From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved

    This file is attached to from “Beast That Came Out Of The Sea” - Chapter Eight by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved.
    This link will return you to Astronomical Events To Appear Between 2014 Through 2017 A.D..
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12/1/2020 Oil down $0.40 to $45.12, DOW down 272 to 29,639.

12/1/2020 Asking high court to reopen classrooms - Cameron pushing for in-person church school by Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    One day after a three-judge panel sided against him in his lawsuit to keep classrooms at religious schools open during the pandemic, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stymie Gov. Andy Beshear’s ban on in person classes.
    He said Monday he filed an emergency application asking the court to essentially uphold a U.S. District Court judge’s earlier decision to prevent the enforcement of Beshear’s executive order against religious schools, despite the subsequent Circuit Court ruling in the governor’s favor.
    “The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that religious institutions cannot be treated different than secular activities, and we are asking the court to simply apply the same analysis to the Governor’s disparate treatment of religious schools and other secular activities,” Cameron, a Republican, said in a news release.    “We’re committed to pursuing every available option to protect the constitutional rights of Kentuckians, and today’s filing with the Supreme Court is the next step.”
    Hours before he announced the emergency application, Cameron telegraphed his plan to take the case to the nation’s most powerful court in a television interview.
    “We’re ready to send our case to the Supreme Court,” he said Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”    “We’ll be applying for review by the Supreme Court hopefully today.”

12/1/2020 U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Chinese Firm Accused Of Undermining Democracy In Venezuela by Daphne Psaledakis
FILE PHOTO: Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary, Department of the Treasury during the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining
the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress, in Washington, DC, U.S., September 24, 2020. Toni L. Sandys/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions on Monday on Chinese firm China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation (CEIEC), accusing it of supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to undermine democracy.
    The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement the Chinese company supported the leftist government of Maduro in its “efforts to restrict internet service and conduct digital surveillance and cyber operations against political opponents.”
    “The United States will not hesitate to target anyone helping to suppress the democratic will of the Venezuelan people and others around the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.
    Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry called the move “illegal” and said in a statement it was aimed at “isolating the country and generating difficulties for the Venezuelan population.”
    CEIEC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also called the sanctions illegal and said the United States should “correct its mistake.”
    China will take all necessary measures to protect its companies’ legitimate rights and interests, she said, speaking at a daily news conference in Beijing on Tuesday.
    Venezuelans have said for years that their computers and phones cannot access certain websites linked to the opposition or some local news agencies that openly criticize the government.
    Those using broadband services provided by state-run telecommunications provider Venezuelan National Telephone Company (CANTV) are generally the most affected, but users of private services also face restrictions.
    Health workers who signed up this year to receive bonus payments through opposition leader Juan Guaido had to do so via VPN services because the site built by Guaido’s team was blocked, according to participants in the program.
    The Treasury said CEIEC had been supporting the Maduro government since 2017 and had provided software, training and technical expertise to entities of Venezuela’s government, including CANTV.
    Washington in January 2019 recognized Venezuelan politician Guaido as the OPEC nation’s rightful leader and has ratcheted up sanctions and diplomatic pressure in the aftermath of Maduro’s 2018 re-election, widely described as fraudulent.
    Maduro remains in power, backed by Venezuela’s military as well as Russia, China and Cuba.
    Monday’s action freezes any U.S. assets of the Chinese firm and generally bars Americans from dealing with it.    The Treasury also issued a license authorizing the “wind down” of transactions with the Chinese company until Jan. 14.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis in Washington and Brian Ellsworth and Deisy Buitrago in Caracas; Additional reporting by Gabriel Crossley in Beijing; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Peter Cooney and Edwina Gibbs)

12/1/2020 Ky. Attorney General Taking Lawsuit To SCOTUS For Religious Schools by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron makes his victory speech to the
audience gathered at the Republican party celebration event in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is asking the Supreme Court to rule on his lawsuit to allow religious schools to reopen.    On Monday, he filed an emergency action for the court to prevent the enforcement of the Democrat governor’s executive order in which closes religious institutions.
    Cameron argues religious institutions should not be treated differently than secular activities.    He said in a statement that his office is willing to exhaust every available option and filing the lawsuit with the Supreme Court as the next step.
    “The First Amendment exercise of religion is in play in this particular as it relates to religiously affiliated schools,” Cameron stated.    “And it’s my responsibility as the attorney general to stand up for those rights that parents and kids all across the commonwealth try to exercise daily.”
    The case is currently awaiting action by the high court.

12/1/2020 San Jose, Calif. Mayor, Police Chief Call For Change To Sanctuary Policy by OAN Newsroom
Members of the San Jose Police Department investigate a homicide scene at Grace Baptist Church on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020,
in San Jose, Calif. Two people died and multiple others were injured in a stabbing Sunday night at the church, where
homeless people had been brought to shelter from the cold weather, police said. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group via AP)
    City leaders in San Jose, California are urging the Santa Clara County to take action after it was discovered the suspect in a recent church stabbing was an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times.
    While speaking at press conference last week, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Police Chief Eddie Garcia appealed to officials to reconsider the counties sanctuary city policy while condemning the actions of 32-year-old Fernando Jesus Lopez-Garcia.
    On November 22, two people were killed when Lopez-Garcia allegedly walked into Grace Baptist Church and stabbed five innocent people.    Luckily, a responding officer was able to arrest the armed and dangerous suspect shortly after the attack.
    Chief Garcia said Lopez-Garcia should have been detained by federal authorities given his violent and criminal background.
    “On three prior occasions, Lopez had been deported and ultimately returned to the United States,” he explained.
    Authorities said the suspects long criminal history includes convictions for battery of an officer, assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.
    San Jose’s sanctuary city policy currently prevents local authorities from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, which means the county did not notify ICE about Lopez.
    “Currently, Santa Clara County policy prohibits responding to immigration detainors, which allow the suspects to be released,” said Chief Garcia.    “Suspect Lopez was also released by a judge following the same domestic violence arrest in Santa Clara despite having a violent history.”
    Mayor Liccardo also slammed the county’s sanctuary policies by stating he couldn’t understand how Lopez-Garcia was originally released despite the district attorney’s opposition.
    “We also cannot ignore the fact that the suspect fell through the cracks of drug treatment and criminal justice systems,” stated the mayor.    “Fundamentally, we need to return a more balanced approach of criminal justice…reforms must be evidence-based, must take in the rights of the accused, victims, community and above all, must make our communities safer.”
    This is the second time in the last year the mayor and chief have made such an appeal to the county.

12/1/2020 Poll Watchers Bring Forward Evidence Of Voter Fraud In Ariz., Mich. by OAN Newsroom
Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks at a hearing of the Pennsylvania
State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    Poll watchers are coming forward with their stories of witnessing fraud as the President’s campaign continues to try and bring legitimacy to the 2020 election.
    Monday’s hearing was led by the President’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who was met with a strong round of applause when he reiterated the importance of maintaining election integrity.
    “Your political career is worth losing if you can save the right to vote in America,” he firmly stated.
    Giuliani urged state lawmakers to bring up evidence of election fraud on the floor of the Arizona state legislature.
    During the hearing, cyber security expert and retired Col. Phil Waldron told Arizona lawmakers this year’s election was compromised by Dominion Voting Systems.    He testified that Dominion systems are not secure, but had the political muscle to force their involvement in this year’s election.
    Waldron went on to say Dominion systems can be changed by either an authorized or an unauthorized hacker to alter election outcomes.    He added, the machines in question were connected to the internet in violation of election law, which left it open for potential hackers.
    Meanwhile in Detroit, another poll watcher named Adam De Angeli came forward to detail voting irregularities and fraud committed by Democrat election officials in Michigan.
    “But what they told us to do was they said poll-challengers can challenge the processing procedure, but if their challenge is meritless, just ignore it basically,” he stated.
    President Trump commented on the new evidence as it was brought to light throughout the day, pointing out that his loss was “not statistically possible.”

12/1/2020 Don Jr. Urges Ga. Voters To Support GOP Senators In Runoff Elections In New Radio Ad by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo Donald Trump Jr., gestures during a news conference at
Georgia Republican Party headquarters in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
    Donald Trump Jr. is hitting the airwaves in Georgia in a new six-figure radio ad in which he urges voters to back the state’s GOP senators in the runoff elections.
    In the ad, released Tuesday, he warns Peach State voters of the radical left’s agenda.    He also claims they want to tear down everything President Trump and Republicans have accomplished.
    Trump Jr. points out that the left wants to defund the police, destroy private health insurance and dismantle the Supreme Court.    He also stresses they want to abolish American’s Second Amendment rights.
    The new ad was funded by the Save the U.S Senate PAC, which has filmed a number of television ads with Trump Jr. and will be releasing them in the coming weeks.

12/1/2020 President Trump Praises Operation Warp Speed As Moderna’s Vaccine Candidate Heads Into FDA Review by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed
by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. Moderna Inc. says it will ask U.S. and European regulators
to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
    Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski of Operation Warp Speed said 100 percent of Americans will have the opportunity to take a COVID-19 vaccine by June of 2021.    He made those remarks Monday while speaking to reporters.
    However, that’s not the only development on the vaccine front.    In a press release the same day, biotech company Moderna said it plans to apply for Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.
    “We’re going to be filing (today) around the world, first regulatory approval for the product for regulators to review it and the FDA has told us an advisory meeting is likely to be meeting on December 17,” stated Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel.    “It is highly possible that between the 17th and Christmas, the product is approved.”
    It’s the latest candidate to reach that stage following Pfizer and BioNTech, which both have a vaccine already under regulatory review.    If Moderna is granted authorization, its vaccine could be available as soon as December 21.
    In light of the news, President Trump urged the FDA to “act quickly.”    He added, “Operation Warp Speed has been a great modern-day miracle.”
    Moderna has received $1 billion under Operation Warp Speed to fund its vaccine research.    The company has also already taken a $1.5 billion order from the U.S. for the pre-manufacturing of 100 million doses of its vaccine, which the company said is 94.1 percent effective and expected to cost about $25 per dose.
    Moving forward, the vaccine may be approved as soon as Christmas in which case it would likely be distributed to high priority groups first, including frontline medical workers and likely residents of nursing homes.

12/2/2020 Oil down $0.51 to $44.55, DOW up 185 to 29,824.

12/2/2020 Kentucky sets records for cases, deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced the worst day Kentucky has seen of new positive COVID-19 cases and related deaths.
    There were 4,151 new cases, including 461 kids. Kentucky has now reported at least 183,168 cases during the pandemic.
    Beshear announced 35 more deaths caused by the virus, bringing the state’s total to 1,943.
    “We do believe right now that the steps we’ve taken are absolutely necessary,” Beshear said, referring to the additional restrictions he instituted last month, “and maybe today’s report will convince those out there who disagree.”
    Indiana also reported a record-high number of deaths related to the virus, with 142 announced Tuesday.    There were also 5,518 new cases.
    Kentucky had a record-high number of 1,777 people hospitalized with the virus, including 441 in intensive care units and 241 on ventilators.
    Beshear also gave an update on Kentucky’s long-term care facilities, whose residents account for 2,251 active cases of the coronavirus.    Fifty-seven longterm care facilities have 15 or more active cases, he said.
    “Our community response isn’t where it needs to be,” Beshear said.    “We need to know whether or not people in long-term care facilities get COVID is about what we do in our daily lives, the decisions we make and whether or not we do what it takes to prevent it from spreading to those around us.”
    Beshear addressed Kentucky’s need for a new coronavirus relief package from Congress, saying the state’s federally funded programs implemented during the pandemic “stops at the end of December unless we get a new act.”
    “Without another round of CARES Act funding,” there won’t be money for relief for restaurants and bars, for additional unemployment aid, eviction relief, or to go toward testing efforts, Beshear said.
    Mark Carter, who Beshear appointed in May to lead the state’s contact tracing effort, spoke during Tuesday’s virtual briefing to give an update on that effort.    Beshear said last month the state’s contact tracing system has been unable to keep up with the surge in cases.
    “Unfortunately, we just haven’t contained the spread of the disease and the exponential growth that we see,” Carter said.    “... We finally reached a point where we’re being overwhelmed in terms of our disease investigation contact tracing efforts.”
    Kentucky’s tracing efforts also are running out of federal CARES Act funding, Carter said.
    “Essentially all of our disease investigation and contact tracing effort across the commonwealth has been funded by the CARES Act, and that funding, we’re required to have spent that funding by Dec. 30,” Carter said.    “We desperately need either an extension of that date or additional funding, or both in order to take this program into 2021 and get us through the months that we need to get through till we reach the point where we have a widely available vaccine.”
    Before ending his briefing, Beshear again asked Kentuckians to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
    “We defeat this thing if we’re just kind and care about each other, so let’s get out there and do it,” he said.
    “We need to know whether or not people in long-term care facilities get COVID is about what we do in our daily lives.” Andy Beshear, Kentucky governor.
[For two days there were 35 deaths / 4,151 cases = 0.008% still below 1% Beshear so think positive instead of your daily the 'sky is falling routine' and contract tracing is a violation of my constitutional rights to privacy and I will refuse to abide to it and it waisting a lot of money with no results.].

12/2/2020 Barr: No evidence of fraud uncovered by Michael Balsamo, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
    His comments come despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President- Elect Joe Biden.
    In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.
    “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP.
    The comments are especially direct coming from Barr, who has been one of the president’s most ardent allies.
    Before the election, he had repeatedly raised the notion that mail-in voter fraud could be especially vulnerable to fraud during the coronavirus pandemic as Americans feared going to polls and instead chose to vote by mail.
    The Trump campaign legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, has been alleging a widespread conspiracy by Democrats to dump millions of illegal votes into the system, but with no evidence presented.

12/2/2020 Trump allies want Mich. results overturned by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press USA TODAY NETWORK
    Allies of President Donald Trump want a federal court in Michigan to force state leaders to set aside election results and award its 16 electoral votes to the president.     A separate conservative group also wants the Michigan Supreme Court to invalidate the results that show President-elect Joe Biden won the state.
    The latest lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan and before the state’s highest court, rely on unfounded allegations of fraud and misconduct that judges in the state and across the country have rejected.    Neither has a high likelihood of success.
    There is no evidence of mass fraud or wrongdoing that affected election operations in Michigan or elsewhere.    Biden earned roughly 154,000 more votes than Trump in Michigan.
    Last week, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers formally certified the results.
    But the federal lawsuit, filed by Trump-affiliated attorney Sidney Powell and a cadre of other lawyers, wants a judge to force Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to “decertify” those results.    They want to act before Dec. 14, when the Electoral College is set to meet and Biden will receive the more than 270 votes needed to formally secure the presidency.
    “The multifaceted schemes and artifices implemented by defendants and their collaborators to defraud resulted in the unlawful counting, or manufacturing, of hundreds of thousands of illegal, ineligible, duplicate or purely fictitious ballots in the State of Michigan, that constitute a multiple of Biden’s purported lead in the State,” the lawsuit reads in part.
    The city of Detroit is not named in the lawsuit but is seeking to intervene.    Lawyers for the city argue the allegations of misconduct focus on Detroit, so the city should be allowed to have a say in the proceedings.
    “This lawsuit dredges up baseless conspiracy theories that have been debunked and rejected every time they have been reviewed by a court.    This particular suit is filed by an attorney whose claims are so detached from reality that even the Trump campaign has disavowed any association with her,” said David Fink, lead attorney representing Detroit.
    On Sunday, those filing the lawsuit reiterated their request for a judge to take immediate action.    They also asked the judge to let them file several additional documents under seal, meaning they would not be widely accessible.    They argue the people making the documents have such sensitive information that being named publicly and providing these details would risk endangering themselves and their families.
    The lawsuit relies on a series of debunked or discredited theories.    That includes allegations that ballot tabulating software crafted by confederates of deceased Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez helped further a massive international conspiracy against Trump, carried out in Michigan and other swing states in order to secure Biden’s victory.
    While the lawsuit provides hundreds of pages of exhibits with the filing, no judge or impartial authority has found any of the statements or reports to be credible or consider them actual evidence of wrongdoing.
    Tiffany Brown, communications director for Whitmer, reiterated comments the governor made after the state certified its election results.
    “We will not comment on pending litigation, other than to say that the people of Michigan have spoken and the votes have been certified for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Brown said in a statement Monday.
    “President-elect Biden won the State of Michigan by more than 154,000 votes – more than 14 times Donald Trump’s 2016 margin.    It’s time to put country over party, and time for us to put this election behind us and unite together to defeat our common enemy: COVID- 19."
    Ryan Jarvi, a spokesman for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, said their office is reviewing the lawsuit and determining appropriate action.
    Powell has asserted similar allegations in lawsuits in several other states.    Although she made some of these allegations at joint appearances with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani later disavowed her.
    Republicans, including Trump supporter and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, have criticized the president’s legal team.
    The Trump campaign and its supporters have either lost or withdrawn each of their lawsuits.    In cases where judges have ruled, they have determined the campaign lacked evidence.    Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny determined allegations made by supporters about conduct at TCF Center in Detroit were “incorrect and not credible.”
    Last week, Giuliani announced a series of hearings involving state lawmakers in Michigan and other states related to election results.    While the Senate Oversight Committee does plan to meet Tuesday to discuss vote counting at TCF, a Senate committee spokeswoman has said the meeting was previously scheduled and “is not at all related to Trump.”
    State lawmakers already issued subpoenas and scheduled hearings in relation to election operations.
    Also last week, a conservative law firm asked the Michigan Supreme Court to invalidate state election results.    The Amistad Project, part of the Thomas More Society, made similar allegations of fraud and misconduct in a news release, focusing on the uptick in absentee ballot requests in the state.
    Benson and the state have won other lawsuits focused on absentee ballots; the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the state acted legally when Benson’s office sent unsolicited absentee ballot applications to registered voters in the state.

12/2/2020 Whistleblowers Testify To Fraud In Battleground States by OAN Newsroom
A person drops into a mail box applications for mail-in ballots, in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
    Whistleblowers in Virginia recently chose to speak out in an effort to preserve election integrity.    The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society law firm held a press conference Tuesday, where a number of whistleblowers gave eyewitness testimony on election fraud in key battleground states.
    The Amistad Project had uncovered hundreds-of-thousands of ballots affected by election fraud in five states, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.    They have demanded election officials send logs and video of ballot handlers at several polling locations, especially at mail-in ballot drop boxes.
    Several whistleblowers were subcontractors with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and alleged they faced problems working with the department.    One man from Wisconsin claimed he saw only one ballot go out on November 2 and none on Election Day. On November 4, however, the local USPS chapter declared there were at least 100,000 ballots missing.
    Another subcontractor from New York said he experienced weird behavior at two Pennsylvania USPS locations.    He explained that officials from the first location held him there for more than six-hours and didn’t allow him to unload his trailer.    Then at the second location, USPS officials took his whole trailer when he went to pick-up his truck.
    This comes as Republican lawmakers throughout the country are hearing the Trump campaign’s case for widespread voter fraud.    Meanwhile, campaign officials are asking for a recount in Wisconsin and a signature audit from Georgia election officials.

12/2/2020 Maricopa County GOP Chairwoman Testifies She Saw Votes For President Trump Flipped For Biden by OAN Newsroom
Linda Brickman, front left, vice chair of the Maricopa County Republicans, Dr. Kelli Ward, back left, chair of the Arizona Republican Party,
talk with Rey Valenzuela, right, Maricopa County Elections Department Director of Early Voting and Election Services, as the department
conducts a post-election logic and accuracy test for the general election Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    The GOP vice chairwoman of Maricopa County, Arizona said she saw ballots changed from a vote for President Trump to a vote for Joe Biden on election night.
    Linda Brickman testified before Arizona state legislators on Monday, stating that she witnessed votes being entered into the Dominion system automatically changed to reflect a vote for Biden.    She said she was threatened and barred from the counting room after telling her supervisor what she saw.
    Despite multiple witnesses coming forward with similar stories, counters were reportedly never told whether any action had been taken to correct the miscount.
    Maricopa County is among the largest in the nation with more than 2 million votes in the 2020 election.
    “I read her a Trump Republican ballot and as soon as she entered it into the system, the ballot defaulted on the screen to a Biden Democratic ballot,” explained the GOP vice chairwoman.
    Brickman said her purpose of appearing at the hearing was to speak the truth and protect the integrity of the election.

12/2/2020 Education Secy. Devos Says Push For Free College Is Socialist Takeover Of Higher Education by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Phoenix International Academy in Phoenix.
In a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden’s education plans DeVos on Tuesday, Dec. 1, blasted the push for free college
as a “socialist takeover of higher education” that could damage the nation’s economy. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
    Education Secretary Betsy Devos slammed the increased demand for student debt forgiveness and free college by calling it a socialist takeover of higher education.
    While addressing a virtual conference Tuesday, Devos said higher education policies should never entice students into greater debt nor should they put taxpayer dollars at greater risk.    She went on to say college counselors would become “rationers” who would allot state approved higher education options.
    Devos said if the left moves forward with free college, higher education would begin to resemble a “failing K-12 school with the customer service of a DMV.”
    Devos argued that it’s unfair to make the almost two-thirds of Americans who don’t go to college pay for the one-third who do.    She went on to point out that “ultimately, nothing is free.”

12/2/2020 NATO Allies Consider Afghan Drawdown In Line With U.S. by OAN Newsroom
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks during a statement at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Maas informed about a virtual meeting
of the EU-ASEAN Foreign Ministers and an upcoming NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, held as a video conference. (Clemens Bilan/Pool Photo via AP)
    NATO allies are reportedly planning to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, following a similar decision by President Trump.    According to reports Tuesday, NATO could reduce its 11,000 strong contingent as the peace process in Afghanistan continues.
    Earlier this week, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the future of NATO forces in that country is unclear, but a drawdown of troops is highly likely.
    Some officials are worried a withdrawal from Afghanistan could encourage an increase in Islamic terrorism.    European allies have said any future withdrawal can only proceed if certain conditions are met.
    “It should not be the case that this peace process is endangered by a rushed military withdrawal from Afghanistan,” stated German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.    “That was why, in the last few weeks, the announcements from the U.S. were so difficult because we didn’t know what effect that would have on the behavior of the Taliban, if any.”
    Officials also said the Afghan government must reach a political agreement with the Taliban and be able to defend itself before a complete NATO withdrawal.

12/2/2020 GOP Rep. Mo Brooks To Challenge Certification Of Electoral College Votes by OAN Newsroom
File – Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) is pictured. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP)
    GOP congressman Mo Brooks said he will challenge the electoral college votes when Congress plans to certify the results on January 6.    On Wednesday, the Alabama lawmaker told reporters he will likely challenge the certification process even if no one else joins him.
    In order to force Congress to bring the matter to a vote, one senator and one House representative must challenge the electorate.    So far, it’s not clear if any senators plan to contest the electoral college results.
    This comes just weeks after Brooks spoke on the House floor, where he highlighted that Congress certifies the election.
    “Earlier I cited constitutional and federal law mandating that Congress, not the Supreme Court, determines whether to accept or reject electoral college votes,” he stated.    “And Congress, not the Supreme Court, has the final verdict on presidential elections.”
    Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has continued to challenge the election results while making their case before courts and state legislative officials.

12/2/2020 Allies Of President Trump Concerned DOJ Will Not Conduct Meaningful Investigation Into Voter Fraud by OAN Newsroom
TOPSHOT – US Attorney General William Barr arrives for a press conference. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Allies of the President are calling on the Justice Department to step up efforts to investigate election fraud.
    On Wednesday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) told One America News that while he’s optimistic the Department of Justice will conduct a thorough review, he’s still a little cynical.
    President Trump’s campaign continues to maintain that it has evidence of voter fraud in at least six key states despite recent comments by Attorney General William Barr [Which by the way has been found that the FAKE NEWS took it out of context and left out the whole text as they usally do.].
    Biggs also noted shortcomings by the Justice Department, which have prompted concerns about its ability to fulfill its duty.
    “We’ve expected the Durham report for a year now… and we never got it,” Biggs said.    “They’re not out there really busting things to break this thing down to try to resolve some of these issues.”
    He added that although we’re seeing more specific allegations, affidavits and evidence, there is still no proof that the attorney general is actively investigating these incidents.
    Biggs mentioned he hopes the search for evidence of voter fraud continues.    He noted that audits would help determine if further remedies are needed.
    Meanwhile, political consultant Roger Stone also took aim at Barr, calling him “part of the deep state.”
    In a video Tuesday, Stone claimed Barr is blocking the nation’s two-tiered justice system.    This came after Barr’s remarks, which claim the Justice Department found no substantial voter fraud thus far.
    Stone went on to cite Barr’s failure to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey as well as former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
    Additionally, Stone criticized the ongoing ‘Durham’ probe by calling it a ploy.
    Stone said there is overwhelming and compelling evidence of voter fraud in the election despite Barr’s claims.

12/2/2020 White House Press Secy. Points Out Blatant Hypocrisy From Democrat Lawmakers by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 02: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing
at the White House on December 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. McEnany fielded questions on a wide array of topics, including the
coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election results. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany wasted no time bridging the gap between strict COVID-19 restrictions and Democrat hypocrisy.
    During a press briefing Wednesday, McEnany outlined a string of examples, which included California Gov. Gavin Newsom attending a party indoors and without a face mask after he employed strict restrictions on his state.
    Another example included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attending a hair salon, maskless, after barring other Californians from doing so.
    “You’ll see CNN’S Chris Cuomo staging his emergence from quarantine in a made for television moment,” McEnany added.    “This was after Cuomo was spotted breaking his brother, Gov. Cuomo’s, quarantine rules to go for a bike ride in The Hamptons.”
    “Quite clearly, these Democrats do not follow their own edicts,” McEnany stated.    “They act in a way that their own citizens are barred from acting.”

12/2/2020 Operation Warp Speed Predicts 100M Americans Immune To COVID-19 By End Of February by OAN Newsroom
This picture taken on May 23, 2020 shows a laboratory technician holding a dose of a
COVID-19 novel coronavirus vaccine candidate. (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Trump administration touted the continued success of ‘Operation Warp Speed’ in its latest update in the fight toward developing the COVID-19 vaccine.
    During a press briefing Wednesday, Operation Chief Advisor Moncef Slaoui predicted at least 100 million Americans will be immune to the virus by the end of February.
    This came as about 20 million people are expected to be vaccinated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines during the month of December alone.
    Slaoui added 30 million people will be vaccinated by January and 50 million by February.
    Vaccine front-runners ‘Pfizer’ and ‘Moderna’ have both sent their vaccines to the FDA for Emergency Use Approval.    Each of the two has proven its high effectiveness at about 95 percent.
    Once approved, the Warp Speed team can begin shipping doses within two days of authorization.    Chief Operations Officer Gen. Gus Perna said they will release doses as they become available.
    “We are not waiting for a cluster of vaccines to be available and then push,” Perna stated. “We want a rhythmic, cadenced delivery of vaccine so the states can best manage it to the priorities as they developed it.”
    State officials will determine who should receive the vaccine first.    Advocacy groups have called for health care workers and the elderly to be considered.
    Furthermore, it’s unclear if ‘Pfizer’ and ‘Moderna’ vaccines will be available after February.    However, officials said other companies like ‘Johnson and Johnson’ and ‘AstraZeneca’ are also in the running to produce coronavirus vaccines.    They could get approval at the beginning of next year.

12/2/2020 Gov. Abbott: Private Businesses Always Welcome In Texas by OAN Newsroom
Texas Governor Greg Abbott. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott said his state is welcoming all private-sector enterprises that move out of Democrat-controlled states.
    “We don’t see any change in the approach by these other states,” Abbott said.    “And to the contrary, the approach of the state of Texas is we partner up with all these businesses.”
    In an interview Wednesday, the governor said his administration creates a business-friendly environment in Texas, while Democrat-run areas are not business-friendly.
    This came after ‘Hewlett-Packard’ became the latest company to move its headquarters from California to Texas.    Abbott said that the decision tells you a lot about doing business in this country.
    “My goal is to call them, to reach out to them and explain how I can help,” the Texas governor stated.    “i>Whereas these other states are looking to use these businesses to tap into them in a leaching type way where they are bleeding them dry of their tax revenue.”
    Abbott added he always talks to business leaders to see how he can help them prosper, as opposed to slapping new regulations and restrictions on the private sector.

12/2/2020 Sen. Perdue’s Campaign Slams Ossoff Over Endorsement By Far-Left Sen. Sanders by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 11: Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    The far-left is setting its sights on the Georgia Senate runoffs, but Republicans are not letting their efforts to weigh-in on the crucial elections go unanswered.
    Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) is pushing back against a radical leftist lawmaker’s endorsement of his opponent.
    Perdue called out his Democrat challenger for embracing far-left lawmaker Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).    In a statement earlier this week, John Burke, the campaign communications director, said Jon Ossoff is making it clear he supports Sanders’ socialist vision for America.
    He also said if Ossoff wins, Sanders’ destructive agenda, which includes the Green New Deal and eliminating private health insurance, would become a reality.    His remarks came after Ossoff praised the far-left lawmaker’s endorsement in a recent interview.
    The Perdue campaign is now out with a new ad, which highlights the similarities.
    In a tweet on Tuesday, Perdue warned voters if they choose Ossoff, they choose Sanders and all the radical policies he comes with.
    On Wednesday, President Trump stated he will be heading down to the Peach State to help prevent a potential Democrat takeover of the upper chamber.
    President Trump said he will be holding a “big rally” in support of Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.)
    The President called the two Republicans “fantastic people who love their country and state.”    He added we must work hard to be sure they win.

12/2/2020 Fraternal Order Of Police: Nearly 300 Law Enforcement Officers Have Been Shot In 2020 by OAN Newsroom
New York Police officers block off the north entrance to Washington Square Park in New York after facing
off with protestors on Nov. 4, 2020, the day after the U.S. general election. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
    The National Fraternal Order of Police shared a report showing law enforcement offices are under attack.    On Tuesday, the organization released new statistics reporting that 283 officers have been shot in 2020 with 44 of them being fatal.
    The group commented that attacks on law enforcement officers are continuing at a “disturbing pace” and has routinely blamed increasing hostility for the rise in attacks.
    More detailed information from the FBI shows the number of felonious killings of officers is up more than 20 percent since last year.    Nearly half of those incidents were the result of an ambush.
    This comes as prominent politicians on the left have attacked law enforcement with increasing calls to defund police departments.
    “It’s not just about breaking the cycle of police violence, it’s not just about fixing the budget,” stated Tammy J. Morales, a Seattle council member.    “It’s about creating a new system of community safety that centers mental wellness, prosperity and safety for all of our community members.”
    Supporters of dismantling police budgets routinely cite an supposed increase in police-related violence, which is an increase the FBI’s national use-of-force data collection reports from the last two years have shown to be false.
    The movement has been met with widespread backlash, especially as Democrats have failed to explain exactly what they plan to do in place of police departments.
    Departments have reported waves of resignations as defunding efforts continue, leaving many officers wondering “who will protect those who protect and serve?
    As members of law enforcement are continually put at risk while doing their jobs, police unions have spoken out regarding the uptick in violence.
    The National Fraternal Order of Police concluded their report by saying violence against officers must be condemned by all, adding “enough is enough.”

12/3/2020 Oil up $0.73 to $45.12, DOW up 60 to 29,884.

12/3/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Ky. again reports record deaths - Fatalities are highest ever for second day in a row by Emma Austin and Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky had its worst day for COVID- 19 deaths for the second consecutive day, with Gov. Andy Beshear announcing 37 more deaths Wednesday.
    The previous record for coronavirus related deaths reported in a single day had been set Tuesday, with 35 additional deaths.    Wednesday’s total included six people under age 60, Beshear said.
    The governor also announced 3,601 more cases of the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 186,765. Kentucky has recorded 1,980 deaths tied to the pandemic 0.01%.
    Wednesday’s report also follows record- high totals of cases, hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units announced Tuesday.
    The positivity rate climbed again, reaching 9.62%, the highest the rate has been since May.
    Beshear again urged Kentuckians to comply with his recently instituted restrictions, which include limits on social gatherings and prohibit in-person classes and indoor dining at bars and restaurants.
    “We can stop the surge.    It’s in our hands,” the governor said.    “Whether we do it is going to be about whether we’re willing — whether we’re willing to continue to fight this virus and to sacrifice for one another.”
    In stressing the seriousness of COVID- 19, Beshear referenced the weekly report distributed to states by the White House.
    The report this week warned the country is in the most dangerous situation since the pandemic began.
    “The COVID risk to all Americans is at a historic high,” it said.
    National cases are now averaging about 180,000 per day, and fatalities have more than doubled since summer.
    “We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high COVID baseline and limited hospital capacity,” it said.    “A further post-Thanksgiving surge will compromise COVID patient care as well as medical care overall.”
    Dr. Steven Stack, state public health commissioner, said the tone of the report was unusual, calling it “some of the darkest language they have used.”
    Beshear also read part of the report which said his new restrictions “should result in a rapid decrease in transmission if compliance is high.”
    “So here we’ve got foremost experts in the country, if not the world, saying we got a winning game plan,” Beshear said.    “The question is: Is everybody going to do their part to execute that game plan.”
    Beshear’s executive order is in place through Dec. 13, and he said has “no expectation” dining rooms won’t be allowed to reopen on Dec. 14.
    It’s the second time Beshear has ordered dining rooms to close during the pandemic, and he said the state anticipates the second closure will slow the virus’ spread.
    “We hope it has a major effect, but we believe it will at least have a slowing effect on the virus,” he said.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[37 deaths / 3,601 cases = 0.01% but we never are told how many of the deaths were due to the coronavirus or other ailments.].

12/3/2020 Election Fraud Witnesses Provide Testimony In Mich. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during
a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    Voting irregularities in Michigan are under scrutiny again as the President’s legal team continues to present their case to the American public.
    On Wednesday, state Rep. Matt Hall (R), chairman of the Michigan House Oversight Committee, led a hearing to listen to poll watchers and election workers testify to what they saw on November 3 as well as the days that followed.
    In his introduction, Hall recognized that the state of Michigan needed to investigate these claims because pre-election mandates had left the state vulnerable to tabulation errors.    During the 2018 midterms, Michigan voted to change a number of election procedures, including the implementation of ‘no excuse absentee’ voting.
    More than 3 million voters used the new policy to register to vote by mail in 2020, but county clerks quickly reported tens-of-thousands of ballots were thrown out due to signature errors or voters no longer living in Michigan.    This led the President’s legal team to question how many fraudulent ballots were not thrown out.
    The President’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, questioned witnesses before the Michigan House Oversight Committee.    This allowed lawmakers in the Wolverine State the opportunity to hear first hand stories of fraud and negligence.
    One witness, Mellissa Carone, was contracted by Dominion voting machines to provide IT support in Detroit and told the committee how she was forced to watch as election officials added the same batches of ballots to the final tally over and over again.
    The mishandling of ballots and the negligence of poll workers affected not only the presidential race, but several ballot measures within the state.
    Guiliani ended the hearing by saying that the work undertaken by the President’s legal team was vital because “every dishonest vote deprives an honest voting person of their vote.”

12/3/2020 3% Of Ariz. Ballots Tainted Or Invalid, According To Recent Study by OAN Newsroom
Election workers sort ballots Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    President Trump recently shared the results of a statistical study of fraudulent votes in Arizona.    In a tweet on Wednesday, the President noted a random sampling of ballots in the state has shown a 3 percent average of tainted or invalid ballots.
    President Trump said this sampling gives Republicans around 90,000 more votes than needed to claim the state for the GOP.
    Election outcomes in Arizona remain in dispute as Democrats claim a razor thin margin for Joe Biden despite evidence of mishandled ballot counts.
    The study also revealed a pattern of switching Arizona votes from Trump to Biden.
    “One was changed from Trump to Biden, so 2% of those ballots,” stated Dr. Kelli Ward, Arizona Republican Party chairwoman.    “Also this is good news because those media propagandists that say there’s no evidence of fraud, can now shut up.”
    The President also said a court order has just granted a larger sample of ballots up for further fraud inspection.

12/3/2020 Sen. McConnell: Compromise On COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Is Within Reach by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McMcConnell of Ky., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Bill O’Leary/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he’s hopeful Congress can strike a coronavirus stimulus bill before the end of the year.    On Thursday, the Senate majority leader said a compromise on a roughly $500 billion bipartisan package is within reach.
    Democrats backed his proposal, which includes Paycheck Protection Program loan funding, vaccine distribution funding and education funding.
    However, McConnell’s provision regarding COVID-19 liability protection for businesses and universities appears to be one sticking point for Democrats.    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have, instead, pushed for aid to state and local governments as well as supplemental federal unemployment payments.
    “Now it’s been heartening to see a few hopeful signs in the past few days,” McConnell stated.    “After months of arbitrary attachment to sky-high dollar amounts the Speaker of the House claimed were essential, that it would be an insult to settle for a nickel less…those baseless claims have suddenly evaporated.”
    Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said this week President Trump is ready to sign McConnell’s relief bill.

12/3/2020 President Trump Makes First Formal Address On The Presidential Elections by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump listens during a ceremony to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former football coach
Lou Holtz, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump made his first formal address regarding the November 3 elections.    On Wednesday, the White House posted the President’s 45-minute speech on social media in which he detailed multiple instances of voting irregularities.
    “In Wisconsin as an example, where we were way up on election night, they ultimately had us miraculously losing by 20,000 votes,” the President explained. “I can show you right here that Wisconsin, we’re leading by a lot and then at 3:42 in the morning there was this, it was a massive dump of votes, mostly Biden.”
    Given the evidence of a lack of security in the 2020 elections, the President went on to suggest his political opponent is supported by something more sinister.
    “The corrupt forces who are registering dead voters and stuffing ballot boxes are the same people who have perpetrated one phony and fraudulent hoax after another,” he stated.    “You’ve been watching it now for four years, these entrenched interests oppose our movement because we put America first.”
    The President has raised concerns Joe Biden seemed to take a backseat in campaigns, while insisting Democrat leaders knew the elections were over before they even began.
    President Trump also accused the Democrat establishment of taking advantage of the pandemic by making last minute changes to election procedure and pushing for universal mail-in-voting.
    "This colossal expansion of mail-in voting opened the flood gates to massive fraud,” he stated.    “It’s a widely known fact that the voting rolls are packed with people who are not lawfully eligible to vote, including those who are deceased, have moved out of their state and even our non-citizens of our country.”
    From ineligible voters casting their ballots to cyber attacks, the President said the elections were riddled with voter fraud.    He went on to warn similar instances might be seen in Georgia’s January runoffs.
    This comes as Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are set to defend their seats in a race that is expected to determine which party will control the Senate.    President Trump is expected to rally for the Georgia Republicans this weekend while his legal team continues to push for election integrity across the country.

12/3/2020 Fla. Governor Provides Plan For Vaccine Distribution by OAN Newsroom
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently gave an update on his plans for vaccine distribution.    He released a video message Wednesday in which he laid out his plans to distribute the first batch of coronavirus vaccines.
    DeSantis said because there will be a limited number of doses, the state’s priorities will be to treat residents in long-term care facilities first followed by health care workers and people 65-years-old and older.
    The Republican governor assured citizens nobody will be forced to take the vaccine once it’s available, but it will be strongly encouraged.
    “Now, importantly, while we are encouraged and we want to make available the vaccine, no one will be mandated to take the vaccine,” he stated.    “This will be available, but not mandated.”
    DeSantis also noted the vaccine was being developed by Johnson & Johnson.    He called it “promising” and said he hopes for it to be available by February.
    Meanwhile, the Trump administration is planning to make vaccines available to about 20 million people by December.

12/3/2020 President Trump: GOP Senators Getting Cold Feet Over Ending Section 230 by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump. (Photo by Erin Schaff – Pool/Getty Images)
    President Trump called out GOP senators who seem to be backing off the fight against Section 230.
    The President took to Twitter on Thursday to slam the senators and to emphasize that the termination must be put in the Defense Bill.
    On Tuesday, President Trump called for the end of Section 230.    Section 230 gives companies like Facebook and Twitter the protection of neutral forums rather than publishers.
    Critics pointed out these platforms, however, often pick and choose what content they host, which means they act as editors rather than true neutral hosts.
    President Trump warned if this “dangerous and unfair” law is not completely terminated as part of the ‘National Defense Authorization Act,’ he would veto the bill.
    The President has long spoken out against Section 230.    Back in May, he signed an executive order to protect the free speech of all Americans.
    “My executive order calls for new regulations, under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, to make it so that social media companies that engage in censoring any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield,” President Trump stated.    “They have a shield; they can do what they want.    They’re not going to have that shield.”
    Some senators have called for more discussion over Section 230.    They said the Defense Bill isn’t the place to pressure for change.
    Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany assured the military would get proper funding, but the President is serious about the concerns surrounding the law.
    “The President will always defend our military and make sure that we get adequate defense funding as he’s gotten $2.9 trillion so far,” McEnany said.    “But he is going to put the pressure on Congress to step up on this.”
    On Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy noted the NDAA will get done, but also pointed to the need to do away with Section 230.
    “We know that we will get an NDAA done as we’ve done for the last 60 years, but we also know that Section 230…needs to be repealed,” McCarthy stated.    “These technology companies are not acting in the manner of why 230 was created to give them protections that they want to pick and choose what goes on.”
    McCarthy emphasized that Big Tech doesn’t need the protection any longer.
    The renewed push to change Section 230 came earlier this year when platforms refused to host a ‘New York Post‘ article, which detailed a hard drive belonging to Hunter Biden.    The hard drive linked his business dealings to his father, Joe Biden.
    In October, the FCC announced it had the legal authority to interpret Section 230 and would move forward with rule-making to clarify its meaning, which was part of the President’s May executive order.

12/3/2020 Senate Holds Hearing On FBI’s Russia Investigation by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump. (Photo by Erin Schaff – Pool/Getty Images)
    The Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the FBI’s 2016 ‘Russia Investigation.     On Thursday, the Committee heard from multiple witnesses affiliated with the ‘Crossfire Hurricane Investigation.’
    Republicans have frequently asserted the FBI’s Russia probe was really a Democrat-led means of going after President Trump, which led to a number of security compromises.
    During the hearing, senators questioned former FBI Assistant Director of Intelligence Kevin Brock, who argued the partisan investigation violated FBI regulations.
    “These disgraced former FBI executives never should have opened the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation,” Brock stated.    They did not, despite the DoJ inspector general’s subsequent comments to the contrary, have adequate predication for starting an intrusive investigation of U.S. citizens.”
    Witnesses confirmed ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ was an abuse of power and merely served as a witch hunt against President Trump.

12/3/2020 McCarthy: Democrats Voted Against COVID Relief At Least 40 Times by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) answers questions during a press conference at the
U.S. Capitol on January 09, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) continues to hammer Democrats over their inaction of coronavirus relief.    During his weekly press conference on Thursday, McCarthy said Democrats have voted against virus relief at least 40 times.
    He also signaled Republicans are against a new bipartisan compromise bill that would provide $900 billion in funding as a starting point for future relief talks.
    Instead, McCarthy supports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to tie relief funding to Congress’s year-end budget bill.
    “Working with President Trump, with Mnuchin and with McConnell, I feel we’ve got a better opportunity now than at any time,” McCarthy said.    “I think those members on the Democratic side who said they would sign a discharge petition.    If they would sign that discharge petition, I bet you would get a COVID bill that day.”
    Part of that bill would include securing at least $300 billion in loans or grants to keep small businesses afloat.

12/3/2020 N.J. Judge Pushes Law Protecting Private Info Of Judges Following Assassination Attempt by OAN Newsroom
NORTH BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY – JULY 20: A view of the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas.
on July 20, 2020 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
    A federal judge who lost her son in an assassination attempt warns of an attack on the federal judiciary.
    During an interview Wednesday, New Jersey Judge Esther Salas called for federal protections for judiciary members, which would prohibit the spreading of judges’ private information.
    “We need to do something,” Salas said.    “We need to do something because the federal judiciary is under attack.”
    Salas’s husband notably sustained several gunshot wounds in the attempt on his wife’s life.
    Authorities said the suspect was able to collect personal information on Salas with very little issue.
    “He used that information to compile a dossier on me,” Salas stated of the suspect.    “He knew where I lived, he knew the church I attended, he knew my routes to work, and quite frankly he even stalked my block.”
    Salas added the sheer volume of private information the attacker had on her family was stunning and demands a response.
    “I don’t think I understood the level of information and how someone can use it for nefarious purposes,” Salas added.    “And that’s why we need to do something now to change that.”
    Furthermore, the assailant took her son’s life in the attack after he protected his father from gunfire.
NORTH BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY – JULY 20: A view of the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas. on July 20, 2020 in
North Brunswick, New Jersey.     Salas’ son, Daniel Anderl, was shot and killed and her husband, defense
attorney Mark Anderl, was injured when a man dressed as a delivery person came to their front door and opened fire.
Salas was not injured. US marshals and the FBI are investigating. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
    Salas urged Congress to follow the example set by her home state of New Jersey to pass legislation that protects the private information of those on the federal bench.
    “Every day we waste is a day that something is going to happen to one of my brothers and sisters on the bench,” Salas emphasized.    “And I don’t want anyone to feel what we’re feeling right now.”
    ‘Daniel’s Law,’ named after Judge Salas’s late son, makes it illegal to post the private information of judges on public forums and social media platforms.
    Meanwhile, Salas hopes to take the law to Congress in an attempt to secure the safety of judges across the country.

12/4/2020 Oil up $0.57 to $45.53, DOW up 86 to 29,970.

12/4/2020 Justice seeks Beshear response - Supreme Court asked to hear religious school suit by Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh has asked Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear to respond by Friday afternoon to Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s request for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether in-person classes at the state’s religious schools can continue.
    In a Tuesday motion, Kavanaugh requested Beshear’s office file a response with the Supreme Court by 4 p.m. Friday to Cameron and Danville Christian Academy’s emergency application for the court to consider their legal case.
    Cameron and Danville Christian Academy, a private K-12 school in Boyle County, are asking the Supreme Court to uphold U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove’s Nov. 25 ruling that said Beshear could not halt in-person classes at private, religious-based schools until early January.
    On Sunday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturned Van Tatenhove’s ruling and upheld Beshear’s executive order, which requires private and public schools in Kentucky to hold only virtual classes until Jan. 4.
    Elementary schools in counties not in the “red zone,” which translates to 25 or more new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, may reopen Dec. 7 if they follow the state’s “Healthy at School” guidelines.
    Last week, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked restrictions put in place in New York that would have restricted large gatherings at places of worship, saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions, “by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”
    Cameron, a Republican, and attorneys for Danville Christian have pointed to the SCOTUS ruling on the New York restrictions, with Cameron saying this week they are “asking the court to simply apply the same analysis to (Beshear’s) disparate treatment of religious schools and other secular activities.”
    But the three-judge panel with the Cincinnatibased Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said Beshear’s order applied to public and private schools alike, and that the cases in Kentucky and New York “are therefore distinguishable.”
    Beshear, a Democrat, has said the federal appeals court “recognized that we must all do our part over the next several weeks to slow this virus.”
    “While we all want to get our kids back to in-person instruction, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recognized that doing so now would endanger the health and lives of Kentucky children, educators and families,” Beshear said Sunday.    “To help save more lives and defeat this virus we need everyone to do their part.”
    However, attorneys for the Texas-based First Liberty Institute who are representing Danville Christian have made it clear they disagree with the appellate court ruling.
    “As a result of the appellate panel’s order, Kentucky students can catch a matinee at the movie theater, attend a wedding, go bowling, work out at the gym, or go shopping, or even attend in-person classes at a preschool or college, but they cannot attend an in-person class at a K-12 religious school,” First Liberty’s senior counsel Roger Byron said.    “Even gambling parlors are still open and in-person.”
    Beshear has said the executive order related to schools and new restrictions on bars, restaurants, indoor gatherings, weddings, offices and other areas are necessary as the Bluegrass State deals with recordsetting cases and virus-related hospitalizations.
    The governor has also noted the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld in November his ability to issue emergency orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Other Christian schools and parents are suing Beshear over not only his in-person class order but also his restriction limiting indoor gatherings to no more than eight people from two different households.
    That group, whose case is also pending before Tatenhove in U.S. District Court, has also filed an amicus brief in support of Danville Christian’s application before the Supreme Court.
    With this year’s appointment of Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the U.S. Supreme Court has a conservative 6-to-3 majority.
Federal appeals court Judge Britt Grant attends her swearing-in with now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. AP

12/4/2020 ELECTION 2020 - Fervent for Trump, not giving up the fight - The everyday Americans challenging his defeat by Dennis Wagner, Ryan W. Miller, Nick Penzenstadler, Kevin McCoy and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY
    Alexandra Seely, 27, a dental hygienist, had never been in court except to deal with a traffic ticket.    Yet days after the presidential election, her name was near the top of a lawsuit alleging widespread vote fraud in Michigan – a lawsuit designed to alter the result of a presidential election.
    In a handwritten affidavit, and during a subsequent interview with USA TODAY, Seely described what she saw as she monitored vote counting in Detroit as a Republican challenger.
    Seely said she’s convinced not just that there was vote fraud there but that an entire election was stolen – despite conclusions to the contrary by judges, intelligence officials, President Donald Trump's attorney general, independent observers and election supervisors in states red and blue.
    That Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 4, election workers in a cavernous room at the TCF Center unloaded absentee ballots and fed them into machines.    As more ballots were counted, Trump’s lead in Michigan shrank.    Things were getting tense
Observers watch as poll workers process absentee ballots in Detroit. The room became over
capacity with Democratic and GOP observers. KIMBERLY P. MITCHELL/USA TODAY NETWORK
    Seely monitored the count at Table 23.    Ballots were brought out in nylon roller bags.    A worker would pull one out and scan it, announcing the voter’s name and ballot number.    When things matched, the ballot would go into a stack to be tallied.
    Seely said she challenged about 10 votes, raising her hand when something “wasn’t right.”    One person appeared to have voted twice, she said.    At least five ballots wouldn’t scan.
    Challenged ballots were supposed to be set aside, Seely said, but inspectors took them away and refused to register her objections on a log, claiming they took note on a computer.
    In the days after the election, Trump’s allies and attorneys mobilized to stop the counting, delay certification of the results and challenge the legitimacy of ballots.    Seely and others provided statements about what they saw, heard and suspected.
    In Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia – all swing states – they swore they witnessed poll workers filling out blank ballots, changing votes, processing and backdating flawed ballots, delivering suspicious trunks to counting rooms and blocking, ignoring or intimidating GOP monitors.
    Many of those allegations crumbled under scrutiny.    Their beliefs have not.
'A bunch of stuff going on'
    Those who submitted statements under penalty of perjury reflect a crosssection of America: blue- and whitecollar workers, homemakers, retirees, students, military personnel.     Jeffrey Gorman, 65, a retired airline pilot from Garden City, Michigan, said he raced to serve as a challenger in the TCF Center in Detroit after getting an email from Republican friends.     “They said there was a bunch of stuff going on,” he said, “and all of a sudden, these votes showed up in the middle of the night.”
    The Trump campaign and its allies have lost 40 lawsuits and won one that affected a few dozen votes, according to a running tally by Marc Elias, a Democratic elections expert.
    In the days after the election, false narratives, rumors and claims about suspicious events echoed through an insular world of right-wing websites, news outlets and social media influencers. Among them were a few examples of actual wrongdoing or human error – a “stitching together of real, isolated incidents,” as Renee DiResta, research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, described it.
    Miami attorney Ibrahim Reyes, a Republican, said he drove 660 miles to Atlanta because he felt compelled to see the Georgia recount in person – and to prevent fraudulent ballots from being counted.
    “Many people do what’s easier, which is perhaps to post a comment on social media,” Reyes said.    “But that doesn’t help.    We actually have to take action and get involved as American citizens.”
    Leading up to Election Day, Trump’s campaign called for an “army” to watch over the voting.    These were the foot soldiers. Recruited to challenge ballots.
    Andrew Sitto, 26, a college student from West Bloomfield, Michigan, couldn’t believe the chaos as he entered the TCF Center as a Republican challenger on Election Night.
    “The room was jam-packed,” he said.    “It looked like the stock exchange on the very worst day.”
    Sitto, the son of Iraqi immigrants, described himself as a staunch Trump supporter, in part because of the president’s focus on Iraq.
    As the election neared, Sitto said, he got on a GOP email list and was recruited to do door-knocking for Trump.    Later he got a message asking if he’d serve as a challenger.
    He was assigned to watch workers process military absentee votes.    Around 4:30 a.m., he said, a buddy noticed a van unloading at the dock.    Sitto said he watched as ballots were removed from boxes.    Later, Sitto said, he saw workers filling out blank ballots.
    He said he tried to raise challenges, but he was ignored.
    Many military personnel cast their votes by mail with a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot that cannot be tabulated by voting machines.    Their votes are transferred by hand onto standard, blank ballots by election employees working in pairs, one from each party, according to a court filing.
    In a court response to allegations that challenges were ignored, defendants said legitimate objections were registered, but election workers did not record 'the numerous frivolous and legally invalid challenges.'
    Sitto said in his afffidavit, “I specifically noticed that every ballot I observed was for Biden,” referring to Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
    He told USA TODAY he is convinced Trump lost because of widespread fraud: “If you were to put me on the stand, I would say yes.”
    The Trump campaign and allies provided more than 100 affidavits to support their allegations of election fraud and abuse in Michigan.    The city of Detroit responded with an affidavit from Christopher Thomas, a former head of elections for Michigan.
    Thomas painstakingly addressed the allegations in one suit, concluding Republican challengers “do not understand absent voter ballot processing and tabulating.”
    The judge agreed, writing that challengers' concerns could have been addressed if they had attended a walkthrough of the TCF Center.    “Regrettably, they did not,” the judge wrote.    “Plaintiffs' interpretation of events is incorrect and not credible.”
A call to arms
    Early in the morning on Nov. 4, the Livingston County Republican Party posted on Facebook that poll watchers were needed at the TCF Center, about an hour away: “35,000 ballots were suddenly found at 3:00 am in Detroit.    We need YOU to help us defend the vote and help President Trump.”
    The state Republican Party and conservative activists put out similar calls.
    Seely had stayed up late on Election Night, growing ebullient as she watched the returns on a Fox News app.    When she awoke, certain victory seemed to be slipping away.
    “I thought, this is so weird.    Something’s not right,” Seely recalled.    “This is why people feel like their votes don’t matter.”
    Ballots counted Tuesday night were mostly cast in person.    It took longer to count the huge increase in mail and absentee ballots, which in many states went overwhelmingly for Biden.
    Seely's dad, director of the Trump campaign in Wayne County, called at 9 a.m. Wednesday to ask if she would help monitor counting of mail-in votes
'Stop the count!'
    After a short training session provided by the Trump campaign, Seely entered the “gi-normous” hall where the ballots were being counted.    The room contained 134 tables, each staffed by five vote counters, under the watch of several hundred Democratic, Republican and independent challengers.
    Seely’s suspicions grew as the day progressed.    She alleged votes were counted even when names and ballot numbers didn’t match, or when tabulation machines detected errors.
    Throughout the hall, Republican challengers escalated their complaints against election workers.
    Police escorted some monitors out of the hall.    Those outside began banging on the windows, chanting, “Stop the count!” Election staffers taped cardboard over the glass to keep people from taking photos and videos.
    Someone shot a video of the windows being covered.    It was picked up on social media by Trump and his press secretary.
    In response to the Trump lawsuits in Michigan, lawyers for the Democrat Party submitted affidavits describing a starkly different narrative than Republicans.’    Joseph Zimmerman, a law student who served as an independent challenger at the TCF Center, said GOP challengers were “aggressive and intimidating,” sometimes surrounding vote counters and badgering them
    Around 2 p.m., word spread via social media that the Trump campaign had filed a lawsuit to block the counting in Wayne County. (The suit had not yet been filed.)    Zimmerman said Republicans inside the hall started challenging every vote based on “pending litigation.”    One of them began to shout, “Stop the count!” and those outside the room picked up the chorus.
    Like Sitto, Seely said she believes there was fraud in Wayne County’s vote count, and the presidential outcome was stolen.
    Seely said she heard about an incident in Shiawassee County in which every vote tallied during one batch was for Biden.    The culprit, it turned out, was a typographical error in which an extra zero was added to Biden's total.
    Trump amplified that claim, tweeting, “WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
    The notion that the election was “rigged” – and the desire to combat the result – did not come out of nowhere, said Nina Jankowicz, a fellow at the nonpartisan Wilson Center.
    “It was a narrative that was laid very carefully in the months leading up to the election,” she said.
    In any U.S. election, there are going to be small-scale incidents in which something goes wrong, DiResta said.    That doesn't 'mean there was massive fraud,' DiResta said, but it does help create "the perception that our process for voting is broken.”
    “This is not a thing that only stupid people fall prey to,” she said.    “People seek out information that confirms their beliefs or more heavily weight the information that confirms their beliefs.”
    The Trump campaign dropped the Michigan lawsuit in which Seely was a plaintiff.
‘Pristine’ ballots in Georgia
    In Georgia, attorney Lin Wood launched an effort in federal court to halt the certification of the state’s election results.    The evidence: 18 affidavits from witnesses alleging fraud.
    Suzi Voyles, who said she served more than two decades as a Fulton County poll manager, was one of them.
    Voyles said she observed a box of 800 ballots, mostly for Biden, during the hand audit Nov. 14.    The voting cards were “pristine” and “unusually uniform,” she said – which she believed was a sign they were fraudulent.
    Though she’s a Republican activist, she said she was motivated to file an affidavit by her concern for election integrity.
    “I felt as a citizen concerned about free and fair elections that if I did not say something, that not only challenged the integrity of my vote but every other voter in the state of Georgia,” Voyles said.    “We can’t afford to have people lose faith in our voting process.”
    In a Nov. 19 court filing, attorneys for Georgia’s secretary of state said allegations in the Wood lawsuit were “legally unsupportable efforts to trigger a constitutional crisis and overturn the election results.”
    The Georgia lawsuit, like most of the others, failed in court.
    Two and a half weeks after the election, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, certified the state’s election results after a hand count audit.
Sharpiegate in Arizona
    In Goodyear, Arizona, on the outskirts of Phoenix, Clint Jamison and his wife showed up to vote on Election Day with their five kids, ages 4 months to 9 years.    They stood in line wearing masks, got their IDs scanned and were handed Sharpie pens to mark their ballots.
    Jamison said his wife voted without a hitch, but when he placed his ballot in the machine to be counted, it was spit out because of a stray mark in a judge’s race.
    The poll worker offered three options: He could submit his ballot for a hand count, start over with a new ballot or process the flawed one, knowing his vote in that race wouldn’t be tallied.
    Jamison chose the last one.    He resubmitted the ballot, a worker pressed a green button on the machine, and he left.
    Afterward, amid rumors of Arizona election fraud dubbed “Sharpiegate,” Jamison began to wonder whether his votes were counted.
    The conspiracy theory gained traction late Nov. 3 when a Facebook user posted a video – which the site marked as “false information."    A woman on camera said ballots for two voters were rejected because of blotches caused by Sharpie markers.    The person recording the video said, “That way those votes aren’t counted.”
    As the video spread, Trump’s campaign asked Arizona voters and poll workers to report election problems to a website called “”
    Election officials in Maricopa County, where many of the concerns were centered, said Sharpies are the preferred instrument for marking ballots because they don't smear.
    Sharpiegate reached the highest levels of conservative social media, shared by Eric Trump and Rep. Paul Gosar, RAriz.
    By Nov. 4, demonstrators were outside the Maricopa County vote tabulation center, holding signs reading, 'Count every vote!”
    Jamison became concerned his vote for president hadn’t been counted.    When he couldn't reach election officials, he went to a Republican website, filled out a form and wound up completing an affidavit for a lawsuit.
    In court papers, Trump’s lawyers sought to enter hundreds of unsigned affidavits as evidence.
    Lawyers for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs responded in a brief: “These self serving ‘declarations’ were marshalled by a political campaign that primed the pump about alleged ‘widespread problems.’    There is no evidence that those filling out the forms even voted, let alone witnessed any errors or wrongdoing.”
    A judge agreed, ruling out the unsigned affidavits.
    In court, GOP lawyers offered no evidence that election errors were systemic or that Trump supporters were targeted.    Witnesses acknowledged they did not know whether their presidential votes went uncounted.
‘I’m going to surmise it’
    Edward Balko, 62, a self-described computer expert, claimed in an affidavit that he detected multiple irregularities when he voted in Phoenix.
    In an interview, Balko said he believes the election was stolen because there is no other explanation for what he saw as Biden’s impossible comeback after Trump's initial lead.
    Balko said he was given a Sharpie to mark his ballot but chose to use his own pen.    A tabulation machine rejected his ballot
    The poll worker simply inserted it again and gave him an “I Voted” sticker.
    He claimed there’s a pattern in fraud complaints across the country, saying he researched Maricopa County’s voting machines and concluded they were improperly linked to outside computers.    National intelligence officials said there’s no evidence voting systems were compromised.
    Asked for proof, he said, “I’m going to surmise it.”
    Balko knows some of the things he speaks of didn’t happen.    He mentioned a Michigan video that went viral on social media, purportedly showing a trunk full of ballots rolling into the TCF Center. When told the case contained video equipment, he acknowledged the fraud allegation had been debunked.
    Arizona election officials pointed out that, amid more than 2 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, fewer than 200 registered an error for the presidential race.    Biden defeated Trump in Arizona by about 10,500 votes.
    The judge dismissed the lawsuit after a Trump campaign lawyer acknowledged that Biden won Arizona regardless of any perceived tabulation errors.
    Jamison still doesn’t know whether his votes counted or whether the election was rigged.    “There’s a lot of things that seem off about the numbers,” he said.
    “Is it mass vote fraud?” he said.    “If I had to lean, I’d say yes, it seems like it.    I don’t think Biden won.”
Contributing: Ashley Nerbovig, Detroit Free Press
President Donald Trump’s supporters rally outside the Maricopa County, Ariz., Recorders Office in Phoenix on Nov. 4. MATT YORK/AP


12/4/2020 President Trump Says He Will Sign COVID Stimulus Once It Reaches His Desk by OAN Newsroom
File – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump said he will support a bipartisan coronavirus deal once it arrives on his desk.    While talking to reporters Thursday, the President confirmed he will “absolutely” sign a deal when he gets a chance.
    Congress has been at in impasse for months over a stimulus bill and time is quickly running out for lawmakers to pass legislation before the end of the year.
    Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of legislatures unveiled a $900 billion package in hopes of moving the ball forward.    Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer appeared supportive of the bill as a good place to start negotiations.
    However, Republicans were far more apprehensive of the bill with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stating he, instead, supports Sen. Mitch McConnell’s proposal to attach COVID relief funding to the end-of-year budget.
    “Working with President Trump, with (Steven) Mnuchin and with McConnell, I feel we’ve got a better opportunity now than at any time,” McCarthy stated.    “I think those members on the Democratic side who said they would sign a discharge petition, if they would sign that discharge petition I bet you would get a COVID bill that day.”
    McConnell said he’s seeing good indicators both sides can come to a compromise in time.
    “Now it’s been heartening to see a few hopeful signs in the past few days,” he stated.    “After months of arbitrary attachment to sky-high dollar amounts the Speaker of the House claimed were essential, that it would be an insult to settle for a nickel less, those baseless claims have suddenly evaporated.”
    White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow echoed optimism from lawmakers Thursday while stating he sees things heading in a good direction.    Lawmakers now have less than 10 days to reach an agreement.

12/4/2020 Minneapolis City Council Proposes $5.7M Cut To Police Budget by OAN Newsroom
File – Minneapolis police secure an intersection along 7th St. during unrest near Nicollet
Mall Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)
    The Minneapolis City Council is pushing for a new approach to public safety at the detriment of the police department budget.
    During a public meeting Thursday, council members proposed a plan that includes cutting the police budget by nearly $6 million with the biggest reduction coming from the department’s overtime fund.
    Despite fierce backlash from residents, city council member Lisa Bender claimed the proposal was what residents wanted and indicated she as well as her colleagues were not interested in further debate.
    “We didn’t take the approach of bringing forward something that we didn’t think people would support to then negotiate it back,” Bender stated.    “We brought forward a good faith compromise proposal that incorporates the feedback that we have heard from many.”
    Violent crime has spiked dramatically in Minneapolis with crimes like carjackings up more than 500 percent in November compared to the same time last year.
    The city council didn’t reach an agreement regarding a public safety program and will continue debate on next year’s budget Friday.

12/4/2020 Texas Police Rescue Dozens Of People From Human Smuggling Operation In Houston by OAN Newsroom
File photo – Police investigate a crime scene in Houston, Texas. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
    Authorities in Texas rescued dozens of people who were being held hostage in a home in Houston in a suspected human smuggling operation.
    Police were alerted to the situation Thursday night after receiving reports of a man running in a neighborhood with just his underwear and yelling that he had been kidnapped.    The man directed police to the home where he had escaped.
    Upon arrival, authorities found 30 people who were nearly naked inside the home.    The victims included 29 men and one woman who said they were being held against their will.    Police said they arrested at least three alleged suspects.
    “I think what the suspects did is undressed and hid among the other people, and so we pulled out the ones that looked clean that still had their jewelry,” explained J.D. Torres of the Houston Police Department.    Most people were dirty and they didn’t have their jewelry, these few people did.”
    Authorities said the victims were originally picked up near the U.S.-Mexico border and came from countries including Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador.    The victims were taken to a local school gym, where they waited for immigration officials.

12/4/2020 House GOP Call For Transparency From AG Barr Over Investigations Into Voter Fraud by OAN Newsroom
Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., speaks on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Members of the House Freedom Caucus are doubling down on demands for the truth.    Caucus chairman Andy Biggs led a news conference in Washington on Thursday in which he urged Attorney General William Barr to come forward with the details of his investigation into election fraud.    Biggs said he’s concerned about the consequences our nation could face if Barr refuses to be transparent.
    “It needs to be open, it needs to be public in the sense that we know something’s happening because if he (Barr) doesn’t, there is a good half of this country that will always view this election as being…having an illegitimate result,” the chairman stated.    “No one can really govern under that, it undermines the future of this country and the institutions that have made us the envy of the world.”
    Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) commented the lack of a definitive answer is causing many voters to lose confidence in the electoral process, which could be disastrous for voter turnout in future elections.
    “Well, what’s going on right now is the Department of Justice and others are effectively engaging in willful voter suppression by discouraging people from participating,” he explained.    “Nearly half of the country feels that their vote may be diluted or stolen because of fraud in an election" Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) added that the legitimacy of democracy could be questioned, giving foreign actors the opportunity to seize influence across the globe.
    “But if we don’t do this properly, I think of these other countries around the world that are being challenged by China,” he stated.    “Offering a different form of government and they’re looking at America saying, you really want that kind of government?
FILE – In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
    Their comments came days after Barr claimed he had found no evidence of irregularities in the process of his investigation.    Meanwhile, the President’s legal team maintains it has evidence from at least six states showing voter fraud in the election.
    President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Guiliani, responded to Barr’s claims by saying there “hasn’t been any semblance” of an investigation.    Republicans want Barr to detail the specific actions he’s taking to look into claims of misconduct in the presidential race.

12/4/2020 Police In Fla. Investigating Man Claiming He Illegally Registered To Vote In Ga. Ahead Of Runoff Elections by OAN Newsroom
File – A person fills out a voter registration card. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
    Police are investigating a Florida man for illegally attempting to register to vote in Georgia ahead of January’s highly anticipated Senate run-off elections.
    According to local media Thursday, a video posted to a social media account of Panama City lawyer Bill Price went viral after he can be seen encouraging others to illegally register to vote in the Peach State.
    However, it’s a crime in Georgia to temporarily move to the state just to vote.    The penalty carries a $100,000 fine or up to the 10 years in jail.
    “We have to do whatever it takes and if that means changing your address for the next two months then so be it,” Price can be heard stating in the video.    “I’m doing that…I’m moving to Georgia and I’m going to fight, and I want you all to fight with me.”
    After the video went viral online, Price later walked back his statement by calling it a “joke” and an effort to expose “how easy it was” for Democrats to steal elections.

12/4/2020 UK, EU Call In Leaders To Save Trade Talks by Elizabeth Piper and Gabriela Baczynska
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Business Secretary Alok Sharma speaks during a virtual news conference, amid the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain November 12, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British and EU negotiators paused trade talks on Friday to call in their leaders to try to narrow gaps and get an agreement over the line, less than four weeks before Britain completes its Brexit journey out of the bloc.
    After failing to agree the basis for a deal, Britain’s David Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier said they would brief leaders to seek new impetus for the talks, which stumbled on Thursday when London accused Brussels of making new demands.
    On Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will speak to try to break the impasse, which sources said was centred on French demands over fishing rights in British waters.
    It is the latest twist in what has been months of negotiations which have barely moved on the three thorniest issues – fisheries, ensuring fair competition guarantees and ways to solve future disputes.
    But so far neither side has walked away from the talks, suggesting that both still hold out some hope of securing a deal governing almost $1 trillion of annual trade to avoid a disorderly end to more than 40 years of British membership of the European club.
    “After one week of intense negotiations in London, the two chief negotiators agreed today that the conditions for an agreement are not met, due to significant divergences on level playing field, governance and fisheries,” they said in a statement.
    “On this basis, they agreed to pause in order to brief their principals on the state of play of the negotiations.    (European Commission) President (Ursula) von der Leyen and Prime Minister (Boris) Johnson will discuss the state of play tomorrow afternoon.”
    Sterling sank by as much as half a cent against the U.S. dollar, weakening to $1.3425 from $1.3475 before the negotiators’ statement.    The pound was also lower against the euro.
    Earlier on Friday, there were contradictory reports of how far the talks had progressed, with some EU officials saying they were on the brink of agreement while British officials said the negotiations had reached a “very difficult” point.     Ultimately it will be for the politicians to decide whether they want to shift the negotiating positions and compromise to find grounds for a deal, or instead, to walk away.
    The EU has challenged Britain to decide what future it wants for itself outside the bloc’s single market and customs union.
    Britain formally left the EU on Jan. 31 but has been in a transition period since then under which rules on trade, travel and business remain unchanged.
    If the two sides fail to reach a deal, the five-year Brexit divorce will end messily just as Europe grapples with the vast economic cost of the COVID-19 outbreak.
    A no-deal exit is the nightmare scenario for businesses and investors, who say it would snarl borders, spook financial markets and sow chaos through supply chains that stretch across Europe and beyond.
    The talks soured on Thursday when a British government source said the EU had disrupted talks by trying to force further concessions and France, which fears losing many of its rights to fish in British waters, warned it might rebel.    The EU denied making new demands.
    French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune told Europe 1 Radio there was still a risk that talks would fail but added: “I want to tell our fishermen, our producers, the citizens who are listening that we will not accept a deal with bad terms."
    “If a good agreement cannot be reached, we will oppose it.    Each country has a veto right, so it is possible… We will do our own evaluation of this draft deal, if there is one.”
(Reporting by David Milliken, Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton, Elizabeth Piper in London, Dominique Vidalon in Paris, and John Chalmers and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Toby Chopra)

12/4/2020 President Trump’s Legal Team Claims 40K Double Votes Found In Nev. by OAN Newsroom
LANSING, MI – DECEMBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani speaks as Jenna Ellis,
a member of the president’s legal team looks on. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
    In addition to other voting irregularities in Nevada, the Trump campaign said that tens-of-thousands of people voted twice.
    On Thursday, Trump campaign attorney Jesse Binnall told a judge that over 40,000 people voted twice, while 20,000 voters did not have a mailing address and roughly 2,400 voters had an out of state address.     The Trump attorney also said a local news station found that 1,500 ballots were cast under dead people’s names.
    Additionally, Binnall argued that voting machines in Clark County lacked proper security.    This information emerged during the Trump legal team’s hearing in front of a state judge on voter fraud.
    “The questions are how did this happen?    Who is responsible?” Binnall asked.    “And what do we do about it?
    While addressing the court, Binnall said early policy decisions made by state election officials ultimately set the state up for failure, even months before the election ever took place.
    “It was not an unforeseeable problem,” Binnall added.    “It’s a problem that people were making clear all along.    That there was going to be issues if we didn’t take robust efforts in order to make sure that every voter was only voting once.”
    Binnall specifically highlighted changes to general election procedures that took place before November.    These changes removed restrictions on mail-in voter registration.    He said that legislators’ decision to adopt AB4 “took us to a system of universal mail voting at pretty much the last minute.”
    Back in August, Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak signed AB4 into law in response to the pandemic.    He promised a fair and accessible election.
    Due to the new policy, the number of mail-in ballots cast increased from 6,300 in 2016 to more than 690,000 in 2020.    Come Election Day, the wave of mail-in ballots on top of record-high in-person turnout overwhelmed poll-workers.
    “As a result, there was a system that was ripe for the picking when it came to fraud,” Binnall claimed.    “And the fraud came.”
    Binnall also mentioned that poll workers went on to restrict meaningful access to Republican poll watchers, which made them unable to monitor and ensure the accuracy of the counting process.
    “Election officials planned and implemented an election system that would be highly susceptible to fraud,” Binnall said.    “It would ignore the best practices developed over the years and skew meaningful observation.”
    The President’s campaign has argued that the push for election integrity supersedes any political agenda.    He stressed that upholding the integrity of American democracy is the primary goal of their legal battle.
    “Transparency is not political, transparency is something that is necessary for us to have a democratic election,” Binnall emphasized.    “So that we know it is the candidate chosen by the voters that is the one actually elected.”
    Judge James Russell said he wants to review all of the evidence presented and will make his decision Friday.

12/4/2020 President Trump’s Legal Team Presents Evidence Of Voter Fraud In Ga., Gov. Brian Kemp Calls For Signature Audit by OAN Newsroom
U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani listens to Detroit poll worker Jessi Jacobs during an appearance
before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Guiliani and the president’s legal team
are claiming widespread voter fraud in Michigan and other closely contested states in the November 3 presidential> The hearing will not change results of the vote in Michigan, which has already been certified. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
    In Georgia, Rudy Giuliani heard from witnesses who detailed alleged instances of voter fraud in the battleground state.
    A video of poll-workers who carried suitcases stuffed with ballots captured the attention of the nation as President Trump’s legal team presented further evidence of voter fraud
    On Thursday, the President’s attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis questioned witnesses in the Peach State.    Witnesses alleged the election results were undermined by rampant fraud.
    The Trump campaign posted a video of One America’s coverage of the hearing.    The mainstream media chose to ignore the fact-finding session.
    Jackie Pick, a lawyer volunteering for the Trump team, presented video evidence of Georgia poll workers at State Farm Arena.    The video showed workers reaching under tables and pulling out suitcases stuffed with>     Some of them were even forced to evacuate over false alarms of a burst pipe, but Pick provided testimony of what actually happened on Election Day.
    “Not everybody left according to plan and some people stayed behind, so this shocked them,” Pick stated.    “They returned to State Farm Arena at about one o’clock in the morning, where they confirmed that in fact, people had just left… in contradiction with what they were told by those supervising.”
    One witness noted that not only did 2,506 felons vote illegally, but 66,248 underage individuals did as well.    The law requires voters to be 17.5 years old to legitimately vote, but thousands were able to vote before their 17th birthday.    He also added that at least two thousand individuals were not listed as registered voters.
    The examples continued to pile up from there.    Notably, Georgia’s current election results show Democrat nominee Joe Biden with just a 13,000 vote lead.
    In the meantime, protesters gathered outside of the Atlanta Court House ‘Stop the Steal’ event.    Thursday’s event showed support for President Trump while casting doubt on the number of votes in favor of Joe Biden.
    “I’m out here to support the Stop the Steal movement,” a demonstrator said.    “I believe in what President Trump has been doing for the last four years, like I said, this country has prospered.”
    In an interview Thursday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp called for more transparency in the state’s election system.    He added he believes a signature audit must be carried out for the 2020 elections.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a press conference. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
    The Trump campaign’s legal team is set to continue their fight to ensure free and fair elections.    They’ve already traveled to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and now Georiga to present evidence of illegitimate election results.

