Sinéad Baker
Sinéad Baker
Sinéad Baker is a News Reporter based in Business Insider's London bureau. Sinéad most often covers breaking news, US politics, and global censorship. She has covered developments within the Trump administration, written about terrorist attacks in real time around the world, and delved into the aftermath of aviation disasters.Source
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New text messages show Ted Cruz's wife planning Cancún trip while Texas is freezing

New text messages show Ted Cruz's wife planning Cancún trip while Texas is freezing

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...A series of new text messages appear to show Sen. Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, talking to neighbors about a getaway to Cancún, Mexico, this week as Texas endured freezing temperatures and widespread power outages.The text messages do not mention Cruz's stated explanation for the trip, which he pinned to his daughters' request for a getaway during a school break. The New York Times the messages' authenticity through communications with...

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A Texas mayor resigned after telling people it was their own fault if they froze when power went out in the deadly winter storms

A Texas mayor resigned after telling people it was their own fault if they froze when power went out in the deadly winter storms

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...A ghost.The mayor of a Texas city resigned after telling people it was their own fault if they were suffering from the vast loss of electricity in the state this week amid a historic cold snap.Tim Boyd, the mayor of Colorado City, accused his constituents of looking for a "handout" as power went out across the state. He encouraged residents with no water to "think outside the box to survive."The outburst came in a since-deleted Facebook...

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Trump is starting his last full day in office hiding from the public and plotting to steal Biden's thunder, as his approval ratings plummet to historic lows

Trump is starting his last full day in office hiding from the public and plotting to steal Biden's thunder, as his approval ratings plummet to historic lows

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...President Donald Trump is starting his last full day in office hiding from the public and with his lowest approval ratings ever.President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration is due to take place Wednesday , making him the first president since 1869 to buck the tradition.Trump has largely vanished from public life in the final days of his presidency.Since some of his supporters staged a deadly riot at the US Capitol on January 6, the...

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Trump and Melania abruptly decided to ditch the Mar-a-Lago New Year's party that many of his supporters bought tickets for

Trump and Melania abruptly decided to ditch the Mar-a-Lago New Year's party that many of his supporters bought tickets for

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump decided at short notice to abandon his Mar-a-Lago club before a lavish New Year's Eve party.They're scheduled to leave Florida at 11 a.m. and set to spend Thursday night at the White House. They had previously planned to leave Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Day, ., citing three people familiar with the matter, that guests had already started gathering at the resort and had been told that Trump would be attending....

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Trump's surprise demand for $2,000 stimulus checks blew up Mitch McConnell's master plan and leaves him in a no-win situation

Trump's surprise demand for $2,000 stimulus checks blew up Mitch McConnell's master plan and leaves him in a no-win situation

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump on Tuesday night in the COVID-19 relief package to $2,000 per person from $600.Democrats his demand, piling pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and leaving him in a no-win situation.Trump criticizing the $900 billion coronavirus relief package that congressional lawmakers passed on Monday and demanding they increase the checks.—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Democratic leaders , saying they supported $2,000 checks...

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Republicans are signaling they won't support the $908 billion bipartisan stimulus plan, leaving Democrats concerned the parties won't be able to compromise

Republicans are signaling they won't support the $908 billion bipartisan stimulus plan, leaving Democrats concerned the parties won't be able to compromise

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Republicans are signaling that they won't support the $908 billion bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus package, which was intended to be a compromise as Democrats and Republicans remained stuck on the size and scope of a relief plan.Talks on a new round of stimulus have been going on for months with little progress, prompting a group of bipartisan lawmakers to propose a $908 billion deal that Democratic leaders have embraced but top Republicans, particularly Senate...

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Trump's 'Hail Mary' attempt to overturn the election result, via the Supreme Court, is actually full of holes

Trump's 'Hail Mary' attempt to overturn the election result, via the Supreme Court, is actually full of holes

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump's latest bid to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election relies on legal arguments that are full of holes and glaring errors.The president and 17 Republican state attorneys general have backed a lawsuit filed to the Supreme Court by Texas' attorney general, Ken Paxton, which argues that votes in four battleground states won by President-elect Joe Biden were "tainted."The Trump campaign on Wednesday filed a motion to the...

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The mayor of Denver apologized for traveling to Mississippi after asking his whole city to stay home for Thanksgiving

The mayor of Denver apologized for traveling to Mississippi after asking his whole city to stay home for Thanksgiving

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The mayor of Denver apologized for traveling to Mississippi for Thanksgiving after asking his city's residents to stay at home for the holiday."I fully acknowledge that I have urged everyone to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel," Mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat, tweeted Wednesday.He said he decided to travel to see his wife and his daughter in Mississippi on the grounds that "it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family...

