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80% Of Adults Want Biden To Act Fast On Aid

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A Morning Consult poll finds that four in five Americans want Biden to prioritize federal aid. The top two concerns of the voters were small business aid and stimulus checks. Respondents also indicated favorability of extending mortgage forbearance policies. They also favored increasing unemployment benefits and raising taxes for the wealthy. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen affirmed Biden's stance on aid in her confirmation hearing.

Study: There's No Good Time To Be In A COVID-19 ICU, But Some Times Are Worse Than Others

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If you're unlucky enough to need a bed in an intensive care unit for COVID-19, cross your fingers that you'll get a bed at the right time. That's because ICU patients treated during periods of increased demand are almost twice as likely to die compared to those treated in low-demand periods. UPI reports intensive care units operating at 75% to 100% capacity were classified as 'high demand.' 'Low demand' was classified at less than 25% of capacity.

Trump Unlikely To Pardon His Adult Children

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President Donald Trump's final batch of pardons is expected to contain few controversial or outlandish criminals. According to CNN, Trump spent Saturday night huddled in a lengthy meeting with his legal advisers. In it, he was warned that pardoning himself and his family members would put him in legal peril and convey the appearance of guilt. Also, pardoning GOP lawmakers involved in the Capitol insurrection would anger the very Senate Republicans impeaching him.

Thanks, Dad: Capitol Rioter Threatens To Kill His Own Kids If They Rat Him Out

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Guy Reffitt, of Wylie, Texas, was arrested by the FBI on Sunday in connection to the January 6 US Capitol riot. He's one of the hundreds across the country being rounded up for participating in the violent insurrection. But according to a charging affidavit, the 48-year-old oil worker extended his hatred of the government to his own children.

Ankle Bracelet Of Man On Probation Rats Him Out To Cops

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Bryan Betancur was one of the hundreds of those arrested for participating in the January 6th violent insurrection at the US Capitol. On probation, Betancur knew his movements were being tracked electronically, so he had asked permission to go to Washington to sell Bibles. But after the Maryland man's GPS monitor showed he was in the US Capitol during the mob attack, he was arrested.

Won't Back Down: MyPillow Guy Flouts Dominion Lawsuit Threat

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Mike Lindell, aka the MyPillow guy, is an avid follower of soon-to-be Former President Donald J. Trump. And despite Trump's uncertain future, Lindell has not backed down from his baseless claims that somehow the election was stolen. Now, Gizmodo reports Lindell is facing some significant legal trouble from tweeting his conspiracy theories by Dominion Voting Systems. Despite presenting zero verified evidence, Lindell has accused Dominion of switching, stealing, or undercounting votes.

McConnell: Trump 'Fed Lies' To 'Mob' That Attacked US Capitol

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday placed the blame for the attack on the Capitol firmly at the feet of President Donald Trump. CNN reports the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor that Trump 'provoked' the violent insurrectionists on January 6th. The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people.

Michelle Obama Natural Curls For Her Birthday

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Over the weekend, Michelle Obama celebrated her 57th turn around the sun as fans from all over rushed to social media to send her some birthday love. The Capricorn queen took to Instagram to thanks all the well-wishers and shared a selfie showcasing her beautiful natural hair. In the caption, she encourages fans to lead with care for themselves and others. "I know this past year has been difficult for us all on so many levels," the caption reads.

Tiffany Trump Announces Engagement

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(CNN) Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of President Donald Trump, announced her engagement to Michael Boulos Tuesday. Her happy news -- which happened at the White House -- comes on her father's final full day in office.

New York Mets Fire GM: Sent Explicit Pictures To Female Reporter

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(CNN)The New York Mets have fired general manager Jared Porter after he reportedly sent explicit pictures to a female reporter in 2016. ESPN reported that Porter sent unsolicited, explicit texts and photos "culminating with a picture of an erect, naked penis" to the female reporter when he worked for the Chicago Cubs as the team's Director of Professional Scouting and Special Assistant.

Trump To Skip Biden's Inauguration

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President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach soon. He is apparently flying to Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration. The FAA issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20th. This indicates the president's arrival, according to Business Insider. One of Trump's final tweets confirmed suspicions that he wouldn't be at the Biden inauguration. This may be his final move in a very strange, one of a kind presidency.

Paltrow 'Vagina Candle' Blows Up In Woman's House

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Gwyneth Paltrow's company Goop sells a $75 candle called "This Smells Like My Vagina." The Sun reports that the candle exploded in a woman's home. Jody Thompson said the candle "emitted huge flames" before her and her partner, David Snow, "threw it out the front door." People on social media have created memes reacting to the incident. They're also criticizing Paltrow's alternative wellness company.

Guliani Realized Why He Can't Defend Trump

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In a chat with ABC News Rudy Giuliani said he would not be able to represent President Trump during his second impeachment trial. That's because he himself is a witness in the case. Giuliani appeared with Trump at the January 6 "Save America" rally. At that rally Trump is alleged to have incited an insurrection, and called for "trial by combat." It was widely expected that Giuliani would head up Trump's impeachment legal team.

