This was a year that won’t soon be forgotten. Here are some of our favorite images from a very turbulent year.
One year ago, we were looking forward to a safer and sounder 2021. Turns out there wasn’t much to look forward to.
“It’s a very sad moment, it’s mind-boggling… It’s a lot of preventable death.”
People work better when they are part of a vision, share a set of values and understand a company’s direction. Building an inspiring corporate culture has always been a tough and vital task.
The U.S. alone has recorded over 740,000 lives lost, more than any other nation.
While many view Powell as an inspirational political and military figure, the charade he participated in and the huge lie he told the world, will forever stain his record.
Florida is experiencing an unprecedented die-off of manatees this year, with 959 documented deaths as of Oct. 1. That’s already more than any full year on record.
With Angela Merkel leaving the stage, a longstanding constant of Europe’s economic and foreign policy will disappear.
The country is often portrayed as a master of long-term thinking. Thus, China will most likely focus much more on its domestic economy and strongly exploit its comparative advantage – a vast internal market.
With vote counts in key states turning grimmer even as he spoke, Mr. Trump was poised to end this term in office the way he began his presidential campaign in 2015 — defended most vocally by family members and a few loyalists while Republican leaders held him at arm’s length rather than embrace outlandish claims.
Trump demanded that the legally cast votes of American citizens not be recorded in a historic act of disenfranchisement that would essentially destroy our democracy.
Some prognosticators think that we may see an economic boom ahead that is similar to the post-World War II period of aggressive growth.
Trump accuses Democrats of “stealing” the election by voting for someone other than him.
In March, when in-person voting seemed risky due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump said that he was against federal funding to expand voting by mail. Why? Because, he said, it would increase overall turnout to the point where “no Republican would ever be elected again.”
Falwell flew via private jet to Key West for a trip on Liberty donor Rick Hendrick’s yacht where he took the photo of himself with his pants unzipped and his arm around his wife’s former assistant.
He also allegedly made comments including references to women’s appearances, oral sex, and his own penis size during his 13-year tenure as head of the evangelical university that his father founded, where sex is forbidden outside of marriage.
“Because marijuana and hemp look and smell the same, even K-9 officers can’t tell the difference,” according to one law enforcement official. “It’s the same plant. A dog trained to test for marijuana cannot tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. That dog has now become useless thanks to hemp.”
By the time the mix lands in treatment plants, it can teem with pharmaceuticals, hormones, pathogens, bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasitic worms, as well as heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic or mercury. It often includes PCBs, PFAS, dioxins, BPAs and dozens of other harmful substances ranging from flame retardants to hospital waste. And then it goes right on to the fields that grow your food.
What lessons can we learn from countries that are not experiencing such devastation from this killer virus? Trump says it’s no worse than the flu, but that is a bold faced lie. The Coronavirus has killed many more people than the flu does. Over 213,000 and counting.
The election is still three months away and the president is saying that it will be fraudulent. So why doesn’t he use this time to fix it? He’s the president… can’t he do that?
The fact is, he can’t fix voter fraud because even Republicans say that it doesn’t exist.
“Barbie is not, and has never been, affiliated with a political party,” a Mattel representative said. “Barbie has always encouraged girls to stand up for what they believe in and shows them they can be anything.”
This proposal has received scant attention… But it’s more vicious than you could possibly imagine.
In plain English, the Republicans are proposing to eviscerate almost all workplace protections at the moment when the threat to workers’ health may be its highest in a century.
The U.S. economy suffered its worst period ever in the second quarter, with GDP falling a historic 32.9%.
Neither the Great Depression nor the Great Recession nor any other slump over the past two centuries have ever caused such a sharp drain on the economy.
Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask, tests positive for coronavirus – and blames masks for spreading the disease.
The president is pushing the coronavirus theories of a Houston doctor who also says sexual visitations by demons and alien DNA are at the root of Americans’ common health concerns.
