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'Not surprised:' Lawmaker reacts to Trump suing her committee

Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in DC District Court against the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection and the National Archives in an effort to keep records from his presidency secret by claiming executive privilege. CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) discuss.

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'Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific' Patch Notes, File Size, Weapons List and Map Revealed
The patch notes for "Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific" Season 1 reveal fresh details about the new map, weapon list, tweaked ruleset, update file size and more.
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Helicopter carrying Indian military chief crashes
An Indian army helicopter carrying the country's military chief crashed Wednesday in southern Tamil Nadu state, the air force said.
Joe Biden Should Consider Nuclear Strike on Russia Over Ukraine—GOP Senator
Republican Senator Roger Wicker believes America must consider all options, including nuclear attack.
Biden's Supreme Court panel votes to take 'no position' on court-packing
Video of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Courtside at Lakers Date Goes Viral
Bennifer sat courtside on Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to see the home team's clash with the Boston Celtics.
D.C.-area forecast: A few snow showers possible today; trending milder Friday before a very warm Saturday
Heavy rain showers could move through late Saturday into early Sunday.
Americans Are Addicted to 'Ultra-Processed' Foods, and It's Killing Us
Explosive growth in "ultra-processed" foods that bear little resemblance to anything natural is behind a panoply of diseases. Policymakers are taking notice
Ted Cruz Offered His Services in Resolving National 'Acrimony' About the Election
In this daily series, Newsweek explores the steps that led to the January 6 Capitol Riot.
The West’s Nuclear Mistake
In Germany and here in the United States, politicians who want to be seen as environmentalists are increasing greenhouse-gas emissions by forcing the premature closing of serviceable nuclear-power plants.You might think of Germany as a global environmental leader. But if you look at actual practices, you’ll see a different story. Germany burns a lot of coal, about 22 percent of all the coal burned on this Earth. Only China, India, the United States, and sometimes Russia burn more.That other industrial pioneer, Britain, burns almost no coal. In May 2019, mainland Britain went a week without burning any coal at all. The difference between Britain and Germany—and between Germany’s own rhetoric and its record—can be traced to one fateful decision by outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel: her decision in 2011 to phase out Germany’s nuclear plants.A decade ago, Germany operated 17 nuclear reactors. They produced nearly one-quarter of the country’s electricity. Carbon-free electricity from nuclear power enabled unified Germany to retire the ultra-dirty power plants of the former East Germany without disruption to consumers. Throughout her first six years as chancellor, Merkel had championed Germany’s nuclear industry, dismissing objections as “absurd.” According to Merkel’s allies, she was jolted out of that view by the wreck of the nuclear-power plant in Fukushima prefecture in Japan. In March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami triggered the worst radiation release since the Chernobyl accident in 1986. More than 150,000 Japanese people had to be evacuated from their homes. The New York Times explained the context at the time: “Unlike other world leaders, she is a trained scientist, with a Ph.D. in physics. She reached the momentous decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 after discussing it one night over red wine with her husband, Joachim Sauer, a physicist and university professor, at their apartment in central Berlin.”You don’t want to say that any of that is untrue. But it’s also not the whole truth. Merkel had a pretty easy time in her first few years as chancellor. Her predecessor, Gerhard Schröder, had cracked the hardest problem left behind by German unification: persistently high unemployment. He drove through tough reforms to streamline Germany’s labor-market rules and social-welfare benefits. The reforms were not immediately popular. Schröder lost the chancellorship in the election of 2005. But as the Schröder reforms went into effect, Germans went back to work. The unemployment rate dropped from more than 11 percent in 2005 to less than 6 percent in 2011, despite the shock of the global financial crisis.Merkel coasted on Schröder’s work through those early years, with approval ratings in the 70s. But then her luck ran out. The 2008–09 financial crisis touched Germany comparatively lightly, but it hit Germany’s European trading partners hard. In 2010 and 2011, the countries of Southern Europe plunged into debt crises that forced a tough choice on Germany: rescue them, or risk seeing the euro currency zone dissolve. Under that pressure, Merkel’s popularity sagged. Her disapproval numbers reached their peak of 43 percent in mid-2010. This was the political context at the time of Fukushima. And you can see why it forced a deep rethink on a profoundly risk-averse, formerly pro-nuclear chancellor.