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    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– The Colorado Buffaloes began the season rattling off 13 consecutive wins, marking the second-best start in program history. Their #22 ranking is the team’s best since 2016. (credit: CBS) “We always carry that chip. We always carry that grit of wanting to fight and compete on every possession and play our best brand of basketball,” senior Mya Hollingshed said. The secret to this squad’s success is their veteran leadership. “I think there are a lot of talented teams in this country. We’re certainly one of them. But that’s not necessarily why we’re winning so consistently. We’re winning because we have a group that is holding the entire team to a higher standard of execution and competitive spirit,” head coach JR Payne said. One of the most impactful veterans – on and off the court – is fifth-year senior Mya Hollingshed, who’s been with Payne for all but one of her coaching seasons at Colorado. On the court, Hollingshed leads the Buffs in points, rebounds, blocks and minutes. Off the hardwood, she’s the glue that keeps the team...
    The White House is calling Russia's reported plan to install a pro-Kremlin leader in Ukraine "deeply concerning." A spokesperson for the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said they have information indicating that the Russian government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine. "We have information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine. The former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate," the spokesperson said. A spokesperson for the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said they have information indicating that the Russian government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine. (AP) The White House National Security Council Spokesperson Emily Horne told Fox News that the plot is "deeply concerning." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "This kind of plotting is deeply concerning. The Ukrainian people have the sovereign right to determine their own future, and we stand with our democratically-elected partners in Ukraine," Horne said. Adam Sabes is a writer for Fox...
    GET a grip Boris. Gather your loyal leadership team around you, set up a war room and give everyone clear orders. This could yet go to a confidence vote. Start dividing your MP critics — they all have different motivations. Call out those after revenge or hating you for Brexit.  2Get a grip Boris. Gather your loyal leadership team around you, set up a war room and give everyone clear orders. Be humble when the Sue Gray report is published. Apologise like your life depends on it. Which it does. Prepare to clear out your top team, starting with your press machinery which should have told you to come clean about “work drinks”. Voters may currently think you play fast and loose with the facts. But they’ll think again when you come back from the brink fighting.  Drop the “funny guy” routine. Save that for the General Election campaign. Start talking like a statesman.  Europe’s on a war footing. The country expects you to be serious. And smarten up.  Delay the National Insurance rise. Inflation and energy bills are running...
    The University of Rhode Island is revoking honorary degrees bestowed upon two once-prominent advisers to former President Donald Trump: retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The university's board of trustees voted Friday to revoke the degrees following internal deliberations that included a recommendation by URI President Marc Parlange. The president of the Kingston school, which was founded in 1888, said in a statement that Flynn and Giuliani 'no longer represent' the values and standards they demonstrated when they first received the honors. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (left) and former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (right) were stripped of honorary degrees given by the University of Rhode Island to the avid Donald Trump supporters, who were pictured together in 2016 Marc Parlange, the university's president saod: 'As a civic institution, URI has the privilege and responsibility to sustain and preserve American democracy by inspiring and modeling good citizenship. Revoking these honorary degrees reinforces our values and allows us to lead with truth and integrity' 'As a civic institution, URI has the privilege and responsibility...
    MSNBC’s Ari Melber interviewed former Trump 2020 campaign strategic adviser Boris Epshteyn, who has been subpoenaed to appear before the Jan. 6 House committee, on Friday night. The 10-minute long interview was combative at times and saw Epshteyn push debunked allegations that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election and defend a coordinated effort led by Rudy Giuliani to replace Biden electors with Trump electors. “There’s also been reporting about the attempt to seat fraudulent electors. Is that something you ever worked on or would support, for example, in Michigan?” Melber asked, referencing letters sent from seven states that submitted fake pro-Trump electors for certification. “That’s so funny. Not fraudulent electors, Ari. It’s alternate electors,” Epshteyn responded. “There’s a process for electors to be challenged,” He continued. “If those challenges are successful, you need an alternate slate of electors like in 1960 when the Hawaii slate was challenged. It was not challenged successfully, but it was challenged. The same thing happened in 1876 as you know.” Melber then asked Epshteyn if he ever personally made calls to local...
    White House chief of staff Ron Klain has come under fire as Joe Biden's popularity wanes and Democrats struggle to pass the president's huge social safety net legislation.  The litany of complaints against Klain, a longtime Democratic insider, goes as follows: he 'micromanages' the West Wing, he's too deferential to the liberal wing of the party, and he pays way too much attention to cable news and social media. Two reports on Klain, 60, this week - timed to the one-year anniversary of Biden's tenure in office - were filled with complaints about his work. Most are from  anonymous sources, likely because they are about someone in the powerful White House chief of staff position.  Several Democratic lawmakers have said they've gotten unexpected phone calls from Biden praising them for on-air appearances supporting him and his agenda. Moderate Democrats complain that Klain gives too much deference to their liberal colleagues with some saying he needs to be replaced, Politico reported. 'The president was elected because we all thought he was going to be good at governing,' said a House Democratic lawmaker...
