Analysis: Trump did set at least 1 record as president

January 19, 2021 at 14:53

(CNN) Donald Trump has always been fixated on writing his name into the history books, to ensure his four years as president aren't forgotten. Trump ends his term with the lowest average job approval rating -- 41% -- of any president in the last seven-plus...

Janet Yellen heads to Capitol Hill for her confirmation hearing

January 19, 2021 at 14:38

Yellen is expected to call lawmakers to action to sign off on more pandemic stimulus to get the economy back on track. "Neither the President-elect, nor I, propose this relief package without an appreciation for the country's debt burden," Yellen will tell...

Biden's pick for assistant secretary at HHS would be first transgender Senate-confirmed federal official

January 19, 2021 at 14:33

(CNN) President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant health secretary, and she would make history as the first out, transgender federal official to be confirmed by the United States Senate, according to a statement Tuesday....

Fearing more violence, online platforms are cracking down on livestreams from Washington

January 19, 2021 at 14:13

"We're monitoring for signals of violence or other threats both in Washington, DC and across all 50 states," the company said in a statement. YouTube says it has removed multiple videos shot during the assault on the Capitol that appeared to incite violence...

New York Mets fire general manager Jared Porter after reportedly sending explicit pictures to female reporter

January 19, 2021 at 14:06

(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 pen...

Opinion: For investors, there's plenty to be optimistic about in the year ahead

January 19, 2021 at 13:49

As more Covid-19 vaccines are becoming readily available, 2021 offers renewed optimism that we may expect a rebound of the economy -- and of life in general. The rapid development and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines has been nothing short of extraordinary...

Alec Baldwin leaves Twitter after uproar over wife's heritage

January 19, 2021 at 13:41

(CNN) It's "Goodbye for now" for Alec Baldwin and Twitter. The actor bid adieu to the social media platform Monday in the wake of uproar over his wife's claims of having a Spanish heritage. "Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming," his tweet re...

Bitter, Trump skips chance to say splashy, high-profile farewell

January 19, 2021 at 13:00

He hasn't left the White House or been seen in public for a week. On Monday evening he taped a valedictory final message from the Blue Room of the White House, ticking through several achievements that he believes should define his administration. Unlike mo...

Janet Yellen is heading to Congress. The stakes have never been higher

January 19, 2021 at 12:58

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) Janet Yellen, the former chair of the Federal Reserve and President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Treasury Department, f...

Goldman Sachs posts impressive earnings thanks to Wall Street's strength

January 19, 2021 at 12:53

New York (CNN Business) Goldman Sachs, one of the largest investment banks on Wall Street, reported results for the fourth quarter that easily topped analysts' expectations Tuesday morning. It's yet another sign of the disconnect between the strength of the...

Biden's Covid team is nervous about what the Trump team hasn't told them

January 19, 2021 at 12:42

The overarching, nagging concern: "They don't know what they don't know," said a source close to the Biden Covid-19 team. Multiple officials familiar with the transition said the lack of full cooperation and transparency from the outgoing Trump administrati...

Spanish police seize more than 2 tons of cocaine hidden in charcoal

January 19, 2021 at 12:36

(CNN) Spanish police have seized more than two tons of cocaine and arrested 12 people allegedly involved in a large scale drugs smuggling network with connections to Paraguay and Brazil. Authorities investigated the network -- members of which had attempted...

Joe Biden's Ronald Reagan problem

January 19, 2021 at 12:30

The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author; view more opinion on CNN. (CNN) President-elect Joe Biden is inheriting a national crisis that has built up over 40 years. On January 20, 1981, former President Ronald Reagan took the US on...

Hundreds of health care facilities were hit by ransomware last year amid pandemic

January 19, 2021 at 12:29

(CNN) At the University of Vermont Medical Center in October, a cyberattack knocked out 5,000 computers on the hospital's IT network, disrupting everything from its financial systems to its radiology services and sleep studies. Patient care ground to a halt...

States complain that demand for the Covid-19 vaccine is outpacing supply

January 19, 2021 at 12:16

So far, the US has distributed more than 31 million Covid-19 vaccines to the states, but the CDC says only about 40% have actually been given to people, according to the latest data. But the evidence shows the percentage of people vaccinated is likely much...

Violence at Capitol reignites a debate over America's long-held defense of extremist speech

January 19, 2021 at 12:09

Permitting free speech , including hate and extremist speech, is often cast as a universal boon, reinforced in idioms such as, "Sunlight is the best disinfectant" and "I don't agree with what you say, but I'll defend your right to say it." Not all First Ame...

America almost lost its democracy. Here's how its citizens can protect it

January 19, 2021 at 11:56

I talk to US Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut and CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen about what comes next for America's fragile democracy. --SE CuppOn January 6, America almost lost its democracy. He didn't say "if we can keep it," referring to his fel...

WaPo: QAnon members talked about acting as National Guard members to infiltrate inauguration

January 19, 2021 at 11:30

(CNN) The FBI on Monday alerted other law enforcement agencies that QAnon adherents discussed acting as National Guard soldiers in Washington to try and infiltrate President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, according to The Washington Post. The FBI, in an in...

Inside the fight for the Capitol: US Capitol Police officers recount being unprepared and 'betrayed'

January 19, 2021 at 11:03

(CNN) The day before the US Capitol was attacked , Capitol Police officers were ordered to report to the department's equipment depot to pick up helmets, an officer who was there that day told CNN. By afternoon, the officers in the Capitol were in a fight f...

How Trump will hand off the 'nuclear football' to Biden

January 19, 2021 at 11:02

Typically, the football would be handed off to another military aide standing on or nearby the inauguration viewing stand as Biden takes his oath of office. But on Wednesday, that exchange will happen a bit differently as Trump is currently expected to depa...