12/4/2020 House Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana At The Federal Level by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)
    A bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level is headed to the Senate after clearing the House.
    On Friday, the lower chamber approved the ‘MORE Act,’ which removes cannabis from the controlled substances act and expunges previous pot convictions.
    This came as Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota recently voted to legalize marijuana.    Pot is now legal in 15 states, while medical marijuana is allowed in 38 states.
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say the historic vote has been a long time coming.
    “The federal government has lied to the people of this country about marijuana for a generation,” Rep. Gaetz (R-Fla.) stated.    “We have seen a generation – particularly of black and brown youth – locked up for offenses that should have not resulted in any incarceration whatsoever.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) looks on during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on Online
Platforms and Market Power in the Rayburn House Office Building in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)
    While the bill garnered bipartisan support, top House Republicans condemned Speaker Nancy Pelosi for prioritizing the marijuana bill over coronavirus relief.
    The bill is not expected to clear the Senate.

12/4/2020 White House Advisors Optimistic About Economic Progress Amid Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow speaks to members of the press outside the
West Wing of the White House November 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    As the U.S. economy continues to feel the effects of the pandemic, the Labor Department’s November unemployment report revealed slower job growth than expected.
    Jobless claims fell from 6.9 to 6.7 percent, which added 245,000 jobs to the economy.    However, this was 50 percent lower than what was originally forecasted.
    On Friday, Chief White House Economist Joe Lavorgna spoke to One America News and emphasized that the Labor Bureau’s data still included many positive reports.
    “We’re down 54 percent from where we were in April,” Lavorgna stated.    “Within that number, private employment rose almost 500,000, which is fantastic.”
    He added that major minority groups have seen unemployment rates fall as well.    Lavorgna noted the country’s GDP growth is up 11 percent, emphasizing that the U.S. economy looks “awfully powerful.”
    Meanwhile, various states and local governments have implemented further restrictions as coronavirus cases surge.    However, Lavorgna stated that investors are looking past any temporary economic slowdowns due to vaccine developments.
    The White House economist also discussed the prospects of a stimulus bill.    He said the government would like to offer more help to the American people for COVID-19 testing and paycheck protection.
    “Negotiations are continuing, which is good, but we’d certainly like to give people extra assistance even though we’re in this ‘V-shaped boom,'”    Lavorgna stated.    “There’s certainly a lot of hardship and pain out there and if we can do more to help people that is what we’ve always tried to do.”
    In the meantime, Chief Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow displayed optimism about the U.S. economy.
    On Friday, Kudlow said the economy has come back strong.    Although 10 million Americans remain jobless, he noted it’s lower than the unemployment rate at the start of the pandemic.
    “We’ve got 150 million Americans working and that’s way up,” Kudlow emphasized.    “The 10 million who are unemployed is way down.”
    These improvements come as unemployment benefits are set to expire by the end of the year, which puts pressure on Congress and the White House to pass a new stimulus package by January.

12/4/2020 Rep. Omar Campaign Dumps Additional $138K Into Husband’s Firm Before Cutting Ties by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) looks on as she receives an endorsement during a press conference. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    Filings from the Federal Election Commission show Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) campaign paid her husband’s consulting firm prior to cutting ties.
    According to the recent FEC filings, the team used campaign funds to pay another $138,000 dollars from October 26 until after Omar was re-elected.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (C) campaigns with her husband Tim Mynett (R) at the Richfield Farmers Market
on August 8, 2020 in Richfield, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    In mid-November, the Minnesota representative vowed to cut ties with her husband’s business due to increased scrutiny over how she was spending money raised for her campaign.
    Since early 2020, questions have circled the partnership though Omar has continuously denied any wrongdoing.
    “I don’t pay my husband,” Omar claimed.    “I pay the firm to do work.”
    By the time Omar married her husband in March, her campaign had already paid his firm around $500,000.
    In total, he has earned over $2.8 million through her re-election bid.

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12/5/2020 McConnell, Paul back lawsuit - 38 senators challenge Beshear’s school order by Morgan Watkins and Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and 36 other senators publicly showed their support Friday for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s federal lawsuit challenging Gov. Andy Beshear’s order prohibiting public and private K-12 schools from holding in-person classes until January.
    McConnell, who has been a mentor to Cameron, submitted an amicus brief Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court along with Paul and many of their Republican Senate colleagues backing the case the state attorney general and Danville Christian Academy recently brought against Beshear.
    The lawsuit challenges the Democrat’s decision to force religious private schools to switch to virtual classes because of spiking COVID-19 cases in the state.
    “The Constitution has preserved the fundamental rights of all Americans through innumerable national crises, including wars, economic depressions, and health epidemics.
    But in the response to COVID-19, State Governors across the Country have restricted American freedoms in ways previously seen only in dystopian fiction — including by shutting down religious gatherings of all kinds, while inexplicably allowing many secular activities to continue unabated
,” the senators wrote.
    They said Beshear’s recent restrictions are “yet another illustration of this phenomenon” and his orders “plainly trample religious freedom by shuttering religious schools.”    And they argue a recent ruling that upheld Beshear’s inperson class ban should be overturned and a prior court order preventing him from enforcing that mandate against religious schools should be reinstated.
    Meanwhile, Beshear filed his own response Friday to Cameron and Danville Christian’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether he can ban in-person classes at religious schools.

12/5/2020 CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY - Beshear reports 3,614 new cases, 25 new deaths by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 3,614 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky and 25 new deaths on Friday.
    Of the new cases, 576 were from Jefferson County.    Fayette, Boone, Kenton, Warren and Daviess counties each reported at least 100 cases, Beshear’s office said.
    The positivity rate is at 9.93%, down slightly from 10.07% Thursday.    Kentucky has now lost 2,039 people to COVID-19.    As of Friday, 1,792 are hospitalized, 409 are in intensive care units and 230 are on ventilators.
    The deaths are:
A 76-year-old man from Boone
A 69-year-old woman from Caldwell
An 84-year-old woman from Christian
A 70-year-old woman from Crittenden
A 70-year-old man from Elliott
A 74-year-old man from Franklin
A 72-year-old woman and two men, 74 and 87, from Greenup
An 87-year-old man from Hopkins
Two men, 67 and 71, from Jefferson
Two women, 40 and 64, and a 99-year-old man from Johnson
A 55-year-old man from Lawrence
An 82-year-old man from Lewis
A 73-year-old woman and an 81year-old man from Madison
A 94-year-old man from Marion
A 97-year-old woman from Marshall
A 91-year-old woman from Martin
An 83-year-old woman from McCracken
A 77-year-old woman from Monroe
An 85-year-old woman from Muhlenberg.
    “Within the next 10 days or so we might be giving out the first vaccines,” Beshear said in a statement.
    “That means every loss of life and every extra infection that happens between now and then is entirely avoidable.    So let’s fight harder than we ever have and do our part as Team Kentucky.”
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 8,003 new coronavirus cases and 84 new deaths.    That brings the state totals to 367,329 cases and 5,832 deaths 0.016%.
    Indiana’s most recent seven-day positivity rate for all tests is 11.7%.
    Reach news reporter Sarah Ladd at    Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah.
    “Within the next 10 days or so we might be giving out the first vaccines. ... Let’s fight harder than we ever have and do our part as Team Kentucky.” Gov. Andy Beshear.
[25 deaths / 3,614 cases = 0.007% and it has gone down to less than a half of a percent and did you notice that it never tells us whether they died from coronavirus or other diseases or just old age and bad health.].

12/5/2020 WHO Warns Against Pandemic Complacency Amid Vaccine Rollout
FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends
a news conference in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS
    GENEVA (Reuters) – World Health Organization officials on Friday warned governments and citizens not to drop their guard over the COVID pandemic now a vaccination was close, saying healthcare systems could still buckle under pressure.
    Britain approved Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, raising hopes that the tide could soon turn against a virus that has killed nearly 1.5 million people globally, hammered the world economy and upended normal life for billions.
    “Progress on vaccines gives us all a lift and we can now start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.    However, WHO is concerned that there is a growing perception that the COVID-19 pandemic is over,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a Geneva news conference.
    Tedros said the pandemic still had a long way to run and that decisions made by citizens and governments would determine its course in the short run and when the pandemic would ultimately end.
    “We know it’s been a hard year and people are tired, but in hospitals that are running at or over capacity it’s the hardest it can possibly be,” he said.
    “The truth is that at present, many places are witnessing very high transmission of the COVID-19 virus, which is putting enormous pressure on hospitals, intensive care units and health workers.”
    The virus emerged in Wuhan, China, a year ago since when more than 65 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1.5 million have died.
    Two promising vaccines could soon receive emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and some 20 million Americans could be vaccinated this year, helping stem the tide of the virus in the world’s worst hit country.
    However, the WHO’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan also cautioned on Friday against complacency in the wake of vaccine roll-out, saying that although they were a major part of the battle against COVID-19, vaccines would not on their own end the pandemic.
Vaccines do not equal zero COVID,” he said.
    Ryan said some countries would have to sustain very strong control measures for some time into the future or they would risk a “blow up” in cases, and a yo-yoing of the pandemic.
    “We are in a pivotal moment in some countries.    There are health systems in some countries at the point of collapse,” he said, without referring to specific countries.
    The WHO has backed the COVAX global vaccines programme which seeks to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines and to date has seen 189 countries join.     The WHO’s chief scientist said she hoped half a billion vaccine doses would be available for distribution by the COVAX scheme in the first quarter of 2021, with an initial plan to vaccinate the 20% of populations at highest risk, including health workers and people aged over 65.
    “The goal is to get at least 2 billion doses by end of 2021 which will be enough to vaccinate 20% of the populations of countries that are part of COVAX,” chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told the news conference.
    This would be enough to “bring to an end the acute phase of the pandemic” by reducing mortality and the impact on health systems, she said.
    COVAX is co-led by the GAVI vaccines alliance, the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).    The United States has not signed up to the scheme, having secured bilateral deals.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Michael Shields in Zurich; Writing by Toby Chopra; Editing by Jon Boyle, Catherine Evans and Raissa Kasolowsky)

12/5/2020 Trump To Withdraw Most Troops From Somalia As Part Of Global Pullback by Phil Stewart and Steve Holland
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired football coach
Lou Holtz in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has ordered nearly all American troops to withdraw from Somalia, U.S. officials said on Friday, part of a global pullback by the Republican president before he leaves office next month that will also see him drawdown forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    The United States has about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency.    The mission has received little attention in the United States, but has been considered a cornerstone of the Pentagon’s global efforts to combat al Qaeda.
    In a statement, the Pentagon sought to play down the implications of a withdrawal that experts have said could undermine security in Somalia.
    “While a change in force posture, this action is not a change in U.S. policy,” the Pentagon said.
    “The U.S. will retain the capability to conduct targeted counterterrorism operations in Somalia, and collect early warnings and indicators regarding threats to the homeland.”
    The United States already pulled out of Somalia’s cities of Bossaso and Galkayo earlier this year.    As of last month, U.S. troops were still in the southern port city of Kismayo, Baledogle airbase in the Lower Shabelle region, and in the capital Mogadishu.
    A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said nearly all U.S. forces would leave Somalia, although some would remain in Mogadishu.
    The Pentagon statement, which was unsigned, said an unspecified number of forces in Somalia would be moved to neighboring countries, allowing them to carry out cross-border operations.    Others would be reassigned outside East Africa.
    A congressional aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the withdrawal comes at a difficult time for Somalia, ahead of both parliamentary and presidential elections, and will present an early dilemma for President-elect Joe Biden.
    Somalia has been riven by civil war since the early 1990s, but over the past decade an African Union-backed peacekeeping force and U.S. troops have clawed back control of Mogadishu and large swathes of the country from al Shabaab.
    Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed had appeared to be lobbying in public against the drawdown, writing on Twitter in October that U.S. support “has enabled us to effectively combat Al-Shabab and secure the Horn of Africa.”
    “A victory through this journey and for Somali-US partnership can only be achieved through continuous security partnership and capacity building support,” he wrote.
    Another U.S. official said the U.S. presence in Somalia was a point of contention between Trump and his former defense secretary, Mark Esper, who Trump fired last month.    According to the official, Trump pushed for a drawdown citing a wish by Kenya “to police their own neighborhood,” but Esper resisted.
    Kenya has backed the Somali government in a number of areas and contributes troops to the African Union-led force.
    Al Shabaab, which has fought for more than a decade to establish rule based on its strict interpretation of Islam’s sharia law, often carries out gun assaults and bombings on both military and civilian targets and has also attacked regional targets, especially in Kenya.
    An attack on a U.S. military base in Kenya killed three Americans earlier this year.
    Many of the U.S. forces in Somalia train and support Danab, the Somali special forces at the core of a mission to kill al Shabaab leaders.    Danab, which has around 850 soldiers but had planned to grow to around 3,000, has been Somalia’s most effective fighting force.
    It is the third major withdrawal since Trump installed acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, a former Green Beret and counterterrorism official, to replace Esper at the Pentagon following Trump’s election defeat.
    The U.S. defense official said the withdrawal was ordered to be completed by Jan. 15 — the same deadlines for drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Steve Holland; Editing by Leslie Adler and Daniel Wallis)

12/5/2020 Drug Industry Trade Groups Sue Trump Admin Over Drug Pricing Rule by Carl O’Donnell and Michael Erman
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after he participated in a Thanksgiving video teleconference
with members of the military forces at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Drug industry trade groups filed two lawsuits against the Trump administration on Friday challenging new U.S. rules to lower drug prices, potentially undermining one of President Donald Trump’s flagship efforts to take on high drug costs.
    The suits were filed by PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry trade group, and a group of biotechnology industry trade organizations, including Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), in federal courts in Maryland and California, respectively.
    The administration last month announced it has finalized a rule, which will take effect on Jan. 1, that would tie payments for some drugs made by Medicare, a U.S. government insurance program, to the lowest price paid by certain other countries.
    Since he lost the presidential election, Trump has been issuing and finalizing a host of rule changes in areas ranging from energy, healthcare to immigration in a bid to bolster key areas of his agenda prior to his departure from the White House in January.
    The new reimbursement rules will affect 50 drugs and be tied to the lowest price charged among a list of rich countries.    The administration says the move could save taxpayers and patients $85 billion over seven years.
    Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s lawsuit claims the rule change is illegal because it relies on laws allowing the administration to test new drug pricing models but is too far-reaching to qualify as a pilot.    It requests that the court halt the rule before it can be implemented.
    “It’s not a test when it impacts the entire country and implicates 90% of (Medicare’s hospital drug) spending with no control group,” said Steve Ubl, PhRMA’s chief executive officer.
    PhRMA is joined in its suit by the Association of Community Cancer Centers, a network of cancer treatment providers.
    Lower reimbursements for drugs could push some cancer treatment centers out of business, particularly those that rely heavily on Medicare, said Christian Downs, the ACCC’s executive director.
    Both suits claim, among other things, that the administration did not follow the appropriate process by failing to collect feedback from stakeholders before announcing the new rule.
    The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
    Efforts by the administration to curb drug prices, such as a proposed rule to force drugmakers to reveal list prices in advertisements, have been undermined by successful industry lawsuits in the past.
    STAT news was first to report BIO’s lawsuit.
(Writing by Susan Heavey, Editing by Franklin Paul, Marguerita Choy and Sonya Hepinstall)

12/5/2020 Violence Erupts During Paris Protest Against Macron’s Security Law by Michaela Cabrera and Richard Lough
Police officers stand guard amid tear gas during a demonstration against the "Global Security Bill'', that right groups say would make it a crime to circulate
an image of a police officer's face and would infringe journalists' freedom in the country, in Paris, France, December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    PARIS (Reuters) – Scores of hooded anarchists launched projectiles at riot police, smashed up shop fronts, torched cars and burned barricades during a demonstration in the French capital on Saturday against police violence and a draft security law.
    The police fired back volleys of tear gas and made repeated charges at groups of troublemakers for close to three hours. One group of anarchists ransacked the branch office of a bank, throwing piles of paperwork onto a fire outside.
    It marked the second consecutive of weekend of unrest in Paris, provoked by recent episodes of police brutality and President Emmanuel Macron’s security plans, which the demonstrators say would restrict civil liberties.
    Rallies also took place in Marseille, Lyon, Lille and other French cities.
    Thousands of people had began marching peacefully in Paris, waving banners that read “France, land of police rights” and “Withdrawal of the security law,” when the clashes erupted between police and ‘Black Bloc’ anarchists.
    Paris police said that some 500 “casseurs” – which translates as hoodlums or rioters – had infiltrated the protest, according to BFM TV.    Thirty arrests had been made by 1700 GMT, the force added.
    France has been hit by a wave of street protests after the government introduced a security bill in parliament that set out to increase its surveillance tools and restrict rights on circulating images of police officers in the media and online.
    The bill was part of Macron’s drive to get tougher on law and order ahead of elections in 2022.    His government also said the police needed to be better protected from online hate.
    But the draft legislation provoked a public backlash.
    The beating of a Black man, music producer Michel Zecler, by several police officers in late November intensified anger.    That incident came to light after closed circuit television and mobile phone footage circulated online.
    In a U-turn earlier this week, Macron’s ruling party said it would rewrite the article that curbs rights to circulate images of police officers.    But many opponents say that is not enough.
    “We’re heading towards an increasingly significant limitation of freedoms.    There is no justification,” said Paris resident Karine Shebabo.
    Another protester, Xavier Molenat, said: “France has this habit of curbing freedoms while preaching their importance to others.”
    Macron acknowledged on Friday that people of colour were more likely to be stopped by police for ID checks than whites.    He said an online platform would be created for citizens to log unwarranted searches.
    The president’s remarks drew a furious response from police unions on Saturday.    Alliance Police called Macron’s comments shameful and denied the force was racist.    The Alternative Police union threatened to halt random checks.
(This story refiles headline, no changes to text)
(Reporting by Michaela Cabrera; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Giles Elgood and Ros Russell)

12/5/2020 German Court Upholds Ban On Coronavirus Demonstration
FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds a sign reading "Merkel has to go democracy has to stay" near the Brandenburger Gate, during a protest
against the government's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Berlin, November, 18, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s highest court upheld on Saturday a ban on a demonstration in the northern city of Bremen planned by opponents of lockdown measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus.
    Lower courts had already denied permission for the protest, planned for Saturday afternoon, at which 20,000 demonstrators were due to convene in the city centre of Bremen.
    Last month, German police unleashed water cannon and pepper spray in an effort to scatter thousands of protesters in Berlin angry about coronavirus restrictions.
Although most Germans accept the latest “lockdown light” to curb the spread of the coronavirus in a second wave, critics say the amendment endangers citizens’ civil rights.
    The head of Germany’s public health agency said on Thursday that the country’s success in dealing with the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in March and April had led many people to doubt the virus’s severity or even its existence.
    Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases (RKI), said this meant many were now failing to take social distancing and quarantine rules seriously enough, leading to the high level of cases Germany is now seeing.
    While daily infection numbers are no longer rising as sharply as previously, case numbers have stagnated at a high level, and Germany reported its highest single-day death toll since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday.
    On Saturday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 23,318 to 1,153,556, RKI data showed, while the reported death toll rose by 483 to 18,517.
    Chancellor Angel Merkel and state leaders agreed on Wednesday to extend restrictive measures, which include keeping restaurants and hotels shut and limiting private gatherings to five people from two households, until Jan. 10.
(Reporting by Ursula Knapp, writing by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Gareth Jones)

12/5/2020 Revamped, Less Political, UNESCO Sets Sights On Tricky U.S. Return by John Irish
FILE PHOTO: The UNESCO logo is seen during the opening of the 39th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at their headquarters in Paris, France, October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) – Four years after the United States quit UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency, over accusations of anti-Israel bias, diplomats say the Paris-based body has managed to put its house in order, potentially easing the way for Washington’s return.
    The agency, founded in the ashes of World War Two to protect the common cultural inheritance of humanity, was thrown into turmoil after the United States, which provided a fifth of its funding, pulled out.
    It underscored the skepticism expressed by Republican President Donald Trump about the need for the United States to remain engaged in multilateral bodies and set the tone for a review and exit of several international accords and organizations.
    But that could be about to change.    While no direct contact has taken place with the incoming administration, diplomats say Democratic President-elect Joe Biden is open to a return, although congressional issues may slow that down.
    “The U.S. withdrawal was tough, but it enabled it (UNESCO) to go back to basics,” said a European diplomat.    “That meant trying to depoliticize it, especially with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, which took precedence over everything.”
    UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – is best known for designating and protecting archaeological and heritage sites, from the Galapagos Islands to the tombs of Timbuktu.
    Most of its activities are uncontroversial, but when it came to, say, resolutions about how religious sites should be run in Jerusalem, every word was studied for accusations of bias.
    According to diplomats, those tensions have calmed with resolutions now passing more easily after direct mediation between UNESCO and the two parties, even though Israel also pulled out of the organization.
    “UNESCO made very good improvements in terms of appeasing some of the political tensions and polarizations.    It’s better managed and better managed financially,” Henok Teferra Shawl, Ethiopia’s envoy to the body, told Reuters.
    He added that its director-general, Audrey Azoulay, was last week endorsed by a majority of the 58 Executive Board member states ahead of next year’s election, opening the door to her re-election – in stark contrast to a bitter campaign in 2017.
    The body has had to fill a gaping financial hole.    The United States left with $542 million in arrears.    By 2017, UNESCO’s budget of about $300 million was half of its 2012 budget, meaning it was forced to freeze hiring, cut programs and fill gaps with voluntary contributions.
    UNESCO says the budget from member states is now $534.6 million, with a further $189 million coming from extra voluntary budgetary contributions.
    A U.S. return, done through a letter informing the body, would also mean that Washington would repay its arrears at some stage.
    Biden has a history with the organization.    He went to UNESCO when he was vice president and his wife, Jill, has been involved in past teaching programs.
    But things may prove complicated given a U.S. law that forbids the United States from funding U.N. bodies that have admitted Palestine as a full member, although a waiver can be sought.
    “Biden has said that he wants to renew with multilateralism, so UNESCO should be one of those which benefits from that, but the Palestinian issue may complicate the speed of that return,” said a U.S. official who asked not to be identified.
(Reporting by John Irish; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
[Well it is easy to see that the Globalist World Government is drooling from its mouth to push back on the incoming Democrat takeover of the U.S. to get funding for the enemy of Israel.].

12/5/2020 Federal Judge Orders Trump Admin. To Restore DACA Program by OAN Newsroom
Immigration rights activists take part in a rally in front of the US Supreme Court
in Washington, DC on November 12, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    A district court judge ordered the federal government to restore the deferral program that protects illegal aliens.
    On Friday, Judge Nicholas Garaufis handed forward the order, which demands the full reinstatement of DACA, a program aimed at keeping hundreds-of-thousands of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 10: Activists rally for the passage of a “clean” Dream Act, one without additional security or enforcement measures,
outside the New York office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), January 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    The ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program‘ was created by former President Barack Obama in 2012.    It grants work permits to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, who are known as ‘dreamers.’
    The order reverses a Trump administration memo from July, which sought to prevent widespread abuse of the program.
    President Trump also sought to create a new constitutional path for immigrants to become U.S. citizens.    However, the effort was met with resistance from Democrats who have defended the ‘DACA’ program, despite widespread abuse by criminals seeking to conduct illegal activity in the U.S.
    The Trump administration also argued that Obama exceeded his constitutional powers by bypassing Congress when he created DACA.
    The judge’s order will now require the government to respond to the ruling by Monday.
[Nicholas George Garaufis is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York so who pushed him to do that could it be the one who nominated him President Clinton upon the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).
    On February 13, 2018, Garaufis issued a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining rescission of the DACA program.    Garaufis found that Plaintiffs were entitled to a preliminary injunction.    The government appealed Garaufis's decision to the Second Circuit, which heard oral argument on January 25, 2019.    On July 28, 2020, Chad Wolf, who served as Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a memorandum stating new DACA applicants would not be accepted, and renewals would be limited to one year instead of two.    Garafuis ruled on November 14 that Wolf was not lawfully appointed as the Acting Secretary, and that the memorandum was invalid as a result of that.    So it is not hard to understand what this is all about.].

12/5/2020 President Trump Wins Court Ruling To Redirect Military Funds To Border Wall by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
    A federal appeals court ruled in favor of the Trump administration to allow them to move forward with the border wall.
    On Friday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted two-to-one that the President could divert more than $3.6 billion from military construction projects to fund the border wall in El Paso County, Texas.
    The two judges who ruled in favor of the administration said opponents of the plan could not prove the move would harm them.
    President Trump has consistently argued that the construction of the wall is necessary to mitigate the threat posed by illegal immigration.
    “It is a tremendous national emergency,” the President said.    “Last month, more than 76,000 illegal migrants arrived at our border.”
    He added that the U.S. is on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders.
    “People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is,” President Trump stated.    “It’s an invasion of drugs, criminals and people we have no idea who they are, but we capture them because border security is so good.”

12/5/2020 Congress Considers Stopgap Bill To Avoid Gov’t Shutdown by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 01: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) listen at a
press conference after the weekly Republican Senate conference meeting in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol
December 01, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Senate GOP leaders were asked about the chances of Congress passing another
coronavirus relief bill along with must-pass government funding legislation. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)
    Lawmakers are scrambling to avoid a government shut down and to pass the annual government full-year funding bill.
    According to reports, leadership in both the House and Senate are mulling over the possibility of a week-long stopgap bill, known as a continuing resolution.
    The December 11 deadline to pass the legislation is quickly approaching.    Lawmakers are considering to include a long-awaited COVID relief in the funding bill to expedite the lengthy negotiation process.
    “Again, we want to have it on the omnibus,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.    “And we’re hoping that that will accelerate the discussion on the omnibus, so we are going to keep the government open.”
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 04: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference
on Capitol Hill on December 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    The continuing resolution would extend the congressional lame-duck timeline, changing it to December 18.

12/5/2020 Riverside County Sheriff Refuses To Implement Calif. Gov. Newsom’s Lockdown Orders by OAN Newsroom
California Governor Gavin Newsom. (Photo by GENARO MOLINA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Yet another sheriff in California said his department will not enforce the governor’s latest lockdown orders.
    In a video released Friday, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco called Gavin Newsom’s orders hypocritical and ridiculous.
    Bianco added the Democrat governor’s orders are crushing the local economy.    He also took aim at Newsom’s threat to cut funding for districts that choose not to comply with the orders.
    Bianco went on to accuse Newsom of attempting to shift attention from his own wrongdoings by turning the public against law enforcement.
    “These closures and stay-at-home orders are flat-out ridiculous,” Bianco stated.    “The metrics used for closures are unbelievably faulty and are not representative of true numbers and are disastrous for Riverside County.”
    Bianco reiterated that his department would not be enforcing any of the governor’s stay-at-home orders.    Riverside County joins a number of other Southern California counties, including Los Angeles and Orange County, in its refusal to enforce Newsom’s orders.

12/5/2020 Los Angeles Residents Protest Lockdown At Dept. Of Health Chief’s Home by OAN Newsroom
Los Angeles County Public Health director Barbara Ferrer speaks at a press conference on the novel COVID-19
(coronavirus), March 6, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
    Los Angeles residents protested the latest round of lockdown measures at the home of L.A. County Department of Health Director Barbara Ferrer.
    According to reports, about two dozen people gathered in front of Ferrer’s home on Friday.    This marked the second time in a week demonstrators have shown up at her house.
    Protesters said they’re against the new restrictions, which prohibit private and public gatherings in addition to restricting dining and shopping.
    Earlier this week, Ferrer addressed opposition to the new measures.    She said she understands and respects people’s right to peacefully protest.
    “I’m aware that for some people these decisions neither feel like they’re appropriate,” the L.A. County director of health stated.    “And for other people, they feel like I may need to better understand the implications.”
    The newest lockdown order took effect Monday. It lasts through December 20.
    Many store owners said their businesses won’t survive another lockdown, especially during the busy holiday season.

12/5/2020 N.Y. Bar Defies Gov. Cuomo’s Order, Opens Up For Service by OAN Newsroom
Officers from the New York City sheriff’s office stand outside Mac’s Public House on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, on Staten Island, N.Y. An owner of the 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. (Irene Spezzamonte/Staten Island Advance via AP)
    A New York bar declared itself an autonomous zone by defying the state’s COVID-19 orders and opening for service.
    On Friday evening, Mac’s Public House in Staten Island resisted Gov. Cuomo’s orders and packed in dozens of customers.
    Co-owner Danny Presti said his bar hasn’t been able to pay bills under the New York governor’s orders.    He emphasized that they are barely scraping by.
    In recent weeks, Cuomo has faced major backlash due to his tightening of pandemic restrictions that force businesses to shut down.
    New Yorkers gathered outside of Mac’s Public House in support of the business.    Residents said they are outraged by the new restrictions.
    “Again, you can’t strip people’s livelihoods down for this long and not give assistance,” Presti stated.    “The government is supposed to be here for us to take care of us and that’s the exact opposite of what’s happening.”
    Presti added that he tried to sit down with city and state officials, but it was clear government officials did not want to work with the business.

12/6/2020 Beshear: 3,892 new cases, 23 deaths in Kentucky - Saturday’s numbers add pandemic’s worst week by Ayana Archie, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky had 3,892 new coronavirus cases Saturday with 23 deaths, Gov. Andy Beshear announced.
    The update wraps up the state’s highest week of cases, even with Sunday left in the week, Beshear said.
    “We are all sacrificing so much right now,” he said.    “We are all tired, but let’s do what it takes to crush this third surge of cases and defeat this virus once and for all.”
    This week’s coronavirus numbers continued to break state records.    Kentucky had its highest number of coronavirus- related deaths for two days in a row on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Saturday’s update brings the total number of cases to 198,065 and 2,062 total deaths.    The positivity rate is now 9.8%.
    There are 1,731 people currently hospitalized due to coronavirus, 401 people in intensive care units and 226 people on ventilators.    There are 1,731 people currently hospitalized due to coronavirus.
    The counties with the most positive cases today are Jefferson, Fayette, Boone, Kenton and Daviess.    Each of these counties reported 100 or more new cases.    Jefferson County reported the most with 594.
    The state expects to get its first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine by mid-December, with the initial shipment containing about 38,000 doses.    A second, larger batch of vaccine will come by the end of the month, Beshear said earlier this week.
    “The imminent arrival of COVID-19 vaccines is a monumental scientific accomplishment offering great hope that this devastating pandemic can at last be ended,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of Kentucky’s health department.    “Initially, though, very limited quantities of vaccine coupled with complicated and changing distribution logistics mean not everyone can have access at the very start.”
    The first doses will be given to those considered at greatest risk, such as nursing home residents and staff and some health workers.
    The governor also spoke with school superintendents Friday and asked them to get together a list of employees who are willing to be vaccinated.
    Across the river in Indiana, the state’s health department on Saturday reported 7,793 additional COVID-19 cases and 78 more deaths.    There have been 375,019 positive cases and 5,910 deaths.
    Contact Ayana Archie at aarchie@ or follow on Twitter @AyanaArchie.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing to The Courier Journal.
A view of the beginning of testing for the coronavirus at the Walmart store on
Bashford Manor Lane in Louisville, April 29. PAT MCDONOGH / COURIER JOURNAL
[23 deaths / 3,892 cases = 0.006% which the mortality rate is lower than ever.].

12/6/2020 Venezuela Votes For Parliament As Opposition Denounces Fraud by Brian Ellsworth
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans on Sunday choose a new congress in an election that the opposition is boycotting and most Western nations call a fraud by President Nicolas Maduro to retake the last state institution not in the hands of the ruling Socialist Party.
    The vote is almost certain to return congress to Maduro’s allies despite his government struggling with an economy in ruins, aggressive U.S. sanctions that stifle the OPEC nation’s oil exports, and the migration of some 5 million citizens.
    Members of the new congress will have few tools to improve the lives of Venezuelans whose monthly salaries rarely cover the cost of a day’s groceries, nor will their election improve Maduro’s reputation among Western nations for mismanagement and undermining of human rights.
    It could, however, provide legitimacy for Maduro to offer investment deals to the few companies around the world willing to risk running afoul of Washington’s sanctions for access to the world’s largest oil reserves.
    Many Venezuelans struggling with basic needs such as electricity, security and food express weariness with the country’s politicians, who they say have done nothing to stem the slide in living conditions.
    The election closes a cycle that began in 2015 when a euphoric opposition celebrated winning congress by a landslide, only to see their legislative powers swept aside by pro-government courts and the creation in 2017 of an all-powerful body known as the National Constituent Assembly.
    Opposition leader Juan Guaido, head of the current congress, is calling on Venezuelans to skip the vote and participate in a Dec. 12 consultation that will ask citizens if they reject Sunday’s vote and whether they want a change of government.
    Guaido has been recognized by more than 50 countries including the United States as Venezuela’s legitimate interim president, after most Western nations disavowed Maduro’s 2018 re-election as fraudulent.
    Those countries are expected to continue their recognition of Guaido, though the opposition is discussing proposals that could limit the size of his interim government and reduce the number of ambassadors.
    The legislature on Saturday approved a resolution condemning Sunday’s “event” as fraudulent and unconstitutional, adding it “violates Venezuelans’ right to hold free, transparent and fair elections.”
    Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign of sanctions and diplomatic pressure, Maduro has remained in power, backed by the military and supported by Russia, Cuba, China and Iran.
    The top U.S. envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, told Reuters in an interview on Thursday that there was strong bipartisan consensus in Washington over the need to keep pressure on Maduro, and that he did not expect major changes to U.S. policy when Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20.
(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; additional reporting by Deisy Buitrago, Editing by Daniel Wallis)

12/5/2020 President Trump Urges Republican Voters To Turn Out For Ga. Runoff Elections by OAN Newsroom
US President Donald Trump leaves the stage with First Lady Melania Trump at the end of a rally to support Republican Senate candidates
at Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Georgia on December 5, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump is calling on Georgian’s to get out and vote ‘red’ in order to keep the Senate majority for Republicans.
    At his rally in the state on Saturday, the President urged his supporters to vote for Republican candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue.    He said if they don’t win, the socialists and communists will.
Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler reacts during a rally with US President Donald Trump to support Republican Senate candidates
at Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Georgia on December 5, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
    “Very simply, you will decide whether your children will grow up in a socialist country or whether they will grow up in a free country,” President Trump stated.    “And I will tell you this, socialism is just the beginning for these people.    These people want to go further than socialism…into a communistic form of government.”
    He noted that even if the left plans to steal this election, Republican voters still need to turn out in droves to steer the vote in their favor.
    “You must go vote and vote early starting December 14,” the President emphasized.    “They cheated and they rigged our presidential election, but we will still win it.    They’re going to try to rig this election, too.”
    President Trump went on to praise Loeffler and Perdue.    He called them the “last line of defense” for democracy in America.
    “These seats are the last line of defense to save America and protect all that we have accomplished,” the President said.    “You know we’ve accomplished things that no other President has accomplished and I did it with these two people.”
US President Donald Trump holds up his fist as he leaves the stage at the end of a rally to support Republican Senate candidates at
Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Georgia on December 5, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
    Finally, President Trump closed by assuring Americans the best is yet to come.
    “Proud citizens like you helped build this country and together we are taking back our country,” the President said.
    “Our fight to drain the Washington swamp and reclaim America’s destiny has just begun.
    He added, “We will not bend… and we will never back down.”
    The upcoming runoff election will decide if Republicans hold control of the Senate as Georgians cast their ballots on January 5.

12/5/2020 Counter-Protesters Vandalize Cars At Calif. Pro-Trump Rally by OAN Newsroom
    A pro-Trump rally in California left multiple supporters with vandalized vehicles.
    On Saturday, supporters of President Trump rallied to show their support in Sacramento.    According to reports, counter-protesters slashed the Trump supporters’ tires and also shattered their windows.
    Many upset victims spoke out and showcased their destroyed vehicles.    They also emphasized that violence is never the answer.

    “People disagree with the things that I say, and I disagree with the things they say,” Lisa Carlisle, a supporter of President Trump, stated.    “But it doesn’t mean damaging property, I mean it’s ridiculous.”
    Carlisle’s truck taillights were knocked out along with her tires.    She claimed at least 10 cars were damaged.
    The Sacramento police said multiple police reports were filed for those who had their property damaged.

12/5/2020 Trump Legal Team To Probe Mich. Dominion Voting Machines by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks during a Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee public hearing Wednesday
at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel to discuss 2020 election issues and irregularities. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    A Michigan judge approved a probe into potential voting machine fraud in the Great Lake State.
    The Trump legal team is reviewing Dominion voting machines in Michigan after a state judge issued a decision to allow them to.    The order was issued on Friday and it permits forensic photos to be taken from the 22 precinct tabulators in Antrim County.
Melissa Carone, who was working for Dominion Voting Services, speaks in front of the Michigan House Oversight
Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, praised the decision and said that allowing the forensic review is a “big win for honest elections.”
    On Sunday, Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis spoke on the move. She said the team will spend several hours inspecting the machines and gathering data.
Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump, looks at documents as he appears before the Michigan House Oversight
Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
    Local authorities confirmed the machines in question are the same as the ones that were used in the presidential election on November 3.
    The machines were originally brought into question by a voter who claimed ballots were damaged during a recent recount of a marijuana proposal vote.
    A similar examination recently occurred in Georgia as President Trump has raised concerns of widespread voter fraud, which rigged the elections.

12/5/2020 Lindell Speaks Out On Election Situation In Ga. by OAN Newsroom
US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Mike Lindell (L), founder of My Pillow, during a Made in America event with
US manufacturers in the East Room of the White House. (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    ‘My Pillow’ CEO Mike Lindell said people will be going to prison over the handling of Georgia’s election.
    During an interview at President Trump’s rally on Saturday, Lindell urged Georgia’s governor to bring in state legislators to address alleged election irregularities.    He stressed that lawmakers must prevent the state’s electors from going to Democrat nominee Joe Biden.
    Georgia’s election officials have come under recent scrutiny amid several lawsuits alleging rampant voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
    “The governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, do not do what coward Doug Ducey did in Arizona,” Lindell stated.    “You need to make a move and pull Georgia down from the electoral college.    Don’t give Biden those votes, because he did not win Georgia.    He lost by a landslide.”
Michael J. Lindell (L) CEO of My Pillow, cheers as U.S. president Donald Trump speaks to
supporters during a campaign rally. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Lindell added that even though the ‘left’ is trying to steal the election from President Trump, his supporters will still win.

12/5/2020 President Trump Suggests Rep. Collins Run For Ga. Gov. by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Doug Collins. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    As the President grows increasingly frustrated with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, he floats the idea of another Republican lawmaker taking his place.
    At his Republican National Committee rally on Saturday, the President threw his support behind one of his biggest defenders on Capitol Hill, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.). President Trump even suggested Collins should run against Kemp for governor.
US President Donald Trump holds up his fist as he leaves the stage at the end of a rally to support Republican Senate candidates
at Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Georgia on December 5, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
    He also praised the congressman’s efforts in his 2020 bid for senator.
    “As you know, he and Kelly had a very strong primary,” President Trump stated.    “He is one of the greatest advocates I’ve ever met in Washington…I wanna thank Doug Collins.”
    When the President asked Collins whether he would be interested in the position of governor, the crowd cheered loudly.
Rep. Collins and President Trump, courtesy of Twitter: @RepDougCollins
    Collins has been serving as an elected official since 2007.    The Georgia lawmaker is a staunch supporter of President Trump as he’s backed the President during impeachment attempts from the left.
    Collins is also an advocate for the second amendment, veterans, religious liberty and he is pro-life.    If the Republican is interested in the position, he would likely have to face off with Kemp in a 2022 primary before going up against a Democrat opponent.

12/5/2020 Sen. Bill Cassidy Says Relief Bill Is Not A Stimulus Package by OAN Newsroom
Republican Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) speaks during a press conference after Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate
as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill, October 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said the proposed COVID-19 bill is not a stimulus package, but rather a way to boost the economy and keep businesses afloat.
    In an interview Sunday, the Louisiana senator emphasized that the purpose of the bill is to reinvigorate the economy. Cassidy is one of the 10 senators who is drafting the bill.
    According to reports, he hopes it will pass the criteria required by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), hold a news conference after the Senate Republican Policy luncheon on Capitol Hill
in Washington, DC on December 1, 2020. (Photo by Tom Williams / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    “The goal is to get the economy and the American people over the next hump,” Cassidy said.    Do you want to keep people employed?    Or, do you want to send them a stimulus check? We’re keeping people employed.    That’s probably the better way, long term, to handle the economy.”
    The deal is worth more than $900 billion dollars.

12/6/2020 Thousands Protest In London Against India’s Farming Reforms
British Sikhs gather to protest against India's new farming legislation, outside the
High Commission of India in London, Britain, December 6, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    LONDON (Reuters) – Thousands of people protested and blocked traffic in central London on Sunday over Indian agricultural reforms that have triggered mass demonstrations in India, and police made 13 arrests over breaches of COVID regulations.
    A crowd of demonstrators converged on the Indian embassy, located on Aldwych, a major artery in the centre of the British capital, and groups marched around the Trafalgar Square area.
    Tens of thousands of farmers have protested in India against three laws the government says are meant to overhaul antiquated procurement procedures and give growers more options to sell their produce.
    Farmers fear the legislation, passed in September, will eventually dismantle India’s regulated markets and stop the government from buying wheat and rice at guaranteed prices, leaving them at the mercy of private buyers.
    Britain is home to a large Indian diaspora and many Britons who trace their family roots to India are strongly engaged with news from the country.
    There was little social distancing in evidence at the London protests and few participants were wearing face masks, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.
    The Metropolitan Police said it had arrested 13 people for breaching restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, and that four of those people were later released after being issued with fines.
    Police also confiscated fireworks from teenagers who were seen setting them off towards a crowd.    There were no reports of injuries, and traffic was flowing freely after the crowds dispersed.
    “The capital remains in the midst of a pandemic.    It is vital that we all play our part in the fight against COVID-19,” said police Commander Paul Brogden in a statement.
(Reporting by Toby Melville and Estelle Shirbon; Editing by David Clarke)

12/6/2020 ‘On A Knife Edge’: Britain And EU In Last-Ditch Trade Talks by Estelle Shirbon and Padraic Halpin
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for talks in London, Britain December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union will make a last-ditch attempt to strike a post-Brexit trade deal this week, with probably just days left for negotiators to avert a chaotic parting of ways at the end of the year.
    Ireland’s prime minister, whose country would face more economic pain than any of the other 26 EU member states in the case of a “no deal,” cautioned against over-optimism, putting the chances of an agreement at only 50-50.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke over the weekend to get their teams back to the negotiating table after talks stalled on three thorny issues.
    They are due to hold another call on Monday evening in the hope that, by then, stubborn differences over fishing rights in UK waters, fair competition – referred to as the level playing field – and ways to solve future disputes will have narrowed.
    “This is the final throw of the dice,” said a British source close to the talks before they resumed in Brussels on Sunday.     Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin struck a gloomy note.
    “My sense, having spoken to some of the key principals here, is that it is a very challenging issue to resolve, particularly around the level playing field … Things are on a knife edge here and it is serious,” he told national broadcaster RTE.
    Since Britain formally left the EU on Jan. 31, negotiators have missed several deadlines for a deal with the world’s largest trading bloc before a status quo transition period ends on Dec. 31.
    EU negotiator Michel Barnier will brief EU countries’ ambassadors to Brussels on the state of play early on Monday and talks are expected to continue through the day ahead of another check-in by Johnson and von der Leyen.
    If there is no deal, a five-year Brexit divorce will end messily just as Britain and its former EU partners grapple with the severe economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    British farming minister George Eustice said the country had made extensive preparations for a no-deal and was ready for it.
    Mairead McGuinness, Ireland’s commissioner on the EU’s executive, said the next 48 hours were “very crucial,” but even if negotiators fail to reach an accord the two sides will still have to discuss their future relationship in the new year.
    “So it doesn’t go away: there has to be an agreement, there has to be a settlement,” she told the Newstalk Radio podcast.
    Even with a deal, there will be major disruption to the movement of goods and people because from new year’s day Britain will sit outside the EU’s single market and customs union.
    There will be more elaborate checks at borders, leading to delays in supplies affecting a range of industries, particularly those that rely on just-in-time deliveries.
    The Observer newspaper reported that, under UK government contingency plans, tens of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses could be flown from Belgium by military aircraft to avoid delays at ports caused by Brexit.
    The British government declined to comment on the report, but farming minister Eustice told Sky News the end of the UK’s transition period would not disrupt vaccine supplies.
    “A huge amount of work has gone on to maintain the flow of goods at the border … and we’ve also got contingency plans in place, including a government-procured ferry that’s on standby and of course the option, should it be needed, to use air freight too,” he said.
(Additional reporting by Conor Humphries in Dublin, Alistair Smout in London and Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels; Writing by John Chalmers; Editing by Giles Elgood)

12/7/2020 Kentucky adds 2,567 COVID-19 cases, surpassing 200K overall by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    With Sunday’s report of 2,567 new coronavirus cases, Kentucky has now seen more than 200,000 cases since the start of the pandemic.
    The commonwealth hit another tragic milestone earlier this week: 2,000 deaths caused by COVID-19. Gov. Andy Beshear announced 10 more deaths Sunday, bringing Kentucky’s total to 2,072.
    “These are difficult numbers, having passed 200,000 cases and earlier this week passing 2,000 deaths,” Beshear said in a statement.    “And now this is our highest week to date.    However, in the data there is some potentially good news: While this is our highest week ever, the rate of growth does appear to be slowing.    In other words, our increase from the last couple of weeks is less than what we have been seeing.    Certainly, our hope is that we are slowing down this train and are moving at least to a new plateau.”
    Beshear said the state will see in the coming week if there is a Thanksgiving surge, “or if the majority of our families kept it small this year.” [THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN DISPUTED.]
    “So even on a tough day, possibly some good news,” the governor said.    “That should make all of us want to work that much harder knowing that we can impact this thing, that it is within our control and that a vaccine — two vaccines — are just around the corner.”
    Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, said the distribution of those vaccines in the coming weeks will be key in putting the pandemic in the past.
    “But the coming weeks remain critical and come with sacrifices,” Stack said in a statement.    “We must make good decisions every day and protect fellow Kentuckians by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and staying home if we are sick.    Doing so will save lives.    It won’t be easy, but Team Kentucky is strong and supportive.    We look out for each other, take care of those in need, and will get through this together.”
    There were 1,673 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus Sunday, including 401 in an intensive care unit and 214 on a ventilator.
    The state’s positivity rate is at 9.75%.
    Jefferson, Fayette and Kenton counties each had more than 100 new cases Sunday, with 446 reported in Jefferson County alone.
    Indiana reported 6,678 additional COVID-19 cases and 34 more deaths on Sunday, bringing the state’s case total over 380,000 and the total deaths to 5,944.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmac austin.
[ 10 deaths / 2,567 cases = 0.004% it is going down so free us from your anti-christian and Thanksgiving/Christmas overreach and actually make good decisions].

12/7/2020 EU Tells UK’s Johnson To Decide As Time Runs Out For Brexit Deal by Gabriela Baczynska, John Chalmers and Guy Faulconbridge
FILE PHOTO: The British Union Jack and European flags fly in front city hall, in Sangatte, France, March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
    BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – British and European Union negotiators made a last-ditch effort on Monday to bridge stubborn differences standing in the way of a post-Brexit trade deal, but they had at best 48 hours left to avoid a disorderly parting of ways at the end of this month.
    “EU-UK negotiations have entered the endgame, time is running out quickly,” said an EU diplomat after the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier gave member states’ envoys to Brussels a downbeat assessment of the state of play.    “It is for the UK to chose between … a positive outcome or a no deal outcome.”
    With growing fears of “no-deal” chaos after London finally leaves the EU’s orbit on Dec. 31, talks resumed before British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen review the situation in a call at 1600 GMT.
    Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, whose country would be the hardest hit of the 27 EU states if there is no trade accord, put the chances of a deal at 50-50.    Investment bank JPMorgan said its odds on a no-deal had risen to one third from 20%.
    The British pound tumbled on concerns that there would be no agreement covering annual trade worth nearly $1 trillion.
    Barnier told members of the European Parliament in a separate briefing that negotiations could go on until Wednesday, but no further, Ireland’s RTE news said.
    EU diplomats said the ball was now in Johnson’s court.
    “People need to understand that the British are playing with fire here and the fire can burn everybody and that’s something we should all try to avoid,” said Mairead McGuinness, Ireland’s commissioner in the EU executive.
    However, the Sun newspaper reported that Johnson, a figurehead for Britain’s campaign that led to a ‘vote leave’ victory in a 2016 referendum, was ready to pull out of the talks within hours unless Brussels changed its demands.
    In London, a lawmaker in Johnson’s governing Conservative Party said France would have to make concessions on fishing, and the EU would have to drop what he said were new demands on fair competition known as the level playing field.
    Britain, which joined the EU in 1973, formally left the bloc on Jan. 31 but has been in a transition period since then under which rules on trade, travel and business remain unchanged.
    For weeks, the two sides have been haggling – as yet without a result – over fishing rights in British waters, ensuring fair competition for companies and ways to solve future disputes.
    Failure to secure a deal would clog borders, upset financial markets and disrupt delicate supply chains across Europe and beyond as the world tries to cope with the vast economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Sterling fell by more than 1% to six-week lows versus the euro and also dropped against the dollar to $1.327, a U-turn in market sentiment from Friday when it had risen above $1.35 for the first time this year.
    With just days left for a deal to be agreed, EU diplomats said it was a decisive moment for both the United Kingdom and the bloc which built the ruined nations of Europe into a global power after the devastation of World War Two.
    In a move that could further undermine the talks, the British government will press ahead with draft laws this week that would breach London’s earlier divorce treaty with the bloc.
    Junior Foreign Office Minister James Cleverly said on Monday the clauses that breach the treaty would be re-inserted.
(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Sujata Rao-Coverley, Paul Sandle and Sarah Young in London, and Conor Humphries in Dublin, Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and John Chalmers, Editing by Timothy Heritage, William Maclean)

12/7/2020 U.S. Congress Heads To Defense Bill Showdown With Trump Over Big Tech by Patricia Zengerle
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd transits alongside the aircraft
carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt while participating in Exercise Northern Edge 2019 in the Gulf of Alaska May 16, 2019.
Picture taken May 16, 2019. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Lynch/Handout via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. Republican lawmaker said on Monday he hoped Congress would pass a $740 billion defense bill this week by a margin large enough to ward off President Donald Trump’s veto threat, which he said risked “punishing” the troops.
    Trump has vowed to veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, if it does not repeal a law that protects companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google, Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc from liability for what appears on their platforms.
    U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry, a former chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, said failure to pass the NDAA would threaten policy provisions in the massive bill intended to combat threats from China and Russia, and harm troops more directly by cutting their pay and delaying construction of new housing.
    “I’m hopeful that a strong vote can persuade the White House that there’s a better approach to that issue so you’re not punishing the troops for something that is totally unrelated,” Thornberry, the committee’s ranking Republican, told reporters.
    The House is due to vote on the NDAA on Tuesday.
    The legislation also includes a provision that would strip the names of Confederate generals from military facilities.    Trump has also threatened a veto over this provision, although his focus more recently has been on the tech measure.
    As they seek to overturn his defeat in the Nov. 3 presidential election, Trump and some Republican allies have been insisting tech companies are biased against conservatives and should be punished.
    Tech firms deny having any such slant.
    Trump’s fellow Republicans, who rarely break from him on policy matters, have come out against the veto threat, saying that the tech issue may need to be addressed but it has nothing to do with the military.
    Because the NDAA is one of the few major bills to pass every year – this year would be the 60th – lawmakers often use it as a vehicle for policy measures that extend beyond the Pentagon.
    However, this year’s NDAA has been in the works for months and is at a point where it cannot be amended.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

12/7/2020 Chairman Of Smartmatic’s Parent Company To Become President Of George Soros’s ‘Open Society Foundations’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 21, 2019 file photo, George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations,
looks before the Joseph A. Schumpeter award ceremony in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)
    Billionaire George Soros has appointed the chairman of Smartmatic voting system’s parent company as president of his far-left global organization.
    Over the weekend, Open Society Foundations announced Lord Mark Malloch-Brown is set to take over the position next month.
    The move comes after b>Smartmatic sold voting technology to foreign-owned Dominion, which is the controversial software used to count votes in 24 U.S. states for the 2020 election.
    Meanwhile, Smartmatic-tied Dominion voting service is facing backlash over what President Trump has described as instances of fraud in the 2020 elections.
    “In one Michigan County as an example, that used Dominion Systems, they found that nearly 6,000 votes had been wrongly switched from Trump to Biden,” stated the President.    “And this is just the tip of the iceberg, this is what we caught.”
    Smartmatic has faced controversy in the past with allegations of rigging the 2013 election in Venezuela to favor socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

12/7/2020 Mich. Citizens Demand Election Audit At Secy. Of State’s House by OAN Newsroom
File – Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks to members of the press
in Detroit. (Nicole Hester/ Arbor News via AP)
    Citizens of Michigan are denouncing Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson over her decision to erase voting data from election machines. Over the weekend, scores of protesters gathered outside Benson’s residence in Lansing to state her actions amount to a cover-up of fraud and a criminal destruction of evidence.
    While a circuit judge granted a voter’s petition for an audit, the state Republican Party has raised concerns Benson may interfere with attempts to carry out any further investigations into the election.    The concerns grew after a memo from the secretary of state was published Friday instructing election officials “EPD software and associated files must be deleted by November 30.”     In a statement following the event, Benson said the activists “crossed a line” and tried to intimidate her and her family by making “loud and threatening demands.”    She then went on to compare the protesters to “violent neo-Nazi organizations” and likens herself to Viola Liuzzo, who was a civil rights activist from Detroit that was murdered by the KKK.
    Despite her claims of terror and imminent violence, authorities confirm no one was injured or arrested during the protest.    They noted the activists calmly dispersed when asked.

12/7/2020 Sen. Braun Speaks Out On Importance Of Probing Voter Fraud by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., departs after the Republican Conference held leadership elections,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) recently emphasized the importance of investigating voter fraud in the 2020 election amid President Trump’s ongoing legal battles highlighting the issue.
    In an interview Sunday, the Republican lawmaker stressed dismissing alleged irregularities without looking into them would leave more than half of the country uncertain about the election’s outcome.
    Braun said 100,000 absentee ballots, which were not requested by voters, were cast in Wisconsin alone.    He asserted not adequately probing voter fraud would undermine democracy.
    “If you don’t at least give a perfunctory kind of investigation into it, whether it’s December 14th and what happens beyond, you’re going to have a good part of the country — it’s over 50 percent — that view that something is amiss,” he stated.    “And that’s going to carry forward in terms of undermining a democracy.”
    Meanwhile, President Trump and his campaign have continued to challenge election results in multiple states while alleging widespread voter fraud.

12/7/2020 Dozens Take Part In Brooklyn ‘Rally For Freedom’ by OAN Newsroom
In this provided by the State of New York, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds up a new Thanksgiving-themed face mask during his daily
coronavirus briefing at the Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance Corp. Headquarters in Wyandanch, N.Y. (Kevin P. Coughlin/State of New York via AP)
    Dozens of demonstrators gathered for what was dubbed the ‘Rally for Freedom’ in Brooklyn, New York.    Sunday’s event was one of the latest protests against Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions.
    A group could even be seen burning a large pile of face masks.    Tensions broke out after anti-lockdown demonstrators were met by Antifa counter protestors.
    “So, this is not what you think it is,” stated protest Cara Castronuova.    “We are anti-vaccine, we are anti-tyrannical government, okay?    And we are anti-people telling us what to do with our lives.”
    The ‘Rally for Freedom’ followed several other protests across the city against Cuomo’s restrictions.

12/7/2020 Bipartisan Lawmakers Drafting Text Of $900B Stimulus by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Manchin, is putting pressure on congressional leaders to accept a
split-the-difference solution to the months-long impasse on COVID-19 relief in a last-gasp effort to ship overdue help to a
hurting nation before Congress adjourns for the holidays. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Congress is looking to pass a last minute coronavirus stimulus deal before the end of the year.    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is drafting the legislative text for their $908 billion proposal, which was unveiled last week.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his chamber would not support it and, instead, called for a targeted $500 billion deal.    However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer backed the proposal.
    Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.-R), a member of the group which drafted the bill, criticized lawmakers for not being willing to compromise.
    “One thing that frustrates me, some folks are saying well I’d doesn’t include this and it doesn’t include that, and so I’m not going vote for it,” he stated.    “I’m thinking, what a minute…you’re telling be because everybody doesn’t get everything, no one gets anything?
    The bill includes unemployment assistance, eviction protections, another round of the Paycheck Protection Program, state and local government aid as well as limited liability protections.
    It’s seen as a stopgap measure to extend relief until lawmakers can agree on a broader package in the new Congress.    President Trump has said he will support a stimulus bill if one makes it to his desk.

12/7/2020 President Trump: The Election Was Totally Rigged by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump prepares to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, to Olympic gold medalist and former University of
Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump continues to assert the 2020 election was “rigged” against him as his legal team continues its fight against election fraud.    During an event at the White House Monday, he said the election was unfair not only to him, but to the American people.
    The President also called the election a disgrace to our country, adding that ballots were pouring for Democrat Joe Biden on part of machinery nobody knew about.    He then raised concerns about supposed “glitches” and hinted at bid developments coming out in the coming days.
    “They have glitches, as they call them…they got caught sending out thousands of votes…all against me by the way,” stated President Trump.    “You know, this was like from a third world nation and I think the case has been made.”
    The President has consistently maintained widespread voter fraud helped his Democrat opponent and has urged legislators in multiple states to take action over the issue.

12/8/2020 Oil down $0.38 to $45.65, DOW down 148 to 30,070.

12/7/2020 President Trump: We Need To Pass Landmark Election Reform by OAN Newsroom
A jet takes off from Valdosta Regional Airport before the start of a rally featuring President Donald Trump for U.S.
Senators Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 in Valdosta, Ga. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
    President Trump has called for an overhaul of U.S. election systems. During his Valdosta, Georgia rally on Saturday, the President said he has plans to push forward “critical election reform” to ensure the safety of future elections.
    The November presidential election has notably been contested for widespread reports of voter fraud involving issues with state election security.
    President Trump expressed concern for voting systems in the U.S. and voiced a desire to push forward legislation requiring voter identification as well as other security reforms.
    “And after we win, we need to pass landmark election reform, including voter I.D.,” he stated.    “Is that so bad? Residency verification…like we live in the country, we live in this state.”
    The President told everyone in the audience they have been a victim of mass voter fraud while reiterating a stolen election will not hurt him, but rather the hard working American people.
    To ensure mass fraud will never take place in a U.S. election again, the Trump administration promised to implement citizen confirmation, so illegal aliens will not interfere in future elections.    On numerous occasions, the President warned Americans of the high risk of corruption if citizen confirmation or voter ID is not implemented.
President Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he walks onto the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday,
Dec. 5, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Moreover, Democrats have opposed such legislation for decades.    Republican’s have argued the high opposition comes from the left benefiting from a lack of voter identification in elections.
    Meanwhile, voter ballot rejection rates have been historically low even though there has been a near record breaking number of mail-in ballots.
    The President’s administration is tirelessly working to expose the truth and lies surrounding the U.S. election system, while also pledging to rectify the entire voting process and continue to make America great.

12/8/2020 In COVID-19 Milestone For West, Britain Starts Mass Vaccination by Alistair Smout
Margaret Keenan, 90, is applauded by staff as she returns to her ward after becoming the first person in Britain to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech
COVID-19 vaccine at University Hospital, at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the British history, in Coventry, Britain
December 8, 2020. Britain is the first country in the world to start vaccinating people with the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. Jacob King/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) – A 90-year-old grandmother became the world’s first person to receive a fully-tested COVID-19 shot on Tuesday, as Britain began mass-vaccinating its people in a global drive that poses one of the biggest logistical challenges in peacetime history.
    Health workers started inoculating the most vulnerable with the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, with the country a test case for the world as it contends with distributing a compound that must be stored at -70C (-94F).
    Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 in a week, was the first to receive the shot, at a hospital in Coventry, central England.
    “It’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the new year after being on my own for most of the year,” she said.
    The launch of the vaccine, one of three shots that have reported successful results from large trials, will fuel hope that the world may be turning a corner in the fight against a pandemic that has killed more than 1.5 million people.
    Britain, the worst-hit in Europe with over 61,000 deaths, is the first Western nation to begin mass-vaccinations and the first globally to roll out the Pfizer/BioNTech shot.
    But despite the relief of people receiving the first dose of the two-dose regimen, they will have to wait three weeks for their second shot, and there is no evidence immunisation will reduce transmission of the virus.
    “It will gradually make a huge, huge difference.    But I stress gradually, because we’re not there yet.    We haven’t defeated this virus yet,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he expected millions to be vaccinated by the end of the year, and described the start of the drive as “V-Day.”    But he cautioned people should respect social-distancing rules until spring at least, when he hoped the most vulnerable people would be vaccinated.
    The country has ordered enough supplies of the Pfizer/BioNTech shot to vaccinate 20 million people.    The developers said it was 95% effective in preventing illness in final-stage trials.
    Russia and China have both already started giving domestically produced vaccine candidates to their populations, though before final safety and efficacy trials have been completed.
    In Britain, about 800,000 doses are expected to be available within the first week, with care-home residents and carers, the over-80s and some health workers prioritised.    Hancock said he had a “high degree of confidence” Britain would take delivery of another batch of the vaccine next week.
    “I know we’re absolutely bursting at the doors with COVID patients, so I more than anybody wants it to happen quickly,” said Ami Jones, a hospital intensive-care consultant from Wales who received the jab before going to work.
    The country is relatively small with good infrastructure.    Yet the logistical challenges in distributing the vaccine, which only lasts five days in a regular fridge, mean it will first go to dozens of hospitals and cannot yet be taken into care homes.
    Bigger tests could await for the Pfizer/BioNTech shot, as well as a vaccine from Moderna, which was found to have a similar level of success in trials and is based on the same mRNA genetic technology that requires such ultra-cold storage.
    Transport and distribution could prove more challenging in hot countries and bigger nations such as the United States and India, which have been worst-hit by COVID-19 and are expected to approve the shot for emergency use in the coming days or weeks.
    South Korea, which has coped relatively well with the pandemic, sounded a note of caution, saying it would not hurry vaccine rollouts, partly to give it time to observe potential side-effects in other countries.    Vaccinations may start in the first half of 2021, the health ministry added.
    The third vaccine to have had trial success, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, is viewed as offering one of the best hopes for many developing countries because it is cheaper and can be transported at normal fridge temperatures.    Late-stage trials found it had an average success rate of 70%.
    Britain hopes for regulatory approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot in the next couple of weeks.
    Britain approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use less than a week ago, and is rolling it out ahead of the United States and European Union, from which it will finally part ways at the end of the year.
    The Brexit transition period ends on Dec. 31, and there is the possibility of chaos at ports, with military aircraft on standby to step-in.
    The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is being imported from Belgium, while initial supplies of the AstraZeneca/Oxford shot are being shipped from Germany.
    “Of course, it adds complexity,” Steve Bates, chief executive of the BioIndustry Association, told reporters of the possible impact of Brexit.    “But there is a robust plan for alternative routes and mitigation.”
    In total Britain has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech shot, enough to vaccinate 20 million people in the country of 67 million.     It has ordered 357 million doses of seven different COVID-19 vaccines in all.
    Amid the gravity of the pandemic, the vaccination on Tuesday of one William Shakespeare, an 81-year-old of Warwickshire in England, was greeted with humour on social media.
    Twitter users joked about “The Taming of the Flu” and “The Two Gentlemen of Corona.”    Some asked, if Margaret Keenan was patient 1A, was Shakespeare “Patient 2B or not 2B?
(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Additional reporting by Sarah Young, Kate Holton and Natalie Thomas; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Pravin Char)

12/8/2020 Talk Of A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Grows As Deadline Looms by Elizabeth Piper and Padraic Halpin
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks outside Downing Street, in London, Britain, December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
    LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) -Talk of a chaotic British split from the European Union grew on Tuesday with just three weeks left to break a deadlock in trade deal negotiations, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning that the two sides may have to accept “no deal.”
    The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, told a meeting of the bloc’s ministers that he believed a no-deal scenario at the end of the year was now more likely than an agreement on trade ties, an EU official and two diplomats told Reuters.
    Deepening the gloom, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said that unless there was a breakthrough “in the next day or two,” EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday would have to discuss contingency plans for the economic disruption a rupture with no trade accord would bring.
    “Unfortunately we are facing the prospect of a no-deal Brexit if something doesn’t break that in the next day or two,” Martin told parliament in Dublin.
    Johnson will meet Ursula von der Leyen, president of the EU’s executive European Commission, for dinner in Brussels on Wednesday to try and close gaps their negotiators have struggled with for months.
    But the language on both sides has hardened, and both have called on the other to compromise ahead of a meeting that is widely seen as a last throw of the dice.
    Britain formally left the EU in January, but has since been in a transition period during which it remains in the EU single market and customs union, meaning that rules on trade, travel and business have stayed the same.
    That all ends on Dec. 31, and if by then there is no agreement to protect around $1 trillion in annual trade from tariffs and quotas, businesses on both sides would be hit hard.
    Asked whether he would try until the last possible moment to do a deal on trade, Johnson told reporters: “Yeah of course.”
    “We’re always hopeful but you know there may come a moment when we have to acknowledge that it’s time to draw stumps and that’s just the way it is,” said Johnson, using a cricketing term for the end of play.
    “We will prosper mightily under any version and if we have to go for an Australian solution then that’s fine too.”
    Australia has no free trade deal with the EU, and so the bulk of its trade is on basic World Trade Organization terms.
    In a sign of some movement in parallel talks on implementing an earlier treaty on Britain’s withdrawal – not the terms of future trade – the two sides said they had reached agreement on arrangements for the Ireland-Northern Ireland border.
    As a result, Britain said it would remove clauses in legislation that were in breach of the exit treaty.
    The Irish government welcomed the deal, which avoids the need for a hard border on the only land frontier between the EU and the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland, a British province, in effect stays in the EU customs union and single market for goods when the rest of the United Kingdom leaves fully.
    “Hopefully this is a signal that the British government is in deal-making mood,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told RTE news.
    The sticking points in trade talks have been over fishing rights in British waters, ensuring fair competition for companies on either side, and ways to solve future disputes.
    With little sign that positions are narrowing – officials said talks had, if anything, gone backwards on Monday – the European Commission said discussions could continue after the end of this year.    Britain has repeatedly ruled this out.
(Additional reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and William James in London, Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels, and Michel Rose in ParisWriting by Elizabeth Piper and John ChalmersEditing by Mark Heinrich)

12/8/2020 President Trump To Sign Executive Order Ensuring Americans Receive COVID Vaccine Before Giving Aid To Foreign Countries by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump watches a video monitor as he speaks at a campaign rally for Senate Republican candidates, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.,
and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., at Valdosta Regional Airport, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Valdosta, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The President is gearing up to sign an executive order, ensuring the American people will receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the U.S. starts aiding other countries.
    President Trump reportedly plans to sign the order Tuesday during a vaccine summit.    This falls in line with the administration’s ‘America First’ policy, which has been followed throughout the President’s time in office.
    On Thursday, an FDA panel will be meeting with vaccine-makers Pfizer and BioNtech to decide whether to grant them Emergency Use Authorization.    Last week, sources said the vaccine developed by those companies could be approved as early as Friday.
    Additionally, the FDA is planning to discuss Moderna’s vaccine on December 17.
    The executive order contains guidelines on how federal health and finance officials should interact with foreign countries to help bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic.    The plan will reportedly emphasize working with wealthy foreign countries who are able to procure large amounts of effective vaccines.
    For less wealthy countries, it calls for the leveraging of resources to help them obtain vaccines as well as other medical supplies necessary to contain the virus.
    Officials said the rollout in foreign assistance will depend on supply and demand, but they expect it to be available by late spring or early summer.
    Meanwhile, domestically, vaccines will be made available to more vulnerable populations first before they slowly start being doled out to the general public.
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in an interview Sunday that he projects most Americans will be seeing a vaccine by February or March.
    “We’re going to focus on those most vulnerable and those most on the frontlines on treating people with COVID,” he stated.    “With the initial 40 million doses in the next month, and then we’re going to just progressively keep adding more and more people.”

12/8/2020 House Speaker Pelosi Flip Flops Stance On Coronavirus Stimulus Package by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of Calif., speaks during her weekly briefing, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Senators on both sides of the aisle are working together on a new coronavirus stimulus package, which looks to come with a price tag of $908 billion.    This is a little bit more than the $500 billion package offered by Senate Republicans and far less than Nancy Pelosi’s previous bottom line of $2.2 trillion.
    This comes after months of gridlock on Capitol Hill over a relief package to help Americans amid the ongoing pandemic.    However, many are taking aim at House Speaker Pelosi for playing politics.    Back in October, she said she would not accept a bill below $2.2 trillion and criticized President Trump’s $1.8 trillion proposal.
    “Well I will not let the wrong be the enemy of the right…you know what, do you have any idea what the difference is between the spending that they have in their bill and that we have in our bill?” asked the top Democrat.
    Many believe Pelosi and other Democrat leaders did not want to pass the bill prior to the election as it would have been another win for President Trump. Since then, the House speaker has changed course and is now willing to back a smaller package, which is nearly $1 trillion less than President Trump’s October proposal.
    However, opposition to the new relief bill continues to grow from both parties.    This time around it will not include direct stimulus checks to Americans like the deal made back in March.
    This comes as experts predict nearly 19 million Americans will lose their homes when the eviction moratorium ends on December 31.    Additionally, drive-up food banks have seen thousands of more Americans lined up as they struggle financially through the pandemic.
    Many believe this comes as a result of the lack of cooperation over previous stimulus proposals with lawmakers criticizing Pelosi’s endorsement of this package.
    President Trump’s generous $1.8 trillion stimulus proposal would have included a second round of $1,200 checks for the American people.

12/8/2020 U.S Officials Suspect Chinese Spy Targeted Calif. Democrat Politicians by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
    China has continued to try and gain influence over American politicians with a new report revealing how the communist country targeted Democrats in the U.S.
    According to a yearlong investigation conducted by Axios, a Chinese national named Christine Fang allegedly spied on politicians in California’s Bay Area between 2011 and 2015.    Officials believe Fang had close connections with local and national politicians, including Democrat congressman Eric Swalwell.
    Fang first began her mission by enrolling as a student at Cal State East Bay back in 2011.    While studying, she became the president of her school’s Chinese Student Association along with the campus chapter of APAPA.
    Through her position as club president, Fang was able to engage in local off-campus politics, where she became involved in multiple fundraising activities for Democrat politicians.
    According to social media posts, Fang helped fundraiser for Democrat congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Judy Chu back in 2013.    She also assisted with Democrat congressman Eric Swalwell’s re-election campaign back in 2014, ultimately placing at least one intern in Swalwell’s office after his election.
    U.S. Intelligence believe China’s main civilian spy agency used Fang to gather political intelligence on government officials with one of her suspected intelligence handlers working as a diplomat in the San Francisco consulate.
    Back in 2015, the FBI began probing Fang after it was noted she began traveling around the country more frequently than usual.    Senior intelligence officials began providing multiple defensive briefings in order to warn potentially targeted politicians about Fang’s close connections to Chinese intelligence.
    While being investigated, however, Fang abruptly left the U.S. despite having planned a trip to Washington, D.C. in June of 2015.    Political contacts close to Fang said they were surprised when they found she had fled the country with her largely cutting off contact with her U.S.-based friends.
    Currently, the Justice Department has yet to file any public charges against Fang with intelligence officials warning about the growing threats coming from Communist China.
[All should remember the Swalwell who ran for president was one of the early people who accused Trump of being a puppet of Russia and Putin and all of that was debunked as he is a member of the Intelligence Committee and now it looks like he is the puppet of China and most likely so is Beijing Biden who has corrupted himself by taking money from China by way of his son Hunter Biden which is being investigated.].

12/8/2020 Family, White House Team Offer Well Wishes For Rudy Giuliani by OAN Newsroom
Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, wears a face mask to protect against COVID-19 after speaking
at a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    Well wishes have poured in for Rudy Giuliani after he tested positive for the coronavirus.    President Trump confirmed his lawyer’s diagnosis on Sunday.
    Giuliani was immediately taken to Georgetown University Medical Center with his son Andrew being one of the first people to offer support.
    Andrew Giuliani, who serves as an Assistant to the President and also tested positive himself in late November, stated that his father was “getting great care and feeling well.”
    Natalie Harp, an advisor for the Trump campaign, also took to Twitter to wish him well during his recovery.
    Trump legal advisor Jenna Ellis, who’s worked closely with Giuliani in his fight to expose voter fraud, tweeted “prayers for Mayor Giuliani” and called him a warrior.
    The President himself took a moment during Monday’s Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House to praise Giuliani as “a champion” and “the greatest mayor of New York City.”
    Meanwhile, it appears Giuliani has temporarily passed the batton to his team as they work to expose rampant fraud in the last election.

12/8/2020 White House Imposes Sanctions On 14 Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong Unrest by OAN Newsroom
In this Friday, May 22, 2020, photo, pro-democracy lawmaker Wu Chi-wai, speaks during a protest at the Chinese central
government’s liaison office in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police on Tuesday arrested eight pro-democracy activists over their role
in an unauthorized protest last summer, widening a crackdown on dissent in semi-autonomous Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    The U.S. has slapped sanctions on more than a dozen Chinese officials for allegedly undermining democratic processes in Hong Kong.
    According to reports Monday, President Trump targeted 14 high-ranking members of the National People’s Congress.    The NPC was responsible for adopting and implementing the national security law that ultimately led to the crackdown in Hong Kong over the summer.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented on the move, stating Beijing’s unrelenting assault against democracy has left the NPC “devoid of meaningful opposition.”
    Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying was quick to push-back by condemning foreign countries for interfering with domestic matters.
    “Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s affairs are purely internal affairs of China, no foreign country has the right to interfere,” she stated.    “China urges the U.S. side to immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs, stop interfering in China’s affairs and stop going down the wrong path.”
    The spokeswoman went on to explain that if the U.S. refuses to stand down, the Chinese will continue to take “resolute counter-measures” to protect it’s “sovereignty, security and development.”

