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Bill Cosby Live Updates: Actor Freed After Sexual Assault Conviction Is Overturned

At the heart of the overturned conviction is an agreement with a prosecutor who went on to defend former President Trump during the February impeachment trial. 2021-06-30 21:10 8KB

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The Hell Donald Rumsfeld Built

Iraq should be a permanent stain on the former secretary of defense’s name, even after his death on Wednesday. 2021-06-30 21:50 4KB

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House Opens Jan.6 Investigation Over Republican Opposition

With all but two Republicans voting no, the House created a select committee, controlled by Democrats, to scrutinize the security failures and root causes that contributed to the Capitol riot. 2021-06-30 23:43 8KB

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Charges expected Thursday for Trump’s company, top executive

Donald Trump’s company and his longtime finance chief are expected to be charged Thursday with tax-related crimes stemming from a New York investigation into the former president’s busi… 2021-06-30 18:20 5KB

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Biden Pledges Money for Firefighters as a Heat Wave and Wildfires Roil the West

The president cautioned that the United States was years behind in developing a strategy to combat the worsening fires and their underlying causes. 2021-06-30 22:54 6KB

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Inside the Turmoil at the Agency That Is Running Ranked-Choice Voting

The Board of Elections, which has a history of mishaps, is now under intense fire for its error in releasing mayoral primary results. 2021-06-30 23:26 9KB

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China: Florida Condo Collapse Shows U. S. a ‘Third-World Country’

China’s  Global Times , a government-run newspaper, declared the United States “a Third-World country” on Tuesday in an opinion piece claiming the collapse of … 2021-06-30 15:24 6KB

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Here's what is known about the Delta variant of coronavirus

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is worrying officials around the world. 2021-06-30 22:15 6KB

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Trump Calls Out ‘Sick’ State Of The Border During Visit To Texas

During a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border with Republican lawmakers, former President Donald Trump slammed the state of the border and President Joe Biden. … 2021-06-30 20:31 2KB

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McCarthy Calls For An Investigation Into Tucker Carlson’s Allegations Against The NSA

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Congress to investigate Fox News Host and Daily Caller cofounder Tucker Carlson’s allegations that the National Security Agency (NSA) … 2021-06-30 22:36 2KB

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Putin says U. S. was involved in Britain-Russia standoff in Black Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed Britain and the United States for a standoff in the Black Sea last week between Moscow forces and a British Destroyer, calling it an intentional provocation. 2021-06-30 15:47 2KB

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UNC trustees OK Nikole Hannah-Jones’ tenure application

The board accepted the application at a special meeting that included a closed-door session. 2021-06-30 22:32 1KB

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Amazon wants FTC Chair Lina Khan to recuse herself in antitrust probe

Amazon said it wants the new head of the Federal Trade Commission to recuse herself from any antitrust probes of the e-commerce giant, arguing … 2021-06-30 17:59 2KB

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These five cities have the worst traffic in the United States, according to a new study

Los Angeles is no longer the top spot for the worst traffic, according to a Texas A&M Transportation Institute study. New York-Newark area … 2021-06-30 14:11 827Bytes

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NCAA clears athletes for compensation as state laws kick in

DALLAS (AP) — The NCAA cleared the way for athletes to profit off their names starting Thursday, with legislation becoming law in several states that would allow for such compensation. The expected approval from the NCAA Board of Directors came a few days after a recommendation from the Division I Council to allow athletes in […] 2021-06-30 21:51 1KB

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Seriously, New York? This, now?

The counting error in New York's mayoral primary is the last kind of screwup American democracy needed. Not right now. 2021-06-30 21:06 4KB

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CDC is leaving it up to states to set guidelines for mask wearing, director says

The CDC has "always said that local policymakers need to make policies for their local environment," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. 2021-06-30 13:59 3KB

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Obama: 'We should all be worried' about misinformation that prompted Capitol riot

Former President Obama issued a warning about the political misinformation that preceded the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, when Congress met to certify President Biden 's electoral … 2021-06-30 17:15 4KB

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COVID-19: Vaccination for 18 and above starting tomorrow in city

Hyderabad: The Telangana government has decided to vaccinate all citizens above 18 years of age from tomorrow July 1 at 100 COVID-19 vaccination centers 2021-06-30 17:17 1KB

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Microsoft VP Says It’s ‘Shocking’ How Routinely The Government Secretly Demands Private Customer Data

Federal law enforcement agencies covertly request thousands of Microsoft users’ information every year, a company executive told a congressional committee Wednesday. Vice President for Customer Security … 2021-06-30 20:11 2KB

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Sports Digest: Olympic moms with nursing babies get OK to bring children to Tokyo

The International Olympic Committee changed its stance on the policy after an emotional plea from Canadian basketball player Kim Gaucher. 2021-06-30 18:30 6KB

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Pope Agrees to Meet With Indigenous Groups From Canada About Schools

Canada’s Indigenous communities have long sought a papal apology for the church’s role in a system of forced assimilation at schools were abuse and disease were widespread. 2021-06-30 22:59 6KB

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At Nearly 116 Degrees, Heat in Western Canada Shatters National Record

The heat is expected to continue for several days in some parts of British Columbia, according to weather warnings from the government. 2021-06-30 10:36 6KB

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China's Tough Hong Kong Law Turns 1 Year Old — And It's Already Grown Teeth

BEIJING — It took just one year for China's national security law to completely remake Hong Kong's decades-old institutions. Apple Daily newspaper … 2021-06-30 13:20 8KB

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ACLU sues Biden administration over ICE transfers

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Wednesday, seeking to block the transfer of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) … 2021-06-30 14:26 2KB

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Kim Jong Un Says A Lapse In COVID Protocols Caused A 'Grave Incident'

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has publicly railed at senior officials, saying their failure to properly implement policies required to fight the pandemic … 2021-06-30 15:08 3KB

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The Hill's Morning Report - Bidens to visit Surfside, Fla., collapse site

Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus … 2021-06-30 10:34 18KB

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In Annual Call-In, Putin Says He Received Sputnik Jab

Russian President Vladimir Putin has kicked off his live annual call-in show by encouraging citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the country ba 2021-06-30 10:15 5KB

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Joining Trump at border, GOP congressman eyes path to power

At the invitation of Donald Trump, Indiana Rep. Jim Banks recently led a small group of House Republicans to the former president’s New Jersey golf club, where they ... 2021-06-30 15:17 10KB

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Tigray Fighters Believe Cease-Fire Agreement is Fake, Continue Fighting in Ethiopia

Tigray fighters called Ethiopia's cease-fire a "sick joke," vowing to continue fighting and remove Ethiopian and Eritrean forces from the area. 2021-06-30 13:48 2KB

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M, F or X? American Passports Will Soon Have Another Option for Gender.

The State Department also will no longer require medical certification when applying for passports if applicants’ stated gender does not match other identification documents. 2021-06-30 23:35 5KB

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Live Updates: China’s Communist Party Turns 100 With Pomp And Stagecraft

Xi Jinping, China’s leader, is likely to assert in a speech that the country would never have achieved its prosperity and power without the party. 2021-06-30 21:10 4KB

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Most EU forces exiting Afghanistan after 20 years

NATO declined to give an update Wednesday on how many nations still have troops in its Resolute Support mission. But an analysis of 19 governments’ own announcements shows that more than 4,80… 2021-06-30 19:00 6KB

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If critical race theory is correct, is America worth defending?

At a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee last week, Gen. Mark Milley , chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said this about critical … 2021-06-30 19:39 6KB

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Starting Thursday, college athletes can profit from endorsements, social media and other sources of income

Starting Thursday, college athletes will have the opportunity to make money from their name, image and likeness (NIL) after the NCAA Board of Governors approved an interim policy that gives student-athletes in all three divisions the ability to profit from sponsorship opportunities for the first time. 2021-06-30 22:29 1KB

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World Leaders Commit $40 Billion to Advancing Gender Equality

A quarter century after the Beijing World Conference on Women, political leaders, corporate executives and activists convened again to address gender equality. This time they brought money to the table. 2021-06-30 23:29 6KB

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Coronavirus Passports: Greece to Give More Freedom to Vaccinated People

The Greek government has announced a scheme that could see vaccinated people given more freedom to engage in leisure and entertainment activities than those who … 2021-06-30 10:02 3KB

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Poll: Biden Approval Rating Slips Among Democrats

President Joe Biden is losing ground among Democrats as his approval rating slips within his own party, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday. … 2021-06-30 14:58 3KB

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Pennsylvania Gov Vetoes GOP-Backed Voter ID Bill - Washington Free Beacon

Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf (D.) vetoed an election reform bill on Wednesday, citing its inclusion of voter identification requirements. The bill would have mandated voter … 2021-06-30 22:50 3KB

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Activists, journalists included in Myanmar prisoner release

Myanmar’s government began releasing about 2,300 prisoners on Wednesday, including activists who were detained for protesting against the military’s seizure of power in February … 2021-06-30 20:57 4KB

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Ilhan Omar Says She Does Not Regret Likening US and Israel to Hamas and Taliban

The Democrat congresswoman has faced accusations of anti-Semitism in the past over her condemnation of the actions and policies of Israel, which, as she has claimed... 2021-06-30 18:51 3KB

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2 Pakistani troops killed in attack on post near Afghanistan

Militants in Afghanistan fired across the border at a Pakistani army post in a former local Taliban stronghold, killing two soldiers, the Pakistani military said Wednesday. … 2021-06-30 11:07 1KB

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Governor Ron DeSantis Launches To Provide Support For Survivors, Families & First Responders

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that federal, state, local, private sector and nonprofit partners have come together to create 2021-06-30 21:31 7KB

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At Least 5 Justices Seem To Think the CDC's Eviction Moratorium Is Illegal. SCOTUS Left It in Place Anyway.

Brett Kavanaugh, who provided a crucial fifth vote, said he agrees that the CDC does not have the authority to override rental contracts. 2021-06-30 16:15 5KB

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Ill-Fated Infrastructure Bill: Why Do Dems & GOP Fail to Reach Common Ground Over and Over Again?

It appears there is no end in sight to a partisan row over Joe Biden's infrastructure initiative, which remains stuck in the US Congress. Although a bipartisan... 2021-06-30 13:11 5KB

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Biden May Resort To Another Executive Order To Rein In Big Tech, Leverage Federal Govt To Create Competition: Report

The Biden administration is again looking to executive action as their attempt to rein in “big business” hit a snag earlier this week, according to … 2021-06-30 21:27 3KB

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You can guess who the two were at this point. If there was any surprise today, it’s that only two of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in February opted to support the select committ... 2021-06-30 18:01 5KB

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Premier League: Everton appoint former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as new manager

The Spaniard agreed a three-year contract with the Toffees replaces Carlo Ancelotti at the helm. 2021-06-30 14:50 3KB

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Minneapolis dropping duplicate effort to replace police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three Minneapolis City Council members who were trying to advance a proposal to replace the police force with a new agency are dropping that… 2021-06-30 22:18 2KB

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Canadian First Nation Uncovers 182 Graves at Another Former Forced Assimilation School

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Lower Kootenay Band said on Wednesday that they have located the remains of 182 individuals at the site of a former Canadian forced... 2021-06-30 18:07 1KB

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘The American People Deserve To Be Represented By Someone Who Loves Them‘: Former NFL Player Rips Olympian Gwen Berry

U.S. Olympian Gwen Berry felt that the playing of the National Anthem at the Olympic track and field trials on Saturday was “disrespectful” to … 2021-06-30 21:20 5KB

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Trump Ranks 41 Of 44 Presidents In Survey Of Historians As Obama Cracks Top 10

Trump came in dead last, or near-last, in categories such as “moral authority,” “administrative skills” and “international relations.” 2021-06-30 15:15 1KB

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Mother of Naval Academy Midshipman Candidate Shot and Killed While Sitting on Hotel Porch

When officers and emergency medical service officials arrived at the scene, they attempted to perform life-saving measures. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene, Annapolis Police Chief 2021-06-30 16:48 3KB

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Noem’s Use of Private Money to Deploy Guard Troops Raises Questions

South Dakota officials from both parties, as well as military historians, cited legal and ethical worries about the governor’s use of a donation from a Tennessee billionaire to send troops to the border. 2021-06-30 22:17 6KB

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State Department Will Let People Choose Their Gender on Passports

The State Department will allow people to choose their gender on passports , Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Wednesday. The State Department … 2021-06-30 19:42 2KB

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Democrats Begin 2022 Cycle with Infighting over Defunding Police

Democrat House Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) has endorsed Shontel Brown in an Ohio congressional race instead of defunding-police candidate Nina Turner, who previously worked … 2021-06-30 16:35 2KB

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The Hunt: US-led coalition in Middle East attacked by Iran-backed militia

This week, U.S. and Coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, fighting ISIS, were attacked by a militia supported by Iran, despite U.S. airstrikes to push them back. 2021-06-30 22:30 1KB

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China Officially Wipes Out Malaria

A long national effort to eradicate malaria in China has paid off: The World Health Organization decreed Wednesday that the country is free of the disease. The success "was... 2021-06-30 21:13 2KB

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MLB suspends former Cubs, Mets executive Jared Porter through 2022 season

He reportedly sent sexually explicit text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 while he was working for the Cubs. 2021-06-30 20:12 2KB

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Joe Biden Prepares Antitrust Executive Order

The White House is drafting an executive order that aims to promote competition in the American marketplace by enacting stricter... The White House is drafting an EO that aims to promote competition in the American marketplace by enacting stricter antitrust policies. 2021-06-30 15:47 2KB

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July 4, Juneteenth and the meaning of national holidays

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress formally endorsed the Declaration of Independence. Celebrations began within days: parades and public readings, bonfires and candles and the firing of 13 musket rounds, one for each of the original states. 2021-06-30 15:19 7KB

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Fox News agrees to pay $1 million in fines for "willful and wanton violations" of human rights law

The settlement is the largest-ever financial penalty in the six-decade history of the NYC Human Rights Commission 2021-06-30 09:30 2KB

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7 Years Later, Facebook Message Leads to Arrest Warrant

While she pleaded for prosecutors to take up her college rape complaint, Shannon Keeler studied in Spain, won a national championship in lacrosse, earned a bachelor's degree... 2021-06-30 09:00 2KB

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Ashby Tagged, But Brewers Sweep Cubs For 8th Straight Win

The Cubs lost their sixth in a row. 2021-06-30 22:38 1KB

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Report: Biden’s DHS May Release 100K More Migrants into the U. S. Annually

President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is weighing a plan to release 100,000 more migrants into the United States interior annually, in … 2021-06-30 21:53 2KB

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Thailand bets on ‘Phuket sandbox’ program to save tourism

The industry has been devastated by the pandemic, and nowhere has it been felt more than on the resort island off the country's southern coast. 2021-06-30 21:19 8KB

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America can learn from Communist China, says Berkshire's Charlie Munger

Berkshire Hathaway vice chairman Charlie Munger praised the Chinese government for silencing Alibaba's Jack Ma in a recent interview, adding that he wishes US financial regulators were more like those in China. 2021-06-30 15:11 3KB

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Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff visiting Texas to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

Their Texas swing is part of a larger effort by senior administration officials who are... 2021-06-30 12:27 1KB

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Rebel Tirgray forces take Ethiopia regional capital

Rebels in Ethiopia Tigray region have taken control over the capital Makele region the Tigray People Liberation Front said in a statement 2021-06-30 10:37 3KB

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Iowa Supreme Court Rules Former Gov. Didn't Push to Remove State Official Because He's Gay

"This partisan lawsuit was nothing short of an attempt to tarnish Gov. Branstad's character and reputation," said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. 2021-06-30 18:25 5KB

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Editorial Roundup: U. S.

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 29 The Miami Herald on a disturbing, larger question in Surfside condo collapse: South Florida ’s … 2021-06-30 15:39 21KB

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Government announcements show most European troops have left Afghanistan as US withdrawal nears

BERLIN (AP) — Government announcements show most European troops have left Afghanistan as US withdrawal nears. 2021-06-30 13:08 933Bytes

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COVID-19 rising among children as Indonesia crisis grows

The number of Indonesian children contracting the coronavirus has almost tripled since May, with infant deaths from COVID-19 rising sharply as the country suffers … 2021-06-30 09:47 2KB

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The Rarity of Supreme Court Retirements

There have only been eleven since 1981. 2021-06-30 16:49 1KB

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Economic crisis, severe shortages make Lebanon 'unlivable'

Ibrahim Arab waits in line several hours a day in the hot summer sun to buy gas for his taxi. When he's not working, … 2021-06-30 06:10 6KB

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Israel, US issue veiled warnings to Iran

Biden told Rivlin I “directed last night’s air strikes, targeting sites used by Iranian-backed militia groups responsible for recent attacks on US personnel in Iraq. … 2021-06-30 19:18 678Bytes

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Heritage Action Slams Gov. Wolf for Election Integrity Bill Veto: ‘A Partisan Attack on Election Security’

Heritage Action blasted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) for vetoing an election integrity bill, which would have required voters to present a valid ID prior … 2021-06-30 18:45 4KB

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Dr. Fauci Accused of Hatch Act Violations

A complaint against Dr. Anthony Fauci alleges that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director violated the Hatch Act—which prohibits government employees from “us[ing]... 2021-06-30 13:04 3KB

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Opinion: Here's how Biden’s proposed tax increases would hurt Iowa businesses

Iowa Association of Business and Industry president: Raising taxes now will stop the recovery dead in its tracks. 2021-06-30 10:00 4KB

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GOP Wants Sanctions on Iran-Backed Terror Group Targeted in Biden Airstrike

GOP members of Congress are pressuring the Biden administration to approve sanctions on an Iran-backed terror group, just days after the United States launched … 2021-06-30 17:00 4KB

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Minneapolis Protesters Hold Black Transgender City Council Member ‘Hostage,’ Demand Riot Charges Be Dropped

Protesters surrounded a black, transgender city council vice president’s car at a Pride event in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the weekend and held the official “hostage” … 2021-06-30 19:33 4KB

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UK Methodist Church votes to allow same-sex marriages

Britain’s Methodist Church announced Wednesday that same-sex couples will be allowed to get married on its premises. After debates on the topic at the Methodist Conference, … 2021-06-30 22:13 1KB

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Mayor De Blasio, City Council Agree On Near-$100 Billion Budget, Including $200 Million Increase For NYPD

Mayor Bill De Blasio and and Council Speaker Corey Johnson shook hands and hugged after reaching a deal they vow will help the city heal after the crippling last year and a half. 2021-06-30 21:56 3KB

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California tests off-the-grid solutions to power outages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a wildfire tore through Briceburg nearly two years ago, the tiny community on the edge of Yosemite National Park lost the only power… 2021-06-30 16:29 7KB

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NCW directs Twitter to remove pornographic, obscene content within a week

National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma also wrote to the Delhi commissioner of police to investigate the matter. 2021-06-30 14:39 2KB

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‘Poison or Explosives’: Norway Sentences Syrian Teenager For Terror Plot

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – A Norwegian court has sentenced a Syrian teenager to five years in prison for planning an act of terror in Norway … 2021-06-30 10:14 2KB

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Protesters mark Philippine president's last year in power

Left-wing activists and relatives of people killed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign marked the start of his last year in office Wednesday … 2021-06-30 10:20 3KB

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19 aldermen call special City Council meeting for Friday on violent crime

If Chicago Police Supt. David Brown doesn’t show to testify before them, the aldermen say they will take a vote of no-confidence in his leadership. But they’ll need a quorum for that — meaning seven more aldermen have to show up. 2021-06-30 17:51 6KB

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Venomous spitting cobra on the loose in Raleigh, North Carolina neighborhood

According to the African Snakebite Institute, spitting cobras can "bite people and prey, and venom is easily injected." 2021-06-30 11:30 1KB

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Senators Say DOJ Official Could Have Conflict of Interest In Trump Case - Washington Free Beacon

Two Republican senators are questioning whether a conflict of interest could prohibit a Department of Justice national security appointee from taking part in an investigation … 2021-06-30 22:00 3KB

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WorldView: Deadly ferry accident near Bali and more headlines

We're following several international headlines, including a deadly ferry accident near Bali, Germany withdrawing all of its troops from Afghanistan, rare comments from Kim Jong Un over COVID-19 in North Korea, and new local lockdowns in Australia. CBS News foreign correspondent Chris Livesay joins "CBSN AM" with the roundup. 2021-06-30 13:33 1KB

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Fewer drop boxes in place for Detroit primary, officials cite lower expected turnout

Election officials cited lower expected voter turnout for the city's primary as well as costs associated with staffing and monitoring drop boxes. 2021-06-30 11:42 4KB

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Automated vehicle makers ordered to report crashes in sign of tougher government stance

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been reluctant to regulatie the new technology for fear of hampering adoption of the potentially life-saving systems. 2021-06-30 12:55 4KB

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Nearly 70 House lawmakers ask leadership to reimburse National Guard for Jan.6 response

A group of 70 bipartisan House lawmakers penned a letter to House and Senate leaders demanding a deal be reached so the National Guard can … 2021-06-30 22:59 2KB

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Bharat Biotech says it followed ‘step-by-step’ approach for contract, approval of Covaxin in Brazil

Amid allegations of irregularities, the company said that it has neither received any advance payments nor supplied any vaccine doses to the country. 2021-06-30 08:04 4KB

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The Home Depot 4th of July sale is one of the biggest we've seen yet—shop all the best deals

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. We’re less than a week away … 2021-06-30 22:02 3KB

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Canadian boxer Bujold wins appeal to compete at Tokyo Games

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold looks forward to the day when she can tell her daughter that she got in the Olympic ring with sport' 2021-06-30 21:12 5KB

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Pentagon Assessing 'Full Scope of Damage' After Rocket Attack on US Base in Syria

On Sunday, the Pentagon said US warplanes had struck facilities of the Iranian-backed militants in the Syrian-Iraqi border region in what the Department of Defence... 2021-06-30 09:03 2KB

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Legislature sends bill to Gov. Whitmer to close Michigan school funding gap

The Senate approved the budget bills with near-unanimous votes. The House and Senate agree on a foundation grant of $8,700 for all K-12 students. 2021-06-30 22:44 6KB

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Harris touts US efforts on gender equality at UN forum

Vice President Harris on Wednesday emphasized the importance of supporting and investing in women in addressing the United Nation's Generation Equality Forum as the Biden administration … 2021-06-30 15:26 3KB

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Maine Senate changes course, backs creation of consumer-owned utility

While prospects improved for the bill to pass final votes in both chambers of the Legislature, Gov. Janet Mills has signaled that she may veto the forced buyout of CMP and Versant Power's assets. 2021-06-30 22:08 8KB

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Russian hackers attacked German banks this week - report

A hacker group linked to the Russian state has conducted a cyberattack on the German banking system according to a media reportThe coun 2021-06-30 13:13 2KB

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Centre not providing enough vaccine doses to West Bengal: Mamata

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday took a jibe at the Centre over the suspended supply of vaccine doses to the state, 2021-06-30 19:51 4KB

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Spread of COVID Delta Variant Puts Bangladesh In New National Lockdown

"If people do not maintain health safety rules and if they do not stay at home, this wave of the pandemic in Bangladesh could be catastrophic," said a chief scientist for Bangladesh's government. 2021-06-30 13:53 5KB

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Deadline for phone companies to implement robocall blocking technology

June 30 is the deadline for phone companies to report to the Federal Communications Commission whether they are implementing the agency's required robocall blocking technology. Consumer investigative correspondent Anna Werner sat down with the new acting FCC chairwoman for an interview only on “CBS This Morning.” 2021-06-30 13:03 1KB

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US Pending Home Sales Increase to Highest Reading for May Since 2005

Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes rose strongly in May to the highest level for that month since 2005. The National Association … 2021-06-30 19:31 1KB

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Where does Jadon Sancho sit on list of Manchester United’s most expensive buys?

Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle to sign England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for 85million euros (£72.9m), the PA news agency understands. 2021-06-30 19:13 2KB

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Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu meets Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has raised the banner of revolt against Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, met former party chief 2021-06-30 17:07 1KB

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Republican governors from around the country are sending law enforcement to the border

Republican governors across the country are deploying state law enforcement officials to the US-Mexico border, giving each governor the opportunity to emphasize their fealty to former President Donald Trump while simultaneously lambasting President Joe Biden's administration. 2021-06-30 16:42 5KB

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Trump is here to stay, and Republicans should be worried

Memo to serious Republicans, conservatives: He ain't going away. Donald Trump dominates the party's politics, policies and tone. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S. … 2021-06-30 16:30 6KB

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Duque dismisses Pacquiao's allegations against DOH

The Philippine health secretary throws a counterpunch at corruption allegations made against him by boxing icon and Sen. Manny Pacquiao. 2021-06-30 15:38 1KB

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Company Of The Day: Facebook

On Monday, a federal court dismissed the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust complaint against social media behemoth Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)... 2021-06-30 16:10 1KB

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COVID-19 Wuhan lab-leak hypotheses are "absolutely legitimate" and "plausible," expert says

Former State Department officials tell CBS News significant information about the Wuhan lab's activities in 2019 didn't reach their desks for nearly a year. 2021-06-30 14:33 5KB

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House GOP campaign arm hits vulnerable Democrats on inflation in July 4 ad campaign

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) on Wednesday rolled out a July 4 digital media campaign targeting vulnerable House Democrats on the issue of inflation. … 2021-06-30 21:36 2KB

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Brazil likely undercounting COVID deaths among kids: study

The number of children dying from COVID-19 in Brazil may be more than twice as high as the government’s official tally, according to a nonprofit health group studying an increasingly common respiratory syndrome associated with the virus. 2021-06-30 21:24 3KB

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Former Trump Officials Launch Mideast Think Tank

Two former top Trump administration officials are teaming up to start a Middle East-centered think tank that will combat growing anti-Semitism and work … 2021-06-30 20:50 2KB

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Philippines, Sri Lanka vow to boost ties

The Philippines and Sri Lanka this week renewed their commitment to strengthen bilateral relations, as the two countries marked the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, Malacañang said on Wednesday. 2021-06-30 12:55 3KB

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Still 'critical' work left to do with Washington now fully reopened

After 15 long months of COVID-19 lockdowns, countless reopening phases, and even more news conferences, Washington state officially reopens today. 2021-06-30 12:36 4KB

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Boy Scouts camper bitten by shark while canoeing off Southern California coast

A boy who was part of a Boy Scouts camp at Catalina Island was bitten on the hand by a shark while canoeing on Wednesday, officials said. 2021-06-30 21:39 2KB

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Gas is above $3 and it will go higher if OPEC doesn't act soon

American drivers need OPEC and Russia to come to the rescue. 2021-06-30 20:54 5KB

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Experts Debate Reducing the Supreme Court’s Power to Strike Down Laws

In its first public hearing with witnesses, President Biden’s reform commission largely stayed away from the idea of expanding the court. 2021-06-30 20:14 7KB

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Lori Lightfoot Claims Racism Is To Blame For 99% Of Her Temperament’s Criticism

Democrat Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that racism is to blame for 99% of the criticism about her temperament, according to the Chicago Tribune. … 2021-06-30 19:56 983Bytes

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Liberal Media Keeps Missing Targeted Swings At DeSantis. Will One Ever Hit?

