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THE ANNOYANCE ENGINE: Spam robocalls became profitable scams by exploiting the phone system, but you can stop them

It's not just you. Spam calls are out of control. iStock; Insider Spam robocalls are on the rise, and the reason is they're incredibly profitable. Court decisions have paved the way for telemarketers to get away with spam calls scot-free. You can stop scam robocalls, but you need to take it into your own hands. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Nearly every day for the past year, I have been breathlessly informed that the warranty on my vehicle is out of date. The...
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10 hours in Cancún hurt Ted Cruz's job approval more than when he tried to flip the presidential election

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, checking into Cancun International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. MEGA/GC Images via Getty Images Sen. Ted Cruz's approval ratings dropped in recent weeks, a new poll from Morning Consult shows. Cruz traveled to Mexico during a recent winter storm that caused millions of Texans to lose power and water. His approval rating is lower now than when he objected to certifying the 2020 presidential election. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. GOP ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Mexico, Trends, Pennsylvania, Gop, Ted Cruz, Arizona, Donald Trump, Winter Storm, Cruz, Trump, Cancun, Capitol, CANCUN Mexico


Facebook deleted a video of Rep. Marie Newman installing a transgender flag in front of her office but Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's anti-transgender post was untouched

A transphobic sign was put up by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2020, after Rep. Marie Newman, D-Ill., put up a pro transgender rights flag across the hallway in the Longworth House Office Building. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images After a debate over the Equality Act, Rep. Marie Newman put a transgender flag outside of her office. In response, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene placed a transphobic sign outside of her office. Facebook removed Newman's vid...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Congress, Senate, Trends, Gop, House, Republican Party, Transgender Rights, Democratic Party, Newman, Greene, Facebook In, LGBTQ rights, Adam Kinzinger


Trump's enablers: Meet the 125 people and institutions most responsible for his rise to power

Al Drago/Getty; Brendan Smialowski/Getty; Yana Paskova/Getty; Tom Williams/Getty; Dominique Faget/Getty; Olivier Douliery; Mikhail Klimentyev/Getty; Skye Gould/Insider Insider compiled a database of the 125 people and institutions essential to Donald Trump's rise to power and his norm-busting presidential behavior. Names include friends, family, lawyers, business partners, donors, staff, media executives, and social-media influencers. You can read the full database here.  Donald Trump's u...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, New York, Vladimir Putin, White House, US, Trends, United States, Rupert Murdoch, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Teaser, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Mike Pence, Melania Trump


65% of Americans want next COVID stimulus check to be at minimum $1400, new Insider poll found

Economic stimulus checks are prepared for printing at the Philadelphia Financial Center May 8, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jeff Fusco/Stringer 42% of respondents want the next round of COVID stimulus checks to be at least $2,000. The $1,400 currently in Biden's bill is satisfactory for many, with 65% wanting $1,400 or more. A quarter of respondents specifically wrote $2,000, an amount Biden pledged before his inauguration. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A p...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington Post, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, House, House Of Representatives, Biden, Donald Trump, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Stimulus Check, INSIDER Data


The judge who blocked Trump's first travel ban said he received 40,000 threatening messages, forcing US Marshals to guard his home

In his appearance on 60 Minutes, senior US District Judge James Robart said he received 40,000 threatening messages after blocking Trump's first travel ban. 60 Minutes/CBS News After taking office in 2017, Trump sought to limit immigration from six Muslim-majority countries. US District Judge James Robart temporarily blocked the executive order, citing "irreparable injury." Robart told "60 Minutes" he received 40,000 threatening messages after his decision. Visit the Business section o...
Tags: Politics, News, Putin, Washington, Cbs News, China, Russia, US, Trends, Cybersecurity, Muslim, Homeland Security, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Muslim Ban


33% of Americans say Biden isn't mentally sharp enough for the job, according to a new Insider poll

President Joe Biden. Alex Wong/Getty Images Around one-in-three Americans says they aren't satisfied with President Joe Biden's mental acuity. A sizeable majority, 61%, are at least somewhat to extremely confident in Biden's cognitive abilities. Insider's poll found Republican voters and older Americans are more likely to be dissatisfied. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Despite questions over President Joe Biden's mental fitness persisting throughout the 2020 campai...
Tags: Politics, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Cognitive Decline, Jake Lahut, INSIDER Data, Joe Biden Alex Wong Getty, Sen Bernie Sanders Those Trump


