Trump and Obama tie for America's most-admired man.....

America's most admired men - Trump and Obama
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President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama have tied for the title of Americans’ most admired man, according to Gallup’s annual survey — marking the first time the current commander in chief has achieved the distinction and the 12th consecutive first-place showing for his immediate predecessor.
Eighteen percent of U.S. adults nominated Trump when asked which man “living today in any part of the world” they admired most, while another 18 percent identified the most recent Democratic president.
The results of the poll, conducted Dec. 2-15, were split sharply along party lines, with 45 percent of Republicans selecting Trump for the honor and 41 percent of Democrats opting for Obama.
Trump captured the support of 2 percent of Democrats and 10 percent of independents, while Obama garnered 3 percent support from GOP respondents and 12 percent from independents.
Last year, 13 percent of Americans chose Trump as the most admired man, and 14 percent picked him in 2017, the first year of his presidency. He placed second to Obama in both surveys.
Apart from the two presidents, no other man attained the votes of more than 2 percent of those questioned in the 2019 poll.
Rounding out the list of Americans’ 10 most admired men are former President Jimmy Carter, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Pope Francis, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the Dalai Lama and investor Warren Buffett.
Among Americans’ most admired women, former first lady Michelle Obama claimed the prize spot for the second year running and was the only woman to achieve double-digit support.
The other top-ranking women include first lady Melania Trump, former talk show host Oprah Winfrey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, climate activist Greta Thunberg, Queen Elizabeth II, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
Source: Politico


Buhari condemns ISWAP execution of 11 Christians..... But his government still does nothing about it

President Muhammadu Buhari gestures at reporters
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The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the execution of Christians by Islamic State of West Africa Province, (ISWAP) on Christmas Day. 

President Buhari said he is “profoundly saddened and shocked” by the action of the “psychopaths” and that “no true Muslim would be shouting ‘Allahu Akbar' while killing innocent people”.

Buhari also reassured Nigerians that “the collective security of all Nigerians” is his “major preoccupation” and “will continue to intensify efforts towards strengthening international cooperation and collaboration to break the backbone of these evil doers.”

“I am profoundly saddened and shocked by the death of innocent hostages in the hands of remorseless, godless, callous gangs of mass murderers that have given Islam a bad name through their atrocities,” Buhari said.

“We should under no circumstances let the terrorists divide us by turning Christians against Muslims, because these barbaric killers do not represent Islam and millions of other law-abiding Muslims around the world.

“As a President, the collective security of all Nigerians is my major preoccupation and the death of an innocent Christian or Muslim distresses me.

“No true Muslim would be shouting ‘Allahu Akbar' while killing innocent people, an evil frequently condemned by the Holy Qur’an.

“These agents of darkness are enemies of our common humanity and they don’t spare any victim, whether they are Muslims or Christians, and therefore, we shouldn’t let them divide us and turn us against one another.

“The goal of these psychopaths is to cause confusion and spread distrust between Muslims and Christians, despite the fact that they aren’t representing the interest of Muslims or Islam.

“While I condemn this evil, I wish to reassure Nigerians that this administration will not lower its guard in the war against terrorism.

“We will continue to intensify our efforts towards strengthening international cooperation and collaboration to break the backbone of these evil doers.”

The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari beckoned on all Nigerians to stand united against terrorism and to avoid unhelpful conspiracy theories that serve the interest of Boko Haram terrorists and ISWAP.

The Nigerian Army has maintained sealed lips on the incident even though Vanguard correspondent tried to reach them.

The acting Director of Defence Information, Brig. Onyema Nwachukwu, while responding to Vanguard’s inquiry on the veracity or otherwise of the report, referred the matter to the Nigerian Army, saying it was the army’s place to react.

But several calls made to the known mobile phone line of the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, were not answered.

A follow-up text message sent to the number was yet to be responded.

