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    A majority of respondents to a Wednesday Politico/Morning Consult poll said they believe President Joe Biden was incapable of leading the country. When asked whether Biden is capable of leading the nation through 40-year high inflation, supply chain woes, and illegal immigrants flooding the southern border, only 22 percent strongly agree Biden is capable of leading the nation. Forty percent strongly believe Biden is not capable, and 51 percent overall disagreed with the notion that he is capable of leading the country. Additionally, only 22 percent of voters strongly believe Biden is mentally fit, while 37 percent strongly disagree Biden is mentally fit. On the question of stability, only 21 percent strongly say Biden is stable. Thirty-six percent strongly believe Biden is not mentally stable. Moreover, just 15 percent of voters strongly say Biden is in good health. Thirty-two percent strongly suggest Biden is not in good health. The White House claims Biden is “fit to successfully execute the duties of the president.” The polling of Biden’s mental ability comes as he is set to give a solo press conference Wednesday afternoon,...
    One year into his term, more than a third of the country believes President Joe Biden is flunking out, a new survey finds. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll out Wednesday, 37 percent of respondents give the president an “F” for the first quarter of his presidency. By contrast, a meager 11 percent give Biden an “A” thus far, while 20 percent give him a “B.” Nearly a third of the country put Biden in the “C” or “D” category — with 18 percent giving the president a “C” and 12 percent giving him a “D.” At this point in his term, Biden’s failing grade exceeds even former President Donald Trump’s. The 45th president got an “F” from 35 percent of Americans, compared to Biden’s 37 percent. Biden got his worst marks on the economy, immigration, and “restoring unity” — with 40 percent flunking him in the latter two categories, and 38 percent giving him an “F” on the economy. His best grades came on Covid-19 and health care, where 35 percent and 31 percent respectively gave him an...
    MSNBC's Chuck Todd said Tuesday that based on past metrics of job approval and the American people's impression of the country's direction, President Biden and Democrats could be heading into the midterm in "shellacking territory," such as what was seen during the 2010 midterms during former President Obama's first term in the White House.  "Basically, there are three poll numbers you can follow nationally that will tell you the likely shape of these midterm elections, its 1) direction of the country, right track [or] wrong track, the 2) presidential job rating and the 3) generic ballot," Todd said. (MSNBC/Screenshot) "And right now, two of the three that we track are sitting there in shellacking territory, so it'll be a lot of fun as we track throughout the year." Todd cited an NBC poll from October 2021 that showed 71% of respondents didn't approve of the country's direction. "That's in big-time shellacking territory," he said.  KAYLEIGH MCENANY ON BIDEN'S STUNNING POLL NUMBERS: 'THIS IS A FIVE-ALARM FIRE' The other metric, Biden's job approval – which sat at 42% – also...
    WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — For the first time in 32 years, organizers of the Rendezvous Cross Country Ski Festival in West Yellowstone, Montana, had to cancel November’s traditional start-of-the-ski-season event due to a lack of snow. Some 300 miles away, Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Utah offered skiing in November by building an elaborate snow-making system while a small operation in Vermont was able to double its ski days after laying new pipe to feed the water-hungry snow-blowers. That wouldn’t work at Methow Trails in northern Washington, which can’t possibly cover its 200 kilometers (124 miles) of ski tracks with artificial snow; instead, they do snow dances and work on plans to move trails to higher elevation if needed. The snow hasn’t stopped falling but it is certainly not piling up as much or as far as it used to amid climate change and it is hitting a sport that saw wild growth when COVID-19 hit in the winter of 2020. Many escaped cabin fever by hitting cross country ski trails for the exercise, the fresh air and the serenity....
    Have a majority of Americans seen the light? From the Democrats’ January 6 obsession to bumbling Brandon, the Afghanistan debacle, Bidenflation, critical race theory, Fauci/mask/vax mandate authoritarianism, trans mania, the epic crime wave, labeling parents as terrorists, BLM’s free pass, no China accountability, rising gas prices, Schumer-Lightfoot-Whitmer-DeBlasio-Newsom-Cuomo, AOC in Miami hypocrisy, etc. — it appears as if the political pendulum is swinging toward the right. Breitbart Entertainment Editor Jerome Hudson explains how new polling suggests a major shift in the public’s mindset. But can the GOP capitalize on this in November? Our featured guest today is former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson. He joined Jerome to talk about his American Cornerstone Institute, the state of the country, and the importance of educating our children on the values that this country was founded upon. The Breitbart News Daily Podcast runs Monday through Friday as a “Director’s Cut” of the SXM Patriot radio show. Hosted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, you’ll hear Alex’s take on the big political stories, interviews with various newsmakers, and the Patriot “Caller of...
