Tracking Viral Misinformation
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Daily Distortions Tracking Viral Misinformation Every day, Times reporters will chronicle and debunk false and misleading information that is going viral online. The company previously removed misinformation about the polio vaccine in Pakistan, as well as misinformation on the measles vaccine in Samoa during outbreaks of the illnesses. or Department of Justice, this is the biggest thing you could be looking at,” Mr. Trump said. found no evidence of widespread election fraud, Trump posts video filled with falsehoods. In fact, the article Mr. Trump shared was based on a fake Twitter account that posed as his sister.


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ET Transition Live Updates: Biden to Speak on ‘Stalling’ Economy Amid Sluggish Job Growth President-elect Joe Biden is urging Congress to quickly pass another virus relief plan as leaders of both parties work toward a compromise. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has issued repeated calls for lawmakers to find agreement on a compromise coronavirus stimulus proposal. During his remarks, which he will deliver in Delaware, Mr. Biden is expected to renew calls for Congress to quickly pass another round of virus relief. Congress and President Trump must get a deal done for the American people. The American economic recovery continues to slow, stranding millions who have yet to find a new job after being thrown out of work by the coronavirus pandemic.


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2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVANBiden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have surged past 2,000 for two days in a row as the most dangerous season of the year approached, taxing an overwhelmed healthcare system with U.S. political leadership in disarray. “The mortality concerns are real and I do think unfortunately before we see February, we could be close to 450,000 Americans that have died from this virus,” Redfield said. The U.S. death toll since the start of the pandemic stands at around 273,000. “There’s no end in sight because there’s so much community spread,” Adalja said, warning that the pandemic could force hospital closures. Britain on Wednesday gave emergency approval to Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine, a sign that U.S. regulators may soon follow suit and allow inoculations within weeks.


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Lawmakers enacted $3 trillion in aid earlier this year but have not been able to agree on fresh relief since the spring. “The situation requires urgent action,” President-elect Joe Biden in a statement that called on the Trump administration and Congress to reach agreement on coronavirus relief. But it is unclear whether McConnell would agree to such a large package after pushing to keep COVID-19 relief spending near the $500 billion mark. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, declined to comment on whether the $908 billion bipartisan proposal was too expansive. He said Trump wanted to see a “targeted” coronavirus relief bill.


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And they need more to come early next year,” said Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20. A government report on Friday showed the labor market slowing in November as the COVID-19 pandemic eclipsed its levels of the spring. Congress is going to need to act again in January,” Biden told reporters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. PRESSURE FOR DIVERSITYBiden, who earlier this week unveiled his economic team, faces intensifying pressure from congressional allies and advocacy groups to make ethnically diverse picks for the remaining slots in his administration. Transition spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Biden would announce more positions early next week, including members of his public health team.


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More than 270,000 people in the United States have died of COVID-19, which is resurgent across the country. The United States leads the world in the number of infections as well as the number of deaths reported every day. “I don’t want you to give up hope,” Biden told the workers. ‘VIOLENT RHETORIC’On Wednesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Biden was headed for victory after the state’s second recount and criticized Trump for fomenting false claims. Biden told the New York Times in an interview on Tuesday evening that he would try to help resolve the standoff in Congress over the coronavirus aid.


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State and federal election officials have repeatedly said there is no such evidence. At a White House holiday reception on Tuesday night, Trump appeared to acknowledge that those efforts could fail, and in that case he would run again. On Wednesday, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Biden was headed for victory after the state’s second recount, and sharply criticized Trump for fomenting false claims. On Wednesday, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will receive national security briefings from government officials, after a delay of several weeks. The United States leads the world in the number of infections as well as the number of deaths reported every day.


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The United States leads the world in the number of daily infections as well as the number of deaths reported. Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that Congress should include fresh coronavirus stimulus in a must-pass $1.4 trillion spending bill aimed at heading off a government shutdown. State and federal election officials have repeatedly said there is no evidence of widespread fraud. Election officials in several states say they have been subjected to harassment and threats. But everything we’re seeing right now, there’s not a path,” said Gabriel Sterling, a Republican who manages the state’s voting systems.


