This DC mom began transforming Polaroids into works of art after she was laid off from her job.
This DC mom began transforming Polaroids into works of art after she was laid off from her job.
Twenty-nine arms control and human rights organizations have signed a letter opposing the sale of $23 billion worth of missiles, fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates and asking the U.S. Congress to block the deal. "The hope is to stop these sales altogether," said Seth Binder, advocacy officer at the Project on Middle East Democracy, who spearheaded the effort. Three U.S. senators earlier this month proposed legislation to halt the sale, which includes drones from privately held General Atomics, Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s and missiles made by Raytheon, setting up a showdown with President Donald Trump weeks before he is due to leave office.
Four Royal Household Cavalrymen died in the July 1982 blast.
The small city of Dahlonega, Georgia was blanketed by snow on November 30, as the National Weather Service warned of possible travel impacts.This footage was uploaded to Twitter by Jim Sheppard, a local of Dahlonega.Higher elevations of Georgia were reported to have at least 2 inches of snow from Monday’s storm. Drivers were told to expect delays and some schools were delayed due to the storm. Credit: Jim Sheppard via Storyful
The legal challenge has been brought against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
"We've got plenty of time" to overturn the election, said Donald Trump's daughter-in-law.
The Wireless Gas Detection Market will grow by $ 524.65 mn during 2020-2024
Isai Morocho died unexpectedly during Thanksgiving break, according to his school
A systems error led Australia's biggest bank to overcharge interest on business overdraft accounts to a total of more than A$2.9 million ($2.13 million) between 2011 and 2018, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) said. CBA "provided customers with terms and conditions for certain credit facilities that stated an interest rate to be charged or that had been charged," the regulator said in its statement, adding this was 16% a year in most cases.
The five Olympic rings are back in Tokyo Bay. The rings arrived on Tuesday after a short cruise from nearby Yokohama and are positioned on a barge in the shadow on Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge. The rings will be lighted at night and herald the coming of the Tokyo Olympics, which are to open on July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 24.
Nov.30 -- The deep divisions at OPEC+ are becoming more apparent as output talks wound up without a deal. Further discussions have been delayed and ministers will now meet again on Thursday to decide whether to keep the current output cuts or increase production in January as originally planned. Bloomberg’s Sungwoo Park reports on “Bloomberg Markets: China Open.”
The head of the world’s largest humanitarian network is urging governments and institutions to combat “fake news” about COVID-19 vaccines which has become “a second pandemic” and start building trust in communities around the world about the critical importance of vaccinating people. Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said in a virtual briefing to the U.N. Correspondents Association on Monday that “to beat this pandemic, we also have to defeat the parallel pandemic of distrust.”
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No redundancies are being announced yet as a result of the appointment and stores will continue to trade.
President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for budget chief does not pull punches online. So when some of her hits aimed at top players in Congress were removed from the Internet, it was clear something was up.Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, has deleted over one thousand tweets from her personal Twitter account since the beginning of November. A number of them, since recovered by The Daily Beast, contain comments directed at powerful lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that could turn a relationship to ice before her Senate confirmation hearing to lead the Office of Management and Budget takes place next year.And that’s exactly what seems to be happening to Tanden.Tanden deleted some, but not all, tweets from her account lambasting prominent lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME), and praising their Democratic challengers. It’s unclear when exactly Tanden deleted them, but many of the tweets were available at least until the fall, according to the Internet Archive.“Can people on here please focus their ire on McConnell and the GOP senators who are Up This Cycle who enable him: Cory Gardner, Collins, Ernst, Cornyn, Perdue, Tillis And many more,” Tanden wrote in a since-deleted tweet from June 2019 about the seven Republican senators.When Collins’ re-election appeared troubled, Tanden vowed to treat her challenger, Sara Gideon, “like a long lost relative” and “work hard to help her beat Susan Collins.”She deleted the tweet sometime after Nov. 5.By Monday afternoon, two out of the group she targeted had commented. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told the congressional press pool that he believed “maybe” Tanden was Biden’s “worst nominee so far.”“I think, in light of her combative and insulting comments about many members of the Senate, mainly on our side of the aisle, that it creates, certainly, a problematic path,” he said. Tanden was a vocal supporter of challenger MJ Hegar in her unsuccessful bid to unseat Cornyn, but has since deleted at least one tweet supportive of the Texas Democrat’s performance in an October debate.Also speaking to Hill reporters on Monday, Collins said: “I do not know her, or much about her, but I do know she is a prolific user of Twitter.”