    Penzeys Spices CEO sparked outrage after he renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Republicans are Racist Weekend, in a promotional newsletter for customers.   Bill Penzey Jr., 58, sent out the letter on Friday which promised to 'Cheese Off Racists for Free!' as part of a spices promotion that includes ten Black Lives Matter stickers, because they have 'earned our respect!' The Republicans are Racist letter has infuriated customers on both sides of the aisle who criticized Penzey for his outrageous claims and say they now plan to boycott the company.  'I'm a Democrat and liberal and all that and I know not all Republicans are racist. I think this is going a bit too far with the generalizations,' one customer wrote on the Penzeys website. Another said: 'I am a Democrat. But, I find this bad business.'  Republican Wisconsin State Senator Julian Bradley slammed the company, telling FOX 6 News, 'Penzey's has been grifting off terrible political takes and low name-calling for a decade, so the reporters will give them free media. These lies are news?'  The CEO has previously called Republicans the 'number...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to do away with all COVID-19 laws in the United Kingdom as case numbers drop and the country learns to treat the virus like a seasonal flu. The government is considering ending all legally enforced policies in England and is instead moving to a guidance-based system, a source told the Daily Mail. Laws that have existed since the beginning of the pandemic, including enforced self-isolation after an infection, could come to a halt, the source said. Emergency COVID-19 laws put into effect at the beginning of the pandemic are already scheduled to end in March, according to a timetable created before the omicron variant outbreak. WATCH: BORIS JOHNSON OFFERS 'HEARTFELT APOLOGIES' FOR ATTENDING 'BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE' PARTY Officials are reportedly discussing scrapping policies, such as the enforced use of COVID-19 passports, as early as later this month. Johnson is said to have made the decision based on the country's plummeting infection rate and hospitalization rate. Scotland is following suit, lifting all omicron-related restrictions as...
    NBC Blake Shelton Blake Shelton is the self-proclaimed “king” of NBC’s “The Voice,” but he was not actually the first choice to be a coach on the show. Shelton was one of the original coaches on the show alongside Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine. Shelton is the only original coach left on the show, as he’s now joined by Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend. It turns out, however, that Shelton’s reign on the show could have been completely different if NBC had gone in their original direction with the show.Reba McEntire Was Approached First View this post on Instagram A post shared by Reba (@reba) According to Country Now, country music star Reba McEntire was approached to be on “The Voice” before Blake Shelton was. During an interview on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” McEntire talked about turning down the role. “It’s very true,” she said at the time. “It was a very popular show in Holland, I’m pretty sure, and I watched the tape, and I said, ‘No, I’m going...
    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 23-29: Jan. 23: Actor Chita Rivera is 89. Actor-director Lou Antonio (“Cool Hand Luke”) is 88. Jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton is 79. Actor Gil Gerard is 79. Singer Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 74. Bassist-keyboardist Bill Cunningham of The Box Tops is 72. Actor Richard Dean Anderson (“MacGyver”) is 72. Singer-guitarist Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is 69. Singer Anita Baker is 64. Bassist Earl Falconer of UB40 is 63. Actor Peter Mackenzie (“black-ish”) is 61. Actor Boris McGiver (“House of Cards,” ″Boardwalk Empire”) is 60. Actor Gail O’Grady (“American Dreams,” ″NYPD Blue”) is 59. Actor Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 58. Singer Marc Nelson (Az Yet) is 51. “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell is 48. Actor Tiffani Thiessen (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) is 48. Bassist Nick Harmer of Death Cab For Cutie is 47. Actor Lindsey Kraft (“Living Biblically”) is 42. Jan. 24: Fiddler Doug Kershaw is 86. Singer Ray Stevens is 83. Singer Aaron Neville is 81. Singer Neil Diamond is 81. Actor Michael Ontkean...
    Venture investor Chamath Palihapitiya is coming under fire for stating bluntly how he does not care about the human rights abuses of China's Uyghur Muslims - and for a subsequent apology which critics deemed mealy-mouthed. Palihapitiya, 45, who owns a minority stake of NBA's Golden State Warriors made the comments while speaking on an episode of his technology podcast, All-In. 'Nobody cares about it, nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs,' the Silicon Valley billionaire said.  When challenged by his co-hosts about his statement, Palihapitiya dug in further.  Silicon Valley billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya has said he doesn't care about China's human rights abuses of Uyghur Muslims in the country Chamath Palihapitiya (center) attends a Golden State Warriors game with wife Brigette Lau and friends in April 2016. He is said to own around 10 percent of the team 'Nobody cares about it, nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs,' he insisted. 'Of all the things I care about it is below my line.'  'You bring it up because you really care, and I think that's nice that you care, the rest...
