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Goldman Sachs will pay $2.9 billion after pleading guilty to bribing foreign leaders with Malaysia's money

Goldman Sachs has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for the first time in its long history. The bank pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to violate anti-bribery laws as it helped Malaysian financiers and leaders siphon money from the country's economic development fund. It will pay $2.9 billion to U.S. authorities, including $1.3 billion to the Justice Department, the DOJ said in ...

Bernie Sanders for Labor secretary? He's reportedly interested.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reportedly has an "interest" in becoming Joe Biden's Labor secretary, were the Democrat to be elected president, Politico reports . Though Sanders shook off the suggestion when asked about it on Wednesday, "one person close to the Vermont senator" reportedly told Politico that "I can confirm he's trying to figure out how to land that role or something like it. He, pe...

FDA greenlights remdesivir as first and only fully-approved treatment for COVID-19

The Food and Drug Administration has given final approval to remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19, making it the first and only fully-approved treatment in the U.S. for the novel coronavirus, CNBC reports . The drug has been permitted in cases of emergency use authorization since May, and was one of the medications used to treat President Trump when he was hospitalized earlier this month. Rem...

Biden and Trump test negative for coronavirus ahead of debate, campaigns say

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaigns say the candidates both tested negative for COVID-19 on the day of the last presidential debate. Trump and Biden will face off for a second and final time Thursday night after Trump's coronavirus diagnosis led last week's debate to be canceled. And this time around, officials will at least say when he last tested negative. "We tested ...

Intelligence officials think the Trump administration's election interference warnings are focused on the wrong country

American intelligence officials described the Trump administration's decision to focus on Iran's election disinformation campaign on Wednesday night as "concerning," characterizing efforts by Russia to be a bigger threat to destabilizing Americans' faith in the integrity of election results come Nov. 3. FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe shared on...

The daily gossip: Kanye and North West are father-daughter dance champions, Tom Holland reveals Uncharted photo, and more

1. A North West star is born. We already know they both have musical talent , but it seems Kanye and North West have impressive dance moves, too. Kim Kardashian West revealed to David Letterman on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction that her husband and daughter have won the father-daughter dancing competition at North's school two years in a row. "They practiced. They came up with this whole dance, and they have their moves," Kardashian said. She didn't reveal details, but North has been kno...

Tim Burton is reportedly working on a new Addams Family TV series

Tim Burton is ready for a new show that sounds both creepy and kooky. The director is looking to make a brand new live-action Addams Family TV series, Deadline reported on Thursday . His show would reportedly be set in the present day and would "be from the perspective of Wednesday Addams," exploring "what the world would look like to her in 2020," Deadline says. This would be the first major l...

The week's good news: October 22, 2020

1. Vivian "Millie" Bailey has had a lot of adventures during her 102 years of life, and on Sunday, she made another memory when she fulfilled her dream of going skydiving. "I just always thought it would be a thrill," Bailey told WJZ. The Howard County, Maryland, resident is a World War II veteran, having joined the U.S. Women's Army Auxiliary in 1942. Bailey received the American Theater Medal...

Uncharted movie debuts 1st photo of Tom Holland as Nathan Drake

It looks like Hollywood has actually, finally succeeded in making an Uncharted movie. Tom Holland on Thursday revealed the first image of himself as Nathan Drake in Uncharted , the upcoming movie based on the popular Indiana Jones -esque video game series for Playstation. He mostly looks the part, though for this film, he's far younger than the Nathan players know from the games. It’s nice to m...

Prominent pastor warns evangelicals of Trump's 'nation-corrupting' sins

Will President Trump replicate his 2016 success with white evangelical voters in 2020? If he doesn't, he's likely to lose — and a prominent, conservative evangelical pastor just published a forceful argument against downplaying the president's destructive, unrepentant, and very public habits of sin. Four years ago, exit polls famously showed 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump. Tha...

Trump tells Lesley Stahl he doesn't want 'tough questions' in 60 Minutes interview he leaked

As promised, President Trump has leaked his entire 60 Minutes interview days before it's scheduled to broadcast. After Trump was apparently unhappy about an interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes this week, on Thursday, he released his own footage of the conversation before the network could air it. The 37-minute video posted to Trump's Facebook page opens with Stahl promising the president ...

Trump doubles down on the jerk vote

With less the two weeks to go until Election Day and the final face-to-face matchup between Donald Trump and Joe Biden looming in tonight's debate, we've entered the concluding stretch of the presidential contest, when candidates typically begin making what's referred to as their "closing arguments." What does the president want voters to have on their minds as they make their final decisions —...

Quibi founder reportedly told newly-unemployed staffers to listen to a song from Trolls to cheer themselves up

Quibi is officially shutting down after just six months, and it sounds like the company went out on a fittingly bizarre note. The short-form streaming service announced Wednesday it's already shutting down after launching in April, and according to the Wall Street Journal , "employees will be laid off and will be paid a severance." But the Journal 's report also includes the odd detail that whe...

Jobless claims come in below 800,000 for the 1st time since March

The number of Americans filing new jobless claims has declined to less than 800,000 for the first time in seven months. The Labor Department on Thursday said that 787,000 Americans filed new jobless claims last week, a decline of 55,000 from the previous week's revised level. This was significantly below the 875,000 claims economists had been expecting, CNBC reports . It's also the first time s...

Men, this should be so easy

By now you probably know what Jeffrey Toobin did during his magazine's Model U.N. session or whatever it is they were supposed to be up to when he thought his Zoom video feed was off. (What the hell does it mean, anyway, to say that his New Yorker colleague Andrew Marantz was pretending to be "the far right"? I have nearly as many questions about this election simulation as I have about Toobin'...
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