Airbnb sells shares at $68 in IPO, pricing above range – CNBC

  1. Airbnb sells shares at $68 in IPO, pricing above range  CNBC
  2. DoorDash Trio Worth Up to $2.8 Billion Each as IPO Soars  Yahoo Finance
  3. DoorDash skyrockets in market debut, closes up 85%  CNBC
  4. DoorDash Stock IPO: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly  InvestorPlace
  5. Welcome DoorDash and Airbnb, the $100 Billion Duo  Bloomberg
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U.K. warns against Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those with severe allergies – CBS Evening News

  1. U.K. warns against Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those with severe allergies  CBS Evening News
  2. Black people are justifiably wary of a vaccine. Their trust must be earned.  The Washington Post
  3. Coronavirus vaccination: 5 ways to increase trust and persuade Americans to get vaccinated  USA TODAY
  4. JBLM among the first military bases to get COVID-19 vaccine  KING5.com
  5. New York legislation could make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory  FOX 5 NY
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California exits give Newsom rare chance to pick 3 high-profile leaders

OAKLAND, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a perfect storm of political opportunity now that Xavier Becerra’s departure gives him the chance to fill a third high-profile statewide office and shape the state’s power structure for years.

Ambitious Democrats and their constituencies were already lobbying the governor for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ Senate seat, and now Newsom will also select the next state attorney general to replace Becerra. If Newsom chooses odds-on favorite Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Harris’ seat, the governor would have the exceptionally rare power to name three people to coveted statewide posts within weeks, potentially cementing a decade of governance in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

The surfeit of opportunity has intensified already-fierce jockeying among California elected officials vying for Newsom’s blessing, adding more variables to a calculus that factors in loyalty, experience and representation. But Newsom having yet another seat to bestow gives him wider latitude to mollify different factions who are imploring him — increasingly with public campaigns — to select a Latino, a Black woman or someone who otherwise represents California’s diversity.

The additional vacancy could help Newsom ease tensions with Black and Latina women’s groups who have said the governor should not appoint Padilla to the Senate job and instead name a woman of color to replace Harris, a Black and South Asian woman.

In addition to elevating allies or empowering flag bearers for underrepresented groups, Newsom will have to weigh the risks of creating a new vacancy if he taps someone in a seat vulnerable to a Republican flip.

“Gavin Newsom is in an enviable, and unenviable position at the same time,” said Democratic strategist Roger Salazar. “He’s got a tremendous opportunity to put his stamp on the administration — getting to pick a U.S. senator, an attorney general and maybe even somebody that opens up a spot someplace else.”

It’s the first time in nearly 70 years that a California governor has had anything close to this kind of appointment power, according to California State Library legislative historian Alex Vassar. Between December 1952 and early January 1953, Gov. Earl Warren had to appoint a new U.S. senator, state controller and a member of the Board of Equalization, the state’s elected tax commission. But those latter two seats are lower profile than the ones Newsom is looking at.

Becerra’s move to the Biden administration does not cement Padilla’s chances to become the state’s next U.S. senator. Insiders have believed for weeks that Newsom preferred Padilla over Becerra and that the AG had instead set his sights on joining the Biden administration. The battle for the Senate seat had boiled down more to a choice between Padilla and several highly-qualified women of color in recent days.

The multi-dimensional appointment chess match has mesmerized California’s political classes, who had been feverishly debating Harris’ replacement even before she punched her ticket to the White House. The Sunday afternoon news that Becerra is headed back to Washington set off another flurry of parlor games in California political circles, with insiders throwing out names of potential lawyers whom Newsom could pick.

The AG field is narrower than the one for other seats given that Newsom must pick someone admitted to practice law in California at least five years prior to the appointment. Still, there remain numerous ambitious elected officials who fit the bill, among them: Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Jared Huffman, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Ted Lieu, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember David Chiu, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, state Sen. Scott Wiener, former state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and former state lawmaker Martha Escutia.