Establishment media found a new enemy since former President Donald Trump left office – Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. But the never-ending attacks never … 2021-06-30 19:43 3KB

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Trump reveals ex-football star Herschel Walker will run for Senate: 'He told me he's going to'

Former President Donald Trump said former National Football League legend Herschel Walker told him he will run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2022. … 2021-06-30 18:26 2KB

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A Beginner's Guide To Drinking Your Way Through San Juan

Planning a trip to Puerto Rico but not sure where to start? These charming bars, breweries, and distilleries are perfect for first-time visitors to the island. 2021-06-30 16:44 4KB

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G7 Must Get Ready for Next Biothreat by Developing Early Warning Systems, US Official Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The countries within the G7 must start preparing for the next biothreat with early warning systems, Daleep Singh, a US Deputy National Security... 2021-06-30 15:31 975Bytes

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Vice mayor of Cotabato town tests positive for COVID-19

A town vice mayor is the latest among local officials in Cotabato province to contract the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Vice Mayor Cheryl Valdevieso-Catamco … 2021-06-30 13:57 2KB

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COVID-19, culture wars, gun violence show America's irrationality

Russia and China, as well as some of America's closest allies, are not only questioning the rationality of this country's politics. In Moscow and Beijing, the United States is seen as a nation in decline. 2021-06-30 12:10 5KB

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How big business exploits small business

Major corporations and groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable use small business to fend off regulations and rules. 2021-06-30 12:00 17KB

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64% Hindus say it’s important to be Hindu to be ‘truly’ Indian: Pew survey

The survey also noted that one in three Hindus who linked their national identity with their religion voted for the BJP in the 2019 elections. 2021-06-30 11:59 3KB

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CA exams 2021: SC allows exam from July 5, directs ICAI to modifies opt-out scheme

The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave its approval to Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to hold the CA exams 2021 starting July 5. 2021-06-30 11:15 2KB

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Michigan Senate expected to move school budget ahead of July 1 deadline

The July 1 budget deadline is easily moved and there are no consequences if the Legislature does not meet it. The real deadline is Sept. 30. 2021-06-30 10:42 5KB

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EC's delimitation commission on J&K likely to hold internal meeting today

Read more about EC's delimitation commission on J&K likely to hold internal meeting today on Business Standard. The delimitation commission tasked with redrawing parliamentary and assemblies constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to hold an internal meeting 2021-06-30 06:30 3KB

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Father Fatally Shot His Two Sleeping Children Before Setting House Ablaze and Turning Gun on Himself: Reports

State law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania said that a father murdered his two young children before setting fire to their Greene Township house and turning the gun on himself. 2021-06-30 23:43 3KB

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Seventeen states have enacted 28 new laws making it harder to vote

State lawmakers have enacted nearly 30 laws since the 2020 election that restrict ballot access, according to a new tally as of June 21 by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. 2021-06-30 21:24 1KB

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Rep. Jim Walsh Wears Yellow Star of David to Protest COVID Vaccine Mandates in Washington

The Republican lawmaker is being criticized for drawing an analogy between vaccine mandates and the Holocaust. 2021-06-30 21:18 3KB

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UAE hope probe releases first-ever global images of Mars’ Aurora

The United Arab Emirates Mars mission on Wednesday released the first global images of Mars in the far-ultraviolet, providing new insights 2021-06-30 21:12 3KB

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Venezuelan tycoon sues US to lift narcotics sanctions

A top Venezuelan businessman close to President Nicolas Maduro's government has sued the U.S. Department of Treasury, alleging he's the victim of … 2021-06-30 20:49 4KB

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Federer faces familiar French foil Gasquet at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — LOOKAHEAD TO THURSDAY Roger Federer lost to Frenchman Richard Gasquet the first time they played each other in 2005, but is 18-1… 2021-06-30 20:18 3KB

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GOP tries to sucker punch U. S. history

Whitewashing United States history is part of a Republican campaign to embrace anti-factual ignorance. 2021-06-30 19:40 4KB

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Arizona AG Backs Georgia in Fight Against DOJ Over Election Integrity Reforms

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has thrown his weight behind Georgia’s effort to fight the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) lawsuit targeting Georgia’s election reform law … 2021-06-30 19:40 3KB

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New Israeli Government Reportedly Asks US to Postpone Reopening of Consulate in Jerusalem

The consulate was closed and merged with the embassy the US opened in 2019 in Jerusalem following a move by the Trump administration which has been widely criticised by... 2021-06-30 19:07 2KB

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REPORT: ‘LGBT-Free’ Zones In Poland Are Under Consideration For Legal Action By EU

The European Union is considering legal action against Poland for its “LGBT-free” zones, two officials told Reuters Wednesday. Poland’s ruling nationalist party has made “LGBT-free” … 2021-06-30 18:58 2KB

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Alaska lawmaker shares post comparing media to Nazis

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state legislator shared on social media a post that likened members of the media and medical professionals who provide… 2021-06-30 18:37 3KB

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Four in Ten Labour Members Want Starmer Out if Party Loses Third By-Election, Poll Shows

Conservative candidate Ryan Stephenson is odds-on favourite to win the seat — prompting accusations from Labour that expelled former Labour MP Galloway was helping the... 2021-06-30 18:31 2KB

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US urges Russia to immediately end violence in CAR

The United States calls on Russia to immediately stop the violence allegedly perpetrated against civilians in the Central African Republic CAR and withdraw it 2021-06-30 18:18 2KB

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Defense seeks prince’s testimony on alleged Jordan plot

AMMAN, Israel (AP) — Defense attorneys in the trial surrounding an alleged plot to destabilize Jordan's monarchy on Wednesday asked to call Prince Hamzah and… 2021-06-30 17:59 2KB

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Lawmakers advance bill to keep young kids out of courtrooms

North Carolina courts can try a child as young as 6 years old. State lawmakers on Wednesday came one step closer to changing that. 2021-06-30 17:55 3KB

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WATCH: Ohio Democrats Scream, Bang Furniture in Opposition to Amendment Banning Trans Athletes from Women’s Sports

Democrat lawmakers in Ohio had a fit at a recent legislative session when Republican Ohio Representative Jena Powell spoke about supporting the Save Women’s Sport Act … 2021-06-30 17:49 2KB

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The Stealthy Economic Radicalism of Biden's Boring Presidency

Even the president's most entrenched political opposition cannot seem to find much to engage or enrage. 2021-06-30 17:46 6KB

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McConnell Asked to Pick 'Desert Island' Democratic President

It's a twist on the stranded-on-a-desert-island question. On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell wasn't asked what book or movie he'd want to be stuck with, but rather which... 2021-06-30 17:40 2KB

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas delays new deportation rules

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas won’t have his new deportation rules written until August or September, the administration told federal judges this week, marking the … 2021-06-30 17:39 4KB

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Saudi Arabia plans new national airline as it diversifies from oil

Read more about Saudi Arabia plans new national airline as it diversifies from oil on Business Standard. Saudia has struggled with losses for years and like global peers, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic 2021-06-30 17:30 3KB

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10 Orange County cities allow safe and sane fireworks, here’s what you need to know

The remaining cities in the county ban the use of fireworks, many threatening hefty fines for their use. And the cities that allow their use, limit them to the varieties with the official state fir… 2021-06-30 16:48 4KB

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Great Brexit sausage fight goes into freezer for 3 months

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and the United Kingdom agreed Wednesday not to let a fight over the transport of chilled meats from Britain to Northern… 2021-06-30 16:30 3KB

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Largest Teachers' Union Which Heavily Backs Dems Considers Accusing Israel Of ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

At their “Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly” starting on Wednesday, America’s largest teachers’ union, the National Education Association, known 2021-06-30 16:19 4KB

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North Korean defections to South down in 2021 amid pandemic

Fewer North Korean defectors arrived in the South in the first half of 2021 than in the same period last year, according to Seoul's unification ministry officials. 2021-06-30 16:09 2KB

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Stormzy Joined Fans At Euro Party After England’s Historic Win

Stormzy celebrates England's historic win against Germany in Euro 2020 at strangers' house party. 2021-06-30 15:49 2KB

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Iran oil workers strike for better wages as economy suffers

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Thousands of workers in Iran’s vast energy industry have gone on strike over the past week to press demands for better … 2021-06-30 14:59 4KB

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Arkansas officials admit COVID vaccine incentive program is not working

The state was giving lottery tickets and Game & Fish Commission gift certificates to everyone who received a vaccine. 2021-06-30 14:40 2KB

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UP polls: Alliance or not, AIMIM may contest in about 50 seats

Hyderabad: After Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar's snub, the All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM,) like in West 2021-06-30 14:00 5KB

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After highest of highs and lowest of lows, Joachim Low ends bittersweet stint as Germany coach

The 61-year-old led Germany to World Cup glory in 2014 but also led the team in some of their most disappointing campaigns ever. 2021-06-30 13:56 3KB

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India's core sector output in May grows 16.8% year-on-year on low base

Read more about India's core sector output in May grows 16.8% year-on-year on low base on Business Standard. Steel, refinery products, cement, electricity, crude oil witnessed contraction due to restrictions imposed by various state governments 2021-06-30 13:56 3KB

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In UAE visit, Israeli minister builds ties after Gaza war

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Israeli's foreign minister acknowledged Wednesday during his first state visit to the United Arab Emirates that when tensions flare in Jerusalem, … 2021-06-30 13:54 5KB

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Australian officials are divided over the AstraZeneca vaccine.

With the Delta variant spreading, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is making the AstraZeneca vaccine available to younger people who want it. Some state officials say it’s the wrong call. 2021-06-30 13:42 2KB

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Health worsens of minority Polish leader in Belarus prison

An official in Poland said Wednesday that the health of a Polish minority leader being held in a Belarus prison has deteriorated and that authorities … 2021-06-30 12:17 2KB

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Salaries are on the rise in police departments across the US, despite protests and calls to defund the police

Good Subscriber Account active since Police work can be one of the best-paid professions in the United States. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics , … 2021-06-30 11:00 7KB

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LIST: 57 ‘green’ countries which fully-vaccinated travelers qualify for 7-day quarantine in PH

The government’s COVID-19 task force on Wednesday released a list of “green” or low-risk countries for COVID-19 – jurisdictions where a fully … 2021-06-30 10:53 2KB

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Migrant hunger strike puts pressure on Belgian government

A hunger strike by hundreds of migrants living in Belgium without legal permission is putting increasing pressure on a government coalition weighing the wellbeing of … 2021-06-30 10:36 3KB

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Israel reaches compromise with settlers on West Bank outpost

Israel has reached a compromise with Jewish settlers who rapidly established an unauthorized outpost in the occupied West Bank last month, officials and the settlers … 2021-06-30 10:00 4KB

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Migrant boat flips off Italy as rescuers near; 7 dead

A migrant boat overturned Wednesday off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa just as rescue crews were arriving, and seven bodies were pulled from the sea, … 2021-06-30 09:37 1KB

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Suspension of scheduled int'l passenger flights extended till July 31

Read more about Suspension of scheduled int'l passenger flights extended till July 31 on Business Standard. India has formed air bubble pacts with around 24 countries including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. 2021-06-30 09:36 2KB

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Lowry: American Revolution doesn’t deserve the hate

Ours is the greatest revolution the world has ever known. 2021-06-30 09:22 3KB

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China’s Clover to supply up to 414 million COVID-19 doses to COVAX scheme

China’s Clover Biopharmaceuticals announced on Wednesday an advance purchase agreement to supply up to 414 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate through the … 2021-06-30 09:19 1KB

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German unemployment drops as COVID infections decline

Germany's unemployment rate declined to 5.7% in June as Europe's biggest economy benefits from a sharp decline in coronavirus infections, official data … 2021-06-30 08:53 2KB

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Girl dies during rescue of migrant ship off Canary Islands

MADRID (AP) — A young girl died during a rescue operation to save a boatload of migrants trying to reach Spain’s Canary Islands… 2021-06-30 08:38 1KB

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UN war crimes court to pass judgment in retrial of 2 Serbs

A United Nations court is delivering judgments Wednesday in the retrial of two allies of the late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic who are accused of … 2021-06-30 08:00 2KB

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European Union braces for Slovenia's unorthodox presidency

Slovenia takes over the European Union presidency with its prime minister in the focus because of his squabbles with Brussels, close alliance with populist Hungarian … 2021-06-30 07:52 5KB

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Thousands of EU citizens may lose legal status to live in UK

Marlies Haselton has called Britain home for more than 30 years. The Dutch national married a Briton, had her children there, and considers herself “part … 2021-06-30 07:05 6KB

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GST has reduced rate at which people have to pay tax: Nirmala Sitharaman

Ministry of Finance said that GST has replaced the complex indirect tax structure with a simple, transparent and technology-driven tax regime and has thus integrated India into a single common market. 2021-06-30 06:59 2KB

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Virus infections surging in Africa’s vulnerable rural areas

ZVIMBA, Zimbabwe (AP) — For Pelagia Bvukura, who lives in a rural part of north-central Zimbabwe, COVID-19 had always been a “city disease… 2021-06-30 06:18 6KB

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How the "NRA for families" is influencing the GOP

The American Principles Project is pushing what they call "pro-family" issues across the country, and gained a lot of influence within the Republican Party. VICE contributor Ben Jacobs joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero for a closer look at their rise. 2021-06-30 21:06 1KB

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Polish Foreign Minister Urges Germany to Tackle Ukraine's 'Security Void' After Nord Stream 2 Launch

Last month, Russia underscored that it does not seek to suspend gas transit via Ukraine after the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. 2021-06-30 13:27 3KB

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FMGE June 2021 result announced; here’s how to download

Candidates who appeared for the examination conducted on June 18 can check and download the result from NBE’s official website 2021-06-30 12:45 1KB

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Dems Aim to Slash Vital Nuclear Missile Program - Washington Free Beacon

Congressional Democrats are taking aim at a crucial nuclear missile program as they prepare adjustments to the Biden administration's defense budget request. Rep. John Garamendi (D. … 2021-06-30 21:25 2KB

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Cosby's Denial of Due Process All Too Common - ValueWalk

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has just ruled that Bill Cosby's constitutional rights to due process rights were violated, and, as a result 2021-06-30 19:17 3KB

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Orange County girls wrestler of the year: El Modena’s Grace Doering

El Modena’s Doering, a senior, won a championship at the unofficial state meet. 2021-06-30 17:18 1KB

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Traveling to Canada during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

If you're planning to travel to Canada, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic. 2021-06-30 11:44 3KB

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The U. S. Is Going Backward at the United Nations| Opinion

In the face of aggression and insults by Russia, China and other adversaries, the U.S. sits still and stays silent when it should stand tall and speak the truth. 2021-06-30 11:30 4KB

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BITSAT 2021 registration deadline deferred; exams in August

Interested candidates will now be able to apply for BITS Aptitude Test (BITSAT 2021) on the official website till July 7, 2021, by 5.00 PM. 2021-06-30 08:10 2KB

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Board of Union Bank of India approves capital plan of Rs 9700 cr

Read more about Board of Union Bank of India approves capital plan of Rs 9700 cr on Business Standard. At meeting held on 30 June 2021 2021-06-30 14:26 1KB

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Iowa Poll: Two-thirds oppose permitless handgun carry law;\u00a0most support\u00a0pro-gun constitutional amendment action

A majority (51%) favor the Iowa Legislature’s passage of a resolution that would amend the Iowa Constitution to add the right to keep and bear arms. 2021-06-30 11:09 7KB

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Duterte OKs extension of estate tax amnesty

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed into law a measure extending by two years the deadline for applications to avail of the government’s amnesty program … 2021-06-30 10:18 1KB

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PM Modi to interact with beneficiaries of Digital India campaign on July 1

Read more about PM Modi to interact with beneficiaries of Digital India campaign on July 1 on Business Standard. Modi will interact with the beneficiaries of its various schemes on July 1 via video conferencing 2021-06-30 08:27 3KB

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Gov. Mills vetoes bill to provide gaming rights to Maine tribes

Maine's governor issued the veto with only hours to go before the measure would have become law without her signature. 2021-06-30 22:30 4KB

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Key West Looks For Answers After Port Bill Signed

Key West residents will have a chance next week to say how the island community should respond after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation late Tuesday that overturned a local vote limiting cruise ship operations at the city’s port. 2021-06-30 20:04 5KB

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The 13 best home appliance brands our labs have tested

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. It’s no secret that large appliances … 2021-06-30 18:39 14KB

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WATCH| Emotional Zondo on Zuma attacks: 'It hasn't been easy... but I would do it again'

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo hailed the Constitutional Court's contempt ruling against Jacob Zuma for making it clear that "unfounded allegations" cannot be thrown at the judiciary without consequence. 2021-06-30 17:32 5KB

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Is prison-bound Jacob Zuma still travelling to Zambia for Kenneth Kaunda's funeral?

It is uncertain whether former president Jacob Zuma will press ahead with his plans to travel to Lusaka on Thursday. 2021-06-30 15:21 2KB

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Candidates can opt out of CA exams if they suffer from Covid: SC

Read more about Candidates can opt out of CA exams if they suffer from Covid: SC on Business Standard. SC observed that the scheme provided by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is not enough 2021-06-30 11:40 4KB

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Florida Department Of Emergency Management Making Plans In Case Of Storm

The director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management joined top state and local officials on Wednesday morning, during a press conference in Surfside to talk about contingency plans in case of a storm. 2021-06-30 17:09 4KB

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Groom Carries Bride Across Flooded River on Their Way Home From Wedding

"The people of Kishanganj and adjoining districts are forced to use boats to cross the river. The state government is callous," said a relative of the groom. 2021-06-30 16:12 2KB

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’Love Island’s Shannon Wants “To Pave The Way”

The Scottish model is looking for a “handsome hunk” with personality. 2021-06-30 12:17 4KB

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Villafuerte ‘99.9%’ sure Robredo will run for president: ‘Bicol wants a candidate’

Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte is “99.9 percent” certain that Vice President Leni Robredo will not vie for the province’s gubernatorial post and … 2021-06-30 12:12 2KB

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Russian Football Fan Attacked by Ukrainians at Euro 2020 Match in Glasgow - Photo

KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukrainian football fans appear to have attacked a man wearing a Russian national team t-shirt and carrying a Russian flag at the 2020 UEFA European... 2021-06-30 11:48 1KB

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Uttar Pradesh will witness democratic revolution in 2022: Akhilesh Yadav

Read more about Uttar Pradesh will witness democratic revolution in 2022: Akhilesh Yadav on Business Standard. Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are scheduled in 2022. 2021-06-30 10:45 1KB

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8 Israeli passengers without travel permits removed from flight

Eight Israeli passengers were removed from a flight to Russia after they tried to use foreign passports to circumvent the government's ban 2021-06-30 06:28 1KB

A young man with muscular dystrophy, family here to get vaccinated: What we know about the collapse victims

The dead and unaccounted for residents of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, reflected the area's rich cultural diversity, an international tragedy that has touched members of a tight-knit Jewish community and families from as far away as Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia. 2021-06-30 22:35 26KB

Paul Rieckhoff: White supremacy is the ‘number one national security threat in America’

Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and president of Righteous media, Paul Rieckhoff, is fearful that the rise in White supremacy in America will make us so busy fighting each other that we won’t be able to defend against our foreign adversaries 2021-06-30 22:24 1KB

FACT CHECK: Do Americans Pay A Percentage Of Their Taxes To The Queen Of England?

'There is inaccurate information in this post' 2021-06-30 22:23 3KB

Virginia Gov Candidate Unveils Plan To Stop Standards-Lowering, Ideology In Schools

Plan unveiled in Loudoun County, which has notoriously injected politics into seemingly every element of childhood education. Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin … 2021-06-30 22:17 4KB

Rusty water investigated in Detroit, Grosse Pointe Woods

Detroit water officials are telling residents to refrain from using rusty water for drinking or washing clothes out of an \ 2021-06-30 22:15 2KB

New Mexico opens door to new era of civil rights lawsuits

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Efforts among a handful of states to hold police accountable for brutality and misconduct are expanding Thursday as New Mexico opens … 2021-06-30 22:06 6KB

Man Sentenced For Claiming COVID-19 Benefits While Incarcerated

A federal court sentenced a Pennsylvania man for conspiring to fraudulently obtain pandemic-related welfare benefits while he was incarcerated under state conviction. Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. … 2021-06-30 21:57 2KB

Portland nonprofit not required to repay students whose study abroad was cut short by pandemic

A federal appeals court ruled this week that the Council on International Educational Exchange did not breach contracts with any students whose coursework moved online. 2021-06-30 21:57 4KB

Top Pentagon Official Placed on Leave Over Suspected Disclosure of Classified Information

US government officials have yet to provide a fuller picture surrounding the alleged disclosure of classified information, citing an ongoing investigation into the... 2021-06-30 21:54 2KB

Beta variant of COVID-19 has reached Puerto Princesa – local officials

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Philippines ―Local officials here confirmed Wednesday that the South African coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variant, also known as the Beta variant, … 2021-06-30 21:52 2KB

New Hampshire Diversity Council Members Quit Over State Budget That Bans Racist Concepts

Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu recently approved a state budget that limits conversations concerning “systemic racism.” 2021-06-30 21:50 2KB

500 arrested so far in Capitol riot case, including 100 charged with assaulting federal officers

500 people have been arrested so far in what the government calls "the most complex investigation ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice." 2021-06-30 21:45 9KB

Biden’s Parish Council Says It Supports Biden In Communion Debate – It Had Thoughts On Same-Sex Couples, Too

The parish council has weighed in on several heated political issues. The parish council at President Biden’s church inserted itself this week into the debate … 2021-06-30 21:33 5KB

Idaho Logging Group Opposes Ecoterrorist To Oversee Nation's Land

A major Idaho trade organization representing loggers sent a letter to Senate lawmakers to protest President Joe Biden's BLM nomination. 2021-06-30 21:22 5KB

A YouTuber Was The First To Dive The San Antonio River Walk In Search Of Treasure (And Trash)

Brandon Jordan got official permission to dive San Antonio's River Walk for treasure. He got mostly trash. 2021-06-30 21:18 1KB

President Joe Biden calls Iowa mother after signing VA mental health law named for her son

Brandon Ketchum, a veteran of the Marines and the Iowa National Guard, served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He died by suicide in 2016. 2021-06-30 21:17 4KB

States are so flush with funds, many are cutting taxes

While states feared the coronavirus pandemic would wreak havoc on their budgets and force them to slash services, it turns out that many are doing far better than they predicted. 2021-06-30 21:14 6KB

Mich. chief justice touts state eviction diversion effort at White House summit

Biden administration policy advisor Susan Rice said $46 million in emergency rental aid must be\u00a0distributed by the end of July. 2021-06-30 21:13 5KB

US Trade Chief Asks Mexico, Canada for Help Fighting Forced Labor as USMCA Marks Year 1

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - As the historic trilateral trade pact between the three nations approaches its first anniversary, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on... 2021-06-30 21:08 1KB

Longtime S. C. Democrat defects to GOP: ‘I can no longer serve with a ‘D’ behind my name’

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A longtime county official in South Carolina announced he’s switching his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican on Wednesday, a move … 2021-06-30 21:01 3KB

Man Arrested For Complaining About The Weather

An Egyptian man who posted a video on social media complaining about the weather in Kuwait was arrested and faces dire legal action. The video, … 2021-06-30 20:56 2KB

Exxon lobbyist pressured lawmakers to remove climate measures from Biden's initial $2 trillion infrastructure plan, report says

Good Subscriber Account active since Whether to include climate provisions in an infrastructure plan has been a major point of contention between Republican and Democratic … 2021-06-30 20:33 3KB

Broadway Hit Could Get Up to $50 Million Federal Bailout

It must be nice to have Washington's pile of taxpayer cash on your side. 2021-06-30 20:30 4KB

Lebanon mayor faces lawsuit over blocking critics from her Facebook page

The federal lawsuit says Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer also has blocked \ 2021-06-30 20:25 3KB

Downtown Minneapolis wealth management firm to build headquarters in Arden Hills

A downtown Minneapolis wealth management firm has been given the go-ahead by officials in Arden Hills to build corporate headquarters in the north metro suburb. The Arden Hills City Council this we… 2021-06-30 20:21 1KB

State capture: Norma Mngoma accused of trying to falsely implicate Gigaba in wrongdoing

The lawyer representing former minister Malusi Gigaba has accused Norma Mngoma of trying to falsely implicate his client in wrongdoing. 2021-06-30 20:16 2KB

Nurses and UC Medical Center reach a deal as contract deadline approached

Details of the agreement weren't available Wednesday afternoon. Voting on the contract will be July 7 and 8. 2021-06-30 20:10 2KB

Federal Law Enforcement Is Running Roughshod Over Facial Recognition Privacy, Says GAO

Civil liberties advocates call for a moratorium on federal facial recognition. 2021-06-30 19:55 4KB

EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Tenney, House Republicans To Introduce ‘End Zuckerbucks Act’ Prohibiting Non-Profits From Donating To Election Organizations

Republican New York Rep. Claudia Tenney will introduce legislation Thursday that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to prohibit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations … 2021-06-30 19:52 4KB

Gwen Berry brings out the cancel culture hypocrites

Illustrated | Getty Images, iStock Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw was against "cancel culture" before he was for it. The congressman has spent the last few years … 2021-06-30 19:47 2KB

Milwaukee newspaper blasts Ron Johnson as 'irresponsible representative of Wisconsin citizens'

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blasted Sen. Ron Johnson (R) in an editorial published on Wednesday, calling the firebrand conservative lawmaker the most "irresponsible representative of Wisconsin … 2021-06-30 19:45 3KB

There are roughly two dozen lesbian bars in the United States. The ones that are left are evolving to survive

They shoot the breeze, fling back a couple of shots, and spout off lyrics ("get on your bikes and ride!") to accompany the tunes playing … 2021-06-30 19:45 13KB

Pennsylvania Democrats to Propose Bullet Tax and Encoded Rounds to Track Ammo Owners

A 5 cent per bullet tax will be proposed in Pennsylvania as part of legislation to be brought forth by two state House Democrats, Rep. … 2021-06-30 19:44 4KB

King County approves 'transformative' package of renter protections

The King County Council approved a package of legislation this week aimed at providing robust protections for renters across the region. 2021-06-30 19:41 2KB

Supreme Court Won't Hear Case Challenging Massachusetts' Income Tax on Telecommuters Who Don't Live or Work in Massachusetts

The Court deemed the case outside of its jurisdiction, leaving increasingly urgent questions about taxing remote workers up in the air. 2021-06-30 19:40 6KB

How January 6 Will Be Remembered by Trump’s Supporters

Thanks to congressional inaction, the January 6 insurrection could very well become a new Lost Cause. It would hardly be the first time that reactionaries have managed to whitewash the recent history of this country. 2021-06-30 19:32 5KB

William Oldaker, lawyer, lobbyist and former FEC general counsel, dies at 80

He represented House Speaker Jim Wright during an ethics investigation that led to Wright’s resignation in 1989. 2021-06-30 19:27 3KB

Racist incidents in Brighton prompts ACLU to seek intervention from civil rights agency

A letter to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights mentions two incidents, says they indicate bigger problems. 2021-06-30 19:15 4KB

Outrage over divisive speaker apparently cancels Muncie march plans

An online furor erupted over the weekend over reports that a well-known white nationalist was supposedly slated to speak at a Muncie event. 2021-06-30 19:10 3KB

Towards better governance

Read more about Towards better governance on Business Standard. New norms for independent directors need strict monitoring 2021-06-30 19:10 1KB