    (CNN)The appointment of a woman into a position long-held by men is often believed to be a sign; a harbinger of good things to come for other women and in the fight for gender equality. But is it ever?On Tuesday, Roberta Metsola became the new President of the European Parliament, the youngest person ever to hold the position and just the third woman since the Parliament was established in 1952.The ink had hardly dried on the appointment, the first 24 hours barely passed before the Maltese center-right politician was already being "grilled" about her stance on abortion rights.It would be naïve to think Metsola wouldn't have seen this coming. Her anti-abortion voting history made her a controversial candidate. But why do her views on sexual and reproductive health and rights matter, and not those, say, of the men who occupied the post before her?All leaders should face public scrutiny for their views and values. But the attention Metsola is receiving -- both positive (celebrating her appointment on the basis of her gender) and negative (critiquing her suitability on the basis...
    As the NAACP turns 113, look for its voice to grow louder on issues like climate change, the student debt crisis and the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic — while keeping voting rights and criminal justice reform at the forefront of its priorities. The nation’s oldest civil rights organization’s birthday next month comes as it undergoes a restructuring to reflect a membership and leadership that is trending younger, to people in their mid-30s. As a result, it is adding endeavors like producing TV streaming content for CBS. The hope is that younger Americans see the NAACP has modernized beyond being grandma and grandpa’s go-to civil rights hub, good for much more than voter-registration drives and the star-studded Image Awards. “We had to reinvigorate the organization,” national president Derrick Johnson, 53, told The Associated Press. “The changes that we have seen are absolutely necessary for the organization to exist for the next 112 or 113 years,” he added. “But more importantly, we are more targeted in our work and are driven by outcomes as opposed to output.” The NAACP’s legacy...
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with pupils in a maths class as he makes a constituency visit to Oakwood School on January 10, 2022 in Uxbridge, England.Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing the political battle of his career with a growing rebellion from within his own party after multiple allegations of parties and gatherings of government staff, including himself, during coronavirus lockdowns. An inquiry is currently taking place to establish the nature and purpose of the gatherings and whether Covid legislation at the time was broken. The findings of that investigation are being eagerly awaited as the results could prompt more Conservative Party lawmakers to turn on Johnson and mount a confidence vote and leadership challenge. CNBC has a short guide to a very British political crisis:What's going on?Johnson's leadership is under immense pressure after weeks of media reports of multiple parties and gatherings attended by government staff, including Johnson at times. One gathering in particular has snared Johnson which was held in May 2020 at the...
                 Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) announced on Wednesday that he will support a change to eliminate the Senate filibuster, despite his campaign pledge to work as an “independent.” In a statement, Kelly detailed his openness to give one party unilateral power in an effort to protect “the vote-by-mail system.” “If campaign finance and voting rights reforms are blocked again this week, I will support the proposed changes to pass them with a majority vote. Protecting the vote-by-mail system used by a majority of Arizonans and getting dark money out of our elections is too important to let fall victim to Washington dysfunction,” the Democrat explained. Far-left members of the Democratic Party have increasingly called for a change in the Senate rules, eliminating the 60-vote threshold for some pieces of legislation. Largely, the efforts are due to lack of support for key pieces of President Joe Biden’s agenda among members of the legislative body. On the other hand, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who also campaigned to be a moderate lawmaker, opposed the highly-consequential move. “Coward Mark Kelly has finally admitted...
    BERLIN (AP) — Berlin prosecutors have opened an investigation into the leadership of Germany’s Green party, including the new vice chancellor and foreign minister, over pandemic bonus payments last winter. Prosecutors and the party on Wednesday confirmed the investigation into a preliminary suspicion of breach of trust following a report by the weekly Der Spiegel, the dpa news agency reported. At issue is the role of the party leadership in approving the “corona bonus” of 1,500 euros ($1,700) per person for employees of party headquarters and the leaders themselves. The bonus was meant to compensate for the inconvenience caused by working from home and by renovation works at the building. The six-member leadership board includes co-leaders Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock. Habeck became Germany’s vice chancellor and the minister for economy and climate when the Greens joined Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s new government last month. Baerbock became Germany’s foreign minister. Both are stepping down from the party leadership later this month, something that the Greens expect of government ministers. Internal party auditors already have raised questions over the bonus payments to...
    The super PAC aligned with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy entered 2022 with $61.2 million in the bank to spend on sinking the Democratic Party’s thin, five-seat majority. The Congressional Leadership Fund boasted record fundraising for an off year, announcing Wednesday that a haul of $65.5 million in 2021 enabled the super PAC to more than double the $28 million war chest it amassed in 2019. But the $61.2 million in cash on hand reported by the Congressional Leadership Fund is being bolstered by additional resources from the American Action Network, a political nonprofit organization affiliated with McCarthy's super PAC. American Action Network raised nearly $49 million last year, bringing the total raised between the two organizations in 2021 to $110 million. GOP DIGITAL DONOR PLATFORM WINRED PROCESSES $559 MILLION IN 2021 “CLF heads into 2022 with the beginnings of a war chest and firepower to expand the battlefield deep into Democrat territory and win the majority for Republicans,” Dan Conston, president of Congressional Leadership Fund, said in a statement. In 2019, the Congressional Leadership Fund raised $32 million. The...