The American public faces one great and morally urgent task above all others between now and November: to do everything in its power to remove from the presidency a self-pitying man who is shattering the nation and doesn’t even care.
“Her undeserving death is due to the carelessness of the politicians who continue to hedge their bets on the lives of healthcare workers through a lack of leadership, through a refusal to acknowledge the severity of this crisis, and through an inability and unwillingness to give clear and decisive direction on how to minimize the risks of the coronavirus.”
Many of those supporting the anti-Trump movement were once supporters of the president, but now they say their rights are being infringed upon by the illegal use of federal agents against American citizens. “It’s like the worst movie plot coming true,” one self-described patriot and former Trump supporter said. “Trump was a good guy at first, but now he is acting like a dictator and imprisoning those that oppose him… People don’t like saying it, but it really is like the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany.”
Trump’s disdain for testing and wearing masks, and his lack of implementing any national response, has creating a staggering human toll.
Trump owns this crisis. This is his legacy. This is what failed leadership looks like.
President Trump continues to generally oppose masks amid a raging pandemic that claimed the lives of at least 134,815 Americans.
Trump is also potentially putting millions of American children at risk by insisting that schools reopen. His delusional view of the virus — mainly that it’s “harmless” — serves his political agenda of getting the economy moving and the country back to “normal” ahead of the fall election.
Orange County has emerged as a hotbed of opposition to mandatory mask rules in public places, and its health director recently resigned after facing intense public criticism and a death threat. Health experts widely say masks are critical in slowing the spread of the virus, however many residents of this county are proudly anti-science and now apparently willing to put their children at great risk.
President Trump has called many things hoaxes over the years — the investigation into his 2016 campaign’s dealings with Russia, his impeachment, global warming — but on Monday he called into question the existence of an epidemic that has killed more than 135,000 Americans.
Scott Yahraus has over 18-years experience in guiding companies through turbulent times and restoring profitability
It seems that Trump did just what he said he would do: He built a wall around America. He just never told Americans that they would be stuck inside.
Trump’s struggle to deliver a concise argument for his reelection has alarmed Republicans who hope he can articulate a vision for our country, even if he has none.
The move by the EPA defies a court order that required the agency to establish a safe drinking-water standard for the chemical by the end of June. Instead of regulating the toxic chemical, the EPA overturned the underlying scientific finding that declared perchlorate a serious health risk for five million to 16 million people in the United States.
For all their handwringing since he crashed the Republican party, GOP lawmakers have never seemed to care too much about the fact of Donald Trump’s racism. Instead, their biggest concern has been his inability to hide it.
More than three million people in the US have now tested positive for Covid-19. President Donald Trump said today that America was “in a good place” regarding the pandemic.
Transcripts of police body camera video in the minutes leading up to George Floyd’s death show that he pleaded some 20 times that he couldn’t breathe and that one of the officers expressed concern about Floyd’s well-being, but was rebuffed by his superior.
After defending the honoring of Confederate figures on monuments and military bases, Trump attacked Black driver Bubba Wallace and criticized NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag, said democrats were fascists, and tweeted a video of a supporter yelling ‘White Power.”
Is this how Trump intends to make America great again?
In a stunning ruling, the Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration and took the country back to the dark ages by stating that the government has the authority to prevent women from obtaining birth control.
As a registered nurse and the founder and CEO of The Nurses Pub – a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to nurses nationwide, Clayton oversees a vast array of projects that support nurses and student nurses, including scholarships, meals for nurses on the front lines, distribution of personal protective gear, online career building seminars, child care recommendations, and even yoga classes specially designed for healthcare professionals.
But her biggest challenge at the moment is reaching her goal of recruiting 100,000 people to become nursing students and enter the profession.
As the nation is protesting racism and police brutality against black Americans, it bears repeating that drug prohibition has been both a consequence and a tool of systemic racism.
