monday, Republican senators praised Barrett's judicial qualifications in glowing terms and emphasized her capability as a working mom, while Democrats warned that health care protections and the Affordable Care Act are at stake, and under threat, in the nomination fight. Tuesday and Wednesday's hearing sessions in the committee will now allow for...
    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks as she is sworn in during confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 12, 2020.Win McNamee | Pool | Reuters Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings are set to enter into their next phase on Tuesday, with the 48-year-old nominee due to answer questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee in person for the first time since her nomination last month. Barrett is expected to take questions about her past statements on abortion and the role of precedent, her views on an upcoming case over the Affordable Care Act and whether she will recuse herself from litigation stemming from the upcoming election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The 22 senators on the committee, including 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats, will each get 30 minutes to ask Barrett questions, setting up what...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – A new court order in Allegheny County could postpone hearings for tenants unable to pay rent just as the statewide eviction moratorium is set to expire. A judicial emergency was declared in the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania Monday. The order acknowledges that both landlords and tenants can apply for rent assistance through programs like the CARES rent relief, but it takes time to apply for that aid. The order aims to give tenants and landlords more time to have their applications processed. The statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures is set to end on Tuesday. According to the Allegheny County court order, if a tenant unable to pay rent says they have or are going to submit an application for rental assistance, the initial hearing will be used as a status conference instead. If the decision is made to move forward with...
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