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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.


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
VOA VIEW: NY is a joke.
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


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


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
VOA VIEW: A good idea.

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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
VOA VIEW: Good move.
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
VOA VIEW: Talk is cheap.
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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December 03, 2020

     A good move that pushes back on Biden.  Joe Biden needed this like he needs another hole in his head. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much what Bill Barr has given him. The Attorney General revealed Tuesday that he appointed federal prosecutor John Durham as a special counsel to allow him to continue investigating how the Obama-Biden administration weaponized the FBI and Justice Department to spy on the Trump campaign during and after the 2016 election.

     The appointment, made in secret on October 19, two weeks before the election, does not absolutely protect the investigation once Biden moves into the White House. But it means the probe cannot be swept under the rug because ending it would require the new administration to publicly remove Durham, which would smack of a coverup and cause a uproar in public and in congress.

     The prospect that justice might be done for the dirtiest trick ever played in American politics helps restore a modicum of confidence in Washington. Thank you, Bill Barr.  The move is also a reminder that turnabout is fair play, for it presents Biden with a cloud similar to the one that he, Obama, Jim Comey and others created for Trump at the start of his administration.

     The only difference is that the probe of Trump was concocted out of whole cloth for purely partisan purposes. This one is more than warranted.  As Trump often said, what happened to him should never again happen to any president. What we know so far shows that Comey’s FBI was at least as corrupt as anything J. Edgar Hoover ever did.

     Hoover collected dirt on public officials, including presidents, as an insurance policy so he wouldn’t be fired. Comey and his crew of dirty cops decided they, and not voters, would decide who should be president.  Barr, who took office in 2019, soon expressed concerns about the origins of the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign, telling CBS in May of that year that “the use of foreign intelligence capabilities and counterintelligence capabilities against an American political campaign to me is unprecedented and it’s a serious red line that’s been crossed.”