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Rep. Gregory Meeks won the approval of his Democratic colleagues Thursday to become the first Black American to chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one of the most powerful panels on Capitol Hill. “We've got to make sure that we get the State Department up and running,” Meeks, D-N.Y., told NBC News. He said the first thing the committee would do is work with expected incoming secretary of state, Tony Blinken. “How can you assure our diplomats that this won't happen again if we don't look into what did happen?” Meeks said, adding that included looking into the actions of the Trump administration and specifically Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Departing chair Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., also extended his congratulations.
Persons: Gregory Meeks, “ We've, ” Meeks, Tony Blinken, Meeks, Trump, Mike Pompeo, , Joaquin Castro, Castro, Eliot Engel Organizations: Democratic, Foreign Affairs Committee, State Department, NBC News, Democratic Party, Texas Rep, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S . State Department Locations: American, United States of America
Sen. Marco Rubio told Ocasio-Cortez to "work more, tweet less." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and GOP Sen. Marco Rubio duked it out on Twitter on Thursday. NBC News also reported that Trump and Kushner real estate properties received over 25 PPP loans worth more than $3.65 million. Sen. Marco Rubio replied and quote-tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, saying, "Working together R's & D's helped save the jobs of 55 million Americans through PPP. A new $908 billion compromise stimulus bill is gaining traction with congressional leaders — the bill lacks additional stimulus checks for Americans.
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President Donald Trump is considering preemptively pardoning as many as 20 close associates before he leaves office in January, Politico reported on Thursday. President Donald Trump is weighing issuing preemptive pardons to as many as 20 close associates, Politico reported on Thursday. Trump has expressed particular concern about a pair of fraud investigations that the New York attorney general's office and the Manhattan district attorney's office are conducting. Trump is likely more concerned about the New York investigations because while the president's pardon power is extraordinarily broad, it does not apply to state-level or local offenses. Both investigations — one civil and one criminal — are focused on the Trump family's business dealings, the Trump Organization, and the president's personal finances.
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Kyle Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old charged with killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the shooting of Jacob Blake — will stand trial on charges of felony homicide and other crimes, a court commissioner ruled Thursday. Rittenhouse also faces charges of possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18 and felony attempted homicide for injuring a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, was released on $2 million bond last month, money mostly raised by conservatives through a legal defense fund. Kyle Rittenhouse, left, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 25, 2020, with another armed civilian. Rittenhouse opened fire, killing Huber and injuring Grosskreutz, who had a handgun.
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Flames spread from a house to nearby vegetation, touching off a massive, wind-whipped wildfire that burned out of control Thursday in Southern California, authorities said. Bruce McDougal watches embers fly over his property as the Bond Fire burns through the Silverado community in Orange County, Calif., on Dec. 3, 2020. "With the high winds at the time (and) continuing through the weekend, this is going to be an ongoing campaign fire." The Bond Fire prompted Orange County Sheriff's deputies to order evacuations of hillside communities neighboring Silverado Canyon. An estimated 25,000 residents were evacuated from the area by Thursday afternoon, according to Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.
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“We have never done anything like this,” Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky said, speaking of the logistics of reaching billions of people with potential vaccines. Lester Holt interviews executives from Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, Moderna President Dr. Stephen Hoge and Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky. FDA scientists are also reviewing data on another vaccine candidate made by Moderna, and a third candidate from Johnson & Johnson is in a late-stage trial. The three executives said many factors contributed to making the vaccine candidates possible on timelines never before imagined. He said the standards of quality for the vaccine trials weren’t compromised.
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WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence shows that China has conducted "human testing" on members of the People's Liberation Army in hopes of developing soldiers with "biologically enhanced capabilities," the nation's top intelligence official said Friday. Specifically, the scholars explored Chinese research using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, short for "clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats." "Chinese military scientists and strategists have consistently emphasized that biotechnology could become a 'new strategic commanding heights of the future Revolution in Military Affairs,'" the scholars wrote, quoting a 2015 article in a military newspaper. The overall message of Ratcliffe's opinion piece is that China is a dangerous adversary that threatens American economic and national security. In an interview with Fox News, Ratcliffe urged President-elect Joe Biden to "be honest" about China.
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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are growing optimistic about a coronavirus relief deal, as party leaders converged Thursday on a price tag after months of stalemate gave way to meaningful negotiations. But lingering policy disputes remain and leaders still hope to combine the Covid-19 relief into a government funding bill by the Dec. 11 deadline to avert a shutdown. A breakthrough came Wednesday when Pelosi and Schumer backed a $908 billion bipartisan measure as the basis for negotiations, lending support for a reduced price tag more palatable to Republicans than Democrats' previous $2.2 trillion offer. McConnell has insisted on liability protections for businesses and organizations from Covid-related lawsuits, which Democrats are resisting. "There are issues — in particular, the size of state aid, and the liability relief," he told reporters on Thursday.
