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States complain that demand for the Covid-19 vaccine is outpacing supply

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows there’s still a gap in the number of Covid-19 vaccines that have been distributed to states and the number of shots that have gone into arms, but as states’ vaccine campaigns have picked up the pace, states complain the federal government is not sending…

Washington Post: QAnon members talked about acting as National Guard members to infiltrate inauguration, FBI intelligence report says

The FBI on Monday alerted other law enforcement agencies that QAnon adherents discussed acting as National Guard soldiers in Washington to try and infiltrate President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to The Washington Post. The FBI, in an intelligence report obtained by the Post, said it monitored individuals downloading maps of sensitive areas around Washington and…

5 things to know for January 19: Inauguration, transition, Covid-19, Russia, Uganda

Dangerous winds are sweeping over parts of California, and that means a greater wildfire risk and the possibility of power losses for hundreds of thousands of residents. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered…

How Trump will hand off the ‘nuclear football’ to Biden

President Donald Trump will not be in attendance Wednesday to watch as his successor Joe Biden is sworn into office, but his absence will have little impact on what may be one of the most important moments of Inauguration Day, the handing off of the “nuclear football.” The “football,” which contains the equipment that Trump…

China still needs Australia to power its economic recovery

China and Australia spent much of last year in a tense standoff on trade. But as the recovery of the world’s second largest economy gathers pace, China needs more iron ore and Australia is still its main supplier. Beijing on Monday reported that China’s GDP grew 2.3% last year, averting the recession that gripped much…

Tesla has started deliveries of the Chinese-made Model Y

Tesla has begun rolling out locally made Model Y crossover vehicles in China, reaching an important milestone in the world’s largest auto market. The electric carmaker announced the news on Twitter on Monday, releasing photos of the SUV being purchased from a company showroom. The Model Y is the second vehicle Tesla has made and…

A four-year timeline of Donald Trump and the Supreme Court

Here’s a timeline of key events involving Trump and the Supreme Court over the past four years: 2017 Jan. 20: Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Donald Trump, who swears to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Jan. 27: Trump signs an executive order for a…

Trump transformed the Supreme Court that mostly helped advance his agenda

President Donald Trump will exit the White House on Wednesday but leave behind three of the nine Supreme Court justices and a majority that was willing to partner with him for much of his agenda. Trump’s imprint on the Supreme Court and overall three-tier federal judiciary represents one of the most significant right-wing successes of…

How to watch Biden’s Cabinet confirmation hearings Tuesday

Five of President-elect Joe Biden’s national security Cabinet nominees will face Senate panels on Tuesday in the first step of the confirmation process. The day before Biden takes office, his nominees for secretary of state, secretary of the treasury, director of national intelligence, defense secretary and secretary of Homeland Security will appear before Senate committees…

Here is how you can safely participate in the inauguration

On a typical Inauguration Day, hundreds of thousands of Americans flock to Washington, DC, to catch a glimpse of the new President being sworn in. Not this year. Government leaders and health officials are telling people to stay away. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser urged people to not travel to the United States capital for the…

Guiding gender-atypical kids through puberty

My 11-year-old daughter and I cracked open a book I’d bought for her on puberty and changing female bodies. On the very first page it informed her that, once her body developed, men would start looking at her differently. We crinkled our noses in some combination of discomfort and skepticism. No matter how her body…

Washington state announces partnership with companies including Starbucks and Microsoft to boost vaccinations

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Monday a series of new efforts to help boost the state’s Covid-19 vaccinations, including partnerships with companies like Starbucks and Microsoft. Inslee revealed in a news conference the state has established a “public private partnership” between the health department and other business, health care and labor leaders, dubbed…

Australian Open turmoil raises questions for Tokyo Games

The quarantine controversy over tennis’ Australian Open has raised questions about whether large-scale international sporting events can take place in the middle of a pandemic and could offer a preview of the difficulties facing this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Players arriving in the Australian state of Victoria have been placed into a 14-day quarantine ahead of…

Ohio police chief mourns an ‘amazing police officer’ who was killed during standoff

An Ohio police officer was shot dead Monday after a suspect, facing an arrest warrant, emerged from a standoff with police and started shooting, officials said. Officer Brandon Stalker, 24, was providing perimeter security during the standoff in Toledo, Ohio, Chief of Police George Kral said. “Very sad day for the city of Toledo and…

