PG&E rate hike aimed at improvements to ease fire…

Pacific Gas & Electric’s household customers will be hit with an average rate increase of 8% to help the once-bankrupt utility pay for improvements designed to reduce the risk that its outdated equipment will ignite more deadly wildfires

Among first acts, Biden to call for 100 days of…

Joe Biden says he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president

Barack Obama Disapproves of the Term ‘Defund the…

Barack Obama Disapproves of the Term ‘Defund the Police’. Obama cautioned against using the term “defund the police” in an interview with Snapchat show ‘Good Luck America.’. According to the former president, the term is exclusionary and fails to “market” to the desired audience. . You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done, Barack Obama, on 'Good Luck America'. Obama thinks the term “reform the police department” should be used instead. . He said the key to “actually [getting] something done” is to meet people “where they are.” . If you want to get something done in a democracy, in a country as big and diverse as ours, then you got to be able to meet people where they are and play a game of addition and not subtraction, Barack Obama, on 'Good Luck America'. Obama’s comments received negative reactions on social media. With all due respect, Mr. President— let’s talk about losing people. We lost Michael Brown Jr. We lost Breonna Taylor. We’re losing our loved ones to police violence. It’s not a slogan. It’s a mandate for keeping our people alive, Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush, via Twitter. We lose people in the hands of police. It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, via Twitter

Georgia investigating man's possible steps to…

Election officials are investigating the actions of a Florida lawyer who they say tried to register to vote in a high-stakes runoff in Georgia that will decide control of the U.S. Senate

In some parts of New York, vote count shrouded in…

Policies favoring secrecy over transparency have meant that New Yorkers will be among the last Americans to learn the final vote tallies in the 2020 election

Former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton…

Former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton Volunteer to Get COVID-19 Vaccine on Camera. Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are stepping forward to publicly promote the COVID-19 vaccine. . All three of the former presidents have volunteered to receive their vaccines on camera once the FDA authorizes one. . The awareness campaign will be done in the hope of promoting public confidence in the future vaccine’s safety. . Obama revealed his intention to participate during an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison. . If Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe … absolutely, I'm going to take it … I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don't trust is getting Covid, Barack Obama, via CNN. Bush reportedly reached out to Dr. Fauci via his chief of staff, Freddy Ford, to say he wanted to help “encourage his fellow citizens.” . When the time is right, he wants to do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated … Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera, Freddy Ford, via CNN. Clinton confirmed to CNN via his press secretary that he would be willing to take the vaccine in a public setting. President Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as [one is] available to him … And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same, Clinton's Press Secretary Angel Urena, via CNN

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US intelligence director says China is top threat…

Outgoing National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe says China poses the greatest threat to America and the rest of the free world since World War II

VIRUS TODAY: State action on vaccine, virus…

States are crafting plans that decide who should be at the front of the line for a COVID-19 vaccine and where the doses should be shipped once the federal government provides emergency authorization, as early as next week

Justice Dept Has Uncovered No Evidence of…

Justice Dept Has Uncovered, No Evidence of Significant Voter Fraud, Says AG Barr . U.S. Attorney General William Barr made the comments on Tuesday during an interview with the Associated Press. To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election, Attorney General William Barr, via 'The New York Times'. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also referred to the "new administration" on Tuesday. The statements are in contrast to President Donald Trump's baseless claims that voter fraud tipped the election in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. Trump has extensively relied on both Barr and McConnell for political back-up during his administration. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, responded to Barr's comments in an email, stating. "[Barr's] opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud.". Reports circulated on Monday that Giuliani and Trump have discussed a "pre-emptive pardon" for Giuliani, before the president leaves office

Ex-FBI lawyer who altered Russia probe email…

Lawyers for an ex-FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email during the Donald Trump-Russia investigation say he “made a grievous mistake” but should be spared prison time and given probation instead

Italians told to celebrate Christmas at home to…

Italy has recorded pandemic-high daily death toll, providing a grim backdrop for Premier Giuseppe Conte’s cheerless announcement of restrictions for the Christmas holidays that will make it difficult for extended families to celebrate together as is customary

President-Elect Joe Biden Introduces Key Members…

President-Elect Joe Biden Introduces Key Members of Economic Team. Biden announced his picks at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 1. Some of the key members include:. Janet Yellen, Yellen would become the first woman to serve as Treasury secretary. Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo, Adeyemo would be the first Black deputy Treasury secretary. Cecilia Rouse, Rouse would be the first woman of color to chair the Council of Economic Advisers. Neera Tanden, Tanden would not only be the first woman of color to become director of the Office of Management and Budget, but also the first South Asian American. Biden also intends to appoint Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, who do not need Senate confirmation, as members of the Council of Economic Advisers. The team I am announcing today will play a critical role in shaping our plan for action starting on day one and move fast to revive this economy, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement

Govt accuses Facebook of discriminating against…

The Trump administration is accusing Facebook in a lawsuit of discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill more than 2,600 high-paying jobs

Milley urges 'relook' at permanent overseas…

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the United States should reconsider its decades-old practice of stationing troops and their families on bases in countries at risk of war, like in South Korea and in the Persian Gulf