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REUTERS/Leah Millis“People have lost faith in the ability of the vaccine to work,” Biden told CNN in an interview that aired on Thursday. In the interview, Biden said he asked Fauci to stay on as a chief medical adviser. U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have surged past 2,000 for two days in a row as the most dangerous season of the year approaches. CORONAVIRUS TEAMIn the CNN interview, Biden said that as president, he will order masks to be worn in federal buildings and transportation hubs. Biden’s remarks on taking a vaccine after three former presidents - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama - said they would publicly get the coronavirus vaccine as a way to demonstrate its safety.


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(Reuters) - Wall Street’s main indexes lost their momentum on Wednesday as investor sentiment was divided between optimism stemming from a potential coronavirus fiscal package and COVID-19 vaccine breakthroughs and a bleak private jobs report. FILE PHOTO: The U.S. flag is seen on a building on Wall St. in the financial district in New York, U.S., November 24, 2020. Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine got the green light for use in Britain, the first Western country to approve a shot for COVID-19. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 25.57 points or 0.09% to 29,798.35 and the S&P 500 gained 0.81 points or 0.02% to 3,663.25. The S&P 500 posted 13 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 91 new highs and nine new lows.


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(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said Friday’s “grim” jobs report shows the economic recovery is stalling and warned the “dark winter” ahead would exacerbate the pain unless the U.S. Congress passes a coronavirus relief bill immediately. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gestures to reporters as he departs after announcing members of his economic policy team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 1, 2020. Earlier this week, he unveiled his economic team, led by his nominee for Treasury secretary, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Transition spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Biden would announce more positions early next week, including members of his public health team. Trump, a Republican who has still refused to concede to Biden, is scheduled to headline a rally with Perdue and Loeffler on Saturday.


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SEE NEW POSTSU.N. chief pans countries who ignored Covid facts, WHO guidance UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday decried countries — without naming names — who rejected the facts about the coronavirus pandemic and ignored guidance from the World Health Organization. And in some situations, there was a rejection of facts and an ignoring of the guidance. And when countries go in their own direction, the virus goes in every direction," he said. Several large companies, including Walmart, have recently come under fire for not resuming those payments as coronavirus cases and holiday demand surge. The alert comes in the wake of news that the U.K. has approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, to be first administered this month, and the U.S. is likely to follow suit soon.


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WILMINGTON, Del./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has selected two former Obama administration officials to senior roles to help fight COVID-19, including the appointment of Jeff Zients as White House coronavirus coordinator, Politico reported on Thursday. It likely will be the first of a series of normal type of transition undertaking,” Fauci told MSNBC. A Biden transition official confirmed the meeting. Fauci told MSNBC he expected to stay on in his current role under the Biden administration. U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have surged past 2,000 for two days in a row as the most dangerous season of the year approaches.


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While is applies to companies from any country, the legislation’s sponsors intended it to target Chinese companies listed in the United States, such as Alibaba, tech firm Pinduoduo Inc and oil giant PetroChina Co Ltd.. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said before the vote that it was a discriminatory policy that politically oppresses Chinese firms. Shaun Wu, a Hong Kong-based partner at law firm Paul Hastings, said increased enforcement against Chinese companies was likely even though Democrat Joe Biden will become president in January. He said if the bill becomes law, “all Chinese companies listed in the U.S. will face enhanced scrutiny by the U.S. authorities and inevitably consider all available options.”This could include listing in Hong Kong or elsewhere, he said. Several U.S.-listed Chinese firms, including Alibaba and KFC China operator Yum China, have recently carried out secondary listings in Hong Kong.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. leaders urgently called on Americans to wear masks and threatened even more drastic stay-at-home orders after deaths from the coronavirus set a single-day record, with two people dying every minute. Fauci said he has accepted Biden’s offer to be his chief medical adviser, as well as keep his current position. Washington University’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) now projects 538,893 COVID-19 deaths by April 1, nearly double the current death toll since the pandemic began. State and local authorities across the country have ordered a wide range of limitations on social and economic life. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Thursday she may extend a three-week “pause” on some private and economic activities.


