"Defund the police" is a "snappy" slogan—but not an effective one for campaigners seeking to reach a wider audience, Barack Obama says. The former president told Snapchat political show Good Luck America Wednesday that the slogan is polarizing and won't help advocates get the reforms they want, Politico reports....
Police body camera video shows some circumstances around the shooting and wounding of a Black man in St. Paul, Minnesota. The police chief fired the officer a few days later, saying the officers action were not reasonable or necessary. (Dec. 2)
Elliot Page, the actress formerly known as Ellen Page, has come out as transgender. On Tuesday, the Oscar-nominated star revealed they are transgender and identify as non-binary. Non-binary is a term used to describe a person whose gender identity is neither man nor woman. Page said their pronouns are "he" and "they." "I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self."
A prominent law enforcement training group is promoting a lengthy research document riddled with falsehoods and conspiracies that urges local police to treat Black Lives Matter activists as terrorists plotting a violent revolution
‘Umbrella Academy’ Star Elliot Page Shares Transgender Identity . The Oscar-nominated star of 'Juno' and 'The Umbrella Academy' took to social media to announce that he is transgender. Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot, Elliot Page, via Instagram. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self, Elliot Page, via Instagram. I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive, Elliot Page, via Instagram. To all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better, Elliot Page, via Instagram. Page also identifies as non-binary. All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are. We celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page today, Nick Adams, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Media, via statement
The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted on Tuesday. The vote was to recommend vaccines for healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents. The CDC believes they should receive a coronavirus vaccine first, says Business Insider. Vaccinating healthcare workers first would allow them to continue to respond to the pandemic. Those living in nursing homes and assisted living have experienced high rates of COVID-19. ACIP's recommendation will help decide who gets the first doses of a vaccine once it is authorized.
A former Arizona elected official and adoption lawyer has been sentenced to six years in prison in Arkansas for what prosecutors say was a scheme that involved smuggling dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands into US states to give birth, reports the Washington Post . Paul Petersen, 45, "subverted...
For the 88th year, the Rockefeller Center Tree has returned for the holidays. Normally, the public is able to view the tree being lit for the first time, but that won't be the case this year.
Dr. Fauci Says Most Americans Will Have Access to COVID-19 Vaccine by April. On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about COVID-19 during an interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He said that most Americans should have access to a COVID-19 vaccine as early as April 2021. . I would think as we get to April and May that we likely would have, for those who want to get vaccinated, the overwhelming majority of the people that want to get vaccinated, Dr. Fauci, via 'People'. The expected availability is due to the country’s current work to create “about 600 million” vaccine doses. . According to Dr. Fauci, that would be enough for around 300 million people to get vaccinated. . According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 328.2 million people in the U.S. as of 2019. . Hence, everyone that you would imagine that would want to get vaccinated in the country would have a vaccine, Dr. Fauci, via 'People'. Dr. Fauci went on to explain that high-priority people will be the first to gain access to the vaccine in December 2020. . That includes health care providers, essential workers and those considered high risk. . From there, the COVID-19 vaccine would gradually become available to others. . And as we get into January, the next tier. And February, then March. By the time we get to April, we would likely have taken care of all the high priority and then the general population … can walk into a CVS or to a Walgreens and get vaccinated, Dr. Fauci, via 'People'
A Democratic congressional candidate in Iowa who trailed by six votes after a recount says she will forgo further legal challenges in the state and appeal directly to the U.S. House of Representatives for further review
Gov. Gavin Newsom caught flak for dining at the esteemed French Laundry in November. He wasn't the only high-profile California Democrat to make that choice last month. The Chronicle reports San Francisco Mayor London Breed ate at the three-star Michelin restaurant in Yountville the night after Newsom did as part...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reiterated that a 14-day quarantine is best for anyone who's had exposure to COVID-19—but it also offered "two acceptable alternatives." CNBC reports the CDC's Dr. Henry Walke outlined the two other options: Quarantine can cease after 10 days if no...
The Washing Post is reporting that on Monday top Democrats approached the GOP's Mitch Connell with a secretive COVID-19 stimulus bill proposal. According to Business Insider the move came just before lawmakers unveiled a bipartisan $908 billion proposal. The new stimulus moderately increases proposed GOP spending. Speaker Pelosi said that the "private" proposal was also sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. On Tuesday, McConnell appeared to settle on a version close to the GOP's original demands for a small stimulus bill.
Discovery is joining the increasingly crowded streaming fray with its own reality-focused service Discovery Plus that will include shows from the Food Network, HGTV, TLC
Lewis Hamilton Tests Positive for COVID-19. Lewis Hamilton, a well-known name in Formula One auto racing, has tested positive for COVID-19. . According to a statement from Hamilton, he woke up Monday morning with mild COVID-19 symptoms. . Although he tested negative three times the previous week, Hamilton requested another COVID-19 test, which came back positive. . In a statement to Instagram, Hamilton said he was “devastated” to have tested positive. . He claimed that he and his team had been taking “all the precautions.” . Since we started the season in June, my team and I have been taking all the precautions we possibly can and following the regulations everywhere we’ve been in order to stay safe. , Lewis Hamilton, via Instagram. Hamilton went on to say that he had “immediately” entered self-isolation where he will stay for 10 days. . I’m gutted not to be able to race this weekend but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice to protect others. , Lewis Hamilton, via Instagram. Hamilton will miss the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix. . If he fails to test negative following his self-isolation, he will also miss the following week’s season finale in Abu Dhabi
Auris Medical skyrocketed as high as 480% on Tuesday. The surge followed the announcement that its nasal spray, AM-301, could potentially protect against the coronavirus. Business Insider reports that the clinical-stage company tested its spray using human nasal cells in a laboratory setting. Researchers found that cells treated with AM-301 right before inoculation of the coronavirus saw effective protection. In cells treated with the spray, the amount of coronavirus was 90% lower than control groups 48 hours after infection. Shares of the Bermuda-based company are trading at over $5 per share, after closing at just $1.1 on Monday.
President Trump returned to his beef with social media companies and what he perceives as their bias against conservatives on Tuesday night. The president took to Twitter to rail against a legal protection that Twitter and other social media companies currently enjoy. He wants to see it gone—and indicated...
Company Hiring Continues to Slow, Hits Lowest Rate Since Summer. Reports released by payroll company ADP reveal a November private payroll growth of 307,000 jobs. The number represents a decline of nearly 100,000 private payroll jobs from October's addition of 404,000. Job growth remained positive across all industries and sizes [...] While November saw employment gains, the pace continues to slow, Ahu Yildirmaz, ADP Research Institute, via CNBC. Wall Street economists had projected a November private payroll growth of at least 475,000 jobs. The November job gains are the smallest since July, when 216,000 private sector jobs were added to the economy. Hospitality jobs made the biggest impact, adding 95,000 in November. Health services and education also made significant additions, with 69,000 jobs that were mostly related to health service
The U.S. envoy who brokered the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban says the two sides have overcome a three-month impasse and agreed on rules and procedures for the negotiations
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock says hospitals are ready to receive the new coronavirus vaccine and other modes of distribution are being set up. Britain approved the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for emergency use on Wednesday. (Dec. 2)