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Mekelle struck, residents flee Amhara as Ethiopia battle intensifies

The Ethiopian government launched an airstrike Friday on the capital of the northern Tigray region, and residents in a city in the neighboring Amhara region said people there were taking flight from intensifying fighting.
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NFL Week 12 winners and losers: Bill Belichick has Patriots rolling. Wounded Titans are in a freefall.
Behind rookie QB Mac Jones and a strong defense, the Patriots look dangerous. The win-now Rams, meanwhile, have issues to resolve.
"Good reason to be worried" as Omicron COVID variant spreads fast
But South Africa, after quickly detecting and reporting the strain, feels punished for its sound science as other nations slam the door shut.
'I Made a $4million Chess Set'
The set has 20,000 diamonds of different sizes across the 32 pieces; that's a lot of stone setting. I had to assemble a small team of highly skilled setters to help me put the diamonds in absolutely perfectly.
Dems’ dicey decision: Punish Boebert or not?
And the Senate stares down a December pileup.
Commentary: What virtual reality and artificial intelligence will mean for sex, love and intimacy
Enormous advances in technology could transform the world that began with chatbots and sex robots.
Video of Nancy Mace's Differing Vaccine Remarks on Fox News and CNN Goes Viral
Nancy Mace was criticised by a Johns Hopkins surgeon Joseph Sakran and dubbed "reckless."
Cristiano Ronaldo benching for Manchester United causes fierce debate between pundits
Cristiano Ronaldo's benching in Manchester United's 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday prompted a fierce debate between leading pundits Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane.
Op-Ed: Payouts for whistleblowers aren't enough. Workers need to know they can make a difference
That's the only reliable way to marshal insiders as corporate watchdogs.
Roe v. Wade Being Overturned Will Harm Black Women the Most
Mississippi has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling in a case seeking to revive a 15-week abortion ban.
Biden's agenda brings warring conservative factions together in quest to flip House
The US Chamber of Commerce last year endorsed 23 vulnerable freshman House Democrats -- the most in at least a decade -- and enraged House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and other top Republicans who accused their long-time big business allies of heresy.
Jussie Smollett taking the stand could be a double-edged sword in alleged hate crime hoax case, attorneys say
The trial of Jussie Smollett kicks off on Monday, nearly three years after the 39-year-old actor allegedly orchestrated a hate crime against himself, telling police that two White men in MAGA hats attacked him, shouted slurs, and put a noose around his neck.
Big pharma isn't the only powerful player in the prescription drug pricing fight
A well-funded counteroffensive is being waged by powerful collection of patient groups, health insurers, hospitals, other health-care interests and AARP. And they've arguably won the first round.
What to know from NFL Week 12: The Rams are spiraling, and the 49ers are surging
Plus, Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton had rough outings, the Cowboys caught a break, and the Dolphins showed they aren't dead yet.
Finding someone to handle your end-of-life, after-death affairs when you have no friends or relatives
REAL ESTATE MATTERS | Without friends or family, you’ll need to find support. And you may need two different kinds of help, because you could potentially have a situation where you need one type of assistance while you are alive and another after you have died.
Editorial: Please Supreme Court, do not take abortion rights away from any women, anywhere
The Supreme Court is hearing a case asking it to overturn Roe vs. Wade, but it should reject it and continue to protect access to abortion.
Pa. commissioners called LGBTQ gathering a ‘hate group’ and denied funds to library where it was to meet. So citizens stepped in.
Fundraising campaigns have brought in $40,000 for the small library, far exceeding the $3,000 that was rejected by the local government.
Pa. commissioners called LGBTQ gathering a ‘hate group’ and denied funds to library where it was to meet. So citizens stepped in.
Fundraising campaigns have brought in $40,000 for the small library, far exceeding the $3,000 that was rejected by the local government.
Countries Close Borders as More Omicron Cases Emerge
Scotland said it had found six cases of the new variant and that contact tracing was underway. Japan barred all foreign travelers, and Australia delayed reopening its borders for two weeks.
‘Insecure’ and the defiant come-up of Issa Rae
"Insecure's" Issa Rae has come a long way since "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl."
Letters to the Editor: Critical race theory's loudmouth critics are making teachers' jobs impossible
Educators and administrators develop curriculum carefully. Demands to ban critical race theory from the classroom circumvent that process
Letters to the Editor: If we made more stuff in the U.S., would we even have a supply crisis?
Don't overthink the supply crisis. If the investor class hadn't outsourced jobs, our consumer items wouldn't all have to do go through a few ports.
Biden says that the infrastructure bill shows the presidency can deliver for ‘all Americans’
There's a history behind that vision.