Carlson warned viewers of his popular show on the conservative cable network that Black Lives Matters protests were “not about Black lives, and remember that when they come for you.”
The weather is finally turning and you’re ready for that cherished summer tradition: spending the day lounging by the outdoor pool or splashing through a water park.
But is the pandemic going to dash your watery summer dreams?
Covid is smart. After Trump has spent months downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic, the disease has found a way to grab the president’s attention: Hit him in his wallet.
A racist president trolls his enemies with a rally on a historically significant day.
Over the last several weeks, President Trump has repeatedly promoted the conspiracy-mongering, lying, cesspool of a network – One American News. Trump regularly repeats the network’s verbal feces on his Twitter feed and by regularly calling on its correspondent at White House news events.
They didn’t rehearse their statements: As the president said that he was not taking any federal aid for his properties during the pandemic, his son admitted that they had indeed asked for rent forgiveness.
Major world disasters produce multiple ripple effects. Like a powerful tsunami, they trigger one shock wave after another, each producing injury and mayhem. In the case of Covid-19, the first wave was the global health crisis, still spreading around the world. Next came the stay-at-home requirements and the resulting shutdown of the world economy, resulting in massive job layoffs everywhere. These, in turn, are producing a third wave, possibly even more catastrophic in its outcome: the collapse of global food-supply systems and widespread human starvation.
The president was aware of the danger from the coronavirus – but a lack of leadership has created an emergency of epic proportions.
Today, many cannabis entrepreneurs are building football field size warehouses to grow plants in tightly controlled indoor environments, but Honaker marches to the beat of his own drum.
The repeated warnings didn’t appear to catch the president’s attention. Trump routinely skips reading the intelligence briefs and even ignores the oral summaries he receives from intelligence staff two or three times each week.
Cohen admitted to helping facilitate hush money payments to two women who alleged past affairs with Trump.
“Wish You Were Here” serves as a sad tribute to a lost friend and a soulful remembrance of better days.
The unfortunate thing about the Trump administration, beyond the nepotism, incompetence, mass corruption, idiot kids, white nationalism, wholesale assault on the concept of truth, and pure evil, is that oftentimes it’s beyond parody.
“There are a lot of people stuck in their houses right now. So, what are they going to do? They stream Netflix and get high. Or watch movies on Amazon and get high. Or play board games … and get high. There’s not much else to do.”
The book rests upon firsthand interviews, transcripts, court records, and prior reports. It also contains a detailed appendix that lays out its sources. Said differently, even if you are a hard core Trump supporter, believing at least 50% of the book should be a no-brainer.
In effect, Mr. Trump was accusing the world’s leading health organization of making all of the mistakes that he has made since the virus first emerged in China and then spread rapidly.
But maybe Kemp isn’t the stupidest governor after all. He did, in fact, manage to suppress voting and win the governor’s election by the slimmest of margins.
So if Kemp is not the most stupid, he is the most evil. Take your pick.
With the death toll in this country soaring, Trump is focused on the same thing he is always focused on: himself.
Once coronavirus in the air, it can go pretty darn far. The beach may be shut down, and the signs tell you don’t walk on the beach, don’t swim, don’t surf.. but nobody tells you: Don’t even breathe.
A significant part of Fox News’ coverage had been aimed toward framing the response to coronavirus as unwarranted hysteria. The often-dismissive messaging from Fox News hosts was particularly notable, given that, like other cable news channels, the viewers who make up the network’s audience skew older and are, thus, the most vulnerable to the disease.
Much of America’s suffering is directly attributable to one dreadful fact: that Donald Trump is president of the United States. While people lay dying and bodies are heaped into refrigerated trucks, he brags about his ratings. No where in American history has there been such an out of touch, elitist, arrogant, and completely incapable leader.
Until earlier this week, Donald Trump downplayed the disease’s danger and overstated the extent to which the United States had “control” over it, and Republicans overwhelmingly continue to say that the threat from the virus had been exaggerated.
