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D.C. being safeguarded by thousands of National Guard troops

Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 4:35 pm

National Guard troops are pouring into our nation’s capital by the busload and planeload, as governors answer the urgent pleas of U-S defense officials for more troops to safeguard Washington

National Guard troops keep coming to Washington while keeping anxious eyes on possible violent protests in their own states.

Military leaders spent much of last Thursday night and Friday calling states in a landmark appeal for more Guard troops.

Guard members are needed to help lock down much of Washington in the days leading to the presidential inauguration.

State governors have responded, some agreeing to send various numbers of guard troops, with others saying ‘no.’

 

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Two Afghan women judges gunned down in Afghanistan

Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 4:33 pm

Gunmen open fire on a car in northern Kabul, killing two women judges who worked for Afghanistan’s high court

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An Afghan court official also says the gunmen wounded the driver.

This marks the latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government officials in Qatar.

An Afghan Supreme Court spokesman says the women served as judges for the high court but didn’t identify them by name.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban maintain they were NOT responsible.

 

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Washington in lockdown with fencing and troops for inauguration

Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 4:32 pm

Chain-link fencing surrounds state capitols and police and National Guard troops are on patrol or standby in advance of possible violence leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden

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With the FBI warning of potential violence at all state capitols Sunday, the ornate halls of government and symbols of democracy looked more like heavily guarded U.S. embassies in war-torn countries.

Signs of ramped up security were in abundance from Atlanta to Sacramento throughout the week. SWAT officers stood guard at the Georgia State Capitol. A bomb-sniffing dog surveyed the capitol in Jackson, Mississippi. State troopers stood atop the Ohio Statehouse.

Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.

Details were vague, but demonstrations were expected at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to Biden taking the oath of the office Wednesday.

 

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Changes are coming to G-M

Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 2:10 pm

Changes are coming to G-M

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General Motors is changing its corporate logo and launching an electric vehicle marketing campaign to reshape its image as clean vehicle company, rather than a builder of gas-powered pickups and SUVs. The 112-year-old Detroit automaker is promising to roll out 30 new battery-powered vehicles globally by the end of 2025. GM says the new campaign will highlight its progressive vision for the future. The company is scrapping its old square blue logo and replacing it with a lower case gm surrounded by rounded corners. GM says it’s the biggest change to its logo since 1964. The `m’ in the logo is underlined to look like an electrical plug.

 

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UnitedHealth Group to add a health care technology company to Optum business

Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 2:09 pm

UnitedHealth Group will spend nearly $8 billion in cash to add a health care technology company to its growing Optum business

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UnitedHealth says it will add Change Healthcare to its OptumInsight segment and boost its ability to provide data analytics and revenue cycle management support, among other offerings. UnitedHealth brings in most of its revenue through a health insurance business that covers about 48 million people. But its Optum segment generates bigger profit margins and provides a growing portion of the company’s operating earnings.

 

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Amazon announces $2 billion in loans, grants to secure affordable housing

Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 2:07 pm

Amazon has announced $2 billion in loans and grants to secure affordable housing in three U.S. cities where it has major operations, including a Seattle suburb where the online retailer employs at least 5,000 workers

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The Seattle Times reports Amazon said it would give $185.5 million to the King County Housing Authority to help buy affordable apartments and keep the rents low. The authority is expected to pair that with bond funding to fund its recent purchase of three Bellevue apartment buildings. Other tech companies, like Microsoft, have invested large sums to boost affordable housing, following years of complaints that they have worsened inequality by pushing housing prices higher.

 

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State Department is voiding restrictions on diplomatic contact with Taiwan

Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 1:50 pm

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the State Department is voiding longstanding restrictions on how U-S diplomats and others have contact with their counterparts in Taiwan

 

This marks another move that is expected to upset China as the Trump administration winds down.

The administration has sought to strengthen bilateral relations with Taiwan.

Secretary Pompeo says his State Department has had complex restrictions when it comes to contacts between both parties.

Mr. Pompeo adds these restrictions took place to appease the Communist regime in Beijing.

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Trump to travel to Texas to highlight his administration’s border wall policy

Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 1:49 pm

President Trump is expected to travel to the U-S-Mexico border on Tuesday to highlight his administration’s work on the border wall

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White House officials say P:resident Trump will travel to the town of Alamo, Texas.

Mr. Trump will mark the completion of 400 miles of border wall.

The president will also mark his administration’s efforts to reform what they describe as our nation’s broken immigration system.

Mr. Trump’s 20-16 presidential campaign focused extensively on his desire to build a border wall.