What The Democrats Don't Get | Opinion
Congressional Democrats are willing to throw their seats away in the next election by sticking with Biden's program.
Shop lululemon’s best picks for Cyber Monday 2021: Leggings, bras, more
lululemon has Cyber Monday deals on leggings and more to get your Christmas shopping done early in 2021.
Before the pandemic, we’d dismiss a scratchy throat. Now, the sniffles can derail plans.
The endless brain game of assessing infection risks to ourselves and others could be here to stay.
What Happens When You’re the Investment
Alex Masmej revered Steve Jobs—his favorite shirt was emblazoned with Apples that changed the world: Adam’s, Isaac’s, Steve’s. Masmej dreamed of moving to Silicon Valley to start his own company, but he just didn’t have the money. In April 2020, as the world reeled from the coronavirus pandemic, Masmej found himself stuck in his home city of Paris.So Masmej did something few 23-year-olds would think to do: He tokenized himself. That is, he created a financial instrument known as a social token, a form of cryptocurrency whose value revolves around a person, to sell shares in himself. Holders of $ALEX would receive 15 percent of Masmej’s income for the next three years, capped at $100,000 overall, and would be able to exchange tokens for special privileges: 10,000 $ALEX bought a retweet from Masmej on Twitter; 20,000 $ALEX, a one-on-one conversation with him; 30,000 $ALEX, an introduction to someone in his network. In five days, Masmej raised $20,092, enough to send him across the Atlantic to San Francisco to launch his start-up.I work as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, and I met Masmej in San Francisco. When he shared his story with me, I was struck by what Masmej’s path to California signaled. Rather than borrowing money from investors, friends, or family, Masmej made himself the investment.This may sound dystopian to some, the plotline of a Black Mirror episode. But social tokens are part of a broader and fundamentally positive phenomenon: everyone is becoming an investor. Over time, wealth has accumulated with a select few—the investing class—while the rest of America rents time as salaried and hourly workers. Only one in two Americans has any exposure to the stock market, and that exposure is stratified by income: Just 15 percent of families in the bottom 20 percent of income earners hold stock, compared with 92 percent of families in the top 10 percent.But moves by Masmej and others like him point to a shift. More and more of the world is becoming financialized, allowing people to invest not just in companies or government bonds but also in art, collectibles, and celebrities. Parallel shifts in culture and technology are forging a new paradigm. The rules around how we create and capture economic value are being rewritten, opening up new roads to the kind of wealth creation previously limited to a select few.Today’s youth are leading this transformation by rejecting long-held beliefs: that you should stay with a corporation until you’re ready to collect your pension; that you should spend the hours of 9 to 5 chained to your desk; that you should work for anyone at all. Nearly 80 percent of teenagers say they want to be their own boss; 40 percent aspire to start their own business. Young people watched their parents and grandparents get burned during the Great Recession and again during the pandemic. They harbor a certain cynicism: One 16-year-old mocked me recently for denoting laughter with
Hill Staffers Are Wearing Sneakers Now
Congress has never been a place known for cutting-edge fashion. Instead, a stuffy formality has long been its trademark. As Allbirds and preppy quarter-zips swept into boardrooms and C-suites across the rest of the country, Capitol Hill remained one of the last bastions of traditional American business attire—the global headquarters of wing tips and ill-fitting suits, Tory Burch flats and bland Banana Republic pencil skirts. During sweltering D.C. summers, you could find communications directors and legislative aides wearing jackets and ties to work, wiping their sweaty brows on their uncuffed sleeves as the dew point climbed. The Hill is perhaps the last workplace in the country whose young employees still use the word slacks.But just like so many other great American traditions, Capitol Hill’s staid dress code has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Since most of the Hill has returned to working in person, a casualness has spread among some staffers. The trend is slight enough to be imperceptible in fancier quarters, such as parts of the Senate and most House leadership offices. And the change is unevenly distributed because every office on the Hill is essentially its own fiefdom, with its own standards for professional attire. But the shift is real—and it extends far beyond fashion.After more than a year of working remotely, often in sweats or shorts, “I don’t care to put on form-fitting pants anymore,” one senior staffer to a Democratic House lawmaker told me. Like many other offices, at least on the Democratic side, this staffer’s team transitioned back to in-person work in early summer. “It is not the same place it once was, where everyone feels like they have to be buttoned-up all the time,” he said. The senior staffer and his colleagues have started dressing more informally around the office, occasionally wearing black jeans, sneakers, and short-sleeved shirts without ties. It’s still bad form to interact with members or show up to the House floor looking like you’re at a Miami nightclub. But it’s happened. Once, the senior staffer wore shorts and a short-sleeved shirt to the Hill, expecting to spend most of the day at his desk. Then, at the last minute, he was called to the floor to bring something to his boss. On the way, lots of people witnessed his ultracasual look. Representative Madison Cawthorn, the 26-year-old Republican from North Carolina, stopped to shake his hand. The staffer was embarrassed, but the feeling wore off