New Covid-19 cases declined 11% after hitting a peak last week

New Covid-19 cases in the United States have been trending down since hitting a peak last week, but experts say it’s too soon to be overly optimistic. The US recorded 1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University — an 11% drop from…

A missing teen snowmobiler built a snow cave to survive until rescuers arrived

After going missing while on a snowmobile, a Canadian teenager managed to survive by building a snow cave to stay in until he was found. A 17-year-old in British Columbia, who has not been named, built himself a snow cave the backcountry to shelter in after being separated from his group, according to South Cariboo…

How Trump allies stoked the flames ahead of Capitol riot

Steve Bannon evoked the beaches of Normandy. Michael Flynn drew comparisons to Civil War battlefields and spoke of Americans who died for their country. Roger Stone called it a struggle “between the godly and the godless, between good and evil.” Rudy Giuliani called for “trial by combat.” Ali Alexander said it would be a “knife…

We all need to embrace the Fake Commute

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in CNN Business’ Nightcap newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free, here. In today’s business news: There’s a new top cop on Wall Street, the rise of the fake commute and Parler makes a reappearance. WELCOME, SHERIFF GARY Joe Biden just announced a new…

Biden administration braces for new wave of migrants as it rolls out new immigration plans

President-elect Joe Biden plans to immediately begin the rollout of his immigration agenda upon taking office Wednesday, but the new administration will also have to contend with migrants already on the US-Mexico border, as well as those on their way. Among the first actions Biden plans to take is proposing legislation that would offer a…

California pauses Covid-19 shots from one lot of vaccine containing more than 330,000 doses

Health officials in California are telling medical providers across the state not to administer doses from one lot of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine while they investigate possible severe allergic reactions last week in a number of people who got shots at a community vaccination clinic. More than 330,000 doses from the lot were distributed to 287…

Trump administration issues racist school curriculum report on MLK day

A commission stood up by President Donald Trump as a rebuttal to schools applying a more accurate history curriculum around slavery in the US issued its inflammatory report on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trump announced that he was establishing the commission last fall, following a slew of Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the…

Biden crafts inaugural address to unify a country in crisis

President-elect Joe Biden has spoken volumes inside the US Capitol over more than four decades, but the weight of those words does not approach the magnitude of the message he will deliver on its steps during his inaugural address Wednesday. Biden has been steadily crafting the speech — adding a thought here, inserting a line…

Even a small portion of fried foods can increase risk of heart disease, study says

Eating fried foods may increase your risk for major heart disease and stroke, according to a new analysis of existing research. Compared to those who ate the least, people who ate the most fried food per week had a 28% higher risk of major cardiovascular events, a 22% greater risk of coronary heart disease and…

Retired New York City firefighter charged in connection with US Capitol riot

A retired New York City Fire Department member is facing federal charges for allegedly participating in the deadly riot at the US Capitol earlier this month. Thomas Fee has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according…

Trump moves to lift some Covid-19-related travel restrictions, but Biden plans to block the order

President Donald Trump on Monday lifted coronavirus-related travel restrictions for much of Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Brazil, effective on January 26 — a move that President-elect Joe Biden’s administration has promised to block. In an executive order issued Monday evening, Trump said he had been advised to lift restrictions on incoming travelers to…

Democratic lawmaker accuses Boebert of giving tours prior to insurrection

Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee said that he and a fellow lawmaker personally saw Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado guiding a group of people through the Cannon House Office Building tunnel in the days leading up the Capitol insurrection on January 6. Cohen’s accusation is significant because it is the first time a…

Biden administration promises equitable vaccine access to Black and brown communities

President-elect Joe Biden and his administration vow to ensure Black and brown people get equal access to the Covid-19 vaccine through mobile clinics, vaccination centers and partnerships with local communities, the chair of Biden’s Covid-19 Equity Task Force said during a Black clergy event on Monday. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith said in Biden’s first month of…

Sen. Josh Hawley finds new publisher after Simon & Schuster dropped book

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book will now be published by conservative publishing house Regnery Publishing after it was dropped by Simon & Schuster earlier this month following the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol building. Regnery will publish Hawley’s book, titled “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” in the spring, according to a news release…

California tops 3 million Covid-19 cases

California has become the first state in the nation to record more than 3 million Covid-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project. The number of cases there has tripled in just the past two months. Current data shows 3,005,830 cases and 33,623 deaths resulting from the virus that…

Army Secretary says National Guard’s riot response was hampered by archaic system