 

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Trump supporters clash with counter-protesters in San Diego

Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 1:48 pm

Supporters of President Trump clashed with counter-protesters in San Diego, California on Saturday, prompting police to declare the gathering an unlawful assembly because of acts of violence

 

San Diego police say the crowd hit officers with rocks, bottles and eggs.

The crowd also directed pepper spray at the cops.

K-S-W-B-T-V says members of both groups shoved and threw objects at each other during the march on the Pacific Beach boardwalk.

Police sent in many officers in riot gear to separate both groups.

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Have you noticed what’s been happening with the value of the virtual currency Bitcoin lately?

Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 1:46 pm

Have you noticed what’s been happening with the value of the virtual currency Bitcoin lately?

Bitcoin crossed the 40-thousand dollar threshold barely a month after surpassing 20-thousand. There’s been no major change in how Bitcoin can be used that might explain the demand for it in the past month. But it has benefited from its attractiveness as a safehaven investment, like gold or other precious metals. Still, experts warn people to be skeptical of Bitcoin’s recent rise and to be braced for a lot of volatility. Rich Thomason reporting.

 

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Nashville bombing led to communications outages, raising concerns

Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 2:30 pm

The Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville led to communications outages over hundreds of miles in the southern U.S., raising concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. networks:

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Widespread service outages followed the explosion, which damaged a major AT&T network hub, extended hundreds of miles to at least four neighboring states, disrupting 911 call centers, hospitals and flights out of the Nashville airport. While “nearly all services” were restored three days after the blast, some outages remained awhile longer — as do questions about what the U.S. can do to prevent future disruptions from attack or natural disasters. Rich Thomason reporting.

 

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Tribune’s largest shareholder offers to buy rest of the newspaper publisher for $520.6 million

Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 2:29 pm

Hedge fund Alden, Tribune’s largest shareholder, has offered to buy the rest of the newspaper publisher at a price that values it at $520.6 million

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Tribune publishes nine major daily papers, including the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. Alden controls a major U.S. publisher whose papers include the Denver Post, Orange County Register and Boston Herald. It has a reputation for layoffs and intense cost-cutting even beyond the newspaper industry’s overall turn in that direction.

 

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Recall failure could cost Daimler Trucks up to $30 million in fines

Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 2:28 pm

Failing to recall vehicles quickly enough could cost Daimler Trucks up to $30 million in fines and other costs

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In penalties announced this past week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Daimler also failed to comply with other reporting requirements. They include an upfront fine of $10 million, another $5 million the automaker must spend on safety enhancements and a deferred $15 million penalty, which may or may not have to be paid. The order stems from several recalls between 2017 and 2018.

 

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Republicans to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win

Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 2:27 pm

GOP Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said on Saturday that they will oppose efforts by at least a dozen of their Republican colleagues to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win next week

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Murkowski, in a statement issued Saturday reaffirmed that she would back the results of the 2020 election during a joint session of Congress Jan. 6.
Toomey said the “evidence is overwhelming that Joe Biden won this election.”

The GOP senator also offered blistering criticism of some of his GOP colleagues to challenge the election results next Wednesday.

Toomey’s home state of Pennsylvania and other battlegrounds faced legal battles from President Trump and his allies to challenge the results of the election.

Eleven Republicans announced that they would support challenges to the Electoral College results unless there was a 10-day audit.

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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Massachusetts police officer pays for Christmas groceries instead of arresting women for shoplifting

Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 2:26 pm

A police officer in Massachusetts paid for the Christmas groceries of two women instead of charging them with shoplifting

 

VERBATIM:
Somerset Police Officer Matt Lima responded to a report of a shoplifting in progress at a Stop & Shop on Dec. 20, according to a statement on the department’s website.

When he arrived, he was told that two women with two young children were not scanning all of their groceries before putting them in bags at the self-checkout kiosks.

The women were asked to wait inside with their items while police responded.

While on the scene, Lima found that the women had fallen on hard times and attempted to take additional groceries so they could provide Christmas dinner for the two children.

Instead of filing criminal charges, Lima served the women Notice Not to Trespass forms and purchased gift cards amounting to $250 so the women could buy groceries at another Stop & Shop location.

Somerset Police Chief George McNeil praised Lima’s actions, saying they “exemplify what it means to protect and serve the members of our community.”

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Federal appeals court dismisses GOP lawsuit that sought to expand Pence’s legal authority to overturn Biden’s electoral win

Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 2:25 pm

A federal appeals court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit by Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas and other Republicans that sought to expand Vice President Pence’s legal authority to effectively overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court judge’s decision from Friday that the GOP plaintiffs lacked a legal right to sue.

