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    CHICAGO — Many are exhausted to hear anything related to a new variant or even subvariant of COVID-19, which has already killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, sickened many others and caused two years of disruption. A postholiday surge of the omicron variant already has stressed hospitals across the country, bringing them to their breaking points. It’s also made many who are weary of coronavirus restrictions on their lives even more so. Now the World Health Organization is warning a new version of omicron is being seen in more countries and has said investigating it should be prioritized. RELATED: ‘Stealth omicron’ sub-variant found in Santa Clara County So how big a worry is the so-called stealth omicron, which some experts have said could be better at evading detection in testing, giving it its nickname? Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, mentioned it in a news conference Tuesday, noting the omicron subvariant is something officials are watching.”We’re keeping an eye on it. There’s nothing that we’ve seen at this point that is raising a high level...
    SACRAMENTO —  Children are getting COVID-19, being hospitalized and dying. Sure, it’s in relatively small numbers. But how many kids’ deaths must there be to count as significant? Just one if you’re the parent. Or a brother or sister or a grandparent. So, when opponents of mandatory vaccinations as a condition for being allowed in a classroom protest that COVID-19 is not a big deal for children, I think about the impact on my family if a grandkid were to come down deathly sick. Exact data are almost impossible to obtain, in large part because some states refuse to report timely and accurate stats. But nearly 6.3 million children have been infected with the coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 22,400 have been hospitalized. And at least 1,140 have died. Yes, those numbers pale in comparison to the roughly 72 million total cases and 871,000 deaths nationwide. But if California can reduce severe illness among children from COVID-19 by requiring vaccinations in order to attend public or private schools, why not? Because — aside...
    Getty Jasmine Roth is the host of HGTV's "Help! I Wrecked My House." “Help! I Wrecked My House” is returning to HGTV for a third season, according to host Jasmine Roth. She shared a video announcing the renewal on Instagram. “I GOT THE NEWS!” the 37-year-old captioned the post. “I am so so so excited to share that Season 3 of my show on @hgtv has been picked up. ‘HELP! I Wrecked My House’ is back for another season. Ahhhh!!!” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jasmine Roth HGTV (@jasminerothofficial) The 10-episode third season is expected to premiere in the fall of 2022, HGTV announced. According to a press release, the series “features Jasmine as she helps homeowners rescue do-it-yourself projects gone wrong. Each episode also showcases a gorgeous home renovation with Jasmine’s clever storage solutions and functional, family friendly designs.” “In every episode of ‘Help! I Wrecked My House’ we see how easy it is to get in over your head with a do-it-yourself home project,” HGTV’s Vice President of Programming and Development,...
    A 31-year-old father of two has undergone open heart surgery to fit a pump that will only keep him alive another five years after he was refused a transplant because he would not get vaccinated against COVID-19. DJ Ferguson underwent a procedure to fit a mechanical heart pump, called a left ventricular assist device, which will last for up to five years.  The device was fitted at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, where Ferguson was admitted in November, suffering from a hereditary heart condition that causes his lungs and heart to fill with blood and fluid. On Wednesday night his mother, Tracey; father, David; and girlfriend Heather Dawson - the mother of his children - told Fox News of their devastation at the hospital's refusal to grant Ferguson a transplant.   David Ferguson said that the grueling open heart surgery was a last resort, and a poor alternative to a transplant.  'He had to get the vaccine in order to get that transplant,' he told Tucker Carlson. 'His heart deteriorated so much, so quickly, that they had to resort to open heart surgery...
    (CNN)The last thing an internally estranged America needs is an alienating Supreme Court confirmation battle. But that's almost certainly what lies ahead following Justice Stephen Breyer's decision to retire.President Joe Biden's first high court pick will create a moment of promise for a struggling administration, offers Senate Democrats a badly needed shot at unity and could shatter another glass ceiling since Biden plans to nominate a Black woman. And despite the narrowness of their Senate majority, it should be reasonably simple for Democrats to confirm a new justice swiftly, without any Republican votes, before they risk losing the chamber in the midterm elections.A drama-free Supreme Court process could enhance the tattered image of Congress, help a President whose approval ratings are tumbling and do some good to the tarnished reputation of a court increasingly tangled in politics. And since replacing Breyer, a liberal, will not shift the court's 6-3 conservative balance, it might seem that the stakes are lower this time. Inside Bidens calculated silence on Breyers retirementBut such hopes ignore the corrosive impact of recent nomination fights -- which...
    United pilot Sherry Walker says she is on indefinite unpaid leave over her religious-based vaccine refusal A United Airlines pilot who refuses to get vaccinated for COVID-19 has claimed that she is on unpaid leave and unable to seek another job due to the company's strict non-compete clause. Sherry Walker, 53, the co-founder of advocacy group Airline Employees for Health Freedom, spoke out during a protest against vaccine mandates on Sunday in Washington, D.C.  'I am out on unpaid leave. I am prohibited from getting another job. I'm prohibited from accessing my 401(k). I have no medical benefits, and I'm leading the charge in this fight, so my days are consumed,' Walker told the Daily Signal at the demonstration. When reached by DailyMail.com, a spokesperson for United declined to comment on Walker's situation.  The airline says that about 2,000 employees were granted medical or religious accommodations during the vaccine rollout, and that workers with the exemptions had the option of continuing to work in a non-customer-facing role. The company says that only those workers who refused the reassignment were placed on unpaid leave,...