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Monday that the National Guard and law enforcement response to the deadly US Capitol riot was hampered by an archaic system and criticized the current method of defending the nation’s capital in a crisis as “overly bureaucratic.” In an interview with CNN, McCarthy called for overhauling the bureaucracy, including the…

Census chief quits early after final round of citizenship controversy

The Trump-appointed official overseeing the 2020 census announced his resignation on Monday, nearly a year before his term was scheduled to end. Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham’s announcement comes days after the Trump administration backed off from its final attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from an important count of the nation’s population. The departure saves…

Volunteers remove more than 9,000 lbs of trash from Tennessee River

In an epic cleanup effort, volunteers removed more than 9,000 pounds of trash from the Tennessee River, one of the dirtiest rivers in the country. Over the course of three days earlier this month, volunteers with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful and Johnsonville State Historic Park rid the river of 9,208 pounds of trash, using…

Yellen to urge lawmakers to ‘act big’ on relief spending

Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Treasury secretary, is expected to urge lawmakers to “act big” on relief spending during her confirmation hearing Tuesday, underscoring the urgency and scope of the incoming administration’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package. “Neither the President-elect, nor I, propose this relief package without an appreciation for the country’s debt burden,”…

Trumps’ snub of Bidens historic in its magnitude

On the morning of January 20, Donald Trump and Melania Trump will depart the White House as President and first lady, but they will not invite their incoming counterparts, Joe and Jill Biden, inside before they do. The dissolving of one of America’s most enduring transfer-of-power rituals — the outgoing president welcoming the incoming president…

McConnell, Schumer close in on power-sharing agreement in evenly divided Senate

The top two Senate leaders are nearing a power-sharing agreement to hash out how the evenly divided chamber will operate, with Democrats in charge of setting the schedule but both parties likely to hold an equal number of seats on Senate committees, according to sources familiar with the talks. The negotiations between Democratic Leader Chuck…

Bulletproof vests and gas masks: Journalists prep for Inauguration Day

At the end of December, Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau Chief Kimbriell Kelly was looking at getting Moleskine notebooks as gifts for her staff. A couple weeks later, she was procuring goods of a decidedly different kind: gas masks, helmets and body armor for LA Times staff members who will be attending Wednesday’s inauguration of…

Pelosi demands acting Pentagon chief halt his order to NSA to install Trump loyalist as general counsel

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is demanding acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller “immediately cease” his plans to install a Trump loyalist as the National Security Agency’s general counsel, calling the move “highly suspect” and arguing it represents a “disturbing disregard” for the country’s national security. “I ask that you immediately cease plans to improperly install Michael…

Wall Street has a new top cop. And Elizabeth Warren is a big fan of him

A new sheriff is coming to Wall Street — and, for a change, he’s not a friendly face. In a win for Elizabeth Warren and progressives, President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he is tapping Gary Gensler to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. Gensler made few friends, and plenty of enemies, during his time as…

Norway reviewing deaths of frail and elderly patients vaccinated against Covid-19

Doctors in Norway are investigating the deaths of 23 elderly patients who had received the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, looking into the possibility that adverse reactions to the shot “may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients.” The vaccine’s side-effects are rare and usually mild. But they could include fever and nausea, which…

Scottish fishermen say ‘Brexit carnage’ threatens to kill their business

Scottish fisherman parked their trucks near UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office at 10 Downing Street on Monday to protest post-Brexit red tape they say has made it almost impossible to sell British seafood to the European Union. Many of them drove several hours from Scotland, where the fishing industry is in crisis because paperwork…

Stimulus is nice. But here’s what Biden really needs to fix the economy

Joe Biden last week proposed a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, part of a historically ambitious plan to combat an economic crisis. But many economists and business leaders agree that no amount of government assistance to individuals and small businesses can fix the economy until the underlying cause of the problems — the Covid-19 pandemic —…

Trump Tower on New York’s Fifth Avenue to see security scaled down

Once a fortress, security in and around Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue will begin to loosen possibly as early as this week when the building’s namesake departs the White House. The police presence will be scaled down once President Donald Trump leaves office Wednesday, according to a New York Police Department official. Streets around…

Noah Centineo gets tonsils removed after ‘chronic tonsillitis and strep throat’

Noah Centineo revealed on Sunday that he had undergone surgery to remove his tonsils just two days prior. The Netflix rom-com star of the “To All The Boys” franchise said he had them removed on Friday after experiencing seven years of “chronic tonsillitis and strep throat.” “Got my tonsils taken out 2 days ago. Goodbye…