The ruling was the latest setback for President Trump and his allies who have increasingly looked to Pence to challenge normal election protocols when he presides over a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

The three-judge panel that issued the ruling Saturday comprised of Republican appointees, including two judges tapped by former President Ronald Reagan and a Trump appointee.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Kentucky’s governor calls vandalism to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home ‘unacceptable

Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Kentucky’s governor calls vandalism to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home ‘unacceptable

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Democrat Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear took to Twitter Saturday to condemn the attack on the Louisville home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

He wrote in a tweet, “The vandalism to @senatemajldr McConnell’s home is unacceptable.”

He added, “While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason.”

McConnell’s home was vandalized, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home over the New Year’s holiday after a bill to increase coronavirus stimulus checks to $2,000 failed to pass in the Senate several times. Beshear did not mention the paint on Pelosi’s home in his tweet.

Bernie Bennett Reporting.

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Sunday marks the swearing in of the 117th Congress

Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 2:22 pm

Sunday marks the swearing in of the 117th Congress

VERBATIM: Newly elected and returning House and Senate members take the oath of office today, marking the official start of the 117th Congress.
A full House floor vote for the speakership will also take place, and Nancy Pelosi is poised to remain in the top leadership post for House Democrats. There are two open seats in the House.
In the Senate, the balance of power yet to be decided with all eyes on a pair of Senate Run Off elections taking place in Georgia on Tuesday that will determine which party controls the chamber.
Vice President Mike Pence is swearing in Senators today.
Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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The newly sworn in House of Representatives is voting to swear in a speaker

Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 2:20 pm

The newly sworn in House of Representatives is voting to swear in a speaker

VERBATIM: The House will vote to name its Speaker, an event that almost certainly will end with another term for California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi but that could provide a bit of drama for the start of the 117th Congress.
The rare Sunday vote, to begin at 2:30 p.m. EST, will extend Pelosi’s historic reign; she is the first female Speaker twice over and has led the Democrats for nearly two decades.
But she can afford few defections from within her restive caucus, and several Democrats have either vowed to oppose her or declined to reveal how they intend to vote.
Bernie Bennett in Washington.

 

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On this, even President Trump’s most fevered critics agree: He has left a deep imprint on the federal courts that will outlast his one term in office for decades to come

Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:26 pm

On this, even President Trump’s most fevered critics agree: He has left a deep imprint on the federal courts that will outlast his one term in office for decades to come

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The President has left a deep imprint on the federal courts that will outlast his one term in office for decades to come. He used the promise of conservative judicial appointments to win over Republican skeptics as a candidate. Then as president, he relied on outside conservative legal organizations and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to employ an assembly line-like precision to install more than 230 judges on the federal bench, including the three newest justices of the Supreme Court.

 

 

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Superbowl 55 ads set to step-up the humor

Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:25 pm

Superbowl 55 ads set to step-up the humor

 

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A top government financial oversight panel says that the turbulence in financial markets last spring has exposed problems in the operation of money market funds that will need to be corrected before the next crisis hits.

Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:23 pm

A top government financial oversight panel says that the turbulence in financial markets last spring has exposed problems in the operation of money market funds that will need to be corrected before the next crisis hits.

VERBATIM: The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets is led by the Treasury Department. It issued a report which said that the flight to safety triggered by the coronavirus pandemic last spring pointed to the need for reforms that will make money market funds less vulnerable to investors rushing to withdraw their funds. Deputy Treasury Secretary Justin Muzinich said money markets experienced significant outflows in March that required the Fed to step in to prevent a destabilizing run.

 

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With no sign that home workouts will fade out any time soon, Peloton has cranked up its manufacturing capacity in a big way and is picking up a bunch of new fans on Wall Street

Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:22 pm

With no sign that home workouts will fade out any time soon, Peloton has cranked up its manufacturing capacity in a big way and is picking up a bunch of new fans on Wall Street

VERBATIM: The maker of high-end stationary bikes and accompanying monthly subscriptions will spend $420 million to acquire Precor, a company whose fitness machines populate hundreds of commercial and hotel gyms. The acquisition is Peloton’s biggest to date It gives the company its first manufacturing capacity in the U.S. during a global pandemic that has people canceling gym memberships and seeking ways to stay fit in the safety of their own homes.

 

 

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2021 showing bleak signs for restaurant owners

Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:20 pm

2021 showing bleak signs for restaurant owners

 

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