    (CNN)As the body of a slain New York police officer was transported to a funeral home Sunday, fellow law enforcement personnel lined the streets in support of the young man who had sought to bridge gaps between the department and his community. And while investigators learn more about the Friday shooting that killed Officer Jason Rivera and left another officer in critical condition, the city's new mayor has pledged a return to controversial policing tactics in an effort to keep people safe. Rivera, 22, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic incident in Harlem Friday evening. A second officer, Wilbert Mora, 27, remained in critical condition as of Sunday following surgery, the New York Police Department said, and was transferred from Harlem Hospital to NYU Langone Medical Center.Domestic incidents are highly dangerous for police officers, experts say The suspected shooter, Lashawn McNeil, was listed in critical condition, the NYPD told CNN Friday. McNeil tried to run but was confronted by a third officer on the scene and was struck by two rounds, police said. As city officials work...
    Another New Yorker has been pushed in front of a subway train - as the city's new Mayor Eric Adams promised to tackle 'unrealistic laws' he's blamed for a 'sea of crime.' 'We're going to go after the underlying reasons you're seeing crime in our city.. This is a sea of crime that is being fed by many rivers, and we have to dam each one of those rivers,' Adams told CNN Sunday. He spoke as a 61 year-old man was shoved onto the subway tracks on the A/C platform at Fulton Street Station on Sunday. The victim was able to climb back onto the platform without being struck by a train, and was treated at hospital for minor injuries. The pusher - a man in his 20s wearing a camouflage jacket - fled the station and is being hunted by cops. It is unclear if the victim knew his aggressor, and what - if anything - prompted the attack.   'We've been unsuccessful to do throughout the years. These crimes did not start during my administration. They have been here for...
    PICTURES have emerged showing Arnold Schwarzenegger after he flipped his huge SUV in a crash with four other vehicles. The former bodybuilder and governor of California was photographed at the scene in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon. 4Arnold Schwarzenegger looks shocked after being involved in a car accident as he was making a left turnCredit: BackGrid 4Schwarzenegger's enormous black SUV was perched on top of a PriusCredit: BackGrid 4Schwarzenegger speaks to a police officer at the sceneCredit: BackGrid A spokesperson for Schwarzenegger told the BBC the actor was behind the wheel of his SUV at the time of the incident but was unharmed. The four-vehicle collision took place just after 4.30pm local time on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed. Schwarzenegger's SUV reportedly rolled over on top of another car after colliding with a red Prius. One eyewitness told the media outlet that it "looked like a stunt in a movie". Ambulances reportedly took the injured driver to the hospital after she was seen "bleeding heavily from her head," TMZ reports. Most read in The US SunBIG BUCKS Deadline...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Authorities said at least one person is dead and another is in critical condition following an explosion at a factory in the Village of Hampshire, located in Kane County. It happened on the 300 block of Industrial Drive at W.R. Meadows, a factory that manufactures asphalt and concrete products. The two workers were cleaning the top of a tank with items used to make products when the explosion occurred. Hampshire Fire – Explosion with a working fire at 300 Industrial Dr at WR Meadows – Victims reported — Tri-State Fire Alert (@Fire_Alerts911) January 21, 2022   This is a developing story.
    A Texas teenager has been freed on bail after the murder of his 15-year-old girlfriend, who he is accused of shooting 22 times. Frank Deleon Jr, 17, was arrested on Monday after being charged with killing Diamond Alvarez.  Alvarez was killed on January 11 a couple of blocks from her southwest Houston home, near a field that was used as a neighborhood park.  She had gone to meet Deleon around 9.30pm to confront him for dating her while he was in a long-term relationship with another girl.  Deleon shot her 22 times in the back, according to the Houston Police Department.  On Wednesday morning, the accused killer was freed after posting $250,000 bond. Frank Deleon Jr. of Houston, 17 (pictured left) was freed on a $250,000 bond on Wednesday, having been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend Diamond Alvarez (right), who was shot 22 times in the back on January 11 Alvarez's family was dismayed at his release. 'He doesn't deserve a bond. I don't think so,' said Anna Machado, Alvarez's mother.  'I don't think that's right. I don't...
    Fort Lee police converged on a group of teenage out-of-towners – three of them from Newark – moments after they burglarized an unlocked vehicle before dawn Thursday, authorities said. Sgt. David G. Tropea spotted the fleeing suspects in a white sedan at the intersection of Palisade Avenue and Bridle Way shortly after 4:30 a.m., Capt. Edward Young said. Backups quickly joined him in securing all four of the occupants, Young said. The Arcadian Way victim told police a motion sensor app on his cellphone alerted him to someone in his driveway. Home security video showed the white sedan stopping in front of his home, Young said. One of the four, identified as Makhi Johnson,19, of Newark, is seen getting into the victim’s unlocked car and then returning to the sedan, which drives off, the captain said. Police charged Johnson with burglary. Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary along with him were Jerron Phillips, 18, and Rahim Sandifer Jr., 19, both also of Newark, and Zymirah Wash, 19, of Irvington. Sandifer and Wash were released under New Jersey’s 2017 bail reform...
