Nation and world news briefs
San Francisco poised to tighten restrictions as coronavirus cases surgeSAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco this week will announce more rollbacks to its reopening plan, including a possible quarantine order for travelers and reduced indoor capacity at businesses, as the coronavirus continues to pummel the state, city officials said Tuesday.During an online news conference, Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco’s director of public health, said shutdowns ordered during the past few weeks have failed to stem the pace of infections and warned the city may have a shortage of hospital beds by Christmas.“We kno...
Tribune News Service
Runoff Tuesday determines who will fill final month of Rep. John Lewis' term
ATLANTA — The two men competing to fill the remainder of John Lewis’ congressional term already faced the prospect of a low-turnout runoff where the winner will serve for just one month.But it’s gotten even harder for Kwanza Hall, a former Atlanta city councilman, and Robert Franklin, president emeritus of Morehouse College, to get through to voters ahead of Tuesday’s election.The Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoffs that will determine the balance of power in Washington have siphoned resources and attention. Social media companies are enforcing a moratorium on political ads, taking away an inexpensive ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Congress seeks to avert a government shutdown as Trump seethes
Congress returned Monday from its Thanksgiving break hoping to avoid a government shutdown looming at the end of next week — with President Donald Trump being a potential wild card.Hopes for a new coronavirus stimulus package are slim as lawmakers focus on the more limited goal of keeping the government open into next year with a must-pass $1.4 trillion spending measure.Even that could prove tricky because of the outgoing man in the White House.Trump may seek to use the talks as a way to flex his political muscle and show he remains relevant despite losing the election to President-elect Joe B...
New York Daily News
Trudy Rubin: New Biden foreign policy will put Americans first alongside democratic allies
Does anyone recall the old Alka-Seltzer commercial that sang: “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is?”That song ricocheted ’round my head as the Trump administration finally greenlit a transition period to the Biden presidency. And as President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his national security team, including longtime foreign policy aides Antony Blinken as future secretary of state and Jake Sullivan for national security adviser, along with former Secretary of State John Kerry as cabinet-level climate czar.Yes, Senate Republicans like Marco Rubio, R-Fla., finally freed to start campaigni...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Who Donald Trump is and what he's done to us
I like Joe Biden well enough, but I see his flaws clearly: He’s a rickety communicator. He’s showing his age. He’s cast enough votes over enough years in the Senate to have cast some very bad ones. Let’s even suppose we agree for the sake of argument that his son traded on his father’s position to make money.None of it comes close to justifying a vote to keep Donald Trump in office another four years, which is exactly what any vote other than a vote for Biden is.It takes real focus to remember all that Trump has said and done these last four-plus years, but we must labor to do so because he ha...
New York Daily News
Why vaccine hesitancy is growing during a deadly pandemic
SAN JOSE, Calif. — We’re all desperate for a magic bullet that will restore our pre-COVID lives.But even some of science’s most ardent fans say they’re reluctant to roll up their sleeves and participate in the pandemic’s first wave of inoculations, unnerved by reports of a rushed timetable, politicization and poor communication.There isn’t a vaccine yet — and with initial supplies very limited, such apprehension may not pose an immediate problem, say experts. But persistent distrust could spell trouble for the nation’s ambitious Operation Warp Speed campaign to protect all Americans.These aren...
The Mercury News
Transgender woman sues Whitmer to keep job in Michigan National Guard
LANSING, Mich. — A transgender woman who served in Afghanistan as a member of the 101st Airborne Division sued Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her top military official Friday, saying she is being kicked out of the Michigan National Guard over her gender identification.Blaire McIntyre, who was assigned a male gender at birth but identifies as a female, sued in federal court in Grand Rapids, asking a judge to declare unconstitutional a policy forcing transgender service members to discharge from the U.S. military.Named as defendants in the suit are Whitmer and Paul Rogers, the adjutant general of the...
Detroit Free Press
Venezuela coup plotters met at Trump resort in Florida. Central figure says US officials knew of plan
MIAMI — In a challenge to denials of government involvement, the ex-U.S. special operations sergeant whose security firm took part in a botched Venezuelan coup last May said two Trump administration officials met with and expressed support to planners of Operation Gideon, a Bay of Pigs-type operation that tried to oust Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro.It’s a story of bungling, bravado and cloak-and-dagger plotting, with plans shared in clandestine meetings in the back of limousines while rolling through Miami, in restaurants and even at dusk on the 12th fairway of the Red Course of Trump Do...
Texas A&M to lead $100M hypersonic research project
The U.S. Department of Defense has picked Texas A&M University to lead a five-year, $100-million national research initiative focused on hypersonic technology.The initiative, called the University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics, will focus on hypersonic flight systems. Hypersonic refers to projectiles that can travel Mach 5, five times the speed of sound, or faster.Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, an engineering research agency of the university, will manage the five-year initiative, which allocates $20 million per year for the consortium.The announcement comes amid a recent boom ...
Commentary: Trump missed an opportunity in Syria to succeed where Obama failed
It was a very cold night on Jan. 28, 2017. Thousands of Chicagoans from all backgrounds were rallying at O’Hare International Airport and other airports around the country against a travel ban President Donald Trump had just signed into law. The executive order restricted travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria.One of the posters carried by three Catholic nuns from the South Side read “We are all Muslims now,” and others read “Refugees Welcome” and “Jews in support for Muslim rights.” It was a heartwarming rally in contrast to the chilling news coming from the ...