12/8/2020 Calif. Lockdowns Devastating For Small Businesses by OAN Newsroom
A closed outdoor dinning space is in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Rowland Heights, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. The vast region of Southern
California went into a lockdown Monday in an effort to curb spiraling coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Small businesses in California are worried after Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom implemented economic lockdowns on a large portion of the state.
    Newsom’s strict coronavirus measures went into effect for a vast number of Central Valley, Bay Area and Southern California regions late Sunday night.    The move immediately impacted millions of residents.
    The governor announced he would implement a number of restrictions last week if a region’s ICU capacity dropped below 15-percent.
    The lockdowns have upset many small business owners who have worked tirelessly to adhere to the constantly changing list of health code requirements.
    “This is the busiest time of the year for restaurants, but generally speaking I would say a lot of people would normally be getting together or having holiday parties,” explained John Thiel, chef and owner of the Pappo Restaurant.    “So, we’ve lost all of our private party business, we’ve lost all catering business.”
    Many small business owners in California have voiced their frustration with Newsom and other state officials for shutting down businesses after they abided to his prior health code requirements.

12/8/2020 U.S. Blacklists Iranian Envoy, Possibly To Pressure Yemen’s Houthis by Arshad Mohammed
FILE PHOTO: A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers
and representatives of the U.S., Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear
talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States imposed terrorism sanctions on Iran’s envoy to the Houthis on Tuesday, a step possibly aimed at pressuring the group to reach an accord to end the five-year war in Yemen.
    The U.S. Treasury described Hasan Irlu as an official of Iran’s elite Quds Force, the overseas arm of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a pillar of Iranian efforts to project its power in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere.
    Confirming a Reuters report, the Treasury also blacklisted Iran’s Al-Mustafa International University, alleging it uses its foreign branches as a Quds Force recruitment platform for intelligence collection and operations.
    It also imposed sanctions on Yousef Ali Muraj, an Iran-based Pakistani the Treasury accused of supporting Quds Force efforts to carry out operations in the Middle East and the United States.
    Irlu, Muraj and the university were all targeted under U.S. Executive Order 13224, which allows Washington to block the assets of foreign individuals and entities that commit, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism.
    The Quds Force is itself a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization.
    The decision to target Irlu appears in part a signal to the Iran-backed Houthis, who have been battling a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen since 2015.
    The United Nations is trying to revive peace talks stalled since late 2018 to end a war that has been in a military deadlock for years, with the Houthis holding the capital, Sanaa, and most big urban centers.
    Washington and Saudi Arabia see the Yemeni group as an extension of Iranian influence in the region.    Two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters last month that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, in an effort to support the Saudis, had threatened to blacklist the Houthi movement.
    Kirsten Fontenrose, a former White House National Security Council Gulf expert now at the Atlantic Council think tank, described the sanction as partly a warning to the Houthis that they may be next.
    “Come to the table, have these political talks in seriousness, and recognize that this designation is on your doorstep,” she said of the U.S. message to the Houthis.    “We are taking another step closer.”
    Jon Alterman of Washington’s CSIS think tank said that might be the intent but was skeptical it would work.
    “They may have a theory that this is going to change the strategic calculations of the Houthis, but if the Houthis are strategic, and I think they are, they are not much affected by what the administration does on its way out the door,” he said.
    As a result of Tuesday’s action, all property of those designated, as well as of any entities 50% or more owned by them, that fall under U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.
    In addition, foreign banks that knowingly facilitate significant transactions for them, or people who provide material support to them, risk losing access to the U.S. financial system or having their own property blocked.
(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington and by Parisa Hafezi in Dubai; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Mark Heinrich, Jonathan Oatis and Tom Brown)

12/8/2020 France’s Next-Generation Aircraft Carrier Will Be Nuclear-Powered, Says Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron listens to explanations as he visits Framatome, an international leader in
nuclear energy, designing, manufacturing and installing fuel, instrumentation and control systems for
nuclear power plants, in Le Creusot, France, December 8, 2020. Laurent Cipriani/Pool via REUTERS
    PARIS (Reuters) – France’s next-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered and replace the national fleet’s flagship warship, the Charles de Gaulle, in 2038, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
    The 11th carrier-vessel in the French Navy’s history will be built by French defence contractor Naval Group and equipped with the new electromagnetic aircraft launch system developed by U.S. company General Atomics, French officials said.
    The carrier will be 300 metres (984 ft) long and have a deadweight of 75,000 tons.    It will be able to carry up to 30 Rafale fighter jets or the successor of the Dassault warplane currently being developed by France, Germany and Spain.
    The French military had initially lent towards a ship with conventional propulsion, but together with Macron later opted for a nuclear-powered vessel, despite heavier construction costs, for technical and strategic reasons.
    “Out strategic future, our status as a great power, lies with the nuclear industry,” Macron said during a visit to a nuclear sector components maker.
    France is continental Europe’s only nuclear power.    Britain is a nuclear power too, though its relationship with the European Union – from trade to security – once it leaves the EU’s orbit on Jan. 1 remains uncertain.
    The French state will invest one billion euros during the first development phase that will end in 2025, the Ministry of Armed Forces said.     Ministry officials declined to comment on media reports that the vessel could cost more than 5 billion euros ($6.05 billion).
    “Naval Group is very proud to build the largest warship ever built in France,” the company CEO, Pierre Eric Pommelet, said in a statement.
    Three other Western aircraft carriers have been built since the Charles de Gaulle was first deployed.    The U.S. Navy’s Gerald R. Ford and America, and the British Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth, which cost about 3.1 billion pounds ($4.03 billion).
(Reporting by Tangi Salaün ; Editing by Richard Lough, William Maclean)

12/8/2020 Elon Musk Relocates To Texas From California
    (Reuters) -Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday he had relocated to Texas from California as he wants to focus more on the new Tesla Inc plant and his SpaceX venture.
    Musk confirmed the move in an interview with Matt Murray, the Wall Street Journal’s editor in chief.
    “The two biggest things that I got going on right now are the Starship development in South Texas … and then the big new U.S. factory for Tesla,” the 49-year-old Tesla chief said.
    “It wasn’t necessarily a great use of my time here (in California).”
    Texas might potentially offer some tax reprieve for the world’s second richest man.    It does not collect personal income tax while California has some of the highest state tax rates in the United States.
    On Tesla’s move to raise $5 billion in capital, Musk said: “We thought we can retire a lot of the debt and increase the security of the company … have more of a war chest.”
(Reporting by Munsif Vengattil and Tina Bellon; Editing by Anil D’Silva)

12/8/2020 Analysis: EU Sees No Abrupt End To Trump Tariffs When Biden Takes Charge by Philip Blenkinsop
FILE PHOTO: (L-R) EU Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau attend a work session during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When EU leaders gather this week for their last summit of the Donald Trump era, expect fulsome declarations of hope for a renewed transatlantic alliance under Joe Biden, but rather less to be said about a sudden end to Trump’s trade war.
    Disputes over steel tariffs, tech taxes and airplane subsidies will not be resolved overnight: after four years of deep freeze, the best that officials hope for is a slow thaw.
    “Expecting a big bang on trade under Biden is unrealistic.    Buy America will still be there.    The tariffs will not just disappear,” said an EU official working on trade.    “A success might be just no new conflict.”
    From climate change to security, there is a wide range of issues on which Europeans hope for an almost immediate improvement in cooperation from a new U.S. president, after years of thinly veiled hostility from his outgoing predecessor.
    But trade is tougher. Not only are tariffs that Trump imposed on European steel and aluminium in 2018 hard to lift, but Washington could even impose new levies on French handbags and cosmetics as soon as next month, just before Biden takes office.
    “The United States has for many years not been a friendly partner for European countries,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on the day after the U.S. election last month, noting that the outcome would not alter U.S. interests.
    “They are rivals, sometimes with confrontation, when we are threatened and hit by American sanctions.”
    Overturning decades of free trade consensus was a central part of Trump’s “America First” agenda.    In 2018, declaring that “trade wars are good, and easy to win,” he shocked allies by imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminium from most of the world.
    While Trump later dropped tariffs against Australia, Japan, Brazil and South Korea in return for concessions, he kept them in place against more than $7 billion worth of EU metal.    The bloc retaliated with tariffs on more than $3 billion worth of U.S. goods, from orange juice and blue jeans to Harley Davidson bikes, and took its case to the World Trade Organization.
    EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the bloc would prefer a “friendly agreement” over a WTO legal challenge.    Nevertheless, the EU has said it will more than double its retaliatory tariffs if it secures a favourable WTO ruling, or in March 2021, whichever comes first.
    While Biden promises to be more predictable than Trump, he is not expected to lift the steel tariffs immediately.    Even if he wants to, he could run into reluctance from producers in “rust belt” states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania that secured his election win.
    Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, director of trade think tank ECIPE, said the United States was unlikely to award Europe a “free pass,” noting that countries that had offered concessions to have their tariffs lifted could complain if Europe won better treatment.
    The next big dispute coming down the path is over digital services taxes, which Europeans want to impose on global tech companies that now pay little tax in the countries where their customers live.
    Although international negotiations are under way on the issue, France has already introduced a levy on online revenues, and the EU says it will unveil a similar policy for the entire bloc from mid-2021 if the talks fail.
    If the Trump administration follows through on threats next month, Biden could inherit new 25% tariffs on French luxury goods, as well as pressure to defend America’s biggest companies, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft.
    The best prospect for an early rapprochement may come in a dispute that pre-dates Trump, a 16-year-old quarrel between Boeing and Airbus over state subsidies, which led to retaliation from both sides.    Sources have described high-level negotiations under way as “substantive.”
    “There’s a chance there could be progress, even before the inauguration,” said an EU source.
    Resolving future trade disputes could become easier, if Biden reverses Trump policy that paralysed the WTO by blocking the appointment of judges to its appellate body.    A first step could be backing a candidate agreed by others to fill the vacant post of WTO director general, said Reinhard Buetikofer, a German trade expert for the Greens in the European Parliament.
    “The disruption of trade relation under Trump will not just fade away when he leaves office.    It needs active trust-building,” Buetikofer said.    “This will be a step-by-step process, not a sudden revolution.”
(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; additional reporting by Andrea Shalal in Washington, Leigh Thomas in Paris, Michael Nienaber in Berlin; Editing by Peter Graff)

12/8/2020 Ariz. Supreme Court Agrees To Review Voter Fraud Case by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, holds a press conference at the Maricopa County Elections
Department as she reports the progress of the a post-election logic and accuracy test for the general election
as she an observer of the test process Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    In a victory for Arizona’s GOP, the state’s Supreme Court has decided to take on an expedited appeals case over voter fraud.    On Monday, the state Supreme Court said it will review the appeal, but will not be hearing oral arguments.
    The suit was filed by Arizona GOP chair Kelli Ward who called to overturn the state’s election results and cited evidence of duplicated ballots.    She had filed the initial suit last week, but it was dismissed by a Maricopa County superior court judge who, in part, cited a filing deadline technicality.
    While the Supreme Court decision is a decisive victory for the Trump campaign, Ward was quick to point out that the campaign was employing a number of strategies in order to bring the truth to Arizona.
    The high court ordered both sides to file written briefs for the appeal by next week.

12/8/2020 President Trump Signs COVID Vaccine Executive Order by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump signs an executive order on vaccine distribution during an “Operation Warp Speed
Vaccine Summit
” on the White House complex, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The President signed an executive order Tuesday, ensuring the American people will receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the U.S. starts aiding other countries.    This falls in line with the administration’s ‘America First’ policy, which has been followed throughout the President’s time in office.
    On Thursday, an FDA panel will be meeting with vaccine-makers Pfizer and BioNtech to decide whether to grant them Emergency Use Authorization.    Last week, sources said the vaccine developed by those companies could be approved as early as Friday.
    Additionally, the FDA is planning to discuss Moderna’s vaccine on December 17.
    The executive order contains guidelines on how federal health and finance officials should interact with foreign countries to help bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic.    The plan will reportedly emphasize working with wealthy foreign countries who are able to procure large amounts of effective vaccines.
    For less wealthy countries, it calls for the leveraging of resources to help them obtain vaccines as well as other medical supplies necessary to contain the virus.
    Officials said the rollout in foreign assistance will depend on supply and demand, but they expect it to be available by late spring or early summer.
    Meanwhile, domestically, vaccines will be made available to more vulnerable populations first before they slowly start being doled out to the general public.
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in an interview Sunday that he projects most Americans will be seeing a vaccine by February or March.
    “We’re going to focus on those most vulnerable and those most on the frontlines on treating people with COVID,” he stated.    “With the initial 40 million doses in the next month, and then we’re going to just progressively keep adding more and more people.”

12/9/2020 Oil up $0.02 to $45.67, DOW up 105 to 30,174.

12/9/2020 Pfizer CEO Confident U.S. Advisory Panel Will Greenlight COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2019 file photo, Albert Bourla, chief executive officer of Pfizer, prepares to testify before the Senate
Finance Committee hearing on drug prices, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    Pfizer’s chief executive said he’s fully prepared to face the U.S. vaccine advisory panel later this week.
    During a briefing Tuesday, Albert Bourla said he expects an “intense meeting” with the panel, but remains confident that the experts will approve of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
    The Pfizer-BioNtech preventative has already been distributed in small amounts across Britain, but some officials have raised concerns about the extensive care needed to transport the vaccine.
    Nevertheless, the company’s CEO remains optimistic.
    “…these are experts, they will ask a lot of questions.    We have answers, we believe, to every question that they will ask and I think they will vote ‘yes’ given the strength of the data,” Bourla asserted.    “And then, it is up to the FDA to conclude the process and give the advise.”
    This comes after the FDA released documents detailing how the vaccine candidate has no new safety or efficacy issues.

12/9/2020 UK To Refine Allergy Warning On Pfizer Vaccine Sparked By Two Adverse Reactions by Alistair Smout
George Dyer, 90, receives the first Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, administered by General manager of
Covid Recovery Becky Board, at Croydon's University Hospital, on the first day of the largest immunisation
programme in the British history, in London, Britain December 8, 2020. Dan Charity/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s medicine regulator warned people with significant allergies not to get Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after two people suffered adverse reactions, but was set to give more detailed guidance on Wednesday based on reviews of those cases.
    Starting with the elderly and frontline workers, Britain began mass vaccinating its population on Tuesday, part of a global drive that poses one of the biggest logistical challenges in peacetime history.
    National Health Service medical director Stephen Powis said the advice had been changed as a precaution after two NHS workers reported anaphylactoid reactions from the vaccine.
    “Two people with a history of significant allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday,” Powis said.    “Both are recovering well.”
    The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) initially advised anyone with “a history of a significant allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine or food” to avoid taking the vaccine.
    However, by the end of Wednesday that guidance was set to be refined after discussions with experts on the nature of the reactions.
    “We’re tweaking advice to make it very clear that if you’ve got a food allergy, you’re not more at risk,” Imperial College London’s Paul Turner, an expert in allergy and immunology who has been advising the MHRA on their revised guidance, told Reuters.
    Pfizer and BioNTech said they were supporting the MHRA’s investigation.
    Last week Britain’s MHRA became the first in the world to approve the vaccine, developed by Germany’s BioNTech and Pfizer, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) continue to assess the data.
    A top U.S. official said on Wednesday that Americans with known severe allergic reactions may not be candidates for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine until more was understood about what had happened.
    Canada’s health ministry said it would look at the reported adverse reactions in Britain, but said adverse events were to be expected and would not necessarily change the risk/benefit of the shot, after the country approved the vaccine.
    MHRA Chief Executive June Raine told lawmakers such allergic reactions had not been a feature of the Pfizer’s clinical trials.
    Pfizer has said people with a history of severe adverse allergic reactions to vaccines or the candidate’s ingredients were excluded from their late stage trials, which is reflected in the MHRA’s emergency approval protocol.
    However, the allergic reactions may have been caused by a component of Pfizer’s vaccine called polyethylene glycol, or PEG, which helps stabilise the shot and is not in other types of vaccines.
    Imperial College London’s Turner said: “As we’ve had more information through, the initial concern that maybe it affects everyone with allergies is not true.”
    “The ingredients like PEG which we think might be responsible for the reactions are not related to things which can cause food allergy.    Likewise, people with a known allergy to just one medicine should not be at risk,” Turner told Reuters.
    The EMA said in an email that all quality, safety and efficacy data would be taken into account in assessing the vaccine, including data generated outside the EU.
    In the United States, the FDA released documents on Tuesday in preparation for an advisory committee meeting on Thursday, saying the Pfizer vaccine’s efficacy and safety data met its expectations for authorization.
    The briefing documents said 0.63% of people in the vaccine group and 0.51% in the placebo group reported possible allergic reactions in trials, which Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said was a very small number.
    “The fact that we know so soon about these two allergic reactions and that the regulator has acted on this to issue precautionary advice shows that this monitoring system is working well,” he said.
    However, Gregory Poland, a virologist and vaccine researcher with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said that the MHRA and NHS had overreacted initially.
    “I would not have broadened to the degree they did,” he said.
    “It’s reasonable to let the world know about this, and to be aware of it in terms of people who have had reactions like this to vaccines.    I think to say medicines, foods or any other allergies is past the boundary of science.”

12/9/2020 Trump Issues Formal Threat To Veto Effort To Block Massive UAE Arms Sales by Patricia Zengerle
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a campaign event with U.S. Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler
at Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Georgia, U.S., December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Dustin Chambers
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump issued a formal threat on Wednesday to veto congressional efforts to block his plans for $23 billion in military sales to the United Arab Emirates.
    The Senate is due to vote on resolutions of disapproval of the sales later on Wednesday.
    In its policy statement, the White House said the sales directly support U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by “enabling the UAE to deter increasing Iranian aggressive behavior and threats” in the wake of its recent peace deal with Israel.
    The veto threat was expected.    The administration told Congress on Nov. 10 that it had approved the vast sale to the UAE of products from     General Atomics, Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Technologies Corp.    The deal includes up to 50 F-35s, the world’s most advanced fighter jet; more than 14,000 bombs and munitions; and the second-largest sale of U.S. drones to a single country.
    U.S. law requires congressional review of major arms deals, and lets senators force votes on resolutions of disapproval.
    But to become effective, the resolutions must pass the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-led House of Representatives, and garner two-thirds majorities in both chambers to survive Trump’s veto.
    Critics said the Trump administration, seeking to rush the sales as it brokered a peace deal between the UAE and Israel, provided too little information, including about safeguards to ensure the weapons not end up in the wrong hands.
    Some lawmakers are also worried that they might violate the U.S. guarantee that Israel will retain a military advantage over other countries in the region.    But Israel, which enjoys strong support in Congress, has said it does not object to the sales.
    Past measures to block Trump’s arms deals have passed the House and Senate, but failed to garner enough support to override his vetoes.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

12/9/2020 Brexit Deal Hangs In Balance As UK’s Johnson Dines With EU Leader by Gabriela Baczynska and Guy Faulconbridge
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
in Brussels, Belgium December 9, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson began a crisis meeting over dinner in Brussels with the EU’s chief executive on Wednesday, hours after warning the bloc it must make concessions to clinch a Brexit trade deal and avoid a turbulent year-end breakup.
    Fears of a chaotic no-deal finale to the five-year Brexit crisis were running high as Johnson arrived for talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
    The European Union and Britain have cast the meeting as a chance to break an impasse in negotiations but both acknowledge there is a danger that no trade deal will be in place when Britain finally leaves the bloc’s orbit on Dec. 31.
    EU diplomats said there was little chance a deal would be agreed over dinner, and the most likely outcome was that they would agree to keep negotiating in a race against time.
    “Allons-y,” von der Leyen said to Johnson, using a French term for “let’s go” after they had greeted each other and taken masks off for photographs.
    “Allons-y,” Johnson replied, as they headed off for dinner on an upper floor of the star-shaped 1960s modernist Berlaymont building, headquarters of the European Commission.
    Earlier Johnson said Brussels wanted Britain to comply with new EU laws in the future or be automatically punished, and was insisting it give up sovereign control over its fishing waters.
    “I don’t believe that those are terms that any prime minister of this country should accept,” he told the British parliament to cheers from lawmakers in his Conservative Party.
    Johnson said “a good deal” could still be done if the EU scrapped its demands, but Britain would prosper with or without a trade deal, a phrase he repeated as he left for Brussels.
    A British government source said a deal may not be possible, as did EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, who joined the leaders for the dinner along with his British counterpart.
    Britain formally left the bloc in January, but has since been in a transition period during which it remains in the EU single market and customs union, meaning that rules on trade, travel and business have stayed the same.
    That ends on Dec. 31.    If by then there is no agreement to protect around $1 trillion in annual trade from tariffs and quotas, businesses on both sides will suffer.
    Failure to agree a deal would snarl borders, shock financial markets and sow chaos through supply chains in a world already grappling with the economic cost of COVID-19.
    A measure of expected price swings in the British pound known as overnight implied volatility jumped 25% to the highest since March.
    Johnson portrays Brexit as a chance to give Britain a fully independent, more agile economy.    EU powers fear London wants the best of both worlds – preferential access to the 27-nation EU’s markets but with the advantage of setting its own rules.
    That, they say, would undermine the post-World War Two project which sought to bind the ruined nations of Europe – and particularly Germany and France – into a global trading power.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader, said there was still a chance of a deal but the integrity of the EU’s internal market must be preserved.
    “If there are conditions from the British side which we cannot accept, we are prepared to go down a road which is without an exit agreement,” she told the German parliament.
    The main sticking points have been over fishing rights in Britain’s rich waters, ensuring fair competition for companies on either side, and ways to solve future disputes.
    “Don’t get your hopes too high here,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.    “Failure is a distinct possibility.”
    Britain said on Tuesday it had clinched a deal with the EU over how to manage the Ireland-Northern Ireland border, and would now drop clauses in draft domestic legislation that would have breached a Brexit withdrawal agreement signed in January.
    Michael Gove, one of Johnson’s senior ministers, said that agreement opened “a smoother glide path” towards a trade deal.
(Reporting by Paul Sandle, Kate Holton, Padraic Halpin, Elizabeth Piper and William James in London, John Chalmers, Gabriela Baczynska and Robin Emmott in Brussels, and Paul Carrel and Thomas Escritt in Berlin; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and John Chalmers; Editing by Catherine Evans)

12/9/2020 GOP Urges Congress To Pass Short-Term Pandemic Relief Bill, Omnibus Talks Continue by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaks during a news conference following a weekly meeting with
the Senate Republican caucus, Tuesday, Dec. 8. 2020 at the Capitol in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
    Congress is working to pass a one-week spending bill in order to avoid a government shutdown.    While speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged lawmakers to pass a stimulus bill before leaving for the holiday recess.
    The Kentucky Republican said he wants a bill that both sides of the aisle can agree upon.    He also stressed any relief bill should include more funds for the Paycheck Protection Program as well as additional assistance to health providers.
    “We’re continuing to work on an omnibus appropriation bill and a COVID relief bill,” McConnell stated.    “My view, and I think it’s a view shared by literally everybody on both sides of the aisle, we can’t leave without doing a COVID bill..the country needs it.”
    McConnell has been pushing for a targeted relief bill estimated to be around $500 billion with Democrat leaders wanting to pass a roughly $900 billion proposal.    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has accused McConnell of trying to sabotage stimulus negotiations.
    “Senator McConnell is trying to pull the rug out from beneath the Gang of Eight,” he claimed.    “We believe they have been making good progress and they ought to be allowed to move forward because they are the best hope for a bipartisan solution.”
    Despite claims made by Democrats, however, McConnell has said he’s willing to set aside liability protections talks for businesses and other institutions until next year. He also stressed the importance of getting things back to normal.
    “Let me say this about liability protection…this is a one time liability relief related to a once in 100 year pandemic that kicks in for a period of time and then goes away,” McConnell explained.    “We can’t get the economy back to normal if we have an epidemic of lawsuits on the heels of the pandemic.”
    Lawmakers will continue to work on their stimulus package in the coming days with more details about the proposal expected to be released later this week.

12/9/2020 President Trump Touts Vaccine Development During White House Vaccine Summit
President Donald Trump speaks during an “Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit” on the
White House complex, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently touted his administration’s success in handling the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine.    He made those remarks while speaking at the Operation Warp Speed summit Tuesday.
    The Commander-in-Chief said under his leadership the expected approval of a coronavirus vaccine has come far earlier than anybody thought was possible.
    “Very few people thought that this was possible,” he stated.    “It has been incredible and it will end the pandemic.”
    President Trump noted enough doses of Pfizer’s vaccine could be made available to 50 million Americans in the coming months.    He also said that eventually every American who wants a vaccine will be able to receive one.
    The President signed an executive order to prioritize making the vaccines available to Americans first before the U.S. aides foreign countries in their vaccination efforts.    He said, if necessary, he may invoke the Defense Authorization Act to ensure it is enacted smoothly.
    However, President Trump clarified that the U.S. is still working with other countries to help get vaccines in the hands of their citizens.
    “We’re working very closely with other nations also to get the vaccines out to other nations and that’s very important,” he stated.    “We have great companies and we’re working with the world.”
    An FDA panel is scheduled to meet with Pfizer Thursday for a final review of its vaccine and is set to hold a similar meeting with Moderna later this month.

12/9/2020 President Trump Hails New Record Highs On Wall St. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 23, 2020 file photo, a street sign is displayed at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
    President Trump hailed new record highs on Wall Street amid the latest development of COVID-19 treatments.    He took to Twitter on Tuesday to highlight the new all-time highs.
    U.S. stocks were driven by gains in the health care sector after the President’s summit on Operation Warp Speed, where he delivered positive news on coronavirus vaccines.
    The Trump administration invested billions of dollars into the development of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines with plans to begin distributing this month.    President Trump said he remains optimistic going forward.
    “Whichever the next administration is will really benefit by what we’ve been able to do with this,” he stated.    “Incredible science, the doctors, all the incredible people…the work that has been done is incredible.”
    Many investors are crediting President Trump for these latest gains on Wall Street and have said the S&P 500 Index is likely to set new records in coming days.

12/9/2020 Mulvaney Says People Are Leaving N.Y. Because Of Taxes, Crime, And COVID-19 Handling by OAN Newsroom
File – Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is pictured. (AP Photo)
    Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney recently blasted New York while defending the Trump administration’s reforms to federal tax law limiting state and local tax deductions.
    In a media appearance Wednesday, Mulvaney said New York politicians want to blame others for the problems the state is having.    However, he asserted it’s wrong to blame New York’s problems on the administrations move to cap state and local tax deductions at $10,000.
    The former White House official stressed people are leaving the state because of issues like high crime.
    High tax environment, crime, and the way the city handled COVID-19 is why people are leaving NYC, says Mick Mulvaney.    "Not because of something the Trump administration did in the tax plan in 2017."
    Mulvaney also said states like New York were taking advantage of previous deduction levels to raise taxes on their residents.

12/9/2020 ICE To Discontinue Inherent Bias Training For Executives by OAN Newsroom
    A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, California. (Gregory Bull/AP Photo)
    The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is ending several diversity programs President Trump has called divisive.
    According to reports Tuesday, the move was implemented in response to an executive order signed by the President Trump back in October.    The measure banned particular training programs, which taught divisive and anti-American rhetoric to government employees.
    The so-called “Tools of Tolerance Training Program” required ICE executives to spend several days at the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance and the Holocaust Museum.    They were required to engage in inherent bias training seminars, which taught concepts such as the notion that inherent racism permeates American society.
    “But, you know, they’re not being taught that…they’re being taught that we’re not great,” President Trump stated during a previous campaign rally.    “I’ve also issued an executive order to prohibit the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the Federal Government…Critical Race Theory is a Marxist doctrine.”
    The agency has announced the funding from the training programs will be reinvested into other professional development opportunities.

12/9/2020 Venezuela’s Capriles Calls On Opposition To Shut Interim Government - Report
FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles is shown with supporters after voting in an election
for new governors in Caracas, Venezuela, October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Two-time Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles called for end to an interim government created in 2019 by congress chief Juan Guaido with U.S. backing, according to an interview published by the BBC on Wednesday.
    Guaido is recognized as the nation’s legitimate leader by dozens of countries that disavowed President Nicolas Maduro’s 2018 re-election.
    Guaido at the same time said the constitution put him in line to assume power as he was head of parliament.
    But the Socialist Party won a majority of votes in the Dec. 6 legislative election that was boycotted by the opposition, undermining Guaido’s claim to the presidency and fueling doubt about the U.S. plan to maintain the interim government.
    “The new administration should understand that this plan has been exhausted and (it) cannot give continuity to the status quo: the interim government,” the BBC quoted Capriles as saying.
    Guaido’s press team declined to comment.
    Press advisers for Capriles did not respond to a request for comment.    The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Capriles criticized the current plan, under which lawmakers would continue to describe themselves as legitimate parliamentarians even after their five-year term expires on Jan. 5, the BBC reported.
    “It’s a very complicated precedent for the future, because we open the door to Maduro saying that he will extend his government without holding an election,” Capriles said, according to the BBC.
    Some opposition legislators reiterated their support for Guaido via social media.
    “The opposition does not have a boss, but it has a leader and his name is @jguaido, he has put himself on the line for this and for us,” lawmaker Luis Florido wrote via Twitter.
(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth and Vivian Sequera with additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

12/9/2020 UN Rights Boss Welcomes Biden Pledges, Hopes For Reversal Of ‘Serious Setbacks’ Under Trump by Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams
during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s pledges to halt the separation of migrant families, address “systemic racism” and climate change are promising and could reverse setbacks during the Trump administration, the U.N. human rights chief said on>     Michelle Bachelet said that U.S. President Donald Trump had rolled back the rights of women, LGBT persons and migrants, as well as stepped back from multilateralism.
    The former president of Chile said that she knew Biden well as he had been given responsibility for Latin America while serving as vice president to President Barack Obama.
    “President-elect Biden has made a series of promising pledges.    For example expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections, an increase of the number of refugees to be resettled, end of family separation, end to the construction of the border wall, and an overhaul of the asylum system,” Bachelet told a news conference.
    She also said that Biden would give a lot of priority to human rights, to multilateralism, and go back to the Paris Agreement, the global pact to fight climate change.
    Biden has said he plans to revitalise DACA, or the so-called “Dreamers” programme created by Obama that protects people from deportation and grants work permits to hundreds of thousands of immigrants living in the United States unlawfully after arriving as children.    Trump has tried to end the programme, but a judge last week order the U.S. government to reopen the programme to first-time applicants.
    Bachelet, referring to Biden, said: “He has made a series of promising pledges like the protection for child arrivals – and I think that’s fantastic that they will stop the family separation – and of course all the issues with the frontier, the border with Mexico.
    “If those pledges are implemented I think they will have a positive impact on human rights in the U.S. and globally.    They could also reverse policies carried out in the Trump administration which have led to serious setbacks for human rights including the rights of women, of LGBT persons, migrants or journalists,” she said.
    Bachelet also said she regretted that five people including one woman are scheduled to be executed at the federal level by Jan. 15th, before Biden is scheduled to take office.    Trump’s administration resumed carrying out executions earlier this year after a 17-year hiatus.
    “So we call for prompt review of all federal death row cases to avoid arbitrary or discriminatory application of the death penalty,” she said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

12/9/2020 Citing Far-Right Sway, Germany Tracks COVID Protesters by Sabine Siebold
FILE PHOTO: Police use water cannons during a protest against the government's coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
restrictions, next to the Brandenburger Gate, in Berlin, November, 18, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Mang
    BERLIN (Reuters) – German intelligence agents have placed under observation a group of protesters against coronavirus restrictions, citing the influence of radicals including far-right Nazi admirers.
    The domestic intelligence service in the southwestern Baden-Wuerttemberg region put the “Querdenken 711” group on a watch-list due to its increasing radicalisation, the state’s interior ministry said on Wednesday.
    “Querdenken 711” was founded early in the pandemic by IT entrepreneur Michael Ballweg in the affluent city of Stuttgart and helped begin a nationwide movement.
    Its name loosely translates as thinking out of the box, while 0711 is the telephone area code.    Members range from left to right to esoteric on the political spectrum, united by their opposition to COVID-19 regulations.
    “Legitimate protest against coronavirus restrictions is increasingly making way for a general hate against state and politics,” Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Interior Minister Thomas Strobl said, without specifying how many people were being observed.
    Strobl accused the movement of spreading false claims to incite hate against the state, making “absurd comparisons” with the Nazis, and downplaying the Holocaust.
    State intelligence chief Beate Bube said several leaders of the network were part of the far-right “Reichsbuerger” (Reich Citizens).    That movement rejects the modern German state and proclaims the continued existence of the former “Deutsche Reich” proclaimed by the Nazis until their defeat in World War Two.
    “Querdenken 711” representatives could not be immediately reached for reaction, but have in the past rejected accusations of extremism.
    Last month, police fired water cannon and pepper spray to scatter thousands of protesters in Berlin angry about coronavirus restrictions.
    Although most Germans accept the latest curbs on a second wave of the pandemic, critics say the measures endanger civil rights.    Germany reported a record number of 590 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, taking total fatalities to 19,932.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by William Maclean and Andrew Cawthorne)

12/9/2020 RNC Files Lawsuit To Uphold Voting Laws Ahead Of Ga. Runoff Elections by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump shares the stage with U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., who are both
facing runoff elections Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 during a rally in Valdosta, Ga. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
    The GOP has filed a lawsuit in Georgia to ensure that election law is properly followed in the January runoff election.    The suit was filed on Tuesday and includes allowing proper access for poll-watchers as well as creating greater restrictions, including ballot box surveillance.
    The RNC stated they believe if nothing is done then serious problems, like those present in the presidential election, will reoccur in the Georgia runoff race.
    During the November election, Republican poll-watchers were often not close enough to observe the counting of the votes or weren’t allowed in the building at all.    This made it difficult to ensure an unbiased count of the vote.
    Additionally, Republicans in Georgia, along with other states, have called the unilateral expansion of absentee ballot infrastructure unconstitutional.
    GOP members have argued the responsibility to decided a state’s voting process and regulations rests with the legislature, not the judiciary or executive branch.
    Republican voters in Georgia have grown concerned, saying that if nothing is changed to secure the voting process then the election will be stolen again.
    While Georgia Republican Gov. Brain Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger refuse to call a special session of the legislature, voters are losing faith their vote will be secure.
    Despite many witnesses coming forward with voter fraud testimonies and the secretary of state admitting their was systemic fraud, many Republican lawmakers appear to remain complacent.
    “You know, they’ve used the pandemic and the phony, fake ballots, the mail in ballots…they used that to sabotage a country,” President Trump stated.    “We’re not gonna let it happen…as you know a major issue in this state (Georgia) is voter fraud.”
    RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has vowed the Republican Party is going to fight for the security of the elections and the President. She encouraged voters to still go out and vote for Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue on January 5.
    While the President has vehemently called for the investigation into voter fraud, he also encouraged Georgians to get out and vote.

12/9/2020 Most states have locked in electoral votes and the Trump campaign is continuing to challenge Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada seeking to overturn the Nov. 3 presidential election by the Supreme Court.

12/9/2020 Texas GOP Chairman Expects More States To Join SCOTUS Election Suit by OAN Newsroom
Texas GOP Chairman Colonel Allen West. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
Red states are joining Texas in a Supreme Court lawsuit aimed at delaying presidential electors in multiple states.     Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading the charge against multiple states that allegedly violated the Constitution during the 2020 election.
Ken Paxton, Attorney General State of Texas. (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
    On Wednesday, Paxton filed a lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.    The lawsuit argues the ‘Equal Protection Clause‘ was violated.    All four states account for 62 electoral votes, which is enough to question the outcome of the presidential election.
    Additionally, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt led a group of 17 states in support of the Texas lawsuit on Wednesday.
    The group filed a brief with the Supreme Court.    The brief claims state officials exploited the coronavirus pandemic to make changes to the elections that would purposely make them prone to potential fraud.
    The Texas GOP chairman said that potential for fraud not only affected the states involved, but millions of other Americans.    In an interview with Steve Bannon Tuesday, Chairman Colonel Allen West said Texas had the legal right to pursue the case.
    “We’re not asking for ballots to be thrown out,” West said.    “We’re asking for this to go back to the legislature and the state legislators…will decide those electors, which again is constitutional by Article 2 Section 1 of the United States Constitution.”
    He added that America has the gold standard of an electoral system and protecting it isn’t a political issue.
    “I think you’re going to see about 10 [states] sign onto this petition,” West noted.    “I know…Louisiana has come on board, you just talked about South Carolina and I believe Missouri and several others will stand beside this as well.”
    He reiterated that this is an American issue rather than a Republican or Democrat issue.    West also mentioned if we do not pursue truth in this election, it will undermine our constitutional republic.
    In the meantime, the Supreme Court has given the states until Thursday afternoon to respond to the lawsuit.

12/9/2020 Hunter Biden Under Federal Tax Investigation by OAN Newsroom
In this screenshot from the DNCC’s livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Hunter Biden, son of Democratic
presidential nominee Joe Biden, addresses the virtual convention on August 20, 2020. (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)
    Hunter Biden is under a federal investigation over his taxes and questionable business dealings overseas.    On Wednesday, he released a statement admitting that federal prosecutors in Delaware are investigating his tax affairs.
    Hunter and his business associates were also served a subpoena to disclose information on their activities.
    In recent months, lawmakers and U.S. law enforcement raised concerns over Hunter’s corrupt ties in Ukraine and China as well as direct payments to the Bidens from a Kremlin ally.
    Republican officials said because of this, Joe Biden cannot be President because he may be compromised by corrupt dealings overseas.
Joe Biden (R) embraces his son Hunter Biden (L) on stage after delivering remarks in
Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

12/9/2020 Rep. Dan Crenshaw Criticizes Strict Lockdown Measures by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Dan Crenshaw. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) slammed COVID-19 lockdowns.
    In an interview with the ‘Daily Wire‘ on Wednesday, Crenshaw criticized Democrats for not following their own coronavirus restrictions.    He called them, “elitists who think that they know better than everyone else.”
    The Texas representative also claimed the lockdowns are unscientific and based on “emotional decision making.”
    Instead, Crenshaw said Americans should be well informed and decide for themselves how they want to handle the virus.
    “Our policy needs to be very clear,” Crenshaw said. “You give people the information they need to explain to them the science of social distancing and mask-wearing and allow them to comply.    Allow businesses to create those so they’re self-regulated in that manner.”
    Crenshaw encouraged small businesses to band together to take legal action against local authorities, who he said unconstitutionally enforced lockdown measures.

12/9/2020 Mich. Democrat Urges Violence Against ‘Trumpers’ by OAN Newsroom
Screenshot courtesy of Michigan House Democrats YouTube video
    A Michigan Democrat official made threats against supporters of President Trump and appeared to call for the political persecution of her opponents.
    Michigan State Congresswoman Cynthia Johnson seemed to call on radical left militants to be prepared to attack Republican voters.
    “So this is just a warning for you Trumpers,” Rep. Johnson (D-Mich.) said.    “Be careful, walk lightly.    Enough of the shenanigans.”
    “For those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it,” she added.    “Do it right.    Be in order. Make them pay.”
    Commentators said Johnson’s remarks may amount to violent extremism.
    Johnson also called witnesses of Michigan voter fraud “liars.”    Her address was originally posted on Facebook, which raised questions about whether or not the company would ban Johnson over these apparent calls to violence.

12/10/2020 Oil down $0.07 to $45.60, DOW down 105 to 30,069.

12/10/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Beshear: COVID-19 spread is slowing - Positivity rate declines for sixth day straight by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 3,481 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, an “alarmingly high” number but nevertheless a sign the virus’s spread is slowing in the state, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.
    Wednesday also brought a declining positivity rate for the sixth day in a row, at 9.23%.
    “We continue to see some promising trends in our COVID-19 numbers,” Beshear said in a statement.    “They are still far too high, but given that we were experiencing exponential growth before we took those difficult steps, this is evidence that we may not just be slowing down that growth, we may even be plateauing our cases.”
    Last Wednesday saw a record-high number of new cases reported at the time — 3,601 — with the previous record having been set the day before.
    Kentucky had 16 new deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,118.
    The state has reported 209,136 COVID- 19 cases since the pandemic began in March.    On Wednesday, there were 1,792 Kentuckians hospitalized due to the virus, with 412 in an intensive care unit and 211 on a ventilator.
    Indiana reported 5,853 new cases Wednesday and 98 more deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 398,417 cases and 6,207 deaths.
    “The state of Indiana is on fire,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said during a COVID-19 update Wednesday afternoon, referring to all of the state’s 92 counties being labeled “orange” or “red” for moderate to high community spread rates.
    Indiana’s positivity rate is at 14%.    More than 3,200 people in the state are hospitalized with the virus, and daily admissions are over 400.
    In an effort to preserve hospital capacities, Holcomb announced hospitals are required to postpone or reschedule non-emergent procedures in in-patient settings from Dec. 16 to Jan. 3.
[16 deaths / 3,481 cases = 0.005% on Wed. and you better open up all our dining services on Monday the 14th and put our kids back to school or you’re done forever as a valid governor in Kentucky and we do not give a damn about Indiania issues.].

12/10/2020 Hunter Biden’s taxes under investigation - President-elect’s son ‘confident’ of review by Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
    President-elect Joe Biden’s transition announced Wednesday that his son, Hunter, is being investigated for his taxes by the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware.
    Hunter Biden was the focus of Republican complaints during the campaign for business dealings with Ukraine and China.12/9/2020 Hunter Biden Under Federal Tax Investigation by OAN NewsroomBut Hunter Biden hasn’t been charged, and two Republican- led congressional committees in September found no wrongdoing by Joe Biden.
    Political adversaries including President Donald Trump accused the former vice president of benefiting from his son’s business.    But Joe Biden denied any illegal or unethical dealings.
    Hunter Biden said Wednesday that he learned Tuesday that federal prosecutors were investigating his tax affairs.    “I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors,” Hunter Biden said in a statement.
    Biden’s transition office said in a statement that the president-elect “is deeply proud of my son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”
    Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said in the closing weeks of the campaign that a laptop recovered from a Delaware repair shop allegedly revealed a trove of evidence against Hunter Biden. But the FBI was investigating the laptop as potential misinformation from Russia to influence the election.
    A story on Oct. 14 in the New York Post accused Biden’s son of corruption based on his work as an adviser to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
    But the story – based on material from the laptop – has come under fire for relying on questionable sources and documents.
    A central point of the article refers to an email from Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma, who thanked Hunter Biden for “giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent (sic) some time together.”    If true, the claim would undercut Joe Biden’s repeated assertions that he never spoke to his son about business dealings in Ukraine.
    But the Biden campaign categorically denied a meeting ever happened.    “They never had a meeting,” Andrew Bates, a campaign spokesman, told USA TODAY.    “I’ve literally never heard of this guy in my life,” Amos Hochstein, a former Biden staffer, told Politico.
    The House impeached Trump and the Senate acquitted him of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after an investigation based in part on a 2019 call Trump made to the president of Ukraine, urging him to investigate the Bidens.
    Congressional Democrats pursued the charges in an attempt to force Trump from office and called the demand for an investigation a smear of Trump’s political opponent.
    Trump taunted Biden repeatedly during the campaign about the laptop.    “Joe Biden is a corrupt politician, and everybody knows it,” Trump said in one tweet.    “Laptop is devastating!” Trump said in another tweet.
    Biden told reporters he had no response to the accusations in the days after the New York Post story.    “Another smear campaign,” Biden said.    “Right up your alley.”
    At the first presidential debate on Fox News, Trump charged that Hunter Biden was thrown out of the military for cocaine use and later paid millions in Ukraine and China without working.    But Biden said his son wasn’t dishonorably discharged and that accusations against him had been debunked.
    “My son like a lot of people at home had a drug problem,” Joe Biden said.    “He’s fixed it.    He’s worked on it.    And I’m proud of him.    I’m proud of my son.”
Hunter Biden

12/10/2020 UK Tells EU: Back Down By Sunday Night Or We’ll Walk by Alistair Smout and Paul Sandle
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at Downing Street,
in London, Britain, November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain told the European Union on Thursday it should make significant concessions to break the impasse in Brexit trade talks by the end of the weekend to give some clarity about the finale to the five-year-old Brexit crisis.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union’s chief executive Ursula von der Leyen gave themselves until the end of the weekend to seal a new trade pact after failing to overcome persistent rifts over a “lively” dinner of turbot on Wednesday.
    “There’s still clearly some scope to keep talking but there are significant points of difference that remain,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told BBC TV, adding that both sides needed to take stock at the weekend.
    “Sunday, I think is an important moment,” Raab told Sky News.    “You never say never in these talks, but I think we do need to get some finality.”
    The pound extended its losses against the dollar and the euro, down 0.6% against the dollar at $1.3318 at 0829 GMT GBP=D3. Versus the euro it was down around 0.7% at 90.755 pence EURGBP=D3.
    Raab said the main points of contention – fisheries and commitments on a level playing field – were narrow in scope but they were matters of principle for Britain.
    “Substantial movement,” he said, was needed on both issues for talks to continue beyond Sunday.
    Britain formally left the EU in January, but has since been in a transition period during which it remains in the EU single market and customs union, meaning that rules on trade, travel and business have stayed the same.
    That ends on Dec. 31. If by then there is no agreement to protect around $1 trillion in annual trade from tariffs and quotas, businesses on both sides will suffer.
    Failure to agree new rules to govern everything from car parts to Camembert would snarl borders, shock financial markets and sow chaos through supply chains in a world already grappling with the economic cost of COVID-19.
    Tesco Chairman John Allan has warned that food prices will go up if Britain leaves the EU’s orbit with no deal.    Raab, asked about the remark, said there may be some changes in food prices.
    Johnson portrays Brexit as a chance to give Britain a fully independent, more agile economy.    EU powers fear London wants the best of both worlds – preferential access to EU markets but with the advantage to set its own rules.
    That, they say, would undermine the post-World War Two project which sought to bind the ruined nations of Europe – and particularly Germany and France – into a global trading power.
    The EU wants Britain to remain tied to the bloc’s labour, social and environmental standards in the future, as well as to state aid rules for corporate state subsidies.
    Raab, however, said the EU’s position on the level playing field had “hardened.”
    “There’s the substantive requirements of the level playing field and then there’s the remedies… but let’s be clear the EU has hardened its position,” he told BBC radio.
    Ireland’s European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness said she believed “there is a deal to be done” with Britain but that it was impossible to predict if negotiations would be successful.
    “I hope that we all get a Christmas present over the weekend. An early one,” McGuinness, commissioner for financial services, told Ireland’s RTE radio.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout and Paul Sandle; editing by Guy Faulconbridge, William Maclean)

12/10/2020 Migrant Caravan Sets Off To U.S. From Honduras, Risking New Tensions by Jose Cabezas
Hondurans take part in a new caravan of migrants, set to head to the United States,
as they leave San Pedro Sula, Honduras December 9 2020. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Reuters) – A few hundred Hondurans formed a caravan bound for the United States on Wednesday after hurricanes battered the country, posing a fresh challenge to efforts to stem illegal immigration from Central America on the cusp of a new U.S. administration.
    Mostly younger migrants with backpacks and some women carrying children left the northern city of San Pedro Sula on foot for the Guatemalan border after calls went out on social media to organize a caravan to the United States.
    If the exodus grows, it could become the first major caravan to hit the road since Joe Biden defeated U.S. President Donald Trump in a presidential election last month.
    Striking just two weeks apart in November, Hurricanes Eta and Iota hammered infrastructure, homes and crops, killing about 100 people in Honduras.    The neighboring countries of Guatemala and Nicaragua also suffered widespread damage.
    “We lost everything, we have no choice but to go to the United States,” an unidentified middle-aged man in the caravan with his wife and cousin told Honduran television.
    The man said he was from La Lima, a municipality on the southeastern edge of San Pedro Sula that was hard hit by flooding caused by Eta and Iota.
    Guatemala’s migration authorities warned the approaching migrants that to enter the country, they would need negative coronavirus tests and passports.
    Central Americans had already begun leaving their homes following the devastating hurricanes.
    Trump, who is due to leave office on Jan. 20, has made curbing illegal immigration a top priority, and has put pressure on Mexico to help him.    A caravan of thousands moving through Central America was broken up in October.
    Biden has vowed to pursue a “humane” migration policy and offer help to Central America to ease migratory pressures.
(Additional reporting by Gustavo Palencia in Tegucigalpa and Enrique Garcia in Guatemala City; Writing by Dave Graham; Editing by Robert Birsel)

12/10/2020 Europe, U.S. Should Say ‘No’ To China’s ‘Wolf-Warrior’ Diplomacy – EU Envoy
FILE PHOTO: EU Ambassador to China Nicolas Chapuis speaks at a news conference in Beijing, China January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Lee
    BEIJING (Reuters) – The European Union and the United States should work together to stand up to coercive Chinese diplomacy and coordinate with other countries in the region on the disputed South China Sea, the EU ambassador to China said on Thursday.
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, due to take office on Jan. 20, has spoken of the need to revitalise alliances with like-minded democracies as a core source of strength in dealing with China.
    EU Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis, speaking at an energy forum in the Chinese capital, said the EU hoped to reach agreement with the new U.S. administration on policy towards China.
    “Let’s cooperate with China as much as we can, when we can, when China is ready to cooperate.    And let’s disagree when we must,” Chapuis said.
    “We need to have a common understanding to say ‘no’ to bullying and intimidation, coercive diplomacy, ‘wolf-warrior’ diplomacy,” he said, referring to China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy.
    Chapuis also called for European countries to work with Australia, New Zealand and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to “find common ground” about the disputed South China Sea.     China claims almost the entire South China Sea and warns other countries not to interfere in its dealings with Southeast Asian countries that also claim parts of the waterway and worry about China’s increasingly militarised presence there.
    “Freedom of navigation is essential.    The South China Sea is not only a China issue, it is an international issue,” Chapuis said.
(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian and Muyu Xu; Editing by Robert Birsel)

12/10/2020 North Korea Wasted Chance To Improve Relations Under Trump, U.S. Envoy Says by Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun talks with South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun
(not pictured) during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2020. Korea Pool/Pool via REUTERS
    SEOUL (Reuters) – Pyongyang squandered an opportunity to fundamentally reinvent its relationship with the United States during Donald Trump’s presidency, Washington’s top North Korea envoy said on Thursday, adding he will urge his successors to continue engagement.
    Speaking to a think tank in Seoul during a visit to meet with South Korean security officials, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun admitted he was disappointed denuclearisation negotiations had stalled and that more progress was not made during his time leading those efforts.
    “Regrettably, much opportunity has been squandered by our North Korean counterparts over the past two years, who too often have devoted themselves to the search for obstacles to negotiations instead of seizing opportunities for engagement,” he said, according to his prepared remarks.
    Still, he defended Trump’s decision to focus on top-level diplomacy with leader Kim Jong Un, and to eschew small steps in favour of seeking a major agreement under which North Korea would surrender its nuclear weapons and the two sides would normalize relations.
    “This vision was a bold one, and it made the many advocates of incrementalism uncomfortable,” Biegun said.
    After trading insults and nuclear threats that had pushed their countries to the brink of war, Trump and Kim met for the first time in Singapore in 2018, where they signed a general declaration calling for denuclearisation and new relations between the two old adversaries.
    After working-level talks Biegun helped lead, the two leaders held their second meeting in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi in 2019 but failed to reach a deal.
    Subsequent talks failed to make progress and Pyongyang has rebuffed Biegun’s calls for more engagement, saying the U.S. does not appear serious about dropping its hostile policies.
    Biegun called for North Korea to resume talks in the coming months.
    With Democratic president-elect Joe Biden due to replace Trump in January, Biegun said he had a message for the incoming team: “The war is over; the time for conflict has ended, and the time for peace has arrived.”
(Reporting by Josh Smith)

12/10/2020 U.S. Senate Backs Massive Arms Sales To UAE After Trump Veto Threat by Patricia Zengerle
FILE PHOTO: An Israeli Air Force F-35 fighter jet flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for
Israeli Air Force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An effort to stop President Donald Trump’s high-tech weapons deals with the United Arab Emirates fell short on Wednesday in the U.S. Senate as Trump’s fellow Republicans opposed resolutions of disapproval seeking to block the sale of drones and advanced F-35 fighter jets.
    The Senate voted 50-46 and 49-47, mostly along party lines, to stop consideration of the resolutions, killing them at least until President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20.
    Biden, a Democrat, is expected to review the sales.
    Early on Wednesday, the Trump administration had issued a formal notice of its intention to veto the measures if they passed the Senate and House of Representatives.
    The White House said the sales support U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by “enabling the UAE to deter increasing Iranian aggressive behavior and threats” in the wake of its recent peace deal with Israel.
    Backers of the sale also described the UAE as an important U.S. partner in the Middle East.
    The two weapons packages are a major component of a planned $23 billion sale of high-tech armaments to the UAE.    Opponents said the transactions were being rushed through, without sufficient assurances that the equipment would not fall into the wrong hands or fuel instability in the Middle East.
    Some U.S. lawmakers also criticized the UAE for its involvement in the war in Yemen, a conflict considered one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.
    The administration told Congress in November it had approved the massive sale to the UAE of products from General Atomics, Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Technologies Corp.
    Some lawmakers also worried that the weapons transfers might violate U.S. guarantees that Israel will retain a military advantage in the region.    But Israel, which enjoys strong support in Congress, has said it does not object to the sales.
    Accusing Trump of cutting short or sidestepping Congress’ typical review of major weapons sales, lawmakers have tried repeatedly during Trump’s four-year presidency to block his plans for arms sales.
    None of the efforts succeeded, either dying in the Republican-led Senate or, if passed, failing to win the two-thirds majorities in the Senate and House to override Trump’s vetoes.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

12/10/2020 President Trump Announces Another Historic Middle East Peace Deal With Israel, Morocco by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally for Senate Republican candidates, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., at Valdosta Regional Airport, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Valdosta, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has continued his efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.    He recently announced an agreement between Israel and Morocco.
On Thursday, the President tweeted that he signed a proclamation to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara.
    The move came in exchange for Morocco’s agreement to normalize relations with Israel.    The countries will now resume official contacts, grant direct and over flights as well as establish embassies on down the line.
    Morocco is the fourth country since August to strike a deal aimed at normalizing relations with Israel.

12/10/2020 Senate Blocks Effort To Stop Arms Sale To UAE by OAN Newsroom
File – Two F-35 jets fly over California. (Ben Margot / AP Photo)
    The Senate has rejected two measures attempting to block the Trump administration from completing an arms sale with the United Arab Emirates.
    The Senate voted to move forward with the arms sale Wednesday after President Trump issued a warning, stating he would veto congressional efforts to block the weapons transfer of $23 billion in arms.
    Last month, the Trump administration gave its formal approval to sell F-35 jets, armed drones and bombs to the UAE.    Congress was given a 30 day window to object.
    A group of senators led by Robert Menendez, Rand Paul and Chris Murphy quickly moved to create resolutions to block the sale while arguing the arms could be sold to China.
    Opponents also expressed concerns the sale would place Israel at a military disadvantage in the Middle East.    However, the sale is tied to the UAE’s normalization efforts with Israel as part of the historic peace accords brokered by the Trump administration.
    Additionally, supporters have said the move is necessary to enable the UAE’s stonewall efforts against Iran and terrorism in the area as the country has been a notable ally in these efforts.
    Once the sale is finalized, the UAE will become the first Arab nation to secure the F-35 jet, which is one of the most advanced in the world.

12/10/2020 Sen. Blackburn Urges Upper Chamber To Investigate Joe Biden’s Ties To The Chinese Communist Party by OAN Newsroom
File – Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. is pictured in Franklin, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    According to Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the Senate should investigate ties between Joe Biden’s family and China.
    In an interview Wednesday, the Republican lawmaker asserted that if Biden wins the presidency, he would fail to hold China accountable for their actions given what she described as “a cozy relationship” between the two.
    Her remarks come amid allegations of a Chinese intelligence operative targeting Democrats to gain political influence.    The senator described China as part of “a new axis of evil” and claimed the communist country targets politicians.
    “They’re going after politicians that they think are friendly to China, they’re looking at governors that are friendly to China policy,” Blackburn explained.    "And they’re making their list and they’re targeting the sphere of influence around these individuals.”
    If Biden is sworn in, according to the senator, it will be up to the Senate to investigate his ties to China.

12/10/2020 Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Gives Police The Greenlight To Wipe City’s Autonomous Zone by OAN Newsroom
Masked protesters by an occupied home speak with a neighborhood resident opposed to their encampment and demonstration in Portland, Ore.,
on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Makeshift barricades erected by protesters are still up in Oregon’s largest city a day after Portland police
arrested about a dozen people in a clash over gentrification and the eviction of a family from a home. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) has vowed to make his city safer by putting an end to a newly established autonomous zone.
    In a series of tweets Tuesday, the Democrat said he authorized police to use “all lawful means” to end the occupation on North Mississippi Avenue, which has been comprised by mostly radical-left Antifa members.
    The announcement came after the group set up barricades and road spikes in front of a building known locally as the “red house.”    This came in an alleged effort to protect the Kinney’s, a black and indigenous family, from eviction.
    According to reports, the house was foreclosed back in 2018 and the Kinney’s have been living there illegally ever since.    Things escalated in the area when Antifa members clashed with police who arrived to serve the Kinney’s yet another eviction notice.
    Footage shows the crowd hurling rocks at the officers, spraying them with fire extinguishers and damaging their vehicles.    Before retreating, officers said they made at least seven arrests.
    Mayor Wheeler responded to the unrest by stating, “there are many ways to protest and work toward needed reform.”    He added, “illegally occupying private property, openly carrying weapons, threatening and intimidating people are not among them.”
    Seattle protesters created the infamous Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, also known as CHAZ, earlier this year following the May death of George Floyd.    By using fences and cars to mark its borders, CHAZ consumed six blocks of the city. It was wiped out by police when local officials finally decided to act.

12/10/2020 FDA Commissioner Says Agency Striving To Remain Transparent On Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2020 file photo, Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
testifies during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal
government response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP, File)
    FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said he will not pre-judge what an advisory panel may say during Thursday’s meeting regarding emergency approval of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    In a recent interview, Dr. Hahn said the plan is to take the panel’s recommendation into account before the FDA makes its own decision.    He noted the panel’s meeting is more than a formality, stating it’s important to maintain the transparency around the decision process.
    The FDA commissioner added, it’s important that people carefully weigh whether or not to get the shot.    He pointed out that enough Americans need vaccinations to achieve herd immunity.
    “We need to get to herd immunity and that requires a substantial percentage of Americans to be vaccinated,” Dr. Hahn explained. “So that’s why we’ve been transparent, it’s why we want this public discussion of the data, it’s why we’ve been very careful about the review of the data and we’ll make a very careful decision.”
    The advisory meeting is scheduled to run until 6 p.m. EST with the vote likely to happen at the end of the meeting.    The FDA would then decide if it will approve the vaccine for emergency use, which could come as early as Friday.

12/10/2020 Operation Warp Speed Officials Give Updates On Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, vaccine expert, delivers an update on “Operation Warp Speed” in the Rose Garden of the
White House in Washington, D.C. on November 13, 2020.(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    White House officials tasked with combating the ongoing pandemic are reassuring the public following several concerns being raised over Pfizer’s vaccine.
    During an Operation Warp Speed briefing on Wednesday, Dr. Moncef Slaoui addressed reports of two British citizens experiencing adverse reactions to the vaccine. He noted that those allergic reactions, were not life threatening.
    Dr. Slaoui went on to say he expects the FDA will recommend those with severe allergies to opt out of taking the vaccine until more research is completed.
    In a statement, Pfizer said it’s working with British regulators to fully understand what caused the side effects.    This comes as reports noted the vaccine does not contain preservatives or egg-derived products, which are usually the main culprits behind such a response.
    Meanwhile, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar reassured the vaccine is safe to use for most people.    He said he would even volunteer to be the first American to get the vaccine.
    “I’ve made clear to the team, as I’ve made clear publicly to the media and otherwise, that I will gladly get the first shot, first vaccination,” Azar stated.    “Just to demonstrate to the American people my supreme confidence in the integrity of the process, the quality of the vaccines and that I wouldn’t ask the American people to do something that I wouldn’t be willing to do myself.”
    His remarks came after the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research conducted a poll, which found half of Americans are willing to get vaccinated with the rest of the surveyed population evenly split between those wary of being inoculated and the undecided.

12/10/2020 Reports: Ga. Gov. Kemp Awarded Dominion Voting Contract After Meeting With Chinese Consulate Official In Atlanta by OAN Newsroom
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
    New reports highlight the relationship between Georgia’s governor and consuls from China.    They show that Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) may have closer ties to China than just asking for their business.
    According to recent reports, Kemp met with China’s consul general from the Houston consulate in Atlanta on July 12, 2019.    The Houston consulate was shut down by the U.S. government for being used as a location for spies.
    “We’ve terminated special treatment agreements with Hong Kong in response to CCP’s actions to deny freedom to the people of Hong Kong,” Secy. of State Mike Pompeo said when he appeared before the Senate in July.    “And we closed our consulate in Houston because it was a den of spies.”
    On July 29 of the same year, Kemp handed Dominion a ten-year contract worth over $100 million.
    Dominion has been accused multiple times of changing votes for President Trump to votes for Joe Biden.    The company also has various ties to China.
    In June of this year, the New York Times reported there is evidence that heavy lobbying and sales tactics were used leading up to their implementation.
    On Tuesday, outlets highlighted resurfaced pictures of Kemp meeting with several Chinese diplomats who are suspected of committing espionage and attempting to steal COVID-19 research.
    Separate reports also called attention to massive Chinese investment in Georgia, which may violate CFIUS rules.    Kemp is known to have welcomed questionable Chinese money in his state.
    “China is a top source of imports and our third-largest export market,” Kemp stated.    “We welcome thousands of Chinese visitors every year to the Peach State and we are constantly helping to develop new opportunities for Chinese companies.”
    Critics said Kemp is willing to hand election results in his state to Joe Biden, despite evidence of fraud, due to his soft stance on China.

12/10/2020 Mainstream Media Waited Until After Nov. Vote To Acknowledge Hunter Biden Corruption by OAN Newsroom
Hunter Biden attends Usher’s New Look Foundation (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Usher’s New Look Foundation)
    Mainstream media outlets appear to be loosening their ban on anti-Biden stories after the November vote.
    These outlets changed their tune about Hunter Biden more than a month after Americans cast their ballots in the presidential election, which is causing many to question the timing of their coverage.
    The liberal press was accused of sweeping these incriminating allegations under the rug to save face with Joe Biden, pre-election.
    Before the election, the Washington Post shared the headline: “The truth behind the Hunter Biden non-scandal.”
    However, that same publication also shared this headline after the election: “Hunter Biden tax probe examining Chinese business dealing.”
    If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is.    One America’s Chanel Rion broke this story of corruption last year.    However, outlets accused One America News of pushing false narratives.

    Now that the voting window is long over, networks have no need to conceal this information.    For example, ‘Politico’ published a piece with the headline: “Hunter Biden Story is Russian dis-info.”    This is a stark contrast to their most recent post-election headline: “Justice Department’s interest in Hunter Biden covered more than taxes.”
    President Trump has spoken on this throughout his presidency, calling out mainstream media outlets for only covering stories that hurt him.    Despite this, the President remains hopeful the truth will prevail.
    “They will lie, they will obstruct, they will spread their hatred and their prejudice, but we will not back down from doing what is right,” The President stated in an address to the Faith and Freedom Coalition in 2017.    “Because as the Bible tells us, we know that the truth will prevail.”

12/10/2020 Sen. McConnell Throws His Support Behind NDAA, Urges Senate To Pass It by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 08: Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to the media after
the Republican’s weekly senate luncheon in the US Capitol on December 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. McConnell
spoke on the ongoing Coronavirus relief package legislation. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is ramping up calls to pass the ‘National Defense Authorization Act.’     On Thursday, McConnell spoke on the chamber floor.
    “The NDAA will unlock more than $740 billion in training tools,” McConnell said.    “And cutting-edge equipment that our service members need to defend American lives and interests.”
    He added the defense bill will also give our troops the three percent raise they deserve.    McConnell also noted it will “keep our forces ready to deter China and stand strong in the Indo-Pacific.”
    “Back in July, the Senate passed our version of this crucial annual bill,” McConnell said.    “Now our colleagues…have done their tough job and reconciled two different approaches so we don’t leave our military in the lurch.”
    He added it is now the Senate’s turn to make it “an unbroken 60-year-streak of passing this legislation to keep our military strong and our homeland safe.”
    Meanwhile, President Trump threatened to veto the bill if it comes to his desk, as it calls for the renaming of confederate-named military bases and does not repeal Section 230, which includes social media liability protections.

12/10/2020 Sen. McCarthy And Top House GOP Push For Support For Petition To Force Vote To Unlock PPP Funds by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, speaks during a press conference on small business relief during the Covid-19
pandemic, on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 10, 2020.(Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
    Congressional Republicans turn up the heat to get a relief bill for small businesses.
    During a press conference at the Capitol on Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy offered support to a discharge petition drafted by Congresswoman Jamie Herrera (R-Wash.)
    If passed, the bill would effectively bypass obstruction by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to force a vote on the House floor to extend the PPP program.
    McCarthy (R-Calif.), Herrera and other GOP representatives slammed Pelosi at the event.    They said she admitted to playing politics with small business relief.
    Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) blasted Pelosi for playing games with American lives.
    “There’s a long list of areas where we are in disagreement,” Scalise said.    “Every time the President, or Secretary Mnuchin, or Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) put out another plan on the table, all Speaker Pelosi does is say no.”
    He added that Pelosi doesn’t come up with an alternative.
    “They continue to play partisan games and people’s lives are at stake,” Scalise continued.    “This game has to end.    This game of chicken where hostages are being taken and the hostages are America’s small businesses.    The hostages are millions of families who just want to be able to go back to work.”
    The GOP also called on moderate Democrats, who previously said they would support the petition, to “put their money where their mouth is.”

12/10/2020 House Speaker Pelosi Has Full Confidence In Rep. Swalwell Despite Chinese Spy Report by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 10: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly news
conference on Capitol Hill December 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) came out in support of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), following reports of his past connections with a suspected Chinese spy.
    In a press conference on Wednesday, the Democrat said she is not concerned with Rep. Swalwell’s ability to serve in the House.
    Earlier this week, reports broke that Swalwell was targeted by a suspected Chinese spy in 2014, which raised concerns about his judgment.
    Republicans have criticized Pelosi’s decision to appoint Swalwell to the House Intelligence Committee shortly after the alleged spy-attempt.
    On Thursday, GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called Swalwell a “national security risk.”
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 10: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), surrounded fellow House Republicans, speaks
during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol December 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    “Speaker Pelosi was notified, I was not,” McCarthy said. “I’m asking for an FBI briefing now, but if she knew and maintained Swalwell on Intel-wrong. He is a national security threat.”
    He added that the Intel Committee is treated differently and that those who serve on it get information that members do not.
    Pelosi defended her decision and said she still trusts Swalwell to stay on the Committee.

12/10/2020 N.Y. Lawmakers Considering Higher Taxes On Wealthy To Address Pandemic Budget Deficit by OAN Newsroom
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrives for a news conference on September 08, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    New York State Democrat lawmakers said they’re looking at new and higher taxes to address a ‘massive’ budget deficit caused by the pandemic.
    According to Thursday’s reports, lawmakers discussed approving tax hikes, cutting spending, or implementing both of these options in their meeting on Wednesday.
    This also includes considering higher taxes on the state’s wealthy residents as well as the legalization of marijuana and mobile betting.
    In a news briefing on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) said that the state will likely see tax increases regardless of what the government does in terms of aid.
    “Unless the federal government is truly responsible and accountable, and really gives New York the funding it deserves, you’ll see tax increases,” Cuomo said.    “You probably will see tax increases in any event, pardon my skepticism about Washington.”
    This came amid reports of New York city’s chapter of the ‘Democrat Socialists of America,’ which called on voters to back a ‘Tax the Rich’ campaign to the tune of $50 billion in tax hikes.
People participate in a “March on Billionaires” event on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

12/11/2020 Oil up $1.26 to $46.97, DOW down 70 to 29,999.

    The recent events happening in the U.S. definitely shows that those who hate God's words and Christians is coming more and more evident, and all we can do is continue to pray to God daily to protect us from them.
    1 John 2:18: "Children, it is the last hour; and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared.    This is how we know that it is the last hour."
    Romans 1:21: "because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened."

12/11/2020 COVID-19 pandemic - Kentucky shatters single-day case record - Positivity rate declines for the 7th day in a row by Ayana Archie Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    A day after Gov. Andy Beshear said there was evidence COVID-19 cases in Kentucky may be plateauing, the commonwealth reported the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began.
    Kentucky reported 4,324 new positive cases of the coronavirus and 28 deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s totals to 213,450 cases and 2,146 deaths.
    The positivity rate declined for the seventh day in a row, to 9.13%.
    'That’s what (Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner) would call a leading indicator that shows he believes what we’re going to see in the future,' Beshear said.    'That’s a very positive development, one we’re gonna have to watch closely.    Remember COVID spreads aggressively.    So anytime that we let our guard down, certainly things could turn in a different direction.'
    There are 1,756 people hospitalized due to the coronavirus, 442 in intensive care units and 231 on ventilators.
    All but one of Kentucky’s 120 counties are considered 'red zones,' or areas with more than 25 cases per 100,000 people.    The lone county that is not red is Menifee, which is an orange zone.
    Beshear announced the state’s restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity starting Monday.
    Temporary restrictions on several other entities, such as gyms and event venues, will also be lifted Monday.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 6,604 new cases of coronavirus Thursday and an additional 96 deaths, pushing the state over 400,000 cases and 6,300 deaths since the pandemic began in March.
    Contact Ayana Archie at or follow her on Twitter @AyanaArchie.
[28 deaths / 4,324 cases = 0.004% and you better stop screwing around with our lives and take us out of these overreaching lockdowns and we do not give a damn of what your buddies in Indiania are doing.].

12/11/2020 Joe Biden And Kamala Harris Jointly Named Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ by Barbara Goldberg and Steve Gorman
FILE PHOTO: Joe Biden walks past solar panels while touring the Plymouth Area Renewable
Energy Initiative in Plymouth, New Hampshire, U.S., June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were jointly named Time magazine’s 2020 “Person of the Year” on Thursday, chosen from a list of finalists that included the man Biden vanquished at the polls – President Donald Trump.
    The Democratic former vice president and his running mate, a California senator whose election broke gender and racial barriers, together “offered restoration and renewal in a single ticket,” Time said in a profile of the pair, published online with its announcement.
    Following the most tumultuous U.S. presidential campaign in modern times, waged in the throes of a deadly pandemic, economic devastation and a strife-torn national reckoning with racism, Biden and Harris prevailed in an election that drew the highest voter turnout in a century.
    Time editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal credited the victors with succeeding in “an existential debate over what reality we inhabit.”
    “For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are Time’s 2020 Person of the Year,” Trump, the 45th U.S. president and Time’s 2016 Person of the Year – so honored a month after his upset election victory as the Republican nominee that year – was among three other finalists in the running this year, Time said.
    The two others, both group candidates, were the healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic, and participants in the racial justice movement sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
    The Person of the Year is usually an individual, but multiple people have been named in the past.    The title is one, according to the magazine, signifying “who affected the news or our lives the most, for better, or worse.”
    Time began its tradition in 1927.    Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg last year became the youngest individual winner of the accolade.
    Biden, 78, who served two terms as vice president to Barack Obama, will become the oldest person to assume the office of U.S. president when he is sworn in on Jan. 20.    Harris will become the first woman, the first Black and the first person of Asian descent to be inaugurated vice president.
    Trump, who has continued to espouse baseless claims that the 2020 election was rigged against him and that he is the rightful winner, is not expected to attend the inauguration.
    Along with its Person of the Year honor, Time magazine named the Korean pop group BTS as its Entertainer of the Year, and basketball star LeBron James was crowned Athlete of the Year.
    The winners and finalists for various categories were due to be feted during a prime-time special television broadcast on NBC on Thursday night.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Additional reporting by Jill Serjeant; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Richard Chang and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

12/11/2020 No-Trade Deal Brexit Now More Likely Than A Deal – EU Commission Chief by Gabriela Baczynska and Guy Faulconbridge
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden
is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is now more likely to leave the European Union’s orbit on Dec. 31 without a trade deal than with an agreement, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the bloc’s 27 national leaders on Friday, an EU official said.
    The United Kingdom quit the EU in January but remains an informal member until Dec. 31 when it will finally leave the bloc’s orbit after 48 years.    Both sides say they want a trade deal but negotiations are deadlocked.
    After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday there was “a strong possibility” a deal would not be clinched, von der Leyen said the probability of a no-deal had risen.
    “The probability of a no deal is higher than of a deal,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity about the message von der Leyen gave leaders at an EU summit in Brussels.
    Johnson and von der Leyen have given negotiators until Sunday evening to break the impasse over fishing rights and allowing Britain to be punished if in the future it diverged from the bloc’s rules.
    “Situation is difficult.    Main obstacles remain,” the EU official said of von der Leyen’s message.    “To be seen by Sunday whether a deal is possible.”
    Sterling tumbled, stocks fell and implied volatility surged as investors started to price in the risk of a chaotic finale to the five-year Brexit crisis.    The pound fell 0.8% against the dollar to $1.3190 before recovering somewhat.
    A no-trade deal Brexit would damage the economies of northern Europe, send shockwaves through financial markets, snarl borders and sow chaos through the delicate supply chains which stretch across Europe and beyond.
    Most major investment banks still say a deal is their central prediction, but some investors recall that Wall Street and the City of London were poorly prepared for the 2016 referendum as few believed Britain would vote to leave.
    While some EU diplomats have cast Johnson’s rhetoric as theatrics intended to wrench out a deal and please his domestic Brexit supporters, British officials say London cannot accept the EU’s demands and caution that a no-deal is on the cards.
    British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said there was still a chance of an agreement but added that no British leader could accept the EU’s demands.
    “Still, I think, there is a significant possibility that we could get that deal,” Dowden, who voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum, told Sky News.    “That deal cannot come at any price.”
    Von der Leyen, speaking in Brussels, said it would be clear on Sunday whether the conditions for a deal had been reached.    EU diplomats say the best case-scenario would be that talks continue past Sunday.
    Negotiators seeking a new arrangement on nearly $1 trillion in annual trade are stuck on how much fish EU boats can take from British waters and how far the EU can tie Britain into its rules in the future.
    Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said there was a limit to the central bank’s ability to avoid all disruption or volatility in financial markets after Britain’s Brexit transition period – during which it has remained in the EU single market and customs union – ends on Dec. 31.     “I don’t want us to be in a situation, were it to occur, where people say ‘well you haven’t done this and you haven’t done that’ but I have to say there is a limit to what we can do,” Bailey told a news conference.
(Additional reporting by Michael Holden, David Milliken, Andy Bruce and Paul Sandle; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by James Davey and Timothy Heritage)

12/11/2020 Central American Authorities Try To Disperse Honduran Migrant Caravan by Jose Cabezas
Hondurans take part in a new caravan of migrants, set to head to the United States,
in Quizimistan, Honduras December 10, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Reuters) – Central American authorities on Thursday began trying to break up a caravan of hundreds of Hondurans who set off for the United States to escape the impact of back-to-back hurricanes, testing efforts to stem immigration from the battered region.
    Honduran authorities set up checkpoints, stopping groups aiming to join the caravan and encouraging them to return home instead, including turning around a bus with about 50 people in the western department of Ocotepeque, local media said.
    Guatemala’s migration authorities warned the travelers they would need negative coronavirus tests and passports to enter the country.    An earlier caravan of thousands moving through Central America was broken up by Guatemalan security forces in October.
    The caravan is the first since Joe Biden defeated U.S. President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
    The president-elect has vowed to pursue a “humane” migration policy and promised a $4 billion plan to address underlying factors driving migration from Central America.
    But the destruction caused by hurricanes Eta and Iota, which killed hundreds and displaced over half a million people across the region, may pose an early challenge for Biden’s strategy.
    “We were living underneath a bridge, with houses made of plastic sheets,” caravan member Yey Rivera said by telephone.
    Rivera, 24, said after the storm destroyed his home and government aid never arrived, he joined the caravan hoping to find work in the United States to send money back to his family.
    “What hurt me most was leaving my mother alone under the bridge,” he said.    “(But) I have to be strong to help her.”
    By midday on Thursday, a small group of migrants reached the Guatemalan border town of Corinto.
    “We want them to open the borders; we’re only asking to pass through,” said Luis Hernandez, a Honduran.    “Because of Eta and Iota so many of us have been left with nothing.”
(Reporting by Laura Gottesdiener in Monterrey and Jose Cabezas in San Pedro Sula; Additional reporting by Gustavo Palencia in Tegucigalpa, Enrique Garcia in Guatemala City; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

12/11/2020 ‘March For Trump’ To Take Place In Washington, D.C. This Weekend, OAN Will Provide LIVE Coverage by OAN Newsroom
    Tens of thousands of President Trump’s supporters are set to descend on Washington, D.C. this weekend to demand transparency and protect election integrity.    One America News will have a crew on the ground Saturday, December 12 and will provide live coverage of the event.
    One America’s Jack Posobiec spoke with an organizer for the ‘March for Trump’ tour and has more on what to expect.
    For more information on the event visit

12/11/2020 Former Hong Kong Lawmaker Urges U.S. To Punish China’s ‘ATM’: The Banking Sector by Humeyra Pamuk
FILE PHOTO: Candidate Sixtus "Baggio" Leung from Youngspiration reacts on the podium after winning a
seat in the Legislative Council election in Hong Kong, China September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States should target Hong Kong’s financial sector with tougher sanctions to deprive China from its ‘ATM’ and to force Beijing to the negotiating table over its crackdown on the Asian financial hub, a former Hong Kong lawmaker told Reuters.
    Sixtus “Baggio” Leung said he hopes to meet with advisers of President-elect Joe Biden to urge him to ramp up pressure on China, which tightened its grip over the former British colony with the imposition of new national security laws in June.
    “There’s a stronger way to respond to China’s repression: Hong Kong financial system, which is one of the ATMs of China right now – if we can do something on this, it will be much more powerful,” he said in Washington, after fleeing to seek asylum in the United States last month.
    After being disqualified in 2016 from his post as an elected lawmaker, Leung, 34, was sentenced to four weeks in jail and served his time in September.
    Leung suggested action should be taken to block Chinese banks from using SWIFT, a network used by banks globally to make financial transactions, and also target Hong Kong dollar’s peg to the U.S. currency “to try to force China to back to the negotiation table
    In October, the U.S. State Department warned international financial institutions doing business with individuals deemed responsible for China’s crackdown in Hong Kong they could soon face tough sanctions.
    China, which promised Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy under its handover agreement with Britain in 1997, denies curbing rights and freedoms in the city, and has condemned U.S. sanctions as interference in China’s internal affairs.
    Hong Kong democracy activists say conditions have deteriorated since China imposed security laws in June.    Leung’s comments risk falling foul of the new laws, which make anything Beijing regards as subversion, secession, terrorism or colluding with foreign forces punishable by up to life in prison.
    Earlier this week, Hong Kong police arrested eight more activists over an anti-government protest in July.
    “Every day when we wake up, when we look at the mobile (phone) screen, the issue of first thing that pop up is: who of our friends are being arrested; who among our friends is being sentenced to jail,” said Leung.
    China and Hong Kong are expected to be among Biden’s thorniest challenges, with relations between Washington and Beijing at the lowest point in decades.
    On Tuesday, his incoming national security advisor Jake Sullivan said he was ‘deeply concerned’ about Hong Kong crackdown.    Biden’s transition team declined to comment, but referred Reuters to Sullivan’s tweet.
    Washington has already unleashed a series of sanctions on senior officials from Hong Kong and China deemed responsible for Beijing’s crackdown.    But Leung says more is needed to stop China from obliterating its democracy.
    “I cannot see the situation would change if we just sit here and do nothing,” he said.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Mary Milliken and Lincoln Feast.)

