Confidence in Chinese vaccines has taken a hit. But as coronavirus cases grow, some countries are still pushing ahead

Mass public vaccination programs using a Chinese coronavirus vaccine are underway across Indonesia and Turkey, where tens of millions of people are expected to receive doses of the CoronaVac shot made by Beijing-based company Sinovac.



Source: CNN, Confidence in Chinese vaccines has taken a hit. But as coronavirus cases grow, some countries are still pushing ahead

Biden to nominate Gary Gensler for SEC commissioner, Rohit Chopra to lead Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Gary Gensler to serve as the commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Rohit Chopra to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a source familiar with the decision tells CNN.



Source: CNN, Biden to nominate Gary Gensler for SEC commissioner, Rohit Chopra to lead Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Army reservist with security-level clearance among the latest charged in connection with Capitol riot

An Army reservist who federal investigators say has secret-level security clearance and a long record of posting his extremist views online was among the latest wave of rioters charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the January 6 Capitol insurrection.



Source: CNN, Army reservist with security-level clearance among the latest charged in connection with Capitol riot

Opinion: Biden's ambitious 100-day plan to erase Trump's legacy

President-elect Joe Biden is trying to get out of the gate running. Even before his Jan. 20 inauguration, Biden has announced a $1.9. trillion stimulus plan, a massive list of executive orders that will undo President Donald Trump’s most controversial decisions, and an immigration reform proposal to provide a path to citizenship for 11 million people. Whereas Trump was most interested in building a wall, Biden hopes to build new communities of citizens.



Source: CNN, Opinion: Biden’s ambitious 100-day plan to erase Trump’s legacy

Opinion: Trump's sordid pardons cement his corrupt legacy

The Founding Fathers would have been disgusted by President Donald Trump’s serial abuse of the pardon power. Nearly 90% of his pardons to date have gone to friends or politically connected allies — including corrupt politicians. While the President’s pardon power may seem unconstrained by the Constitution, a closer look shows that Trump is violating every principle the framers of the Constitution assumed would be followed by a principled President — and there’s evidence they intended special constraints on a President’s pardon power after they’d been impeached.



Source: CNN, Opinion: Trump’s sordid pardons cement his corrupt legacy

Opinion: What if Twitter had banned Trump sooner?

President Donald Trump’s lie that he was cheated of a victory in the November election, which he peddled on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, was a driving factor in spreading misinformation on this issue. How do we know? Research released Friday found that online discussions about election fraud plunged a whopping 73% since Twitter and other social media companies banned Trump and his key allies on January 8.



Source: CNN, Opinion: What if Twitter had banned Trump sooner?

This fast-growing social network is gaining popularity with conservatives, the alt right and some extremists

Gab, an alternative social media network popular with conservatives, the alt-right and some extremists, is surging in popularity after conservative social network Parler was effectively taken off the internet in the wake of the January 6 Capitol siege.



Source: CNN, This fast-growing social network is gaining popularity with conservatives, the alt right and some extremists

Alexey Navalny arrested on his return to Moscow

Russia’s leading Kremlin critic, Alexey Navalny, was detained by local police, moments after his return to the country and five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. CNN’s Frederik Pleitgen reports Navalny had originally been scheduled to land at Vnukovo airport, where a crowd of hundreds of supporters and journalists waited. CNN has been unable to establish why the flight was diverted.



Source: CNN, Alexey Navalny arrested on his return to Moscow