Snow, rain, floods in America’s Christmas forecast; more Trump pardons; Andrew Yang running for mayor

Today is Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These headlines are in the news this morning: There’s snow up north, flash flood warnings in the East; Trump pardons more allies; Andrew Yang files to run for New York City mayor.

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


Top stories

Winter storm in Dakotas, Minnesota; flooding possible across Eastern US

A storm that began with snow, strong winds and bitter cold into the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota early Wednesday and began moving east was making travel treacherous and grounded flights on one of the most anticipated air travel days since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Blizzard warnings were posted in the region as National Weather Service officials called for wind chills to dip to 35 F (2 C) below zero, pushed by gusts of more than 60 mph (96.5 kph). Numerous travel advisories urged motorists to stay off the road and several highways were shut down altogether.

Heavy rain and flash flooding are possible today all across the eastern U.S., and areas hit by last weekend’s winter storm are at a higher risk due to snow melt.

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New round of Trump clemency benefits Manafort, other allies

President Donald Trump pardoned more than two dozen people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest wave of clemency to benefit longtime associates and supporters.

The actions, in Trump’s waning time at the White House, bring to nearly 50 the number of people whom the president has granted clemency in the last week. The list from the last two days includes not only multiple people convicted in the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia but also allies from Congress and other felons whose causes were championed by friends. Read more:

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Andrew Yang files paperwork to run for New York mayor

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has filed paperwork to participate in New York’s 2021 mayoral race, according to city records.

Yang’s name appears on a list from the New York City Campaign Finance Board of candidates for the city’s 2021 elections. CNN reported last week that Yang, a former tech executive, was planning to mount a bid for the mayor’s office in the coming weeks. Read more:

In other news today …

  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the annual defense policy bill, following through on threats to veto a measure that has broad bipartisan support in Congress and potentially setting up the first override vote of his presidency.
  • Negotiators from the European Union and Britain worked through the night and into Christmas Eve to put the finishing touches on a trade deal that should avert a chaotic economic break between the two sides next week.
  • A late-term maneuver by President Donald Trump to use lower drug prices paid overseas to limit some of Medicare’s own costs suffered a legal setback Wednesday that appears likely to keep the policy from taking effect before the president leaves office.
  • A provincial court in Pakistan on Thursday ordered the release of a British-born Pakistani man charged in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, his defense lawyer said.
  • A car speeding away from police Tuesday night in suburban New York City barreled into another car, splitting that vehicle in half and killing five people, officials said.

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