The buying and selling of stock by corporate insiders who have access to non-public information that could affect the stock price can be a criminal offense. Congressional lawmakers are not considered exempt from insider trading laws, as they have daily access to non-public information and plenty of opportunities to trade on it.
The coronavirus outbreak is already disrupting international travel and trade. The pandemic could impact the global food supply chain and leave some populations without adequate nutrition.
I’ve had the flu before, it’s not even comparable. It feels like hell.
Pence is not alone. He is behaving in a way that Republicans have come to regard as normal. They must engage in the increasingly farcical exercise of praise for Trump
Infighting, turf wars and a president more concerned with the stock market and media coverage than policy have defined the Trump White House. They have also defined how it has handled a pandemic
We don’t have ventilator services, we don’t have respiratory therapy, there is no intensive care unit.
There is no universal protocol for a “deep clean” of highly trafficked public or commercial spaces to eradicate the coronavirus.
The odds of a drug being covered continue to get much worse year over year
“We need to figure out ways to help species cope with climate change, because if we don’t do something, we’re going to lose species that are really important for ecosystem function.”
Poaching is only one threat among many to giraffes. It’s a significant threat — but there are less direct and dramatic ways of killing a giraffe.
San Onofre remains home to 3.5 million pounds of incredibly dangerous spent fuel and nuclear waste. Residents in this densely populated area are praying the transfer of radioactive material is performed perfectly, because as one said, “If there’s a Chernobyl here, we don’t get a second chance.”
Trump continues to do everything within his power to further enrich corporations at the expense of the environment and people lower on the economic ladder. Is this blatant bias favoring the rich and powerful the new normal?
What is apparent is that the Republican controlled Senate’s handling of the impeachment trial is a hoax. McConnell has gone on record as saying that he is not impartial, will not allow witnesses, and has worked in coordination with Trump’s attorneys.
This travesty of justice would not occur anywhere else in America. The fact that it is happening in the halls of the Senate is very sobering.
We are witnessing the demise of democracy.
Controlled Environment Micro-Farms allow growers to cultivate fruits, herbs and vegetables in a sealed environment that virtually eliminates the need for pesticides and harmful chemicals. Some say that this “Super Food” is better than organic.
If hungry children are upsetting to you, then take comfort that Jen and Brad had a picture-perfect moment together backstage at the SAG Awards. Or read this article about how 12 million children in America don’t have enough food, and the Trump administration’s attack on programs that provide a lifeline to those in need.
Biden said Trump used a “haphazard” decision- making process and has failed to communicate the rationale to Congress or U.S. allies around the world, but instead offered “tweets, threats and tantrums” that prove the Republican president to be “dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.”
Now we have the President saying one thing, and his Defense Secretary and Secretary of State openly saying that they won’t follow those orders.
Mitch McConnell is about to break his oath, which requires him to support the Constitution, not a political party. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or Independent, this should be troubling to you.
From tax cuts for the wealthy, to slashing food stamps for the poor, Trump is unabashedly robbing from the poor to give to the rich
“President Trump put himself before country,” Nadler said. “The integrity of our next election is at stake. Nothing could be more urgent.”
Ambassador says quid pro quo came at “express direction of the President”
There are only three ways to explain Andrew’s friendship with Epstein: The first is that he knowingly associated with a convicted sex offender, because he did not regard that as a disqualification. The second is that he was too stupid, or too incurious, to comprehend the evil going on around him. The third is that he was a willing participant in the rape and sexual abuse of underage girls.
“We can’t go 24 hours without news of another mass shooting somewhere in America. My kids and millions’ others hide in corners of their classroom or in their bathrooms preparing for a mass shooting at their school, and this body does nothing about it,”
The question is: What should Americans expect from their President?
“If this is not impeachable conduct, what is? Does the oath of office itself — requiring that our laws be faithfully executed, that our President defend our Constitution that balances the powers of its branches, still have meaning?”