    Eleven months have passed since Texas suffered a cold snap that inflicted freezing temperatures and widespread blackouts and caused some Texans to literally freeze to death in their homes. Looking back on that tragedy in a recent article for the Texas Monthly, journalist Russell Gold has a warning: “It could happen again” — and the next time, the suffering could be even worse. During the Texas freeze of February 2021, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson wrongly blamed green energy for the blackouts — saying, “It seems pretty clear that a reckless reliance on windmills is the cause of this disaster.” But that claim was total nonsense, as Texas gets the vast majority of its energy from fossil fuels, not green energy. Moreover, green energy is quite efficient in Sweden, Denmark and other countries in Northern Europe that are known for cold, snowy winters. In February 2021, the problem with Texas’ energy grid was that it hadn’t been properly winterized. “Unlike most other states that safely endured the February 2021 storm, Texas had stubbornly declined to require winterization of...
    A new scandal is rocking the Spanish royal family after pictures showed Iñaki Urdangarin, the husband of Infanta Cristina, holding hands with another woman. The former handball player, 54, was seen on a walk with the woman, allegedly an unnamed co-worker at the Imaz & Asociados law firm, in a photo published by the Spanish magazine Lecturas.  Urdangarin married Infanta Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, in 1997, and the couple share four children. In 2018, he was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement and money laundering in excess of £4.5 million through his non-profit organisation, the Noos Institute.  Last year, he was granted permission to move to the Grade 3 Spanish prison regime, which means he only needs to report to prison once a week.   Speaking to the press this morning, he said the family would manage the situation with 'the utmost calm and together as always.' While the pictures came as a shock to the general public, sources told Hola! that Infanta Cristina was not surprised by the snap and 'already knew' about the relationship...
    Anthony Fauci must apologize for calling a Republican senator a 'moron', a group of GOP congressmen have said - accusing him of spreading divisiveness and calling his hot mic moment 'just the latest example of his tragic failure to lead.' Fauci, the nation's top public health expert, clashed last week with Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas after Marshall repeatedly asked him about his financial disclosures. Fauci, 80, has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and is the highest-paid federal employee in the country, making $434,312 a year as head of the NIAID. President Joe Biden's salary is $400,000.  When he retires, Fauci's pension will be the largest in US history, exceeding $350,000 per year. Marshall wanted to see Fauci's financial information; Fauci told him the documents were public. Dr Anthony Fauci (left) is seen on January 11, during a heated Congressional hearing, holding up a screenshot from Rand Paul's website where he fundraises by getting supporters to pay to donate to his 'Fire Dr Fauci' campaign. He also got into a debate with Roger Marshall (right) 'Yes...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After gusty weather lashed the Baltimore region Monday, Tuesday is shaping up to be a much calmer, drier and brighter day. It’s mostly sunny outside with 9- to 13-mph westerly winds and a forecast high near 38 degrees, though clouds will move in and temperatures will cool down into the evening hours. READ MORE: Hogan Extends Open Enrollment On Maryland Health Connection, Pledges Boosts In Health And Human Services SpendingBut even though we’re getting a much-needed break, now is not the time to get complacent. The WJZ First Alert Weather team is tracking a winter weather threat later this week. We’re declaring a WJZ First Alert Weather Day on Thursday in anticipation of this winter weather. High pressure to our east and the return flow will usher in slightly milder air ahead of a cold front on Wednesday. Highs will reach into the upper 40s on Wednesday afternoon. Some rain showers will develop ahead of and along the front Wednesday afternoon and into the night. As colder air pushes into region, snow showers will join our dance...
    New COVID infections in the US dropped by 47 per cent in a week, sparking cautious hopes that the latest surge triggered by the Omicron variant may have peaked. DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data found there were 721,651 new cases recorded between midnight Monday and midnight Tuesday. That is a dramatic drop on the 1.364 million cases recorded for the same period last week, which broke the record for the highest-day single diagnoses in the US since the pandemic began. Deaths have also slumped by 38 per cent too, from 1,835 last Monday, to 1,125 yesterday. The sharp drop is almost certainly at least partly due to Martin Luther King Jr Day, with many states not sharing their latest figures on public holidays and weekends.  But COVID cases have been plunging for days in those states hardest hit by Omicron when it first arrived in the US in early December, suggesting the latest phase pandemic could really be drawing to a close. Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, put a fly in the ointment after warning...
    Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, warns that the Omicron variant may not spell the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease, told the Davos Agenda virtual event Monday that 'natural vaccination' - or immunity via previous infection - might not be as effective as some believe. Like the emergence of Omicron, there is potential for a new variant to emerge in the future that can bypass the natural immunity provided by infection from the new strain.  He says that even if Omicron - which has caused a massive surge in new cases worldwide but is not as severe or deadly as its predecessors - is the final strain of Covid, it will likely become endemic. His warning runs counter to the positive predictions coming from some officials in the UK who believe that the virus could have a 'flu-type' relationship with people by the end of the year based on its current spread. Dr Anthony Fauci (pictured), warned that the Omicron variant may not be the virus's final...