    The Better.com CEO who famously fired 900 employers over a Zoom call will resume his 'full-time duties' after taking 'time off to reflect on his leadership.'  Vishal Garg, 43, will be returning as the CEO of Better.com after leaving in December.  In a letter sent to employees on Tuesday, the CEO announced that he would be returning after time spent considering 'the leader I wanted to be.'  'I understand how hard these past few weeks have been. I am deeply sorry for the angst, distraction and embarrassment my actions have caused,' he wrote in the email. 'I've spent a lot of time thinking about where we are as a company and the type of leadership Better needs...and the leader I want to be.'  It is unclear when he will start his 'full-time duties' again, and what he has done during his time away to change his leadership style. But the company is planning to hire new executives. Better.com's controversial CEO Vishal Garg, 43, will be returning to work after taking time off to figure out the type of leader he wanted...
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Montgomery County officials will be joined by Pennsylvania officials and area hospital leadership and provide a COVID-19 update. The press conference is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be streamed on CBSN Philly. What: Montgomery County and Pennsylvania officials will join with area hospital leadership to provide an update on the current COVID-19 surge When: Wednesday, Jan. 19 Time: 11:30 a.m. Where: In the player above or on your streaming device through CBSN Philly Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates. 
    Vishal Garg, the founder of Better.com—who was forced to take time off after brutally axing hundreds of his workers in a monotone Zoom call—is returning to the job, according to an internal memo obtained by The Daily Beast. “As you know, Better’s CEO Vishal Garg has been taking a break from his full-time duties to reflect on his leadership, reconnect with the values that make Better great and work closely with an executive coach,” the letter to employees read, which was attributed to the company's board. “Vishal will be resuming his full-time duties as CEO. We are confident in Vishal and in the changes he is committed to making to provide the type of leadership, focus and vision that Better needs at this pivotal time.” This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Some of us saw what was coming when this happened. Frustrated front-line House Democrats desperately need to pass some part of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) plan to have something to run on in 2022. They’re pushing for BBB to be split up and hold votes on the most popular things as stand-alone provisions—like extending the child tax credit and lowering prescription drug costs. This, they think, will give Democrats the ability to run on the economic help they’ve provided their constituents. They also seem to think Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who has pretty much single-handedly stymied the whole thing, is movable. Their reasoning is faulty. “What I don’t want to do is have the Democratic caucus just beat their heads against the wall for months. We need a timeline here,” Rep. Susan Wild from Pennsylvania told The Washington Post. “If there is still hope for Manchin to agree, we need to figure out when that’s going to be and what we are doing if he doesn’t meet that deadline because, in the past, he hasn’t. What’s our...
    Telemundo announced changes to its senior leadership team on Tuesday.  The outlet will continue to be run by the news division’s new head, Patsy Loris, who took over after the first of the year. Gabriela Tristán was named Senior Vice President of News, Gemma Garcia was promoted to Senior Vice President of Digital News and Vanessa Pombo was promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Operations and News.  Tristán, Garcia and Pombo will report to Loris, who was named as Telemundo's new leader in November before starting in the role earlier this month. "This is a critically important time for the Hispanic community with the country still in the grips of a pandemic and heading into what will be closely watched midterm elections,” Loris said in a statement announcing the personnel moves. “I’m very excited we have assembled a top-notch team of experienced news leaders who will ensure Noticias Telemundo continues to keep Latinos informed with rigorously reported news and innovative storytelling across all platforms.” Loris led a revamp of Noticias Telemundo’s morning show, hoyDía, before being given the outlet's top job.  In September, the network announced journalist José...
    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — On this national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for civil rights, a core part is to remember his life and how it was dedicated to service. Dr. King, other civil rights leaders and their generation laid a foundation with blood, sweat and tears to affect change — not only for Black people, negroes, but also for the poor in our society. READ MORE: Events Across NYC Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. DayHis principles are now carried on by students at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Program has trained young scholars since 1970. CBS2’s Dana Tyler spoke with one young scholar and the program director. READ MORE: MLK Day: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.Akaysha Palmer was raised in the Bronx and is now a senior at Seton Hall. Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett is the director of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Program and a senior advisor for diversity, equity and inclusion at the university. CLICK HERE for more information...
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with pupils in a maths class as he makes a constituency visit to Oakwood School on January 10, 2022 in Uxbridge, England.Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's position is looking increasingly vulnerable as more reports emerge of parties and gatherings in Downing Street during periods of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions. Kier Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, accused Johnson of breaking Covid laws amid numerous allegations of parties and gatherings that were held by government staff, with some attended by Johnson, during lockdown. In the last few days more reports of parties have emerged, with Downing Street apologizing to Queen Elizabeth after it has emerged that two parties took place on the eve of Prince Phillip's funeral in April 2021, in which it's alleged that a staff member was sent out to buy a "suitcase of wine." Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, Starmer said Johnson had "lied" about what he called "industrial scale partying" in Downing Street. "The facts speak for...
    Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has the full support of the Republican caucus to continue in his leadership role if they win the Senate majority in the 2022 midterm election. Anchor Chuck Todd said, “Senator Lindsey Graham said he couldn’t support Mitch McConnell if he doesn’t develop a working relationship with Donald Trump. Is that a litmus test that you think is fair?” Romney said, “Oh, I think there’s full support for Mitch McConnell. I haven’t heard anything other than a solid support for his continued leadership. People are always trying to placate Donald Trump. I don’t fall in that camp, of course. But I wouldn’t attribute that as a comment about Mitch McConnell as much as a comment about Donald Trump.” Todd said, “The January 6th committee, what you’ve seen with their investigation, do you believe what they’re doing is legitimate legitimate?” Romney said, “There’s no question that they are finding things that we didn’t know. I think that’s appropriate. There was an attack on the...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case, a person involved in the talks said Sunday. The deal, which could be signed as early as this week, could usher Netanyahu off the Israeli political stage for years, paving the way for a leadership race in his Likud party and shaking up Israel’s political map. Any deal would also absolve Netanyahu of an embarrassing and protracted trial that has gripped the nation and risks tarnishing his legacy. A spokesman for Netanyahu declined to comment. Netanyahu is on trial for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three separate cases. The former premier, now opposition leader, denies wrongdoing. The person involved in the negotiations said the plea deal would drop the bribery and fraud charges and scrap one case entirely. The person asked for anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the details of the talks. He said a plea deal would likely be announced in the coming days. The person said a number of elements remained unresolved,...
    RICHMOND, Virginia — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) signaled a new direction for Virginia on his first day in office, signing 11 executive actions aimed at changing the trajectory of the Commonwealth. Youngkin signed nine Executive Orders and two Executive Directives, many of which focused on education, the coronavirus, and economic development, according to a press release. In his first Executive Order as governor, the Virginia Republican promised to “restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education.” The second order promised to “empower Virginia parents in their child’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.” Both orders signal the fulfillment of a major campaign theme about education and parental rights, taking on the Marxist critical race theory indoctrination scheme directly, and opening up the opportunity for parents to choose whether or not to mask their child, a practice that has proven to be detrimental to social development and mental health. The final education-related order is the fourth, which promises...
    As COVID-19 cases rise and student and teacher absences mount, Montgomery County Public Schools’ largest teacher’s union is calling on the Board of Education to do more to address the disruption. In a vote this week, the Montgomery County, Maryland, Education Association overwhelmingly passed a resolution of no confidence in MCPS leadership. “MCPS executive leadership’s decisions have exacerbated challenges that our county has been facing, such as educator retention, closing the opportunity gap, engaging marginalized communities, and fulfilling special education requirements,” the resolution stated. The resolution also cited what it called failures related to COVID-19 testing for students and staff and the high numbers of student absences and staff shortages, as well as a lack of transparent communication. The resolution also pointed to a lack of collaboration with students, parents, teachers and other staff before the implementation of new policies. “As a result, changes in operations have been both ill-considered and poorly implemented, seriously hindering teaching and learning, as well as alienating and sowing divisiveness in communities ravaged by this pandemic,” the resolution stated. School officials were appearing before the...
    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: British prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference at 10 Downing Street.WPA Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's leadership is on a knife-edge as a scandal over "parties" held at Downing Street — and allegedly in various other government departments — during Covid-19 lockdowns in the U.K. has prompted calls for his resignation. Senior Conservative Party officials are calling on Johnson to quit after he admitted on Wednesday that he had attended a garden drinks party at Downing Street, the prime minister's office and which he lives next door to, during lockdown when the public were barred from seeing more than one person in an outdoor setting that they didn't live with. Reports of parties while the British public sacrificed their freedoms and social lives, not to mention their time with loved ones, has caused widespread anger. The senior officials are questioning whether Johnson can still command the respect of the party, and the country. CNBC has a guide to "partygate" and why Johnson's time...
    Only four percent say the economy has recovered under Joe Biden’s leadership, a YouGov poll released Wednesday revealed. While Biden promised in 2020 he would improve the economy and shut down the virus, few believe Biden has improved the economy from Donald Trump’s tenure. When respondents were asked, “How long do you think it will take until the economy has recovered all the ground lost during the pandemic?” four percent answered the economy has “already recovered,” seven percent said it would “take less than a year,” 15 percent said a year, 22 percent said two years, and 52 percent said two years or more. The polling comes as Biden has struggled with tamping the virus from China, fueling 40 year high inflation amid a supply chain crisis and the Fed’s easy money policy. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters the nation has experienced a 40 percent coronavirus infection increase in the last seven days. Instead of focusing on reducing coronavirus chaos, supply chains woes, and inflation, Biden has directed his attention to destroying election integrity....