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(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday he would publicly take a coronavirus vaccine to demonstrate its safety to the public and pledged to retain the nation’s top adviser on the pandemic, Anthony Fauci, when he takes office next month. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo“People have lost faith in the ability of the vaccine to work,” Biden told CNN in an interview set to air later on Thursday. U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have surged past 2,000 for two days in a row as the most dangerous season of the year approaches. CORONAVIRUS TEAMBiden’s remarks to CNN came after three former presidents - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama - said they would publicly get the coronavirus vaccine as a way to demonstrate its safety. As part of his response effort, Biden will tap former Obama administration official Jeffrey Zients as his White House coronavirus coordinator, a Biden ally told Reuters.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan, $908 billion coronavirus aid plan gained momentum in the U.S. Congress on Thursday as conservative lawmakers expressed their support and Senate and House of Representatives leaders huddled. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses across the United States, on Wednesday had warm words for the $908 billion bill. Senator Lindsey Graham added: “The $908 (billion) bill, that’s the one I support.”Earlier on Thursday, Trump said he thought negotiators were “getting very close” to a deal, but he did not elaborate. Congress is working on a $1.4 trillion funding bill to avert agency shutdowns in mid-December and leaders hope to attach a coronavirus aid bill to that must-do measure -- if only they can reach a deal. But this week, Pelosi and Schumer said the bipartisan, $908 billion aid bill should be the basis of new negotiations.


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REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File PhotoThe United States has about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said nearly all U.S. forces would leave Somalia, although some would remain in Mogadishu. Another U.S. official said the U.S. presence in Somalia was a point of contention between Trump and his former defense secretary, Mark Esper, who Trump fired last month. According to the official, Trump pushed for a drawdown citing a wish by Kenya “to police their own neighborhood,” but Esper resisted. The U.S. defense official said the withdrawal was ordered to be completed by Jan. 15 -- the same deadlines for drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday will meet with American workers and business owners hit by COVID-19 as he prepares to confront the pandemic that has taken a heavy human and economic toll when he takes office next month. One potential bright spot: Top U.S. health officials say they plan to begin vaccinating Americans against the disease as soon as mid-December. Biden is due to hold a socially distanced discussion with workers and small-business owners who have suffered during the economic upheaval brought on by the pandemic. A top election official in Georgia implored Trump to tell his followers that he lost fair and square to avoid violence. The nation’s top law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the Justice Department has found no evidence of widespread fraud.


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The worst symptom she had was a fever that lasted maybe 10 days," Merola said in a phone interview Thursday. This payout will be the fourth since the pandemic began, following bonus distribution in April, June and August. Several large companies, including Walmart, have recently come under fire for not resuming those payments as coronavirus cases and holiday demand surge. “The COVID-19 pandemic will bring some changes to this year's holiday season,” according to a notice dated November 25. The alert comes in the wake of news that the U.K. has approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, to be first administered this month, and the U.S. is likely to follow suit soon.


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FILE PHOTO: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. That could stymie Democratic priorities on a number of issues at the FCC, including moving to restore the 2015 net neutrality rules overturned by the Trump FCC in 2017. Simington was approved along party lines by a 14-12 vote by the Commerce Committee on Wednesday over the objections of Democrats. President Donald Trump has railed against social media companies and demanded repeal of a social media protection known as Section 230 that is part of a 1996 law. Trump in May directed the Commerce Department to file a petition with the FCC seeking to curb legal protections for social media companies.


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FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. “Both political parties have some real apprehension and concern about whether trade is appropriate, whether it can be undertaken fairly,” Campbell told the Atlantic Council think tank. Campbell said the United States needed to do a better job of “retraining, refashioning jobs and economies that are affected by global trade” as too many workers have been left behind by trade deals. Campbell is seen as the author of the Obama’s administration’s “pivot to Asia,” a much vaunted but still limited U.S. rebalancing to the region. “The United States has to be in the game on those issues.


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Zients appears to be the front-runner for the job, which could be announced as soon as next week, the Biden ally said. Vivek Murthy, the former U.S. surgeon general who has been one of Biden’s top coronavirus advisers, is also thought to be in the running. Biden’s transition team declined to comment or make Zients available for an interview. Zients, one of several co-chairs of the transition announced in the autumn, also served as one of the Biden campaign’s major fundraisers. Antony Blinken and Alejandro Mayorkas, now Biden’s nominees for secretary of state and homeland security chief, respectively, were among the guests at the party.