Pentagon chief says ‘no intelligence indicating an insider threat’ to inauguration as FBI vets National Guard

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said Monday that there is “no intelligence indicating an insider threat” to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, though National Guard members arriving in Washington are being vetted by law enforcement. Miller’s statement comes hours after the head of the DC National Guard said that the FBI is vetting troops involved…

Harris resigns from the Senate ahead of inauguration

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has formally submitted a letter of resignation for her US Senate seat to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, ending her four-year career in the chamber, a Harris aide said Monday. As Harris says goodbye to her seat, she assured Americans in an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle that her work is…

Lockdown lifted at US Capitol Building after brief security scare

A small fire at an apparent homeless encampment less than a mile away from the US Capitol Building on Monday prompted Capitol Police to put the building on lockdown for over an hour “out of an abundance of caution,” a reflection of the heightened state of alarm at the complex. The incident involved a tent…

Trump’s 11th-hour pardons keep with tradition, even if those pardoned do not

President Donald Trump’s expected batch of 100 pardons and commutations on the penultimate day of his presidency won’t be the highest of his recent predecessors. But his record of clemency could very well be the most controversial. Unlike past presidents, Trump has shown little interest in using the Justice Department’s Pardon Attorney system for assessing requests…

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ breaks new record

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single “Drivers License” has broken the Spotify record for most streams of a song in a single week. The song was streamed 65,873,080 times during the week ending on Jan. 14, according to Spotify’s global weekly Top 200 chart. Last week, Spotify announced that the song had set the platform’s record for…

French politics kills Canadian bid to create one of the world’s top supermarket groups

The French government has put an abrupt end to a $20 billion takeover of the country’s biggest retailer by Canada’s largest convenience store operator. In a joint statement on Saturday, French supermarket chain Carrefour and Couche-Tard, the owner of Circle K, said that talks about a €16.2 billion ($19.5 billion) transaction “are no longer continuing.”…

Steve Martin has ‘Good news/Bad news’ about getting vaccinated

Steve Martin is apparently a half full-half empty kind of guy. The comedic actor tweeted Sunday about receiving a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and displayed his tendency toward the middle ground. Martin started out by writing “Good news/Bad news.” “Good news: I just got vaccinated!” he wrote. “Bad news: I got it because I’m…

Here’s what’s open and closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday, and with it comes some business closings. The main entities closed for the day will be corporate offices, government agencies and banks, but here is a list of what to expect. Most retail and grocery stores, restaurants are open If you need to run errands, you’re…

Ford closes German plant for 1 month as global chip crisis worsens

Ford has ordered a month-long production halt at one of its plants in Germany, the latest sign that a global shortage of computer chips is putting carmakers under increasing pressure and threatening their recovery from the pandemic. The US automaker said it would idle its factory in Saarlouis, Germany, from Monday until February 19 because…

Amazon Prime show ‘Tandav’ faces calls for a ban in India

Amazon wants India to play a key role in its ambitions to conquer streaming video. But the company now faces a political backlash over one of its new original shows. Authorities are looking into claims that Amazon’s new Prime Video series “Tandav” includes religiously insensitive content. Several Indian politicians say they have complained to the…

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have a new baby — and we know his name

Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel have a new baby. Confirming the good news in a video call with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, the singer and actor revealed that his new son’s name is Phineas. The former NSYNC singer already has a 5-year-old son called Silas with actress Biel, whom he married in 2012.…

What Mars sounds like, and the rover’s welcome party

Mars is about to be a very busy place when three separate missions arrive at the red planet in February. One of those missions includes NASA’s Perseverance rover. When it lands, we’ll be able to hear the sounds of Mars for the first time, thanks to microphones riding on the rover. A new interactive experience…

Don’t delay key medical appointments in the pandemic — advice from Dr. Wen

As many people postpone necessary medical care due to the pandemic, medical professionals are worried that their patients will get sick or even die from other causes. Some 25% of Americans said that they or someone in their household had delayed medical care in the past month due to coronavirus, according to a December Kaiser…

US approaches 400,000 coronavirus deaths

As the US approaches 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, new cases have been trending down but multiple states are reporting cases of new variants of the virus. The US recorded 1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University, an 11% drop from…

Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for bribery and embezzlement

Samsung vice chairman Lee Jae-yong is going back to prison, casting the future of leadership at the massive tech company in doubt. The Seoul High Court in South Korea sentenced Lee to 2 1/2 years behind bars on Monday after finding him guilty of embezzlement and bribery. He was taken into custody following the verdict.…