The biggest threat to Biden's hot economy could be his own policies

As Americans resume pre-Covid activity and the Biden administration seeks even more stimulus, the president's policies may be his own biggest economic threat. 2021-06-30 19:09 8KB

NC Senate panel approves medical marijuana bill

A key Senate committee gave unanimous approval Wednesday to a proposal to allow marijuana use for certain medical conditions, and to set up a state network for supply and distribution of the drug. 2021-06-30 19:08 4KB

Jack Downing, C. I. A. Chief in Cold War Capitals, Dies at 80

He was the agency’s only official to have served as station head in both Moscow and Beijing. Then he was drawn out of retirement in 1997 to save its espionage operations. 2021-06-30 19:06 6KB

Several Parties File 'Superpetition' For Impeachment Against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) - Brazil's left and centrist parties on Wednesday submitted a "super petition" to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the parliament... 2021-06-30 19:04 1KB

Join Us for Netting Zero, a Virtual Event Series on Climate Change

Each episode of Netting Zero brings together New York Times journalists with climate experts from business, policy, government, and civil society. Join us on July 1 to discuss our built environment. 2021-06-30 19:02 8KB

All-female tank crew to be stationed on Egyptian border

Making history, Israel's first all-female tank crew is set to be stationed on the Egyptian border, with a female commander. … 2021-06-30 19:02 644Bytes

Woman Goes Topless At Public Pool, Claiming She’s Male. Aquatic Center Does Nothing: Report

Town famed for Dutch Christian community, Tulip Time festival, and tallest working grain windmill in the United States In mid-June, in Pella, Iowa, the … 2021-06-30 19:00 3KB

California Begs Residents To Protect Energy Grid, Scale Back Charging Electric Vehicles

California’s state government is asking residents to refrain from charging their electric vehicles to avoid power outages during a persistent heatwave. As noted by The Epoch Times , … 2021-06-30 18:58 3KB

Genocide Designation for Myanmar Tests Biden’s Human Rights Policy

After the coup in Myanmar, President Biden is being pushed to do what the Trump administration would not: Declare atrocities against the Rohingya in 2017 as genocide. 2021-06-30 18:55 10KB

Congress may create better standards for tax preparers. How you can vet your accountant

Two members of Congress have reintroduced a bill calling for stricter regulation of tax preparers. Here's what you should look for when hiring a professional. 2021-06-30 18:54 5KB

Proposed constitutional amendment on Nursing Facility Patients’ Bill of Rights clears first hurdle

An effort to add a\u00a0“Nursing Facility Patients’ Bill of Rights\ 2021-06-30 18:52 2KB

Opinion: I'm Nigerian. I'm Vaccinated. Europe Won't Let Me In

I'm fully vaccinated. I want to travel to Europe. And fully vaccinated visitors are welcome. But I can't get in. That's because … 2021-06-30 18:50 6KB

PolitiFact Virginia Retracts Fact Check Against Deceptive Terry McAuliffe Advertisement With No Explanation

PolitiFact Virginia has yet to provide an explanation for why it retracted a fact check against a misleading campaign advertisement from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe … 2021-06-30 18:46 3KB

Solar100’s: Alain Halimi, The John Madden Of Clean Energy

In this edition #Solar100, Founder and CEO of kWh Analytics Richard Matsui speaks with Alain Halimi, Executive Director of Natural Resources and Energy at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. 2021-06-30 18:43 11KB

U. S., Taiwan resume trade talks after five-year hiatus

The United States and Taiwan resumed trade talks for the first time in five years, as the two sides cooperate more closely despite recent warnings from China. 2021-06-30 18:39 2KB

Jaishankar meets UN World Food Programme chief

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday thanked the UN World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley for co-hosting the Ministerial in It 2021-06-30 18:18 2KB

Xinhua Headlines: Xi Jinping -- Leading CPC to strive for a better world

BEIJING June 30 Xinhua -- What we Chinese Communists are doing is to better the lives of the Chinese people rejuvenate the Chinese nation and promote peace 2021-06-30 18:18 7KB

Michigan court opens door a bit to more slip-and-fall cases

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday chipped away at a longstanding legal doctrine that makes it tough to win slip-and-fall lawsuits in the state. 2021-06-30 18:16 2KB

Boston City Council passes $3.76B operating budget, $1.3B schools budget

A big late allocation of federal dollars to sweeten the pot pushed the city's operating budget over the hump, leading the council to pass the $3.76 billion allocation for the coming fiscal year. 2021-06-30 18:10 2KB

Oakland Chief Armstrong on Dem City Council Voting to Defund Police: Citizens Want More Law Enforcement

Oakland, California Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Faulkner Focus” that the Democrat-led city council voting to remove $18. … 2021-06-30 18:06 3KB

Half The World Lacks Proper Sanitation. Is It Possible To 'Transform The Toilet'?

The United Nations estimates that 4.2 billion people — more than half of the world's population — live without any access to safely … 2021-06-30 18:01 8KB

Oscars 2022 Rule Changes Include Tweaks to Sound and Music Categories

The Academy has announced its rules and campaign regulations for Oscars 2022, with changes in the sound, music, international and shorts. 2021-06-30 18:00 4KB

How colonialism has left countries poor and dependent on fossil fuels

Non-renewable energy sources are among the cheapest ways to power economic growth, making them hard for developing nations to ignore. 2021-06-30 18:00 6KB

Establishment Media Report on Children Being Shot During Crime Surge as Democrats Defund Police

The establishment media have begun reporting on violent crime surging in America’s streets as Democrats push to defund police departments nationwide. The Republican National Committee’s War Room … 2021-06-30 17:58 2KB

Inside Kim Kardashian’s Italian Vacation to the Colosseum and the Vatican: Pics

Kim Kardashian jetted off to Italy, where she married Kanye West, amid her divorce — see photos 2021-06-30 17:56 3KB

World Bank announces deal to fund production of 500 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in SA

The World Bank and a trio of western government agencies announced a financing package for production of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine in South Africa, part of an effort to scale global production and meet demand for billions of doses. 2021-06-30 17:56 4KB

Legislature moves toward passage of Mills budget update

Initial votes showed strong bipartisan support for a package that includes $300 direct payments to Mainers who worked through the pandemic. 2021-06-30 17:46 6KB

Dead Animals Wash Ashore in Sri Lanka After Ship Spills Chemicals

At least four whales, 20 dolphins and 176 turtles are among the dead as the nation grapples with its worst environmental disaster. 2021-06-30 17:40 3KB

Denmark Tops List Of Best Countries For Business

France is second from worst 2021-06-30 17:38 2KB

Judiciary cannot be controlled by legislature or executive: CJI

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India, N.V. Ramana on Wednesday said judges should not be swayed by the "emotional pitch of public opinion on social media 2021-06-30 17:34 3KB

Neoliberalism Has Depended on Huge Levels of Government Support for Its Entire Existence

Robert Pollin , a professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, is co-author of Green Recovery: A Program … 2021-06-30 17:30 1KB

Rajasthan Congress Chief demands arrest of RSS leader in graft case

Jaipur: The President of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC), Govind Singh Dotasra, on Wednesday demanded the arrest of senior RSS leader Nimbaram 2021-06-30 17:29 3KB

California Democrats Look To End Recall Sideshow With Earlier Vote

Lawmakers cut out some red tape, but only when it serves the party. 2021-06-30 17:25 3KB

Amid #FreeBritney discussion, California Legislature talks conservatorship reform

“Like many people, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw in the Britney Spears documentary, which shed light on numerous problems regarding conservatorships in the state of California,” said Assembl… 2021-06-30 17:23 3KB

Fact check: Stacey Abrams does not own 16% of election staffing agency in Georgia

Shortly after a Georgia judge dismissed most of a lawsuit alleging fraudulent absentee ballots in Fulton County, posts surfaced claiming voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams … 2021-06-30 17:22 4KB

'Outrageous': Probe demanded of IRS decision to link biblical values, GOP

Several members of Congress are demanding the Treasury Department's inspector general look into a decision by the IRS denying tax-exempt status to a … 2021-06-30 17:18 6KB

Who Is Tina Flournoy? Kamala Harris' Chief of Staff Accused of Blocking Access to Allies

Certain donors who have contributed to Kamala Harris' election campaigns are not getting their calls returned, according to a recent report. 2021-06-30 17:17 3KB

Images from National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's Photo Ark project

Some of the best shots from the National Geographic photographer, including candids he caught of the 60 Minutes crew 2021-06-30 17:10 2KB

The Senator Who Decided to Tell the Truth

A Michigan Republican spent eight months searching for evidence of election fraud, but all he found was lies. 2021-06-30 17:10 23KB

How budget ‘trailer bills’ get misused

Budget trailer bills are a time-dishonored way of slipping things through the legislative process. 2021-06-30 17:09 4KB

Infrastructure, low tax are priority for V4 leader Hungary

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Wednesday that investment and developing infrastructure facilitated by low tax are the main goals for his government as it … 2021-06-30 17:06 3KB

What's the National Hurricane Center's 'cone of uncertainty'? Here's an explanation.

Sometimes called the \ 2021-06-30 17:00 4KB

PopCom hails signing of EO prioritizing programs to curb teen pregnancies

The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) praised on Wednesday the signing of Executive Order No. 141, which makes programs to prevent teenage pregnancy a … 2021-06-30 16:59 3KB

‘From Wuhan To Juarez’: Chip Roy Says Democrats Have ‘Declared War On The Truth’

Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy said Wednesday that Democrats had “declared war on the truth.” While discussing the situation at the U.S.-Mexico … 2021-06-30 16:58 1KB

Nessel: Sex-reassignment policy for birth certificate change unconstitutional

Dana Nessel issued her formal opinion in response to a request from Elizabeth Hertel, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services. 2021-06-30 16:57 2KB

Foreign Ministry hosts LGBT pride event

Foreign Minister Idan Roll hosted an event Wednesday to recognize the strides that Israel has made toward the acceptance of queer people. … 2021-06-30 16:46 620Bytes

Iranian Disinformation Effort Went Small to Stay Under Big Tech’s Radar

The effort, targeting activists in Israel, was the latest indication that governments are trying new, harder-to-detect methods to sow discontent online. 2021-06-30 16:45 8KB

Georgia’s citizen’s-arrest repeal not a path for states to follow

In February 2020, three White residents of Brunswick, Georgia, attempted what they claimed was a lawful citizen’s arrest of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger they … 2021-06-30 16:43 4KB

Telangana: Thousands sign petition against offline undergrad exams

Hyderabad: Compounding the already chaotic debate on the Telangana government’s decision to conduct offline exams, a petition started by a third-year 2021-06-30 16:40 4KB

Kevin Love's 'international experience' valuable to US Olympic roster, official says

Kevin Love’s experience playing for the national team was part of the reason why he made the U.S. Olympic roster for the 2020 Tokyo Games, USA Basketball … 2021-06-30 16:40 3KB

Following The Principles in Life

Everything is achievable by following the principles of life. Everything that he has and makes use of in making the community a better place 2021-06-30 16:37 5KB

LG Begins Global Roll Out Of Its Debut 8K And 4K QNED TVs

The mini LED revolution continues 2021-06-30 16:33 4KB

Assembly to issue subpoenas coming in Cuomo impeachment probe

Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Nassau) also said that the independent law firm conducting the investigation will be allowed to “act as a commission,” meaning lawyers will have the ability to take “testimony from witnesses under oath.” 2021-06-30 16:31 4KB

Suspected Picasso Thief Isn't Who Police Expected

On Tuesday Greece heralded the discovery of a precious Picasso painting that had been stolen from the National Gallery in Athens in 2012. The Guardian reports that the man... 2021-06-30 16:20 2KB

‘Wrong number? Let’s chat’: How misdials are helping East African herders bond with strangers

A study into how the Maasai community in Tanzania uses phones shows how technology, error and openness can bring diverse people together. 2021-06-30 16:00 9KB

Population Authority informs court it won’t register Utah marriages

500 Israelis have married through Utah’s online civil marriage service, but former Interior Minister Arye Deri froze registration of such marriages. … 2021-06-30 15:59 724Bytes

Brexit could leave thousands without basic rights in U. K. this week

The elderly and children in state care are among the European nationals who may have difficulty applying for special immigration status, and the deadline is upon them. 2021-06-30 15:53 3KB

Critical Pace Theory': Air Force Mocked For Creating Walking Instead of Running Test, Allowing Easier Push-Ups

The United States Air Force announced modifications to its aerobic test that would allow airmen to choose walking instead of running. On Monday, Chief 2021-06-30 15:48 4KB

AAP leader Atishi gets income tax notice, party calls Centre ‘sexist’ for targeting MLA

The notice was related to Atishi’s fixed deposits and mutual funds worth Rs 59 lakh, which she had declared in her 2020 election affidavit. 2021-06-30 15:40 2KB

Jim Jordan Says Dr. Fauci Now 'Afraid' To Discuss COVID After Email Release

Jordan hit out at the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after he declined to appear at GOP-led forum on the virus' origins. 2021-06-30 15:35 2KB

Fraternal Order of Police lobs Congress a warning on police reform talks

“Demagoguery and scare tactics have jeopardized the future of these efforts," the group's president said as bipartisan negotiations appear to totter. 2021-06-30 15:32 2KB

Rick Pitino lauds ‘amazing’ RJ Barrett after clutch Canada performance

RJ Barrett racked up 22 points for Team Canada Tuesday, and praise – even if backhanded – from Greece coach Rick Pitino. Back on the … 2021-06-30 15:30 2KB

The Queens of ‘Dragging the Classics’ Are Just as Surprised as You: “I Felt like I Was inside the TV”

RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise has branched out into a number of new territories recently, including the UK, Canada, Holland, Australasia, Spain—and now Drag Race stakes … 2021-06-30 15:30 7KB

Oakland police chief rips $17M budget cut as murder rate soars

A black California police chief has ripped local politicians for slashing his department’s budget by more than $17 million — even as the murder rate … 2021-06-30 15:25 2KB

Which security organization should run national crisis, like a pandemic?

The Israeli Forum for the Struggle with Emergency Situations and Commanders for Israel’s Security hosted a debate on Wednesday about who should lead efforts to … 2021-06-30 15:25 791Bytes

Republicans balk at bill to protect federal independent watchdogs

Rachel Maddow Show: There's nothing partisan about protecting inspectors general from the next Trump, but Republicans balked at a Democratic plan. 2021-06-30 15:21 3KB

Tribunal Convicts Former Serbian Officials of Crimes in the Balkans

It was the first time in the three decades of the tribunal’s history that officials in the wartime Serbian government were found guilty of playing a role in atrocities in neighboring countries. 2021-06-30 15:19 9KB

The hottest Hamptons summer parties are requiring NDAs

Forget vaccination cards, the of-the-moment documents for admission to the Hamptons’ hottest parties are non-disclosure agreements. 2021-06-30 15:10 2KB

NASCAR Unveils Landmark Agreement With iRacing

NASCAR announced an agreement with iRacing, making the company the official simulation partner of NASCAR. The relationship will grow after starting in 2010. 2021-06-30 15:05 4KB

WATCH: Democrat Mocks Threat From Communism; Vietnamese Survivor Fires Back

Do you know what the third most spoken language is in Texas? After English and Spanish, more Texans speak Vietnamese at home than any other language. How did this happen?... 2021-06-30 15:00 1KB

Germany gets British support for UN Security Council seat

The German and British foreign ministers have agreed to hold an annual “strategic dialogue” on international affairs, in a joint statement that supports a permanent … 2021-06-30 14:52 2KB

Citing lack of diversity in media ownership, members of Congress urge FCC to do equity audit

People of color own and control 6% of the nation’s full-power TV stations, 7% of commercial FM radio stations and 12% of commercial AM radio stations but make up more than 40% of the U.S. population. 2021-06-30 14:50 5KB

United Torah Judaism MK: Women serving in the IDF is not 'human nature'

The issue of women serving in the IDF has been a long contested subject for the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Knesset. … 2021-06-30 14:46 672Bytes

UAE-based Careem announces job vacancies in Gulf countries; check details

The ride-hailing company Careem, the Dubai-based app owned by Uber, has vacancies for over 100 positions in the United Arab Emirates 2021-06-30 14:45 3KB

Likudniks aim to stop defectors from coming back

A new proposal drafted by MK Miki Zohar states that Knesset members who left the Likud would not be allowed to run again with the … 2021-06-30 14:30 638Bytes

Former Iowa State star Bridget Carleton selected for Canada basketball Olympic team

Former Iowa State women’s basketball star Bridget Carleton is officially headed to the Olympics to play for Canada. 2021-06-30 14:26 4KB

By-elections postponed amid Covid-19 concerns while hearings into local government elections continue

One South Africa Movement's Mmusi Maimane argues that the state of local councils affects people's right to life. 2021-06-30 14:24 2KB

Euro Glance

Wales 0, Denmark 4 Italy 2, Austria 1, OT Netherlands 0, Czech Republic 2 Belgium 1, Portugal 0 Croatia 3, Spain 5, OT France 3, Switzerland 3… 2021-06-30 14:15 1006Bytes

End of an era: Westland Sears closing, the company's last Michigan department store

The store, located in the Westland Shopping Center, is the last Sears department store in the state. 2021-06-30 14:12 3KB

Top GOP Senator Rips Federal Reserve For Not Complying With Congressional Probe Into ‘Woke Mission Creep’

The top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee sent scathing letters to four Federal Reserve banks Wednesday morning, ripping them for ignoring congressional oversight. Sen. … 2021-06-30 14:11 3KB

ConCourt to deliver CR17 judgment on Thursday

The Constitutional Court is expected to hand down judgment on Thursday in a case relating to President Cyril Ramaphosa's 2017 campaign for the ANC presidency. 2021-06-30 14:10 2KB

It’s official: Mariners become a Bruins farm team

Maine's ECHL hockey team announces an agreement to partner with the NHL Bruins, reviving a relationship that existed between 1987 and 1992 in the American Hockey League. 2021-06-30 14:04 2KB

June MLB delivers D. C. thunder, a mysterious Arizona phone number and a walk-off triple play in Bronx

You might need a passport for this month's Quirkjians, which also feature the Three Armenians, German vs. German and France, India and Holland. 2021-06-30 14:01 14KB

With the US set to withdraw from Afghanistan, it’s time for Pakistan to make some clear choices

Washington and Beijing both expect Islamabad to facilitate the peace process among the Afghans. 2021-06-30 14:00 6KB

Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez Rules Out Possibility of Independence Referendum in Catalonia

MADRID (Sputnik) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez ruled out the possibility of a referendum on the self-determination of Catalonia in an address to the lower... 2021-06-30 13:59 2KB

To aid island during pandemic, students forgo senior trip

Students from a Maine island high school have seen the world on senior class trips -- the Eiffel Tower, Iceland’s volcanos, Norway’s fjords, the canals of Italy , … 2021-06-30 13:57 4KB

Philippines recognized for banning lead in paints

CAGAYAN DE With the help of environmental advocates who have been campaigning against the danger of deadly chemicals found in ordinary and industrial materials, the … 2021-06-30 13:43 3KB

Will tax return rule scare off Gov. Newsom recall candidates?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats pushed a rule requiring recall candidates to disclose five years of tax returns. What will candidates do? 2021-06-30 13:35 8KB

Pakistan Slams India's Junior Home Minister for Suspecting 'Role’ of Islamabad in Drone Attack

An investigation into the 27 June drone attack against an Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Jammu is being handled by the country's federal counter-terrorism unit, the... 2021-06-30 13:34 2KB

A look at how US sex education in public schools has evolved over the last 60 years and its impact on LGBTQ students

Good Subscriber Account active since US sex-education policy is predominantly decided by state governments and has historically supported abstinence-only programs, which can create … 2021-06-30 13:30 12KB

Diversity in the judiciary isn't just about representation. It impacts how cases are decided.

Good Subscriber Account active since In the spring of 2009, the Supreme Court was asked to decide whether officials at an Arizona school violated the Constitution … 2021-06-30 13:30 7KB

Skepticism And Sausage-Making: the State of Eroding Trust in the Media

Faith in the fifth estate has eroded significantly – and that trust deficit is reshaping the role of journalism itself. 2021-06-30 13:26 4KB

Senators urge scrapping of BIR tax rule for private schools

Some senators insisted on the necessity of scrapping—or at the very least suspending—a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regulation raising the tax imposed on private … 2021-06-30 13:18 4KB

Nolte: CNN Loses More Than Half Its Audience in Just Three Months

Between the first and second quarter of 2021, far-left CNN , a hate outlet that spreads conspiracy theories and champions political violence against conservatives, lost … 2021-06-30 13:16 4KB

Cinemark Oakley Station has a new policy for unattended teens

In the wake of unruly groups causing trouble at Kings Island and Dave and Buster's, Cinemark Oakley Station has instituted a new policy. 2021-06-30 13:15 1KB

Reps. Pressley, Tlaib and Waters call for extended protections for public housing residents

A trio of Democratic lawmakers are calling for extended protections for public housing residents to “provide them with the tools necessary to improve the quality … 2021-06-30 13:14 3KB

U. S. and UK embassies in the UAE face backlash after flying rainbow pride flag in historic regional first

It's the first time any diplomatic mission has flown a gay pride flag in the religiously conservative Arab Gulf, causing controversy. 2021-06-30 13:10 6KB

Apple’s IPhone Security Is at Risk From Congress

Potential remedies tied to antitrust legislation could weaken key safeguards, harming consumers. 2021-06-30 13:00 4KB

Gov't task force monitoring private armed groups in Mindanao ahead of 2022 polls

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Around 7 private armed groups are being monitored in Western Mindanao as part of the security preparations for next year’s national elections, a government task force official said on Wednesday. 2021-06-30 12:58 3KB

Israel suffers from deficiencies in how it handles floods - comptroller

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman's report saw that seven people drowned in floods in Israel during the 2019-2020 winter season. … 2021-06-30 12:55 688Bytes

Imran Khan Wonders Why Pakistan Should Take Sides in US-China Rivalry

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been attacked by some Western media outlets after he refused to criticise China's policy in the Xinjiang region and the alleged... 2021-06-30 12:42 3KB

3 more Filipinos qualify for Tokyo Paralympic Games

The Philippines will have at least five athletes competing in the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Three more were added to the Philippine delegation after swimmer Gary Bejino, … 2021-06-30 12:37 1KB

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan engaged to Dr. Sonia Hassan, physician at center of controversy

Dr. Sonia Hassan led a prenatal health program Wayne State University that was at the center of a controversy inside city government. 2021-06-30 12:37 4KB

Missouri Sets Execution Date for Ernest Lee Johnson Who Killed 3 Store Workers

The Missouri Supreme Court set Ernest Lee Johnson's execution for October 5 at the state prison in Bonne Terre. 2021-06-30 12:34 3KB

IKEA unveils LGBTQ-themed sofas -- and the internet has thoughts on its 'bisexual couch'

IKEA Canada has unveiled a series of colorful couches inspired by different Pride flags, including those representing the transgender, nonbinary and asexual communities. 2021-06-30 12:33 2KB

Our ‘Woke’ Pentagon Leaders Are Weakening America’s Defense

The U.S. military's embrace of Critical Race Theory endangers all of us. 2021-06-30 12:27 1KB

Site of 1944 Bomber Crash in UK Being Dug Up in Effort to Bring US Air Crew Home

A team of American veterans are digging up a field in Sussex, United Kingdom, where a bomber plane crashed during the Second World War in … 2021-06-30 12:19 4KB

US Reportedly Calls on EU to Postpone Introduction of Digital Tax Plan

The four countries reportedly under pressure from Washington — plus the Republic of Ireland, where the corporate tax rate is just 12.5 per cent — were those that... 2021-06-30 12:16 2KB

West Bengal post-poll violence: NHRC committee submits report to High Court

Around 10 to 14 people, from both BJP and TMC, reportedly died during the violence in the state in May following the Assembly elections. 2021-06-30 12:11 3KB

Former CIA operative Enrique ‘Ric’ Prado writing memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA operative known for his exploits everywhere from Miami to Nicaragua to Afghanistan has a book deal. Enrique “Ric” Prado' 2021-06-30 12:05 2KB

French Diplomat Backs Sanctions Against Hungary Over LGBTQ Law

MOSCOW  (Sputnik) - Clement Beaune, the French Foreign Ministry's minister of state for European affairs, said on Wednesday that he supports imposing financial... 2021-06-30 12:04 1KB

GOP needs to embrace MAGA, fight ‘wokeism' to win elections, report claims

The American Principles Project (APP) is releasing the report , "MAGA after 2020: How the GOP can win again and save America," which looks at the Republican … 2021-06-30 12:01 6KB

Ateneo launches survey research unit ahead of 2022 elections

MANILA - Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) on Wednesday launched the Philippines' 'first university-based opinion and survey research unit' months before the 2022 national elections. 2021-06-30 11:55 2KB

Technology Without Transparency Lacks Trust

There is no acceptable substitute for complete transparency regarding governmental use of technology. 2021-06-30 11:50 5KB

Govt Scientist Urges End of Restrictions in Summer as Winter Will Be ‘Difficult’: Report

England’s chief medical officer has reportedly told Cabinet ministers to reopen as soon as possible in the Summer as Winter will be “difficult”. Professor Chris Whitty … 2021-06-30 11:42 4KB

J&K govt ends 149-year-old ‘Darbar Move’ practice

Srinagar: Saying goodbye to the 149-year-old official practice of rotating the seat of governance between the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu on 2021-06-30 11:39 1KB

4th of July Fireworks 2021—Displays Near Me From California to Texas to Florida

Independence Day is just around the corner and states across the U.S. are preparing their biggest and best firework displays. 2021-06-30 11:26 15KB

India badly needs cyber regulator to tame social media entities

New Delhi: As the Indian government struggles to tame the social media giants and force them to comply with the new IT rules, the time is ripe to appoint 2021-06-30 11:23 3KB

OP-ED: Losing Franklin's Republic to Democrats throwing it to the thugs

Franklin said we are a "Republic- if you can keep it." Unfortunately, with Democrat's Critical Race Theory and the know it alls, we lost it. 2021-06-30 11:22 5KB

At least 50,000 immigrants have applied for DACA since the program was reopened. Most are still waiting.

A looming federal court decision threatens the Obama-era program, which offers deportation relief to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. 2021-06-30 11:20 6KB

Residents who evacuated the condo were concerned for the pets they left behind.

