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The State Department ignored COVID-19 safety guidelines to host a 200-person holiday party

Peter Summers - WPA Pool/Getty Images The State Department hosted a holiday party for around 200 people on Tuesday night, despite COVID-19 concerns, The Washington Post reported.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's office has also reportedly sent out invitations for numerous parties this month, including one where at least 900 people have received invitations.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Around 200 people attended a holiday party hosted by the State Department on Tu...
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Biden Will Disinfect the White House After Trump Moves Out

President-elect Biden has announced parts of his COVID safety plan for the country, but what does his safety plan for the White House look like?
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Dispatch 51: The Election Day "Top Down Attack"

A Yon-genre mind-dump before another busy day 09 December 2020 Washington, D.C., near the White House I've seen some exciting elections in other countries. Cracking bullets and airstrikes. As example, got into firefights during elections in Iraq and Afghanistan. Was there for much of the Moaist disaster in Nepal. In Nepal, Maoists often attacked their own economy with forced strikes. Businesses were forced to shut their doors at risk of death. You've heard me say many times over th...
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, Washington, White House, China, Iraq, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Nepal, Poland, Ussr, Cia, Ccp, Tikrit, Hong Kongers


GOP senator says he's unconvinced by a Texas lawsuit - backed by Trump and 17 other states - that seeks to overturn the 2020 election

Activists from 12 local organizations marched through Detroit on November 7 to call for the protection of the city's votes. Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Getty Images Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, told CNN he's not convinced by a Republican lawsuit meant to overturn the 2020 election. "I read just the summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it," Cornyn said Wednesday. The lawsuit in question was filed by Texas' attorney general, Ken Paxton, and...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, US, Trends, Georgia, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Gop, Ted Cruz, New Jersey, Jeb Bush, Republican


GOP senator says he's 'unconvinced' by a Texas lawsuit - backed by Trump and 17 states - that aims to overturn the 2020 election

Detroit activists from 12 local organizations marched through the city on November 7th, 2020 to call for the protection of Detroit's votes. Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Getty Images US Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, told CNN he's not convinced by a Republican lawsuit aimed at overturning the 2020 election. "I read just the summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it," Cornyn said Wednesday. The lawsuit in question was filed by Texas Attorney Gen...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, US, Trends, Georgia, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Gop, Ted Cruz, New Jersey, Jeb Bush, Republican


Apple and Google have reportedly banned a major data broker from collecting location data from users' phones amid scrutiny over its national security work

Mandel Ngan/Getty Images; Denis Balibouse/Reuters Apple and Google have banned X-Mode, a major data broker, from collecting location from users whose mobile devices run iOS and Android, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The tech giants told developers they must remove X-Mode's tracking software or risk being cut off from their app stores — and therefore the vast majority of mobile devices globally. The move by Apple and Google follows recent reports by The Wall Street Journal an...
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Gov. Newsom’s Companies Got $3 Million In Relief Loans

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — Companies affiliated with Gov. Gavin Newsom received nearly $3 million in federal loans created to help small businesses survive the pandemic, more than eight times the amount originally reported, according to newly released information from the U.S. government. According to new figures released last week, nine businesses tied to Newsom’s PlumpJack Group split the nearly $2.9 million in loans through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The gov...
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GOP senator says he's 'unconvinced' by a Texas lawsuit that aims to overturn the 2020 election

Detroit activists from 12 local organizations marched through the city on November 7th, 2020 to call for the protection of Detroit's votes. Adam J. Dewey/NurPhoto via Getty Images US Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, told CNN he's not convinced by a Republican lawsuit aimed at overturning the 2020 election. "I read just the summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it," Cornyn said Wednesday. The lawsuit in question was filed by Texas Attorney Gen...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, US, Trends, Georgia, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Gop, Ted Cruz, New Jersey, Jeb Bush, Republican


Los Angeles County public health director gets visibly upset while giving dire update on the county's COVID-19 trajectory

A couple wearing facemasks to prevent the spread of coronavirus watch the sunset from Elysian Park in Los Angeles, California, on November 14, 2020. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images Los Angeles County officials delivered an update on COVID-19 and the region's stay at home order on Wednesday. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County's Public health director delivered a grim update, announcing 9,243 new cases and 3,299 patients currently hospitalized. While addressing the 75 new deaths, and the ...
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'She just wants to go home': Melania Trump is privately planning life after the White House, a new report says