Nearly 4-in-10 Americans say Biden is weak on China, new Insider poll shows

Chinese President Xi Jinping, then-Vice President Joe Biden, Peng Liyuan and Jill Biden stand for the US National Anthem at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, September 24, 2015. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster 36% of respondents in a new Insider poll say Biden is weak on China. The poll found that 33% of respondents feel Biden's stance on China is "about right." Biden has faced criticism from Republicans who accuse him of being weak on Beijing. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stor...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Maryland, Congress, China, US, America, Trends, Cold War, Joe Biden, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump


Ted Cruz called for state energy regulation despite lauding Texas' lack of regulation 2 years ago

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz gestures as he speaks to members of the media during the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, February 13, 2021. Erin Scott/Reuters Ted Cruz wants regulators to "act swiftly" on high energy bills from the Texas winter storm. In 2019, however, Cruz lauded Texas for low regulation in its energy sector. In 1999, Texas shifted control of its energy grid to private generators and other groups. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stori...
Tags: Weather, Politics, Texas, News, US, Trends, Policy, Gop, Ted Cruz, Storm, The New York Times, Houston, Donald Trump, Cruz, Power Outage, Sen Ted Cruz


California Gov. Gavin Newsom is at risk now that a campaign to recall him reached 1.5 million signatures

Hair dresser Nikki Johnson dons a "Recall Newsom" mask and "Make Stylists Essential again" hat as she protests COVID-19 salon closures by California Gov. Gavin Newsom at the corner of Sunflower Avenue and Bristol Street in Costa Mesa, California on August, 10, 2020. Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images A campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has more than 1.5 million signatures. Its leader said the campaign needs 400,000 more votes to survive the ...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Recall, Gop, House, Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Biden, Los Angeles Times, Mccarthy, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom


A lawyer who filed Sidney Powell's Michigan election lawsuit says he shouldn't be disbarred and was just 'holding the fort' for her

Sidney Powell, attorney for President Donald Trump, conducts a news conference at the Republican National Committee on lawsuits regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on Thursday, November 19, 2020 Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Attorney Greg Rohl was instrumental in helping Sidney Powell file her Michigan election lawsuit. Michigan's governor and other elected officials are attempting to disbar Rohl as a result. Rohl said despite filing the case, he did n...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Texas, News, US, Trends, Michigan, Republican, Donald Trump, Republican National Committee, Trump, State, Kraken, Sidney Powell, Powell, Dana Nessel


Rep. Lauren Boebert received $22,000 worth of gas reimbursements while running for Congress

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images A freshman congresswoman from Colorado had an eye-popping reimbursement from her 2020 campaign. Rep. Lauren Boebert racked up more than $22,000 in gas mileage, despite minimal public events. That's more in reimbursements than her predecessor had in 10 years, raising ethics concerns.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado raked in an eye-popping total of mo...
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The wife of Amazon's new CEO-to-be donated to Bernie Sanders in 2016

Bernie Sanders. Reuters Elana Jassy, the wife of the newly announced Amazon CEO-to-be Andy Jassy, donated to Sen. Bernie Sanders during his 2016 bid for the presidency.Elana Jassy gave $250 to Sanders' campaign in February 2016, during his primary contest against Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination, according to FEC records published by the Center for Responsive Politics. She donated $750 to Clinton in July of that year, after she won the Democratic nomination.Jeff Bezos announc...
Tags: Amazon, Politics, News, Washington Post, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, House, Retail, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Vermont, Bernie Sanders, Clinton


Every single executive order and action Trump signed in his 4 years as president

President Donald Trump shows off an executive order declaring formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6, 2017. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Former President Donald Trump issued executive actions at a brisk pace through his one term in office. Orders, memoranda, and proclamations are three types of presidential actions, each with different authority. Insider compiled every executive action Trump signed, and you can browse them by category here...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Washington Post, White House, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Barack Obama, Trends, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Jabin Botsford, BI Graphics


POLL: The majority of voters don't think Trump made America great again, and 46% think he's one of the worst presidents

US President Donald Trump waves during a "Make America Great Again" rally in Topeka, Kansas, on October 6, 2018. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Image The majority of voters do not think Trump "made America great again," according to a new poll from Morning Consult and Politico. 80% of GOP-voting respondents said Trump delivered on his original campaign promises. 85% of Democratic voters said the Trump presidency was either one of the worst of all time or below average. Visit Business Insider's ho...
Tags: Politics, News, White House, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Topeka Kansas, Make America Great Again, Politico Trump, Maga, Joe Biden America