[Read: Nuclear power is hot, for the moment]Germany has long been home to an active, mobilized movement against nuclear energy, much more so than other nuclear-using democracies. You can spend a lively evening with German friends discussing the sources of this movement’s strength. Whatever the origin, however, the antinuclear movement offered a considerable political resource to a politician willing to use it. Many politicians had pondered this opportunity in the past, including Merkel’s immediate predecessors. Merkel grasped it.In the days after the Fukushima accident, she announced that Germany would immediately close its eight oldest nuclear plants. In May, she decided to phase out the more modern nine by 2022. Three of those nine have already been closed, with the remaining six to follow by the end of next year. Nuclear’s contribution to Germany’s electricity output has been cut from the former nearly 25 percent to 11.3 percent, and soon will be zero.Merkel pledged that the gap would be filled by renewables. That promise has not been kept. Germany’s top power source in 2021 has been coal, which provided 27 percent of the country’s electricity. Wind ranks only second.Germany is also burning more natural gas—about 40 percent of it imported from Russia. That dependence will rise in the years ahead. Germany is working with Russia to complete a second under-the-Baltic pipeline with the reluctant acquiescence of the Biden administration. Much of Germany’s hesitance to support Ukrainian democracy against Russian aggression can be traced to Merkel’s choice against nuclear power in 2011.In the decade since Fukushima, Germany has reduced its greenhouse-gas emissions. According to official German figures, the country emitted about 917 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalents in 2011. In 2019, it emitted about 810 million metric tons, an 11.7 percent reduction. That’s a better record than that of the United States, but it pales before nuclear-using Britain, which cut its emissions over the same period by more than 21 percent, a number that suggests what Germany might have accomplished had Merkel chosen a different course.This is a lesson Americans should consider too. The state of California, once a nuclear leader, has decommissioned three of its four nuclear plants, and is planning to close its last in the middle of this decade. Those plants have fallen victim to the same post-Fukushima anxiety that ended Germany’s nuclear era. Their closures portend equally grave consequences for California’s postcarbon future. The still-operating Diablo Canyon plant alone produces about 9 percent of California’s electricity. If Diablo Canyon goes offline in 2024 or 2025, filling that gap will almost certainly require burning more gas. Gas already provides 37 percent of California’s electricity; solar and wind together provide only about 24 percent. In the near term, less nuclear means more gas.[Read: There really, really isn’t a silver bullet for climate change]All energy choices entail trade-offs. Wind interferes with migratory birds and despoils open vistas. Solar panels are manufactured by coerced labor. Fabricating the panels—and disposing of them—can exude hazardous materials into the environment. Nuclear energy, too, has costs and hazards: radiation risks in the present; the disposal of spent fuel that must be safeguarded for centuries to come. But no other technology can so massively and so rapidly substitute for carbon-emitting electrical generation. No government that really regarded climate change as its top energy priority would close nuclear plants before the end of their useful lives.The world is warming because political systems find it hard to act today against the problems of tomorrow. Balancing present fears against future dangers is difficult. Nuclear seems scary. Climate change seems remote. And so in Germany and in California, politicians protect themselves in the here and now with choices whose costs will be paid decades later.In American eyes, Merkel’s reputation has benefited from the comparison with Donald Trump, who singled her out as the democratic leader he disliked most. American journalists even touted her as the true leader of the free world, to jab at an American president who had abdicated that role. There is much to appreciate about her reticent style of leadership. But history may judge that, on one of the most consequential issues of her chancellorship, Merkel not only led from behind, she led in the wrong direction. And unfortunately for the world, Americans seem determined to follow Merkel’s path.