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue official said on Tuesday that his team did not find any indication of more pets still in the building. 2021-06-30 11:18 1KB

Telangana receives 350 applications for food processing zones

Industry minister K.T. Rama Rao on Wednesday directed the officials to extend the last date for submission of EOI so that more companies can join the process. 2021-06-30 11:07 3KB

Simcere Shares Hit A Record In Hong Kong After Pact With Vivoryon On Alzheimer’s Drug

China’s aging population will increase spending on treatments associated with the elderly 2021-06-30 11:04 2KB

Jacob Zuma: From liberation hero to convicted criminal

South Africa's embattled ex-president Jacob Zuma, once jailed for fighting the apartheid regime, now faces another 15 months behind bars for shunning a corruption probe into his administration. 2021-06-30 11:02 4KB

Lawmakers demand Department of Transportation force airlines to issue cash refunds or extend pandemic-related flight credits

"There should be no expiration date for consumer protection," the lawmakers wrote. 2021-06-30 11:00 6KB

1 to 3 storms may enter PH in July — Pagasa

Around one to three tropical cyclones may enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) for July 2021, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) … 2021-06-30 10:54 3KB

Salvini Rejects Gender Ideology in Italian Schools In Anti-Homophobia Bill

Populist Italian Senator Matteo Salvini has stated that he rejects teaching gender ideology or creating crimes of opinion in a new anti-homophobia bill but … 2021-06-30 10:34 2KB

Kiefer Ravena still part of Shiga Lakestars roster despite PBA contract row

Kiefer Ravena’s contract row with the PBA did not keep Japan B.League club Shiga Lakestars from including the crack Filipino guard in their lineup. … 2021-06-30 10:34 1KB

1,800 stranded OFWs in UAE to be repatriated starting July 10 — DOLE

Some 1,800 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are stranded in the United Arab Emirates are set to be repatriated beginning this July, the Department … 2021-06-30 10:31 1KB

Bicentennial Peoples’ Congress; US in Asia and the Pacific; G20 Ministerial Meeting

The US builds up its military footprint in Asia and the Pacific. Is the alleged China threat a pretense for increased militarization of the region? 2021-06-30 10:30 2KB

Janet Petersen: Give survivors of sexual abuse a chance to pursue justice, no matter their birthday

Democratic state senator: Sometimes using birthdays for public policy makes sense, but not when it comes to child sex abuse. 2021-06-30 10:30 5KB

Sri Lanka asks Beijing embassy to educate Chinese company

The Sri Lankan government has asked the Chinese embassy in the country to educate a Chinese company to refrain its employees from wearing military-style camoufl 2021-06-30 10:18 2KB

Opinion: NFL's declaration that 'Football is gay' signals league's ongoing evolution

The 30-second clip had no frills. It didn’t need it.  The issuer – the National Football League – opted for direct simplicity while declaring its … 2021-06-30 10:17 5KB

Messi contract saga goes to the wire, but Barcelona still optimistic

BARCELONA̦—Argentina’s Lionel Messi has yet to agree on a new contract with Barcelona, the club where he has spent his entire career, and his 21-year … 2021-06-30 10:04 2KB

David Warner, Kane Williamson feature in RRR poster – Viral pic

Mumbai: Australian cricketer David Warner is very popular in India for main reason. The first is obviously his performance in the IPL for Sunrisers 2021-06-30 10:04 2KB

US, Indonesia Building Maritime Training Center at Edge of South China Sea

Indonesia and the United States are building a new maritime training center at the strategic meeting point of the Malacca Strait and the South China Sea … 2021-06-30 10:00 3KB

Giannoulias picks up Laborers’ Union support as ‘hands down the right candidate’ for Illinois secretary of state

The endorsement is likely to come with boots on the ground support, and the union’s deep pockets will mean money for ads for the June 2022 primary as well as the November election. 2021-06-30 10:00 5KB

Lakers Guard Eyeing Exorbitant Payday in Free Agency

Dennis Schroder is eyeing a massive contract in free agency, which may make a return to the Los Angeles Lakers unrealistic. 2021-06-30 09:43 4KB

Jailed S. Korean ex-president worries about nation in letter

Jailed former President Lee Myung-bak said it was a shame that the country has come to its current state in a letter to a … 2021-06-30 09:38 3KB

Visiting Collioure On The Côte Vermeille? What You Need To Know

Collioure is nestled along the spectacular Côte Vermeille in the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales in the Occitanie Region. This Southwestern France destination is a hidden gem that’s perfect for enjoying a few days along the Mediterranean Sea. 2021-06-30 09:37 2KB

Lapid inaugurates Israeli Consulate in Dubai: ‘We created the incredible’

“We are starting to get used to making history,” Lapid quipped, noting that he had inaugurated the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi the day before. … 2021-06-30 09:33 728Bytes

French automaker Renault raises targets for share of electric vehicles

Read more about French automaker Renault raises targets for share of electric vehicles on Business Standard. Renault Chief Executive Luca de Meo said Renault planned 10 new electric models by 2025 2021-06-30 09:32 3KB

Israel's periphery treated to crowdfunding campaign for scholarships

The crowdfunding campaign is especially needed now, due to two years without a state budget and the coronavirus pandemic preventing fundraisers from being held. … 2021-06-30 09:29 751Bytes

Ferriabough Bolling: Too much talk when action is needed

There's been no shortage of questionable statements and actions that make little sense concerning both the Boston School Department and the City Council. I call it "talking loud but saying nothing." 2021-06-30 09:19 4KB

U. S. Gas Prices Surge to Highest Level in 7 Years Ahead of July 4 Break

Gas prices across the United States are at their highest level since late 2014 with shortages predicted in the run up to the Fourth of July … 2021-06-30 09:16 2KB

LGBTQ communities face a perilous global landscape even as Biden pushes for protections

In Guatemala, two transgender women and a gay man were murdered this month in separate attacks days apart.  In Ghana, police arrested 21 activists in May … 2021-06-30 09:04 9KB

Zondo Commission: Former intelligence heads would not have succumbed to 'illegal instruction' - Cwele

Former state security minister Siyabonga Cwele has told the Zondo Commission that former intelligence heads Mo Shaik, Gibson Njenje, and Jeff Maqetuka would not have accepted an illegal instruction. 2021-06-30 09:01 2KB

Washington Heights: The ‘Last Bastion of Affordability’ in Manhattan

The neighborhood, celebrated for its large Dominican community, is also known for spacious apartments, moderate rents and ample green spaces. 2021-06-30 09:00 9KB

Capri and Procida: A Tale of Two Islands

As Italy reopens to tourists, glamorous Capri and its quieter, grittier sister, Procida, prepare — with joy and trepidation — for an influx of visitors. 2021-06-30 09:00 15KB

Concerns Grow Over Privacy, State Monitoring As China Prepares to Launch Digital Yuan

The expected launch of the digital yuan at the Beijing Olympics next year has raised concerns over how China might use the new currency to monitor its citizens, control dissent and incentivize or 2021-06-30 09:00 10KB

To save democracy, kill the filibuster

Given what’s at stake for our country, for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, Senate Democrats must eliminate the filibuster as a weapon for McConnell and Senate Republicans to use to block progress. 2021-06-30 09:00 4KB

5,000-year-old 'patient zero' of bubonic plague found in Latvia - study

The plague caused the Black Death, wiping out around a third of the global population in the Middle Ages, but research indicates the disease is … 2021-06-30 08:48 768Bytes

DC has several urban heat islands, resulting in varying temperatures

While temperatures across the D.C. region have spiked this week, some parts of the District may be hotter than others, because the city has multiple urban heat islands, one expert says. 2021-06-30 08:46 3KB

Virtual care becomes a common cause in a divided Congress

Lawmakers are lining up to decide what Medicare will pay for after the pandemic is over, with sponsors of a leading Senate plan confident they have the votes to include it in a must-pass piece of legislation this year. 2021-06-30 08:30 6KB

Murkowski has the moxie to take on Trump. Will she?

The Alaska Republican swatted her GOP challenger, boosted by the ex-president, as "somebody with a pulse." But she's also mum about reelection. 2021-06-30 08:30 8KB

Indian artist gets UAE’s coveted Golden Visa

An Indian artist, who has been living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2007, received the Gulf nation's coveted Golden Visa 2021-06-30 08:18 2KB

Indonesian president says emergency social restrictions to be finalized Wednesday

Emergency social restrictions are being finalized amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Indonesia, its President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday. “Today it will be … 2021-06-30 08:16 1KB

Health officials search for key to boosting vaccination numbers

The Maine CDC and the state's health care networks are examining who has yet to be vaccinated, the reasons why and how best to reach them. 2021-06-30 08:00 9KB

Malaysia prime minister hospitalized for diarrhea

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been admitted to hospital after suffering a bout of diarrhea, his office said in a statement on Wednesday. The … 2021-06-30 07:56 1KB

ORWELLIAN: Canada Moves to Ban 'Hate Speech' Online, Punishable by a $40,000 Fine

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party in Canada has moved to ban "hate speech" online, punishable by a $40,000 fine. 2021-06-30 07:49 3KB

United FC, Kaya suffer heavy losses in AFC Champions League

United City FC and Kaya FC suffered beatdowns in the 2021 AFC Champions League Tuesday night. United City, the Philippines Football League (PFL) champion, got … 2021-06-30 07:47 1KB

Malaysia king seeks special parliamentary sitting before August 1

Malaysia’s king on Wednesday asked for a special parliamentary sitting to be convened before Aug. 1, according to the speakers of both houses of parliament, … 2021-06-30 07:37 1KB

COVID curbs on travellers from Maharashtra to Karnataka

The Karnataka government has made a negative RT-PCR report mandatory for travellers from Maharashtra to the southern state 2021-06-30 07:33 2KB

‘Threat is real’: Wescom chief says PH sovereignty at stake in bid for more military assets

—“The threat is real.” The Philippine military unit in Palawan in charge of sovereign patrols and protecting the West Philippine Sea, which is part … 2021-06-30 07:27 5KB

After drunken dare, man legally changes name to John Cena

A man from the United Kingdom proved he could followed through with a dare, albeit a drunken one, by legally changing his name to that … 2021-06-30 07:16 1KB

Jeju,South Korea's island paradise, also is a high-tech testbed

Jeju Island is becoming known for its smart city and green energy projects that are on the leading edge of South Korea's high-tech development. 2021-06-30 07:00 8KB

Ad of the Day: UK creative agencies team up to raise funds for Grenfell community

An array of top creative companies across London have come together to create a film in support of Grenfell Athletic FC and the wider Grenfell community. 2021-06-30 07:00 873Bytes

Rainfall likely in Hyderabad for next three days

Hyderabad: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that Hyderabad and other districts of Telangana may witness light to heavy rainfall till 2021-06-30 06:53 1KB

Suddenly hotels may fill up again, and booze removed from restaurants

A 50% limit on accommodation establishments didn't last two days, and alcohol transport also caught some breaks. 2021-06-30 06:34 2KB

Francisco Lindor gets big hit after Mets’ vote of confidence

Francisco Lindor’s latest attempt at a hot streak has nose-dived, but Mets officials don’t want him changing anything at this point. “I think that … 2021-06-30 06:21 3KB

Immigration judges union moves toward regaining authority

The U.S. Justice Department has dropped its opposition to reviving a union for immigration judges that had been stripped of authority during the final … 2021-06-30 06:18 2KB

Russia Labels Czech NGO 'Undesirable'

The Russian State Prosecutors Office has banned a Czech nongovernmental organization after putting it on the ldquoundesirablerdquo list Prosecu 2021-06-30 06:15 1KB

Terrorism Spreading Unabated Across Africa, Warns US Commander

WASHINGTON - The United States and its Western allies are being forced to confront a grim reality in Africa where years of wor 2021-06-30 06:05 7KB

Denmark Surpasses France as EU Member With Highest Taxes

Overall, Denmark (and Scandinavia in general) has one of the highest tax rates in the world, which is often mentioned among the biggest objections against its welfare... 2021-06-30 06:00 2KB


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Bill Cosby Live Updates: Actor Freed After Sexual Assault Conviction Is Overturned

At the heart of the overturned conviction is an agreement with a prosecutor who went on to defend former President Trump during the February impeachment trial. Bill Cosby is freed after serving three years of his sentence for sexual assault. A previous agreement with Bruce Castor, Trump’s impeachment attorney, is at the heart of Cosby’s release. Here are some key dates in the Cosby case. ‘The shame was overwhelming,’ Andrea Constand said in a victim impact statement in 2018. Bill Cosby had his conviction for sexual assault overturned by a Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday and was freed from prison, a dramatic reversal in a case had represented the first high-profile sexual assault trial to unfold in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. Mr. Cosby had served three years of a three- to 10-year prison sentence at a maximum-security facility outside Philadelphia when the seven-member Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Cosby,83, had been denied a fair trial in 2018. The ruling upended the legal case against Mr. Cosby brought by prosecutors in Pennsylvania that began with his arrest in 2015 on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in the Philadelphia suburbs eleven years earlier. At the end of the trial in April 2018, the jury convicted Mr. Cosby, who for years had brightened America’s living rooms as a beloved entertainer and father figure, of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, to whom Mr. Cosby had been a mentor and who was at the time a Temple University employee. In 2019, an interim court had upheld the trial verdict. But the Supreme Court, the state’s highest court, agreed to consider the case, and at a hearing in December, some of the court’s seven justices questioned prosecutors sharply. In their 79-page opinion, the judges wrote that a “non-prosecution agreement” that had been struck with a previous prosecutor meant that Mr. Cosby should not have been charged in the case, and that he should be discharged. They barred a retrial in the case. Brian W. Perry, one of the lawyers representing Mr. Cosby, praised the ruling. “We are thrilled with the Supreme Court’s decision,” he said. “To be honest with you, we all believed, collectively, that this is how the case would end. We did not think he was treated fairly and fortunately the Supreme Court agreed.” Scott Berkowitz, the president of RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, said: “We are deeply disappointed in today’s ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and by the message this decision sends to the brave survivors who came forward to seek justice for what Bill Cosby did to them. This is not justice.” The decision undoes a verdict that several women who said that they had been assaulted and raped by Mr. Cosby had praised at the time as a measure of justice that had been long in coming. In a victim impact statement filed with the court in 2018, Ms. Constand had said of Mr. Cosby: “We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.” — Graham Bowley The Pennsylvania Supreme Court freed the actor Bill Cosby from prison based largely on a past agreement with a former Pennsylvania prosecutor best known for defending President Donald J. Trump during his February impeachment trial. In a 79-page opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court wrote that a “non-prosecution agreement” that had been struck with Bruce L. Castor Jr. meant that Bill Cosby should not have been charged in the case for which he was convicted and sentenced in 2018. The court also barred a retrial. The agreement came about when, in 2005, Mr. Cosby was investigated in the case of Andrea Constand, and Mr. Castor, a former district attorney of Montgomery County, gave Mr. Cosby his assurance that he would not be charged in the case. Mr. Castor testified that while there was insufficient evidence to bring a criminal prosecution, he had given Mr. Cosby the assurance to encourage him to testify in a subsequent civil case brought by Ms. Constand. In that testimony, Mr. Cosby acknowledged giving quaaludes to women he was pursuing for sex — evidence that played a key part in his trial after Mr. Castor’s successors reopened the case and charged Mr. Cosby in December 2015. “In light of these circumstances, the subsequent decision by successor D. A.s to prosecute Cosby violated Cosby’s due process rights,” the appeals ruling said. Three of the seven justices dissented from the majority opinion. — Graham Bowley Three years into the prison sentence Bill Cosby has served at a maximum-security facility outside Philadelphia, the seven-member Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that he had been denied a fair trial in 2018. The decision sets free a man whose case had represented the first high-profile sexual assault trial to unfold in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. A judge sentenced Mr. Cosby to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand 14 years ago. Mr. Cosby was led away in handcuffs after the judge denied a request that he remain free on bail while he pursues an anticipated appeal. A jury found Mr. Cosby guilty on three counts of assaulting Ms. Constand: penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious and penetration after administering an intoxicant. These are felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, though the sentences could be served concurrently. The retrial begins. For the first time, the amount of Mr. Cosby’s settlement with Ms. Constand is revealed: $3.38 million. And this time, the judge allows five women to testify that Mr. Cosby assaulted them in ways similar to how Ms. Constand says she was attacked. In the first trial, only one other woman was permitted to take the stand. Mr. Cosby’s first trial ends in a mistrial after jurors remain deadlocked following six days of deliberations. Mr. Cosby is arrested on charges of aggravated indecent assault. Based on the timing described by Ms. Constand, the charges come just before the expiration of the 12-year statute of limitations for the charge. — Graham Bowley Bill Cosby was convicted of assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, in 2018. The case was the first high-profile conviction of the #MeToo movement, and represented a symbolic victory for the dozens of wome n who said they were victimized by Mr. Cosby over the years. In her victim impact statement submitted for the sentencing phase of the trial, Ms. Constand said at the time of the assault, she was “30 years old, and a fit, confident athlete.” I had just given my two-month notice at Temple when the man I had come to know as a mentor and friend drugged and sexually assaulted me. Instead of being able to run, jump and pretty much do anything I wanted physically, during the assault, I was paralyzed and completely helpless. I could not move my arms or legs. I couldn’t speak or even remain conscious. I was completely vulnerable, and powerless to protect myself. After the assault, I wasn’t sure what had actually happened but the pain spoke volumes. The shame was overwhelming. Self-doubt and confusion kept me from turning to my family or friends as I normally did. I felt completely alone, unable to trust anyone, including myself. Afterward, she returned to Canada, where she eventually reported the assault to police. “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it,” she wrote. “He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.” — Maira Garcia
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The Hell Donald Rumsfeld Built

Donald Rumsfeld didn’t lack belief, or conviction. In the words of the oft-quoted Yeats poem, the worst are full of passionate intensity. He believed in an exceptional America, he believed in the might and power of our armed forces, and he believed, too, that might and power are a kind of permission. A nation should do what it pleases if it can, as long as it’s right — and Rumsfeld’s America was always right. What kind of world did Rumsfeld’s belief help build? On the occasion of his death, this is a question worth asking. Before the hagiographies commence, before the scolds complain that the left is being too harsh, examine the world as it stands today because of Rumsfeld. Iraq remains a war zone almost 20 years after the then-defense secretary shrugged off widespread looting in Iraq with a flippant “stuff happens.” The war on terror has endured for so long that it has embedded itself in our national functionality like a worm in a rotten piece of fruit. It is impossible to fathom what and where we would be without the wars that Rumsfeld orchestrated, and equally impossible to tell what we’ve gained. The answer, seemingly, is nothing but death. Destruction and war, decades of it. Iraq will be Rumsfeld’s legacy, with all of the lies, all of the torture, all of the killing. While many hands bear responsibility for such loss, two belonged to Rumsfeld, who had Saddam Hussein in his sights for years before 9/11 gave him the excuse he’d wanted to attack Iraq. Rumsfeld lived out the rest of his days with his impunity. His victims weren’t so lucky. And there are so many of them. The prospect never seemed to bother him, much as he treated war itself like an easy jaunt in the park. “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns,” he said incoherently in 2002, implying that Iraq was arming terrorists. “There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” Even now, years later, Rumsfeld’s infamous quote is difficult to decipher. It offends precisely because it’s near gibberish. Rumsfeld’s justification for war — that Iraq was developing stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction — rested on lies and garbled explanations to the public. For Iraqis, the results of Rumsfeld’s conduct were catastrophic, with hundreds of thousands of people killed as a result of the U. S.-led invasion. More than 4,000 Americans have died as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and many more injured. The damage to the United States was also insidious — no country can kill and torture as freely as the U. S. has done without sacrificing its moral conscience in the process. The torture memo signed by Donald Rumsfeld,12/2/02, authorizing 20-hour interrogations, removal of clothing, the use of phobias, and stress positions for up to 4 hours. Note his handwriting at bottom: "However, I stand for 8-10 hours A day. Why is Standing limited to 4 hours" Consequences eluded Rumsfeld the rest of his life. Like George W. Bush, Rumsfeld enjoyed something of a reputation as an elder statesman. Like Bush, he even picked up a hobby in his elder years: He released an app called Churchill Solitaire in 2016. He announced this in a Medium post. “Churchill Solitaire is not a game for everyone,” he warned. “It takes patience and perseverance, cunning and concentration, and strategy and sacrifice.” He was a very good player, he pledged. But geopolitics isn’t a card game; there were lives attached to every move he made. He degraded those lives, and he degraded himself, and he degraded the nation he was so eager to serve. Rumsfeld dealt torture and death, then moved on like it was nothing. Stuff happens.
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House Opens Jan.6 Investigation Over Republican Opposition

The House voted mostly along party lines on Wednesday to create a select committee to investigate the Jan.6 riot at the Capitol, pushing ahead over near-unanimous Republican opposition with a broad inquiry controlled by Democrats into the deadliest attack on Congress in centuries. The panel, established at the behest of Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Senate Republicans blocked the formation of a bipartisan independent commission to scrutinize the assault, will investigate what its organizing resolution calls “the facts, circumstances and causes relating to the Jan.6,2021, domestic terrorist attack.” The 13-member panel, which has subpoena power, will have eight members named by the majority party and five with input from Republicans, and is meant to examine President Donald J. Trump’s role in inspiring the riot. While the measure creating it does not mention him, it charges the committee with looking at the law enforcement and government response to the storming of the Capitol and “the influencing factors that fomented such an attack on American representative democracy while engaged in a constitutional process.” It passed by a vote of 222 to 190, with only two Republicans joining Democrats to support it. “We have a duty to the Constitution and to the American people to find the truth of Jan.6 and to ensure that such an assault on our democracy can never happen again,” Ms. Pelosi said, calling Jan.6 “one of the darkest days of our history.” “The sheer scale of the violence of that day is shocking,” she added. “But what is just as shocking is remembering why this violence occurred: to block the certification of an election and the peaceful transfer of power that is the cornerstone of our democracy.” Several officers who responded to the riot that day were on hand to watch the vote from Ms. Pelosi’s box in the House gallery. They included Harry Dunn of the Capitol Police and two District of Columbia police officers, Michael Fanone, who has lobbied Republicans to support an investigation, and Daniel Hodges, who was crushed in a door during the rampage. Relatives of Brian D. Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who died after clashing with the rioters, joined them. While the measure says that five members of the panel are to be named “after consultation with the minority leader,” Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, he has not said whether he will recommend anyone. Last week, he told Mr. Fanone and Mr. Dunn in a private meeting that he would take the appointment process seriously, even as he declined to publicly denounce members of his party who have sought to downplay or spread lies about the riot. Ms. Pelosi is considering picking a Republican who has acknowledged the gravity of the attack for one of her eight slots, according to an aide. But her options are exceedingly slim. Shortly after the breach, many Republicans expressed outrage and vowed to hold the perpetrators accountable. But their support for an investigation has eroded steadily in the months since, and all but evaporated after Mr. Trump issued a statement in May calling the idea of an independent inquiry a “Democrat trap.” Many have speculated that Ms. Pelosi might select Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was removed from her House leadership post after she pushed Republicans to hold themselves and Mr. Trump responsible for fomenting the riot with the lie that the 2020 election had been stolen. Ms. Cheney, one of only 35 House Republicans who voted to create the independent commission, which was to be modeled after the one that investigated the Sept.11,2001, attacks, also broke with her party on Wednesday to vote in favor of forming the panel. “I believe this select committee is our only remaining option,” she said in a statement. “The committee should issue and enforce subpoenas promptly, hire skilled counsel, and do its job thoroughly and expeditiously.” Only one other Republican, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, an outspoken critic of Mr. Trump, supported the move. Few Republicans spoke during the debate and about two dozen missed the vote altogether to fly to the southern border to attend an event with Mr. Trump, who praised some of them by name. But whether in person or remotely, the party lined up in opposition to the panel, which their leaders insisted would be a one-sided forum for Democrats to censure Mr. Trump and try to kneecap Republicans in the 2022 elections. Representative Michelle Fischbach, Republican of Minnesota, argued that the committee would duplicate existing investigations and engage in “partisan, divisive politics.” “We gave you bipartisan,” Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, responded, referring to the proposed independent inquiry, which would have had an equal number of Democrat- and Republican-appointed members. “Give me a break. This is clear: They don’t want to get to the truth.” In particular, the select committee is charged with investigating failures in law enforcement, such as intelligence gathering, and the root causes that influenced so many to turn violent, scrutinizing online platforms and any potential “malign foreign influence operations.” During the debate on Wednesday, several Democrats spoke of the emotional toll Jan.6 had taken on them. Representative Jackie Speier, Democrat of California — who was shot in 1978 on a remote airstrip in Guyana during the Jonestown massacre, which killed her boss at the time, Representative Leo J. Ryan, Democrat of California, and four others — recalled being trapped in the House chamber and hearing a gunshot outside. “My heart is racing right now and I’m trembling,” she said, thinking back on Jan.6. “I thought at that moment, ‘My God, I survived Guyana. But I’m not going to survive this in the house of democracy.’ ” Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York and chairwoman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, called the riot, which unfolded as Congress officially tallied electoral votes to formalize President Biden’s victory, “one of the most shattering times of my life — to see the work of our government violated and stopped by an insurrection.” “I don’t know what would have happened if they had captured the vice president,” Ms. Maloney said, referring the mob’s threats to hang Mike Pence, for whom they built a gallows outside the Capitol. “His life would have been in danger, no question.” Nearly 140 police officers were injured in the attack and at least seven people died in connection with it, including two officers who were on duty on Jan.6 and later took their own lives. Several investigations into the assault are already underway, but none have a mandate to look comprehensively at the event similar to the fact-finding commissions that scrutinized Sept.11, the attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The F. B. I. has arrested nearly 500 people involved in the Jan.6 breach, and is pursuing potentially hundreds more, the agency’s director told Congress. Several congressional committees are conducting their own investigations, including two Senate panels that outlined large-scale failures that contributed to the assault. And several inspectors general have begun their own inquiries, finding lapses and miscalculations around the most violent attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812. The select committee is similar in design to the panel the Republican-controlled House formed in 2014 to investigate an attack on the U. S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, which Democrats denounced as intended to damage the presidential prospects of Hillary Clinton, who had been secretary of state at the time. It ultimately became one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history. That panel was made up of seven Republicans and five Democrats.
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Charges expected Thursday for Trump’s company, top executive

