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Florida Democrats aim to rebound as GOP voting numbers grow
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In Florida, for the first time in modern history, registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is heading into a reelection campaign buoyed by a national profile and a cash reserve unmatched by any Democratic challenger. And Republicans control virtually all of state government.
Kentucky tornado toll in dozens; less than feared at factory
MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Workers on the night shift at Mayfield Consumer Products were in the middle of the holiday rush, cranking out candles, when a tornado closed in on the factory and the word went out: "Duck and cover.”
Russia's Putin told Biden he would 'really like' to meet | CNN
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his US counterpart Joe Biden he would "really like" to meet for more talks, according to a video clip released by Russian state TV on Sunday from the leaders' virtual call on Tuesday.
Fox anchor Chris Wallace makes his own news with move to CNN
NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran anchor Chris Wallace has left Fox News after 18 years for CNN, dealing a significant blow to Fox's news operation at a time that it has been overshadowed by the network's opinion side.
Watchdog: Federal anti-terror unit investigated journalists
WASHINGTON (AP) — A special Customs and Border Protection unit used sensitive government databases intended to track terrorists to investigate as many as 20 U.S.-based journalists, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press reporter, according to a federal watchdog.
Inflation is painfully high, but some relief may be coming
NEW YORK (AP) — Inflation is painfully high, but this hopefully is close to as bad as it gets. Consumer prices rose 6.8% for the 12 months ending in November, a 39-year high. Many economists expect inflation to remain near this level a few more months but to then moderate through 2022 for a...
Ruling against Trump Jan. 6 case tees up likely Supreme Court test
An appeals court ruling this week that dealt another blow to former President Trump’s efforts to shield White House records from the House Jan. 6 select committee has laid the groundwork for …
Former Trump aide Peter Navarro defies House subpoena in Covid-19 probe
Navarro cited a "direct order" from Trump to claim executive privilege.
The clear and present danger of Jim Jordan & Co.
Untethered from any fidelity to the truth, Republican Know-Nothings have no aptitude or interest in actual governing.
Democrats Are Solidly Behind Biden. There's No Consensus About a Plan B.
NEW ORLEANS — Addressing reporters at a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association, Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina gave an emphatic answer when asked whether he expected President Joe Biden to seek a second term — and whether he believed that was in the best interests of his party. “I...
President Biden's job approval sinking on inflation, crime and COVID: POLL
Biden's approval on many issues has hit new lows, an ABC/Ipsos poll finds.
Analysis: Let the people vote. But which people?
While numerous US states are doing everything they can to make voting more difficult and shrink the number of people taking part in elections, New York City has gone the opposite direction and opened the polls to noncitizen legal immigrants.
'I've got towns that are gone,' Kentucky Governor Beshear says
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on Sunday that widespread damage is making rescue efforts a challenge in his state after tornadoes swept through the region two days ago.
Omar allies dig in on calls for Boebert punishment
House liberals are charging ahead with efforts to discipline Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for her incendiary comments targeting a Muslim colleague, arguing that the response thus far from Democrat…
Biden calls on EPA to investigate role of climate crisis in deadly tornadoes
Experts say tornadoes with such intensity are rare later in the year during colder seasonal weather Joe Biden has asked the US environmental protection agency (EPA) to investigate what role the climate crisis might have played in the deadly tornadoes that killed scores in Kentucky and several...
Survey by Biden and Trump 2020 pollsters suggests close contest in potential 2024 rematch
A new national survey conducted by the Biden and Trump 2020 pollsters suggests a close contest in potential 2024 presidential rematch
Blinken warns U.S. will respond to Russia aggression, take steps 'refrained' from in the past
The whole international system is "at stake," Blinken said, amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
POLITICO Playbook: Harris trashes her media coverage
And Chris Wallace leaves Fox News.
G-7 ‘absolutely unified’ over consequences if Russia invades Ukraine: State Dept.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and allies at the G-7 meeting have held "intense" talks over Russia, said a U.S. official.
Photos: Before and after satellite images reveal the extent of tornadoes' destruction
The imagery shows the scale of the destruction in parts of Kentucky, Arkansas and Illinois.
Fact check: Deceptive attack ad against GOP Senate candidate Pat McCrory edits his quotes about Trump and rioters
A television attack ad from conservative Super PAC Club for Growth Action uses egregiously deceptive editing to build its case that Pat McCrory, a Republican candidate for a US Senate seat in North Carolina, is a "Trump-hater" and "liberal faker."