Source: Vanguard 


Rudderless technical department of Nigeria Football Federation to decide fate of controversial German coach Rohr

Amaju Pinnick has presided over worst NFF in modern history
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Nigeria Football Federation's (NFF) Secretary-General, Mohammed Sanusi has revealed that the decision on the future of Super Eagles' Manager, Gernot Rohr would be taken solely by the technical committee of the federation. Reacting to the stories making the rounds that some influential people were working to see the exit of the Franco-German from the national team, Sanusi said no external force could influence the fate of the coach.

"I am not in the position to speak on the hiring and firing of national team coaches. The NFF technical department is in charge and if they find Rohr capable to continue handling the Super Eagles and the coach also agrees on their contract terms and conditions,so be it.
"But in my position as the NFF secretary, I cannot say whether Rohr's contract will be renewed or not. It is not my job."Commenting on the CAF Footballer of the Year Awards, which final shortlists were released at the weekend, Sanusi said no Nigerian player made it to the final three in the men's top award because the Super Eagles did not play in the final game of this year's African Nations Cup.

CAF on Sunday announced Algeria's Riyad Mahrez, Mo Salah of Egypt and Sadio Mane of Senegal as the three finalists for the CAF Footballer of the Year award, while Odion Ighalo, who was formerly in the running, was left out.Sanusi told The Guardian that Ighalo's outstanding performance in the Nations Cup qualifying series and the AFCON was enough to make the Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC of Chinaforward a top contender for the award.

He noted that the Super Eagles' dominance in the continent in recent times has shown that Nigerian players are not pushovers in African football.Sanusi called on football lovers not to write off Nigerian players, saying that they have the wherewithal to winlaurels for the country, adding that the federation would do its best to continue encouraging Nigerian footballers home and abroad.

"Ighalo not making the final three-man cut in the African Footballer of the Year award does not mean Nigerian players are not doing fine in soccer. But I think the Super Eagles failure to play in the finalof the 2019 AFCON is one of the reasons Ighalo could not be among the three shortlisted players.

"Nigeria have been dominating other African teams in friendlies, Nations Cup qualifiers and the AFCON championship. These performances show that the countryis a force to be reckoned with in football at the senior men's national team level."Nigerian playersare doing their best to raise the standard of their game in a bid to improve their profile in the continent," he said.


What's open Christmas Day? The list includes CVS, Starbucks and 7-Eleven — but not Walmart

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Whether you forget an ingredient for the Christmas meal, a gift or want to go out to eat, your options will be limited Wednesday.
Christmas is the one day of year that the nation's largest retailer, Walmart, closes all of its locations and several regional and national stores also follow suit.
According to Womply, a small business software provider, 92% of local retailers are closed on the holiday and four out of five restaurants are closed.
But all hope isn't lost. 
Your mileage may vary on how far you'll have to drive for any forgotten items but drug stores including CVS and Walgreens will be open on the holiday. So will several convenience stores including 7-Eleven, Wawa and Cumberland Farms.
Many major restaurant chains also will be closed Wednesday but many Starbucks, McDonald's and Dunkin' locations will be open, along with IHOP, Denny's and Waffle House.
Delivery services including PostmatesGrubhubUberEats and DoorDash will be delivering food orders Christmas for participating local and national restaurants. Check the apps or websites Wednesday to find available options.

What stores are open Christmas Day?

Hours can vary and not all locations will be open. In some cases, store websites have not been updated to reflect holiday hours, so calling your closest location is advised.
7-ElevenMost locations open 24 hours
AcmeHours vary.
Albertsons: Hours vary.
Bravo SupermarketsSome locations open special hours Wednesday.
Casey's General StoreStores open at 10 a.m.
Circle KHours vary, some open 24 hours. 
Cumberland FarmsHours vary, some open 24 hours. 
CVSMost open regular hours though many pharmacies will be closed.
Duane ReadeHours vary.
Family Dollar: Some locations are open special hours Wednesday. Call your closest location as this information is not online.
Giant Food: Some stores are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, while other locations are closed.
goPuffThe digital on-demand convenience retailer is open Christmas in its 150-plus markets.
Love's Travel StopsOpen 24 hours.
Pilot Flying JMost open 24 hours or regular hours.
RaceTracHours vary.
Rite-AidMost locations open but hours vary.
Safeway: Hours vary but many are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sheetz: Open 24 hours.
SpeedwayHours vary.
TravelCenters of America: Find holiday hours here.
VonsVaries, check website.
WalgreensMost open regular hours though many pharmacies will be closed.
WawaMost open 24 hours or regular hours.
More businesses open: Additional stores, gas stations and convenience stores also are expected to be open. Check before heading out.