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Donald Trump’s company and his longtime finance chief are expected to be charged Thursday with tax-related crimes stemming from a New York investigation into the former president’s business dealings, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The charges against the Trump Organization and the company’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, appear to involve non-monetary benefits the company gave to top executives, possibly including use of apartments, cars and school tuition. The people were not authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation and did so on condition of anonymity. The Wall Street Journal was first to report that charges were expected Thursday. The charges against Weisselberg and the Trump Organization would be first criminal cases to arise from the two-year probe led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., a Democrat who leaves office at the end of the year. Prosecutors have been scrutinizing Trump’s tax records, subpoenaing documents and interviewing witnesses, including Trump insiders and company executives. A grand jury was recently empaneled to weigh evidence and New York Attorney General Letitia James said she was assigning two of her lawyers to work with Vance on the criminal probe while she continues a civil investigation of Trump. Messages seeking comment were left with a spokesperson and lawyers for the Trump Organization. Weisselberg’s lawyer, Mary Mulligan, declined to comment. The Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment. Trump’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Jason Miller, a longtime former senior adviser to the Republican, spun the looming charges as “politically terrible for the Democrats.” “They told their crazies and their supplicants in the mainstream media this was about President Trump. Instead, their Witch Hunt is persecuting an innocent 80 year-old man for maybe taking free parking!” Miller tweeted, apparently referring to Weisselberg, who is 73. Trump, who’s been critical of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, was in Texas visiting the U. S.-Mexico border on Wednesday. He did not respond to shouted questions about the charges as he participated in a briefing with state officials. Trump had blasted the investigation in a statement Monday, deriding Vance’s office as “rude, nasty, and totally biased” in their treatment of Trump company lawyers, representatives, and long-term employees. Trump, in the statement, said the company’s actions were “things that are standard practice throughout the U. S. business community, and in no way a crime” and that Vance’s probe was an investigation was “in search of a crime.” Trump Organization lawyers met virtually with Manhattan prosecutors last week in a last-ditch attempt to dissuade them from charging the company. Prosecutors gave the lawyers a Monday deadline to make the case that criminal charges shouldn’t be filed. Ron Fischetti, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, told the AP this week that there was no indication Trump himself was included in the first batch of charges. “There is no indictment coming down this week against the former president,” Fischetti said. “I can’t say he’s out of the woods yet completely.” Weisselberg, a loyal lieutenant to Trump and his real estate-developer father, Fred, came under scrutiny, in part, because of questions about his son’s use of a Trump apartment at little or no cost. Barry Weisselberg managed a Trump-operated ice rink in Central Park. Barry’s ex-wife, Jen Weisselberg, has been cooperating with the investigation and turned over reams of tax records and other documents to investigators. “We have been working with prosecutors for many months now as part of this tax and financial investigation and have provided a large volume of evidence that allowed them to bring these charges,” Jen Weisselberg’s lawyer, Duncan Levin, said Wednesday. “We are gratified to hear that the DA’s office is moving forward with a criminal case.” Allen Weisselberg has worked for the Trump Organization since 1973. The case against him could give prosecutors the means to pressure the executive into cooperating and telling them what he knows about Trump’s business dealings. Prosecutors subpoenaed another long-time Trump finance executive, senior vice president and controller Jeffrey McConney, to testify in front of the grand jury in the spring. Under New York law, grand jury witnesses are granted immunity and can not be charged for conduct they testify about. Prosecutors probing untaxed benefits to Trump executives have also been looking at Matthew Calamari, a former Trump bodyguard turned chief operating officer, and his son, the company’s corporate director of security. However, a lawyer for the Calamaris said Wednesday that he didn’t expect them to be charged. “Although the DA’s investigation obviously is ongoing, I do not expect charges to be filed against either of my clients at this time,” said the lawyer, Nicholas Gravante. ___ Associated Press writers Jill Colvin in Weslaco, Texas, and Bernard Condon in New York contributed to this report. ___ On Twitter, follow Michael Sisak at
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Biden Pledges Money for Firefighters as a Heat Wave and Wildfires Roil the West

With a record-shattering heat wave suffocating much of the Pacific Northwest and a drought-fueled wildfire season already well underway, President Biden pledged on Wednesday to keep federal firefighters on duty for a longer season, and to increase their pay. But he cautioned that the United States was years behind in developing a strategy to combat the worsening fires and their underlying causes, including climate change. “The fact is, we’re playing catch-up,” Mr. Biden said during a virtual meeting with leaders of Western states, adding that he was surprised at the absence of federal attention to the details of firefighting when he came to office. “Right now we have to act, and act fast.” But many of the proposals Mr. Biden discussed — including a permanent raise for federal firefighters to roughly $15 an hour, early satellite detection of fires and better firefighting equipment — were unlikely to be ready for the wildfire season that has already begun in parts of the West, a senior administration official acknowledged on Wednesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The exception would be some immediate bonuses for firefighters. Human-caused climate change, combined with continued home construction in fire-prone areas, is making wildfires more frequent and dangerous across the United States. After President Donald J. Trump downplayed both climate change and its link to wildfires, Mr. Biden has sought to show that his administration is grappling with the crisis. Yet Mr. Biden said there were a few areas where he could act by executive authority, including extending the season for firefighters, so that “seasonal firefighters can stay on the job as long as they are needed.” And he said he was announcing an immediate grant of “fire mitigation funding” to Sonoma County, Calif., which was devastated by fires last year. Sonoma was among the first to apply for the new funding. Mr. Biden had asked for the briefing on federal and state preparedness for the fire season, similar to what he and his predecessors often receive at the opening of hurricane season. Wednesday’s meeting was attended by the governors of California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Washington. The eye-popping temperatures across the West this week have added to the alarm over the punishing drought conditions already gripping the region. California, coming off its worst wildfire season on record last year, is bracing for another summer of destructive fires, with mountain snowpack and reservoir levels already near record lows. The fires last year caused rolling blackouts and forced evacuations across the region, leaving many people displaced and without power. The current heat wave left tens of thousands without power across Idaho, Oregon, California and Nevada on Monday. Last week, Mr. Biden met with Deanne Criswell, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to weigh the government’s readiness for extreme weather. It was at that meeting that he promised to increase wages for federal firefighters. “I didn’t realize this, I have to admit — that federal firefighters get paid $13 an hour,” he said. “That’s going to end in my administration — that’s a ridiculously low salary to pay federal firefighters.” In a call with reporters on Tuesday night, the administration official noted that FEMA was increasing the amount of money it provided to help communities prepare for wildfires and other disasters. But the official acknowledged that those projects were unlikely to take form quickly enough to make a difference this season. That work, which can include clearing vegetation around homes and replacing roofs made of wood or other combustible material, is both urgent and expensive, said Meghan Housewright, the director of the Fire & Life Safety Policy Institute at the National Fire Protection Association. She said more federal money needed to be directed to that work. “It’s something that’s not necessarily easy for every community to do,” Ms. Housewright said. The federal government can also increase efforts to thin vegetation in forests, which the Biden administration proposed in May. Yet doing so would require Congress to approve more funding. Among the most significant ways to reduce the threat of wildfires to people and property are to tighten building standards and landscaping requirements, and to push new development away from areas most exposed to fires, according to experts. But those approaches tend to be controversial, and also require cooperation from state and local officials, according to Kimiko Barrett, a wildfire policy expert at Headwaters Economics, a consulting group in Montana. Yet many Western officials resist policy changes that can be interpreted as infringing on private property rights. “We still don’t want to be told what to do with our own home and our own land,” she said. If Mr. Biden wanted to meaningfully reduce the wildfire threat facing the United States, Dr. Barrett added, he could give states and counties a financial incentive to limit home construction in fire-prone areas, perhaps by tying federal aid to land-use decisions. By contrast, she described focusing on firefighting and fire suppression as a losing battle, especially as climate change gets worse. “There’s an expectation that we can still be saved from wildfires by placing more firefighters in front of our home,” Dr. Barrett said. “That’s an incredibly erroneous, costly and deadly mistake.”
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Inside the Turmoil at the Agency That Is Running Ranked-Choice Voting

As New Yorkers began to cast ballots in the first citywide election with ranked-choice voting, turmoil quietly roiled the government agency overseeing the election. The agency, the New York City Board of Elections, had lost its executive director and one of his top deputies just weeks before early voting. It was being pressured to change its plan for releasing results. And as Primary Day approached on June 22, the board’s remaining leaders had repeatedly declined help with the ranked-choice software and delayed training for employees, creating confusion among the staff. On Tuesday, as the city eagerly awaited results in the mayoral primary and other major races, the problems burst into public view when the agency released preliminary ranked-choice vote totals — only to retract them hours later, acknowledging that they were no longer trustworthy. Officials explained that the board had mistakenly included more than 130,000 test ballots in the preliminary count. A new ranked-choice tally was run on Wednesday, and the top-line results were unchanged: Eric Adams, who had the most first-place votes on primary night, was still the first choice, but by a far narrower numerical margin over his closest rival, Kathryn Garcia. The results, however, seemed almost anticlimactic, with the memory of Tuesday’s snafu still causing outrage across the city and renewing calls for changes at the elections board. It also resurrected long-held frustrations about the barriers that have persistently blocked reforms at the agency, despite decades of blunders and scandals. “It’s just one fiasco after another, year after year,” said Lulu Friesdat, executive director of Smart Elections, an elections reform group. “The fact that we haven’t made the effort to change that is shocking. It’s appalling.” New York is the only state in the country with local election boards whose staffers are chosen almost entirely by Democratic and Republican Party bosses. The system is meant to ensure fairness by empowering the parties to watch each other, but for decades the board in New York City has been criticized for nepotism, ineptitude and corruption. In recent years, the political appointees who run the board have stumbled again and again. They mistakenly purged about 200,000 people from voter rolls ahead of the 2016 election; they forced some voters to wait in four-hour lines on Election Day 2018; and they sent erroneous ballots to nearly 100,000 New Yorkers seeking to vote by mail last year. Still, while some lawmakers have suggested reforms, the proposals have failed to gain much traction. The structure of the election board is enshrined in the New York State Constitution, so it is hard to change, and political leaders have little incentive to support any reforms because the current system gives them a lot of power. On Wednesday, facing anger and ridicule from across the political spectrum — including in a statement sent by former President Donald J. Trump — leaders in the New York State Senate and Assembly vowed to hold hearings to finally tackle problems at the board. “The situation in New York City is a national embarrassment and must be dealt with promptly and properly,” said Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat who leads the Senate, in a statement. “In the coming weeks, the Senate will be holding hearings on this situation and will seek to pass reform legislation as a result at the earliest opportunity.” Even as lawmakers promised reforms, the board acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that it had been operating through the election season without much of its leadership team. Michael Ryan, who has served as the board’s executive director since 2013, has been on medical leave since early March, and Pamela Perkins, the agency’s administrative manager, retired on June 1 after nearly two decades in the position, a spokeswoman confirmed. The New York Post reported Mr. Ryan’s medical leave earlier Wednesday. Wilma Brown Phillips, who was chosen to succeed Ms. Perkins, started the job on Monday, meaning the board did not have an administrative manager on Primary Day. In the absence of Mr. Ryan and Ms. Perkins, both Democrats, day-to-day operations were effectively run by the board’s two top Republicans, Dawn Sandow and Georgea Kontzamanis. Ms. Sandow is a former executive director of the Bronx Republican Party with deep ties to Guy Velella, a longtime lawmaker and Bronx party leader who quit elected office in 2004 after pleading guilty in a bribery conspiracy. The leadership vacuum — during an intense election, with a new method of voting — caused tumult at the board for months, several employees said. As the board dealt with those issues, it also ignored offers of technological assistance from the supplier of the software that it would use to tabulate the ranked-choice votes. The supplier, Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center, first offered to help on May 26 and then tried again several times, said its policy director, Christopher W. Hughes. “We had offered up to the Board of Elections to be there in person or remotely and support running the ranked-choice voting election,” Mr. Hughes said in an interview on Wednesday. Mr. Hughes said the resource center could have run a parallel process, using the same data and a copy of the same software, to ensure that the results matched. Doing so would have made it more likely that they would have caught the test ballots that were inadvertently added to the tally on Tuesday, he said. Valerie Vazquez-Diaz, a spokeswoman for the elections board, declined to address the substance of Mr. Hughes’s assertion. Instead, she reiterated the board’s position that the problem was not caused by the software, but by the agency’s staff. “The issue was not the software,” Ms. Vazquez-Diaz said. “There was a human error where a staffer did not remove the test ballot images from the Election Management System.” Understanding the potential role of human error, Mr. Hughes had offered to train New York City election workers on the software, and to provide “remote or in-person support” when it came time to tabulate the vote. His original proposal set out a budget of $90,000 for assistance through 2025, at the cost of $100 or $150 an hour. But he did not hear back, even after trying again on June 2, June 14 and finally, June 21, the day before the primary. The organization’s software was used last year in primaries in Kansas, Wyoming and Alaska. Mr. Hughes said the center always offered some assistance to jurisdictions using its software. “Other jurisdictions tended to be more responsive to outreach, though,” he said. The board also got a late start in testing the software to generate the ranked-choice results because of an impasse with the State Board of Elections that took more than a year to resolve. As recently as a month before the election, the board still faced the possibility of having to count hundreds of thousands of ballots by hand. Only on May 25 did the state board give a green light to the city board’s preferred software package, known as the Universal Ranked-Choice Voting Tabulator. Douglas Kellner, the co-chairman of the state Board of Elections, said the delay was caused by the city election board itself, as well as resistance from Republicans on the state board. “The city Board of Elections had other priorities, that was one issue,” Mr. Kellner said. “And when they finally got around to saying, ‘We have a ranked-choice voting election next year,’ the Republicans at the state Board of Elections started dragging their feet, because they question whether the city even had the authority to amend the charter to provide for this system of voting. So that added several months of additional delay.” Delays also plagued the plan to train employees on the software and ranked-choice voting itself, workers said. Two employees said they did not receive training until after early voting had already begun. A final challenge emerged when the board leaders struggled to decide how and when to release the results of the ranked-choice voting. The board always planned to release only the results of first-choice votes by early voters and in-person voters on primary night. Initially, it planned to then wait until it had received all the absentee votes to conduct the instant runoff enabled by the ranked-choice part of the election. However, officials had received pressure to release results earlier, including from Councilman Brad Lander, who proposed legislation last December to require earlier reporting. Some supporters of ranked-choice voting pushed to make raw voting data public early on, in part because they feared that if the absentee votes changed the results, critics would blame ranked-choice voting. At the last minute — just a few days before Primary Day, employees said — the board settled on a compromise: It would release the results of an instant runoff just for the early votes and in-person voters, as something of a test of the system. That was the release on Tuesday, which was calculated erroneously and sparked the outrage. The debate about when to release results surfaced as early as December, at an oversight hearing of the City Council. At that hearing, Councilman Fernando Cabrera opened with a warning that now sounds prescient. “2021 is the biggest year for local races in recent memory, with open contests for all citywide offices and two-thirds of the City Council seats,” he said. “We cannot afford to get this wrong.”
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China: Florida Condo Collapse Shows U. S. a ‘Third-World Country’

China’s Global Times, a government-run newspaper, declared the United States “a Third-World country” on Tuesday in an opinion piece claiming the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, proved Americans have no respect for human rights. The opinion piece is the second in a series attempting to impugn the American democratic governing system for the tragedy, which has officially claimed 12 lives so far but is expected to yield a much larger death toll as 149 people who lived in the building remain missing. Inspection documentation surfacing in the aftermath of the disaster indicates that the Champlain Towers South had endured significant structural damage with limited repair for years. The Global Times, on Tuesday and in its prior attack on the United States focused on the incident, compared the situation to infrastructure in China, claiming Chinese rescue operations and regulations prevent such catastrophes. The articles notably omitted the Communist Party’s complicity in several major disasters, including the 2015 explosion of a factory in the metropolis of Tianjin in 2015, which the Party claimed killed 173 people. Party officials had routinely allowed significant industrial protocol violations at the site. The rescue operations in Florida, the Global Times proclaimed, are “a blatant disrespect and disregard for life.” “The US’ human rights fairy tale cannot hold water anymore. No matter how Washington brags, the results show the US’ attention has not been devoted to the basic protection of people’s lives,” the propaganda outlet claimed. “In some ways, the current U. S. seems like a ‘third-world country:’ Charles Burkett, mayor of Surfside, Florida, said on Thursday that ‘Buildings like this do not fall in America. This is a third-world phenomenon and it’s shocking.'” “China’s human rights view has effectively guaranteed people’s well-being and prosperous life, while the US’ human rights boast aimed at showing off without substantial measures,” the state newspaper concluded. “In the face of lost lives, the self-claimed ‘beacon of human rights’ has fallen.” “How can Washington talk about human rights when even life is threatened?” the author asked. China is the world’s worst human rights abuser, maintaining over 1,200 concentration camps in its westernmost region, Xinjiang, that it has used to repress and eliminate the indigenous Uyghur ethnic minority there. Chinese companies sell Uyghurs as slaves through government websites openly, as human rights activists have documented, and doctors who have escaped Xinjiang have testified to Chinese Communist Party officials launching a campaign to sterilize all Uyghur women and to sell the “halal” organs of Muslim political prisoners to wealthy foreign buyers. Unlike the blatant human rights abuses committed by Beijing – which the Communist Party only partially denies – no evidence at press time suggests that the federal government of the United States played any role in the Surfside collapse. That did not stop the Global Times from claiming in an earlier article that Chinese “netizens” – social media users whose opinions the Communist Party approves of – were outraged by the ongoing rescue efforts in Florida, claiming that Chinese officials would do a better job. The Communist Party’s infrastructure record does not reflect the Global Times ‘ claims. Last summer, thousands of people in the Chinese heartland, most of them rural villagers, lost their homes or were otherwise displaced in the long term due to devastating floods. The floods themselves did not cause the displacement, however – the government deliberately destroyed smaller dams along the Yangtse River, with minimal warning to those affected, in an attempt to save the Three Gorges Dam. The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric plant and a crowning achievement in communist infrastructure, one that Beijing has repeatedly fended off growing engineering concerns about, as satellite photos indicate significant disfigurement at the site. Similarly, the 2015 Tianjin explosion, which resulted in a force equivalent to the detonation of 21 tons of TNT hitting the city, occurred because the company responsible was housing illegal amounts of flammable materials at the site of the explosion with no significant Communist Party intervention. Yangcheng, China, experienced a similar disaster four years later, indicating that Party officials had done little to strengthen regulation of industrial safety laws. A pesticide plant in the city exploded in March of that year, killing 47 people. Despite its totalitarian nature, the Communist Party has also failed to prevent catastrophes triggered by poor law enforcement in arenas outside of infrastructure. In 2018, Chinese parents nationwide were notified that the vaccine manufacturer Changsheng Biotechnology had administered nearly 1 million faulty or deliberately watered-down doses of rabies, and other vaccines, to children, leaving them immunocompromised. The scandal prompted such outrage that, in one incident, a mob of angry parents publicly beat a Communist Party official over the Party’s failure to regulate one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical programs, with little condemnation from Beijing. That scandal has sowed deep distrust among the Chinese public of Chinese-made vaccine products, which has proven a challenge for the Communist Party’s attempts to promote its homemade vaccines against Chinese coronavirus.
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Here's what is known about the Delta variant of coronavirus

The World Health Organization says the Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, has spread to at least 85 countries since it was first identified in India last fall. Here's what is known about the variant so far: It's spreading fast By mid-June, the Delta variant accounted for 99% of Covid-19 cases in the UK, according to Public Health England, and it is set to account for 90% of cases in Europe by the end of August, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimates the variant accounts for 26% of new Covid-19 cases -- or at least, that it did as of June 19. It accounted for 10% of lineages as of June 5, meaning its prevalence more than doubled in just two weeks. Genetic testing company Helix tells CNN that Delta accounts for 40% of cases in the US at present. "Every two weeks for the last month or two this has been doubling," Dr. Mark Mulligan, director of the NYU Langone Vaccine Center, told an International Antiviral Society--USA briefing Tuesday. "The data from England has shown that it outcompeted the Alpha variant in that population. That is strong head to head evidence that it is a better transmitter," Andrew Pekosz, a professor of immunology and molecular microbiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told CNN. "Here in the US it is doing very similar things. It seems to be on its way to becoming the dominant lineage in the US." It's more transmissible "Delta is the most transmissible of the variants identified so far," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Friday. The virus carries a cluster of mutations, including one known as L452R, that helps it infect human cells more easily. "We learned this virus, a variant of Covid, is highly transmissible -- the most transmissible we've seen to date," US Surgeon-General Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNN Wednesday. "This is, again, a serious threat and we are seeing it spread among unvaccinated people." The ECDC estimates its about 40% to 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant -- making it about half again as contagious. Vaccines protect against it - but not perfectly Real life and laboratory evidence both suggest that fully vaccinated people are protected against the Delta variant. "The good news is if you are vaccinated -- and fully vaccinated means two weeks after your last shot -- then there is good evidence that you have a high degree of protection against this virus," Murthy told CNN's Erica Hill Wednesday. "But if you are not vaccinated, then you are in trouble." Vaccine maker Moderna released results Tuesday showing that blood taken from vaccinated people could neutralize Delta, as well as other variants including Alpha, the Beta or B.1.351 variant first seen in South African, and Gamma, or P.1, which has swept Brazil. "Vaccines can handle it," Mulligan said. "In most cases, we have a cushion of magnitude in circulating antibody and other cellular responses. The vaccines are able to handle this." And in US states with lower vaccination rates, the Delta variant is more prevalent than in states where the majority of the populations are immunized. In Missouri, for example, data from Johns Hopkins University shows the infection rate is about 3.5 times the national average. And CDC data shows Delta accounts for about 57.5% of cases in the region that includes Missouri, where under 40% of the population is fully vaccinated, compared to 47% of the US population overall. But none of the coronavirus vaccines are 100% effective, so there can be infections even in fully vaccinated people. "It is possible that you will see people who are infected get breakthrough infections," Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's Don Lemon Tuesday. "We haven't formally proven yet how much diminution there is in the likelihood of transmitting it to someone else -- including children -- and that's one of the reasons why you've got to be careful when you're dealing with something like the Delta variant," said Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "With millions of people getting vaccinated against COVID-19, some people who are fully vaccinated will still get sick if they are exposed," CDC spokesperson Jade Fulce told CNN in an email Friday. "However, people with breakthrough infections may get less severely ill or have a shorter illness than they would have if they had not been vaccinated." Everyday measures prevent transmission There's nothing about the Delta variant that makes it different in terms of how it transmits. Coronaviruses are passed in the air and, to a smaller degree, on surfaces that people may touch. Masks, physical distancing and good ventilation all work to prevent transmission, as does handwashing and keeping surfaces clean. It's not clear whether it it's more dangerous While some public officials have said they believe the Delta variant is more dangerous that other lineages of the virus, there's no hard evidence showing this. The cluster of defining mutations on Delta indicate it is more transmissible and can hide to a small degree from the body's immune response. but none suggest it is more virulent or more pathogenic -- that is causes more severe disease. It does not carry two other worrying mutations known as E484K and N501Y -- which are seen in the B.1.1.7 or Alpha variant first seen in Britain, which swept many countries at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, and also in the B.1.351 variant of Beta variant first seen in South Africa, and well as the P.1 or Gamma variant. "It has a few unique mutations, particularly in the spike protein, that would suggest it is able to bind to human cells better and perhaps evade antibody responses that target the spike protein," Pekosz said. That could mean people who were infected with earlier lineages of coronavirus and recovered could more easily get infected with Delta. It also suggests antibody-based treatments might be slightly less effective. But as shown in laboratory tests, the vaccines cause an overwhelming immune response, stronger and broader than natural infection, that should protect most vaccinated people against serious illness and even mild infection.
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Trump Calls Out ‘Sick’ State Of The Border During Visit To Texas

During a visit to the U. S.-Mexico border with Republican lawmakers, former President Donald Trump slammed the state of the border and President Joe Biden. “We have a sick country in many ways,” Trump said during an event with Texas officials and members of law enforcement, according to The Hill . “It’s sick in elections, and it’s sick in the border. And if you don’t have good elections, and if you don’t have a strong border, you don’t have a country.” The former president said that he was “going to the real part of the border where there’s real problems, not a part where you look around and don’t see anybody.” Vice President Kamala Harris visited the border Friday in El Paso. She was minutes away from a migrant facility at Fort Bliss U. S. Army Base that is riddled with problems – it has been described as a “tent city in the desert” and officials have expressed concerns about suicidal children – but she did not visit the facility. It took Harris 93 days to visit the border after she was appointed by Biden to lead the administration’s response. Trump, along with several of his administration officials, accepted Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s invitation to visit the southern border. In a statement, the former president slammed Biden’s handling of the border and compared his own strict immigration policies to Biden’s approach. “We went from detain-and-remove to catch-and-release,” Trump said. “We went from having border security that was the envy of the world to a lawless border that is now pitied around the world. Biden and Harris have handed control of our border over to cartels, criminals, and coyotes.”
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McCarthy Calls For An Investigation Into Tucker Carlson’s Allegations Against The NSA

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Congress to investigate Fox News Host and Daily Caller cofounder Tucker Carlson’s allegations that the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on him. McCarthy released a statement Wednesday in which he expressed concern about the alleged spying from the National Security Agency on Carlson. “Now, there is a public report that NSA read the emails of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Although NSA publicly denied targeting Carlson, I have serious questions regarding this matter that must be answered,” he stated. McCarthy also announced that he has asked Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, who serves as the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, to investigate the NSA. “Given this disturbing trend, I’ve asked HPSCI Ranking Member Devin Nunes to investigate and find answers on behalf of the American people. The NSA cannot be used as a political instrument, and House Republicans will ensure accountability and transparency,” McCarthy added. Tucker Carlson alleged Monday on his show ”Tucker Carlson Tonight” that a whistleblower reached out to him and provided evidence that the NSA was monitoring his online communications, including emails and text messages saying: “The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that.” ( RELATED: Psaki Refuses To Answer Question On Tucker Carlson’s Spying Claim: The NSA ‘Focuses On Foreign Threat8A60371A0499703BA433F56457878721) The National Security Agency has denied the allegations. “This allegation is untrue. Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday.
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Putin says U. S. was involved in Britain-Russia standoff in Black Sea

June 30 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed Britain and the United States for a standoff in the Black Sea last week between Moscow forces and a British Destroyer, calling it an intentional provocation. The confrontation occurred on June 23 when Russia says Britain's HMS Defender veered into territorial waters near Crimea, which Moscow controversially annexed in 2014. In response, Russian fighter jets fired warning shots and cautionary explosives were deployed near the warship. British officials denied any warning shots had been fired and said the ship was in Ukrainian and international waters. During a question and answer session with Russian media Wednesday, Putin also accused the United States of being involved in the dispute. "This is, of course, a provocation, which is absolutely clear," Putin said, according to state-run news agency TASS . "First of all, it was comprehensive and was staged not only by the British but also by the Americans because the British warship entered into our territorial waters in the afternoon while early in the morning... a U. S. strategic reconnaissance plane took off from a NATO airfield in Greece." Putin said he later received a report about the U. S. military reconnaissance plane. "It was obvious that the destroyer intruded in pursuit of military aims, trying to find out with the help of a reconnaissance plane what our armed forces' countermeasures to this sort of provocations might be, to see what facilities are activated, where they are located and how they work," he added. "We did see that and knew that, so we disclose only the information that we found appropriate." British environmental secretary George Eustice said last week that Russia's warning would not prevent London from sending ships through the same waters in the future. Putin's remarks came about two weeks after he met with U. S. President Joe Biden at a summit in Switzerland. The meeting was widely seen as a victory for the Russian leader.
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UNC trustees OK Nikole Hannah-Jones’ tenure application

WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. — Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted Wednesday to accept the tenure application of investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, following weeks of tension that began when a board member halted the process over questions about her teaching credentials. The board accepted the application at a special meeting that included a closed-door session. The university announced in April that Hannah-Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project that focused on the country’s history of slavery, would be joining the journalism school’s faculty as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism in July with a five-year contract. Before Wednesday, the school had said little about why tenure was not offered, but a prominent donor revealed he had emailed university leaders challenging her work as “highly contentious and highly controversial” before the process was halted. Hannah-Jones attorneys announced last week that she would not report for work without tenure, prompting a call from Student Body President Lamar Richards, who’s also a trustee, for the board to convene a special meeting.
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Amazon wants FTC Chair Lina Khan to recuse herself in antitrust probe

Amazon said it wants the new head of the Federal Trade Commission to recuse herself from any antitrust probes of the e-commerce giant, arguing that her past criticisms of the company show she can’t treat it fairly. Lina Khan, a 32-year-old legal prodigy who was confirmed as head of the FTC just two weeks ago, is reportedly probing the company’s $8.5 billion acquisition of MGM Studios. Prior to becoming FTC head, Khan wrote extensively on antitrust and Amazon in both legal and popular media. For example, in a 2014 Quartz op-ed, Khan wrote that “Amazon has a monopoly in books” and a “dominant position in our economy.” In a 2017 Yale Law Journal article, she pointed to “anticompetitive aspects of Amazon’s struggle and conduct.” In a 25-page motion that Amazon filed with the FTC on Wednesday, the company pointed to these articles and others as examples of Khan’s alleged inability to treat the company fairly. “Given her long track record of detailed pronouncements about Amazon, and her repeated proclamations that Amazon has violated the antitrust laws, a reasonable observer would conclude that she no longer can consider the company’s antitrust defenses with an open mind,” the company headed by billionaire Jeff Bezos wrote in the motion. Federal ethics principles require commissioners to recuse themselves when they have “expressed views that go beyond general policy commentary” and relate instead to specific companies, Amazon argued. A spokesperson for the FTC did not reply to a request for comment. Khan’s reported probe into Amazon’s MGM acquisition got a boost Wednesday when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent the FTC chair a letter calling for “meticulous antitrust scrutiny” of the transaction. The Amazon motion did not mention MGM specifically but instead asked for the chair to broadly recuse herself from all matters involving the company. In addition to the FTC’s alleged scrutiny of the MGM deal, Amazon is taking heat from Congress. Last week, a bill that could force big tech companies to sell off many of their business lines was passed by the House Judiciary Committee. The FTC’s attempts to rein in another big tech company, Facebook, suffered a major setback Monday when a federal judge dismissed an antitrust suit filed by the agency.
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These five cities have the worst traffic in the United States, according to a new study

Los Angeles is no longer the top spot for the worst traffic, according to a Texas A&M Transportation Institute study. New York-Newark area leads.
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NCAA clears athletes for compensation as state laws kick in

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Seriously, New York? This, now?