First Lady Melania Trump watches as President Donald Trump speaks during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon in the Rose Garden of the White House on November 24, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images First Lady Melania Trump is thinking about life after the White House and privately planning out her future, according to a CNN report on Wednesday. Sources close to Melania's thinking told the news outlet that "she just wants to go home."  The first lady has also inquired whether any taxp...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, News, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Election 2020, Melania Trump, Barron, Rose Garden, Palm Beach Florida


'That's how America changes': Obama says young people should be 'disdainful' of centrist politics and calls on the next generation to 'push harder'

Former President Barack Obama speaks in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during a drive-in rally at the Florida International University on November 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Former President Barack Obama in a new interview with New York Magazine said young people should be "disdainful" of pragmatism, stating that's how "America changes." The former president said that his "general attitude is that I want the next generation to push harder." Ob...
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Facebook was just hit with 2 big antitrust lawsuits. Here's what 'antitrust' means and how 'trust-busting' laws attempt to keep the biggest firms in US history from growing too powerful.

An 1889 political cartoon. Nawrocki/ClassicStock/Getty Images Antitrust laws were created to keep the big conglomerates, or trusts, that were forming across oil, railroad, steel, and other sectors in the late 1800s and early 1900s from growing too large and powerful. Now, regulators are coming after 21st-century big tech — the Federal Trade Commission and a group of 48 attorneys general filed two separate antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday. The lawsuits could lead to Facebook...
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How Joe Biden Plans to Tackle COVID in His First 100 Days

President-elect Joe Biden is walking into the White House with the task of steering the United States away from a pandemic that’s killed nearly 290,000 Americans in nine months. As he awaits inauguration, COVID-19 is surging nationally; hospitalizations are inching past their previous highs; unemployment is also at a…Read more...
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'I'd get my house bombed tonight': Pennsylvania Republican leader details pressure to support Trump's efforts to overturn the election

President Donald Trump on his golf course in Sterling, Virginia. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results may not be going well on the legal front, but a high-ranking Pennsylvania Republican leader is feeling the pressure.  State Sen. Kim Ward, the Pennsylvania's Republican Senate majority leader, told The New York Times not only that Trump called her, but that she feels a looming threat from his most fervent supporters. "If I woul...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Gop, The Times, Michigan, The New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump, Pittsburgh, Trump, State, Ward


'I'd get my house bombed tonight': Pennsylvania Republican leaders details pressure to support Trump's efforts to overturn the election

President Donald Trump on his golf course in Sterling, Virginia. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results may not be going well on the legal front, but a high-ranking Pennsylvania Republican leader is feeling the pressure.  State Sen. Kim Ward, the Pennsylvania's Republican Senate majority leader, told The New York Times not only that Trump called her, but that she feels a looming threat from his most fervent supporters. "If I woul...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Gop, The Times, Michigan, The New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump, Pittsburgh, Trump, State, Ward


Kim Kardashian West calls on Trump to stop a man's upcoming execution and allow him life in prison

Kim Kardashian speaks as President Donald Trump holds an event on second chance hiring and criminal justice reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 13, 2019. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images In her latest fight for criminal justice reform, Kim Kardashian West is urging President Donald Trump to halt an upcoming government execution. Kardashian West has advocated for 40-year-old Brandon Bernard's death sentence to be commuted to life in prison. Bernard was convicted...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Kim Kardashian, News, White House, US, Trends, Indiana, Star, Washington Dc, Death Penalty, Associated Press, Indianapolis Star, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Kim Kardashian West


Biden's top pick to lead the US military is about to get chewed out by Democrats and Republicans

US Army Gen. Lloyd Austin testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the fight against ISIS, September 16, 2015 CSPAN Retired US Army Gen. Lloyd Austin was thrust into the political spotlight this week after being selected by President-elect Joe Biden to lead the US military. Austin, a four-star general with over four decades in the military, still faces a few hurdles before he gets the OK to serve as the defense secretary. Austin faces a congressional grilling from lawmakers ...
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Masks slip as Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson meet

PM told to keep his distance in awkward exchange at photo call with European commission presidentBoris Johnson experienced an awkward exchange with the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, just before their make-or-break Brexit dinner in Brussels on Wednesday, when she urged him to maintain social distancingAfter the prime minister arrived at the commission’s Berlaymont headquarters just after 8pm local time, the two leaders went to pose for the cameras. Johnson asked Von der Ley...
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Boris Johnson and EU agree to extend Brexit talks until Sunday

