US President-elect Joe Biden has vowed that his family’s dealings – including those of his son, Hunter – will not conflict with his role as commander in chief, batting away prior allegations of inappropriate business deals. Read Full Article at RT.com
MSNBC host Brian Williams calls the development «a breathtaking moment of situational awareness on live television»
The top executive at pharma giant Pfizer said it still isn’t clear if those who receive the company’s vaccine will be able transmit the coronavirus to others, just one day after the UK became the first to approve the inoculation. Read Full Article at RT.com
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared Wednesday in front of the House Financial Services Committee for a hearing on the handling of American taxpayer money during our current economic and public health crisis. Many Americans would like to know why Mnuchin is trying to sabotage the economy by cutting off the emergency lending programs and clawing back $455 billion into the General Fund. This move would force future Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to negotiate the already-legislated use of CARES Act money with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has tried to nicely discourage this ill-advised and illegal move. After Donald Trump and the Republican Party insisted on having no strings attached to how they blackmailed distributed funds to people and companies in dire need of financial help, Mnuchin is now attempting to attach all sorts of strings before he leaves the office in January. Democratic Rep. Katie Porter of California is no stranger to making powerful men look as craven and pedestrian as they really are. Her very simplified way of exposing the hypocrisies of not simply this administration, but the leaders of the corrupt industries leeching off of the American public, is very effective. It exposes the hypocrisies and corruption of those in power while also exposing how mediocre these (usually) men are. On Wednesday, it was Mnuchin’s integrity’s turn to get served a pink slip. Mnuchin was on the defensive quite quickly, after Rep. Porter explained the logic Mnuchin seems to be working with in his attempt to override the use of the remaining CARES Act stimulus package. But since people like Steve Mnuchin only get ahead when no one stands up to their transparently mediocre minds, they are frequently unable to handle themselves when they are called out on their activities. This is when things heated up, and this is when Rep. Porter shines.
Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide goes to Nevada, which once again backed the Democratic ticket in a tight race. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump 50-48 in Nevada, which was similar to Hillary Clinton’s 48-46 showing in 2016 (and also a good demonstration of the reduced appeal of third-party candidates in 2020). However, while Trump and Clinton each took two of the state’s congressional districts four years ago, Biden secured three of them this time. You can find a larger version of our map here.
Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At The American Prospect, Alexander Salmon writes—Prosecuting Trump Is the Only Way to Heal the Nation. Letting him off the hook for multiple crimes would reinforce Trump’s own contempt for the rule of law: Going out as it came in, the Trump campaign’s last days were ablaze with misconduct, corruption, and illegal activity with no regard for the law and no fear of consequence. According to the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, the final three weeks of the campaign produced a flurry of FEC filings with plainly illegal individual contributions far beyond the individual limit of $2,800. All told, the campaign took on $2.7 million in wrongful and excessive donations in the last 20 days. The Biden campaign’s FEC reports over the same period showed no similar pattern. That misconduct is barely a blip in the course of the Trump experience, where a brazen disregard for the law and the expectation of total impunity has been perhaps the most coherent and consistent direction of the president’s four years at the helm. Trump himself and his various appointees engaged in crimes far more grievous than campaign-finance violations. The stuff we know about—the violations of the Emoluments Clause, the solicitation of foreign interference in elections, the tax cheating, the use of the military on civilian protesters, the sexual assault allegations and the attempted use of the Justice Department to fight them, the obvious and repeated obstruction of justice, and on and on—may be dwarfed by the crimes we haven’t yet been made aware of. Trump was impeached for a tiny percentage of this, and then he and his enablers in the attorney general’s office and the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security kept on unabated.
RBI Monetary policy LIVE updates: MPC voted unanimously to keep rates unchanged, said RBI governor Shaktikanta Das. Stay tuned for all the LIVE updates
The RBI MPC voted unanimously to keep the key policy rate unchanged
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RBI Monetary policy LIVE updates: According to analysts, the RBI will have its eyes on important numbers like inflation and earnings. Stay tuned for all the LIVE updates
Asian shares scaled a record high on the growing prospect of a large US economic package, while hopes that vaccine rollouts will boost the global economy underpinned investor sentiment
The additional capacity will be created in the fast-growing markets of the east, central and north regions in the country.
Researchers have revealed a previously unknown DNA modification in zebrafish - one of human's distant evolutionary cousins.
Like many overseas Chinese, Derek Weng gets shopping requests from his family and friends whenever he returns to China. Some of the most wanted imported products are maternity items, cosmetics, and vitamin supplements. Many in China still uphold the belief that “imported products are better.” The demand gave Weng a business idea. In 2018, he […]
OTV (formerly known as Olive Tree Ventures), an Israeli venture capital firm that focuses on digital health tech, announced it has closed a new fund totaling $170 million. The firm also launched a new office in Shanghai, China to spearhead its growth in the Asia Pacific region. OTV currently has a total of 11 companies […]
Bombarding a crystal with neutrons reveals a quantum quirk that frustrates heat transfer.
Leaf microbiomes of sugar maple trees vary across the species' range, changing in accordance with the types of trees in the surrounding 'neighborhood.'
The tiny Stingray Nebula unexpectedly appeared in the 1980s is by far the youngest planetary nebula in our sky. But a team of astronomers recently analyzed a more recent image of the nebula, taken in 2016 by Hubble, and found that it has faded significantly and changed shape over the course of just 20 years. If dimming continues at current rates, in 20 or 30 years the Stingray Nebula will be barely perceptible.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Americans couldn’t resist the urge to gather for Thanksgiving, driving only slightly less than a year ago and largely ignoring the pleas of public health experts, who begged them to forgo holiday travel to help contain the coronavirus pandemic, data from roadways and airports shows. ...
Despite their uncanny elements, the black-and-white worlds of Stefan Zsaitsits (previously) deftly encapsulate the ennui and angst of modern life. The meticulously cross-hatched scenes depict solitary figures in states of psychological stress as they wrap their bodies around docks, cry profusely, and find themselves stuck under a thundercloud. Some of the lethargic, anxiety-ridden figures literally are overwhelmed by the atmosphere or shown putting on a happy face. Zsatisits recently compiled 21 illustrations in a collection titled Wherever, which is available for purchase on his site. More
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife officials have announced plans to cull between 500 and 700 Yellowstone bison from the population, and no longer enroll the animals to a brucellosis quarantine program. Yellowstone National Park biologist Chris Geremia said if the target is met, an additional 200 male bison could ...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's COVID-19 caseload surged Thursday to levels not seen even during the height of the spring outbreak, with Gov. Phil Murphy and experts warning things could get worse. The state recorded about 4,900 new cases overnight as New Jersey weathers another wave of the ...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government on Thursday urged its citizens to avoid travel to the Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of Iranian attacks. The travel advisory comes as Iran is threatening to attack Israeli targets following the assassination of its top nuclear scientist ...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Environmentalists are asking for an independent investigation into U.S. Forest Service practices in southern New Mexico, saying hundreds of grazing violations on the Lincoln National Forest have pushed an endangered mouse closer to extinction. The Center for Biological Diversity in its request pointed to a November ...
Kevin Molino scored twice in the first half in Minnesota United's 3-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.
Bellas don’t do nature: Total Bellas, Dec. 3, 2020
Nikki and Brie sit down for a heart-to-heart talk with their mom: Total Bellas, Dec. 3, 2020
Taylor Rogers will be back with the Minnesota Twins.