    (CNN)In his ruling that a child sexual abuse lawsuit against Prince Andrew can move ahead, Judge Lewis Kaplan took several pages to flatly reject the royal's argument that the law undergirding the entire case is unconstitutional."Defendant is not the first litigant to advance this argument, which has been rejected by every New York state and federal court to have encountered it," the federal judge wrote in the 46-page decision. "And it has been rejected repeatedly for good reason."The concise rejection represents a clear message from the courts: The Child Victims Act, the basis for Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit against Prince Andrew, is here to stay."I see this ruling as very important, as another step in terms of really acknowledging the right of survivors to really bring their case to court," said Liz Roberts, the CEO of Safe Horizon, which advocated for the law for years. Judge rules sexual assault lawsuit against Prince Andrew can move aheadEnacted in 2019, the Child Victims Act created a one-year lookback window -- later expanded to two years due to the pandemic -- in which victims...
    KARDASHIAN fans one again seemed to have found yet another "clue" that Kanye West's new girlfriend Julia Fox is morphing into his ex-wife Kim. All this comes as the Uncut Gems star and the rapper have continued to have numerous public outings together. 5Kardashian fans once again accused Kanye West's girlfriend Julia Fox of trying to be his ex Kim Kardashian in new photosCredit: instagram 5Kim previously posed with Madonna in numerous snaps before the Uncut Gems star did the same thingCredit: Getty It all kicked off when iconic pop star Madonna, 63, took to Instagram to share various photos, one of which included her posing with Julia on a couch. Others featured Madonna with Kanye, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., and a group snap of all of them together. "Went to dinner with Julia to talk about my movie and some other folks showed up," Madonna captioned, to which the actress responded with nothing but emojis. However, Kardashian fans were quick to call out some similarities between the new photos and previous ones featuring Kim. One Reddit user shared numerous...
    Jessa Duggar's latest YouTube video has been flooded with comments from what appear to be porn accounts. On January 11, the 29-year-old mother-of-four revealed that she and her husband, Ben Seewald, had purchase a new 'fixer-upper' and have been renovating it to move in.  The video had earned nearly 300,000 views and scores of comments congratulating the former reality star, but not all of them belong to fans with a 'servant's heart,' as the Duggars might say. About a dozen comments have come from users with names like 'Sandy - F*** Me Check My Profile' and '[Soffy] H0T Girl L!ve Cam,' each of whom have profile pictures featuring scantily-clad women. Jessa, 29, recently revealed that she, her husband Ben Seewald, and their four kids bought a new home and are fixing it up A YouTube video about the renovation process has received a surprising number of comments with profile pictures featuring nearly-naked women All of the avatars show women in lingerie, some with just a closeup on their torso  The suspicious commenters' names include 'Mia _ T[A]P Me!! To Have [S]EX...
    Emmy-award-winning TV host Mike Rowe sat down with Tucker Carlson in a two-part Fox Nation interview to discuss how his show "Dirty Jobs" became a hit with America, revealing why the celebrated series is airing another season.  ‘DIRTY JOBS’ HOST MIKE ROWE RECALLS ‘DEVASTATING’ EXCHANGE THAT INSPIRED THE HIT SHOW  "Why is ‘Dirty Jobs’ back on the air?" Rowe said during an appearance on Fox Nation's ‘Tucker Carlson Today.’ "Because we make sure the viewer sees the love and the joy in the work, not just the difficulty. We celebrate something that is not transactional and look, I just personally believe that's-- we've arbitraged that out of the whole conversation." Rowe, who also hosts FOX Business' "How America Works," stressed the importance of learning real-world skills and the impact of trades within the workforce itself.  "We're saying-- look, all work has dignity. I'm the first guy to say that. But the way forward, the way up-- you know, the way to go from rung to rung to rung to rung is to increase your skills," Rowe explained. "And so if...
    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...
    Anyone will do to feed the mob's hunger. Anyone. When insurgents smashed their way into the Capitol on Jan. 6 both Republican members of Congress and the propagandists at Fox News had no doubt about who was in charge of the violence. From Kevin McCarthy’s frantic calls, to Sean Hannity’s texts, all of them were begging Trump to call off his dogs. Even Donald Trump’s own son was texting Mark Meadows in an effort to get his father to pull back his private army. Not one of those texts was mentioned a belief that the violence was generated by infiltrators from Black Lives Matter, or antifa, or the FBI.  In the critical moment, all of them, from Jim Jordan to Laura Ingraham, knew the truth: Trump inspired the violence, Trump directed the violence, and the mob ripping through the Capitol building was doing the bidding of their master. But of course, none of that was what they said in public or on the air. Even before the attack began, right-wing media was already claiming that antifa and BLM infiltrators were among the...
    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....
