Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman to lie in state in the US Capitol. Here's who else made history
(CNN) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still making history, even after her death. Ginsburg, who died last Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, will become the first woman to lie in
Kim Jong Un apologizes in letter to Seoul for shooting of South Korean official
Seoul (CNN) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized for the death of a South Korean government worker who was shot dead by North Korean troops after crossing a maritime border between the two countries. In a l
The Very First Thing You Should Do When It’s Time to Clean the Kitchen
Maintaining a clean kitchen is a perpetual task that’s best performed as a collection of habitual motions you barely notice: Filling the dishwasher with breakfast dishes before you fill your water bottle for the day. Clearing off and wiping down counters while you recount the day’s schedule. These are the daily rhythms of life that take place in the heart of the home.Read Full Story The CleanClean HouseTallahasseeSan FranciscoThe KitchenOpen KitchenWork From HomeBreakfast TimeWork TimeThe Long Way HomeShifrahUpper CabinetsRefrigeratorCleaningBreakfast Dishes
Several regions sound alarm as US reports most Covid-19 daily cases in nearly 2 months
(CNN) — Just as the US reported the highest number of daily Covid-19 infections in nearly two months, several experts offered grim outlooks if Americans don't take the right precautions. Florida, which over the summer
Kilgore ISD seeks additional incentive pay for local teachers
Kilgore ISD plans to seek state funding to reward high-performing teachers with additional incentive pay. KISD Assistant Superintendent Richard Nash told school board trustees and administrators about the plan at a Nov. 16 board meeting. “Last fall, around Dec. 2019, we began discussing the Teacher Incentive Allotment. It’s legislation TEA...Read Full Story Local SystemTexas Tech UniversityKilgore ISDIncentiveSchool AdministratorsCommunity SchoolsSchool DistrictsEducation And SchoolsState SchoolsKISDHouseMaster TeachersHigh-performing TeachersExemplary TeachersTeacher Performance
Do voters care about Trump taxes?
US election 2020: Do voters care about Trump taxes?. The revelations about President Donald Trump's taxes have been described as a jolt to the US election campaign that could reshape the race. But what do voters think?.
Out of control Covid casts pall over Trump campaign
Welcome to today’s US election briefing for Australia. Americans learned they had set a grim new milestone in coronavirus infections over the weekend, with more than 80,000 new cases recorded across the country in a single day on Friday. The pandemic is not going away, or rounding a corner, as Donald Trump continues to suggest, in fact it is getting worse.Read Full Story Trump CampaignCoronavirus Disease 2019PandemicUnited StatesThe Trump AdministrationThe Wall Street JournalDemocraticTrump SupportersPolitical ConservativesDemocratsFox NewsTrump 's White HouseLincoln ProjectNBCWSJDonald TrumpJoe BidenDonald Trump Jr.Hillary ClintonMike PenceIvanka TrumpHunter BidenRobert ReichDonald Trump JrMark MeadowsJared KushnerAmy Coney BarrettHunter
Trump's demands run into McConnell's maneuvers
(CNN) — In the weirdest of twists at the end of his presidency, President Donald Trump is now in league with Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders over $2,000 Covid-19 relief checks, doing battle with Republican leaders over Pentagon policy and warning the political party he overtook and remade in his own image could soon be dead. Strange days at the end of the Trump era. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a solution to anger both Democrats and Trump. It's an elegant form of political chess and a cynical form of governance that will both maintain the status quo of $600 relief checks and dispatch Trump's other demands, leaving the President with nothing to show for his recent tweets.The standoff over coronavirus relief checks entered a new phase when a bill that passed through the House with mostly Democratic support landed in the GOP-controlled Senate. Most House Republicans opposed it and others, like Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, perhaps unwilling to choose between their mercurial leader and the concerns about profligate spending they'll be dusting off as soon as he leaves office, skipped the House vote altogether."Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2,000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH!" Trump said on Twitter shortly after McConnell blocked consideration of the more generous House proposal Democrats sent him.McConnell is primed to tie the $2,000 relief check proposal, which could pass, with Trump's unrelated demand to strip tech companies of some liability protection -- a forced marriage of policies that have nothing to do with each other besides Trump's interest that could ensure both measures die in the Senate.New interest in doing 'the right thing'That Trump's now concerned with doing "the right thing" on the Covid relief checks after months of downplaying the pandemic has certainly changed political momentum. Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, running for their political lives before twin January 5 runoff elections in Georgia, have both now endorsed the idea of larger checks, matching their Democratic challengers.Trump plans to visit Georgia and campaign for Loeffler and Perdue. And Loeffler, at least, said she'll vote any way Trump wants."I've stood by the President 100% of the time, I'm proud to do that and I've said absolutely, we need to get relief to Americans now, and I will support that," she told reporters during a campaign stop Tuesday.Rediscovering the debtThe contours of those races mean everything to McConnell, who very much wants to stay majority leader, but to do so needs Republicans to win at least one race to retain a 51-seat majority in the chamber.McConnell's also got to contend with the larger number of Republicans in the Senate who will oppose them.Sen. Pat Toomey, the budget-conscious Pennsylvania Republican, told CNN's Jake Tapper Tuesday that larger checks would add to the national debt and send help to Americans who don't need it. The country's economic problems, he argued, demand more focused relief."We've got very acute problems within certain employment groups, right? People who work for restaurants and hotels and travel and entertainment -- devastated," he said. "But we do not have a global macroeconomic depression underway at all. So it makes no sense to be sending this out to everybody who has a pulse."The Democratic retort