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A Senate committee advanced legislation on Thursday that would jumpstart the establishment of the long-awaited National Museum of the American Latino. The last of its museums to open was The National Museum of African American History and Culture, established by Congress in 2003 and open to the public in 2016. Longoria noted she is a ninth generation Texan, and stressed the importance of having a record of Latinos' contributions throughout the nation's history. Muñoz helped spearhead the initial effort to create the institution as chairman of the Commission to study the Creation of the National Museum of the American Latino. In 2003, community, business and congressional leaders began working with advocates like the non-profit Friends of the American Latino Museum, to push for its creation.
Persons: Donald Trump's, , , Sen, Bob Menendez, Estuardo Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Maria Teresa Kumar, John Cornyn, Cornyn, Eva Longoria, Longoria, Henry Muñoz III, Momento, Muñoz, ” Muñoz Organizations: Museum of, NBC, American Latino Museum, Smithsonian, National Zoo, U.S, National Museum of, Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Commission, National Latino Museum, Facebook, Twitter Locations: U.S, United States, Texas, America
Gavin Newsom introduced a new regional stay-at-home order Thursday, days after he said most of the state's intensive care beds could be over capacity within weeks as coronavirus case numbers surge. To slow the surge of #COVID19 and save lives, CA is introducing a Regional Stay-At-Home Order. Regions where ICU capacity⁰fall below 15% will be placed into this Stay-at-Home Order ⁰for 3 weeks. Over the last two weeks, California has had one of the most significant surges in new cases in the country, according to an NBC News analysis. Nearly 10,000 people are in hospitals, more than 2,100 of them in intensive care beds, according to the data.
Persons: Gavin Newsom, — Gavin Newsom, Newsom, haven't Organizations: Regions, NBC Locations: California, San Francisco Bay
Democrats picked Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Thursday to lead their campaign organization into the 2022 elections. Maloney, who in 2013 became the first openly gay member of Congress from New York, will now become the first LGBTQ person to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which helps to recruit House candidates, raise money and provide campaign guidance. “Now, it’s time for House Democrats to unite and go forward together. Cardenas, 57, is a four-term House lawmaker who has led Bold Pac, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The 2022 election looms as a difficult one for House Democrats.
Persons: Sean Patrick Maloney, Maloney, “ I’m, ” Maloney, ” Alphonso David, , ” David, Mondaire Jones, Ritchie Torres, Tony Cardenas, Cardenas, Cheri Bustos, , Joe Biden Organizations: Democratic Congressional, Committee, Twitter, House Democrats, Human Rights, Senate, Black Democrats, Trump, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Republican, Progressives, GOP, Democratic, NBC, Facebook Locations: New York, New, Hudson Valley, Tony Cardenas of California, Cheri Bustos of, South Florida
Even 25 years after her death, the life and musical legacy of the Grammy-winning Tejana singer Selena Quintanilla remains influential and relevant. A widely anticipated Netflix show “Selena: The Series,” which premieres Friday, seeks to amplify the life of the beloved Queen of Tejano, beyond just her musical journey. Christian Serratos, known for her role as Rosita Espinosa in AMC's "The Walking Dead," plays Selena in the series. To prepare for the role of Abraham, Chavira said that understanding the experiences of his own Mexican American father were crucial. “I had this very strong social awareness of the way that Mexican Americans have been received the last four years and how that has changed based on the political climate,” said Gonzalez, who is Mexican American.