Wild boars are said to be responsible for destroying (and inhaling) tens of thousands of dollars worth of a hidden stash of cocaine.
The company that owns Sears and Kmart plans to close more than one-third of its remaining large-format stores […]
About 160,000 people die a year from avoidable medical errors. The findings reveal that some of the nation’s most dangerous medical centers have become even riskier for patients.
Donald Trump, Jr outed the alleged whistle-blower in clear violation of federal law. Will he be held accountable? Probably not. But even Fox News understands the law and has instructed its hosts to not identify the individual in question. The question is, will such blatant violation of the law go unpunished?
Obstruction of Congress is all but certain to be introduced as an article of impeachment, just as it was five decades ago when the House impeached then-president Richard Nixon.
An impeachment inquiry is a deadly serious moment, and proceeding without any Republican backing will likely undermine the inquiry’s legitimacy in the public eye.
Snakebites took the lives of up to 400,000 victims between 2014 and 2016, making it almost 40 times deadlier than the Ebola virus.
The government shells out cash to the Trump Organization for accommodations and space for security. Is this illegal?
Imagine a system where a judge with no law degree sentences people to jail over their medical bills, and debt collectors get a portion of the bail. This is America.
Two associates of Rudy Giuliani were arrested while trying to board an international flight with one-way tickets. Also, strange marijuana connection.
The last time the United States abandoned allies in the Middle East, military officials say, it helped lead to the Iraq War. Today, the stakes are even higher.
Thousands of Northern California PG&E customers who are medically fragile were more alarmed than most about this week’s power outages, as they scrambled for backup energy sources for the equipment that helps them stay mobile, refrigerates their medications, or even keeps them alive.
Time to pull back the curtain on those that exclaim, “I, in my great and unmatched wisdom…”
Trump is facing a daunting reelection campaign. He is trying to convince himself that an impeachment ordeal will whip up his supporters and help him win a second term.
Perhaps, it will have the opposite effect.
Regardless of your political affiliations, this is not a moment to cheer
The complaint, grippingly written to detail a pattern of behavior by Mr. Trump and his administration, was particularly damning given Mr. Trump’s long record of dismissing the intelligence community.
More than 49,000 workers walked off their jobs. Trump says he’s on their side. Will blue collar workers buy this messaging a second time?
Trump Halts California’s Stricter Fuel Standards, Demonstrating Support for Big Business
The roasteries serve as “brand amplifiers” as well as innovation centers to test new ideas
Homelessness is a national crisis. Why has the Trump Administration proposed significant cuts to public housing and programs like the Community Development Block Grant?
The Constitution prohibits the president from personally financially benefiting from the office, but has any law been broken?
The lawsuit says the officers did not know the undercover cop was a colleague. The suit says he was slammed to the ground, kicked and beaten by St. Louis cops.
Lake Michigan is swallowing up Chicago. Experts say the worst could still be on the way.
Eventually relenting, Ms. Farmer followed directions by taking off her clothes and bra and getting under a sheet on a massage table. Ms. Maxwell performed the massage, at one point having Ms. Farmer lie on her back as Ms. Maxwell pulled down the sheet to massage her chest.
The Congressional Budget Office has predicted the federal deficit could reach $1 trillion by the 2020 fiscal year. Are Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility?
The stakes are high. A polypill offers a way to help millions lead longer, healthier lives.
These are not wildfires. They were intentionally set. Now, toxic smoke from the fires is so intense that darkness now falls hours before the sun sets in São Paulo, Brazil’s financial capital and the largest city in the Western Hemisphere.
Arizona is truly one of America’s treasures. Here is our list of places you should see on your trip to the Grand Canyon State.
As a country, we can either have tax cuts for the wealthy, or for the poor and middle class. We can’t have both.
For more than three years, Sanders retold lies on behalf of a boss who considers it his presidential priority to lie as much as possible.