Herrera is already considered as a leading candidate given his experience, Latino background and longstanding relationship with Newsom. As San Francisco’s city attorney, Herrera has already gone to bat for key progressive causes such as gay marriage and has been a point man against the Trump administration on key issues backing up Newsom and Becerra.

“I love serving the residents of the city and county of San Francisco and, obviously, a lot of our work has been with the attorneys general’s office, over the years, on behalf of California statewide,’’ Herrera said in an interview Sunday, noting that he has worked with previous California attorneys general to advance the state’s causes in the courts.

But the competition for Becerra’s job is intensifying as befits a job that has long been a launching pad, catapulting Harris to the Senate before Becerra filled her seat. Among other candidates, Bonta was in consideration to become attorney general in 2016, when then-Gov. Jerry Brown ultimately chose Becerra to replace Harris; he would be California’s first Asian-American attorney general.

Meanwhile, Escutia told POLITICO in an interview that she would “absolutely” be interested but had not spoken to Newsom.

Salazar, the Democratic strategist, said Newsom could go an obvious route and make a popular pick like Herrera, or make a non-political pick like Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF, who has been in the running for some top legal posts. Picking a Congress member would be riskier, he said, given that the “Democratic majority there is somewhat tenuous,” and the party wouldn’t want to take a chance losing a swing House district.

If Padilla gets Harris’ seat, Newsom would also have the opportunity to preemptively shape a nascent battle to be California’s next top elections official — or to defuse it.

Assemblymember Gonzalez has already launched her secretary of state campaign for 2022, when Padilla would be termed out, and in the past week she has sought to telegraph her clout by rolling out endorsements from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and California Controller Betty Yee. But Gonzalez is facing a challenge from Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, a clash that approximates power dynamics within the Democratic-dominated Legislature.

Newsom could choose sides — or he could sidestep the strife by choosing someone else entirely, although that could earn him the enmity of Gonzalez and her allies in organized labor. He would have a far deeper list to draw on without needing to choose a lawyer, opening up Senate contenders like Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins or San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

POLITICO’s Debra Kahn contributed reporting.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story included Rep. Katie Porter among the potential names for attorney general. Porter is an attorney but does not have a State Bar record in California.

Source: Politico, California exits give Newsom rare chance to pick 3 high-profile leaders

HORROR: Father Charged With Murder, Accused Of Beheading His Own Children While Forcing His Other Kids To View Their Decapitated Siblings

A Lancaster, California father of four has been charged with decapitating his teenage son and daughter and abusing his other two boys last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Maurice Jewel Taylor Sr., 34, faces two felony counts each of murder and “child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death.”

Taylor, a personal trainer, is charged with fatally stabbing Maliaka T., 13, and Maurice T., 12, on November 29. Taylor’s other two boys, ages 8 and 9 were allegedly shown their murdered siblings and were forced to stay in their bedrooms for several days without food, the prosecutors said.

CNS reported: Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean confirmed the suspect’s wife and their other two children were questioned by homicide detectives, who arrested the father just before 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Taylor worked at a physical therapy center in Santa Monica but had been conducting training sessions via Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of his clients contacted authorities when they could not reach him for scheduled appointments in the week leading up to the discovery of the victims.

If convicted as charged, Taylor faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 57 years to life in state prison. There is no known motive for the horrific crime.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster Station.

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DOJ sues Alabama over prison conditions, says state failing to protect male inmates – WVTM13

  1. DOJ sues Alabama over prison conditions, says state failing to protect male inmates  WVTM13
  2. U.S. Department of Justice sues Alabama over unsafe prison conditions  AL.com
  3. Justice Department sues Alabama over men’s prison conditions  WSFA
  4. Justice Department sues Alabama over alleged violent prison conditions  CBS News
  5. Justice Department sues Alabama over prison conditions  Washington Post
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Was it RACIST for Jake Paul to KO black ex-NBA player Nate Robinson in a BOXING MATCH, asks Vice TV, leaving viewers bewildered

YouTuber Jake Paul might have expected questions about his left jab or perhaps an overmatched boxing opponent, but he was caught off guard when Vice TV hosts instead asked if he was racist to knock out ex-NBA player Nate Robinson.

