Republicans, Democrats react to Bob Dole’s death: He ‘represented the finest of American values’

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole died Sunday morning at age 98, prompting a flurry of reactions and condolences from Republicans and Democrats alike commemorating his nearly four decades of service.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep,” the Elizabeth Dole Foundation tweeted Sunday. “At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

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George Clooney explains why he turned down $35M payday for ‘one day’s work’ on airline ad

George Clooney has no problem saying no.

The 60-year-old actor is known as one of Hollywood’s most famous and bankable stars and after years of making millions, he’s comfortable with the fortune he’s amassed.

Clooney recently spoke with The Guardian about his upcoming directorial feature “The Tender Bar” and was asked whether he is satisfied with the money he’s earned.

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New international travel testing rules: What to know

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that its international travel requirements have changed.

Beginning on Monday, Dec. 6, all air passengers two years and older – regardless of vaccination status or citizenship – will have to show a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before travel to the U.S.

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Omar on stripping Boebert’s committee assignments: ‘very confident’ Pelosi will hold vote ‘next week’

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said Sunday she is “very confident” that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will hold a vote to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., of her committee assignments in the near future in response to her recent controversial comments about Omar.

“We should punish and sanction Boebert by stripping her of her committees, by rebuking her language,” Omar said. “By doing everything that we can to send a clear and decisive message to the American public that if the Rep

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Reese’s launches fantasy university for Peanut Butter Cup lovers

The Hershey Company has found a new way to interact with its Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fan base.

The American chocolate company’s marketing team has begun an interactive online campaign for a fictional Reese’s University, which has a branded website, Instagram page and a TikTok page that appears to be a work in progress.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the 127-year-old chocolate manufacturer shared quotes from fantasy university staff, details about the university’s application process and 99.9% acceptance rate, confection-based curriculum, and athletics program.

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New York, blue states rank ‘least free,’ as red states stand out in personal, economic freedoms survey

New York was ranked the least free state in the Union, followed closely by Hawaii and California, according to a new survey.

The latest version of the Cato Institute’s “Freedom in the 50 States” also found that New Hampshire is the freest state, with Florida and Nevada as runners-up.

The survey, which has been done every two years since 2000, issued its overall freedom ratings based on a combination of personal and economic freedoms, comparing states along 230 different metrics ranging “from taxation to debt, eminent domain laws to occupational licensing, and drug policy to educational choice,” according to its website.

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Stock futures edge up to start the week

U.S. stock futures ticked up, putting Wall Street indexes on course to extend their back-and-forth moves as investors await more data on the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

S&P 500 futures gained 0.5% and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures strengthened 0.6%. Changes in equity futures don’t necessarily predict moves after the markets open.

European stocks climbed Monday. The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.7% in morning trade. Utilities and consumer discretionary sectors led gains while the materials sector lost ground.

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Virginia to remove Robert E. Lee statue pedestal in Richmond: ‘Successful conclusion’

The pedestal on which a controversial statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stood for 131 years in Richmond, Virginia, is slated to be removed, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Sunday.

The land that housed both the statue and the plinth will be returned to the city, the state’s Democratic governor explained in a press release.

“This land is in the middle of Richmond, and Richmonders will determine the future of this space,” Northam said. “The Commonwealth will remove the pedestal and we anticipate a safe removal and a successful conclusion to this project.”

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