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President Trump asked top military officials and other senior advisers about attacking an Iranian nuclear complex last week, but decided against a military strike, two reports said Monday. Trump asked advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence and General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, what options he had for attacking the country’s... New York Post
President Trump on Monday celebrated what he called a “Big victory” in Nevada after Clark County commissioners declined to certify the election results for a county commission race — though the decision does not directly impact the presidential election results, which commissioners certified. “Big victory moments ago in the State of Nevada. New York Post
The usual mainstream-media suspects wasted no time in blasting as inappropriate Samuel Alito’s address last week to the Federalist Society. Which is another way of saying they didn’t like what he had to say. The Supreme Court justice warned that “religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right,” that freedom of speech is also “becoming... New York Post
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A federal judge Monday pushed back disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti’s sentencing for trying to shakedown nearly $25 million from Nike due to the spike in COVID-19 infections. It marked the fourth sentencing adjournment in the case — and was granted over the objection of Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Podolsky, who said a number of in-person... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Avenatti is a crook.
Black Lives Matter came up with the single most effective political slogan of the year. While no one was likely to be overly impressed with Joe Biden’s line “Build Back Better,” and President Trump’s “Keep America Great” or “Make America Great Again, Again” didn’t have the resonance of the original 2016 version, BLM broke through... New York Post
VOA VIEW: BLM is an illegal organization of thugs.
Former first lady Michelle Obama urged President Trump to make a “smooth transition of power” to Joe Biden in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday afternoon. Obama reminisced how she struggled when she and her husband welcomed the Donald and Melania Trump to the White House on Inauguration Day in 2017.
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VOA VIEW: Michelle is an idiot.
In a public letter, 59 top specialists called the president’s fraud assertions “unsubstantiated” and “technically incoherent.” New York Times
VOA VIEW: So say the fools.
A new case by houses of worship challenging COVID-19 restrictions will reveal whether the court's conservatives are ready to assert themselves.
Republican senators will accuse Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey of anti-conservative bias. Democrats will criticize their handling of hate speech.
VOA VIEW: They must be punished.
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The recount in Georgia has found that more than 2,600 votes in one conservative county were never tabulated. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, more than 2,600 ballots in Floyd County were not counted because a county election official didn't upload a ballot-scanning machine's memory card. ... Washington Times
Michigan Republican lawmakers are calling for the impeachment of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her latest round of harsh coronavirus-related restrictions. "Today, myself and a growing list of Michigan Legislators have decided that @GovWhitmer has crossed the line and will be calling for #ImpeachWhitmer hearings," Mr. Maddock wrote on Twitter. ... Washington Times
Competing factions within the Democratic Party agree on one thing: Joseph R. Biden must raise taxes when he is in the White House. Despite competing visions of how to accomplish a liberal agenda, the political left sees eye to eye on making a top priority of increasing revenue and reversing ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: May could lose big.
After a weekend with dozens of arrests and scattered clashes between supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump, both sides took to social media to accuse the other of instigating violence. Meanwhile, a long-standing D.C. bar stands in danger of losing its liquor license after becoming a ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The left will riot and cause torment if they don't agree.
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Texas has surpassed 20,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths as COVID-19 continues to surge in the United States ABC
VOA VIEW: Sad, but no fault of the Trump administration.
A U.S. official confirmed that they are expecting orders by the end of this week to reduce troop levels to 2,500 in Afghanistan and in Iraq by mid-January. ABC
Close to 90,000 sex abuse claims have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America as the deadline arrived for submitting claims in the organization's bankruptcy case ABC
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Emily Murphy has the power to decide when a transfer of power begins, and although she hasn't green-lighted Joe Biden's transition, she is looking for a new job. ABC
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought
The results add to growing confidence that vaccination can end the pandemic. BBC
Democrats have criticised the social network for not doing enough to remove hate speech. BBC
VOA VIEW: The liberals will protect the Dems.
Vaccine "suitcases" can only be opened for 180 seconds at a time. Experts say many doses could go to waste. CBS
VOA VIEW: The liberal media will always find a negative.
The tweet came at the very end of a day in which Trump worked to rescind an apparent acknowledgement that Biden had won. CBS
VOA VIEW: Who says it's false?
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Preliminary results show a 94.5% effectiveness rate for Moderna's coronavirus vaccine in Phase 3 trials. The company expects to request emergency use authorization from the FDA within a few weeks. Dr. Jon LaPook reports. CBS
COVID-19 is surging across the country, with the U.S. recording another one million new confirmed cases in just the past week. As the virus shows no signs of slowing down and the economic toll deepens, President Trump spent Sunday playing golf for the second straight weekend. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joined “CBSN AM” with the latest. CBS
Members of the White House coronavirus task force are coming forward saying they should be able to meet with the Biden transition team to stop the pandemic. The president is doubling down on his refusal to concede and riling up his base, including tens of thousands of supporters who gathered in Washington, DC, to protest the election results. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden would take credit for Trumps' success.
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Michael Osterholm says the nation's exponential growth in coronavirus cases is the most dangerous public health threat America has faced since the 1918 flu pandemic CBS
U.S. stocks jumped on Monday after preliminary coronavirus vaccine data from Moderna lifted expectations of a strong economic recovery. CNBC
Former Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe is the second member of the all-private crew that SpaceX is scheduled to launch late next year for Axiom Space. CNBC
US military commanders are anticipating that a formal order will be given by President Donald Trump as soon as this week to begin a further withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq before Trump leaves office on January 20, according to two US officials familiar. CNN
Senate Republicans have picked Karl Rove to serve as the national finance chairman for the Georgia Battleground Fund, a joint fundraising account formed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee to support Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler ahead of their January runoff races to keep their seats. CNN
VOA VIEW: Republicans must win.
President Donald Trump has put his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in charge of his campaign's long-shot post-election legal challenges, according to a tweet from the President. CNN
VOA VIEW: Giuliani is a feisty fighter.
The Trump administration on Monday started a leasing process for oil and gas drilling sites off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, something environmental groups feel is a potential last-minute giveaway to the energy industry before the Biden administration takes over. CNN
Hate crimes in the United States last year rose to the highest levels in more than a decade, according to a new FBI report. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Thanks to Dems.
Dr. Scott Atlas, a special adviser the novel coronavirus to President Trump, tweeted to his almost 90,000 followers on Sunday that citizens should rise up against new Michigan COVID-19 restrictions. FOX News
The NATO Allied Command began its largest cyberdefense exercise, Cyber Coalition 20, on Monday, with demonstrations of computer network defenses. UPI
VOA VIEW: It's about time.
Hurricane Iota grew into a Category 5 storm on Monday as it nears the Central American coast, a region that has already been damaged by a hurricane this month. UPI
Americans' support for stricter gun control has fallen off over the last two years and is at its lowest level since 2016, according to a Gallup survey Monday. UPI
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