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    BRITS are bracing for power cuts as strong gales, heavy rain and ice are set to engulf the UK today. The Met Office has issued three separate yellow weather warnings, all covering different parts of the country, with stormy weather forecast to batter the country and flooding possible. 4Ice, rain and strong gales are set to engulf the UK today| Cairngorm National Park, ScotlandCredit: Northpix 4Three separate yellow weather warnings are in place The first warning is for strong wind and covers much of Devon and Cornwall, as well as the southern coast of Wales from 6am to 6pm today. The region could see power cuts as gales of up to 80mph sweep across the South West, while the Met is also warning of travel delays and possible injury from debris swept up by the powerful gusts. At the opposite end of the UK, eastern Scotland is mostly covered by a yellow warning for ice, which was in place throughout the night and lasts into this morning. Locals are advised to take care to avoid injuries from slipping and falling,...
    Joe Biden's student loan relief plan could cost the country $400 billion over the next decade as the administration prepares to unveil next steps for borrowers to apply for forgiveness as early as next month. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office noted in a letter to the Senate and House Labor committees noting the high cost of the president's relief plan, as well as reporting the plan would cause outstanding student loans to increase by $20 billion. In August, Biden announced his plan to cancel $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 individually and $250,000 jointly. That forgiveness would rise to $20,000 for those with Pell Grants. The White House now says that more guidance is coming that will provide more information on how borrowers can apply for their slice of the forgiveness. Biden's announcement included extending the repayment moratorium for a fifth and final time past the previous August deadline – and making it so that student loan payments will resume in January 2023 for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...
    President Joe Biden will meet with Afghan leaders at the White House on Friday where he will double down on the ongoing U.S. military withdrawal amid an uncertain future for that nation.  Biden's meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, head of the country's High Council for National Reconciliation, comes as U.S.-backed peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have stalled. The conversation will focus on 'our ongoing commitment to the Afghan people' and security forces, said White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday. 'The president will emphasize the need for unity, cohesion, and for the Afghan government to focus on key challenges Afghanistan faces,' she noted.   President Biden will meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House on Friday; Ghani also met with leaders on Capitol Hill and talks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (above) The Oval Office sit down comes as a US intelligence assessment found the Afghan government could fall within six months of the departure of remaining U.S. troops as the Taliban makes a resurgence.  The U.S. military has completed...
    Joe Biden is playing golf for the first time as president on Saturday at the Wilmington Country Club – just a 10-minute drive from his Greenville home. Joining the president for the ground in a sunny Delaware is Ron Olivere, the late Beau Biden's father-in-law, and Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti. Republicans immediately pounced on Biden's decision to play golf while still refusing to visit the southern border in the midst of a growing and prevailing migration crisis. Biden loves golf, but this is his first ever time hitting the links as president almost three months into his presidency. Donald Trump was often berated for spending most weekend as president at one of his various golf clubs. The former president is also golfing Saturday with his 15-year-old son Barron at his West Palm Beach golf club. Joe Biden played golf for the first time as president on Saturday at the Wilmington Country Club. Here Biden is pictured June 23, 2016 playing in Mayo, Ireland when he was vice president Biden's game comes the day after he congratulated Hideki...
    A German pensioner who calls himself Magneto has covered 98 per cent of his body with tattoos, with only the soles of his feet un-inked. The 72-year-old, whose real name is Wolfgang Kirsch, has had 86 large tattoos completed in the past two decades and is officially Germany's most tattooed man. The retired post office worker from Berlin said his passion only started after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A German pensioner who calls himself Magneto has covered 98 per cent of his body with tattoos, with only the soles of his feet un-inked The 72-year-old, whose real name is Wolfgang Kirsch, has had 86 large tattoos completed in the past two decades and is officially Germany's most tattooed man Magneto says he was not able to get tattoos while working in the post office in the GDR and had to wait until the reunification of Germany to get his first body ink. He even has 17 implants under his skin including in his throat and in his fingers. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    Heart-shaped signs with Valentine's Day messages are on display on the North Lawn of the White House on February 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images Giant pink, red, and white heart cutouts appeared on the White House's North Lawn Friday morning. The installation is Jill Biden's "Valentine to the country," her office said in a statement. Joe Biden told reporters this morning that Valentine's Day is his wife's "favorite day." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Valentine's Day has come early to the White House. Overnight, giant red, white, and pink cutout hearts decorated with words like "healing," "compassion," "love," and "unity" appeared on the North Lawn. The cutouts are the Jill Biden's "surprise Valentine messages to the country" and a call "back to the days of sharing candy hearts between friends and family," her office said in a statement provided to the Associated Press. The Bidens took an unannounced walk this morning with their two German shepherds to see the installation, which will remain on the North Lawn through the weekend. "I just wanted...