quickly. “Ever since that moment, I was like, I don’t care,” he said. Now that autumn is here, he’s opting for turtlenecks and blazers.The changes only go so far. Most of the Hill employees I interviewed for this story requested anonymity because they didn’t want their bosses to be associated with a story about what is widely—and incorrectly—viewed as a frivolous topic. But dress-code tweaks can have real economic and political impacts. Dressing more casually—say, investing in just one or two Bonobos suits instead of several—will save chronically underpaid Hill staffers money. Congressional positions, which have traditionally been dominated by the children of the wealthiest Americans, might become more widely accessible to poor and middle-class people. Another House aide to a Democrat told me that, before the pandemic, she wore pumps and dresses to work every day. Now that she’s back in the office, she wears mostly ballet flats and pants to escort her boss to meetings. Her colleagues are doing the same, opting for Rothy’s ankle boots instead of heels, and cozy fall sweaters instead of button-down blouses. Some aides wear leggings on recess days. “You’re keeping dry-cleaning bills down,” she told me. “You’re having things that meet multiple functions. That’s been helpful on the budget.” She’s started wearing a lot less makeup, too, switching from a cream foundation to a powder bronzer because it provides lighter coverage and doesn’t rub off under her mask. “I’m still always professional and put-together,” she said. But “I’ve been prioritizing flexibility.”[Read: What do you wear to the reopening of society?]Not all Hill aides are wearing leggings to work. Just like the states they represent, each office in Congress is governed by its own set of rules. Some members view their staff as a reflection of themselves: Lawmakers in leadership roles demand a classy entourage. Lawmakers who want leadership roles require their staff to look the part. Many Hill aides simply don’t want to go casual, arguing that dressing up is part of the job when you work in the seat of American democracy. People don’t think very highly of Congress to begin with, one aide to a Republican senator told me. Why make it worse? “Government officials ought to keep a certain level of decorum as people that are creating our laws,” he said.The Hill’s enhanced casualness is more visible among staffers for Democrats than for Republicans, according to the employees I interviewed, given that more GOP offices worked in person during the pandemic. An even more glaring fashion divide between the parties is that, on the House side where masks are required, Democratic aides generally wear them and Republican aides usually don’t. “In normal times, everybody’s wearing their business attire and you don’t know who’s a Republican or a Democrat,” Patrick Malone, the communications director for Representative Jim Himes of Connecticut, told me. “Now the battle lines are clearly drawn.”The Hill’s sartorial evolution has coincided with a bigger and potentially longer-lasting shift: Congress is tech-savvy now—or at least savvier than before. The pandemic forced lawmakers to learn how to use videoconferencing tools such as Cisco Webex and Zoom for remote hearings and committee meetings. These tools allowed witnesses to testify from anywhere, and lawmakers to do more TV hits on news stations in their own district without having to fly home. Members of Congress are now able to sign onto bills electronically, something they couldn’t do before. And House leadership expanded the use of proxy voting during the pandemic, which members from both sides of the aisle have used throughout the past 19 months. “Implementing technology like that should have been done years ago,” Representative Derek Kilmer, the chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, told me this week. Before COVID, many offices didn’t even have laptops or videoconferencing. “There’s a meeting back in my district tonight that I wouldn’t have been able to participate in,” he said. “That can and should be here to stay.”[Read: Another truth about remote work]The pandemic has proved that many American workers can do their jobs just as well from home—and that includes congressional staff. Sure, remote work has some downsides: Politics is a business best conducted in person. But the aides I spoke with all hope to retain a remote-work option, even after the virus clears. Writing speeches and doing research are easier without all the background noise of a congressional office—the ringing phones and C-SPAN blaring from three different computers. Plus, people appreciate the flexibility. “I have a 40-minute commute each way, and if I don’t do that, I can start earlier or work later,” Malone said. “If I need to change the laundry, I can do that.”Remote work has allowed staffers to escape the Beltway more frequently, and experience a healthy jolt of reality. “It’s good to be outside this place, because you begin to think what’s in Politico Playbook or Punchbowl is actually what people are talking about,” the senior staffer said. “The time you get to spend out there is great for your ability to legislate and message. You can [ask]: ‘How’s the child tax credit affecting your family? Are you feeling it?’” Some offices have even been hiring interns and aides to work remotely, opening up a world of opportunity for people who can’t afford to live in one of the most expensive cities in America.The virus suddenly and aggressively dragged Congress into the 21st century. But the institution still has a long way to go. Although some members have embraced Blundstones in the office and hired interns to clock in from 600 miles away, others have been much, much slower to adapt. “If you want Congress to modernize completely, you need some umbrella rules that everyone has to follow,” the senior staffer said. By now, he added, “my office is as modern as it can go … But I don’t have that hope for all offices.” It’ll take more than a global pandemic to make that kind of change.