Three Ways To Build Generational Wealth Through Side Hustles

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To build wealth that can be passed down through generations, getting out of debt-- and staying out of debt--is very important. On the other hand, Business Insider personal finance contributor Jannese Torres-Rodriguez argues increasing your income is just as important. It's not always possible to find jobs that progressively pay more and more. But side hustles can serve that purpose instead.

Samsung Heir Off To Prison Once Again

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The leadership at massive tech giant Samsung has been plunged into uncertainty. CNN reports Samsung's vice chairman Lee Jae-yong is going back to prison once again, after being found guilty of embezzlement and bribery. The Seoul High Court in South Korea sentenced the Samsung heir to 2 1/2 years on Monday. In 2017, Lee was found guilty of bribery and other corruption charges. He was sentenced to five years in prison at the time. However, he strolled out of the slammer in less than a year.

GOP Rep: Impeaching Trump May Have Ended My Political Career

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Freshman GOP Rep. Peter Meijer voted to impeach Pres. Donald Trump last week. On Sunday, he talked about the fallout of that decision. Meijer said he might have ended his political future by voting to impeach President Trump. During an appearance on ABC's "This Week," he asked Meijer if voting for Trump potentially damaged his career beyond repair. "I may very well have," Meijer said. Meijer said voting to impeach Trump was necessary for the good of the country.

GOP Rep. Nancy Mace Slams Trump

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On Sunday, Freshman GOP Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina is slamming President Donald Trump. Mace said Trump's actions related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots "put all of our lives at risk." "We feared for our lives, many of us that day, and our staff," she said. "My children were supposed to be up there." Mace said that Congress needs to find a way to hold the President accountable.

Fun Facts About Betty White

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Betty White is 99 years old today. Business Insider compiled some fun facts about the Queen of American Comedy. White has never had acting lessons. She originally wanted to be an opera singer. If she wasn't going to be a singer, she wanted to be a park ranger or zookeeper. White once performed 58 live advertisements in a day. White wasn't supposed to play Sue Ann on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Massive Colorado Dust Storm Visible From Space

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A dust storm tore through Colorado on Friday, with gusty north winds exceeding 60 miles per hour. According to Gizmodo, the storm was so ridiculously huge that it was visible from space. The storm severely limited visibility on major roadways. A fatal crash killed one person and injured up to 15 others. A dust storm warning remained in effect in the southeastern portion of the state throughout the day.

Giuliani: Trump Pardons Don't Cost $2 Million

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An associate of Rudy Giuliani allegedly told a former CIA operative seeking a pardon that it would cost $2 million. According to Business Insider, Giuliani disputes the ex-CIA officer's account, saying he doesn't remember the meeting. The personal lawyer to President Donald Trump also told the New York Times that helping someone obtain a pardon would be a conflict of interest.

Florida COVID-19 Whistleblower Agrees To Turn Herself In For 'Bogus' Arrest Warrant

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Last year, data scientist Rebekah Jones was fired by the Florida Department of Health. Part of her job was to work on the state's COVID-19 dashboard. But the data scientist was fired in May after she said she refused to alter data related to the pandemic in the state. However, she continued to publish her own Florida COVID-19 data independently, through her own dashboard. In December, Florida law enforcement raided her home, brandishing weapons at her young children.

Inauguration Forces Suspension Of Mail Pickup

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The US Postal Service will remove some mailboxes and halt collection in several major cities. The move is a safety measure ahead of next week's presidential inauguration. Business Insider reposts that states and cities across the country are expecting unrest in the days leading up to January 20. The boxes are in at least 17 states including California and New Jersey, as well as Washington, DC.

Former GOP Rep. Leaving The Party

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Former Rep. Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma said leaving the Republican Party because of Trump's control over the party. Edwards said the GOP has become a "cult" under President Donald Trump. He decried Republicans who backed Trump's effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election win. "This has become a cult," he said.

Three Times You Toast A Bagel

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Business Insider spoke to chefs who said a fresh bagel should almost never be toasted. Doing so can mess with its flavor and texture. If you're planning to eat a bagel that's not fresh, toasting can improve its taste. Toasting the bagels would also give you both a crunchy crust and a soft interior. If you plan on loading your bagel with toppings, you'll want to toast it so it doesn't get soggy.

Armie Hammer's Secret Instagram Exposed

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Armie Hammer's secret Instagram has been found. Hammer repeatedly posted images of raw meat, pigs' heads and knives. The pictures are graphic and icludes one snap of barbecuing meat where he writes: 'Have you ever seen anything sexier?' In another he shared a photo of a pig's head alongside the caption: 'He's smiling.' The news comes as messages from Hammer reveal he told women "I am 100% a cannibal." The messages also reveal rape, bondage, and blood fanatasies.