    During an interview with CBS’ “Red & Blue,” on Monday, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said President Joe Biden “has to stay the course” to fix his bad poll numbers and help Democrats going into the 2022 elections. He also argued that “The press all over this country needs to be exposing” former President Donald Trump, and “If we don’t have a democracy, free enterprise system, every business in this country is going under and we will have one autocrat making the decisions for everybody.” Host Elaine Quijano asked, “Well, you speak with the president fairly regularly, his approval ratings have been declining since the United States withdrew from Afghanistan. What do you believe could reverse his poll numbers and boost Democrats’ prospects going into the midterms?” Clyburn responded, “He has to stay the course. He is going through a rough patch like the country is. He’s going to come out of this on the other end in good shape, I think, provided that the people of goodwill in this society begin to speak up or stand up and...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Tsunami scare brings out bad decisions Re. “Tsunami surge, floods in Bay Area after volcano erupts in the Pacific,” Page A1, Jan. 16: As I looked at the picture of a firetruck in your paper watching surfers rush to the tsunami waves, I found myself wondering what responsibility we really have to rescue people who take ridiculous risks. After all, for anyone to venture into dangerous waves and currents to rescue a surfer, they must risk their own lives. Why is it OK to expect rescue when you are deliberately endangering your life? Waves can increase in volume very quickly, and by the time you took pictures, everyone knew the danger. I think we need to take a look at our rescue squads and let them off the hook. At some point, let adults make bad decisions and then suffer the consequences. Personal responsibility seems to be a lesson too few learn. We need to change that. Denise Kalm Walnut Creek Find new uses for...
    Members of the Second Continental Congress prepare documentation for the Declaration of Independence in the Assembly Room of the Pennsylvania State House on July 2, 1776. When I report on police brutality, inequity in public education, or the need for criminal justice reform, it’s not to keep a daily account of unconnected, singular examples of bias. It’s to provide so many examples of inequity that explaining those examples away as exceptions to the rule becomes nearly impossible. They’re not exceptions to the rule. Racism is the rule in America. The ability to profit off of people of color is so fundamental to the major systems that keep our country running that some of the most effective means of reform historically have been boycotts of those systems altogether. That was the case when Martin Luther King Jr., then president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, led a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, sparked by civil rights leader Rosa Parks' arrest on Dec. 1, 1955 for sitting in the front of a segregated bus. The end result was the Supreme Court affirming a federal...
    Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Senate Democrats had “a couple of different paths” to pass voting legislation without Republican support. Partial transcript as follows: MARGARET BRENNAN: Democratic strategist James Carville was on another network this morning, and he said Democrats whine too much. He said- you’re not talking- he said you’re not talking enough about the infrastructure bill you just passed. You’re talking about things that have failed, and you have a vote scheduled this week that will also fail on voting rights. Why do you think that is an effective strategy to have high profile failures rather than talk about the things that people are saying do matter to them on the economy and inflation? KAINE: Well, I do think we- we are talking a lot about the infrastructure bill. Certainly, I am, in Virginia and whether it’s broadband road, rail, bridges, ports, airports, electricity grid, it’s going to mean a lot of good for every zip code in the country. With respect to voting rights, look, whatever the pundits say, you...
    By Zeke Miller and Calvin Woodward | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored Americans on Jan. 20, 2021. Of the pathogen, he said: “We can overcome this deadly virus.” Neither malady has abated. For Biden, it’s been a year of lofty ambitions grounded by the unrelenting pandemic, a tough hand in Congress, a harrowing end to an overseas war and rising fears for the future of democracy itself. Biden did score a public-works achievement for the ages. But America’s cracks go deeper than pavement. In this midterm election year, Biden confronts seething divisions and a Republican Party that propagates the delusion that the 2020 election — exhaustively vetted, validated many times over, fair by all measures — was stolen from Donald Trump. That central, mass lie of a rigged vote has become a pretext in state after...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored Americans on Jan. 20, 2021. Of the pathogen, he said: “We can overcome this deadly virus.” Neither malady has abated. For Biden, it’s been a year of lofty ambitions grounded by the unrelenting pandemic, a tough hand in Congress, a harrowing end to an overseas war and rising fears for the future of democracy itself. Biden did score a public-works achievement for the ages. But America’s cracks go deeper than pavement. In this midterm election year, Biden confronts seething divisions and a Republican Party that propagates the delusion that the 2020 election — exhaustively vetted, validated many times over, fair by all measures — was stolen from Donald Trump. That central, mass lie of a rigged vote has become a pretext in state after state for changing election rules and fueling...
    Melbourne (CNN)Tennis star Novak Djokovic has lost a legal challenge against a decision revoking his visa for the second time and will leave Australia without contesting the Australian Open. In a virtual hearing on Sunday, three Federal Court judges unanimously dismissed Djokovic's application to overturn the immigration minister's decision to cancel his visa, but did not publish reasons for the ruling. Novak Djokovic is the best player in the history of mens tennis but he is leaving a complicated legacy off the courtThe world No. 1 was scheduled to play Monday night in the Australian Open, where he had hoped to win a record-breaking 21st men's grand slam title. The high-profile, off-the-court saga pitting one of tennis's biggest stars against Australia's government and public health officials has overshadowed the lead-up to the year's first tennis grand slam.In a statement, Djokovic said he was "extremely disappointed" by the decision and would co-operate with authorities in relation to his departure from the country.Read More"I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we...
