‘Tis the season to receive: Doug McIntyre

We made it. Another Christmas has come and gone and despite a raging pandemic and the ugliest and oddest election in American history, Santa still made his rounds and our annual orgy of avarice has been sated. Despite the dark cloud of COVID hanging over the country, the stockings got stuffed and every itch was scratched. For me, this Christmas was one for the record books, with yours truly raking in an unprecedented haul of goodies. As a gift to you, I’m happy to share my secret to scoring big ...
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Will America's Next President Break Up Facebook?

With 25 days until Joe Biden becomes America's next president, Politico writes that throughout the US government, "From lawmakers on Capitol Hill to antitrust enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission, Washington is training its sights on the world's largest social network like never before." Biden's antitrust enforcers will take ownership of a lawsuit the FTC filed this month threatening to dismantle the sprawling company. And his staff will negotiate legislative proposals with congressional l...
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A 63-year-old man, Anthony Quinn Warner, identified as the 'person of interest' in connection with the Nashville blast

Police close off an area damaged by an explosion on Christmas morning on December 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Getty Images/Terry Wyatt An explosion in Nashville linked to a parked RV left three people injured and destroyed much of a downtown street on Christmas Day. Authorities called the blast "intentional," and hundreds of investigators quickly fanned out to determine a motive and pinpoint a culprit. Witnesses and authorities reported that shortly before the RV exploded, an audio r...
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Emergency Systems Still Offline After Christmas Day Explosion In Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sweeping communications outages continued to plague large swaths of Tennessee on Saturday after a recreational vehicle exploded early Christmas morning in sleepy downtown Nashville. Police emergency systems across Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as Nashville’s COVID-19 community hotline, remained out of service due to an AT&T central office being affected by the blast. The building contained a telephone exchange, with network equipment in it — but the company has declined...
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Trump Fiddles As Unemployment Benefits Are About To Expire For Millions

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet were set to lapse at midnight Saturday unless President Donald Trump signed an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill that had been considered a done deal before his sudden objections. Trump’s refusal to sign the bipartisan package as he demands larger COVID relief checks and complains about “pork” spending could also force a federal government shutdown when money runs out at 12:01 a.m. ...
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Sam & Max Save the World Developer Elaborates on Censorship & VA Change

Skunkape Games, the developer that made the Sam & Max remaster known as “Sam & Max Save the World”, tried to defend their censoring of the original dialogue by saying that it was “only 0.1% of the script” – they also justified changing the voice actor for Bosco by explaining that they personally found it […]
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Fishing chiefs cry ‘betrayal’ as MPs fear rush to ratify Brexit deal

‘UK caved in on fish to win a wider treaty’, industry bodies say, while leading Brexiter David Davis says one-day debate is ‘too fast’Senior Conservative MPs late on Saturday expressed alarm at plans to rush the historic UK-EU trade deal through parliament in just one day, as fishermen’s leaders accused Boris Johnson of “caving in” at the 11th hour to clinch agreement on Christmas Eve.And there were growing fears among senior Tories, who will spend the next three days poring over the 2,000-page ...
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Jon Ossoff has raised more money than any Senate candidate in US history in heated Georgia runoff election

FILE: Democratic candidate for Senate Jon Ossoff, right, and Democratic candidate for Senate Raphael G Warnock, left, arrive before they speak to a crowd during a "Get Out the Early Vote" event at the SluttyVegan ATL restaurant on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Jonesboro, Ga. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson John Ossoff, the Georgia Democrat vying to oust the incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue, has become the highest-funded candidate for Senate in US history, The New York Times first reported. Acco...
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Year in review: From downplaying the coronavirus to pushing Congress for $2,000 stimulus checks, here's how Trump responded to the pandemic

President Donald Trump. Carlos Barria/Reuters President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been largely inconsistent over the course of 2020.  He started out the year claiming the US had it "totally under control."  Meanwhile, confirmed coronavirus cases and death rates rose sharply in the United States, and the pandemic became an emergency that several states are still battling.  Still, Trump continued to insist repeatedly that it would just "disappear" or "go away." ...
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Biden says Trump's 'abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences' as the president neglects to sign bipartisan stimulus

President Donald Trump, left, and former President-elect Joe Biden, right, appear during the October 22, 2020 presidential debate. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI,JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday said Trump's 'abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences' as Trump neglects to sign the bipartisan stimulus package. Trump has called for a direct relief payment of $2,000 to Americans, a significant increase from the $600 payment presently included in the ex...
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Tennessee Gov asks Trump for emergency aid after a parked RV exploded in downtown Nashville in an incident police say was 'intentional'

Smoke billows from the site of an explosion in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning. Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP An RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Friday morning, according to local reports. Buildings are damaged, and three people were taken to hospitals.  Local authorities told CNN that they believe the act was done intentionally. A video circulating online a...
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Investigators are searching the home of a ‘person of interest’ in connection with the Nashville blast

Smoke billows from the site of an explosion in the area on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning. Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP An explosion in Nashville linked to a parked RV left three people injured and obliterated much of a downtown street on Christmas Day. Authorities called the blast "intentional," and hundreds of investigators quickly fanned out to determine a motive and pi...
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With less than a month left in office, Trump lashes out at 'totally incompetent' Supreme Court for refusing to overturn his election loss

People participate in a "Stop the Steal" protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in support of U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the US Supreme Court in his latest outburst stemming from his loss in the 2020 presidential election.  The president repeated his previous complaint that he lacks legal "standing:" the legal concept of whether a person has the right to bring a particular lawsuit. T...
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Congestion continues to ease at Port of Dover as more lorries cross to France