    CBS News announced on Monday changes to its editorial leadership in Washington, D.C., ahead of this year's midterm elections.  Mark Lima, currently the outlet's West Coast bureau chief, will assume a new role as vice president and Washington bureau chief and Mary Hager, executive producer of “Face the Nation,” will be given an additional role of executive editor of politics.  Matthew Mosk has also been hired as senior investigative editorial director, the company announced. Mosk spent the past 12 years at ABC News “We are investing in the future of CBS News by continuing to strengthen our newsgathering and investigative reporting – much of which originates out of Washington,” said Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News. “We are putting together a strong team ahead of the midterms and presidential elections, who will bring a fresh multiplatform perspective to their respective areas and continue to make CBS News a destination for top political reporting and exclusive investigations.” The new leadership team in Washington will help CBS "[hold] leaders accountable and [raise] the questions that go to the heart of the issues important to our viewers is...
    The trio of Republicans vying for Senate in Alabama is refusing to follow the lead of former President Donald Trump and demand the ouster of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Asked whether the Kentucky Republican, 79, should be fired or if they will support him for Senate GOP leader if they win the Alabama primary in May and are elected in November, the three candidates were noncommittal in statements provided to the Washington Examiner. That includes Rep. Mo Brooks, who has been endorsed by Trump, Katie Britt, former chief of staff to retiring Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, and businessman and military veteran Mike Durant. “My position is this,” Brooks said this month in an email exchange: “Mo Brooks will vote for the most conservative candidate for Senate Republican leader who most closely represents the values of Alabama citizens and who will best rise to the challenges America faces.” Durant, via campaign spokesman Jahan Wilcox, staked out a similarly vague position. “Unlike his opponents, Mike isn’t a career politician, so if that’s a vote when he gets to the Senate, he’d...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — It sounded like wishful thinking at best. A throwaway line at worst for a coach bracing himself for imminent disappointment. “I’m capable of talking myself in(to) anything,” Mike Tomlin said last week when asked about the seemingly unlikely series of events the Pittsburgh Steelers needed to unfold if they wanted to navigate their way to the playoffs. Yet what could have come off as naive or trite instead provided a glimpse into Tomlin’s relentless tunnel vision, the kind that’s helped him guide the Steelers (9-7-1) to their 10th — and by far most unlikely — postseason appearance during his 15 years on the sideline. Over the past four months, through injuries, uncharacteristically lopsided losses and a series of wins whose only saving grace was the final score — oh and that comical tie with Detroit — Tomlin’s message has not changed. Down 29 at the half to Minnesota? Keep going. Steamrolled by Cincinnati … twice? Keep going. Destroyed in Kansas City the day after Christmas? Keep going. By comparison, needing a win in Baltimore in the regular-season...
    DENVER (CBS4) – After three losing seasons and zero playoff appearances, the Broncos have parted ways with Vic Fangio. While the decision was necessary, there is no shortage of respect for the team’s former head coach “I want to thank Vic Fangio for the work that he did over these last three seasons. Vic said when he got here, that he would give us maximum effort to do everything he could to be successful. As I said in my statement earlier this morning, he put his heart and his soul into this job. I’ve never seen a coach work harder. Unfortunately, the results weren’t there,” CEO Joe Ellis said. “At the end of the day, we’re judged on one thing, and that’s winning. It’s about results, and for the last five years, the results have not been there. Vic was here for three of them, but our fans, our players, our team, and our entire front-range region deserves a winning team.” (credit: CBS) “The record may not be reflective of where we’re at, but the one thing about Vic Fangio...
    Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonSunday shows preview: Congress marks Jan. 6 anniversary; US, Russia to hold talks amid rising tensions White House asks governors to name infrastructure coordinators CDC to reconsider latest guidance amid backlash, rise in cases MORE (R) on Sunday said individuals who believe the “big lie” that the election was stolen from former President TrumpDonald TrumpFox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary events Sunday shows preview: Congress marks Jan. 6 anniversary; US, Russia to hold talks amid rising tensions Democrats must close the perception gap MORE are “not demonstrating leadership.” Asked by co-anchor Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperEx-McCarthy staffer: GOP leader's strategy dictated by 'most extreme' wings of party The Hill's 12:30 Report: Capitol Hill marks dark anniversary of Jan. 6 attacks COVID-19 cases in UK exceed 100K for first time MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” if he is worried about individuals who embrace the “big lie” being put in a position of authority where they can potentially undermine legitimate election results, Hutchinson said, “What worries me is that they're not demonstrating...
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian opposition supporters on Saturday clashed with each other as they tried to storm their party headquarters following an internal fight for the party leadership. Former leader Sali Berisha of the main opposition Democratic Party has created a grouping trying to move the party leader Lulzim Basha from the post, accusing him of being a “hostage” of Prime Minister Edi Rama of the left-wing Socialist Party. Protesters stormed the ground floor of the building, using iron bars to open the main door and breaking windows. Tear gas was used from inside the building to move them away. At least one injured person was seen. Basha fired Berisha from the parliamentary group in September, which sparked an internal party fight between them. That followed an intervention in May by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said in a statement that during Berisha’s 2005-2013 tenure as prime minister, the politician “was involved in corrupt acts … using his power for his own benefit and to enrich his political allies and his family members,” interfering in...