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The US is said to be close to lifting its 8-month travel ban for Europe, now that its own COVID-19 outbreak is far worse

The US is said to be close to lifting its 8-month travel ban for Europe, now that its own COVID-19 outbreak is far worse

The White House is considering lifting its restrictions on inbound travel to the US from Brazil and most of Europe, Reuters reported early Wednesday. The news comes with the US continuing to report the most daily coronavirus cases of any country. Reuters cited five US government and airline officials saying an end to the ban was close. It reported that the plan was supported by members of the White House's coronavirus task force and other federal agencies. But it said that President Donald Trump had not yet decided whether he supported it. There is no clear date for when an easing might...

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Trump's top aides are 'avoiding' his legal team to distance themselves from his attempt to subvert the election results, report says

Trump's top aides are 'avoiding' his legal team to distance themselves from his attempt to subvert the election results, report says

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Most of President Donald Trump's closest advisors are "avoiding his lawyers" as they try to distance themselves from his legal challenges to the presidential election results, .Those advisors are only pretending to support the idea that Trump has a chance to overturn his presidential election loss because they are still employed to work for Trump, according to Axios.But they are privately saying that Trump's legal strategy, spearheaded by his personal...

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Trump celebrates Pfizer announcing a successful COVID-19 vaccine, days after he lost the US election

Trump celebrates Pfizer announcing a successful COVID-19 vaccine, days after he lost the US election

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.270 to win51 to control218 to controlPresident Donald Trump celebrated , news that broke on the first business day after he lost the US presidential election.Trump tweeted on Monday morning: "STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. SUCH GREAT NEWS!"—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) His tweet came after Pfizer announced that its vaccine, which it is producing with the German company BioNTech, was found to be more than 90% effective...

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US spies and diplomats are suggesting a Trump administration cover-up after officials in Cuba, Russia, and China got mysteriously sick

US spies and diplomats are suggesting a Trump administration cover-up after officials in Cuba, Russia, and China got mysteriously sick

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.US spies and diplomats are accusing the Trump administration of refusing to properly investigate mysterious illnesses that have affected officials in Cuba, China, and Russia, and some are suggesting a cover-up, .In 2016, US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba started hearing strange sounds and reporting symptoms like nerve damage and headaches. Doctors said they were caused by mild traumatic brain injuries.In 2018, several US officials in Guangzhou, China, also...

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The coronavirus infects the Supreme Court hearing as 2 Senate Judiciary Committee senators test positive for COVID-19 and Chuck Schumer calls for a halt

The coronavirus infects the Supreme Court hearing as 2 Senate Judiciary Committee senators test positive for COVID-19 and Chuck Schumer calls for a halt

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that it would be "irresponsible and dangerous" to push forward with a hearing for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick after two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee tested positive for COVID-19."We now have two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who have tested positive for COVID, and there may be more. I wish my colleagues well," Schumer wrote. "It is irresponsible and dangerous to move forward...

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Joe Biden's campaign declared war on Facebook, accusing it of failing to live up to its promises to rein in Trump

Joe Biden's campaign declared war on Facebook, accusing it of failing to live up to its promises to rein in Trump

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has attacked Facebook over its handling of posts by his Republican rival, President Donald Trump, and argued that the platform is not keeping its promises to fight misinformation. a three-page later by Biden's campaign manager, Jen O'Malley Dillon, to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.It said the platform had failed to stop misinformation about the election and had actually gotten worse since making public...

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Trump boasts that Nevada's governor 'failed' to stop him from breaking COVID-19 rules to hold a rally indoors

Trump boasts that Nevada's governor 'failed' to stop him from breaking COVID-19 rules to hold a rally indoors

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump has boasted that Nevada's governor "failed" to stop him from holding multiple indoor events, including a large rally, that breached the state's COVID-19 rules.Trump tweeted on Monday night: "We had great rallies this past weekend, after the Governor of Nevada worked very hard to cancel all of our venues. Despite the fact that he controls the state, he failed, but would have rather done rally outside.", in defiance of the state's rules...

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A grieving daughter in Wuhan is suing China, saying its early cover-up of COVID-19 killed her father. In response, the authorities reportedly intimidated her family.

A grieving daughter in Wuhan is suing China, saying its early cover-up of COVID-19 killed her father. In response, the authorities reportedly intimidated her family.

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.A woman from Wuhan, China, says she is suing the Chinese government, saying it covered up facts about COVID-19, which killed her father.Zhao Lei, 39, accused authorities of hiding the reality of the virus when it began to spread about January 2020.She said that meant people didn't limit their movements earlier in the year, before the virus outbreak turned into a pandemic."I think the government covered up some facts," she said. "Because of this, Wuhan people...

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Tokyo installed see-through public toilets in a park to let people inspect their cleanliness before using them, at which point the glass turns opaque

Tokyo installed see-through public toilets in a park to let people inspect their cleanliness before using them, at which point the glass turns opaque

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Tokyo has installed two see-through bathroom facilities in public parks, allowing people to see how clean they are before deciding to use them, at which point they turn opaque.The bathrooms are made of colored "smart glass," which turns opaque when the stalls are locked, , the architect behind the designs.You can see how it works here:"This allows users to check the cleanliness and whether anyone is using the toilet from the outside," he said. "At night, the...

