Lancaster gives LA County health director a ‘no-confidence’ vote

Lancaster’s City Council on Thursday, Dec. 3, backed a vote of no confidence in Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, while greenlighting a study to determine if the city can create its own public health department and set its own path for coping with the coronavirus pandemic. The actions, both unanimously approved, came in response to stay-at-home orders the northern L.A. County city and a handful of other communities say are too restrictive, issued from a large agency they ...
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Harris on her working relationship with Biden: 'We are full partners in this process'

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris may have been fierce rivals in the Democratic primary, but now, as they prepare to take control of the White House, they say they are full partners who agree on how to approach the country's most pressing issues.
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Attorney for Jared Kushner and a Trump fundraiser investigated by DOJ in alleged bribery-for-pardon scheme

Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (C) arrives with lawyer Abbe Lowell (L) for a meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images The US Department of Justice investigated an attorney for Jared Kushner in connection with an alleged bribery-for-pardon scheme, The New York Times reported. As Business Insider reported, a US judge released documents this week showing that federal investigators were concerned about ...
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Judge denounces conduct at for-profit ICE detention facility, accuses official of lying to cover up 'deliberate indifference' to the lives of immigrants during pandemic

Demonstrators protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters to demand the release of immigrants families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic, in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2020. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images US Judge Vince Chhabria on Thursday accused an ICE official of lying to cover up the "deliberate indifference" to the lives of immigrants at a privately-run detention center. Over the summer, over half of those detained at ...
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Names reported in Trump bribery-for-pardon scheme: Elliott Broidy, Abbe Lowell, Sanford Diller, Hugh L. Baras

• Now we know who was behind those redactions, and a lot of newly minted apostrophe experts on Twitter might want to delete their tweets. • NYT: 'A billionaire San Francisco real estate developer, Sanford Diller, enlisted their help in securing clemency for a Berkeley psychologist, Hugh L. — Read the rest
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After six years and 6bn km, Japan's Hayabusa2 prepares to bring home cargo of asteroid dust

Japanese craft collected dust from the asteroid Ryugu that scientists hope could shed light on the origins of lifeThe last time Hayabusa2 was seen with the naked eye, Barack Obama was president of the United States and Brexit was a distant Europhobe fantasy.Six years and three days after its groundbreaking mission began, the Japanese spacecraft will drop a capsule onto the Australian outback carrying pristine asteroid fragments that scientists believe could shed light on the formation of the sol...
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Trump is reportedly considering preemptively pardoning as many as 20 associates before leaving office

President Trump. Erin Schaff - Pool/Getty Images President Donald Trump is considering preemptively pardoning as many as 20 close associates before he leaves office in January, Politico reported on Thursday. They include his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as well as his three eldest children, as The New York Times previously reported. However, the president is said to be concerned about whether the preemptive pardons could look like a public admission of guilt. Trump and his allies will fa...
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US mayors expect 'dramatic' cuts with public schools hit the worst - and the US Senate's stimulus package is unlikely to help

Photo taken on Nov. 19, 2020 shows the empty playground of a public school in New York, the United States. Xinhua/Wang Ying via Getty Images A survey of 130 US mayors found that 45% expect to make or see serious cuts to public education spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An equal number expect cuts in parks and recreation, transportation budgets, and social services. The vast majority of mayors surveyed said the federal government's response to the pandemic was inadequate. Visit Busine...
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How Dozens of Trump’s Political Appointees Will Stay in Government After Biden Takes Over

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Christopher Prandoni was just 29 when he joined President Donald Trump’s administration as associate director for natural resources at the Council on Environmental Quality. Last year, he hopped over to the Interior Department and became a close adviser to Secretary David Bernhardt, sometimes attending multip...
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Trump Feels Barr Hasn’t Looked Hard Enough For Massive Fraud That AG Said Doesn’t Exist

President Donald Trump on Thursday made clear that looking very hard is the only way to see the kind of outsized election fraud that his campaign has apparently found (it hasn’t). Decrying the “most fraudulent election anyone’s ever seen,”  President Trump told reporters that the reason Attorney General Bill Barr hasn’t found evidence of the widespread election fraud the President has been raging about is because officials at the Justice Department “haven’t looked very hard.” “He hasn’t d...
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Biden Taps Two Close Allies To Lead His Administration’s COVID-19 Response

President-elect Joe Biden has appointed two close allies to head up his incoming administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed almost 275,000 Americans thus far, Politico reported on Thursday. Jeff Zients, a former Obama administration official who serves as a co-chair of Biden’s transition, will be the incoming administration’s COVID-19 coordinator. Vivek Murthy, the former Obama administration surgeon general, will return to that role for Biden’s administration. Accordin...
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Trump Aide Banned From DOJ Building After Pressuring Staff To Hand Over Case Info

WASHINGTON (AP) — The official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive information about election fraud and other matters she could relay to the White House, three people familiar with the matter tell The Associated Press. Heidi Stirrup, an ally of top Trump adviser Stephen Miller, was quietly installed at the Justice Department as a White House liaison a few months ago. S...
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Your Guide To The Political Attacks Currently Inundating The Good People Of Georgia

The one thing guaranteed about the Georgia runoffs is the astronomical price tag.  With such high stakes and so few races, it’s always been a sure bet that the state will be awash in money — one political scientist predicted that the races might gobble up a billion dollars when all is said and done.  That money is translating into attack ads dominating TV and computer screens in Georgia homes, billboards lining their streets, flyers dropped in their mailboxes. The faces of Sens. Kell...
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Democrats might want to pump the brakes on progressive shift

The Republican Party’s election night gains in the House of Representatives alarmed moderate members of the Democratic caucus. “We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Virginia, reportedly yelled at her colleagues during a post-election conference call. Even in California, where  Democrats are securely in charge of every branch of government, the Republican Party has now retaken four of the seven House seats it lost to Democrats in 2018...
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Soaring Gun Sales Continue; Are Police Cuts Motivating Factor?

