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Biden’s agenda brings warring conservative factions together in quest to flip House

The US Chamber of Commerce last year endorsed 23 vulnerable freshman House Democrats — the most in at least a decade — and enraged House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and other top Republicans who accused their long-time big business allies of heresy. A year later, the Chamber is now lobbying hard against the nearly $2…

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? Socialite and ex-girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein goes on trial

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has gained global notoriety as the former girlfriend and social companion of the convicted pedophile and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Now, after more than a year in federal custody, she faces trial on sex trafficking charges in New York. The 59-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all counts. Maxwell is charged…

Trial of Jussie Smollett, accused of lying to police about an alleged hate crime, begins Monday with jury selection

The long road in the Jussie Smollett case finally reaches trial Monday in Chicago, more than two years after police first alleged the actor lied about being the victim of a hate crime and wrongfully diverted weeks of investigative manpower. The former “Empire” actor, who is Black and gay, has repeatedly denied staging an attack…

Lydia Ko: ‘Sometimes results are so overrated,’ says former world No. 1

The 24-year-old Lydia Ko has had more success than most golfers can imagine. The Kiwi player has won two majors, as well as becoming the youngest player ever to win a professional golf tour event aged just 14. In 2015, when she was just 17 years, nine months and nine days of age, Ko also…

From vaccine mandates to abortion to insurrection probes, key court fights could shape Biden’s legacy

Coming off the Thanksgiving holiday, the Biden administration enters a legal crucible as several high-profile lawsuits that carry significant consequences for President Joe Biden’s legacy get key hearings in court. Cases concerning the January 6 investigation, abortion and Covid-19 vaccine mandates may have little in common in terms of subject matter. But together, they show…

US health officials urge more vaccinations as they work to answer 3 key questions about the new Omicron variant

US health officials are urging Americans not to be complacent and to use every tool at their disposal to prepare for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which was recently deemed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO). The overall global risk related to the newly discovered B.1.1.529 strain of the novel coronavirus…

How to build a habit in 5 steps, according to science

Most of us assume those hyper-achievers who are always able to squeeze in their workout, eat healthy foods, ace their exams and pick their kids up on time must have superhuman self-control. But science points to a different answer: What we mistake for willpower is often a hallmark of habit. People with good habits rarely…

Beverly Hills police say they’re investigating anti-Semitic flyers distributed one night before the beginning of Hanukkah

Police in Beverly Hills, California, have launched an investigation after residents received anti-Jewish hate speech flyers ahead of the first night of Hanukkah, the department said Sunday. The flyers were likely distributed overnight in what police are calling a “hate incident,” according to a statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department. Police said they received…

Global markets brace for a nervous week over Omicron concerns

Stocks in Asia fell on Monday while European markets and US futures edged higher as investors continued to digest news about a new Covid-19 variant. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was down about 1.6%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index had dipped about 1% by 3.30 a.m. ET. China’s Shanghai Composite was flat. European markets opened higher,…

Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial begins Monday. Prosecutors allege she created a network of underage victims for the late Jeffrey Epstein

The public will get a glimpse into the life of the late Jeffrey Epstein as the sex-trafficking trial of his longtime companion Ghislaine Maxwell gets underway. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday after a jury is empaneled. Federal prosecutors allege the British socialite created a network of underage victims for Epstein to sexually exploit.…

DOJ prosecutors push back against Bannon for wanting to publicize evidence against him

Prosecutors in the case against former President Donald Trump’s ex-adviser Steve Bannon have accused him of attempting to try his criminal case through the media instead of in court, saying his tactics could affect witnesses against him, according to a new filing in DC District Court. Bannon is trying to convince a judge not to…

A University of Nevada Las Vegas student dies days after participating in fraternity charity boxing match

A University of Nevada Las Vegas student died just days after participating in a fraternity’s charity boxing match where he collapsed soon after the fight, according to statements from the university and his family’s attorney. In what the school described as “a tragic incident,” Nathan Tyler Valencia, 20, died Tuesday, four days after participating in…

Omicron news coverage is in overdrive, but there’s still so much we don’t know

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Friday’s satirical headline by The Onion said it best: “Nation Nearly Strings Together 3 Good Days In Row.” The blessing of Thanksgiving on Thursday was followed by a curse on Friday: Urgent news about the…

Carrie Meek, trailblazing Black former congresswoman, dies at 95

Former Rep. Carrie Meek, who broke barriers throughout her winding political career as the daughter of a sharecropper and granddaughter of a slave, died Sunday in her Miami home. She was 95. Meek’s death came after a “long illness,” family spokesperson Adam Sharon said in a statement describing the late Florida Democrat’s “trailblazing” life and…

Safe and alive, but ‘traumatized,’ the future of these Afghan women footballers is very uncertain

They are safe and alive, and have the prospect of new lives in the United Kingdom, but for 130 Afghan female football players and their families it’s an existence still full of uncertainty. When the Taliban seized control in mid-August as the United States and Western allies withdrew their forces, women and girls were quickly…

Tony Bennett, 95, leaves his heart onstage in a moving final concert with Lady Gaga

Tony Bennett won over generations of fans crooning “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” And on his 95th birthday, the beloved singer left his heart on the stage of Radio City Music Hall. Six months after Bennett and his family revealed he is suffering from Alzheimer’s, Bennett sang alongside Lady Gaga before sold-out crowds…

Matthew McConaughey will not run for Texas governor

Actor Matthew McConaughey announced Sunday in a video message on Twitter that a future in political leadership is not in the cards — right now. After acknowledging that he had taken time exploring politics and considered a run for the governor of Texas, McConaughey said he’s decided to focus his efforts in the private sector.…

Defense Department wants former Sec. Esper to take out parts about Trump from forthcoming book, suit says

Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is suing the Department of Defense for not clearing his book manuscript for publication, after the agency told Esper he needed to take out parts of the book about his time working under then-President Donald Trump. Esper’s disputes with the agency happened during the pre-publication review of his manuscript,…

The latest in the January 6 investigation

The House select committee investigating the January 6 US Capitol riot is touting its extensive number of interviews and subpoenas, but a court hearing Tuesday may determine how much lawmakers will eventually be able to accomplish in their probe. Here’s what’s next and what you may have missed in the investigation: The Trump records A…

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