    Marco Rubio stands for almost nothing. He disowned his own comprehensive immigration reform bill. He voted for a racist president he once criticized as “an embarrassment” and “con artist.” After claiming that the horrific Pulse mass shooting pushed him to run for another Senate term after saying he wouldn’t, he not only headlined an anti-LGBT event, he’s also done nothing on gun violence. But Marco does stand for something: making sure the COVID-19 pandemic has no fucking end in sight. In recent tweets, the pro-pandemic senator “doubled down on downplaying the latest increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, saying that it is not a crisis and that the demand for Covid testing is hysteria,” NBC News reports. In a New Year’s Eve tweet, Rubio claimed that “[r]ecord numbers testing positive for a sore throat isn’t a crisis. And people in the hospital for car accidents testing positive isn’t a surge. The real crisis is the irrational hysteria which has people with no symptoms waiting hours for a test or missing work for 10 days.” A happy, healthy 2022 from the Republican Party. Rubio continued misleading and...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Victor Hanson II, a former publisher of The Birmingham News who worked in multiple positions before taking over the top leadership job, died Friday. He was 91. Son Victor Hanson III said his father died in his sleep at a hospital after a brief illness, leaving his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth S. Hanson, and five children. “He has a great legacy,” Hanson said in an interview. Hanson’s family owned the paper for decades in the early 1900s, and he began working there after graduating from the University of Alabama in 1954, holding jobs that included reporting and selling advertisements, al.com reported. The Newhouse family kept the Hansons in leadership after purchasing the News in 1955, and Hanson was named president in 1980 and publisher three years later. Hanson oversaw the editorial board when the paper won the Pulitzer Prize for editorials about inequities in Alabama’s tax system in 1991. Hanson, who also held multiple civic leadership positions, retired as publisher in 2000 and turned the title over to Victor Hanson III, who also has since...
    (CNN)Dick Cheney is nobody's RINO (Republican in name only).The former vice president -- and member of Congress -- has long been an unapologetic conservative. When he and President George W. Bush left office in early 2009, he was the conservative that liberals loved to hate the most. "No question, Dick Cheney is a bona fide conservative," Brookings' Thomas Mann told CNN way back in 2000. All of which brings me to Thursday when Cheney offered a stinging critique of his own party and their collective reactions to the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021."It's not leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years," Cheney told CNN's Ali Zaslav. In an interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl, Cheney went even further, saying, "I'm deeply disappointed we don't have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution."Read MoreIt's worth noting here -- as plenty of Republicans will -- that Cheney's daughter, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, is the leading (and one of the only) voices within the Republican Party urging the...
    Fox News host Laura Ingraham blasted former Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday after he visited Capitol Hill for the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. "The dinosaurs of the Pelosi-Schumer age are about to go extinct," Ingraham said. "They know their political con game is coming to an end in November, and they're so petrified that Trump or someone with similar views will win the presidency in 2024 that they're even willing to team up with an old nemesis [Dick Cheney]." The Fox host then presented a collection of clips showing Democrats rip the former vice president throughout the years. DICK CHENEY ATTENDS JAN. 6 CEREMONY AT CAPITOL AND CHASTISES GOP LEADERS She referred to Cheney as Darth Vader and said he represented the "mastodons of the Bush age." Ingraham conceded that she "always liked Dick Cheney," but she appeared visibly irked by the former vice president's critique of the contemporary GOP. "I'm deeply disappointed we don't have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution," Cheney said,...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue and his campaign are challenging a new state law that they say gives incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp a huge and unfair fundraising and spending advantage in the Republican primary. The law passed by state legislators last year and signed by Kemp allows certain top elected officials, including the governor, and party nominees, to create “leadership committees” that can raise campaign funds without limits, including during a legislative session. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Atlanta, Perdue and his campaign allege that the law creates “an uneven election playing field” and ask a judge to declare it unconstitutional. Under Georgia law, candidates for statewide office cannot collect more than $7,600 from an individual donor for a primary or general election and $4,500 for a runoff election. But leadership committees aren’t bound by those limits. The new law allows for leadership committees controlled by the governor, lieutenant governor, a political party’s nominee for governor or lieutenant governor, and by the Republican and Democratic caucuses in the state House and Senate. Kemp’s campaign created...