    Hillary Clinton may be the 'best option' to lead Democrats -- and likely face down Donald Trump -- in 2024, two Democrat operatives said on Tuesday. Just a year into Joe Biden's presidency, his and Kamala Harris' low popularity and back-to-back domestic and foreign crises has Democrats searching for a viable presidential candidate. That could set the stage for the former Secretary of State's political comeback, Douglas E. Schoen and Andrew Stein predict in a piece for the Wall Street Journal. It all depends on how Democrats perform in this year's midterm elections, they write. 'Given the likelihood that Democrats will lose control of Congress in 2022, we can anticipate that Mrs. Clinton will begin shortly after the midterms to position herself as an experienced candidate capable of leading Democrats on a new and more successful path,' the experts claim.  Clinton's deep roots in Washington, DC as a First Lady, then US Senator, then Secretary of State alienated her to voters who craved an 'outsider' to shake up the swamp in 2016, part of the reason for her stunning loss to...
    Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) tore in Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday after the Texas senator asked a Justice Department official if the FBI played a role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Cruz asked during a Senate hearing on domestic terrorism, “How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of Jan. 6?” Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director for the FBI’s National Security Branch, responded that she could not comment. Cruz pressed Sanborn repeatedly on the issue and later asked: Who is Ray Epps? There are a lot of people who are understandably very concerned about Mr. Epps. On the night of January 5th, 2021, Epps wandered around the crowd that had gathered and there is video out there of him chanting ‘tomorrow, we need to get into the Capitol.’ This behavior was so strange the crowd began chanting, ‘Fed, Fed, Fed, Fed, Fed, Fed, Fed.’ Ms. Sanborn, was Ray Epps a Fed?” Sandborn again responded, “I can’t answer that question.” Kinzinger hit Cruz for the line of questioning, which pushes...
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said pointedly Tuesday that ending the legislative filibuster won't make the Senate work better – just as President Joe Biden flew to Georgia to demand changes in Senate rules to push through voting rights legislation.   'We need some good rules changes to make the place work better. But getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it work better,' Manchin told reporters in the Capitol Tuesday morning.  He has allowed he might be open to a formal rules change – based on two-thirds of those voting present to do so. He called that a case of 'Democrats, Republicans changing the rules to make the place work better. Getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it work better,' he underlined. MANCHIN to @MacFarlaneNews¿We need some good rule changes to make the place work better but getting rid of the filibuster doesn¿t make it work better.¿ pic.twitter.com/s4y1HtS6WH— Alan He (@alanhe) January 11, 2022 Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia once again poured cold water on the Democrats' plan to change the filibuster if voting rights legislation remains...
    (CNN)Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson ended months of speculation on Sunday, announcing that he will break his two-term limit pledge and seek a third six-year term in November."I believe America is in peril," Johnson wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. "Much as I'd like to ease into a quiet retirement, I don't feel I should."Why is that notable? For two -- interconnected reasons: 1) Johnson's Wisconsin seat will be one of Democrats' top 2022 targets and 2) Johnson is, by far, the leading conspiracy theorist in the Senate. Let's tackle that second point first, with a look at just some of the conspiracy theories that Johnson has embraced in recent years.* Johnson suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (and House Democrats) voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol as a way to cover up her own culpability for what happened that day. (There's no evidence to back up that claim.)Read More* Johnson said that he saw no evidence that January 6 was an "armed insurrection." (There's lot of evidence...
    The OnePlus brand officially announced a smartphone in China today OnePlus 10 Pro, Which is the current flagship model of the brand. It received the latest chipset, fast cable charging and second generation LTPO display variable update rate from Qualcomm. The phone will first go on sale in China and will hit global markets in the spring. The body of the smartphone is made of metal and the back is on the back Glass (Gorilla Glass). The three lenses, along with the LEDs, are housed in a slightly elevated photomodule that adorns the Hasselblad logo. This smartphone is available in Volcanic Black and Forrest Emerald colors. The back is curved towards the edges, and this also applies to the AMOLED display. At the bottom edge is a USB-C, a nano-SIM drawer and a main speaker (whose partner will be a headphone speaker), with volume controls on the left, and a lock key on the right. A familiar rough is located near the photo module Three Level Rider, It switches between quiet, vibrating and loud modes just like...
    He noted that medical issues can be debated and he pushed back against the notion that everyone ought to implicitly trust in the pronouncements issued by the "medical establishment." "And medical matters are completely debatable. This idea that the medical establishment should be able to say, 'Just do what we say. When have we ever been wrong?' A lot would be my answer to that. You’ve been wrong a lot. You told us that the vaccines would get us out of this. Well they didn’t. What they do is they stop death. But you said they would stop transmission of the disease. They don’t stop you from getting it, and they don’t stop you from transmitting it. What they do is stop you from dying if you do get it. Well that’s very different than what you said a year ago. So don’t just stand there in your white coat saying 'We have all the answers.' You don’t. And just to throw in with Dr. Fauci doesn’t mean you’re a morally superior person. That attitude is what annoys people, I...