The 20-year-old had been sleeping in his car at a Taco Bell when Vallejo police shot him 55 times.
Oil giant Mobil sought to make tax-exempt donations to leading universities, civic groups and arts programs to promote the company’s interests and undermine environmental regulations, according to internal documents.
Research using fetal tissue that otherwise would be discarded has been funded by the government, under leadership of both political parties, for decades — and has led to life-saving advances including development of vaccines for rubella and rabies, and drugs for the HIV virus. That ends today under Trump.
America’s largest professional organization for doctors specializing in women’s health has come out against the term “fetal heartbeat bill” to describe abortion bans recently enacted by US states.
“The unaffordability in this city is sending more and more people on to the streets.”
Lawmakers in president’s own party voice firm opposition to threat over Mexico
Reserve, Louisiana is home to the census tract in America with the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxicity, according to government science. That risk, 50 times the national average, is almost entirely due to a plant, the Ponchartrain Works facility, operated by the Japanese manufacturer Denka.
Drive a car, get paid. Not complicated. So why has Uber lost well over $1 billion? The answer may surprise you.
Ice-cream maker to add cannabidiol to its products as soon as possible
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
Without efforts to rebuild soil health, we could lose our ability to grow enough nutritious food to feed the planet’s population
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is a polarizing figure. Unlike almost every other US President that tried to unify the nation, Trump sees his future is tied to further dividing the nation, and giving his supporters more reasons to love him and hate the opposition.
Going through an impeachment hearing, which is bound to fail in the Republican controlled Senate anyway, will give Trump one more big bullhorn to shout his message of hate and division, and may, in fact, help assure his re-election.
At a press conference at the White House for farmer relief, Trump attempted to defend his temperament by asking several members of his staff to vouch for his calmness in the meeting.
Time to see behind the curtain, America. Donald Trump is about to start a war… just in time for the election.
Donald Trump’s national security adviser wants a war… any war will do.
The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organization or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it.
The new wave of anti-abortion laws suggests that a post-Roe America won’t look like the country did before 1973, when the court case was decided. It will probably be much worse.
Just three years ago, Millennials were triumphantly going braless. But now, there’s a growing trend to order custom bras online.
After two years surrounded by loyalists and sycophants, Trump had got his first taste of what life will be like with Pelosi in control of one half of Congress.
China is on the map of international space exploration on a par with the existing space powers of the United States and Russia. And perhaps are ahead of both.
Apple saw 9% wiped off its value in early trading on Wall Street after admitting in its first revenue warning to investors since 2002.
Hope is never a willful ignorance to the hardships and cruelties that so many suffer or the enormous challenges that we face in mounting progress in this imperfect world…. It’s a belief in goodness and human ingenuity and, maybe most of all, our ability to connect with each other and see each other in ourselves, and that if we summon our best selves, then maybe we can inspire others to do the same.
The Koch brothers will focus their immense influence on gubernatorial and congressional races.
In a long and highly unusual letter, Pope Francis said the handling of the scandal showed the urgent need for a new approach to management and mindset within the church.
A Russian news outlet claimed Whelan was arrested just minutes after receiving a USB drive that contained the names of people employed at a top secret state organization.
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As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Flynn had pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements for lying to the FBI about contact he had with the Russian Ambassador.
New York attorney general says charity functioned “as little more than a checkbook to serve Trump’s business and political interests.”
Many Arizona Republicans were disappointed by McSally’s campaign and questioned whether she would be the strongest pick to fill McCain’s seat.
Chick-fil-A’s sales are expected to grow as much as 15 percent to $10 billion on top of 14.2 percent growth last year.
The fact that China is now or will soon be the world’s biggest economy matters a lot. And people will feel it throughout this once great nation.
Concert goers didn’t know that a facial recognition camera was taking their photographs and cross-referencing the images with a database held in Nashville.