EXPLAINER: Will ex-official clear up Noem nepotism probe?
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are readying to hear Tuesday from a former state employee at the center of questions over whether Gov. Kristi Noem interfered in a state agency that was evaluating her daughter's application for a real estate appraiser license.
Rain, snow fall as California braces for brunt of storm
The Western U.S. is bracing for the brunt of a major winter storm expected to hit Monday, bringing travel headaches, the threat of localized flooding and some relief in an abnormally warm fall
Chris Wallace exits Fox News for CNN+
“It is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this,” Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday.”
FEMA chief says powerful storms 'new normal' in era of climate change
Powerful storms like the ones that tore through parts of the central United States this weekend are the "new normal" in an era of climate change, the top federal emergency management official said on Sunday.
For Texas Governor, Hard Right Turn Followed a Careful Rise
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott surprised some on his staff when he arrived at his office this fall with plans for a new pandemic decree: a ban on mandated vaccinations by private employers in Texas. The decision was a stark departure for the two-term governor, an intrusion into business decisions of...
Kentucky authorities warn against travel in areas hit by storm
Kentucky authorities are asking individuals not to travel to areas hit by the storm this weekend, as emergency personnel undertake rescue and recovery efforts.“Citizens who are not actively in…
Rescuers hunt for survivors after deadly tornadoes rip through several states
“We knew it was bad, but not till the sun started coming up did we look at it and saw matchsticks,” Mayfield, Kentucky, Mayor Kathy Stewart O’Nan said.
Putin and Biden agreed to hold more talks, Kremlin says
Putin would like to meet Biden in person at some stage, the Kremlin said.
Opinion | The Supreme Court Likes Precedent — When It Backs Conservatives
The decision to leave Texas’ anti-abortion law in effect underscores how the new conservative majority is exercising power.
China's Xi and Russia's Putin dominate the G7
LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) -While Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps the West guessing over Ukraine, it was the might of Chinese President Xi Jinping that garnered the long-term strategic focus when the diplomats from the Group of Seven richest democracies met this weekend. The United...
In an instant, a Kentucky factory destroyed, dozens of employees missing
On the day before Thanksgiving, Mayfield Consumer Products in western Kentucky posted photos online showing smiling employees lining up at a buffet table ready to enjoy a special pre-holiday meal together in the factory canteen.
Buttigieg's husband mocks Biden admin restarting student loan payments next month: 'No thank you'
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's husband, Chasten, appeared less than enthusiastic about having to repay his student loans, writing, "no thank you," in an Instagram story on Saturday.
Russia Ukraine: Massive consequences if Moscow invades, G7 says
Moscow is amassing troops on Ukraine's border, but President Putin insists they pose no threat.
Newsom says he will use Texas abortion law tactics to restrict assault weapons
"If that's the precedent then we'll let Californians sue those who put ghost guns and assault weapons on our streets," Newsom said.
On the front line of eastern Ukraine, as Biden and Putin talk
On the front line with Ukrainian troops in eastern Ukraine as President Biden called Russian president Putin over fears Russia may be preparing to invade again.
Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly Event Reportedly Fizzles In Florida
Ticket sales were so lackluster the upper tier of the arena was shut down, reports the Sun Sentinel.
Amazon driver died in bathroom sheltering from tornado with colleagues
Amazon cargo driver Austin J. McEwen, 26, was an only child who loved to listen to rapper Mac Miller and hunt with his friends.
Getting child tax credit to lowest-income parents proves challenging | CNN Politics
When the child tax credit was temporarily expanded this spring, Democrats repeatedly touted that it would help cut child poverty nearly in half. But that depended in part on the monthly payments getting to American families with incomes so low they don't have to file taxes.
Biden faces lowest approval ratings yet in handling of inflation, COVID-19, gun violence
A new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds that President Joe Biden faces the lowest approval ratings on COVID-19, inflation, gun violence since taking office.
‘Money is running out’: Financial stress drives retirees back to work
“There are people that might retire, try that for a little while, but now the money is running out, and they're looking at their retirement savings and there's not enough there,” one expert said.
Fortenberry indictment raises questions about the FBI’s tactics
The GOP lawmaker was secretly recorded during a probe of illegal donations from abroad.
FEMA administrator on extreme weather: ‘This is going to be our new normal’
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell on Sunday said extreme weather events like the storms and tornadoes that swept through a number of states this weekend “is g…
Florida Dems face uphill battle in 2022 as GOP voting numbers grow
In Florida, for the first time in modern history, registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is heading into a reelection campaign buoyed by a national profile and a cash reserve unmatched by any Democratic challenger. And Republicans control virtually all of...