Vast majority of Americans hold Trump responsible for Capitol siege, new Insider poll shows

Most Americans blame President Donald Trump for the Capitol siege, with less than one-fifth saying he's blameless for the violence, according to a new Insider poll. Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Americans overwhelmingly say that President Donald Trump is responsible on some level for the Capitol siege, according to a new Insider poll. 76% said Trump bears a "great deal" or "a lot" of responsibility. Less than one-fifth said the president is blameless for the riot at the Capitol.  Trump was ...
Tags: Politics, News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, House, Biden, Donald Trump, Mccarthy, Trump, Capitol, Electoral College, Kevin McCarty, GOP House, US Capitol, Impeachment


One in 10 Americans say they believe the Capitol siege was justified in some way, according to a new Insider poll

Capitol Police stand guard outside of Congress as pro-Trump rioters challenging the election results storm the building. Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images A new Insider poll found that a vast majority of the American public believes the Capitol Siege was uncalled for, with 66% saying it was "completely unjustified." However, 11% of nearly 1,060 respondents, polled online between January 13 and January 14, said they could justify it in some way. Of them, almost 6% said the deadly in...
Tags: Politics, Congress, US, Trends, Washington Dc, Capitol Hill, Election, Donald Trump, Capitol Police, Trump, Afp, White Supremacy, Capitol, BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI, US Capitol, Voter Fraud


A well-known QAnon influencer dubbed the 'Q Shaman' has been arrested after playing a highly visible role in the Capitol siege

Jake Angeli, the "Q Shaman," was one of several protesters to confront Capitol Police officers at the US Capitol on January 6. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images A leader in the QAnon conspiracy-theory movement was one of the rioters storming the US Capitol during Wednesday's attempted coup in Washington, DC.  The "Q Shaman" took photos on the Senate dais and marched through the Capitol with a megaphone.  He was arrested three days later and charged with federal crimes. QAnon's presence at the...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Fbi, Washington Dc, Arizona, The New York Times, Department Of Justice, Extremism, Conspiracy Theories, Globe, Donald Trump


Newspaper front pages from across the US and around the world showcase the attempted coup from pro-Trump insurrectionists

A stack of Thursday's edition of The Washington Times is left outside of an office in the U.S. Capitol building on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. Following a rally yesterday with President Donald Trump on the National Mall, a pro-Trump mob stormed and broke into the U.S. Capitol building causing a Joint Session of Congress to delay the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Trump. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Thousands of protesters from across the US ...
Tags: New York Post, Politics, England, Congress, Australia, France, Nigeria, Israel, US, Trends, Spain, Joe Biden, Canada, United States, Washington Dc, New York Times


Photos show the trail of destruction inside the US Capitol following an attempted coup by pro-Trump supporters

The aftermath of the US Capitol Building riots. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Thousands of protesters from across the US gathered in Washington, DC, on Wednesday to protest the presidential vote certification in Congress. The protests turned into riots, leading to the Capitol Building being evacuated as insurrectionists stormed the building in an attempted coup. Prior to the vote certification process, Trump whipped his supporters into a frenzy using a groundless claim that Congress can selec...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, House, Air Force, Biden, Donald Trump, Hakeem Jeffries, Rudy Giuliani, Capitol Police, Trump


A well-known QAnon influencer dubbed the 'Q Shaman' played a highly visible role in the Capitol siege

Jake Angeli, the "Q Shaman," was one of several protestors to confront Capitol police officers at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images A leader in the QAnon conspiracy-theory movement kept popping at Wednesday's coup attempt in Washington, DC. The so-called "Q Shaman" was among rioters who stormed the US...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Arizona, The New York Times, Extremism, Conspiracy Theories, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol


The US Capitol secured 4 hours after being breached by pro-Trump rioters

Capitol Police with guns drawn as protesters try to break into the House chamber on January 6. J. Scott Applewhite Thousands of protesters from across the US gathered in Washington, DC, on Wednesday to protest the presidential vote certification in Congress. The protests turned into riots, which led to the Capitol being evacuated as rioters stormed the building and halted the vote-certification process. The US Capitol was secured four hours after being breached. Before the vote-certificati...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Washington Dc, House, House Of Representatives, Arizona, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Capitol Police, Trump, Igor Bobic


Ossoff and Warnock win Georgia runoffs, handing Democrats control of the US Senate