Mass testing programmes allow hauliers to cross but industry body says delays could resume next weekSee all our coronavirus coverageThousands more lorries have been allowed to cross the Channel after spending days in queues at the border, but an industry body has said the delays could continue next week.Congestion at the Port of Dover and the Eurotunnel continued to ease on Boxing Day after days of gridlock earlier in the week, with mass testing programmes allowing hauliers to cross to France. C...
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Why some Americans don't believe in election results, according to a researcher who says it's related to the psychology of fairness

A new survey from NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Marist found that nearly three-quarters of Republicans didn't trust the election results. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images When people don't get the outcome they want after a decision is made — one that is central to their identity — they tend to look for unfairness in the decision-making process, says psychology researcher David M. Mayer, PhD.  Even when an unfavorable result comes out of an objectively fair process, people ar...
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Trump will cost jobless workers a week of $300 federal unemployment benefits if he doesn't sign the relief bill by the end of Saturday

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky The president could cost jobless workers a week of $300 federal unemployment benefits if the relief legislation is not signed by midnight Saturday. State agencies can only distribute benefits for weeks the legislation is enacted, experts say. Nearly 14 millions Americans are threatened with the loss of all their unemployment aid this weekend. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump has suggested he may reject the $900 billion co...
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Lindsey Graham says Trump is 'more determined than ever' to secure $2,000 checks as COVID-19 relief bill lingers in limbo

President Donald Trump's motorcade drives to the Trump International Golf Club, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky President Donald Trump spent part of his Christmas with ally, Sen. Lindsey Graham, in Palm Beach, Florida, amid his awaited decision to sign the COVID-19 relief bill. Trump has previously expressed his support to provide Americans $2,000 in COVID relief funds, instead of the proposed $600 package.  "After spending some time with Presi...
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Biden ally Larry Summers, a former treasury secretary, said $2,000 stimulus checks would be a 'serious mistake' that could overheat the economy

Former Treasury secretary Larry Summers Robin Marchant / Getty Images Former US treasury secretary Larry Summers told Bloomberg on Friday that $2,000 stimulus checks for Americans would be a "pretty serious mistake." Summers, who was reportedly an adviser to President-elect Joe Biden's campaign, said boosting consumer spending was the wrong route to economic recovery. The checks could overheat the US economy, he told Bloomberg. US President Donald Trump has so far refused to sign a pandemi...
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‘I'm getting clarity, a time that will feel lighter’: psychics share their 2021 predictions

From astrology to tarot, interest in the mystical arts has flourished during the pandemic. So what is in store for the year ahead?This age of uncertainty has been a boon for crystal ball gazers. From New York to New Delhi, fortune-tellers have seen spikes in business; in the US, Forbes magazine reported a 136% rise in people seeking supernatural readings. In societies where religious belief is dwindling, and trust in the establishment under threat, the idea of looking elsewhere for guidance – to...
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Trump slams US fashion magazines for not giving Melania a single cover shoot while he has been in office

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the White House on July 7, 2020. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump has criticized glossy US magazines for not offering his wife Melania Trump a single cover shoot while he has been in office.  Trump on Friday retweeted a Breitbart post that said "elitist snobs in the fashion press" were snubbing the "most elegant First Lady in American history." Trump wrote that the First Lady was "the greatest of all time" and ...
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Boris Johnson urges Tory MPs to back Brexit deal as full text published

PM says he is confident trade deal will withstand ‘ruthless’ scrutiny from EuroscepticsThe EU and the UK government have published the full text of the Brexit trade deal less than a week before it is due to be implemented, as Boris Johnson urged his backbenchers to support the agreement when it reaches parliament next week.The deal, which comes to more than 1,250 pages, will be voted on in the House of Commons on Wednesday, a day before the Brexit transition period ends. Continue reading...
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Full Brexit trade deal 'goes beyond Canada-style accord'

Full text obtained by BBC shows compromise over electric cars but standards on environment and workers’ rights enforced The post-Brexit trade deal agreed by the UK and the European Union goes beyond the bloc’s so-called “Canada-style” trade accord, the BBC has reported, citing a full copy of the agreement. Related: The Guardian view on Brexit in a time of Covid: Crisis? What Crisis? Editorial Continue reading...
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Trump stain likely to dog officials' post-administration job prospects

Serving in the White House is normally a passport to a lucrative job in business or lobbying but little about the Trump presidency is normalIn normal times it would go to the top of anyone’s curriculum vitae or résumé. Serving in the White House has typically been a passport to a lucrative job on a corporate board, in the lobbying industry or at a prestigious Washington thinktank. Continue reading...
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Jobless benefits for about 14 million Americans expire, as Trump still refuses to sign the pandemic aid package containing $600 stimulus checks

US President Donald Trump. Alex Wong/Getty Images Jobless benefits for millions of Americans expired Saturday. A $2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package approved by Republicans and Democrats would extend special unemployment benefits, but President Donald Trump has so far refused to sign it. Trump is unhappy with the massive bill, in part because he says that one-off $600 stimulus checks for struggling Americans are not large enough. He wants $2,000 checks. Trump has not vetoed the...
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Heroes, villains and top TV: John Crace dishes out his awards for 2020

Despite so many inspiring people making the news, there was room for Dominic Cummings and Chris Grayling as wellIn such an unremittingly grim year, one of its most uplifting features has been the sheer number of people who have gone out of their way to make life more bearable and as normal as possible. From the NHS, care home and mental health workers to the delivery drivers, shop staff and waste collectors. My family, friends and colleagues have all done more than their fair share of keeping me...
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