Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department had found no evidence of electoral fraud that would alter the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Barr has been a staunch ally of Donald Trump, encouraging the last time US lawyers broke the tradition of pursuing “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, but said any fraud discovered was not of sufficient magnitude to have an impact on the election outcome.
She came as one of Georgia’s top officials made a passionate appeal to the president to end his election challenge, saying it “inspires people to commit potential acts of violence.” Gabriel Sterling, a Republican responsible for implementing the state’s new voting system, said that if Trump doesn’t control his supporters “someone is going to get killed.”
Trump on Tuesday launched the idea of running for president in 2024 for the first time publicly. “We’re trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years, ”he told a crowd at a reception at the White House, to which dozens of people stood close to each other without masks. The comments also seemed to suggest that he was slowly accepting that he had lost the election.
the Justice Department investigates “corruption for forgiveness” at White House
The Justice Department is investigating allegations that a system of “bribery for pardon” is underway at the White House, after a court file included allegations that an individual offered a political contribution “in exchange for ‘a pardon or a suspension of sentence’. The file, which is heavily redacted, does not name Trump or others. Reports suggest Trump is set to introduce sweeping pardons in his last few weeks in office, starting with Michael Flynn, who was pardoned last month.
The president has also reportedly discussed the introduction of preventive pardons for his personal attorney and family members, according to the New York Times. The president is said to be worried that under Joe Biden, the Justice Department could prosecute his children and son-in-law.
- Mary Trump est to release a new book on America’s national trauma after the end of his uncle’s presidency. The Trump family tried unsuccessfully to block the publication of their first book, An Exposure About His Family, which became a bestseller. She is a leading critic of Donald Trump.
Biden pledged ‘help is on the way’ for the US economy
Biden’s top economic advisers were officially introduced on Tuesday, promising that “we’ll create a recovery for everyone.” The nominees, including several women in senior positions, expressed support for government spending to boost employment, reduce inequalities and support those hardest hit by the pandemic.
But the nomination of a candidate is already surrounded by controversy. Neera Tanden, Biden’s choice for the Office of Management and Budget, deleted more than 1,000 of her tweets, some of which criticized the very senators she might need to convince to be confirmed.
US holds breath amid suspected coronavirus outbreak
The United States is bracing for a surge in coronavirus cases after millions of people defied Thanksgiving restrictions to spend time with their families. More than 150,000 people test positive for the coronavirus in the country every day, a slight reduction from 172,000 the day before Thanksgiving. The Transportation Security Administration reported that 1.17 million people traveled on Sunday.
In Los Angeles, officials overturned a decision to shut down a coronavirus testing site for filming. There was a backlash following the news that the center was shutting down due to a remake of the teen comedy She’s All That. More than 500 people who had originally booked tests were told they had been canceled.
- The UK became the first Western country to approve a vaccine, officials planning to launch the first doses in the coming days. Pfizer / BioNTech was cleared for emergency use and showed 95% efficacy in final trials. The UK bought 40 million doses.
- How the coronavirus hits rural hospitals: In Memphis, Missouri, a 25-bed hospital in a city of less than 2,000 is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. A doctor treated his own father for the virus and knows most of his patients by name – some being his former teachers.
In other news …
The laboratory meat will be on sale for the first time, in a milestone for the food industry. The cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without slaughtering an animal, has been approved by the Singapore Food Agency and could mark the beginning of a future when meat is produced without killing livestock.
- Rapper Lil Yase was shot dead at a train station in the Bay Area of California, adding new life to the gun violence death toll in the region this year. Los Angeles had 300 murders for the first time in a decade this year.
- The United States and the United Kingdom supported Australia in its break with China. The latest escalation in tensions between Canberra and Beijing came after a Chinese official tweeted a digitally created image showing an Australian soldier slitting the throat of a child in Afghanistan. The deputy spokesman for the US State Department described it as a “new low”.
Stat of the day: Residents of long-term care facilities represent 1% of the population, but 40% of Covid deaths
A government panel recommended that the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine be given to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities first, that is, those who live in nursing homes. nursing care and assisted living facilities. This would represent about 23 million Americans. According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which made the recommendation, residents of long-term care facilities make up just 1% of the U.S. population, but account for more than 40% of Covid-19-related deaths.
Don’t Miss This: Disney Goes From Dream World To Nightmare With Massive Layoffs
Walt Disney recently announced a further loss of 4,000 jobs by the end of March, in addition to the 28,000 employees who began losing their jobs in October. Disney theme parks offer an idealized dream world, but for employees, the pandemic has turned them into a nightmare. Michael Sainato meets the employees who are wondering what to do next.
Last thing: the restaurant where California politicians go to break their own guidelines
San Francisco Mayor London Breed faces backlash after being revealed to have attended a birthday party at the French Laundry, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant that Anthony Bourdain called ‘the world’s best restaurant, period. final”. Breed has met seven more despite state guidelines discouraging gatherings with members of more than three households. Most notably, the move came just a day after California Governor Gavin Newsom followed suit, attending a 12-person birthday party at the restaurant in early November.
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