Persons: Barack Obama, Jeff Zients, Larry Downing, Joe Biden, coronavirus, Ron Klain, Biden’s, Obama, Zients, Biden, Vivek Murthy, Donald Trump’s, Mike Pence, “ Zients, , Jeff Hauser, , Bernie Sanders, Mary, Antony Blinken, Alejandro Mayorkas Organizations: White, REUTERS, Biden, Trump, Democratic, U.S . Department of Health, Human Services, Defense, Health, Homeland Security, Management, National Economic Council, Cranemere, Facebook, Obama Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Washington, United States, U.S, Jan, America, Cranemere

The nation’s founders saw the pardon power as a way to show mercy and serve the public good. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File PhotoCOULD TRUMP PARDON HIS CHILDREN AND INNER CIRCLE? It is legal for Trump to pardon his inner circle, including members of his family. CAN TRUMP PARDON HIMSELF? Trump could try to pardon himself preemptively to cover the possibility of prosecution after he leaves office.


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SEE NEW POSTSBiden asks Fauci to stay on, will call on Americans to wear masks for 100 days President-elect Biden said Thursday that he asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to stay in his current role, and to also serve as a chief medical adviser. Fauci had told NBC News on Thursday he would stay in his current role and work closely with the new administration. Biden, in an interview with CNN, said that he’d be “happy” to get publicly vaccinated conditional on Fauci saying that it is safe. He also said that when inaugurated he will ask Americans to wear a mask for 100 days. The protesters, some of whom weren’t wearing masks, blocked traffic and demanded the business reopen as deputies stood outside the tavern.


Persons: Biden, Fauci, Anthony Fauci, Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, Pence, Mike Pence, Alex Azar, Robert Redfield, Bill Lee, Frederick Smith, Raj Subramaniam, Azar, “ We've, Redfield, Rebecca Hankins, Joe Biden's, , Jeff Zients, who’s, Andrea Mitchell, Jimmy Carter, Carter, Rosalynn, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Rosalynn Carter, of Georgia, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, — Gavin Newsom, Austin, Steve Adler, Austinites, Adler, Airbnb, Andy Beshear, Dr, Jack Roberts, aren’t, ” Roberts, WHAS, Organizations: NBC, CNN, New, New York City Sheriff’s, Gov, New York, Moderna, Pfizer, Food and Drug Association, Walgreens, Health, Human, Centers for Disease Control, Robert Redfield , Tennessee Gov, FedEx, FedEx Corporation, NBC News, Biden, Statewide, Regions, Austin American, Statesman, Kentucky, Maryville Independent Christian Academy of Hope, U.S ., Appeals, Kentucky Gov, Maryville Baptist, WHAS, Supreme Locations: Staten Island, Staten, New York City, NBC New York, Memphis , Tennessee, Robert Redfield , Tennessee, California, San Francisco Bay, Mexico, Austin , Texas, Cabo San Lucas, Kentucky, Covid, Maryville

Here is an overview of Trump’s pardon power, which is sweeping but not absolute. The nation’s founders saw the pardon power as a way to show mercy and serve the public good. COULD TRUMP PARDON HIS CHILDREN AND INNER CIRCLE? It is legal for Trump to pardon his inner circle, including members of his family. CAN TRUMP PARDON HIMSELF?


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SEE NEW POSTSHundreds protest closing of Staten Island bar that refused Covid-19 measures Hundreds of protesters gathered on Wednesday night outside a Staten Island bar that shut down after refusing to follow Covid-19 measures, authorities said. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for enforcing Covid-19 restrictions on indoor dining services, according to the station. Share this -California governor introduces new stay-at-home order amid Covid-19 surge California Gov. Courtesy Holly Wooten McDonald A World War II veteran was discharged from an Alabama hospital days before his 104th birthday after spending nearly a week in the hospital battling Covid-19. But after a six-day stay at Madison Hospital in Madison, Alabama, Wooten recovered and was released on Tuesday.


