Trump shares 46-minute video of grievances; Ivanka Trump deposed; dangerous winds ignite Calif. fire threat

Today is Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: President Trump delivered a 46-minute diatribe against the election results in video shared on social media; Ivanka Trump was deposed this week over allegations of misspent inauguration funds; and winds are raising red flags in California.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


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In video, Trump recycles unsubstantiated voter fraud claims

Increasingly detached from reality, President Donald Trump stood before a White House lectern and delivered a 46-minute diatribe against the election results that produced a win for Democrat Joe Biden, unspooling one misstatement after another to back his baseless claim that he really won.

Trump called his address, released Wednesday only on social media and delivered in front of no audience, perhaps “the most important speech” of his presidency. But it was largely a recycling of the same litany of misinformation and unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud that he has been making for the past month.

Trump, who spoke from the Diplomatic Reception Room, kept up his futile pushback against the election even as state after state certifies its results and as Biden presses ahead with shaping his Cabinet in advance of his inauguration on Jan. 20. Read more:

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Ivanka Trump deposed as part of inauguration fund lawsuit

Ivanka Trump has been deposed by attorneys alleging that President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee misused donor funds, a new court filing reveals.

The document, first reported by CNN Wednesday, notes that Ivanka Trump, the president’s oldest daughter and a senior White House adviser, was interviewed Tuesday by attorneys from the Washington, D.C., attorney general’s office.

The office has filed a lawsuit alleging waste of the nonprofit’s funds, accusing the committee of making more than $1 million in improper payments to the president’s Washington, D.C., hotel during the week of the inauguration in 2017. Read more:

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California winds bring fire threat, possible power outages

Californians hoping December would finally usher in wetter weather after a disastrous fire season were instead bracing Wednesday for another round of dry winds that raised the threat of wildfire danger and widespread power shutoffs.

The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger through Saturday, especially for mountains and canyons, because of dry, gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity and parched vegetation. Read more:

In other news today …

  • Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two men during an August protest in Wisconsin was due in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing in the case.
  • A court-appointed committee has yet to find the parents of 628 children separated at the border early in the Trump administration, according to a court filing Wednesday that also said the government last week provided additional phone numbers to aid the long-running search.
  • A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday.
  • Six people were missing after a mudslide measuring an estimated two football fields across slammed into a neighborhood in the southeast Alaska community of Haines, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.
  • Rockin’ around the Christmas tree looks different for visitors at Rockefeller Center this year, starting with Wednesday’s tree lighting ceremony. What’s normally a chaotic, crowded tourist hotspot during the holiday season was instead a mask-mandated, time-limited, socially distanced locale.
  • Eddie Benton-Banai, who helped found the American Indian Movement partly in response to alleged police brutality against Indigenous people, has died. He was 89.
  • Roddy Ricch is the king of Apple Music: The rapper has the music platform’s most-streamed song and album of the year.
  • LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $85 million contract extension through the 2022-23 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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