New Caledonia rejects independence from France in third vote
With 90.23 percent of ballots counted, 96.32 percent of voters had voted ‘No’ to independence, local media reports.
Republican leaders must have 'a working relationship with Donald Trump' to succeed, Lindsey Graham says
"Donald Trump is the most consequential Republican in the entire Republican Party," Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday.
Capitol rioters' social media posts influencing sentencings
For many rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, self-incriminating messages, photos and videos that they broadcast on social media before, during and after the insurrection are influencing even their criminal sentences.
Satellite images, expert suggest Iranian space launch coming
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to be preparing for a space launch as negotiations continue in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers, according to an expert and satellite images.
Biden offers condolences, federal resources to areas ravaged by devastating tornadoes
President Biden said he plans to travel to areas hit by devastating tornadoes but will wait until he's certain visit won't impede recovery efforts.
After deadly tornadoes hit South and Midwest, horror and hope emerge from rubble
As rescue workers combed miles of splintered houses and commercial buildings for survivors and the dead across six states devastated by a string of tornadoes.
Why the 2022 midterms look like the opposite of 2018 | CNN Politics
Today, everything is different. Pretty much every single indicator that pointed to a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterms now points to a Republican one in the 2022 midterms.
The boomerang bet: Republicans think Democrats have overreached on race
Republicans are betting that Democrats have gone too far in addressing systemic racism — so they're leaning into culture wars over school curriculum, college admissions, voting rights, hiring practices and policing.Driving the news: These calculations are playing out in governor's races, in the...
Stimulus checks were wildly popular with Americans — but Biden's expanded child tax credit payments just aren't
Democrats are banking on it as a political winner, but there are signs giving people money has limits. Older GOP voters especially don't like it.
Jill Biden, Douglas Emhoff to visit Waukesha more than 3 weeks after parade attack
First lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff will visit Waukesha, Wisconsin, more than three weeks after a man in a car killed six people there at a Christmas parade, the White House announced Friday.
Biden administration has reviewed military options as part of effort to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon
The Biden administration has reviewed military options that could be part of an effort to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, if a multilateral deal between the United States, Iran and other nations on Tehran's nuclear program is not salvaged, according to administration officials.
Search continues for victims of tornadoes that killed dozens in central U.S.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said the tornado that tore a 200-mile gash across his state left "devastation like none of us have ever seen before."
Crews search rubble after 6 die at Illinois Amazon facility
CHICAGO (AP) — Search efforts at an Amazon facility in Illinois where at least six people were killed in a tornado were expected to take several days, but authorities said they did not expect to find additional survivors.
Will new bacon law begin? California grocers seek delay
ELLIOTT, Iowa (AP) — A coalition of California restaurants and grocery stores has filed a lawsuit to block implementation of a new farm animal welfare law, adding to uncertainty about whether bacon and other fresh pork products will be much more expensive or in short supply in the state when...
Trump gives Obama a compliment at Bill O'Reilly event: 'I liked him'
Former President Donald Trump reportedly paid a compliment to one of his biggest political rivals, former President Barack Obama, during a Florida ticketed event on Saturday.
Photo from tornado-damaged home lands almost 130 miles away
When Katie Posten walked outside Saturday morning to her car parked in her driveway, she saw something that looked like a note or receipt stuck to the windshield. She grabbed it and saw it was a black and white photo of a woman in a striped sundress and headscarf holding a little boy in her lap.
As violence in Haiti spikes, aid groups struggle to help
A spike in violence has deepened hunger and poverty in Haiti while hindering the very aid organizations combating those problems in a country whose government struggles to provide basic services
What John Roberts' role in Texas' abortion case could signal for the future of Roe
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a razor-sharp opinion Friday emphasizing that Texas' abortion law defies Supreme Court precedent and should expose the many state officials who play a key role in the "scheme" to federal lawsuit.
Tornado victims include 2-month-old, district judge, a father and son, factory and warehouse workers
The death toll is expected to rise significantly, Kentucky's governor said.
Tigray rebels retake Ethiopia’s UN World Heritage town: Residents
TPLF rebels are patrolling Lalibela, witnesses say, less than two weeks after gov’t forces claimed to have retaken it.
Ethiopia war: World heritage site Lalibela back in rebel hands
Tigray forces had left Lalibela 11 days ago as federal forces and their allies had been advancing.