    The Republican National Committee is launching a suit against New York City Mayor Eric Adams, the city council and the city board of elections over a new policy allowing around up to 900,000 noncitizens to vote in municipal elections.      The RNC is filing suit together with the New York GOP and state and local office holders, including city council members who voted against the legislation. 'American elections should be decided by American citizens. If Democrats can subvert elections this flagrantly in America’s largest city, they can do it anywhere,' RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement provided to DailyMail.com.  'The RNC is suing to protect the integrity of our elections, and we stand ready to do the same wherever Democrats try to attack the basic security of your ballot.'  Our City Our Vote, a campaign that pushed for non-citizen suffrage, estimated that the new bill would add around 900,000 to the city's voter rolls.  The New York City Board of Elections would be responsible for the new voters' registration, and would need to produce different ballots for non-citizen voters.  ...
    (CNN)Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and city officials stretched into another week Monday as students will miss their fourth consecutive school day amid a disagreement over how schools should handle the city's Covid-19 surge. The union wants a period of remote learning, while the city wants kids in classrooms.Chicago Public Schools cancels classes for fourth consecutive day As of Friday, Chicago was averaging more than 5,200 new cases a day, a 16% increase over the prior week, according to the city health department's Covid tracker. The city's Covid-19 test positivity rate had a daily average of 21.1%."Out of fairness and consideration for parents who need to prepare, classes will be canceled again Monday. Although we have been negotiating hard throughout the day, there has not been sufficient progress for us to predict a return to class tomorrow," Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted late Sunday. "We will continue to negotiate through the night and will provide an update if we have made substantial progress," she said.Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third-largest school district in the country, serving more than 340,000...
              by Irit Tratt   Last week, a friend phoned to tell me that her child would be unable to make a playdate with my 8-year-old scheduled for the following day. Her son had tested negative for COVID that evening, yet she planned to take him for another PCR test the next morning “out of an abundance of caution.” Days earlier, a neighborhood mom was so distraught that her daughter had shared the same bus with a classmate who was later discovered to have had COVID that she insisted on stocking up on at-home testing kits for use every day that week. Despite displaying no symptoms and being fully vaccinated, the child and her siblings were subjected to daily nasal swabs. While television programs like HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm poke fun at liberals who stockpile COVID essentials, progressive professionals who retain the luxury and time to devote to their hypochondria are inevitably contributing to the nationwide shortfall of available tests while undermining the efforts of Americans whose testing needs revolve around a real exposure to the virus. Yet, as has been the case...
    “Registering one of the worst-ever openings for a film its size… [the] globe-trotting spy movie The 355 is expected to make $4.3 million in its debut weekend,” reports Collider. “Conservative estimates had put the film’s opening at between $5 million and $7 million, but this is a terrible result for a film playing in over 3,000 theaters and featuring the sort of cast that it does.” Yeah, well, conservative estimates said $5 to $7 million in the hopes of spinning a $9 or $10 million opening a success. Deadline accidentally points out the one big reason why this movie tanked.  “The 355 seemed like a perfect title for Universal to acquire a domestic [opening of] $20M, the movie fitting in its theatrical slate, which is about diversity and representation.” Diversity and representation. Oh, yeah, that’s why we go to the movies, for two hours of diversity and representation. Good grief. Here’s an action movie that offers five fairly big stars — Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Fan Bingbing — and with no serious competition at the box office, it dies a humiliating $4...
    Getty Images Clare Crawley may have reconnected with someone from her past. Clare Crawley has a new partner and crime, and fans are trying to figure out who the mystery guy is. The former “Bachelorette” star took to her Instagram Stories on January 7, 2022, “Okay, so I know I haven’t shared this with you guys, but I’m on a special hair mission, and I have a partner in crime right now,” Crawley said, sipping a hot beverage while following a brunette-haired guy who was wearing a denim jacket. “Any guesses who it is?” Crawley asked her followers, sharing a close-up of the guy’s back. Fans took to Reddit to try to figure out who Crawley was hanging out with, though many pretty much agreed that this was more likely a business partnership than something romantic. Nevertheless, the guesses have been rolling in, and many people seem curious about who Crawley is with — and what she might be doing. So far, people have guessed Crawley’s ex, Dale Moss, and two guys from Katie Thurston’s season of “The...
    Demi Lovato completed another stint in rehab as 2021 came to a close, three years after their near-fatal drug overdose from heroin laced with fentanyl. A source close to the former Disney Channel star confirmed that the singer is home and 'doing well' after quietly finishing another return to rehab, the New York Post reported.   Demi, who uses the pronouns they/them, recently spent some time at a rehabilitation center in Utah to assist them in becoming sober, the source said.  The non-binary celebrity announced they will officially become 'sober sober' last month.  After previously taking a 'California sober' approach to recover from their past drug and alcohol abuse, the 29-year-old singer revealed they will no longer drink alcohol or smoke marijuana in moderation. 'I no longer support my 'California sober' ways,' Demi wrote on their Instagram Story in December. 'Sober sober is the only way to be.' Sources revealed that Demi Lovato recently completed a stint in rehab and is now home and doing well after announcing that they would be going 'sober sober' again The 29-year-old singer shaved their hair...
    Transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas was crushed in the 100-meter breaststroke, finishing fifth, after being beaten by another transgender swimmer who is transitioning from female to male.  Earlier, Thomas won the first of four races by just two seconds - one month after she shattered two women's records with a 38-second margin against her closes competitor.  But stunned parents gasped as Yale swimmer, Iszak Henig, easily beat out his opponents in the women's 100-meter breaststroke, with a time of 25.67 seconds. Thomas, who finished fifth, finished with a time of 27. seconds.  Henig, who is transitioning from female to male, also finished first in the earlier 50-yard freestyle, smashing records with a time of 22.76 seconds. After the race, the 20-year-old who has had his breasts removed, pulled down the top of his swimsuit.  Parents at the swim meet said they were stunned as Henig won her race.  'I wasn't prepared for that. Everything is messed up. I can't wrap my head around this. The NCAA needs to do something about this. They need to put science into the decision...
    William Bennett, a former science teacher at Marion C. Moore High School in Louisville, Kentucky, was fired last month after an investigation into a fight caught on video in August 2021 found that Bennett 'escalated the situation' by making 'inappropriate comments' to the student A white Kentucky high school teacher who was filmed fighting a black student has been fired after an investigation found he 'escalated the situation' by telling the teenager, who is a gunshot victim, he was 'just another black boy who got shot'.   William Bennett, a science teacher at Marion C. Moore High School in Louisville was fired last month and details of how the August 24, 2021 incident - where he was filmed fighting the 16-year-old student - unfolded were revealed in the termination letter obtained by The Insider.   Bennett admitted to saying something to Jamir Strane 'about being shot,' which 'provoked' the student to punch Bennett, according to the letter. Bennett then 'caught the student' and put his 'whole body weight on top of him.'    Strane, who had previously told outlets that he had been shot...
    An Idaho booking deputy faces charges after she allegedly duped a former Olympic speed skater into romance and making her the beneficiary on his will as he battled a fatal case of mad cow disease.  Olympian Boris Leikin, of Utah, died on July 6, 2021 at age 68 after suffering from the rare illness, which is also known as CJD.  However, those who knew the former speed skater said he took his health very seriously and was in good shape, but quickly fell ill after he started dating Idaho jail warden Marina Billings, 49, whom he met online on a chat forum for Russian expats.  Billings moved into his Cottonwood Heights home and Leikin became sick and was hospitalized, according to court documents obtained by ABC 4.  The deputy reportedly told neighbors she was caring for the skater and managing his finances while he was hospitalized. After his release she acted as his caretaker, isolated him from others as his condition deteriorated and forced him to sign an amended version of his will despite appearing 'incapacitated'. Billings and her husband,...
    (CNN) — It feels like the aspirin just wore off from this week’s travel headaches and the last thing you’ll likely want to read about is another impactful winter storm potentially snarling transportation across the nation. Unfortunately, this is once again the reality many are facing from the Tennessee River Valley through the I-95 corridor. The whole gamut of winter precipitation is on the table, from freezing rain to heavy snow. The storm’s forecast track could determine who will experience the worst of winter’s fury, so let’s break down the potential hazards into regions and timing. READ MORE: Virginia Officials Defend Response To Snowy Gridlock On I-95Bookmark this site to check if snow is forecast for your regionQuick-hitting Midwest snowstorm ushers in cold air for next stormThe cold air settling in place across the central US is actually the product of a fast-moving winter storm currently slamming parts of the Midwest with bitter wind chills and intense lake effect snow. “As a low pressure system moves through & past the Great Lakes & another low moves offshore the Northeast, persistent...
    For more than a decade, opposing teams have become accustomed to watching Warriors guards take and make a high volume of 3-pointers and assert control over games with 30-plus-point efforts. They just aren’t conditioned to expect Jordan Poole to be Golden State’s most dangerous shooter. With Stephen Curry continuing to struggle from beyond the arc and Klay Thompson still days away from his long-awaited return from ACL and Achilles injuries, Poole came off the bench on Monday against the Miami Heat and poured in 32 points in a 115-108 Warriors victory. Yes, even the Warriors bench now has a Splash Brother in the making. “We needed all of his 32 points and the early foul trouble with Steph, it changed our rotations,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “What a luxury to be able to come off the bench with a guy who has just started the first 35 games or whatever it was. Jordan has turned into a critical player for us and he will remain to be critical with all of the guys coming back.”...
    Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are entering the New Year with dismal approval ratings as only one-third of Americans say the president is a strong leader, according to a new poll. A USA Today/Suffolk University poll taken December 27-30 shows only 40 per cent of registered voters approve of Biden's job as president while 54 per cent disapprove. The approval rating is a slight 2 per cent increase from the same poll taken in November, but is still a poor showing at this point in the presidency. Harris' job approval rating is at 32 per cent, and while that is a terrible rating, it is a 4 per cent increase from the November poll where her approval was at only 28 per cent. Biden's approval is the second lowest of any modern president at this point in his first term – with only the exception of former President Donald Trump. Around this point, Trump's average approval was somewhere around 38 per cent at the end of December 2017, according to a FiveThirtyEight tracker. Of the 1,000 registered voters...