12/11/2020 EU To Discuss Arms Exports To Turkey With NATO And U.S., Merkel Says by Robin Emmott
FILE PHOTO: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to attend a face-to-face EU summit amid the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in Brussels, Belgium December 10, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders plan to discuss arm exports to Turkey with NATO allies and Washington, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, after Greece pushed for an arms embargo on Ankara.
    Merkel spoke after a summit where the EU’s 27 leaders agreed to prepare limited sanctions on Turkish individuals over Ankara’s energy exploration dispute with Greece and Cyprus, but postponed discussions on any harsher steps until March.
    “We … spoke about how questions about arms exports must be discussed within NATO.    We said that we want to coordinate with the new U.S. administration about Turkey,” Merkel told a news conference. Many EU states are also members of NATO.
    Merkel’s comments underlined a hardening stance on Turkey among EU governments, many of whom have in the past resisted punitive measures on Ankara, a NATO ally, candidate for EU membership and host to Syrians fleeing civil war who would otherwise seek refuge in Europe.
    But EU states have also grown increasingly critical of Turkey’s involvement in Libya and its purchase of a Russian weapons system, among other flashpoints.
    The United States is already poised to impose sanctions on Turkey over those Russian purchases, Reuters reported on Thursday.
    Turkey’s foreign ministry on Friday rejected what it called the EU summit’s “biased and illegal” approach on the sanctions.
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on the United States and EU governments to stop being influenced by what he called anti-Turkish lobbies but, in an unusually conciliatory tone, said he believed issues could be solved through dialogue.
    Tensions have flared over Turkey’s decision to send oil-and-gas drilling ships to waters off southern Cyprus where Greek Cypriot authorities have already awarded hydrocarbon exploration rights to Italian and French companies.
    Turkey says it is operating in waters on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights.    It has also repeatedly accused Greece of avoiding bilateral talks over their conflicting maritime claims and has accused the European Union of being biased towards Greece and Turkey.
    The EU exported only 45 million euros ($54.53 million) worth of arms and ammunition to Turkey in 2018, including missiles, according to EU statistics office Eurostat, but sales of aircraft amounted to several billion euros.
    The United States, Italy and Spain were the top exporters of arms to Turkey from 2015-2019, according the Sweden-based Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a leading conflict and armaments think tank.
    EU governments agreed in October 2019 to limit arms sales to Turkey but stopped short of a bloc-wide ban.    The bloc currently bans arms sales to several states including Russia, Belarus, Syria and Venezuela.
    The European Union and NATO are planning to hold a summit with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden after he takes office in January.
(This story has been refiled to add dropped words in paragraph 2)
(Additional reporting by Paul Carrel, Thomas Escritt, Maria Sheahan in Berlin, Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay in Ankara; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

12/11/2020 Minneapolis Business Owners Reel At Reduced Police Budget by OAN Newsroom
Protesters gather in front of a liquor store in flames near the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man,
who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)
    As the city of Minneapolis continues to make changes to its police department, business owners are saying they feel unsafe.
    The Minneapolis City Council’s decision to slash $8 million from the police department has some business owners reeling at the possible consequences of the move.
    “I have seen our community and our workforce and our leadership at the city really…in a completely new way, understand the city’s role of every single person…in creating a city that is just,” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender noted.    “And that is equitable and that is safe.”
    Flora Westbrooks, the owner of a hair salon, had her business burned to the ground in May due to “civil unrest,” according to her ‘Go Fund Me‘ page.    She owned the salon for four decades before the George Floyd riots destroyed her business.
    According to Friday’s reports, Westbrooks said she doesn’t feel safe and emphasized the community needs the protection of the police.    She also noted that many people she knows do not support the idea of defunding the police department.
    Westbrooks and other business owners called the city out for not helping them recover from the damages that occurred during the violent riots.
    This came as crime rates continue to skyrocket in Minneapolis with carjackings up 331 percent.    According to data from the city’s police department, the number of gunshot victims has nearly doubled when compared to this time last year.
    On Thursday, the city council approved the ‘Safety for All‘ budget plan for 2021, which will allocate millions of dollars away from the police budget in order to fund mental health and violence prevention programs.

12/11/2020 Judge Disqualifies Prosecutor In McCloskey Case by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, Mark and Patricia McCloskey leave following a court hearing in St. Louis. A judge on
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, disqualified the St. Louis prosecutor from the case involving the McCloskeys. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson File)
    A judge has disqualified prosecuting attorney Kimberly Gardner from the case involving Mark and Patricia McCloskey.    In a statement Thursday, St. Louis Circuit Judge Thomas Clark II asserted that Gardner “initiated the prosecution for political purposes.”
    The judge ruled Gardner illegally used the case to solicit campaign funds at the expense of the McClosky’s and is, therefore, restricted from further involvement in the proceedings.    This came after the St. Louis couple sought the prosecutor’s removal from the case.
    “This case is just an opportunity for the government, the leftist Democrat government of the city of St. Louis, to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our Second Amendment rights,” stated Mark McCloskey.    “If that doesn’t frighten you, that the government is willing to do that just to take a political advantage of this case…to intimidate people…that might think to defend themselves against the mob.”
    According to the judge, citizens for Kim Gardner sent two emails to donors, which opened with criticism of the defendants and followed with campaign donation requests.    They were sent within a five-day window of her decision to prosecute the McCloskey’s.
    Additionally, the judge ruled that Gardner sought to “energize her supporters and elevate contribution amounts” at the McCloskey’s expense.    Gardner admitted to involvement with the emails, which often referred to the couple as “the two who pointed guns at peaceful citizens during the Black Lives Matter protests.”
    After reviewing the evidence, the judge deemed this behavior an illegal conflict of interest given it appears that Gardner may have attempted to prosecute the McCloskey’s for personal gain.
    The couple have been charged for using their guns to protect their home during a Black Lives Matter protest.    However, they maintain they did not hurt anyone and merely wanted to protect their home.
    Gardner launched her prosecution of the McCloskey’s amid her successful re-election campaign as St. Louis circuit attorney and appeared to receive high amounts of attention from media as well as donors due to her involvement in the case.
    Meanwhile, Mark McCloskey has criticized Democrats for initiating highly public trials against people just trying to defend themselves.
    “It seems that the Democrats no longer view the government’s job as protecting honest citizens from criminals, but rather protecting criminals from honest citizens,” he stated.    “Not a single person in the out of control mob you saw at our house was charged with a crime, but you know who was?    We were.”
    It’s unclear who will take over the case after Gardner’s disqualification.    If the couple is convicted, they could face up to four-years behind bars, lose their licenses to practice law and their livelihood.

12/11/2020 Retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts Urges Bipartisanship by OAN Newsroom
File -Sen. Pat Roberts is pictured. (Carolyn Kaster / AP pPhoto)
    The longest serving member of Congress in Kansas history delivered what he called his “adios amigos speech” on the Senate floor.
    In his retirement speech Thursday, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) reflected on his life’s work serving the American people in Congress.    He highlighted some of his work, including championing several farm bills and leading an investigation on intelligence failures ahead of the Iraq War.
    His colleagues expressed gratitude for his commitment to the American people and paid tribute to the legacy he’s leaving behind in Congress.    Fellow Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran (R) thanked Roberts for his commitment to make sure Kansans voices were always represented in government.
    “I think it’s the time for me to say in return on behalf of all Kansans, thank you for your service to our nation and to our state,” said Moran.    “Of a life being well lived, you are the example — thank you.”
    While Roberts noted the legislative battles over the years, he largely focused his speech on the possibility for bipartisanship moving forward.     “So as I ride off into the sunset to create a new normal for Franki and me, I will be cheering for the Senate to rebuild the bridges of comity that will create a new normal,” he stated. “My colleagues, my time is up — thank you for yours.”     Meanwhile, Senator-elect Roger Marshall will take over Robert’s seat following his Election Day victory.

12/11/2020 VP Pence Returns To Ga. To Campaign For GOP Senators Ahead Of Runoff Elections by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a “Save the Majority” rally on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
    Vice President Mike Pence returned to the Peach State to campaign for the state’s Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.    On Thursday, he traveled to Augusta to met with supporters at a ‘Defend the Majority’ rally.
    The Vice President began his remarks by highlighting the Trump campaign’s recent victories in the fight for election integrity.    He praised Texas for launching a lawsuit challenging the presidential election in four key swing states.
Just in the last few days, 18 states have joined the Lone Star state to defend the integrity of our elections before the highest court in the land,” Pence stated.    “President Donald Trump deserves his day in court, the Supreme Court.”
    The Vice President then expressed his support for Sen. Perdue, sharing why Georgia needs to send him back on Capitol Hill.
    “We need to send him back because a Republican majority could be the last line of defense to preserve all we’ve done to defend this nation, revive our economy and preserve the God given liberties we hold dear,” he stated.
    Pence then criticized the senator’s Democrat opponents in the January runoff’s and warned their values are threat to the American agenda.
    “Our agenda is American greatness, their agenda is American decline,” he noted.    “John Ossoff and Raphael Warnock advance a socialist agenda of higher taxes, open borders, government takeover of health care, a Green New Deal, defunding the police, packing the courts.”
    As the battle for control of the Senate heats up, Pence urged Georgian’s to get out and vote in the upcoming races.    The competitive race between Republicans and Democrats will determine which party controls the US. Senate, with Democrats needing to flip both seats in order to take control.
    In-person early voting for the runoff elections begins on December 14 with polls closing on January 5.

12/11/2020 President Trump Releases National Space Policy by OAN Newsroom
File – In this Dec. 7, 2020 photo President Donald Trump is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump has officially unveiled the U.S. National Space Policy, which outlines his principles and priorities for the country’s future operations in space.
    “By charting a clear course for United States space activities, this policy reaffirms our leadership in the space domain and our status as the world’s foremost spacefaring nation,” he stated.
    The President released the 40 page document Wednesday, which aims to ensure all operations are consistent and safe.
    President Trump said he hopes to increase international cooperation, continue exploration activities and bolster national security.    He also stressed the need to strengthen American leadership in the final frontier.
    According to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, “the threat to the United States and allied space systems continues to grow and we should not let that threat go unabated.”

12/11/2020 Senate Majority Leader Calls On Lawmakers To Stick To The Things They Can Agree On Regarding COVID-19 Relief by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, listens during a news conference following a weekly meeting with
the Senate Republican caucus, Tuesday, Dec. 8. 2020 at the Capitol in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on the Senate to stick to the things they can agree on when it comes to a COVID-19 relief package.
    While speaking from the floor Friday, the Kentucky Republican urged Democrats to end talks on corporate liability protections as well as state and local aid in the next package.    Both have been major sticking points for Republicans and Democrats amid several reports of negotiation deadlocks.
    Instead, McConnell said issues that can be agreed on need to get onto the floor like Paycheck Protection Program funding and vaccine distribution money.
    “I propose setting aside both liability protections and state and local bailouts, and making law where we can agree,” he stated.    “Democrats have thus far declined, but at the same time they are blocking an agreement on these issues.”
    The government has until the end of next week to avoid a government shutdown and could add coronavirus relief to the spending bill.

12/11/2020 HHS Secy. Azar Says COVID-19 Vaccines Could Be Distributed By Monday Or Tuesday by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during
a news conference in the briefing room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said coronavirus vaccinations could start going out to Americans as early as next week.
    In an interview Friday, Azar acknowledged that while the FDA has yet to officially approve the Pfizer vaccine, they are likely to give the go ahead for emergency use authorization in the coming days.
    Once doctors have the information on how to properly prescribe the vaccine, Azar said the treatment would be ready for distribution.
    “We should be seeing the authorization of this vaccine," he stated.    “We will work with Pfizer to get that shipped out and so, we could be seeing people getting vaccinate Monday, Tuesday of next week.”     Meanwhile, the FDA officials also put out a statement Friday noting they are working to quickly finalize approval for the Pfizer vaccine.

12/11/2020 Sen. Cruz, Sen. WhiteHouse Clash Over Section 230 by OAN Newsroom
File – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is pictured. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)(Susan Walsh / AP)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is coming down on Big Tech for their continued bias against conservative voices.
    During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the Texas Republican clashed with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) over social media’s recent attempt to limit users based on political affiliation.
    Whitehouse argued that tech companies had the right to limit information they believed to be false, which Cruz said could cause different opinions to be labeled as disinformation and, thus, face censorship.
    Additionally, Cruz requested to co-sponsor legislation introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to amend Section 230 to limit the liability shield under the Communications Act of 1934.

12/11/2020 Oracle Moves Headquarters To Texas From Silicon Valley
FILE PHOTO: The Oracle logo is shown on an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
    (Reuters) -Business software maker Oracle Corp said on Friday it was moving its corporate headquarters to Austin, Texas from Redwood City, California.
    Oracle is the latest tech firm to exit Silicon Valley after the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a broader shift to remote work, making companies reconsider California’s higher operational costs and hefty taxes.
    Employees can pick their office location and choose whether to work from home part-time or full-time, Oracle said in a regulatory filing.
    “We believe these moves best position Oracle for growth and provide our personnel with more flexibility about where and how they work,” the 43-year-old company said.
    In 2018, Oracle set up a campus in Austin that could support a 10,000-strong workforce, in a bid to meet increasing demand for its cloud business.
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a spinoff of the decades-old corporation often mentioned in the accounts of the founding of Silicon Valley, said earlier this month it would move its headquarters from California to the Lone Star State.
    Data analytics firm Palantir Technologies also shifted headquarters to Denver, Colorado from Palo Alto, California in August.
    Earlier this week, electric car-maker Tesla Inc’s Elon Musk said he had relocated to Texas from California, which has the highest personal income tax rate in the United States.
(Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath)

12/11/2020 WSJ: AG William Barr Kept Hunter Biden Investigations Secret Before 2020 by OAN Newsroom
    WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 1: U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the
Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. Barr testified on the Justice Department’s investigation
of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Attorney General William Barr is under fire for reportedly keeping information about the Biden family corruption out of the public’s eye for the past two years.
    According to Thursday’s report from the Wall Street Journal, Barr knew about two federal investigations into Hunter Biden’s business and financial dealings, since at least the spring.    However, he took steps to avoid informing GOP lawmakers in order to keep it under wraps.
    The latest revelation came after Hunter confirmed that the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware opened an investigation into his tax affairs to see if he and his business associates violated money-laundering laws.
    According to the Wall Street Journal, there is an additional international financial investigation in New York that also implicates Hunter.
    Lawmakers and Americans are now questioning why Barr kept this information from the public prior to the presidential election.
    Guidelines from the Department of Justice advised against disclosing or opening politically-charged investigations within 60 days of a presidential election.    However, even with that time frame in place, Barr had plenty of time to inform Congress and the American people.
    Additionally, a post-election poll from the “Media Research Center” found 45 percent of voters were unaware of the financial dealings between Biden and his son.    Nearly 10 percent even said they wouldn’t have voted for Biden if they knew about the cases.
    One America News spoke with Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), who serves on the House Oversight Committee.    He expressed concerns about the timing of the revelation of Hunter’s investigation to the public.
    “This goes far, far beyond just tax issues,” Hice said.    “It’s entanglement with foreign governments for the purpose of personal benefit and using his father, Joe Biden, as the springboard for personal advancement. How deep is the whip?
    He stressed that these questions should have been answered before the election.
    On Thursday, President Trump tweeted about the DOJ’s and FBI’s failure to disclose the investigation into Hunter Biden, questioning the timing of the decision.
    Meanwhile, several GOP lawmakers, such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said the Department of Justice should appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden and the possibility he’s made himself vulnerable to blackmail by adversaries such as China.

12/11/2020 Del. Repair Shop Owner Involved In Hunter Biden Case Defends Himself Against Claims He Is A Russian Hacker by OAN Newsroom
Signs of support are posted outside “The Mac Shop” in Wilmington, Delaware on October 21, 2020. – The New York Post last week revived
allegations against Hunter Biden with a story claiming it had obtained documents from a laptop owned by the former vice president’s son
which was brought in for repairs to the shop in April 2019 but never picked up.    The Post claimed that emails found on the
laptop showed that Hunter     Biden introduced his father to a Burisma advisor, Vadym Pozharskyi, in 2015 and contradict
Joe Biden’s claims that he never spoke to his son about his overseas business dealings. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
    The owner of the Delaware laptop repair shop where Hunter Biden’s hard drive was found is defending himself against baseless allegations that he is a Russian hacker.
    In a video posted to his own YouTube channel on Friday, John Paul Mac Isaac explained his role in the Hunter scandal.
    He said he was hired, but never paid, to transfer files from a Macbook Pro onto an external hard drive.    The hard drive was later discovered to have the emails and videos that landed Hunter in hot water.
    According to reports, conspiracy theories have circulated online that claim Mac Isaac’s shop was a cover and the hard drive was actually the product of Russian hackers.
    “For two generations, the Mac Isaac family has fought during the entirety of the Cold War against Communism and the Soviets,” Mac Isaac stated.     “That is why it’s completely absurd that anyone would ever consider me to be a Russian agent or influenced by Russia.    I am proud of my family, I am proud of my country, and I am proud to be an American.”
    He went on to say he is not a hacker and added this accusation would be a death sentence in his line of work.    Mac Isaac noted the work he did is clearly outlined in the paperwork signed when he was hired.

12/11/2020 Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill To Avoid Gov’t Shutdown by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, puts on a mask after speaking to the media after the Republican’s weekly senate
luncheon in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 8, 2020. (Photo by KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Congress bought some time to come to a consensus on a 2021 funding bill, but the clock is still ticking.
    The Senate approved a stopgap bill to keep the government from going into shutdown at midnight.
    A Friday deadline loomed over the upper chamber as divisions remained over a key part of the bill: The National Defense Authorization Act, which provides the defense department’s yearly budget.
    On Thursday, a procedural vote on that budget was held up in the Senate by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)    In a blistering speech, he condemned a key provision in the bill that will limit the President’s authority to draw down troops stationed abroad.
ATKINS, IA – APRIL 25: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to guests at a campaign event at Bloomsbury Farm on April 25, 2015
in Atkins, Iowa. Paul is seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    He lambasted who he called “neo-conservatives,” like Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who authorized the bill.    He said they hypocritically support the President in beginning wars, but then hamstring him from ending them.
    “Liz Cheney is ironically the author of this amendment to the NDAA,” Sen. Paul noted.    “She said we shouldn’t limit the President’s powers in times of war and then she authors a limitation on the President removing troops from war.”
    However, Paul spoke to reporters on Friday and said his intent was not to tank the bill, but rather to prove his point that the President should have the prerogative to begin and end wars.    Despite his protest, he voiced his intent to vote in favor of the complete stopgap bill.
    Early Friday, the Senate voted to advance a procedural vote on the NDAA.    They later approved it in a final vote.    The decision cleared the last hurdle for the upper chamber to approve the stopgap bill in order to avoid a shutdown.
    However, that bill only keeps the government open for another week.    Lawmakers hope to use that time to hammer out any final issues with a broader funding package for the 2021 fiscal year.

12/12/2020 Oil down $0.17 to $46.61, DOW up 47 to 30,046.

12/12/2020 U.S. Attorney General Slams Mexican Bill Targeting Foreign Agents
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr participates in a roundtable discussion about human trafficking at
the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday said he opposed legislation under consideration in Mexico that would put tough restrictions on foreign agents operating in the country, including those fighting the drug trade.
    Mexico’s Senate approved a bill on Wednesday widely seen as a broadside against the United States, after weeks of tension with Washington over counternarcotics operations.    It will next be considered by the lower house.
    The proposed law does not specifically target the United States, but was proposed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after a diplomatic flare-up over the arrest of former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos in Los Angeles in October on drug charges.
    Lopez Obrador threatened to review security cooperation with the United States after the arrest, and U.S. prosecutors dropped the charges, pointing to “sensitive” foreign policy considerations.
    Barr said the law under consideration would benefit transnational criminal organizations.
    “We are troubled by legislation currently before the Mexican Congress, which would have the effect of making cooperation between our countries more difficult,” he said in a statement.
    “Our cooperation takes place within the longstanding framework designed to address jointly our shared challenges: that is why, for example, the United States recently returned former Secretary Cienfuegos to Mexico, in order to allow him to be investigated there,” he added.
    Ricardo Monreal, Senate leader of Lopez Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), has said the legislation was not aimed at any particular country.    But he has also complained pointedly that U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was not transparent about matters such as how many DEA agents there are in Mexico.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Tom Brown)

[We were all waiting for some election integrity with the Texas lawsuit challenging the presidential election in four key swing states and 18 states joined to defend the integrity of our elections before the highest court in the land and gave President Donald Trump a day in the Supreme Court.
    Students of Bible prophecy are aware that the Bible talks about end-time kings of the North (Daniel 11:40), South (Daniel 11:40), and East (Revelation 16:12).    Yet, Bible prophecy students are aware that the Bible does not mention an end-time "king of the west" by name.    United States of America (USA) and/or Great Britain (UK, officially now called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland two countries who broke away from the Beast).    The USA still remains the 'King of the West," but Germany feels it is time for Europe to arise.    The USA is west of Jerusalem, in a major sense is currently the "King of the West", and apparently is the Western naval power of Daniel 11:30--yet no King of the West seems to exist after the King of the North eliminates those with the strongest fortresses (Daniel 11:39).    Yet, there still are end-time kings of the North (Daniel 11:40), South (Daniel 11:40), and East (Revelation 16:12), but no mention of the West, which is destroyed and not there anymore or in depression and no influence.].

Make sure we maintain the Senate to keep the Democrats from
taking away our 2nd Amendment Rights even toy guns

12/11/2020 Coronavirus in Kentucky - State reports 3,691 cases, 22 deaths by Ayana Archie Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 3,691 new cases of the coronavirus Friday and an additional 22 deaths, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.
    The numbers come a day after Kentucky broke is single-day case record, reporting 4,324 cases Thursday.
    The positivity rate declined for the eighth day in a row, to below 9%, at 8.86%.
    'These numbers are still high and we are still watching for any increases related to the Thanksgiving holiday, but we are making progress in our fight against this invisible enemy,' Beshear said.    'I hope this gives everyone the courage and grit to keep going, to keep doing what we know is right, things like wearing a mask and staying socially distant, because we know they are working.'
    Statewide, there have been a total of 217,120 cases and 2,168 deaths since the pandemic began in March.
    There are 1,717 Kentuckians hospitalized due to the coronavirus, 432 in intensive care units and 253 on ventilators.
    The counties with the most positive cases Friday were Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton, Boone, Pulaski, Warren and Hardin, according to Beshear.    Each of these counties reported 100 or more new cases, with Jefferson County reporting 513.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 7,360 new cases of the coronavirus Friday and an additional 71 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 412,135 cases and 6,373 deaths.
    Contact Ayana Archie at or follow her on Twitter @AyanaArchie.    'We are making progress. ... I hope this gives everyone the courage and grit to keep going,' Gov. Andy Beshear said. Matt Stone/Courier Journal
[22 deaths / 3,691 cases = 0.006%.].

12/12/2020 President Trump: Supreme Court Let Us Down, But The Fight Continues by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 12: U.S. President Donald Trump departs on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump is
traveling to the Army versus Navy Football Game at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    President Trump expressed his disappointment over a Supreme Court decision on voter fraud.    In a series of tweets on Friday, the President said     “The Supreme Court really let us down.”
    This came after the nation’s highest court dismissed a Texas lawsuit that raised concerns over how four battleground states conducted the November 3 election.
    The President pointed out how the dismissal came despite the fact he received more votes than any sitting president in history, in addition to the mountains of voter fraud.
    He reiterated November 3 was a rigged election and the fight continues.
    In the meantime, the national director of “Priests for Life” echoed the President’s comments, saying the fight for election integrity is “far from over.”
    In a press release on Friday, Father Frank Pavone said, “Although the Supreme Court ruled the Lone Star state cannot determine how another state conducts its elections, the court did not address whether or not the elections were carried out properly.”
    “These four states… changed their election laws without going through the state legislature,” Father Pavone stated. “That was the point.    Changing rules about things like mail-in ballots, about the observation of the counting of ballots and laws in regard to signature verification of ballots, things like this.”
    Pavone added if the merits of the case are addressed, the court would find the elections were “unconstitutional, illegal and fraudulent.”

    Meanwhile, several appeals are still being made to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Trump campaign.

12/12/2020 Prosecutors Charge 40 People In Prison Drug Scheme by OAN Newsroom
South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling holds up a cell phone while discussing contraband cell phones outside
of Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Stirling and other law enforcement authorities
gathered to discuss a federal indictment of 40 alleged members and associates of a South Carolina gang on racketeering charges ranging
from drug and firearm charges to those related to a murder, a kidnapping and two drive-by shootings. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)
    Federal prosecutors in South Carolina sounded the alarm on a criminal enterprise inside the state’s prisons.
    During a recent press conference, authorities said they indicted 40 people in South Carolina’s largest racketeering conspiracy case in history.
    According to the 101-page indictment, multiple prison gang members allegedly ran an organized drug empire that reached outside the prison walls by using contraband cell phones to carry out the illicit activity.
Courtesy U..S District Attorney’s Office – District of South Carolina
    Investigators said they also discovered 130 firearms linked to crimes carried out by gang members outside the prison.    In order to stop the crime, authorities have urged lawmakers to allow phone signal blocks in state prisons.
    “This device is the reason why we have all these people standing behind us and we have these crimes being committed,” Bryan Sterling, Director of South Carolina Department of Corrections, stated.    “Today we see violence inside the prison and outside the prison.”
    Officials estimate gang members were able to traffic roughly $40 million worth of meth, heroin and fentanyl over the course of the last three years.

12/12/2020 Sarah Palin Campaigns For Republicans In Ga. Senate Runoffs by OAN Newsroom
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)
    Multiple Republicans headed to Georgia to rally in support of Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) ahead of the crucial runoff elections.
    Republicans from all over the country gathered to rally for the GOP in Georgia’s runoff election.
    The campaign rally for Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue was held in Marietta on Friday.    Event attendees traveled from all around the country to show their support for the Republican candidates in the runoff election.
    The race has garnered national attention as the battle against Democrat candidates Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff will determine party control of the Senate.
    Among those who spoke at the event was former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska).    The former vice-presidential candidate issued a call to action for Georgia that emphasized the fate of the country rests in their hands.
    “I wanna speak on behalf of the rest of America,” Palin said.    “Georgia, we need you to not just show up, not just win, but to crush it!.”
    Palin assured voters Republicans will keep America great, so long as they hold on to the Senate.    She was also joined by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Georgia Representative-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) in their show of support for the GOP.
    Greene, who will represent the state’s 14th congressional district, also called on Georgians to show up to the polls.
    She went on to condemn voter fraud in the November presidential election, though she urged voters not to let the corruption dissuade them from casting their vote in January.
    “We have a second fight on our hands and this one is so important.    No matter how upset we are, no matter how concerned we are about our elections,” Greene said.    “We have to turn out strong for our senators…we have to vote for them and make sure we hold those Senate seats.”
    Early voting in the runoff opens Monday, December 14.

12/12/2020 Owner Of Portland ‘Red House’ Speaks Out As Protests Enter Day 4 by OAN Newsroom
PORTLAND, OR – DECEMBER 09: Layers of chainlink fence and wood block the entry to the Red House on
Mississippi Street on December 9, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Police and protesters clashed during an attempted eviction
Tuesday morning, leading protesters to establish a barricade around the Red House. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    The owner of Portland’s ‘Red House on Mississippi’ spoke out as protests surrounding the property became increasingly violent.
    In a statement on Tuesday, 33-year-old Roman Ozeruga said he would be willing to sell the property back to the Kinney’s at cost.
PORTLAND, OR – DECEMBER 09: Protesters plan their next action while standing around a fire near the Red House on
Mississippi Street on December 9, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Police and protesters clashed during an attempted eviction
Tuesday morning, leading protesters to establish a barricade around the Red House. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    He bought it at a foreclosure sale in 2018 for roughly $200,000, but recent attempts to evict the Kinney’s, a black and indigenous family, sparked four consecutive days of unrest.
    Sources said the protesters have started stockpiling weapons, which caused local police to step in.    Portland Police said they will enforce the law and use force, if necessary, to restore order to the neighborhood.
    In the meantime, Ozeruga reiterated that he is a small-town developer and is not looking to cause any harm.    He told reporters he is open to listening to ways to prevent violence that would benefit both the neighborhood and community.

12/12/2020 Raphael Warnock Under Fire For Interfering With Child Abuse Case by OAN Newsroom
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 08: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock speaks at a campaign event with former
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on December 8, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Warnock is campaigning in the state
ahead of his January 5th runoff election against Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA). (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
    As the runoff election in Georgia heats up, police officers in Maryland are criticizing Democrat candidate Raphael Warnock for his role in a past child abuse case.
    According to a resurfaced police file from 2002, Georgia senatorial candidate Raphael Warnock was “extremely uncooperative” and “disruptive” towards a probe into child abuse. The alleged abuse took place at a summer camp affiliated with his church.
    The ‘Free Beacon‘ obtained the report from Maryland State Police earlier this month.    It outlines allegations from police that claim Warnock obstructed an investigation into a non-sexual abuse case at ‘Camp Farthest Out’ in Eldersburg, Maryland.
    Authorities wrote that Warnock and one other reverend “interfered by interrupting interviews and directing people not to talk to investigators.”
    According to reports, the Democrat and additional reverend refused to leave officials alone with the children being questioned.    The report also states the second reverend grabbed a child’s arm and urged them not to answer questions.
    During the Senate runoff debate, Sen. Kelly Loeffler asked about the reverend’s alarming history.
    “Reverend Warnock, you were arrested for obstructing police in the arrests in a child abuse investigation,” Loeffler noted.    “Can you tell me the nature of this child abuse? Why were the police called and what was your knowledge or involvement in this incident?
    “Here are the facts, and Kelly Loeffler actually knows them,” Warnock stated.    “I was working and trying to make sure that young people, who were being questioned by law enforcement, had the benefit of counsel, a lawyer or a parent.”
    During police interviews, Warnock tried to request lawyers for camp workers.    However, the law allows interviewees to request lawyers for themselves and Warnock could not do so on their behalf, even though he tried.
    The Senate candidate was then arrested for hindering and obstructing the investigation.    However, Warnock’s charges were dropped three months later.
    Warnock allegedly left the church around the same time, but according to state officials, the case records are currently missing.
    Georgia’s two Senate runoff elections take place on January 5 and will determine which political party will control the upper chamber of Congress.

12/12/2020 YouTube Ramping Up Censorship Of Election Voter Fraud by OAN Newsroom
The YouTube and Netflix app logos are seen on a television screen. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
    YouTube, the online video-sharing platform, will begin removing content from its site related to voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election.
    On Wednesday, the tech giant made the announcement.
    Republican Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) took to Twitter the same day to respond. He criticized the policy by saying, “Repeal Section 230 and break these companies up.”
    Section 230 protects YouTube and other social media companies from liability for user-generated content.    This allows them to monitor, label and even censor the content posted on their site, including posts from President Trump, without any repercussions.
    YouTube said it’s trying to find a middle ground between allowing free political speech and making sure the platform isn’t used to cause harm.    However, Republicans are beginning to feel otherwise.
    Since September, the video service said it has taken down 8,000 channels and thousands of videos related to the election.
    Rival media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, have already been monitoring election content by creating warning labels and limiting user interaction.
    On Saturday, Twitter limited users from interacting with a series of President Trump’s tweets, which caused backlash from Trump supporters on the platform.
    Meanwhile, the President and his legal team continue to fight against voter fraud and pursue legal action in numerous states.

12/12/2020 Oracle Joins Growing List Of Companies Moving To Texas by OAN Newsroom
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 20: Governor of Texas Greg Abbott looks on prior to Game One of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field
between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays on October 20, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    With lockdowns bearing down on businesses in Democrat states, companies are flocking to Texas to start fresh.
    Tesla, Charles Schwab, and Oracle are all making the move to Texas in light of California’s scathing lockdown measures.
    In an interview on Saturday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) praised Oracle’s decision to move house.    He also commented on the mass influx of businesses moving their base-of-operations to the Lone Star State.
    “This has turned into an absolute tidal wave,” Abbott said.    “Remember, we just had the announcement about Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and we also just had the announcement of Fortune-500 company CBRE moving its headquarters to Texas.”
    A spokesperson for Oracle said its new Austin headquarters will position the company for growth as well as provide personnel flexibility amid the pandemic.
    Coronavirus lockdown conditions in Texas have been relatively light compared to Democrat states.
    “We’re getting a lot of investment leaders from the New York region, New Jersey region, and California region,” Abbott noted.    “That’s just the investment sector.”
    Governor Abbott added his state’s business-friendly environment seems to draw companies in and away from states with exorbitant tax rates.
    “Cost of business means a lot,” he mentioned.    “No income tax means a lot, but also the freedom to operate without the heavy hand of regulation means a lot.”
    The Republican state provides a larger sense of independence, which is a major plus in pandemic conditions.
    “They [companies] are looking for a state that gives them independence, autonomy, and the freedom to chart their own course,” the Texas governor stated.    “Those are word choices used by people like Elon Musk.”
    He emphasized Musk is elated to be in the Republican state and that the two converse on a weekly basis.
    The pandemic has also shown companies that remote work is much more feasible, especially with advancements in video-conference.
    “The times of COVID have exposed a lot,” Abbott said.    “They’ve exposed the ability that you really don’t have to be in Manhattan, for example, in order to be involved in the trading business or the investment business.”
    Over half a dozen companies have announced plans to move out of their more ‘left-leaning’ states and into the Republican south.
[The south will welcome you to do business as long as you do not bring the corruption of the leftist socialist Democratic policies which we have seen in some of our large populaiton cities with you to infect the south where we believe in GOD, the Constitution, 1st and 2nd Amendments, pro-life and none of that Woke crap.].

12/13/2020 Coronavirus pandemic - 3,558 cases, 24 deaths reported in Kentucky by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 3,558 new cases of the coronavirus and 24 more deaths on Saturday.
    As the state awaits its first shipment of Pfizer vaccinations, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Friday, Beshear encouraged people to wear masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing.
    'It is morally imperative that we get the vaccine to the most vulnerable Kentuckians first, and that is why we are starting with our long-term care facilities and front-line health care workers,' Beshear said in a statement.    'In the meantime, please keep doing what you know is right: wear your mask, keep your distance from others and don’t have large gatherings.    Together we can defeat this virus.'
    As of Saturday evening, there were 1,711 people hospitalized with the virus, including 423 in an intensive care unit and 199 on a ventilator.
    Kentucky’s rate for positive tests decreased for the ninth day in a row, at 8.79% Saturday, a trend Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, said is encouraging.
    '(T)hey are the result of difficult choices made to decrease spread of the virus,' Stack said in a statement.    'Multiple Kentucky hospitals are still under strain and the market for available health care workers has become extremely tight as states around the nation experience massive COVID-19 surges, overwhelming their hospitals.    Every Kentuckian has choices to make — choices that matter tremendously — in the weeks ahead.'
    Kentucky has now recorded 220,660 positive cases of the coronavirus and 2,192 deaths [0.01%].
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 7,542 cases and 85 additional deaths Saturday, bringing the state’s case total to 419,536 and the total deaths to 6,458.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[24 deaths / 3,558 cases = 0.006% mortality rate same as it was yesterday and your actions makes us want to make sure we get a Republican governor in your place in the next election.].

12/13/2020 Deadlock As Brexit Trade Deal Faces Make-Or-Break Day by Costas Pitas and John Chalmers
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson adjusts his face mask as he meets European Commission
President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, Belgium December 9, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -London and Brussels face a make-or-break decision on an elusive trade agreement on Sunday with a tumultuous ‘no deal’ exit for Britain from the European Union’s orbit on Dec. 31 looking more likely than not.
    Negotiators have until the evening to resolve an impasse on arrangements that would guarantee Britain zero-tariff and zero-quota access to the EU’s single market.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the president of the EU’s executive Commission, Ursula von der Leyen are expected to be in touch on Sunday to decide whether to abandon the negotiations or keep trying for a deal.
    Media reported that they would speak to each other at around lunchtime, but it was as yet unclear whether there will be a final decision on a deal or no deal, or whether they will decide to talk further.
    Both said on Friday that a ‘no-deal’ was now the most likely outcome, although Ireland’s prime minister said on Sunday the two sides still had the capacity to reach an agreement.
    Negotiators met in Brussels on Saturday, and a British government source said they would press on through the night.    But the talks were very difficult and “as things stand, the offer on the table from the EU remains unacceptable.”
    Early on Sunday, Britain’s foreign minister Dominic Raab said there was much further to go.
    “We want to be treated like any other independent self-respecting democracy.    If the EU can accept that at a political level, then there’s every reason to be confident but there is still, I think, a long way to go,” he told Sky News.
    Britain quit the EU in January but remains an informal member until Dec. 31 – the end of a transition period during which it has remained in the EU single market and customs union.
    A Brexit without a trade deal would damage the economies of Europe, send shockwaves through financial markets, snarl borders and sow chaos through the delicate supply chains across Europe and beyond.
    The two sides have struggled to agree on fishing rights in British waters and EU demands that Britain face consequences if in the future it diverges from the bloc’s rules for fair competition – what it calls a level playing field.
    Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said with some degree of creativity, a solution could be found on the level playing field and that he fervently hoped talks would go on beyond Sunday.
    Failure to get a deal would be an “appalling failure of statecraft” on both sides, Martin told the BBC.
    The British government has warned that even with a trade deal, 7,000 trucks heading for Channel ports in south-east England could be held in 100-km (62-mile) queues if companies do not prepare the extra paperwork required.
    The BBC reported on Saturday that Britain will fast-track the movement of some perishable goods when its transition period ends to help reduce the expected disruption at ports.
    The Ministry of Defence said four Royal Navy patrol ships will be ready on Jan. 1 to help protect Britain’s fishing waters in the event of no deal.
    There are concerns about possible skirmishes between British and foreign fishing vessels under that scenario because existing rules that give EU boats access to British waters will expire.
    France on Saturday shrugged off the naval deployment plans.
    “Keep calm and carry on,” an official at the French presidential office said, using a British wartime slogan.
(Addional reporting by Elizabeth Piper in London and Padraic Halpin in DublinEditing by Dan Grebler and Philippa Fletcher)

12/13/2020 Venezuela’s Opposition Concludes ‘Popular Consultation’ To Reject Maduro by Vivian Sequera and Sarah Kinosian
Opposition leader Juan Guaido greets supporters during a visit to a voting center during a popular consultation
meant to reject December 6 parliamentary election, in Caracas, Venezuela December 12, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition, led by Juan Guaido, on Saturday concluded a “popular consultation” to repudiate President Nicolas Maduro’s government after boycotting a congressional vote last Sunday.
    The consultation started virtually on Monday and ended with in-person participation.    With 87% of responses reviewed, the opposition said just under 6.5 million people participated.    Of those, over 3 million voted in person, and 2.4 million online.    Close to 845,000 Venezuelans abroad took part, the opposition reported.
    The effort was aimed at helping the opposition demonstrate a broad rejection of Maduro, but it does not offer a clear path toward a change of government.
    The legislative elections returned Maduro’s allies to congress despite an economy in ruins, aggressive U.S. sanctions that stifle the OPEC nation’s oil exports and the migration of some 5 million citizens.    The Maduro government said 5.2 million Venezuelans voted in the election. Congress was the last state institution not in the hands of the ruling Socialist Party.
    The idea of a popular consultation was proposed in August by Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela’s legitimate president following Maduro’s disputed 2018 re-election.
    Opposition leaders and most Western nations said the election was stacked in favor of Maduro, who has been widely criticized for his human rights record and for undermining democracy to stay in power.
    On Thursday, Maduro said that “no internet consultation has constitutional status… No one could think that an internet consultation has legal value.”
    Blanca Marmol, a former supreme court magistrate who helped organize the popular consultation, told a news conference, “This is, I want to emphasize, the last resource we have in the constitution.”
    Organizers on Saturday reported incidents in 11 of Venezuela’s 24 states, with police and ruling party supporters removing some opposition sites for the informal vote.
    Marco Blanco, a 54-year-old taxi driver in the western Caracas neighborhood of Catia, said he was unaware of the vote.
    “I heard something about a query, I don’t know what it is for,” he said.    “I have listened, but very vague.    Almost nothing.”
(Reporting by Vivian Sequera and Sarah Kinosian; Writing by Sarah Kinosian; Editing by William Mallard)

12/13/2020 New Details Released On DOJ Subpoena Into Hunter Biden Business Dealings by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden embraces his son Hunter Biden after addressing the nation from the Chase Center
November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)
    New incriminating information is coming to light in the probe into Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son.
    According to Saturday’s reports, Hunter Biden received nearly $500,000 to sit on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma, but the money was never disclosed in his 2014 tax return.
    The discovery only adds to the Justice Department’s investigation into Hunter, which has been ongoing since 2018, despite media silence on the matter.
    On Wednesday, Hunter Biden confirmed the investigation into his tax returns after he was contacted by a U.S. attorney in Delaware.    The subpoenas will not only be looking into his Burisma relationship, but also his various business dealings in China.
    In the meantime, President Trump took aim at Attorney General William Barr for reportedly keeping quiet about the Hunter Biden probe.
    The President argues Barr’s silence cost Republicans at the polls and enabled Joe Biden to lie on the debate stage, by saying he knew nothing about his son’s affairs.
    President Trump also noted if Biden were to become president, Barr would “do nothing” and in turn, let partisan officials kill the investigation.
    Moving forward, the President has reportedly expressed interest in appointing a special counsel to probe the November presidential election.

12/13/2020 Protests Erupt In D.C. Following The ‘Stop The Steal’ Rally by OAN Newsroom
OLYMPIA, WA – DECEMBER 12: An armed supporter of President Donald Trump walks through a line of law enforcement
personnel during a rally on December 12, 2020 in Olympia, Washington. Far-right and far-left groups squared off near the
Washington State Capitol following violent clashes over the previous weekend. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
    Antifa protestors once again made headlines for attacking attendees of a ‘Stop the-Steal Rally.’
    Chaos flooded the streets of Washington as Antifa set their sights on supporters of the President once again.
    Following multiple ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies in Washington D.C. on Saturday, police reported at least 23 arrests related to protesting and riots.    Among those arrested, 10 were charged with misdemeanor assault, six with assaulting a police officer and four with rioting.
    One suspect was caught carrying an illegal stun gun.
    Footage of the event shows demonstrators going toe-to-toe with one another and skirmishing with fireworks while police attempted to intervene.
OLYMPIA, WA – DECEMBER 12: A counter-protester sprays a Trump supporter with bear mace during political
clashes on December 12, 2020 in Olympia, Washington. Far-right and far-left groups squared off near the
Washington State Capitol following violent clashes over the previous weekend. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
    At least four people were stabbed in the ensuing chaos and by the end of the night, eight people in total were taken to the hospital.
    Two of the victims were police officers, who were injured while protecting supporters of the President from Antifa rioters.
OLYMPIA, WA – DECEMBER 12: Law enforcement personnel detain an anti-fascist protester during political clashes
on December 12, 2020 in Olympia, Washington. Far-right and far-left groups squared off near the Washington
State Capitol following violent clashes over the previous weekend. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
    Meanwhile, attendees of the rallies said they were simply there to support the President.
    “Well, we’re from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the reason we drove here to D.C. was to support our President, Donald J. Trump,” an attendee stated.    “And in our hearts, we know, in our minds, we know that this election was stolen.”
    According to reports, the President’s supporters were even forced to march with umbrellas and shields near the end of the rally.    Despite the resistance, President Trump’s supporters were clear with their message: They will continue to fight fake news and defend the Constitution.

12/13/2020 Seattle Considers Misdemeanors If Crime Is Linked To Poverty, Addiction, Mental Disorders by OAN Newsroom
People sleep outside on a sidewalk on April 6, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The City of Seattle and King County are in the process of
minimizing the concentration of people living in shelters in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, particularly
for people experiencing homelessness and those who cannot safely quarantine in their own homes. They’re temporarily adding over a
thousand beds in other places and increasing the distance of all beds between people. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
    The Seattle City Council is weighing a new criminal code regulation that would excuse many misdemeanors.
    Under the proposal, council members considered excusing misdemeanor crimes, including assault, if the crime is linked to poverty, addiction or a mental disorder.    The proposal excluded those related to domestic violence and impaired driving.
SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 06: A man sleeps in a doorway on April 6, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The City of Seattle and King County are in the
process of minimizing the concentration of people living in shelters in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, particularly
for people experiencing homelessness and those who cannot safely quarantine in their own homes. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
    Members have claimed, “the current system isn’t working for both offenders and victims.”
    “In a situation where you took that sandwich because you were hungry and you were trying to meet your basic need of satisfying your hunger; we as the community will know that we should not punish that,” King County Director of Public Defense Anita Khandelwal said.    “That conduct is excused.”
SEATTLE, WA – MAY 06: Personal hygiene supplies for clients are pictured in the Co-LEAD program offices on May 6, 2020 in Seattle,
Washington. Co-LEAD grew from the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by
keeping low level criminals and the homeless out of jails, while providing temporary lodging at hotels, deploying intensive outreach
responders, and providing other basic resources including medical care and case managers. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
    Meanwhile, many law enforcement officers have quit at high rates, noting the profession has lost much of its respect.    The council said it will continue to work on the proposal in 2021.

12/13/2020 Police Searching For Suspect After 4 People Injured In Brooklyn Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Police stand at the scene of a shooting in Brooklyn. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    New York City police are on the search for the suspect or suspects in a Saturday afternoon shooting in Brooklyn. According to reports, shots erupted outside a public housing complex. Four people were injured.
    The victims are between the ages of 21-to-38 and were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.    They’re all expected to survive.
    Police said they’re unclear what led up to the shooting, but residents said they heard multiple shots suddenly ring out in the street.
    “About six or seven shots going ‘boom, boom, boom…and then… I just seen…a lot of people running like crazy,” a witness said.    “And I was like, oh God, let me go downstairs and go see did anybody get hurt?    And that’s what I did.”
Police speak at the scene of an afternoon shooting that left one person dead in the Brooklyn borough of
New York City. New York City has witnessed a surge in gun violence. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    Police are still searching for any suspects.
    Meanwhile, New York City is about to hit a 14-year high in shootings, with around 1,700 gun violence victims recorded in the city as of last week.

12/13/2020 N.C. Officer Fatally Shot In The Line Of Duty by OAN Newsroom
Law enforcement investigators survey the scene of a shooting at a car wash in the Belmont area
of Gaston County, N.C., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (David Foster/The News & Observer via AP)
    A small North Carolina community is mourning after an officer was killed in the line of duty.    The residents of Mount Holly are coming together to support the family of the fallen officer following his tragic death.
    On Saturday, dozens in Belmont paid their respects to 25-year-old Tyler Herndon, the first Mount Holly police officer to die in the line of duty.    On Friday, Herndon was killed in a shootout with a suspect, just two days before his 26th birthday.
In this photo provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is Mount Holly police officer Tyler Herndon. The North Carolina police officer
has been killed in a shootout while responding to a breaking and entering call early Friday morning, Dec. 11, 2020. Herndon was shot during a
shootout between the breaking and entering suspect and police officers, authorities said. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department via AP)
    Officers said the shooting took place after police confronted an armed suspect while responding to a breaking and entering call at a local car wash.
    The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Tyler Funk, was also shot but suffered minor injuries.    He has been taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder.
    Community and family members are mourning the tragic loss.
    “I mean [he was] absolutely great, awesome personality,” his family member Heather Campbell said.    “Literally, he wanted to be an FBI agent that was his endgame.”
    She added that he had to be a police officer for two years to become an agent and he was almost there.
    “He almost made it,” Campbell stated.
    Several businesses in Mount Holly were lit blue as the town came together to pay tribute to the fallen officer.
    “To see everyone come together and the support,” Jack Beagle’s bar manager, Jessica Shackway, noted.    “I can’t even describe how happy I am to be apart of this community.”
    The community’s former sheriff’s deputy also expressed his grief. He touched on the growing violence on law enforcement officers.
    “I hate it for the family,” Former Deputy Eric McMillan said.    “I’m angry and this has got to stop, man.    This assault on our law enforcement officers has just got to stop.”
    On Sunday evening, the town organized a candlelight vigil to celebrate Herndon’s life and service to the community.

12/13/2020 ‘Moms For America’ Throw ‘Keep Christmas Rally And Celebration’ In Washington D.C. by OAN Newsroom
    ‘Moms for America’ is throwing a ‘Keep Christmas Rally and Celebration’ to push back on government overreach.     The group is calling on Americans to gather in Washington, D.C. on Sunday to combat cancel culture, overreaching politicians and look for some light in the darkness.
    They said if you can’t make it to D.C., meet up with members of your state or community to participate in what they’re calling ‘coast to coast caroling.’
    The goal is to unite together to celebrate Christmas and the constitutionally protected right to worship, pray and sing and to end 2020 with a burst of joy and light.
    One America News will have a crew on the ground during that event.    Make sure you stay tuned for live coverage.

12/13/2020 Suspected Russian Hackers Spied On U.S. Treasury Emails – Sources by Christopher Bing
FILE PHOTO: A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him
in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury Department and an agency that decides internet and telecommunications policy, according to people familiar with the matter.
    There is concern within the U.S. intelligence community that the hackers who targeted Treasury and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration used a similar tool to break into other government agencies, according to four people briefed on the matter.    The people did not say which other agencies.
    Three of the people familiar with the investigation said Russia is currently believed to be behind the attack.
    Two of the people said that the breaches are connected to a broad campaign that also involved the recently disclosed hack on FireEye, a major U.S. cybersecurity company with government and commercial contracts.
    “The United States government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation,” said National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot.
    The hack is so serious it led to a National Security Council meeting at the White House on Saturday, said one of the people familiar with the matter.
    The Commerce Department confirmed there was a breach at one of its agencies in a statement.    “We have asked the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI to investigate, and we cannot comment further at this time.”
    The breach presents a major challenge to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden as officials investigate what information was stolen and try to ascertain what it will be used for. It is not uncommon for large scale cyber investigations to take months or years to complete.
    “This is a much bigger story than one single agency,” said one of the people familiar with the matter.    “This is a huge cyber espionage campaign targeting the U.S. government and its interests.”
    Hackers broke into the NTIA’s office software, Microsoft’s Office 365. Staff emails at the agency were monitored by the hackers for months, sources said.
    A Microsoft spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.    Neither did a spokesman for the Treasury Department.
    The hackers are “highly sophisticated” and have been able to trick the Microsoft platform’s authentication controls, according to a person familiar with the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the press.
    “This is a nation state,” said a different person briefed on the matter.
    The full scope of the breach is unclear.    The investigation is still its early stages and involves a range of federal agencies, including the FBI, according to three of the people familiar with the matter.
    A spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said they have been “working closely with our agency partners regarding recently discovered activity on government networks. CISA is providing technical assistance to affected entities as they work to identify and mitigate any potential compromises.”
    The FBI and U.S. National Security Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    There is some indication that the email compromise at NTIA dates back to this summer, although it was only recently discovered, according to a senior U.S. official.
(Reporting by Christopher Bing, Jack Stubbs and Joseph Menn; Editing by Chris Sanders and Daniel Wallis)

12/13/2020 Police Searching For Suspect After 4 People Injured In Brooklyn Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Police stand at the scene of a shooting in Brooklyn. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    New York City police are on the search for the suspect or suspects in a Saturday afternoon shooting in Brooklyn.    According to reports, shots erupted outside a public housing complex. Four people were injured.
    The victims are between the ages of 21-to-38 and were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.    They’re all expected to survive.
    Police said they’re unclear what led up to the shooting, but residents said they heard multiple shots suddenly ring out in the street.
    “About six or seven shots going ‘boom, boom, boom…and then… I just seen…a lot of people running like crazy,” a witness said.    “And I was like, oh God, let me go downstairs and go see did anybody get hurt?    And that’s what I did.”
Police speak at the scene of an afternoon shooting that left one person dead in the Brooklyn borough
of New York City. New York City has witnessed a surge in gun violence. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    Police are still searching for any suspects.
    Meanwhile, New York City is about to hit a 14-year high in shootings, with around 1,700 gun violence victims recorded in the city as of last week.

12/13/2020 Azar: All Nursing Home Patients May Be Vaccinated By Christmas by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 26: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar speaks after a White House Coronavirus Task
Force briefing at the Department of Health and Human Services on June 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
are rising in southern and western states forcing businesses to remain closed. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
    A federal health official said the coronavirus vaccine could be administered to all nursing home patients by Christmas.
    In an interview on Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the Trump administration aims to have nursing homes stocked with the vaccine in an effort to treat the most at-risk patients as soon as possible.
    Azar added almost all of the nursing homes nationwide had signed up for the federal distribution program.    He called the progress “remarkable.”
    “The vaccines are going out, as soon as they receive the vaccines, this is according to the governors telling us to ship to them, we could have every nursing home patient vaccinated in the United States by Christmas,” Azar noted.    “It’s really a remarkable, remarkable progress.”
LANSING, MI – DECEMBER 13: Shipments of the Pfizer And BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are loaded into a
UPS plane at the Capital Region International Airport on December 13, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. The first
doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will be distributed to all 50 states. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
    According to reports, elderly and frontline workers will receive the vaccination first.    The general population is expected to receive it soon thereafter.

12/14/2020 Kentucky reports weekly decline in COVID-19 cases and positivity rate by Emma Austin USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 2,454 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, making the weekly total of positive cases 1,235 fewer than the previous week.
    The state also reported another decrease in its test positivity rate, which was at 8.52% — 1.23% lower than it had been one week ago.
    'We are seeing good trends and getting great news in our battle against COVID-19,' Gov. Andy Beshear said in a statement Sunday, when the commonwealth received its first shipment of Pfizer vaccines.
    Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, said the arrival of the first shipment of vaccines is 'fantastic news and offers hope we are beginning the end of this pandemic.'
    'Having vaccines this quickly is a modern medical miracle,' Stack said.    'Having patience in the months ahead is essential, though, as vaccine supplies increase and hopefully all interested persons have access to vaccination by the end of summer 2021.'
    Kentucky recorded 15 deaths caused by the virus Sunday, bringing the state’s total 2,207.    The commonwealth has seen 223,104 cases since the pandemic began.    There were 1,712 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus, including 434 in an intensive care unit and 224 on a ventilator.
    Beshear again asked Kentuckians to remain vigilant in social distancing and mask-wearing.
    Sunday is the last day Beshear’s executive order mandating restrictions to prevent the virus’s spread will be in effect.    Starting Monday, restaurants across the state will be able to reopen indoor dining rooms at 50% capacity.
    Restrictions on gyms and event venues also will be lifted.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 6,025 additional COVID-19 cases and 37 new deaths Sunday, bringing the state’s case total to 425,434 and the total deaths to 6,495.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[15 deaths / 2,454 cases = 0.006% and the mortality rate stays low as it was before your lockdown and of course positivity rate will go down if you quit doing excessive testing.].

12/14/2020 Big Tech, MSM Attempt To Snuff Out Hunter Biden Investigation by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden, center, his son Hunter Biden and his sister Valerie Biden Owens are pictured in 2016. (Visar Kryeziu/AP Photo)
    The mainstream media is being exposed for attempting to kill the New York Post’s article on Hunter Biden. Following the release of the article, mainstream news outlets began pumping out stories alleging the documents used in the article were apart of a Russian disinformation campaign or just not credible.
    The majority of the media’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings attempted to dismiss the allegations.    At the same time, Big ; Tech media companies like Twitter and Facebook tried to limit the breadth of the stories reach online.    Twitter went as far as to suspend the New York Post’s account, which is one of America’s most read newspapers.
    This week, the nation learned that, in fact, there is an active investigation underway into Hunter Biden’s taxes.    While little is known about the case, the subject matter of the investigation, which has been going on since 2018, could prove some of the facts in the New York Post’s article to be valid.
    Before the election in October, social media giants justified their censorship of the paper by claiming the information was not from a credible source.
    Even the Department of Justice has come under fire for a perceived lack of transparency regarding the investigations with officials stating they are hesitant to release information on high profile investigations, which can effect an election.     Yet, David Harsanyi, a senior political writer at the National Review, stated in an op-ed last week that the Justice Department’s job is to investigate criminal cases, not to consider politics before disclosing information to the public.
    Harsanyi also added, he’s convinced journalists at mainstream media outlets knew the case mattered for the election and for that reason avoided covering it while Big Tech and the DOJ did the same.

12/14/2020 Democrats Coming After President Trump’s Efforts To Advance Religious Freedoms by OAN Newsroom
President-elect Joe Biden, right, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, left, share a laugh during an event to announce
several choices for positions in the Biden administration at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Secular Democrats are urging Joe Biden to fight what they have described as a “national security threat,” “Christian nationalism” and the “Trump administration’s actions to advance religious freedom.”
    Last month, the Secular Democrats of America PAC presented Biden with a 28 page agenda of their recommendations, including eliminating the country’s officials motto of “in God we trust.”    The group argues the current motto is not “inclusive” of non-religious people or a secular political ideology.
    In public addresses, President Trump has claimed he does not serve political organizations, but rather the people and God.
    “For the last four years the depraved swamp has tried everything to stop me because they know I don’t answer to them, I answer to you,” he stated. “Together we will defeat the corrupt establishment, we will dethrone the failed political class, and we will drain the Washington swamp and we will save the American Dream.”
    Further, their agenda criticizes the Trump administration’s depiction of the U.S. as a Christian nation based on faith oriented values, which is an idea that has been central to American identity for generations.    Presidents have long included God in his addresses.
    The secular Democrats called for the U.S. to be re-branded as a “secularist nation based in revolutionary democratic ideas.”    One of the policies recommended is the withholding of federal funds from any faith-based organization that is perceived as discriminatory on the basis of one’s religion and the repeal of non-medical exemptions on religious grounds.
    Further, the group recommended Biden discourage politicians from using the words God and country while speaking, but mandate including non-religious advisors attend all faith-based gatherings at the White House.
    Throughout his campaign, President Trump has warned traditional values and religious freedom would be under attack if a potential Biden administration ever stepped into the White House.    The Biden campaign has not commented on the recommendations.

12/14/2020 Electoral College To Officially Vote Dec 14., President Vows Legal Team Still Has Resources To Fight Fraud by OAN Newsroom
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to members of New York state’s Electoral College before voting for President
and Vice President in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool)
    The Trump administration has vowed to continue pursuing legal challenges against election results as the Electoral College is scheduled to vote this week.    In an interview Sunday, President Trump said his team still has resources in play, while also noting ongoing legal battles in local regions.
    Thousands of supporters have gathered around the country, while agreeing with the sentiment that election fraud was significant enough to effect the 2020 election.
    “Trump’s warned us about them for years.    We’ve been warned about mail-in ballots forever, but the Democrats took every avenue to cheat in this election,” said Mellissa Carone, a witness of election fraud in Michigan.    “We’ve got to get it back, it’s ours.”
    Ahead of the election, each political party chooses electors or people who actually cast votes for president.    As law dictates, the electors will meet on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, while reflecting the popular votes in their states.
    The group consists of 538 electors and 270 are needed for a candidate to win the presidency.    Most states, except Maine and Nebraska, will proceed with a “winner-take-all” method.
Documents are sealed at the conclusion of Tennessee’s 2020 Electoral College Monday, Dec. 14,
2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)
    Many of the President’s supporters still believe in a second term for him.
    “And that’s really why we are standing here today because we are in a crucial moment in the history of the United States of America,” said Michael Flynn, former national security advisor.    “Remember, the courts do not decide who the next President of the United States will be.”
    Once the Electoral College cast their votes, the states will send their votes to Congress where they will be counted again during a joint session.    The President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence, will formally announce the results.

12/14/2020 Police Offer $60K Reward For Info In Death Of 1-Year-Old In Southeast D.C. by OAN Newsroom
File – A D.C. Metropolitan Police car is pictured. (Reuters Photo)
    The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. is working with the FBI and ATF to find those responsible for the death of a toddler.    The agencies offered up $60,000 Thursday for any information that could lead to justice for 15-month-old Carmelo Duncan.
    Carmelo was fatally shot in southeast D.C. last week while strapped in his car seat and riding in a vehicle with his father as well as his 8-year-old brother.
    Authorities believe the shooting was a targeted attack and that shots were fired from more than one gun, which left the car riddled with bullet holes.
    Carmelo’s father and brother were unharmed.
    “Unfortunately, it was learned the 15-month-old Carmelo Duncan had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital,” stated Police Chief Peter Newsham.    “As the mayor mentioned, this is an unfathomable tragedy and my sincere condolences go out to Carmelo’s family.”
    Carmelo is now among the youngest homicide victims in D.C. this year.    Dozens gathered in the neighborhood to mourn his loss and demand justice for the 1-year-old boy.    The demonstrators asked that anyone who may knows something, say something.
    The group said they are tired as there have been 187 homicides in Washington, D.C. this year. This is a 20 percent increase over 2019 and the highest in the nation’s capital in 15 years.
    Police are looking for any relevant surveillance footage of the incident and are searching for a dark grey SUV with heavily-tinted windows they believe may have been involved in the shooting.
    They are also urging the suspects to turn themselves in as officers have every intention of working diligently around the clock to bring those responsible to justice.

12/14/2020 Queues Form Outside Milan Food Banks As Crisis Bites Ahead Of Christmas by Alex Fraser
A volunteer distributes Christmas gifts as Italians struggle to cope in a tough economic climate amid the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Milan, Italy December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
    MILAN (Reuters) – Long queues have been forming outside food banks and help centres in Italy’s financial capital Milan as the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus has deepened before Christmas.
    As case numbers surged after the summer, Italy – the first European country to be struck by the pandemic and among the worst hit – has seen its stagnant economy dealt a blow by lockdowns to try to halt the spread of COVID-19.
    “During this period of the pandemic, the numbers have gone up,” said Luigi Rossi, vice-president of local aid group Pane Quotidiano, as a queue stretched down the block outside the centre in the south of Milan.
    “We certainly believe that the more this crisis goes on, the more there will be.”
    Even in prosperous Milan, which had been riding a major property boom before the pandemic, the crisis has bitten deeply as large parts of the economy have come to a halt.
    Many who had been just about managing have been forced to ask for help in a city that has prided itself on being Italy’s economic motor and an exception to the malaise that has haunted the rest of the country for decades.
    “There are so many people like me.    It’s the new poor,” said Alberto, 66, who did not want to give his last name.
    With the trade fairs that contributed heavily to Milan’s pre-crisis economy now closed, he has been out of work and has been coming to the centre for the past five months.
    “I’ve still got to pay the rent, I’ve got to buy food and even though my partner is working, it’s not enough.”
    Like the centres run by other charitable groups, Pane Quotidiano, which has operated in Milan for more than a century, has been flat out, open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and handling an average of 800 people a day.
    While the government has imposed a firing freeze and offered support to companies furloughing workers, many have complained of long delays in getting payments.    For the army of home carers, cleaners, restaurant staff and others employed unofficially and paid in cash, there has been no support at all.
    “How can you get by?” asked Maria-Rosa Mamone, 76, who came to the centre to get food and a Christmas present for her grandchild.    With three people at home and 600 euros ($700) in rent to pay every month, she is struggling.    “At least I can come here.    There’s everything here, bread, milk…
(Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

12/14/2020 Pompeo Says U.S. Condemns ‘Unjust, Barbaric’ Execution Of Iranian Journalist
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the United States strongly condemned Iran’s ‘unjust, barbaric” execution of Iranian dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, who was convicted of fomenting violence during anti-government protests in 2017.
Iran said last week that its Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence against Zam, who was captured in 2019 in circumstances that have not been officially disclosed, after years of living in exile in France.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk)

12/14/2020 Sen. David Perdue Calls Out Jon Ossoff Over Out Of State Campaign Donations by OAN Newsroom
Senator David Perdue, R-Ga., arrives for Vice President Mike Pence’s Defend the Majority Rally on
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
    Sen. David Perdue attacked his opponent Jon Ossoff and Kelly Loeffler’s opponent Rafael Warnock for taking the majority of their funding from out of state donors.    It’s a strategy for Georgia Democrats, following Stacy Abrams’ run for governor.
    In a statement, Perdue said he resents this form of campaign finance because Georgian’s should not have out-of-state residents meddling in their affairs.    Critics have been quick to point out that Perdue and Loeffler have also received the majority of their out-campaign financing from out of state donors, though there’s one major difference.
    The Democrat candidates in Georgia have received more than double the funding received by Perdue and Loeffler.    However, when it comes to funding within the state of Georgia, Perdue and Loeffler have received slightly more in funds than their opponents.
    Political scientists argue this is a major red flag for Jon Ossoff and Rafael Warnock as many learned this election cycle, the candidate who spends the most money does not always win.
    According to campaign finance tracking outlet Open Secrets, Democrats outpaced Republicans in out-of-state financing in congressional election races by about 4 percent.    Meanwhile, in the Senate Democrats outpaced Republicans by roughly 14 percent.
    These differences in out-of-state financing led Democrat Senate and congressional candidates to reach record highs in 2020 campaign spending.
    For example, in the South Carolina Senate race Democrats believed Jaime Harrison could unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham.    This led Harrison to out-raise Graham by some $23 million, making his campaign the most expensive in U.S. Senate history.
    In the end, the money didn’t matter as Lindsey Graham was re-elected in double digit landslide.    Additionally, the majority of Harrison’s financing came from out of state donors just like Jon Ossof and Rafael Warnok, which is something political scientists argue is not a winning strategy.
    Recent research out of Stanford University finds people are more deeply partisan today than ever before, and are far less likely to split a ticket and vote against their party because of a political ad on TV or Facebook.
    Democrat strategists are now becoming worried about how their candidates can’t out-raise Sen. Perdue and Sen. Loeffler in donations from actual Georgia voters.

12/14/2020 Rep. Biggs Rejects HBCU Regulation Bill by OAN Newsroom
Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., speaks on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R) is criticizing a bill regulating federal investments in historically black colleges and universities.    On Sunday, the congressman tweeted an explanation for his vote against the legislation.    He cited his concerns about federal interference.
    The Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students or PARTNERS Act aims to increase regulation of federal investments in these institutions.    Biggs said he believes these colleges and universities are doing fine on their own without the federal aid.
    The GOP representative was one of six members of Congress to vote no and the bill is now headed to President Trump’s desk for signing.

12/14/2020 Suspected Russian Hackers Breached U.S. Department Of Homeland Security – Sources
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration
Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang/File Photo
    (Reuters) – A team of sophisticated hackers believed to be working for the Russian government won access to internal communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to people familiar with the matter.
    The breach was part of the campaign reported Sunday that penetrated the U.S. departments of Treasury and Commerce.
    DHS is a massive bureaucracy responsible for border security, cybersecurity and most recently the secure distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
(Reporting by Chris Bing and Joseph Menn; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

12/14/2020 Roger Stone Considers Fla. Senate Run by OAN Newsroom
File – Roger Stone is pictured. (Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo)
    President Trump’s close ally Roger Stone further stirred up speculation about a Florida Senate run while appearing at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally.    He rallied supporters during a speech at the event in Miami on Sunday.
    One of the supporters held a sign which read: Where is Marco?    This comes after Stone took to social media to ask where the incumbent senator was and claimed a growing number of Republicans are urging him to run against the lawmaker.
    Stone also said he’s more likely to run against Sen. Rick Scott who he claims never took responsibility for a $1 billion theft from Medicaid.
    Meanwhile, the President’s former adviser encouraged supporters to continue to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.
    President Trump commuted Roger Stone’s 40-month sentence back in July.    Florida primaries for Senate are set to take place in November of 2022.

12/14/2020 Police Investigate Multiple NYC Shootings Over Weekend by OAN Newsroom
Emergency medical personnel pull a stretcher up to the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church
of St. John the Divine, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
    The Big Apple saw yet another violent weekend with multiple shootings across the city.
    On Sunday, New York police officers took down a man who opened fire at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.    Authorities said the gunman opened fire into the air as hundreds of people gathered for a Christmas concert.
    “And it was one loud burst of sound after the other, after the other, after the other and then all of a sudden I’m seeing people screaming and saying it’s a shooter,” stated witness Judy Romer.    "It’s somebody with a gun and he’s shooting into the crowd, I thought this was it.”
    The unidentified suspect also began shooting at police when they arrived. Authorities returned fire, in turn, hitting the suspect who was rushed to the hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.
    Officials also said two guns and a can of gas were recovered from the scene.    Fortunately, no officers or bystanders were injured.
    Officials noted the shooters motive remains unknown as of now, but they said it might have been a suicide mission. The investigation remains ongoing.
    Meanwhile, a shooting erupted outside of a Brooklyn public housing complex Saturday night.    Four people were injured as a result.
    The victims were between the ages of 21 to 38 and were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.    All of the victims are expected to survive.
    Authorities said it’s unclear what led up to the shooting, but nearby residents said they suddenly heard multiple shots in the street.    Police are still searching for any suspects.
    Additionally, a shooting inside a Long Island bodega left one person dead and three others severely injured.    Gunfire broke out Saturday night, leaving two of the surviving victims in serious condition and one in critical condition.    The owner of the bodega was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
    As of now, the shooter remains at large.    A motive for the crime has not yet been established, but police currently believe the incident to a be a robbery gone wrong.
    New York City is about to hit a 14 year high in shootings with around 1,700 gun violence victims recorded in the city as of last week.

12/14/2020 Operation Warp Speed Looking Toward Vaccine Expansion by OAN Newsroom
Danny Wilson, respiratory therapist, receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 at Madison Memorial
Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP)
    The Trump administration said its working with Pfizer to expand the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for Americans.    During a press conference Monday, members of Operation Warp Speed gave an update on the White House’s distribution plans.
    General Gustave Parna warned that bad weather could be a problem to getting the vaccine out to states.    However, they are doing everything they can to ensure the process is smooth.
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also took a moment to express his confidence in the vaccine as the nation launches its vaccination program.
    Meanwhile, the administration is aiming to start distributing Moderna’s vaccine across the country next week.
[President Trump should recieve every reward the world can give him for this fast process for a vaccination of the China virus, and we should condemn any comments from Joe Biden trying to take credit for it as he is stupid enough to try to do that.].

12/15/2020 Oil up $0.41 to $46.97, DOW down 185 to 29,862.