Gun sales continue to roar as many cities consider cutting police budgets. U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported an increase of 45.2 percent in the NSSF-adjusted background checks initiated with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) over November of 2019, as gun sales continue to soar. According to the industry umbrella group, “The year-to-date total of 19.1 million adjusted background checks continues to add to a record-setting year ...
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WH’s AI EO is BS

An executive order was just issued from the White House regarding “the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in Government.” Leaving aside the meritless presumption of the government’s own trustworthiness and that it is the software that has trust issues, the order is almost entirely hot air. The EO is like others in that it is limited to what a president can peremptorily force federal agencies to do — and that really isn’t very much, practically speaking. This one “directs Federal agencies...
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Montage from 2015 features incoming Biden press secretary Psaki's 'worst' moments as State Dept spox

President-elect Joe Biden announced this week that Jen Psaki will be the next White House press secretary. However, it won't be the...
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General Eisenhower’s 5-Star Holiday Eggnog

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article by author Jonathan W. Jordan. Before he commanded the liberation of Europe and led the nation through the height of the Cold War, Dwight D. Eisenhower grew up with traditional Midwestern tastes. In England, commanding forces that would successfully invade two continents, he turned down fancy meals his assigned cook offered in favor of fried steak, corn pudding, chicken soup, and other dishes reflecting his Kansas boyhood. As the pressure of the looming D-D...
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A man named Adolf Hitler Uunona wins a local election in Namibia, assures the German press he isn't 'striving for world domination'

Adolf Hitler opening the Berlin International Auto Show on January 1, 1940. Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images A man named after Adolf Hitler won a local election in Namibia.  Adolf Hitler Uunona was elected councilor in the Ompundja Constituency in the Oshana region, located in northern Namibia.  Uunona told the German newspaper Bild that he has no association with the Nazi leader and his father probably didn't understand the implications of the dictator's name. "Tha...
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GOP senators are starting to line up behind the $908 billion stimulus compromise as pressure mounts on Congress to pass immediate relief

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images Several GOP senators expressed support for the $908 billion stimulus compromise in a sign the plan is gathering momentum on Capitol Hill. "I've never been more hopeful that we'll get a bill," Lindsey Graham told reporters, per a pool report. Congress is under mounting pressure to act as coronavirus hospitalizations reach new highs and cases rise unchecked. Sever...
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Trump is worried that he may be prosecuted in New York after he leaves office

Getty In a rambling 46-minute speech on Wednesday, President Donald Trump openly expressed concerns about facing prosecution for state crimes upon leaving office. "Now I hear that these same people that failed to get me in Washington have sent every piece of information to New York, so that they can try to get me there," he said. Trump could pardon himself, but that would only apply to potential federal offenses. The president has lashed out at investigators before, but Wednesday marked a...
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Here are 3 retired generals who embraced bizarre Trump conspiracies

President Donald Trump at a rally in Toledo, Ohio, September 21, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump's professed love for the military attracted senior officers who have turned to political activism after their service. Here are some of the retired generals who have promoted outlandish, far-right conspiracy theories about the president and his rivals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump's professed love for the military has a...
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Republican Illinois congressman says to President Trump in tweet: ‘Time to delete your account’

Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger retweeted a link to President Donald Trump’s Wednesday afternoon video from the White House in which...
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White House communications director Alyssa Farah resigns in final days of Trump administration

Farah's exit signals acknowledgment that the Trump administration will soon end, but the president still is refusing to concede to Biden.
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White House communications director Alyssa Farah resigns

In a statement, Farah said she will be "leaving the White House to pursue new opportunities."
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Salons Will Have To Close, Restaurants Move To Takeout Only In California’s New Regional Stay-At-Home Order

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a sweeping new coronavirus order for California on Thursday that will trigger business shutdowns and limits on people’s movement based on hospital intensive care unit capacity in their regions. Here’s a look at how the order will work: A REGIONAL APPROACH Newsom’s order divides the state into five regions: Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. If restrictions are tri...
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White House comms director Alyssa Farah resigns weeks before end of Trump administration

Farah has spent 3 1/2 years in the administration in various roles.
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Trump Administration Sues Facebook, Alleging It Discriminated Against U.S. Workers

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the social giant illegally discriminated against U.S. workers by reserving more than 2,600 positions for temporary visa holders from other countries. The suit comes as President Trump has less than two months remaining in the White House before Democratic president-elect Joe Biden takes office Jan. 20. […]
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Trump's spy chief warns that China is the 'greatest threat' and says the US needs to brace for confrontation

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe called China "the greatest threat to America today" in a scathing opinion article published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal. Accusing China of seeking to dominate, Ratcliffe called efforts to resist Beijing as "our once-in-a-generation challenge." Also on Thursday, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman sharply criticized "extremist anti-China forces in the U...
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The White House liaison to the Justice Department was banned from the building

The White House liaison to the Justice Department has been barred from entering the building after she attempted to access sensitive information about possible election fraud, CNN has learned.
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