What restaurants are open Christmas?

Check with your closest location before heading out. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours so calling is suggested.
Applebee'sNot all locations will be open as the decision is made by franchisees.
Baker’s Square: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Benihana: Make reservations online for Christmas Day.
Boston Market: Nearly all locations are open Wednesday but menu selections and hours may vary by location.
Buca di Beppo: Most open regular hours.
Burger KingSelect locations will be open on Christmas Day.
Chart House: Most locations open and hours and menus vary. 
Checker's: Most open regular hours.
Chinese restaurants: It's a tradition for Chinese restaurants to be open Christmas. Check with your favorite for hours.
Dave & Buster'sCheck your closest location's hours online.
Denny's: Open 24 hours.
Dunkin'Hours vary and not all locations will be open. Check the Dunkin' mobile app to confirm whether your local store is open.
Fleming's Steakhouse: Select locations open Christmas.
Fogo de Chão: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hard Rock CafeVaries.
HootersMany locations open at 4 p.m., but hours can vary.
Huddle HouseHours vary.
IHOPMost locations will be open regular hours Wednesday. IHOP has a limited-time Elf on the Shelf menu and kids eat free promotion through Jan. 1.
Legal Sea FoodsEach location's hours listed at www.legalseafoods.com.
Luby'sSpecial menu available.
Macaroni Grill11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Main EventCheck for entertainment centers' hours online
McCormick’s & Schmick’sThe restaurant recommends making reservations.
McDonald'sParticipating locations are open Wednesday, hours vary.
Panda Express: Hours vary.
Paris BaguetteAll locations will be open Wednesday but hours vary.
Perkins Restaurant & BakerySome locations will have special hours Wednesday.
PokeworksCorporate locations will be open along with participating franchised locations.
Ruth Chris' Steak HouseReservations are recommended and can be made online.
Shari's: Hours vary and listed at www.sharis.com.
Shoney'sLocations open at 11 a.m.
StarbucksNot all locations are open and hours vary. Check with your closest location and hours will be updated on the app and website.
STK Steakhouse and Kona Grill: The restaurant chains both owned by The One Group will be open Christmas. Check websites for varying hours.
Steak 'n Shake: Most will be open, call for your closest location’s hours.
TGI FridaysSome locations will be open special hours, which vary. 
TooJay's Deli: Check with locations for special hours.
Tony Roma'sHours vary.
Veggie GrillSelect locations open Christmas. 
Village Inn: Hours vary but many close at 4 p.m. Christmas.
More restaurants: Some locally-owned and regional chains restaurants also will be open Christmas and restaurants located in hotels often are open on holidays. Find additional restaurants by searching social media and looking on OpenTable, an online reservation service.


Megyn Kelly Says President Donald Trump's Impeachment Trial Is 'Rigged'.....