The Decline of Waterbeds

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Charlie Hall invented the waterbed in 1968. According to Business Insider he started what became a $2 billion industry. The water-filled mattress earned a provocative reputation throughout its heyday in the '70s and '80s. Hall intended for waterbeds to help people get better sleep. Research on the health benefits have been inconclusive. Hall's new company, Hall Flotation, aims to bring waterbeds back by emphasizing the comfort of a "wave-suppression system."

Evangelist Franklin Graham Slams GOP For Betraying Trump

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Controversial evangelist Franklin Graham has compared Republicans who voted for Trump's impeachment to Judas. Graham too to Facebook and compared the 10 Republicans who voted for Trump's impeachment to Judas Iscariot. Judas was the notorious apostle who betrayed Jesus after being paid 30 pieces of silver. It came the day after the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Capitol riot last week.

Woman Charged With Taking Item From Pelosi's Office

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A Missouri woman has been charged with five counts for taking a splintered nameplate belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Newser reports Emily Hernandez committed the deed during the January 6th riot at the US Capitol. Hernandez was charged, among other crimes, with disorderly conduct and the stealing or disposing of government property. The FBI received online tips from at least three people saying they saw Hernandez in TV news footage.

Donald Trump Jr. Passed On Running For Wyoming Senate Seat

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Donald Trump Jr. had considered running for an open Senate seat in Wyoming last year--but decided against it. Instead, Business Insider reports the eldest son of President Donald Trump and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle are looking at real estate in Florida. The eldest son of President Donald Trump has sparred with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) over his father's foreign policy agenda in the past.

FBI To Capitol Rioters: We Know Who You Are And We're Coming To Find You

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Following the violent attack on the US Capitol, federal officials launched the most extensive counterterrorism probe since September 11, 2001. Meanwhile, the heads of the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security--and the President himself--have remained essentially silent. But according to CNN, the Federal Bureau of Investigation means business. And FBI Director Christopher Wray doesn't mind saying so.

Paying Taxes With A Credit Card?

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Paying taxes with a credit card to earn a big sign-up bonus or reward points makes sense for some. You can pay taxes with a credit card through third-party providers, not through the IRS website. Some states, cities, and counties allow you to pay income and property taxes with a credit card as well. Setting up a payment plan with the IRS is safer than using your credit card if funds are tight.

IRS Delays The Start Of Tax Season

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that the start of tax season has been pushed back two weeks, to February 12. According to Business Insider, Tax season usually opens at the end of January. For those hoping to file taxes right away and get a refund, you'll have to wait a bit longer. Experts point out that the deadline to file your taxes has not changed: According to the IRS, tax filing deadlines are still April 15.

Which Country Has Given The Most COVID-19 Vaccinations?

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Which county has administered the most coronavirus vaccine injections? More than 40 countries around the world have begun the vaccination process. According to Business Insider, rich and middle-income countries have secured almost all the available vaccine supply. According to data, the U.S. had administered roughly 1.94 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Following behind the U.S. is China, which has administered at least 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Joanne Rogers, Widow Of TV's Mister Rogers, Dies At 92

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Joanne Rogers passed away Thursday in Pittsburgh. She was an accomplished concert pianist and wife of beloved children's television host, Mr. Rogers. Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for more than 50 years. Born Sara Joanne Byrd in 1928, Joanne Rogers met her future husband at Rollins College in Florida. She is survived by two sons, James Byrd Rogers and John Rogers. HuffPost reports that no cause of death has been given. She was 92 years old.

National Rifle Association Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) has filed for voluntary bankruptcy in Texas. The nation's foremost gun lobby confirmed the announcement on Friday. According to CNN, the organization said it plans to leave New York and reincorporate as a Texas nonprofit. The NRA is calling the rebranding effort "Project Freedom." The group said it's in its "strongest financial condition in years," but the restructuring will help to "streamline costs and expenses.

Bumble Files For IPO

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Raymond Hall/GC Images/Getty Images Dating app company Bumble filed for its initial public offering on Friday morning. The "Risk Factors" section of the document highlights the challenges facing Bumble in the years ahead. The risks include everything competing apps to the potential for tech-focused legislation. We break down the full list below. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the most popular dating app companies, Bumble, is officially going public.

Armie Hammer Ex: Looking For A Good Therapist

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Armie Hammer's ex girlfriend Paige Lorenze is looking for a good therapist. Hammer hit the news after a series of disturbing messages purportedly authored by him were leaked his weekend The messages were allegedly sent to a woman over a period of four years. They detailed rape fantasies, slave play, cannibalism, choking, and 'blood-sucking' Over the last few days several women have detailed disturbing allegations against Hammer.

New Jersey Prioritizing Cigarette Smokers For COVID-19 Vaccines

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New Jersey announced Thursday it would start vaccinating people age 65 and older. But also, they will be vaccinating people with underlying health conditions against the coronavirus. One of those health conditions that now bumps New Jerseyans to the front of the line is smoking. Only people age 75 and older and essential workers were recommended to be next in line. However, US officials recently urged states to expand eligibility says Business Insider.