Persons: Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, Pence, Mike Pence, Alex Azar, Robert Redfield, Bill Lee, Frederick Smith, Raj Subramaniam, Azar, “ We've, Redfield, Rebecca Hankins, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden's, Fauci, , Jeff Zients, who’s, Andrea Mitchell, Jimmy Carter, Carter, Rosalynn, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Rosalynn Carter, of Georgia, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, — Gavin Newsom, Austin, Steve Adler, Austinites, Adler, Airbnb, Andy Beshear, Dr, Jack Roberts, aren’t, ” Roberts, WHAS, , Covid Major Lee Wooten, Holly Wooten McDonald, Covid, Major Lee Wooten, Holly McDonald, Wooten, McDonald, ” McDonald Organizations: New, New York City Sheriff’s, NBC, Gov, New York, Moderna, Pfizer, Food and Drug Association, Walgreens, Health, Human, Centers for Disease Control, Robert Redfield , Tennessee Gov, FedEx, FedEx Corporation, NBC News, Biden, Statewide, Regions, Austin American, Statesman, Kentucky, Maryville Independent Christian Academy of Hope, U.S ., Appeals, Kentucky Gov, Maryville Baptist, WHAS, Supreme, Madison Hospital, Madison Hospital’s Facebook Locations: Staten Island, Staten, New York City, NBC New York, Memphis , Tennessee, Robert Redfield , Tennessee, California, San Francisco Bay, Mexico, Austin , Texas, Cabo San Lucas, Kentucky, Covid, Maryville, Alabama, Paris, Madison , Alabama,

FILE PHOTO - White House senior advisor Brian Deese (L) walks with U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern (R) to attend a meeting during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, France December 10, 2015. “I’m asking Brian Deese to do this job because he’s someone who looks at hard problems and finds solutions that help make life better for American families,” Biden said in a video posted by his transition team. He served as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and the National Economic Council and as a senior climate and energy advisor to Obama. Deese’s work at BlackRock prompted an outcry by several environmental and progressive groups who have criticized the appointee for working for corporate interests and said he was not aggressive enough on climate change. “Along with @JoeBiden and @BarackObama Brian Deese shepherded the rescue of the auto industry.


Persons: Joe Biden, Brian Deese, Barack Obama’s, Todd Stern, Le Bourget, Mandel Ngan, Deese, Biden, I’m, he’s, ” Biden, “ He’ll, ” Deese, Obama, Evan Weber, , , Ed Markey, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio, Jennifer Granholm Organizations: National Economic Council, NEC, White House, U.S ., United Nations, Le, REUTERS, U.S, Management, Budget, BlackRock Inc, BlackRock, Sunrise, White, Democratic, Green New, New York Representative, Cortez . Former Michigan, Twitter Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Paris, France, U.S, Massachusetts, Cortez ., Michigan

(Reuters) - Wall Street stocks were mixed on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq dipping and S&P 500 index climbing as investors weighed upbeat vaccine developments and a potential coronavirus fiscal package with a bleak private jobs report. A rotation into value stocks continued, with the S&P 500 financial index and energy index stocks gaining, while consumer staples dropped over 1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.11% at 29,855.65 points, while the S&P 500 gained 0.14% at 3,667.48. Getting a generous stimulus package through Congress is a top priority, President-elect Joe Biden said in an interview with the New York Times. The S&P 500 posted 14 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 68 new highs and 11 new lows.


Persons: Brendan McDermid, Steny Hoyer, , BioNTech’s, BioNTech, Ross Mayfield, Baird, , ” Mayfield, Joe Biden, Trump, Dow, Slack, decliners Organizations: Reuters, U.S, REUTERS, Republicans, Democrats, Congress, Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, Nasdaq, Dow Jones, New York Times, Salesforce.com Inc, Technologies, NetApp, NYSE Locations: Wall St, New York, U.S, Britain, China

REUTERS/Larry Downing/File PhotoSeven years later, Obama’s vice president, President-elect Joe Biden, is poised to pick Zients to tackle a far more daunting problem as the incoming administration’s coronavirus “czar,” according to a Biden ally familiar with internal discussions. The prominent position is similar to the role Ron Klain, Biden’s soon-to-be chief of staff, played for the Obama administration during the Ebola crisis in 2014. A Biden transition spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on Zients’ or Murthy’s roles. Zients, one of several co-chairs of the transition announced in the autumn, also served as one of the Biden campaign’s major fundraisers. In addition to collecting much-needed money, the event attracted more than 50 former Obama administration officials and helped improve the mood of the campaign, according to a person involved in the gathering.