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In a new interview for an upcoming PBS documentary, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly says she believes President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial is “rigged.”
Kelly appears in an upcoming PBS Frontline documentary airing in mid-January about the political divide in the United States, where she discusses everything from hearing Barack Obama speak for the first time to her feud with Trump throughout the 2016 election campaign.
In the interview, Kelly also answers questions about Trump’s impeachment (the interview was conducted before Trump was officially impeached on Wednesday evening).
“The trial’s kind of rigged, right?” Kelly says. “The jury’s kind of set in the Senate because the Republicans control it. I don’t see enough Republicans in that body turning on a man who’s about to face re-election anyway and is going to be in the voters’ hands anyway, doing something that radical as finding him guilty if articles of impeachment come over from the House.”
Although the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday, the president will stand trial in the Senate, where it’s widely expected the Republican majority will vote to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Kelly notes the founding fathers left the constitutional stance on impeachment vague in order to leave legal “wiggle room.”
“If they’d just said ‘high crimes’ — you know, ‘treason and high crimes’ — we’d know what the standard was,” Kelly says. “But ‘and misdemeanors’ opens it up, because they’re not talking about misdemeanors like he jaywalked, right? That opens it up to it could be improper conduct. It could be abuse of power.”
Democrats and Republicans have debated throughout the months-long impeachment investigation on what constitutes “abuse of power” and whether Trump did, in fact, abuse his power as president.
During Wednesday’s impeachment debate on the House floor, Republican representatives claimed House Democrats were treating Trump unfairly. One Republican representative alluded to Trump’s impeachment as a comparable tragedy to Pearl Harbor, while another claimed Jesus was afforded more rights before his crucifixion than Trump had been during the impeachment investigation.
Trump declined to testify during the impeachment investigation, as well as other top officials in the Trump administration.
Wednesday’s debate on the House floor over impeachment was also similar to Kelly’s statements about how Democrats and Republicans see Trump’s impeachment differently.
“Much like pornography, that’s in the eye of the beholder,” Kelly says in her interview. “As the Supreme Court said, ‘I know it when I see it.’ Well, so what does that mean? That means it boils down to politics, and people are going to see it through their own partisan lenses.”
Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate is expected to begin in January.


Apparently oblivious of his House impeachment, Trump urges students to back his agenda and oppose impeachment

Trump stands impeached much like Clinton (L) and Johnson (R)
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President Donald Trump kicked off his end-of-year holiday in Florida on Saturday by rallying student supporters on behalf of his political agenda – and against Democrats and impeachment.
"There was no crime ... there was nothing," Trump told a cheering crowd at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida. "What are we doing here? The world is watching."
While blasting Democrats for their impeachment push, Trump said at one point that "we're facing an opposition willing to use totalitarian methods to get their way."
Trump mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for suggesting she might not submit two impeachment articles to the Senate for trial, but spent more time on his standard campaign stump speech.
Turning Point USA, a network of conservatives on college and high school campuses, held its summit not far from Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, where he is spending the holidays.
"The radical left doesn't stand a chance against young conservatives who put America first," Trump said to the adoring crowd during a speech that lasted more than an hour.
Speaking three days after the House passed two articles of impeachment, Trump bragged that no Republican lawmaker voted for either allegation. He said that Democrats looked "bad" and that "our polls have gone through the roof."
Pelosi has not submitted the two impeachment articles for trial amid Democratic concern that the Republican majority in the Senate will not conduct a fair and thorough trial.
"No one is above the law and the Constitution is the supreme law of the land," Pelosi said after the impeachment vote. "No one is above the law and this president has been held accountable."
The House on Wednesday passed two impeachment articles that accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The first article concerns evidence that Trump pressured the country of Ukraine to investigate a U.S. political opponent, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump is also accused of holding up military aid to Ukraine until it followed through with his demands.
The obstruction article deals with Trump's refusal to allow testimony by top aides during the House impeachment inquiry.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted after the vote that "we all feel the weight of history in this moment, but President Trump's grave misconduct left us no choice but to impeach. Now it is incumbent on the Senate to conduct a fair trial."
In his campaign-themed speech to student backers, Trump extolled the newly signed defense bill, a revamped trade deal with Canada and Mexico, new trade talks with China, the federal judges he has appointed, and the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
He also attacked a string of Democratic presidential candidates, including Biden and his son Hunter Biden. who had business interests in Ukraine.
Trump frequently joked with the friendly crowd.
While criticizing what he called an over-reliance on wind power, Trump said that companies often paint windmills different colors, including "an orange-white" – and then he made a crack about his own complexion and hair.
"My favorite color," Trump said. "Orange."


