Happy New Year: Here’s a look at a 2021 plans and events that took place 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago

Looking forward and back There are many ways to describe how 2020 went. Unpredictable is certainly a good description when it came to the calendar and events scheduling. And, 2021 is likely to have some of the same challenges. Today we look at a tentative schedule and some notable anniversaries that are coming up in 2021. AHEAD IN 2021: (Note, much of this is subject to change) Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 20: Inauguration Day Feb. 7: Super Bowl March 9-23: World Baseball Classic ...
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Happy New Year: Here’s a look at 2021 plans and events that took place 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago

Looking forward and back There are many ways to describe how 2020 went. Unpredictable is certainly a good description when it came to the calendar and events scheduling. And, 2021 is likely to have some of the same challenges. Today we look at a tentative schedule and some notable anniversaries that are coming up in 2021. AHEAD IN 2021: (Note, much of this is subject to change) Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 20: Inauguration Day Feb. 7: Super Bowl March 9-23: World Baseball Classic ...
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Trump extends immigration limits, cites pandemic

By Jason Hoffman | CNN President Donald Trump extended certain restrictions on legal immigration and on visas that allow immigrants to temporarily work in the United States on Thursday, just hours before those restrictions were set to lapse. Trump extended the restrictions through March 31, two months after he will leave office. The continuation of the restrictions, which comes with just 20 days left in the President’s term, are the latest effort to bar the entry of immigrants to the country. Re...
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Secret Service Will Bring Back Agents Who Previously Worked With Biden

The Secret Service is making some staff changes in the presidential detail that will protect President-elect Joe Biden, the Washington Post reported late Wednesday. Two people familiar with the changes told the Post that the Secret Service is planning for the return of a group of senior agents who guarded Biden as vice president more than four years ago, including  Darryl Volpicelli, who will become the second-in-command of President Biden’s detail as well as Brian McDonough. According to ...
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An interactive CDC map shows how the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is going in your state - and how far the US lags behind its goal

Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Robert Weber in Columbus, Ohio, December 14, 2020. AP Photo/Jay LaPrete The CDC unveiled an interactive vaccine-tracking map on Thursday. The map shows how many vaccine doses each state has been allocated and how many shots each has administered so far. The totals tell a grim story: The US fell far short of its goal to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of 2020. At its current pace, it would...
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‘Dangerous Ploy’: Sasse Rebukes GOP Effort To Object To Electoral College Votes

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) on Wednesday night rebuked an effort by a ragtag group of fellow Republicans who have said they intend to object to the results of the Electoral College votes when Congress meets for a joint session next week to reaffirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.  “When we talk in private, I haven’t heard a single Congressional Republican allege that the election results were fraudulent – not one,” Sasse wrote in a Facebook post explaining his decision not to go ...
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House Republicans have virtually no chance of flipping the election results for Trump, but 140 of them still plan to vote against certification of the Electoral College count next week

President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File At least 140 Republican House members reportedly plan to vote against certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6. The vote would only delay confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden's victory, but has no chance of overturning the result of the November presidential election, which Biden won with 306 Electoral College votes.  President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have spent the wee...
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Biden Press Secretary: Briefing Room Won’t Be A ‘Platform For Propaganda’

Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said that she hopes to “rebuild trust with the American people” by telling the truth — a move that would represent a swift departure from the kind of false information peddling that has become routine in President Donald Trump’s administration.  “I think more than any point in history… part of the job of the White House press secretary is to rebuild trust with the American people,” Psaki told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in an interview published Thur...
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Trump Ditches NYE Party To Head Back To WH As GOPers Aim To Disrupt Election Certification

President Donald Trump is skipping his New Year’s Eve event at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday to return to the White House as several of his GOP allies plan to challenge Congress’ official certification of the Electoral College’s votes for President-elect Joe Biden on January 6. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump departed from Palm Beach at 11 AM ET on Thursday. According to CNN, guests had already arrived at Mar-A-Lago for the glitzy soiree. They reportedly were not...
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'Keep the light on': joy for some, regret for others at Brexit endgame

Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland will be back soon, while Nigel Farage hails exit from EUSome politicians in Britain and the EU have expressed triumph while others voiced bitter regret after the UK’s Brexit transition period ended on Thursday night. Britain left the European bloc’s vast single market for goods, services and the movement of people at 11pm GMT on New Year’s Eve – midnight in Brussels – completing the biggest single economic change the country has experienced since the second world wa...
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Scotland’s first minister to EU: ‘Keep the light on’

By Kate Holton and Guy Faulconbridge | Reuters LONDON – Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Europe that Scotland would be back soon, just as the United Kingdom completed its transition period out of the bloc. “Scotland will be back soon, Europe,” she said on Twitter at 2300 GMT. “Keep the light on.” Support for Scottish independence has risen, partly due to Brexit and partly due to COVID-19, threatening the 300-year-old political union between England and Scotland.
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From leave vote to last-ditch deal – a big Brexit timeline

Key landmarks along the bumpy road towards Britain’s departure from the EUIt’s all over. There is no going back. The UK has left the EU after 47 years. So how did we get here? Continue reading...
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Brexit: in crisis, without fanfare, UK finally ends the EU era

Boris Johnson largely ignores Brexit in New Year message to focus on toll of Covid and ‘the grimness of 2020’Four years, 27 weeks and two days after a referendum that split the country almost down the middle, the UK left the EU’s orbit on Thursday night in a departure that was notably low key, and marked by warnings of likely disruption to come.In a sometimes sombre new year message, Boris Johnson largely ignored Brexit, an outcome he arguably shaped more than any other politician, to focus inst...
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Biden must end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen

President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to end United States involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. He should follow through on that promise. In doing so, he would be undoing one of the biggest foreign policy blunders and human rights catastrophes backed by President Barack Obama and perpetuated by President Donald Trump. Since Saudi Arabia intervened in an already messy civil war in Yemen in 2015, the U.S. has provided logistical and intelligence support, as well as selling arms to Saudi Arabi...
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Trump's kids won't lose their 5th Amendment rights and be forced to testify against him if they're pardoned, experts say

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, told MSNBC that Trump's presidential pardons could backfire because people could be forced to testify against him without the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. The issue has implications for Trump's allies and family members, who could face investigations over matters entangled with Trump himself. But experts in criminal law say Cohen's interpretation of the la...
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As the US flies more bombers to the Middle East, experts doubt Iran is the real audience

A US Air Force B-52 is aerial refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker over the US Central Command area of responsibility, December 30, 2020. Senior Airman Roslyn Ward The US has mounted high-profile military displays in the Middle East in recent weeks amid rising tensions ahead of the anniversary of the killing of a well-known Iranian military commander. But experts in the US are skepitcal that those displays will affect Iranian thinking or actions. Some have questioned whether the US military a...
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Trump is a chaos agent in his final days between fighting with Congress, raising fears of war with Iran, and continuing his futile effort to overturn the election

US President Donald Trump. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump has been a historically chaotic and destructive commander in chief, and he appears set on taking this to new levels in his final days. Trump has sparked a fight with Republicans in Congress over bigger COVID-19 stimulus checks and is dividing the party over his antidemocratic effort to overturn the election result. Trump's antics could cost the GOP its Senate majority. The president has also issued ne...
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Trump returns to White House early, offers year-end message

President Donald Trump delivered a year-end video message Thursday after returning early from vacation, highlighting his administration's work to rapidly develop a vaccine against COVID-19 and rebuild the economy.
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Dover eerily quiet on Brexit eve, but hauliers fear more chaos

Freight traffic mayhem subsides at Kent port, but concerns remain over lorry parks and paperworkAfter a week of mayhem, the roads of Kent are eerily deserted, almost devoid of freight traffic as lorry drivers from all over the EU avoid Dover and the Eurotunnel as the Brexit transition period ends.The only reminder of the potential for Brexit chaos are the miles and miles of detritus – plastic bottles, shopping bags, and even towels – strewn along the banks of the southbound M20 motorway to the c...
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GOP Sen. Ben Sasse calls out Republicans who plan to challenge the election results on January 6, calling them 'institutional arsonist members of Congress'

Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee on the fourth day of hearings on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, on October 15, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images GOP Sen. Ben Sasse in a Facebook post on Wednesday excoriated his colleagues who are planning to delay the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's 2020 victory. "If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. But the president doesn't an...
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Labour’s mistake in backing the Brexit bill | Letters

