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Joe Biden plans to do nothing regarding the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid in the United States.

The president announced new actions to fight the coronavirus, including a nationwide campaign to encourage vaccine recalls, an expansion of home testing and tighter restrictions on international travel.

Shaken by the political reaction of the Republicans, the American president went to National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., yesterday and established a pandemic plan for the winter months that includes measures to ensure that the nearly 100 million eligible Americans who have yet to receive their injection of recall do so as soon as possible.

“My plan has no impact,” Biden said. “It’s a plan that must unite us.”

  • There are New urgency to effort after first U.S. case of Omicron variant of Covid-19 identified in California Wednesday and a second in Minnesota yesterday.

  • The emergence of Omicron demonstrated the tenacity of the virus, which continues to weigh on Biden’s political fortunes. Voters are divided over his handling of the pandemic, with 47% approval and 49% disapproval.

Alec Baldwin wonders how the bullet got to Rust in emotional ABC interview

Alec Baldwin: “I would never point a gun at someone and pull a trigger. Never.’ Photograph: Jeff Neira / ABC / Getty Images

Alec Baldwin asked how the bullet that accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins ended up in a gun on the set of the movie Rust, exposing the fatal shooting in a long, moving interview.

The actor said he didn’t pull the trigger on the gun that killed Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza, 48. The gun he was holding, which Baldwin believed safe, exploded during rehearsals for the western, in an incident. this shocked Hollywood and prompted consideration of the safety of production and the use of weapons on set.

“There’s only one question to be answered, and that’s where the live turn came from?” Baldwin said in an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos which aired Thursday night. The interview was the first time the actor had spoken in depth in front of the camera on the set of October 21.

  • What else did he say? He said he didn’t pull the trigger. He “dropped the hammer” on the gun, he said, and the gunshot exploded. “I never pulled the trigger,” he repeated.

  • Will there be any criminal charges laid in the case? The Santa Fe, New Mexico district attorney said in October that criminal charges in the shooting had not been dismissed.

Sidney Powell filed forged incorporation papers for nonprofit, grand jury says

Lawyer Sidney Powell speaks at rally
Sidney Powell is under investigation by a grand jury. Photography: Ben Margot / AP

A federal grand jury investigating former Donald Trump attorney Sidney Powell has uncovered evidence that Powell filed forged incorporation documents with the State of Texas for a nonprofit she runs, Defending the Republic, according to sources close to the investigation.

In constitution documents, Powell – who has filed lawsuits across the United States questioning the 2020 election result that Trump lost to Joe Biden – listed two men who she said sat with her in the the organization’s board of directors, although none have given Powell permission to do so.

As a private lawyer, Powell, in Trump’s service, gained notoriety as she increasingly embraced implausible conspiracy theories such as the FBI attempted to trick Trump into removing him from office, and the he election of Biden as President of the United States was illegitimate. His lawsuits to overturn the 2020 presidential election result have all failed.

  • During one of the cases, a judge sanctioned Powell for alleged ethical misconduct and referred her to the State Bar of Texas for investigation.

  • There is also a larger federal criminal investigation into Powell, who, since last fall, has been investigating allegations of fundraising and financial fraud.

In other news …

Senator Chuck Grassley
Chuck Grassley condemned the request as “hostile to lawful gun owners and lawful gun transactions”. Photograph: Elizabeth Frantz / Reuters
  • A request on Thursday to proceed with Senate gun control legislation following the Michigan school shooting was blocked by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Biden administration’s decision to revive Donald Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy will subject thousands to “enormous suffering” and leave them vulnerable to kidnapping and rape as they languish in dangerous Mexican border towns, migration advocates have warned.

  • Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah seeks release in federal court on the grounds that the American wars in Afghanistan and with al-Qaida are over. Zubaydah was tortured to death by the CIA and held without charge by the United States for almost 20 years.

  • Former manager of Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach home said Ghislaine Maxwell warned him that he should “never look” at his boss in the eye, describing a work environment where he faced the arduous task of cleaning their sex toys amid stifling micromanagement.

Don’t Miss This: George Clooney on Paydays, Politics, and Parenthood

Actor George Clooney
George Clooney: “The whole country, over the past five years, has been engaged in hatred and anger, and I have sometimes been part of it.” Photography: Dominique Charriau / WireImage

It seems safe to assume that George Clooney could, if he was a little less cool, start every morning by diving into a pile of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. When asked if he thinks he has enough money now, he leans forward, unperturbed, and says to Guardian writer Hadley Freeman: “Well, yeah. I was offered $ 35 million for a day’s work in an airline commercial, but spoke to Amal [Clooney, the human rights lawyer he married in 2014] about it and we decided it wasn’t worth it. If Clooney has a mark, it’s carefully cultivated class.

… Or this: Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger says “music will survive Jim’s crazy stuff”

The American rock group The Doors posed in Germany in 1968. From left to right: Ray Manzarek (1939-2013), Jim Morrison (1943-1971), Robbie Krieger and John Densmore.
The Doors in Germany in 1968. Photograph: K & K Ulf Kruger OHG / Redferns

This year marks half a century since legendary Doors singer Jim Morrison met his untimely death. Or at least that’s what most reasonable people believe happened. However, due to a combination of wishful thinking and conspiracy theories, some people believe Morrison is still alive. According to Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger, this is just one of the many misconceptions or blatant lies that surround the band. In his new memoir, he aims to tell the true, uncensored story of one of the greatest bands of all time while dispelling some long-held myths.

Climate balance: British Airways plans to recycle cooking oil to reduce aircraft emissions

Aircraft during conventional refueling
A British Airways plane during conventional refueling. Photograph: Geoff Williamson Aviation Images / Alamy

British Airways has signed an agreement for aircraft fuel made from recycled cooking oils and other household waste to be produced on a large scale in the UK and used as early as 2022 to help power its flights. The airline revealed last night that it had struck a deal with a refinery in North Lincolnshire, England, to purchase thousands of tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which it said would represent the equivalent to 700 transatlantic flights on a Boeing 787 with net zero carbon emissions.

Last thing: snowstorm in Denmark forces dozens of people to sleep at Ikea

Unmade beds are seen in the Aalborg Ikea after a snowstorm stranded customers in the store from Denmark.
Unmade beds in the Aalborg Ikea after a snowstorm stranded customers. Photography: Ikea Aalborg / Instagram

An Ikea showroom in northern Denmark turned into a sprawling bedroom after six customers and around two dozen employees were stranded by a snowstorm and forced to stay overnight in the store. Up to 30 cm (12 inches) of snow fell, trapping customers and employees as the Aalborg department store closed on Wednesday evening. “We slept in the furniture shows and our showroom on the first floor, where we have beds, mattresses and sofa beds,” store manager Peter Elmose said.


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