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Opinion: Why the Senate must confirm Biden's Homeland Security pick on Day 1

January 15, 2021

Congressman Bennie G. Thompson writes that given the attack on the Capitol and the lingering atmosphere of lawlessness and intimidation directed at our national government and statehouses across the country, the Senate must quickly confirm Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security.

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Biden builds out communications staff with chief photographer and deputy press secretary

January 15, 2021

The incoming Biden administration appointed a dozen communications staffers on Friday, including deputy press secretary and chief photographer.

Caught on Camera: Restaurant owner robbed by several gunmen

January 14, 2021

The owner of a Hazlehurst restaurant was surrounded by gunmen and robbed and it was all caught on camera.

Secret Service director reminds employees to be nonpartisan ahead of Biden inauguration

January 14, 2021

US Secret Service director James Murray sent an agency-wide memo on Wednesday reminding all employees to remain professional and act in a nonpartisan manner as they carry out their duties for next week's inauguration.

Ex-Obama official who helped fix botched healthcare.gov rollout to join Biden's Covid-19 team

January 14, 2021

Andy Slavitt, the former acting chief of Medicare and Medicaid under the Obama administration, is expected to join President-elect Joe Biden's Covid-19 team in a senior advisory role, CNN has learned.

US debt surged by $7 trillion under Trump. It will go much higher under Biden

January 14, 2021

President Donald Trump certainly lived up to his self-proclaimed status as the King of Debt during his term in office. The national debt spiked by $7 trillion during Trump's tenure -- and it's about to soar much higher under his successor.

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The best sales to shop today: Theragun, Under Armour, TurboTax and more

January 12, 2021

Today, you'll find a deal on Amazon's Echo Studio, discounted TurboTax software and savings on Under Armour activewear and face masks. All that and more, below.

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Philippines' Duterte says the presidency is no job for a woman

January 15, 2021

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday declared the presidency was no job for a woman because of their emotional differences to men, and dismissed speculation his daughter would succeed him next year.

Three dead, 24 injured after strong quake in Indonesia's Sulawesi

January 15, 2021

At least three people have died and 24 been injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Sulawesi island, the country's disaster mitigation agency said on Friday.

Two members of WHO team blocked from entering China over failed coronavirus test

January 14, 2021

Two members of a World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic have been blocked from flying to China after failing a coronavirus test.

Japan expands state of emergency over coronavirus as infections climb

January 13, 2021

Japan will expand its state of emergency to seven more prefectures, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.

Concerns grow as Chinese Covid-19 vaccine far less effective than initially claimed in Brazil

January 13, 2021

A leading Chinese Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech was just 50.38% effective in late-stage trials in Brazil, significantly lower than earlier results showed, according to a statement published by the government of Sao Paulo Tuesday.

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