    Eric Greitens, Former Missouri Governor, Navy SEAL, and current U.S. Senate candidate, warned Breitbart News Saturday listeners that “the left is actively trying to destroy our country” through attacks on our fundamental rights. LISTEN: Breitbart News Saturday opened the show discussing recent polls that shows Greitens is up by 20 percent in his Senate race. Greitens attributed his commanding polling lead to his campaign’s America first rhetoric. I’m the MAGA candidate in this race. I’m the America first candidate in this race. I came out, and we went down to Maricopa County to investigate election integrity. I was the first person in the country to say that when I’m in the Senate, why I’m voting against Mitch McConnell because we need strong America first leadership. We’ve called nonsense on all of the leftist lies about January 6. And so the people of Missouri recognize that we’re the America first candidate. Boyle asked Greitens why he came out against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on the campaign trail. It’s really simple, Matt. the American people, all of your loyal listeners, need...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)The Chinese government's unwavering insistence on stamping out any trace of the coronavirus is facing its biggest test yet as authorities grapple with Omicron's quickening spread. And it could cost the world's second largest economy dearly this year. The Covid-19 variant has been cropping up across China in recent days, including in major port cities like Dalian and Tianjin, prompting restrictions that could upend business operations in those places. The rest of the world is also dealing with Omicron, but China is different because of how intent authorities are on preventing any widespread outbreak by locking down cities and curbing travel. The strict approach has so far been effective: China has recorded far fewer Covid-19 cases than many other nations during the pandemic, and its economy was the only major one to grow in 2020. Omicron, though, threatens to expose some serious flaws in that plan. The variant is much more transmissible than others, making it difficult to contain. And as the rest of the world learns to live with the virus, economists say China's zero-tolerance strategy...
    A sign directs people to a line for a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles on Jan. 5, 2022. The U.S. recorded more than 1 million COVID-19 cases on Jan. 3, 2022, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as the omicron variant continues to spread at a blistering pace. by Sravya Tadepalli This article was originally published at Prism When Houston resident Paul Middendorf woke up congested one early morning this month, he decided to get tested for COVID-19. He found a COVID-testing pop-up site in the East Montrose neighborhood of Houston and joined the approximately 40 others in line to get a test. A worker went down the line sharing a QR code for people to scan and fill out their information, including their driver’s license, phone number, address, email, date of birth, and health insurance. As he filled out the form, he noticed that certain aspects of the testing site were unusual. The testing seemed disorganized and the site did not have much signage. Unlike other places he had been tested, the workers did not give...
    LEGENDARY country music star Ralph Emery 'died peacefully' in his Nashville home on Saturday. The Country Music Hall of Famer was 88 years old. 1Music legend Ralph Emery has died at age 88 Most read in CelebritySHOCK LOSS Bachelorette alum's cause of death unknown as cops 'investigating his passing'FLASHING FIGHTS Ye fan 'PUNCHED by star in huge 3am brawl' identified as autograph hunterFULL HOUSE OF LOVE Bob Saget's wife sobs during speech at funeral filled with hundredsBOUNCING BACK Tristan's baby mama Maralee shows off post-baby body in bra & spandex More to come. We pay for your stories!Do you have a story for The US Sun team? Email us at exclusive@the-sun.com or call 212 416 4552. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS
    By Kathy Gannon | Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers say they hope to be able to open all schools for girls across the country after late March, their spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday, offering the first timeline for addressing a key demand of the international community. Since the Taliban takeover in mid-August, girls in most of Afghanistan have not been allowed back to school beyond grade 7. The international community, reluctant to formally recognize a Taliban-run administration, is wary they could impose similar harsh measures as during their previous rule 20 years ago. At the time, women were banned from education, work and public life. Zabihullah Mujahid, who is also the Taliban’s deputy minister of culture and information, said their education departments are looking to open classrooms for all girls and women following the Afghan New Year, which starts on March 21. Afghanistan, like neighboring Iran, observers the Islamic solar Hijri Shamsi calendar. Education for girls and women “is a question of capacity,” Mujahid said in the interview. Girls and boys must be completely...
    (CNN)As the Omicron variant sweeps the country -- pressing many hospitals into crisis mode -- data from New York is offering a glimmer of hope.The state is "turning the corner on the winter surge," Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday. After a peak positivity rate of 23% on January 3, it's now 16.3% and Covid-19 hospitalizations have also started to decline, she said at a news conference."It is still very high, but this will eventually catch up with the trend that is just beginning," Hochul said. CDC urges Americans to wear most-protective mask or respirator that fits well and that theyll wear consistentlyShe reported 49,027 new Covid-19 cases, adding that this "is a very positive trend" as the state reported over 90,000 cases just a week ago. Read MoreNearly weeks ago, as New Yorkers returned to work after the New Year's holiday, Hochul's message was far grimmer, warning the state was "not in a good place" due to the rapid spread of the virus.We fully anticipate on top of the surge that has already been ongoing that there's going to be...
    On January 11, 2022, the United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths appealed to the international community to help raise $4.4 billion for Afghanistan in humanitarian aid, calling this effort, “the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance.” This amount is required “in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there,” said the UN. If this appeal is not met, Griffiths said, then “next year [2023] we’ll be asking for $10 billion.” The figure of $10 billion is significant. A few days after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August 2021, the U.S. government announced the seizure of $9.5 billion in Afghan assets that were being held in the U.S. banking system. Under pressure from the United States government, the International Monetary Fund also denied Afghanistan access to $455 million of its share of special drawing rights, the international reserve asset that the IMF provides to its member countries to supplement their original reserves. These two figures—which constitute Afghanistan’s monetary reserves—amount to around $10 billion, the exact number Griffiths said that the country would...