12/15/2020 Kentucky resumes indoor dining - But restaurants still miss lost revenue by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Co-workers Neil Gibbs, Greg Carmichael, Khotso Libe and Mark Woolwine usually like to have lunch together once a week. Recent restaurant closures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic stifled that fellowship.
    “It’s been a challenge,” said Carmichael, seated with his friends inside Biscuit Belly, 900 E. Main St., in NuLu.    “When the weather was ... warmer, we could find an outside picnic area and eat outside, but now it’s been difficult.”
    The group enjoyed their first sit-downs lunch in weeks on Monday.    They try to support local businesses as often as they can for their lunches.    They agreed: Carryout doesn’t compare to sitting down together over fresh food.
    “It’s a nice reprieve from working at the home office,” said Gibbs.
    Carryout, delivery and outdoor seating services were allowed to continue under that executive order, but many restaurant owners said it would not be enough.    As a result, many service industry employees found themselves laid off for the second time in a year for reasons outside their control.
    Stacy Roof, president and CEO of the Kentucky Restaurant Association, said there’s a sense of relief among restaurateurs with the capacity change.    While it’d be difficult for restaurants to make up for lost revenue — which between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is “right up there with Derby revenue” — Roof said she hopes the next few weeks will be busy.
    When Beshear announced the capacity change Thursday, he said there needed to be a renewed push to enforce the state’s mask mandate.    The order came the same day Beshear announced the state’s worst day of new coronavirus cases, with 4,324.
    “I know that they police things as closely as they can,” Roof said.    “They encourage people to leave their masks on as long as they’re not eating or drinking. ...It’s hard to designate people to police people’s behavior ... sitting at their table.    I’m sure that they do everything they can to make sure that they don’t ... cater to people that aren’t following the mandates that are out there.”    Mike Safai, owner of Safai Coffee and Logan Street Market, said the capacity limits and closures have hurt not only the restaurant industry but also the future of tourism and culture in Louisville.
    “Food and bar is part of the culture in here,” Safai said, adding that he worries a large percentage of the local restaurants will shutter as a result of the gut punches brought on by COVID-19 closures.
    Already this year, more than 40 restaurants have closed in the city, including longtime favorites like Harvest, Lilly’s Bistro, Shenanigans Irish Grille and Uptown Cafe.
    “We trust our governor,” Safai said, “and I think he is doing the best he can do to keep us safe.”    However, he added: In the future, there needs to be a better plan to target rule-breakers instead of punishing an entire industry that lost large chunks of annual revenue in the last few weeks.
    The holiday season, he said, is usually full of Christmas parties, banquets, meetings over lunch and people who stop their shopping to grab a bite.    Losing that business meant losing an estimated 30% to 40% of annual revenue.
    Darnell Ferguson, the brains and chef behind Superchefs on Bardstown Road, said the return to 50% capacity isn’t anything to get excited about.     It’s better than being closed, he said, but he’s still facing a half-empty restaurant.
    Anoosh Bistro owner Anoosh Shariat said reopening for indoor dining at his Brownsboro Road restaurant is “really exciting for us, for our staff” but he’s facing a bigger problem: He’s lost 70% of his normal annual revenue this year.    The next few weeks won’t make up for that.
    “To open at 50% capacity,” he said, “that’s gonna what I call ‘maintain.’    Meaning, just kicking the can down the road so we can get more help, or borrow more money.”    He added: “We’re gonna have to make a lot of sacrifices.”
    Louisville restaurateurs agree: The 50% capacity for indoor dining is better than nothing and crucial in a time of year when colder weather makes dining outdoors almost impossible.    Still, it doesn’t erase the financial challenges the most recent closure created.
    A September survey from the National Restaurant Association estimated 100,000 restaurants would close permanently or long term this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Nearly 3 million employees are still out of work, and the food service industry is on track to lose $240 billion this year, The Courier Journal previously reported.
    When Beshear ordered restaurants to close indoor dining rooms in November, he also announced a $40 million aid package for restaurants and bars, with an application period of Nov. 30 to Dec. 18. Entities that qualify will receive $10,000 to use for various costs.    Relief will not be available for publicly traded companies, as it is intended for smaller, locally owned restaurants.
    Open again for indoor dining, Biscuit Belly co-owner Lauren Coulter said Monday was a “standard COVID day” in terms of customer flow at the NuLu location.
    “At this point, I’m thrilled with 50%” capacity," Coulter said.    Carryout is great, but orders often exclude drinks that could bump up profits.    Even so, 50% capacity allows diners to be seated far enough apart and be safe.    “At this point, we would rather be safe.”
    Monday was Carmichael and his friends’ first time at Biscuit Belly.    Shariat and others said they’re grateful for Louisville’s commitment to its local food scene.
    “Louisville is very supportive of its restaurants and businesses,” said Shariat.    “People have really stepped up to support all of us, and I’m grateful for that.”
    Reach Sarah Ladd at    Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah.
[17 deaths / 1,802 cases = 0.009% as cases are half of what they have been and the mortality rate is still below 1% and you better get our kids back into school on Jan. 4th and tell the union teachers its time for them to do their job].

12/15/2020 Record Number Of Journalists Imprisoned In 2020 – Report
FILE PHOTO: Law enforcement officers detaining a journalist who was on assignment are photographed by a Reuters
photographer shortly before his detention, in central Minsk, Belarus August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
    (Reuters) – A record number of journalists were imprisoned during 2020, as governments cracked down on coverage of the coronavirus pandemic or tried to suppress reporting of civil unrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Tuesday.
    At least 274 journalists were in jail as of Dec. 1, the most since the New York-based group began collecting data in the early 1990s, the report said, up from at least 250 last year.
    Protests and political tensions were the cause of many arrests, with the most made in China, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, it said.
    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, authoritarian leaders tried to control reporting by arresting journalists.    At least two journalists died after contracting the disease in custody, the report said.
Graphic: Journalists imprisoned in 2020 –
    “It’s shocking and appalling that we are seeing a record number of journalists imprisoned in the midst of a global pandemic,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in a statement.
    The report blamed a lack of global leadership on democratic values, and in particular attacks on the media by U.S. President Donald Trump, which it said gave cover to authoritarians to crack down on journalists in their own countries.
    Globally, 34 journalists were jailed for “false news” in 2020, compared with 31 last year, it said.
    “The record number of journalists imprisoned around the world is President Trump’s press freedom legacy,” Simon said.
Graphic: How long have journalists been in jail –
    While no journalists were in prison in the United States as of Dec. 1, 110 were arrested or charged in 2020, many while covering demonstrations against police violence, the CPJ said.
    Countries where the number of jailed journalists rose significantly include Belarus, where the re-election of its long time president sparked mass protests, and Ethiopia, where political unrest has led to armed conflict.
    The report found that two-thirds of journalists in jail were charged with anti-state crimes such as terrorism or membership of banned groups, while no charges were disclosed in nearly 20% of cases.
Graphic: Where journalists are imprisioned –
(Reporting by Richard Pullin; Editing by Michael Perry)

12/15/2020 Texas Electors Urge Mich., Wis., Ga., Pa., Lawmakers To Instate New Electors, Reject Election Tally by OAN Newsroom
State Rep. Calvin Smyre holds certificates of votes after members of Georgia’s Electoral College cast their votes at the state Capitol,
Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Atlanta. Smyre was an elector for former President’s Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool)
    Electors in Texas are calling on legislators in four battleground states to challenge the alleged results of the 2020 elections.
    On Monday, Texas electors passed a resolution in a 34-to-four vote, urging lawmakers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania to appoint new electors for their states.    This came after casting all 38 of the Lone Star State’s votes for President Trump.
    The resolution states if new electors are not appointed, congressional lawmakers from those states should reject the supposed outcomes during January’s electoral vote count.    Soon after the vote on the resolution, Joe Biden allegedly surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the race.
    Last week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit calling for results to be overturned in the aforementioned states based on evidence of widespread voting fraud. However, the Supreme Court tossed that case and claimed the state lacked standing for the suit.
FILE – In this June 28, 2020 file photo, Texas’ Attorney General Ken Paxton waits on the flight line for
the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence at Love Field in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
    The elector’s original motion contained language calling the Supreme Court’s decision an act of “moral cowardice.”    However, that language was taken out of the provision with electors arguing it was overly combative.
    “So these two small words, ‘moral cowardice,’ are like this fire ant bite that I got the other day.    It’s little, but it’s irritating and everybody’s had one,” stated Richard ‘Tex’ Hall, elector for Texas District 21.    “So when you throw those words out front, yes, you get their attention, but not in the right way.”
    It’s important to note that the resolution holds no binding power over the other state’s electors.    The next step in the electoral process will occur January 6, 2021 when the House and Senate will meet to tally the results of the race.

12/15/2020 New Executive Order Reduces Restrictions On Occupational Licensing by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of
the White House in Washington before boarding Marine. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    President Trump has continued his work to create better economic opportunities for America’s workers.
    On Monday, he signed an executive order on Increasing Economic and Geographic Mobility aimed at “alleviating unnecessary regulatory burdens.”    The order cites a dramatic increase in the percentage of jobs that now require a government-mandated license.
    Less than 5 percent of jobs required a license in the 1950s, mostly doctors lawyers and other occupations that require extensive formal education.    Today, however, that number is between 25 and 30 percent.    It can include anything from ballroom dance instructors to martial arts teachers.
    The order builds on a measure the President introduced in 2019, the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation, which has been implemented most recently by Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Missouri and South Dakota.
    “And I think they’re very happy about the fact that we have cut regulations like nobody in the history of our country,” stated President Trump.    “We have, in less than three years, we’ve cut more regulations than any President for their full term or terms.”
    The executive order gives power to state and federal governments to “actively supervise” licensure boards to ensure that their regulations are not overly restrictive and do not limit economic competition.
    Licensing requirements, the President pointed out, have a severe effect on job creation and profitability with current measures costing 2.8 million jobs and $200 billion every year.
    During a fireside chat earlier this month, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia highlighted the work President Trump has done in reversing the current course of regulatory induced economic decline as well as forging an easier path to the labor force for those who want it.
    “This President has done more to promote the elimination of unnecessary regulatory burdens than any president, including even Ronald Reagan who made such a great contribution,” Scalia stated.
    This particular measure also encourages those who are often excluded from the workforce, namely individuals with criminal records, to seek out licensing opportunities whenever possible.
    Another group that routinely reports finding difficulty entering the local labor force are those in military families whose constant relocations can make licensing impossible.    The President outlined a regulatory process that includes a “good faith” clause to solve this, so licenses can follow the worker wherever they land.

12/15/2020 AG William Barr Steps Down by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr meets with members of the St. Louis Police Department in
St. Louis. Barr has announced he is resigning. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, Pool)
    Attorney General William Barr is stepping down from his position after nearly two years of working for the Trump administration.
    While taking to Twitter Monday, the President said Barr has done an outstanding job and noted the pair had a “very good relationship.”
    In his resignation letter, the outgoing head of the Department of Justice praised the President’s efforts in restoring America’s military strength, brokering peace deals in the Middle East and securing the nation’s borders.
    According to the letter, Barr updated the President on the department’s efforts to review voter fraud cases surrounding the 2020 elections.    This followed rising tensions between President Trump and his staunch ally earlier this month after Barr told reporters the Justice Department was not able to find large scale evidence of voter fraud.
    The President responded to the attorney general’s statement by saying he clearly wasn’t looking hard enough.    He went on to cite numerous instances of voting irregularities.
    “Well, he hasn’t done anything, so he hasn’t looked,” stated President Trump.    “So they haven’t looked very hard, which is a disappointment to be honest with you because it’s massive fraud."
    Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will take up the position as acting attorney general.    Barr is expected to wrap-up remaining issues next week and will depart from the administration on December 23 to spend the holidays with family.

12/15/2020 Report: Nearly 2M CCP Members Embedded In Western Institutions by OAN Newsroom
    A new leak shows the Chinese Communist Party has infiltrated the west with nearly 2 million of its members.    One America’s Hans Hubbard reports.

12/15/2020 Small Businesses In Portland Face Insurance Hikes After Riots by OAN Newsroom
A Black Lives Matter protester uses a shield in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Several small businesses in Portland have suffered through months of rioting and looting.    They are now facing a new problem in the aftermath.
    Business owners in the Democrat-run city are being forced to either find new insurance providers or pay up to four-times their original premiums to stay insured.
    Insurance prices have skyrocketed so high that several companies have cut off coverage to different parts of the city.    Some even opted to refuse coverage expansion to existing customers.
    “I would say they’ve been doing a good job at handling the claim, but they did give us a notice of non-renewal so we are out on the market with our broker finding new coverage,” explained Eric Murfitt, controller of Mercantile Portland.
    In addition to the damage done by the unrest, coronavirus restrictions have made it even tougher for businesses to recover, especially restaurants.
    In just this year alone, the restaurant industry has seen more than 110,000 establishments close nationwide.    As a result, nearly 6 million American’s have been put out of work.
    Meanwhile, businesses in Portland have experienced nearly $23 million worth of damage from protests.    A senior official at a local insurance firm said from here on out it will not take on new business policies for establishments within a five mile radius of active riots or looting.
    The large scale riots and clashes with police came to an end in late July, however, smaller protests of up to 200 people persisted on a nightly basis for months.    This has left several small businesses in Portland wondering how much longer it could be before they ultimately shutdown for good.

12/15/2020 United Auto Workers Union, DOJ Agree To Settlement by OAN Newsroom
United States Attorney Matthew Schneider speaks at the podium with UAW International President Rory Gamble listening on during a press conference
announcing a civil settlement with the United Auto Workers in Detroit, Mich.,  Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)
    The Department of Justice has concluded a years-long corruption investigation into the United Auto Workers union.    On Monday, UAW President Rory Gamble announced a settlement alongside Michigan U.S. attorney Matthew Schneider.
    The pair said the union will implement several measures to curb further corruption practices, including the creation of an independent monitor.    The body would keep tabs on the UAW for up to six years and conduct investigations into fraud and corruption allegations.
    Additionally, the UAW will conduct a secret ballot referendum to see if the union will change its practices for voting for top officials.
    “This agreement is yet another step toward restoring the confidence and full faith of our members in our re-union and its leadership,” Gamble stated.    “Importantly, this a collaborative effort between the government and UAW leadership to achieve our joint goals to ensure that our union is clean, free from misconduct, conducted with integrity and always for the benefit of its members.”
    Back in 2017, the Justice Department made their investigation public, marking the largest investigation into a national labor union in decades.     The probe has led to the conviction of 15 officials for crimes of corruption and fraud.
    Several others, including former UAW Presidents Gary Jones and Dennis Williams, have plead guilty to similar charges.    The two were charged with embezzling more than $1 million of union funds and using them to buy luxury items.
    “Our goal has been a simple one: provide justice to the UAW,” said Schneider.    “This will not fully happen until the members and their families have a restored faith in the union leadership, until the workers’ trust in their leaders, will put the interests of the membership above all other considerations.”
    Meanwhile, the U.S. attorney said he will not pursue further charges against the UAW as an entity.
    However, he will continue to probe individuals suspected of engaging in fraud and corruption throughout the union.
    The UAW will still have full autonomy over their day-to-day operations and collective bargaining negotiations.

12/15/2020 Ga. Democrat Senatorial Candidate Warnock Praises Extremist Farrakhan In Anti-American Rant by OAN Newsroom
Democratic Georgia Senate challenger the Rev. Raphael Warnock addresses supporters during a rally with Jon Ossoff
in Atlanta on the first day of early voting for the senate runoff Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
    A resurfaced video shows Georgia Democrat senatorial candidate Raphael Warnock praising the notorious extremist Louis Farrakhan.
    “The Nation of Islam is significant, but it’s members don’t come anywhere near the membership of our churches,” stated the Democrat.    “It’s voice has been important.”
    The video, which was taken back in 2013, shows Warnock praising Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam as crucial to the development of what he called “black theology.”
Farrakhan is known for his anti-American remarks, including his calls to make America “pay for its sins” as well as his praise of Iran’s Ayatollah regime.
    “It was the black Muslims who challenged black preachers and said your promulgating what they called the white man’s religion and that’s a slave religion,” Warnock stated.    “You’re telling people to focus on heaven, meanwhile they’re catching hell and so we’ve needed the witness of the Nation of Islam in a real sense to put a fire under us.”
    A number of religious scholars have criticized Warnock and Farrakhan for introducing race into spiritual debate, while noting Christianity rejects discrimination based off race or ethnicity.
[The above article definitely lets you know that Leftist Democrats are only interested in promoting Islam of Mohammed created in 1600 AD which twisted the originl Islam of Allah which is the original form associated with son of Hagar and Abraham, called Ishmael which is the Abraham Accord line with Issac and Jacob, which is forming this year and the Christian faith is being attacked by what I call the antichrist.].

12/15/2020 New Coronavirus Strain Spreading In UK Has Key Mutations, Scientists Say by Kate Kelland
FILE PHOTO: People walk across London Bridge as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
continues in London, Britain, December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists are trying to establish whether the rapid spread in southern England of a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is linked to key mutations they have detected in the strain, they said on Tuesday.
    The mutations include changes to the important “spike” protein that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus uses to infect human cells, a group of scientists tracking the genetics of the virus said, but it is not yet clear whether these are making it more infectious.
    “Efforts are under way to confirm whether or not any of these mutations are contributing to increased transmission,” the scientists, from the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium, said in a statement (
    The new variant, which UK scientists have named “VUI – 202012/01” includes a mutation in the viral genome region encoding the spike protein, which – in theory – could result in COVID-19 spreading more easily between people.
    The British government on Monday cited a rise in new infections, which it said may be partly linked to the new variant, as it moved its capital city and many other areas into the highest tier of COVID-19 restrictions.
    As of Dec. 13, 1,108 COVID-19 cases with the new variant had been identified, predominantly in the south and east of England, Public Health England said in a statement.
    But there is currently no evidence that the variant is more likely to cause severe COVID-19 infections, the scientists said, or that it would render vaccines less effective.
    “Both questions require further studies performed at pace,” the COG-UK scientists said.
    Mutations, or genetic changes, arise naturally in all viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, as they replicate and circulate in human populations.
    In the case of SARS-CoV-2, these mutations are accumulating at a rate of around one to two mutations per month globally, according to the COG-UK genetics specialists.
    “As a result of this on-going process, many thousands of mutations have already arisen in the SARS-CoV-2 genome since the virus emerged in 2019,” they said.
    The majority of the mutations seen so far have had no apparent effect on the virus, and only a minority are likely to change the virus in any significant way – for example, making it more able to infect people, more likely to cause severe illness, or less sensitive to natural or vaccine-induced immune defences.
    Susan Hopkins, a PHE medical advisor, said it is “not unexpected that the virus should evolve and it’s important that we spot any changes quickly to understand the potential risk.”
    She said the new variant “is being detected in a wide geography, especially where there are increased cases being detected.”

12/15/2020 Ga. Secy. Of State Launches Signature Matching Probe by OAN Newsroom
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a presser Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
    Georgia officials are launching an investigation into a county they say didn’t follow proper procedures when matching signatures on Election Day.
    In a press conference on Monday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced his office will be conducting a probe on voter signatures on absentee ballot envelopes in Cobb County.
    Raffensperger said he’s partnering with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in an attempt to restore confidence in the state’s election processes.
    “Starting immediately, we are pulling all of our resources together with GBI to conduct a signature match audit in Cobb County,” he announced.    “Vote privacy is top of mine and we will never release how someone voted, we are only reviewing the signatures on the envelope.”
    The investigation will look at whether signatures on absentee ballot envelopes match with signature records from the registered voters who currently reside in the county.
    Additionally, he said Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and the state assembly speaker are backing the efforts.    In a statement, Gov. Kemp said he was glad state officials were taking the necessary steps to ensure voter safety.    He also highlighted the importance of Georgia’s upcoming Senate runoff elections.
    Meanwhile, Raffensperger has continued to urge Georgians to look forward to the election, which has opened up its early voting polling stations.
    “Every Georgian needs to have faith in our elections,” he stated.    “Republican, Democrat, independent and every other affiliation.”
    Officials hope to have their investigation concluded soon and plan on releasing their findings in two weeks.

12/15/2020 Dominion CEO Poulos Denies Vote Manipulation Despite Evidence by OAN Newsroom
President and CEO of Dominion Voting Systems John Poulos testifies during a hearing before the House
Administration Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The committee held a hearing on “2020 Election Security-Perspectives
from Voting System Vendors and Experts.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    The CEO of Dominion Voting Systems, John Poulos, recently testified before the Michigan State Senate Oversight Committee regarding the electronic manipulation of votes in recent elections.
    “Dominion Voting Systems has not now, nor has it ever used SolarWinds Orion platform, which was the subject of DHS emergency declaration dated December 13 2020,” he stated.
    Despite claims by Poulos, internet archives show Dominion had a SolarWinds logo on its webpage, which suggests it used its “managed file transfer” platform called ServU.
    That logo has since been removed after a major hacking of SolarWinds and U.S. government in recent days, casting doubt on Poulos’ remarks.
    State senators pointed out they have numerous testimonies and written affidavits of statewide irregularities with Dominion voting machines.    However, Poulos insisted his company is not responsible for any of the violations.

12/15/2020 GOP Rep. Mo Brooks Says He Will Not Surrender Caucus On Election Fight by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)
    GOP congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said he will not be a part of the “surrender caucus” as he continues to battle presidential election corruption claims.
    In a tweet Tuesday, President Trump acknowledged Brooks support and efforts as he vowed to not go down without a fight.
    Brooks recently addressed the widespread fraud, including illegal and illegitimate votes, and claimed the process of a non-fraudulent election would result in the President’s favor.
    “The overwhelming, compelling and irrefutable evidence leads to but one conclusion,” he stated.    “If only lawful votes cast by eligible American citizens are counted, President Trump handedly won the Electoral College and re-election.”
    The Alabama representative stated that he will object the submissions of the Electoral College from states with flawed election systems, making their vote counts “unworthy of our ratification in the U.S. Congress.”

12/15/2020 Ban On Federal Drilling Leases Would Cost Eight U.S. States Billions, Study Finds
FILE PHOTO: Drilling rigs operate in the Permian Basin oil and natural gas production
area in Lea County, New Mexico, U.S., February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Nick Oxford
    (Reuters) – A ban on new oil and gas drilling leases on federal lands would cost eight Western states $8.1 billion in tax revenue and $34.1 billion in investment in the next five years, according to a study released on Tuesday by the state of Wyoming.
    The report, commissioned by one of the nation’s top oil and gas-producing states, aims to push back against President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign promise to halt leasing on public lands as part of a sweeping plan to tackle climate change.
    “The economic predictions are devastating, to be blunt, to Wyoming,” Governor Mark Gordon said during a virtual press conference to unveil the study, which was conducted by University of Wyoming Professor Tim Considine.
    The policy would be most detrimental to Wyoming and New Mexico, the report said, where most drilling activity occurs on federal lands.    Without new leasing, states would lose the opportunity to generate revenues from new wells on those lands.    As a result, those states are projected to lose $304 million and $946 million a year in tax revenue, respectively, through 2025.
    Annual losses in revenue and investment are projected to increase through 2040 as the oil and gas industry becomes more productive and prices increase, the report said.    Between 2036 and 2040, the investment losses are expected to reach $164.5 billion.
    Biden will assume office on Jan. 20 and has promised aggressive policies to reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.    His administration will mark an abrupt shift from that of President Donald Trump, which has sought to boost domestic oil and gas production over the last four years.
    During the press conference, Wyoming officials said it was likely that a leasing moratorium would simply shift production and related emissions to other regions, such as Mexico or Canada, rather than having the desired effect of helping to curb global emissions from drilling activity.
    Biden campaign officials were not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Tom Brown)

12/16/2020 Oil up $0.54 to $47.58, DOW up 338 to 30,199.

12/16/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Kentucky adds 2,946 new cases, 15 deaths by Ayana Archie Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,946 new coronavirus cases and 15 deaths in the state Tuesday.
    'Today’s report, while again, higher than we ever want them to be, is lower than last week’s Tuesday and significantly lower than the Tuesday before when we had over 4,000 cases,' he said.
    The state has reported 227,818 total coronavirus cases and 2,239 deaths since March.    The positivity rate is now 8.53%.
    There are 1,788 people hospitalized due to the coronavirus, 438 in intensive care units and 246 on ventilators.
    The fall and winter coronavirus surge happening across the United States differs from the spring and summer surge in many ways, according to data from White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who spoke with Beshear on Tuesday.
    This surge is happening more rapidly and in broader areas, covering more counties than before and lasting for a longer time, with the time from the start of the surge to the plateau being twice as long in recent weeks.
    Birx added Kentucky can do better with testing those ages 18 to 30, Beshear said.
    'We appreciate her support and the very difficult decisions that we have to make related to COVID-19 to protect people around us,' he said.
    The first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine arrived in the state Sunday, and University of Louisville Health administered the first shot Monday.
    The vaccines will first be given to front-line health care workers and nursing home residents and staff, followed by all health care workers and educators.    Beshear also said he plans to publicly get the vaccine next week to to build public confidence in getting inoculated.
    '(The vaccine) gives us a view and a vision and a certainty of victory against this virus,' he said.    'You just got to stay vigilant between now and when everybody can get it.'
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 4,347 new coronavirus cases and 129 deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 434,642 and the number of deaths to 6,657.
    The state’s positivity rate is now at 17.8%, according to Indiana’s health department.
    Contact Ayana Archie at or follow her on Twitter @AyanaArchie
[15 deaths / 2,946 cases = 0.005% by the way Beshear has promoted this all this time and I have never seen any report that determined whether these deaths was from coronavirus or other reasons since he is obseesed to report it like that since so many people die everyday so it would be of interest to know both to compare the mortality rate.].

12/16/2020 EU Chief Says UK Trade Pact Closer But Success Not Certain by Francesco Guarascio and Gabriela Baczynska
FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen speaks during a debate on next EU council and last Brexit development
during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium November 25, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Britain and the European Union have moved closer to sealing a new trade deal but it was still unclear if they would succeed, the bloc’s chief executive said on Wednesday.
    Britain and the EU are in the final stretch of talks to keep an estimated one trillion dollars of annual trade free of tariffs and quotas beyond Dec. 31, when the United Kingdom finally transitions out of the world’s largest trading bloc.
    With just over two weeks left, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped the EU would “see sense” and agree a deal that respected Britain’s sovereignty, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the bloc favoured agreement.
    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament: “I cannot tell you whether there will be a deal or not.    But I can tell you that there is a path to an agreement now.    The path may be very narrow but it is there.”
    Her relatively upbeat comments on the long-running Brexit crisis helped nudge sterling upwards on currency markets.    However, von der Leyen also said two issues were still unsolved.
    “We have found a way forward on most issues but two issues still remain outstanding: the level playing field and fisheries,” she said.    “Issues linked to governance now have largely been resolved.    The next days are going to be decisive.”
    The level playing field refers to EU insistence that Britain does not undercut it on environmental, labour and social standards, as well as state aid, while governance covers the resolution of disputes.
    Von der Leyen said discussions about access to UK fishing waters for EU vessels were still very difficult.
    Britain formally left the EU on Jan. 31 but has been in a transition period since then under which rules on trade, travel and business remain unchanged.    It finally exits the bloc’s single market and customs union on Dec. 31.
    Failure to agree a deal would erect trade barriers between the EU and Britain, snarl borders, send shockwaves through financial markets and cause chaos in supply chains across Europe as it also struggles with COVID-19.
    Johnson, who won election last year pledging to “get Brexit done” and for Britain to “take back control,” said he hoped the EU would “see sense and do a deal.”
    He emphasised the point at a press conference, when he said: “Where we get to with the EU – well, again, that is very much a matter for our friends.    They know what the parameters are.”
    His spokesman said no trade deal was still the mostly likely outcome.    A later statement from Johnson’s office said talks would continue over the coming days.
    Britain’s parliament will begin its Christmas break on Thursday, but could be recalled at short notice and as early as next week to legislate if a deal is reached.
    Merkel said the EU would prefer a deal but is prepared either way, adding there was no breakthrough yet.
    French President Emmanuel Macron, who is at odds with Britain over fish quotas, said he wanted the best relationship with London.
    But the two sides have yet to narrow gaps on two of the thorniest issues: fishing rights in British waters and the level playing field.
    An EU official told Reuters the bloc had rejected Britain’s offer of phased access to its waters over three years by EU fishing vessels and the sides were “an ocean apart” on the issue.
    Von der Leyen hailed a “big step forward” in agreeing a so-called non-regression clause, which would “ensure that our common high labour, social and environmental standards will not be undercut.”
    Sources said there were disagreements over “balanced equivalence,” which London saw as tying Britain to the EU’s regulatory orbit, and a dispute resolution mechanism to determine whether competition was distorted and remedies if so.
    Britain saw the EU’s pitch for “effective remedial measures” as giving the bloc too much leeway to retaliate on trade.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio, Marine Strauss, Gabriela Baczynska, William James and Elizabeth Piper in London, Sudip Kar-Gupta in Paris and Paul Carrel and Michael Nienaber in Berlin, Writing by Robin Emmott, Gabriela Baczynska and Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Giles Elgood and Andrew Cawthorne)

12/16/2020 Exclusive-WHO Vaccine Scheme Risks Failure, Leaving Poor Countries With No COVID Shots Until 2024 by Francesco Guarascio
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board
meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The global scheme to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries faces a “very high” risk of failure, potentially leaving nations home to billions of people with no access to vaccines until as late as 2024, internal documents say.
    The World Health Organization’s COVAX programme is the main global scheme to vaccinate people in poor and middle income countries around the world against the coronavirus.    It aims to deliver at least 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021 to cover 20% of the most vulnerable people in 91 poor and middle-income countries, mostly in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
    But in internal documents reviewed by Reuters, the scheme’s promoters say the programme is struggling from a lack of funds, supply risks and complex contractual arrangements which could make it impossible to achieve its goals.
    “The risk of a failure to establish a successful COVAX Facility is very high,” says an internal report to the board of Gavi, an alliance of governments, drug companies, charities and international organisations that arranges global vaccination campaigns.    Gavi co-leads COVAX alongside the WHO.
    The report and other documents prepared by Gavi are being discussed at Gavi’s board meetings on Dec. 15-17.
    The failure of the facility could leave people in poor nations without any access to COVID-19 vaccines until 2024, one of the documents says.
    The risk of failure is higher because the scheme was set up so quickly, operating in “uncharted territory,” the report says.
    “Current risk exposure is deemed outside of risk appetite until there is full clarity on the size of risks and possibilities to mitigate them,” it says.    “It therefore requires intensive mitigation efforts to bring the risk within risk appetite.”
    Gavi hired Citigroup last month to provide advice on how to mitigate financial risks.
    In one Nov. 25 memo included in the documents submitted to the Gavi board, Citi advisors said the biggest risk to the programme was from clauses in supply contracts that allow countries not to buy vaccines booked through COVAX.
    A potential mismatch between vaccine supply and demand “is not a commercial risk efficiently mitigated by the market or the MDBs,” the Citi advisors wrote, referring to multilateral development banks such as the World Bank.
    “Therefore it must either be mitigated through contract negotiation or through a Gavi risk absorption layer that is carefully managed by a management and governance structure.”
    Asked about the documents, a Gavi spokesman said the body remains confident it can achieve its goals.
    “It would be irresponsible not to assess the risks inherent to such a massive and complex undertaking, and to build policies and instruments to mitigate those risks,” he added.
    The WHO did not respond to a request for comment.    In the past it has let Gavi take the lead in public comments about the COVAX programme.
    Citibank said in a statement: “As a financial advisor, we are responsible for helping Gavi plan for a range of scenarios related to the COVAX facility and supporting their efforts to mitigate potential risks.”
    COVAX’s plans rely on cheaper vaccines that have so far yet to receive approval, rather than vaccines from frontrunners Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna that use more expensive new mRNA technology.    The Pfizer vaccine has already been approved for emergency use in several countries and deployed in Britain and the United States, and the Moderna vaccine is expected to be similarly approved soon.
    COVAX has so far reached non-binding supply agreements with AstraZeneca, Novavax and Sanofi for a total of 400 million doses, with options to order several hundred million additional shots, one of the Gavi documents says.
    But the three companies have all faced delays in their trials that could push back some possible regulatory approvals to the second half of 2021 or later.
    This could also increase COVAX’s financial needs.    Its financial assumptions are based on an average cost of $5.20 per dose, one of the documents says.
    Pfizer’s vaccines costs about $18.40-$19.50 per dose, while Moderna’s costs $25-$37.    COVAX has no supply deals with either of those firms.    Nor is it prioritising investment in ultra-cold distribution chains in poor countries, necessary for the Pfizer vaccine, as it still expects to use mostly shots which require more conventional cold storage, one of the Gavi documents says.
    On Tuesday a WHO senior official said the agency was in talks with Pfizer and Moderna to include their COVID-19 vaccines as part of an early global rollout at a cost for poor countries possibly lower than current market prices.
    Other shots are being developed worldwide and COVAX wants to expand its portfolio to include vaccines from other companies.
    Rich countries, which have booked most of the currently available stocks of COVID-19 vaccines, are also planning to donate some excess doses to poor countries, although is not clear whether that would be through COVAX.
    To meet its target of vaccinating at least 20% of people in poor countries next year, COVAX says it needs $4.9 billion in addition to $2.1 billion it has already raised.
    If vaccine prices are higher than forecast, supply is delayed or the additional funds are not fully collected, the facility faces the prospect of failure, the documents say.
    So far Britain and European Union countries are the main donors to COVAX, while the United States and China have made no financial commitments.    The World Bank and other multilateral financial institutions are offering cheap loans to poor countries to help them buy and deploy vaccines through COVAX.
    The facility is issuing vaccine bonds which could raise as much as $1.5 billion next year if donors agreed to cover the costs, one of the Gavi documents says.    COVAX is also receiving funds from private donors, mainly the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
    But even under the best financial conditions, COVAX could still face failure, because of disproportionate financial risks caused by its complex deal-making process.
    COVAX signs advance purchase contracts with companies on vaccine supplies that need to be paid for by donors or receiving countries that have the means to afford them.
    But under clauses included in COVAX contracts, countries could still refuse to buy pre-ordered volumes if they prefer other vaccines, or if they manage to acquire them through other schemes, either faster or at better prices.
    The facility could also face losses if countries were not able to pay for their orders, or even if herd immunity were developed too quickly, making vaccines no longer necessary, the Citigroup report said.    It proposed a strategy to mitigate these risks including through changes in supply contracts.

12/16/2020 Senators To Hear Testimony On Election Security by OAN Newsroom
File – Sen. Josh Hawley (R- Mo.) is pictured. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
    Members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee are making last minute preparations for a hearing into election irregularities.    On Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sat down with One America News to discuss the importance of the hearing.
    “I mean, we’ve got to first figure out what went on in this last election and then we’ve got to figure out what we’re gonna do to make sure it never happens again in terms of potential fraud and just the irregularities,” stated the Missouri Republican.
    Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Ron Johnson announced the hearing last week to restore America’s confidence in our election process.    Johnson said there’s always a degree of election fraud in American elections, but it’s never enough to sway the results.
    However, the chairmen went on to note that President Trump’s campaign has brought up several issues regarding election integrity that need to be addressed promptly.
    “We can’t see states like Arizona and Georgia and Pennsylvania stopping the vote counts in the middle of the vote, and not having eyes on both ballots, not allowing poll watchers from both parties to be present throughout the counting,” Hawley stated.    “I mean, this has to change…we’ve got to make sure that these procedures are fixed, so that we can have confidence going forward in our elections.”
    Several former top officials are expected to testify, including former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Christopher Krebs.    Additionally, former Solicitor General and independent council Ken Starr is set to testify in his personal capacity.
    Lawmakers are scheduled to begin the hearing Wednesday.

12/16/2020 Fla. Gov. DeSantis Says Restaurants Should Remain Open by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media after watching the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
delivered Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
    The governor of Florida recently reaffirmed his support for small business owners and restaurant workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    On Tuesday, Ron DeSantis (R) held a press conference alongside small business owners at the Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach, Florida.     During the briefing, he called for restaurants to stay open.
    DeSantis pointed to stats showing COVID-19 is mostly transmitted through small family gatherings and not through restaurants.    He added, people should be informed about the possible risks of dining out and be given the freedom to choose whether they want to do so or not.
    “Most of the contact tracing that’s been done has restaurants as very low in terms of where these infections can be traced to,”explained the governor.    “It doesn’t mean it can’t happen here, but I think we have to understand the vast, vast majority of the infections are occurring in people’s homes.”
    DeSantis said he supports each and every restaurant worker as well as business owner facing economic hardship due to coronavirus lockdowns.

12/16/2020 Operation Warp Speed Adviser Urges President Trump To Promote COVID-19 Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine,
developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
    The chief scientist behind Operation Warp Speed has urged President Trump to promote the new COVID-19 vaccine.    During an interview on Tuesday, Dr. Moncef Slaoui said the President has been very supportive of the vaccine’s development.
    Dr. Slaoui added, he hopes the President plays an important role and recommends use of the vaccine to his supporters.
    Meanwhile, the White House said President Trump will be getting the vaccine, but it’s unknown if he will do so publicly.
    As the administration works to get more doses of a vaccine, officials are anticipating federal approval of Moderna’s option.
    “I think the data are similar to those of the Pfizer vaccine,” stated Dr. Slaoui.    “I think the comments that have just been issued are going in the same direction, so my expectation is it should be hopefully approved also on Friday — a day after the advisory committee.”
    The federal government plans to ship out nearly 6 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine across more than 3,200 sites nationwide in the first week after getting FDA approval.

12/16/2020 Report: President Trump Wants Special Counsel To Continue 2 Year Investigation Into Hunter Biden’s Taxes by OAN Newsroom
VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 14: United States vice-president Joe Biden (L) and his son Hunter Biden (R) attend a women’s ice hockey preliminary
game between United States and China at UBC Thunderbird Arena on February 14, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    President Trump is reportedly looking to have a special counsel continue the probe into Hunter Biden’s taxes.
    According to an Associated Press report on Tuesday, the President discussed the matter with top White House officials, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.
    President Trump was disappointed that outgoing U.S. Attorney General William Barr failed to publicly announce the two-year investigation into Hunter’s taxes.
    The appointment of the special counsel would be up to the discretion of incoming acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.    Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers support President Trump’s desire for a special counsel.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters it’s important Hunter’s taxes and shady business affairs with foreign governments be thoroughly investigated, especially if allegations of Joe Biden’s involvement are true.
    “His business dealings have these emails about setting up an office and giving a key to Vice President Joe Biden and his uncle,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said. “I don’t know if that’s accurate or not, but…how far integrated into the Ukrainian economy did Hunter Biden get when he was on the board of Burisma?”     Graham added somebody needs to look at Hunter’s time on the board of Burisma as well as his business dealings regarding China.
    In a statement earlier this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that as a member of the Judiciary Committee, he will continue to investigate the Biden family’s ties to Ukraine and China, despite the liberal media’s efforts to delegitimize their findings.
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 23: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) walks to a Republican caucus luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on
October 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. It has been reported that Senator Grassley and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) will interview Tony Bobulinski,
a former business associate of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, later today. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    “After Hunter Biden publicly confirmed he was under criminal investigation, liberal news outlets reported on concerns that his financial associations could create criminal financial and counterintelligence problems–something you heard from the Johnson-Grassley report several weeks ago,” Grassley stated.    “That’s what we said in September 2020 and we were roundly criticized for it.”
    While Republican leaders support the idea of taking a deeper look into the younger Biden, it’s unclear if the acting attorney general will cooperate even if President Trump decides a special counsel is appropriate.
    However, if the counsel is approved it would be protected by federal law, which would make it difficult for any presidential administration to terminate.

12/16/2020 Senate Homeland Security Committee Hears Testimony On Election Irregularities by OAN Newsroom
Trump campaign attorney James Troupis gestures as he gives an opening statement during a Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing
to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    The Senate Homeland Security Committee recently heard testimony regarding voting irregularities in the 2020 election.
    During Wednesday’s hearing, lawmakers heard from several witnesses, including former Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Christopher Krebs and Elections Commissioner Donald Palmer.
    Attorney James Troupis suggested the left urged the Supreme Court to ignore substantive issues within the election, including claims of voter fraud.    He argued that Democrats have continued to fail in rebutting irregularities while choosing to ignore them instead.
    Committee chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) also blasted ranking Democrat Gary Peters (D-Mich.) after the Michigan senator accused Johnson of amplifying disinformation.
    Johnson has made it very clear that there’s no denying fraud occurred during this election and lawmakers have a responsibility to Americans to provide clarity.    Many Republicans on the panel said changes must be made regarding election law in the future.
Trump campaign attorneys James Troupis, Jesse Binnall, and Christopher Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,
are sworn in during a Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)
    Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pointed out that a court’s decision to dismiss a case alleging voter fraud doesn’t mean fraud did not take place.
    During the hearing Wednesday, the Kentucky senator asked former Solicitor General Ken Starr if the cases were dismissed for procedural reasons.    Starr agreed and went on to say the best example of this was the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss a Texas lawsuit contesting election results in four battleground states.
    Sen. Paul said it’s important to recognize the courts are not stating that there was no fraud.

12/16/2020 Mich. Fraud Witness Debunks Dominion CEO Testimony, Says Poulos Falsely Denied Internet Connection & Ballot Dumps by OAN Newsroom
Melissa Carone, who was working for Dominion Voting Services, speaks in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee
in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020. – The president’s attorneys, led by Rudy Giuliani, have made numerous
allegations of election fraud. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
    Michigan’s top witness of election fraud debunked recent claims that Dominion CEO John Poulos made while under oath to a State Senate Committee.
    “He stated none of the machines were connected to the Internet,” election fraud witness Melissa Carone said.    “[There is a] 53-minute audio recording of the Dominion training session, in which they admit that all of their hardware is connected to the internet.”
    Melissa Carone said the Dominion CEO also lied by saying that election workers had ballots locked in steel boxes.    In reality, she said, they had access to the ballots and even ran them through machines several times.
    Additionally, Carone added Poulos falsely denied ballot dumps at Detroit’s TCF Center.    She noted there is documented evidence of the ballot dumps.
    “These pictures are crazy,” Carone said.    “They are from outside the Department of Elections on the third and the fourth and there are Penske moving trucks.    The back of them are open.”
    She noted that trucks belonging to the city of Detroit were allegedly parked behind the moving trucks to guard them.

12/16/2020 Group Of Incoming GOP Members Demand Speaker Pelosi Open Investigation Into Voting Irregularities by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 10: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly news conference
on Capitol Hill December 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    More than two dozen GOP representatives-elect are demanding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launch an investigation into the 2020 election voting irregularities.
    In a letter to the Speaker on Tuesday, the 26 incoming lawmakers said the election process has devolved into chaos.
    They cited reports of missing or unverified signatures on absentee ballots, restrictions on elections observers and missing voting machine memory cards.
    The group said their constituents are deeply concerned about the integrity of the election and are demanding the irregularities be seriously investigated.
    In urging Pelosi to put politics aside, the group said protecting the integrity of our elections is not a partisan issue.    They emphasized lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should agree that this is a paramount issue.
    This came as many GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to firmly support the president’s assertion that the election was rigged in favor of his Democrat opponent.
    Meanwhile, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and other House lawmakers still plan to try to challenge election results during a joint session of Congress on January 6.

12/16/2020 President Trump: Senate Hearing Shows Krebs Was Wrong, Senators Found Rampant Election Fraud, Which Krebs Falsely Denied by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 16: Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, testifies
during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election
process on December 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump continues to push baseless claims of voter fraud during
the presidential election, which Krebs called the most secure in American history. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)
    After the latest Senate hearing, President Trump slammed the deniers of election fraud.
    On Wednesday, the President tweeted that fired cybersecurity official Chris Krebs was wrong when he claimed there was no fraud.    President Trump said the Senate Homeland Security Committee found widespread election-machine glitches, out of state and illegal voting and the use of phony ballots took place.
    Krebs falsely claimed the 2020 election was “the most secure ever.”
    However, the latest audits show Dominion Voting Machines were pre-set to switch ballots and were remotely controlled from abroad.    Sen. Rand Paul also called out Krebs by saying his statement only covered safety from foreign election meddling and not domestic irregularities.
    “But the fraud happened, the election in many ways was stollen, and the only way it’ll be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws,” Paul stated.    “It was the most secure election based on the security of the internet and technology, but he never has voiced an opinion…on whether or not dead people voted, I don’t think he examined that.    Did he examine non-citizens voting?
    Paul added if Krebs said it was the safest election based on “no dead people voted or no people broke the absentee roles, I think that’s false.”
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 16: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) asks questions during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on December 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

12/16/2020 Congress Comes Closer To Passing Economic Stimulus Package by OAN Newsroom
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a news conference with other Senate Republicans at the US Capitol
in Washington, DC, on December 15, 2020. (Photo by Rod LAMKEY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ROD LAMKEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Lawmakers come closer to passing an economic stimulus package.
    On Tuesday, Congress met to discuss the contents of a bipartisan bill that was introduced earlier this week.    The $748 billion bill would include funding for the Paycheck Protection Program as well as a $300 weekly boost to unemployment benefits.
    “I think it is in the oven, being baked as we speak,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said (R-S.C).    “And I hope it comes out soon.”
    Meanwhile, lawmakers scrapped a $160 billion add-on, which would provide aid to local governments and business liability protection.    Instead, Congress is looking at using the money to send a second round of stimulus checks to Americans.
    Though a number has not been confirmed, Republican negotiators have proposed a $600 stimulus check, or about half the amount sent under the CARES Act earlier this year. Still, this marks a victory for both Democrats and Republicans as many lawmakers said stimulus checks must be included to get their approval.
    “I’m not going to vote for any COVID relief if it does not include direct assistance to working families,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) stated.    “I don’t care what else is in it.    It does not have my support.”
PHILADELPHIA – MAY 8: Economic stimulus checks are prepared for printing at the Philadelphia Financial Center
May 8, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One hundred and thirty million households are eligible to receive
a tax rebate check under the $168 billion economic stimulus plan. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
    Congress continued negotiations Wednesday and vowed to stay on Capitol Hill until a deal gets passed.
    “The American people need more help, it’s that simple,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stated.    “Further targeted relief is now months overdue.”
    McConnell added that vaccine distribution money is necessary, in addition to a re-up of the Paycheck Protection Program to save jobs.
    “We need to continue to provide for laid-off Americans,” McConnell noted.    “Congressional leaders on both sides are going to continue until we get this done.”
    While lawmakers continue negotiations on an economic stimulus bill, Congress is racing to pass a government spending bill for 2021 to avoid a government shutdown.
    Lawmakers have until Friday to pass spending legislation.

12/16/2020 Officials Worry That COVID-Based Prison Releases Pose Danger For Communities by OAN Newsroom
In this April 16, 2020, photo a gloved hand points to a holding cell at the hospital
ward of the Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    The American Civil Liberties Union has called for the release of thousands of at-risk inmates amid a surge in coronavirus cases throughout the nation’s prison system.    However, legislators and law enforcement are pushing back against mass inmate releases, citing the dangers many prisoners pose to society.
    One California sheriff has been fighting a mandate brought by the ACLU, which has proposed the release of more than 1,800 inmates.    This is a move Sheriff Don Barnes called” absurd.”
    “Of just those who are medically vulnerable based on CDC guidelines, that’s 700 inmates in our care,” Barnes noted.    “There are 59 of them in for murder, another 39 for attempted murder and 90 of them in for child molestation.”
    Barnes plans to appeal the order, citing 1,400 low-level inmates were already released from the prison this year.    He also pointed out that the only ones left to release are murderers and child molesters.    Many inmates have reportedly begun filing complaints through their attorneys, alleging the prison staff enforces little to no COVID-19 safety procedures within the facilities.
    Correctional institutions have served as breeding grounds for the virus since the pandemic began.    Small communal areas, poor ventilation and overcrowding all being strong contributing factors.
    In November, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) ordered the release of eligible inmates who had four or less months left on their sentence, or who were incarcerated for non-violent or non-sexual related crimes.    The order also mandated the accelerated parole of well-behaving inmates aged 60 or older, or those who have pre-existing conditions.
    Hogan’s decision was hailed as a win for civil rights activists, who had been reportedly lobbying to prioritize the release of those who were “vulnerable for medical reasons.”
    The ACLU also pointed to the outbreak, which occurred in a California prison in July, leading to a court order mandating the immediate release of half of the inmate population at the San Quentin State Prison.    The court ruling said the California Department of Corrections is in violation of the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
    “The idea of letting people out of prison is often something that people find to be really radical and its actually not,” said public defender Danica Rodarmel.    “These are human beings who are being held in ways that are unsafe and unhealthy…not only for them, but for the people that work in the prisons as well.”
    Despite the criticism of the California prison, state officials argue the Corrections Department acted accordingly and took extensive action in response to the pandemic.

12/16/2020 Ivanka, Donald Trump Jr. Slam COVID-19 Lockdowns by OAN Newsroom
Diners eat lunch outside at Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif.
A surge of COVID-19 cases led to a three-week end to outdoor dining and California’s first stay-home order
since the pandemic began to spread across the state in March. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    The Trump family has been condemning “blanket lockdowns,” in response to a heated exchange between a Southern California restaurant owner and health inspectors.    On Tuesday, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. reacted to a video that has since gone viral.
    “I followed the rules, I continue to follow the rules and you guys still — time after time — are giving me citations, telling me I have to close my business,” said restaurant owner Anton Van Happen.
    In a tweet Tuesday morning, Donald Jr. slammed politicians and the mainstream media for supporting lockdowns that are “actively destroying lives.”    He noted, “they don’t care because their paychecks aren’t on the line.”
    Shortly after, Ivanka echoed her older brother’s sentiments in her own tweet.
    In the viral video, Van Happen, the owner of the restaurant Nick the Greek in Ventura, was seen confronting health officials who had issued him a citation for violating the state’s stay-at home order.    This order forced restaurants to switch from dine-in services to take-out and delivery only.
    “What about my employees, are you going to pay my rent?” Van Happen could be heard asking.
    Van Happen helped lead the push to continue outdoor dining for restaurants in the area.    Fellow restaurant owners said they made the decision to continue outdoor dining because there’s “no science” behind the ban.    Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of California lawmakers have called on Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) to allow restaurants to reopen their doors.

12/17/2020 Oil up $0.25 to $47.84, DOW down 44 to 30,155.

12/17/2020 coronavirus pandemic - Kentucky adds 2,898 cases, 23 deaths by Ayana Archie Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 2,898 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday, with 23 additional deaths, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.
    'We are also continuing to see fewer cases week over week, with today’s number down from last Wednesday,' he said.
    There have been 230,693 total cases and 2,262 coronavirus-related deaths in the state since the pandemic began in March.    The positivity rate is 8.57%.
    There are 1,793 people in the hospital, 460 in intensive care units and 239 on ventilators due to the coronavirus.
    The first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine arrived in the state Sunday, and University of Louisville Health administered the first shot Monday.
    Beshear announced Wednesday that 11 Kentucky hospitals now have doses of the vaccine:
- University of Louisville Health
- The Medical Center at Bowling Green - Baptist Health Lexington
- Baptist Health Corbin - Baptist Healthh Louisville
- Baptist Health Madisonville
- Norton Hospital in Louisville
- Pikeville Medical Center
- St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood
- University of Kentucky Medical Center<
- Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital in Paduccah
    'This is a very exciting time,' he said in a statement.    'With these life-saving vaccines being administered right now to our frontline workers, the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight.'
    The vaccines will first be given to front-line health care workers and nursing home residents and staff, followed by all health care workers and educators.    Beshear also said Tuesday he plans to publicly get the vaccine next week to to build public confidence in getting inoculated.
    Counties that reported over 100 new cases Wednesday include Jefferson, Fayette, Madison, Daviess and Pulaski Counties. Jefferson County reported the most, with 352 cases.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 6,283 new cases and 125 deaths Wednesday.    Statewide, there have been a total of 440,850 cases and 6,781 deaths. The positivity rate is now 17.9%.
    Contact Ayana Archie at or follow on Twitter @AyanaArchie.
[23 deaths / 2,898 cases = 0.007% and most of the cases are in the cities controlled by Democrats.].

12/17/2020 Texas, Nine U.S. States Accuse Google Of Working With Facebook To Break Antitrust Law by Diane Bartz and Paresh Dave
FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices
in London, Britain January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas and nine other states sued Google on Wednesday, accusing it of working with Facebook Inc in an unlawful manner that violated antitrust law to boost its already-dominant online advertising business.
    The states asked that the Alphabet Inc-owned company, which controls a third of the global online advertising industry, compensate them for damages and sought “structural relief,” which is usually interpreted as forcing a company to divest some of its assets.
    The Texas lawsuit is the second major complaint from regulators against Google and the fourth in a series of federal and state lawsuits aimed at reining in alleged bad behavior by Big Tech platforms that have grown significantly in the past two decades.
    Google called the Texas lawsuit “meritless.”    Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Wednesday’s action raises the legal stakes for Google, which is expected to face a third antitrust lawsuit from more than 30 attorneys general on Thursday, according to a source familiar with the matter.
    Online publishers including Genius Media Group and news website The Nation alleged on Wednesday in a separate antitrust lawsuit, which seeks class action status, that they lost revenue because of Google’s dominance in online ads. They demand Google divest part of its ads business.
    In its lawsuit, Texas asks a judge to find Google guilty of breaking antitrust law and to order the violations to stop.    It accuses Google of abusing its monopoly over the digital ads market, allowing its own exchange to win ad auctions even when others bid higher and overcharging publishers for ads.
    It also accused Google of working with Facebook.    The two companies compete heavily in internet ad sales and together capture over half of the market globally.
    “As internal Google documents reveal, Google sought to kill competition and has done so through an array of exclusionary tactics, including an unlawful agreement with Facebook, its largest potential competitive threat,” the lawsuit said.
    The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Texas, also hews closely to concerns publicly raised by Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp and other media companies to regulators in the United States and Europe over the last two years.    It said Google lowered its fees to near zero to gain dominance among publishers, used deceptive tricks to broker transactions between publishers and advertisers, and extracted high fees from both parties for playing referee.
    In a video posted on Twitter, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said, “If the free market were a baseball game, Google positioned itself as the pitcher, the batter and the umpire.”
    Paxton, who faces allegations he abused the power of his office and committed bribery, also recently contested the results of Nov. 3’s U.S. presidential election in several battleground states.    The Supreme Court rejected that suit.
    A Google spokeswoman said the company will defend itself from the Texas lawsuit’s “baseless claims in court.”    She added:     “Digital ad prices have fallen over the last decade.    Ad tech fees are falling too.    Google’s ad tech fees are lower than the industry average. These are the hallmarks of a highly competitive industry.”
    Paxton, along with 10 other state attorneys general, also joined a U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against the company in October that accused the $1 trillion California-based company of illegally using its market power to hobble rivals.
    The nine states that joined Texas on Wednesday are Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, South Dakota, North Dakota, Utah and Idaho.    All have Republican prosecutors.
    Google ad sales account for over 80% of Alphabet’s revenue.    But most of the sales and the bulk of Alphabet’s profits come from Google’s high-margin operation of placing text ads above search results.
    The business targeted on Wednesday – placing ads on partner apps and websites – matters far less to Google.
    Alphabet reported quarterly digital advertising revenue of $37.1 billion in its latest financial report.    Alphabet shares ended 0.2% lower at $1,757.19 on Wednesday. Facebook shares, which briefly turned negative after details of the Texas lawsuit were published, reversed losses and ended little changed.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz and Paresh Dave in Oakland, Calif.; Writing by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Christopher Cushing)

12/17/2020 Joe Biden’s Immigration Policies Would Flood U.S. With Migrants by OAN Newsroom
With Mexico to the top, border wall construction continues along a cleared pathway,
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Guadalupe Canyon, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    The Mexican foreign minister said if Joe Biden were to win the election, this would lead to an increase in illegal cross-border immigration.
    On Tuesday, Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico does not support Biden’s open borders immigration policies, asserting they would not solve the problem and would actually encourage migrants to make the perilous journey through Mexico to the U.S. border.
    In recent weeks, a caravan of migrants have begun the journey from Honduras.    They are justifying their decision to come to the U.S. by citing pandemic economic effects combined with destruction from hurricanes, which battered South American countries last month.
    Jose Gonzalez, a coordinator with a Guatemalan Christian organization that works with migrants, said he expects the number of these caravans would multiply if Biden were to win the presidency as changes in government in the U.S. encourage migrants to test the waters of possibly shifting immigration policies.    He said he expects the current caravan to get larger as it travels through more countries.
FILE – This July 26, 2018, file photo shows people lining up to cross into the United States to begin the process
of applying for asylum near the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
    Several open border lobbying groups are urging the Democrat candidate to open the borders and allow all South American migrants into the U.S. interior. Groups like ‘United We Dream,’ a far left immigration advocacy group, are also pushing Biden to grant amnesty to all illegal aliens, allowing those within the country to stay and those who cross to remain.
    President Trump has continually affirmed his commitment to keeping America’s borders secure while putting America first.    He noted, Biden’s immigration proposal begins with a pledge to increase the annual global refugee admissions cap from 18,000 to 125,000.    This is nearly a 700 percent increase.
    This comes despite Biden admitting in his own campaign statement that some countries in South America that produce a great number of refugees, such as Honduras, are riddled with crime and narcotics trafficking.
    His immigration policy outlines a plan to combat said violence by granting amnesty for more than 11 million immigrants.    Biden’s plan would also pay countries a billion dollars a year for four years while their citizens continue to flee to America in droves.

12/17/2020 Project Veritas: Assange Contacted Clinton State Dept. Ahead Of Massive 2011 Communications Leak by OAN Newsroom
Julian Assange is pictured. (AP Photo)
    Watchdog group Project Veritas released a phone call between Julian Assange and an Obama-era State Department attorney, warning of a coming release of unredacted communications.
    James O’Keefe, the organization’s president, had teased the release Tuesday. He said the group had obtained never before heard audio recordings indicating a “fascinating look into the relationship between the U.S. government and Wikileaks.”
    Project Veritas released the recording Wednesday in which the embattled Wikileaks founder spoke with an attorney who worked with the Hillary Clinton-led State Department.
    According to Assange, a State Department database of hundreds of thousands of communications was being spread around between multiple media agencies.
    “We have intelligence that the State Department database archive of 250,000 diplomatic cables, including declassified cables, is being spread around,” said Assange.    He went on to warn that the spread had become so great that the communications were likely to be leaked in the coming days.
    The call came on Aug. 26, 2011, one day after a German magazine published an article about the trove of communications and six days before the full unredacted cables were published in what came to be known as “Cablegate.”
    According to Assange, the unredacted communications were disseminated by a former Wikileaks employee who stole the information in an attempt to rival the organization.
    “The motivation is to embarrass us and destroy our exclusivity as severely as possible, so the best way to do that is to make the information completely public,” Assange explained.    He noted that this “rogue employee” had the ability to release the cables in full with no redactions.
    Assange offered to help keep the information contained, giving the Clinton State Department time to implement warning procedures to any sources mentioned in the communications. According to reports, the State Department apparently did little to stop the spread of the communications.
    The release of this phone call comes amid a push for President Trump to issue a pardon to 48-year-old Assange.
    Assange remains imprisoned in London and faces multiple charges by the U.S.    He could face up to 175 years in prison if convicted.

12/17/2020 Trump Legal Adviser Jenna Ellis Says Election Battle Is Not Over Yet by OAN Newsroom
Jenna Ellis, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, speaks during a news conference at the
Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    President Trump’s legal adviser, Jenna Ellis, said his legal team has “every intention of continuing to fight for election integrity.”    During an interview Wednesday, she urged Americans to remain optimistic about the President’s legal battles.
    According to Ellis, state legislatures still have time to decide to replace their electors before Congress counts them on January 6.    She also slammed the mainstream media for failing to report on the evidence of voter fraud her team has uncovered.
    Ellis went on to say it’s up to the American people to hold our elected officials accountable and there are a number of legal processes to do so.
    “I would just say to the American people, take heart, this is not over yet and we absolutely have every intention of continuing to fight for election integrity,” she stated.    “We need to do this through January 6 and also beyond.”
    Although the President’s legal team is “fighting against the clock” to make sure the 2020 presidential election results are legitimate, Ellis said there’s still time to pursue every legal avenue.
    “This is something that should never ever happen again in America’s history and it’s up to us to be the leaders,” the legal adviser continued.    “And to stand with courage to move forward and always seek truth.”

12/17/2020 VP Pence, HHS Secy. Azar Celebrate President’s Pro-Life Achievements by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a Life Is Winning event in the South Court Auditorium on the
White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Trump administration recently highlighted its pro-life efforts while continuing to push for ending abortion in the U.S.
    On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence and Human Health and Services Secretary Alex Azar spoke to a group of more than 20 pro-life groups during the ‘Life is Winning‘ event in D.C.    The Vice President noted the administration has been consistent in its belief that “every person is worth protecting.”
    “I’ve long believed that a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable: the aging, the infirmed, the disabled and the unborn,” he stated.
    Pence touted the administration’s accomplishments, including the President’s appointment of more than 200 conservative judges.    This is a move that many advocates hope sparks a greater wave of anti-abortion laws.
    Additionally, Azar announced the administration would withhold $200 million in Medicaid from California for imposing universal abortion coverage mandates on health insurance in the state.
    “We have informed California that this policy clearly violates federal conscious laws, but the state refuses to fix the issue and comply,” stated the secretary.
    The move would take place in the first quarter of 2021.    Azar added, the administration plans to withhold an additional $200 million each quarter following unless the state amends its policies.
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has not yet responded to the announcement.
    Meanwhile, Pence and Azar thanked the advocacy groups for their support of President Trump while noting they played a huge role in the President’s core base.

12/17/2020 Sen. Kelly Loeffler Votes Early In Georgia Runoffs by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Kelly Loeffler speaks at a campaign rally in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
    Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler has cast her ballot early in the state’s all important Senate runoff elections.    She took to Twitter on Wednesday to make it known that she voted and to urge Georgians to also get out and vote.
    Loeffler said, “it’s the honor of a lifetime to serve Georgia in the U.S. Senate.”    She added that she will “never stop fighting” for Georgians and for the American dream.
    Loeffler is running against Democrat Raphael Warnock in one of two races, which will determine the majority in the Senate.    Fellow Republican, Sen. David Perdue, will be facing off with John Ossoff in the Jan. 5 elections.

12/17/2020 Mainstream Media Silent On Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference
at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    The mainstream media has faced backlash for not reporting on sexual misconduct claims against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) despite their amplification of concerns against conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
    In an interview Wednesday, media critic Jeffrey McCall criticized major media outlets over their apparent silence on sexual misconduct allegations against the Democrat governor despite “endless coverage” of similar claims made against Justice Kavanaugh.
    “You are living through one of the most controversial and unpopular Supreme Court nominations ever in the history of this country,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow previously stated.    “But just because it’s history, doesn’t mean it can’t rhyme with some of the most traumatic political and cultural events we have already lived through.”
    Furthermore, McCall suggested mainstream media has neglected to inform the public of controversy surrounding Cuomo because it could harm the radical, pro-socialist left’s growing political power.
    Cuomo has been accused of sexual misconduct toward a former aid who described working with him as a “constant abuse of power and sexual harassment.”
    This came after MSNBC extensively covered Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Justice Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process was delayed as a result.
    Additionally, the attitude shown by mainstream media toward Kavanaugh was much different from their treatment of Cuomo, who McCall described as “the media’s darling.”
    “As capable as he was, but without the atrocious black cloud, which will now follow him into one of the highest institutions in the land,” Maddow previously stated in regards to Kavanaugh.    “One that actually will divide this country for years and years to come.”
    Even after a full investigation did not find evidence to back up Ford’s claims, media outlets such as CNN continued to call for the justice’s removal.
    “I was disgusted by it, I think every single American should be disgusted by it,” CNN political commentator Maria Cardona previously stated.    “I have to tell you, I’ve interviewed hundreds of victims of sexual assault.    I know how hard it is for them to come forward. That woman was 100 percent, 150 percent credible.”
    McCall described the mainstream media as “hypocritical” and claimed major news sources are “not willing to let Cuomo’s prominence be disrupted.”
    Through intense coverage and harsh rhetoric against Kavanaugh, mainstream media appeared to set a standard of intolerance for claims of sexual misconduct.    Now that claims are being made about a Democrat, however, that standard appears to have been forgotten.

12/17/2020 Joe Biden Is Not President Elect by OAN Newsroom
    You won’t hear it said anywhere else, but until the joint session of Congress and the Senate meet on January 6 — Joe Biden is not the president elect.
    One America’s Pearson Sharp has more on how President Trump could still be declared the winner of the 2020 election.

12/17/2020 From Bows To Handshakes, How Macron Let Social Distancing Slip by Michel Rose
French President Emmanuel Macron, tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen on a screen as he attends by video conference a round table
for the National Humanitarian Conference (NHC) at the Foreign Ministry in Paris, France, December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Pool
    PARIS (Reuters) – Once an early adopter of the coronavirus-proof ‘namaste’ greeting, French President Emmanuel Macron was showing signs of letting his guard down almost a year into the pandemic.
    On Monday, three days before his office said he had tested positive for COVID-19, Macron greeted OECD chief Angel Gurria with a warm hand clasp in the Elysee palace courtyard, pulling the 70-year-old into a loose embrace, a Reuters picture shows.
    They were wearing masks, but Macron broke his government’s no.1 pandemic rule: stick to what the French call “barrier gestures” and avoid handshakes, hugs and kisses.
    “You know them, they save lives: barrier gestures are not an option!” Macron said in a tweet on July 12.    His office did not return a request for comment about his welcome for Gurria.
    Macron was always very tactile before the pandemic, sharing hugs with leaders like U.S. President Donald Trump and kissing and patting members of the public on the back.
    In the past couple of weeks, the French leader fist-bumped EU counterparts at a summit in Brussels and greeted EU chief Charles Michel and Spanish leader Pedro Sanchez at the Elysee with pats on the back and elbows, TV footage shows.
    Now Sanchez, Michel and Gurria are self-isolating.
    Macron also hosted a lunch at the Elysee on Tuesday with about 20 parliamentary leaders and dined with a dozen lawmakers on Wednesday, parliamentary sources said, despite his government recommending no more than six guests at the table during end-of-year holidays.
    That contrasted with his careful following of social-distancing guidelines earlier in the pandemic.
    In March, days before he put the nation on lockdown, he replaced the traditional handshake with the Indian-style namaste when he greeted Spain’s king and queen in Paris, pressing his palms together and bowing slightly.
    He repeated the namaste greeting with Britain’s Prince Charles on June 18 and maintained social distance outside 10 Downing Street with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
    But on Oct. 28, when he announced a second lockdown, he included himself among those who had let social distancing slip.
    “We should all have respected barrier gestures more, especially with family and friends,” he said on TV.    “Is now the time for regrets?
(Reporting by Michel Rose; additional reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by Giles Elgood)

12/17/2020 Macron Tests Positive For COVID-19, European Leaders Rush For Tests by Elizabeth Pineau and Michel Rose
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Secretary General Angel Gurria at the Elysee Palace as part of events marking the 60th anniversary of the
signing of the OECD convention in Paris, France, December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
    PARIS (Reuters) -President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, prompting a track-and-trace effort across Europe following numerous meetings between the French leader and EU heads of government in recent days.
    Macron, 42, was running France remotely after going into quarantine in the Elysee Palace, the presidency said.
    An Elysee official described Macron as tired and having a cough, and said that it was not excluded that he be moved to a presidential retreat close to the Palace of Versailles to rest.
    In the early evening , Macron spoke to a conference on French foreign aid policy via video link.    Dressed in a roll-neck sweater and suit jacket, the president sat behind a desk and wore a facemask.
    His wife Brigitte tested negative but was also self-isolating.
    “This diagnosis was made following a PCR test performed at the onset of the first symptoms,” Macron’s office said, declining to give further details of his condition or the symptoms he had.
    Macron will cancel all upcoming trips including a Dec. 22 visit to Lebanon where he has led international efforts to resolve a deep-rooted political crisis.
    Closer to home, Macron’s COVID-19 infection spurred other leaders to take their own tests.
    Macron joined all but two of the European Union’s 27 leaders at a summit in Brussels late last week to discuss climate change, the EU budget and Turkey.
    The Elysee official said it was almost certain Macron was infected at the summit given the timing of his symptoms.
    Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Giuseppe Conte and others were seen initially mingling in the summit room with their face masks on. German officials said Merkel wore a mask at the summit and complied with COVID rules.
    The German government said Merkel tested negative for the coronavirus after the EU summit.
    More recently, Macron had lunch with European Council President Charles Michel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and OECD chief Angel Gurria, who is 70, on Monday.    He also held talks with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Wednesday.
    Sanchez tested negative for COVID-19 but has suspended all public activities and will quarantine until Dec. 24, his office said.    Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, who took a test out of precaution, also received a negative result.
    Costa was in self-isolation and awaiting the results of a test, though displaying no symptoms, his office said.
    Early in the pandemic, Macron was swift to adopt the ‘namaste’ greeting (pressing palms together and bowing slightly).    But more recently he reverted to more tactile greetings that jarred with social-distancing rules.
    Macron’s illness comes as negotiations between Britain and the EU over a post-Brexit deal near their crunch point, with France saying it would rather veto a bad deal than sacrifice its fishermen.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent Macron his best wishes.    “Sorry to hear my friend @EmmanuelMacron has tested positive for coronavirus.    We are all wishing you a speedy recovery,” Johnson said on Twitter.
    Johnson himself caught COVID-19 in March and fell gravely ill.    He tried to work through the illness but ended up in intensive care.
    Macron lives a healthy, active lifestyle, his aides say.    He exercises regularly and does not smoke.
    France has one of the highest COVID-19 death counts in Western Europe. The disease has killed nearly 60,000 people and Macron’s positive test comes just after France replaced a nationwide lockdown with an overnight curfew, even as new cases show signs of ticking higher once again.
    Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Macron detected the first symptoms late on Wednesday, hours after chairing a cabinet meeting.
    Prime Minister Jean Castex will also self-isolate after coming into contact with Macron over the last few days, although he has tested negative, his office said.
    Political party chiefs from France’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, were also in isolation as they had a lunch with Macron earlier this week.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Writing by John Irish and Richard Lough; Editing by Alexandra Hudson, Mike Collett-White and Mark Heinrich)

12/17/2020 2 Minneapolis City Council Members Flip-Flop On ‘Defund The Police’ Movement Amid $8M Budget Cut by OAN Newsroom
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 04: Police escort protesters off highway I-94 on
November 4, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    Two Minneapolis City Council members have flip-flopped on their stance to ‘defund the police.’
    Earlier this year, city council members Phillipe Cunningham and Steve Fletcher joined seven of their colleagues at a rally, which pledged to dismantle and defund the city’s police department.
    “All that money has been going into the police department and what have we gotten in return?” Cunningham questioned at the rally.    “Pain, trauma and hurt.”
    “The vision for defunding means we intend to end the Minneapolis Police Department as we know it,” Fletcher said in a June interview.
    Months later, the two council members deny the movement was ever about “defunding the police.”
    “So, I think it’s worth saying,” Steve Fletcher claimed.    “That ‘defund’ is not the framework that the council has ever chosen.”
    “I think it’s important to name,” Cunningham added.    “That ‘dismantle’ does not mean ‘dismantle into nothing.'
    These comments came after the council voted on the city’s 2021 budget.    They voted to slash $8 million from the Minneapolis Police Department.
    “We weren’t trying to maximize how much money came out of the department, that wasn’t the goal,” Fletcher stated in an interview.    “If we’re going to look at how to fund other programs, it would be very hard to do that without taking that money from the Minneapolis Police Department.”
    While the city’s mayor has advocated for police reform, he disagrees with the $8 million cut.
    “If the goal of the budget cut is to simply dramatically reduce the number of police officers in the department,” Mayor Jacob Frey said.    “I cannot sign on to that.”
    The Minneapolis Chief of Police also opposed the drastic cut.
    “I am deeply concerned with any further reductions to the MPD budget that impacts our current or future staffing that is not based on clearly defined data,” Chief Medaria Arradonda said.    “Or has not been properly communicated to our city’s residents and business owners.”
    Meanwhile, violent crimes are on the rise in the city of Minneapolis.    According to data, more than 5,200 violent crimes have been reported this year, which is 1,000 more than the amount in 2019.
    Furthermore, 78 people have been murdered in 2020 compared to 45 in 2019.
    In the meantime, Fletcher and Cunningham said the funds taken away from the police department will go toward implementing different programs.    The new programs will include non-police staff and mental health crisis teams responding to non-threatening calls.

12/17/2020 Motion Filed To Depose Gov. Newsom Over Calif. Protest Bans At Capitol by OAN Newsroom
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 16: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a a news conference. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    The complaints continue to pile up for California Governor Gavin Newsom.
    Not only is Newsom combating a massive recall effort across the state, but some are calling on him to testify about the ban on protests he made at the Capitol last spring.
    A motion requesting a deposition was filed by plaintiffs Ron Givens and Christine Bish.    Both are involved in a lawsuit that began in April when California Highway Patrol refused to issue permits for demonstrators at the Sacramento Capitol.
    CHP claimed the decision was made in the interest of public safety amid the pandemic.    As it’s a civil case, attorneys for the state argued that     Newsom, the former highway patrol commissioner, and the public health director cannot be deposed because all witnesses currently or previously held public office.
    The defendants hope to completely abolish the lawsuit as the ban on capitol protests was rescinded back in June.
    However, with cases currently on the rise, the California governor has once again issued stay-at-home orders and crippling restrictions for small businesses.
    “This is the busiest time of the year for restaurants, but generally speaking, I would say a lot of people would normally be getting together or having holiday parties,” John Thiel, the chef and owner of Pappo restaurant, stated.    “So we’ve lost all of our private party business and we’ve lost all catering business.”
    In the meantime, many local county law enforcement officers stated they will not enforce the latest round of Newsom’s restrictions.

12/17/2020 Sen.-Elect Tommy Tuberville To Object Electoral Votes On Jan. 6 by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 09: Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) meets with the media on
November 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
    Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) may be joining Republican efforts to challenge the electoral college vote count on January 6.
    According to reports on Thursday, Tuberville is likely to join Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) in this effort to push against votes for Joe Biden.    When both chambers of Congress meet, Brooks indicated he plans to reject the electoral college vote submissions from states with flawed election systems.
    Brooks also noted it is within Congress’ lawful authority to “accept or reject electoral college submissions from states” that are “not worthy” of their trust.
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) speaks during the DC March for Jobs in Upper Senate Park. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Although he already has support from within the House, Brooks would need just one senator to officially force both chambers to take a vote on the election.
    Rumors have circulated that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may join in on these efforts as well, although neither has confirmed these plans.
    “We have no choice, but to win this election,” Tuberville stated while in Georgia.    Don’t give up on him [President Trump].”
    If Tuberville does in fact join Brooks in his efforts, he would be in direct opposition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.    On Tuesday during a private caucus, McConnell warned Republicans not to fight the election results.
    In addition, the Senate Majority Leader publicly doubled down on his sentiment at a press briefing.     “For me,” McConnell stated.    “And I think on the basis of the way the system works, the decision by the electoral college was determinant.”
    Despite this intimidation from the top, Tuberville’s campaign manager asserted he is the right senator to support Brooks.
[Mitch I voted for you in Kentucky and unsure of your opposing to fight the election results as we all know that 6 swing states corrupted the voting system and need to be reset and any Republican that feels in his heart that they should oppose it needs to push others to do it and I do not care if it takes to the middle of 2021 to get this straightened out since the corruption had 8 months of pandemic to come up with this then we should have 8 months to investigate and go through the court systems plus before its over we will find that Joe Biden is implicit in crimes as for sure his son Hunter will be and that would bring an impeachment to you know who.].