Not when the whole idea of people choosing their government is on the ropes in so many ways: A proposal for a new national voting standard has been blocked. The US Department of Justice is alleging an active effort by a Southern state to let fewer Black people vote. Supporters of former President Donald Trump are running one sham audit of the long-over presidential election and pushing for more. Republican senators are openly questioning whether the republic is meant to be a democracy in the first place. But the New York Board of Elections screwed up big time by including test data in the tally of votes released Tuesday, a mistake that was quickly discovered but that nevertheless allowed the city's most famous former resident, the paranoid former President, to buttress his Big Lie that American democracy is fixed. Trump jumped at the opportunity to stretch from New York's problem to the nation's last election. Conservative media agitators weren't far behind. CNN's Gregory Krieg, Ethan Cohen and Adam Levy do an admirable job explaining what we know (or think we know) about what actually went wrong in New York. Here it is in a nutshell: "Within hours of the new figures coming online, the board backtracked -- following questions from the Adams campaign and others -- and acknowledged a 'discrepancy' in its counting process. It subsequently removed the data from its website. Late Tuesday night, the body put out another statement, this time revealing it had mistakenly included 135,000 test vote records in the initial tally. The count will be re-run once the slate is cleared." Trump Organization likely to be charged this week too. And we learn all of this about the fragility of the vote count in New York the same week the New York DA is expected to charge Trump's namesake company and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, with tax crimes, perhaps part of a larger effort against Trump's company. These things aren't related except for the fact that people badly need confidence in their government right now. Instead, with the whole country watching how a new system of ranked-choice voting -- billed as a way to guard against the rise of formerly fringe candidates like Trump -- would work on a large scale, the agency accidentally included dummy data, throwing the entire system and these specific results into question. One consolation. This level of dysfunction feels like a farce, not deep-state election rigging or voter fraud, like the paranoid former President has speciously alleged in the 2020 US election. But the screwup fits nicely into Trump's conspiracy theory mindset, which feeds on mistakes and spreads mistrust in the election system like a brain-eating fungus. A New York Times investigation before the 2020 election found the board to be full of friends and relatives of Big Apple politicos, a throwback to the spoils system or Tammany Hall rather than a professional outfit befitting the largest city in the United States. Even before this snafu, it had botched the mailing of absentee ballots for the presidential primary, the mailing of sample ballots and had taken a shocking amount of time to count some votes. Longtime problem. None of that led to the kind of systemic change the board clearly needs, according to CNN's John Avlon, who has worked with the Board of Elections and served on the voter advisory commission in the past. "Folks nationally may be scratching their heads. Folks in New York know this all too well," he said on CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday. "The New York Board of Elections is a corrupt, incompetent, patronage organization, and this should give just the latest reason it should be ripped up from the roots and totally rebuilt." The problem is doing that, he said, requires cooperation from state and city officials that often can be hard to attain. What's next? Per Krieg and Levy: "Tuesday's count was, in itself, a dry run ahead of the final count, which will not take place for weeks, as absentee ballots are cross-checked and, in some cases, cured if voters respond to notices about minor errors."
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CDC is leaving it up to states to set guidelines for mask wearing, director says

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday the U. S. agency is leaving it up to states and local health officials to set guidelines around mask-wearing even after the World Health Organization urged fully vaccinated people to continue the practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has "always said that local policymakers need to make policies for their local environment," Walensky said during an interview on NBC's "Today." She added that the agency's guidelines broadly recommend that vaccinated people don't need to wear masks. "There are areas of this country where about a third of people are vaccinated, they have low vaccination rates," Walensky said. "There are areas where they have more disease in the context of people not being vaccinated. So, in those areas, we've always said please look, make suggestions." She added, "If you are vaccinated, you are safe from the variants that are circulating here in the United States." The CDC director's comments come days after WHO officials urged fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks, social distance and practice other pandemic safety measures as the highly contagious delta variant spreads rapidly across the globe. Delta, now in at least 92 countries, including the United States, is expected to become the dominant variant of the disease worldwide, according to the WHO. In the U. S., the prevalence of the strain is doubling about every two weeks. WHO officials said Friday they are asking fully vaccinated people to continue to "play it safe" because a large portion of the world remains unvaccinated and highly contagious variants, like delta, are spreading in many countries and spurring outbreaks. "People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses. They still need to protect themselves," Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products, said during a news briefing. The WHO's comments were a departure from the CDC, which has said fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless in most settings, and sparked widespread confusion. Walensky said Wednesday that the WHO makes recommendations for a global population, adding many regions of the world remain unvaccinated. "When the WHO makes those recommendations, they do so in that context," she said. Still, while many states have lifted most of their mask restrictions, places like Mississippi are recommending that residents continue to wear masks indoors even if they are fully vaccinated. Delta is the dominant variant in Mississippi right now and only 31% of the state's eligible population is vaccinated, state health officials said on a call late Tuesday. About 96% of new Covid cases are unvaccinated people, they added.
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Obama: 'We should all be worried' about misinformation that prompted Capitol riot

Former President Obama issued a warning about the political misinformation that preceded the Jan.6 Capitol riot, when Congress met to certify President Biden 's electoral win, saying “we should all be worried.” Obama, speaking during the closing event of the American Library Association’s annual conference on Tuesday, said he saw “some of these trends" of the growing spread and acceptance of misinformation during his own time in office. "But to see not only a riot in the Capitol around what historically had been a routine process of certifying an election, but to know that one of our two major political parties, a strong majority of people in this party, actually believed in a falsehood about those election results, the degree to which misinformation is now disseminated at warp speed in coordinated ways that we haven't seen before,” he said, according to CNN . “And that the guardrails I thought were in place around many of our democratic institutions really depend on the two parties agreeing to those ground rules and that one of them right now doesn't seem as committed to them as in previous generations — that worries me," Obama added while speaking to moderator and former Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch. "And I think we should all be worried,” he added. The unsupported claims from former President Trump and his allies of widespread fraud in the 2020 election fueled the Jan.6 mob attack and have continued to be perpetuated by some Republicans, including GOP lawmakers who have sought to downplay the severity of the riot, during which multiple people died and dozens of others were injured. According to CNN, Obama on Tuesday also specifically cited Trump’s role in exacerbating misinformation and anti-Obama sentiment before then-businessman and political outsider entered office in 2017. "One of the perpetrators of that, not the originator of it, but somebody who surfed that for their own advantage was my successor, Donald Trump," Obama said. "And we saw how powerful the constellation of conservative media outlets, talk radio, and then, ultimately, all this gets turbocharged with social media, how powerful that is." One of the previous claims Trump previously pushed was the so-called birther conspiracy theory, the racist and baseless claim that Obama was not born in the United States. Trump as a private citizen repeatedly called on Obama to release his birth certificate to prove he was born in the U. S. Trump eventually walked back the claim in 2016, when he also falsely accused his then-presidential election opponent,Hillary Clinton, of starting the birther movement. Obama has previously condemned the misinformation and actions that preceded the Jan.6 Capitol riot, saying earlier this month while advocating for Democrats' sweeping voting rights legislation that the mob attack “should remind us that we can't take our democracy for granted.” "Around the world, we have seen once vibrant democracies go into reverse, locking in power for a small group of powerful autocrats and business interests and locking out of the political process dissidents and protesters and opposition parties and the voices of ordinary people,” he said at the time. "It is happening in other places around the world and these impulses have crept into the United States,” he added. “We are not immune from some of these efforts to weaken our democracy."
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COVID-19: Vaccination for 18 and above starting tomorrow in city

Hyderabad: The Telangana government has decided to vaccinate all citizens above 18 years of age from tomorrow July 1 at 100 COVID-19 vaccination centers set up in the city. Those who wish to take the vaccines must properly register their names on the CoWin portal, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) said in a statement today. “Only those who are pre-registered will be vaccinated at the center. To date, the GHMC has been vaccinating only high-risk groups over the age of 45, including self-help group women,” the municipal body’s statement added. Citizens can GHMC register in advance on the CoWin portal and go directly to the nearest vaccine center in order to get vaccinated. So far only those over 45 years of age were administered with the COVID-19 virus through specialized vaccine centers set up by the GHMC in the city. However, starting tomorrow, those who have crossed 18 years of age will also will be able to get inoculated. Get the news updates on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. For all the latest Hyderabad News updates, download our app Android and iOS.
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Microsoft VP Says It’s ‘Shocking’ How Routinely The Government Secretly Demands Private Customer Data

Federal law enforcement agencies covertly request thousands of Microsoft users’ information every year, a company executive told a congressional committee Wednesday. Vice President for Customer Security and Trust Tom Burt told the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing on “Secrecy Orders and Prosecuting Leaks: Potential Legislative Responses to Deter Prosecutorial Abuse of Power” that Microsoft receives between 2,400 and 3,500 secrecy orders a year, or about 7 to 10 a day, from federal law enforcement agencies. “Most shocking is just how routine secrecy orders have become when law enforcement targets an American’s email, text messages or other sensitive data stored in the cloud,” Burt told the committee. Burt was called to the committee to provide insight on potential legislative solutions to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) purported intrusions. Although Burt stated that Microsoft does work with federal agencies in criminal matters, he noted that they do show resistance when the surveillance appears unnecessary. “We cooperate with the Justice Department to investigate criminal and national security cyber-attacks, to keep our children safe from online exploitation, to disrupt criminal enterprises, and to prevent terrorist attacks,” Burt said. “Certain sensitive investigations merit non- disclosure orders. We are not suggesting that secrecy orders should only be obtained through some impossible standard. We simply ask that it be a meaningful one,” he continued. Burt recommended to the committee that secrecy orders should ended indefinitely and targets of data requests be notified when the secrecy order has expired. Both Republicans and Democrats found common ground on the issue of big tech and government’s recent cooperation. Following reports that the Trump administration allegedly spied on lawmakers and journalists, top Democrats have renewed worries about the Department of Justice. “We can not trust the department to police itself,” Chairman Jerrold Nadler said at the hearing, referring to the DOJ. Rep. Matt Gaetz echoed similar concerns regarding the department, citing a 2018 Fox News report detailing then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s supposed attack on Republicans over leaked Russia records. Gaetz continued by signaling his approval of the current cross-party cooperation and hoped to “continue the bipartisan momentum.”
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Sports Digest: Olympic moms with nursing babies get OK to bring children to Tokyo

Canadian basketball player Kim Gaucher, who is breastfeeding her infant daughter, has won in her quest to bring the baby to the Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee says nursing mothers will now be allowed to bring their babies to Tokyo. The move comes after Gaucher made an emotional plea via Instagram to have 3-month-old Sophie travel with her to the Games. Gaucher, a 37-year-old from Mission, British Columbia, said the IOC was forcing her to make a tough choice: skip the Olympics or spend 28 days in Tokyo without her daughter. “We very much welcome the fact that so many mothers are able to continue to compete at the highest level, including at the Olympic Games,” the IOC said Wednesday in a statement. “We are very pleased to hear that the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has found a special solution regarding the entry to Japan for mothers who are breastfeeding and their young children.” The IOC had stipulated that no family could travel to Tokyo due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Gaucher pointed out that international media and sponsors may travel to Tokyo and a capped number of Japanese spectators will be allowed in venues. “Japanese fans are going to be in attendance, the arenas are going to be half full, but I will not have access to my daughter?” Gaucher asked. “We’ve tried appeals. Everyone says they’re on board, but nobody can do anything. Let’s see if we can make a difference. It’s 2021. Let’s make working moms normal.” The new policy affects other athletes who have qualified for Tokyo, including U. S. soccer star Alex Morgan, whose daughter, Charlie, was born in May 2020 and has been able to accompany her mother on the road. Morgan told reporters in April that it was important “to allow mothers the option to have their kids with them while they compete. . if a child is under 1 or 2, they might still be breastfeeding, so that’s a huge piece of it.” Gaucher and Morgan will both be competing in their third Olympics in Tokyo. The woman, not publicly identified, was arrested by gendarmes in the Finistere region who tracked her down based on “solid” accounts from people questioned this week, France Bleu Finistere said, citing a source close to the probe. Investigators had spoken to dozens of people since the incident on Saturday, the local radio station said. Tour organizers had announced after the crash on the stage from Brest to Landerneau that they would start legal proceedings against the fan, who disappeared from the crash scene. She had leaned into the path of veteran rider Tony Martin, who fell off his bike and took dozens of others down in his slipstream. German rider Jasha Sutterlin was forced to abandon the race. The Gendarmerie du Landerneau, east of Brest, had put out a call for witnesses shortly after the pileup. It refused to comment on the reported arrest. Fans gathering on the sides of roads and in villages as riders pass by is part of the tradition and charm of the Tour. But the woman in question leaned into the path of cyclists with her sign that read “Allez Opi-Omi,” a mix of French and German-language terms of endearment for grandparents – “Go Grandpa-Grandma.” The 22-year-old Slovenian mastered the technical 22.7-kilometer (14-mile) loop from Change to Laval to gain time on all other main contenders in an impressive display of power and technical skills. Van der Poel has limited abilities in high mountains and is not expected to remain in the mix once the race reaches the Alps later this week. Joy Mogensen said it “undermines the values and integrity of the beautiful sport that binds the world together.” In a statement after a virtual meeting of the Nordic culture ministers that she hosted, Mogensen said the five nations – Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland – “share a similar view of the problem.” “Closeness and corruption is something we must get rid of in top sports,” she said, adding that the Nordic countries must work together “if we want to get anywhere.” In 2010, Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in a contentious FIFA vote that sparked corruption investigations into the entire bidding process. Evidence was not found by FIFA to warrant stripping Qatar of the hosting rights. The natural gas-rich emirate has spent tens of billions of dollars to build hotels, a new transport system and lavish stadiums to cope with staging one of the biggest sporting events. In the second half of the four-year deal, the number of free games will drop to 19 games including the final. The games will be streamed worldwide except in China, and the Middle East and North Africa region. Next season marks the start of a new format for the competition as it moves to a 16-team group stage, with the top two from each group moving to an eight-team knockout phase. The Court of Arbitration for Sport reversed an independent tribunal’s October 2020 decision that at the time cleared the Bahraini 400-meter runner to compete in the Tokyo Games. “Salwa Eid Naser is sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of two years, commencing on 30 June 2021,” CAS said in a statement Wednesday. The ban will end in early 2023 as Naser will get credit for just over four months “for the period of provisional suspension already served” between June and October 2020, CAS said. The 23-year-old Naser, who was born in Nigeria but competes for Bahrain, ran the fastest women’s 400 since 1985 to win the world title in 2019 in Doha, Qatar. The World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal had ruled in October 2020 that Naser had not committed an anti-doping violation related to a filing failure and missed tests between March 2019 and January 2020. Success. Please wait for the page to reload. If the page does not reload within 5 seconds, please refresh the page. Enter your email and password to access comments. Forgot Password? Don't have a Talk profile? Create one. Invalid username/password. Please check your email to confirm and complete your registration. Create a commenting profile by providing an email address, password and display name. You will receive an email to complete the registration. Please note the display name will appear on screen when you participate. Already registered? Log in to join the discussion. Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. 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Pope Agrees to Meet With Indigenous Groups From Canada About Schools

Pope Francis will meet with Indigenous leaders later this year to discuss coming to Canada to apologize for the church’s role in operating schools that abused and forcibly assimilated generations of Indigenous children, a step toward resolving the grievances of survivors and Indigenous communities, the head of Canada’s largest Indigenous organization said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said that the pope will meet separately at the Vatican with the representatives of Canada’s three biggest Indigenous groups — the First Nations, the Métis and the Inuit — during a four-day series of meetings in December that will culminate in a joint session with all three. “Pope Francis is deeply committed to hearing directly from Indigenous Peoples, expressing his heartfelt closeness, addressing the impact of colonization and the role of the Church in the residential school system,” the bishops wrote. Canada’s Indigenous leaders have long called for a papal apology for the church’s role in the residential schools, a government-created system that operated for about 113 years and that a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission called “cultural genocide.” Those calls have intensified since May, following announcements by three Indigenous communities that ground penetrating radar has revealed many hundreds of unmarked graves containing human remains, mostly of children, at the sites of former schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. While both disease and violence were widespread at the schools, the scans offer no information about how the children died. Catholic orders ran about 70 percent of the schools on behalf of the government. Despite a direct plea from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017, the pope has consistently refused to apologize for the church. Three Protestant denominations that also ran residential schools apologized long ago and contributed millions of dollars to settle in 2005 a class-action suit brought by former students. The Catholic Church, however, has since raised less than four million Canadian dollars, or $3.2 million, of its 25 million dollar share of the settlement. The delegation of Indigenous leaders will push the question of compensation at the Vatican meetings, said Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Canada’s largest Indigenous organization. However, their focus will be on persuading the pope to come to Canada to apologize. “The Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church, they’ve made apologies to the Irish people, they made apologies to the Indigenous people of Bolivia,” Chief Bellegarde told a news conference. “So I think the spirit will move in the appropriate way at the appropriate time.” The news of the Vatican meeting came as the third Canadian Indigenous community announced on Wednesday that it had found 182 human remains near a former school for Indigenous children run by the Catholic church. At the St. Eugene’s Mission School, located in British Columbia on the land of a First Nation which renders its name as ʔaq’am, Indigenous leaders said that a search that started last year has found 182 unmarked graves, some of them just three to four feet deep. Chief Bellegarde said that the Indigenous groups had been trying for two years to schedule this meeting with the pope. But he said that it remains unclear which, if any, of their requests that the pope will agree to. “There are no guarantees of any kind of apology or anything coming forward, there’s no guarantee that he’ll even come back to Canada,” Chief Bellegarde said. “But we have to make the attempt and we have to seize the opportunity.” A national Truth and Reconciliation Commission found that physical, mental and sexual abuse were common at the schools, which operated for over 100 years, starting in the late 19th century. Many of the schools were overcrowded, their children afflicted by disease and, in some cases, malnutrition. All of them rigorously, and sometimes violently, enforced prohibitions on Indigenous languages and cultural practices. In May, Canadians were shocked to learn that ground penetrating radar had revealed the remains of 215 people, mostly children, near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. Last week the shock was compounded after a First Nation in Saskatchewan said that the technology had found 751 remains at the site of a former school on its land. The St. Eugene’s Mission School, where the discovery of remains was announced on Wednesday, was operated between 1890 and 1969 by Catholic orders, including athe Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In a statement released Wednesday, the Lower Kootenay Band said the remains likely belonged to people from the bands of Ktunaxa Nation — of which it is a member — and other neighboring Indigenous communities. The search, which is continuing, was organized by the?aq’am First Nation, which informed Chief Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band, about its initial findings last week. After making the discovery public on Wednesday, Chief Louie said that he is less interested in a papal apology than criminal charges being brought against members of the church involved in running the school. “We’re beyond apologies, we need to talk about accountability,”” he said. “If Nazi war criminals can be tried at an elderly age for their war crimes, I think we should be tracking down the living survivors of the church — being the priests and the nuns — who had a hand in this.”
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At Nearly 116 Degrees, Heat in Western Canada Shatters National Record

Vancouverites were frying eggs on pans placed on their terraces. One man checked into an air-conditioned five-star hotel, after the five fans aimed at his bed at home and the seventh cold shower failed to bring relief. Lettuce plants shriveled in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia’s picturesque wine region. Flowers wilted. People wilted. The heat wave across western Canada has much of a country known for its sweater weather sweating. Canada broke a national heat record on Sunday when the temperature in a small town in British Columbia reached almost 116 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking an 84-year-old record by nearly 3 degrees, with dangerously hot weather expected to continue for several more days. “This is a complete shock to a Canadian — this feels like Las Vegas or India — not Vancouver,” said Chris Johnson, a criminal lawyer who on Monday was heading to an air-conditioned hotel room as temperatures inside his home reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Tying any one weather event to climate change requires extensive attribution analysis, but heat waves around the world are growing more frequent, longer-lasting and more dangerous, experts say. David Phillips, a senior climatologist at Environment Canada, a government agency, said the early timing of this one, its intensity and its duration, could all be attributable to rising global temperatures. “It’s our grandparents’ heat waves, but it’s different now because of the human component,” Mr. Phillips said, referring to climate change, and the well-documented effects of human behavior like carbon emissions on the planet. Mr. Phillips pointed to the public health dangers of having heat extend overnight. “We know that nighttime temperatures, that’s where people die from heat waves,” he said. At a time when many Canadians have finally been enjoying the summer amid the easing of coronavirus restrictions and newly opened restaurant terraces, beaches and parks, the scorching temperatures have added another public health burden. Now, the authorities must also contend with both the relaxed rules and trying to keep residents cool. Canadians are not alone in feeling overheated. The same high-pressure system baking the region has also produced record-breaking heat in the northwestern United States, including 112 degrees on Sunday in Portland, Ore. Emily Jubenvill, co-owner and manager at Enderberry Farm, a farm that produces organic vegetables in the northern Okanagan Valley, said she and her husband were planning to beat the heat by getting to the fields at 3 a.m. Tuesday to pick vegetables. “Things are maturing faster under the stress of the heat, and so we’re not able to harvest as much,” she said, noting that the flavor of vegetables like lettuce could turn extremely bitter if exposed to very hot weather. Canada’s old national heat record was 45 degrees Celsius, or 113 Fahrenheit, but on Sunday, Lytton, a town of fewer than 300 about three hours east of Vancouver, reached 46.6 Celsius, or 115.9 Fahrenheit, according to Environment Canada. Other towns in southern British Columbia, including Victoria, Kamloops and Kelowna, are breaking local records under the high-pressure heat dome, and temperatures well over 100 degrees are forecast through Wednesday. Previously, Midale and Yellow Grass, both in rural Saskatchewan, held the record in Canada for the highest temperature on July 5, 1937, at 113 degrees. Western Canada’s “desert heat” is in contrast to the sultry “jungle heat” seen in eastern parts of the country, akin to temperatures and humidity felt in Florida or the Gulf of Mexico, said Mr. Phillips, the climatologist. According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, a scientific report by 13 U. S. federal agencies, heat waves have climbed from two per year in the 1960s to six per year by the 2010. The season for heat waves has also grown 45 days longer than it was in the 1960s, the report notes. It is all part of an overall warming trend: The seven warmest years in the history of accurate worldwide record-keeping have been the last seven years, and 19 of the 20 warmest years have occurred since 2000. An analysis from the Copernicus Climate Change Service, a group of European climate researchers, found that the hottest year on record was 2020, tied with 2016. Several school districts in British Columbia were closed on Monday, given that many buildings are not fitted with air conditioning. Temperatures rarely go above 86 degrees Fahrenheit in Vancouver, Mr. Phillips said. British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, a state-owned utilities company, saw back-to-back record-breaking electricity use on Saturday and Sunday, with some local power outages reported across the system, the Provincial Crown corporation said in a news release Monday. On social media, people posted photographs of cooling off their pets with ice packs, putting out water trays for birds or avoiding the sun altogether. In a weather alert for Metro Vancouver on Monday, Environment Canada warned that temperatures could reach as high as 44 degrees Celsius, or 111 degrees Fahrenheit, during the day. “The duration of this heat wave is concerning as there is little relief at night with elevated overnight temperatures,” it wrote, advising local residents to navigate the “record-breaking heat” by drinking plenty of water and avoiding leaving people and pets in a parked vehicle. It also advised residents to watch out for the symptoms of heat illness such as dizziness, fainting, nausea and decreased urination.
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China's Tough Hong Kong Law Turns 1 Year Old — And It's Already Grown Teeth

