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Britain becomes the first country to approve a fully tested COVID-19 vaccine, but its show of national pride raises EU hackles. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Britain bought the vaccine first.
The emergency authorization, before the U.S. and the E.U., paves the way for mass inoculations. As hospitalizations and infections surge across the U.S., California officials warn of severe shortages of beds and staff. New York Times
When early results from the final trials began to roll in, scientists were well prepared. Now, they face the logistical challenge of putting the vaccine to work. New York Times
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Top Democrats endorsed a $908 billion compromise and called on Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, to revive negotiations. Here’s the latest. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The Dems want to talk, now.
Newly released data gives the most detailed accounting yet of the pandemic aid provided to 5.2 million businesses that sought forgivable loans. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Those who cheated must pay dearly.
Only government intervention can keep millions of Americans housed. New York Times
The remarks underscore the delicate politics that Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue must navigate to turn out their base in Georgia.
VOA VIEW: Liberal news deception.
Black Lives Matter is facing a rebellion within its own ranks as regional affiliates seek greater control over the movement and demand answers on where the millions in donations have gone. After years of tension between the national organization and local outlets, the rift went public this week with the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: BLM is a joke and travesty.
A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday. Observations by a telescope in Hawaii clinched its identity, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The object was classified as an asteroid after its discovery ... Washington Times
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Presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden warned Americans on Wednesday against venturing out for major holiday gatherings in the coming weeks amid the still-raging coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Biden also warned that things will be "hard as hell" for out-of-luck workers without quick action from Congress on another round of COVID relief. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden, the liar and coward.
Sidney Powell, who is not on the president's legal team but is filing pro-Trump lawsuits, sued officials in Arizona on Wednesday alleging Dominion Voting Systems software created security risks and statistical anomalies in the November election results. The software manipulation, according to the complaint, was coupled with other alleged fraud. ... Washington Times
It seems odd that it would take a federal law to ensure that only people who are actually alive are voting in elections. But a GOP congressman announced legislation Wednesday designed to impose that rule on states, saying too many dead people seem to have cast ballots in this year's ... Washington Times
Austin Mayor Steve Adler went on vacation to Mexico with family in November as he urged people to stay home amid worsening coronavirus caseloads in Texas, at one point recording a video during the trip in which he told residents back home that now was "not the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: He should be removed from office.
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An owner of a New York City bar that was providing indoor service in defiance of coronavirus restrictions was arrested after a sting in which plainclothes officers went inside and ordered food and beverages, the city sheriff's office said. Protesters shouted as deputies arrested Danny Presti, the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: What happened to liberties?
U.S. health officials say staying home for the upcoming winter holidays is the best way to stay safe and protect others ABC
VOA VIEW: Very few will follow the CDC urge.
President-elect Joe Biden says he won’t immediately lift tariffs placed by President Donald Trump on many imports from China or break Trump’s initial trade deal ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden wants to see how much his son and brother can squeeze China?
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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is launching her bid for a third two-year term heading the GOP's governing organization ABC
The president has refused to concede and baselessly questioned the results of the presidential election in Georgia. CBS
VOA VIEW: Republicans must win.
The shorter time period is meant to encourage more people to quarantine. CBS
Experts argue that leveling out Social Security benefits would ultimately provide more for people who live below the poverty line. CNBC
VOA VIEW: SS is questionable.
Ford reported sales of the popular F-150 full-size pickup were nearly cut in half last month compared with November 2019. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Many businesses may slow growth because of Biden.
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Former President Obama cautioned progressive Democrats about using slogans like "defund the police," saying it alienates large groups of voters. CNN
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
The Trump administration on Wednesday issued a final rule saying only dogs can be defined as service animals when it comes to travel on airline flights. UPI
The fifth missile warning satellite of the U.S. Space Force has been constructed and is ready for launch, manufacturer Lockheed Martin announced on Wednesday. UPI
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The U.S. economy added a little more than 300,000 private payrolls during the month of November, ADP and Moody's Analytics said Wednesday in their monthly jobs report. UPI
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A good move that pushes back on Biden. Joe Biden needed this like he needs another hole in his head. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much what Bill Barr has given him. The Attorney General revealed Tuesday that he appointed federal prosecutor John Durham as a special counsel to allow him to continue investigating how the Obama-Biden administration weaponized the FBI and Justice Department to spy on the Trump campaign during and after the 2016 election.
The appointment, made in secret on October 19, two weeks before the election, does not absolutely protect the investigation once Biden moves into the White House. But it means the probe cannot be swept under the rug because ending it would require the new administration to publicly remove Durham, which would smack of a coverup and cause a uproar in public and in congress.
The prospect that justice might be done for the dirtiest trick ever played in American politics helps restore a modicum of confidence in Washington. Thank you, Bill Barr. The move is also a reminder that turnabout is fair play, for it presents Biden with a cloud similar to the one that he, Obama, Jim Comey and others created for Trump at the start of his administration.
The only difference is that the probe of Trump was concocted out of whole cloth for purely partisan purposes. This one is more than warranted. As Trump often said, what happened to him should never again happen to any president. What we know so far shows that Comey’s FBI was at least as corrupt as anything J. Edgar Hoover ever did.
Hoover collected dirt on public officials, including presidents, as an insurance policy so he wouldn’t be fired. Comey and his crew of dirty cops decided they, and not voters, would decide who should be president. Barr, who took office in 2019, soon expressed concerns about the origins of the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign, telling CBS in May of that year that “the use of foreign intelligence capabilities and counterintelligence capabilities against an American political campaign to me is unprecedented and it’s a serious red line that’s been crossed.”