    Donald Trump's impeachment lawyer has said the former president had 'nothing' to do with the Capitol riot as he warned the trial threatened to tear the country apart and damage American democracy. David Schoen, the Atlanta-based lawyer appointed by Trump on Sunday, will defend him next week in his historic second impeachment trial. On Monday Schoen, who previously represented Jeffrey Epstein, insisted that the trial of a former president was 'unconstitutional'. He argued further that Trump was not to blame for the insurrection on January 6, which killed four people including a Capitol Police officer. David Schoen appeared on Fox News on Monday night to discuss the impeachment trial Schoen said that the storming of the Capitol after Trump's January 6 rally was not his fault Trump, pictured leaving Washington on January 20, urged supporters to march to the Capitol At a 'Stop the Steal' rally on the morning of January 6, Trump told his followers: 'We're going to walk down to the Capitol, and we're going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women...
    TIME’s new cover: Day one https://t.co/VazxGDJzZf pic.twitter.com/R6jVrzXXZc — TIME (@TIME) January 21, 2021 TIME Magazine has released their commemorative cover for the start of Joe Biden’s administration, and the clear message is that the new president must pick up the pieces left behind by former president Donald Trump. The cover shows Biden looking out of the Oval Office as fiery-looking smoke gathers outside the window. Inside the office, the room is a graffitied, ruined mess as a testament to Trump’s failings. The cover comes after Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were both named as TIME’s Person of the Year in recognition for prevailing over Trump with a record-breaking 81 million votes. The magazine’s cover story, written by Charlotte Alter, delves into the context of Biden’s inauguration and the depth of the challenge he faces in his promise to unite the country. “Biden now leads a country divided between Americans who believe in facts and Americans who distrust them,” Alter writes. “Between those who want a multiracial Republic and those who seek to invalidate nonwhite votes, between those with...
    The MAGA mob rioter dressed in combat gear and carrying zip ties has been identified as a Texas Air Force veteran whose family say has developed extreme beliefs and started speaking 'weird rage talk' since leaving the force. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock Jr., 53, was among the violent mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol Wednesday in a riot that left five including one police officer dead. The father-of-three, who now lives in Dallas, was pictured on the Senate floor Wednesday after the group had broken through barricades, pushed back law enforcement and sent lawmakers fleeing for safety.  Images show him wearing a combat helmet, body armor and a vinyl tag with the Punisher skull on - a symbol adopted by white supremacists and believers of conspiracy theory QAnon. He carried zip-tie handcuffs and appeared to be speaking with fellow rioters, several of which were dressed in MAGA caps.   Brock, who was in the Air Force for more than two decades and now works for an aviation company, was also seen in footage, shot by...
    Following Donald Trump's attempt to violently overthrow the U.S. government, Republicans have quickly retreated into two camps: Those who have had the sudden epiphany that they must break with Trump to save the party and those who are clinging to him like a life vest to buoy the party’s future. Make no mistake, they have all been complicit in building Trump and his rabid base into the monster that has swallowed the party whole. Decades of GOP lawmakers carefully nurturing the ignorance of their followers left GOP voters uniquely susceptible to the manipulation of a buffoonish yet dangerous conspiratorial carnival barker like Trump. He is the pinnacle of their creation—able to say and do absolutely anything with impunity to the mindless acceptance and adoration of the Republican base. The Republican lawmakers who want to stay the course even after Trump's shameful betrayal of the country this week are an irredeemable stain on the conscience of America. That's particularly true for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who eagerly supported a lawsuit backing Trump's fraudulent challenge to the election results, voted to object to certification of those...
    California congressman Eric Swalwell had a sexual relationship with a Chinese honeytrap spy, Tucker Carlson has claimed, saying that the U.S. intelligence agencies have come to that conclusion. Swalwell, 40, is the most high-profile figure to be swept up in the bombshell story of Christine Fang, who between 2011 and 2015 targeted rising political stars in the Bay Area and across the country who seemed destined for nationally important roles. Swalwell is currently a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and played a high-profile role in the impeachment of Donald Trump. Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night claimed that U.S. intelligence agencies believe that there was a sexual relationship between Eric Swalwell and the Chinese honeytrap spy, Christine Fang Fang was in the United States from 2011 to 2015 and got close to Swalwell and several others Asked by Carlson's Fox News team whether the reports of a sexual relationship were true, Swalwell's office declined to comment, citing national security. Swalwell was single at the time of Fang's mission in the United States, and did not marry his wife...
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