    President Joe Biden claimed he ran for office to “unite the country” just days after he compared Republicans and even some Democrat senators to racists. “I ran for president to unite the country,” Biden said during a speech on his video set across the street from the White House on the importance of infrastructure spending. On Tuesday, Biden angrily denounced the Senate, calling it a “shell of its former self” for blocking legislation that would federalize state and local elections and open up elections to potential fraud. Biden said senators who opposed the federal law were choosing the side of historical racists. Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? Biden berated the Senate for refusing to eliminate the Senate filibuster rules to pass the legislation, a step that even some moderate Democrats do not oppose. Republicans reacted to the speech with anger, calling out Biden...
    DENVER (CBS4) – It’s a long weekend for many Coloradans, which means more people will be heading to the high country. And the Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding us that traffic will be heavier than normal. CDOT says drivers should expect to see more cars on the roads, including Interstate 70 and other mountain highways. Last year more than 169,000 vehicles passed through the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Traffic is expected to remain high through mid-April with increased snow amounts and more travel opportunities over President’s Day weekend and spring break. CDOT is also reminding drivers to keep an eye on road conditions as weather can change quickly. Snowstang offers bus service to Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Steamboat Springs for those who are looking for an alternative to driving.
    A plurality of Americans feel as though President Biden is dividing the country, despite his original pledge to unify, a Quinnipiac University Poll released this week found. The survey, taken January 7-10, 2022, among 1,313 adults, asked respondents, “Do you feel that President Biden is doing more to unite the country or is doing more to divide the country?” A plurality, 49 percent, said they feel as though Biden is doing more to divide the country, while 42 percent say he is uniting. However, that is outside of the survey’s +/- 2.7 percent margin of error. Opinions are sharply divided on party lines, as 92 percent of Republicans say Biden is doing more to divide the country, compared to 84 percent of Democrats who say Biden is doing more to unite the country. Half of independents, however, believe he is doing more to divide the nation. Biden mentioned unity several times during his inauguration speech, which he delivered nearly a year ago. Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as...
    We have seen intense diplomatic activity during the past week about the fate of Ukraine, a large European country bordering on Russia and four members of the West’s security alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). As the current round of talks conclude, the issues remain dead serious, the stakes high and the choice of war or peace far from settled. Senior diplomats held crisis talks in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna because Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, moved more than 100,000 troops to Ukraine’s border to underline his demands. Those demands are complicated, but in effect, he wants NATO to guarantee that it will not expand further, particularly into Ukraine. The United States and its allies say that’s a non-starter, that Ukraine, like every other independent country, must be free to decide what is in its national interest, including security arrangements. NATO, for its part, is committed to offering membership to interested parties that meet its qualifications. Article continues after advertisement Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, NATO has taken in 14 new members, starting with Poland, Hungary...
    President Joe Biden admitted his agenda has gotten stuck as he gave an update Friday on the bipartisan infrastructure law.  'There's a lot of talk about disappointments and things we haven't gotten done,' he noted. 'We're gonna get a lot of them done, I might add,' the president added.  He then reiterated that he was elected to 'unite' the country, after taking heat from Republicans who called his Tuesday speech about voting rights in Georgia too divisive.  President Joe Biden admitted his agenda has gotten stuck as he gave an update Friday on the bipartisan infrastructure law. 'There's a lot of talk about disappointments and things we haven't gotten done,' he said. 'We're gonna get a lot of them done, I might add'  Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (left), who's overseeing the implementation of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, introduced President Joe Biden (right) at an event on the White House's campus Friday  'I ran for president to unite the country,' he said. 'This bipartisan infrastructure law I signed a few months ago unites us around things we all depend on.'  'Whether...
    VIDEO5:1605:16Pollster Frank Luntz says inflation has become the voting issue of 2022Squawk Box Discontent over skyrocketing inflation is the most important issue for voters heading into this year's midterm election, and Democrats are going to pay the price, according to Frank Luntz, a longtime GOP pollster and strategist. While Luntz is a Republican, he tends to take both parties to task when he feels they're missing the mark on an issue. "We're not just anxious anymore. This country is getting angry when they go to the supermarket, when they fill up their tank," Luntz told CNBC. "They're going to take that anger out at the ballot box in November," with the Democrats' slim majorities in the House and Senate at stake. Luntz said he can't fathom why President Joe Biden is trying to paint such a rosy picture of the economy while many people are struggling with higher prices against the back-drop of the hardships of the continuing pandemic and spiking Covid cases around the nation due to the highly contagious omicron variant. Voters have given Biden poor marks on...
    Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning against Marin Cilic of Croatia in match 2 of the Davis Cup Semi Final at Madrid Arena on December 3, 2021.Sanjin Strukic | Pixsell | MB Media | Getty Images Tennis star Novak Djokovic has had his visa canceled once again ahead of the Australian Open as a furor over his Covid-19 vaccination status intensifies. On Monday, Djokovic had won a court battle to stay in the country after his visa was initially revoked. The 34-year-old Serbian national had been detained in an immigration facility last week after arriving in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open for what officials said violated the country's strict entry rules that require visitors be vaccinated against Covid. The court ruling meant Djokovic's visa remained valid and he was released from detention. But the Australian government has now acted once again. "Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)For many companies, doing business in China is getting trickier by the day. But Western banks and asset managers are more than willing to up their bets on the world's second biggest economy, convinced that the opportunities remain too good to pass up.Major banks in recent weeks have inked deals to expand their footprint in China — or are otherwise attempting to take greater control of their businesses there — after years of being forced to enter the market via joint ventures.Late last month, HSBC (HBCYF) received approval from Chinese regulators to take full control of its life insurance joint venture, which was created in 2009 in equal partnership with a Chinese company, under rules that were rolled back in 2020. The bank said the move underscored its "commitment to expanding business in China."The British banking giant is also seeking a greater stake in HSBC Qianhai, its joint securities venture in China, according to Reuters, which cited an anonymous source. HSBC declined to comment to CNN Business. HSBC (HBCYF) isn't the only one. The state-owned China Securities...
    In this article NVDAA sign is posted in front of the Nvidia headquarters on May 10, 2018 in Santa Clara, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesSeveral Chinese electric carmakers are turning to U.S. chip giant Nvidia to power their semi-autonomous driving systems, as they ramp up competition with Tesla in the world's largest car market. Chinese start-ups Xpeng and Nio are using the Nvidia Drive Orin chip in their latest cars. Baidu, which last year launched an auto unit called Jidu, announced plans to use the same Nvidia chip in its upcoming car, as well as Polestar, a brand under Chinese auto giant Geely. With this chipset and accompanying software platform, Nvidia promises the capabilities for fully autonomous driving. "For a Chinese EV company, or globally, there is not much to match what Nvidia can offer," said Bevin Jacob, partner at Shanghai-based investment and consulting firm Automobility. However, these Chinese carmakers are not putting out fully autonomous cars. Instead, they are focusing on so-called advanced driver-assistance system, or ADAS. These are systems that allow the car to carry out some functions semi-autonomously,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Broadway producer is discussing the decision to close an acclaimed new musical. “Girl from the North Country” features the songs of Bob Dylan and is set in Depression-era Minnesota. READ MORE: 2 Broadway Shows Announce Temporary Closure Plans As Attendance Drops Across IndustryUnlike many other Broadway shows, “Girl from the North Country” has not had to cancel any performances since reopening in October, but box office revenue is down. “It’s very sad news, and at the moment, there are just not the audiences on Broadway for our show,” producer Tristan Baker said. “Running a show on Broadway is a challenge in the best of circumstances. It’s a very tough thing to do anyway.” READ MORE: Broadway To Require Masks And Proof Of Vaccination Through AprilThere are plans to reopen the musical at another theater sometime in the spring. The show’s final performance at the Belasco Theatre is Jan. 23. MORE NEWS: Young Stars Atticus Ware And Avery Sell Reflect On Starting Broadway Careers Young, Navigating Pandemic ChallengesThe play “To Kill A Mockingbird” has announced plans...
    Carlos Martinez, an investigative journalist for El Pharaoh, has revealed that there is a secret agreement between the Salvador government and criminal gangs. His phone has been hacked 28 times by Pegasus. Jessica Orellana / Reuters The phones of at least 35 El Salvador journalists working in six different media outlets have been spied on by Pegasus software, according to a new report by the Canadian NGO Citizens’ Lab, which examined the phones of these journalists. Among the victims were the editor-in-chief and investigative journalistsLighthouse, A free media. In 2020, Lighthouse Revealed that there is an agreement between the government and the criminal gang, especially the more violent MS13 – which is vehemently denied by President Naib Pukele. Ask more Pegasus: At the center of a global investigation into phone spying According to Oscar Martinez, editor-in-chief of El Faro, “all newspaper services are targeted.” In all, the devices of twenty-two journalistsLighthouse Some were hacked several times until November 2021, the Citizen Lab report shows. Oscar Martinez, editor, has found his phone hacked forty-two times. “This is a...
    WESTON (CBS) – In the era of COVID, cross-country skiing is again seeing a boom in the northeast and it’s a good way to spend time outdoors in the winter. Weston is home to one of the few alpine skiing tracks that make their own snow. “Weston Ski Track started in 1974,” general manager Mark Jacobson told WBZ-TV. “This was right at the boom of cross-country skiing.” For nearly 50 years now, the Leo J. Martin golf course has transformed every winter into acres and acres of alpine ski trails. And when there’s no snow, no problem. They just make it. “There are a lot of times where we’re skiing on machine-made snow and there are golfers on the other side golfing,” Jacobson said. The Weston Ski Track at the Leo J. Martin golf course. (WBZ-TV) The skis have changed in recent years, with better waxes and new skin technology. Harvard’s cross-country ski team trains here, alongside true amateurs. “The nice thing about cross-country skiing is you can start off slow, just as we did here. And then, as you...
