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Former President Donald Trump granted extended Secret Service protections to his four adult children. This is also extended to their spouses, according to Business Insider. He made this move before he left the White House in a last effort of wielding power. This expensive, full-time security detail is an unexpected move for most. The extended security detail could cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Given the amount of traveling that the Trump children do, the cost could be astronomical.
Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters A striking photo captured Barack Obama joyfully greeting VP Kamala Harris. The two are the only Black Americans elected to the White House in US history. Reuters photojournalist Jonathan Ernst captured a striking photo of former President Barack Obama passing on the torch of national office to newly sworn-in Vice President Kamala Harris.
"Wonder Woman 1984" premiered on HBO Max the same day it hit theaters, December 25, 2020. The movie is included with an HBO Max subscription. Business Insider reports it'll only be available through January 24. HBO Max costs $15 a month, though it's included for free with most HBO cable plans.
On Sunday, comedian Steve Martin shared his COVID-19 vaccination experience on Twitter. Martin said the process was "smooth as silk." He signed up for his jab on New York City's public health website. He also said he waited in line to get it at the Javits Center. Business Insider reports Martin is in a high-priority category for the COVID-19 vaccine due to his age.
A Morning Consult poll finds that four in five Americans want Biden to prioritize federal aid. The top two concerns of the voters were small business aid and stimulus checks. Respondents also indicated favorability of extending mortgage forbearance policies. They also favored increasing unemployment benefits and raising taxes for the wealthy. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen affirmed Biden's stance on aid in her confirmation hearing.
If you're unlucky enough to need a bed in an intensive care unit for COVID-19, cross your fingers that you'll get a bed at the right time. That's because ICU patients treated during periods of increased demand are almost twice as likely to die compared to those treated in low-demand periods. UPI reports intensive care units operating at 75% to 100% capacity were classified as 'high demand.' 'Low demand' was classified at less than 25% of capacity.
President Donald Trump's final batch of pardons is expected to contain few controversial or outlandish criminals. According to CNN, Trump spent Saturday night huddled in a lengthy meeting with his legal advisers. In it, he was warned that pardoning himself and his family members would put him in legal peril and convey the appearance of guilt. Also, pardoning GOP lawmakers involved in the Capitol insurrection would anger the very Senate Republicans impeaching him.
Guy Reffitt, of Wylie, Texas, was arrested by the FBI on Sunday in connection to the January 6 US Capitol riot. He's one of the hundreds across the country being rounded up for participating in the violent insurrection. But according to a charging affidavit, the 48-year-old oil worker extended his hatred of the government to his own children.
Bryan Betancur was one of the hundreds of those arrested for participating in the January 6th violent insurrection at the US Capitol. On probation, Betancur knew his movements were being tracked electronically, so he had asked permission to go to Washington to sell Bibles. But after the Maryland man's GPS monitor showed he was in the US Capitol during the mob attack, he was arrested.
Mike Lindell, aka the MyPillow guy, is an avid follower of soon-to-be Former President Donald J. Trump. And despite Trump's uncertain future, Lindell has not backed down from his baseless claims that somehow the election was stolen. Now, Gizmodo reports Lindell is facing some significant legal trouble from tweeting his conspiracy theories by Dominion Voting Systems. Despite presenting zero verified evidence, Lindell has accused Dominion of switching, stealing, or undercounting votes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday placed the blame for the attack on the Capitol firmly at the feet of President Donald Trump. CNN reports the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor that Trump 'provoked' the violent insurrectionists on January 6th. The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people.
Over the weekend, Michelle Obama celebrated her 57th turn around the sun as fans from all over rushed to social media to send her some birthday love. The Capricorn queen took to Instagram to thanks all the well-wishers and shared a selfie showcasing her beautiful natural hair. In the caption, she encourages fans to lead with care for themselves and others. "I know this past year has been difficult for us all on so many levels," the caption reads.
(CNN) Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of President Donald Trump, announced her engagement to Michael Boulos Tuesday. Her happy news -- which happened at the White House -- comes on her father's final full day in office.
