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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named veteran Democratic strategist Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A user takes on a user.
Republicans need Trump to boost turnout for Georgia's Senate runoffs, but his attacks on state GOP leaders and false claim of vote fraud risk backfiring on the party. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal media foolishness.
Outgoing National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe on Thursday urged President-elect Joe Biden not to fire special counsel John Durham, who is investigating misconduct in the FBI’s Russia investigation of President Trump. Attorney General William Barr revealed Durham’s appointment Tuesday. “My hope is that John Durham, with all of the documents that I have provided in... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden would be a fool to screwup.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed off what he called a "box of vaccines" during his press briefing Thursday -- only to later clarify it was just a mock up. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is an idiot.
Election officials are investigating the actions of a Florida lawyer who they say tried to register to vote in a high-stakes runoff in Georgia that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. They say he was also captured on video urging other Floridians to do the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Dems would do anything to win.
Presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden has asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current post at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serve as a leading adviser on COVID-19 recovery plans in the new administration. "I asked him to stay on the exact same role he's had ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a joke.
Policies favoring secrecy over transparency have meant that New Yorkers will be among the last Americans to learn the final vote tallies in the 2020 election, with results in a few races still unknown one month after Election Day. Several of the locally run elections boards responsible ... Washington Times
The No. 2 House Democrat is telling colleagues the chamber won’t adjourn for the year without delivering at least some measure of COVID-19 relief ABC
VOA VIEW: Deception at its best.
Walmart says for the fourth time during the pandemic it will give its 1.5 million U.S. part-time and full-time employees additional cash bonuses for their work ABC
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is inviting hundreds of people to indoor State Department holiday parties amid the pandemic despite expert warnings. ABC
Only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico have recorded more coronavirus deaths than the UK. BBC
Ratcliffe told CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge that Biden and Harris are "receiving full classified briefings." CBS
Experts say a vaccine-resistant mutation is more likely if millions of Americans end up getting only one dose. CBS
VOA VIEW: So be-it - Biden will not be able the handle the issue.
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McConnell has proposed a smaller package than the plan introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
The D.C. attorney general sued over the use of inauguration funds in January. CBS
His comments came after a meeting between the two men described by one White House adviser as "tense." CBS
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The nation's leading infectious diseases expert criticized the U.K. for rushing the process of authorizing a coronavirus vaccine. CBS
Hunger in America, especially for children, has soared to historic levels amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pamela Taylor is senior vice president of the national anti-hunger organization "Share Our Strength." She joined CBSN to discuss the efforts her group is making to fight childhood hunger. CBS
VOA VIEW: There are sad times - the US needs Trump.
In an unsigned order with no noted dissents, the Supreme Court said a federal district court must revisit an earlier ruling against the church. CBS
Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi spoke Thursday as Congress rushes to strike a coronavirus stimulus deal and avoid a government shutdown. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is desperate.
Southwest Airlines could cut more than 6,800 workers that would mark the first involuntary furloughs in the airline's history. CNBC
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Facebook faces a new lawsuit from the DOJ alleging it discriminated against U.S. workers by reserving positions for temporary visa holders. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook needs to be taken down.
The court order marks yet another setback in Trump's long-shot efforts to reverse Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Let's move to the US Supreme Court.
CNN political commentator and former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent criticizes former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for a tweet in which he calls on President Trump to declare martial law to force a re-vote for the 2020 election. CNN
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As Facebook and Twitter bring in new rules to combat misinformation and hate, some Trump supporters are trying out a new social media platform with fewer rules. CNN
A judge on Thursday ruled that Kyle Rittenhouse will stand trial on all six counts related to the shooting deaths of two men and wounding of a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wis., in August. FOX News
Federal lawmakers have approved a punitive measure to delist Chinese companies from U.S. stock markets if they deny government regulators access to vital audits. UPI
The U.S. economy would see growth of nearly 4% and save more than 5 million jobs next year If federal lawmakers would continue emergency COVID-19 programs, according to a study by a non-profit think tank Thursday. UPI
Hoping to assuage fears that a coronavirus vaccine might be unsafe, three former U.S. presidents say they have volunteered to be publicly inoculated in a coordinated effort to demonstrate that it's safe. UPI
North Korean hackers are believed to be behind hoax intranet sites bearing the name of Hyundai Motor Group, the largest South Korean car manufacturer, according to a local press report. UPI
Another 700,000 U.S. workers have filed for unemployment, the Labor Department said Thursday in its weekly jobless report. UPI
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Biden wants to see how much his son and brother can squeeze China? President-elect Joe Biden has issued a dire warning about the spread of the coronavirus over the next two months, predicting as many as 250,000 deaths. Biden, who has warned of a “dark winter” ahead, did not offer details to back up his assessment, which is far bleaker than projections by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts. His transition team did not immediately respond to a request to clarify the remarks.
Biden made the remarks Wednesday in a livestreamed roundtable with workers affected by the pandemic, making an appeal to Americans to take the virus seriously. "We’re likely to lose another 250,000 people dead between now and January,” Biden said. “You hear me? Because people aren’t paying attention.” He added: “You cannot be traveling during these holidays, as much as you want to.”
Already, more than 272,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus this year.