    David Purdue's (R) gubernatorial campaign has filed a lawsuit challenging a Georgia state law that critics say gives Gov. Brian KempBrian KempKemp announces effort to loosen handgun policies in Georgia Seven most vulnerable governors facing reelection in 2022 Eleven interesting races to watch in 2022 MORE (R) an advantage in the governor's race. Last year, Kemp signed Georgia Senate Bill 221 into law, allowing those vying for governor, lieutenant governor and party leadership roles to create “leadership committees” with no caps on individual campaign contributions. The law also does away with limits on when committees can raise money. Soon after the law was signed, Kemp registered his own leadership committee called the Georgians First Leadership Committee. Critics of the law have argued that it gives incumbent candidates an unfair advantage as non-incumbent candidates must win a party primary before they can establish a leadership committee. In Perdue’s lawsuit, which was obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the former U.S. senator argued that this law creates a disadvantage as the incumbent candidate in this case has “nearly three-and-a-half years” during which they...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The virus has been wreaking havoc on the rank and file of the Los Angeles Fire Department with 299 firefighters off duty because of COVID-19, causing worrying staffing shortages so much so that a high-ranking firefighter said they are in the midst of a “severe staffing crisis.” “As of yesterday, we have 299 firefighters off duty due to the virus,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said during a press conference on Thursday. “It’s the highest we’ve seen at any one time.” READ MORE: LA County Firefighter Jonathan Flagler Dies While Battling Blaze At Rancho Palos Verdes HomeAs of Thursday, Los Angeles has over 800 firefighters and police officers off duty because of the COVID-19 forcing those who are healthy to work overtime. “I’ve authorized the use of overtime funds to cover those who are sick,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. Even though the LAPD has 5% of its officers out with COVID the department has maintained staffing numbers, however, the fire department has struggled to fill in the gaps. “At no point have communities had a closed...
    Ryan O’Toole, a former staffer for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), described his former boss essentially as a “follower” who is a puppet for extremists during an interview Thursday on CNN. On the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, O’Toole joined The Lead with host Jake Tapper to discuss why he quit on McCarthy (R-CA) and joined the staff of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). Tapper asked O’Toole how he explains McCarthy’s “evolving” opinion of former President Donald Trump following the riot. McCarthy criticized the former president immediately following the events of Jan. 6, but soon softened his stance after famously visiting the former president at his Mar-a-Lago estate to make amends. O’Toole told Tapper that he was inside the Capitol during the riot. He further accused McCarthy of not addressing him and other staffers about what had unfolded that day. Tapper asked O’Toole, “I’m stunned that leader McCarthy didn’t reach out to his staff. Um, how do you explain McCarthy’s evolving opinion on Trump’s role in the insurrection? Blaming him directly for the mob, and...
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined Democrats for Thursday’s January 6 festivities at the Capitol building. After Democrats reportedly introduced themselves on the House floor to the former vice president, Dick Cheney slammed the Republican leadership for enacting American First policies while praising his daughter for “doing a hell of a job” combating those policies. “It’s not a leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years,” Dick Cheney, who was the former House whip in the 80s, said. “I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution,” he continued. “It’s an important historical event,” Dick Cheney added about the January 6 festivities. “You can’t overestimate how important it is.” “It’s great coming back,” he told reporters before assuring the establishment media that not only is his daughter “doing a hell of a job,” but he is “here to support her.” House Republicans ousted Liz Cheney from Republican leadership in 2021 for losing the trust of the caucus after siding with Democrats...
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney condemned fellow Republicans on Thursday as he attended a Jan. 6 address by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl why he was in attendance, Cheney replied, “It is an important historical event. You can’t overestimate how important it is.” “He told me that he is ‘deeply disappointed in the Republican leadership,'” Karl said of his conversation with Cheney. “And he was specifically talking about how they have handled the events of January 6th and the aftermath, and what he described as a failure to defend the Constitution.” He reportedly added, “It’s not leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years.” Cheney, 80, accompanied his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), at the event, making them the only Republicans in attendance. He has been mostly absent from the public eye since the end of his eight-year term as vice president in 2009, but his daughter traded barbs with former President Donald Trump through most of his term in the White House, voted to impeach him during his...
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney accompanied his daughter Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMyPillow CEO Mike Lindell sues Jan. 6 panel over subpoena for phone records Overnight Defense & National Security — Nation marks 1 year since Capitol riot GOP attempts balancing act: Condemn Jan. 6, but not Trump MORE (R-Wyo.) to the Capitol for events marking anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, and expressed disappointment with GOP leadership. “It's not a leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years,” Dick Cheney told reporters after exiting the House floor following a moment of silence in recognition of Jan. 6. Cheney, who served for a decade as a House lawmaker fro Wyoming, echoed many of the comments previously made by his daughter regarding the Republican Party. “I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican party to restore the Constitution,” he told ABC News earlier Thursday. The elder Chenery came to the Capitol alongside his daughter, saying she’s “doing a hell of a job. I’m here to support...
    Getty Dan Campbell hugs Jared Goff after the Lions beat the Vikings in 2021. Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell has been strong amid a tumultuous first year for his team, and that is a fact that has earned him some major praise from his players. No matter what’s happened, Campbell has led the Lions confidently, and that is a fact that wasn’t lost on the team’s other big personality Jared Goff. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Goff came to Detroit in a new situation and quickly was impressed with Campbell’s leadership and attention to detail for the team. He also appreciated the kind of player’s coach he was and what he did to ensure that the Lions did not lose heart even amid a difficult year. Speaking in an interview with the media on January 5 posted to DetroitLions.com, Goff praised Campbell for his first-year work. “I think just his steadiness in the midst of how poorly it went early on,...