BEIJING — It took just one year for China's national security law to completely remake Hong Kong's decades-old institutions. Apple Daily newspaper had to shut down. Universities have been muzzled. Prominent activists are either in prison or in exile. And protesters who took part in Hong Kong's largest demonstrations ever against Beijing's rule are facing sentences of up to life in prison. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam vowed on the eve of the national security law's implementation last year that it would "only target an extremely small minority" of crimes, but basic rights and freedoms and most citizens would be protected. While the absolute number of people brought to trial has indeed been low, the law has been used to arrest people for a broad variety of offenses — a strategy legal experts say is designed to create a chilling effect to prevent all future dissent, and discourage political activity, across all levels of civil society. New data collected by legal scholars at the Georgetown Center for Asian Law in Washington shows the National Security Department has made at least 130 arrests since it was created by the new law within the Hong Kong Police Force last year. Only about half of those arrested have actually been formally charged, however. Being arrested under the law alone is enough to halt a person's activism. "This is putting the Chinese playbook on the Hong Kong situation," says Lydia Wong, one of the researchers who compiled the data. "You have very high cash bail, and you also will need to hand out [your] travel document. You need to stay away from social media. You cannot give public speeches." Chinese leader Xi Jinping signed the law on June 30, 2020, at a time when he and the Communist Party have sought to expand control in China and over the semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong, a former British colony. The sweeping rules toughen punishment for activities the authorities deem to be subversion, secession, terrorism or foreign collusion. The law has also weakened Hong Kong's once-formidable rule of law court system, which had provided strong protection for civil liberties and commercial rights, independent from mainland China's Communist Party-ruled system. These legal protections are in part what have made Hong Kong a popular destination for international business. There is the case of Tong Ying-kit, a delivery worker arrested a year ago after flying a "Liberate Hong Kong" protest flag on his motorbike and crashing into several police officers. On June 23, he pleaded not guilty to the charges of terrorism and incitement to commit secession, in the first case to go to trial under the new national security law. The judge denied his request for a trial by jury, even though Hong Kong's courts have traditionally allowed it, saying the security law says his case can only be heard by a judge, according to the South China Morning Post. Twelve residents who tried to flee Hong Kong by boat were arrested under the law, and tried in mainland China, during which their families and lawyers said they were barred from visiting them. And pro-democracy supporters worry that the 10,000 protesters arrested since 2019 could now face harsher sentences on rioting charges dating back to when Hong Kong was a British territory, from 1841 to 1997. "China is including those colonial-era laws under the national security law system, so we are actually seeing a lot of cases brought in by the National Security Department but then charged by this kind of colonial period law," says Wong. The 130 arrests so far under the law cluster around issues or organizations Beijing has publicly excoriated, suggesting the law is being used to target the Communist Party's opponents, according to the Georgetown researchers. In March, 47 activists were charged under the national security law for subversion. It was the largest round of charges so far. Their alleged crime was to organize an informal poll in 2020 to identify a coalition pick of opposition candidates for legislative elections in December. Beijing's top office on Hong Kong affairs had warned organizers the poll was an attempt "to seize the ruling power of Hong Kong and... carry out a Hong Kong version of 'color revolution,'" referring to the wave of anti-authoritarian protests that began in 2011. "The government does not want to face the reality. They are not the majority," says Owen Li, an elected district council member with an opposition party in Hong Kong. Li won his seat in an election in 2019, which attracted record turnout from Hong Kong voters. It was also the last before Hong Kong postponed legislative elections and then changed its election law to ensure a pro-Beijing majority in the legislature. "They are saying that you cannot oppose China from imposing any law, that the [National] People's Congress have the right to impose laws on Hong Kong based on national security," said Gwyneth Ho, one of the 47 activists charged under the law, referring to China's top legislative body. NPR spoke to the former journalist before she was charged and detained again in March. Imprisonment is a cost that few Hong Kongers can shoulder. "Every time when I go to any public speaking [engagement], I think very forcefully before I say something," Lo Kin-hei, the chairman of the opposition Democratic Party and a district official, told NPR by phone. "I am very cautious in that." Hong Kong's once-freewheeling press has also been quieter. In April, Bao Choy, a former journalist with the public broadcaster RTHK, was convicted of making false statements over her reporting to expose authorities' failure to stop a pro-Beijing mob from attacking anti-government protesters in 2019. Now newsrooms and their lawyers are struggling to figure out whether talking with sources abroad or interviewing the political opposition could land themselves in court. "The law was very vaguely defined. A lot of terms in it were left very ambiguous," says Hari Kumar, who was a senior editor for the broadcaster's English service until last year. Kumar says one of the issues discussed in the newsroom was whether the law prohibited news services from publishing pictures or video that depict activity that police could construe as secessionist or subversive. "If we publish a picture of somebody with a flag saying 'Hong Kong independence,' is that promoting Hong Kong independence?" he asks. "We don't know. We still don't know." Apple Daily is the latest casualty of the tough legislation. The paper stopped printing after the authorities froze its assets and arrested its top editors and executives. On June 24, it printed its final edition. Readers waiting in long lines quickly bought up all 1 million copies. The evisceration of Apple Daily, the colorfully combative newspaper beloved by hundreds of thousands of readers in Hong Kong, may hold instructive lessons for other outlets. Apple Daily has been a prime target under the national security law. So far,17 executives and editors associated with the paper have been arrested for "colluding with foreign forces," including the paper's billionaire founder Jimmy La i, his son, and the editor-in-chief. Two Apple Daily columnists were arrested on national security grounds days after the paper's closure; one was apprehended at the airport as he was trying to leave Hong Kong. This month, the Committee to Protect Journalists said it will honor Jimmy Lai with an award for being a "press freedom warrior." The arrests sent a stark message to Apple Daily's supporters, and the city's security chief recently pointedly noted that anybody found supporting the tabloid's leadership could end up in political hot water as well. "I hereby solemnly declare that: don't associate with these criminals endangering national security, you will pay a hefty price," said John Lee, the Hong Kong security chief. "Cut ties with these criminals." Within days, several columnists for other English and Mandarin outlets across the territory quietly resigned.
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ACLU sues Biden administration over ICE transfers

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Wednesday, seeking to block the transfer of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees at a New Jersey jail. The suit is the first legal challenge against a Biden administration immigration policy. The ACLU is seeking to prevent detainees from being transferred to remote locations across the country away from their families and attorneys as New Jersey appears set to pass a bill prohibiting local and state correctional facilities from housing federal immigration detainees. "True to form, we will sue any administration — Democrat or Republican — and hold them accountable when they take positions that violate civil liberties and civil rights," ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said in a statement. "This may be one of the first lawsuits filed against the Biden administration by advocacy groups, but I’m guessing it won’t be the last.” The class-action lawsuit, filed in New Jersey federal district court, says that some ICE detainees at the Essex County jail have already been transferred across the country to facilities in states like Georgia and Nevada. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild's National Immigration Project on behalf of the Essex detainees. They argued that transferring ICE inmates long distances will disrupt their legal right to counsel for immigration proceedings. "Transferring Plaintiff and the members of the class to distant locations that are inaccessible to counsel violates federal constitutional and statutory law," the complaint reads. "The Due Process Clause of the U. S. Constitution does not permit the government to effectively sever the attorney-client relationship by transferring individuals hundreds or thousands of miles away from their attorneys while their cases remain pending." ICE did not immediately respond when asked for comment.
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Kim Jong Un Says A Lapse In COVID Protocols Caused A 'Grave Incident'

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has publicly railed at senior officials, saying their failure to properly implement policies required to fight the pandemic had caused a "grave incident." But he didn't say exactly what the incident was, nor did he contradict the country's official line, which is that it has not had a single COVID-19 infection so far. Given the rudimentary state of North Korea's health care system, and its history of fighting pandemics, experts doubt that claim. Kim decried official "incompetence and irresponsibility," which he said had led to unspecified "severe consequences," at a meeting of Workers' Party Politburo. That group includes about 20 top ruling party officials, plus another 10 alternate members. As recently as last week,North Korea reported to the World Health Organization that the country had not a single case of COVID-19, although it admits it has tested only around 30,000 people in a country of more than 25 million. State media said senior officials failed to take various "measures as required by the prolonged state emergency epidemic prevention campaign." Some observers took this to mean that the policies which were not implemented to Kim's satisfaction may have been required by, but not directly related to, efforts to combat the epidemic. The meeting at which Kim spoke also saw a personnel reshuffle within top party and government institutions. This prompted speculation that some senior officials were punished for the "grave incident," although state media did not mention specific officials by name. Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, notes that the last time North Korea admitted to a suspected outbreak of COVID-19 was last July, when a person who defected to South Korea reentered the North and slipped into the city of Kaesong. The whole city was quarantined for nearly three weeks, but no infections were ever confirmed. "If this 'great crisis' were a COVID infection or a suspected infection," Yang says, "North Korea would have completely locked down the concerned region, but we are not seeing any such signs," which leads him to think the infection scenario is unlikely. Yang also notes that Kim has publicly admitted that his country faces another crisis: a food shortage. While food shortages are a chronic condition in the North, due in part to economic mismanagement, the situation has been aggravated by pandemic-related border closures and poor harvests due to typhoons last year. "Kim Jong Un could have, for example, ordered the military to release their rice stockpile to tackle the current emergency," Yang says. "A delay in executing such order could lead to growing complaints from the people, which would seem to be a serious problem in the eyes of the supreme leader." The border closures and the departure of much of the foreign diplomatic corps from Pyongyang has left the North even more isolated than it usually is. "Without many eyes and ears on the ground, it is increasingly difficult to assess the situation," says Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. "And without their trusted hands, it will be harder to deliver assistance to the people who need it most."
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The Hill's Morning Report - Bidens to visit Surfside, Fla., collapse site

Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U. S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday,603,967; Tuesday,604,115; Wednesday,604,467. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel Thursday to Miami to meet with officials and mourning families who have waited nearly a week as search teams comb through a mountain of debris without finding survivors of the Champlain South Towers tragedy. One hundred forty-nine people remain missing, leading officials and searchers to anticipate that the current official death toll of 12 will rise ( Miami Herald). Biden — who is no stranger to loss and is practiced at delivering pathos among the bereaved — will bring to Florida’s disaster site expressions of sympathy and presidential reassurances about ongoing federal assistance. Engineering experts and a mounting collection of information describing structural problems and recommended repairs at the 1981 structure suggest that the partial collapse of the 12-story tower in less than 30 seconds might have been preventable. No cause has yet been identified, and the White House says Biden supports those who want to see a thorough investigation. The Associated Press: Biden (pictured below in 2020 during his campaign) will meet with victims’ relatives near the site of the Surfside, Fla., catastrophe. The president of the Champlain South Towers condo association warned residents of the building in an April letter about the need for major repairs and urged them to pay $15 million in assessments to begin the work ( The Wall Street Journal). Separately, the Surfside official who gave the building a clean bill of health in November 2018 was placed on leave from his current job as interim building official for Doral, Fla., the city said Tuesday. In the early hours on Thursday following the building’s collapse,37 survivors were pulled from the site, but none of the missing have been found alive in the days since. The search continues with fading hopes ( The Wall Street Journal). The Washington Post: Video timeline: How the Miami-Dade condo building collapsed. The New York Times: What we know about those who were killed. Biden, who was in Wisconsin on Tuesday to promote his infrastructure agenda and will visit Michigan on Friday to urge Americans to get COVID-19 inoculations, will have appeared in three battleground states this week that are important to his party’s future in 2022 and 2024. The Hill: In Wisconsin, Biden says the infrastructure plan he backs would create millions of jobs. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the president, who will not attend this summer’s Olympics, said the first lady may lead the U. S. delegation in Tokyo. “ We're trying to work that out now. That's the plan,” he told reporters ( CNN). The Olympics have been roiled by controversy because of the coronavirus, calls from public health specialists in Japan to cancel the games and limits on spectators in an effort to mitigate transmissions of COVID-19. Japan’s Olympics opening ceremony, postponed a year, is scheduled on July 23, and the games conclude Aug.8. LEADING THE DAY CONGRESS: Congressional Democrats received a boost on Tuesday when Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) said that he supports moving ahead with a wide-ranging infrastructure bill via budget reconciliation. However, Manchin also gave hope to Republicans, telling MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that any Democratic-only package should not be linked to the bipartisan Group of 21 blueprint that was agreed to last week. “We're going to have to work it through reconciliation, which I’ve agreed that can be done. I just haven’t agreed on the amount, because I haven’t seen everything that everyone is wanting to put in the bill,” Manchin said ( The Hill). Manchin’s remarks come amid some struggles for the bipartisan framework. According to The Washington Post, the proposal continues to be plagued by financing issues as lawmakers have been insistent that the bill does not raise taxes on middle-class Americans. Among the key provisions in the current $1.2 trillion package over eight years is $70 billion purportedly coming from reducing spending on unemployment benefits that are incorrectly paid out and considered waste. Nonpartisan analysts tell the Post that the total is closer to $35 billion and that the administration is struggling to come up with the remaining monies to cover the $70 billion. USA Today: Senators celebrate bipartisan compromise on infrastructure. Now the hard part begins. Political problems are also plaguing the infrastructure situation. Progressives are dissatisfied with how bipartisan negotiations played out, suggesting they over promised results to supporters last year during the campaign. As The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Hanna Trudo write, Democrats believed full control of Congress gave them a chance to pass sweeping bills to deal with myriad issues, including voting rights, health care and climate change, to name a few. But six months into Biden's presidency, many of those plans look unpassable, as the party has been unable to nix the 60-vote threshold in the Senate, leaving all of them to languish. The situation is not at all dissimilar from what happened to Republicans in 2017 after years of promising a full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, which never took place. More in Congress: Confederate statues in the Capitol could be removed following the vote on Tuesday by the House to rid the seat of American democracy of symbols of rebellion and racism. But first, the Senate has to agree. The House voted 285-120 to remove the statues, with only 67 Republicans voting with Democrats ( The Hill).… The House Armed Services Committee is expected to consider a bill in mid-July to overhaul the military justice system in an effort to tackle the pervasive problem of sexual assault, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the panel’s chairman, said on Tuesday ( The Hill). ***** POLITICS: The New York City mayoral race is in turmoil after the city’s board of elections released a new round of primary results, only to remove them hours later and say they were released to the public in error. A new tally is expected today. According to the results released, Eric Adams, president of the Brooklyn borough, held a 2 percentage point lead (16,000 votes) over Kathryn Garcia in the Democratic primary to become the next mayor of New York City. However, those figures were taken down en masse hours later, with the board of elections citing a “discrepancy.” According to the board, it failed to remove images of sample ballots from the overall tabulation, saying in a statement that the incorrect results released Tuesday “included both test and election night results, producing approximately 135,000 additional records.” The board added that those results will be re-totaled and released later today ( The New York Times). A winner is not expected to be declared until mid-July, due in large part to the city’s new ranked-choice voting system, which allows voters to list five choices in descending order on their ballots ( The Hill). The Associated Press: Error mars vote count in NYC mayoral primary. > Border politics: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), a Trump ally and potential 2024 presidential candidate, on Tuesday said she would deploy 50 members of her state’s National Guard to the U. S. southern border in response to Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's “request for help” with illegal border crossings. Noem made the announcement one day ahead of Trump’s visit to the border with Abbott, an event intended to criticize the Biden administration and gain publicity for the former president. The U. S. border with Mexico is 1,200 miles long, suggesting the “national security” response is something of an embellishment. Noem said the deployment would be for 30 to 60 days and is being paid for with “a private donation” ( Newsweek). Noem’s announcement came one the eve of Trump’s scheduled visit to the border alongside Abbott and a group of roughly two dozen members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC). Afterward, Trump and Abbott are expected to participate in a town hall moderated by Fox News’s Sean Hannity and attended by supporters at a hangar in the South Texas International Airport in Edinburg. “Republicans understand what a severe case of invasion and illegal behavior we have at the border. And the Biden administration has done nothing about it,” said Rep. Roger Williams (Texas), who will be among the RSC members who will join Trump at the border ( The Hill). Fox News: Ahead of Trump border visit, Republicans mobilize effort to send law enforcement relief to Texas, Arizona. Politico: Arizona ballot audit shows signs of backfiring on GOP. Niall Stanage: The Memo: Trump's newfound critics invite skepticism. Meridith McGraw, Politico: A new darkness falls on the Trump movement. > Senate contests: Former Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker (D) said Tuesday he will have a special announcement Thursday. He said months ago he was considering a race for a Senate seat next year, which would likely be to challenge Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Booker previously ran for a Democratic nomination in the 2020 Senate primaries, facing off against Amy McGrath in challenging then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is now minority leader ( WAVE3). In Georgia, Trump said in an interview on Tuesday that former NFL running back Herschel Walker told him that he plans to run for Senate in Georgia in a bid to unseat Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.). “He told me he’s going to, and I think he will,” Trump told “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.” “I had dinner with him a week ago. He’s a great guy. He’s a patriot. He’s a very loyal person” ( The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). In Ohio’s Senate race to succeed Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is retiring next year, the campaign staff of Republican candidate Josh Mandel quit because of what they say was a toxic work environment created by a staffer involved in a relationship with Mandel ( The Columbus Dispatch). NBC News: Ohio GOP Senate candidates escalate competition for Trump's favor. Politico: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has the moxie to take on Trump. Will she? IN FOCUS/SHARP TAKES ADMINISTRATION: Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, the top U. S. military commander in Afghanistan, expressed concern Tuesday that the country could slide into a chaotic civil war and face "very hard times" unless its fractious civilian leadership unites and the haphazard array of armed groups joining the anti-Taliban fight are controlled and made "accountable" for their actions in battle. Miller, who met with a group of journalists, offered a bleak assessment as Taliban forces continued their rapid advance across northern Afghan provinces and expanded into other rural regions. The insurgents also began circling closer to Kabul ( The Washington Post). > The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is beefing up protections for homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages, although a temporary federal ban on foreclosures will end on July 31 and will not be renewed ( CNBC). > The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) newly named chairwoman, Lina Khan, faces a 30-day deadline to file an amended antitrust complaint against Facebook following a federal judge’s dismissal of the FTC’s case on Monday. Khan, an antitrust scholar, gained support from progressives and some of the most conservative senators before her confirmation this month ( The Hill). The Morning Report is created by journalists Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver. We want to hear from you! Email: and We invite you to share The Hill’s reporting and newsletters, and encourage others to SUBSCRIBE! OPINION Republicans would only hurt themselves by not participating in Pelosi’s Jan.6 select committee, by Henry Olsen, columnist, The Washington Post. I translated articles for Apple Daily. Can I go home to Hong Kong? by Jessica Leung, opinion contributor, The Wall Street Journal. WHERE AND WHEN The House meets at 10 a.m. The Senate convenes for a pro forma session at 11 a.m. on Thursday; senators are out of Washington through July 9. The president receives the President’s Daily Brief at 9:50 a.m. Biden will speak at 11 a.m. at a meeting of Cabinet officials, eight governors from Western states and attendees from the private sector about drought, record heat and the risks of wildfire season in the West. Vice President Harris will speak at 9:35 a.m. at the South Court Auditorium across from the White House while leading the U. S. delegation to the Generation Equality Forum. At 11 a.m., Harris will join Biden with eight governors, Cabinet members, plus private-sector representatives for a discussion of preparedness for wildfires, drought and high temperatures in Western states. Jill Biden will travel to Phoenix today with second gentleman Doug Emhoff to meet with Mayor Kate Gallego (D) and tour a COVID-19 vaccination site at a middle school to encourage people to get vaccinated. The White House press briefing will take place at 1 p.m. and include Michael Regan, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. INVITATION TODAY at 1 p.m. ET to The Hill’s Virtually Live event, “ Telos: ESG and Corporate Responsibility in America, ” a national summit on environmental and social governance with CEOs, regulators, investment experts, activists and others. Speakers include Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N. Y.), United Nations Global Compact CEO Sanda Ojiambo, PwC Chairman Tim Ryan and more. Information is HERE. Also today, join The Hill’s “ The Road to Zero-Emission Trucks: Charging Infrastructure,” an event at 3:15 p.m. ET examining the future of electric trucks and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Information is HERE. Hill. TV’s “Rising” program features news and interviews at or on YouTube at 10:30 a.m. ET at Rising on YouTube. ELSEWHERE ➔ SUPREME COURT: Justices on Tuesday left intact a nationwide pause on rental evictions put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 5-4 vote rejected an emergency request from a group of landlords asking the court to effectively end the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) eviction moratorium, which is set to run through July ( The Hill).… The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the government can indefinitely detain certain immigrants who say they will face persecution or torture if they are deported to their native countries. The court held 6-3 that the immigrants are not entitled to a hearing about whether they should be released while the government evaluates their claims. Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court that “those aliens are not entitled to a bond hearing” ( The Associated Press).… The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that New Jersey cannot block a natural gas pipeline. Justices by a 5-4 voted said PennEast Pipeline Company, the project’s developer, may exercise the federal government’s power of eminent domain to condemn land owned by New Jersey ( The New York Times). ➔ CORONAVIRUS: Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are likely to produce “persistent” immunity for years against COVID-19 and the known coronavirus variants, according to a new study published in the journal Nature ( The New York Times).… Royal Caribbean International said on Tuesday it would require unvaccinated guests over the age of 12 who are traveling from Florida to show proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 related medical expenses, quarantine and evacuation. Proof of travel insurance is a condition of boarding on trips from Aug.1 through Dec.31 and must be shown at check-in, the company said. Two unvaccinated teenagers tested positive on a company ship last week, and two others were infected on another cruise ship this month. The Florida government bars companies from requiring customers to show proof of vaccines, yet cruise operators are required under federal rules to demonstrate that a majority of passengers and crew have received COVID-19 vaccines before setting sail ( Reuters). ➔ STATE WATCH: States are spending unprecedented amounts of money to prepare for what is likely to be a terrible fire season. Biden meets this morning with Western governors at the White House to discuss record temperatures, drought and wildfire preparedness. Expected to participate are the governors of Oregon, California, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Washington and Colorado ( The Hill).… Some experts believe climate change has compounded the conditions that are producing a stifling summer in the Pacific Northwest, severe conditions that have sent some Portland, Ore., residents and their pets to cooling centers (pictured below) ( The Hill).… The situation was laid bare in Portland, Ore., which shut down its streetcar and light rail services on Monday due to cables melting from the scorching weather ( The Hill).… Next up amid the crushing heat: rolling power blackouts ( The Associated Press). THE CLOSER And finally… A Stone Age shaman who practiced “magical” rituals 4,400 years ago in what is now Finland may have used a 21-inch, carved wooden staff shaped remarkably like a snake, according to those who have studied the ancient implement unearthed last summer and now written about the unusual antiquity ( NBC News). Archaeologists believe a prehistoric wetland site where the staff was found in southwest Finland was occupied by Neolithic (late Stone Age) peoples between 4,000 to 6,000 years ago.
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In Annual Call-In, Putin Says He Received Sputnik Jab

Russian President Vladimir Putin has kicked off his live annual call-in show by encouraging citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the country battles a new surge in coronavirus cases and record death counts on almost a daily basis. Officially known as the "Direct Line," the June 30 event comes with alarmed officials scrambling to reimplement restrictions on public life. Speaking on stage at a desk with two moderators presenting some of the more than 2 million questions submitted by Russians, Putin said he hoped the country would avoid a nationwide lockdown in response to the spike in cases and would not impose mandatory vaccinations even though Russia currently has one of the lowest rates of vaccinations among major industrial nations with many people either distrusting the science behind the Russian vaccine, or the government more generally. On June 29, health authorities reported nearly 21,000 new infections, and 652 deaths, a new daily mortality record for the country. In all, more than 135,000 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in Russia since the pandemic's beginning, while the Kremlin has been forced to acknowledge that the national goal of vaccinating 60 percent of the population would be missed. At the start of the show, an annual performance aimed at showcasing his willingness to respond to average Russian concerns, Putin revealed for the first time that he had the locally developed Sputnik V jab, ending months of speculation over which shot he received behind closed doors late last year. He claimed he hadn't gone public previously with the type of vaccine he received because he didn't want to give the vaccine makers a competitive advantage. 'It is necessary to listen, not to people who understand little about this and spread rumors, but to specialists,' he implored Russians, the majority of whom polls show oppose receiving coronavirus jabs. Hours-Long Event In past years, the Kremlin has used the hours-long event to show Putin as a responsive, sympathetic leader who can both extol Russia's past and current successes, and also pay attention to local issues like trash landfills or unpaid salaries. The event typically features screened calls ostensibly from average Russians, plus messages sent via text or social media. Last year, the Kremlin canceled the event as Russia grappled with the pandemic, while this year's version comes with less than 11 weeks remaining before Russia holds national parliamentary elections, the last major vote before Putin's current term ends in 2024. Kremlin-engineered constitutional changes have opened the door for Putin to stay on as president, possibly until 2036, though the longest-serving Russian leader since Josef Stalin has not indicated whether he will seek to remain in power. Amid the struggle to contain the coronavirus, Putin has tried to remain above the nitty-gritty details, leaving major decisions like imposing, or lifting, public restrictions to regional officials like Moscow's mayor. Some epidemiologists have observed that the current trajectory of cases means Russia will see a peak in late August or early September, close to the final run-up to the September 19 election. That could be problematic for United Russia, the Kremlin-allied political party, which is hoping to maintain its dominance in the 450-seat lower house of parliament. A strong showing and a supermajority would smooth the way for possible future legislative or constitutional changes depending on Putin's political intentions in 2024. However, United Russia is deeply unpopular, with some opinion polls giving the party its worst ratings ever. That has resulted in the Kremlin and the powerful Presidential Administration tinkering with political parties and alliances, and trying to generate interest using celebrities or high-profile political figures, like the defense or foreign ministers. The government has also taken steps to quash opposition political movements, including that of Aleksei Navalny, the anti-corruption crusader who built a formidable national organization that has dented Putin's public image. At a United Russia party congress this month, Putin, who is not formally a party member, signaled the government would do some high-profile public spending on infrastructure such as roads between now and the election. 'People's well-being is of the highest value,' he said. Putin's approval is still high, but has taken a hit in recent years, dragged down by controversial pension reforms and what many Russian view as stagnating wages, slipping living standards, and persistent high-level corruption. Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036
Putin reveals he received Sputnik V jab
Putin reveals he was vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V
President Putin Says He Has Been Vaccinated With Sputnik V
Putin reveals he was vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V
Putin reports he received the Sputnik V vaccine
Russian President Vladimir Putin Holds Annual Q&A Session
Vladimir Putin says he took Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine


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Joining Trump at border, GOP congressman eyes path to power