Persons: Barack Obama, Jeff Zients, Larry Downing, Joe Biden, Zients, coronavirus, Biden, Ron Klain, Biden’s, Obama, Vivek Murthy, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Mike Pence, “ Zients, , Jeff Hauser, , Bernie Sanders, Mary, Antony Blinken, Alejandro Mayorkas Organizations: Affordable, White, REUTERS, Politico, Biden, Trump, Democratic, U.S . Department of Health, Human Services, Defense, HHS, Homeland Security, Management, National Economic Council, Cranemere, Facebook, Obama Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Washington, United States, U.S, Jan, America, Cranemere

FILE PHOTO: The UNESCO logo is seen during the opening of the 39th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at their headquarters in Paris, France, October 30, 2017. The United States left with $542 million in arrears. UNESCO says the budget from member states is now $534.6 million, with a further $189 million coming from extra voluntary budgetary contributions. He went to UNESCO when he was vice president and his wife, Jill, has been involved in past teaching programs. But things may prove complicated given a U.S. law that forbids the United States from funding U.N. bodies that have admitted Palestine as a full member, although a waiver can be sought.


Persons: Philippe Wojazer, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, , , Israel, It’s, Audrey Azoulay, Biden, Jill, “ Biden Organizations: PARIS, United States, UNESCO, United Nations, General Conference of, United Nations Educational, Cultural Organization, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, ” UNESCO, “ UNESCO, Reuters, United, U.S Locations: United, Israel, Paris, France, United States, U.S, European, Timbuktu, Jerusalem, Washington, Palestine

(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday named Brian Deese, who helped lead President Barack Obama’s efforts to bail out the automotive industry and negotiate the Paris climate agreement, as his top economic adviser. FILE PHOTO - White House senior advisor Brian Deese (L) walks with U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern (R) to attend a meeting during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, France December 10, 2015. His appointment signals Biden’s intention to put climate change at the heart of his plans for reviving the U.S. economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deese said he would push for “bold, new actions” needed to combat climate change and address the racial inequities that he said were at the core of the climate crisis. During the Obama administration, Deese served as deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and the National Economic Council, and as a senior climate and energy adviser to the president.


Persons: Joe Biden, Brian Deese, Barack Obama’s, Todd Stern, Le Bourget, Mandel Ngan, ” Biden, Deese, Biden’s, Trump, Larry Kudlow, Obama, Evan Weber, Bill McKibben, McKibben, Ed Markey, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez Organizations: White House, U.S ., United Nations, Le, REUTERS, National Economic Council, United, White, Office of Management, Budget, BlackRock Inc, BlackRock, Sunrise Movement, Democratic, Green New, New Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Paris, France, U.S, United States, New York

And they need more to come early next year,” said Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20. A government report on Friday showed the labor market slowing in November as the COVID-19 pandemic eclipsed its levels of the spring. Congress is going to need to act again in January,” Biden told reporters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. PRESSURE FOR DIVERSITYBiden, who earlier this week unveiled his economic team, faces intensifying pressure from congressional allies and advocacy groups to make ethnically diverse picks for the remaining slots in his administration. Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has said his office found no evidence of widespread fraud.


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FILE PHOTO: The U.S. flag is seen on a building on Wall St. in the financial district in New York, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoThe ADP data is the latest sign that soaring new infections and business restrictions are hampering the labor market’s recovery. Positive updates on coronavirus vaccine have helped investors raise bets on a swift economic rebound next year, powering the Wall Street’s main indexes to life-highs recently. ET, Dow E-minis fell 121 points, or 0.41%, S&P 500 E-minis dropped 10.75 points, or 0.29%. Cloud data service provider NetApp’s shares jumped 7.5% after it provided current quarter profit above expectations after topping estimates in the second quarter.


Persons: Brendan McDermid, BioNTech’s, BioNTech, , , Ingo Schachel, Joe Biden, Donald Trump Organizations: Reuters, Nasdaq, U.S, REUTERS, Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, Dow E, Investors, New York Times, Inc, Technologies Locations: Wall St, New York, U.S, Britain, Commerzbank, Germany, China

SEE NEW POSTSWWII veteran released from Alabama hospital after recovering from Covid Major Lee Wooten, a 104-year-old World War II veteran, was released from an Alabama hospital after recovering from Covid-19. Courtesy Holly Wooten McDonald A World War II veteran was discharged from an Alabama hospital days before his 104th birthday after spending nearly a week in the hospital battling Covid-19. But after a six-day stay at Madison Hospital in Madison, Alabama, Wooten recovered and was released on Tuesday. “We feel very blessed and overwhelmed with relief,” McDonald told NBC News about his discharge from the hospital. That’s the secret to his longevity.” Share this -Which people get the Covid-19 vaccine first?