to the deficit argument is simple: Why now and why not when Trump was pushing tax cuts?"Senate Republicans added nearly 2 trillion to deficits to give corporations a massive tax cut," Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said Tuesday. "So I don't want to hear it that it costs too much to help working families getting a check when they're struggling to keep their jobs and pay their family families and live a normal life."How we got to $600 checksClearly Republicans will have to square their concerns about deficit spending with their support for the populist outgoing President who cares mostly about himself.Former Rep. Mia Love, a CNN analyst, said she does not envy the choice Republicans will have to make. "They have got to decide whether they're going to get back to the fiscally disciplined Republican Party, whether they're going to continue to follow the President. I do not see any win-win for them to continue to follow the President at all costs," Love said Tuesday.In fact, it was only after months of negotiations led by Trump's Treasury secretary that Republicans and Democrats agreed on the $600 payments for many Americans that the President signed into law on Sunday.McConnell, while he notably did not promise a vote on the larger checks, said the Senate would consider the matter in some way this week, along with Trump's calls to undo what's known as "Section 230," a piece of US telecommunications law that shields big tech companies from some lawsuits.Watch the clockWhat McConnell did promise is a vote Wednesday to override Trump's veto of the annual bill that authorizes Pentagon policy, although Sen. Bernie Sanders has indicated he'll try to hold up that defense bill without a vote on the larger checks, putting him and Trump strangely in league on that one issue. Trump wanted to tie that defense bill to the tech company issue. Now McConnell will tie it to the relief checks instead. Time could be on McConnell's side since this Congress ends on January 5. If the Senate can't or won't act by then, all these measures would need new votes.McConnell's solution may not satisfy Trump, who's already been described as moody during a winter holiday at Mar a Lago, despite golfing every day. Sources told CNN's Kate Bennett the President is angry about cosmetic changes to the comparatively small digs he'll soon call home, and wondering why there aren't more world leaders and VIPs angling to call on him as he nears the end of his administration.He can look to one piece of good news for his ego. Defeat at the polls didn't keep him from becoming the most admired man in America for the first time, according to an annual Gallup survey released Tuesday. It has, for years, been Barack Obama, Trump's predecessor, whose wife Michelle, is still the most admired woman. Gallup noted Republicans were united behind Trump in the poll, while Democrats were split behind Obama, President-elect Joe Biden, and Dr. Anthony Fauci.Biden and Fauci will soon be working together and the President-elect on Tuesday announced his plan to ramp up distribution of vaccines as the US falls behind schedule in deploying millions of doses to Americans around the country. That'll change when he takes office, Biden promised, promising to "move heaven and Earth.""This is going to be the greatest operational challenge we've ever faced as a nation," he said. "But we're going to get it done. But it's going to take a vast new effort that's not yet underway."Senate RepublicansPoliticsRepublican LeadersDemocratsCNNPentagonHouseDemocraticASAPTwitterCovidAmericansRepublican PartyCongressGOP-controlled SenateMitch McconnellDonald TrumpNancy PelosiChuck SchumerBernie SandersKelly LoefflerDavid PerduePat ToomeyJake TapperMia LoveJoe BidenAnthony FauciBarack Obama
10 Facts About Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt's Home
Fleeing Manhattan for the country is a tradition that wealthy New Yorkers have partaken in for centuries—and our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, was no exception. Starting when he was a teen, TR and his family would retreat to Long Island for the summer, and as an adult, he built his own home there: Sagamore Hill, which became his permanent home after his presidency. In honor of what would be TR’s 162nd birthday, here are 10 facts about Sagamore Hill, of which Roosevelt once wrote, “there isn't any place in the world like home—like Sagamore Hill.”Read Full Story Long IslandManhattanGovernor Of New YorkSagamore Hill (house)PhilippinesNorth BayMassachusetts BayRooseveltsNational Park ServiceNavyCowboys & IndiansLamb And RichSagamore MohannisEdithLeeholmTheodore RooseveltEleanor RooseveltTakahira KogorōHenry Cabot Lodge
2020 Daily Trail Markers: Why not make Election Day a national holiday?
Voting for many is burdensome. Americans wait in line for hours to vote. Celebrities urge followers to make a voting plan in order to accommodate the inconveniences of voting. How can it be made easier? Some, mostly Democrats and voting rights advocates, believe Election Day should be a holiday. But when CBS News campaign reporter Cara Korte looked into the topic, voting experts urged that declaring Election Day a federal holiday wouldn't solve any of the frustrating problems we're seeing today. In fact, it might lead to further congestion at polling places. 'I'm not a fan,' said Eddie Perez, an election administration and election technology expert at the Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute. He said it's more important to spread voting out over a period of days and methods. Concentrating voters into a single day risks congesting polling places, even more so than some already are. Early and at-home voting 'helps prevent bottlenecks for election administrators because it 'flattens the curve' for when ballots are cast by large numbers of voters,' Perez said. Executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research David Becker argues that increasing turnout is a nuanced problem that can't be fixed by declaring a holiday. Like Perez, Becker thinks giving voters more time and opportunity to vote is the best approach. 'We already know how to make voting convenient to voters -- that's by offering them options, like making an election season rather than election day,' he said. 'And we actually have more options than ever before.'Read Full Story SuffrageWhite HouseGrand CanyonElection NightPolling PlacesNational PollingEarly VotingCNNCDCWorking Families PartyCongressional DistrictNBCAmber IntegratedData OrbitalLas Vegas Review-JournalDonald TrumpJoe BidenJohn KatkoAmy Coney BarrettMax RoseKendra HornBill StepienDavid BeckerBarbara CegavskeHillary ClintonMark MeadowsRuben GallegoMike PenceStephanie BiceKaren PenceSteven WilliamsRob Ryan