Supreme Court asked to take on transgender ban

The White House has asked the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to President Donald Trump's policy that bars most transgender individuals from military service.

Posted: Nov 26, 2018 5:36 AM
Updated: Nov 26, 2018 5:47 AM

For many Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to unplug from the news of the day and enjoy a home-cooked meal with family and friends.

If that describes your weekend, chances are you missed a litany of major political stories involving President Donald Trump, global climate change, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Ivanka Trump, and the Supreme Court.

Take a look at what you might have missed before you start your week:

Trump politicizes Thanksgiving call with troops to attack migrants, federal judges, gives thanks to himself

In a striking break with tradition, the President used his Thanksgiving morning call with troops stationed around the world to weigh in on a variety of controversial political topics, including new attacks on federal judges who have ruled against him and his deployment of nearly 6,000 troops to the US border.

When asked what he wanted to give thanks for, Trump responded, "for having a great family and for having made a tremendous difference in this country. I've made a tremendous difference in the country. This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you wouldn't believe it."

Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns

A new US government report released Friday issued a dire warning about the impact of climate change, stating the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century and higher temperatures could lead to thousands of more premature deaths across the country.

"The global average temperature is much higher and is rising more rapidly than anything modern civilization has experienced, and this warming trend can only be explained by human activities," said Dave Easterling, the director of the Technical Support unit at the NOAA National Center for Environmental information.

The report's findings contradict President Donald Trump's repeated unfounded claim that climate change is a hoax.

Comey will fight subpoena from House Republicans for private deposition

An attorney for former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday his client will fight a subpoena from House Republicans to testify privately before Congress next month about FBI actions during the 2016 campaign.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is requesting private depositions from Comey on December 3 and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch the following day. The investigation would end when Democrats take over the committee in January.

After the subpoena was issued, Comey said he'd welcome a public hearing but "will resist a 'closed door' thing."

US agency opens case file on potential Whitaker Hatch Act violations

A federal investigative agency is looking into whether acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker violated prohibitions on political activities by federal employees by accepting contributions to his 2014 Senate campaign this year.

Earlier this year, while Whitaker served as chief of staff at the Department of Justice, four individuals donated a total of $8,800 to the committee for Whitaker's unsuccessful 2014 run for a Senate seat in Iowa, according to Federal Election Commission records -- a potential violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from accepting political contributions.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency not connected to the Justice Department special counsel's office overseeing Russian interference in the 2016 election, issued guidance that states penalties for Hatch Act violations "range from reprimand or suspension to removal and debarment from federal employment and may include a civil fine."

Whitaker was thrust into the role of acting attorney general earlier this month when Trump fired Jeff Sessions after months of chiding his job performance.

Associate of Roger Stone says he is in plea negotiations with Mueller's office

Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi said Friday he has entered plea negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller's office after saying earlier this month that he expected to be indicted for "giving false information to the special counsel."

Corsi's role in the investigation revolves around the possibility that he was an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks.

So far, the special counsel investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election has charged more than 30 people with 191 criminal counts.

Ivanka Trump used personal account for emails about government business

Ivanka Trump, President Trump's daughter and a senior White House adviser, used a personal email account last year for official White House business, according to emails released by nonpartisan watchdog group American Oversight.

Trump defended her use of the personal account by saying the emails weren't classified, adding that they weren't deleted like Hillary Clinton's emails.

Trump has repeatedly called Clinton "Crooked Hillary" for using a personal email account when she was secretary of state.

White House asks Supreme Court to consider military transgender ban

The White House on Friday asked the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to President Trump's proposed restrictions on military service for most transgender individuals.

The policy, which was officially introduced by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, restricts individuals who suffer from a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving with some exceptions. It stipulates that individuals without gender dysphoria can serve, but only if they do so in accordance with the sex they were assigned at birth.

Trump escalates feud with Chief Justice John Roberts

President Trump escalated his public feud with Chief Justice John Roberts on Thanksgiving after the two traded jabs over the presence of bias in federal judges.

Trump's statements came a day after Roberts issued a rare public challenge to Trump over his repeated disparaging remarks about federal judges.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 314710

Reported Deaths: 7254
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DeSoto21646260
Hinds20369416
Harrison17949309
Rankin13643278
Jackson13450246
Madison10113217
Lee9986174
Jones8384163
Forrest7689152
Lauderdale7198240
Lowndes6403148
Lamar623686
Lafayette6203119
Washington5341134
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Panola4596107
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Marshall4450103
Warren4393121
Pontotoc420872
Monroe4115133
Union411176
Neshoba4031176
Lincoln3969110
Hancock379586
Leflore3498125
Sunflower336290
Tate334784
Pike3327105
Scott316274
Alcorn313368
Yazoo311770
Itawamba300577
Copiah297465
Coahoma295579
Simpson295388
Tippah288768
Adams286982
Prentiss280060
Marion269380
Leake268473
Wayne262841
Grenada261587
Covington259881
George248148
Newton246862
Winston227581
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Jasper221148
Attala214473
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Holmes189174
Clay185554
Stone182833
Tallahatchie178941
Clarke178080
Calhoun170932
Yalobusha164638
Smith162534
Walthall134245
Greene130633
Lawrence128724
Montgomery127142
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Jefferson Davis107133
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Franklin83923
Quitman81116
Choctaw76418
Wilkinson67531
Jefferson65728
Sharkey50217
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 537813

Reported Deaths: 11024
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Jefferson791691529
Mobile41177808
Madison35002507
Tuscaloosa25871454
Shelby25076249
Montgomery24549591
Baldwin21290309
Lee15946171
Calhoun14556319
Morgan14364280
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Cullman9730194
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DeKalb8853188
Talladega8325176
Walker7259277
Autauga6971108
Jackson6830112
Blount6750139
Colbert6317134
Coffee5546119
Dale4869113
Russell444338
Chilton4343113
Franklin426282
Covington4138118
Tallapoosa4040152
Escambia394577
Chambers3581123
Dallas3564153
Clarke351361
Marion3137101
Pike311977
Lawrence302298
Winston275673
Bibb263064
Geneva252577
Marengo249664
Pickens234862
Barbour231956
Hale223677
Butler217869
Fayette212462
Henry189644
Cherokee184345
Randolph182042
Monroe178140
Washington167639
Macon160750
Clay156957
Crenshaw153357
Cleburne149241
Lamar143035
Lowndes139653
Wilcox127430
Bullock123041
Conecuh110629
Coosa108928
Perry107826
Sumter104932
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