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President-elect Joe Biden has repeatedly vowed to make LGBTQ rights a priority in his administration. In November, Carlos Elizondo, who is gay and was Biden’s social secretary when Biden was vice president, was named White House social secretary. Biden has also named LGBTQ personnel to his transition team, including the agency review teams, responsible for scrutinizing federal agencies before he takes office. Annise Parker, LGBTQ Victory FundThroughout the campaign, Biden promised to move swiftly to repeal President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members. Gonzales is hopeful Biden will break that barrier and says there’s a strong surplus of contenders.


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More than 211,762 new cases and 2,858 deaths were confirmed as of Thursday evening by a Reuters tally. The stay-at-home restrictions will begin with 48 hours’ notice and remain in place for at least three weeks once they are ordered. The public health crisis has taken on more dire dimensions following a week of Thanksgiving holiday celebrations in which millions of Americans disregarded warnings against traveling and large gatherings. Health experts predict that an even greater surge could kill about 3,000 people a day over the next two months. And if there’s repercussions along down the line I am going to say that it’s worth taking that risk.”


Persons: California’s, Hospitalizations, Gavin Newsom, ” Newsom, Shannon Stapleton, , Cruz Resendiz, Robert Redfield, ” Redfield, Mike DeWine, Gretchen Whitmer, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Anthony Fauci, Biden, , Nina Lyons Organizations: United, Reuters, San, Roseland Community Hospital, REUTERS, West Hollywood, , U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Midwest, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Former U.S Locations: SACRAMENTO, Calif, United States, Southern California, San Francisco Bay, California, U.S, Sacramento, Roseland, Chicago , Illinois, West, State, Michigan, Former, Pittsburgh

HOPE ON HORIZONHospitals across the United State are stretched to their limits, driving political leaders to impose restrictions like California’s in order to prevent the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. Several other COVID-19 vaccines are also in later stages of development. A Gallup poll released on Nov. 17 found 58% of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine, up from 50% in September. “I didn’t think I’d say this, but right now, yeah, I absolutely would,” said Nina Lyons, 65, a retiree living in Pittsburgh. And if there’s repercussions along down the line I am going say that it’s worth taking that risk.”


Persons: Gavin Newsom, Newsom, ” Newsom, Robert Redfield, Shannon Stapleton, ” Redfield, Mike DeWine, , Gretchen Whitmer, Mike Pence, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Clinton, Obama, ” Obama, , Nina Lyons Organizations: Schools, Reuters, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Roseland Community Hospital, REUTERS, Midwest, Vaccines, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, FDA, Pfizer, FedEx Corp, White, Moderna, Gallup, Former U.S, Sirius XM Locations: SACRAMENTO, California, San Francisco Bay, United States, COVID, U.S, Roseland, Chicago , Illinois, United State, Michigan, Memphis, Moderna, Pittsburgh

Other white suburban voters may share Davis’ concerns about Loeffler. “The imagery used certainly had a racial undertone, and I think that turned off voters in those suburban areas,” said Matt Towery, a former Georgia Republican legislator. Slideshow ( 3 images )A spokesman for the Loeffler campaign said any potential issues with suburban voters are not borne out by polling data, which he said shows that her attacks on Warnock are working. But they worry Trump’s repeated attacks on Georgia Republicans over his election loss could prompt his base to stay home. Both have treated Georgia voters to dire warnings about the consequences of a Democratic Senate majority.


Persons: Beau Davis, Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue, Dustin Chambers, Davis, Donald Trump, Raphael Warnock, Martin Luther King Jr, ” Davis, , , Warnock, Jeremiah Wright, Loeffler, Perdue, Jon Ossoff, Joe, Matt Towery, Doug Collins, Trump, Trump’s, Sidney Powell, ” Towery, Ossoff, Chip Lake, Attila the Hun, Charles Bullock Organizations: Republican, REUTERS, Trump, Democratic, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Black, Republicans, Georgia Republican, Loeffler, Georgia Republicans, Georgia General Assembly, America, Green New Deal, University of Georgia Locations: MARIETTA, Ga, Atlanta, Washington, Cumming , Georgia, U.S, Ebenezer, Marietta, Israel, Georgia, Valdosta, Loeffler

REUTERS/Erin Scott/File PhotoThe vote was 48-47, with not a single Democrat supporting him and only one Republican voting against him. Waller is the St. Louis Fed’s research director and would be the fifth pick of outgoing President Donald Trump for the Board of Governors, whose members sit on the U.S. central bank’s policy-setting committee. The Fed is also supporting the economy by buying $120 billion in Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities each month. Michelle Bowman, the most recent addition to the Fed’s Board of Governors, was sworn in 11 days after her confirmation vote. Trump, who will be succeeded by President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, had also nominated his former economic adviser, Judy Shelton, to the Fed board, which has one vacant seat remaining.