Nobel Peace laureate: War between Russia, Ukraine possible
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov said that war between Ukraine and Russia is now possible because “the powerful actively promote the idea of war.”While receiving his …
Dems desperate to ditch Trump talk
The incoming chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) says the party’s candidates in gubernatorial contests in 2022 should talk more about health care, infrastructure, and education — and less about Donald Trump. Driving the news: The nation’s Democratic governors are gathered in...
De Blasio on signing noncitizen voting bill despite 'big legal questions': My focus is on COVID
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio briefly addressed his decision to sign a bill allowing noncitizens to vote in city elections despite having issues with it.
Spanish island volcano eruption hits local record of 85 days
A volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands shows no sign of ending after 85 days
Alibaba fires female employee who accused supervisor of rape
Chinese tech giant Alibaba has fired a female employee who accused a supervisor of sexual abuse earlier this year, accusing her of spreading false and damaging information.The woman, who …
Chris Wallace leaving Fox News after 18 years for new CNN streaming service
"After 18 years, this is my final 'Fox News Sunday,'" Wallace said.
Aerials show aftermath of deadly Kentucky tornadoes
More than 70 people died in Kentucky in Friday night's storms, including dozens in a candle factory.
DHS warns of critical flaw in widely used software
The Department of Homeland Security's top cyber official on Saturday urged government and private-sector organizations to address a critical flaw in widely used software that hackers were actively using to try to breach networks.
Scientists use the running of the bulls to gather data on the running of the humans
Scientists studied the running of the bulls in Spain to better understand how humans run in groups
Satellite images show path of destruction from deadly tornado outbreak
The death toll from the storms that ravaged six states is expected to exceed 75.
‘Amazon forests of the underground’: Why scientists want to map the world's fungi
“These fungal networks have been a global blind spot in conservation and climate agendas," said Toby Kiers, an evolutionary biologist and professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Rep. Ritchie Torres on "that triumph of hope"
The 15th Congressional District in New York's South Bronx is the poorest in the country, and for the young Democrat – the first Afro-Latino gay Congressman – fighting to support the social safety net isn't partisan; it's personal.
VP Harris sits down for image-boosting interview amid reported office turmoil
Vice President Kamala Harris told the San Francisco Chronicle in an interview published Sunday that her "responsibility as an elected leader is to go to the people," following rumors she’s leading a toxic work environment that has prompted an exodus of top staffers.
Israel's Bennett makes first official visit to UAE
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made a historic trip to the United Arab Emirates, the first visit to the country by an Israeli premier
Iran allegedly preparing for space launch amid continued Vienna talks
Satellite images obtained by the Associated Press allegedly show that Iran is gearing up for a space launch amid continued Vienna talks.
Guatemalan leader gets his White House face time after public pressure campaign
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei was left out of President Joe Biden's democracy summit this week.
Lawyer says Meadows received, but did nothing, with document that detailed ways to undermine the 2020 election, per New York Times
A lawyer for Mark Meadows says the former Trump White House chief of staff was the recipient of a PowerPoint document detailing ways to undermine the count of the 2020 election but did nothing with it, according to the New York Times.
'More and more convergence' with allies on costs to Russia if they invade Ukraine, says State Department official
Each day there has been "more and more convergence" between the US and European allies about the costs that would be inflicted on Russia if they invade Ukraine, a senior State Department official said in a briefing with reporters after Secretary of State Tony Blinken met with G7 allies.
Vicente Fernández, iconic Mexican singer who elevated mariachi music, has died at 81
According to statements posted by his medical team on his official Instagram account, Fernández had been in and out of the intensive care unit since early August, after suffering a serious fall in his ranch and developing pneumonia.
Indian PM Modi's Twitter hacked with bitcoin tweet
The Indian prime minister's account had a message stating that bitcoin would be distributed to citizens.
Train derailed by tornado in Kentucky, homes left damaged
A freight train was derailed as a result of a tornado that ravaged Kentucky on Friday, causing severe damage to several homes.
Anne Rice, who breathed new life into vampires, dies at 80
NEW YORK (AP) — Anne Rice , the novelist whose lush, best-selling gothic tales, including “Interview With the Vampire,” reinvented the blood-drinking immortals as tragic antiheroes, has died.
Hillary Clinton says Americans won't 'recognize our country' if Trump wins in 2024
Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that if former President Trump or a Republican candidate of “his ilk” wins in 2024, Americans will not “recognize our country.”