12/17/2020 President Trump: Thousands Of Non-Citizens Reportedly Cast Ballots In Nev. Election by OAN Newsroom
Attorney Jesse Binnall, an attorney for the Trump campaign, arrives for a hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process
on December 16, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump recently said non-citizens voted in the state of Nevada.
    On Thursday, the President took to Twitter to note that non-citizens are ineligible to vote, yet recent data showed thousands of them actually had their vote counted in this election cycle.
    This news came just a day after the Senate committee heard testimony from Trump campaign lawyer Jesse Binnall.    According to data from the DMV, 4,000 non-citizens who had Nevada driver’s licenses were registered to vote and had their ballots accepted in the presidential election.
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 16: Trump campaign attorneys James R. Troupis (L), and Jesse Binnall (C), and former
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs (R) are sworn in prior to testifying before a
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing to examine claims of voter irregularities in the 2020 election in the
Dirksen Senate Office Building on December 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
    “Incredibly, almost 4,000 non-citizens also voted, as determined by comparing official DMV records of non-citizens to the list of voters in the 2020 election,” Binnall stated.    “The list goes on.    All in all, our experts identified over 130,000 unique instances of voter fraud in Nevada.”
    The DMV automatically registers all individuals who apply for a driver’s license to vote, which can accidentally include non-citizens who are legally allowed to attain licenses in Nevada.

12/17/2020 Police Officer, Suspect Dead After Shootout In N.C. by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
    A North Carolina police officer was recently killed while confronting a carjacker.    On Wednesday, the Concord Police Department confirmed the loss after two officers confronted a suspect outside of a Sonic Drive-In.
    According to reports, Concord PD initially received a call about a car crash, which led to a pursuit of the suspect driving a stolen car.
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    While one officer is expected to recover, Officer Jason Shuping and the suspect were both killed in the exchange.
    Investigators said the loss has wounded the community and is a steady reminder of the daily sacrifice made by law enforcement.
    “This tragic and senseless loss of a member of our CPD family is devastating,” CPD Chief Gary Gacek stated.    “Not only to the officer’s family and loved ones, but to every law enforcement officer in the city, county, state, and country.”
    Memorials for the fallen officer were quickly sent in as the public expressed their condolences to Officer Shuping’s friends and family.

12/17/2020 Tensions Easing Around Portland’s Red House by OAN Newsroom
Masked protesters by an occupied home speak with a neighborhood resident opposed
to their encampment and demonstration in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
    Protesters in Portland have begun standing down after a days-long siege in the now infamous “Red House.”    On Wednesday, those occupying the property removed the road blocks they had erected along North Mississippi Avenue to begin letting traffic flow back through the suburb.
    Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) said this development is good news, but some local government officials are skeptical about the negotiations.    One of the skeptics is state Sen. Lew Frederick (D).
    “They could care less about the family or what’s going on with the home,” said the lawmaker.    “This was a way for them to sort of act out.”
    Frederick explained that while the initial movement may have been grounded in concern for the occupants of the house, the current protest has gotten out of hand and has been ongoing since September.
    The property manager and current legal owner, Roman Oza Ruga said he’s willing to work with the protesters to avoid any further confrontation.    Ruga purchased the home after it had been foreclosed upon in 2018.
    Meanwhile, frustrated neighbors of the “Red House” have spoken out, noting “there’s no willingness from anyone in an elected capacity to do anything about this.”
    According to local reports, many people have reached out to provide a comment, but all were afraid to speak publicly for fear of retribution.

12/17/2020 Congress Likely To Work On COVID Relief Through The Weekend by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 25: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivers remarks during the Weekly Senate Policy
Luncheon Press Conference on June 25, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
    Lawmakers are gearing up to potentially work on stimulus negotiations through the weekend.
    Earlier Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the upper chamber will remain on Capitol Hill until a deal is reached.
    McConnell also noted that at the urging of President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senate is backing direct checks to Americans with bonuses for families with children.
    According to reports, the Senate will also repurpose $400 billion in unused CARES Act funding for the struggling economy.
    Additionally, McConnell called out lawmakers who have treated the stimulus as a partisan ploy.
    As the 11th hour closes in on Capitol Hill, both Republicans and Democrats are hopeful a stimulus agreement will be made in the coming days.
    In an interview on Thursday, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) discussed what they expect will be included in the $900 billion relief package.
    Portman said he is skeptical about the full bill passing by the deadline, but noted a short-term solution could be made by Friday to resolve the continuing resolution.
    He added lawmakers should reach an agreement this weekend.
    “It’s been nine months since we passed the CARES package,” Portman stated.    “People are hurting and…this is an emergency package to get us through the next few months, through the March-April timeframe, until we turn the corner on this crisis.”
    Meanwhile, Manchin said the current emergency relief bill contains aspects both sides are happy with.
    Representatives from the lower chamber, Tom Reed (R-Ohio) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), also discussed the remaining discrepancies in the impending package.
    Gottheimer mentioned Capitol Hill is “practically completely in agreement” and lawmakers are inches away from sealing the deal.    He added Congress must help struggling Americans, but Reed pointed out his Democrat colleagues do not agree with giving businesses liability protections.
    “We’ve heard from universities, health workers, and small businesses that if we don’t take care of liability,” Reed said.    “We’re going to be right back into this problem of ‘We tried to do everything we could in good faith, and now we’re getting lawsuits already filed against us for things we had no control over.'
    Reed also argued lawmakers have to take extra steps to protect the country because COVID-19 is a novel virus.
    Both representatives are determined to prevent a government shutdown and get a stimulus bill passed by the end of the day Friday.

12/17/2020 Coroner In Colo. Slams COVID-19 Death Data, Says It’s Inflated by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
    As the number of coronavirus deaths continues to grow, one coroner said many of the deaths listed are actually not from COVID-19 at all.
    Brenda Bock, a coroner in Grand County, Colorado, said her jurisdiction lists five coronavirus deaths.    However, as Bock tells One America News, what the data does not reveal is that two of the victims actually died of gunshot wounds.
    “They were actually gunshot wounds,” Bock stated of the deaths.    “The people had tested earlier in the month for COVID and because they did have COVID, our state health department is listing them as coronavirus deaths.”
    She added it is absurd these cases are listed as such.    Bock also noted inflating the data will only hurt communities by driving away visitors and instilling fear in residents.
    “When you start jacking up the numbers for death rates,” Bock said.    “They’re going to start closing counties down.”
    Bock mentioned this isn’t just a statewide issue.
    “I think this is something that’s happened nationwide,” the Grand County coroner stated.    “I have heard back from coroners in other counties that they’re doing the same thing, even with motor vehicle accidents.”
    She noted if patients had been tested for coronavirus within 30 days of their death, the county lists them as COVID-19 deaths.
    Misreporting a person’s cause of death can bring up challenges for the victim’s family.    As Bock explained, it can change the amount their life insurance provider is obligated to pay to the victim’s spouse and/or children.
    “If you die of a motor vehicle accident, that’s considered an accident, but a COVID death is considered a natural death,” Bock said.    “If you have a life insurance policy that pays double for an accident…but when it is classified as a COVID death…now you have attorneys and insurance companies disputing the deaths.”
    In the meantime, states across the country are reimposing lockdown orders by citing a rising number of coronavirus cases.    Bock urges others in her position to step forward and speak up in hopes of bringing awareness to this issue.
TOPSHOT – Protestors demonstrate against new safer-at-home orders during the End the Lockdown Now rally at the Colorado
Capital in Denver, Colorado on April 26, 2020. (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/Agence France-Presse/AFP via Getty Images)
    “I think more coroners just need to step up to the plate,” Bock mentioned.    “And talk about this.”

12/18/2020 Oil up $0.47 to $48.31, DOW up 148 to 30,155.

12/18/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - State suffers worst day for virus deaths - 54 people in Kentucky die Thursday, Beshear says by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    The coronavirus pandemic that already has killed more than 2,300 Kentuckians exacted its deadliest toll yet Thursday — with 54 people dying in a single day from the virus.
    The death toll obliterated the previous daily record, when 37 people died of COVID-19 on Dec. 2.
    The news comes the same day the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Gov. Andy Beshear, refusing to step in after he halted in-person classes at K-12 schools — public and private — through the end of the year in an attempt to stem the virus’s unrelenting spread across Kentucky.
    The Supreme Court declined to take up the case, meaning a federal appeals court ruling upholding Beshear’s order will stand.     The decision was a blow to private religious schools that sued to overturn Beshear’s decision and Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who has consistently sought to overturn the governor’s emergency orders.
    Beshear has argued his rules limiting in-person classes and businesses are necessary to keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
    “The things we put into place have worked,” he said.
    They will have to.
    The commonwealth has lost at least 2,316 people since March from the coronavirus, with 234,021 verified cases of infection.
    On Thursday alone, 3,349 new cases were reported, and while the positivity rate on testing is dropping steadily to 8.45%, hospitals have no shortage of patients.
    Although Kentucky has seen 33,666 recoveries, 254 people are on ventilators across the commonwealth, 1,817 are hospitalized and 431 are in intensive care units.
    The problem is even worse in Indiana, which reported 6,458 new cases of the coronavirus and 79 more deaths, raising the state’s totals to 447,190 cases and 6,860 deaths.
    Southern Indiana counties Floyd and Clark have positivity rates of 10.7 and 13.5%, respectively.
    There was good news Thursday.
    Beshear announced all 11 hospitals in Kentucky that were set to receive the first batches of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have confirmed receipts and have begun vaccinating front-line health care workers.
    A second shipment of 27,300 doses is expected next week.
    Kentucky launched a campaign Thursday that Beshear said will try to educate people about the “safety and efficacy” of getting vaccinated against COVID- 19, the rollout process and will engage with communities to encourage people to take it.
    The state’s COVID-19 hotline, 800-722-5725, will begin providing answers to general questions about the vaccine.
    “Our goal for the campaign is to remind Kentuckians that no one likes the idea of getting a shot, but shots are just a small fact of life,” Beshear said.    “This little shot does more than keep you from getting sick.    It gets folks back to work.    It gets your kids back to school.    It gets our economy up and running again.”
    Still, it will be a while before everyone has access to the vaccine and Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, urged patience.
    “Everybody will have her or his turn.    It’s just a matter of when we get to sufficient quantities, and we get the whole system up and operating,” Stack said.    “Flexibility is absolutely essential now. … It feels right now like all of this planning is written on an Etch A Sketch and somebody is shaking the sketch a few times a day.”
    During Beshear’s briefing, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee gave a green light to the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine, the country’s second COVID-19 vaccine.
Holiday guidance
    Kentuckians should limit holiday gatherings to a maximum of eight people from two households, according to Stack.
    Ideally, he added, gatherings should only include one’s immediate household.
    “But if you get together with people with whom you do not live, you should assume someone in that group is infected,” Stack said.    “And if you eat and drink and take your masks off, you should assume you are at high risk for getting infected.”
    Reach news reporter Sarah Ladd at    Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah.
    The new deaths are:
Two men, ages 67 and 72, from Bullitt
94-year-old woman from Calloway
83-year-old woman from Carroll
47-year-old man from Casey
81-year-old woman and 69-year-old man from Christian
97-year-old woman and 82-year-old man from Clinton
76-year-old man from Daviess
92-year-old woman from Fayette
88-year-old woman from Graves
Two women, ages 63 and 68, from Grayson
85-year-old woman from Hardin
94-year-old man from Henderson
Two men, ages 64 and 98, and a woman, 85, from Hopkins
82-year-old woman, 97-year-old woman, 47-year-old man and 87-year-old man from Jefferson
85-year-old woman and 55-year-old man from Jessamine
77-year-old man from Johnson
66-year-old man from Kenton
Two women, ages 75 and 79, from Knott
75-year-old man from LaRue
88-year-old woman from Logan
88-year-old woman from McLean
Four women, ages 76, 85, 90 and 99, and two men, ages 77 and 89, from Madison
Two men, ages 83 and 87, from Mason
76-year-old man from Monroe
81-year-old woman and 77-year-old man from Muhlenberg
61-year-old woman and 52-year-old man from Nelson
Three men, ages 75, 86 and 95, from Oldham
Two men, ages 70 and 87, from Robertson
63-year-old man from Russell
92-year-old woman from Spencer
73-year-old woman from Union
58-year-old woman from Washington
[54 deaths / 3.349 cases = 0.02% for some reason the mortality rate doubled in one day while the positivity cases is going down and I am suspect of what are these people dying of since we are not getting a total of how many people died of what as you can see in the article above and before this amusing increase and noticed that there was no obitiary list in the paper today.].

12/18/2020 New Leaked Emails Of Hunter Biden Show Joint Venture Deal With Chinese Billionaire by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, President-elect Joe Biden, right, embraces his son Hunter Biden, left, in Wilmington, Del.
Biden’s son Hunter says he has learned from federal prosecutors that his tax affairs are under investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    Recently obtained emails from a business partner of Hunter Biden show an attempted plan to get millions of dollars from the former chairman of a Chinese energy company.
    Hunter’s former associate, Tony Bobulinski, revealed a 2017 email showing Hunter asking Chinese billionaire Ye Jianming for $10 million to “properly fund and operate” a joint business venture between Jianming and the Biden family.
    Back in 2017, Jianming was the chairman of China Energy Company and the China Energy Fund Committee, and was working to secure a deal worth $9 billion with a Russian oil company.
    A year later, prosecutors in the U.S. were investigating Jianming for committing “economic crimes,” including bribery. He was in custody in China, but has since disappeared with the President’s personal attorney, Rudy Guiliani, claiming there’s only one real possibility for where he is. “At the bottom of the river.”
    Hunter’s partners also said the former vice president was scheduling meetings with Chinese business interests.    Biden’s dealings in China are currently under investigation by the federal government.
    In light of the investigation, lawmakers are calling for increased scrutiny of the threat of pervasive Chinese influence in American society and politics.
    In an interview Thursday, congressman Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) said China is a far more serious threat than the Soviet Union back in the day.    He added, China built its economy by stealing U.S. technology and by co-opting Democrat officials.
    Waltz stressed Democrat Party officials must stop selling out our country to China and its corrupt Communist Party bureaucrats.

12/18/2020 White House Adviser Navarro Discusses Blatant Voter Fraud In 2020 Election by OAN Newsroom
FILE – White House trade adviser Peter Navarro gestures while speaking to a reporter at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    “Theft by a thousand cuts,” that’s how a top White House adviser described fraud in the 2020 election.
    In a press conference Thursday, Peter Navarro presented a report that detailed how the election was rigged against President Trump in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
    The report pointed to at least 1 million potentially fraudulent ballots for candidate Joe Biden.    Experts found the President’s lead in those states was “erased” overnight due to an inflow of mail-in ballots of unknown origin.
    “That seemed to be insurmountable leads in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin,” Navarro noted.    “Georgia was over 350,000 votes, Pennsylvania over half a million, Michigan almost 300,000 and Wisconsin over 100,000.”    He continued stating, “and what you saw beginning kind of in the dead of night, these votes counts that started to come in over time turned the Trump red tide into Biden blue.”
    Furthermore, electronic manipulation of votes took place in three states, shifting tens-of-thousands of real Trump votes to Biden.    In the meantime, different states used combinations of corruption to solicit more votes for Biden.
    Additionally, the report cited hard evidence for crimes and corrupt acts such as ballot mishandling, voting machine irregularities, equal protection clause violations and outright voter fraud that specifically occurred in states in which Democrats knew they needed to win.
    “You had some cases where the turnout was over 100%,” said Navarro.    “You’ve got evidence of votes switching, you’ve got a case where statistically improbable vote totals based on party registration.”
    Many mass voter fraud preventative measures were apparently skipped, such as signature match-check abuse, unauthorized ballot handling and lack of voter ID checks.
    “Ballots that came in without outer envelopes, so there’s no way you can do the signature match yet a lot of these were entered into the tabulation,” said the White House adviser.    “Pennsylvania kind of jumps out at you at that, ballots accepted without postmarks.”
    In a public address, Navarro criticized mainstream media journalists for blatant rejection of voter fraud evidence despite heavy coverage of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election following President Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton.
    “There’s a tremendous attempt right now to suppress anybody or anything that calls these results into question, and I think that’s a very dangerous thing,” he stated.
    The expert warned that by next month, if corruption in the 2020 election is not properly addressed, U.S. election integrity will be undermined for future generations.
    His remarks came after President Trump spoke about election integrity in a recent public address and suggested in the future, votes for U.S. elections should be cast on traditional paper ballots in-person as this could prevent reoccurrence of mass mail-in ballot fraud as well as electronic glitches from foreign-owned Dominion software.
    “The Democrat Party’s relentless push to print and mail out tens-of-millions of ballots sent to unknown recipients with virtually no safeguards of any kind, this allowed fraud and abuse to occur,” stated the President.
    The expert’s voter fraud report, “The Immaculate Deception,” added to a growing stack of data, which suggests the 2020 election has been stolen.    Despite this, the mainstream media has been eerily silent in stark contrast to magnification of Russian collusion concerns.

12/18/2020 Sackler Family Members Testify Before House Oversight Committee by OAN Newsroom
This photo shows Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    Members of the House Oversight Committee expressed their outrage as a four-hour hearing on the opioid epidemic yielded little new information.
    On Thursday, Purdue Pharma owner David Sackler and his cousin, Dr. Kathe Sackler, appeared before the committee to publicly address their involvement in the crisis for the first time.    In their initial statements, both David and Kathe expressed sympathy for the plight of the millions of families affected.
    “I want to express my family’s deep sadness about the opioid crisis,” stated the owner.    Oxycontin is a medicine that Purdue intended to help people, and it has helped and continues to help millions of Americans.”
    While Purdue has already pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the epidemic and both witnesses recognized the company was partial at fault for the crisis, neither David nor Kathe accepted personal responsibility.
    David, who sat on the Board of Directors from 2012 to 2018, defended his family.    “Let me conclude by saying this,” he said, “what you’ve heard from the press about the Sacklers is almost certainly wrong and highly distorted.”
    Kathe, a former vice president of Purdue and a board member from 1990 to 2018, acknowledged that she was personally involved with working on the medical development of the drugs.    She said that she didn’t know there was an issue with Oxycontin, stating “when I served, I followed my conscience.”
    Their refusal to personally apologize drew outrage from members of the committee.
    In the 25 years since the FDA granted approval for Oxycontin, the painkiller has brought in approximately $35 billion for Purdue.    In that same span of time, more than a half a million people have died due to opioid overdose.

12/18/2020 Microsoft, U.S. Energy Dept. Implicated In SolarWinds Hack by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, file photo shows the United States Chamber of Commerce building in Washington. Elite cyber spies have spent monthsz
secretly exploiting SolarWinds software to peer into computer networks, putting many of the company’s highest-profile customers in national governments,
including the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments, and Fortune 500 companies on high alert. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    Government agencies are on high alert as officials report more victims in a massive hacking operation that may have ties to the Russian government.    Security experts are calling it the biggest hack in a decade.
    New reports have revealed more U.S. companies and government entities were implicated in a widespread data breach that appeared to target American software firm SolarWinds.
    Microsoft, the U.S. Energy Department and the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversee the nation’s nuclear weapon stockpile, were all reportedly targeted in the breach.    Around 18,000 companies that use SolarWinds products were also affected.
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEneny said government agencies were made aware of the issue earlier in the week, but that evidence suggests the operation has gone on since March. She warned all federal civilian agencies that they may have been affected.
    “CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency) has issued an emergency directive on Sunday night for all federal civilian agencies to review their networks for indicators of compromise and disconnect or to power down SolarWinds Orion products immediately,” she announced.    “So, we are taking a hard look on this and obviously take any sort of cyber-attacks very seriously.”
    A Thursday bulletin posted by the Department of Homeland Security revealed hackers were able access and manipulate sensitive government data by exploiting updates to software created by SolarWinds.
    A spokeswoman from the Energy Department said, so far, the breach doesn’t appear to present any imminent threats to national security.
    According to CISA, the cybersecurity wing of the NSA, hackers are currently known to have at least monitored emails from the Treasury, State, Commerce and Homeland Security Departments as well as parts of the Defense Department.
    In a Wednesday op-ed, former Homeland Security adviser Thomas Bossert said evidence suggests the Russia Foreign Intelligence Service is likely behind the effort.
    President Trump reportedly received a briefing on the hack Thursday.
    Meanwhile, the House Homeland Security and House Oversight Committees have launched an investigation and the FBI has scheduled a classified briefing with members of Congress on Friday to discuss what they know about the breach so far.

12/18/2020 VP Mike Pence, Second Lady Receive COVID-19 Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House
complex, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Washington. Karen Pence, and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams also participated. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Vice President Mike Pence was publicly vaccinated for coronavirus in an effort to instill confidence in the vaccine’s safety for the American people.
    Pence received the first of two doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Friday alongside Second Lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield also attended the televised>     After the injection was administered, Pence reportedly told the doctors, “I didn’t feel a thing.”    The Vice President encouraged Americans to follow in his footsteps and receive the treatment.
    Pence stated, “hope is on its way.”    He also urged every American to do their part, putting their friends and family first by following safety guidelines.
    “Karen and I wanted to step forward and take this vaccine to assure the American people that while we cut red tape, we cut no corners,” said the Vice President. He’s now the highest-ranking U.S. official to receive the vaccine since distribution begun across the country.
    Pence noted that it was truly an inspiring day and went on to thank those who serve on the coronavirus task force, CDC, HHS and FEMA.

12/18/2020 SCOTUS Denies Ky. Christian School’s Request To Block COVID-19 Restrictions by OAN Newsroom
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear speaks to the media as the first delivery of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrives at
University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    The Supreme Court shot down a Kentucky Catholic school’s plea for a religious exemption from coronavirus lockdowns.    In a seven-to-two ruling Thursday, the nation’s high court rejected Danville Christian Academy’s request.
    The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed in November against an executive order by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D), which put a halt to in-person learning set to expire in early January.
    The K-12 school was joined in the lawsuit by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and over three dozen Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The plaintiffs argued the forced shutdown of the school amounted to an attack on religious freedom.
    “I agree that we all have a responsibility to abide by the CDC guidelines, but what he has done as it relates to religiously affiliated schools is tell them they don’t even have the chance to do that,” Cameron stated.
    The high court’s ruling states because Beshear’s lockdown order would be expiring in about a week, the school could wait until then.    It added, there’s no evidence the lockdowns will be renewed.
    Two of the court’s conservative justices, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented to the ruling.    Alito argued it shouldn’t matter how close the order is from being over while Gorsuch dissented based on the First Amendment, specifically religious liberty.
    The court said Danville Christian Academy can file another lawsuit if Beshear’s order is renewed in the new year.

12/18/2020 21 Arrested In Drug Ring Involving UNC Fraternities by OAN Newsroom
The Old Well is seen on campus at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Fraternity members at
North Carolina’s flagship school were part of a drug trafficking ring that for years funneled huge quantities of
drugs into three college campuses, federal prosecutors said Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
    Federal authorities arrested 21 people following a large drug bust throughout three North Carolina universities.    Both current and former students from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Duke University and Appalachian State University were arrested on Thursday.
    Authorities said that the defendants were accused of distributing more than $1.5 million worth of drugs to other students, often through fraternities.
    “This conspiracy moved thousands of pounds of marijuana over the course of several years,” U.S. attorney Matthew Martin explained.    He went on to add, “this is a large drug network and supply chain fueling a drug culture at fraternities and within these universities and towns.”
    According to authorities, the investigation launched back in 2018 with one of the primary suppliers pleading guilty and landing 73 months in prison.
    “We’ve uncovered this, federal charges are pending investigations ongoing.    We cannot let this culture continue,” Martin said.    “We cannot let the drugs coming in take our children.”
    In the meantime, officials at UNC and Appalachian State ensured that the universities will cooperate with authorities throughout the investigation.

12/18/2020 N.Y. To Adopt Higher Minimum Wage At End Of Year Despite Pandemic Economic Damage by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This April 3, 2019, file photo shows a tip box filled with U.S. currency in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    New York lawmakers are moving ahead with a minimum wage hike in the state despite the economic effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
    According to reports, the hike is set to take effect on December 31 and will boost wages in different parts of the state between 70 cents and $1 an hour.
    The State Department defended the action, while noting some markets are leading the state’s recovery.
    Business advocates and state Republicans, however, have called for a pause in the hike.    They cited the devastation to local businesses during the pandemic.
    “I think a better way that New York could make things work is stop this ridiculous regulation that we put on our small businesses,” said state Rep. Chris Tague (R).    “You know, if our small businesses had an easier route to success, they’d be able to afford to pay their employees more money.”
    The increase is part of a tiered schedule adopted in 2016 with the eventual goal of $15 per hour across the state.

12/18/2020 Ban On Food Aid Restrictions Blocked At WTO by Emma Farge
FILE PHOTO: A delegate arrives before a meeting at the World Trade Organization (WTO)
in Geneva, Switzerland, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – World Trade Organization members were at odds on Friday over a proposal that would ban countries from restricting food aid deliveries, potentially complicating the response to a feared COVID-fuelled humanitarian catastrophe next year.
    The proposal was one of two related to the pandemic that failed to make headway at a three-day meeting of the Geneva-based trade body, an outcome its spokesman described as “disappointing” in a difficult year for the institution.
    The 164-member WTO, currently leaderless and with no functioning appeals body for trade disputes, is facing the biggest crisis in its 25-year history.
    U.S. Ambassador Dennis Shea, in his final major address to the organisation this week, described “wide divergences among the membership” and said the WTO had underperformed.
    However, critics blame the Trump administration for its difficulties, saying Washington has hamstrung the WTO by blocking the appointment of a new director-general and opposing judge appointments to its top court.
    Close to 100 countries voiced support for the food aid proposal, originally submitted by Singapore, which envisaged a ban on export restrictions on food intended for the World Food Programme (WFP).
    The U.N. agency, which won a Nobel Peace Prize this year for its work combating global hunger, has warned that 2021 will be “catastrophic” with famines possible due partly to the fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said WTO members, who must decide by consensus, could not agree.    Some countries appeared to have concerns the proposal might impinge on their own domestic food security, he added, saying India was among them.
    WFP’s Tomson Phiri said that a ban would have been a “shot in the arm” for his organisation, describing how blockages had delayed rice deliveries to West Africa earlier this year.
    The other proposal on which WTO members could not agree was a waiver on IP rights for COVID medicines, Rockwell told reporters, confirming the outcome of a meeting last week.
    The appointment of a new WTO director-general was also raised at Friday’s meeting and there was still no consensus.
    “I think what the last three days have shown us very clearly is that we need a DG,” Rockwell said.
(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

12/18/2020 Airports Advised To Step Up Security Efforts For COVID-19 Vaccine Cargo
FILE PHOTO: A shipment of Pfizer's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines is unloaded from a United Airlines cargo-only flight from Brussels to O'Hare
International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. December 2, 2020. Picture taken December 2, 2020. United Airlines/Handout via REUTERS.
    MONTREAL (Reuters) – Airports around the world are being advised to step up security efforts to protect COVID-19 vaccine shipments amid police warnings of potential targeting from criminal networks.
    The recommendation from a global airports body comes as pharmaceutical companies and airlines are carrying out the largest logistical operation of its kind to distribute vaccines designed to combat the global pandemic.
    As part of a broader advisory bulletin on vaccine distribution recently sent to members, Airports Council International recommended affected airports liaise with local authorities and conduct risk assessments on shipments given potential threats.
    The bulletin was posted Friday on the group’s website, a spokesman said.
    “The sensitive nature of the vaccines, the high level of demand there will be for obtaining them and the initial short supply has the potential to generate some attention by persons or groups with malicious intent,” it said.
    “Consideration should be given to increased protection of these goods and/or the facilities that will house them.    In many cases, this requires coordination with local security authorities.”
    The Interpol global police co-ordination agency recently warned that organized criminal networks could be targeting COVID-19 vaccines, possibly through the infiltration or disruption of supply chains. [FWN2II0HH]
    The bulletin also advised airports to consider safety precautions given the use of large volumes of dry ice required to meet the vaccines’ ultra-cold requirements.    The transportation of dry ice is regulated as it is considered to be a “dangerous good.”
    Discussions are underway at the United Nations aviation agency to “increase the volume of dry ice that may be transported in a single aircraft, provided strict protocols are followed,” it noted.
    A vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE has begun to be administered to people in the United States and Britain and a second vaccine, from Moderna Inc, is expected to win regulatory approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within days.
(Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal; Editing by Alistair Bell)

12/18/2020 Mausoleum Of Rome’s First Emperor Restored And Ready To Reopen by Crispian Balmer
A general view of the mausoleum of Rome's emperor Augustus during a preview of the reopening
after years of restoration in Rome, Italy, December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
    ROME (Reuters) – After decades of neglect, one of ancient Rome’s most important monuments, the mausoleum of the first emperor Augustus, has been restored and will reopen early next year, city officials announced on Friday.
    The mausoleum is the largest circular tomb in the world and was constructed in 28 BC near the banks of the river Tiber to house the remains of Augustus and his heirs, including the emperors Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius.
    “This is an historic moment,” Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi told reporters, saying the site would open to tourists on March 1, with entrance free for all until April 21, the day the city marks its founding in 753 BC.
    “To reopen a monument like this is a signal of hope as we look with good faith towards the future despite the uncertainties of the pandemic.    We need to work for the future and maintain our traditions,” she said.
    Once one of the most magnificent buildings in the city, it underwent many changes after the fall of the Roman empire, at one point becoming a fortified castle, then a hanging garden and subsequently an amphitheatre for bullfighting and firework displays.
    At the start of the last century it was transformed into a huge theatre for concerts and operas before the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini ordered the dismantling of the auditorium as he sought to restore the landmarks of ancient Rome.
    The site fell into disrepair over the years, trees grew from the walls and rubbish filled the pathways.
    All that has been cleared and the structure has been made safe thanks to a 10-million-euro ($12.25 million) restoration, partly financed by phone company TIM.
    Augustus helped transform Rome into a world-class city with his infrastructure projects.    On his deathbed, he reportedly said: “Marmoream relinquo, quam latericiam accepi” (I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble).
    The original marble cladding that adorned his tomb was plundered centuries ago and a statue that once towered over the building has long vanished, but tourists will get the chance to glimpse its past glories thanks to virtual reality tours.
(Reporting by Crispian Balmer and Cristiano Corvino; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

12/18/2020 DOJ Releases Texts From Disgraced Fmr FBI Agent Strzok, Gives Inside Look At Mueller Probe by OAN Newsroom
Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok testifies on FBI and Department of Justice actions during the 2016 Presidential election
during a House Joint committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 12, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Justice Department declassified text messages from former Counterintelligence Agent Peter Strzok.    The messages give a new look at the internal workings of the Mueller Probe.
    On Thursday, Senate Republicans shared texts of conversations between Strzok and his colleagues, including former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, that discussed how to handle the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
    The release of the correspondence was part of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s investigation into the origins and workings of the hollow probe.
    The first few messages date back to July 2016. The texts reveal Strzok was still editing Hillary Clinton’s 302 report, or her FBI interview, just days before then FBI Director James Comey exonerated her of any wrongdoing.
    These documents also made several references to the former British spy, Christopher Steele.    An early message suggested Strzok knew Steele was a source for an article about Carter Page’s 2016 visit to Moscow.
    The texts also highlighted Steele’s meetings with several journalists in the nation’s capital, which was reportedly part of the opposition research crusade bankrolled by the DNC and the Clinton campaign.
    Despite this mention, the FBI didn’t let the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court know Steele was dealing with the media.    They waited to cut ties with the former spy until after he spoke with Mother Jones reporters in October of 2016.
    Additionally, the text messages highlighted that late Senator John McCain was the one to hand off the Steele Dossier to Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein.
    This caught the eye of President Trump, who shared an article about the texts on Twitter.    He said: “Check out last in his class John McCain, one of the most overrated people in D.C.
    All in all, these messages show the former administration had discretely begun looking into President Trump and his so-called “ties to Russia” before Crossfire Hurricane was ever formerly opened.

12/18/2020 House GOP Demand Election Fraud Hearings by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) (C) joins fellow Congressional Republicans for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the
State Dining Room at the White House May 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)
    A group of House Republicans is calling on congressional leaders to hold election fraud hearings.
    In a tweet on Friday, Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) said he’s joining the push along with seven of his colleagues.    These colleagues include Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Rep. David Rouzer (R-.N.C.), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas).
    In a letter to top Republicans and Democrats, the lawmakers said the courts have not held any hearings despite dozens of lawsuits alleging fraud in the 2020 elections.
    They believe Congress should immediately look at all of the evidence of alleged voter fraud, illegal voting and election theft.    The group wants action before Congress meets next month to count the electoral college votes.

12/18/2020 Sen. Ted Cruz Blocks Hong Kong Refugee Bill, Says It Would Give China An Opportunity To Send Spies To The U.S. by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) arrives at a Senate Republican policy luncheon at the Hart Senate Office
Building November 18, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blocked a bill, which would grant Hongkongers a special refugee status.    He asserted Beijing would exploit the bill’s weakened immigration policies and send spies into the United States.
    On Friday, the Texas senator shot down the bill, citing the dangers of the Chinese Communist Party.
    “The good news is that our Democrat colleagues are finally discovering that the Chinese communists are not our friends,” Cruz stated.    “They are finally acknowledging that the Chinese communists are murdering, torturing, oppressive tyrants and our Democrat colleagues are likewise discovering that Hong Kong is a beacon for democracy…and liberty.”     Earlier this month, it passed in the House.
    Lawmakers said it’s meant to provide humanitarian relief to the people of Hong Kong, who are facing persecution under the Chinese regime for fighting for democracy.
    Still, Cruz blasted the Democrats by claiming the proposed bill has nothing to do with combating communist China.
    “This is not a Hong Kong bill, it is instead a democratic messaging bill,” Cruz said.    “Because House Democrats, I believe, made a cynical decision to try to exploit the crisis in Hong Kong to advance their long-standing goals on changing our immigration laws.”
    The proposed bill would allow Hongkongers to stay in the United States past their visa deadlines.
    Additionally, it would lower the standards for refugee and asylum status so that individuals wouldn’t need to establish a credible fear of prosecution.    The senator also cited the risks of lowering the standard for asylum seekers.
    “When doing so,” he said.    “We know would be used by Chinese communists to send even more Chinese spies into the United States.”
    Many Democrats criticized Cruz for thwarting the bill, but he and other Republicans suggested denying the bill protects Americans from the threats of communist China.

12/18/2020 Health Leaders, Organizations Promote Safety And Efficacy Of Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (L) smiles after handing a challenge coin to Shylee Stewart, a labor and delivery nurse,
after she received a COVID-19 vaccination at George Washington University Hospital on December 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Azar and U.S.
Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams will observe hospital workers being vaccinated. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)
    Top health officials work to address fears and skepticism surrounding the national vaccination effort by showing Americans that they’re not being asked to do anything they themselves wouldn’t do.
    In a public event on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence were vaccinated to show Americans the drug can be trusted.
    At the same event, Surgeon General Jerome Adams also got the shot.    He said he’s dedicated to fighting mistrust and misinformation to make sure Americans get the treatment they need.
    “It is not only okay to have questions about a treatment that you’re being offered, [but it’s also] normal and I want you to understand that,” Adams stated.    “But what is not normal is to let misinformation or mistrust cause you to make a decision that is bad for your health.”
    In an interview on Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar acknowledged people are reluctant to get the vaccine in light of ‘isolated incidents.’
    Over the last few days, reports have detailed a handful of allergic reactions in some who have been inoculated.
    Azar added the approved Pfizer vaccine, in addition to the Moderna vaccine, is ‘exceptionally safe.’    He emphasized the effort to pace out government leaders’ vaccinations and also noted he’ll be getting the shot himself next week.
    “We’re just going to keep trying to get the word out there that all of us have complete confidence in the independence and quality of the FDA’s review process,” Azar stated.    “That’s why you’re seeing the Vice President, the Second Lady and the Surgeon General getting vaccinated today.”
    Recent polls show around half of Americans want to get inoculated as soon as possible.    Additionally, around 63 percent of white Americans are interested in the vaccine compared to 49 percent of black Americans.
    To boost confidence, federal health agencies and non-profits stepped up to spread the word.
    According to recent reports, the Ad Council, who successfully promoted the Polio vaccine in the 1950s, is preparing a new coronavirus vaccine campaign set to debut in January.
    “For us, this will be probably the biggest effort as far as size, scale and scope that we’ve ever undertaken,” Ad Council Chief Campaign Development Officer Michelle Hillman said.    “We’re trying to help Americans get back to a better 2021.”
    Ultimately, health leaders said they have supreme confidence in the vaccine and the approval process.    They added that they trust Americans to make the right choice for their health.

12/10/2020 Congress Passes Two-Day Funding Bill To Avoid Gov’t Shutdown by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 17: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol
on December 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor that, with a shutdown
deadline looming at midnight Friday, weekend work in Congress is “highly likely.” (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    Congress passed additional temporary funding to keep the government open for another two days.    On Friday, both the House and Senate voted to give Congress more time to negotiate a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill.
    Lawmakers have been unable to reach a compromise on coronavirus-related matters, which is holding up progress on a federal spending package.
    “I believe all sides feel we’re making good progress on a major relief bill that would travel with the full-year appropriations measure, but alas, we are not there yet,” Senate Majority Leader McConnell stated.    “Given that, our urgent task is to pass the stopgap government funding measure.    There’s no reason why the federal government funding should lapse while we hammer out our remaining differences.”
    To avoid a shutdown, President Trump will need to sign off on the continuing resolution by midnight on Sunday.
    Lawmakers hope to move quickly on a deal for a larger $1.4 trillion long-term spending package.    Additionally, senators on both sides of the aisle will continue to hash out a coronavirus relief package over the weekend.
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 17: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol
on December 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor that, with a shutdown
deadline looming at midnight Friday, weekend work in Congress is “highly likely.” (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

12/18/2020 Lawmakers Say The Extent Of Security Breach Is Still Unknown by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Lawmakers are questioning if the recent cyberattacks on government entities constitute an act of war.
    According to lawmakers, the recent cybersecurity breach was so large, it will take time before authorities can truly assess the full repercussions.
    On Friday, Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) told reporters even cybersecurity experts don’t have a sense of how severe the intrusion is.
    “There are as many as 18,000 individual entities, both private and government, that have been compromised here and that had the defective software so that that has to be fully vetted,” Lynch said.    “So that will take some time.”
    On Thursday, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) compared the security breach to undetected bombers flying over the entire country.    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) likened the situation to a “virtual invasion.”
    The ‘SolarWinds’ software hack, which has widely been attributed to Russia, compromised several departments.    This included the Treasury, Homeland Security and portions of the Pentagon.
    In the meantime, White House advisers said the economic ramifications of the hack are still unknown, but that President Trump was briefed on the issue right away.
    “America’s got the greatest technology in the world, including in this area,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow stated.    “So we’ll have to double back and try to cover tracks and see how to prevent it, but no, I don’t see any immediate economic impact.”
    This came as Microsoft executives stated the attack remains ongoing and is under investigation by several cybersecurity teams.
    The hack reportedly breached ‘SolarWinds’ clients all over the world, including in Israel, the U.K. and Mexico.    However, the U.S. comprised 80 percent of all cyberattacks.
    So far there is no evidence of classified information being hacked or stolen, but officials remain unsure how long it will take to fix the system’s weaknesses.

12/18/2020 Hackers’ Broad Attack Sets Cyber Experts Worldwide Scrambling To Defend Networks by Jack Stubbs
FILE PHOTO: A SolarWinds sign is seen outside its headquarters in Austin, Texas, U.S., December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Flores/File Photo
    (Reuters) -Suspected Russian hackers who broke into U.S. government agencies also spied on less high-profile organizations, including groups in Britain, a U.S. internet provider and a county government in Arizona, according to web records and a security source.
    More details were revealed on Friday of the cyber espionage campaign that has computer network security teams worldwide scrambling to limit the damage as the outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump offered little information.
    In Britain, a small number of organizations were compromised and not in the public sector, a security source said.
    Shares in cyber security companies FireEye Inc, Palo Alto Networks and Crowdstrike Holdings rose on Friday as investors bet that the spate of disclosures from Microsoft Corp and others would boost demand for security technology.
    Reuters identified Cox Communications Inc and Pima County, Arizona government as victims of the intrusion by running a publicly available coding script from researchers at Moscow-based private cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.    The hack hijacked ubiquitous network management software made by SolarWinds Corp. Kaspersky decrypted online web records left behind by the attackers.
    The breaches of U.S. government agencies, first revealed by Reuters on Sunday, hit the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Department, State Department and Department of Energy.    In some cases the breaches involved monitoring emails but it was unclear what hackers did while infiltrating networks, cybersecurity experts said.
    Trump has not said anything publicly about the intrusion.    He was being briefed “as needed,” White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern told reporters.    National security adviser Robert O’Brien was leading interagency meetings daily, if not more often, he said.
    “They’re working very hard on mitigation and making sure that our country is secure.    We will not get into too many details because we’re just not going to tell our adversaries what we do to combat these things,” Morgenstern said.
    No determinations have been made on how to respond or who was responsible, a senior U.S. official said.
    SolarWinds, which disclosed its unwitting role at the center of the global hack on Monday, has said that up to 18,000 users of its Orion software downloaded a compromised update containing malicious code planted by the attackers.    The attack was believed to be the work of an “outside nation state,” SolarWinds said in a regulatory disclosure.
    People familiar with the matter have said the hackers were believed to be working for the Russian government. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the allegations.
    On Friday, U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch, head of the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform panel’s national security subcommittee, said the information provided by the Trump administration was “very disappointing.”
    “This hack was so big in scope that even our cybersecurity experts don’t have a real sense yet in terms of the breadth of the intrusion itself,” adding that it would take some time to fully vet all the agencies and targets.
    The breach appeared to provide President-elect Joe Biden with an immediate headache when he takes office on Jan. 20.    His transition team’s executive director Yohannes Abraham told reporters on Friday there would be “substantial costs” and the incoming administration “will reserve the right to respond at a time and in a manner of our choosing, often in close coordination with our allies and partners.”
    Microsoft, one of the thousands of companies to receive the malicious update, said it had notified more than 40 customers whose networks were further infiltrated by the hackers.
    Around 30 of those customers were in the United States, Microsoft said, with the remaining victims found in Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, Britain, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.    Most worked with information technology companies, some think tanks and government organizations.
(Reporting by Jack Stubbs, Ryan McNeill, Raphael Satter, Mark Hosenball, Christopher Bing; additional reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Holland; Writing by Grant McCool; Editing by Chris Sanders and Richard Chang)

12/19/2020 Oil up $0.59 to $48.99, DOW down 124 to 30,179.

12/19/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Kentucky reports 3,179 new cases and 28 deaths by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 3,179 new coronavirus cases and 28 new deaths in Kentucky on Friday.
    This comes a day after Kentucky suffered its worst day for coronavirus deaths during the pandemic, with 54 fatalities reported Thursday.
    Kentucky has now lost 2,344 people to COVID-19 and reported a total of 234,021 cases.
    As of Friday, 410 people are in intensive care units, 227 on ventilators and 1,712 are hospitalized.    The positivity rate is 8.59%, up from Thursday’s 8.45%.
    Jefferson, Fayette, Pulaski, Kenton and Warren counties each reported at least 100 cases, with Jefferson accounting for 434.    The new deaths are:
64-year-old woman from Boyd
Two men, ages 67 and 71, from Christian
75-year-old man from Clark
92-year-old woman and 84-year-old man from Fayette
93-year-old woman from Graves
71-year-old woman from Greenup
70-year-old man from Hardin
Two men, ages 54 and 86, from Hopkins
95-year-old woman and five men, ages 58, 74, 77, 77 and 79, from Jefferson
57-year-old woman from Johnson
84-year-old woman from Kenton
93-year-old woman from Larue
75-year-old woman from Lee
90-year-old man from Marshall
66-year-old man from Mason
83-year-old woman and 59-yearold man from McCracken
74-year-old man from Pike
95-year-old woman from Taylor
62-year-old woman from Union
    Beshear reminded Kentuckians to follow holiday guidelines he released Thursday, including limiting gatherings to no more than eight people from two households.
    “Christmas is probably my favorite day of the year, and I know we all want to celebrate the way we usually do, but this year we need to do things differently,” he said in a statement.    “With vaccines arriving this week, we can see the bright light at the end of the tunnel.    Now we just need everyone to keep doing their part to protect one another.”
    Meanwhile, Indiana suffered 84 new deaths and reported 6,088 new coronaviruses cases Friday, raising the state’s totals to 453,139 cases and 6,944 deaths.    Southern Indiana counties Floyd and Clark had positivity rates of 10.7 and 13.5%, respectively, as of Monday.
    Reach news reporter Sarah Ladd at    Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah.
[28 deaths / 3,179 cases = 0.009% okay Beshear you can stop reporting all the deaths and tell us who died from coronavirus and us Kentuckians will do just like we did at Thanksgiving as we had more than 8 people and did not wear mask.].

12/19/2020 Venezuela’s Ruling Socialists To Shut All-Powerful Legislative Assembly
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the closing session of Venezuela's Constituent
National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela December 18, 2020. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, a pro-government legislature created in 2017 that was widely criticized for undermining democracy, will cease operations at the end of 2020, President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday.
    The all-powerful institution was officially designated to reform the constitution, but in practice ended up supplanting the opposition-controlled legislature and sacking public officials who challenged the government.
    Maduro has said the assembly, known as the ANC, is no longer necessary following Dec. 6 elections that will usher in a new parliament dominated by ruling Socialist Party legislators. The current parliament’s term ends on Jan 5.
    Maduro in 2017 called for the creation of the ANC following months of opposition protests that left more than a hundred people dead.
    “The main objective of this National Constituent Assembly was to restore the peace of the republic, internal security, national union and the stability of the country,” Maduro said in a ceremonial session.    “And today I can say, National Constituent Assembly, mission accomplished.”
    The opposition boycotted the election that created the ANC, and the United States and Europe called it the consolidation of a dictatorship and a disavowal of the democratically elected legislature.
    The 2017 protests ended quickly after that election.
    But despite being in existence for three years, the ANC did not reform the constitution.
    Instead it legislated a raft of measures including an anti-hate law widely used to jail government critics, stripped a group of opposition legislators of parliamentary immunity and sacked former Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who had fallen out with Maduro.
    The 1999 constitution only describes the ANC as a body with no limits on its power. Critics insist its intended function was never to serve as a parallel legislature.
(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth and Vivian Sequera; editing by Grant McCool)

12/19/2020 Congress Holds Saturday Session For COVID Relief, Gov’t Funding by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk, January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers are
convening for a Sunday session to try to resolve the government shutdown. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Lawmakers are continuing their work on Capitol Hill through the weekend.
    On Saturday, the Senate convened to vote on President Trump’s judicial nominees.    They also plan to push forward towards reaching a deal on COVID-19 relief and government funding.
    The President signed a continuing resolution on government funding on Friday night, which granted Congress two more days to reach a deal before a government shutdown.
    This marked only the fourth time the upper chamber held a Saturday session this year.    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers will not go home until a deal is reached on coronavirus relief and government funding.
    Both the House and Senate made bipartisan efforts in order to give Congress more time to negotiate a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill.
    Congressional leaders hope to pass a larger $1.4 trillion long-term omnibus spending package, which would fund federal agencies until the end of September 2021.
    Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said both sides of the aisle were making good progress on a major relief bill, but “are not there yet.”
    As lawmakers have been unable to reach a compromise on coronavirus-related matters, progress on a federal spending bill has also been held up.
    “We’re very close to an agreement, but the details really matter,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated.    “When it comes to unemployment benefits, stimulus checks, aid to small businesses and so much else, we have a responsibility to get this right.    People’s lives depend upon it.”
    Since the summer, both parties have struggled to agree on coronavirus aid for the American people.    The proposed package is expected to be the biggest since the spring.
    The House is slated to meet Sunday, with congressional leaders expected to finalize details for the omnibus spending package on Monday.

12/19/2020 Chicago Mayor Amends Statement Involving 2019 Police Raid by OAN Newsroom
Lori Lightfoot addresses guests. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is facing calls for transparency after evidence emerged that she lied about her knowledge of a 2019 police raid.
    During a press conference on Thursday, the Democrat mayor confessed she was made aware of the raid in November of last year.    She previously claimed she had no knowledge of the matter until this week.
    Lightfoot stated she was distracted by “budget issues” at the time.
    “I’ve now come to learn that in November of ’19, Ms. Young’s case and others, were lifted up to my attention,” Lightfoot stated.    “I don’t have any…recollection of this, but what I now know…is my team knew this was an issue of great concern for me.”
    On February 21, 2019, Chicago police were on the hunt for a 23-year-old man suspected of illegal gun possession.    Officers used a battering ram to tear through the front door of what they believed was his home.
    However, what they found was Anjanette Young, a 50-year-old social worker who had just arrived home from work.    She was completely naked while in the middle of changing her clothes.
    Young repeatedly asked officers to explain what was going on.
    “You have the wrong house,” Young said to the police.    “I live alone.”
    According to Young, she didn’t have time to throw something on before police rushed in and yelled at her to put her hands up.    Officers handcuffed her before attempting to cover her body with a blanket.
    Mayor Lightfoot claimed the footage left her upset and appalled.    However, this didn’t stop her office from attempting to block the story from airing on a local news station.
    According to reports, city officials tried to sanction Young by claiming she violated a confidentiality order.    Lightfoot has since dropped the suit and stated the victim should not be punished.
    In the meantime, community leaders are calling on accountability from the mayor.
    “We want a full, open and transparent city council investigation of what has happened,” Rev. Marshall Hatch of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church stated.    “Of who knew what in the mayor’s office, of who knew what in the Corporation Counsel Office [and] of who knew what in the Office of Civilian Accountability.”
    The incident remains under investigation.

12/19/2020 Fmr Rochester Police Chief Says Dem. Mayor Asked Him To Lie To The City Council About The Death Of Daniel Prude by OAN Newsroom
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Lovely A. Warren, mayor of Rochester, speaks during a press conference
on the death of Daniel Prude on September 03, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Daniel Prude died after being arrested on March 23,
by Rochester police officers who had placed a “spit hood” over his head and pinned him to the ground while restraining him. Mayor Warren
announced today the suspension of seven officers involved in the arrest. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
    Rochester Police Department’s former chief claims he was fired for refusing to lie for Democrat Mayor Lovely Warren.    He is now suing the city.
    In a notice of claim filed on Wednesday, La’Ron Singletary said Warren asked him multiple times to lie or withhold information from the city council’s investigation into the death of Daniel Prude.
    In March, Prude died following an encounter with police.    However, news of his death was only made public in September, two weeks before Singletary left the department.
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Hasan Massey Jr., 11, kneels in prayer at a make shift memorial at the site where
Daniel Prude was arrested on September 03, 2020 in Rochester, New York. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
    According to Singletary, Warren tried to protect her image regarding her knowledge of the events leading up to Prude’s arrest and death.
    Warren maintained she didn’t see the bodycam footage of Prude’s arrest until August 4.    She also claimed she never knew more about the matter than what she told the public.
    However, the city’s Office of Public Integrity found that Singletary texted Warren about the case on April 10.
    “This happened at the end of March and the mayor doesn’t see the video until August?” questioned Prude family attorney Don Thompson.    “Well, something went wrong.”
    Yet, the Office of Public Integrity concluded there was no evidence that any city employee violated departmental policies or ethical standards when it came to Prude’s case.
    In regards to the investigation, Singletary said he was pressured by Warren and other city officials to lie, which is something he repeatedly refused to do.
    The former police chief stated officials attacked his reputation and in turn, the department became a hostile work environment.    On September 8, he announced his resignation to go into effect on September 29.
    Warren seemingly had other plans. On September 14, she announced that she was opening an investigation into Prude’s death.    She also added it would be Singletary’s last day at the department, which he believes was in retaliation for not following her orders.    He cited this in his suit against the city.

12/19/2020 Explainer-Russia’s Potent Cyber And Information Warfare Capabilities by Andrew Osborn and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber
An aerial view shows the skyline of the capital Moscow in Russia, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Andrey Kuzmin
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Russia was responsible for a cyber attack that embedded malicious code inside U.S. government software systems and those of other governments and companies across the world.
    The Kremlin has always denied Moscow’s involvement in cyber attacks against the West.    It has said that Russia had nothing to do with this latest assault.
    Here is some information about Russia’s possible motives for such an attack, and details about Russian cyber offensive and information warfare capabilities.
    The Kremlin has said many times it wants to improve ties with the United States, which are at a post-Cold War low and strained by issues from Ukraine to Syria.
    But it also openly views the United States as Russia’s main geopolitical adversary and as a threat to its national security.
    President Vladimir Putin has accused Washington of starting a new arms race and NATO of moving military infrastructure closer to Russia’s borders, and has complained about U.S. sanctions, part of what Putin casts as an attempt to hold Russia back economically and technologically.
    Russia regularly probes U.S. defences, flying nuclear-capable strategic bombers near Alaska and sending submarines into the Atlantic to lurk off the East Coast.
    Putin has complained that outgoing President Donald Trump was unable to improve U.S-Russia ties and has singled out what he has called President-elect Joe Biden’s harsh anti-Russian rhetoric.
    On Thursday, Putin blamed U.S. intelligence agencies for a series of recent media investigations into people close to him.    Without providing evidence, he also linked U.S. intelligence agencies to what he presented as the stage-managed poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
    Putin did not congratulate Biden on his victory in the Nov. 3 election until Dec. 15.    Putin said last month he was not worried that his delay in congratulating Biden would worsen U.S.-Russia ties.
    “You can’t spoil a spoiled relationship,” said Putin.
    Some cyber researchers have suggested that Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service may have been behind the latest attack.
    In 2018, Dutch media cited unnamed intelligence officials as saying the AIVD, the Dutch intelligence agency, had linked a Russian hacking group known as “Cozy Bear” or APT29 (advanced persistent threat 29) to the SVR.    The AIVD did not comment.
    The Washington Post cited sources on Dec. 13 as saying the United States had identified “Cozy Bear” as being responsible for the latest cyber attack referred to by Pompeo.
    Hackers from “Cozy Bear” were detected by cyber security firm CrowdStrike on the U.S. Democratic Party’s servers in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election when email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s staff were hacked>.
    In July, Britain, the United States and Canada accused “Cozy Bear” of trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world.
    Russian military intelligence, commonly known as GRU, has potent cyber offence capabilities, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.
    In particular, GRU controls a hacking group known to cyber researchers as Fancy Bear” or APT28 (advanced persistent threat 28) they have said.
    It was that group, according to a Department of Justice indictment filed in 2018, that hacked the email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s staff before the 2016 election. Reuters reported in September that Microsoft believed “Fancy Bear” had also targeted a firm working with Biden.     In 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency accused Russian hackers of stealing confidential medical information about U.S. Olympic athletes and publishing it online.    The FBI later seized the domain of the site – – where the information was released.
    Fancy Bear” hackers have also been linked by cyber security investigators to cyber attacks on the U.S. and French elections.
    Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, is the country’s main domestic intelligence agency.
    The United States in 2017 charged two FSB agents and two hackers with masterminding the 2014 theft of 500 million Yahoo accounts.
    The Justice Department indictment included charges of computer fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identify theft.
    It painted a picture of the Russian security services working hand-in-hand with cyber criminals, who helped spies further their intelligence goals in exchange for money.
    U.S. prosecutors say the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) played a key role in Russian efforts to try to sway the 2016 election in favour of Trump.
    It did so, they say, by flooding social media with false reports and conspiracy theories in an attempt to exploit existing divisions.
    The group is a Kremlin-backed outfit whose employees have posed as Americans, according to U.S. officials.
    The U.S. Treasury Department in September imposed sanctions on individuals and entities linked to the financier of the IRA, who was charged in 2018, along with 12 other individuals and three entities, with conspiracy to defraud the United States for his alleged role in election meddling.
(Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Frances Kerry)

12/19/2020 Explainer-U.S. Government Hack: Espionage Or Act Of War? by Jan Wolfe and Brendan Pierson
FILE PHOTO: Optical fibre cables are seen in a telephone exchange in Rome, Italy December 20, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo
    (Reuters) – The suspected Russian hack of U.S. government agencies has led to heated rhetoric from lawmakers, with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin calling it “virtually a declaration of war” and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio saying that “America must retaliate, and not just with sanctions.”
    But cybersecurity and legal experts said the hack would not be considered an act of war under international law and will likely go down in history as an act of espionage.
    Here’s why.
    The hack, first reported by Reuters, hijacked software made by Texas-based SolarWinds Corp.    By inserting malicious code into updates pushed to SolarWinds customers, the hackers were for months able to explore the computer networks of private companies, think tanks, and government agencies.
    Sources familiar with the U.S. investigation said the hack was likely carried out by Russia’s foreign intelligence service.    Moscow has denied involvement.
    The magnitude of the hack is still unclear, but hackers are known to have monitored email or other data within several U.S. government agencies.
    The breached federal agencies include the Commerce Department, Treasury Department, and Department of Energy.
    An Energy Department spokeswoman said malware had been “isolated to business networks only” and had not impacted U.S. national security.
    It is too early to say for sure, but probably not, according to cybersecurity experts.
    To qualify as an act of war, United Nations resolutions and other sources of international law require a certain level of force or destruction that does not appear to be the case this time.
    “Warfare implies violence, death and destruction,” said Duncan Hollis, a professor of law at Temple University specializing in cybersecurity.
    Hollis and other experts said the attack appears to have been carried out to steal sensitive U.S. information, and should be viewed as espionage.     “Simply stealing information, as much as we don’t like it, is not an act of war — it is espionage,” said Benjamin Friedman, a policy director at the think tank Defense Priorities.
    Experts said cyber attacks can be acts of war if they cause physical destruction.
    A Department of Defense law of war manual states that some cyber operations should be subject to the same rules as physical, or “kinetic” attacks.    Examples include operations that “trigger a nuclear plant meltdown; open a dam above a populated area, causing destruction; or disable air traffic control services, resulting in airplane crashes.”
    John Bellinger, the top State Department lawyer under former Republican Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said it was not yet clear whether the hack could be considered an act of war.
    “It may simply be a massive act of espionage that would not constitute an act of war.    We don’t know yet whether the Russians simply accessed U.S. government computers or actually disrupted government functions,” said Bellinger, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank.
    A hack in 2014 that targeted the U.S. government’s personnel agency, the Office of Personnel Management, exposed sensitive personal information of millions of current and former federal employees and contractors.
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in 2015 that he suspected China of conducting the hack, and he said during congressional testimony two years later that in his view it was an act of espionage.
    “I think there is a difference between an act of espionage, which we conduct as well, and other nations do, versus an attack,” Clapper said at the time.
    A devastating 2017 hack attributed to Russia, known as “NotPetya,” crippled ports by paralyzing the shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk and other global corporations.
    Olga Oliker, a Washington-based expert on U.S.-Russia relations, said in 2017 testimony before the U.S. Senate that, if Russia was to blame for NotPetya, “it is an example of precisely the type of cyber operation that could be seen as warfare, in that it approximates effects similar to those that might be attained through the use of armed force.”
    The Defense Department manual says the United States cannot use force to respond to a cyber operation that is not itself an act of force.    Instead, the United States can respond with measures such as “a diplomatic protest, an economic embargo, or other acts of retorsion” the manual says.
    “We know that lots of countries engage in espionage, and we don’t bomb them in response,” said Friedman.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden signaled on Thursday that he would use targeted financial sanctions to respond.
    “They’ll be held accountable,” Biden told The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.    “Individuals as well as entities will find … there are financial repercussions for what they did.”
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe, Brendan Pierson, Raphael Satter and Michelle Nichols; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Daniel Wallis)

12/19/2020 ‘Powerful Tradecraft’: How Foreign Cyber-Spies Compromised America by Christopher Bing, Joseph Menn, Raphael Satter and Jack Stubbs
FILE PHOTO: The SolarWinds headquarters are seen in Austin, Texas, U.S., December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Flores
    (Reuters) – Speaking at a private dinner for tech security executives at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco in late February, America’s cyber defense chief boasted how well his organizations protect the country from spies.
    U.S. teams were “understanding the adversary better than the adversary understands themselves,” said General Paul Nakasone, boss of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command, according to a Reuters reporter present at the Feb. 26 dinner. His speech has not been previously reported.     Yet even as he spoke, hackers were embedding malicious code into the network of a Texas software company called SolarWinds Corp, according to a timeline published by Microsoft and more than a dozen government and corporate cyber researchers.
    A little over three weeks after that dinner, the hackers began a sweeping intelligence operation that has penetrated the heart of America’s government and numerous corporations and other institutions around the world.
    The results of that operation came to light on Dec. 13, when Reuters reported that suspected Russian hackers had gained access to U.S. Treasury and Commerce Department emails.    Since then, officials and researchers say they believe at least half-a-dozen U.S. government agencies have been infiltrated and thousands of companies infected with malware in what appears to be one of the biggest such hacks ever uncovered.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday Russia was behind the attack, calling it “a grave risk” to the United States.    Russia has denied involvement.
    Revelations of the attack come at a vulnerable time as the U.S. government grapples with a contentious presidential transition and a spiraling public health crisis.    And it reflects a new level of sophistication and scale, hitting numerous federal agencies and threatening to inflict far more damage to public trust in America’s cybersecurity infrastructure than previous acts of digital espionage.     Much remains unknown — including the motive or ultimate target.
    Seven government officials have told Reuters they are largely in the dark about what information might have been stolen or manipulated — or what it will take to undo the damage.    The last known breach of U.S. federal systems by suspected Russian intelligence — when hackers gained access to the unclassified email systems at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2014 and 2015 — took years to unwind.
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday downplayed the hack and Russia’s involvement, maintaining it was “under control” and that China could be responsible.    He accused the “Fake News Media” of exaggerating its extent.
    The NSC, however, acknowledged that a “significant cyber incident” had taken place.    “There will be an appropriate response to those actors behind this conduct,” said NSC spokesman John Ullyot.    He did not respond to a question on whether Trump had evidence of Chinese involvement in the attack.
    Several government agencies, including the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security, have issued technical advisories on the situation.    Nakasone and the NSA declined to comment for this story.
    Lawmakers from both parties said they were struggling to get answers from the departments they oversee, including Treasury.     One senate staffer said his boss knew more about the attack from the media than the government.
    The hack first came into view last week, when U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc disclosed that it had itself been a victim of the very kind of cyberattack that clients pay it to prevent.
    Publicly, the incident initially seemed mostly like an embarrassment for FireEye.    But hacks of security firms are especially dangerous because their tools often reach deeply into the computer systems of their clients.
    Days before the hack was revealed, FireEye researchers knew something troubling was afoot and contacted Microsoft Corp and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, three people involved in those communications told Reuters.    Microsoft and the FBI declined to comment.
    Their message: FireEye has been hit by an extraordinarily sophisticated cyber-espionage campaign carried out by a nation-state, and its own problems were likely just the tip of the iceberg.
    About half a dozen researchers from FireEye and Microsoft, set about investigating, said two sources familiar with the response effort.    At the root of the problem, they found, was something that strikes dread in cybersecurity professionals: so-called supply-chain compromises, which in this case involved using software updates to install malware that can spy on systems, exfiltrate information and potentially wreak other types of havoc.
    In 2017, Russian operatives used the technique to knock out private and government computer systems across Ukraine, after hiding a piece of malicious code in a widely used accountancy program that was then used to deploy a destructive virus known as NotPetya.    Russia has denied that it was involved.    The malware quickly infected computers in scores of other countries, crippling businesses and causing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage.
    The latest U.S. hack employed a similar technique: SolarWinds said its software updates had been compromised and used to surreptitiously install malicious code in nearly 18,000 customer systems.    Its Orion network management software is used by hundreds of thousands of organizations.
    Once downloaded, the program signaled back to its operators where it had landed. In some cases where access was especially valuable, the hackers used it to deploy more active malicious software to spread across its host.
    In some of the attacks, the intruders combined the administrator privileges granted to SolarWinds with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform – which stores customers’ data online – to forge authentication “tokens.”    Those gave them far longer and wider access to emails and documents than many organizations thought was possible.
    Hackers could then steal documents through Microsoft’s Office 365, the online version of its most popular business software, the NSA said on Thursday in an unusual technical public advisory.    Also on Thursday, Microsoft announced it found malicious code in its systems
    A separate advisory issued by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Dec. 17 said that the SolarWinds software was not the only vehicle being used in the attacks and that the same group had likely used other methods to implant malware.
    “This is powerful tradecraft, and needs to be understood to defend important networks,” Rob Joyce, a senior NSA cybersecurity adviser, said on Twitter.
    It is unknown how or when SolarWinds was first compromised.    According to researchers at Microsoft and other firms that have investigated the hack, intruders first began tampering with SolarWinds’ code as early as October 2019, a few months before it was in a position to launch an attack.
    Pressure is growing on the White House to act.
    Republican Senator Marco Rubio said “America must retaliate, and not just with sanctions.”    Mitt Romney, also a Republican, likened the attack to repeatedly allowing Russian bombers to fly undetected over America.    Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, has called it “virtually a declaration of war.”
    Democratic lawmakers said they had received little information from the Trump administration beyond what’s in the media.    “Their briefings were obtuse, sorely lacking in details and really seemed an attempt to provide us with the barest of minimum in information that they had to give us,” Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz told reporters after a classified briefing.
    Ullyot, the National Security Council spokesman, declined to comment on the congressional briefings.    The White House was “focused on investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident, and working with our interagency partners to mitigate the situation,” he said in a statement to Reuters.
    President-elect Joe Biden has warned that his administration would impose “substantial costs” on those responsible.    House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, also a Democrat, said Biden “must make hardening our networks – both public and private infrastructure – a major priority.”
    The attack puts a spotlight on those cyber defenses, reviving criticism that the U.S. intelligence agencies are more interested in offensive cyber operations than protecting government infrastructure.
    “The attacker has the advantage over defenders.    Decades worth of money, patents and effort have done nothing to change that,” said Jason Healey, a cyber conflict researcher at Columbia University and former White House security official in the George W. Bush administration.
    “Now we learn with the SolarWinds hack that if anything, the defenders are falling farther behind.    The overriding priority must be to flip this, so that defenders have the easier time.”
(Chris Bing and Raphael Satter reported from Washington. Jack Stubbs reported from London, and Joseph Menn reported from in San Francisco. Additional reporting by Alexandra Alper. Writing by Jonathan Weber. Editing by Bill Rigby and Jason Szep)
[As you may know I was a Network Admin and MCSE in my past so when I got my new Dell laptop 3 years ago with Office 365 the first thing I did was block "The Cloud" since I do not trust anyone having control of the data I have in my directories].

12/19/2020 Secy. Of State Pompeo: Massive Cyberhack Was Clearly Russian by OAN Newsroom
TOPSHOT – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing in the State Department in
Washington, DC, on February 1, 2019. – Pompeo announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range
Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
    Multiple U.S. officials are speaking out against the cyberattack that targeted American agencies.
    On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted the hacking effort was “pretty clearly” the work of the Kremlin.
    “This was a very significant effort,” Pompeo stated.    “And I think it’s the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity.”
    Pompeo is the first White House official to publicly call out Russia since reports broke about what’s been called the “worst hacking case in the history of America.”
    Multiple U.S. companies and government agencies reportedly fell victim to the mass cyberattack, which appeared to target the company SolarWinds.    Cybersecurity officials said the hackers attached their malware to the Austin, Texas-based company back in March.
    Thousands of U.S. companies and agencies use SolarWinds.    According to reports, the hack affected 18,000 customers, including the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, State, and Treasury.
    On Thursday, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned the hack posed a ‘great risk’ to both government agencies and private companies.    However, officials maintain little is officially known about the attack.
    “We’re still unpacking precisely what it is, and I’m sure some of it will remain classified,” said Pompeo.    “There was a significant effort to use a piece of third-party software to essentially embed code inside of U.S. government systems and private companies and governments around the world.”
    While Pompeo noted the best course of action moving forward is to “calmly go about your business and defend freedom,” others are calling for a more aggressive approach.
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the U.S. must retaliate, though we must be certain who the perpetrator is before taking action.
    Some lawmakers are calling on the Trump administration to take immediate action, such as upping cybersecurity measures included in the National Defense Authorization Act.
    In the meantime, the administration established a ‘Cyber Coordination Group’ to respond to the hack.

12/19/2020 President Trump: We Don’t Want To Have Lockdowns by OAN Newsroom
U.S. President Donald Trump stops to speak to reporters as he prepared to board Marine One. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
    President Trump said the U.S. doesn’t want lockdowns, emphasizing the cure can’t be worse than the problem itself.
    In a tweet on Saturday, the President slammed coronavirus lockdowns.    He noted they’ve cost lives and hundreds of thousands of jobs each day.
    President Trump has repeatedly called for political leaders to avoid lockdowns and to instead let Americans make decisions for themselves.
    The President made the remarks in response to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced his decision on Saturday to put areas of the country into a “tier four” lockdown.
    “That means residents in those areas must stay at home, apart from limited exemptions set out in law,” Johnson stated.    “Non-essential retail, indoor gyms and leisure facilities and personal care services must close.”
    The new restrictions will affect parts of London in addition to the southeast and the east of England, which are all currently in “tier three.”
    The changes will take effect on Monday.

12/19/2020 FDA Approves Moderna Vaccine For Emergency Use by OAN Newsroom
This picture taken on November 18, 2020 shows a syringe and a bottle reading “Vaccine Covid-19”
next to the Moderna biotech company logo. (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)
    The FDA officially authorized Modern’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.
    On Friday, the agency gave the green light, making this the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in the U.S. President Trump took to Twitter soon after to congratulate the American biotech company.
    The announcement came after a panel of FDA advisers ruled, in a 20-to-0 vote, that the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risks for those 18-years-old and up.
    “The transparency around our review of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should assure the public that this vaccine met the FDA’s rigorous standards for quality, safety and efficacy,” FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn stated.    “As with any decision made by the FDA, this authorization was guided solely by science and data.”
    The commissioner said he is proud of his team. He also added that scientists worked quickly based on the urgency of the pandemic, not because of any external pressure.
    Earlier this week, the FDA approved a coronavirus vaccine by Pfizer and its German partner, BioNtech.    Moderna’s shot shows a similar level of effectiveness by providing 94 percent protection against the virus with fewer side effects.
    According to the director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the agency is investigating at least five allergic reactions in people who were given the Pfizer vaccine.
    “It is known that one of the components that are present in both of the vaccines, polyethylene glycol, can be associated uncommonly with allergic reactions,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said.    “But what we’re learning now is perhaps those allergic reactions could be somewhat more common than the highly uncommon that we thought… because people do get exposed to polyethylene glycol in various pharmaceutical preparations.”
    Marks added the agency will be monitoring the rollouts closely.
    On Saturday, U.S. Army General Gustave Perna said the vaccine is expected to arrive at nearly 4,000 locations by Sunday.    He added healthcare providers could expect to receive the Moderna vaccine by Monday.

12/19/2020 Nursing Homes Begin Receiving First Dose Of Vaccinations by OAN Newsroom
Vera Leip, 88, receives a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine from Christine Philips, RN Florida Department of Health in Broward County, at the
John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community on December 16, 2020 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The facility, one of the first in the
country to do so, vaccinated approximately 170 people including healthcare workers and elder care people. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Residents and staffers at nursing homes around the U.S. are beginning to receive their first round of the coronavirus vaccine.
    On Friday, Walgreens and CVS Health Corp. announced they’ve started administering Pfizer’s vaccine to those living and working in long-term care facilities.
    Officials in New York said nursing homes should expect to receive their first vaccine doses by Monday.
    A nursing home in Connecticut has already begun to roll out the shots to its residents.    They are calling the vaccine a “vial of hope.”
    “Our residents have suffered greatly and our staff has felt the strain…in caring for residents during this pandemic [while] also taking care of themselves and their families,” Genesis Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Richard Feifer stated.    “And some have gotten sick themselves, but these vials of hope have arrived.”
Respiratory Coordinator Sabrina Albert holds a thumbs up while holding a photograph of a friend and coworker who
passed away from coronavirus after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Saginaw, Mich.
Albert is one of the first Covenant HealthCare employees to get the vaccine. (Kaytie Boomer/Saginaw News via AP)
    According to reports, Walgreens expects to vaccinate about three million residents and staff members across 35,000 nursing homes.
    Roughly one week after the national rollout begins, both CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens plan to begin administering Moderna’s vaccine.

12/19/2020 Minn. National Guard Gearing Up To Mobilize Ahead Of Floyd Trial by OAN Newsroom
Police advance on demonstrators who are protesting the killing of George Floyd
on May 30, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    The Minnesota National Guard is gearing up to head back to the city of Minneapolis.
    According to recent reports, the guard is preparing for a ‘massive deployment’ ahead of the trial for four former police officers who were charged in the death of George Floyd.
In this handout provided by Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin poses for a
mugshot after being charged in the death of George Floyd. (Photo by Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)
    The mission, dubbed ‘Operation Safety Net,’ calls for the deployment of every guard member for at least two months in the event of another round of ‘civil unrest.’
    As part of the plan, vehicles and equipment have already been put into a position to quickly roll out.
    “It’s one of those things where we have to be prepared for that kind of operation,” Col. Scott Rohweder stated.    “And change the paradigm of our thinking to make sure that we’re prepared at any moment’s notice to activate that kind of a large-scale force.”
    The officers’ trial is slated to begin on March 8. Gov. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) may issue the order to mobilize before the end of February.
    Defense attorneys are seeking to delay the trial in order to have more time to prepare, according to reports.

12/19/2020 New Efforts Are Being Made To Prevent Sex-Trafficking On Porn Websites by OAN Newsroom
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) speaks during a press conference at the US Capitol
March 25, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    A bipartisan push to protect potential sex-trafficking victims on internet pornography sites is underway on Capitol Hill.
    On Friday, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced a bill dubbed the ‘Stop Internet Sexual Exploitation Act,’ which aims to shield internet sex>     If passed, the bill would require all people present in a pornographic video to sign consent waivers in order for the video to be uploaded on the web.
    It would also provide a hotline and database for creators to flag content in which they did not consent to be uploaded.    The bill would mandate sites to remove flagged videos within 24 hours.
    The bill’s introduction came amid the publication of a recent ‘New York Times’ article, which shed light on how sex-trafficking victims are exploited on sites like ‘Porn Hub.’
    Other U.S. lawmakers have also proposed bills to help sex-trafficking victims.    For example, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced legislation that enabled sex trafficking victims to sue pornography websites.
    In recent months, several officials raised concerns about sex-trafficking.    They pointed to severe abuses that take place on these websites, which reportedly see more than three billion visits a month.
    Meanwhile, other North American countries have also made efforts to protect sex-trafficking victims. Independent Quebec Sen. Julie Miville-Dechêne introduced a bill that addressed the viewers accessing these pornographic websites.
    The bill would require the websites to verify the user’s age before allowing them to access the adult content. If the websites do not comply, they would face criminal charges.
    According to Miville-Dechêne, the majority of the content on these sites pollutes children’s view of sex and promotes the objectification of women.