WASHINGTON — At the invitation of Donald Trump, Indiana Rep. Jim Banks recently led a small group of House Republicans to the former president’s New Jersey golf club, where they dined on beef tenderloin, posed for photos and briefed him on strategy for the 2022 midterm elections. Banks tweeted a picture of himself and Trump grinning widely while flashing a thumbs-up after the session in June. “It was entirely focused on the future of the Republican Party,” he said. Whatever that future may hold, the 41-year-old Banks is working aggressively to play a prominent role in it. A politician with mountaintop ambition, he is rising in the ranks of the House Republicans — and in the estimation of the mercurial Trump. Banks' overnight trip to Trump's Bedminster resort punctuated a political journey from a county council seat in small-town northeast Indiana to prominence in Congress in little more than a decade. It also served as a testament to the conversion Banks underwent from Trump critic to unapologetic supporter. Recently selected to lead the Republican Study Committee, a powerful voting bloc that includes most members of the House Republican conference, Banks is now tasked with crafting a policy agenda that bridges mainstream, Reagan-era conservatism and Trump’s grievance-driven populism. If successful, it’s a project that could catapult Banks higher in the House leadership. On Wednesday, Banks was invited to join Trump for a tour of the U. S.-Mexico border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, where the former president was expected to rail against illegal immigration. “Jim understands there’s no future for the Republican Party without Trump supporters. But he also understands traditional movement conservative principles need to have a future,” said Luke Messer, a former Indiana congressman who retired in 2019 after a failed Senate run. “He is trying to work both halves of that equation and his colleagues recognize his talent.” Like other Republican strivers, including New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, the No.3 ranking member of the House GOP, his evolution was swift. Banks supported special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russia and once said that “America deserved better” after a video emerged of Trump discussing sexually grabbing women without their consent. He now says Trump's 2016 election was a "gift" that could make Republicans “a majority party for a long time to come.” While Banks has proved politically adroit in dealing with Trump, his colleagues also say he grasps policy as well. “There are some members of Congress who excel in the political arena and don’t do as much in the policy arena, and vice versa. But Jim is one of the rare people who do both,” said Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., who served a previous term leading the group Banks now does. Figures such as Banks have a long history in Congress. So long, in fact, that a 19th century nautical term has historically been applied to their ilk. “He's a trimmer,” said Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University, who studies congressional history. “It means a guy who trims his sails depending on which way the wind is blowing. In his case, he is a serial trimmer.” Banks describes it differently. “I was very skeptical,” Banks said of his early views of Trump. But, Banks said, “he won me over more and more every single day by doing what he said he was going to do.” Banks' critics use another term: political expedience. “Everything Jim Banks does is based on how it will help him politically,” said Gary Snyder, a Republican-turned-Democrat who writes a politics newsletter in Indiana. The two were close earlier in Banks' political career before a falling out when Snyder’s wife ran against Banks as a libertarian in 2016. “He’s cunning and manipulative. But he plays the game very well,” Snyder said. Banks’ beginnings trace to a trailer park in Columbia City, Indiana, near Fort Wayne. His father worked as an axle-maker for the Dana Corp., while his mother cooked in a nursing home. The family was largely apolitical, Banks has said, though his parents did vote for Democrats. Like much of Indiana, by the time Banks was elected to Congress on the same night Trump won the presidency, his father had become a convert. “My dad could not have cared as much about (my election) as he did about Donald Trump becoming president,” Banks fondly recalls at GOP dinners in Indiana. Banks, the first in his family to go to college, got his initial taste of politics when he joined the Indiana University College Republicans. That's where he met his wife, Amanda. Afterward, he went to work for now-former Indiana Rep. John Hostettler, then honed his political instincts working on mostly unsuccessful campaigns in Ohio, Indiana and Colorado. “You always learn more when you lose,” Banks said. He later got a “real job” working for a construction business before he and his wife had the first of their three daughters. His political ascent began when he became GOP chairman of Whitley County and later secured a spot on the county’s council. He launched a bid for the Indiana state Senate two years later. Party insiders quickly took note. A veteran state representative had signaled interest in the vacant seat, and Banks said he would only run if the legislator did not, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported. Behind the scenes, however, Banks was working to outmaneuver the potential rival. Banks asked Snyder, then a blogger, to convey a message: stand down or face a tough primary. “I basically went to the guy and said, ‘Jim wants you to step aside. He’ll help you run for state representative instead.’ And that’s basically what happened,” said Snyder. Later in the race, Banks would tip Snyder off to the actions of another rival, asking Snyder to write negative blog posts about the candidate, according to emails provided to The Associated Press. One email passed along a list of mocking instances in which Banks' opponent used poor grammar. Another asked Snyder to write a critical post noting that the rival was sending campaign materials to people with government email addresses, giving the appearance of inappropriate co-mingling of political and official business. Banks said the campaign was a “long time ago” but he did not deny the account. His former opponent, Tom Wall, said the two made amends long ago. “I like the guy. I pray for him all the time,” said Wall. “Don’t tell him too much of this or his head will swell too much, but I am so proud of him when I see him on Fox News.” Like many politicians with an eye on higher office, Banks also saw value in a military credential. In his early 30s, Banks was accepted into the Navy Supply Corps, a program focused on supply chain management. He was commissioned as a reserve officer in November 2012. In 2014, after his third daughter was a born, Banks deployed to Afghanistan for eight months. Amanda Banks was appointed to fill his state Senate seat. During his deployment he tweeted photos of himself meeting Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. When Banks returned, a film crew was on hand to catch the family's reunion. The footage was used in political ads after he formally began his campaign for Congress three weeks later. His combat boots were put on prominent display at his kickoff event. “A lot of families go through that over and over again, a lot more than my family did,” said Banks, who disputed any suggestion that politics were a factor in his decision to join, calling it "offensive to anyone who has served." He won a tight primary race with the help of the conservative group Club for Growth, which spent more than $250,000 on ads. The hard-line House Freedom Caucus spent $100,000 supporting his bid, though he ultimately chose not join the group. Nearly half of the campaign cash he has raised since has come from trade associations and corporate political actions committees, a source of money that winnowed after Banks' voted against certifying Joe Biden's presidential election victory on Jan.6, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U. S. Capitol. Banks says corporate money is no longer needed in the party of Trump. “For most of my time in Republican Party politics, we've heard the mantra that Republicans are the party of Big Business,” he said. “That paradigm has shifted. Now Joe Biden and Democrats' top donors are Wall Street and big tech companies and Republicans' donors base are small-dollar working-class voters.” Banks has cultivated a close relationship with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California. And he played a prominent public role building the GOP's case for ousting Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming congresswoman who was booted from her No.3 spot in the House leadership in May. “The reason you and I are talking about Liz Cheney,” Banks told Fox News is “she has failed in her mission as the chief spokesperson of our party.” But he's also won over other influential members in the House Republican caucus. “I’m a serious legislator and I appreciate other people who are serious legislators,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, of Alabama, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee. ”We have some people in this town who all they want to do is chase TV cameras — and that’s not Jim." Banks' rise echoes that of another Indiana congressman who parlayed his leadership of the Republican Study Committee to reach broader prominence: former Vice President Mike Pence. “Jim Banks wants to be influential,” said Andy Downs, a professor of political science at Purdue University Fort Wayne. “If Jim Banks decides that his (House seat) is an office from which he wants to do things, he’s in a position to be influential for decades to come.”
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Tigray Fighters Believe Cease-Fire Agreement is Fake, Continue Fighting in Ethiopia

Tigray fighters continued the battle in Ethiopia after rejecting the cease-fire proposed by the Ethiopian government on Monday, and vowed push Ethiopian and Eritrean forces out of the area. Tigray forces' spokesman Getachew Reda said Ethiopian forces are still fighting for territory in the region and Eritrean forces control a "significant part." "We have to make sure that every inch of our territory is returned to us, the rightful owners," Getachew said. Redwan Hussein, spokesman for the Tigray emergency task force, spoke to reporters on Wednesday in Ethiopia's first public remarks since its soldiers retreated from the Tigray capital and other parts of the region on Monday in a dramatic turn in the nearly eight-month war. There will be no negotiations with Ethiopia until communications, transport and other services that have been cut or destroyed for much of the war are restored, Getachew told the AP on Wednesday. The Tigray spokesman also issued a warning to the longtime president of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, who has long been an enemy of Tigray's leaders and sent soldiers into Tigray to support Ethiopian forces. Witnesses have accused the Eritrean soldiers of some of the worst atrocities in the conflict. "We will do anything in our power make sure that Isaias will never be a threat again," Getachew said. Officials for Eritrea, described by human rights groups as one of the world's most repressive nations, have not responded to requests for comment. While witnesses saw Eritrean soldiers retreat from the key Tigray towns of Shire, Axum and Adwa on Tuesday, it is not clear whether Eritrea will adhere to the cease-fire. With the war likely to continue, the fate of more than 1 million Tigrayans in hard-to-reach areas is in question as Ethiopia and authorities on the ground are accused of blocking access for the delivery of aid. Phone and internet services remain cut. Ethiopia has said it declared the cease-fire in part on humanitarian grounds but said it would end once the crucial farming season in Tigray is over, which means September. Ethiopian Lt. Gen. Bacha Debele on Wednesday said the military had to move forces from Tigray to face "bigger threats" and referred to the border but denied the possibility of a conflict with neighboring Sudan over disputed lands.
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M, F or X? American Passports Will Soon Have Another Option for Gender.

Mary Emily O’Hara has not left the United States in more than three years, waiting to apply for a passport that will allow gender to be marked with an X. O’Hara identifies as nonbinary, or someone who does not consider themselves to be male or female. O’Hara’s driver’s license, issued in Oregon, already declares a gender of X. Having a United States passport marked with an M or an F would not only feel wrong, O’Hara said, but it could also risk accusations of carrying falsified documents that contradict other forms of identification. That will change under a new Biden administration rule, announced on Wednesday, that will create a gender marker on passports and citizenship certificates for people who identify as nonbinary or intersex, or otherwise do not conform to traditional gender roles. The process is complex and will take time to complete, according to a statement by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken that was issued on the last day of Pride Month. But O’Hara,45, is already looking forward to a trip to Costa Rica sometime in the not-too-distant future. “Now that I know that it’s coming, I definitely want to wait for one that feels closest to my authentic self, and so that I can have a passport that matches a driver’s license that I carry around in my wallet every day,” said O’Hara, who lives in Portland and is a spokesperson for Glaad, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization. Otherwise, “I just think it’s very confusing to have IDs that don’t say the same thing, and I’m honestly not sure whether I would be breaking the law,” O’Hara said. “So it feels easier just not to even risk it.” In the meantime, Americans who are applying for passports and proof of citizenship when born abroad will no longer need to show medical certification if their stated gender does not match their other identification documents. Until Wednesday, the State Department had required a doctor’s certificate stating that passport applicants had transitioned, or were in the process, to change their gender on official consular documents. A spokesman said that rule was no longer in effect. “With this action, I express our enduring commitment to the L. G. B. T. Q. I.+ community today and moving forward,” Mr. Blinken said in Wednesday’s statement. More than a half-dozen other countries — including Canada, Australia, Argentina, Nepal and New Zealand — have adopted similar policies, and O’Hara said 20 U. S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, allow gender on drivers’ licenses to be identified with an X. The move fulfills a campaign promise by President Biden, who has raised concerns that without documented proof of their self-identified gender, transgender and nonbinary people risk being denied employment, housing and other benefits, including the right to vote. It also responds to a lawsuit that required the State Department last year to review its earlier denial of a passport applicant who wanted their gender marked with an X. “These changes continue the long-term trend that liberalizes policies governing gender marker changes on identity documents,” said Jami Taylor, a political science professor at the University of Toledo and an expert on L. G. B. T. politics. Since taking office, the Biden administration has embraced policies that follow the so-called do no harm doctrine in support of L. G. B. T. people. In May, the State Department reversed another policy that had disproportionally affected L. G. B. T. Q. families, and granted U. S. citizenship to babies born abroad to married couples with at least one American parent — no matter which parent was biologically related to the child. That policy, a victory for same-sex couples, effectively guaranteed that American and binational couples who use assisted reproductive technology to give birth overseas — such as surrogates or sperm donations — can pass along citizenship to their children. At a forum later Wednesday on diversity and inclusion in diplomacy, two veteran ambassadors from Britain and the United States discussed government personnel policies that only a few decades ago had discriminated against foreign service officers in both nations. Karen Pierce, the British ambassador to the United States, noted that Britain had since appointed gay, lesbian and gender-fluid envoys. “Obviously there’s more to do, but I think we’re going in a pretty good direction on that,” she said. Obstacles for L. G. B. T. envoys and their families, she said, include postings to nations where cultures are hesitant toward gay rights at best and perilous at worst. “We do try to work to find a solution,” Ms. Pierce said during the forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “It isn’t always possible, I’m afraid.” At the State Department, officials are not supposed to ask colleagues about their gender identification as part of what Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, the department’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, described as fostering a more inclusive atmosphere among the American diplomatic corps. “We cannot ask anybody who they are, what group they belong to — they must let us know,” Abercrombie-Winstanley said. “It is a message that I have been saying from Day 1, and will continue to amplify.”
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Live Updates: China’s Communist Party Turns 100 With Pomp And Stagecraft

Xi Jinping, China’s leader, is likely to assert in a speech that the country would never have achieved its prosperity and power without the party. China links its ascendant future to a revolutionary past as it celebrates the Communist Party’s centenary. The celebration is a big moment for Xi Jinping, China’s authoritarian leader. China’s Communist Party on Thursday is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding, an event at which it is expected to argue that the country can keep ascending only if the party remains firmly in power. The organizers have disclosed little about how the day’s pomp will unfold, but the official highlight will be a speech by Xi Jinping, China’s leader. Major policy announcements are unlikely, but the centenary is symbolically important for Mr. Xi, who is almost certain to claim a third five-year term as party leader next year. If his recent comments are a guide, he is likely to assert that China would never have achieved its present-day prosperity and power without the party’s struggles against foreign oppression and domestic exploitation. China’s setbacks over the past decades of Communist Party rule — such as Mao’s Cultural Revolution and the deadly crackdown against protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 — may receive brief mention, or none at all. Instead, the day’s stagecraft will focus on conveying an image of China as confident and secure while much of the world struggles to shake off the pandemic. Officials have said there will be no military parade, unlike the enormous show of force that marked the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 2019. Even so, the televised celebrations appear likely to feature a military flyover at Tiananmen and displays of military forces across the country. Organizers may also assemble a carefully picked crowd at Tiananmen Square — of party members, workers, students and others — to listen to Mr. Xi’s speech. Rain is possible, so they and the organizers will be hoping that it holds off in the morning. — Chris Buckley When China’s leader, Xi Jinping, takes his place on a deck overlooking Tiananmen Square in central Beijing on Thursday, he will strike a confident posture signaling China’s rising prosperity and influence in the world. Since becoming general secretary of the Communist Party in late 2012, Mr. Xi,68, has made it increasingly clear that he sees himself as a transformative leader — in the footsteps of Mao and Deng — guiding China into a new era of global strength and rejuvenated one-party rule. And by many measures he is already the most powerful leader since Deng or even Mao, and presides over an economy and a military much stronger than in their times. Few Chinese leaders from recent decades are more steeped in the Communist Party’s heritage than Mr. Xi. He was born into a revolutionary family, endured the upheavals of Mao Zedong’s era, and began his career as a party official when Deng Xiaoping and other leaders opened up market reforms. Before Mr. Xi came to power, many in China thought that he would be a milder figure, because his father, Xi Zhongxun, was a revolutionary veteran who in the early 1980s oversaw the beginnings of market reforms in Guangdong Province. Xi Zhongxun had suffered decades of confinement and persecution after Mao turned against him, and his family was torn apart during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Like millions of other youths at that time, the younger Mr. Xi was sent to labor in the countryside, and he spent seven years in a dusty village in northwest China. But after coming to power, he pursued scorching crackdowns against official corruption and domestic dissent, and applied harsh measures to bring areas like Xinjiang and Hong Kong firmly under Chinese control. Mr. Xi appears driven by the conviction that for China to secure lasting stability and prosperity, the Communist Party must reassert its control, and he must remain in command of the party. In 2018, he abolished the two-term limit on the Chinese presidency, opening the way to remain in office — as president, party leader and chairman of the Chinese military — for many years to come. His next big step in that journey will be next year, when a Communist Party congress appears likely to acclaim him for a third term as party leader. — Chris Buckley
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Most EU forces exiting Afghanistan after 20 years

BERLIN — Most European troops have already pulled out of Afghanistan, quietly withdrawing months before the U. S.-led mission was officially expected to end — part of an anticlimactic close to the “forever war” that risks leaving the country on the brink of civil war. Germany and Italy declared their missions in Afghanistan over on Wednesday and Poland’s last troops returned home, bringing their deployments to a low-key end nearly 20 years after the first Western soldiers were deployed there. Announcements from several countries analyzed by The Associated Press show that a majority of European troops has now left with little ceremony — a stark contrast to the dramatic and public show of force and unity when NATO allies lined up to back the U. S. invasion to rid the country of al-Qaida after the Sept.11,2001, attacks. In the ensuing decades, the war went from one mission to another. Former U. S. President George W. Bush’s administration shied away from nation-building and the United Nations advocated a light footprint. But with the passing years, NATO and U. S. troops took on greater roles developing Afghanistan’s National Security and Defense Forces and training police. At the war’s peak, the U. S. and NATO military numbers surpassed 150,000. NATO agreed in April to withdraw its roughly 7,000 non-American forces from Afghanistan to match U. S. President Joe Biden’s decision to pull all American troops from the country, starting May 1. Biden set a Sept.11 deadline for the withdrawal of U. S. troops. But more recently, American officials have said that pullout would most likely be completed by July 4 — and many allies have moved to wrap up their own presence by then as well. NATO declined to give an update Wednesday on how many nations still have troops in its Resolute Support mission. But an analysis of 19 governments’ own announcements shows that more than 4,800 of the non-American forces have left. The U. S. has refused to give troop figures, but when Biden announced the final pullout, between 2,500 and 3,500 troops were deployed. The U. S. has also refused to give a clear date for their final withdrawal. As of February, a total of some 832,000 American troops had served in Afghanistan. About 25,100 Defense Department civilians had also served there. Germany publicly announced the end of its nearly 20-year deployment in a statement and a series of tweets from the defense minister late Tuesday evening, shortly after the last plane carrying its troops had left Afghan airspace. Three transport aircraft landed at the Wunstorf air base in northern Germany on Wednesday afternoon. The troops, wearing masks, lined up on the tarmac for a brief ceremony, but the military dispensed with a bigger reception because of the coronavirus pandemic. “We have worked long and hard to stand here today,” said Brig. Gen. Ansgar Meyer, the last commander of the German contingent. “As your commander, I can say for you: ‘Mission accomplished.’ You have fulfilled your task.” But the top American general in Afghanistan gave a sobering assessment Tuesday, warning about the recent rapid loss of districts to the Taliban and cautioning that the country could descend into civil war. The German pullout came amid a spate of withdrawals by European nations. Poland’s last departing troops were greeted Wednesday by Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak. Some 33,000 Polish troops have served in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. The last Italian troops from Italy’s base in Herat arrived at the military airport in Pisa late Tuesday. Italy officially declared its mission in Afghanistan over in a statement Wednesday, with Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini paying tribute to the 53 Italians who died, and 723 who were injured over the past two decades. Going forward, Guerini said Italy’s commitment to Afghanistan would remain strong but in other forms, “beginning with the strengthening of development cooperation and support for Afghan institutions.” Georgia’s last troops returned home on Monday, while Romania brought home its remaining 140 troops on Saturday, when Norway also pulled out. Troops from Denmark, Estonia and the Netherlands also returned home last week. Spain withdrew its last troops on May 13, Sweden on May 25, and Belgium on June 14. The small contingents deployed by Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Finland, Albania, North Macedonia and Luxembourg have all left as well. The pullout is nearing its end as security in Afghanistan worsens. Since May 1, when the withdrawal began, the Taliban have overrun district after district, including key ones along major transportation routes. Many have fallen after Afghan soldiers surrendered, often being convinced to leave their post by elders. But elsewhere there have been bitter military battles, with Afghan troops sometimes losing when their positions could not be resupplied. The U. S. military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austen S. Miller, meanwhile, expressed concern about the resurrection of militias, which were deployed to help the beleaguered national security forces but have a brutal reputation for widespread killing. Related Articles Donald Rumsfeld, former secretary of defense, dies at 88 Ethiopia declares cease-fire in Tigray region Biden, meeting with Afghan leaders, vows ‘sustained’ help Ethiopia claims responsibility for strike on Tigray market House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization “A civil war is certainly a path that can be visualized if this continues on the trajectory it’s on right now, that should be of concern to the world,” he said. At a ceremony last week to mark the official end of the Dutch deployment, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten underscored the uncertain outlook. “We see reports of the rise of the Taliban, growing violence, also in areas where we were stationed,” she said. “A lot has been achieved but we must be realistic: The results are not irreversible.” Gannon reported from Kabul, Afghanistan. Associated Press writers Nicole Winfield in Rome; Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands; Robert Burns in Washington and reporters from around Europe contributed to this report.
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If critical race theory is correct, is America worth defending?

At a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee last week, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said this about critical race theory: “I’ll obviously have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is, but I do think it’s important actually for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read.” Fair enough but that leads to this question: How does one become smarter about CRT? In much of the media, it’s being described as nothing more than an “academic concept” or an “analytic tool” for understanding “white rage” and “systemic racism.” That assumes there is convincing evidence to support the charge that people with pale skin are especially prone to violent, uncontrollable anger. And is the claim that “systemic racism” is the defining feature of 21st-century America really beyond debate? Coverage of the hearing may have misled you about what troubled several members of Congress: not military personnel learning about CRT but rather CRT advocates proselytizing to military personnel. It seems that “foundational” military reading lists now include, alongside books on history and strategy, tracts on CRT that allege that all people of color are victims, and all people of pallor are victimizers — irredeemably so. Rep. Mike Waltz, a former Green Beret, cited a classroom slide labeled “White Power at West Point,” and a seminar at the academy titled “‘Understanding Whiteness and White Rage’ taught by a woman who described the Republican Party platform as a platform of white supremacy.” Mr. Waltz expressed concern that “our future military leaders are being taught that the Constitution and the fundamental civilian institutions of this country are endemically racist, misogynist, and colonialist and therefore it is their duty to resist them.” He added: “The military needs to be open to all Americans, absolutely, that is the strength of the United States military. But once we’re in, we bleed green, and our skin color is camouflage.” As suggested above, if you want to understand CRT, the mainstream media is not a reliable source. Look instead to the Manhattan Institute or the Heritage Foundation or to historian Allen Guelzo, director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship and senior research scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. Last week, he was interviewed by the American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka and Marc Thiessen on their excellent “What the Hell Is Going On?” podcast. You should listen to the entire conversation, but I’ll touch on a few key points here. Critical race theory is a variant of critical theory, Mr. Guelzo explains, and has its “origins in a reaction against the Enlightenment and against the confidence that scientific reason could discover the answers to things.” Of particular note: Immanuel Kant, a 19th century philosopher, developed “a critique of reason, a critical theory, if you will.” This “set off a chain reaction of romantic investigations for non-rational explanations of reality.” For example, “you might think that economics functions as what Adam Smith called a natural instinct to truck and barter.” But Karl Marx saw it as “governed by the oppressive relations of class” — a struggle between the oppressor class (capitalists, employers, the bourgeois) and the oppressed class (workers, the proletariat). Marx further asserted that to overcome this “structure of oppression” requires revolution. Another ideology that grew out of critical theory: Nazism. If one believes, as do Nazis, “that the Jews are responsible for all political and economic events, then my pointing out that the overwhelming majority of political leaders are not Jews merely shows that I am either a dupe of the Jews or that I’m in on the fix. That is how Nazi racial theory functioned.” Whereas Marxist theory focuses on class, and Nazi theory focuses on ethnicity and/or religion, CRT focuses on race. Those deemed “white” (a term so vague it can include Swedes, Greeks, Chechens and Iranians) are presumed guilty of oppressing “people of color” (a term so vague it can include those with African, Latin American, Asian, and Arab ancestry). Ibram X. Kendi, a leading CRT proponent, is candid about what must be done. “The only remedy to racial discrimination is antiracist discrimination,” he has declared. Also: “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” While some people cast as oppressors will acquiesce to the establishment of this new, race-based hierarchy, others will embrace what Mr. Guelzo calls the “opposite irrationality. The irrationality, for instance, of genuine white supremacy, of genuine Aryan Nazi fairytales.” So, if CRT becomes the new orthodoxy at West Point and other educational institutions, in federal bureaucracies, and corporate America, increased racial division, animosity, and conflict will inevitably result. CRT also envisions group rights replacing individual rights, and the destruction of capitalism and the institutions of American democracy. Because they are seen as “systemically” racist, they must be “exploded,” as CRT advocate Derrick Bell wrote. And, of course, Martin Luther King’s dream of American children one day living “in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” will be relegated to the dustbin of history (to borrow a phrase from critical theorist Leon Trotsky). If Gen. Milley is to “get much smarter” about CRT, he will need to understand such things. He’ll also need to grapple with this question: Why should young people, of whatever color, serve in the armed forces and risk their lives to defend the failed experiment that CRT alleges America is and always has been? • Clifford D. May is founder and president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and a columnist for The Washington Times.
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Starting Thursday, college athletes can profit from endorsements, social media and other sources of income

"This is an important day for college athletes since they all are now able to take advantage of name, image and likeness opportunities," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a news release. The policy remains under interim status while the NCAA works with Congress and states to come up with a national framework. "The current environment -- both legal and legislative -- prevents us from providing a more permanent solution and the level of detail student-athletes deserve," Emmert said. The move comes after the Supreme Court unanimously decided last week that student-athletes could receive education-related payments. The case could reshape college sports by allowing more money from a billion-dollar industry to go to the athletes. College sports raise billions of dollars from ticket sales, television contracts and merchandise, and supporters of the students say the players are being exploited and barred from the opportunity to monetize their talents.
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World Leaders Commit $40 Billion to Advancing Gender Equality

“One-quarter isn’t equality. Equality is one-half.” — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U. N. Women World leaders don’t often gather with the sole purpose of investing money in women’s advancement. They don’t even typically gather for major discussions on the issue; it seems to happen only about once every quarter-century. The last time was in 1995 for the Beijing World Conference on Women. That was when Hillary Clinton, the first lady at the time, delivered her now-iconic “women’s rights are human rights” speech, considered so audacious back then that officials at home had advised her to soften it. China even cut off airing her speech in the convention center as she was speaking. By the end of that summit, almost every country in the world had committed to the “full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life.” It was considered groundbreaking even though activists saw the commitment as toothless. More than two decades later — and after a pandemic that reversed many advances in gender equality — world leaders gathered in Paris on Wednesday with a heightened sense of urgency, committing to a host of new ambitious goals on gender equality. And this time, with significant financial commitments on the table. At the Generation Equality Forum convened by U. N. Women, political leaders, corporate executives and activists unveiled a total of $40 billion to advance gender equality — most likely the largest dollar amount ever dedicated to the issue. The funding will go toward instituting hundreds of new gender-focused policy proposals on issues including gender-based violence, which spiked globally during the coronavirus pandemic, economic empowerment and access to reproductive health services. “Women are just one-quarter of those who are managers, they are one-quarter of parliamentarians around the world, they are one-quarter of those who negotiate climate change, less than one-quarter of those who negotiate peace agreements,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U. N. Women, said at the opening ceremony. “One-quarter isn’t equality. Equality is one-half.” Mrs. Clinton returned to the stage and urged world leaders and activists to “continue the progress that was started and spread throughout the world 26 years ago.” “Looking back, I believe we have made progress — not near enough — and we have to recommit ourselves to going even further,” she said. President Emmanuel Macron of France noted that Covid-19 turned out to be “an anti-feminist virus” that pushed more women around the world into poverty, nudged more girls out of school and locked women in with their abusers. Significant nongovernmental pledges were also announced on Wednesday. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it would put $2.1 billion toward gender equality work over five years, one of the organization’s largest-ever single commitments. The announcement cemented Ms. French Gates’s longtime focus on gender equality, which she has noted remains an underfunded area in philanthropy. The Ford Foundation committed $420 million over the next five years, with $159 million devoted to addressing gender-based violence. U. N. forums tend to be better known for photo opportunities, handshakes and lofty declarations, not broad-scale, catalytic action. The platform agreed to in Beijing had no real financial backing, and it involved neither the private sector nor civil society in the negotiations or the writing of the overarching priorities. To avoid repeating that mistake, the organizers of this year’s forum devised a new system: All participants — whether U. N. member states or grass-roots activist organizations — would be required to submit clear, measurable proposals that fell under any of the six main policy areas: eliminating gender-based violence, advancing women’s economic empowerment, enhancing access to sexual and reproductive health care, increasing gender parity in private and political spheres, investing in gender-focused climate change solutions and narrowing the gender digital divide. “We recognize that everybody’s not starting from the same starting point but everybody can make an effort based on their national capacity, and so it’s for countries to define in which areas they want to be committed,” said Delphine O, secretary general for U. N. Women’s Global Forum. Some government representatives tried to sneak in half-baked commitments, such as laws that had already been passed or items with no budget attached, Ms. O said. In those cases, U. N. Women went back to those participants and asked them to step up their game. But some of the commitments were ambitious, sometimes to the surprise of the forum’s organizers. Kenya, for instance, came forward with a plan to counter gender-based violence that includes new funding for survivor recovery centers, legal services and psychological support systems. Other African countries then used Kenya’s proposal as a template for their own plans to curb gender-based violence. The United States had not signed up to participate in the forum under President Donald J. Trump but changed course under the Biden administration, submitting its finalized commitments just last Friday. The range of U. S. commitments, which were crafted by the Biden administration’s new Gender Policy Council, fell under three categories: women’s economic security, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights, both domestically and internationally. “This is the strongest that the U. S. has come in, in many years,” said Sarah Hendriks, director of the policy and intergovernmental division at U. N. Women. Of the many charismatic speakers on Wednesday, one — Shantel Marekera, an advocate from Zimbabwe and a member of the U. N.’s youth task force — seemed to capture the mood. “It sounds silly that we’re still talking about this in 2021,” she said onstage in Paris. “We are done talking.”
$40 billion pledged at Paris conference for gender equality
Gates Foundation Pledges $2.1 Billion For Gender Equality Over Next 5 Years