Transcript: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on "Face the Nation," December 12, 2021
The following is a transcript of an interview with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson that aired Sunday, December 12, 2021, on "Face the Nation."
Transcript: New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu on "Face the Nation," December 12, 2021
The following is a transcript of an interview with New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu that aired Sunday, December 12, 2021, on "Face the Nation."
South Africa’s president tests positive for COVID-19
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The government announced in a statement on Sunday that Ramaphosa was “receiving treatment f…
Transcript: Mohamed El-Erian on "Face the Nation," December 12, 2021
The following is a transcript of an interview with Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz, that aired Sunday, December 12, 2021, on "Face the Nation."
Inside the making of Biden's omicron playbook
The plan is rolling into motion nearly a year after his advisers weighed a bleak question: How would they deal with a hypothetical coronavirus strain that evaded vaccine protection?
US COVID-19 deaths reach 800,000
The U.S. has reached the grim milestone of 800,000 deaths related to COVID-19, Reuters reported.More than 450,000 people in the United States have died after contracting COVID-1…
Mass. hospitals see significant number of COVID breakthrough cases
as COVID cases surge, hospitals are reporting a significant portion of patients who’ve had their initial vaccine shot — or shots — and a few who’ve received a booster as well.
Fauci says omicron can evade vaccine protection, but boosters help
White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
GOP senator calls for Biden administration to recognize ‘natural immunity’
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Biden administration on Sunday to recognize natural immunity when combating the COVID-19 pan…
Half of Chicago Bulls roster now in COVID-19 protocol
Half of the Chicago Bulls’ roster is now in COVID-19 protocol after an outbreak on the team was first detected earlier this month.Zach LaVine and Troy Brown Jr. both entered COVID-19 protocol on Su…
What omicron's fast spread could mean for the U.S. — and the world
The variant has spread through South Africa with remarkable speed — and been detected in at least 60 other countries. Specialists are trying to figure out the next stage for this unwelcome variant.
Boris Johnson: UK faces 'tidal wave' of omicron cases
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Sunday that Britain faces a “tidal wave” of infections from the omicron coronavirus variant, and announced a huge increase in booster vaccinations to strengthen defenses against it.
Austria lifts restrictions for vaccinated
Austria has lifted its COVID-19 lockdown restrictions for vaccinated residents after three weeks, The Associated Press reported. The lifting of restrictions will allow vaccinated resident…
Health officials ratchet up calls for boosters amid threat of omicron wave
Health officials are intensifying their calls for all American adults to get booster shots amid the threat of the omicron variant, a strain of COVID-19 first discovered in South Africa.Data release…
Americans plan social holiday season despite Omicron, as most vaccinated feel protected — CBS News poll
People who are vaccinated call for requirements on planes, public places.
Washington lawmaker who fell ill with COVID-19 in El Salvador and was reportedly evacuated to Florida hasn't been seen since
Ericksen in an email to his GOP colleagues in November asked if they could send monoclonal antibodies to him in El Salvador.
Dem governor declares COVID-19 emergency ‘over,’ says it’s ‘their own darn fault’ if unvaccinated get sick
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, told Colorado Public Radio on Friday that he won’t be implementing another statewide mask mandate in response to the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant.
Republicans accuse Biden administration of sowing fear with warnings of omicron variant
Members of the GOP have railed against warnings from the Biden administration about the omicron variant, arguing the White House is playing up the threat to sow fear.
Israel adding UK, Denmark, Belgium to travel ban list
Israel added the U.K., Denmark, and Belgium to its COVID-19 travel ban list amid concerns of the spread of the omicron variant, Reuters reported. The head of Israel’s health ministry, Sharon A…
Fauci: ‘If it becomes necessary to get yet another boost, then we’ll just have to deal with it’
White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday said health officials will “have to deal with it” if it is determined that another COVID-19 booster shot is necessary to pro…
Pandemic health costs pushed half a billion people into poverty
The pandemic caused worst economic crisis since the 1930s, the World Bank and WHO say in a joint statement.
Transcript: Dr. Scott Gottlieb on "Face the Nation," December 12, 2021
The following is a transcript of an interview with Dr. Scott Gottlieb that aired Sunday, December 12, 2021, on "Face the Nation."
Full transcript: Tulio de Oliveira on "Face the Nation," December 12, 2021
The following is a full transcript of an interview with Tulio de Oliveira, director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation in South Africa, that aired Sunday, December 12, 2021, on "Face the Nation."