12/20/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Beshear: 3,388 new virus cases, 27 deaths - Positivity rate remains stable, governor reports by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Declaring that “mitigation efforts have stopped the growth of COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth,” Gov. Andy Beshear announced 3,388 new coronavirus cases and 27 new deaths in Kentucky on Saturday.
    The state’s positivity rate, which he celebrated as staying “stable,” is at 8.58%.    It was at 8.59% Friday, up slightly from Thursday’s 8.45%.
    Kentucky has now lost 2,371 people to the virus and 240,564 people have been infected.    As of Saturday afternoon, 1,655 are hospitalized, 438 are in intensive care units and 253 are on ventilators.
    “What we are seeing is that the measures we have taken are working,” Beshear said in a statement.    “We have stopped the increase in cases, which we knew we had to do before we can start to decrease those numbers.”
    Still, as of Saturday evening, all but four of Kentucky’s 120 counties were in the “red zone,” meaning they have more than 25 cases per 100,000 people.
    The state has guidance for red zone counties, including encouraging remote work, avoiding all gatherings, eating takeout instead of indoors and more.
    Jefferson, Kenton, Fayette, Pulaski, Daviess, Boone, Campbell and Warren counties accounted for at least 100 cases each Saturday, with Jefferson accounting for 459.
    “Let’s all commit to doing what we know is right — wearing masks, social distancing, washing our hands and limiting our holiday gatherings — so we can beat this virus once and for good,” Beshear said in a statement.
    Beshear’s administration on Thursday released holiday guidance, which asks that families limit gatherings to eight people from no more than two households.    Ideally, the guidance says, gatherings should only include immediate family.
    “Perseverance in the weeks ahead is critical as vaccine supplies increase and we work towards COVID-19 immunizations available to Kentuckians as 2021 unfolds,” Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, said in a statement.    “It would be an added tragedy to reverse our hard won."
[27 deaths / 3,388 cases = 0.008% and Beshear thinks his first year in office greatest accomplishment was pandemic response and if so that is all he is done and don't remind me we have 3 more years of him.].

12/20/2020 No Question Russia Behind Hack On U.S., Schiff Says – MSNBC
FILE PHOTO: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) arrives for a national security briefing before members
of the House of Representatives about how Russia has been using social media to stoke racial and social differences
ahead of this year's general election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There is no question that Russia is behind the recent hacking campaign against the United States, the head of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence panel said on Sunday, warning that President Donald Trump’s effort to play down Moscow’s role and point to China was a threat to U.S. national security.>br>     “Based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s any question that it was Russia,” House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff told MSNBC in an interview.    “It just uniformly destructive and deceitful, and injurious … to our national security,” he said of Trump’s Saturday comments.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
[Well we already know that Schiff has a problem blaming everything on Russia but since Biden may be the incoming president he should blame it on him this time but we already know that all the Democrats have sold their soul to the Chinese so they will want it to be Russia especially now as many Democrat individuuls are being in issues with Chinese spies.].

12/20/2020 U.S. Lawmakers To Back $1.9 Billion To Replace Telecom Equipment From China’s Huawei, ZTE – Source by David Shepardson
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. flag and a smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo are seen on a PC
motherboard in this illustration taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are expected to endorse $1.9 billion to fund a program to remove telecom network equipment that the U.S. government says pose national security risks as part of a year-end spending bill and COVID-19 bill, a source briefed on the matter said Sunday.     Lawmakers are also expected to back $3.2 billion for an emergency broadband benefit for low-income Americans.
    The Federal Communications Commission said in June it had formally designated China’s Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE Corp as threats, a declaration that bars U.S. firms from tapping an $8.3 billion government fund to purchase equipment from the companies.    Earlier this month, the FCC finalized rules that require carriers with ZTE or Huawei equipment to “rip and replace” that equipment but is awaiting funding from Congress.
    The bill “establishes a temporary, emergency broadband benefit program at the FCC to help low-income Americans, including those economically-challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, get connected or remain connected to broadband,” the source said.
    The source also said the program will supply a $50 monthly subsidy to qualifying households “to help them afford broadband service and an internet-connected device.”
    The $7 billion COVID Relief Broadband Package also expands eligibility for the rip-and-replace reimbursement program to communications providers with 10 million subscribers or less but prioritizes reimbursement for providers with 2 million subscribers or less, the source said.
    It also includes about $250 million for additional FCC support for telehealth and $1 billion for a tribal broadband connectivity grant program.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

12/20/2020 Ariz. GOP Fight Against Voter Fraud Continues by OAN Newsroom
    WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 30: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Arizona’s Republican Chairwoman, Dr. Kelli Ward, refuses to back down from the war on election fraud.
    On Saturday, Ward took to Twitter to slam the supervisors in Maricopa County who refused to hand over voting material from the 2020 elections.
    “This election is far from over,” Ward stated.    “Anyone who is telling you differently, whether it’s in the media, whether it’s a Democrat talking head, or whether it’s the Republican establishment, is just avoiding the facts.”
    WATCH: @kelliwardaz on Arizona's fight for election integrity! @AZGOP
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) December 20, 2020

    On Tuesday, state lawmakers issued two subpoenas to Maricopa County in hopes of attaining electronic images of all mail-in ballots.    They also hope to perform a forensic audit of ballot tabulation equipment.
    Some of the county’s board members claimed the subpoena could compromise private voter information.    However, Ward fired back by claiming that county officials are choosing to protect ‘Dominion Voting Systems,’ as opposed to protecting voters who were disenfranchised because of voter fraud.
    The issue is now on its way to court, where a judge will decide whether or not to enforce the subpoenas.
    Meanwhile, other efforts against election fraud are underway.    Two legal cases appealed to higher courts, one of which the GOP hopes to bring before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    “We will find out if they are going to accept it and if they’re going to allow us to have expedited consideration,” Ward said of the cases.    “Is the so-called ‘Safe Harbor‘ of December 8 constitutional?    Did it give us enough time to discover and expose everything that was going on related to our presidential electors?
    The court has yet to confirm if they will take on the case.

12/20/2020 Lawmakers Seek To Make PPP Loan Usage Tax Deductible by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary, Department of the Treasury during the
Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act
report to Congress on September 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys-Pool/Getty Images)
    A new bipartisan proposal seeks to overturn the Treasury’s stance on the Paycheck Protection Program’s tax deductions.
    Lawmakers are reportedly considering legislation that would allow business owners, who obtained these loans, to receive tax deductions on the costs covered by PPP funds.
    According to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, there are still billions of dollars set aside for small businesses.
    “In my opinion, there’s $140 billion sitting in the general fund ready to go out,” Mnuchin said.    “There’s other money we haven’t used and I would hope we get something done quickly.”
    However, under the current system, a business would not be able to claim any deductions for the amount paid to employees or for other costs that would normally be tax-deductible.
    Therefore, businesses are unable to claim many deductions, but PPP funds have not been enough to keep them afloat.
    “The PPP money was great at the beginning,” New York restaurant owner Wade Hagenbart said.    “But then after you realized how long this is lasting, they would have had to provide 10 times as much as they provided.”
    Mnuchin claimed that allowing deductions would be double-dipping into the tax pool, although many businesses are simply looking for a way to survive.
    “And it was one of those things where, you know, the landlord deserves his rent and I’m not going to be paying rent for the time that we are closed,” Hagenburt added.    “So we came to an agreement and he took the keys back and I walked away from a bar that I had open for 20 years.”
    With Tax Day looming and rent to pay, many businesses are hoping for any relief from Capitol Hill.

12/20/2020 Moderna Vaccine Distribution Begins by OAN Newsroom
Biotechnology company Moderna protocol files for COVID-19 vaccinations are kept at the Research Centers of America in
Hollywood, Florida, on August 13, 2020. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
    Moderna’s newly approved vaccine is already on the road and could be administered as soon as Monday.
    On Sunday, vials of the vaccine began shipping out from distribution centers in Kentucky and Tennessee.
    5.9 million doses are expected to be delivered to more than 3,700 locations across the United States.    This came just days after the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine.
An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes with the logo of US biotechnology
company Moderna on November 17, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
    Dr. Arnold Monto, the head of the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee, expressed optimism the authorization will help end the coronavirus pandemic.
    “Congratulations to us all for achieving this Emergency Use Authorization for a second vaccine,” Dr. Monto stated.    “Which along with other events, will eventually… break the back of the pandemic.”
    On Sunday, initial recipients will be decided by an expert advisory panel.

12/20/2020 Dr. Slaoui: Expect A Surge In Cases Over Holiday Season by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, vaccine expert, delivers an update on “Operation Warp Speed” in the Rose Garden of
the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    The head of Operation Warp Speed warned the current surge in coronavirus cases is going to get worse over the holiday season.
    In an interview on Sunday, Dr. Moncef Slaoui said he expects the nation to see a surge in cases over the holidays, due in large part to Christmas gatherings.
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 15: (L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Moncef Slaoui,
the former head of GlaxoSmithKlines vaccines division, speaks about coronavirus vaccine development
in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Dr. Slaoui pointed to holiday travel and Thanksgiving gatherings as the reasons for the current surge.
    “So, unfortunately, it will get worse, because we are still experiencing the outcome of the Thanksgiving holidays, and the gatherings,” Dr. Slaoui noted.    “And unfortunately, there might be more with the Christmas gatherings, so there will be a continuing surge.”
    Despite the grim warnings for the upcoming weeks, Dr. Slaoui added there is a "light at the end of the tunnel” for the nation due to the mass distribution of multiple vaccines.

12/21/2020 Coronavirus in Kentucky - Kentucky reports 1,765 new cases, 26 deaths on Sunday by Ayana Archie, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 1,765 new coronavirus cases and 26 deaths Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear's office said.
    Sunday's update brings the state's total number of cases to 242,321, with 2,397 deaths.    The positivity rate is 8.73%.
    There are currently 1,607 people hospitalized due to coronavirus, 403 in intensive care units and 226 on ventilators.
    Kentucky ranked No. 22 among states for speed of coronavirus spread on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.
    Across Kentucky, cases fell in 71 counties, with the biggest declines in Jefferson, Fayette and Boyd counties.
    Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have now arrived in Kentucky.
    The first doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived Sunday morning and will go to hospitals across the state, Beshear said Thursday at a press briefing.    The first allocation will include 76,700 doses to be distributed, he said.
    Across the river in Indiana, there were 6,558 new COVID-19 cases and 53 deaths Sunday.    Statewide, there have been 464,354 total cases and 7,070 total deaths.
    The positivity rate is currently 18.4%, according to the Indiana health department.
    USA Today contributed to this report. Contact Ayana Archie.
[26 deaths / 1,765 cases = 0.01%.],

12/21/2020 Trump’s judicial legacy may endure under Biden - His influence expected to carry long into future by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will be out of a job next year, but the life tenure enjoyed by his three Supreme Court justices and 230 lower court judges will cement his legacy and create a major obstacle for President- elect Joe Biden.
    A concerted effort by Senate Republicans that began before Trump even was elected left him more than 100 federal court vacancies to fill upon entering office in 2017 – a vacuum Trump and GOP leaders made sure not to leave Biden entering 2021.
    If Republicans retain their Senate majority by winning at least one of two runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5, they also will be in a position to block much of Biden’s policy agenda. That could lead the new president to use executive actions rather than going through Congress – and those could get blocked in the very courts Trump has stacked.
    “The legacy of Trump’s judicial nominations is going to be a barrier not just to Biden but Democratic presidents for a long time,” said Brian Fallon, executive director of the liberal advocacy group Demand Justice and former press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
    The Trump judicial juggernaut began in 2016, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and allies preserved the Supreme Court seat left open by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s death as well as scores of federal circuit and district court vacancies.
    Over the next four years, the White House and Senate Republicans confirmed conservative Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, along with 54 appeals court judges, 173 district court judges and three to the Court of International Trade.
    Those are near-record numbers. President Richard Nixon was the last to name four Supreme Court justices during his first term.    President Jimmy Carter named 262 federal judges in his single term, but more than half of those were to new judgeships created by Congress.
    The impact of Trump’s Supreme Court justices will be felt in years to come, now that Barrett’s replacement in October of the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has given conservatives a 6-3 majority.    But it’s already being felt in the nation’s regional circuit courts, where 99% of federal appeals are decided.
    When Trump took office, nine of the nation’s 13 circuit courts were dominated by Democratic presidents’ appointees.    He flipped three of them: the 2nd Circuit based in New York, the 3rd Circuit based in Philadelphia, and the 11th Circuit based in Atlanta.    Even the sprawling, San Francisco-based 9th Circuit bears his imprint, having gone from a 19-9 majority of Democratic presidents’ nominees to 16-13.
    “Progressives are waking up to how critical the courts are,” says Marge Baker, executive vice president of the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way.    “They’re getting demonstrations every day about the harm Trump’s judges can cause from the bench.”

12/21/2020 Reports: Trump floats idea of naming Powell to investigate his election loss by Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY
    During a White House meeting Friday, President Donald Trump floated the idea of naming conservative attorney Sidney Powell as a special counsel to investigate his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden, according to media reports.
    In the Oval Office meeting, which was first reported by The New York Times, Trump discussed with his advisers the possibility of appointing Powell to investigate election fraud claims and to potentially seize voting machines Trump claimed were rigged against him.
    Most of the advisers at the White House meeting, which included Powell, opposed the ideas.    According to the Times, among those objecting to the suggestion of Powell as special counsel were Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani – who joined by phone – White House counsel Pat Cipollone and chief of staff Mark Meadows.
    According to Politico, the debate grew heated and voices were raised.
    The White House did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
    Powell worked with the campaign to challenge election results in several states, including Michigan.    Giuliani and Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis distanced the campaign from Powell after she publicly made outlandish and unfounded claims of election fraud.
    “Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” Giuliani and Ellis said in a statement last month.    “She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team.    She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.”    Powell claimed there was a conspiracy to rig voting machines against Trump that involved “thousands” of poll workers, deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the CIA and Chinese communists.
    Citing two anonymous sources who said they were at the meeting, the Times reported that Trump raised the possibility of Powell being granted security clearance to investigate her suspicions.
    Trump has continued to claim he won the election, making unsubstantiated voter fraud claims and trying to overturn the results.    Powell, along with other staunch supporters and allies of the president, encouraged and echoed his allegations of fraud, though evidence has been lacking and courts have rejected the challenges.
    The appointment of a special counsel would have to be carried out by the attorney general or an act of Congress.    The Associated Press reported that Trump asked his team of lawyers, including Giuliani, about whether the president has the power to appoint one himself.
    Attorney General William Barr announced his resignation last week.    The president said Barr, who declared the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, will leave his post Dec. 23.
    Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was in attendance at the White House on Friday, where Trump asked him about the idea of invoking martial law, according to the Times.    The Wall Street Journal and CNN also reported that the idea of martial law was discussed but did not specify who raised it or how Trump viewed it.    All the reports said the suggestion was rejected.    Trump denied the reports about the discussion of martial law in a tweet early Sunday, but he did not dispute any other aspects of the reports.    That tweet came immediately after one in which he insulted his former national security adviser John Bolton, who told CNN he found it “appalling” martial law had reportedly been considered.
    “What would Bolton, one of the dumbest people in Washington, know?” Trump tweeted.
    During an interview with Newsmax on Thursday, Flynn said that by implementing martial law, Trump “could immediately on his order seize every single one of these machines around the country,” referring to the voting machines Trump claims were rigged against him.

12/21/2020 What is future of Fox News? - Conservative viewers may seek out other networks by Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY
    A surge of post-election momentum for pro-Trump networks suggests that Fox News’ status as the primary cable news destination of far-right conservative viewers may not be as solid as previously thought.
    But it’s unclear whether recent audience growth for Newsmax and One America News is sustainable – and experts question whether those networks can lure the type of blue-chip advertisers that have enriched Fox News.
    In the period leading up to the election and in the weeks thereafter, Newsmax and OAN have attracted a growing audience of far-right conservatives by amplifying [This following statement is disputed bu GOD President Donald Trump’s false declaration of victory and his unfounded accusations of election fraud.]
    Newsmax, the larger of the two, appears to have made a dent in Fox News’ ratings since then, although Fox News remains the far-and-away leader.
    In the last full week before the election, primetime ratings for Fox News were more than 90 times greater than primetime ratings for Newsmax, according to ratings tracker Nielsen.
    But in the first full week after the election, Fox News’ lead had declined to less than nine times the ratings of Newsmax.    And by the week of Nov. 30, the lead was down to less than seven times.
    Fox News is being forced to actually compete for its audience for the first time in years,” said Matt Gertz, senior fellow at Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group that closely tracks cable news.    “They have had more or less a monopoly over right-wing cable news and have been the focal point of the overall conservative media ecosystem for decades – and now they are needing to deal with competitors coming from the right and trying to take away some of their market share.”
    To be sure, Fox News has remained the most-watched cable news network in primetime, also besting CNN and MSNBC despite recent growth for those networks.    But the momentum is undeniable for Newsmax, which averaged 401,000 viewers in primetime the week of Nov. 30, compared with 57,000 the week before the election and 233,000 the week of the election, according to Nielsen.
    The surge for Newsmax in recent weeks even attracted the attention of “Saturday Night Live,” which spoofed.
    “We don’t take lightly the potential for competition.” Steve Tomsic Fox Corp. CFO.

12/21/2020 WHO Says No Need For Major Alarm Over New Coronavirus Strain by Emma Farge and Michael Shields
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board
meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) – The World Health Organization cautioned against major alarm over a new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain, saying this was a normal part of a pandemic’s evolution.
    WHO officials even put a positive light on the discovery of the new strains that prompted a slew of alarmed countries to impose travel restrictions on Britain and South Africa, saying new tools to track the virus were working.
    “We have to find a balance.    It’s very important to have transparency, it’s very important to tell the public the way it is, but it’s also important to get across that this is a normal part of virus evolution,” WHO emergencies chief Mike Ryan told an online briefing.
    “Being able to track a virus this closely, this carefully, this scientifically in real time is a real positive development for global public health, and the countries doing this type of surveillance should be commended.”
    Citing data from Britain, WHO officials said they had no evidence that the variant made people sicker or was more deadly than existing strains of COVID-19, although it did seem to spread more easily.
    Countries imposing travel curbs were acting out of an abundance of caution while they assess risks, Ryan said, adding: “That is prudent.    But it is also important that everyone recognises that this happens, these variants occur.”
    WHO officials said coronavirus mutations had so far been much slower than with influenza and that even the new UK variant remained much less transmissible than other diseases like mumps.
    They said vaccines developed to combat COVID-19 should handle the new variants as well, although checks were under way to ensure this was the case.
    “So far, even though we have seen a number of changes, a number of mutations, none has made a significant impact on either the susceptibility of the virus to any of the currently used therapeutics, drugs or the vaccines under development and one hopes that will continue to be the case,” WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan told the briefing.
    The WHO said it expects to get more detail within days or weeks on the potential impact of the highly transmissible new coronavirus strain.
(Reporting by Emma Farge in Geneva and Michael Shields in Zurich; Writing by Josephine Mason; editing by Mark Heinrich)

12/21/2020 U.S. Issues Additional Visa Restrictions On Chinese Officials by Daphne Psaledakis and David Brunnstrom
FILE PHOTO: Flags of U.S. and China are displayed at American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC)'s booth during
China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, China, May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday imposed additional visa restrictions on Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses, taking further action against Beijing in the final month of U.S. President Donald Trump’s term.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the restrictions affected officials believed to be responsible for or complicit in repressing religious practitioners, ethnic minority groups, dissidents and others.
    “China’s authoritarian rulers impose draconian restrictions on the Chinese people’s freedoms of expression, religion or belief, association, and the right to peaceful assembly.    The United States has been clear that perpetrators of human rights abuses like these are not welcome in our country,” he said in a statement.
    U.S.-China relations have plunged to their worst level in decades as the world’s top two economies spar over issues ranging from the coronavirus outbreak, Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong, trade and espionage.
    On Friday, Washington added dozens of Chinese companies, including top chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp and drone manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, to a trade blacklist.
    Also on Monday, U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf said it was looking at further restrictions on China, which he called an ever-increasing threat to the United States.
    Wolf told the Heritage Foundation think tank these included tighter visa curbs on Chinese Communist Party members and a broader ban on goods made with forced labor.    He said DHS was also reviewing the activities of Chinese television maker TCL Electronics Holdings.
    Wolf noted a State Department action this month to reduce the validity of U.S. visas for members of China’s ruling Communist Party to one month.
    “We’re … working with State to consider further restrictions on visa validity periods for CCP members,” he added.
    He said DHS was “continuing to develop and hoped to soon issue” a region-wide ban covering “key categories of products produced with forced labor” in China’s Xinjiang region.
    Wolf did not elaborate, but he was apparently referring to a broad import ban on all cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang that the Trump administration considered this year before opting for narrower bans on products from specific entities.
    U.S. apparel makers have criticized a broader ban as impossible to enforce.
    Wolf said DHS would soon issue a business advisory cautioning against using data services and equipment from firms linked to China and said it was “reviewing entities such as the Chinese manufacturer TCL,” the world’s third largest manufacturer of TV sets.
    Wolf said it had been discovered this year that the firm had “incorporated backdoors into all its TV sets, exposing users to cyber breaches and data exfiltration.”
    Wolf said DHS would soon release a “Strategic Action Plan to counter the People’s Republic of China” that would draw on Trump’s 2017 national security strategy and a 2020 document laying out a U.S. strategic approach to Beijing.    He did not elaborate on this.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Susan Heavey and Richard Chang)

12/21/2020 U.S. Treasury Confirms SolarWinds Hack As More Officials Blame Russia by Raphael Satter
FILE PHOTO: The SolarWinds logo is seen outside its headquarters in Austin, Texas, U.S., December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Flores
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. secretary of the Treasury on Monday publicly confirmed that his department had been breached – more than a week after Reuters first reported the hack.
    Speaking to CNBC, Steve Mnuchin acknowledged that the hackers had penetrated Treasury’s unclassified network but downplayed the severity of the intrusion.
    “We do not see any break in into our classified systems,” he said.    “Our unclassified systems did have some access.    I will say that the good news is there has been no damage, nor have we seen any large amounts of information displaced.”
    Mnuchin said he would not go into further detail because there were still details “we’re not yet ready to disclose.”
    The Treasury did not immediately return a message seeking additional information on Mnuchin’s comments.
    U.S. governments and cybersecurity experts in several countries are still struggling to get their arms around the breach, which began earlier this year when hackers subverted the Texas-based software company SolarWinds and used the company as a springboard to jump deep into government and corporate networks.
    Top U.S. officials – including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – have blamed Russia for the ambitious espionage operation, although some officials and experts have told Reuters it is too soon to know for sure who is behind the breach.
    The Kremlin has denied any involvement and President Donald Trump, who has spent much of his term in office defending Russia from various allegations of hacking and interference, downplayed the breach and raised the possibility that China might be involved.
    Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday became the latest Trump loyalist to break with the outgoing president, telling a news conference that he agreed with Pompeo’s assessment that Russia was responsible: “It certainly appears to be the Russians but I am not going to discuss it beyond that.”
(Reporting by Raphael Satter; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

12/21/2020 Congress Reaches Agreement On $900B COVID-19 Stimulus Package by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is seen at the U.S. Capitol at night after negotiators sealed a deal for COVID relief Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in
Washington. Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal Sunday on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering
long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have made headway in providing much needed relief to the American people.    On Sunday, Congress reached a final agreement on a $900 billion COVID-19 bill.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) celebrated the move while noting the package will provide relief to citizens as we approach the final stretch of the pandemic.
    “It is packed with targeted policies that help struggling Americans who have waited entirely too long,” McConnell said.    “For workers at the hardest hit small businesses, there will be a targeted second draw of the Paycheck Protection Program,” he added.
    The bill includes $325 billion in business relief, with $280 billion going towards the Paycheck Protection Program.    For those who lost their jobs as a result of the global health crisis, $300 will be added to unemployment benefits through March 14.
    Congress also agreed to $25 billion for emergency assistance to tenants who are behind on rent.    Additionally, a federal moratorium on evictions is also set to be extended for another month.
    Perhaps the question most Americans are asking is: will there be another round of stimulus checks?
    “So at the particular request of and emphasis of President Trump and his administration, our agreement will provide another round of direct impact payments to help households make ends meet and continue our economic recovery,” McConnell said.
    In a last minute decision, Congress agreed to a one-time direct payment of $600 to those making less than $75,000 a year, or $150,000 as a couple.
    With this round, children under the age of 16 will also be getting $600.    However, similar to last time, many college students will not be getting a check as dependents over the age of 16 do not qualify.
    Sen. Josh Hawley (D-Mo.) criticized his colleagues, saying the proposal is not enough.    “It is a step, a step in the right direction, but it is only a step,” he stated.

12/21/2020 Factbox-What’s In The U.S. COVID-19 Bill? Unemployment, $600 Checks, ‘Three Martini Lunch’ Deduction
FILE PHOTO: A handwritten hiring sign is posted outside a local drugstore in Solana Beach, California, U.S., July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. congressional leaders said on Sunday they had reached agreement on a $900 billion package to provide the first new aid in months to an economy hammered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with votes likely on Monday.
    Here’s what is in the package, according to a summary released by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and interviews with several congressional aides who provided additional details:
    Checks in the mail: The bill includes $166 billion in new direct payments of up to $600 per adult and child, for individuals making up to $75,000 a year and $1,200 for couples making up to $150,000 a year.    The bill expands direct payments to mixed-status households.
    More unemployment benefits: An additional $300 per week for some unemployment recipients, with expanded coverage to the self employed, “gig” workers and others in nontraditional situations.
    A U.S. Postal Service grant: Congress agrees to convert a $10 billion loan approved in March into direct funding for USPS without requiring repayment.
    Payroll loans: $284 billion for government payroll loans, including expanded eligibility for nonprofits and newspaper and TV and radio broadcasters, $15 billion for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions and $20 billion for targeted disaster grants
    Back-to-school funding: $82 billion for colleges and schools, including for heating-and-cooling system upgrades to mitigate virus transmission and reopen classrooms, and $10 billion for childcare assistance. Includes $54.3 billion for K-12 schools and $22.7 billion for higher education
    Childcare: $10 billion to provide childcare assistance to families and to help childcare providers cover costs related to pandemic safety.
    Business meal write-offs.    A new tax break for business meal expenses, nicknamed the “three martini” deduction.
    Ending surprise medical billing: Insured patients only need to pay in-network costs when an emergency or other issue forces them to use a medical provider who isn’t covered by their network.
    Transport industry help: $45 billion for transportation aid, including $15 billion to U.S. passenger airlines for payroll assistance, $14 billion for transit systems, $10 billion for state highway funding, $2 billion for airports, $1 billion for airline contractors and $1 billion for passenger railroad Amtrak.
    Rent and eviction aid: $25 billion for rent and utility payment assistance for people struggling to stay in their homes, and an extension of the eviction moratorium until Jan. 31.    States will receive a minimum of $200 million in assistance.
    Vaccine distribution aid: $30 billion to support procurement and distribution of the vaccine, “ensuring it’s free and rapidly distributed to everyone,” as Schumer said.
    More to fight hunger: $13 billion for food assistance, including additional funding for food banks and senior nutrition programs, college student access to the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
    Farm aid: Another $13 billion for direct payments, purchases and loans to farmers and ranchers.
    Expanded Pell Grants: New grants for college tuition, which would reach 500,000 new recipients.
    Internet access: $7 billion to give more Americans broadband internet access, including $1.9 billion to replace telecom network equipment that poses national security risks and $3.2 billion for a new temporary benefit program to help low-income Americans get access to broadband service Global virus alliances: $4 billion for an international vaccine alliance
    Tax credits: Enhanced tax credits to encourage low-income housing construction, businesses to keep employees on payroll, employers to provide paid sick leave, and for low income workers.,br>     Minority-owned businesses: $12 billion for minority owned and very small businesses that struggled to access earlier Payroll Protection Program financing.
    What’s not in the bill: Liability protection for companies whose employees get coronavirus, which Republicans have backed for months, was not including in the final negotiations or bill; Democrats laid aside sizable funds for state and local governments in return.
    A last-minute attempt by the Republican Party to limit the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending power to small businesses and local governments was also left out.
(Reporting by David Shepardson, David Brunnstrom and Andy Sullivan; Editing by Heather Timmons, Richard Pullin)

12/21/2020 Mainstream Media Waited Until After Nov. Vote To Acknowledge Hunter Biden Corruption by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Joe Biden, right, embraces his son Hunter Biden, left, in Wilmington, Del. Biden’s son Hunter says he has
learned from federal prosecutors that his tax affairs are under investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    The mainstream media seems to have changed its tune about Hunter Biden more than a month after Americans cast their ballots in the presidential election.
    Large outlets who denied Biden corruption allegations during the 2020 election cycle are now acknowledging the case against him, but many are questioning the timing of their coverage.
    Liberal press has been accused of sweeping these incriminating allegations under the rug to save face with Joe Biden.
    Before the election, the Washington Post shared this headline: “The truth behind the Hunter Biden non-scandal.”    However, that same publication also shared another headline after the election titled: “Hunter Biden tax probe examining Chinese business dealings.”
    Does this sound familiar?    It should.    One America’s Chanel Rion broke this story of corruption last year, however, mainstream media outlets accused OAN of pushing false narratives.
    Now that the voting window is long over, networks have no need to conceal this information.
    Before the election, Politico published a piece with the headline: “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo.”    This is a stark contrast to their most recent headline which reads: “Justice Department’s interest in Hunter Biden covered more than taxes.”
    President Trump has spoken on this throughout his presidency, calling out media outlets for only covering stories that hurt him. Despite this, the President remains hopeful the truth will prevail. “    They will lie, they will obstruct, they will spread their hatred and their prejudice, but we will not back down from doing what is right because as the bible tells us — we know that the truth will prevail,” he stated.

12/21/2020 Rudy Giuliani Calls For Dominion Voting Machine Audit by OAN Newsroom
Pictured is Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney. (Mike Mulholland/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
    President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, took to Twitter on Monday to ask if Joe Biden cheated in the presidential election like he cheated his way through law school.
    The attorney called on battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and Arizona to allow the Trump campaign to audit Dominion voting machines.
    Giuliani continued to highlight major issues with Dominion voting machines in a video message on Friday.
    “Our forensic experts, all with very very significant military and intelligence background, say that the machine is completely porous,” he stated.    “They described it like a piece of Swiss cheese. Anyone can get into it, anyone can change it.    It even counts half-votes.”

12/21/2020 AG Barr Won’t Appoint Special Counsel In Hunter Biden Probe by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020
at the Justice Department in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)
    Just days before he is set to leave his post, Attorney General William Barr said in a press conference on Monday that he will not be appointing a special counsel in the Hunter Biden investigation.
    Barr explained that he has not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel, adding that he has no plans to do so before he leaves office on Wednesday.
    The attorney general also stated that he will not name a special counsel to investigate allegations of voter fraud, explaining that he would have done so if he thought it was the right step at this time.
    “I think to the extent that there’s an investigation, it is being handled responsibly and professionally,” Barr said.    “To this point, I have not seen a reason to appoint special counsel and I have no plan to do before I leave.”
    Barr also told reporters that he sees no basis for the seizure of voting machines by the federal government.

12/21/2020 Seattle City Councilwoman Calls Police To Investigate Crime She Wants To Legalize by OAN Newsroom
Police officers look on at protesters in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
    One of Seattle’s fiercest advocates for defunding the police was forced to defend her policies after calling 9-1-1 to report an incident at her home.
    According to a recently redacted police report, city councilwoman Lisa Herbold called the police earlier this month to report that someone had thrown a rock through her living room window.    She claimed that she was near her kitchen when she heard a noise, which she referred to as a “gunshot.”    She said that this noise forced her to “dive into the kitchen for cover.”
    This incident comes as the city council moves to pass legislation effectively making misdemeanors, like throwing a rock through a window, legal if the suspect can employ the so-called poverty defense.
    The poverty defense gives considerations to criminals if they claim their mental illness, drug use or financial status had an impact on their decision to commit a crime.
    If the new policy were to be enacted, the incident that Herbold reported could be promptly dismissed by a judge.     Herbold claimed her office has received a number of threats this past year amid the reform efforts, but admitted it was unlikely this incident was related.

12/21/2020 Exclusive: Biden Team Weighs Deportation Relief For More Than 1 Million Hondurans, Guatemalans by Ted Hesson and Laura Gottesdiener
FILE PHOTO: A child carries his brother in a street covered in mud after the floods caused by the rains
brought by Hurricanes Eta and Iota, in La Lima, Honduras December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The incoming Biden administration is considering a plan to shield more than a million immigrants from Honduras and Guatemala from deportation after the countries were battered by hurricanes in November, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is weighing whether to grant them Temporary Protected Status
(TPS).    The program allows people already in the United States at the time of the designation to stay and work legally if their home countries have been affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts or other events that prevent their safe return.    The designations last six to 18 months and can be renewed.
    TPS covers both immigrants in the United States illegally and those on legal visas.    The program bars certain applicants with criminal convictions and those deemed security threats.
    The sources stressed that no decisions were expected until after Biden takes office on Jan. 20 and staff are in place to conduct formal evaluations.
    “They’re looking into TPS the same way they’re looking into a number of things to decide on the right course of action,” said one of the people, all of whom requested anonymity.    “Circumstances on the ground certainly warrant that.”
    A transition team spokesman declined to comment.
    If Biden’s Democratic administration does grant TPS to Hondurans and Guatemalans, it would represent a major expansion of the program and the biggest use of that authority in decades.
    The discussion of the TPS humanitarian protections represents a sharp departure from the administration of Republican President Donald Trump.
    Trump attempted to phase out most enrollment in the TPS program, arguing the countries had recovered from natural disasters that happened years or decades ago, but the terminations were slowed by federal courts and the protections will remain in place at least until October 2021.
    Biden’s campaign website called Trump attempts to roll back TPS “politically motivated” and Biden has said he would not return enrollees to unsafe countries.
    If the Biden administration ultimately offers new TPS protections to Hondurans and Guatemalans, it could enthuse liberal Democrats but would risk criticism from Republicans who back Trump’s tougher approach to immigration, making it more difficult for Biden to pass the immigration bill he plans to introduce at the start of his term.
    U.S. border officials are also concerned about the effects of a major surge in migration in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.    The situation could be exacerbated by talk of new TPS designations, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union for Border Patrol agents.
    The two hurricanes that powered through Central America in November, named Eta and Iota, killed more than 100 people in Honduras and forced more than 300,000 to be evacuated from their homes, with more than 125,000 still displaced in shelters, according to the Honduran government.
    In Guatemala, the storms killed dozens of people, destroyed roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, and inundated swaths of farmland while it already had a growing hunger crisis.
    More than a quarter of a million families in Guatemala have been affected by the agricultural destruction, according to the agricultural ministry.    The World Food Programme warns the damage will create a high risk of food insecurity for subsistence farmers and their families throughout the next 10 months, until the next harvest occurs.
    The governments of both Honduras and Guatemala have called on the United States to issue new TPS designations for their nationals in the United States.
    A group of four Democratic senators from the states of Virginia and Maryland sent a letter on Friday to Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s nominee to become homeland security secretary, urging Mayorkas to “promptly” issue new TPS designations for Honduras and Guatemala, as well as for El Salvador and Nicaragua.
    In Texas, 42-year-old Margarita Rivera, a Honduran immigrant living in the United States illegally and working at a cake shop, said flooding was so devastating in her hometown along the northern coast that many of her neighbors lost their homes and had to be rescued by boat.
    “I would love if TPS were approved,” she said, explaining that it would be extremely difficult for her to survive and make ends meet in Honduras if she were deported.
    Roughly 411,000 people of different nationalities have TPS protections, according to a 2019 report by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
    Some 79,000 Hondurans are already enrolled in the program under a 1999 designation issued by Democratic President Bill Clinton’s administration following hurricane damage.    However, to be eligible, Hondurans must have been residing in the United States on or before Dec. 30, 1998.
(Reporting by Ted Hesson in Washington and Laura Gottesdiener in Monterrey, Mexico; Additional reporting by Kristina Cooke in Los Angeles; Editing by Ross Colvin and Grant McCool)

12/22/2020 Oil down $1.29 to $47.79, DOW up 37 to 30,216.

12/22/2020 Group Of GOP Lawmakers Meet With President Trump To Discuss Resistance To Electoral College Vote by OAN Newsroom
File – Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is pictured. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
    A growing number of lawmakers are planning to reject the Electoral College’s votes.    On Monday, a group of legislatorsRep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) reportedly met with President Trump and his legal team to discuss plans to object to the Electoral College vote count in January.
    Brooks has been slamming the supposed outcome of the election due to what he called “evidence of widespread voter fraud.”
    “The overwhelming, compelling and irrefutable evidence leads to but one conclusion,” he stated.    “If only lawful votes cast by eligible American citizens are counted, President Trump handedly won the Electoral College and re-election.”
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed the meeting occurred at the Oval Office as Republicans prepare to mount a battle against voter fraud.    A number of Republican lawmakers and incoming legislators are confirmed to have been in attendance, including Reps. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and incoming Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
    The lawmakers reportedly implored President Trump not to give up on his fight for election integrity heading into the vote count.    Meanwhile, Gaetz has called for Republicans to fight the stolen election results until the very end.
    “Democracy is left undefended if we accept the results of a stolen election without fighting with every bit of vigor we can muster,” he stated.
    The Constitution sates one lawmaker each from the House and Senate must object to the results in order for the full Senate to vote on the validity of the outcome.    The House and Senate will meet January 6, 2021 to tally the Electoral College’s votes.

12/22/2020 Congress Divided Over President Trump’s Upcoming Veto Of Defense Bill by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2020, file phoot President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    After being passed in both the House and Senate, President Trump has promised to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
    The President has continuously threatened to veto the bill because it lacks the repeal of Section 230.    The section allows social media companies to censor content without fear of legal repercussions.
    The bill recently made it through both chambers of Congress with veto proof majorities, which means more than two-thirds of members in either chamber will have the power to override the veto if it happens.
    However, several big name Republicans have already signaled their willingness to support the President in his efforts to veto the bill, many of whom voted against the bill during the initial vote.
    Additionally, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) had already voted against the original passing of the NDAA in the Senate with Hawley stating he would not vote to override a veto.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also opposes the new defense bill since it would limit the President’s ability to withdraw U.S. troops.    The Kentucky lawmaker said he’s even willing to filibuster the bill in order to point out that presidents should have the ability to end a war and not just start them.
    Back in 2013, Paul held a 13-hour filibuster in protest of the Obama administration’s possible use of drone strikes on American citizens domestically.
    A filibuster from the Republican senator as well as a 10 day delay by President Trump on the veto could possibly push the NDAA vote to it’s limit.    The President has until Wednesday to veto the bill.

12/22/2020 House, Senate Pass Omnibus Spending Bill by OAN Newsroom
Dusk falls over the Capitol, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Washington. Congressional leaders have hashed out a massive,
year-end catchall bill that combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion spending bill and reams
of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education and health care. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    As 2020 comes to a close, lawmakers have pushed a massive bipartisan bill to keep the government running and help Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic.    Minutes before midnight Monday, the Senate announced the measure had passed by a significant margin.
    “Are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or wishing to change their vote?” asked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).    “If not, the Yeas are 91, the Nays are seven.    The 60 vote threshold having been achieved, the motion to concur is agreed to.”
    The bill includes a $1.4 trillion provision to fund the entire 2021 fiscal year and provide $900 billion in coronavirus relief.    Before the legislation sailed through the Senate, the House convened and passed the bill with ease.
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in both chambers had been caught in a drawn out battle for months, which centered around coronavirus relief measures.    This resulted in a compromise finalized at the last possible minute.
    “This bill is enormous.    It’s not perfect, but it reflects a fair compromise that includes funding for many important priorities at home and abroad,” stated Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.).    “And vital assistance for all those negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.”
    Negotiations between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin were often put on hold with political agendas getting in the way of putting forth a practical policy.
    Despite the stumbling blocks, the bill ultimately received strong bipartisan support with lawmakers recognizing it would provide direct support to Americans still struggling to get by.
    “We have big wins in this package to help us defeat the virus once and for all with billions more in funding for vaccines, testing, distribution and more,” said Rep. Brady.    “This bipartisan solution is so important to the American people, this is a strong and needed package.”
    The final bill, which followed a series of continuing resolutions, is largest in congressional history with 5,593 pages aimed at shepherding America through the next stage of the pandemic and into the New Year.

12/22/2020 Ore. Lawmakers Refuse To Open Closed-Door Special Session by OAN Newsroom
Protesters hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, as
legislators meet for a special session to discuss COVID-19 relief measures. (AP Photo/Sara Cline)
    Oregon lawmakers are facing backlash from hundreds of patriots who protested the state’s exclusion of residents from legislative sessions that were formerly open to the public.
    On Monday, the opening day of the state’s third special session, supporters of President Trump gathered around the State Capitol building in Salem.
    They called for entry into the legislative session that was being held inside to better voice their frustration about the state’s current lockdown policies.    Officials claimed the session was closed off due to COVID-19 concerns.
    “We pay for this building, we pay their their salaries,” one protester yelled to out the crowd.    “It is our building, we need to be in there and see what the hell is going on with these Chinese traders.”
    Instead of responding to the protesters calls to let them in, however, lawmakers doubled down on their decision to keep their session private.    Lawmakers then demanded that the police intervene, which resulted in at least four protesters being arrested.
    Residents in Oregon have been criticizing the state’s orders for schools and businesses to close.
    One member of the state Senate, Dallas Heard (R), objected to the exclusion and called the session “illegitimate” before walking out to join the demonstrators.

12/22/2020 U.S. House Intel Chair Wants Briefing On Recent Hacking Campaign
FILE PHOTO: A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in
this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration
    (Reuters) – U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff on Tuesday asked for a briefing from U.S. agencies about a widespread hack of U.S. government networks and potential vulnerabilities.
    Schiff said news “about FireEye is especially concerning because reportedly a nation-state actor made off with advanced tools that could help them mount future attacks.”
    FireEye chief executive Kevin Mandia said in a CBS interview Sunday that the hack of U.S. government networks has “genuinely impacted” about 50 companies or organizations.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

12/22/2020 Barr Says Durham ‘Making Good Progress’ On Russia Probe by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020
at the Justice Department in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)
    Attorney General William Barr recently discussed special counsel John Durham’s work on the Russia probe.    During a press conference Monday, he said Durham was “making good progress” on the investigation, but did not give specifics into the case.
    Barr also noted Durham was appointed as a special counsel, so the investigation could be completed independent of any presidential administration.
    “As you know, I designated John Durham as a special counsel because I wanted to provide him and his team with the assurance they’d be able to finish their work and their making good progress now,” Barr stated.    “Expect they will be able to finish their work.”
    The Durham investigation centered around the origins of the Russia probe, which led to the failed impeachment of President Trump back in 2019.    It aimed to uncover wrongdoing within certain intelligence and law enforcement agencies under the Obama administration, which may have led to the false Russian collusion narrative to begin with.

12/22/2020 President Trump Calls Into Turning Point USA Student Summit by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump talks on a phone in the
Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Conservative student activists received a surprise call from a very special guest at their annual meeting.    Turning Point USA‘s Student Action     Summit, which is held in Florida, launched on Saturday.    The summit played host to a long list of prominent figures representing various sections of the conservative movement.
    Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke while members of the President’s inner circle, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr. were also in attendance.    President Trump usually attends the student summit every year, but could not be there in person for this year’s event.
    While speaking to the approximately 4,000 attendees, Turning Point founder Charlie Kirk was suddenly interrupted by a member of his team who informed him a surprise guest was on the line.    As Kirk answered the phone, the President’s voice was heard followed by a roar from the crowd.
    During the ensuing conversation, Kirk assured the President the young conservatives in attendance stand behind him in his fight for election integrity.    This prompted President Trump to reiterate he’s working to safeguard American democracy.
    The current fight for the White House, President Trump added, is a battle for America itself and a battle in need of brave conservatives willing to stand for the values on which the country was founded.
    “We are fighting really for the country because we won this election in a landslide,” he stated.    “The problem is we need a party that will fight, we have some great congressmen and women and we’ve got some great fighters.”
    The President finished by noting the Justice Department and others in government need to step up and help investigate all the instances of voter fraud.

12/22/2020 Voter Poll: Speaker Nancy Pelosi Needs To Go by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    According to a poll published on Tuesday, 56 percent of voters think House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should be replaced by someone else in the next round of Congress.    Her overall image rating traced that sentiment with only 27 percent of independent voters viewing her favorably.     Pelosi has come under fire in recent months for holding up stimulus talks to push a so-called Democrat wish list instead.
    Pelosi has reportedly suggested this will be her final term.    The future speaker will be decided when the new Congress convenes to vote on January 3.

12/23/2020 Oil down $0.91 to $46.88, DOW down 201 to 30,016.

12/23/2020 State reports 3,057 new cases, 28 deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 3,057 new COVID-19 cases and 28 new deaths Tuesday.
    The state has now seen 247,344 cases of the coronavirus and 2,444 related deaths — 'far more than any of us ever wanted to lose,' Gov. Andy Beshear said during his virtual briefing.
    Beshear said the state has stopped its surge in cases but will continue to see high death counts, as 'deaths follow cases by several weeks.'
    'Again, it’s good that it’s not growing any more,' he said.    'It’s good that it’s even come down a little bit, but we need to push it down even further.'
    There were 1,631 Kentuckians hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday, including 419 in an intensive care unit and 223 on a ventilator.    The rate for positive tests is 8.48%.
    As of Tuesday afternoon, 8,839 Kentuckians — less than 1% of the state’s population — have been vaccinated following the Pfizer vaccine’s arrival last week.    Kentucky has received 84,275 doses and has 75,436 available to be administered, according to state data.
    Kentucky’s second delivery of the Moderna vaccine, which first arrived Sunday, will be smaller than anticipated, Beshear said.    A shipment of 26,500 doses is expected between Dec. 27-31.
    Between Moderna and Pfizer, the commonwealth expects to receive a total allocation of 202,650 doses by the end of the year.
    So far, vaccinations have been given only to health care workers and long-term care residents, with the exception of a few Kentucky leaders, including Beshear, who received a vaccination publicly Tuesday.    Through at least the first part of January, all doses will be given to those groups, Beshear said.
    Beshear he encouraged families to keep holiday celebrations small.
    'How we do Christmas and New Year’s celebrations is going to be so critical in protecting as many Kentuckians as possible until we can get this vaccine disseminated,' he said.
    Indiana on Tuesday reported 3,758 new COVID-19 cases and 143 deaths.
[28 deaths / 3,057 cases = 0.009% for Monday-Tuesday.].

12/23/2020 CDC Report Shows MSM, WHO Misinterpreting COVID-19 Data by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
(2019-nCoV). The prickly orb is on every news and medical site. It’s all over TV and on flyers for COVID car cleaning. (CDC via AP, File)
    As mainstream media rhetoric continues to use the coronavirus pandemic to fuel their political agenda, a recent report from the CDC shows their arguments aren’t on solid ground.
    Updated Monday, the CDC’s COVID-19 mortality rates show the organization isn’t clearly differentiating between coronavirus-caused deaths and coronavirus-related deaths.
    The CDC claims it abides by the World Health Organization’s guidelines when reporting causes of deaths, namely by using the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10 Edition or ICD-10.
    The WHO created two classifications for coronavirus deaths, U07.1 and UO7.2, to account for the number cases where a clear cause of death is not able to be determined.    UO7.1 is meant to be used in cases where a lab was able to confirm the virus was the true cause of death, whereas UO7.2 was for all other cases where COVID-19 was just part of a diagnosis.
    The American Academy of Family Physicians pointed out the CDC only adopted one category, UO7.1, but classifies all coronavirus-related deaths under this code.    They said this “leaves room for interpretation about when to use the code,” which leaves physicians without clear guidance.
    The CDC’s Vital Statistics Reporting Guidance Report doesn’t provide much clarity, including defining the underlying cause of death as either “the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury.”
    Some coroners, however, are finding the broad description difficult to manage and report they are being expected to classify any death by any cause as coronavirus-related if the patient had or was presumed to have the virus at any point before their death.
    “They were actually gunshot wounds,” stated Brenda Bock, a coroner in Grand County, Colorado.    “The people had tested earlier in the month for COVID and because they did have COVID, our state Health Department is listing them as COVID deaths.”
    For any patient, regardless of whether or not they were exposed to the virus or even tested positive for the virus themselves, there are multiple avenues by which a doctor can apply the UO7.1 code.    The code is applied in some cases even when other factors are present, most notably influenza or pneumonia. In these instances, the CDC created a new classification of mortality known as PIC.
    From February through the first three weeks of December, there were 411,477 deaths due to either pneumonia, influenza, coronavirus or some combination thereof.    Of these, 288,287 deaths were coded as diagnosed and confirmed COVID-19-caused deaths.
    Nearly 140,000, however, were said to have been possibly or probably due to COVID-19 and thus received the ICD-10 designation.    In light of the overlap, mainstream media outlets have been reporting even higher death tolls.
    On Monday, when the CDC had less than 290,000, the New York Times reported 323,002.    On that same day, NBC reported 323,012 and CNN reported 322,765.
    Despite repeated warnings from the CDC posted all over their website and included in their datasets, the media has taken these numbers and used them to fit their agenda, including perpetuating theories doctors have begun to pick and choose who to treat to try and keep the death toll down.

12/23/2020 Attorney Giuliani Says Dominion Voting Machines In Democrat-Run States Must Be Audited by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at
the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)
    Rudy Giuliani has called for an investigation into Dominion voting machines due to what he described as a “high rate of error” in their tabulation results.
    The President’s attorney said Dominion machines in key states reported a 68 percent error rate, which allowed election officials to manipulate the vote count.    He said those voting machines must be audited, adding that Democrats’ resistance to this may suggest they have something to hide.
    “81.96 percent of the votes cast were rejected, and they were sent to an adjudication file and it is now missing,” explained the attorney.    “The security records for election software are also missing, which also violates state law.”
    Giuliani went on to add, Democrat officials in key states have failed to provide an explanation for these violations and must be held accountable.,br>     Further, he stated the Michigan secretary of state engaged in potentially criminal activity in order to completely destroy electronic records of votes in Antrim, Michigan.    Meanwhile, he pointed to evidence of massive vote manipulation in Antrim, which used foreign-owned Dominion software for the election.
    “Dominion is a Canadian company, their votes are sent outside the U.S. during the calculation process,” the attorney continued.    “Did you know that?
    Giuliani said this incident indicates an overall lack of security in states that also used Dominion.
    “So, that would implicate just about all the other states in which there was rampant fraud,” he noted.    “It would implicate the state of Arizona, it would implicate the state of Pennsylvania, it would implicate the state of Wisconsin, it would implicate Fulton County, Georgia where Dominion machines were used.”
    Meanwhile, congressman-elect Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) has announced he will challenge the Electoral College vote count on the House floor to ensure U.S. elections are fair, free and just.
    “Liberal governors and liberal secretaries of state, I will be contesting the election,” stated the 25-year-old representative.
    Cawthorn stressed mail-in ballots in swing states were authorized by executive action, bypassing state legislatures.    He said such decisions were unconstitutional and illegal.
    The congressman called on his fellow Republicans to challenge election fraud as well.    Both Cawthorn and Giuliani pointed out that the GOP has been retreating and conceding for too long.    They believe now is the time to take action.
    “The media, Big Tech and the crooked elements in the Democratic Party are destroying it now,” Giuliani stated.    “We’ve got to fight back and we’ve got to reclaim our right of free speech, a right of freedom of religion, and our right to a free and fair vote.”
    Cawthorn is the latest lawmaker to announce he will challenge the electoral vote count following congressmen Tedd Budd (R-N.C.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Brian Babin (R-Texas) and Jody Hice (R-Ga.).

12/23/2020 Ariz. State Senators Sue Maricopa County Over Election Results by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Maricopa County elections officials count ballots in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
    State senators in Arizona are ramping up their challenge against election fraud in the state. On Tuesday, state Senate Republicans filed a lawsuit against election officials in Maricopa County.
    The lawmakers are requesting full compliance with their subpoenas, which are demanding the release of copies of all counted mail-in ballots.    The effort is led by state Senate President Karen Fann (R) and state Sen. Eddie Farnsworth (R).
    The lawsuit also demands state lawmakers be allowed to conduct their own audit of this year’s elections, including into Dominion voting machines.    This comes as many Arizona lawmakers have signaled they may hand their state’s electoral votes to President Trump.
    “Arizona yesterday, similarly, was going to pass a resolution demanding a joint session to certify Trump, but then they didn’t get the votes and they are going to come back tomorrow, explained attorney Rudy Giuliani."    “Hopefully this will help push them, you know, kind of push each other.    What this would do is force the lower House to vote on this same resolution.”
    Election officials have claimed they are not able to provide access to voting equipment due to ongoing litigation.

12/23/2020 Ariz. Judge Says State Legislatures Have Power To Enforce Maricopa County Election Subpoenas by OAN Newsroom
Election officials arrive for work at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    State senators in Arizona are ramping up their challenge against election fraud in the state. Chairwoman Kelli Ward (R-Ariz.) gave an update on state legislators’ efforts to promote election integrity.
    In a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, she slammed Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors for stating they want election transparency, but doing nothing about it when given the chance.
    Ward also challenged the county’s decision against complying with election related subpoenas.    According to Ward, the judge overseeing the lawsuit claimed the legislators could enforce the subpoenas without the help of the court.
    “He said he doesn’t know what the court can do because the legislature has the same power as the court to enforce a subpoena,” she stated.
    On Tuesday, state Senate Republicans filed a lawsuit against election officials in Maricopa County.    They requested full compliance with their subpoenas that demand the release of copies of all counted mail-in ballots.    This effort has been led by state Senate President Karen Fann (R-Mo.) and state Senator Eddie Farnsworth (R-Ariz.).
    The lawsuit also demanded that state lawmakers be allowed to conduct their own audit of this year’s elections, including one into Dominion Voting Systems.    If they obtain these election materials and find evidence of errors or fraud during the audit, it could give Arizona lawmakers the ability to hand their state’s electoral votes to President Trump.
    However, state legislators are coming down to the wire.    They would have to complete the audit and decide what to do with their findings before January 6, which is when the U.S. Congress is set to review the electoral college vote.
    Election officials claim they are not able to provide access to voting equipment due to ongoing litigation.

12/23/2020 President Trump Issues 15 Pardons, Commutations by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    President Trump issued another round of pardons for the recent victims of politically motivated prosecutions.    In a sweeping decision on Tuesday, the President pardoned 15 people and commuted the sentences of five others.
    Among them were two former congressmen, Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). Collins was sentenced to over two years in federal prison for helping his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses. This came after learning that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed. Hunter, on the other hand, was sentenced to 11 months for misusing $150,000 in campaign funds for his own personal expenses.     “I think this president knows what a political witch-hunt looks like,” Hunter said.    “He saw through the political baloney, God bless him.     There’s no better Christmas present, especially for my family.”
    In a statement, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the pardons were largely recommended by several members of Congress.
    The President also pardoned former Ukraine lobbyist Alex van der Zwaan and his 2016 campaign advisor George Papadopoulos.    Van der Zwaan and Papadopoulos are the third and fourth defendants in the Russia investigation to be granted clemency.
    The move is part of a larger effort by President Trump to correct the wrong that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation inflicted on half a dozen of his associates.
    Additionally, the President issued pardons for four former employees of Blackwater Security Consulting, who were convicted on charges related to civilian casualties in Iraq in 2007. Other pardons and commutations involved small drug and non-violent offenses.

12/23/2020 Ivanka Trump Helps Out Miami-Dade Food Bank by OAN Newsroom
Ivanka Trump, daughter of and advisor to President Donald Trump, loads a box of fresh meat, produce and dairy in a car during
a food distribution to the local community in Woodbridge, Va., Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    A Miami-Dade food bank received a surprise worker from the White House to help distribute food to struggling Americans.
    On Tuesday, First Daughter Ivanka Trump dished out food with the King Jesus Ministry in the southeastern part of the city.
    The food bank carried many essential non-food items for people to grab, including baby diapers.    Organizers with the ministry said they have been holding similar events every Tuesday for the last six months.
    “It’s overwhelming.    We have served served, since COVID, over 20 million pounds of food.    We’ve served more than 76,000 households and we find that the numbers are increasing every week.    There are so many people who’ve been effected, who are either sick, unemployed, seniors who can’t come out.” — Cassandra Sheppard, food pantry director -King Jesus Ministry
President Trump also made an appearance at the event via phone call to wish all the workers and families a Merry Christmas.

12/23/2020 Pro-Trump PAC Launches $500K Ad Buy For Sens. Loeffler, Perdue by OAN Newsroom
Supporters of Sens. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., wait for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence at his
Defend the Majority Rally on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
    A political action committee (PAC) tied to President Trump has been pumping around half a million dollars into Georgia’s Senate runoff elections.
    According to reports, the Committee to Defend the President‘s ad campaign will support Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
    The group’s ad will air on television and online starting next Wednesday. It will feature Trump supporter and retired NFL star Herschel Walker.
    Meanwhile, an analysis by Politico shows Republican outside groups have far outspent their Democrat counterparts as the GOP fights to maintain its Senate majority.
    The ad campaign will run through January 5, 2021 when Georgia’s runoff elections take place.

12/23/2020 President Trump Delivers Remarks On Election Fraud by OAN Newsroom
President Trump delivering remarks. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)
    President Trump has been doubling down on his fight for election integrity.    In a recent statement, he shared with his supporters the latest efforts his legal team have been making to fight voter fraud.
    The President explained how Democrats tried to rig the election in their favor, highlighting strange events that were reported at polling stations across the country on election night.
    “Lets go back to the night of the election.    We won Ohio by a record number of votes,” the President explained.    “Our nation’s greatest political professionals were calling to congratulate me.    Overturned the results in state after state.”
    President Trump said these occurrences allowed Democrat nominee Joe Biden to steal multiple battleground states.
    “These ridiculous and one-sided spikes were miraculous enough,” he went on to say.    “No president has ever lost re-election while making such extraordinary gains across the board. We won by a landslide.”
    He also slammed the use of absentee voter ballots, explaining that their potential use for illegal activity is unlimited.    President Trump ended his remarks by stating the integrity of our election process is at stake, and that Democrats must be held accountable.
    “Our elections must be fair, they must be honest,” he said.    “We cannot allow a completely fraudulent election to stand.”
    The President’s legal team is continuing to fight election fraud. His campaign is filing a new petition with the Supreme Court, hoping to overturn election results in Pennsylvania.

12/23/2020 President Trump Warns Iran After Weekend Strike On Baghdad Embassy by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 23: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk on the south lawn
of the White House on December 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    Following a missile attack on the U.S. Embassy over the weekend, President Trump issued a warning to Iran.
    In a pair of tweets on Wednesday, the President posted a photo of three rockets that failed to launch during the attack.    He added there was evidence they were made in Iran.
    According to the U.S. Central Command, the attack was the largest on the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone in a decade.    In a tweet, the President also said that he’s now “hearing chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq.”
A general view shows the US embassy across the Tigris river in Iraq’s capital Baghdad
on January 3, 2020. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump also noted, “Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible.    Think it over.”

12/23/2020 Wasteful Gov’t Spending Galore In Dems’ Omnibus Bill by OAN Newsroom
nbsp;   WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 20: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives on Capitol Hill
on December 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate finally came to an agreement on the
coronavirus relief bill and a vote is expected later today. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    As he pushes for more relief in the coronavirus stimulus package, President Trump is calling for wasteful items to get cut from the year-end spending bill.
    As Americans struggle to put food on their family’s tables and to keep a roof over their head, they can “rest easier” knowing the Jordanian border is more secure.
    At least that’s the suggestion from D.C. bureaucrats and lobbyists, who combined a $900 billion stimulus package with a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill.
    From foreign spending to Democrat-socialist agenda items, the nearly 6,000-page bill is filled with hundreds of billions of dollars in questionable spending and allocations.
    “And it really fits into the scheme of things, politicians like it,” former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) stated.    “If they’re warmongers, we just run up the tab, and if the people just want more welfare, we’ll just run up the deficit, and take it and print it.”
    The massive spending bill includes $500 million for the Kingdom of Jordan to enhance their border security and armed forces.    Additionally, it includes $250 million for enhanced border security in Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Oman while defunding America’s own border security.
    The bill slashes funds from immigration and customs enforcement while maintaining the status quo at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Furthermore, it includes $33 million for so-called ‘democracy programs’ in Venezuela as well as $10 million for so-called ‘gender programs’ in Pakistan.
    Trump emphasized that Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests, but they sent the bare minimum to the American people who so desperately need it.
    As the bill helps push the liberal agenda abroad, it does the same here at home.    It will spend roughly $35 billion of U.S. taxpayer money on so-called ‘climate change’ interests as well as to promote ‘diversity in the workforce’ with a focus on the ‘intelligence community.’
    The bill also includes funding for a women’s history museum and a ‘National Museum of the American Latinos’ at the Smithsonian.
    While the legislation racks up significant national debt for the American people, $231 million will be handed to Sudan to help the country pay down its own national debt.     “‘Free money for everyone,’ they cry, and yet if free money were the answer; if money really grew on trees, why not give more free money?” questioned Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) “Why not give it out all the time?
    While there is some funding for vaccines, child care and small businesses, it seems the American people– who will get just $600 each–are footing the bill of a “massive pork-filled spending bill.”

12/24/2020 Oil up $0.54 to $47.72, DOW up 114 to 30,130.

12/24/2020 2,953 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths - More Kentucky leaders vaccinated Wednesday by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky’s war against the coronavirus “is far from over,” but Gov. Andy Beshear thanked Kentuckians Wednesday for efforts he said have halted exponential growth in case counts the state has seen in recent months.
    “Team Kentucky, from the bottom of my heart – thank you,” Beshear said in a statement.    “This war is far from over, but we’ve won another battle, beating back exponential growth of this virus in our state before Christmas.    I hope you all enjoy a wonderful holiday, even if it looks a little different this year.    Please be careful so we can hold on to the progress we’ve made.”
    The commonwealth reported 2,953 new positive cases Wednesday and 23 more deaths.    Kentucky has now seen more than 250,000 cases of COVID-19 and 2,466 related deaths.
    The state’s positivity rate is 8.35%, slightly lower than Wednesday’s rate.    There are 1,644 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus, including 413 in an intensive care unit and 222 on a ventilator.
    Beshear also announced more Kentucky leaders were vaccinated Wednesday, including Lt. Gov. Jaqueline Coleman, senior adviser Rocky Adkins, and Virgina Moore, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
    As of Wednesday afternoon, 11,192 Kentuckians have been vaccinated, according to state data. Kentucky so far has been allocated 87,625 vaccine doses and has 76,433 available to be administered.
    Beshear reminded Kentuckians to follow public health guidance during Christmas and to keep celebrations small.
    “What I love about this holiday most is that it’s not about the gifts; it’s about people taking care of each other and appreciating their loved ones and community more than ever,” the governor said.    “Let’s all live up to the true spirit of Christmas this year, and every year in the future after we get through this together.”
    Indiana on Wednesday reported 4,731 new COVID-19 cases and 62 related deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 476,538 and the total number of deaths to 7,306.
    Kentucky will not report daily COVID- 19 totals on Thursday or Friday.
Attorney general warns of vaccine scams
    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued a consumer protection alert Wednesday warning Kentuckians about potential scams related to the distribution of COVID-19.
    “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen scammers attempt to take advantage of consumers by capitalizing on the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, whether it be with fraudulent pop-up testing sites, fake COVID-19 cures, or online work-from-home scams, and we expect that scammers will try to use the rollout of the new vaccine to their advantage,” Cameron said in a news release.
    Cameron recommended the following tips to avoid vaccine scams:
    Do not pay for the promise of a vaccine.    If someone promises immediate or early access to the vaccine in return for payment, it is a scam.
    You should not receive an unsolicited call asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign up to get the vaccine.    If you do receive such a call, you should hang up and verify the source of the caller before proceeding further.
    Beware of individuals who contact you offering products, such as medicine or treatments, which they claim are as effective as the vaccine.    Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.     Anyone who gets contacted by a scammer should to report it to Cameron’s office by visiting or calling 1-888-432-9257.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[26 deaths / 2,953 cases = 0.009%.].

12/24/2020 Trump Gives Awards To Top Aides For Arab-Israeli Deals
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media in Washington, D.C.,
U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump gave national security awards on Wednesday to several top advisers for their role in helping broker agreements aimed at normalizing relations between Israel and four countries in the Arab world.
    Trump awarded the National Security Medal to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and John Rakolta, U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
    “Thanks to the efforts of these individuals, the region will never be the same as it finally moves beyond the conflicts of the past,” the White House said in a statement.
    In the past four months, Israel reached deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco as part of what the United States calls “the Abraham Accords.”
    Senior U.S. officials are hoping to seal one more agreement before Trump’s term expires on Jan. 20.
    The president’s authority to award the National Security Medal dates to 1953, under an executive order that allows for recognition for major contributions in the field of national security.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Peter Cooney)

12/24/2020 Top U.S. Officials Agree Options To Give Trump For Any Attacks On Americans In Iraq by Steve Holland
FILE PHOTO: A man looks at the damage after the Iraqi military said rockets fell inside
Baghdad's Green Zone, Iraq November 18, 2020. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Top U.S. national security officials agreed on Wednesday on a proposed range of options to present to President Donald Trump aimed at deterring any attack on U.S. military or diplomatic personnel in Iraq, a senior administration official told Reuters.
    The meeting was spurred by an attack on Sunday in which rockets landed in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone compound targeting the U.S. Embassy and causing some minor damage, the Iraqi military and the embassy said.
    The so-called principals committee group, including acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser Robert O’Brien met at the White House, said the official, who requested anonymity.
    A “range of options” would be presented soon to Trump, said the official, who would not describe the content of the options or say whether they included military action.
    “Each one is designed to be non-escalatory and to deter further attack,” the official said.
    After the meeting, Trump, without giving evidence, said on Twitter that the rockets on Sunday were from Iran and “we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq.
    “Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible.    Think it over,” Trump said.
    The Iraqi military blamed Sunday’s attack on an “outlaw group.”
    U.S. Central Command said that Sunday’s attack was “almost certainly” conducted by an “Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Group.”
    “While this 21 rocket attack caused no U.S. injuries or casualties, the attack did damage buildings in the U.S. Embassy compound, and was clearly NOT intended to avoid casualties,” it said in a statement.
    Another U.S. official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that after the meeting of senior leaders, the strategy was to be vocal about Sunday’s attack but there was not a move towards using military force.    The official added that the calculus could change if there were future attacks, especially if they harmed Americans.
    In recent days there has been increased concern and vigilance about what Iranian-backed forces might do in the lead up to the anniversary of a Jan. 3 U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the official said.
    Washington blames Iran-backed militia for regular rocket attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq, including near the embassy.    No known Iran-backed groups have claimed responsibility.
    The senior administration official said the aim of the White House meeting was “to develop the right set of options that we could present to the president to make sure that we deter the Iranians and Shia militias in Iraq from conducting attacks on our personnel.”
    An array of militia groups announced in October that they had suspended rocket attacks on U.S. forces on condition that Iraq’s government present a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops.
    But a rocket strike on the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 18 was a clear sign that Iranian-backed militias had decided to resume attacks on U.S. bases, according to Iraqi security officials.
    Washington, which is slowly reducing its 5,000 troops in Iraq, threatened to shut its embassy unless the Iraqi government reins in Iran-aligned militias.
(Reporting By Steve Holland. Additional reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Grant McCool)

12/24/2020 U.S. Suspects Iranians Created Website Threatening U.S. Election Officials by Mark Hosenball
FILE PHOTO: FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a press conference to announce that two alleged Islamic State militants
known as the 'Beatles' will arrive in the United States to face trial on U.S. charges for their alleged involvement in beheadings
of Western hostages, at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., October 7, 2020. Jim Watson/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. security agencies said on Wednesday they had highly credible information indicating that Iranian cyber actors were responsible for creating a website earlier this month featuring death threats aimed at U.S. election officials.
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Homeland Security Department’s Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a statement that the Enemies of the People website, which surfaced after the U.S. election but now appears dormant, demonstrated “an ongoing Iranian intent to create divisions and mistrust in the United States and undermine public confidence in the U.S. electoral process.”
    The agencies said they had previously warned that “Iranian cyber actors” likely were keen to influence and interfere with the 2020 U.S. election.
    “Iran is not involved in inciting violence and creating unrest in the United States,” Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for Iran’s UN mission, said in an email to Reuters.
    “Iran itself is the largest victim of cyber attacks, including Stuxnet, and has always emphasized the need for the establishment of a global mechanism to prevent cyber attacks at the United Nations, and at other international institutions.”
    The alleged Iranian-created website accused U.S. officials involved in election security of “treason.”
    The site, along with several associated social media accounts, included photographs of Republican and Democratic officials, with rifle crosshairs superimposed on them.    It also included officials’ purported home addresses.
    Those targeted by the website included FBI director Christopher Wray and Christopher Krebs, the former CISA director who was fired by President Donald Trump after publicly vouching for 2020 election results showing Joe Biden defeated Trump.
    The site also targeted several employees of Dominion Voting Systems, a voting-machine vendor that has been the subject of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories of vote manipulation.
    A Dominion spokeswoman said those false claims have resulted in dangerous threats to the company and its workers.
    Internet records hid the identity of whoever set up the site. Cybersecurity researchers said one of the pages was hosted in Russia, and some records include accounts registered through Yandex, a Russian email platform. But experts said such links did not prove any Russian government connection to the website.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Howard Goller and Stephen Coates)

12/24/2020 President Trump Urges Supporters To Contact Legislators, Demand They Investigate Election Fraud by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn
of the White House in Washington before boarding Marine One. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    President Trump reminded his Twitter followers to stay vigilant as the White House continues to investigate claims of widespread election fraud.
    The President shared a video on the platform Thursday, urging his supporters to contact their legislators to demand they do more to investigate election fraud.
    Take a look:

12/24/2020 Republicans Support President Trump’s Threats To Veto COVID Relief Bill by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, to examine the FBI “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)
    Several Republicans have said they will support President Trump if he chooses to veto the coronavirus stimulus bill, while also criticizing the shift in monetary focus from Americans to the rest of the world.
    During a campaign event in Georgia on Wednesday, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) reacted to the controversy and asserted she would consider backing $2,000 checks.    She suggested the money be repurposed from wasteful spending in the bill.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said she voted against the bill because it did not provide targeted assistance to small businesses, working Americans and those who lost their jobs as a result of lockdowns.    In a speech on the Senate floor, the Tennessee lawmaker called Democrats “out of touch” for adding funds into coronavirus relief bills that have zero connection with helping American people.
    “People back home are very frustrated with them, they seem out of touch,” stated the senator.    “They seem to not care, they don’t seem to be interested in taking care of people with needs that have been adversely impacted by COVID.”
    Blackburn suggested that instead of sending billions overseas, more money should go to Americans who need help.    She added, a “one size fits all” approach in its current form is wasteful and unacceptable.
    “Needing targeted relief…now the Democrats have talked about that, pushing off targeted relief,” she continued.    “They’ve had their opportunities to tackle this issue, they have chosen not to tackle this issue.”
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed Blackburn’s concerns in a formal letter sent to House Republicans.    He called on the GOP to rework the bill by removing overseas spending and putting the needs of Americans first.
    Furthermore, McCarthy criticized far-left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for using the American people as “leverage” to send billions of dollars overseas after allegedly blocking 40 relief packages that had been proposed by Republicans earlier this year.
    Meanwhile, President Trump also called on lawmakers to remove unnecessary spending and, instead, focus on serving the needs of the American people.    Specifically, he asserted the need to increase the stimulus checks to $2,000.

12/24/2020 Gen. Perna On Second Dose Distribution: We Are Ahead Of The Curve by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 17, 2020 file photo, prepared COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
syringes are seen at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
    General Gustave Perna, chief operating officer for Operation Warp Speed, said on Wednesday that the Trump administration is “ahead of the curve” in terms of vaccine distribution. He went on to say that the federal government is on track to hit its target of sending out 20 million doses by the end of the year.
    Specifically, he stated they have allocated 15 million doses of the vaccine across the country with plans to send out 5 million more next week.    General Perna acknowledged that there were some initial issues with sending packages to the right places, but those issues were caught early on in the process.
    “We know how to do this.    America knows how to do this,” General Perna explained.    “We have done second doses before.”
    He also said the Trump administration is working closely with local governments to get the vaccines out as quickly and effectively as possible.
    “We’re working now on the delivery of the second dose,” General Perna stated.    “So we’ve established an elaborate communication strategy at all levels to make sure everybody is tracking this.”
    Officials acknowledged that actual immunizations are going slightly slower than expected.    Possible factors include the logistics of starting a massive new program and some hospitals being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.
    General Perna added that he hopes each new wave of vaccinations goes smoother than the ones before.

12/24/2020 Unanimous Consent Effort To Increase Relief Payments To $2K Blocked In House by OAN Newsroom
File – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is pictured. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)
    House Democrats failed to increase COVID-19 relief payments after an effort to find unanimous consent was blocked.    According to reports Thursday, House Democrats attempted to advance a bill to provide $2,000 payments to Americans.
    This would have marked a significant bump up from the $600 payments approved earlier this week.    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would try to pass the bill by unanimous consent, however, the move was rejected.
    President Trump has threatened to oppose the approved $900 billion relief bill due to the $600 direct payments, which he said should be much more.
    Meanwhile, House Democrats are still pushing ahead on calls to increase stimulus payments included in the new coronavirus relief bill.
    During a speech on the House floor Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Democrats have finally found common ground with the President when it comes to boosting direct payments.
    Since Democrat-led effort failed to meet unanimous consent early Thursday, Rep. Hoyer is now calling on President Trump to intervene in the legislation.
    “Democrats agree with the President, at least to the extent that we need to sign this bill now,” stated the representative.
    “Six hundred dollars is certainly not enough for individuals who have been struggling these past seven months and it isn’t enough to provide the boost our economy needs.”
    Lawmakers are expected to take up the issue again on Monday when the House readjourns.

12/24/2020 President Trump Issues 26 New Pardons
President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    As a last-minute gift, President Trump granted clemency to nearly 30 more people. In a statement from the White House on Wednesday, the President gave clemency to multiple longtime associates and supporters.
    This list included former adviser Roger Stone, former campaign chair Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.
    Manafort was sentenced to over seven years for financial crimes, he was one of the first individuals charged as part of the Mueller probe.
    In November 2019, Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.    This all came from his role in the WikiLeaks release of hacked DNC emails.
    “Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for giving me the offer.    Thank you for saving my life because I don’t think at my age and in my medical condition, I would have survived in a COVID infested prison,” Stone said.
Both Manafort and Stone were convicted as part of the Russia probe into the Kremlin’s alleged involvement in the 2016 elections.    The move is part of President Trump’s attempt to “correct the wrong” of Mueller’s investigation.
    “The whole thing turned out to be a scam and it turned out to be a disgrace to our country,” the President said.    “It was a takedown of a duly-elected president and these people suffered greatly.”
    The President also pardoned real estate developer Charles Kushner, who pleaded guilty back in 2004 to tax evasion.    In the last two days, President Trump has granted pardons and commuted the sentences of nearly 50 Americans.

12/24/2020 SolarWinds Hack Infiltrates Local Gov’t by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, file photo shows the United States Chamber of Commerce building in Washington. Elite cyber spies
have spent months secretly exploiting SolarWinds software to peer into computer networks. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    The nation’s cybersecurity risk adviser announces the SolarWinds hack has extended beyond the federal level. On Wednesday, the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency said state and local government computer networks were also compromised.
    The malware was hidden in a SolarWinds’ Orion software, in turn, compromising thousands of U.S. agencies and companies. Experts have said the damage is incalculable and may not be complete.
    “The scale and scope of this is not excusable and it was caught, but they still have the availability and networks in which they’ve maintained some persistent control to do the proverbial bomb drop,” explained former Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert.    “Or more importantly, I think they could drop some leaflets by analogy.”
    The list of infected U.S. departments includes Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security and more with further breaches expected to be discovered.