    President Joe Biden's approval numbers continue to hover in the mid-40s, while a new poll shows that a little more than a third of American voters support changing the filibuster to get voting legislation passed.   A new Politico-Morning Consult survey showed that 44 per cent of voters somewhat or strongly support the job Biden is doing, versus 53 per cent who said they somewhat or strongly disapprove of the Democrat's handling of the job.   Additionally, 66 per cent of those surveyed describe the U.S. as on the 'wrong track,' with 40 per cent saying economic issues will determine how they vote in the 2022 midterm elections.  President Joe Biden's approval numbers continue to hover in the mid-40s, with 44 per cent of voters somewhat or strongly supporting the job Biden is doing, versus 53 per cent who said they somewhat or strongly disapprove of the Democrat's handling of the job Thirty-seven per cent of voters said they supported tinkering with the filibuster. Democrats were much more likely to support the move, with 62 per cent saying they supported it, versus just 17...
    At least 25 million people in Kenya endured an hours-long, nationwide power outage Tuesday, allegedly the product of collapsed transmission towers. Kenya Power, the agency responsible for electricity in the country, has at press time claimed to restore power to most of the country, but disgruntled citizens told local media the incident was neither surprising or new outside of its scale and that it was hindering the country’s ability to function. Kenya Power is a government company. At the height of the outage on Tuesday, Voice of America reported, “at least 25 million people had lost power in Nairobi, western and central Kenya, the Rift Valley region and the Nyanza region.” Reports in local media indicated that power slowly returned to several neighborhoods of Nairobi and other population centers but Kenya Power had yet to fully repair the damage. The electric company claimed that one downed power line deprived 25 million people of electricity. “We have lost power supply due to collapsed towers on the Kiambere-Embakasi high voltage transmission power line at 10:45 a.m.,” a statement from the agency read....
    COVID infections rose to 4.3million in the UK last week - but London is showing "encouraging" signs as cases drop. The capital saw an explosion of Omicron infections at the start of December, becoming the country's variant epicentre, but now appears to have peaked. 2Cases increased last week but there are signs in fresh data London's Omicron wave has peakedCredit: LNP The latest Office for National Statistics showed an increase of 600,000 cases in the UK, compared to the week running up to the new year. But the drop in infections in London is a promising green shoot, just weeks after the variant took hold of the country. Sarah Crofts, Head of Analytical Outputs for the Covid-19 Infection Survey said: “It’s encouraging that infections in London have decreased in the most recent week. "Infections have increased across all other English regions, apart from the East of England, where the trend is uncertain. “Monitoring this situation is critical during this period of high infections.” A string of positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains in the vaccinated, with data revealing...
    When Barbara F. Walter was part of an advisory panel for the CIA, the political scientist offered insights on the conditions that can lead to civil wars and violent conflicts. And in 2022, Walter believes that those conditions can be found in the United States. Walter, author of the new book “How Civil Wars Start, and How to Stop Them,” discussed her concerns during a Monday, January 11 appearance on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut.” Walter told host Joy Reid that when a major political party is heavily focused on “identity” and “race” rather than “ideology,” that is one of the conditions that can lead to a civil war — and the modern-day Republican Party, according to Walter, is obsessed with White racial grievance and identity politics rather than a traditional conservative agenda. “Here in the United States, we’re in the midst of a grand transition from a white-majority country to a white-minority country,” Walter noted. Many white Americans, of course, aren’t worried about that transition, as they have spent their lives in large urban centers that are racially and ethnically diverse....
    Yahoo workers in Japan have been told that they can work from anywhere in the country rather than return to the office - and commute by plane when necessary.  Around 8,000 employees will benefit from the change, which takes effect on April 1, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. More than 90 per cent of employees are already working remotely and Yahoo President Kentaro Kawabe said their performance has held or improved at home, Japan Times reported. The new flexible working policy will also allow employees to commute by plane, an option which was not previously available to workers, a company statement explained.  Yahoo workers in Japan have been told that they can work from anywhere in the country and around 8,000 employees will benefit from the change, which takes effect on April 1 'We're allowing Yahoo employees to live anywhere in Japan,' Yahoo President Kentaro Kawabe said.  'This doesn't mean we're denying the benefits of the office - you'll be able to fly in when needed.' Before the pandemic, Yahoo had allowed its employees some flexible home working but...
                 Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) to the newsmaker line to discuss new mask rules on the House floor, redistricting in Tennessee, and how Republicans cannot be too confident in upcoming 2022 midterms. Leahy: On the line now, Congressman Mark Green reporting from Washington, D.C., and serving in the House of Representatives, which has got this January 6 select committee that’s kind of a Kafkaesque investigation into Donald Trump again. Sounds pretty crazy there. Mark Green, how are you this morning? Green: I’m doing great. It’s great to be with you guys, Michael Patrick, how are you? Leahy: We are great. In studio with us as a mayor of Maury County, Andy Ogles, and Grant Henry. Ogles: Hey, man. Leahy: Now I have a question for you about this January 6 select committee. They seem to be wanting to ask everybody in the world or...