Readers respond after Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels passed into lawBy supporting the Brexit bill, Labour has given Boris Johnson’s government a massive majority and made itself look even weaker than it did already (Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal passes into UK law, 31 December). When it was clear that the Conservatives would achieve a majority on the bill, Keir Starmer should have given a speech setting out the pros and cons of the bill (the first part should not h...
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Influential people who died in 2020

By BERNARD McGHEE In a year defined by a devastating pandemic, the world lost iconic defenders of civil rights, great athletes and entertainers who helped define their genres. Many of their names hold a prominent place in the collective consciousness — RBG, Kobe, Maradona, Eddie Van Halen, Little Richard, Sean Connery, Alex Trebek, Christo — but pandemic restrictions often limited the public’s ability to mourn their loss in a year that saw more than a million people die from the coronavirus. F...
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Trump was briefed on unverified intelligence that China offered bounties to Afghan 'non-state actors' to attack US troops

China's President Xi Jinping and China's first lady Peng Liyuan and U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania attend a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images President Donald Trump was briefed earlier this month on unconfirmed intelligence reports that China offered bounties to non-state actors in Afghanistan to attack US troops, according to Axios and Politico. "The U.S. has evidence that the PR...
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Americans think elected officials should be among the last to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a new Insider poll found

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi receives a COVID-19 vaccination shot by doctor Brian Monahan, attending physician Congress of the United States in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on December 18, 2020. ANNA MONEYMAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved of two COVID-19 vaccines for public use, and members of Congress were among the first in the nation to get vaccinated. But many Americans believe that elected officials should be among the ...
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The life of Donald Trump Jr., who once lived out of a truck, didn't speak to his father for a year, and spent 2020 campaigning with his girlfriend

Donald Trump Jr., 42, is President Donald Trump's eldest child. Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post / Getty Donald Trump Jr., eldest son of President Donald Trump, is an executive vice president of the Trump Organization. The 43-year-old, who has five children, has lived the majority of his life in the shadow of his father and younger sister Ivanka, but since his dad became president, his outspoken, anti-political-correct stance has come into its own. While Ivanka and his father...
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Trump and first lady Melania will return to White House, skip New Year’s bash at Mar-a-Lago

The update to Trump's schedule came days before Congress was set to finalize President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
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Only 2.8 million Americans have received COVID-19 vaccines, far short of the Trump administration's goal to reach 20 million by year's end

President Donald Trump speaks during an "Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit" on the White House complex, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Washington. Evan Vucci/Associated Press The US is nowhere close to meeting the Trump administration's goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020. In the absence of clear federal guidance, the vaccine rollout has devolved into a patchwork response that varies by state, experts say. Many health departments are struggling to vaccinate people as coro...
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60% of nursing home staff in Ohio are refusing to get vaccinated, according to the state governor

Mike DeWine gives his victory speech after winning the Ohio gubernatorial race at the Ohio Republican Party's election night party at the Sheraton Capitol Square on November 6, 2018 Justin Merriman/Getty Images Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said that 60% of nursing home staff there don't want to get a COVID-19 vaccine.  "We aren't going to make them, but we wish they had a higher compliance," said DeWine at a press conference. According to the Covid Tracking Project, 38% of all COVID-19 de...
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Is the UK about to have liftoff in the global space industry?

With plans for satellite launches and investment in space-based solar, can the UK become a space super power?In 1969, a British engineer was invited to the White House to meet President Nixon. His name was Francis Thomas Bacon and he had developed the fuel cells used on Apollo 11. Known now as Bacon fuel cells, these power sources consume hydrogen and oxygen to produce water, heat and, in theory, a continuous supply of electricity.His invention was considered so integral to the success of the Ap...
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The left must stop mourning Brexit – and start seeing its huge potential | Larry Elliott

Those who predict economic Armageddon ignore the reality. The status quo wasn’t working – now there’s an opportunity for changeSo this is it. Forty-eight years after Britain joined what was then the European Economic Community, the fasten seatbelt signs are switched on and the cabin lights have been dimmed. It is time for departure.Many in the UK, especially on the left, are in despair that this moment has arrived. For them, this can never be the journey to somewhere better: instead it is the eq...
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