Persons: Christopher Waller, Erin Scott, Waller, Louis Fed’s, Donald Trump, Michelle Bowman, Louis, James Bullard, “ Chris, ” Bullard, Trump, Joe Biden, Judy Shelton, Shelton, Rand Paul Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Senate, Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, Capitol, REUTERS, of Governors, Investors, Fed’s, Louis Fed, Fed, Republican Locations: Washington , U.S

“I’m personally interested to see how well they can deliver it and how their transport systems, the dry-ice trays that hold this vaccine, function in the real world,” Romero told CNN. Are there any issues involved in getting the vaccine out from a central point into the public sector? A Food and Drug Administration panel of outside advisers will meet on Dec. 10 to discuss whether to recommend emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine candidate is expected to be reviewed a week later, and others are under development. “When people get together with people they know under their own roof, then that is when the guard comes down.


Persons: Pfizer’s, Lucy Nicholson, Jose Romero, I’m, ” Romero, Peter Marks, Stephen Hahn, Dr, Scott Gottlieb, Trump, Tom Mihaljevic, ” Mihaljevic, , Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Pfizer Inc, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CNN, Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA’s, Biologics, U.S . Food, Food, CNBC, Cleveland Clinic, MSNBC Locations: Britain, United, Los Angeles , California, U.S, United States, U.S . Food U.S
Trump declines to say if he still has confidence in Barr
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr during a discussion with state attorneys general on social media abuses in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday declined to say whether he still had confidence in U.S. Attorney General William Barr after the Department of Justice chief this week said there was no sign of major fraud in last month’s presidential election. Barr told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday the department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Despite that, Trump has continued to say without evidence that the election was marred by widespread fraud, claims that have been repeatedly rejected by state and federal officials. Barr has long been a staunch Trump ally, winning scorn from Democrats and many of the department’s own career prosecutors who have accused him of putting Trump’s personal interests ahead of the country’s interests.


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(Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq retreating from the record levels hit in the previous session as fewer-than-expected private job additions in November added to concerns about the near-term pressure on the economy. FILE PHOTO: The U.S. flag is seen on a building on Wall St. in the financial district in New York, U.S., November 24, 2020. The private jobs data is the latest sign that soaring new infections and business restrictions were hampering the labor market’s recovery. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 125.87 points, or 0.43%, to 29,698.05 and the S&P 500 lost 15.71 points, or 0.44%, to 3,646.36. The S&P 500 posted six new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 28 new highs and four new lows.


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As coronavirus anxiety deepens, the White House remains quiet. But there has been little indication from the White House that anything is out of the ordinary. The White House has also sent invitations for at least 20 parties in December, without any mention of a mask requirement. Much better than the Americans have.” Dr. Fauci seemed more than a little skeptical. Later, a chagrined-looking Dr. Fauci, who is ordinarily averse to public conflict, appeared on British television saying that he wanted to apologize.


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The first shipment is expected to cover inoculations of 3.2 million people, nowhere near enough for the 21 million U.S. healthcare workers. That means some states’ health workers will be better protected than others. The approach would initially leave out around 190,000 healthcare workers in Alabama and more than 570,000 in Illinois, according to Kaiser Family Foundation data on healthcare workers by state. “We want to ensure our hospital capacity as much as possible through vaccination for those healthcare workers who are at highest risk for infection,” she said. New York state will receive 170,000 shots initially, enough for roughly 13% of its healthcare workers.


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He told Insider Republicans have courted him for years. "I'd do old man backflips," Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican told Insider of the remote chance that Manchin could switch parties. "I just truly have a comfort of talking to everybody," Manchin told Insider. The Republican Senate majority leader and his Democratic counterpart in the House had been looking for compromise. He later told Insider he wasn't necessarily a lock either for a public option that Biden supports.