Dr. Dre is back home after being hospitalized in Los Angeles

Rapper, producer and entrepreneur Dr. Dre is back home after being hospitalized for more than a week in Los Angeles, according to his attorney Peter Paterno. “He’s home and on the mend,” Paterno said in a brief email to CNN on Sunday. Paterno did not provide additional details on the 55-year-old’s condition. The news comes…

The final days of Trump’s presidency inspire hour-by-hour countdowns

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Were there hour-by-hour countdowns to the end of the Bush presidency? The end of the Obama years? No, definitely not to this extent. Trump’s time in office is ending in ignoble fashion. There are countdowns…

China’s economy grows 2.3% in 2020 as recovery quickens

China’s economy grew more than expected last year, even as the rest of the world was upended by the coronavirus pandemic. The world’s second largest economy expanded 2.3% in 2020 compared to a year earlier, according to government statistics released Monday. It’s China’s slowest annual growth rate in decades — not since 1976 has the…

Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say

President Donald Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the matter, a major batch of clemency actions that includes white collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others but — as of now — is not expected to include Trump…

Biden nominates Gary Gensler for SEC commissioner, Rohit Chopra to lead Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

President-elect Joe Biden nominated Gary Gensler to serve as the commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Rohit Chopra to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a Monday statement. Gensler and Chopra are both allies of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Currently a member of the Federal Trade Commission, Chopra will — if…

Oscar Mayer hiring team to drive its Wienermobile across the US

Frankly, this could very well be someone’s dream job. Kraft Heinz is looking to hire a new team of Hotdoggers (yes, that’s what the job posting says) to drive its famous hot dog-shaped Wienermobile across the country for a year. An ideal Hotdogger is an “outgoing, creative, friendly, exuberant, college graduate who has an appetite…

Biden on track to take office without key Cabinet roles in place

President-elect Joe Biden is on track to take office without key Cabinet members being confirmed on the day of his inauguration, a result of the Republican-led Senate moving much more slowly to schedule confirmation hearings and votes than it has for previous presidents. The timeline for confirming Biden’s Cabinet nominees could accelerate when Democrats take…

Twitter temporarily suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for election misinformation

Twitter on Sunday temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of new rules the social media platform put in place following the violent US Capitol riot earlier this month, a company spokesperson told CNN. “The account referenced has been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy,”…

New York Times: Trump allies have collected tens of thousands of dollars from pardon seekers

Allies and associates of President Donald Trump have collected tens of thousands of dollars in fees from those seeking pardons from the President, The New York Times reported Sunday. The Times, citing documents and interviews with more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers, reported that the lobbying for clemency intensified as it became apparent Trump…

All US federal prisons on temporary lockdown ahead of Biden inauguration

Federal prisons across the United States have been placed under temporary lockdown ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced Saturday that it is securing all institutions “in light of current events occurring around the country.” “There is no specific information that triggered this decision,” the statement said. “This action is…

Baby giraffe dies at Nashville Zoo after being stepped on by mother

The Nashville Zoo is grieving the unexpected loss of a newborn Masai giraffe. The first-time mother, Nasha, 6, gave birth to a healthy calf on Saturday following a complicated delivery, according to the zoo. But after announcing the birth, zookeepers noticed the calf was in distress. Shortly afterward, they announced the tragic loss. “We are…

DC attorney general says Trump could possibly be charged by city prosecutors with misdemeanor for role in Capitol insurrection

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine warned Sunday that President Donald Trump could possibly be charged by city prosecutors with “a misdemeanor, a six-month-in-jail maximum,” amid fallout from the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol earlier this month. “Let it be known that the office of attorney general has a potential charge that it…

In a last-minute move, NSA installing Trump loyalist as general counsel

The National Security Agency said Sunday it was installing Trump NSC staffer Michael Ellis as its general counsel, after acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller ordered NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone to place the Trump loyalist into the role. “Mr. Ellis accepted his final job offer yesterday afternoon. NSA is moving forward with his employment,” an…

Hotel chain cancels fundraiser for Josh Hawley, citing Capitol riot

Loews Hotel Group has canceled an upcoming fundraiser for Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, saying it’s opposed to “all who supported and incited” the deadly riot at the US Capitol. “In light of recent events we have informed the host of this event that it will no longer be held at our hotel in Orlando or…

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