    Highlights of the story China targeted India He said a third person should not come between Sri Lanka and China Chinese Foreign Minister visits Sri Lanka China has said that a third country should not come between China and Sri Lanka. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, he said that a third country should not interfere between the two countries. The Chinese Foreign Minister arrived in Sri Lanka one day on Sunday after a two-day visit to the Maldives. China’s official Xinhua news agency quoted Wang Yi as saying that the friendship between China and Sri Lanka would benefit the development of both countries. And protect the fundamental interests. Pointing to Sri Lanka’s neighbor India, he said, “Our relationship is not aimed at any third party and no third party should interfere in it.” China is investing billions of dollars in ports and infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka amid its debt trap criticism. China is trying to strengthen relations with Sri Lanka. China launched a port...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The new scripted series "The Kings of Napa," premiering Tuesday, highlights a Black family at the helm of a successful wine business -- a rarity on the big screen and in Wine Country.Actors on the show debuting and a local organization pushing for greater diversity in Napa Valley are hopeful the dramatic series will encourage historically marginalized groups to see themselves reflected in the winemaking industry."This is a show about a very affluent African American family in Napa. We have a winery called the Kings Estate," said Isiah Whitlock Jr.Whitlock, known for his performances in Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods" and the transcendent HBO series "The Wire," plays Reginald King, the patriarch of the King family.RELATED: Asian, Latinx and Black people have trouble finding therapists who look like them in the Bay AreaThe show centers around the King family grappling with how to run the family business as Reginald's secrets emerge from the shadows."I play August King. She's very creative. She's very bold, and she has a very strong vision for not only her family's legacy...
    Greek officials vowed Tuesday to track the people behind the filming of a gay sex scene on Athens' Acropolis, the country's most important archaeological site, after footage emerged online. A culture ministry spokesman said they had launched an investigation into the video, which shows a sexual encounter between two masked men at the UNESCO-listed site. They wanted to 'find as soon as possible those responsible for this illegal shoot', said the spokesman. Greek officials have launched an investigation after a 36-minute film showing two men engaged in a sexual encounter was shot at the Parthenon temple in Athens. The Parthenon is the most popular tourist attraction in Greece (file photograph)  A Parthenon is a Unesco-listed world heritage site. The movie featured two men who wore masks to protect their identity The anonymous producers of the short film called 'Departhenon' said the Parthenon symbolised 'nationalism, the cult of Antiquity' and 'patriarchy'. They described the erotic scene between the two men at the site as a 'political act'. But a statement Friday from the culture ministry said: 'The archaeological site of the...
    SPAIN could be the first European country to downgrade Covid-19 to a" flu-like" status - just two years after clocking 1,000 deaths a day from the virus. Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez pushed his EU counterparts on Monday to debate the possibility of treating Covid like the flu. 4Spain is pushing to have Covid downgraded to a flu-like statusCredit: Getty 4More than 1,000 Spaniards died daily from Covid during the peak of the first waveCredit: AFP The European leader told a local radio channel the situation in Spain "is not what we faced a year ago" and that it was time "to evaluate the evolution of COVID to an endemic illness". The move would see lockdowns and daily infection counts scrapped in favour of a system that would track Covid cases like the regular flu. It comes as a string of positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains, with data revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta. Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health...
    A British skier crashes through wooden fencing on a downhill corner and slams into a pole, breaking his leg. An American hits an icy patch at the bottom of a hill and crashes into a fence, breaking one ski and twisting the other, also breaking his leg. Another American, training before a biathlon race, slides out on an icy corner and flies off the trail into a tree, breaking ribs and a shoulder blade and punctures a lung. These were not scenes from high speed Alpine or ski cross events. They happened on cross country ski and biathlon tracks made with artificial snow. Many top athletes say crashes like these are becoming more common as climate change reduces the availability of natural snow, forcing racers to compete on tracks with the manmade version. Olympic and World Cup race organizers have come to rely on snow-making equipment to create a ribbon of white through the hills since natural snowfall is less reliable. Johanna Taliharm, an Estonian Olympic biathlete, said racing on manmade snow comes with risks. “Artificial snow is...
    A British skier crashes through wooden fencing on a downhill corner and slams into a pole, breaking his leg. An American hits an icy patch at the bottom of a hill and crashes into a fence, breaking one ski and twisting the other, also breaking his leg. Another American, training before a biathlon race, slides out on an icy corner and flies off the trail into a tree, breaking ribs and a shoulder blade and punctures a lung. These were not scenes from high speed alpine or ski cross events. They happened on cross country ski and biathlon tracks made with artificial snow. Many top Nordic skiers and biathletes say crashes like these are becoming more common as climate change reduces the availability of natural snow, forcing racers to compete on tracks with the manmade version. Olympic and World Cup race organizers have come to rely on snow-making equipment to create a ribbon of white through the hills since natural snowfall is less reliable. Manmade snow has a higher moisture content, making it ice up quickly, skiers and...