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Trump says he didn't confront Putin about Russia paying for Taliban attacks on US soldiers because he considers it 'fake news'

Trump says he didn't confront Putin about Russia paying for Taliban attacks on US soldiers because he considers it 'fake news'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump said he did not raise confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia paying the Taliban to kill US troops, suggesting instead that the practice is "fake news."on Tuesday, Trump was asked if he raised the issue with Putin. He replied: "I have never discussed it with him."Asked why he didn't mention it on a call with Putin on Thursday, he said: "That was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly that's an issue that many...

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A Texas hospital is so overrun with coronavirus cases that officials say it will send the patients least likely to survive home to die

A Texas hospital is so overrun with coronavirus cases that officials say it will send the patients least likely to survive home to die

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.A hospital in Starr County, Texas, is so overrun with coronavirus cases that officials there said it would choose which patients to use its resources on and send those most likely to die back home to their families. that Dr. Jose Vasquez — the health authority for Starr County — said the county was creating guidelines to help health workers decide how to use resources on patients with the best chance of survival.Vasquez added that a committee would decide...

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The WHO said 'too many countries are headed in the wrong direction' as COVID-19 cases spike in Brazil, Mexico, and the US

The WHO said 'too many countries are headed in the wrong direction' as COVID-19 cases spike in Brazil, Mexico, and the US

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The head of the World Health Organization said that too many nations are going in the "wrong direction" in the fight against the coronavirus, warning the pandemic could keep getting worse if countries don't take steps.Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, said on Monday: "Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one."Tedros said measures such as social distancing, hand...

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The architect of Sweden's no-lockdown plan suggested the strategy was a mistake based on what we now know about the coronavirus

The architect of Sweden's no-lockdown plan suggested the strategy was a mistake based on what we now know about the coronavirus

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The scientist behind Sweden's controversial no-lockdown coronavirus strategy has said he would have recommended tighter restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus if he knew what he now knew about the illness.The country has been under heavy scrutiny for its approach to the coronavirus, which largely relied on asking people to observe social distancing while .Only a handful of rules were actually enforced, including a ban on gatherings of more than...

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The White House is testing its staff for coronavirus using a device that often gives false negatives

The White House is testing its staff for coronavirus using a device that often gives false negatives

The White House is testing its staff for coronavirus using a device that has been criticized for giving false negatives. that the White House is using the ID Now rapid testing system, which can give results in less than 13 minutes.However, one study in late April found that it was — a result .Abbott Laboratories, the test maker, said around the same time that its tests can indeed produce false negatives in certain conditions.It said that false negatives can occur when used with samples which are dissolved in liquid. It said the tests work properly when a swab with the sample is put directly...

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80% of NYC's coronavirus patients who are put on ventilators ultimately die, and some doctors are trying to stop using them

80% of NYC's coronavirus patients who are put on ventilators ultimately die, and some doctors are trying to stop using them

 Some doctors are trying to use ventilators less frequently as some areas have reported high death rates among coronavirus patients who were on them, .Ventilators, machines used to bring oxygen into a person's lungs, are typically used only for the patients worst affected by respiratory diseases.Experts have said that some 40% to 50% of patients with severe respiratory issues die while on ventilators, the AP reported.New York City officials have said at least 80% of coronavirus patients who were put on ventilators there ultimately died, the AP reported. New York state has the most confirmed...

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More than 40,000 people flooded US airports in the weekend after Trump's coronavirus travel ban, creating a host of public-health mistakes. Here they all are.

More than 40,000 people flooded US airports in the weekend after Trump's coronavirus travel ban, creating a host of public-health mistakes. Here they all are.

Thousands of Americans after President Donald Trump abruptly announced a ban on travel from European countries in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.The ban — which came into effect on Friday night for 26 European countries, and on Monday at midnight — does not stop  from entering the country from Europe.As an , and airlines issued warnings of reduced flights, many Americans rushed to fly home, in some cases .But once they reached the US, they faced long lines and densely packed crowed as they waited for hours to go through customs and get health screenings.This was among the many...

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Italy put 12 towns on coronavirus lockdown after 215 cases and 5 deaths made it the most infected country outside Asia

Italy put 12 towns on coronavirus lockdown after 215 cases and 5 deaths made it the most infected country outside Asia

Italy is scrambling to counter a COVID-19 outbreak after a sharp spike in cases and deaths made it the country worst infected by the novel coronavirus outside Asia.As of Monday afternoon, five people in Italy had died from the disease and 215 cases had been reported.The country has put at least a dozen towns on lockdown with the hope of containing the spread.The coronavirus had spread to more than six regions in the country as of Monday morning, the Associated Press reported.The two most infected regions are Lombardy and Veneto in the north of Italy, home to the major cities of Milan and...

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