  Democrats will win both runoff elections in Georgia to retake the US Senate, according to projections from Decision Desk HQ and Insider.  Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue lost their seats to the Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.  Democrats will now control the Senate for the first time since 2015 and have unified control of government for the first time since 2011. Ossoff and Warnock's victories are a major breakthrough for Democrats in the formerly red Georgia and giv...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Senate, White House, Alabama, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Live, Democrats, Gop, House Of Representatives, Arizona, News UK


LIVE UPDATES: 2 critical Georgia runoffs are neck-and-neck to decide the future of the Senate

  By 10:00 p.m. E.T., over 3.5 million votes had been counted and reported in Georgia. The Republican candidates currently hold narrow leads, though those leads could shift or reverse as more votes are counted. In Georgia's regular Senate election, first-term Republican David Perdue is running against Democrat Jon Ossoff.  Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, appointed in 2019 to fill a vacant seat, will face Democrat Raphael Warnock. If Democrats win both runoffs, the Senate will be divided even...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Senate, Alabama, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Live, Democrats, Gop, New York Times, Arizona, US Senate, Biden


Ossoff and Warnock win Georgia Senate runoffs, handing Democrats control of the Senate

  Democrats will win both US Senate runoffs in Georgia to retake the US Senate, Decision Desk HQ and Business Insider project.  Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue lost their seats to Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively.  Democrats will now control the Senate for the first time since 2015 and have unified control of government for the first time since 2011. Ossoff and Warnock's victories are a major breakthrough for Democrats in formerly-red Georgia and open t...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Senate, Alabama, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Live, Democrats, Gop, House Of Representatives, Arizona, US Senate, Biden


LIVE UPDATES: Democratic Raphael Warnock defeats Republican Kelly Loeffler to become Georgia's first Black Senator

  Democrat Raphael Warnock has defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler in one of two Georgia Senate runoffs.  Warnock, senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, will be Georgia's first Black Senator.  The other US Senate runoff between GOP Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff is still too early to call.  If Democrats win both runoffs, the Senate will be divided evenly between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, leaving Vice-president Harris as the tie-breaker and giving Democrats th...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Senate, Alabama, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Live, Democrats, Gop, Arizona, US Senate, Biden, Perdue


LIVE UPDATES: Democrats Ossoff and Warnock lead in key Georgia Senate runoffs

  By 9 p.m. E.T., over 2.3 million votes had been counted and reported in Georgia. The Democratic candidates are currently leading, though those leads could shift or reverse as more votes are counted. In Georgia's regular Senate election, first-term Republican David Perdue is running against Democrat Jon Ossoff.  Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, appointed in 2019 to fill a vacant seat, will face Democrat Raphael Warnock. If Democrats win both runoffs, the Senate will be divided evenly between...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Washington Post, Senate, Alabama, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Live, Democrats, Gop, Arizona, US Senate, Biden


LIVE UPDATES: Polls close in 2 Georgia runoff elections to determine control of the US Senate

  Voting in two crucial US Senate runoffs in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate is ending on Tuesday, January 5.  In Georgia's regular Senate election, first-term Republican David Perdue is running against Democrat Jon Ossoff.  Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, appointed in 2019 to fill a vacant seat, will face Democrat Raphael Warnock. If Democrats win both runoffs, the Senate will be divided evenly between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, leaving Vice-president elect Kamala Ha...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Senate, Alabama, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Live, Democrats, Gop, Arizona, US Senate, Biden, Perdue


LIVE UPDATES: Two runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday will determine control of the US Senate

Voting in two crucial US Senate runoffs in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate is ending on Tuesday, January 5.  In Georgia's regular Senate election, first-term Republican David Perdue is running against Democrat Jon Ossoff.  Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, appointed in 2019 to fill a vacant seat, will face Democrat Raphael Warnock. If Democrats win both runoffs, the Senate will be divided evenly between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, leaving Vice-president elect Kamala Harr...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Senate, Alabama, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Democrats, Gop, Arizona, US Senate, Biden, Perdue, Kamala Harris


Two runoff elections in Georgia will determine control of the US Senate

Georgia Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock greet each other onstage during the "Vote GA Blue" concert for Georgia Democratic Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff at New Birth Church on December 28, 2020 at New Birth Church in Stonecrest, Georgia. Paras Griffin/Getty Images Voting in two crucial US Senate runoffs in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate is ending on Tuesday, January 5.  In Georgia's regular Senate election, first-term Republi...
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