(CNN)The New York Mets have fired general manager Jared Porter after he reportedly sent explicit pictures to a female reporter in 2016. ESPN reported that Porter sent unsolicited, explicit texts and photos "culminating with a picture of an erect, naked penis" to the female reporter when he worked for the Chicago Cubs as the team's Director of Professional Scouting and Special Assistant.
President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach soon. He is apparently flying to Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration. The FAA issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20th. This indicates the president's arrival, according to Business Insider. One of Trump's final tweets confirmed suspicions that he wouldn't be at the Biden inauguration. This may be his final move in a very strange, one of a kind presidency.
Gwyneth Paltrow's company Goop sells a $75 candle called "This Smells Like My Vagina." The Sun reports that the candle exploded in a woman's home. Jody Thompson said the candle "emitted huge flames" before her and her partner, David Snow, "threw it out the front door." People on social media have created memes reacting to the incident. They're also criticizing Paltrow's alternative wellness company.
In a chat with ABC News Rudy Giuliani said he would not be able to represent President Trump during his second impeachment trial. That's because he himself is a witness in the case. Giuliani appeared with Trump at the January 6 "Save America" rally. At that rally Trump is alleged to have incited an insurrection, and called for "trial by combat." It was widely expected that Giuliani would head up Trump's impeachment legal team.
To build wealth that can be passed down through generations, getting out of debt-- and staying out of debt--is very important. On the other hand, Business Insider personal finance contributor Jannese Torres-Rodriguez argues increasing your income is just as important. It's not always possible to find jobs that progressively pay more and more. But side hustles can serve that purpose instead.
The leadership at massive tech giant Samsung has been plunged into uncertainty. CNN reports Samsung's vice chairman Lee Jae-yong is going back to prison once again, after being found guilty of embezzlement and bribery. The Seoul High Court in South Korea sentenced the Samsung heir to 2 1/2 years on Monday. In 2017, Lee was found guilty of bribery and other corruption charges. He was sentenced to five years in prison at the time. However, he strolled out of the slammer in less than a year.
Freshman GOP Rep. Peter Meijer voted to impeach Pres. Donald Trump last week. On Sunday, he talked about the fallout of that decision. Meijer said he might have ended his political future by voting to impeach President Trump. During an appearance on ABC's "This Week," he asked Meijer if voting for Trump potentially damaged his career beyond repair. "I may very well have," Meijer said. Meijer said voting to impeach Trump was necessary for the good of the country.
On Sunday, Freshman GOP Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina is slamming President Donald Trump. Mace said Trump's actions related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots "put all of our lives at risk." "We feared for our lives, many of us that day, and our staff," she said. "My children were supposed to be up there." Mace said that Congress needs to find a way to hold the President accountable.
Betty White is 99 years old today. Business Insider compiled some fun facts about the Queen of American Comedy. White has never had acting lessons. She originally wanted to be an opera singer. If she wasn't going to be a singer, she wanted to be a park ranger or zookeeper. White once performed 58 live advertisements in a day. White wasn't supposed to play Sue Ann on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
A dust storm tore through Colorado on Friday, with gusty north winds exceeding 60 miles per hour. According to Gizmodo, the storm was so ridiculously huge that it was visible from space. The storm severely limited visibility on major roadways. A fatal crash killed one person and injured up to 15 others. A dust storm warning remained in effect in the southeastern portion of the state throughout the day.
An associate of Rudy Giuliani allegedly told a former CIA operative seeking a pardon that it would cost $2 million. According to Business Insider, Giuliani disputes the ex-CIA officer's account, saying he doesn't remember the meeting. The personal lawyer to President Donald Trump also told the New York Times that helping someone obtain a pardon would be a conflict of interest.
Last year, data scientist Rebekah Jones was fired by the Florida Department of Health. Part of her job was to work on the state's COVID-19 dashboard. But the data scientist was fired in May after she said she refused to alter data related to the pandemic in the state. However, she continued to publish her own Florida COVID-19 data independently, through her own dashboard. In December, Florida law enforcement raided her home, brandishing weapons at her young children.