Trump allies work to place supporters in key election posts across the country, spurring fears about future vote challenges
If they succeed, the former president and his backers could pull down some of the guardrails that prevented him from overturning President Biden’s victory, critics say.
Democratic midterm fears mount as policies fail to resonate with voters
Democrats are eager to tout the bills they have passed in Biden’s first year, but a strategy tying together the disparate pieces of legislation is still lacking.
Joe Biden was involved in a deal with a Chinese giant — and was expecting a 10 percent cut
Hunter Biden and his Uncle Jim were already waiting for Tony Bobulinski in the lobby bar of the Beverly Hilton when he arrived at 10 p.m. on May 2, 2017.
Steven Bannon Faces Over 1,000 Pages of Evidence and Materials From Prosecution in Contempt Case
The Justice Department said it has handed over 65 documents per Bannon's defense team's request, while also accusing them of "frivolous" legal complaints.
Dear Care and Feeding: I’m Totally Overshadowed by My MIL on Christmas
Parenting advice on Christmas with in-laws, cultural appropriation, and family wills.
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? Socialite and ex-girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein goes on trial
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has gained global notoriety as the former girlfriend and social companion of the convicted pedophile and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Pet Dog Almost Eaten by Saltwater Crocodile While Walking on Beach
The attack coincides with the saltwater crocodile breeding season, which can make them more aggressive.
My Company Is Forcing Us to Use PTO for a Week It’s Going to Be Closed
It’s great they’re closing for the holidays, but why should I have to burn my vacation days?
Texas dad accidentally shoots, kills daughter, 11 while hunting: report
An 11-year-old girl was killed after she was accidentally shot by her father while hunting in Texas on Saturday, reports said.
Trial of Jussie Smollett, accused of lying to police about an alleged hate crime, begins Monday with jury selection
The actor Jussie Smollett has denied for more than two years he lied about being the victim of a hate crime. Starting Monday, he and his lawyers will fight the accusations at trial.
Against “Off-Ramps” for COVID Restrictions
There’s a better metaphor to use when we talk about taking off masks.
Packers' Davante Adams reveals he shot down Odell Beckham Jr's initial jersey swap ask
Davante Adams revealed the terse message he had for Odell Beckham Jr. when the wide receiver asked whether the two could exchange jerseys after the Green Bay Packers play the Los Angeles Rams.
Mikaela Shiffrin equals Ingemar Stenmark's record with 46th World Cup slalom win
Skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin equaled Ingemar Stenmark's record for the most World Cup wins in a single discipline on Sunday as she claimed the 46th slalom victory of her career.
Kevin Gausman, Blue Jays agree to 5-year deal: reports
Kevin Gausman is cashing in.
Inflation Bonds Are Betting on Team Transitory
Inflation-protected securities have a story to tell about rising prices, and it isn’t the panicky one that’s circulating in political circles and news reports.
What They Never Tell You Happens When You Get Your Semen Analyzed
I spent $255 to face down an existential nightmare
Lincoln Riley's move from Oklahoma to USC 'genius,' Heisman Trophy winner says
Lincoln Riley got some praise for his decision to jet for USC and take the head coaching reins after a few years at Oklahoma from former NFL star and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Lydia Ko: 'Sometimes results are so overrated,' says former world No. 1
The 24-year-old Lydia Ko has had more success than most golfers can imagine.
Walmart Cyber Monday Tech Deals: Prices Slashed on Apple Watch, Cell Phones and Smart TVs
Walmart's Cyber Monday event is now live, offering huge savings on gaming laptops, Samsung phones, Apple Watches, earbuds and more. Here are the best deals.
Elderly Dog Unable to Jump on the Bed Learns to Use Stairs, Melts Hearts Online
The heartwarming video clip shows 16-year-old pet dog Weeble being trained on the easy way to access its owner's bed.
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On This Day: 29 November 2005
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal and director Ang Lee premiered the award-winning "Brokeback Mountain" in Hollywood. (Nov. 29)      
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