Social media users were astonished by the absurd line of questioning, calling Vice hosts Jemele Hill and Cari Champion the true racists for making the conversation about skin color. A video circulating Wednesday on Twitter showed Hill and Champion questioning Paul about his November 28 knockout of Robinson. Hill began by asking:

Jake, considering where we are right now in our racial conversation in America, was what you did to Nate Robinson racist?

Hill then laughed, and Paul replied, “Nah, stop playing with me.” But Hill persisted, saying, “It’s a sensitive time right now. We just had to witness a white man just knock a black man smooth out in front of all America, so that’s why I asked that.”

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Champion later asked Paul, without a laugh, “First and foremost, was it racist to knock a black man out? That is the question of the week.”

“Stop asking me that,” an irritated Paul said. “I said no. It’s a shi**y question. It’s a sport.” Not satisfied, Champion asked why the question was ‘shi**y.’ “Because, how does this have anything to do with race? It doesn’t.”

The reaction on Twitter was disgust. “It’s hilarious to see white and black Americans finally coming together to agree on at least one thing: Jemele Hill is a race-bating fu**ing coon,” one commenter tweeted. Former NFL running back Larry Johnson agreed, saying, “This is what happens to puppets who talk back to their masters. They’re sent to B-list networks to become race-baiters. The coonery of it all.”

Hill was previously an anchor with ESPN, which bought out the final two years of her contract in 2018, after she had been suspended for making politically and racially divisive comments on Twitter. Johnson said incorrectly that Hill is now with a network owned by the founder of Proud Boys. Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes left Vice in 2008.

Another observer pointed out that if knocking out a black boxing opponent is now considered racist, “Next, striking out a black baseball player is racist. Scoring a touchdown against a black cornerback is racist. A black golfer missing the hole for a birdie will be racist.”

But Slate writer Joel Anderson came to Hill’s defense, painting her as a victim. “It’s not that Jemele Hill is incapable of making a misstep because she obviously isn’t,” he said. “It’s that a lot of people – usually men who haven’t done as well as they’d like and have long resented her – have been waiting for the signal to be vicious again. This isn’t about Jake Paul.”

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66 Missouri Lawmakers Led by Rep. Justin Hill Sign Resolution for MI, WI, PA, GA, AZ and NV to Investigate Rampant Election Fraud or Have Electors Disqualified

Missouri state Representative Justin Hill (R-Lake St. Louis) released a bombshell report on Dominion Voting Systems on Tuesday. According to Hill Dominion were dissolved last year for failure to pay income taxes while operating in the state of Missouri.

Representative Hill concluded that Dominion has been operating illegally in the state.

Rep. Justin Hill told The Gateway Pundit that Dominion currently has about 20% of the electorate in the state of Missouri. Hill also found out that Dominion was dissolved in the State of Missouri. According to Missouri state law they are not allowed to operate their business in the Show Me state except for winding down their activities. Hill later called on Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to prosecute Dominion on unpaid taxes and to demand, by Missouri law, that Dominion turn over software source code to the machines.

On Wednesday Rep. Justin Hill announced he will file a resolution signed by 66 Republican lawmakers calling on Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada to conduct investigations into the numerous voter fraud allegations. If they do not the Missouri lawmakers are demanding Congress refuse to certify their electors.

Here is the letter.