Bipartisan Lawmakers Unveil $900 Billion…

Bipartisan Lawmakers Unveil $900 Billion Coronavirus Stimulus Package . The new proposal was introduced on Dec. 1 after months of congressional idleness. . It consists of nearly $908 billion and includes $180 billion to fund a supplemental unemployment benefit of $300 per week through March. It also includes $160 billion in state and local government aid and $288 billion for small business relief. . $16 billion would be allocated to vaccine distribution, testing and contact tracing. $82 billion would go to education, and $45 billion would be put toward transportation. Money would also be provided for rental assistance, child care and broadband. . Unlike the first stimulus package, this proposal would not provide another direct payment to most Americans. Coronavirus-related lawsuits would also be temporarily barred on the federal level. . Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner has called the relief plan an "interim package" to aid America until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. According to those close to him, Biden intends to push for the passage of a broad economic aid package, . work toward containing the COVID-19 pandemic and strive to tackle racial inequality within his first 100 days in office

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Suit: Tennessee makes it too hard to restore…

A federal lawsuit alleges that Tennessee’s path for restoring a felon's right to vote has not only silenced Black voters but also contains constitutional and federal law violations

Trump aide banned from Justice after trying to…

The official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive case information she could relay to the White House

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Selects Tina…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Selects Tina Flournoy as Her Chief of Staff. Harris' pick is according to a source with knowledge of the decision. . Flournoy, who is currently chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton. joins at least two other women of color who've secured senior roles in the vice president-elect's office. Those women are Symone Sanders and Ashley Etienne. They will serve as advisers as well as chief spokesperson and communications director, respectively. . Flournoy, a Georgetown Law graduate and assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers. has held several positions within the Democratic Party. In 1992, she was deputy campaign manager in the Clinton and Gore Presidential Transition Office and in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. In 2000, Flournoy served as traveling chief of staff to Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Lieberman and finance director for Al Gore's presidential campaign. In 2005, she was senior adviser to Howard Dean, the Democratic National Convention Chairman at the time

US plans oil, gas lease sale in Alaska's Arctic…

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to hold an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month

Israel urges citizens to avoid Gulf, cites Iran…

The Israeli government is urging its citizens to avoid travel to the Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of Iranian attacks

Biden Urges Americans to ‘Recommit’ Themselve…

Biden Urges Americans to ‘Recommit’ Themselves to Fight Against COVID-19. On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware. . He spoke about the country’s fight against COVID-19, urging Americans to stick together. . I know the country's grown weary of the fight. But we need to remember, we're at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other … Let's remember: We're all in this together, Joe Biden, via CBS News. Biden called for Americans to “steel [their] spines” and “recommit” to fighting the virus. . We still have months of this battle ahead of us ... America is not going to lose this war … Don’t let yourself surrender to the fatigue, Joe Biden, via CBS News. He also spoke about Thanksgiving, saying it was “so very important” to forego “family traditions.” . We have to try and slow the growth of this virus. We owe it to the doctors and the nurses and other frontline workers … we owe that to our fellow citizens … we owe it to one another. It’s literally our patriotic duty as Americans, Joe Biden, via CBS News

Hillary, Chelsea Clinton to tell unheralded…

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, are forming HiddenLight Productions, a company they say will tell the stories of people whose voices are often overlooked

Senate confirms Christopher Waller to serve on…

The Senate has narrowly confirmed the nomination of Christopher Waller for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, placing another of President Donald Trump’s picks on the Fed’s influential board after a string of high-profile rejections

Joe Biden Becomes First Presidential Candidate to…

Joe Biden Becomes First Presidential Candidate to Receive 80 Million Votes. President-elect Joe Biden has officially received the most votes cast for a presidential candidate in U.S. history. As of November 25, he has earned 80 million votes. . Former President Barack Obama previously held the record after receiving 69.5 million votes in 2008. Donald Trump has earned the second-most votes of all time, having received 74 million in the 2020 presidential election. The turnout rate for the 2020 presidential election was the highest in more than a century. More than 156 million Americans cast their ballots. That is estimated to be 66.5 percent of the eligible voter population. . The final vote total will likely be around 158 million. . That is 20 million more votes than the record 137 million that were cast in 2016.

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OPEC, Russia to nudge up oil output after hit…

OPEC and a group of allied countries including Russia have agreed to increase their oil production by 500,000 barrels per day from January

As some pandemic aid ends, what's next for…

It’s been a tough year and 2021 could get off to a rough start too as multiple pandemic- related programs and protections for millions of Americans come to an end

President-Elect Joe Biden to Deliver Thanksgiving…

President-Elect Joe Biden to Deliver Thanksgiving Address. On Wednesday, Joe Biden is expected to deliver a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware. . In a press release, his transition team detailed two major elements of Biden's expected speech. He will touch on the “shared sacrifices" being made by Americans this holiday season. . He will also deliver a message of hope, reassuring Americans that “we can and we will” get through the COVID-19 pandemic “together.” . Biden’s address comes as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has surpassed 12.5 million. . According to Johns Hopkins University, the death toll is approaching 260,000. Over 88,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.