CNN Faces Calls to Fire Don Lemon Over Jussie Smollett's Court Testimony
Jussie Smollett has testified that CNN anchor Don Lemon warned him that police didn't believe his account of an alleged racist and homophobic attack.
Scottish oysters were on the rocks. Now a whiskey distillery is throwing them a lifeline
Oyster populations have plunged by 95% in the UK, but the Glenmorangie Distillery is helping to restore their numbers in Scotland's Dornoch Firth.
Covid-19 live updates: U.S. hospitalizations rise, driven by surges in four states
Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana have some of the highest per-capita current hospitalization numbers in the nation.
More young children are killing themselves. The COVID-19 pandemic is making the problem worse.
Pre-teen suicide, while still rare, has increased in recent years, with the rate of growth among Black children especially worrisome.
How Christina Aguilera's People's Choice Performance Compares to the Original
Christina Aguilera took to the stage at the People's Choice Awards to sing a medley of her greatest hits, and one song was changed dramatically for the show.
Mitch McConnell Confident He Can Get 10 Republicans to Back Him, Others Aren't So Sure
Some Republican senators have voiced their opposition to allowing Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.
Olaf Scholz voted in as Germany's new chancellor, replacing Angela Merkel after 16 years
Olaf Scholz was voted in as Germany's new Chancellor on Wednesday, bringing to end Angela Merkel's four terms at the helm of Europe's largest economy.
Newsmax 'Vlad the Great' Vladimir Putin Magazine Cover Condemned
Critics have described the December issue of the magazine as propaganda and "Russian disinformation."
AP Top Stories December 8 A
Here's the latest for Wednesday December 8: Congressional leaders make debt limit deal; Biden and Putin at odds over Russian troops near Ukraine; Explicit testimony in Ghislaine Maxwell trial; Space tourists going to International Space Station.
Serena Williams makes stunning announcement about Australian Open
Serena Williams confirms in a shocking announcement that she will not participate in the Australian Open "following advice from her medical team."
Should Parents Get More Time Off Over the Holidays?
People online are divided as to whether parents should take precedent when it comes to booking time off during the festive season.
San Francisco police chief says restaurant's refusal of service to on-duty officers was upsetting and a disappointment
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said Tuesday that an incident last week when police officers were refused service at a local restaurant was "upsetting" and a disappointment.
NASA to launch new x-ray telescope designed to unravel mysteries of black holes
In the early morning hours of December 9, NASA will launch its Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer mission, or IXPE, to measure X-rays released by extreme cosmic objects -- black holes and neutron stars.
Tucker Carlson Slams GOP Senators for Backing 'Pointless' Conflict with Russia
The Fox News host criticized Senators Roger Wicker and Joni Ernst for their views on U.S. involvement in the spat between Ukraine and Russia.
Kyle Rittenhouse breaks silence over LeBron James’ jab
Kyle Rittenhouse told a news outlet in a recent interview, "f—k you, LeBron" after the basketball star mocked his tearful testimony suggesting that the emotional display was an act.
Severed Head of Tiger Shark Dumped on Car Hood After Fishing Competition
Two tiger sharks were killed, weighed and beheaded as part of an annual fishing competition in Australia, local media reported.
A climber found a trove of gems in the Alps amidst a 47-year-old plane wreck. He gets to keep half.
The sapphires and emeralds are worth a total of about $169,000, Chamonix Mayor Eric Fournier said.
Russians launch Japanese billionaire on visit to space station
Yusaku Maezawa's 12-day visit to the ISS will be the first by paying "space tourists" in more than a decade, but it's just a warm-up act for his planned moon shot with Elon Musk's SpaceX.
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Climate change crisis: Golf courses on borrowed time as Earth's weather patterns become wilder
The 30 or so golf courses in the Salt Lake County of Utah drink up around nine million gallons of water a day to stay pristine green -- that's more than 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
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After Medina Spirit’s death, the uncomfortable spotlight on racehorse fatalities returns
“It’s very sad. It was very shocking,” said Gail Rice, who had bred Medina Spirit on her 10-acre farm in Ocala, Fla., then kissed his head in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs. Then she added: “But, you know, we’re in this business, and it happens.”