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'Cyberpunk 2077' preload on consoles includes the Day 0 update – Engadget

  1. ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ preload on consoles includes the Day 0 update  Engadget
  2. It’s so nice that Cyberpunk 2077 just has one $60 digital edition  PC Gamer
  3. How Long Is Cyberpunk 2077? – IGN  IGN
  4. Cyberpunk 2077 Review – Anarchy in the Night City  GosuNoob.com
  5. Nvidia’s DLSS tech comes to Cyberpunk 2077, Minecraft RTX, and four others this month  TechSpot
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Facebook hit with anti-trust lawsuits from U.S. government and over 40 states

Facebook was slapped with parallel antitrust lawsuits Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission and justice departments from 48 states.

CNN Business reported both the FTC and 48 attorneys general sued the social networking giant over the acquisitions of the Instagram and WhatsApp platforms.

In both lawsuits, the plaintiffs allege the company engaged in conduct that squashed competition and made it impossible for competing tech startups to compete with Facebook’s marketplace dominance.

The FTC complaint seeks to break up Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s tech empire by forcing it to divest itself of both popular apps, the report said.

It also would require the company to seek permission prior to any future acquisitions.

“Personal social networking is central to the lives of millions of Americans,” Ian Conner, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, said in a statement, according to CNN.

“Facebook’s actions to entrench and maintain its monopoly deny consumers the benefits of competition. Our aim is to roll back Facebook’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition so that innovation and free competition can thrive,” Conner said.

He explained more about the accusations against Facebook in a video posted to Twitter from the FTC account.

CNN reported the lawsuit from the states was spearheaded by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who first announced an investigation into Facebook last fall. James has been joined by dozens of other attorneys general from across the country.

The New York AG accused Facebook of using its financial war chest and overall dominance to “crush” smaller tech startups.

James, a Democrat, said that practice has continued unabated for years.

“For nearly a decade, Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and snuff out competition,” she said during a news conference Wednesday, according to CNN.

“By using its vast troves of data and money, Facebook has squashed or hindered what the company perceived to be potential threats,” James said.

She expounded on her complaints in a series of tweets.

“I’m leading a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general in a lawsuit against @Facebook to end its illegal monopoly,” James said. “We are taking action to stand up for the millions of consumers and many small businesses that have been harmed by Facebook’s illegal behavior.”

“Facebook has used its monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and snuff out competition, all at the expense of everyday users,” she added. “Instead of improving its own product, Facebook took advantage of consumers and made billions of dollars converting their personal data into a cash cow.”

“Today’s suit should send a clear message to Facebook and every other company: Efforts to stifle competition, reduce innovation, or cut privacy protections will be met with the full force of almost every attorney general’s office in the nation,” James concluded.

The state and federal lawsuits against Facebook come as the tech giant and others have come under increasing bipartisan scrutiny in recent months from lawmakers. While Republicans have criticized Big Tech for silencing conservative voices, Democrats have accused tech giants of allowing misinformation to spread across their platforms.

Facebook was sued in federal court just last week by the Justice Department, which alleged the company has discriminated against American workers by awarding some jobs almost exclusively to foreign visa workers.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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L.A. County public health director holds back tears while describing 'incalculable' COVID-19 deaths – KTLA 5

  1. L.A. County public health director holds back tears while describing ‘incalculable’ COVID-19 deaths  KTLA 5
  2. California has most coronavirus deaths in a single day  Los Angeles Times
  3. California sees record-breaking COVID-19 numbers  CBS News
  4. COVID-19 updates: More California residents required to follow new order  SF Gate
  5. 27 million Californians receive texts to stay home after the state added nearly 170,000 cases in a week  CNN
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Johns Hopkins was a slave owner, university reveals – The Guardian

  1. Johns Hopkins was a slave owner, university reveals  The Guardian
  2. At Johns Hopkins, Revelations About Its Founder and Slavery  Yahoo News
  3. Johns Hopkins University reckons with history, reveals founder owned multiple slaves  Fox News
  4. Records prove Johns Hopkins University founder owned slaves, shattering belief he was a staunch abolitionist  Baltimore Sun
  5. The founder of Johns Hopkins owned enslaved people. Our university must face a reckoning.  Washington Post
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