Polls show majority want Trump convicted in the Senate following House impeachment

Impeached US President Donald Trump - Reuters/Marco Bello
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A majority of Americans support believe President Trump should be removed from office, a new poll by Politico and Morning Consult found.
The share of Americans who want Trump removed from office has climbed since the House's impeachment proceedings concluded on Wednesday. 
Another Politico/Morning Consult poll taken before the impeachment vote on December 14-15 found that 50% of Americans supported Trump's impeachment, compared with 52% in the most recent poll.
Like the impeachment vote itself, public support for Trump's removal falls largely along party lines. Eighty-five percent of Democrats agree with the House's decision to impeach, compared with only 16% of Republicans.
Trump became the third president in US history to be impeached following a vote in the House on Wednesday. The president now faces trial in the Senate, during which he is expected to be acquitted and maintain his post. The timing of the Senate trial is unclear as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has yet to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which charge the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The voters polled by Politico and Morning Consult were more divided on Trump's reelection prospects. Sixty-four percent of Republicans surveyed said the impeachment would strengthen Trump's reelection bid, while 55% said the inquiry would hurt his campaign. The Virginia-based news outlet and the marketing researching firm interviewed 1,991 registered voters online between December 19 and 20.
The poll's margin of error is plus or minus two percentage points.


Liverpool beat Flamengo to win FIFA Club World Cup..... All they do is win.....

Liverpool lift the trophy (Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp may have confessed to having zero clue what it looked like, but after Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Flamengo he had the Club World Cup trophy held triumphantly over his head. 

It is their third piece of silverware in just six months. His players had so craved adding the gold badge with the imposing ‘world champions’ inscription to their kits and will soon proudly get to advertise it on their chests. 

It wasn’t pretty or poetry – and the win featured one of the most appalling refereeing performances seen in a showpiece final by Qatar’s Abdulrahman Al Jassim – but not even he could deny what Liverpool believed was their destiny.

Their “addiction” for honours, as Adam Lallana put it, has delivered an unmatched treble by an English club. The Champions League, Super Cup and now Fifa’s flagship club competition have all been conquered – the latter for the first time – while the quest to lift the Premier League will resume for the division’s leaders next week.

In Doha, Flamengo fans had dominated at Souq Waqif, where tables overflowed with Sofret Ahel El Raya at Damasca One Restaurant and chants in support of their team were only interrupted to puff shisha.
They had taken over the pristine metro too, where they borrowed Hey Jude by The Beatles to venerate their manager: “Na, na, na, na-na-na na, Na-na-na na, Jesus!”
Liverpool could have taken the lead inside 60 seconds, but the Brazil international blasted over on that occasion, with Naby Keita doing the same moments later.
The champions of Europe swarmed their opponents in the opening half of play, but Jorge Jesus’ side grew into their stride and starting posing problems around 20 minutes in without creating anything of significance.
It was, unfortunately, referee Al Jassim that drew the most attention in a first half where Liverpool did not have a shot on target, with his decisions of the head-scratching variety.
The official was hugely out of his depth, a verdict which only looked more certain as time ticked on.
The second half was predictably more open, with Firmino striking the inside of the post and Gabriel Barbosa serving as Flamengo’s main threat.
He forced two saves from Alisson, while at the other end, Diego Alves did excellently to deny Henderson with his fingertips.
While the game was elevated after the interval, Al Jassim’s officiating reached new levels of incompetence as evidenced by his penalising of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who later hobbled off with his right ankle wrapped in a protective boot, when Filipe Luis went down after clashing with Pablo Mari’s shoulder. 
But the worst was to come.
In injury time, the referee awarded Liverpool a penalty on 91 minutes after Mane was impeded by Rafinha as he was clean through on goal and about to shoot. Al Jassim went to the pitchside monitor to review his decision and replays showed the foul took place just outside the area. That seemed the only matter of contention, but he ruled there was no infringement and so there was no free-kick, no red card and a bizarre drop ball to Flamengo.
But there was only so much Al Jassim could do to ruin a fine spectacle before a goal finally came. Henderson, superb all night, did well to keep the pressure on, before playing Mane through. The Senegal international ran across goal, checking back and supplying the unmarked Firmino, who shifted the ball to his right and blasted it past Alves.
Liverpool can now add another trophy to the Champions Wall at Melwood and it is a good thing the club will be moving to a more expansive training facility, because at this rate, they will require a lot more space to detail their honours.
Source: The Independent