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Biden seizes the chance to make his next moves in the geopolitical chess match with China and Russia
President Joe Biden this week has confronted escalating tensions with China and Russia, testing his ability to manage antagonistic leaders and forcing other countries to pick sides.
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Did Anyone Win the $122 Mega Millions Jackpot on 12/7/2021? Numbers and Results
A dozen players each won at least $10,000. But did anyone bag the top jackpot prize last night?
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Arizona’s Ducey calls on Biden to act after migrants rush border: ‘Mr. President, do something – do anything’
Arizona’s Republican governor said Tuesday he plans to deploy the state’s National Guard personnel and strategize with Border Patrol officials after thousands of migrants rushed the state’s border with Mexico over the weekend, according to reports.
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See how whiskey brought these oysters back to life
Overfishing and pollution have made entire populations of oyster almost extinct. But in Dornoch Firth, Scotland, local scientists and a whiskey distillery are helping to reinstate the European oyster, while also restoring habitats for other water species.
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Australia joins US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
Australia's prime minister says his country will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns
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One person shot at Texas mall, suspect on the loose
An unidentified man remains on the run after allegedly firing 10 gunshots at the Finish Line retail store at the Killeen Mall in Texas.
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Kim Potter trial, key Supreme Court case, Meadows on the clock: 5 things to know Wednesday
Opening statements in the manslaughter trial of former Minnesota officer Kim Potter, school choice case hits the Supreme Court and more news to start your Wednesday.      
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How wearable tech helped elite athletes through the pandemic
From the English Premier League to the NFL, sport is a multibillion-dollar industry, and top teams are increasingly turning to technology to give them the edge.
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Cold temperatures for parts of the East as much of the West see rain and snow
Hawaii flooding is largely over, but the Continental US will see cold temperatures for parts of the East and rain and snow for the West. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest.
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Flashing lights and smashing world records. Is this the future of athletics?
Flashing lights on the side of the track -- a bit like a disco -- and snazzy "made to fly" Nike spikes played a part in delivering two world records in the space of an hour in Valencia, Spain on Wednesday as track and field fans got a glimpse of what the future might hold for the sport.
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Indian Air Force helicopter crashes with defense chief on board
An Indian Air Force helicopter crashed Wednesday in the southern state of Tamil Nadu with Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Bipin Rawat on board, according to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
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How Team Liquid is helping its fans get through the pandemic
With so many stuck indoors over the last year, esports has been a perfect distraction for fans worldwide. For teams and fans, that connection and bond has been more important than ever.
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State police investigate death of former NFL player after he was taken into custody
Alabama state authorities are investigating the death of former New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. two days after he was taken into police custody.
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The journey to becoming one of the world's best pro gamers
From skipping class to playing in front of an audience of 100 million, this is the journey of G2 Esports' Luka "Perkz" Perkovic & Rasmus "Caps" Winther.
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The U.K. and France Need to Collaborate, and Not Just on Migration
Petty spats are no substitute for sound policy — especially after Brexit.
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League of Legends is growing. Traditional sports better watch out.
With its millions of viewers, lucrative titles and sell-out competitions, it should come as no surprise that the world of esports is beginning to challenge some of Europe's most established sports.
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Photos from the Christmas tree fire on 6th Avenue
A man was arrested after setting fire to a Christmas tree outside Midtown’s News Corporation building early Wednesday morning, police and sources said.
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With jury set, trial turns to opening statements in Daunte Wright killing
Opening statements are set for today in manslaughter trial of police officer Kim Potter for the death of Black motorist Daunte Wright. Her lawyers claim she mistakenly pulled gun instead of her Taser
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Both sides rest in Josh Duggar child pornography trial
The defense rested Tuesday in the Arkansas federal trial of former reality TV star Josh Duggar after a prosecutor sharply questioned a computer expert during the state’s cross-examination.
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