Persons: Selena Quintanilla, Selena, Christian Serratos, Rosita Espinosa, Ven Conmigo ”, It's, Selena didn't, , Seidy Lopez, Marcella, Selena's, , ” Seidy Lopez, Marcella Quintanilla, Ricardo Chavira, Abraham Quintanilla, Abraham, ” Chavira, Gabriel Chavarria, Selena’s, A.B, Quintanilla, “ Abraham, ” Chavarria, Chavira, ” Noemi Gonzalez, Suzette, Los, ” Gonzalez, Deborah, Gregory Nava’s, Jennifer Lopez, Gonzalez Organizations: Netflix, NBC News, Tejano, Como La, Q Productions, Los Dinos, , El, USC, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Mexican, South Texas, AMC's, Lake Jackson , Texas, American, Mexico, Como La Flor, Mexican American, El Paso
“Just like the Rose Garden, the virus won’t touch the powerful,” one State Department official said sarcastically, referencing the White House event that became a super-spreader. Pompeo himself will host holiday parties on December 15 and 16, an official confirmed. The Washington Post first reported on Pompeo’s plans to invite hundreds to holiday parties. The State Department did not answer questions about how guests could consume the government-provided food and cocktails while wearing masks. The White House will host as many as 20 receptions in the next few weeks before Christmas.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, , it’s, Trump’s, Pompeo, Joe Biden’s, Biden, “ Multilateralism, that’s, ” Pompeo, Trump, Dr, Anthony Fauci, MSNBC’s “ Andrea Mitchell, , Stephanie Grisham Organizations: WASHINGTON, State, White, Blair House, NBC News, State Department, America, NBC, Department, Washington Post, , Fox, U.N, The State Department, Naval Observatory Locations: United States of America
A volunteer was bitten and seriously injured by a tiger Thursday morning at Big Cat Rescue, the Florida animal sanctuary run by Carole Baskin. Volunteer Candy Couser smiles before feeding big cats at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue sanctuary near Tampa, Fla. in 2018. Big Cat Rescue via APAn ambulance arrived within 15 to 20 minutes of the accident, according to the facility. Couser was rushed to the hospital and was conscious when she arrived, according to Big Cat Rescue. Baskin, an outspoken animal rights activist, founded Big Cat Rescue in November 1992.
Persons: Carole Baskin, Candy Couser, Kimba, Carole Baskin's, Couser, Carole, Baskin Organizations: Netflix, Fire, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Locations: Florida, Tampa , Fla, Hillsborough
SKIP AHEAD Best Wi-Fi routersHowever, not all Wi-Fi routers are born equal. Should I buy my own Wi-Fi router? Best Wi-Fi routers at every price pointIt's easy to get lost in all the specs and features that Wi-Fi routers list and boast. Asus’ feature set and excellent settings interface (not to mention its higher Wi-Fi 6 speeds) make it a great choice if you have more to spend and want one of the best Wi-Fi routers available today. For the past few years, the fastest Wi-Fi routers on the market used a standard called "802.11ac," or "Wireless AC."
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Americans were warned that the nation’s explosive rise in coronavirus cases this fall made traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday unsafe. But they traveled anyway, and new data suggests they might not have practiced social distancing while doing so. According to an NBC News analysis of cellphone location data provided by the analytics and marketing company Cuebiq, Americans in more than 1,900 counties saw increased rates of closeness during Thanksgiving travel, compared to the previous week. Cuebiq has analyzed detailed location data from more than 15 million mobile devices in the contiguous U.S. since March to determine how often people lingered within 50 feet of someone else for at least five minutes while outside of their homes. From Nov. 22 to Nov. 28, each day saw a rise in the number of counties where people increased their closeness level compared to the week earlier.
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WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog agency has found "a substantial likelihood of wrongdoing" by Trump administration appointees who oversee the Voice of America and other U.S.-funded media outlets. NBC News obtained one of the letters, which was signed by Karen Tanenbaum, an attorney in the retaliation and disclosure unit of the Office of Special Counsel. Pack and USAGM have 60 days to report back to the Office of Special Counsel. Seide said he hoped the finding by the Office of Special Counsel will "have a deterrent effect because it goes a long way to holding individuals accountable." The other foreign-language services are in part designed to provide quality, independent journalism in countries that lack a free press.
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And human rights advocates like Silva say that more than 114,000 Spaniards have disappeared since the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. And human rights organizations are calling on the government to officially recognize the disappeared as victims and create a record of truth. “The Spanish government has a debt, and we are the ones who are really maintaining a relationship with the families of the victims,” Silva said. It wants human rights organizations to act as go-betweens. The Argentine judge used the legal principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows a country to investigate and prosecute human rights crimes that happened in other countries.
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This moment mirrors what Hong Khaou, who wrote and directed the British film, felt when he went back to Vietnam for the first time. Khaou is Cambodian, but his first memories are of Vietnam, where he lived for the first eight years of his life. And most of it is rooted in trauma from the war, which is what Khaou wanted to avoid for his film. I really didn't want to do that.”That’s also why there are no white characters in “Monsoon.”It’s personal for the director. “Recently, there's been a lot of really big, successful films that are talking about gay characters who carry the trauma ... of gay characters.