(Neither Cornyn, nor Collins, appeared to acknowledge the relative absurdity of criticizing tweets in light of the habits of the members' outgoing administration—including the president, himself).By Monday night, Tanden had changed her Twitter bio to read: “Director of OMB Nominee.” She declined to comment for this article.Republicans aren’t the only ones who were critical of Tanden’s selection. During the 2016 election, her intense criticism of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who was then the chief opponent of her former boss Hillary Clinton, earned her a reputation as one of the most visible and outspoken figures willing to needle progressives at a time when many sought to minimize the ongoing Democratic infighting as exaggerated.After Clinton eventually won the primary but lost the general election to Donald Trump, Tanden focused primarily on Republicans, but still frequently riled up movement progressives by taking on some online fights.“It’s an odd choice for Biden and his ‘healing’ presidency to bring someone in who is so combative, especially on Twitter, being that we just ended a four-year Twitter presidency,” said Josh Fox, a climate change activist and filmmaker who was a surrogate for Sanders in 2016 and 2020. “She causes ire unnecessarily.”Now, as she prepares for her intended nomination to head up the OMB—a role that would require confirmation from McConnell’s Republican-held chamber if Democrats do not overtake the Senate in two runoff elections in Georgia—Tanden has attempted to scale back parts of her digital footprint that led to her perception as a divisive “extremely online” individual from both the left and right.‘New York Times’ Contacts Article Subject's Mother. Twitter Erupts In Fury.The decision to consider Tanden for a spot within the Biden administration had been mulled over for weeks. According to one source close to the Biden transition, officials had internally expressed their intention to vet her for the OMB director position during the Nov. 3 election week. A review of third party archiving services like the Internet Archive and Archive.vn show Tanden’s account began on Nov. 1 with 88,639 tweets, but had 87,588 as of Monday evening.The deleted tweets also included a barb aimed at McConnell and the Democratic epithet he reportedly resents. “Apparently a lot of people think MoscowMitch is a threat. Hats off @JoeNBC,” Tanden wrote in a now-deleted post.Progressives who have tangled with Tanden have often done so over both substance and style. Three progressive sources who spoke to The Daily Beast about Tanden mentioned areas where they disagreed over policy, arguing that she and CAP under her tenure lean further to the center of the party’s spectrum.“There are people on all sides, in all factions, who will say she’s a bad actor,” said Nomiki Konst, a progressive activist and media figure. Tanden has spent a good chunk of time while leading CAP to “advance very hostile messaging towards the left,” Konst said.One source close to Sanders described receiving “stunned” text messages from other progressives in the senator’s orbit after Tanden’s name was announced by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday afternoon, saying it was received by some as a “middle finger”—particularly to those who view her interactions online as overtly antagonistic to the left. The source also said that various policy positions promoted by CAP were discussed in a negative light.“CAP pretends to be aligned with progressive values, but Neera Tanden seems so cynical that she attacks progressive policies like a ban on fracking, the Green New Deal, and Medicare for All,” said Fox. “I just don’t think that’s this time right now. This time is for us to actually get things for Americans who are deeply suffering.”Tanden’s roots in policy circles date back years. During Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, she was an integral member of her close-knit senior policy team, a largely behind the scenes role, one Democratic source who has previously worked with her pointed out. And her advocacy and communication abilities, other Democrats contended, are exactly what will be needed to advance some of the bolder goals of the Biden administration.She also worked alongside Jake Sullivan and Brian Deese, both of whom are expected to serve in senior positions under Biden in 2021. Sullivan is slated to serve as national security adviser and Deese was reportedly tapped to steer the National Economic Council, signifying a small yet influential revival of some top Clinton officials into the president-elect’s circle.Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI), who is now serving in her second term in Congress, was also part of the Clinton policy brain trust more than a decade ago and remains a longtime friend of Tanden. Stevens told The Daily Beast that Tanden “knows how to take on inequality and how best to marshal public resources to help people.”“As the first woman of color and first Indian-American to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera’s nomination is an exciting moment for our country,” Stevens said. “Neera will be dedicated to making sure the federal government works for every American.”Other Democratic endorsers came in quickly after news about Tanden became public. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised her fairness and intellect, as well as her preparedness for the elevated fiscal role. Meanwhile, Jen Psaki, Biden’s newly announced forthcoming White House press secretary, used one of her first public statements to publicly tout Tanden’s personal story and credentials.“.@neeratanden=a brilliant policy expert and she knows how vital funding for govt programs is.. as a child for a period her family relied on food stamps to eat, on Section 8 vouchers to pay the rent and on the social safety,” Psaki wrote. “Her fresh perspective can help meet this moment.”—Erin Banco and Jackie Kucinich contributed to this report.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Sidney Powell may no longer be part of President Donald Trump's officially sanctioned legal team, but the veteran litigator who has become a champion of unfounded global conspiracy theories has not slowed in her effort to persuade the federal court system to reverse the outcome of the 2020 elections. "We will prevail," Powell wrote on Twitter this week. Since filing a suit in Georgia last week, Powell has added a federal lawsuit in Michigan and plans another in Wisconsin, according to another lawyer on the team.