12/24/2020 Commercial Building Explosion In Baltimore Injures 23 People by OAN Newsroom
A worker stands on the end of a dangling scaffold as he waits to be rescued following an explosion at
Baltimore Gas and Electric’s offices, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Twenty-one of the victims were brought to
area hospitals following the explosion with a partial roof collapse. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
    Authorities in Maryland are investigating an explosion at the Baltimore Gas and Electric building, which ignited a fire and injured several people.    The explosion took place downtown Wednesday around 8 a.m.local time. Eyewitnesses said it sounded like an earthquake.
    The explosion trapped two window washers on a large piece of scaffolding, which was seen dangling 12 stories above a busy sidewalk.
    When the Baltimore Fire Department arrived on the scene, Chief Niles Ford said they were met with injured people on the ground, injured window washers clinging to their safety lines and an active fire on the 16th floor.
    Overall, 23 people were rescued from the building.    Of those recovered, 21 of them were transported to local hospitals for treatment with some in critical or serious condition.
    “Now we’re at the point where we’re trying to wrap things and the process of demobilizing the units as quickly as possible," stated Fire Chief Niles Ford amid the incident Wednesday.    “And trying to make sure this situation is as safe as possible.”
    Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott released a statement later that day, thanking first responders for securing the area and rendering aid. Scott said, “without their bravery and quick response, the outcome could have been much worse.”
    As of Thursday morning, crews were still seen working to remove the scaffolding in a safe and timely manner.

12/24/2020 Giuliani: Dominion Machines Set To Give Biden 2-5% ‘Lead’ by OAN Newsroom
LANSING, MI – DECEMBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani waits to testify before the
Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
    According to attorney Rudy Giuliani, recent forensic audits found Dominion Voting Machines were programmed to give Joe Biden an automatic advantage over any number of votes for the President.
    “We believe from what we saw in Michigan that the machines have an inaccurate vote,” Giuliani said on the Bernie and Sid radio show.    “That they’re programmed to give Biden somewhere between a 2 percent and 5 percent advantage.”
    The President’s attorney also pointed out that Democrat officials continue to resist subpoenas by state lawmakers to allow a broader examination of voting machines.    Giuliani claimed Democrats are obviously hiding the evidence of voter fraud.
    “If she’s so confident that we’re so wrong, I don’t understand why [she] won’t let us examine the machines,” Giuliani said.    “We won’t do any damage to them, you can watch us, it’s a bunch of military people who would do it… So we’re gonna pursue that, we’re also doing the same thing in Arizona.”
    Giuliani also added illegitimate votes will be challenged on Capitol Hill on January 6 amid ongoing litigation in key states.

12/24/2020 DOJ Considers Special Counsel For Hunter Biden Investigation by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Yuri Gripas-Pool/Getty Images)
    Justice Department officials are reportedly discussing whether they will appoint a special counsel to run the Hunter Biden probe.
Hunter Biden. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Usher’s New Look Foundation)
    According to reports on Thursday morning, high-level officials said the move could be ‘warranted’ per the Special Counsel Statute.    Republicans have been urging the department to appoint a special counsel to ensure the investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax affairs continues.
    President Trump has also signaled that he is in favor of appointing someone to the position.
    This came as former Attorney General William Barr stepped down on Wednesday, which leaves the decision up to acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 21: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen holds a news conference to announce
the results of the global resolution of criminal and civil investigations with an opioid manufacturer
at the Justice Department on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Yuri Gripas-Pool/Getty Images)

12/24/2020 Va. Dems Push Off Gun Legislation by OAN Newsroom
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks to members of the media after he greeted voters outside an early voting location
at Fairfax County Government Center on October 19, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Virginia Democrats are pulling back on their efforts to ban the sale of assault weapons in the state.
    According to reports on Thursday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) will be leaving the decision to pursue legislation up to state lawmakers.    He said he will support them in whatever they decide.
    In April, the Democrat governor signed numerous gun-control bills that expanded background checks, capped handgun sales and placed more restrictions on second amendment rights.
    “We put a package together of what I refer to as ‘common-sense gun legislation,’ and they delivered on the great majority of it,” Northam said.    “That one bill on assault weapons didn’t move forward, but six other great pieces of ‘common-sense gun legislation’ did.”
    However, the Democrat-controlled state Senate rejected the governor’s bill banning assault weapons, which included semiautomatic rifles, in January.    State lawmakers originally agreed to take this particular bill up again in January 2021, but legislators now report they plan to dedicate the rest of the session to less controversial matters.
    Officials said time was limited in this session due to other legislative duties, such as police reform efforts and the need to conduct business virtually due to the pandemic.
    In response to the legislation passed this year, anti-gun control advocates plan to hold a rally at the state capitol on January 18th, which will be similar to the one held last January.
    Organizers said they expect turnout for this rally to be high as demonstrators want to get rid of all the gun legislation recently passed in the state.

12/24/2020 Calif. Restaurant Owner Defies Order During Holidays by OAN Newsroom
Patrons dine outside of a restaurant along the Coast Highway 101 in Calif.(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
    This week, restaurant owner Noah Blom refused to lay off employees in his Newport Beach restaurants during the holidays.    This came as Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) imposed a three week lockdown for dining in the majority of the state.
    Blom spoke at a ‘Save Small Business’ rally where he noted we must stand by the people who support us.
    He explained that people rely on being employed during the holidays to support their family.    As a business owner, Blom said he feels he should support their needs.
    “During this time, we’re here to support our staff.    We’re here to make sure they have food on their table and presents under their tree for Christmas, and that’s why we’re staying open,” Blom stated.    “That’s why we’re in support of our people, our hospitals and our community.    We’re not in support of mandates from Sacramento.    We’ll always take care of our community, that’s why we’re in hospitality.”
    Blom added that he has many couples who work for him and laying off multiple family members during the holidays seems “cruel.”

12/25/2020 Oil up $0.24 to $48.30, DOW up 70 to 30,200.

12/25/2020 NATION & WORLD WATCH - Trump plan to curb drug costs dealt setback in federal court
    A maneuver by President Donald Trump to use lower drug prices paid overseas to limit some of Medicare’s own costs suffered a setback Wednesday that appears likely to keep the policy from taking effect before he leaves office.    U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake issued a nationwide injunction that prevents the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from carrying out the so-called “most favored nations” rule as scheduled Jan. 1.    The judge wrote that CMS had failed to follow procedures for notice and comment.

12/25/2020 President Trump: Merry Christmas! by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 24: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump take phone calls from children
as they participates in tracking Santa Claus’ movements with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve in the East Room of the White House December 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the 63rd straight
year that NORAD has publicly tracked Santa’s sleigh on its global rounds. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Trump is extending his holiday wishes to his supporters.    In a tweet on Friday, he simply said ‘Merry Christmas!’
    In a message via The White House, the President said he and the First Lady send their warmest wishes to all Americans this Christmas.
    The President went on to say that in this season of peace, we cherish the warmth, generosity and faith that breathes life into our holiday gatherings.
    He also thanked military families for their service and sacrifice for those who are unable to celebrate Christmas together.
    On Christmas Eve, the Trumps also had a special Christmas message to Americans.

12/25/2020 POTUS Has Authority To Appoint Special Counsel And Seize Machines by OAN Newsroom
    As concern over election integrity continues, some are raising the question as to why President Trump does not take federal action to aid in the investigation.
    One America’s Christina Bobb sat down with former Defense Department official Andrew Knaggs to discuss the President’s options.

12/25/2020 Giuliani: New Developments In Election Fraud Case Coming Up by OAN Newsroom
LANSING, MI – DECEMBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani waits to testify before
the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. Guiliani and the president’s legal team
are claiming widespread voter fraud in Michigan and other closely contested states in the November 3 presidential election.
The hearing will not change results of the vote in Michigan, which has already been certified. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
    Rudy Giuliani said shocking new revelations of election fraud are set to be released in the coming few days.    He added this may likely lead to the downfall of the Democrat party.
    “Because the evidence that all these crooked television networks, newspapers, Big Tech, and the leadership of the Democratic party have been giving you is false,” Giuliani said.    “You’re going to find it out all at once and it’s going to be very shocking to the country.”
    Giuliani also pointed out that a rising number of Republican lawmakers are supporting President Trump’s push to overturn the fraudulent election results.
    He added election fraud is now a proven fact.
    “You have to be a naive child or a complete dishonest partisan not to realize that the observers are being thrown out of the room,” Giuliani noted.    “And a faulty excuse of a water break was used and they still were thrown out of the room.”
    Reports also pointed out Kamala Harris has still not left her Senate seat, while the Pentagon has halted intelligence briefings to the Biden campaign.
    Giuliani also stated a rising number of Americans are now questioning the documented instances of fraud.

12/25/2020 Sidney Powell: White House Blocking Me From President Trump by OAN Newsroom
A November 19, 2020 photo shows Sidney Powell speaking during a press conference at the Republican
National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Conservative Attorney Sidney Powell believes the White House is blocking her from aiding President Trump in the fight against election fraud.
    In an interview on Thursday, Powell said she’s heard nothing from the President since their meeting last week.    In that meeting, she claimed he offered her the position of Special Counsel to investigate fraud in the 2020 election.
    Powell remains a staunch ally in the battle against election fraud.    She has encouraged the President to do all he can within his power to come down on the election rigging.
    However, Powell said each time she’s tried to contact the President since making his initial offer last week, she has been unable to reach him.    She couldn’t get in contact with him when she visited the White House on Sunday, either.
    She speculated this is due to Senior White House officials’ efforts to prevent her from getting further access to the President.    On Monday, officials said he would not be appointing her as Special Counsel.
    According to reports earlier this week, Powell raised hairs among White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during a meeting.    She brought up potential foreign interference from Iran and China among other claims they deemed as “conspiracy theories.”
    The two White House officials reportedly agreed Powell did not have the “constitutional authority” for the position.
    President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has since confirmed Powell will be working on her own.    He emphasized she is no longer a part of President Trump’s legal team moving forward.
    Additionally, President Trump was advised to pursue other avenues for combating election fraud as he prepares for a second term in office.

12/25/2020 USPS To Expedite Ga. Mail-In Ballots, Amid 2M Early Votes by OAN Newsroom
BUFORD, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 28: U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) (C) talks with supporters during a campaign event at Bare Bones
Steakhouse on October 28, 2020 in Buford, Georgia. Sen. Loeffler is running for re-election after being appointed by Georgia
Governor Brian Kemp in January following the retirement of Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA). (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    As the critical Senate races in Georgia approach their December 31 deadline, the U.S. Postal Service vows to prioritize and treat mail-in ballots as express mail to ensure votes are counted on time.
    On Thursday, a federal judge gave the USPS permission to expedite counting processes for the high-stake January 5 Senate races after reaching an agreement with civil rights groups.
    People have been especially concerned about the integrity and timeliness of vote counting in the Peach State.
    On Thursday, reports revealed more than two million Georgia residents had already voted, which amounted to more than a fourth of the state’s registered voting pool.    Of these, around 1.3 million of the votes came through in-person early voting, with another 720,000 as absentee ballots.
    On Tuesday, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) asserted that the results of this election will decide whether America embraces or rejects radical socialist policies.
    “If we exercise our responsibility,” Sen. Perdue (R-Ga.) said.    “We can protect everything we’ve done over the last four years.”
    Sen. Loeffler also emphasized that she and Perdue are the firewall to socialism.
    “We’re saving America,” Loeffler said.    “I know we can get the job done.”
    Furthermore, Perdue, who is also running for re-election, urged residents of the Peach State to vote.    He also suggested that without a GOP Senate majority, there will be minimal leverage to counter far-left socialist policies.
    Experts also said they expected a high voter turnout, as the outcome of the race will determine which party controls the Senate.

12/25/2020 ATF Rescinds Proposal For New Gun Regulation by OAN Newsroom
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is withdrawing guidance for proposed gun regulation.
    On Wednesday, the ATF said it would no longer move to re-classify certain weapons with pistol braces as short-barreled rifles.    This announcement came after pressure from 90 members of Congress.
    In a letter to the attorney general earlier this week, representatives said the new guideline would turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals overnight because short-barreled rifles require more paperwork for approval.
    Congress also criticized the Bureau’s guidance as being too vague, given the wording of the proposal, which suggested that the ATF determine each firearm’s classification on a case-by-case basis.
    The government agency said they would reclassify weapons based on the firearm’s features, which included its type, caliber, weight and length.
    According to reports, re-designating these firearms would have cost the industry’s manufacturers as much as $2 billion.    In the meantime, pro-Second Amendment groups are calling the move a win for constitutional rights.
    On Twitter on Wednesday, the NRA thanked members of Capitol Hill for their work in upholding gun rights.
    However, the Director of the Firearms Policy Coalition expressed caution.    In a statement, he said that government regulators are still hostile toward law-abiding Americans, adding the FPC will carefully monitor ATF policies.

12/25/2020 President Trump’s First Term Immigration Reform Leaves Strong Legacy by OAN Newsroom
    A new report has revealed the Trump administration’s impact on immigration thus far.    One America’s Christina Howitson has more on how he’s still defending the nation’s borders.

12/25/2020 Nashville PD: Vehicle Exploded After Officers Were On Scene by OAN Newsroom
Emergency personnel work near the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Buildings shook
in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    Residents in Nashville are left shaken after a large explosion damaged building and left a handful of injuries in the city’s downtown area.
    Police officers were called to the area at around 5:30 a.m. due to reports of shots being fired.
    On arrival, they discovered a recreational vehicle blaring a message that warned people to evacuate the area so they began to evacuate nearby buildings.
    This led authorities to believe it was an intentional act.
    “So they began knocking on doors, making announcements, communicating with everyone to get people safe,” Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Deputy Chief John Drake stated.    “Shortly after that, the RV exploded.”
    Several people were reportedly injured in the blast. They were taken to local hospitals with non-critical injuries.
    The damage to the surrounding buildings, however, appeared significant.
    According to reports, the area is considered the heart of Nashville’s tourist area, which is filled with bars, restaurants and shops.
    Authorities said structural engineers, search and rescue as well as hazmat crews checked the buildings to make sure they were structurally sound and to ensure there were no other victims.
    At the time, it appeared there were no fatalities in the blast. However, police could not confirm the RV was empty when it exploded.
    According to recent reports, there may be possible human remains at the explosion site.
    A surveillance video from the explosion site reveals that someone was warning local residents of the blast right before it happened.
    The warning stated, “If you can hear this message – evacuate now.”    According to reports, the warning broadcast went on for 30 minutes before the explosion occurred, which suggests it may have been staged for unclear purposes.
    Authorities in Nashville activated the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate a response to Friday morning’s explosion.
    According to the White House, President Trump has been briefed and is actively monitoring the situation.    He also thanked the first responders for their heroic efforts.
Windows are blown out in a building near the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Buildings
shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    During a press conference, MNPD Spokesperson Don Aaron said investigators believed the incident was intentional and that bomb-detection dogs and equipment were on scene.
    Aaron also said officers were called to the scene before the explosion occurred after unconfirmed reports of nearby gunfire.    The RV was also reported as suspicious.
    “I will say that central precinct officers conducted a door to door, apartment to apartment…check of units on Second Avenue this morning, just before the explosion occurred,” Aaron stated.
    The bomb squad had just arrived when the vehicle exploded, which injured one officer and three civilians.    The FBI has since taken over control of the investigation.

12/26/2020 Police: Suspicious blast wounds 3 in Nashville - Human remains reported but connection is unclear by Kimberlee Kruesi and Michael Balsamo, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A recreational vehicle parked in the deserted streets of downtown Nashville exploded early Christmas morning, causing widespread communications outages that took down police emergency systems and grounded holiday travel at the city’s airport. Authorities said they believe the blast was intentional.
    Police were responding to a report of shots fired Friday when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said.    Police evacuated nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad.    The RV exploded shortly afterward, Drake said at a news conference.
    “It looks like a bomb went off on Second Avenue,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said after touring the site. Cooper issued a state of emergency and a curfew for the area.
    Police did not immediately indicate a possible motive or the target.
    Human remains were found in the vicinity of the explosion, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.    It was unclear how the remains were related to the explosion or whether they might belong to the person believed to be responsible or a victim.    The officials could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
    The blast sent black smoke and flames billowing from the heart of downtown Nashville’s tourist scene, an area packed with honky-tonks, restaurants and shops.    Buildings shook and windows shattered streets away from the explosion near a building owned by AT&T that lies one block from the company’s office tower, a landmark in downtown.
    “We do not know if that was a coincidence, or if that was the intention,” police spokesman Don Aaron said.    He said earlier that some people were taken to the department’s central precinct for questioning but declined to give details.
    AT&T said the affected building is the central office of a telephone exchange, with network equipment in it.    The blast interrupted service, but the company declined to say how widespread outages were.    “Service for some customers in Nashville and the surrounding areas may be affected by damage to our facilities from the explosion this morning.    We are in contact with law enforcement and working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service,” AT&T spokesman Jim Greer said in an emailed statement.
    The AT& T outages site showed service issues in middle Tennessee and Kentucky, including Bowling Green about 65 miles north of Nashville.    Several police agencies reported that their 911 systems were down because of the outage, including Murfreesboro and Knox County, home to Knoxville about 180 miles east of Nashville.
    The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights out of Nashville International Airport because of telecommunications issues associated with the explosion.
    The FBI will be taking the lead in the investigation, agency spokesman Joel Siskovic said.    Federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also on the scene.    The FBI is the primary agency responsible for investigating federal crimes, such as explosives violations and acts of terrorism.
    Three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment after the blast, although none were in critical condition, Aaron said.
    President Donald Trump has been briefed, according to White House spokesperson Judd Deere.
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said on Twitter that the state would provide the resources necessary “to determine what happened and who was responsible.”
    The American Red Cross of Tennessee was working with officials to open a shelter for victims.

12/26/2020 President Trump: Dems Would Consider Rigged Election An Act Of War by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 16: U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    President Trump continues to stand up against the disputed election by arguing if the tables were turned, Democrat senators would “fight to the death.”
    Legally, an act of war was defined in 1973 by the ‘War Powers Act.’    On Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to say the election was rigged and stolen, “with proof of such acts at a level never seen before.”
    He also argued that Democrat senators would consider it “an act of war,” while GOP senators like Majority Leader McConnell continue to do “nothing,” while exhibiting “no fight.”
    Legally, an act of war was defined in 1973 by the ‘War Powers Act.’
    According to Producer and Host of C-Span John Mcardle, the constitutional powers of the President as Commander in Chief to introduce the United States Armed Forces into hostilities are exercised only pursuant to a: Declaration of war, specific statutory authority, or a national emergency created by an attack upon the United States, its territories, or its possessions, or its armed forces.
    Meanwhile, President Trump continues to contest the election and fight for honest and transparent election results.
[Legally, an act of war was defined in 1973 by the ‘War Powers Act.’ and the Democrats forgot that is the one that Obama violated when he went to war with Libya and killed Ghaddafi because he raised the price of oil to $104 a barrel and gasoline at $4-6 a gallon in the U.S. and that event caused the creation OF ISIS, which Trump had to come in and clean up his mess.    So if Trump tries to do that maybe he will not kill all the Democrats just the corrupt ones who planned the takeover].

12/26/2020 COVID-19 Relief Bill Awaits President Trump’s Signature In Fla. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to board Marine One on the
South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Americans may have to wait a bit longer for their next round of stimulus checks.    The newest COVID-19 relief package is awaiting President Trump’s signature in Florida. However, uncertainty surrounds the package as the President has not said if he will sign it.
    This comes as unemployment benefits are set to expire on Saturday if they are not renewed.
    Meanwhile, a government shutdown would begin as soon as next week if the relief bill does not pass and lawmakers are still debating the amount of aid Americans should receive.
    Reports Thursday said some representatives are against President Trump’s calls to increase the “ridiculously low” payments of $600 to $2,000.     This is despite support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle including Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
    “Democrats agree with the President, at least to the extent that we need to sign this bill now,” Hoyer said.    “$600 is certainly not enough for individuals who have been struggling these past seven months, and it isn’t enough to provide the boost our economy needs.”
    Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proposed bringing the House back for a rare Christmas Eve session to hold a “recorded vote” on the bill to increase the payments.
    In a statement, Pelosi said “to vote against this bill is to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny them the relief they need.”
    Another round of negotiations could delay the bill by several days, while a veto from President Trump could delay it by weeks.
    According to a recent study by TransUnion, six in 10 Americans said they have “suffered a financial hit due to the pandemic,” and 40 percent of those households “had been banking on the prospect of another stimulus check to help them pay their bills.”

12/26/2020 Trump Slams Big Tech: Calls NDAA A ‘Travesty Of A Bill’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    President Trump is once again taking a stand against Big Tech and its Section 230 protections.
    In a tweet on Saturday, the President denounced the ‘National Defense Authorization Act.’
    He said he will not stand by and “watch this travesty of a bill happen, without reigning in Big Tech.”
    He added, “End section 230 now before it’s too late.”    He went on to call it “so bad for our country,” while urging lawmakers to “show courage and do what’s right.”
    House members have also spoken out against Section 230.
    “Section 230…it needs to be repealed,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated.    “These technology companies are not acting in the manner of why 230 was created, and we see on a daily basis, they don’t need that protection any longer.”
    The law protects tech platforms from liability when it comes to user-posted content and censorship.

12/26/2020 Rep.-Elect Boebert Defends Americans’ Second Amendment Rights To Carry by OAN Newsroom
Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert poses for a portrait at Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado on April 24, 2018. – Lauren Boebert opened
Shooters Grill in 2013 with her husband Jason in the small town of Rifle, Colorado, the only city in the United States named after a gun
according to them. The majority of her staff carries, while it is not a requirement to work there, she encourages them to do so if they
feel comfortable with it. Customers are also welcome to carry firearms on them as well. The restaurants theme remained heavily country
western but revolves alot around the theme of the Second Amendment as well. (Photo by EMILY KASK/AFP via Getty Images)
    Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) stresses the importance of a woman’s right to bear arms.
    In an interview this week, the Republican asserted that guns serve as a woman’s equalizer against a potential ‘stronger aggressor.’    Boebert added the Second Amendment allows women to defend their right to life, as outlined in the Constitution.
    This came amid backlash against a lawsuit that seeks to dissolve the NRA, which was filed by Democrat New York Attorney General Letitia James earlier this year.
    “This year has shown us that they’re quick to take away even the police officers that they say it’s their job to protect us,” Boebert said.    “You have women in Congress who shout ‘defund the police,’ [but] then demand extra security from Capitol Hill, police and in Washington D.C.     I’ll have my concealed carry firearm permit and I will be my own security there.”
    Earlier this year, the freshman congresswoman-elect came under fire when she kept her restaurant ‘Shooters Grill’ open, despite her state’s Democrat-led lockdown orders.
    Her restaurant also heavily emphasizes her support behind the right to bear arms, which is a decision that has prompted backlash from some.     However, Boebert said she and her staff encourage and love it when customers carry guns to express their constitutional rights.
    In 2014, Boebert allowed open carry at her restaurant after she said a man was beaten to death right outside.
    The Republican emphasized that most women are smaller than the average man, which makes it that much more important to have a gun for protection.
    “I had waitresses that began to carry in my restaurant,” Boebert noted.    “They all open carry now and ‘Shooter’s Grill’ was being called the safest restaurant in America, but that platform for the Second Amendment really developed advocacy for freedom.”
    She added that she began to study the constitution and fell in love with it.    “That’s what I’m here to preserve,” Boebert stated.
    Recently, Boebert mentioned the left is “always talking about women’s rights,” but she can’t think of a better way to actively fight for those rights than to be able to practice the Second Amendment.
    In the meantime, Boebert said she plans to carry a gun every day with her in Washington D.C. this week because she is less than a month away from being sworn into congress.    She also noted most older Democrat-run cities have violent crime problems and she wants to protect herself.

12/26/2020 U.S. Holiday Retail Sales Rise 3% Amid Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
A woman carries shopping bags in New York. U.S. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
    Amid a huge shift toward online shopping, U.S. retail sales reportedly rose during this year’s holiday shopping season.    Mastercard said retail sales rose 3 percent in the United States from October 11 to December 24.
    The pandemic played a huge role in changing consumer shopping habits.    Mastercard reported e-commerce sales jumped 49 percent. Consumers working from home splurged on home improvement products, furniture and electronics.    However, shoppers did spend less on dining out, travel, clothing and jewelry.
    2020’s holiday season started earlier than usual.    Several retailers like Walmart and Target rolled out their holiday promotions early as they faced capacity constraints in certain stores. also pushed back its annual summer promotional event to October.

12/26/2020 Nashville Explosion: First Responders Hailed As Heroes by OAN Newsroom
This image taken from a surveillance video provided by Metro Nashville PD, shows a recreational vehicle that was involved in
a blast on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. An explosion shook the largely deserted streets early Christmas morning,
shattering windows, damaging buildings and wounding some people. Police were responding to a report of shots fired when
they encountered a recreational vehicle blaring a recording that said a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes, Metro Nashville Police Chief
John Drake said. Police evacuated nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad. (Metro Nashville PD via AP)
    Officials in Nashville, Tennessee are keeping residents away from the site of a major explosion which went off on Christmas.    The mayor issued a curfew for the blast area, effective Friday through Sunday, as investigators continue to work on the scene.
    This comes as the police chief said remains were found near the blast site and will be examined to determine if they are human.
    Nashville Mayor John Cooper called the police officers who helped clear residents from the area “incredible heroes,” saying they prevented many injuries.
    “The chiefs and I have just had a walking tour of the devastation on Second Avenue,” Mayor Cooper stated.    “As of right now, initial evidence does show that the early morning explosion was was a deliberate bomb being set off in our community.”
    Authorities said they weren’t aware of any credible threats in the area heading into the holiday.

12/26/2020 Conflict Rises In Washington Over Stimulus Price Tag by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 30: (AFP OUT) U.S President Donald Trump looks on during a meeting. (Photo by Olivier Douliery – Pool/Getty Images)
    Members of the Republican party debate the President’s push to raise the stimulus package from $600 to $2000.
    In a tweet on Saturday, President Trump said he “simply wants to get our great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill.”
    “It’s called the COVID relief bill,” the President said.    “But it has almost nothing to do with COVID.”
    President Trump’s desired revisions sent lawmakers on Capitol Hill scrambling, with some saying the changes are doable while others saying they are not.
    On Thursday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) warned the President that attempting to change the bipartisan agreement in the Senate wouldn’t pass.    He urged him to sign the year-end deal.
    However, Republican senator and long-time ally of President Trump, Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), praised the President’s critique of the bill.    He added that the biggest winner of the proposal would be the American people.
    Even Democrats have widely supported the re-working of the bill. For example, Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) said the party is ready to “meet him at his offer.”    Other major Democrat leaders also expressed their support, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.    She responded to the President’s tweet with one of her own.
    The deal, which includes $10 million for "gender programs” in Pakistan as well as money for two new national mall museums and millions for “internet freedom,” has faced criticism for its lack of focus on COVID-19 aid.
    The bill arrived in Florida, where the President is staying for the holidays. It awaits his signature.
    Officials of both parties worry the deal, which is months in the making, will be vetoed by President Trump without major changes to the legislation.

12/26/2020 CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Set To Expire Today by OAN Newsroom
The US Department of Labor Building on March 26, 2020, in Washington, DC. – (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Federal unemployment benefits, which were created through the CARES Act, are coming to a halt.
    Both the ‘Pandemic Unemployment Compensation’ and the ‘Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation’ expire Saturday.    These programs provided assistance to millions of Americans, covering mainly long-term unemployed workers as well as gig-workers.
    The hard cut-off of benefits could mean a lack of options for those with a lack of work.
    “I lost my job entirely late April and it was really sad to see that awesome small business go,” Minnesota resident Cole Stevens said.    “‘Grind Coffee and Creamer’ in Bloomington was all high school workers there and we lost that business…and so I did what anybody would do–I applied for unemployment benefits.”
    The first program helped unemployed Americans who are not usually eligible for regular insurance benefits, such as business owners and the self-employed.
    The second program provided up to 13 weeks of additional benefits to individuals who previously collected state or federal unemployment compensation, but exhausted those benefits.

12/26/2020 NYPD Officer Saved By Bulletproof Vest Released From Hospital by OAN Newsroom
TOPSHOT – NYPD police officers watch demonstrators in Times Square during a
“Black Lives Matter” protest. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
    The New York Police Department officer shot and saved by his bulletproof vest was just released from the hospital.    On Friday, 27-year-old Connor Boalick was discharged after what many are calling a “Christmas miracle.”
    Boalick was responding to a domestic incident on Christmas Eve when the suspect, identified as 20-year-old William Moss, allegedly shot the officer.    Luckily, the bullet did not break skin.    A team of officers were able to chase and arrest Moss.
    Officers are speaking out against this sort of blatant attack on law enforcement.
    “We have to start asking the question why is this happening?    Why does a perp feel bold enough to shoot a police officer?    That’s the question that we have to ask and we have to answer,” President of the Police Benevolent Association of New York City Pat Lynch said.
    Moss was hit with a flurry of charges including attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment.

12/26/2020 Congress Is Focused On COVID-19 Relief Bill, Gov’t Funding by OAN Newsroom
FILE- This Dec. 24, 2020, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    As the new year approaches, Congress is focusing in on government funding and passing a potential second stimulus check.    With many end of the year legislations up in the air, Congress will have a busy week ahead if they want to avoid a government shutdown.
    The House of Representatives is set to vote on a standalone bill Monday that would authorize $2,000 in direct checks to Americans in place of the proposed $600.    This came after President Trump called the $600 check ridiculously low and asked Congress to revise the bill.
    “The $900 billion package provides hardworking taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments, and not enough money is given to small businesses,” President Trump stated.
    The President may veto the $900 billion package on Monday if the bill is left as is.
    If a bill is not passed this week, the government faces yet another shutdown.    This would leave the fate of a second COVID-19 relief package unknown.
    This week, Congress is also set to vote again on the National Defense Authorization Act.    It was vetoed by President Trump earlier this month for failing to include a repeal of Section 230.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his chamber will vote on overriding the veto Tuesday.    However, President Trump has doubled down on his opposition to the bill, calling it a “travesty.”    He said he will not stand by and watch the NDAA get passed without reigning in big tech.    He called on Congress to “show courage and do what’s right.”

12/27/2020 Europe Rolls Out Vaccines In Bid To Leave Pandemic Behind
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker carries a tray of prepared doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Del-Pest Central Hospital as
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Budapest, Hungary, December 26, 2020. Szilard Koszticsak/Pool via REUTERS
    (Reuters) – Europe launches a cross-border vaccination programme of unprecedented scale on Sunday as part of efforts to end a COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled economies and claimed more than 1.7 million lives around the world.
    The region of 450 million people has secured contracts with a range of suppliers for over two billion vaccine doses and has set a goal for all adults to be inoculated during 2021.
    While Europe has some of the best-resourced healthcare systems in the world, the sheer scale of the effort means that some countries are calling on retired medics to help out while others have loosened rules for who is allowed to give the injections.
    With surveys pointing to high levels of hesitancy towards the vaccine in countries from France to Poland, leaders of the 27-country European Union are promoting it as the best chance of getting back to something like normal life next year.
    “We are starting to turn the page on a difficult year,” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the Brussels-based European Commission coordinating the programme, said in a tweet.
    “Vaccination is the lasting way out of the pandemic.”
    After European governments were criticised for failing to work together to counter the spread of the virus in early 2020, the goal this time is to ensure that there is equal access to the vaccines across the entire region.
    But even then, Hungary on Saturday jumped the gun on the official roll-out by starting to administer shots of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech to frontline workers at hospitals in the capital Budapest.
    Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Spain are planning to begin mass vaccinations, starting with health workers on Sunday.    Outside the EU, Britain, Switzerland and Serbia have already started in recent weeks.
    The distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot presents tough challenges.    The vaccine uses new mRNA technology and must be stored at ultra-low temperatures of around -80 degrees Celsius (-112°F).
    France, which received its first shipment of the two-dose vaccine on Saturday, will start administering it in the greater Paris area and in the Burgundy-Franche-Comte region.
    Germany, meanwhile, said trucks were on their way to deliver the vaccine to care homes for the elderly, which are first in line to receive the vaccine on Sunday.
    Beyond hospitals and care homes, sports halls and convention centres emptied by lockdown measures will become venues for mass inoculations.
    In Italy, temporary solar-powered healthcare pavilions will spring up in town squares around the country, designed to look like five-petalled primrose flowers, a symbol of spring.
    In Spain, doses are being delivered by air to its island territories and the North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.    Portugal is establishing separate cold storage units for its Atlantic archipelagos of Azores and Madeira.
    “A window of hope has now opened, without forgetting that there is a very difficult fight ahead,” Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido told reporters.
(Writing by Mark John; Editing by Christina Fincher)

12/27/2020 Italy Kicks Off Vaccinations Against COVID-19 In Rome
Claudia Alivernini, one of the first recipients of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Italy, receives her vaccination at the
Spallanzani hospital in this screengrab taken from a video, in Rome, Italy December 27, 2020. Ministero della Salute/Handout via REUTERS
    ROME (Reuters) -Almost 10 months after the first Italian patient tested positive for the new coronavirus, Italy on Sunday vaccinated the first residents against COVID-19.
    Three health workers at the Rome Spallanzani hospital were inoculated shortly before 0700 GMT with the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, a statement by the commissioner for the epidemic Domenico Arcuri said.
    “The vaccine went very well and it was an exciting, historical moment,” 29-year-old nurse Claudia Alivernini told state-owned television RAINEWS24.
    “It is the beginning of the end and I hope to be the first of over 60 millions of Italians.”
    Italy on Thursday became the eighth country in the world to exceed 2 million officially recorded cases.    It has reported 70,909 deaths, the highest toll in Europe and the fifth highest in the world.
    The vaccine will be free of charge and health workers and elderly people will be the first to be offered the voluntary inoculation.
    Hungary and Slovakia began their vaccination campaigns on Saturday with other European Union countries joining Italy in rolling out the shots from Sunday, as the pandemic surges across the continent.
    Around 9,750 doses have already arrived in Italy and another 470,000 are expected to arrive from next week, the health ministry said.
    “Today is a symbolic day which must give the idea of the beauty of Europe that has bought the vaccines for everybody and distributed them,” Commissioner Arcuri said.
    To aid the roll out of the vaccine, temporary solar-powered healthcare pavilions will pop up in town squares around the country, designed to look like five-petalled primrose flowers, a symbol of spring.
(Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

12/27/2020 President Trump Lists ‘Irrefutable Proof’ Of Rigged Election, Says ‘Time For Republican Senators To Step Up And Fight’ by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 28: U.S. President Donald Trump awaits the arrival of Finnish
President Sauli Niinisto to the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Trump rebuked the state of the election and called out GOP lawmakers for keeping silent.    On Saturday, President Trump called on the Senate not one, but two times.
    In a string of tweets, the President said, “Time for Republican senators to step up and fight for the presidency like the Democrats would’ve done if they had actually won.”
The above image is proof that Donald Trump was leading as you see by the red lines in Georgia by 100,000 votes
as the polls closed at 10:00 p.m. on November 3rd but as the crime was committed when 5 persons went
in at 10:30 p.m. which is all on camera and until 1:00 a.m. were pulling suitcases out from under tables and
running ballots and another one was on a machine running a stack of ballots over and over and there is no dispute
that a crime was committed and the crime is Twitter disputed the truth to the American people.    You can
see clearly they ran 225,196 votes for Biden and only 93,036 for Trump the dirference was 132,160 and on November 4th
Biden was ahead 11,500 votes.    This very same thing also happened in Wisconsisn
    He also reiterated that “Courts are bad, the FBI and ‘Justice’ didn’t do their job, and the United States election system looks like that of a third world country.”
    President Trump added Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are doing nothing to protect the integrity of the election.
    The President also laid out what he called “irrefutable proof” of massive election irregularities. He noted massive late-night mail-in ballot drops in swing states, stuffing the ballot boxes on video, double voters, dead voters, fake signatures, and more.
    He finished by saying the numbers are far greater than what is necessary to win the individual swing states and emphasized this cannot even be contested.
    Moving forward, all eyes will be on Congress to either contest the electoral college or affirm their vote for President of the United States come January 6.

12/27/2020 Authorities Search Nashville Home Of Possible Person Of Interest After Christmas Day Explosion by OAN Newsroom
A law enforcement member walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Buildings
shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    Authorities appear to be closing in on a person of interest in connection with the Nashville bombing.
    While law enforcement hasn’t named names, FBI and ATF agents were reportedly seen Saturday searching the home of Nashville local, Anthony Quinn Warner.
    63-year-old Warner is believed to own an RV similar to the one seen on Christmas day, which broadcasted a bomb warning before the explosion went off.
    Warner is allegedly a computer I.T. expert and may have been paranoid of ‘5G’ technology–the next generation of broadband for cellular networks.
    In the weeks leading up to the attack, he also allegedly signed over the deed to his home for free.    Authorities continue to investigate all of this, but have yet to confirm any details.    They said they’re currently looking into all leads.
    “We can’t confirm any individuals or anybody we’ve identified,” FBI Special Agent Doug Korneski said.    “Again, as we mentioned, we have over 500 investigative leads and we’re following up on every one of those so there are a number of individuals that we’re looking at.    At this point, we’re not prepared to identify any single individual.”
    In the meantime, damage reports and cleanup efforts for the damaged 41 buildings are still underway.

12/27/2020 Nashville PD Describe Christmas Day Explosion by OAN Newsroom
Nashville Police Officer Richard Luellen speaks at a news conference Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Luellen is one of six
officers credited with evacuating people before an explosion took place in downtown Nashville early Christmas morning. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    Officers with the Nashville Police Department offered an emotional play by play of their evacuation efforts leading up to the Christmas day explosion.
    In a press conference Sunday, Nashville Public Affairs Manager Don Aaron commended six officers who were on the scene that day. He credits them with saving countless lives.
    Each officer said they initially responded to reports of shots fired, but found no evidence of a gunfight.    They then went outside and heard the RV’s announcement warning them to evacuate.
    Several of the officers said they began to evacuate surrounding buildings.    They found six or seven frightened families and lead them to safety.
    Officer James Wells was one of the closest officers to the blast.    He recalled hearing a voice he attributed to God that told him to check on a fellow officer.    He said this move saved his life.
    “I literally hear God tell me to turn around and go check on [Officer] Topping, who was by herself down on Broadway,” Wells stated.    “As I turn around–for me it felt like I only took three steps–then the music stopped and as I’m walking back towards Topping…I just see orange and I hear a loud ‘boom!'
    As he walked away, the vehicle exploded and knocked Wells forward.    He told himself to “stay on my feet and stay alive.”    Wells temporarily lost hearing in his left ear, but told the paramedics to check on others before treating him.
    Further on in the presser, several officers recalled memories that weren’t initially released to the public.    For example, there was a camera attached to the RV and the song “Downtown” by Petula Clark was playing before the blast.
    The officers expressed their gratitude to be alive in addition to their thankfulness for their fellow first responders.    They also acknowledged the impact the event had on their entire unit.
    Moving forward, officials said some road closures near the explosion site would be reopening.
    Additionally, Mayor John Cooper feels optimistic about recovery efforts with the help of federal aid.
    “Federal help will be a priority here, for rebuilding in Nashville,” the Nashville Mayor stated.    “It needs to be [as] our businesses have suffered a lot with coronavirus and this doesn’t need to add to that difficulty.”
    The AT&T building, which was partially destroyed during the attack, is being restored.    The city can soon expect all mobile communication to get back up and running as the company looks to reconnect the 911 system.

12/27/2020 Dem. Rep-Elects Dodge Question On Pelosi Speaker Support by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Two recently elected Democrat Congress-people avoided saying whether or not they’ll support Nancy Pelosi’s bid to remain Speaker of the House.
    In an interview on Sunday, Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) simply side-stepped the question, which asked if they would cast their votes for Pelosi.
    Instead of commenting on the issue, they instead spoke on their intent to bring legislation to the floor to address issues like reparations and ‘Medicare for All.’
    Both were previously endorsed by the ‘Democrat Socialists of America.’
    When asked if she would vote for Pelosi, Rep.-elect Bush simply said, “What I’m going to do is make sure the voices of the people of St. Louis are heard.”
    Rep.-elect Bowman was asked the same question. His answer was similarly avoidant as he said, “You will find out when my vote is tallied and…again [I’m] organizing with our community to figure out what’s best.”
    Pelosi is seeking her fourth two-year term as Speaker of the House.

12/28/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - State reports over 1,500 new cases of COVID-19 by Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky’s positivity rate continued to hover around 8% on Sunday as Gov. Andy Beshear’s office released updated coronavirus figures from across the commonwealth.
    Another 1,509 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Kentucky, according to numbers posted Sunday afternoon, and an additional 21 deaths were reported.    A total of 1,504 coronavirus patients are currently hospitalized, with 411 in intensive care units and 217 on ventilators.
    Kentucky’s positivity rate currently sits at 8.06%, one day after Saturday’s rate was reported to be 8.04%.    It’s a significant drop from the beginning of the month — the commonwealth’s positivity rate on Dec. 1 was reported to be 9.59%.
    Monday will mark two weeks since the first coronavirus vaccines were distributed in Kentucky.
    Health care workers and employees and residents of nursing homes and other assisted living centers are first in line for vaccinations, and 11,192 vaccine doses had been distributed across the state as of Friday.
    A total of 257,063 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Kentucky since the start of the pandemic, with 2,555 deaths.    In Louisville, 50,679 COVID- 19 cases and 630 deaths have been reported.
    Beshear did not host a press briefing Sunday, instead releasing the updated figures in a statement.
    Reach Courier Journal reporter Lucas Aulbach at 502-582-4649 or laul
[21 deaths / 1,509 cases = 0.014% so the mortality rate is higher due to less cases over the Christmas holiday as people gathered in their homes to celebrate Jesus and out shopping before it all so do less cases and all will be okay and open everything up to get us back to normal if our Democrat governor stops his policies.].

12/28/2020 Shares Lifted By U.S. Stimulus Cheer And Brexit Relief by Danilo Masoni and Hideyuki Sano
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a screen displaying a graph showing recent Nikkei share average outside
a brokerage, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo
    MILAN/TOKYO (Reuters) – Global shares rose and the dollar softened on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion spending package and as investors continued to celebrate a last-minute trade deal clinched between Britain and the European Union.
    By backing down from his earlier threat to block the bipartisan bill, Trump allowed millions of Americans to continue receiving unemployment benefits and averted a federal government shutdown.
    “As the coronavirus pandemic has shown little sign of abating, the emergency aid was needed to avoid a sharp slowdown in the economy during the first quarter,” said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, market strategist at Mizuho Securities.
    “It would have been unsettling if we hadn’t had it by the end of year,” he added.
    The MSCI world index, which tracks shares in 49 nations, rose 0.3% by 0907 GMT, boosted by strong opening gains in Europe and a positive session in Asia overnight, although trading was thinner due to the festive period.
    The euro STOXX index rose 0.9% in the first trading session after London and Brussels signed an eleventh hour deal on Thursday evening that preserves zero tariff access to each other’s markets.
    The British market was closed for the Boxing Day holiday.
    “We can finally move on from the Brexit drama,” said Win Thin, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman.
    “After the last-minute deal was struck last week, the UK parliament will vote on the deal Wednesday. With (opposition party) Labour promising its support, it should pass handily,” he added.
    U.S. S&P futures rose 0.6% in their first trade after the Christmas holiday, edging near a record touched last week.
    Earlier Japan’s Nikkei advanced 0.7% and China stocks also rose, helped by strong industrial profit data.    MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.1%.
    The rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines were also bolstering hopes of more economic normalisation next year, with Europe launching a mass vaccination drive on Sunday.
    That for now has offset alarm over a new, highly infectious variant of the virus that has been raging in England and was confirmed in many other countries, including Japan, France and Canada, over the weekend.
    In foreign exchange markets, the dollar index fell 0.2% to 90.028.    The dollar is expected to stay under pressure as investors bet on continued recovery in the global economy and a prolonged period of loose U.S. monetary policy.
    The euro was up 0.2% at $1.2232, a tad below its 2-1/2-year high of $1.22735, while the yen changed hands at 103.41 per dollar.
    The British pound remained just below the 2-1/2-year high of $1.3625 hit earlier this month in anticipation of the EU-UK trade deal.    It last changed hands at $1.3559, up 0.1%.
    Precious metals were livelier as gold rose 1.3% at one point to a one week high as investors welcomed Trump’s signing of the pandemic aid bill, with a weaker dollar lending further support.
    Gold was last up 0.4% at $1,883.5 per ounce and silver gained about 1.8%. [GOL/]
    Oil prices rose, with Brent crude futures up 0.7% at $51.67 per barrel and U.S. crude futures up 0.8%.
    In bond markets, 10-year U.S. Treasuries yields rose to 0.9514% and 10-year German bund yields inched lower to -0.550%.
    Bitcoin, which hit a new record high over the weekend, was up 2.2% at $26,876, bringing the total value of the cryptocurrency in circulation to over $500 billion.
(Reporting by Danilo Masoni; Editing by Peter Graff)

12/28/2020 Dollar Dithers In Thin Trade As Trump Passes Pandemic Aid Package by Kevin Buckland
FILE PHOTO: Pound and U.S. dollar bills are seen in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar largely shrugged off President Donald Trump’s decision to relent on a threat to block a COVID-19 aid bill in thin trading on Monday with many investors on holiday.
    The pound hovered below a 2-1/2-year high in the Asian session following the agreement last week of a narrow Brexit trade deal that does not cover Britain’s financial sector.
    The dollar index was little changed at 90.151, following a three-day slide.
    Sterling added 0.2% to $1.3565, inching back toward the $1.3625 mark it hit earlier this month for the first time since May 2018.
    Trump signed into law the $2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package, averting a partial federal government shutdown that would have started Tuesday.
    Earlier he had cryptically tweeted, “Good news on Covid Relief Bill.    Information to follow!” He had previously demanded an increase in stimulus checks for struggling Americans to $2,000 from $600.
    The euro was little changed at $1.2216, near the 2 1/2-year high of $1.2273 touched this month.
    While last week’s Brexit deal came as a relief to investors, the bare-bones nature of the pact leaves Britain far more detached from the EU, analysts say, suggesting the discount that has dogged UK assets since 2016 will not vanish soon.
    Brussels has made no decision yet on whether to grant Britain access to the bloc’s financial market.
    Mitsuo Imaizumi, chief FX strategist at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo, expects the pound and euro to decline against the dollar, reaching $1.30 and $1.15 respectively by the end of the summer.
    “Regardless of the Brexit deal, cable will be down,” he said.
    “It’s buy the rumour, sell the fact.”
    The Australian dollar inched up to 76.082 U.S. cents, toward the 2 1/2-year high of 76.390 reached this month.
    The yuan creeped up after China’s central bank lifted its official guidance level to the highest in 30 months.
    The dollar weakened slightly to 103.455 yen.
    Policymakers at Japan’s central were divided on how far they should go in examining yield curve control with some calling for a comprehensive review of the framework, a summary of opinions voiced at the December rate review showed on Monday.
(Reporting by Kevin Buckland; Editing by Stephen Coates)

12/28/2020 $1.4T Omnibus Bill Faces Backlash For Wasteful Spending by OAN Newsroom
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to guests at a campaign event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    The newly signed omnibus bill has been under fire for allocating billions of dollars to oversea spending.    GOP lawmakers are fighting against wasteful spending measures in the Consolidated Appropriations Act and calling on Congress to focus on helping Americans weather the pandemic.
    In a recent report, The Heritage Foundation called the nearly 6,000 page bill an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars.    It cited a lack of focus on COVID-19 tests and the inclusion of politically motivated industry bailouts.
    This came after President Trump criticized the amount of funds dedicated to foreign programs in the $1.4 trillion package during a time when American families are struggling amid oppressive pandemic lockdowns.    The President went on to call the bill a “disgrace” and asserted the American people deserve better.
    “The bill also allows stimulus checks for the family members of illegal aliens, allowing them to get up to $1,800 each,” President Trump stated.    “This is far more than the Americans are given.”
    On the Senate floor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) criticized massive spending in the COVID-19 relief package, depicting it as fiscally irresponsible.
    “The government has worsened the economic damage and acted as the biggest obstacle to economic recovery,” Paul said.    “There is no free money that can get us out of this situation.    The only thing that can save us is to open the economy.”
    Paul warned the massive bill, the largest ever passed in congressional history, could lead to more lockdowns, economic damage, job losses and general suffering for hardworking Americans.
    “If we give these tin-pot dictators, these governors more money, they’re less likely to open the economy,” Paul said.    “The answer’s not printing up and distributing free money, it’s opening the economy.”
    Echoing Paul’s concerns, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Ut.) did not vote in favor of the bill, which Congress only had two hours to read.
    “It is impossible that anyone will have the opportunity to read it, from now until the time we vote,” Lee stated.    “I am absolutely certain this has been toppled together by a very small handful of members of Congress.”
    As tax payers in Democrat-led states were forced to close their businesses in strict lockdowns, the left attempted to funnel billions of dollars overseas all while only offering Americans $600 in economic relief.
    President Trump signed the bill on Sunday and sent a red-lined version back to Congress, which called for removal of the wasteful spending.

12/28/2020 President Trump Signs Massive $2.3T Govt. Spending Bill Extending COVID Relief by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the
White House in Washington before boarding Marine One. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, avoiding a government shutdown and extending coronavirus relief to millions around the U.S.
    In a statement from the White House on Sunday, the President said it’s his responsibility to protect the country from economic devastation, also adding that his job is not done until every American is back to work.
    The massive spending bill includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September of 2021 with the remaining $900 billion going towards coronavirus relief.
    Additionally, the bill restores unemployment benefits, provides money for vaccine distribution and more relief to small businesses that have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.
    President Trump added, he’s informed Congress of the need for less wasteful spending while advocating for bigger direct payments towards the American people.
    “I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple,” he stated.    “I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill.”
    The House will vote to increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000.    It will also review Section 230 to either terminate or substantially reform the prevision.
    In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented on the White House’s announcement.    The top Republican said he “applauds President Trump’s decision to get relief out the door and into the hands of American families as quickly as possible.”
    Meanwhile, the President said the House and Senate have agreed to focus on the widespread voter fraud during the Presidential Elections in early November.

12/28/2020 NYPD Officers Face Increasing Terror Threats by OAN Newsroom
NYPD officers work the scene where there were reports of a suspicious package near the Fulton Street
subway station in Lower Manhattan in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    New York police officers are on edge as they fear for their lives amid a rise in terror threats.    On Sunday, NYPD officers evacuated the Empire State Building after responding to a possible bomb threat.
    Around 11 a.m. local time, officers said they received a call from an unknown caller stating a bomb would go off at noon.    Upon arrival, however, NYPD officers found no explosives anywhere near or on the iconic building.
    This came just two days after a bomb rocked downtown Nashville, further raising concerns of such bombings around the U.S. Authorities in Nashville said police could have been the targets in the Christmas blast.
    “When you come in and out of your precinct, or wherever you work out of, you have to be aware that there may be people that are watching you, surveilling you, following you to see where you’ll go, to see where you live,” security expert Manny Gomez stated.
    The department’s quick response came weeks after an internal report suggested officers could be the targets of terrorist attacks.    The report warned officers of possible homemade bomb attacks, which could involve IED’s and car bombs.
    Additionally, the report cited alleged al-Qaeda propaganda circulating in recent months, which urges radicals to to attack priority targets.    This includes police and soldiers.
    Officials noted limitations imposed on officers from the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘defund the police’ policies are dwindling officers’ abilities to defend themselves.
    “They’re capitalizing on the ‘defund the police’ and anti-police issues,” Gomez added.    “They’re targeting police officers when they have less resources than they had before this.”
    NYPD officers have been targeted in recent and past alleged terrorist attacks with the most recent happening in June.    Three officers were attacked in what authorities called an “Islamist terrorist attack.” Two of the officers were stabbed and one was shot.
    Additionally, one bystander was accidentally killed in 2018 by a homemade bomb targeting a police officer.

12/28/2020 Some GOP Senators Prepare To Reject Electoral College Vote Count On Jan. 6 by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    A number of GOP senators are preparing to reject the Electoral College’s vote count next month.    As the House and Senate get ready for the formal count on January 6, a group of Republican House members are planning to object to the results.
    The group, led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Al.), would need at least one senator to side with him to force a debate on the matter
    Potential sympathizers include incoming Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Al.) whose campaign was endorsed by the President, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.).
    Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged the GOP to vote against President Trump.    The Kentucky lawmaker has already congratulated Joe Biden as the supposed winner of the election despite widespread claims of voter fraud.
    “I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell stated.    “The President-elect is no stranger to the Senate, he’s devoted himself to public service for many years.”
    On Sunday, President Trump signaled he may have the support needed to force that vote.    “See you in Washington D.C. on January 6, don’t miss it,” he stated.
    Both congressional chambers would need a simple majority in order to reject the Electoral College vote count.

12/28/2020 Federal Authorities Confirm Anthony Quinn Warner As Nashville Bomber by OAN Newsroom
A law enforcement member walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Buildings
shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    Authorities have closed in on a suspect in connection with the Nashville, Tennessee bombing.    On Sunday, U.S. attorney Don Cochran confirmed Anthony Quinn Warner was responsible for the Christmas Day blast and died at the scene.
    The confirmation came after the DNA tissue found at the scene matched the deceased.    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with an FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, discovered the DNA results were consistent with the identified suspect.
    Federal authorities said Warner “perished in the explosion” and “acted alone.”    They are following leads, but noted their are currently no indications that anyone else was involved in the incident.
    The latest announcement comes just a day after FBI and ATF agents were seen searching the home of Nashville local on Saturday.    Authorities dialed in on the 63-year-old in the days after the blast as Warner also owned an RV similar to the one seen on Christmas Day.
    A broadcasted a bomb warning could be heard coming from the RV before the explosion went off.    Authorities later confirmed it was Warner’s RV after tracing the VIN number to him.
    Warner was a computer IT expert and may have been paranoid of 5G technology, which is the next generation of broadband for cellular networks.    He also allegedly signed over the deed to his home for free in the weeks leading up to the attack.
    Police are still investigating for a possible motive.    Meanwhile, damage reports and cleanup efforts for the 41 buildings damaged are still underway.

12/28/2020 Possible Motive Behind Nashville Bombing Is 5G Conspiracy Theories by OAN Newsroom
Emergency personnel work near the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Buildings shook
in the immediate area and beyond after a loud boom was heard early Christmas morning. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    A former U.S. Intelligence official is shedding some light on the possible motive behind the Nashville Christmas Day bombing.
    In an interview Sunday, former Assistant FBI Director Frank Figliuzzi argued the bomber’s decision to conduct the attack was likely related to conspiracy theories surrounding 5G technology.
    Numerous 5G theories have gained traction in recent months as some believe the technology could be the cause of COVID-19 or a means of government spying.
    Figliuzzi argued that issues surrounding conspiracies about 5G and similar theories are amplified by the spread of misinformation on social media.
    “You’ll find almost anything imaginable and unimaginable online and it may be that this is what partially drove this individual,” he stated.
    “And that’s why we need to speak the truth about what 5G is, where COVID came from and all of this.”
    Figliuzzi warned the nature of the bombing could potentially pose an increased likelihood of a copycat attack.    Moving forward, he urged Americans to be vigilant about misinformation on the internet.

12/28/2020 U.S. Omnibus Spending Package Angers China by OAN Newsroom
File – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian is pictured. (AP Photo)
    China reacted to Washington’s newly signed spending package by expressing anger and frustration over foreign aid funding.
    During a news conference Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Beijing “firmly opposes” Congress’ decision to provide funding and support to Tibet and Taiwan.
    The official also noted this section contains objectionable language toward China.    He alleged the U.S. is using Taiwan to intervene in China’s internal affairs and harm Beijing’s interests.
    “We urge the U.S. to stop interfering in China’s domestic affairs through relevant issues,” Lijian stated.    “And not to implement the negative content and clauses in certain bills that target China and harm China’s interests, so as not to further damage the overall situation of China-U.S. cooperation and bilateral relations.”
    The spokesman added, these types of acts are hindering cooperation efforts between the U.S. and China.

12/28/2020 White House Press Secy. Slams CNN’s Jake Tapper For Baseless Personal Attacks by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany listens during a press briefing at
the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany recently came down on CNN’s Jake Tapper for calling her a liar.
    While taking to twitter Monday, McEnany called Tapper’s recent television segment a “therapy session for a broken network.”    She went on to call the host “lazy” for lobbying baseless personal attacks against her.
    Her comments came after Tapper stated on air that he would never have the press secretary on his show.    He then claimed she lies as much as most people breath.
    McEnany defended herself by saying she does not lie, but instead calls out the lies of the mainstream media.

12/29/2020 Oil down $0.60 to $47.70, DOW up 204 to 30,404.

12/29/2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Record-high deaths in Ky. in December - Cases expected to surge due to holiday gatherings by Joe Sonka and Sarah Ladd Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    December has proven itself the cruelest month of this long pandemic.
    Deaths caused by COVID-19 have already surged to record levels in Kentucky and Indiana this month, surpassing the previous highs set in November.
    Despite the distribution of tens of thousands of vaccine doses over the past two weeks and into January, officials warn high death totals may continue into the new year, as deaths lag behind new cases.
    As of Monday, Kentucky reported 655 deaths in December from COVID-19, according to the state Department for Public Health.    That’s an increase of more than 50% from the previous record set in November.
    It marks the fourth consecutive month in which Kentucky’s monthly total of COVID-19 deaths set a new record.
    The commonwealth also set a record for coronavirus infections in a month with 79,476 as of Monday, breaking November’s high.    However, its positivity rate has decreased from more than 10% in early December to less than 8% on Monday.
    “We’re still going to see more deaths every day that we’re having 3,000 cases.” Gov. Andy Beshear.
[The deaths are below 1% of all the cases so Beshear you better not try to close our economy or you will find yourself under seige by Kentucky riots of people who believe in our constitution and freedom.].

12/29/2020 GOP loyalty to Trump tested by House votes
    Republican members of Congress found themselves in uncomfortable positions Monday as they decided whether to oppose key demands from President Donald Trump on COVID-19 relief checks and whether to override his veto of the annual national defense bill.    But the bigger test comes next week, when Congress counts Electoral College votes.

12/29/2020 Venezuela’s Maduro Calls Extension Of Parliament ‘Unconstitutional’
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the closing session of Venezuela's Constituent National
Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela December 18, 2020. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday said a move by the opposition-controlled National Assembly to extend its term into next year was “unconstitutional,” and called on the South American country’s justice system to “do its work.”
    The National Assembly, overseen by opposition leader Juan Guaido, has declared Dec. 6 parliamentary elections in which allies of Maduro’s ruling socialists won a majority as “illegitimate”, and over the weekend voted to prolong its mandate.
    Venezuela’s mainstream opposition parties boycotted the vote on the basis that they would not be free and fair.    Maduro, who calls Guaido a     U.S.-backed puppet seeking to oust him in a coup, has said the electoral conditions were as transparent as when the opposition won a majority in the parliament in 2015.
    “In the face of unconstitutional claims to self-proclaim term extensions that are not warranted, we trust that the justice system will do its job with an iron fist,” Maduro said in a state television appearance with members of the military.
    The parliament’s move to extend its term comes as dozens of legislators facing criminal investigation for alleged crimes like treason have fled the country.    Others have expressed unwillingness to continue serving in congress due to what they describe as persecution the government.
    Guaido labels Maduro a corrupt dictator who has overseen the economic collapse of the once-prosperous OPEC nation.
    Guaido is recognized by dozens of Western democracies that have questioned the legitimacy of Maduro’s 2018 re-election vote as Venezuela’s rightful leader, due to his position as the National Assembly’s speaker.
(Reporting by Mayela Armas; Writing by Luc Cohen; Editing by Michael Perry)

12/29/2020 Mexico Electricity Outage Leaves 10.3 Million Temporarily Without Power
General view shows an apartment building without electric light during an outage in Mexico's electricity network that left
10.3 million users without power for up to two hours, in Monterrey, Mexico December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – An outage in Mexico’s electricity network left 10.3 million users without power for up to two hours on Monday, the national electricity utility (CFE) said.
    The National Center of Energy Control (CENACE) said the network lost 7,500 megawatts because of “an imbalance between load and power generation.”
    “Automatic protection schemes were activated in order to minimize a greater risk,” CENACE said in a Tweet.
    CENACE and CFE did not immediately provide further details on the problem.
    Mexican news outlet Milenio earlier reported that the outage affected people in a dozen states as well as the populous capital district.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Adriana Barrera; editing by Jane Wardell)

12/29/2020 Analyst Finds Irregularities In Pa. Voter Registry by OAN Newsroom
Voters cast ballots at a polling place in Kirkwood, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Further irregularities in the November election have been brought to light as analysts continue to sift through voter data.    In a series of recent tweets, mathematician and financial analyst Bobby Piton shared his results from analyzing voter registrations in Pennsylvania.
    His first finding showed a stark difference between votes cast, counted and expected in the keystone state.    According to county records, 6,962,607 votes were cast while only 6,931,060 were officially counted.
    While the difference could be attributed to ballots being thrown out due to typical errors, Piton said what cannot be explained is the fact that, according to the State Department, there were only 6,760,230 voters who punched a ballot.    The number of inexplicable votes, 170,000 to 202,000, covers more than enough votes to flip the state red.
    In another data check, Piton found more than 520,000 Pennsylvania voters had unique last names, meaning there was no family, at any level, related to the voter in the state
    The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 report found there are nearly 4,000,000 unique last names in the entire country.    This means, according to Piton’s math, in order for the purported results to be accurate, more than 13 percent of all unique names in the U.S. would have to be contained in a state that has less than four percent of the entire country’s population.    This is statistically improbable.
    Piton went on to explain the last names phenomena extended to numerous battleground states, including Georgia and Arizona.    He said the evidence has shown the data was likely managed by a “sophisticated state entity” to ensure a desired election outcome.
    He ended his report by noting he has a “strong feeling” Pennsylvania will flip red by this Thursday with the remaining states “falling like dominoes.”

12/29/2020 McConnell Blocks Schumer’s Unanimous Consent Request For $2K Stimulus Checks by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference with other
Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (Rod Lamkey/Pool via AP)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked an effort to approve higher stimulus checks.    The Kentucky Republican objected to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request for unanimous consent on the House passed bill Tuesday.
    Members of the House recently voted to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000. The bill passed with bipartisan support in a 275-to-134 vote on Monday, which included 44 Republicans.    This fulfilled the two-thirds majority needed to pass in the lower chamber.
    President Trump had expressed disapproval of the smaller stimulus payments while noting the bill focused too much on foreign aid and not enough on Americans.    The measure would cost around $464 billion in addition to the multi-trillion-dollar spending package.
    “Not enough money is given to small businesses and, in particular, restaurants, whose owners have suffered so grievously,” he stated.    “It’s called the COVID relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID.”
    Senators on both sides of the aisle have backed President Trump’s push to increase the stimulus payments.    For instance, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took to Twitter to praise the President’s move.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also voiced his support.    He stated, “I agree with the President that millions of working class families are in dire need of additional relief.”
    President Trump’s proposal has even garnered support from Democrats with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stating he will work to quickly pass the legislation.
    Meanwhile, McConnell is losing support among his party as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) have all shown support for the bill.
    The Senate majority leader said the upper chamber will “begin the process” of bringing the higher checks and a repeal of Section 230 “into focus.”

12/29/2020 Portland Sees Record Shootings After Mayor Disbands Gun Violence Reduction Team by OAN Newsroom
PORTLAND, OR – AUGUST 28: A Portland police officer cordons off a street during an investigation
of gunfire near a protest on August 26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Getty Images)
    Portland, Oregon is experiencing its highest number of homicides in nearly three decades.    The Portland Police Bureau is begging the public to take community action as a way to stop the violence.
    As of December, there have been over 850 shootings this year.    This resulted in at least 250 people shot and contributed to 50 homicides.
    “The number of bullets that must have been flying around our neighborhoods, city streets, sidewalks — it’s awful,” stated Lieutenant Greg Pashley of the Portland Police Department.
    In June, Portland city officials and Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler reduced the Portland Police Bureau’s budged by $15 million.    Part of the massive budget cut was the total disbanding of the PPB’s Gun Violence Reduction Team, who city leadership accused of disproportionately stopping people of color.
    “We propose to direct over $7 million from the police bureau and $5 million from other city funds directly to communities of color, reinvesting $12 million,” Wheeler said back in June.    “We are going to dissolve the Gun Violence Reduction Team.”
    In response to the jump in gun violence and decline of police funding, the Portland Police Bureau is asking churches and local organizations to step in, so some people may not feel the need to act out in violence.    Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said it has to be a team effort.
    “We have come together to do our best to stop the spread of a deadly disease.    Violence is also a disease that kills and our community is suffering the consequences,” Lovell stated.    “The disparate impacts of violence on our communities of color are shocking.”
    However, Wheeler said his decision to disband the Gun Violence Reduction Team didn’t actually impact the city’s tragic rise in gun violence.
    As of now, Police Chief Lovell has been forced to assign additional detectives as investigators into shootings.

12/29/2020 Gallup Poll: President Trump ‘Most Admired Man’ 2020 by OAN Newsroom
File- President Donald Trump is pictured walking on the White House lawn. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    An annual poll conducted by Gallup revealed President Trump is the “most admired man” in 2020.    The recently released survey showed the President garnered 18 percent of the vote.
    The poll is conducted every year when Gallup asks Americans who their favorite man is out of everyone living in the world.    Historically, Americans vote for the incumbent president.
    However, this is President Trump’s tenth time on the top 10 list of most admired men. Four of those instances occurred before he even entered party politics.
    This year’s accomplishment comes near the end of his first term in office in which he has delivered on numerous promises to the American people.
    Among his accomplishments in the past four years is cracking down on illegal immigration, improving health care, establishing historic peace deals in the Middle East and much more.
    No other figure got more than 2 percent of the Republican vote this year.    The President was joined in the top 10 this year by the Pope, the Dalai Lama, Elon Musk and numerous other public figures.
    Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump is also on the top 10 list of most admired women after garnering 4 percent of the vote.

12/29/2020 N.Y. Governor Announces Executive Order On Vaccine Fraud Crackdown by OAN Newsroom
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke to supporters at the Sheraton in New York City. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) declared a major crackdown on vaccine fraud. He announced his executive order on Monday, which holds violators accountable for their actions with fines of up to $1 million.    Additionally, health care providers found guilty of fraud will have their state licenses revoked.
    The move came after a criminal investigation was launched into accusations that Brooklyn-based health care facility ParCare Community Health illegally obtained and distributed the COVID-19 vaccine in violation of state guidelines.
    Cuomo warned that similar incidents could happen as vaccines are rolled out.
    “The vaccine is a valuable commodity and you have many people who want the vaccine,” he explained.    “You’ll have fraud in the vaccine process.    It’s almost an inevitable function of human nature and of the marketplace.”
    In addition to vaccine fraud, Cuomo also signed executive orders withholding pay raises for state commissioners and elected officials as well as extending the residential eviction moratorium.

12/29/2020 China Rejects U.S. Calls To Release Hong Kong Fugitives by OAN Newsroom
Pro-democracy activists, including Lee Cheuk-Yan, right, hold placards with the picture of the Chinese citizen journalist
Zhang Zhan as they march to the Chinese central government’s liaison office, in Hong Kong, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. They
demanded the release of the 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea by Chinese authorities. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    The Chinese Communist Party has rejected U.S. calls for the immediate release of 12 Hong Kong fugitives.
    On Monday, a spokesperson for the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou made that demand in a statement, saying “China will stop at nothing to prevent its people from seeking freedom elsewhere.”    The spokesperson added, the “only so-called crime was to flee tyranny.”
    The trial for 10 out of the 12 pro-democracy activists began on Monday.    The fugitives were accused of attempting to flee from the Chinese territory to Taiwan back in August.    Two are facing additional charges for allegedly organizing the escape.
    Later on Monday, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, rejected the U.S.’s demands.    Lijian insisted that America should stop interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
    “The U.S. side’s remarks disregard the fact and confuse right and wrong,” stated the Chinese official.    “China firmly opposes these remarks.    China is a country under the rule of law where the laws must be followed and violations must be punished.”
    He went on to insist the Chinese judicial body is handling the case in accordance to the law.    However, supporters of the defendants are questioning these claims and are accusing the government of holding a secret trial.
    “The unfair court proceeding is evidence of an obvious, draconian political persecution,” pro-democracy activist Owen Chow stated.    “They have denied the access of families, lawyers, journalists and diplomats to attend the trial on the grounds that the auditorium was full, which renders the trial a de facto secret trial.”
    Relatives explained the trial has ended and the verdict will be handed down at a later date.    Authorities said they face up to a year in prison for illegal border crossing and up to seven years if convicted of organizing the trip.
    The two other defendants, both minors, will face a separate hearing.

12/29/2020 Rep. Andy Biggs: NDAA Veto Override A Crying Shame by OAN Newsroom
File – Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is pictured. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) has been pushing back on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).    In a Twitter post Monday, the Republican doubled down on his calls to uphold President Trump’s veto of the $740 billion bill.
    This came after the House voted to override the veto Monday.    Both the President and Biggs have argued the bill includes unnecessary spending, such as millions towards early childhood development and gender equity education abroad.
    Biggs was also critical of the legislation’s requirement for small businesses to register with the federal government.    However, he argued that this is not even the worst part of the bill.
    President Trump has also called for a repeal of Section 230 in the NDAA, adding to the number of things he has determined to be wrong with the spending bill.
    Moving forward, the Senate is slated to vote on whether to override President Trump’s veto, which could be a days-long process.

12/29/2020 Fmr. Camper Details Abuse At Camp Overseen By Raphael Warnock by OAN Newsroom
Democratic U.S. Senate challenger the Rev. Raphael Warnock during a rally Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Columbus, Ga. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
    A former camper is speaking out on the alleged abuse he endured while attending a church camp overseen by Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock.
    Anthony Washington said during a Monday interview that while attending Camp Farthest Out in Maryland in 2002, he saw camp counselors abuse campers regularly and “grab kids.”
    Warnock was a senior pastor at Douglas Memorial Church, which ran the camp from 2002 to 2005.    He left the church after the allegations of abuse initially came to light.
    Washington detailed one instance when he had urine thrown on him and another in which he was made to sleep outside without blankets or anything to keep him warm.    While at the camp kids were reportedly not allowed to call their parents at all.
    The now 30-year-old later received a settlement from the camp following a lawsuit filed by his mother, which detailed the abuse he and other campers endured.
    Washington said when authorities were notified of the incidents and attempted to interview some of the camp staff, Warnock tried to interfere by preventing anyone from speaking with police.    The current Senate candidate was then taken away in handcuffs for seeking to obstruct justice though he was not charged.
    Incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R), against whom Warnock is running, spoke on the allegations in an interview with reporters.
    “Georgians deserve to know and what we’ve learned today is is really very sad, it’s disgusting,” she stated.    “It should be disqualifying for serving in the U.S. Senate.”
    Loeffler added, Georgians deserve answers yet Warnock has repeatedly refused to answer questions on the allegations.    The incident has resurfaced just a week before Georgians cast their ballots on January 5.

12/29/2020 Neighbor Describes Conversation With Nashville Bomber: ‘He Was A Recluse’ by OAN Newsroom
FBI and ATF agents search a home Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. An explosion that shook the
largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning shattered windows, damaged buildings,
and wounded three people. Authorities said they believed the blast was intentional. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    The man who authorities deemed responsible for the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville had some chilling words for his neighbor prior to the attack.
    Rick Laude, the neighbor of suspected bomber Anthony Quinn Warner, spoke out about his interactions with him.    Laude claimed to have made small talk with Warner on December 21, just four days before the explosion.
    “I asked him, is Santa going to bring him anything good for Christmas?    And he smiled and he said oh yeah, I’m going to be famous,” Laude described.    “Nashville and the world will never forget me.”
    The 57-year-old truck driver said he was not concerned by Warner’s comment, believing “something good was going to happen for Anthony.”    Laude suspected Warner had an upcoming business opportunity.
    “I thought to myself — well, if he’s an electronic technician and an IT technician, maybe he developed an app that he felt confident that was going to get patented and have a nice little payday,” Laude added.    “Nothing about that conversation raised a red flag.”
    When authorities identified Warner as the bomber, Laude was shocked to realize what the conversation actually referred to.    He also noted that Warner was not a social person.
    “He was a recluse.    Let me be very clear, he and I were not friends,” Laude stated.    “You will not find anybody in my neighborhood claim to be a friend of his.    He was just a legitimate recluse.”
    Currently, federal agents are looking into whether or not the suspected bomber subscribed to conspiracy theories surrounding 5G technology.    Some said Warner could have been motivated to attack 5G technology over a conspiracy that global elites use 5G to spread coronavirus.
    The blast took place outside an AT&T building, causing phone outages throughout Tennessee and surrounding states.    However, investigators are still searching for a possible motive.

12/29/2020 Breonna Taylor Statue Smashed In Northern Calif. by OAN Newsroom
File – Signs are held up showing Breonna Taylor during a rally in her honor in Frankfort, Kentucky in June of 2020. (AP Photo)
    A Breonna Taylor statue in Oakland, California is vandalized just two weeks after it was installed.    On Monday, authorities said they were investigating the incident in which the ceramic bust was reportedly smashed with a baseball bat.
    It depicted the Kentucky woman who died in March while police served a warrant at her residence as they reportedly suspected two men wanted for drug trafficking of having used her apartment to receive illicit packages.
    The sculptor, Leo Carson, told reporters he believes this was not a random act and that he hopes to restore the bust and recast it in bronze.
    Meanwhile, local police said they are aware of the vandalism and are conducting an investigation into the incident.

12/29/2020 Republicans Divided Over NDAA As Both Chambers Move To Override President Trump’s Veto by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 02: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves after a closed door briefing
at the US Capitol on July 02, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging Republicans to support the National Defense Authorization Act despite President Trump’s veto last week.
    In a speech on the floor of the upper chamber Tuesday, McConnell noted that while the bill does not contain every provision Republicans would have wanted, it must pass.
    “For the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, failure is simply not an option,” McConnell noted.    “So when it’s our turn in Congress to have their backs, failure is not an option either [and] I would urge my colleagues to support this legislation one more time when we vote tomorrow.”
    The House already voted to override the President’s veto earlier this week, with the Senate expected to follow suit on Wednesday.    However, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) said he planned to filibuster the upper chamber’s vote on the NDAA until the Senate votes on increasing stimulus checks to from $600 to $2000.
    In the meantime, President Trump responded to the House’s override on Twitter Tuesday.    He slammed the vote as an act of cowardice, adding the Senate should not pass the bill until it is fixed.
    However, some Republicans are still standing with the President’s opposition of the NDAA.    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) doubled down on his calls to uphold President Trump’s veto of the $740 billion bill.
    Both the President and Biggs argue the bill includes unnecessary spending, such as millions towards early childhood development and gender equity education abroad.    Biggs was also critical of the legislation’s requirement that small businesses register with the federal government.    However, he argues this is not even the worst part of the bill.
    “It’s a crying shame,” Rep. Biggs said.    “Because the most egregious portion of this [bill] is to limit the authority given to the Commander in C