Persons: Kit, Henry Golding, Rich, Khaou, , ” Khaou, , ” That’s, Pol Pot, didn’t, Golding, Henry, he's, Lewis, Parker Sawyers, Barack Obama, wasn’t, there's, it’s Organizations: NBC Asian, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Chi Minh, British, Vietnam, Saigon, NBC Asian America, England, American, Cambodia, Khmer, West, , America
Angelina Friedman, a 102-year-old New York woman who lived through the 1918 flu pandemic and survived cancer, has now beat the coronavirus — twice, her daughter says. Her daughter, Joanne Merola, said that the diagnosis came as a surprise because her mother wasn't sick. The worst symptom she had was a fever that lasted maybe 10 days," Merola said in a phone interview Thursday. North Westchester Restorative Therapy & Nursing CenterFriedman spent a week in the hospital before she returned to North Westchester Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center to recover. "My mom has been through so much in her life," Merola said, offering some advice: "You just can't give up.
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President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next month will most likely look nothing like that, nor any other in recent memory, thanks to a once-in-a-century pandemic and Trump, who does not want to give up power and plans to skip his successor’s swearing-in. Biden’s inaugural team, announced this week, has so far declined to divulge much about their plans for Jan. 20. We have very few ceremonial events intended to unite the country, and a president’s inaugural is one of them." John Adams and John Quincy Adams also declined to attend their successors’ swearing-in, though their motives are not clear. “I think there is a big role for President Trump.
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said Lori Tremmel Freeman, who heads the National Association of County and City Health Officials. When it does come, state and local officials will be charged with implementing it. While the Trump administration invested billions to help develop vaccines, it largely left distribution logistics — including the specifics of who stands where in line — to state and local officials. It remains unclear exactly how prepared state officials are for that challenge. A review of these public state plans reveal varying levels of detail.
Persons: Lori Tremmel Freeman, Trump, Johns Hopkins, Jewel Mullen, Eduardo Sanchez, Mullen, Seth Wenig, Bill Gates, Eric Toner, Tremmel Freeman, Toner, Josh Michaud, Mark Lauritsen, Paul Shearon, Organizations: National Association of County, City Health, Centers for Disease Control, CDC, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dell Medical, University of Texas, NBC, American Heart Association, CNN, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, White, NBC News, comorbidities, Kaiser Family Foundation, American Diabetes Association, United Food, Commercial Workers Union, International Federation of Professional, Technical Engineers, NASA, Trump Locations: America, , Austin, Texas, Paterson , N.J, Nebraska, Florida, Mississippi
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will spend Thursday receiving the presidential daily briefing and meeting with transition team advisers. Harris announced more senior staff appointments Thursday, including her chief of staff, Hartina Flournoy, who has served as former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants California’s secretary of state, Alex Padilla, to replace Kamala Harris in the Senate next year. Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate Wednesday by Vice President Mike Pence, giving Democrats a key pickup in the battleground state of Arizona. President Donald Trump has no public events on his schedule.
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The data, released Thursday by the Department of Labor, beat economists' expectations of 780,000 claims. In the prior week, total claims had ticked up sharply to a newly revised 787,000. Providing for childcare and virtual schooling needs was widely cited as a significant and growing issue for the workforce, especially for women," according to the report, released Wednesday afternoon. On Monday, the Government Accountability Office said the Department of Labor has been miscounting and underpaying people receiving unemployment benefits from emergency pandemic programs. Focus now turns to Friday's monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the first jobs report since Biden won the White House.
Persons: Robert Redfield, , Janet Yellen, Joe Biden's, Elise Gould, Josh Bivens, AnnElizabeth Konkel, Biden Organizations: Department of Labor, for Disease Control, United, Federal, Office, Bureau of Labor Statistics, White Locations: United States, U.S, Covid
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will temporarily draw down staff from the American Embassy in Baghdad as the fast-approaching anniversary of the U.S. strike on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani brings concerns of retaliation, two U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The State Department did not confirm the reduction, telling NBC News that the department does not comment on the details of staffing adjustments. His death prompted outrage in Iran, which retaliated with strikes against U.S. troops in Iraq. American troops left in 2011, but they returned in 2014 after the Islamic State militant group overran large parts of the country. In May 2019, after a series of rocket attacks were launched toward the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, the State Department ordered the departure of "nonemergency" personnel from Iraq.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Trump, Qassem Soleimani, Matthew Tueller, Soleimani, Ahmed Al, Sahaf, Saddam Hussein's, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Ameer Al Mohammedaw, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Mohammad Javad Zarif Organizations: American Embassy, NBC News, The Washington Post, The State Department, State Department, U.S, Embassy, Quds Force, Iraqi Foreign Ministry, State, Consulate, NBC, White, Iran, K1 Air, Getty Locations: Baghdad, U.S, Iraq, Iran, The U.S, Basra, Iranian, United States, Kirkuk, Israel
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