President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he will nominate former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury, topping a slate of economic officials who would break racial and gender barriers in the US government. The rollout of Biden's economic team comes after running mate Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, first Black person and first person of South Asian descent to win the vice presidency.If they win Senate approval, Yellen would be the first female Treasury secretary, and would be joined in the executive branch by the first African Americans to serve as her deputy and as head of the White House economic council, as well as the first South Asian in a key budget role."We face great challenges as a country right now. To recover, we must restore the American dream -- a society where each person can rise to their potential and dream even bigger for their children," Yellen tweeted following the announcement. "As Treasury Secretary, I will work every day towards rebuilding that dream for all."Job number one for the 74-year-old, who previously made history as the first female Federal Reserve chief from 2014 to 2018, will be helping the US economy recover from the sharp downturn in growth and mass layoffs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.Unless lawmakers are able to overcome their differences in the closing weeks of the year, she will likely be tasked with convincing Democrats and Republicans in Congress to pass another spending bill to power the recovery amid a months-long deadlock on new aid."As we get to work to control the virus, this is the team that will deliver immediate economic relief for the American people during this economic crisis and help us build our economy back better than ever," Biden said in a statement announcing his appointments.He has stressed that he would strive for diversity while choosing staff for when he takes office in January.Biden has pushed ahead with naming his team despite Donald Trump's continuing refusal to concede defeat and his unfounded claims of voter fraud that have been repeatedly rejected by courts.Reality is, however, closing in step-by-step on Trump, and on Monday two more key states -- Wisconsin and Arizona -- certified their election results showing Biden won there.The Electoral College is all but certain to formalize Biden's nationwide victory when it meets on December 14.Confirmation in question? Yellen's nomination was first reported last week, and Biden and Harris will present the nominees at an event on Tuesday.Chuck Grassley, the Republican senator currently leading the Finance Committee that would hold Yellen's confirmation hearing should the party maintain its current control of the chamber following two January elections in Georgia, told reporters she would likely get a "favorable view."Many of the others tapped for Biden's economic team are veterans of former president Barack Obama's administration.Nigerian-born Wally Adeyemo, a former deputy national security advisor and current president of the Obama Foundation non-profit, was picked as deputy Treasury secretary. He would be the first African American in that role.Neera Tanden, president of liberal think tank Center for American Progress, was picked to head the Office of Management and Budget. If confirmed, she would be its first South Asian leader.However, Tanden -- a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 presidential election -- faces criticism from conservatives and progressives alike that could jeopardise her chances of confirmation by the Senate.Also named was Cecilia Rouse, the dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, tapped to chair the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), who would be the first African American in that post.Jared Bernstein, who previously advised Biden when he was vice president under Obama, will join the CEA, as will Washington Center for Equitable Growth President Heather Boushey.Yellen would take over as Treasury secretary from Steven Mnuchin, who worked with Congress on passing the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in March that expanded unemployment payments and offered loans and grants to small businesses.Those measures were seen as key in keeping the US from an even worse economic slowdown, but they expired over the summer and, despite talks with Mnuchin, Democrats controlling the House and Republicans leading the Senate have failed to agree on how much to spend, or what to spend it on.A study from progressive think tank The Century Foundation released last week said 12 million Americans will be receiving aid from government programs that will expire at the end of the year.(AFP)
Journalist Glenn Greenwald blasts Biden pick for economic team on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'
"I don't anticipate any problems in being able to coach the game this week."
The head of San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission, which oversees millions of dollars in city contracts, was charged with bribery Monday in an ongoing federal probe of corruption. General Manager Harlan Kelly was indicted for honest services wire fraud for allegedly accepting meals, cash and other gifts from a San Francisco construction company in exchange for providing insider information on public contracts. “I am not guilty of these allegations,” Kelly said in a statement reported by the San Francisco Examiner. “It is painful for me to end a 35-year career as a result of false allegations, but it is simply not possible for me to do my job to the best of my ability while also defending myself."
Motion Picture Association Chairman Charles Rivkin’s compensation rose to $3.1 million in 2019, while revenues for the industry trade association increased with the addition of Netflix as a member. The figures were revealed as part of public tax documents filed earlier this month. Rivkin collected $2 million in base compensation,$1.1 million in bonus pay and […]