News: National

‘Take The Politics Out Of The Census,’ Biden’s Commerce Pick Raimondo Says
Hansi Lo Wang | January 26, 2021
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo appeared through video conferencing Tuesday during a Senate hearing for her nomination as the next commerce secretary to oversee the Census Bureau.Jonathan Ernst | Bloomberg via Getty Images President Biden's nominee for overseeing the Census Bureau, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, says she intends to ...
Tornado Rips Through Birmingham, Ala., Area Leaving At Least 1 Dead, Dozens Injured
Brakkton Booker | January 26, 2021
Patti Herring sobs as she sorts through the remains of her home in Fultondale, Ala., on Tuesday, after her house was destroyed by a tornado.Jay Reeves | AP Emergency crews continue to remove debris and conduct additional search and rescue efforts after a tornado ripped through a suburban area north ...
New Capitol Police Chief Offers ‘Sincerest Apologies’ To Congress
Mark Katkov | January 26, 2021
Pro-Trump extremists attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The acting U.S. Capitol Police chief apologized to Congress Tuesday for the department's failure to secure the building.Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, in her first congressional testimony following the Jan. 6 assault on the ...
Judge Orders Destruction Of Alleged Sex Tapes Of Robert Kraft
Laurel Wamsley | January 26, 2021
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is seen here in November. A judge has ordered that tapes allegedly showing Kraft paying for sex at a massage parlor must be destroyed.Elsa | Getty Images A federal judge in Florida has ordered that videos which allegedly show Robert Kraft, the owner of ...
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell Permanently Suspended From Twitter
Brakkton Booker | January 26, 2021
Mike Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow, had been using his Twitter account to spread disinformation about the 2020 election.Bloomberg via Getty Images Twitter has suspended Mike Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow, from the social media platform. He had been using his Twitter account to spread disinformation about the ...
Nursing Home Critics Say COVID-19 Immunity Laws Are A Free Pass For Neglect
Ina Jaffe | January 26, 2021
Lisa Howze, Gia Howze and Palestine Howze. Palestine Howze died last year. Now her family is suing Treyburn Rehabilitation Center, where she lived.Lisa Howze Palestine Howze died April 14, 2020, in a North Carolina nursing home. She had developed a pressure ulcer — or bed sore as they're commonly known. ...
Is Your 401(k) Colluding To Make Cereal More Expensive?
Greg Rosalsky | January 26, 2021
Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can sign up here. DON EMMERT | AFP via Getty Images Michael Sinkinson is a Count Chocula guy. Sure, it's not the healthiest breakfast. But he finds what General Mills describes as "the chocolatey cereal with spooky-fun marshmallows" just ...
McConnell Relents On Senate Filibuster Stalemate
Jaclyn Diaz | January 26, 2021
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dropped his demand that any power-sharing agreement with Democrats must keep the legislative filibuster intact.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg via Getty Images Updated at 8:12 a.m. ET Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dropped his demand that Democrats maintain the Senate filibuster — ending an early ...
A New Coronavirus Variant From Brazil Is Found In Minnesota
Dustin Jones | January 25, 2021
A resident of the Minneapolis metro area became ill at the beginning of January. The patient had traveled to Brazil before the onset of symptoms.Stephen Maturen | AFP via Getty Images A new variant of coronavirus first detected in Brazil has been confirmed in Minnesota. The variant was detected by ...
In Tiny Kansas Town, Pandemic Skeptics Abound Amid False Information And Politics
Jim McLean | January 25, 2021
Residents of Protection, Kan., gathered in the high school gym to receive polio shots on April 2, 1957. The mass inoculation event was staged by the March of Dimes, then known as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.Courtesy March of Dimes Sixty-four years ago, residents of this tiny town in ...