The US Postal Service will remove some mailboxes and halt collection in several major cities. The move is a safety measure ahead of next week's presidential inauguration. Business Insider reposts that states and cities across the country are expecting unrest in the days leading up to January 20. The boxes are in at least 17 states including California and New Jersey, as well as Washington, DC.
Former Rep. Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma said leaving the Republican Party because of Trump's control over the party. Edwards said the GOP has become a "cult" under President Donald Trump. He decried Republicans who backed Trump's effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election win. "This has become a cult," he said.
Business Insider spoke to chefs who said a fresh bagel should almost never be toasted. Doing so can mess with its flavor and texture. If you're planning to eat a bagel that's not fresh, toasting can improve its taste. Toasting the bagels would also give you both a crunchy crust and a soft interior. If you plan on loading your bagel with toppings, you'll want to toast it so it doesn't get soggy.
Armie Hammer's secret Instagram has been found. Hammer repeatedly posted images of raw meat, pigs' heads and knives. The pictures are graphic and icludes one snap of barbecuing meat where he writes: 'Have you ever seen anything sexier?' In another he shared a photo of a pig's head alongside the caption: 'He's smiling.' The news comes as messages from Hammer reveal he told women "I am 100% a cannibal." The messages also reveal rape, bondage, and blood fanatasies.
Charlie Hall invented the waterbed in 1968. According to Business Insider he started what became a $2 billion industry. The water-filled mattress earned a provocative reputation throughout its heyday in the '70s and '80s. Hall intended for waterbeds to help people get better sleep. Research on the health benefits have been inconclusive. Hall's new company, Hall Flotation, aims to bring waterbeds back by emphasizing the comfort of a "wave-suppression system."
Controversial evangelist Franklin Graham has compared Republicans who voted for Trump's impeachment to Judas. Graham too to Facebook and compared the 10 Republicans who voted for Trump's impeachment to Judas Iscariot. Judas was the notorious apostle who betrayed Jesus after being paid 30 pieces of silver. It came the day after the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Capitol riot last week.
A Missouri woman has been charged with five counts for taking a splintered nameplate belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Newser reports Emily Hernandez committed the deed during the January 6th riot at the US Capitol. Hernandez was charged, among other crimes, with disorderly conduct and the stealing or disposing of government property. The FBI received online tips from at least three people saying they saw Hernandez in TV news footage.
Donald Trump Jr. had considered running for an open Senate seat in Wyoming last year--but decided against it. Instead, Business Insider reports the eldest son of President Donald Trump and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle are looking at real estate in Florida. The eldest son of President Donald Trump has sparred with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) over his father's foreign policy agenda in the past.
Following the violent attack on the US Capitol, federal officials launched the most extensive counterterrorism probe since September 11, 2001. Meanwhile, the heads of the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security--and the President himself--have remained essentially silent. But according to CNN, the Federal Bureau of Investigation means business. And FBI Director Christopher Wray doesn't mind saying so.
Paying taxes with a credit card to earn a big sign-up bonus or reward points makes sense for some. You can pay taxes with a credit card through third-party providers, not through the IRS website. Some states, cities, and counties allow you to pay income and property taxes with a credit card as well. Setting up a payment plan with the IRS is safer than using your credit card if funds are tight.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that the start of tax season has been pushed back two weeks, to February 12. According to Business Insider, Tax season usually opens at the end of January. For those hoping to file taxes right away and get a refund, you'll have to wait a bit longer. Experts point out that the deadline to file your taxes has not changed: According to the IRS, tax filing deadlines are still April 15.
Which county has administered the most coronavirus vaccine injections? More than 40 countries around the world have begun the vaccination process. According to Business Insider, rich and middle-income countries have secured almost all the available vaccine supply. According to data, the U.S. had administered roughly 1.94 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Following behind the U.S. is China, which has administered at least 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Joanne Rogers passed away Thursday in Pittsburgh. She was an accomplished concert pianist and wife of beloved children's television host, Mr. Rogers. Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for more than 50 years. Born Sara Joanne Byrd in 1928, Joanne Rogers met her future husband at Rollins College in Florida. She is survived by two sons, James Byrd Rogers and John Rogers. HuffPost reports that no cause of death has been given. She was 92 years old.