    LONDON (AP) — Manchester United appointed a new chief executive on Thursday in the latest step by the fallen Premier League giant to regain its elite playing status and restore stability. Richard Arnold has been promoted from group managing director to the top leadership role below members of the owning Glazer family as CEO of the club, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Arnold assumes the responsibilities of Ed Woodward, who leaves on Feb. 1 having initially announced his departure last April amid the furor over United’s attempt to join the short-lived, ill-fated European Super League with five other English clubs. “We are now looking forward to Richard and his leadership team opening a new phase in the club’s evolution,” co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement, “with ambitious plans for investment in Old Trafford, the strengthening of our engagement with fans, and continued drive towards our most important objective – winning on the pitch.” Woodward had served as executive vice chairman since 2013 — the year United’s decline began with the retirement of Alex Ferguson as...
                 Live from Music Row Wednesday 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 all-star panelist, Dr. Carol Swain in studio to react to Critical Race Theory incentives for professors at the University of Memphis and Americans for Prosperity’s 2022 goals. Leahy: Carol, you have been a university professor at the most prestigious universities in the country. Princeton, Vanderbilt. You cut the cord, you’re out on your own. You’re doing much better than you would if you’ve been staying with those guys in the left-wing land of higher education. Swain: I have to admit that you’re right. (Leahy chuckles) Leaving Vanderbilt was one of the most important things that I’ve done in my life. And it opened the door for all sorts of new possibilities. And I feel like the impact that I’m making now is far greater than anything I could have done in the classroom. Leahy: I agree with that completely. Speaking of the classroom, some...
    Tucker Carlson tore into House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday night over his apparent unwillingness to “punish” Twitter after the social media giant permanently suspended the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Carlson began his interview with Greene by noting that he does not want to pull her into any kind of “feud” with Republican leadership but argued that Twitter’s ban of former President Donald Trump and Greene requires a stronger response from GOP leadership. “Here is what I don’t understand and I’m trying to channel the frustration, I think, of a lot of people,” Carlson began, adding: “But, Kevin McCarthy, California, super nice guy, he expects to be the speaker, and he will be, because Republicans are about to take control. Not because of what he did, but because of Biden’s screw ups, okay. He is about to be really powerful. He issued a statement, when he gets into power we will do something about section 230. “I am confused, why wouldn’t a guy who think he should be speaker of the house be...
    The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), the top GOP outside group supporting Republican House candidates, released its first slate of 2022 midterm endorsements Wednesday. CLF, which is closely tied to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyCheney: Republicans who stuck by Trump 'will not be judged well by history' Twitter's Marjorie Taylor Greene ban fuels GOP attacks on 'Big Tech' Democrats' loose talk of 'disqualification' still dangerous MORE (Calif.), made the endorsements through its Trailblazers Fund. The new slate of endorsements was just the second in its history, after endorsing now-Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La.) in a special election last year. The endorsements Wednesday are for 11 Republicans running for seats that are open, controlled by Democrats or newly created under the redistricting process.  The candidates are Juan Ciscomani in Arizona, Esther Joy King in Illinois, Amanda Adkins in Kansas, former Rep. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinEleven interesting races to watch in 2022 Maine Republican announces bid to return to Congress Trump battle with Fox News revived by Arizona projection MORE in Maine, former Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeTrump's relocation of the Bureau of Land...
    Democratic Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence will not seek re-election in 2022, she confirmed Tuesday. First elected to Congress in 2015, Lawrence previously served on the Southfield Public Schools Board of Education and Southfield City Council, and was the Detroit suburb’s mayor for fourteen years. She cited a desire to spend more time with her family as the reason for her retirement. “I love the 30-year ride I’ve had — the challenges, the successes, the fighting for democracy. I have so much gratitude for the opportunity I’ve had,” Lawrence told The Detroit News. “I’ve been married 50 years. I’m healthy. I’m at the top of my game. I have the opportunity to turn the page and to be able to start another chapter in my life of leadership, and I’m looking forward to it. And my family — who have shared me for 30 years — are very, very excited about.” SCOOP: U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence to retire from Congress, leaving Detroit-area seat up for grabs https://t.co/SxKFXd4wIw via @detroitnews — Melissa Nann Burke (@nannburke) January 5, 2022 Lawrence serves on...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. No glamor for Newsom in fixing broken EDD One would think that, with all the fraud in the Employment Development Department, Gov. Newsom might do something about the perpetually broken unemployment, disability and paid family leave systems. They’re so understaffed that it can take a week of constant calling just to get placed on hold. Then you wait for 45 to 90 minutes to actually speak to someone. Of course, these programs are for the average worker. Fixing them won’t get him any TV time or “woke points” like giving $98 million to foreigners illegally living here. Or “saving” California by locking it down and putting millions out of work. Or protecting us from evil guns while letting criminals free without bail to commit even more crimes. Makes you wonder (or not) who the Democrats represent. Not your law-abiding working class, that’s for sure. Steve Brown Sr. Oakley Schultz’s wife notable in her own right The caption under the picture of Charlotte and George Schultz (“A...