    Residents of quarantined Chinese city Xian have been desperately bartering electronics for food amid worsening fears of shortages and starvation.   It comes as Yuzhou, a city of 1.2million in central China, was locked down on Tuesday after just three asymptomatic Covid-19 cases were recorded. Xian's 13 million residents have been confined to their homes since December 23 and are banned from leaving even for food and essential supplies, having to rely on local officials to drop off care packages. But in recent days residents have taken to social media to voice concern over shortages, some said they were yet to receive aid from officials while others revealed they had resorted to bartering.   Photos and footage posted on Chinese social media site Weibo showed residents swapping a Nintendo Switch for instant noodles and steamed buns, cigarettes for a cabbage, sanitary pads for a small pile of vegetables and dishwashing liquid in exchange for apples.  State-media disputed the claims, posting pictures and footage of officials purporting to deliver bags of groceries to locked-down residents in December.  Other accounts also posted propaganda with pictures purporting to show lorries...
    Rapper J $tash killed his girlfriend at their LA home, then turned the gun on himself while his victim's three young children were in another room, it is claimed.    Police rushed to the home on the 9200 block of Pentland Street in Temple City, a suburb of Los Angeles, after responding to a domestic violence call at around 7a.m. on New Year's Day. They found the bodies of Jeanette Gallegos, 28, and J Stash, 28, whose legal name is Justin Joseph, inside the residence. J $tash and Gallegos, who was a recent graduate of California State University, were thought to have been in a relationship for the past year when the suspected murder suicide took place. Police said that the pair were having an argument before the rapper from Florida took his girlfriend into the master bedroom of their California home, before locking the door behind them.    Lieutenant Derrick Alfred of LA PD added that Jeanette's three children, aged seven, nine, and 11, were in front of the room's door and kept on knocking on it as they were worried about...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity slammed the Biden administration on Monday for empty promises and an "inexcusable" lack of leadership as omicron rages nationwide in his opening monologue on "Hannity." "Biden’s first year as president has been a disaster, a failure and almost every single thing he uttered was dead wrong," Hannity began. "Even Joe’s entire closing argument 2020 on the campaign trail was a big lie. Biden vowed that he would shut down that virus despite inheriting not one, not two, but three vaccines and of course monoclonal antibody treatments in a country on the mend." Hannity pointed to the staggering number of deaths caused by the coronavirus, telling viewers that "more Americans have died from Covid-19 under Biden, 418,000, than under Donald Trump in 2020." CORONAVIRUS TESTING SITES PLAGUED WITH LONG WAITS AND LINES AS OMICRON SURGES: 'OVERWHELMING' As omicron continues to spread rapidly and testing shortages persist in states across the country, Hannity wondered what exactly Biden had in mind when he repeatedly pledged to "stop the virus" on the 2020 campaign. FILE - People line up and receive test kits to detect COVID-19 as they are distributed in New...
    DENVER (CBS4) – For the second day in a row, Colorado will be completely dry on Monday from the Western Slope to the Eastern Plains. Then another winter storm will restore snow in the mountains on Tuesday before the snow eventually reaches Denver and the Front Range on Wednesday. Before the storm arrives, temperatures will warm another 5 to 10 degrees on Monday compared to Sunday which was already significantly warmer compared to New Year’s Day. Denver and most of the Front Range will reach at least 40 degrees and many areas in the immediate metro area will climb closer to 50 degrees. A large mountain wave cloud and variable amounts of snow on the ground will create a large range of afternoon temperatures. That said, it will certainly be much warmer along the urban corridor compared to the mountains and Western Slope where high temperatures will be in mostly stuck in the 20s and 30s. (source: CBS) The first flakes with the next storm will arrive in the mountains Tuesday afternoon with mostly minor snow accumulation possible in the high...
    Following months of delays, NASA's $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope finally launched on Christmas Day on a one million mile voyage into solar orbit. The space telescope is intended to replace its 30-year-old counterpart Hubble, as it is about 100 times more sensitive and is expected to profoundly transform scientists' understanding of the universe and our place in it. While Webb is finally on its way into solar orbit, it has been hit with yet another delay - this time to the tightening of its sunshield. This was originally expected to occur on January 2, but will now take place no earlier than today. NASA explained that the decision was made to ensure the sunshield is in 'prime condition' before it is tightened. While Webb is finally on its way into solar orbit, it has been hit with yet another delay - this time to the tightening of its sunshield  The sunshield is crucial for keeping James Webb cool and preventing sunlight from interfering with the sensitive telescope instruments Instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope  NIRCam (Near InfraRed...
    Little Rock's police chief has been suspended after he accidentally shot and critically injured a woman while aiming at another woman filmed shooting a gun on New Years Eve. Police Chief Keith Humphrey was put on leave in accordance with the Little Rock Police Department guidelines for officer-involved shootings on Saturday, one day after he shot and critically injured 22-year-old Kelecia Mayo as he tried to take down suspected shooter Taz Hayes, 29. Dramatic video showed a woman arguing with a man before smashing the window of a car with a phone. A second woman - said to be Hayes - then runs into shot and opens fire, but doesn't hit anyone.  Humphrey, who was out on patrol as part of an 'all hands on deck' initiative, is said to have struck Mayo moments later.   'On New Year's Eve, Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey initiated an all-hands-on-deck approach to patrol just as he's don in the past and required command staff to patrol the city,' Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. tweeted Saturday afternoon. 'While patrolling, Chief Humphrey saw a...