Significant gaps remain between PM and EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen after Brussels dinnerThe UK and EU must do a deal within 72 hours or prepare for no deal, No 10 has said after the conclusion of a three-hour dinner summit between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen.After the meeting, “significant” gaps were said to remain between the prime minister and European commission president. They agreed that negotiations could go on but had to come to a resolution within 72 hours. Co...
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What a Republican-controlled Senate means for Biden's climate agenda

President-elect Joe Biden. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters President-elect Joe Biden is prioritizing fighting climate change by way of his policy agenda and political appointments. But many climate advocates warn that his ideas can only fully be implemented if Democrats win a pair of Senate runoff elections in Georgia. Without that, the upper chamber would stay under GOP control and "we don't have the power of the purse in the same way," a progressive climate activist told Business Insider. Still, ...
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Hunter Biden says federal prosecutors are investigating his taxes

World Food Program USA Board Chairman Hunter Biden speaks at the World Food Program USA's Annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award Ceremony at Organization of American States on April 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for World Food Program USA Hunter Biden, President-elect Joe Biden's 43-year-old son, announced Wednesday that federal prosecutors in Delaware are investigating his taxes. "I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and object...
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Top US military leaders volunteer to become guinea pigs for COVID-19 vaccine

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Top commanders in the US military will be publicly getting their COVID-19 vaccinations to encourage other service members to do the same. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman noted that senior leaders across the different branches and combatant commands will be volunteering to take the vaccine publicly. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Top commanders in the US military will be publicly getting their COVID-1...
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Coronavirus relief talks are hanging by a thread at a perilous moment for millions of Americans

An American flag hangs upside down outside Union Station in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Relief talks are now hanging by a thread, with a path forward increasingly unclear. Republicans and Democrats are struggling to reconcile longstanding differences on the scope of an aid package. State aid and a liability shield for businesses to guard them from virus-related lawsuits are two of the main roadblocks. Visit Business Insider's homepage f...
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Latest lawsuit aims to toss 62 electoral votes and swing election to Trump

By MARK SHERMAN and MARC LEVY | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to let him join an improbable lawsuit challenging election results in Pennsylvania and other states that he lost, a day after the justices rejected a last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. The high court has asked for responses by Thursday. Out of the roughly 50 lawsuits filed around the country contesting the Nov. 3 vote, Trump...
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Boris Johnson and EU set Sunday deadline to decide on Brexit deal

Significant gaps remain between PM and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen after Brussels dinnerA Brexit deal must be sealed by Sunday or there will be no deal, Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen agreed after a “lively and frank” three-hour summit that set the stage for a dramatic final act of the negotiations.Despite nine months of troubled talks, “very large gaps” were said to remain between the UK and EU. The leaders said they should come to a deal or no deal outcome by the end of the weekend, ...
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Deep State, Media, Supreme Court, Second Amendment and 2020 Election

U.S. Supreme Court Image NRA-ILA U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Donald Trump's election as President in November of 2015 has been the most effective part of the ongoing revolt of the electorate against the Left/Media/Deep State political machine flunkies, technocrats, liars, and cheats. One of the great accomplishments of the four years of President Trump's first term has been to rip the mask off the Media, the tech giants, the deep state, and the Left, to show how they all work together to control...
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Stimulus Package Update: Plan Should ‘Give As Generous Aid To Local Governments As Possible,’ Economist Says

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FTC announces lawsuit against Facebook for ‘illegal monopolization’

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced its lawsuit against Facebook alleging the company has formed an illegal monopoly based on anticompetitive practices. According to a notice from the FTC, the suit involves the company’s Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp services as well as Facebook‘s alleged imposition of anti-competitive practices on software developers. The notice goes on to state that the US government seeks an injunction that would force the company to divest from those a...
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Boris Johnson sets out his red lines at last-ditch Brexit dinner

With talks said to be on a ‘precipice’, PM spells out UK position to Ursula von der Leyen at Brussels meetingBoris Johnson has set out his red lines for a Brexit deal at a make-or-break dinner in Brussels, after EU leaders told their parliaments the negotiations were “on a precipice”.Flanked by his chief negotiator and senior aides, the prime minister told the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, and the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, that he could not accept terms in a...
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White House interns don't get paid. A group of more than 200 former interns is calling on Joe Biden to fix that.

President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. Drew Angerer/Getty Images A group of over 200 White House interns — encompassing five different administrations — is calling upon President-elect Joe Biden to make these positions paid. Historically, White House internships have been unpaid, meaning those who cannot afford to work without pay may not take the prestigious roles. In a statement to Business Insider, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) said he "hopes the White House ...
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